Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #143
TEXT: 2 Peter 3:1-4: “This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”
Recent Pew Center research shows that 58% of Americans believe there will be another world war by 2050. 53% believe that there will be a major terrorist attack utilizing a nuclear weapon by 2050. And 31% believe that an asteroid will hit earth by 2050.
These cataclysmic events are on the hearts and minds of mankind today. As Scripture says, “men’s hearts are failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth.” However, there is one good event that many people expect will happen within the next 40 years. And that is, 41% of Americans expect that Jesus Christ will return by the year 2050. The return of Jesus Christ is the hope of believers and it means the destruction of evil on the earth. However, many people do not believe in the return of Jesus Christ at all. As the passage we just read states, they scoff at it. They laugh at it. They make fun of it. They don’t expect Jesus to return. Some Christians may even find that their faith is tested by these scoffers.
Today, I want us to look at various Scriptures which give us reasons why we should believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
1. The promises of God demand that Jesus Christ return. Throughout the Old Testament, God made promises regarding the coming Messiah of the Jewish race and the Savior of the world. As we read the New Testament, we can see where a great number of these prophecies were fulfilled when Jesus came. Just as the Old Testament predicted, Jesus was born in Bethlehem, he escaped being killed by going to Egypt, He was raised in Nazareth, He was despised and rejected by His own people, He was humiliated, He was crucified, and He was resurrected. All of these things fulfilled Old Testament prophecies.
2. The statements of Jesus Christ himself demand that He return. Not only did God the Father promise that Jesus would return, but while Jesus Christ was on Earth, He promised His followers that He would come back again. In fact, most of Jesus’ parables are related to His second coming.
3. The guarantees of the Holy Spirit demand that Jesus Christ return. Before Jesus Christ left this earth, He promised His followers that He would send the Holy Spirit. He told them in John 16, “When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.” What is one of the truths the Holy Spirit spoke of when He came? The Spirit started saying that Jesus Christ is coming again.
+ Plus, listen to The Mighty Clouds of Joy singing “Jesus is Coming Back” and Al Green & Heather Headley singing “People Get Ready”