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The Second Coming

John Bradshaw

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The hope of all the world. Paul describes Jesus’ return to this world as “the blessed hope.” What does the Second Coming of Jesus mean to you? Learn how the message of Jesus’ return can encourage you in your daily experience and add power to your relationship with Him.

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John Bradshaw

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  • April 29, 2019
    4:59 PM
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I'm glad you're able to join me today we're going to gather around the bible together open it up and expect that God will bless us let's pray as we begin Father in Heaven with thankful for the opportunity to come to you through you would bless us lead us by your spirit and feed us on the bread of life we pray with thanks in Jesus name a man December the 7th 941 a day President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said would would do what that's right would live in infamy 350 aircraft of the Empire of Japan attacked how Y. e the territory of Hawaii not yet one of the United States all 8 U.S. Navy battleships until Hobbit were damaged 4 of them were sunk although 3 were later raised and returned to the war still other ships were sunk 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed and more than 2 $1400.00 Americans were killed and almost $1200.00 were wounded and why Japan was looking to control the Pacific they had invaded China Japan was intending to control the entire Pacific down to Australia which it had attacked numerous times and New Zealand in whose waters it had. Now just hours after that dreadful attack on Pearl Harbor Japan attacked the Philippines which at the time was essentially a colony of the United States following the United States victory in the Spanish-American War the US paid Spain 20 $1000000.00 as compensation for the Philippines the Philippines is made up of more than $7500.00 islands now if that sounds like a lot it's because it is but for some perspective only 11 of those islands bigger than the island of Oahu in Hawaii when Japan to take the Philippines everything changed life was considered pretty good in the Philippines up until the end and while the United States had a military presence there it simply wasn't enough to counter the Japanese onslaught on December the 24th of that same media General Douglas MacArthur moved his headquarters to Coreg a door 2.12 square mile rock fortress in Manila Bay Americans refer to it as the rock some called it the Gibraltar of the east but Corregidor was headed from the Macau this headquarters on Corregidor was inside a system of tunnels on the island the Melinda tunnels I've been in day we filmed in there a fascinating place it's of there's a hospital it served as a shelter it served as a supply depot. It became very clear that in spite of this fortress the millions of tunnels all on the island of Corregidor victory was very unlikely in the Philippines so then on March the 12th 1942 General MacArthur and a small group of others were evacuated from the Philippines. The B. 17 which transported Macao to LANDED IN DA when Australia's Knowlton territory and then he travelled by train to Melbourne Now what's interesting is that in Australia the railroad was comprised of 2 separate gauges some tracks was so wide and some tracks were a little narrow or a little wider and so what that meant was that MacArthur was going to have to change trains which he did at a little place that I would be astonished if you've ever heard of a place called. Macof that changed trains at which is about 140 miles northeast of the capital of South Australia Adelaide 100 maybe a little bit more people who live there now I read that to get this appears on most maps but while the battle was raging back in the Philippines. Spoke woods that into history that ended into history at. The assembled media came to Macau there they said General Mike out that we would like a statement from you can you come and you've left the Philippines it seems like things are going badly you're heading to Melbourne they stopped interact we know he would change trains there and they said would you give us a statement. It's interesting that into roué the railway station has long since been abandoned there's a little bit of a brick wall with the plug on the wall commemorating the speech around the world General MacArthur spoke and he said the president of the United States ordered me to break through the Japanese lines and proceed from Corregidor to Australia for the purpose as I understand it of organizing an American offensive against Japan the primary purpose of which is the relief of the Philippines and they in General MacArthur said this he said I came through. And I shall read to. I came through. And I shall read to famous words spoken by General Douglas MacArthur at a little tiny place on the other side of the world and what did he say he said I came through and I shell. You know somebody else said something very much like that approximately 2000 years ago now the Philippines suffered immensely under Japanese occupation thousands of servicemen Filipino and American were killed many thousands of civilians perished Manila was virtually completely destroyed and the American troops retreated to the Bataan peninsula there they were marched alongside Filipino captives to watch known today as Camp O'Donnell on what is referred to as the baton death match let me tell you about the Bataan Death much we took of it is written cameras to the baton not so much to the baton peninsula but to the route of the Bataan Death March we went to camp O'Donnell into the little town of Capas where the train station is that the servicemen were. Where they were processed and loaded on to box cars. Of men died on the death much the cruelty they experienced is almost impossible to believe. But there was something that gave them hope something that gave them hope as they were there in Camp O'Donnell many of them dying something gave them the hope is they were suffering from malaria and beri beri something gave them hope General MacArthur had made them a promise and he wasn't one to break his promise he said he would return and they believed that he would return and can't believe the American servicemen who were taken to Japan and forced into slavery working for large companies there was a promise lay believed in it gave them hope the said that he would return again the parallels are obvious. Jesus made a similar promise he was in a battle scarred war ravaged world when he said in a round 3180 and we find these words in John Chapter 14 when Jesus said Let not your heart be troubled you believe in God believe also in Me In My Father's House many mansions if it would I would have told you Jesus said I go to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you. Will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am there you may be also Jesus promised us I shall. Know what does the promise that Jesus made what does that fairy promise mean to you when you think of the 2nd coming of Jesus what do you think maybe there are thoughts and emotions that washed through your mind perhaps you think finally there would be so much competing for my time to do what matters most and the wisdom to know what matters most you might think eternity family and friends you might think eternity the 2nd coming of Jesus no more sin you might. When Jesus comes back the struggle is over maybe you look forward to a life without pressure a life without pain without hardship without injustice a life without illness isn't that wonderful the Bible says and Revelation 21 in verse 4 that God shall wipe away the old Tia's from their eyes and there will be no more death neither sorrow nor crying neither the shell there be any pain because the form of things. Thank God And if you are looking forward to the return of genes is that would be understandable there's an old hymn the words that say oh brother be faithful soon Jesus will come for whom we have waited so long but I'd like to take the Bible and look with you at several things that the 2nd coming of Jesus represents So what are some of these things I'm sure the list is almost. Inexhaustible We'll take a look at 2 or 3 or maybe 4 things that the 2nd coming encourages us about number one the 2nd coming is our own timid hope it's then that the theory of faith becomes reality it gets us through everything around us gone the sin gone injustice gone what keeps you go and what hope drives you forward in 2nd to fall and those 14 it was Paul who wrote some fascinating words he said knowing that he was raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus and shall present us with you he's talking about meeting Jesus now when does that coming it happens at the 2nd coming of Christ and He continues for all things are for your sakes that the abundant grace might through the Thanksgiving of many read down to the glory of God For which cause we think not. But though our outward men perish yet the inward man is renewed day by day for our light affliction which is but for a moment for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory while we look not at the things which are seen but at the things which are not seen for the things which are seen are temporal but the things which are not seen. Now you notice what Paul said we look at the temporal Ah but we live in the temporal and the temporal is called. Good recently from a friend who updated me on his health know good news. Into the future but he encouraged me he's looking at the things which are not seen he's looking the other things which are. It seems a lie few days POS by that I hear of the posturing of someone just recently the death of a man I have known since I was 5 years old fine man we. My wife's uncle pasta way we loved him good guy you can think of some of the news that you've heard in recent times. What keeps you pressing forward you could allow the sadness and the bad news to drag you down but what keeps us pressing forward are the things which are not seen the things which are eternal We thank God today and every day for the blessing of Jesus is coming back soon on that day the dead in Christ shall rise on that day there will be no more death Jesus is coming back and our light affliction which is but for a moment will be forgotten now stop there for a moment let me consider this with you. Right affliction this was written by the Apostle Paul they stoned him with stones one day and dragged him out of the city and lift his what they thought was dead body. I guess to just remain there until the birds of the air would run with it they stunned and dragged him out of town left him for dead and they're going through that the Apostle Paul was able to say. Light affliction How could he referred to something like that as a light affliction tell you why because he was looking forward to the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ the Bible says Jesus is coming back soon in the light of the return of Jesus we can afford to it small things be small and we ought to let big things be big now let's think about this people who are uncommon and small stop it wait a minute I want to share a little story with you tell the story before me tell the story then you just give me and you just say man anyway but if you haven't I want you to listen very carefully people who are unkind small stuff you know those feelings are small Well what they really are they just don't feel small at the time I spoke to a couple of people I was holding an event you listed meeting and I said to them where do you go to church and they said you know something we don't go to church I said but you church members aren't you they said yes we are but we don't go to church well they had my attention I said So why is it that you are church members and you don't go to church they said well we just got tired of all the mean and nasty people I said OK and now you don't go back to church no we did not go back to church we don't attend I said let me ask you couple of questions if I make sure. Do either of you do drugs and they said You mean prescription drugs are illegal drugs no illegal drugs are you drug uses and they stay look at each other like was he talking about you know we're not drug users so do either of you have alcohol issues no no no possum no alcohol issues you got to give a locking questions like this you need to know you got to know your crowd I said to the 2 of them I said So are you unfaithful in your marriage is that one of this you're running around you've got boyfriends or girlfriends or whatever it might be. You know absolutely not we have a happy marriage OK I'm glad to hear but you know something the devil loves people like you. And their eyes got big and I said What could you mean I said you make his job easy he didn't have to get you hooked on drugs he didn't have to get you sidetracked getting drunk with alcohol he didn't have to drag you into immorality he just had to take you to church and sit you down next to somebody grumpy and that was enough to cause you to say we are going back my brother my sister unkind people small stuff by the way if you are an unkind person that's not small stuff that's big stuff you need a change of the hot you want God to take away your heart of stone you out of unkindness and give you out of flesh out of love you don't want to be unkind to people at church God looks on that very dimly but if you are discouraged if you're upset if somebody didn't shake your head or looked at you funny. Or sad in your seat you can let it go small stuff the faith fullness of God big stuff financial losses missed financial opportunities small stuff knowing Jesus as your personal friend Big stuff you can afford in the light of the 2nd Coming to let the small be small and the BIG BIG BIG knowing Jesus is coming back at all of focus on what matters we shouldn't be playing with small stuff now amid a lady not so long ago who told me that she she she cut it took the wind out of the sails of the conversation we were talking about one thing another and she said Neil Armstrong was a close personal friend of mine and I thought. That's pretty top. I don't know how you could have a. Close personal friend the Neil Armstrong I mentioned it to a friend I said I just met a lady who was a close personal friend of Neil Armstrong and this friend of mine who has an attended church in 40 years said to me does knowing God count I thought That's right we've got friends in the hobby places stuff there are things we need and my God shall supply all you need there are times that are tough and the Bible says I will never leave you nor forsake you big stuff Jesus is coming back soon what are you focusing on Point number 2 the 2nd coming of Jesus impetus to our mission Jesus is coming back and I believe he's coming back soon yet the population of the world continues to see. 7.6000000000 or so now and growing rapidly the church grows a men thank the lord that's good news but it doesn't grow nearly as fast as the population of the world grows Now the Pew Research Center says that 63 percent of Americans are absolutely certain that God exists 88 percent of Americans are absolutely certain all fairly certain or not to certain but they do believe however 50 percent of younger millennial sets people in their twenty's either don't know if they believe in God or they don't know they don't believe in God isn't that a remarkable number 50 per cent of young adults the mission field is a mission field the neighborhood around you it's a mission field the town in which you live your county your state it is a mission field you know I believe in mission work even that it is written we leave mission trips here and there and other places but while there are numerous countries where precious few people have. Any kind of faith in God There are people dying all around us going to a crisis grave there are mission fields over seas and mission fields over your back fence the return of Jesus adds impetus to our calling my friend we have been called the Bible says in Matthew chapter 28 Go therefore make disciples of all nations Jesus encouraged us with those words the reason the church exists is to reach people who don't know Jesus we are not here to consult. We are not here to accumulate more and more stuff primary goal for being on this is to share the Good News of the Gospel the sinless Jesus died for the sins of the world Jesus couldn't be bound by the grave and he rose to heaven where he now intercede for us with God He dispenses grace and mercy to anyone who will come to Him Jesus will give you hope and a new life Jesus is coming back soon to usher in eternity this old world will be gone and fiction shall not rise the 2nd time we have good news to share with this world in Luke Chapter 19 Jesus shares a parable someone is leaving town he calls it together he gives them pounds gives them money he says take these Occupy till I come do business with these Jesus left 2000 years ago and he says to us do business with these these talents with these opportunities with this capacity with these gifts Jesus says Occupy he's coming back soon it's got to focus us let me share this with you number of years ago. A man I consider to be a wise sort of a man a mentor of sorts spoke to me and he said what I have. In my ministry is that pulling the horse doesn't kick. Pulling the horse doesn't kick you know why we have churches that are coming upon it because they're not pulling we have churches where there is kicking and biting and devouring hopefully you know I mean that not literally and I surely hope it's not literal but that's because we're not pulling when not about our father's business collide courage you make mission you'll primary objective when you look at the church budget money apportioned to mission should not really be right down at the bottom we throw a few $100.00 at Avengers made every year we shouldn't do that think about. It seems as though we invent new things to argue about every day and some of those things must be discussed but they must not distract us from our mission what's the mission to take the Gospel of Jesus. Creature under heaven to every person living within the boundaries of the church is reach we've got to take Jesus to our neighborhood to our town to our county and to the world we have a mission to share Jesus with others How's that looking for you. And I don't simply mane I agree with that but how's it looking in actuality friend when we wake up out of our slumber when we get our working boots on and we go into the field to work for Jesus it will change us and it will change out church and if we believe that Jesus is coming back if we believe what the Bible says about the subject then we can not be satisfied while the world around us is going down to a crisis grave and yet we have Bibles and good books and that gathering dust on our bookcases every person that you encounter is somebody for whom Jesus Die And point number 3 the return of Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of the prophecies of the Bible and everything we believe as Christians finally adds up to the return of Jesus the Bible speaks about a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation fulfilled before Jesus returns the mark of the beast issue resolved when Jesus returns on the good in the 7 last plagues and gone when Jesus returns the United States' role in Bible prophecy will have been discharged Latter Rain will have all of the challenges that will come to the church will have come and gone which suggests that if the 2nd coming of Jesus is going to happen soon all of these other things are going to happen when. Think about what we believe what the Bible says about the state of the did Jesus is coming back to raise the sleeping Saints $2300.00 days which represent a magnificent prophecy it all points towards the return of Jesus without the return of Jesus the prophecies our information ad the return of Jesus the prophecies are there for our friends formation the 2nd coming of Jesus is the realisation of the hope that we have as a Christian. At all give you a 4th point the 2nd coming what does it mean the promise of the 2nd coming of Jesus speaks to us about personal preparation let me share a story with you and I've shared it once or twice before it's a good story. In Guatemala. On a mission trip we actually went there to film in conjunction with the with a mission trip that was going to because just a short time before vote. The vote volcano if I had erupted now this volcano a built a pyro clastic flow down the side of well side of itself this is ash and rock some enormous rocks super heated gas and goodness knows what else flowed like a rapidly moving glacier down the side of the volcano. When we were there would Vulcan deflate go in the town of Sun McGillis Lotus south of Guatemala City it was like we were walking on the surface of the moon it was nothing visible at all I saw the occasional rooftop sticking up out of the. Out of the rubble out of the ruined. One or maybe 2 when we arrived there were. His digging down through the ash and the rock to clear the road that would begin down what appeared to be 25 or 30 feet the road had been covered up by 25202530 feet of ash and rock and other volcanic Matta I spoke to I interviewed a lady named Rosa Chuck own Rosa said sobered me up during a conversation somebody mentioned that the town of Sunday goes a lot has had a population of 15000 I so I said to our translator to be right because we were there there was nothing just like the surface of the moon but then somebody else said 12 and a half 1000 people they couldn't both be wrong right 12 and a half miles below 15 modern high that means may be the tipping point 75000 people who couldn't be couldn't be so looked on the internet I looked up son and I sold before and after pictures. My goodness there had been somewhere between 10 and 15000 people living Rosa whom I told you about a moment ago Rosa was a volunteer with the government's emergency warning system it was her role to go into town and warn people to get out tell people they had to go now Vulcan diff way go had been smoking in acting up since about 2002 so people by now we're used to it they had a drill an official drill an emergency let's get out of here drill about 3 months before Rosa started going from door to door knocking on the doors you got to get out you've got to get out the volcano is about to erupt please leave and she was told by people again and again and again she was told we're just going to lock the door and white this one else. Can you believe it and she would go to another place and they said we'll just keep the door closed we'll be OK and she went to another place in fact someone went to it should it was Sunday many churches somebody went to a church and said we have to warn you the volcano is erupting the stuff is flowing towards us please get out now please leave and they said we will just pray that God will protect us even though God was in the throes of protecting them by the same being someone to the church we'll just pray God will work Americal those people are still unsure. You know what I mean that church was buried those homes would bury the government said that there were something like 100 dead and 200 missing the locals told us there are at least 700 people did. 1700 why the disparity well because if you went missing someone would report that you were missing except in this volcanic eruption not only did your family go missing but you went missing to there was no one to report that you were gone and so the numbers were very very much lower than they should have been I met a man who told me it was time to go and I ran in my father I said to my father let's go dead don't even shut the door let's go Dad let's go and he said yes let's run and they began to run he said Son White I want to go back and use the bathroom perished as a result you see they had the opportunity to do something and they had the opportunity to get out of the but they didn't take that opportunity they will warned the volcano is about to erupt and they didn't act on the information that they had stunning isn't it we've been warned although I don't like to think of it so much as a warning we've been encouraged. Jesus is coming back are we going to do about that Titus chapter 2 verse 11 says this for the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to old men teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts we should live. Righteously and godly in this present. Looking for the blessid hope and the Glorious Appearing of a great God and our Savior Jesus Christ Paul wrote to Titus and he said Jesus is coming back and so therefore be ready be ready What did he say he said we should deny ungodliness and worldly lusts we should live soberly righteously and godly in this present age Jesus is coming back and so be ready the news of the 2nd coming of Jesus now listen it all to give you hope it was Jesus who said in the Gospel of Luke when these things begin to come to pass lift up your heads and look up because your redemption draws not the return of Jesus ought to give us hope and it ought to tell us that we want above all things to be ready live soberly righteously godly but there's somebody listening to me right now who says I'm not so. I've tried and I've failed I'm not Godly I've tried and I keep messing up I'm not righteous I do all I can I pray and I go to church and I read my Bible and it seems like I'm just not getting there. To read these verses about being ready for the 2nd coming of Jesus and I'm discouraged by him my friend I want you to be not discouraged how can we be ready for the 2nd coming of Jesus he is how by claiming Jesus as our Lord and Savior right now that's how. You claim Jesus as your own and he comes into your life and you are ready Well what about from now on are you saying once saved always saved I'm not saying that I'm saying that when you take hold of the hand of Jesus and you don't let it go the assurance of everlasting life is yours what about my sin you grow. What about my problems and hang ups you give them to Jesus and you take hold of his side and you grow I'm almost certain that if you look back over your experience you can see how you have grown you might not be what you ought to be but you're not what you used to be so what does that mean it means that you hang on to Jesus every day you say Lord Jesus I want to be dead to self today but alive under Christ through Jesus Christ my Lord you say Father in heaven if you leave it to me I will fail but I cannot fail if you live your life and you know the Bible says that he who has begun a good work and you is faithful to perform it until the day of Jesus Christ can I say that again he who has begun a good work in you is faithful to perform it until the day of Jesus Christ that's Philippians one and verse 6 it is God which work at then you both to will and to do for His good pleasure that's Philippians 2 in verse 13 Jesus is coming back soon that's our hope believing that he's coming back soon that will get you to Doc times because of the other side of whatever difficulty you are wrestling with the return of Jesus he is coming back the return of Jesus makes sense of what we believe it adds him to our mission it is us to be ready in other words all knowledge of the 2nd coming of Jesus encourages us to surrender our lives to him unreservedly. And you can do that. But John you don't know me I'm weak it's OK God is strong and the Bible says that his strength is made perfect in weakness if you're weak God is about to do a great work in you you might say John you don't know me I've failed so many times I'm sorry that you have I'm sorry but you know something the dawn follows the doc MORNING comes right after the doc is period of the day if you're in a dark place now spiritually morally ethically if you take hold of the hand of Jesus day is about to break on your experience and the psychiatrist going to get right in the sun is going to shine in your life and out of your high no no you can't afford to say I'm too bad I can't do it I can't make it you say thank God for what Jesus will do Jesus is coming back soon and it will be said in that day as Isaiah wrote in chapter $25.00 in verse 9. This is our God we have waited for him and he watched and he will save us a minute he will save you he wants to he's able to he'll do it you'll save your kids you'll save your parents you'll save your neighbor's Prag pray this is what God does this is what God can do. Jesus is coming back what a great day no more sin no more death no more sadness no most sorrow no more pain no more reading glasses no more walk no more wheelchairs no more crutches no more medication Jesus is coming back or Thank God he's coming back you're ready if you are you can say amen if you're not so sure you can say Lord make me ready and he'll do it right now you say Lord take my heart and he will take it right now I surrender. And he moves into your experience right now Come on let's pray together can we shall father in heaven we thank you today we thank you today for Jesus who is our Lord and Savior our soon coming savior. We thank you today for a God who loves us enough that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. And so our father keep us doing us what we cannot do inside ourselves change us we can change ourselves but we can believe we believe your promise is there for us we believe that eternity is soon to be here and we know that's for us we believe in forgiveness we know that's for us we believe in a new heart thank you for Jesus who gives us a new hot. For India you're ready for the return of Jesus and you're ready it won't be long if you're not maybe you can raise your hand right where you are and say Lord I want to be ready you lift up your hand Lord I want to be ready Lord no no hold on let's judge a lot I believe I'm ready because I'm taking hold of your head that's what I want Lord I believe I'm ready I'm hanging on to the hand of Jesus Lord we thank you we praise you. And we believe in Jesus Name 3 say with me amen and amen and thank you and God bless you today.

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