He is our Soon Coming King
August 14, 2018
In many of our legends and popular stories there is the universal theme of the returning King. King Arthur returns in glory to Camelot to save his people. In Prince Caspian, the second installment of The Chronicles of Narnia, Aslan, the King of Narnia returns to liberate the inhabitants of Narnia. In the children’s story The Lion King, the banished Simba returns to the Pride Lands to defeat the evil Mustafa and take his rightful place as king of the Pride Lands.
The “return of the king” theme did not appear out of nowhere but is inspired by the biblical promise that the King of kings will one day return to earth to take His place as the destined King of heaven and earth. Our God inspired these stories as a way of reminding us all that planet earth has been stolen by an evil impostor king and will one day soon be returned to its rightful King.
In each of these stories the dawning of a new day is always preceded by a time of devastating darkness. Evil, when allowed to run its course, leaves the stolen kingdom distressed, impoverished and dying. The Bible predicts this time of great devastation for earth that we may be facing even now. Paul summarizes that terrible time:
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power (2 Tim. 3:1-5).
A quick glance at the nightly news will alert you that this reality is unfolding so quickly that it is catching some of us by surprise. Paul did not know the timing of this end time scenario. God doesn’t reveal much about the exact time of such things because He wants us to be a people of faith who hear His voice and maintain our spiritual readiness.
But make no mistake about it – Jesus is returning soon to establish His Lordship as King of earth. As we approach this time of the end we are told by Peter that “scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, ‘Where is the promise of his coming?’ For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation” (2 Peter 3:3,4).
It is my confirmed belief that the church will be present on planet earth up to the moment Christ comes again. It will be preceded by a very intense time of upheaval as Satan unfolds his last days strategy for planetary control. He will finally centralize his control in his own counterfeit christ who will through persecution and world dominance try to eliminate any who do not accept his ultimatum of rule. A time of peace in the Middle East and elsewhere will be a false flag that will come to an end when this antichrist manifests his real goal of eradication of faith in Christ from the earth replacing it with worship of him and the one who inspires him, Satan.
Two supernaturally inspired witnesses will suddenly come on the scene to offer a final opportunity for all to accept Christ into their lives (Rev. 11:3-12). I believe they will be accompanied by a remnant of faithful Christ followers who will fulfill Matthew 24:14: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
When it is time a sign will unfold that will announce beyond any doubt that something larger-than-life is about to happen. In the twinkling of an eye, like a thief in the night, like lightening streaking across the night sky, without prior warning, all sources of physical light will be extinguished from the universe. The sun will cease to shine. The moon, wherever it is located, will not give light. Every star in the universe will seemingly vanish. It will be as if earth will be returned momentarily to its condition just prior to creation when the sun, stars and moon did not exist and physical light was absent. Total darkness will fall upon the planet and its inhabitants and the whole created realm. It will be as if some majestic power has rolled up the universe like a scroll and put it away.
That darkness will not last long – only long enough to send fear into the hearts of all who do not know Christ because this sign will be the most terrifying thing ever experienced by any human heart. There will be no answer to the phenomenon other than that the Creator God has turned out the lights. Those who reject the Creator will now realize their error.
Following the distressing effect of the last sign of this age the light will return as the Son of Man splits the sky with His glorious, light-filled presence. The veil between the spiritual and physical realm will be pulled back like a curtain and the Creator will come forth in all His glory with every angel of heaven. Every eye on the planet will see Him when He makes His return indicating that His presence in the universe may last for at least one turn of earth on its axis. Every eye will see Him including those in the spiritual realm who have died or exist as angels. Even those who pierced Him and put Him to death will see the One they cruelly tortured before sending Him to the cross.
Instantly like the twinkle in one’s eye at a flash of light, a roar never heard before will sound forth as a myriad of angels let out a heavenly sustained shout and one specific angel follows with a shofar-trumpet blast. Those who are dead in Christ will be instantaneously transferred into the spiritual realm as their bodies are united with their spirits. There they will join those who remain on earth who will be raptured into the spirit realm to join Christ and all of His followers from all ages.
Christ said, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:3). Mission accomplished!
We have a hard time grasping the reality of the second coming. God is not limited by our earthy definitions of time. He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb. 13:8). He is the great I Am who lives in the eternal now is unaffected by little twists in the unfolding of earth’s drama. He does not change and is not altered by our limited understanding of the timing of His plan. Jesus is coming back and we can be assured that He will return at exactly the right moment in the history of this planet.
The scoffers Peter warned us about will all be stunned by the instantaneous nature of His return. Paul wrote to us of the event:
Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape (1 Thess. 5:1-3).
His return will be like a “thief in the night” because it will happen at a time when we least expect it, a time when those who are outside of Christ will be caught completely off guard. “Peace and safety” they will be announcing right up until the instant He breaks through the veil between Heaven and earth. In this same passage Paul says further:
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 Thess. 4:16-18).
How about that for a big surprise! For those of us who are followers of Christ and are alive at the time it will mean an instantaneous transformation from our earthly state into the realm of the Spirit where we will join all believers in Christ from all of earth’s history. It will be the most majestic, triumphant gathering of people ever experienced by humans or angels. Those who are dead at the time will be instantly joined to their reconstituted bodies and we will join them in bodies that have been instantaneously changed into what Paul calls “a spiritual body” (1 Cor. 15:44).
Those who are left out of this grand heavenly assembly will be devastated to realize that they have missed the truth about Christ and now face the consequences of their failure to know Christ while He could be known. But we need to be very clear that everyone on earth when the return of Christ takes place will have been given ample opportunity to turn to Him. The book of Revelation makes this abundantly clear:
The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts (Rev. 9:20:21).
Make no mistake about it. Those last years of planet earth will be cataclysmic as Satan pours out His wrath upon humanity no doubt as he begins to realize that his fate is sealed. Those left on earth will be those who cannot repent because their hearts are so destroyed by the effects of sin and demonic obstruction.
Knowing all of this it is extremely important that we seek and find Christ and have a relationship with Him. Just like the last time He destroyed earth He is building an ark of safety for His faithful. The ark is the family of God, the body of Christ, the church of the living God. Find a genuine expression of that ark and get to know the Lord our soon coming King.
Sources: Matthew 24, Revelation 6:12-17; 9, 11, Joel 2:28-32; 1 Thessalonians 4,5; 2 Peter 3:3, 4