Let me correct two mistakes in the last article. In II Peter 3:8 it should have been Lord not word. It says one day is as a thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years as one day. Thus time doesn't mean anything to the Lord like it does to us. Now to Jesus coming again. After Jesus endured terrible treatment and a horrible death on the cross by His own people, God raised Him from the dead on the 3rd day which was the first day of the week and for the next 40 days He showed himself alive to many people.
While the disciples watched, He was taken up in a cloud.
Two men in white apparel said, "Why do you stand gazing up into Heaven, the same Jesus will come in like manner as you saw Him go." Acts chapter one.
He is coming in person. "For the Lord himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel." I Thessalonians 4:16.
Jesus is coming in visible form. "Behold He cometh with clouds and every eye shall see Him." Revelation 1:7.
He is coming without warning. "For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night." I Thessalonians 5:2&3.
He is coming with Power and glory. "They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of Heaven with power and great glory." Matthew 24:30.
When you read Matthew chapter 24, notice the first part is about the destruction of Jerusalem which is to come in AD 70. As Jesus warns them in Judea, flee to the mountains, let who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house, and let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes, verse 16. The destruction of Jerusalem was terrible; millions were killed by the Romans. Jesus then in verse 34 starts warning about His second coming.
I love words that appear only once in the KJV.
The word twinkling is only used once, I Corinthians chapter 15:52 where we shall be changed in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last Trumpet.
For the Trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised! In I Thessalonians 5, it tells more, the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air! Jesus will never set foot on this Earth again.
Who are the dead in Christ?
What happens next?