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What is going to happen when and after Jesus comes?


One day Jesus will come, though even to the saints His coming will be an overwhelming surprise (Luke 21:34-36) -- for all slumber and sleep in their long wait (Matthew 25:5).  At midnight, in earth's darkest hour, God will manifest His love and deliver His people. A loud voice comes out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, "it is done!" This voice shakes the earth, causing such "a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth" (Revelation 16:17-18) The mountains shake, rocks are scattered everywhere, and the whole earth heaves like the waves of the ocean. Its surface breaks up "and the cities of the nations fell....Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found" (verses 19-20). "The sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place" (Revelation 6:14).

Despite the chaos descending upon the physical world, God's people take courage when they see "the sign of the Son of Man"
(Matthew 24:30). As Jesus descends on the clouds of heaven, every eye sees the Prince of life.
(Revelation 1:7 & Matthew 24:26-27)

He comes, this time, not as a man of sorrows, but as victor and conqueror to claim His own (Matthew 24:30-31).  In place of the crown of thorns, He wears a crown of glory, and on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND
(Revelation 19:12-16)

At His coming, great despair grips those who have refused to
acknowledge Jesus as Savior and Lord, and have rejected the claim of His law on their lives. Nothing makes the rejecters of His grace so aware of their guilt as that voice that had pleaded so patiently, "Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die?"
(Ezekiel 33:11). "And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, 'Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?'" (Revelation 6:15-17)

But the joy of those who have long been looking for Christ overshadows the despair of the wicked. The coming of the Redeemer brings a glorious climax to the history of God's people; it is the moment of their deliverance. (Matthew 25:34)  With thrilling adoration they cry out: "Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation."
(Isaiah 25:9)

  As Jesus draws near, He calls His sleeping saints from the graves as the great trumpet rings out (1 Thessalonians 4:16, John 6:40, 1 Corinthians 15:22-23). Around the world the righteous dead hear His voice and rise from their graves (John 5:28-29, 1 Corinthians 15:51-54).  Christ commissions His angels to "gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."
(Matthew 24:31)

Then the living righteous are changed "in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye." (1 Corinthians 15:52). Glorified and given immortality, together with the resurrected saints they are caught up to meet their Lord in the air to remain with Him forever. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

Jesus promises us a new home (John 14:1-3).  There we will live with God (Revelation 21:3). We will be able to build homes and inhabit them (Isaiah 65:21). There will be no more death, sorrow, crying or pain (Revelation 21:4). Sin will not arise a second time because God will exclude from the "new earth" all that "murder, are sexually immoral, practice magic arts, idolaters and liars." (Revelation 21:8)  In this perfect earth made new God's holy people will reign with Him for ever and ever. (Revelation 11:15)

Info gleaned from R & H Pub. Assoc. .."a Biblical Exposition of
Fundamental Doctrines

--Thanks to George Blumenschein for answering this question!  Jesus said in Mark 13:32-37 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming--in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning-- lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!"


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