Longing for, Waiting for, and Hastening the Return of Jesus
2 Timothy 4:6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.
Paul and Peter, in their last words in the New Testament, both focus upon the second coming of Jesus and the Day of the Lord.
True apostolic christianity has at its heart a burning desire for the return of Jesus to earth.
Reasons for focusing on this subject that is grossly neglected in the body of Christ:
YThe second coming of Christ (cf. Heb. 9:27) is a prevailing theme of the New Testament. It is referenced eight times more often than the Lord’s initial coming (Pardington, 354). It is alluded to more than 300 times in the New Testament (Thiessen, 442).
150-180 chapters in he bible have Jesus's return and the end times as their main theme.
The second coming of Jesus is one of the predominant themes in the whole of the bible.
The second coming of Jesus in Revelation 19 is the most described historical event in the scriptures.
Of the 216 chapters in the New Testament, there are well over 300 references to the return of Christ.
23 of the 27 New Testament books mention Christ's return.
In the Old Testament, such well-known and reliable men of God as Job, Moses, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, as well as most of the minor prophets mention Christ's return in their writings.
Christ often spoke specifically about His own return to earth especially in the great prophecy of Matthew 24
The apostles are passionately dedicated to proclaiming and living for the return of Jesus.
Resisting a Scoffing spirit and lifestyle in these last days:
2 Peter 3: Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.
3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s wordthe heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
3 Heart Postures Towards the Second Coming:
1. Longing For: We are not to be dread'ers of the second coming but lovers of it.
2. Waiting For: We are to be expectantly alert and looking instead of being neglectful and dull about the return of Jesus.
3. Hastening: We are actually called to speed and accelerate the Day of the Lord in this age through.
1) Gospel of Kingdom to all nations - Mt. 24:14
2) Praise in all the Earth - Isa. 42:10-15
3) Holiness & Godliness - 2 Peter 3:11,12
I believe that the second coming should be the heart of our hearts and the heart of our mission.
I believe that the second coming should determine the way and where we live.
I believe that the second coming should be the primary determiner of how we spend our time and money in this age.
I believe that if we are healthy disciples we will long for, wait for, and hasten the second coming of Jesus.