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Nobody Knows When Christ Will Come Back
Case 12: God's Plan for the Future
Clue: 8

Question Answer
When will Jesus Christ come back in glory to judge the living and the dead?

No one knows when Jesus Christ will come back. We have been commanded to watch, to pray, to be ready, and to look forward to that day. Mark 13:35 – "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."

The Difference This Truth Makes
Nobody knows when Christ will return, but the Bible does tell us how He will come back. He will come...

Suddenly. 1 Corinthians 15:52 – In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Personally. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 – For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

Visibly. Revelation 1:7 – Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

Bodily. 1 John 3:2 – Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

Jesus commands His children to watch for His return. He does not mean that we should stand with our eyes gazing up into the sky all day long. He does mean, though, that we should be the kind of people who would not be ashamed if their Master were to come back and find them right now.

Mark 13:33-36 compares Christ to a homeowner. We know that all of Creation belongs to Jesus: He owns it. Sometimes, the owner of a house might go away and entrust all his belongings and the business of the house to a servant. When the owner returns, he naturally expects a report from his servant. After the report, the owner might be happy, disappointed, or angry. When He returns, Jesus will be very happy with those who served Him faithfully. He will be disappointed with those Christians who lived selfish lives. He will be angry at the wicked who rejected Him. Jesus is coming back. What will His attitude be toward you?