BASIC BIBLE TRUTHS

Jesus Christ is Coming Back!

When you have read this leaflet you will know the answers to these questions:
1 How do we know Jesus will return?
2 What are the “signs of the times”?
3 What did Christ mean when he told us to pray, “Your Kingdom come”?
4 What is God’s plan for the earth?
Wouldn’t it be wonderful? Jesus Christ back on the earth. He would heal us, help us, lead us — all the things that our human leaders cannot do.
Most Christian churches are supposed to teach the return of Christ but Christadelphians actually believe it. If you read the Bible for yourself you must come to the same conclusion:
“Jesus Christ is coming back”
We are sure that the Bible says he will come back to this wicked earth and change it into something much better.
The Old Testament prepared people for the first coming of Christ—it told them where he would be born, what he would come to do, and how he would die. The New Testament tells us many details about his second coming— what the world will be like, what he will come to do, and the power that will be his when he sets up his Kingdom.
The Bible is not two separate books– the Old Testament and the New Testament. It is one whole book; it has one continuous message:
“Jesus Christ is coming back.”
THE PROMISES
In Genesis chapters 12 to 25 we are told that God chose one man out of all the others, and promised that the whole world would be blessed through him. The man’s name was Abraham and this promise was repeated to his son Isaac and grandson Jacob—who was also named Israel. Very soon this family of twelve tribes grew into a great nation. God repeated the same promises to other members of the same family several times.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, came from this family and by the time Jesus was born into the nation of Israel very many people were looking for a Saviour and a King. They all knew the promises and were expecting someone great and strong to chase away the Romans who had conquered them and to be their king. Here are some of the promises God made to Israel:

When Jesus was 30 years old he was revealed to the people of Israel as the Son of God. Many really believed that he had come to be their Saviour and King but most leaders did not accept him. They did not know, or they would not accept, what God had promised to Mary or what angels had told the shepherds. Most of the leaders did not believe in his miracles of healing or in his powerful words. Within three and a half years they had persuaded the Roman rulers to kill him. Even the disciples forsook him and fled.
THE RESURRECTION
But Jesus didn’t stay dead! God brought him out of the tomb and gave him a completely new life. Never again would he die— now Christ is immortal. He said of himself: “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” This now sounded like a Saviour and a King!
This was only the beginning!
Jesus was not seen by anyone who did not believe in him. Gone was their chance to question and attack him. Only the disciples and some of his followers saw him and talked to him. 40 days after his resurrection he ascended to heaven leaving a promise behind him— one of the greatest promises ever made.
“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)
That has not happened yet but you can see from this summary of God’s plan that Jesus Christ willkeep the promises and return to earth.
THE RETURN
Now we shall look at a few more passages of Scripture to give a clearer picture:
1. God said that all nations of the earth would be blessed in Abraham’s family. (Genesis 12:3)
2. The King of the world would be descended from King David. (Luke 1:32)
3. This King would die but would not remain dead. (Psalm 16:8-11)
4. At the return of God’s Son the desert will blossom and human sickness will be cured. (Isaiah 35)
5. The world will be governed by God’s Son, from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:2-5)
It therefore seems obvious that God’s plan right from the beginning was to send His Son as a Saviour and a King. Jesus’ birth and life on this earth were to enable people to understand him and for us to appreciate what he will do when he comes again.
WHAT IS JESUS DOING NOW?
Jesus is in heaven, at God’s right hand, preparing his kingdom. That’s why he told us to pray, “Your kingdom come”. Soon it will! Jesus will return from heaven and set up God’s kingdom on earth. He will raise the dead, purify the world, and reign on David’s throne, from Jerusalem.

THE SIGNS
God has not given a date for all of this to happen, but He has given some signs to show us when to expect Jesus to return. Here are just a few of the prophecies of the Bible where the return of Jesus is mentioned.
1 The Jewish nation will return to their homeland. (Jeremiah 23:5-8) —This has been happening in our life­times!
2 World-wide problems will be very clear to everyone. (Luke 21:25-27) —This is truer now than ever before.
3 Many nations of the world will threaten and attack Israel. (Zechariah 14:1-11) —We should watch for this to happen soon.
It is becoming very clear that the scene is being set for the return of Jesus to this earth. We don’t know for certain when he is coming back but we can surely see what is happening in the world around us. The prophecies are coming true. Many Jews have returned to the ‘promised land’ from countries near and far away (see Jeremiah 23:8). This is in addition to a long list of prophecies which have also been fulfilled.
So, what are you going to do about it? Are you going to wait until he comes before you do anything? It might be too late then.
Christadelphians are trying to obey the Gospel, and to be ready for our Saviour and King.
Do YOU want to prepare yourself for his return?
Jesus Christ IS coming back.