Some Serious Surprises At The Second Coming Of Jesus
All will be surprised at the Second Coming of Jesus
The New Testament is clear in its teaching that Jesus will return to this earth a second time. This event is then referred to as the “Second Coming” and is keenly anticipated by followers of “the way” since early days of Christianity. Jesus predicted it clearly as recorded in John 14:3 when he promised his followers that he is going to prepare a place for them and will return to take them there also.
When he comes with trumpet sound and angels it will be a surprising event to many people. Firstly, even to those who have been looking forward to that great and wonderful event! Jesus warned that it will come as a surprise and that everyone will see it. There will be no need to explain it or convince anyone about the reality of the event, as every eye will see it. (Matthew 24:27, 30)
But then it will be an even bigger surprise to those who have ignored the facts of his first coming and therefore rejected the idea of a second coming. Imagine the surprise when they see it happening! Gone will be all the human logic and refusal to believe in spite of the proof that Jesus provided and was carefully recorded in the Gospels. It is important to realize that unbelief on behalf of many does not cancel out the reality of what is going to actually happen. John, towards the end of his Gospel, states that Jesus did many other miracles that are not recorded in these writings but that what he has recorded is there so that people may believe and so have life. (John 20:30,31)
There is, however, a third group of people who will also sadly be very surprised when Jesus comes again. These are those believers who will be rejected because they have not been fully committed to the teaching of God, firstly through Moses and then through Jesus. Speaking to the religious leaders in his time, Jesus, looking into the future, warns that on that day (referring to the “Second Coming”) “not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord shall enter the Kingdom of God.”(NKJV) Many will make claims of belief and even great works, but will be rejected because Jesus never knew them (Matthew 7:21-23). In Matthew 15:8, 9, Jesus warns that many worship him in vain as they are following the commandments of men. Here is a warning to make certain that you are carefully following the teachings that come from God, and not those produced by men. In today’s confused religious world there are many who claim to be prophets and teachers, but not all will be accepted on that day. So be careful to see what Jesus taught and what the early church practiced. Put the teaching of Jesus and his Apostles into practice in your life.
The events of the Second Coming of Jesus are taught clearly in the Gospels by Jesus himself. In the letters written by the Apostles that make up the rest of the New Testament many references are made as to what is actually going to take place on that day. A few are worth mentioning at this stage. Firstly, it will be an unexpected event. There will be no warning but it will be like a thief in the night as Jesus explains in Matthew 24:36, 43. So the need is to be ready.
Secondly, it will be a day of judgement. In the Book of Revelation it is stated that the “books” will be opened and all will be judged by their deeds and what is of vital importance is that one’s name needs to be in the “book of life”. At that moment all will be in need of God’s grace and love (Revelation 20:12).
Thirdly, it will be a time of entering eternity because the world that we know will pass away as Peter explains it in 2 Peter 3:10. “The heavens will pass away with a great noise and the elements will melt with fervent heat”. (NKJV) In the passage that is often used at funerals, Paul explains that everyone will be changed. In the twinkling of an eye the mortal body will become clothed in immortality (1 Corinthians 15:51-53).
It will indeed be a time of big surprises. To some it will be a time to be amazed and filled with joy. To others it will also be a time of amazement because their unbelief will now become belief and they will face judgement without hope. Because, of that great day that is coming, the Apostle Paul warns “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (NKJV 1 Corinthians 15:58).
References: NKJV Bible Scripture taken from the New King James Version Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved
The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary. Longmans 2013