"Heavenly Father, I come to you in the Name of Jesus.
You said whoever calls on the Name of the Lord Jesus
shall be saved. I call on Him now. I believe in my
heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I believe He
died for my sin. I believe You raised Him from the dead
for my justification. I confess Him as Lord of my life
now. I choose to follow Jesus and Your plan for me.
And I Thank You for receiving me into Your family!"
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WHO IS JESUS CHRIST ?
Messiah, the son of the living God (Matt.16:16)
Every knee shall bow, & every tongue confesses that
Jesus is lord (Phil.2:10, 11)
Savior of all mankind from God’s wrath & punishment
Unless we repent from our sins, believe on him & receive
him in our life(Jn.1:12)
Surely we shall die & be separated from God’s presence
Christ is our hope & our salvation (Col.1: 27)
Hoping that someday he will come again for us
Reigning with him is one of his great promises
In him there is love, joy, peace, & contentment
(Gal.5:22), (Jn.15:10, 11), (Jn.16:33)
Sorrows and tears will be wiped away (Rev.7:17),
Time will come that we
would see his face and reign with forever & ever.
(Rev.22: 4, 5)
LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST
2000 years ago God sent an angel to Israel, to a virgin
named Mary. She was engaged to Joseph, a carpenter. The
angel told Mary that by God's power, she would conceive
and bear a son. When Joseph learned that she was
pregnant, an angel instructed him to marry her. Joseph
took her to Bethlehem to register for a census. While
there, Mary gave birth to Jesus. She laid him in a
manger because there was no room at the inn. Shepherds
visited Jesus in Bethlehem. Later, wise men brought
gifts to Jesus. They told Herod the Great, a wicked
king, that Jesus would rule Israel. So Herod sent
soldiers to kill the children in Bethlehem. Warned by an
angel, Joseph took his family to Egypt. After Herod
died, they returned to Israel and raised Jesus in a town
taught people how to live godly lives. As he traveled
around Israel, Jesus taught with sermons and parables.
on the Mount
delivered his most famous sermon on a mountain. In it,
Jesus taught his listeners to:
Love your enemies.
Do not judge others.
Don't be anxious about tomorrow.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
often taught with parables. A parable is a short story
with a spiritual meaning. Jesus told a parable about two
builders. One was wise, and built his house upon a rock.
The other was foolish, and built his house on sand. When
a storm came, the wise man's house stood, but the
foolish man's house fell.Whoever obeys Jesus is like the
wise man. Whoever disobeys his words is like the foolish
did many miracles to show others that he was God's son.
God gave Jesus power over nature, power over disease,
and even power over death!
and his disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee in a
small boat one evening. While Jesus was sleeping, a
fierce storm came, and began to sink the boat. The
disciples woke him. Jesus arose and rebuked the storm
saying, "Peace be still." It became calm, and Jesus said
to them "Where is your faith?" The disciples were
afraid, saying "Who is this, that even the wind and sea
obey him?" (Mark 4:35-41)
day a crowd was following Jesus on a road near Jericho.
Hearing the crowd, a blind beggar asked what was
happening. They told him Jesus was passing by. The blind
man cried out "Jesus, have mercy on me!" Jesus stopped,
and asked what he wanted. "Lord, I want to regain my
sight," he replied. Jesus said, "Receive your sight;
your faith has made you well." Immediately the man could
see, and the crowd began glorifying God. (Mark 10:46-52)
had a friend named Lazarus, who lived in Bethany with
his sisters, Mary and Martha. When Jesus learned that
Lazarus died, he came to Bethany. Now Lazarus had been
dead for 4 days, and a boulder covered the cave where
his body was. Jesus asked them to remove the stone. He
then shouted "Lazarus, come forth!" And Lazarus came
out, restored to life!. After seeing this, many
witnesses believed that Jesus was the son of God. (John
leaders wanted to kill Jesus. They accused him of
blasphemy, and had Jesus arrested. A Roman governor
named Pilate tried Jesus. He wanted to release Jesus.
But when the Jews threatened to riot, Pilate condemned
Jesus to death on a cross.
was sentenced to death by crucifixion. He was beaten by
Roman soldiers, scourged, stripped, and nailed to a
cross. He was crucified between two robbers, and died.
body was placed in the new tomb of a rich man named
Joseph of Arimathea. Jesus had promised the disciples he
would come back after he died. His enemies knew this.
So, to prevent anyone from stealing the body, they had
soldiers guard the tomb of Jesus.
the third day after Jesus died, an angel descended, and
the soldiers fled. The disciples came and found an empty
tomb. Jesus had risen from the dead! He later appeared
to many believers, commanding them to teach and baptize
RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST
suddenly, physically return and be visible to all, and as believers, we should
eagerly await His return. When He does so, He will judge all.
With respect to
the time of Christ's return, we see that no-one may know the day of the hour,
yet there is much debate as to whether certain signs must be fulfilled before He
can return and therefore a question of whether He could in fact return
The Bible is
clear on many issues, and those who respect the authority of the Bible will be
undivided on these. The timing of the return of Christ, however, will
legitimately divide Bible believers, due to the mass of information which can be
legitimately interpreted in various ways.
While it is
clear that no one may know the "day or the hour", some argue that the presence
of events that must occur first indicates that until these have been completed,
Christ cannot come. Others look to the past or present and see the events in
question having been or currently being fulfilled and therefore believing that
Christ could literally return at any second. Again, this issue is one which
should be viewed as one of second-importance, as there appears to be no
conclusive argument for any particular point of view above another.
The Biblical Teaching:
What is known:
Christ will suddenly, physically return and be visible
also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do
not expect him." (Luke 12:40)
"...This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back
in the same way you have seen him go into heaven." (Acts 1:11)
the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the
voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God..." (1 Thess. 4:16)
Dan. 7:13, Matt. 24:44, 1 Tim. 6:14, Heb. 9:28, James
5:8, 2 Pet. 3:10, 1 John 3:2, Jude 14, Rev. 22:20
returns, He will judge all
the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the
dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge..."
(2 Tim. 4:1).
the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge
everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have
done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have
spoken against him." (Jude 14-15)
said, "Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to
everyone according to what he has done." (Rev. 22:12)
See also the study:
The Final Judgement
eagerly await Christ's return
At the end of
Revelation, John cried "Come Lord Jesus" (Rev.
response to Jesus' promise to return. Similarly, the return of Christ should
bring hope and delight to the hearts of all believers, as with His return Christ
will be rightly glorified by all and all things will be set to God's liking.
Grudem rightly points out that an indication of the maturity of a believer is
the amount of their desire for the return of Christ, as the more a believer is
enjoying the things of this world and neglecting their relationship with God,
the less they would desire the full coming of the Kingdom; and conversely, the
less attached to things of this world and the more in-tune with their
relationship with God, the more likely a believer is to be desperate for the
return of Christ (Grudem
"...our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there,
the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything
under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like
his glorious body." (Phil 3:20-21)
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."
The time of Christ's Return:
The fact that
Christ will return "suddenly" (see above, Christ will suddenly, physically
return and be visible to all) indicates that no-one will legitimately expect
Him. However, there is much debate of whether Christ, according to the
Scriptures, could return now ("imminently"). This debate arises from events or
signs described in the Bible which appear to be a "prerequisite" to Christ's
coming. Below, verses are listed that indicate the possibility of the imminent
return of Christ, followed by a list of each of the "prerequisite signs", then a
discussion of the possible interpretations.
Verses that indicate the possibility of imminent return
patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for
the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and
spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is
near. Don't grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The
Judge is standing at the door!" (James 5:7-9)
who testifies to these things says, 'Yes, I am coming soon.' Amen. Come, Lord
Jesus." (Rev. 22:20)
See also (Matt.
24:42-49, 24:50, 25:13; Mark 13:32-33, 13:34-37; Luke 12:40; 1 Thess. 5:2;
Heb. 10:25; 1 Pet. 4:7; 2 Pet. 3:10; Rev. 1:3
Events or signs that appear to precede Christ's return
The "man of lawlessness"
The "man of
lawlessness" (who is probably also the "antichrist") must appear, then Christ
will destroy him at His second coming.
"Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ... that
day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is
revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself
over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up
in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God...And now you know what is
holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the
secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it
back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the
lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the
breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. The coming of
the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all
kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil
that deceives those who are perishing." (2
children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is
coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the
last hour." (1 John 2:18)
The antichrist is also sometimes associated with the
The Gospel preached to all
the gospel must first be preached to all nations." (Mark 13:10).
A time of great tribulation
That is, a time
of severe upheaval or trial.
"When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be
alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will
rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in
various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains." (Mark
Matt. 24:15-22; Luke 21:20-24)
that this will not take place in winter, because those will be days of
distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now -
and never to be equaled again. If the Lord had not cut short those days, no
one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has
shortened them." (Mark 13:18-20)
The coming of false prophets showing signs and wonders
will work great signs and wonders hoping to lead people away from God; and it
will only be by the (quite real) power of demons working in the world that they
can do so.
"For false Christs and false prophets will appear and
perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect - if that were possible."
(Mark 13:22 cf.
Great wonders in
"But in those days, following that distress, "`the sun
will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall
from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.'" (Mark 13:24-25 cf.
Matt 24:19-30; Luke 21:25-27)
It is also
important to note here, that "great wonders in the heavens", unlike other signs,
could occur in a relatively short time-frame, and as such impacts less on our
discussion of the 'timeframe' for Christ's return.
The salvation of Israel
In his letter
to the Romans, Paul discusses the salvation of the Jews and indicates that they
(or at least a large number of them) would be saved at some point in the future.
"I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery,
brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening
in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel
will be saved, as it is written..." (Rom. 11:25-26 cf
The "Millennium" issue
"Millennium" is a term applied to the time period implied by the multiple
references to a/the "thousand years" in Revelation 20:1-7:
"And I saw an angel coming down out of
heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He
seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound
him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and
sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until
the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short
thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And
I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for
Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his
image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They
came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (The rest of the
dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is
the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first
resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be
priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years."
thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison..." (Rev
20:1-7, emphasis added)
issue" impacts upon our study of the time of the return of Christ, as we are not
exactly certain when the millennium will occur, has occurred, is occurring, or
if it is even something specific about which to be concerned. However, the
return of Christ is often said to be at either the beginning or the end of "the
millennium" and it is therefore important to consider "the Millennium" in brief.
There are three
main interpretations on the issue of the millennium: Amillennialism,
Premillennialism and Postmillennialism.
this view, the thousand years refers to the church age in which we are
now living. The "thousand years" merely implies a long time period (of
indefinite length) where Satan's power has been diminished to the point where
the gospel can spread to all nations of the world, and those who 'reign with
Christ' are those who have already died in Him. Obviously the reign is a
spiritual reign along the lines of Matthew 28:18 when Jesus said: "All authority
in heaven and on earth has been given to me." Following the "thousand years",
Christ will return to earth: believers will be
non-believers will be judged.
This view is
called "Amillennialism" as it holds that there is no future millennium yet to
this view the current church age will develop into a physical Kingdom of God,
where His will is more truly done, as the world is transformed more and more by
the gospel. Following the "thousand years" (meaning an unspecific long time)
Christ will return, believers and non-believers will be raised, judgement will
occur and there will be a new heaven and a new earth followed by eternity.
This view is
called "Postmillennialism" as the prefix "post" means "after", and the view
teaches that Christ will return after "the Millennium".
There are two
main version of premillennialism: "Classic" and "Pretribulational". These views
are called "Premillennialism" as they teach that Christ will return previous to
the period known as "the Millennium".
the Classic (or historic) view, the present church age will continue until a
time of great tribulation occurs. Following this time of suffering on the earth,
Christ will return. At the time of His coming, believers who have died will have
their bodies restored to their souls and will reign with Him on earth for the
duration of the Millennium (some hold this to be a literal thousand years). At
the end of the thousand years, Satan will be loosed, will gather an army of
followers and will try to attack Christ, but will be decisively defeated.
Following this, the bodies of all unbelievers who have died throughout history
will be raised and judged; and believers will enter into the eternal state.
This view is
very similar to the classic view above, except that Christ is expected to return
"secretly" before the "Great Tribulation", collect believers and take them with
Him to heaven for a period of seven years. During this seven year period, the
time of tribulation will occur as will many other of the signs (especially also
the conversion of many Jews). Following the seven year period, Christ will
return with believers to reign for the duration of the millennium as above (in
the classic view); and following the millennium, the bodies of all unbelievers
who have died throughout history will be raised and judged; and believers will
enter into the eternal state.
Remarks concerning "the Millennium issue"
listings are meant only as a summary of various interpretations of "the
Millennium issue". Arguments for and against each of these views are beyond the
scope of this page, however, I will note that problems exist in all views listed
above, and reconciling scriptural passages on this topic inevitably results in
the reader deciding which of two (or more) interpretations of a passage seems
most correct or least incorrect based on the limited existing knowledge - that
is, the Bible is not clear on this issue and as such it should not divide
Christians in any sort of meaningful way.
For the record,
Wayne Grudem (in his
came down on the side of the classic premillennialist view; and Louis Berkhof
didn't explicitly state his view, but rather came to the conclusion that both
premillennialism and postmillennialism fail to align with the Bible, and
indicated that he finds no fault with an Amillennialism that pays little
attention to a formal millennial period.
regards the time of the return of Christ the views do little to impact our
study, as 1) Amillennialism and Classic Premillennialsim teach that Christ may
return at any time and then institute "the Millennium"; 2) Postmillennialism
holds a somewhat different view of the millennium than does the other views as
it sees it as arising gradually from the current church period, being a time of
Christ's reign from heaven and therefore Christ could still return at any time;
and finally 3) Pretribulational Premillennialism simply holds that the events
and signs listed above will occur following Christ's initial return, again
allowing Him to come at any time. Therefore, we must see that "the Millennium
issue" has little impact in the discussion of the timing of the return of
reading on the issue of the Millennium, I recommend Berkhof's
pp.708-719, and Grudem's
Conclusion to time issue
It seems clear
that these events (excluding the "Millennium") seemingly have to occur before
Christ can return (otherwise the Bible would be untrue). The question then
becomes: "have these events happened already, or can they happen in such a way
that Christ may literally come at any moment?"
views are offered to this question:
The view that Christ cannot come at any moment as
these signs have clearly not all occurred
The first is a
view supported by many biblical scholars (including Berkhof), and believes that
at least one of these signs or events has clearly not occurred and therefore
Christ cannot yet come. Difficulties with this view arise when Jesus' warnings
about His future coming are taken into consideration - He told His hearers to
'watch and be ready, for He would come at an unexpected hour' - but it is a
rather pointless warning if his hearers know that he cannot return for at least
points out that when Jesus told of these signs, He did so to increase the
urgency of anticipation of His hearers - not to allow them to attempt to gauge
the time of His return. He said "There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars.
On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and
tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming
on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see
the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things
begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is
drawing near." (Lk. 21:28)
The view that Christ could come at any moment as the
signs will occur between this and another coming of Christ
The second is a
much more recent view (first proposed by John Darby in the 1800s), where Christ
could come at any moment, collect those faithful to Him, allow the signs
(especially the 'Great Tribulation') to occur on the earth while none of the
faithful are there, then return after seven years with the faithful to reign
over the earth (this view is also known as "pretribulational premillennialism",
The view that Christ could come at any moment as
these signs have already occurred
It is not too
hard to see the fulfillment of these signs in some way in church history - even
in events found solely in the 1st Century. For example, the Great Tribulation
may have been the time of persecution under Roman Emperors, and the "man of
lawlessness" may have been the Emperor Nero. Similarly, the gospel was certainly
'preached to all the nations' in a metaphorical way, and there were false
prophets to one extent or another.
are the actual signs represented in Scripture is unknown - however, it seems
that often the Scriptural account seems to indicate much more cataclysmic or
obvious events than those suggested above or others from history.
The view that Christ could come at any moment as
these signs may have already occurred
This view seems
to be the most sensible. Recognising that we do not know for sure one way or the
other whether the signs have occurred already, the stipulation that the signs
may have been fulfilled in past events allows the scope needed when dealing
with such uncertainties, while also allowing for the possibility that Christ
could return at any time, and for the future fulfilment of these signs in the
event that they have not yet been fulfilled; all the while encouraging us (as
the passages intend) to look forward to, and prepare for, the return of Christ
without allowing us to think that it impossible that He would return today.
this topic, many are led astray into attempting to predict the time of the
coming of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. However, the richest statements in
the Bible concerning His return warn that no-one knows the day or the hour, and
instead lead discerning readers to wait expectantly for Christ, who will come
"like a thief in the night" (See for example,
The purpose of this is to
surely focus the believer on serving Christ faithfully, with the constant
encouragement of knowing that He will return, every knee will bow to Him, and
God's will will be done. Let us then live with our eyes "on the Kingdom":
focused on God's will and His purposes, and praying for the fulfillment of His
will here on earth
I Must believe that I am a
"For all have sinned, and
come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
"The wages of Sin is Death" (Romans 6:23)
That is, I must believe
that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again to save
sinners like me. He bore
"Our sins in His own body on the tree " (1 Peter 2:24)
I must trust JESUS.
Believe on Lord Jesus
I must confess my sins and
ask to be cleansed of all sin
I must forsake my sins
If we confess our sins, He
is faithfull and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
I must take God at His Word
and confess Him before men.
"If thou shalt confess with
thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath
raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man
believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto
salvation" (Romans 10: 9,10).
To repent means to forsake
or turn away from. Jesus will give us power to do this. "But as many as
recieved him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God" (John
1:12). "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation"(11 Cot.7:10).
"Repent ye therefore to be converted, that your sins may be blotted