When will Jesus come back again; what day or what year will it be? The short answer: nobody really knows when Jesus’ second coming to Earth will occur. No one knows this except the Father which is in Heaven. There are many who dare to speculate and claim to have some special revelation either from God, Himself, or from an in-depth study of the Word.
What we are clearly instructed by God in the Word of God is to be two things:
- expecting His return at anytime,
- and to live a life as if He will return soon.
This makes each person ready to face their own eternal judgment once they die. And, make no mistake about, each person alive will die unless they are caught up in the rapture of the church; that is a fact. How do we know that Jesus will return to earth again? It is very simple, Jesus said it multiple times, we can find His description of these times in Matthew chapter 24 and starting at verse 3, from the King James version Bible, it says,
(3)”And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?”
(4)”And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.”
(5)”For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”
(6)”And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”
(7)”For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”
(8)”All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
(9)”Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.”
(10)”And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.”
(11)”And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.”
(12)”And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”
(13)”But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”
(14)”And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”
(21)”For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
(23)”Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.”
(24)”For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
(26)”Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.”
(30)”And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
(33)”So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near,even at the doors.”
(36)”But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Therefore, when will Jesus come back again: when we see these things coming to pass in the world. But notice, however, how Jesus told us to know and recognize the times, but we will never know the exact day or time when He will come back again to Earth until it actually occurs. Also, notice that Jesus said that this is in the exclusive knowledge of the Father in Heaven, and no one else.
Jesus explains extensively to the disciples that these would be extreme times of stress, war, violence, weather changes, famine, and deception. The world will be always on the verge of complete chaos. Many will see the impending doom of the planet and not know where to turn. Therefore, false Christ and false teachers will rise claiming to either be the way to peace or to have some special knowledge about how to gain peace aside from Christ Jesus.
Yet, with all the extreme events happening in the world, many people will, somehow adjust to the times, and go about their normal wicked business not even considering the chaos surrounding them. To many, it will become life as usual because they will become numb to the raging world around them. Which is not unlike many people are today, who are so use to cold, senseless violence, that it barely phases them when they see it or hear about it.
What Should Be Our Response?
We should start with the study the uncompromising Word of God, leaning on the guidance of the Holy Spirit to ensure that we have the correct understanding of scripture and not simply a popular opinion of the scripture (i.e. theology) passed on by our tradition. In other words if the Bible teaches us to forgive in order to be forgiven (as it does) yet our church doctrine, on the other hand, teaches to forgive only when it is convenient for us, we should take the Word at face value and forgive anyone that we have anything against and ignore this doctrine that is contrary to the Word of God.
The next important response that we should have to the question of when will Jesus come back again, is not to let ourselves fall into the trap of being deceived. We must keep in mind that deception does not run up to us and say, ‘I am deception, believe me.’ No, instead it comes in forms that we love and/or respect like: friendly faces, popular trends, clergy collars, choir robes, the well educated, the well-spoken, politicians, and popular trends. We should make it up in our minds to believe God before we believe anyone else.
Finally, our response to the question of Christ’s second coming should be to pray, praise, live, and love as if it is our last time. We should always ponder the sobering question: what if today is my last day on Earth to live? This will get us in a “Always Ready”, type of mindset that Christ expects when He calls to take His bride out of this wicked world, right before His second coming.
I believe that we would pray and seek the Lord as we never prayed or sought God before. We would even seek and give forgiveness as we never have before. Our outreach out to friends and loved ones about the saving grace of Christ Jesus would dramatically increase as it has never been before. We would begin to clearly distinguish what is really important in life from what is just a side distraction. Our focus would finally be on God as it should have always been in the first place. A-MEN!