THE KING’S RETURN

Scripture Reading: Revelation 1:7-16

“Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of Him. Amen.” (Revelation 1:7)

The book of Revelation looks forward to the second coming of Jesus Christ. The great hope of the Christian faith is focused upon the return of Jesus at the end of time as we know it. The primary purpose for Jesus’ second coming is to judge and to usher in the new heavens and new earth where He will dwell with His people forever.

As in the case throughout Revelation, Old Testament passages are referenced, which give us insight into the message which is being communicated. In this passage two prophetical Old Testament passages come to mind. One is from Daniel where the prophet saw one like a Son of Man coming “with the clouds of heaven” (Daniel 7:13). The other is from Zechariah where the prophet depicts Jerusalem looking on “Him who they had pierced” and who “mourn for Him” (Zechariah 12:10).

The mourning in Revelation is not a mourning of repentance, but one of remorse. When Jesus returns again, it will be too late to repent, for He comes as Judge. All that is left then is the grief of rejection. Those who have rejected Christ will themselves be rejected.

We are given several important facts about Christ’s second coming in this passage. First and foremost, Jesus Christ is coming to this earth again! Second, He comes in glory to judge. Clouds in the Old Testament are associated with God’s glory and also His judgment. Third, every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him. Fourth, those who rejected Him will mourn over the impending judgment they will face.

I long for the day when Jesus return. It will be a day of victory for us. He will put an end to all that is evil and He will establish new heavens and new earth where only righteousness exists. He will make things right and good once for all.

Lord Jesus, I look forward to Your return to earth. All that is broken and damaged will be restored. I will be able to see Your glory and beauty. I long for the new heavens and new earth where all things will be right and good. Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

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