God Knows…When I Wonder About the Future – Part 2
The next time Jesus comes to Earth he will not arrive as a baby, but as a King. Jesus described His second coming, “They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matthew 24:30-31).
Jesus wanted His disciples to remember that He would come again. He also wanted them to remember HOW He would come. When He returned to heaven, angels told his disciples, “This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11).
Several years later when a follower of Jesus named Paul wrote a letter to some of his friends who lived in the city of Thessalonica, he reminded them of Jesus’ words: “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
Jesus helped the disciples see more of the picture by saying, “As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
The people before the Flood wanted a good time. They didn’t want anyone to remind them about God. Many people today are looking for what they call a good time. They, too, would rather not be reminded of Jesus. They don’t realize that real, true happiness comes from friendship with Him.
The disciple Peter warned us that in the last days there would be scoffers, saying, “Where is the promise of His coming?…All things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation” (2 Peter 3:4). But the good news is that “the Lord is not slack concerning His promise” (2 Peter 3:9). This old world is not going to go on forever down the path it is headed—running out of resources, destroying environment, cowering in fear of war and crime, risking health hazards, quieting conscience. God has a better plan. It will be heavenly!