Mark 13:24-27 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven.” NKJV
In the Eleventh Chapter of the Book of Romans the Apostle Paul teaches us that the Nation Israel was God’s chosen people, but because they rejected the Messiah Jesus Christ at His first coming then God made salvation by grace available to the Gentiles to provoke Israel to jealousy. There is still a remnant of Israel or Jewish people that will hear the gospel of grace through Jesus Christ and believe. All of humanity now lives under the dispensation of grace and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will save anyone that comes to Him in repentance and faith.
When Jesus Christ left Heaven the first time and became a man dying for man’s sin and rebellion, He did not even have an earthly home to call His own. He was born in an animal stable or barn because Joseph and Mary could not find room in any Inn to bed down. He grew up not as a rich kid but lived in what we would consider poverty although He and His family were able to meet their daily need for bread. He grew up in a city that was despised and looked down on by those who lived in other parts of the region.
When Phillip (one of the 12) went and found Nathaniel (also one of the 12) he said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote --- Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph” and Nathaniel replied at that time with these words “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” The Prophet Isaiah told us 700 years before His incarnation that He would be a Man of sorrows who would be despised and rejected by men. Our Lord came as a lowly, meek, and humble servant only to be obedient to His Father in Heaven and live the life the first man Adam could not live fulfilling all the Law and the words spoken by the Prophets and in so doing satisfy the justice of God and pay the penalty for man’s sin.
Fast forward into the future, I don’t know the hour or the time but it is as sure as the night turning into day or the sun rise, or the rain fall from the sky that He is going to roll back the heavens like a scroll and step off of His current throne of grace and come with severe judgment on all of those who rejected Him or resisted His invitation for forgiveness of sin through His blood sacrifice alone. The Apostle Paul also said in that same eleventh Chapter of Romans these words, “Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God.” God is good and He is love, but for the men, women, boys, and girls who die absent a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through regeneration and new birth they will immediately be in the presence of a consuming fire that will render to their un-forgiven soul His justice of total separation from Him in the torments of @#!*% , for there is no partiality with God. For those who are alive when our Lord comes on the clouds of Heaven with great power and glory they will see Him and shriek with such terror and fear that the Apostle John says the following:
Revelation 6:13-17 And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” NKJV
Our Lord said as in Noah’s days people will be so caught up with the dow jones, sports, sexual escapades, drinking, partying, and other carousing for physical, financial, and recreational pleasures that just as when Noah built the ark they will have the door of grace shut on them and they will see Him and instantly see their filth and sin in the Light of His Glory and mourn knowing that they are doomed as the Lord is not loving and meek, but the Executioner of God’s Holy justice on the impenitent. Our Lord said this also, “Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”
Revelation 1:7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. NKJV
These word pictures are graphic, grim, and gruesome for those that do not love the Lord Jesus Christ. Today and for many centuries His Name is used as a cuss word. People make up skits, plays, and even movies mocking and belittling our Precious Lord Jesus, but in the day He is revealed there will be great weeping and gnashing of teeth as His awesome power is unleashed against His enemies.
2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 “And to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.” NKJV
I plead with tears (knowing the terror of the Lord) to everyone reading this to stop thinking about today, tomorrow, or two weeks from now, but picture in your heart and mind 100 or 1000 years from now and ask yourself am I good enough to stand before this King of Kings and Lord of Lords in all of His power and glory. Sin has pleasure attached to it (I know I lived in it for many years), but it is only as the Bible says for a season, that season may be 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, 30 years, 50 years, or even 100 years, but after that it is over and then you die.
Hebrews 9:27-28 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. NKJV
I am sure everyone reading this has at some point in time witnessed a severe thunder and lightning storm, a hurricane, a tornado, or a massive earthquake or tsunami remember how utterly small you felt and helpless as there was nothing you could do to stop what was happening. Now take all of those sights, smells, and sounds and multiply them by infinity and Selah (think about that) and ask yourself do I want to witness this Conquering King as an unclean, un-converted, and unsaved sinner. People get ready because Jesus Christ is coming soon and despite what appears a long time to us (almost 2,000 years) to God who resides in eternity continually it is only but a couple of days. Don’t be caught in horrific shock like the people in Noah’s time and Lot’s time they are right now in @#!*% being tormented because they would not relinquish their pride, self-will, and other sins and submit to God’s will. Pick up a Bible today and read it you will find this to be the truth and you will escape the wrath to come through the Blood of the Lamb, the Blood of Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen Here I list some of the Scriptures where God speaks of Christ coming to the earth to render judgment for sin and rebellion:
Isaiah 13:9-13 Behold, the day of the LORD comes, Cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, To lay the land desolate; And He will destroy its sinners from it. For the stars of heaven and their constellations Will not give their light; The sun will be darkened in its going forth, And the moon will not cause its light to shine. “I will punish the world for its evil, And the wicked for their iniquity; I will halt the arrogance of the proud, And will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. I will make a mortal more rare than fine gold, A man more than the golden wedge of Ophir. Therefore I will shake the heavens, And the earth will move out of her place, In the wrath of the LORD of hosts And in the day of His fierce anger. NKJV
Daniel 7:13-14 " I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed. NKJV
Amos 5:18-20 Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! For what good is the day of the LORD to you? It will be darkness, and not light. It will be as though a man fled from a lion, And a bear met him! Or as though he went into the house, Leaned his hand on the wall, And a serpent bit him! Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light? Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it? NKJV
Zephaniah 1:14-18 The great day of the LORD is near; It is near and hastens quickly. The noise of the day of the LORD is bitter; There the mighty men shall cry out. That day is a day of wrath, A day of trouble and distress, A day of devastation and desolation, A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness, A day of trumpet and alarm Against the fortified cities And against the high towers. " I will bring distress upon men, And they shall walk like blind men, Because they have sinned against the LORD; Their blood shall be poured out like dust, And their flesh like refuse." Neither their silver nor their gold Shall be able to deliver them In the day of the LORD's wrath; But the whole land shall be devoured By the fire of His jealousy, For He will make speedy riddance Of all those who dwell in the land. NKJV
Acts 1:9-11 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven." NKJV
2 Peter 3:10-12 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? NKJV
Revelation 20:10-15 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. NKJV
“The apostolic church thought more about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ than about death and heaven. The early Christians were looking, not for a cleft in the ground called a grave but for a cleavage in the sky called Glory.” Alexander MacLaren
“The idea which shuts out the Second Coming from our minds, the idea of the world slowly ripening to perfection, is a myth, not a generalization from experience.” C. S. Lewis
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…
Heavy on Bible quotes, light on teaching. You don't see that the Return of Jesus is a separate event from the great Day of the Lord's vengeance and wrath, that punishment is instigated by the Son of Man, when He wields His rod of iron, that happens first. Then after the last 'week' of Daniel Jesus Returns in His glory. His Name then is 'the Word of God'.