Going Back is Phil Collins’s eighth studio album. It was released on 13 September 2010 in the United Kingdom and 28 September 2010 in the United States and features covers of 60s Motown & Soul standards. It also was his first full solo release in eight years, Collins having primarily concentrated on soundtracks, compilations, and his extensive touring as a solo artist and with Genesis.
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Many people have taken their families on a day of rest to talk about going back to Jesus:
The Second Coming of Christ Demystified
Does it matter whether or not you get a clear understanding of this issue? The answer may surprise you, but don’t let the event!
The Second Coming of Christ is one of the most documented themes in scripture. Still, it is one of the most misunderstood or misinterpreted topics.
Read these questions and answers from the Bible to check your knowledge and understanding of this most important issue.
Did Jesus specifically state that he will be coming again?
Yes. The comforting promise in John 14 verses 1 through 3 contains Jesus’ specific words that he will come back to earth again.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” – John 14:1-3 (NIV)
Will the second coming be a literal, visual, actual return to earth?
Yes. Just pick the Bible’s record of Jesus going back to heaven in Acts chapter 1. After Jesus had promised his disciples the power of the Holy Spirit, the Bible says…
“After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
10They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” – Acts 1:9,10
It’s quite clear, isn’t it? Jesus ascended to heaven right before there very eyes – not in secret. The disciples witnessed it. The angels reassured them that “this same Jesus” whom you’ve been with all these years “will come back in the same way” (visibly) as you have seen him leave.
That’s why the Bible also says,
- Every eye shall see him – Revelation 1:7
- Do not believe anyone who tell you that Jesus has already returned – Matthew 24:23, 26.
- If you can see lightning during a lightning storm you get an illustration of what the second coming will be like – Matthew 24:27, 30.
Will the Second Coming of Christ an audible event or a secret rapture?
Let’s take a look at one of my favorite passages in 1 Thessalonians chapter 4. It says,
16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. – 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17
The Lord [Jesus Christ] will come down from heaven audibly. In fact, that’s not the emphasis. It says, with a loud command. The Kings James version says, “with a shout”.
Has anyone heard a loud blasting noise that is secret?
Let’s not miss the accompanying events.
- The “dead in Christ,” that is the righteous dead, shall be awakened from their sleeping in the graves. They “shall rise first” implying there will be a second resurrection.
- Following the resurrection of the saints who had died, the living saints (“we who are alive and are left”) will be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air.
Just think about that clearly, and simply. It only need the basic comprehension skills to see that there is nothing as a secret rapture described in this drama. That’s what is meant in Revelation 1:7 when it says that every eye shall see Him.
It makes me wonder what is the meaning of the saying on the bumper sticker that says, “In case of the rapture, this car will be un-manned.” There is certainly no case for the rapture theory.
Certainly, the parable in Matthew 24:40 which says, “Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left,” did not say who was taken or who was left. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 seems to imply that it is the righteous who will be left.
“We who are still alive and are left will be caught up.”
Does my father who died in 1997 get to heaven before me? In other words, do we go immediately to heaven when we die?
Actually, we will cover this when we answer the question, “Are the dead really what they ‘say’ they are?” However, this text on the second coming answers that.
Look at verse 17 of 1 Thessalonians 4 again. Speaking of the event following the loud command at the second coming, it says, the living saints “will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.”
Any sixth grader should be able to deduce that this is speaking of two groups of people meeting Jesus “in the air” and traveling to heaven together.
So I know my dad is still sleeping in his grave today. In fact, the Bible says that David – whom it calls “a man after God’s own heart” is still awaiting the first resurrection today. See Acts 2:34.
Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10 tell us that the dead are unconscious. Jesus calls death a sleep in John chapter 11. Those who have departed this life have not gone on before any further than the grave.
And that’s one of the main purposes of the second coming – to call the dead back to life. When Jesus performed the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11:1-43), He did not call Lazarus down from heaven, He called him up from the ground.
When He comes back the second time, he is not coming with the souls of those who died, He will be coming back to take souls out of this miserable world.
Did Jesus predict that there would be misleading information about his second coming?
Yes. In Matthew 24:4, 5, Jesus warned us to take heed that we be not deceived. Further, Paul specifically gives comforting words of warning in First Thessalonians.
Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 15According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. – 1 Thessalonians 4:13, 15
Note that death is called sleep AND those who are left are those who have not died but live to see the return of Christ.
Does it matter what you believe about the second coming?
Yes, it does. Will it matter to a suicidal person if he/she realizes that it is not true that the moment you breathe your last breath a part of you still lives on and you are escorted off to glory?
Yes it matters. When we die, we are indeed dead.
But the promise of Jesus’ second coming gives hope that helps us to face death with courage.
So, let’s summarize now. These points are clear from the Bible.
- Jesus did state that He will come again – John 14:1-3
- The second coming of Jesus will not only be a literal, visible event – as was His ascension – but it will be audible enough so all will hear the “loud command”. – Revelation 1:7, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, Psalm 50:3.
- The idea of a secret rapture of the church is not Biblical. Hollywood does not have to illustrate the picture painted in Matthew 24, 1 Thessalonians 4, and Revelation 1:7. They are all loud and clear, and far from anything sinister or secret.
- The second coming of Christ is the greatest message for a messed-upped world. It is our only hope, and that you will be ready is heaven’s hope for you and me.
- Last day signs are shouting – these are the end times.
- What happens when we die? Do we go straight to heaven?
- Really, is there life after death? Really?
- The emerging, final, and lasting world kingdom.
- See a Macromedia Flash presentation – Jesus’ Second Coming.