Jesus Second Coming

  1. 1 Corinthians 15:22: For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.  The thought of Christ’s resurrection as a representative event triggers the comparisons that follow between Christ and Adam as representative persons. For just as death came into the world through a man whose actions were truly representative of the harvest of sin and death that has become characteristic of all who have come after him, so now the resurrection of the dead has come through a man whose destiny his progeny can also fully expect to share. For inasmuch as all who are united with Adam by birth and by sin die, all who are united with Christ by rebirth and faith will, like him, be made alive.  - From commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:22 in the Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary by Gary M. Burge and Andrew Hill.
  2. “But each [will be made alive] in turn”—first Christ, then “those who belong to him” at his coming (15:23; 15:52; 1 Thess. 4:14). Then “the end will come,” the time when Christ hands over to the Father his kingly rule over all those who believe in him (15:23–24). This will not happen, however (Ps. 110:1; Mark 12:36; Acts 2:34–35), until all the other forces that exercise an alien power over Christ’s people have been destroyed, including the last such enemy, which is death. But when all these have been destroyed, the God who has put them all under Christ’s feet (Ps. 110:1; cf. Ps. 8:6) by destroying their power must not be expected to subject himself to Christ. Rather, just the opposite will happen. “The Son himself will be made subject” (or perhaps, as is suggested by the Greek, he “will subject himself”) to the Father, who has given him his kingly authority so that God may be recognized as the true source of “all” that has happened “in all” these events (15:28).  - From commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:22 in the Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary by Gary M. Burge and Andrew Hill.
  3. 1 Corinthians 15:42-44: So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.  The body that now displays God’s glory is perishable. The body that will be raised will display God’s glory in an imperishable form. The body whose glory is now partially obscured in the dishonor of sin and death will be raised to reflect fully and completely God’s glory. The body that dies in weakness will be raised to share in the power that comes from God himself. And finally, most comprehensively, the one who dies in a “natural body” will be raised to life in a spiritual body (15:44 a; note, however, that it is still a body, which is both like and unlike ours. - From commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:42_ 44 in the Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary by Gary M. Burge and Andrew Hill.
  4. The seed corresponds to our perishable, rotting body that must die first, whereas the embodied life that emerges from death represents our new resurrection body. The perishable body that is laid in the ground in death is not the same body that emerges in new life, but the seed image strongly implies continuity of identity. Somehow we will know ourselves to be ourselves in the new body, and we will know others in their new bodies as the same persons we knew in their perishable bodies (cf. Lk 24:30- 35; 36- 42). - From commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:42-44 from the IVP New Testament Commentary (20 Vol.) by InterVarsity Press.
  5. “And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 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” (Ac. 1:10-11)
  6. In the present Scripture of Isaiah, the Lord gives Isaiah a glimpse into the future. Three astounding and major events are revealed to him. And because the revelation is by God Himself, believers of all generations can know with certainty that they will take place. All three major events will take place in the last days of human history. Therefore, any believer still alive should heed the warnings given and act before it is too late. These events are, The Future Kingdom and Temple of God, the Day of the Lord, and the Restoration of Israel: Three Key Events in the Future, 2:1–4:6.
    1. The future kingdom and temple of God: a picture of Christ’s rule on earth (Isa. 2:1-5).
    2. The future Day of the Lord, His terrifying judgment (Isa. 2:6–4:1).
    3. The glorious restoration of Israel: assured by the Branch of the Lord (Christ) (Isa. 4:2-6).
    - From the reading about Isaiah 2:1-6 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  7. John 14:19-24 (ESV): Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me.
    The second promise is the promise of certain knowledge of Christ based upon that double resurrection. It is because Jesus has been raised and because we have been given new life that we know him as being who he is. This is what he means when he says, “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father” (v.20).
    The content of this knowledge is that Jesus of Nazareth was God incarnate, that is, that he was fully divine. All else flows from this. And the basis of this knowledge, without which we do not and cannot know, is this double resurrection. On the one hand, it is based upon Christ’s own resurrection. Without this there would have been no faith and no knowledge that he was indeed who he claimed to be. He claimed to be God. But if he had died only, no matter how selflessly or courageously, without the resurrection he would rightly be regarded as no more than a selfless and sincere man. He would have been a good teacher, a friend. But faith and knowledge would have stopped at that point. It was only when Christ was raised from the dead that his life was seen to be fully extraordinary and his daring claims vindicated. This is why Paul can refer to the resurrection as the greatest of all Christian evidences in the opening chapter of the Book of Romans, noting that Christ “was a descendent of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead” (1:3–4). 
    On the other hand, apart from a corresponding resurrection of spiritually dead men to spiritual life, even this great miracle is insufficient for bringing us to know who Christ is. It is only when God plants his own life within us, thereby enabling us to understand his truth and respond to Christ, that we truly know Christ and embrace him joyfully as the ground of our salvation. - From the commentary on John 14-19-25 “Sure Knowledge” from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  8. “And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one….And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited” (Zec. 14:9, 11).
  9. Millennium—Jesus Christ, Millennial Reign—Kingdom, of Christ on Earth—Rule, of Christ, on Earth: the word millennium simply means 1,000 years. There is only one section of Scripture in the whole Bible that tells us how long the reign of Jesus Christ will be (Re. 20:2-7). When we speak of the Millennium, we mean the 1,000-year rule of Jesus Christ on earth. God’s Holy Word reveals that just prior to the millennial reign of Christ two great events will take place.
    Jesus Christ is going to return to earth as conqueror. He is going to destroy the Antichrist and all the war machines and armies of the world in a battle known as Armageddon (see outline and notes—Re. 19:17-21 for more discussion). Not a single shot will be fired against Christ at Armageddon. When Jesus Christ appears in the heavens, He will give one blast of His glory and the most powerful beam of light the world has ever known will destroy the armies and nations of the world. (See outline and note—2 Th. 2:8 for more discussion.) - From the reading about Isaiah 2:1-5 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  10. Paul provides no timetable—here or elsewhere—for when that resurrection will occur. Neither does he clearly answer questions about what happens to the soul after death and before the resurrection. What is clear is that he does not expect the resurrection bodies to be given individually, as each person dies. Instead all will be given their resurrection bodies at one time when Christ returns. - From commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:35 from the Quest Study Bible Notes by Zondervan publisher. 
  11. Christ will bind and remove Satan from the earth for 1,000 years, the period of the Millennium. For 1,000 years Satan will not be able to tempt or deceive people on earth. This does not mean that people cannot sin or do wrong, for man will still have his human disposition that comes short of God’s glory by its very nature. Man will still have choices to make: to follow Christ or not to follow Christ. But with Satan bound and removed, there will be far less evil and ungodliness in the world. Government and society will be under the control of Christ Himself. This means…
    • that no more war or killing will take place
    • that no more assaults, abuse, or crimes will go unpunished
    • that no more hunger, homelessness, or unemployment will exist
    • that no more laziness, lethargy, or unconcern will be allowed
    • that no selling or taking drugs or drunkenness will be tolerated
    When Jesus Christ rules over the earth in the future, He will govern both the nations and the people of the earth.
     - From the reading about Isaiah 2:1-5 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  12. Thus the plausibility of a spiritual body, and something of its nature, is demonstrated from the fact of a “natural body” (15:44 b). It may also be demonstrated from Scripture. For in the same way that Adam as a living being represents the first of his species, so Christ, the last Adam, as a spiritual being, gives life to a new race of persons whose bodily form is now represented only by his own. The point, however, is that full spiritual existence in a glorified body does not come until natural existence in a physical body is ended. But when it does, we shall share in the same kind of spiritual existence as our Lord, as surely as we now share in the same kind of physical existence as Adam. And the resemblance will extend even to our appearance.  - From commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:45_ 49 in the Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary by Gary M. Burge and Andrew Hill.
  13. Isaiah 25:8 - He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,  for the Lord has spoken.
  14. Why is Christ coming back to rule over this earth for 1,000 years? Why is a Millennium necessary? Why does Jesus Christ not just end everything when He comes back to earth? There are at least three reasons.
    1. Why must the earth be ruled over by Christ in its present form? Because the earth belongs to Christ; it belongs to Him by right. Jesus Christ created the world and placed man in charge of the world. But man gave the world to Satan. Man obeyed Satan instead of God. When he did, he brought evil to earth. Therefore, Jesus Christ has to reclaim the earth and bring righteousness to the earth, and He has to do it while the earth is in its present form. To destroy the earth would be giving up this earth and dooming it to destruction; it would mean that God failed with the present earth. Of course, God cannot fail. Therefore, the Lord Jesus Christ must reclaim this earth and rule over it before He moves the world and believers into the perfect world.
    2. Why is the Millennium necessary? Because God has to fulfill all the promises to man that are in His Holy Word. In order to fully bless the few who really believe in Him, Jesus Christ has to come back to earth while it is in its present form. God made a number of wonderful promises in Scripture that have not yet been fulfilled, and they cannot be fulfilled without Christ Himself ruling and bringing them about. Therefore, He is coming back to carry out the promises while the earth exists as it is now. 
     - From the Deeper Study #1 reading about Isaiah 2:1-5 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  15. So also will it be in the day of Christ’s second appearing. In that day too his deity will be made manifest and the guilt and sinful intransigence of man will be exposed. That will be a day of judgment and not of grace. Today is the time to turn from sin and acknowledge him both as Savior and Lord.  - From the commentary on John 18:3 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  16. But if the end of our natural life is a prerequisite to the transformation that allows our participation in the eternal kingdom of God, then what will happen to those who are left alive at the time of Christ’s coming and this world’s demise? The answer is part of the mysterious wisdom of God’s plan. “We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed” (15:51). In the same moment that the dead are raised, those who are alive will also be changed. Their perishable physical existence will be cloaked by the imperishable existence and immortality of a body transformed by God’s power, just as with those who have died and been resurrected. - From commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:42_ 44 in the Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary by Gary M. Burge and Andrew Hill. 
  17. “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem” (Is. 27:13).
  18. Why does Christ not end everything when He returns? Because God is love. God wants to see more people saved despite the terrible evil of mankind and the atrocious acts yet to come during the last days. Moreover, God is still merciful. Therefore, He is going to give man the very presence of His Son in His majestic glory ruling and reigning from Jerusalem. God is going to give man his utopia upon earth—peace and prosperity—give man every opportunity in the world to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In summary, the Millennium is necessary because of the love of God for man, a love that longs for more and more people to be saved. - From the Deeper Study #1 reading about Isaiah 2:1-5 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  19. 1 Corinthians 15:42-44:  Right now we have bodies destined for the grave. The word for corruption is phthora. Paul uses it to describe the coming millennial dawn, when creation itself "shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption" (Rom. 8:21). Peter uses the word to describe the corruption of latter- day apostates (2 Peter 2:12). Paul uses the word here to describe the destruction of our bodies by corruption in the grave. 
    By contrast, in the Resurrection we are going to have bodies destined for the glory. We are going to be raised in incorruption. Our resurrection bodies will be absolutely and eternally incorruptible. The Lord's body in Joseph's tomb was thus miraculously preserved in fulfillment of prophecy (Ps. 16:10; Acts 2:27). Our bodies will be miraculously restored, no longer subject to earthly conditions, but made fit to dwell in that "light unapproachable" (1 Tim. 6:16), where God sits enthroned. Our new bodies will be destined for glory.  - From John Phillips Commentary Series (27 Vol.) by Kregal Publisher.
  20. What are some verses that tell us that Christ is coming back in glory to rule and reign over the earth?
    ⇒ Christ will rule over and govern the nations.
    “For the kingdom is the Lord’s: and he is the governor among the nations” (Ps. 22:28).
    “O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah” (Ps. 67:4).
    “And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Is. 2:4).
    “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” (Is. 9:7).
    “Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people” (Is. 55:4).  - From the Deeper Study #1 reading about Isaiah 2:1-5 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  21. “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 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” (1 Th. 4:13-18).
  22. The Messiah will bring peace to the people and nations of the world (v. 5). All military equipment and uniforms that are so often covered with blood will be cast aside and burned. Never again will the military equipment or uniforms be produced. Peace will sweep the earth, both peace within the human soul and peace among nations. Universal harmony will exist everywhere. Of course, this is a clear reference to the future kingdom of the Messiah, the messianic kingdom known as the Millennium. Some of the predictions in this passage were obviously fulfilled when God defeated Assyria and delivered Jerusalem (see outline and notes—Is. 37:1-38 for more discussion). And as the apostle Matthew clearly states, other events found their fulfillment when Christ Himself came to earth (Mt. 4:13-16). But the ultimate fulfillment of the prophecy regarding the bright and glorious future will be in the last days of human history, during the millennial reign of Christ upon earth. (See outline and note—Is. 2:1-5). Also see Deeper Study #2—Is. 2:1-5.) For now, however, the emphasis is upon the peace that the Messiah will bring to human hearts and to the nations of the world.
    “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (Jn. 14:27).
    “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (Jn. 16:33).
    “The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)” (Ac. 10:36).
    “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ro. 5:1).
    “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Ro. 8:6-7).
    “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Ro. 14:17).
    “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Ga. 5:22-23).

    “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us” (Ep. 2:14).
    “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Ph. 4:6-7).
    “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven” (Col. 1:20).
    “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful” (Col. 3:15).
    “Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it” (1 Pe. 3:11).
    “Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it” (Ps. 34:14).
    “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Is. 53:5). 
    - From the reading about Isaiah 9:5 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  23. “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 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 incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (1 Co. 15:50-53).
  24. Amazingly, the Savior will restore creation itself and bring peace to the earth (vv. 6-9). A radical change will take place in the nature of animals. No longer will animals be wild and ferocious but, rather, tame and peaceful (vv. 6-7). Wild animals such as the wolf, leopard, lion, and bear will live with the lamb, goat, calf, cow, and ox. A little child will even be safe in the presence of wild animals (Is. 11:8). All fear and danger will be erased. A child will no longer fear a cobra and will easily put his hand into the vipers nest. Also, the very nature of man will be changed. Hostility, conflict, divisiveness, and discrimination will no longer fill the hearts of people. Destruction of life and property will cease (v. 9). The knowledge of the Lord will fill the earth as the waters cover the sea. The message of the gospel, of a personal and saving knowledge of the Lord, will be everywhere.
    As stated above, righteousness will sweep the earth. People will obey the laws of the Lord. His holy commandments will be kept. The Savior will save the Gentiles, as well as the Jews (v. 10). The Savior will actually be a banner around which all the people and nations of the earth will rally (Is. 49:22). While Christ was on earth, He clearly taught that many people would come from all the nations of the earth to sit down in the kingdom of God (Lu. 13:29). This promise was even given to Abraham when God promised that his (Abraham’s) descendants would bless all the people on earth (Ge. 12:3).
    When the Savior returns to rule over the earth, His place of rest (home) will be the restored Jerusalem. Jerusalem will be glorious. Of course, its glory will be due to the majestic holiness and glory of the Savior Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ. Because of Christ’s glory and that of Jerusalem, the nations of the earth will flood to the Lord’s kingdom. 
    - From the reading about Isaiah 11:3=16 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  25. “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming” (1 Co. 15:20-23).
  26. The future work of the Savior will involve a great task. The Savior will establish the kingdom of God on earth. This will be a period of history commonly known as the Messianic Kingdom or the Millennium.  What follows is a captivating description of the Messiah’s kingdom:
       a. As world ruler, the Savior will establish true righteousness and justice on earth (vv. 3-5). But He will not be like an ordinary judge who has to give opinions based upon imperfect knowledge. He will not judge by what appears to be true or false nor by the statements given by witnesses. And He certainly will not be a judge who can be bribed or who bases His decisions upon public opinion. To the contrary, there will be no favoritism or partiality in any of the Messiah’s decisions. Every decision will be based upon true justice, in particular for the poor and meek, the needy and oppressed. Furthermore, He will execute justice against the wicked, slaying them with the very breath of His mouth (see Re. 19:15).
      In a marvelous way the Savior will wear righteousness and faithfulness as a belt. His righteousness and faithfulness will keep the loose clothing of injustice and oppression from affecting His decisions. Nothing will keep Him from executing perfect justice among the people of the earth.
     - From the reading about Isaiah 11:3 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  27. We must watch and be prepared for the fulfillment of the predictions in God’s Holy Word. Christ Himself instructed us to stand watch and be alert for His return to earth. He is coming back, and He could come back at any time, so we must be prepared. We must also be prepared for death because we could die at any moment. And when we die, we will immediately come face-to-face with the Lord to give an account of whether we accepted Christ as our Savior or defied and turned against Him. By watching and being prepared to meet the Lord, we keep ourselves focused upon Him and His Holy Word. Listen to what God’s Word says about watching and being prepared:
    “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh” (Mt. 25:13).
    “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mt. 26:41).
    “Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them” (Lu. 12:37).

    “Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears” (Ac. 20:31).
    Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong” (1 Co. 16:13).
    Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving” (Col. 4:2).
    “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober” (1 Th. 5:5-6).
    “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Tit. 2:12-13).
    “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world” (1 Pe. 5:8-9).
    “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee” (Re. 3:2-3).
    “Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown” (Re. 3:11).
    “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame” (Re. 16:15)
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     - From the “Thought 1” reading about Isaiah 21:1-17 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  28. The amazing changes described in Scripture could not take place on earth or in people apart from the direct intervention of God. But the wonderful promise of the Lord is this: He will intervene! A glorious transformation will take place in the future. Both the earth and the hearts of people will be transformed. All evil, lawlessness, violence, immorality, and injustice will be erased from the face of the earth. All sinful, wicked people who reject God and oppress His people—all unbelievers—will be removed from the face of the earth. In that day, the day when the Lord Jesus returns to set up His kingdom, a magnificent change will sweep the entire earth. 
    “And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil” (Ex. 23:25-26).
    “And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land” (Le. 26:6).
    “And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve” (Is. 14:3).
    “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it” (Is. 25:8).
    “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert” (Is. 35:5-6).
    “Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise” (Is. 60:18).
     - From the “Thought 1” reading about Isaiah 29:17-24 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  29. The Word of God assures us: Christ will give the redeemed the most wonderful blessings imaginable when He returns to earth. But we must always remember this sad fact: not everyone is going to receive these blessings. People who reject the Lord and refuse to obey His commandments will be cut off from God. He will not bless them. Because they rejected Him, He will reject them. But again, this will not be the fate of the redeemed, the people who truly follow the Lord and seek to obey His holy commandments. They will be blessed beyond measure when Christ returns.
    But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal” (Mt. 6:20).
    “Let not your heart 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” (Jn. 14:1-2).
    “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Ro. 8:16-18).
    “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Co. 15:54).
    “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Co. 5:1).
    “For our conversation [citizenship] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Ph. 3:20-21).
    “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory” (Col. 3:4).
    “And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints” (1 Th. 3:12-13).
    “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” (1 Th. 4:16-18).
    “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” (2 Ti. 4:8).
    “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (He. 11:8-10).
    “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city” (He. 11:13-16).
    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Pe. 1:3-5).
    “And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away” (1 Pe. 5:4).
    “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” (1 Jn. 3:2).
    “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes” (Re. 7:16-17).
    “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Re. 21:4). 
    - From the “Thought 1” reading about Isaiah 29:17-24 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  30. When the promised king establishes His kingdom on earth, He will pour blessing after blessing upon its citizens. These blessings will be entirely different from the blessings of salvation described in chapter 30. This is a clear picture of the Messiah’s kingdom and what life will be like when Christ rules upon earth during His millennial reign (vv. 15-20). He will give the believers in His kingdom six of the most glorious blessings imaginable.
         1) The Messiah will pour out His spirit upon all believers (v. 15; 44:3; Eze. 36:26-27; 39:29; Joel 2:28; Zec. 12:10). God’s Spirit will teach and lead the redeemed, guiding them as they walk day by day serving the Messiah. The redeemed will have a strong desire in their hearts to obey the Lord, a longing to accomplish the task He assigns them to do. Due to the Messiah’s presence on earth, the work of the Spirit will flow far more freely and be far more evident than it is today. He will demonstrate His power much more clearly.
         2) In the Messiah’s kingdom the land itself will be transformed. The desert will become fertile, and the fertile fields will seem like forests (v. 15). Nature itself will be redeemed, brought completely under control by the Messiah (see outline and note—Ro. 8:18-27 for more discussion). The earth will become another “Garden of Eden.”
         3) Justice and righteousness will sweep the earth from one end to the other (v. 16). People will live righteously, obeying both the commandments of God and the laws of the land. No longer will lawlessness, immorality, and violence blanket the earth. To the contrary, people will rejoice in righteousness and justice and hold great respect for God and His commandments and the rights of others.
         4) Due to the rule of righteousness and justice, peace will descend on earth (v. 17). All the redeemed in the Messiah’s kingdom will experience a spirit of quietness, assurance, and security. No longer will a spirit of restlessness, insecurity, fear, anxiety, and purposelessness grip the souls of people. Instead, people’s hearts will be filled with a deep sense of serenity and confidence.
         5) The Messiah will provide a secure dwelling place for all the redeemed in His kingdom (v. 18). All people will live in their own homes undisturbed and completely free from trouble.
         6) In the Messiah’s kingdom both the cities and countries will be transformed (vv. 19-20). Though the cities were leveled to the ground in the past and all the lands completely ruined, they will not remain so. Even in this present evil world both can be devastated, but the day is coming when both will be restored and transformed. In that day there will be an abundance of farmland and water for every citizen. The land will be so fruitful that the animals will be allowed to roam freely. 
    - From the “c” reading about Isaiah 32:1-20  in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  31. “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” (1 Th. 4:16-18).