“But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things. But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is” (Mark 13:23-33).
The Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ will be with glorious power and might. At His first advent He was born of Mary, and suffered deprivation, humiliation and death for sinners, but His second advent will see Him return in majesty and glory. He came as the suffering servant and the Lamb of God, but soon He will come as the Eternal King and the Lion of Judah (Isaiah 52:13-14; John 1:29; Revelation 19:16, 5:5).
Every eye shall see Him
“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen” (Revelation 1:7).
Next time Jesus will not come to a little village in Israel. He will not wait for a few faithful followers to spread His name around the globe; instead the whole world will see Him come in clouds of glory and power. The Jews will realise their great mistake, in that they rejected and crucified their only Messiah, “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn” (Zechariah 12:10). The rest of the world is waiting for either the last caliph, Buddha, or some new age christ, but in an instant both their teachings and hopes will be dashed. The atheist and evolutionist will see the foolishness of their theories the moment they look upon the Lord Jesus in all His power and glory. Those who have rejected and ridiculed Christ will cry out, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb” (Revelation 6:16).
King of Kings
“And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 16:19).
The majority are willing to accept the Lord as the little child born in a manger in Bethlehem, but very few acknowledge Him as the eternal King and Lord. Pilate might have tried to limit Jesus’ power when he wrote, “JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS” (John 19:19), but the next sign will declare Him to be the King of Heaven and earth. Paul refers to this when he writes to Timothy, “I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen” (1 Timothy 6:13-16). All the earth will realise that He is the only true God, “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:17).
Power beyond description
“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty” (2 Peter 1:16).
The disciples saw something of the power, glory and majesty of the Lord when He was transfigured before them on the mountain, “And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light” (Matthew 17:2) … “And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them” (Mark 9:3). Though this manifestation of Jesus’ glory must have been overwhelming to His followers, they did not see Him in all of His majesty, for their eyes and understanding were dimmed by the veil of the flesh, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face” (1 Corinthians 13:12). The glory of the sun will seem like a candle compared with the glorious light that will emanate from Jesus Christ when He returns. Paul described the light he saw on the Damascus Road in these terms, “I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me” (Acts 26:13), and must be referring to the same when he wrote about the destruction of the Antichrist, “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming” (2 Thessalonians 2:8). We see then that we have no perfect way to describe the revelation of the glory and power of Jesus when He returns, but it is comforting to know that this same glory and power will transform our weak bodies and make us fit for Heaven, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).
There is much more to “the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13) than presented here, but it is clear that it will not be a secret return, and nor will He hide Himself away in a desert or a mountain. The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ cannot be described in full with man’s words, but we can say that it will be breathtaking, glorious and powerful.