Just as the Old Testament prophets had prophesied, Jesus' birth
announced the beginning of a new age and at the same time, the end
of the old age. In reality however, this old age still continues in
parallel to the new age. The new age has already come but not in
its completion and this reflects the fact that though as Christians,
we have already been saved, we are still waiting for complete
salvation. However, this overlap of the two ages cannot continue
indefinitely. It is only by the second coming of Jesus that this
present invisible kingdom of God which can only be experienced by
the works of the Holy Spirit can be put an end to, and then be
transformed into a visible reality; the true kingdom of God!
The apostle Paul explains the dilemma we face as Christians living in
An imperfect end of the age ;

For while we are in this tent (physical body),
We groan.....,
but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling (resurrected body),
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us
an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
So we fix our eyes
not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.
For what is seen is temporary,
what is unseen is eternal.

In the New Testament, astonishingly, there are more than 300
references to Christ' second coming! Living in a 'nuclear age' in
which we are constantly exposed to sources that threaten our lives


and live in the uncertainty of the 'moment ahead', what a comfort it is to know that we can find hope and confidence in the fact that
God is still in control of history and that Jesus' second coming will bring fulfillment of promises, joy and completion.

Warnings concerning the time of the second coming of Christ
had already been given in the age of the early church;

In the last days scoffers will come,
scoffing and following their own evil desires.
They will say,
"Where is this 'coming' he promised? Even since our fathers died,
everything goes on as it has
since the beginning of creation.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise,
as some understand slowness. He is patient with you,
not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Indeed, now that we are 2000 years nearer the second coming
than in the age of the early church, these words must be taken more
seriously than ever!
On the other hand, we are recently beginning to see many
people being stirred up by false prophets, religious leaders and
diviners who give false dates of the end of the world. The Bible
clearly tells us that only the Father God knows the day or the hour and not even the Son. Having said so, Jesus warned us to wake up
and be alert signs of the second coming which will be revealed in
worldwide phenomena.

The purpose of Jesus' first coming was both to

Mk.13:32, Mt.24:36
Mt.24:3-51, ITh.5:1-6

seek and to save what was lost,
and to save the world.
But He will come back to earth

in the same way as you have seen him go into heaven,
that is, in the resurrected body, in order to judge the nations, to
round off human history, to release God's people and to fulfill the
promise God gave to Christians.
The Bible then tells us that the same long awaited resurrected
body as Jesus will be given to those who have endured to the end in
the time of tribulation and that a thousand year kingdom by reign of
Christ will begin.

Mt.16:27,24:30-31, 1Th.4:16-17, Re.6:9-17,20:1-6
1Co.15:51-52, Ph.3:21, Re.20:4-6