From eternity past into eternity future… The Jesus story! A manger and beyond! … His promised return …
His first coming was humble… He came to a virgin in a stable – his bed a manger. His promised second coming will be as a triumphant king in the clouds with power and great glory!
After his death, burial and resurrection this is what happened according to eyewitnesses… “While they were watching, he was lifted up and a cloud hid Him from their sight. As they were still staring into the sky while He was going, suddenly two men in white clothing stood near them and said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking up into the sky? This same Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will come back in the same way you saw Him go into heaven!’” (Acts 1:9-11 NET)
And since that day, His followers through the centuries and around the world have lived their lives in continual expectation that “today… this year” could be the time of His return! His return will be unexpected for many – but for those who know His word – His promise – although they do not know the “day or hour” of His return, they live in continual expectation and preparedness for it. Apostle Peter said, “Since all of these things are to occur, what sort of people must we be, conducting our lives in holiness and godliness, while waiting for and hastening the come of the day of the Lord!… acc to His promise, we are waiting for a new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness truly resides!” (2 Peter 3:10-13 NET)
So here is the prediction and my expectation for today or sometime in 2014…
“Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 ESV)
Are you ready? Are you expecting it? One of these days, when the great majority of the world least expects it, He will return! But for those who are looking forward to His return… O Hallelujah!!!