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Pastor: Bro. Bobby Clark
Faith Baptist Church
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Crossville, TN. 38557
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The Effects Of The Second Coming
We are living on the threshold of one of the greatest events in human history. May I remind you it was a great day when Jesus came into the world born of a virgin. It was also a tragic and blessed day when He went to Calvary and died on an old rugged cross. How can it be both tragic and blessed you ask? It was tragic in that He had to die for my sins, my wickedness but it was a blessed day in that He loved me enough to do it. It was a glorious day when He rose from the grave victorious over death. He is no longer dead but lives forevermore. It was a wonderful day when He ascended Mt. Olivet and went back to the Father where He is today as our Mediator and Intercessor. But He made a promise in John 14 as He told His disciples “Let not your hearts be troubled, ye believe in God believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am, there ye may be also”. May I say of all the promises Jesus made He has never backed out on one of them and He will not begin now; He is coming again! We don’t know when He is coming but His coming is imminent. The writer of Hebrews wrote in 10:37 “And He that shall come will come and will not tarry”. Just knowing that and realizing that He is coming should do some things to us. It should bring certain effects upon the saved as well as the lost which we will look at this week.
The second coming of Jesus Christ should bring some effects in the lives of all saved people. Just knowing He is coming and could come at any moment should affect the way we live on a daily basis. It should bring a comforting effect into our lives. Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica “For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words”. These words bring comfort to the downcast, the bereaved, and the lonely; just knowing that we stand on the threshold of eternity. It will also create a cleansing effect in our lives as John said in First John 3 “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. And every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth Himself, even as He is pure”. Then it will have a challenging effect as we see our loved ones who lost and it should challenge us to do our best to get them to Jesus and salvation. Jesus told us we were to be witnesses before He ever left to go back to Heaven. He said “Go ye therefore and preach the gospel to every creature”. Again He said “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me, both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth”. Last, it will have a changing effect upon the child of God. When He comes we shall be caught up and changed from this vile body which we have unto a glorious body like unto His. Isn’t that wonderful to know?
Now let’s see some of the effects of the second coming will have on the sinner. Just as there are effects on the saved there will be some on the lost. His return will have some eternally lasting effects on every unbeliever. When Jesus comes the saved are going up to meet Him but what about the sinner? It will be a dreaded effect in that they will be left behind to face the judgment and wrath of the Almighty God. They will face seven years of the great Tribulation Period which God will send upon earth. O sinner friend you do not want to be left behind! Come to Him today. It will also have a deceiving effect upon the sinner in that they will believe a lie from the devil and be lost forever without God. Also there will be a despairing effect as they face this time in world’s history without hope or even the comfort of God’s children. And lastly, it will have a dooming effect. After the Tribulation Period, after the thousand year reign with Christ they will face God in judgment at the great white throne to hear Him say unto them “Depart from me, I never know you” O the sadness and utter grief of those words! To be cast in the lake of fire for all eternity!
But before He returns there is still hope, mercy and grace which the Lord bestows upon the human world. Today He is the Savior but tomorrow He could be your Judge. Trust me; you want Him as Savior not Judge. Today there is salvation extended but on that day there will be judgment. Saved one, are you ready and prepare for the Lord to come today? Are you living your life in such a way as to where you will not be ashamed at His coming? Or are there some things which have come into your life which should not be there? Sinner, you just need to come to Jesus and get saved; that’s the bottom line. He that shall come will come and will not tarry. Don’t you tarry either, come to Him today.