Sermon About Christ Come Again:

When Will The Second Coming Be? When Will The Rapture Happen?

The Bible says that Jesus will return again in glory. But when exactly will he come back? And how will he return?

1. Will Christ Come Again?

He promised He would (Jn. 14:1-3)
Jesus said, “…when He is revealed, we shall be like Him…” (1 Jn. 3:2)
Peter declared that some would scoff, but He was coming “as a thief in the night” (2 Peter 3:3-10)

We don't know when it will happen, but we do know what happens after he returns.
The Bible tells us that Jesus will return as the Son of Man with his angels. He will gather up those who are alive at that time and take them to heaven. 

Paul wrote often of His coming

  • Heb. 9:27-28—“…He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation”
  • 2 Thess. 1:7—He shall be “…revealed from heaven with His mighty angels”
  • 1 Thess. 4:16—“…with a shout, with the voice of an archangel”
  • Angels said He would come in like manner as He had ascended (Acts 1:10-11)


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2. The Transience of Life (James 4:13-17)

Our journey begins by acknowledging the brevity of life, as described in James 4:13-17. Life is fragile, like a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes. This reality calls us to assess our priorities, investing in what truly matters, and living with the awareness that our time on earth is limited.

3. Always Be Ready (Matthew 24:42-44)

Continuing, we delve into Jesus' teachings on preparedness in Matthew 24:42-44. He urges us to be vigilant, always ready for His return. Just as a homeowner remains watchful to deter a thief, we are to live with spiritual readiness, constantly seeking to align our lives with God's will.

4. Guard Against Overconfidence (Matthew 24:45-51)

As we explore Matthew 24 further, we encounter the cautionary parable of the faithful and wicked servants. Jesus emphasizes the danger of becoming overconfident in His delay. The faithful servant remains diligent and found doing his Master's will, while the unfaithful servant becomes complacent, leading to dire consequences.

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5. The Day of the Lord: Like a Thief (2 Peter 3:10-13)

Lastly, we turn to 2 Peter 3:10-13, where the apostle Peter describes the day of the Lord as coming like a thief. This imagery underscores the unpredictability of Christ's return. Peter urges us to live holy and godly lives, eagerly anticipating His coming, and contributing to the establishment of God's kingdom

6. The Rapture.

How Will He Come Again? Visible to all
  • In like manner (Acts 1:10-11)
  • “…every eye shall see Him” (Rev. 1:7)
  • Without warning (1 Thess. 5:1-3)
  • With His angels (2 Thess. 1:7; Matt. 25:31)
The rapture will happen when Jesus returns to earth. They say that believers will be taken away by Jesus and the rest of humanity will be left behind to face God's judgment.

7. The Great White Throne Judgment.

In Revelation 20:11-15, John describes what he calls "the great white throne judgment." 

This is the final day of history, when God judges every . It is also called the Day of Wrath because God will judge everyone according to how well they lived their lives.
Then Comes The End
  • Not beginning, the end (1 Cor. 15:23-24)
  • Righteous & wicked raised (Jn. 5:28-29)
  • Dead in Christ, then living (1 Thess. 4:16-17)
  • Speedily (1 Cor. 15:52)
  • Judgment takes place (Jn. 12:48)
  • Dividing of “sheep and goats” (Matt. 25:32-34, 41, 46)


Let us reflect on the urgency of preparedness in our lives. Life's uncertainty and the promise of Christ's return call us to be vigilant, watchful, and ready. Let us guard against complacency and overconfidence, instead pursuing lives of holiness and purpose.

May we live each day with the awareness that our time is short, and eternity awaits. Let us invest in things that will outlast our temporary existence, spreading the message of hope and salvation. In doing so, we honor the teachings of our Savior, who calls us to be prepared for His glorious return.

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