LESSON 13

THE SECOND COMING


SCRIPTURES

John 14:2-3 | Jude 1:14 | Matthew 16:27 | Revelation 1:7 | Matthew 24:30 | 1 Thessalonians 4:15–17 | Daniel 12:1-2 | Malachi 3:1 | Matthew 24:31–42 | 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52 | 1 Thessalonians 5:3 | 2 Peter 3:10 | 2 Thessalonians 2:8 | Jeremiah 4:19–20 | Jeremiah 4:20-21 | Jeremiah 4:22-23 | Jeremiah 4:24-25 | Jeremiah 4:26–27 | Jeremiah 4:28


As the plagues decimate the earth, the righteous are protected because they are sealed with the seal of the living God. Before Christ died, He told the disciples, “I go to _______________ a _______________ for you (John 14:2).

And … I will _______________   _______________ and _______________ you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3). After the plagues, the time has come for Christ to fulfill this promise. Jesus leaves the heavenly temple, with ten thousands of His _______________; that is, angels (Jude 1:14). “For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His _______________, and then He will reward each according to his works” (Matthew 16:27).

 

When Christ comes, every _______________ will _______________ Him (Revelation 1:7). They will _______________ the Son of Man _______________ on the _______________ of heaven with power and great glory (Matthew 24:30). Not only will He be seen by every eye, He will also be heard by every ear. “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a _______________, with the voice of an _______________, and with the _______________ of God” (1 Thessalonians 4:16). Daniel saw the same scene in his vision—“At that time _______________ shall stand up, the great _______________ who stands watch over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that same time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book (Daniel 12:1). And many of those who _______________ in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to ever- lasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:2).

Michael, the “great prince,” is the same as the Prince of the _______________ (Daniel 8:11), the _______________ of _______________ (Daniel 8:25), Messiah the _______________ (Daniel 9:25), and the Prince of the _______________ Daniel 11:22).

The prefix word “arch” denotes “the highest,” while the word “angel” means messenger, which is not limited to a created being. For example, the last book of the Old Testament speaks of the coming of Christ and calls Him the _______________ of the covenant (Malachi 3:1).

The word “messenger” in this verse, according to Strong’s Dictionary, is “from an unused root meaning to dispatch as a deputy; a messenger; specifically of God, that is, an angel (also a prophet, priest or teacher)—ambassador, angel, king, messenger.” This same word is translated as “angel(s)” 110 times and as messenger(s) 99 times.

Of course, the highest messenger ever sent from God is none other than Jesus Christ, the “Messenger” of the covenant. Many scholars hold that Michael the archangel is simply another name for Christ and in no way indicates that Christ was “created” but, simply, denotes Him as the highest Messenger sent by His Father. Below are just a few examples …

John Gill Commentary on Daniel 12:1, Daniel 10:13, and Daniel 10:21

“‘And at that time shall Michael stand up…’ The Archangel, who has all the angels of heaven under him, and at his command, the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ; who is as God, as the name signifies, truly and really God, and equal in nature, power, and glory, to his divine Father: ‘he shall stand up’; which is not to be understood of his incarnation, or manifestation in the flesh, for this refers to times long after that; yet neither of his personal appearance in the clouds of heaven, and standing upon the earth in the latter day; but of his spiritual presence among his people, and protection of them, and continuance with them: ... and then Christ will rise and stand up, as the glorious Head of the church, and as a triumphant Conqueror over all his enemies, and take to himself his great power, and reign, and that kingdom which of right belongs to him. …

“The great Prince which standeth for the children of thy people; the King of kings, and Lord of lords, the Prince of the kings of the earth; great in his person, and in his office; great in dignity, power, and authority; who always did, and ever will, stand on the side of the true Israel of God: he espoused their cause very early; he wrought out salvation for them in time; he intercedes for them now in heaven, and will appear to be their patron and defender against all their enemies in the latter day: here it seems to have special regard to the people of the Jews, Daniel’s people; whom Christ shall appear unto, and for, in an eminent manner, to convert and save them, help and assist them, protect and defend them. …

“But, lo, Michael one of the chief Princes, came to help me; called in the New Testament an Archangel, the Prince of an- gels, the Head of all principality and power; and is no other than Christ the Son of God, an uncreated Angel; who is ‘one,’ or ‘the first of the chief Princes,’ superior to angels, in nature, name, and office. …View Source

“And there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your Prince; Christ the Prince of the kings of the earth, he was the Prince, Protector, and Guardian of the people of the Jews; he is the Angel that went before them in the wilderness, and guarded them in it, and guided them into the land of Canaan.” View Source

 

K&D Commentary on Michael

“Michael is thus the angel possessing the unparalleled power of God.”

 

Geneva Bible Commentary on Daniel 11:13 and Daniel 12:1

The predominant Bible of the Reformation explains:

“Even though God could by one angel destroy all the world, yet to assure his children of his love he sends forth double power, even Michael, that is, Christ Jesus the head of angels. …

“The angel here notes two things: first that the Church will be in great affliction and trouble at Christ’s coming, and next that God will send his angel to deliver it, whom he here calls Michael, meaning Christ, who is proclaimed by the preaching of the Gospel.”

 

Matthew Henry Commentary on Daniel 12:1

“Jesus Christ shall appear his church’s patron and protector: At that time, when the persecution is at the hottest, Michael shall stand up . … The angel had told Daniel what a firm friend Michael was to the church. … He all along showed this friend- ship in the upper world; the angels knew it; but now Michael shall stand up in his providence, and work deliverance for the Jews, when he sees that their power is gone [Deut. 32:36]. Christ is that great prince, for he is the prince of the kings of the earth [Rev. 1:5]. And, if he stand up for his church, who can be against it? But this is not all: At that time (that is, soon after) Michael shall stand up for the working out of our eternal salvation; the Son of God shall be incarnate, shall be manifested to destroy the works of the devil. Christ stood for the children of our people when he was made sin and a curse for them, stood in their stead as a sacrifice, bore the cure for them, to bear it from them. He stands for them in the intercession he ever lives to make within the veil, stands up for them, and stands their friend. And after the destruction of antichrist, of whom Antiochus was a type, Christ shall stand at the latter day upon the earth, shall appear for the complete redemption of all his.”

 

John Wesley Commentary on Daniel 10:13, Daniel 10:21 and Daniel 12:1

“Withstood me—God suffered the wicked counsels of Cambyses to take place awhile; but Daniel by his prayers, and the angel by his power, overcame him at last: and this very thing laid a foundation of the ruin of the Persian monarchies. Michael—Michael here is commonly supposed to mean Christ. … [Daniel 10:21] Michael – Christ alone is the protector of his church, when all the princes of the earth desert or oppose it. … [Daniel 12:1] For the children—the meaning seems to be, as after the death of Antiochus the Jews had some deliverance, so there will be yet a greater deliverance to the people of God, when Michael your prince, the Messiah shall appear for your salvation. A time of trouble—the siege of Jerusalem, before the final judgment. The phrase at that time, probably includes all the time of Christ, from his first, to his last coming.”

 

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: Article on Michael

“The earlier Protestant scholars usually identified Michael with the pre-incarnate Christ, finding support for their view, not only in the juxtaposition of the “child” and the archangel in Rev. 12, but also in the attributes ascribed to him in Daniel.”

 

John Calvin on Michael

“I embrace the opinion of those who refer this to the person of Christ, because it suits the subject best to represent him as standing forward for the defense of his elect people.” View Source

 

Adam Clarke Commentary

“[Daniel 10:13] Gabriel, who speaks, did not leave Cyrus till Michael came to take his place. Michael, he who is like God, sometimes appears to signify the Messiah, at other times the highest or chief archangel. Indeed there is no archangel mentioned in the whole Scripture but this one. See Jude 1:9; Revelation 12:7. … There seems good reason for regarding Michael as the Messiah. Such was the opinion of the best among the ancient Jews. … With this all the Bible representations of Michael agree. He appears as the Great Prince who standeth for Israel (Dan. xii. I), and he is called ‘the Prince of Israel’ (Dan. x. 21).”

When Christ comes again, His voice is that of the highest messenger, with the greatest message of all time, “Awake from the graves!” At this time, He will _______________ His _______________ with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will _______________ together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other (Matthew 24:31). His elect will consist of both the dead and the living. “For this we say to you by the _______________ of the Lord, that we who are _______________ and remain until the _______________ of the Lord will by no means precede those who are _______________. For the Lord Himself will _______________ from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an _______________, and with the trumpet of God. And the _______________ in Christ will rise _______________. Then we who are alive and remain shall be _______________ up _______________ with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the _______________. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:15–17).

The righteous dead from Adam’s time on are raised up, and those living when Christ returns are caught up together with them. At this time, they are all _______________ in a moment, in the _______________ of an eye, at the last _______________. For the trumpet will sound, and the _______________ will be raised _______________ and we shall be changed (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52).

Christ also warned, however, that as the days of Noah were, so also will His coming be. “For as in the days before the _______________, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and _______________ them, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be _______________ and the other _______________. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be _______________ and the other _______________” (Matthew 24:37–41). In the days of Noah, the people who were unprepared were “carried away” by the flood and destroyed; likewise, when Christ comes again, those who are unprepared for His coming receive no second chance.

The theory that people will be left alive to have a second chance after the coming of Christ is part of the false teachings of Babylon, leaving people with a false sense of security that if they miss the coming of Christ the first time around, they can catch it the second time around. The Bible teaches no such thing.

We need to “_______________ therefore, for you _______________   _______________   _______________ what _______________ your Lord is _______________” (Matthew 24:42). Christ indeed will come like a _______________ in the _______________ (1 Thessalonians 5:2), but the only thing “secret” about Christ’s coming is the _______________ and _______________ of His coming (Matthew 24:36). Though the timing of His coming is secret, every eye will see it when it happens, and sudden _______________ will come upon the unprepared (1 Thessalonians 5:3). Yes, the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the _______________ will _______________  _______________ with a great noise, and the _______________ will _______________ with fervent _______________, both the earth and the works that are in it will be _______________   _______________ (2 Peter 3:10). This means that no one will be “left behind” alive on earth, since the earth will be decimated by the coming of Christ. With the righteous of all ages resurrected and the wicked destroyed by the _______________ of His coming (2 Thessalonians 2:8), the earth is left in a desolate state.

The prophet Jeremiah was also shown the coming of Christ, the trumpet sounding, and desolation of the earth. He recorded it in these words: “O my soul, my soul! I am pained in my very heart! My heart makes a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because you have heard, O my soul, the sound of the _______________, the alarm of war. Destruction upon destruction is cried, for the whole land is _______________. Suddenly my tents are plundered, and my curtains in a moment. How long will I see the standard, and hear the sound of the _______________? ... I beheld the _______________, and indeed it was without form, and void; and the heavens, they had no light. I beheld the _______________, and indeed they trembled, and all the hills moved back and forth. 

I beheld, and indeed there was no _______________, and all the birds of the heavens had _______________. I beheld, and indeed the fruitful land was a _______________, and all its _______________ were broken down at the _______________ of the Lord, by His fierce anger. For thus says the Lord, ‘The whole _______________ shall be _______________; yet I will not make a full end. For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black, because I have spoken’ ” (Jeremiah 4:19–28).

The land would become desolate at Christ’s coming, but this would not be the end, not yet. There is one more thing to be done before a full end to sin and Satan.

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