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The Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ

Phase One:

His Appearing

We stand on the brink of the most awe-inspiring time in God’s prophetic plan since Christ’s first coming. It is the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, marked first by a little-known event that the Bible calls His Appearing. 

The Scriptures reveal that Christ’s coming again is progressive, culminating in the Final Coming of Christ in glory in the clouds of heaven with His saints. Before that, many believe, we will witness the Appearing of Christ and the Rapture. 

His Appearing will occur as a manifestation of His glorious presence in His people. Christ’s glory—His honor, splendor and radiance—will shine forth from His people in the same way that Christ’s glory shone forth in His Transfiguration, a similar manifestation of God’s glory in man-flesh and a pattern-setting event for those who truly follow Christ. Our faces will glow with a radiance like the radiance on Moses’ face when he descended Mt. Sinai. His face blazed, lit up with the glory-shine of God within him. When we gaze on the face of God, 2 Corinthians 3:18 tells us, we change into His image, glory from “glory to glory in Christ Jesus.” Colossians 1:27 affirms the hidden presence of “Christ in you, your hope of glory.”  God is even now transforming our flesh to become translucent, able to shine forth this God-dazzle.

Christ the Lord will come in power and majesty to dwell in and express Himself through His people. Unbelievable to some, unprecedented to all, the imminence of these God-events have heaven astir with joyful expectancy. Even those who know Him in His glory will be stunned. For "eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man to imagine what God has prepared for those who love Him."  (1 Corinthians 2:9) 

A stack of Scriptures clarify and expand on the reality of His Appearing. One of these many Bible references, penned by the Apostle Paul in 2 Thessalonians 1:10 and 12 in the Amplified Version, reads: 

10   When He comes to be glorified in His saints [on that day He will be made more glorious in His consecrated people] and [He will] be marveled at and admired [in His glory reflected] in all who have believed [who have adhered to, trusted in and relied on Him] . . .
12 Thus may the name of our Lord Jesus Christ be glorified and become more glorious through and in you, and may you also be glorified in Him according to the grace (favor and blessing) of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ the Messiah, the Anointed One). 

Another reference, Romans 8:14-23, intrigues readers with an explanation of Christ’s Appearing as ‘the revelation of the sons of God.” This stirring passage presents the groaning of the earth, so linked to man’s flesh by God’s creation of man from earth-dust, and the longing of the earth to experience its own restoration to glory.   

More Scriptures appear at the end of this document.

The Bible, a literary masterpiece, abounds in word wealth. The Greek word parousia, translated “appearing,” literally means “presence.” In the ancient world, the word parousia referred to the official arrival of a king in a city or region to establish his reign. Christians adopted the term parousia or appearing to describe the glorious coming of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 15:23) Also, the Greek word used for the “revelation” of Christ’s glorious presence in His people is apocalypsis, which literally means “unveiling.” This word, rendered apocalypse in English, appears in the title of the Bible’s Book of the Revelation (Apocalypse) of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

On the many occasions when the word parousia pops up in Scripture, the word carries with it a thrilling revelation of aspects of Christ’s Appearing. These characteristics of His manifest presence in His people include: 

Glory, radiance, honor and splendor.

Transfiguration, similar to that of Jesus described in Mark 9.

Occurrence on the much-prophesied Day of the Lord, that is, the Day of the Lord Jesus Christ, a time period we have now entered.

Sudden launch of a series of God-events, which taken together, happen with rapid-fire quickness. 

Let’s take a brief look at each of these four characteristics of the Appearing or parousia of Jesus.

Glory:  Jesus said of this day, “Then the righteous will shine forth like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” (Matthew 13:43) The angels watch with awe. All creation is charged with expectancy. His Appearing is a time like one never before seen, never recorded in human history. As the splendor and radiance of the Father rested on the Son, so shall the brilliance, power and majestic glory of the Risen Christ rest upon us, His people.

Transfiguration:And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continue to behold [in the word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [who is the Spirit].” (2 Corinthians 3:18) Suffering in Christ creates a deposit of glory within the true believer who has shared deeply in the suffering of Christ. This is what the Apostle Peter declares in 1 Peter 1:5-7. Soon the revelation of that inward glory will manifest. The Scripture convincingly states that we will be transfigured, shining with the glory of the risen Christ. 

Day of the Lord: “The Lord has a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the cause of Zion.” (Isaiah 34:8)  Old Testament prophets proclaimed the “great and terrible Day of the Lord” when judgment falls upon the wicked. But judgment implies both punishment for evil and recompense, even blessing and restoration, for the parties on the right side of justice. So it is in the Day of the Lord, which is, correctly, the Day of the Lord of Hosts, who is the Lord Jesus Christ, Judge of heaven and earth. While wrath wreaks justice on evil structures in the world, God releases healing, miracles and blessing to His people, a just recompense for those shown faithful to Him during the testing times of desperate circumstances. The Day of the Lord Jesus Christ also stands as The Third Day, a term peppered throughout the Bible and fulfilled in this era. Just as Joshua, Esther, Jesus and others experienced victory on “the third day,” so God’s own will exert Christ’s power, at a level higher than ever before, to crush the power of Satan. 

“Suddenly:” All these events unfold at an accelerated pace once they start. Jesus said, “Behold, I come quickly.” Malachi 3:1 announces, “And the Lord [the Messiah] whom you seek will suddenly come to His temple.” Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5 declared that the day of the return of the Lord will come as unexpectedly and suddenly as a thief in the night. The full meaning of this word “suddenly” expresses the idea that once begun, all the happenings in the event-series of His Coming will occur with startling swiftness. 

If we, as the people of God, really believe the Bible description of His Appearing, and if we, as many now do, sense the imminence of His Appearing, we must respond. Our response involves four attitudes which express our belief: 

Stay awake, alert and watching. Just waking up from our lethargy to recognize the reality of His soon coming requires a wrenching change of gears in our thinking, feeling and actions. We must remain on high alert to the signs of His coming, detailed in Matthew 24 and Luke 17 and 21. We must watch. “Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake, alert and watching when he comes.” (Luke 12:37) 

Be humbled and awed. Some will bow at the feet of the glorious sons of God, offering money and power to them. Some will merchandise the glory of God. Some will begin to take miracles for granted. An attitude of holy reverence and great awe for the presence and power of God must prevail. 

Build radical faith. Jesus asked, “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” He asks His people to demonstrate radical faith, extreme, outrageous faith because He needs that kind of faith to accomplish the mighty acts He plans and the tide of blessing He yearns to give. Miracles await but Jesus must build in us faith in the God of Miracles, the kind of faith Moses exercised, the kind of faith Jesus as a man had. To do this, we must practice, practice, practice our fait in daily situations and strengthen it as a body-builder fortifies muscle. 

Finally, we need to express this faith. Heaven must hear a thunderous fountain of praise and rejoicing over His soon Appearing in order to release the deluge of blessing planned for this Third Day of Christ Jesus. God’s mighty blessing plan requires our participation. 

What He promises in His Appearing (recall that parousia means presence) is a dimension of His presence so strong that we will not walk on the earth but float. Just like falling in love, our saturation in His presence—the presence of I AM WHO IS Life, Light and Love—will yield ecstasy, a Heaven On Earth experience. 

The Lord seeks those who will believe and who will pray this dream of the Father into earthly reality. He spoke this prayer on Resurrection Sunday, April 4, 2010: 

Great God among us, arise! Arise in your people now. Show forth your mighty power through them, says the Lord, the Lord of Hosts and His Spirit together. Arise in your people, and let Our glory be shown in them. 
    Let them be like their Lord even as in His Resurrection, that they rise to new life and power. Let them demonstrate resurrection life to the peoples and the nations. Let them arise and shine for now, even now, says the Lord of Hosts, the glory of the Lord is risen upon them. Let it be now that they who suffered with Him will also share in His resurrection glory. 
    Let all things come together. Let prophecy and promises be fulfilled. Let it happen before their very eyes, says the Lord. Let this word be accomplished in their sight. Amen.

“Arise, shine, for the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.”  (Isaiah 60:1)

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Scriptures:

 

Seven key scriptures, shown below, stand among a weight of Biblical references which describe the Appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. Read them and see what you think:

 

Colossians links the Appearing of Christ to the appearing of His glory manifest in and on us.

 

Colossians 3:3-4  For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, appears, then you will also appear with Him in [the splendor of] His glory.

 

Peter instructs us that the trials which test our faith result in glory shown forth in us when Christ is revealed.

 

1 Peter 1:5,7 and 13  (You) who are being guarded (garrisoned) by God’s power through [your] faith [till you fully inherit that final salvation that is ready to be revealed] (for you) in the last time.
V 7 So that the genuineness of your faith may be tested [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire [this proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed.
V 13  . . . set your hope wholly and unchangeably on the grace (divine favor) that is coming to you when Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is revealed.

 

2 Thessalonians reveals that the glory manifest in us first happens not in heaven but on earth when He comes to be glorified in us.

 

2 Thessalonians 1:10 and 12  When He comes to be glorified in His saints [on that day He will be made more glorious in His consecrated people] and [He will] be marveled at and admired [in His glory reflected] in all who have believed [who have adhered to, trusted in and relied on Him] . . .
V 12  Thus may the name of our Lord Jesus Christ be glorified and become more glorious through and in you, and may you also be glorified in Him according to the grace (favor and blessing) of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ the Messiah, the Anointed One).

 

Hebrews affirms Christ’s appearing to bring our full salvation.

 

Hebrews 9:28  Even so it is that Christ, having been offered to take upon Himself and bear as a burden the sins of many once and once for all, will appear a second time, not to carry any burden of sin nor to deal with sin, but to bring to full salvation those who are eagerly, constantly and patiently waiting for and expecting Him.

 

Titus admonishes us to look for, wait and keenly watch for the blessed hope of Christ’s Appearing to be realized.

 

Titus 2:13  . . . awaiting and looking for the realization of our blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.

 

Colossians clarifies that it is the presence of Jesus within us that will manifest as our glory.

 

Colossians 1:27  . . . Christ in you, your hope of glory.

 

1 John promises that when He is manifested, we will look like Him.

 

1 John 3:2  When He comes and is manifested, we shall [as God’s children] resemble and be like Him for we shall see Him just as He [really] is.

 

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