Sun, Aug 12, 2018
The Glorious Second Coming
Matthew 24:29-31 by Mike Trofimenko
Series: The End Times Discourse

Jesus, answering His disciples’ questions, gave a very precise and concise description of the major events that will take place after the Church is raptured. As we follow along in the 24th chapter of Matthew, we understand that the intensity of the tribulation increases. The first half of the tribulation period, lasting three and a half years, will be difficult. It will be full of false prophets, false messiahs, wars, famines, earthquakes, persecutions, even martyrdom. Yet, Jesus calls those days as merely the beginning of birth pangs (v8). The worst is yet to come.

            After the Abomination of Desolation takes place at the midpoint (v15), when the antichrist will desecrate the holy place, the tribulation will take a serious turn from bad to worse. This period will be called the great tribulation, and it will be like no other (v21). The nation of Israel will be a special target during this severe persecution and Jesus gave the Jews specific instructions to flee for their lives, watch for those trying to mislead them, and wait for His glorious coming.

            In versus 29, 30 and 31 Jesus describes events that will take place immediately after the tribulation. Starting with a drum roll, as one writer describes, there will be enormous changes in the celestial realm. The great lights upon which humans relied for thousands of years will become dark. Stars will fall from the sky. The powers of the heavens will be shaken. Gravitational, gyroscopic, magnetic, and other forces that hold this universe in such reliable order will be disturbed. There will be catastrophic changes not only upon the surface of the earth but also in the universe surrounding it.

            With such presentation, the sign of the Son of Man will appear. And Jesus Christ will be seen coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory as He promised (Act 1:11). His appearance will be vivid and extraordinary. His coming will be seen by all men (Rev 1:7). Some will respond with mourning (Mat 24:30), yet with joy and great relief (Lk 21:28). Others will be full of fear, grief and devastation.

            Then Jesus the Great Redeemer will gather the remnant of His chosen ones (v31). He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet who will bring His redeemed into His kingdom. Jesus will defeat evil and establish His reign of justice and peace on earth for the next thousand years.

            As we study the events of the last days and Jesus’ second coming, we are clearly reminded of God’s holy unchangeable character. His hatred of sin will once again be clearly revealed in His wrath and righteous judgement upon this evil world. His everlasting faithfulness will be shown in His fulfilled promises from long ago. His power will be shown not only with ability to defeat enemies, but also to control the universe like never before. His mercy will be granted to those who come to Him by faith in submission and repentance. His astonishing glory will be seen by all.

The second coming of Christ will indeed be glorious. Yet, we have been given eyes of faith to behold His glory here and now. While we are in our earthly bodies, let us give Him praise and worship!

“Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary,

To see Your power and Your glory.” (Psalm 63:2)