ONLY THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST IS GOING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF THIS WORLD

ONLY THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST IS GOING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF THIS WORLD

Michael Jeshurun


I don’t know about YOU, but the Lord convinced me long ago that a ‘new government’, a new President, a new agenda, a new program . . . none of these are going to solve the problems of the world. Right now “The earth is given into the hand of the wicked.” [Job 9:24] And until as scripture promises “the wicked is chased out of the world” [Job 18:18; 20:8] there will be no peace! For “There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked!” [Isaiah 48:22] But when Christ shall return there shall be abundance of peace!

“For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, THEY shall inherit the earth.
For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the ABUNDANCE OF PEACE.” [Psalm 37:9-11]

And again, “In His days shall the righteous flourish; and ABUNDANCE OF PEACE so long as the moon endureth.” [Psalm 72:7]

Here are some thoughts from the beloved Spurgeon on Christ’s Second Coming . . . . .

THE LORD WILL COME AGAIN

He will come again, for He has promised to return. We have His own word for it. That is our first reason for expecting Him. Among the last of the words which He spoke to His servant John are these, “Surely I come quickly.” You may read it, “I am coming quickly. I am even now upon the road. I am traveling as fast as wisdom allows. I am always coming, and coming quickly.”

Some try to explain the Second Coming of Christ as though it meant the believer dying. You may, if you like, consider that Christ comes to His saints in death. In a certain sense He does; but that sense will never bear out the full meaning of the teaching of the Second Advent with which the Scripture is full. No; “the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God.” Christ will as certainly be here again in glory as He once was here in shame. He often assured His disciples that if He went away from them, He would come again to them; and He left us the Lord’s Supper as a parting token to be observed until He comes. As often as we break bread we are reminded of the fact that, though it is a most blessed ordinance, yet it is a temporary one, and will cease to be celebrated when our absent Lord is once again present with us.

He promised to die on the cross, and to rise again the third day: and He kept His word. Let us believe His promise to return again. Moreover, the great scheme of redemption requires Christ’s return. It is a part of that scheme that as He came once with a sin offering, He should come a second time without a sin offering; that as He came once to redeem, He should come a second time to claim the inheritance which He has so dearly bought. He came once that His heel might be bruised; He comes again to bruise the serpent’s head, and with a rod of iron to dash His enemies in pieces, as potter’s vessels. He came once to wear the crown of thorns; He must come again to wear the diadem of universal dominion. He comes to the marriage supper. He comes to gather His saints together. He comes to glorify them with Himself on this same earth where once He and they were despised and rejected of men. Make you sure of this, that the whole drama of redemption cannot be perfected without this last act of the coming of their King.

The complete history of Paradise Regained requires that the New Jerusalem should come down from God out of Heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; and it also requires that the heavenly Bridegroom should come riding forth on His white horse, conquering and to conquer, King of kings and Lord of lords, amid the everlasting hallelujahs of saints and angels. It must be so. The man of Nazareth will come again. None shall spit in His face then, but every knee shall bow before Him. The Crucified shall come again, and though the nail prints will be visible, no nails shall then fasten His dear hands to the tree; but instead thereof, He shall grasp the scepter of universal sovereignty, and He shall reign forever and ever. Hallelujah!

And next, it is unquestionably asserted. “Behold, He cometh.” It is not, “Perhaps He will come”; or, “Peradventure He may yet appear.” “Behold, He cometh” is dogmatically asserted as an absolute certainty, which was realized by the heart of the man who proclaims it. “Behold, He cometh.” All the prophets say that He will come. From Enoch down to the last that spoke by inspiration, they declare, “THE LORD COMETH WITH TEN THOUSANDS OF HIS SAINTS.” You shall not find one who has spoken by the authority of God, who does not, either directly or by implication, assert the coming of the Son of Man, when the multitudes born of woman shall be summoned to His bar, to receive the recompense of their deeds. All the promises are travailing with this prognostication, “Behold, He cometh.” What is there to hinder Christ from coming?

When I have studied and thought over this word, “Behold, He cometh,” “Yes,” I have said to myself, “indeed He does. Who shall hold Him back? His heart is with His church on earth. In the place where He fought the battle He desires to celebrate the victory. His delights are with the sons of men. All His saints are waiting for the day of His appearing, and He is waiting also. The very earth in her sorrow and her groaning travaileth for His coming, which is to be her redemption. The creation is made subject to vanity for a little while; but when the Lord shall come again, the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” We might question whether He would come a second time if He had not already come the first time; but if He came to Bethlehem, be assured that His feet shall yet stand upon Olivet. If He came to die, doubt not that He will come to reign. If He came to be despised and rejected of men, why should we doubt that He will come to be admired in all them that believe?

SEEN OF ALL

“Behold, He cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him.” I gather from this expression that it will be a LITERAL APPEARING AND AN ACTUAL SIGHT. If the Second Advent was to be a spiritual manifestation, to be perceived by the minds of men, the phraseology would be, “Every mind shall perceive Him.” But it is not so: we read, “Every eye shall SEE HIM.” Now, the mind can behold the spiritual, but the eye can only see that which is distinctly material and visible. The Lord Jesus Christ will not come spiritually, for in that sense He is always here; but He will come really and substantially, for every eye shall see Him, even those unspiritual eyes which gazed on Him with hate, and pierced Him. Go not away and dream, and say to yourself, “Oh, there is some spiritual meaning about all this.” Do not destroy the teaching of the Holy Ghost by the idea that there will be a spiritual manifestation of the Christ of God, but that a literal appearing is out of the question. That would be altering the record.

The Lord Jesus shall come to earth a second time AS LITERALLY AS HE HAS COME A FIRST TIME. The same Christ who ate a piece of broiled fish and of a honeycomb after He had risen from the dead; the same who said, “Handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have”—this SAME JESUS with a material body, is to come in the clouds of Heaven. In the same manner as He went up, He shall come down. He shall be LITERALLY SEEN. The words cannot be honestly read in any other way. “Every eye shall see Him.”

Yes, I do literally expect to see my Lord Jesus with these eyes of mine, even as that saint Job expected, who long ago fell asleep, believing that though the worms devour his body, yet in his flesh should he see God, whom his eyes should see for himself, and not another. There will be A REAL RESURRECTION OF THE BODY, though the moderns doubt it; such a resurrection that we shall see Jesus with our own eyes. We shall not find ourselves in a shadowy, dreamy land of floating fictions, where we may perceive, but cannot see. We shall not be airy nothings, mysterious, vague, impalpable; but we shall LITERALLY SEE OUR GLORIOUS LORD, whose appearing will be no phantom show or shadow dance. Never day more real than the Day of Judgment; never sight more true than the Son of Man upon the throne of His glory. Will you take this statement home, that you may feel the force of it? We are getting too far away from facts nowadays, and too much into the realm of myths and notions. “Every eye shall see Him”; in this there shall be no delusion.

Note well that He is to be seen of all kinds of living men: every eye shall see Him: the king and; the peasant, the most learned and the most ignorant. Those that were blind before shall see when He appears. I remember a man born blind who loved our Lord most intensely, and he was wont to glory in this that his eyes had been reserved for his Lord. He said, “The first whom I shall ever see will be the Lord Jesus Christ. The first sight that greets my newly-opened eyes will be the Son of man in His glory.” Small pleasure is this to eyes that are full of filthiness and pride: they care not for this sight, and yet they must see it whether they please or do not please. They have hitherto shut their eyes to good things but when Jesus comes they must see Him. They will not be able to hide themselves, nor to hide Him from their eyes. They will dread the sight, but it will come upon them, even as the sun shines upon the thief who delights in the darkness. They will be obliged to own in dismay that they behold the Son of Man: they will be so overwhelmed with the sight that there will be no denying it.

He will be seen of those who have been long since dead. What a sight that will be for Judas, and for Pilate, and for Caiaphas, and for Herod! What a sight it will be for those who, in their lifetime, said that there was no Saviour, and no need of one; or that Jesus was a mere man, and that His blood was not a propitiation for sin! Those that scoffed and reviled Him have long since died, but they shall all rise again, and rise to this heritage among the rest that they shall see Him whom they blasphemed sitting in the clouds of Heaven. Prisoners are troubled at the sight of the judge. The trumpet of assize brings no music to the ears of criminals. But thou must hear it, O impenitent sinner!

Even in your grave you must hear the voice of the Son of God, and live, and come forth from the tomb, to receive the things done in thy body, whether they were good or bad. Death cannot hide thee, nor the vault conceal thee, nor rottenness and corruption deliver thee. Thou art bound to see in thy body the Lord who will judge both thee and thy fellows.

BE READY

I beg you to get ready to meet our returning Lord. What is the way to be ready to meet Jesus? – If it is the same Jesus that went away from us who is coming, then let us be doing what He was doing before He went away. – If it is the same Jesus that is coming, we cannot possibly put ourselves into a posture of which He will better approve than by going about, doing good. – If you would meet Him with joy, serve Him with earnestness. If the Lord Jesus Christ were to come today I should like Him to find me at my studying, praying, or preaching. Would you not like Him to find you in your Sunday school, in your class, or out there at the corner of the street preaching, or doing whatever you have the privilege of doing in His name? Would you meet your Lord in idleness? Do not think of it.

But the notion of the delay of Christ’s coming is always harmful, however you arrive at it, whether it be by studying prophecy, or in any other way. “If that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maiden, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; the lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.”

Do not, therefore, get the idea that the Lord DELAYETH HIS COMING, and that He will not or cannot come as yet. Far better would it be for you to stand on the tiptoe of expectation, and to be rather disappointed to think that He does not come.

May the Lord keep you waiting, working, watching, that when He comes, you may have the blessedness of entering upon some larger, higher, nobler service than you could accomplish now, for which you are preparing by the lowlier and more arduous service of this world! God bless you, beloved, and if you do not know my Lord, and therefore do not look for His appearing, remember that HE WILL COME WHETHER YOU LOOK FOR HIM OR NOT; and when He comes you will have to stand at His bar.

“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” [Rev 22:20]

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