As Jesus ascended into heaven, two men dressed in white stood by His disciples, saying to them, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). Several precious truths about the second coming of Jesus Christ are presented here. First, the fact of His second coming is established. He shall come from heaven even as He was seen going into heaven. He had said on an earlier occasion, “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come” (Matt. 24:42), as He taught His disciples about His second coming. His coming again necessitates watching.
In the second place, the same Jesus, who was born of the virgin, grew up in Nazareth, worked as a carpenter, was baptized by John the Baptist and anointed by the Holy Spirit, worked miracles, gave the Sermon on the Mount, was betrayed by Judas and crucified on Calvary for our sins, rose from the grave the third day, and ascended into heaven, is coming again. In saying He would come again (John 14:3), He was not referring to another Jesus. There is but one Jesus, and He does not and cannot change because He is God (Mal. 3:6; Heb. 13:8).
Thirdly, Jesus will come from heaven in the very way He ascended into heaven: in a cloud. Referring to His second coming, Jesus said, “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” (Matt. 24:30). The clouds will be His chariot (Ps. 104:3). As Jehovah descended in the cloud upon Mt. Sinai to speak with Moses (Ex. 34:5), so Jehovah-Jesus will descend in a cloud upon the Mount of Olives to reign as king over all the earth (Zech. 14:4-9). Therefore, Jesus is coming again.
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