What is going to happen when and after Jesus comes?
One day Jesus
will come, though even to the saints His coming will be an overwhelming
-- for all slumber and sleep in their long wait
At midnight, in earth's darkest hour, God will manifest His love and deliver
His people. A loud voice comes out of the temple of heaven, from the throne,
saying, "it is done!" This voice shakes the earth, causing such "a mighty
and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth"
The mountains shake, rocks are scattered everywhere, and the whole earth
heaves like the waves of the ocean. Its surface breaks up "and the cities of
the nations fell....Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not
found" (verses 19-20).
"The sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and
island was moved out of its place"
He comes, this time, not as a man of sorrows, but as victor and conqueror to
claim His own (Matthew
24:30-31). In place
of the crown of thorns, He wears a crown of glory, and on His robe and on
His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND
At His coming, great despair
grips those who have refused to
But the joy of those who have long been looking for Christ overshadows the
despair of the wicked. The coming of the Redeemer brings a glorious climax
to the history of God's people; it is the moment of their deliverance.
(Matthew 25:34) With
thrilling adoration they cry out: "Behold, this is our God; we have waited
for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for Him; we
will be glad and rejoice in His salvation."
As Jesus draws near, He calls His sleeping saints from the graves as the
great trumpet rings out
(1 Thessalonians 4:16, John 6:40,
1 Corinthians 15:22-23).
Around the world the righteous dead hear His voice and rise from their
(John 5:28-29, 1 Corinthians
commissions His angels to "gather together His elect from the four winds,
from one end of heaven to the other."
Then the living righteous are changed "in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye." (1 Corinthians 15:52). Glorified and given immortality, together with the resurrected saints they are caught up to meet their Lord in the air to remain with Him forever. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
Jesus promises us a new home (John 14:1-3). There we will live with God (Revelation 21:3). We will be able to build homes and inhabit them (Isaiah 65:21). There will be no more death, sorrow, crying or pain (Revelation 21:4). Sin will not arise a second time because God will exclude from the "new earth" all that "murder, are sexually immoral, practice magic arts, idolaters and liars." (Revelation 21:8) In this perfect earth made new God's holy people will reign with Him for ever and ever. (Revelation 11:15)
Info gleaned from R & H
Pub. Assoc. .."a Biblical Exposition of
--Thanks to George Blumenschein for answering this question! Jesus said in Mark 13:32-37 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming--in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning-- lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!"
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