Jesus Return – The Prophecies
Jesus' return will fulfill the remaining prophecies of the Messiah given by the Old Testament prophets. Many prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus first coming. He came to earth as a baby in a manger in Bethlehem, just as the prophets said He would. During His life and ministry on earth, He continued to fulfill those prophecies given long before. His death, burial, and resurrection continued those fulfillments. However, there are more prophecies to be fulfilled. Jesus’ return will fulfill them as He comes as the conquering King!
Zechariah 12:10 predicts how Israel will mourn over their rejection of their Messiah, “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son."
Revelation 1:7 speaks of the fulfillment: “Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.”
Zechariah 14:4 predicts where Jesus will return: “On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south."
Jesus Return – The Details
Revelation 19:11-16 gives the greatest details about Jesus’ return.
“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter.’ He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Jesus Return – How Shall We Live?
Jesus - Learn More!
Jesus’ return should impact our lives. Titus 2:11-14 says, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”
Jesus’ return in the Bible is always given as a motivation to action! “So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled” (1 Thessalonians 5:6).
God calls us to spread His message throughout the whole world -- to preach the good news to all creation (Mark 16:15). While we wait for Jesus’ return, we are to stay busy and let others know of His gift of eternal life!
Jesus Return: Key References to Explore
- Zechariah 12:10; 14:4
- Revelation 1:17
- Revelation 19:11-16
- Titus 2:11-14
- 1 Thessalonians 5:6