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By : Lonnie Branam [ Sermon When Jesus Comes ]

WHEN JESUS COMES no Bible evidence that Jesus Christ will ever come back to live on this earth again, end there is no reason why He should come back to live on earth. The greatest fact of human history was the coming of God the Son from the glory of heaven to this earth. The inspired prophets of the Old Testament predicted the coming of Christ into the world, and the inspired writers of the New Testament have recorded for us the biography of Jesus Christ. Before Jesus Christ appeared in the flesh, the Bible says that He existed in the beginning with God and was an eternal being like God the Father. John 1:1 says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Before coming to earth Jesus is called "the Word", a pre-earthly title given to Jesus Christ. The Son of God came to earth once, end the Bible plainly teaches that Christ will come again (Hebrews 9:28). However, the Bible does not teach that Christ will come back and live on this earth.. The kingdom of Christ

will be consumated by delivering it up to the Father in heaven. There are several Biblical reasons why Christ is not coming back to live on the earth.


The first reason why Christ is not coming back to live on earth is set forth in the Bible in the gospel of John 14:1-3, "Let not your heart be troubled: you 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 and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." Jesus filled us with hope when he stated that he was going away to prepare a place for us to live. Moreover, He promised that He would come again and take us to that place which He shall prepare. Where did He go? Where is this place where the redeemed will spend all eternity? The Bible leaves us in no doubt as to where Jesus went after his death. After Jesus was crucified and slain by wicked hands, God raised Him from the dead on the third day. He showed himself alive after His sufferings for a period of forty days by many infallible proofs. Forty days after His death, Christ ascended back to the glory of heaven which He had surrendered in order to come to earth. His mission on earth having been completed, He ascended to a position of authority by the right hand of God in heaven. This Bible fact is affirmed in Hebrews 12:2, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our fcith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Furthermore, it is stated in Hebrews 1:3, "...when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high, being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they." If Jesus sat down on the right hand of God, He must be in he;ven where God dwells. This is affirmed in Hebrews 9:24, "For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hand, which are the figures of the true,- but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us." When Jesus ascended from earth, He went to heaven where God dwells and this is the very place He promised to go and prepare a plage for his people. The Lord is preparing a place in heaven for his people. The hope of the Christian is to live in heaven, not on the earth. The Lord, said, "In my Father's house are many mansions.....! go to prepare a place for you." Jesus did not say, "I am going to the Father and one day I will come to earth and rule for a thousand years in Jerusalem over a millenial kingdom." What He did say was that He was going to heaven and there prepare us a place, and when He comes again He will take the redeemed to that heavenly place to live forevermore. Jesus distinctly affirmed that one purpose of His second coming was to receive the saved of all ages into the heavenly place which He has prepared. This is accord with the promise He made, "I v/ill come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." Jesus is not coming back to earth to live because He has gone to heaven to prepare a place for His people and, when He comes again, He will receive His people into that prepared place.


Another reason why Christ is not coming back to earth to live is stated in God's word in 2 Peter 3:10, "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, end the elements shell melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." Christ will not come back to earth to set up an earthly kingdom because the earth is to be burned up. God has no plans for this earth after the second coming of Christ except to destroy it by fire. The end of this ill-fated earth is repeated in 2 Peter 3:5-7, "For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word

When Christ comes again, the finsl judgment of all mankind shall take piece. The epostle Peter connects the events which shall transpire at the second coming with the day of judgment. In 2 Peter 3:7, the apostle declares that the present heaven end earth are reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. The perdition of ungodly men means that ungodly men shell be eternally lost. The word perdition means utter destruction and signifies the destruction which consists in the loss of eternal life. Jesus also connected His second coming with the final judgment and said at his second coming that the good will be separated from the evil, and the wicked shell go away into everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:31,46). Jesus described the place of everlasting punishment as a place of "everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels" (Matthew 25:41).

Millions will be disappointed who hold the erroneous belief that Jesus will come secretly and take the church to heaven and then come again seven years later to Israel and set up His kingdom on the earth. This a human opinion and not a revaled truth. Some attempt to drew a distinction between the "coming of Christ" and the "appearing of Christ". But this is to make a distinction which the word of God does not make. In God's plan as revealed in the New Testament, there is no piece for e thousand year reign of Christ on earth after His second coming. Those who teach the thousand year reign of Christ on earth after the second coming ere forced to teach the unscriptural doctrine of a third coming. The Bible knows nothing of a third coming of Christ. Moreover, the Bible knows nothing of a secret coming of Christ to snatch away the church. Any doctrine which asserts, infers, or implies that responsible people who die without obeying Christ will have a second chance is e false doctrine. We are admonished in the Bible to live "soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world" (Titus 2:12). By so living and preparing ourselves, we will be in a position to look "for that blessed hope, and

the glorious appearing of the great God and our

the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13). Those who do not obey the will of God, those who die without obeying the gospel of Christ have a fate already decreed and declared, a fate which shell befall them when Christ comes back again. The word of God says in 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9, "And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power."

Those who serve Christ shall one day be with Christ, not for a thousand years on earth, but for en eternity in heaven. The Bible declares this fact in 2 Peter 3:13, "Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new-heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.:; Since Christ has gone to prepare a place for His prepared people, since this earth shall be burned up, dissolved with fervent heat when Jesus comes. It is very important for us to take seriously Paul's admonition to "seek those things which are above," and not to set our minds on things which are upon the earth (Colossians

3:1-4). How anyone can take seriously this passage in Colossians and advocate en earthly return and reign of Christ, taxes the imagination. Paul said in Colossians 3:1-4, "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." In God's plan as revealed in Colossians 3, there is no place for a thousand year reign of Christ on earth after His second coming. Caught in this dilemma some try to make a distinction between the coming of Christ and the appearing of Christ. But this is an artificial distinction which the word of God does not make. There is no difference between the coming of Christ and the appearing of Christ. The appearing of Christ will occur at the time of His second coming and only one final coming is mentioned in scripture. When Christ appears, the dead will be raised from the grave. John 5:28,29 says, "Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." When Jesus, comes, the earth and the works therein shall be burned up and dissolved (2 Peter 3:10-12). When Jesus appears the final judgment will take place(2 Peter 3:7; Matthew 25:31-<6). At the second coming of Christ, the eternal destinies of people shall be declared by the Son of God. 2 Corinthians 5:10 says, "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." At that time God's people shall be given bodies which are fashioned like the glorious body of Christ (Philippians 3:20,21)). Since Jesus is not coming back to earth live, pnd-1no wonder He would warn His people to lay up treasure in heaven and not on the earth. Jesus said in Matthew 6:19-21, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." In view of these divinely revealed truths, the thousand year period, mentioned in the book of Revelation, must refer to a unique period in church history before the second coming of Chrisr.

Have you obeyed the gospel? The gospel is the good news of salvation from sin which is made available by the grace of God. The Lord gives this

salvation only to people who obey Him. Hebrews 5:8,9 says, "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; and being made perfect, he became the author of eternal solvation unto all them that obey him." Hence, the commends of the gospel must be obeyed in order for men and women to be saved by God's amazing grace. Sincere people who obey from the heart the commands of the gospel are freed from the bondage of sin, cleensed from the guilt of sin, and become servants of Christ. Romans 6:17,18 says, "But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness." The commands of the gospel, given by Christ, make it necessary for those who believe in Christ to repent of their sins (Acts 17:30,31), publicly confess Jesus as the Son of God (Romans 10:9,10), and then be immersed in water in order to get the benefits of the forgivenss of sins by the death of Christ(Romans 6:3,4). Let us by obedience to the gospel and faithful Christian living be preparing ourselves for the inheritance "reserved in heaven" for faithful Christians. (I Peter 1:3-5)

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It is a fact of history that God's people misunderstood the first coming of Christ, and God's people today are in grave danger of misunderstanding His second coming. When Jesus came the first time, the Jews were God's chosen people. However, under the Christian religion God's chosen people are Christians, whatever their race may be. The Church of Christ now constitutes God's chosen people and is composed of both Jews end Gentiles. The purpose of the first coming of Christ was so misunderstood that the greater part of the Jewish nation rejected their long promised Messiah. Moreover, the same confusion exists on the purpose of the second coming of Christ with the result that many are rejecting the plain Bible truth on the subject. In the first century, the Jews were looking for a political kingdom end rejected Jesus for disappointing their hopes. While Christ wea on earth, the people tried to take him by force and make him a king. John 6:15 se.ys, "When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone." Jesus did not permit them to make him a king because he did not come to establish a political kingdom on earth among the Jews. Contrariwise, Jesus came for the express purpose to establish a universal religion on earth for all races, and all people who become Christians are called the kingdom of Christ. (Colossians 1:13) Jesus came the first time to establish a spiritual organization, not a political organization, and the Lord declared this fact in John 18:36, "My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now is my kingdom not from hence." Jesus did not sey that His kingdom would not exist in the world; He said it was not of the world. His kingdom was to be in the world but not of the world. The meaning is that his kingdom was to be a spiritual, religious organization end not a political kingdom like that of Rome. People who are members of the Lord's church, which Jesus purchased with His own blood, are Christians and make up the kingdom of Christ on the earth. Christ is now reigning as king of kings and Lord of Lords over his church-kingdom on the earth, while He sits at the right hand of God.

The second coming of Christ is not for the purpose of establishing a kingdom or church on earth. When He comes again, He will deliver His church-kingdom to God the Father in heaven (I Corinthians 15:24). The second coming of Christ will not be for the purpose of inaugurating His kingdom. Rather, His second coming will bring an end to the kingdom of Christ which has been on he earth over 2,000 years

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