The Coming of the Son of Man
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven WITH POWER AND GREAT GLORY. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Matthew 24:29-31
In God’s Word, the Bible, we’ve been given knowledge of the future. Some call this “the news before the news.” Bible believers study daily God’s Word, seeking His face, waiting upon their soon returning Great Bridegroom (Matthew 25:1-13). So, they are exclusively in the know about what’s coming, future events soon to transpire.
Jesus is coming back.
“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this 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 1:9-11
Of this passage, FB Meyer made these observations:
“Luke (who also wrote Acts) informs Theophilus (the name means “a lover of God”) that his Gospel told the story of what the Lord began to do and teach. Evidently this further book is a continuation of His deeds and words. It ought to be called “The Acts of the Ascended Christ.” The Gospel tells of what Jesus did through a mortal body; and this book what He did through the Church, which is His body, “the fullness of Him that filleth all in all.” Here we learn that the time between the Resurrection and the Ascension was forty days; that our Lord issued commandments, no doubt about the ordering of the Church; and that He spoke with the Apostles of the coming kingdom of God-that ideal society which is God’s great objective through the ages. It would not be established by the sword of the soldier, but by the witness-bearing of the evangelist, Act_1:8. Then the Lord rose before their eyes, and passed within a cloud, which dropped like a curtain before Him. He passed into heaven, Heb_9:24, to make intercession, to guide the course of His Church, and to sit at the right hand of the Father till His enemies should be made His footstool.” FB Meyer
The Believer’s Bible Commentary notes the following concerning Acts 1:9-11:
“1:9 As soon as the Savior had commissioned His disciples, He was taken up into heaven. This is all the Scripture says—He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. Such a spectacular event, yet it is described so simply and quietly! The restraint which the writers of the Bible used in telling their story points to the inspiration of the Word; it is not customary for men to handle such unusual events with such reserve.
1:10 Again without any expression of shocked surprise, Luke narrates the appearance of two men … in white apparel. These were obviously angelic beings who were enabled to appear on earth in the form of men. Perhaps these were the same angels who appeared at the tomb following the resurrection (Luk_24:4).
1:11 The angels first addressed the disciples as men of Galilee. As far as we know, all the disciples except Judas Iscariot came from the region west of the Sea of Galilee.
Then the angels awoke them from their reverie, as they looked into heaven. Why were they gazing up into heaven? Was it sorrow, or worship, or wonder? Doubtless it was a mixture of all three, though primarily sorrow. So a word of comfort was given. The ascended Christ would come again.
Here we have a clear promise of the Lord’s Second Advent to set up His kingdom on the earth. It is not the Rapture, but the coming to reign that is in view.
The LORD told us what was going to happen in the future and the Bible exclusively contains those prophecies, not one of which has not come to pass in its time and exactly as foretold, with more prophecies unfolding now and coming to fulfillment, to fruition just ahead.
“Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.” Isaiah 42:9
“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:” Isaiah 46:9-10
Here is what is not yet seen yet has been said and shall come to pass because “no one of these (divine promises) shall fail.” (Isaiah 34:16)
Prophetic Promises – the Seen, the Unseen, the Unfolding, and the Not Yet Seen
Speaking of the promises to come – “the things which are not seen” (2 Corinthians 4:18) – the prophetic utterances of the LORD which are coming, Isaiah wrote: “Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail…” (Isaiah 34:16)
FORETOLD FACT: JESUS CHRIST IS COMING TO CRUSH ALL REBELLION, REBELS, TO UNSEAT ALL DESPOTS, AND TO RULE ON HIS EARTH – READY OR NOT (Isaiah 13:9; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 19:11-16, etc.).
“ALL things” will be forcefully put under the feet the KING of all kings who is the LORD of all lords! As we read beginning in Genesis 3:15, Jesus is coming to with finality crush the head of the serpent, Satan, and all rebels. There is no neutral ground. Jesus says “He that is not with me IS against me.” (Matthew 12:30)
“Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.” Hebrews 2:8
The LORD owns this house, this earth and is returning to take His rightful authority over it. Nothing can stop it! Anyone who isn’t in agreement with and in obedience to the Son of God will crushed by Him – crushed under the power and weight of His holy justice.
“Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” Psalms 2:11-12
This is the side of God you don’t want to see, and yet all rebels will receive His holy wrath – “they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)
“Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.” Psalms 50:22
The Word says “God … commandeth all men every where to repent.” (Acts 17:30) Jesus says “except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3)
Making Peace with God – Now. Do it now beloved. He loves you, is ready to forgive all and is waiting for you to come to Him. Go here.
The true remnant saint of Christ is looking for Christ, not a man. Jesus Christ will be the “last man standing” if you will, of rulers. – “That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: 15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate (Supreme Ruler), the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 16 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 6:14-16)
Jesus Christ alone is the Supreme Ruler of His universe, every iota of which He created and sustains (Colossians 1:15-17, etc.). This is why the Word says “the government shall be upon his shoulder.”
In the scope of past, present, and future history – HIS-STORY – nothing is over till Jesus wins! And He will, in crushing fashion.
He will soon bring Peace through Strength… peacemaker, not peace keeper. As we are reading of the crushing violence the LORD will bring, some times, peace must be made, forced by judgment upon the wicked.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” Isaiah 9:6-7
From Genesis to Revelation. From Adam to Christ’s first and then second coming and then “the wrath of the Lamb.”
“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” 1 Corinthians 15:22-28
No one can hide! How about all these world rulers (see Psalm 2) and how their wealth has seemingly kept them hidden. Well, God sees all, everywhere (Proverbs 15:3). When “the wrath of the Lamb” comes down, these vile unrepentant rebels will be crying out for the mountains to collapse on them. “It’s going to be biblical” as the saying goes! No one escapes – except those who are truly His!
“And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” Revelation 6:15-17
“These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” Revelation 17:14
“And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 19:15
Heaven’s KING is coming back to deal a death blow to all rebels.
It’s not going to be pretty. The wicked shall be crushed under His holy feet.
“Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.” Isaiah 13:9
The LORD is going to dethrone all and take His rightful seat of Rulership on His Earth.
“I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit (to rule over all) …” Daniel 7:9
The future, eternity is reserved for Christ and all who are His – who endure with Christ to the end of their earthly life (Matthew 10:22; 24:10-13; Revelation 2-3, etc.).
“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:” Job 19:25
Man’s dominion is fleeting. History is littered with kingdoms that ruled and then were trashed, destroyed, diminished, made extinct.
“The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” Revelation 11:15
Here below is a taste of how the kingdoms of his world are going to become “the kingdoms of our Lord.” Jesus Christ is coming back in spectacular judgment, crushing under His holy feet all wickedness, wicked doers, and the kingdoms of this world.
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 19:11-16
Punishment Must Precede the Reign of the Prince of Peace
“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.” 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10
“To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;” Hebrews 7:2
In Hebrews 7:2: First Christ is “King of righteousness” because He made us righteous by the blood of His cross (Colossians 1:20). Secondly, He’s the “King of Salem” or will be the King of JeruSALEM when He soon returns, as thirdly “King of peace.” See Isaiah 9:6-7
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the GOVERNMENT shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” Isaiah 9:6-7
PRAYER: Heavenly Father I come before You now, in the name of Jesus Christ, thank You for Your only begotten Son whose perfect sacrifice on the cross bought the world back to You. Thank You for creating, finding, and saving me into Your family through Christ’s precious blood. Please do that deeper work in my life as You alone can do. I praise You now for continuing in Your people that good work and perfecting that which concerns our lives in You. I love You Jesus. In Jesus’ name.