The Any-Moment Return of Jesus
The 2nd Coming of Jesus may be much closer than we think. In fact, Jesus can come at any moment. This is a 20-minute message Pastor Larry Neville is sharing here. This goes along with the daily 5-minute devotionals Larry and Janet share each moring.
Here are my notes for you.
John 14:1-3, “I go to prepare a place for you. ‘If I go and prepare a place for you,I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.’”
The Immanent Return of Jesus Christ
Acts 1:11 NIV, “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
It is clear that the Lord’s Coming will be visible. He will come in a body. It says, “the SAME WAY” they saw Him ascend in a glorified yet visible and tangible body; He will return in the same way.
Revelations 1:7, ”Behold He comes with clouds; and every eye shall see Him.. .”
The Jewish Engagement & Wedding.
(2.) The consummation
Ex: Ten Virgins . . . Midnight Call. Matthew 25:1–15).
Church’s Bridegroom has been separated from His Bride now for nearly 2,000 years, One day He will come for her and snatch her from the earth to meet Him in the air.
1 Thessalonians 4:17NLT, “Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.”
The Rapture caught up’ in the verses below, comes from the Greek ‘herpazo’ which means to seize or snatch away. The same term in Latin is the word ‘rapturo’, from which we derive the word rapture. The transporting of a person from one place to another, especially to heaven.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 NLT, For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died[a] will rise from their graves. KEY: After being whisked from her home, the Jewish bride remained hidden at the groom’s father’s house for seven days (where the new union was consummated).
Similarly, the Church will remain ‘hidden’ for a period of seven years, during the prophesied Tribulation period. After the seven days, the Jewish bride left the bridal chamber unveiled, accompanied by her husband, to celebrate the wedding feast with invited guests; After seven years the Church will celebrate her wedding feast and return to earth with Christ, in full view of all.
Revelation 19:14 NLT, The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses.
1 Thessalonians 4:16b,17, ”. . . 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….
Revelation 5:9, And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
Matthew 24:36, ““However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.
Mark 13:33 NLT, Since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert.
Mark 25:19 NLT, After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money.
1 Thessalonians 5:9 ESV, For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
2 Peter 3:3-4 NLT, Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, (In the CHURCH) mocking the truth and following their own desires. 4 They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”
2 Peter 3:9-10 NLT, The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief.
Romans 11:25, I want you to understand this mystery, dear brothers and sisters, so that you will not feel proud about yourselves. Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts, but this will last only until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ.
Jesus expects the CHURCH to Pay attention to Signs of the Times.
Luke 12:54-56, NKJV. “Then He also said to the multitudes, “Whenever you see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming’; and so it is. 55 “And when you see the south wind blow, you say, ‘There will be hot weather’; and there is. 56 “Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time?”
VOICE: 56 Listen, hypocrites! You can predict the weather by paying attention to the sky and the earth, but why can’t you interpret the urgency of this present moment?
1 Corinthians 15:51-52, “Behold, I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised.
God’s Plan? A Harvest of Souls to be Saved
Acts 2:16-18, NKJV, “But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.”
This is Where I believe we are at right now!
Joel 2:23, 24, NKJV, “Be glad then, you children of Zion, And rejoice in the LORD your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you– The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month. The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil.”