By BGEA Staff • June 1, 2004
It is very clear in Scripture that Jesus Christ will bodily and visibly return to this earth. In the Old Testament there are prophecies which can be fulfilled only by our Lord’s return. In the New Testament there are over 300 references to Christ’s second coming. Christ Himself emphasized that He would come again. On one occasion He said, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:3). On another occasion Jesus said, “You will see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven” (Mark 14:62; see also Mark 13:26, Matthew 24:30 and Luke 21:27).
The Apostles continued the emphasis on Jesus’ return. In 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, Paul said, “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” Revelation 1:7 says, “Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him.” The bodily, visible return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the Christian’s “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13).