New Testament References to Christ’s Second Coming

“I will come again.” (See John 14:1-3.) The New Testament rings with this promise of  Jesus, for it mentioned 318 times in 260 chapters – an average of one verse in every twenty-five.

While under oath before Caiaphas, the Jewish high priest, Jesus gave assurance of His return: “I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.” Matthew 26:64.

Angels promised the sorrowing disciples that their Master would return to earth: “And while they  looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? his same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:10,11.

The apostle Paul, writing to young Titus, described the second advent as a glorious event to which we should look forward in glad anticipation: “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” Titus 2:13.

Peter mentions the rewards to be given to those who are prepared when Jesus returns: “And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.” 1 Peter 5:4.

Through the words of the Book of Revelation, Jesus (Revelation 1:1), in the closing verses of inspired scripture, leaves this promise: “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Revelation 22:12. God’s promises are not ambiguous. No one can argue that the Bible doesn’t give enough evidence to judge whether He will return or not. The promises are clear, unmistakable.

What precious assurances – Jesus is coming again.

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