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Second Coming Part 2c

Kameron DeVasher
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Kameron DeVasher

Director of Sabbath School & Personal Ministries, Michigan Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church



  • June 21, 2021
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In you are about to enjoy a presentation recorded at the 2021 michigan conference camp meeting held at cedar lake michigan. We pray that the Lord will bless you as you listen heavily, father, thank you so much for the promise of your coming. Thank you for the word of god that tells us more about it than just the fact that it's happening. But he gives his details and signs to watch for him in the manner that we can expect to see. Lord, help us to understand this message and be able to share it and understand what other people's misunderstandings are. So everyone can be ready to see jesus when he comes soon for pray in jesus' name, a man. All right, jesus is coming a man. But how You know, there's only When I think about, I mean jesus is literally standing there saying I will come again and in my way of thinking about things and probably your way to just the same way that he goes away. He's going to come right back and this is a pretty straightforward black and white. Not much to be lost in translation idea. The same jesus went away, is going to come back. Fair enough. But as we've already mentioned, there's a great deal of the world who thinks the idea of jesus coming back is less credible than you f O is visiting with aliens and whatnot. It's such an otherworldly, crazy concept. But you would expect that they're non believers, but even inside the church, the christian church writ large. There is great confusion about how jesus will make his 2nd appearance. How's it going to come back? Is it some sort of in, you'll maybe hear some of these things espouse but obviously we believe that it's a literal, visible, audible global, actual event. Yeah. But there are those who would claim to be christian, and no doubt sincerely believe that jesus will come again in a 1st of all a spiritual way. And not just and I don't mean just secret rafter. I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about a away that you won't see him, you won't hear him, you will meet him. Greet him, hug him, touch him in any way, can't. But he'll still come in the sense that he'll come into our heart. It kind of spiritual lising away the literal myth of the event. Ok. It's almost a missed call kind of coming. And in that scenario, the new happen in the new earth that we look forward to being created is made through the improvement of society, through god's people here. And now it's a very kind of sheer centered taking away the grand cataclysmic event part of it. There's some people look and say, well, it's just and he's not really going to show up with a bunch of angels and fire and that's, I mean, that's just hyperbole language. She's really just going to come into our hearts and we're going to make the world better through being nice. And that is that with the bible describes or a vast amount of the christian world, especially the evangelical christian world, have a different scenario that jesus will literally come back. But it will, it will be an incomplete arrival. It will come in phases, right. And the 1st time it comes back, it's going to be secretly quietly in visibly so it's gonna be silent and invisible and limited. It's going to be incomplete. It's going to be the 1st step and he's going to come back later. It's this whole convoluted process. Yeah, there's the 7 years the tribulation, the whole thing, right. Ok. But then there's this other concept which I call the scriptural view. But it's just the plain reading of what the words actually mean at their face value. I will come again. The say me who is here is going to come back then literally visibly audibly globally and completely ok. Now, let's go to revelation chapter one. Let's defend this position from scripture. And we can do this very quickly. Revelation chapter one, verse 7, who's going to be our volunteer to read this passage? You can show hands, you can make a noise, you can stand to your feet. Thank you ma'am. Revelation one verse 7. Ok. Thank you. Behold, he is coming with cloud and every i will what? See him. Well that kind of takes a swipe at the invisibility part, right? Every i will see him. Even they who pierson and rock and get into that. But we understand from scripture, if we did a longer bible study, that jesus promised that a special group would awake not to everlasting life, but to witness the return of the one they pierced. And it says, all the tribes of the earth, a nod to the global nature of his return will mourn because of him even. So a men Matthew chapter $24.00. Now I think this is particularly fascinating. Going back to our same explanation from jesus himself about the nature of his return signs to watch for and the manner in which will occur. Matthew chapter 24 Says, well, we'll just start with verse 23. Says then if anyone says you look here is the christ or there do not believe it. Ok for false christ and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive if possible, even the elects. See I have told you beforehand. So apparently there will be people, there will be a person nation of christ. That will seem like a 2nd coming. But if you have to travel to go see it, that's a signal, but it's not the real thing. In fact, he goes on a verse 26. Therefore if they say to you, look, he is in the desert, do not go out or look, he's in the inner rooms, do not believe it. So this again speak to the global nature of it. If it a point on the earth that people have to have their detention drawn to, he's over there and not here. That's the good indicator that that is not the right jesus. Which also seems to imply there's going to be a wrong jesus. Right? There's a false christ is going to appear and we know from the edition life from the spirit of prophecy, that satan, in his last effort to deceive the world, will person 8 christ. There's going to be a fake 2nd coming. But if you have to watch it on cnn, it's not the real thing. If you ever hear about it on social media, if somebody has to tell you to go, it's not the real thing, right? But if you don't know that for a fact, do you think it could be pretty convincing? Sure, especially if there's accompanying miracles. And there's a spirit of love and harmony in unity and almost all those signs that were so scary. Now, calm down And harriet could put on a pretty good show, but christ says watch out. I'm telling you that deception is the thing watch out for notice it also said look, have in the inner rooms do not believe it seems to anticipate maybe this spiritual mr. Cook 2nd coming idea, that's how he's going to be like, it's not going to be like that either. It's going to be exactly. In fact, he goes on 1st 2024 as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west. So also the coming of the son of man be what does this metaphor of lightning represent here? Now I'm from the South. You think about something being quick is breathed lightning. That means is faster, right? But is that the type is that the emphasis jeep is talking about enlightening here? Know, what's the, what's the point of the lightning analogy in this passage? It flashes right. You can see it from the east to the west, and notice you're looking up from East to what is across the horizon. So it's not like you have to go to some secret chamber or have this magic code, or you have to go way out in the desert, this isolated location. And every i just like revelation every, i will see it. It's not going to be secret. It's not going to be invisible, it's not going to be isolated. It's not going to be incomplete. It's going to be broad, invisible for the whole world to see. Now go to ax chapter one. This is, I think, one of the best passages, the speaks about the nature of christ, visible return x chapter one. Now as we're reading through these few passages here, starting with verse 9, you know, the context here. This is after jesus, of course has risen from the dead. He appeared to his disciples that were 40 days. And now it's time for him to go to heaven. To begin is heavenly work while we continue his earthly work of the church. Okay, act chapter one, verse 9. Now, when he had spoken these things, now No, I want you to see if you can keep up on your hand are interest in your mind, count with me, how many references specifically to visibility? There are and this handful of passages, how many different ways he says to look ok. Now when he had spoken to things, while they what watched he was taken up in a cloud received him out of their what site. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven, as he went up, behold, 2 men stood by them in wide apparel who also said men of gala, the why do you stand gazing up into heaven? We've got 4 different terms for look, watch gave, behold, i mean on and on on. Why do you stand gazing up and ab and now let's think about the practical logistics of this. They are talking to a literal, physical, existing jesus, right there. A person with a body, right? This is not a mystical shining orb of light or some energy force pervading them. It's a guy with a body. Yes. And he's talking with them. Now while he's talking, things get weird. What would that capture the interest? If any one to day in this room, let's say I'm talking right now, and if I just started floating I doubt anything that happened anywhere else you would look at. I bet you'd watched the guy floating up. And you start wondering what's going to happen in just a few Things are about to get intensely interesting, right. So they're gazing, they're looking, they're staring, they're seeing it. And he's going up and ever watch a balloon float up in the sky, or watch an airplane go off on it. And you try to see how far you can see it, right. So the straining to watch is going on until finally, he's not there anymore. And you have a group of men go like and they had to look so silly. Like into the angels like, hey guys, why? Why are you looking? And you can imagine their think because he was she and then he we saw him go, Why do you stand gazing up into heaven? Now notice this, this what's the word, the same jesus Who was taken up from you into heaven will so come. Now this is the important phrase here, in what like manner. The same way he went up is the way he's going to come back down In like manner as you saw him go up into heaven. I don't know how much clear scripture can be. See, look, gaze, behold, observed witness, why I don't know what other words you can say, but it's a real thing that happened with real people in real time. And they were there thought in they say look, the same way you just saw him go up. Is the same, we're going to see him come down. It is a literal visible event with a real jesus, not some mystical, spiritualized away energy force thing. And not some secret thing that only happens in the inner rooms or disappears you in the night and he never shows his face. No, that's now with the bible teaches. In fact, look at 1st this alone, and we look at this when oftentimes and funerals. But think about it in the context of studying the manner of christ return. First. Definitely chapter 4. Verse 15. The apostle paul invokes the jesus. His own explanation here says for this, we say to you by the word of the Lord is like, this is just my take on it, or my hunch, this is what jesus himself said, that we who are alive and remain, that is to the 2nd coming until the coming of the Lord will by no means presented, those who are asleep, checkout verse 16 for the Lord and it adds one of the verse and one of the word, what is it? himself? Is christ going to send a proxy or an agent or an angel or a messenger? Is he going to send a chariot and then wait for know the Lord him self will what? The thing from where, from now take action after what we just saw, the same jesus who just went up will so come in like manner as you saw him right now. It says, for the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel and with a trumpet of god. Now notice we've added to visibility. We've talked about aud ability. It's going to be loud. Not only going to be bright, but it's going to be loud. Going to have a trumpet, a voice, a voice of the archangel, which is of course, the voice of jesus himself as he's in his role as commander of the angel hosts. So if you don't catch the brightness in the seeing it, you won't miss the loudness. In fact, that voice is going to be so clear, so powerful, so divine that what will happen is a result that's right. And the dead in christ will rise 1st. So just in case you missed the brightness of his coming and the loudness of his coming, you probably won't miss the graves opening up. And the saints of god rising to New life. This is not a secret, quiet, invisible, spiritualized away thing. It's a literal, visible, audible, and praise the Lord personal coming of jesus christ. She himself will come back the same way he went up. This is emphatically made clear in scripture and it goes on to say, then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up. Now will the faith be caught up to jesus? Yes. Before the 2nd coming, know they will be caught up at the 2nd coming. OK, so there is this misunderstanding, this can be a taking away of the faith 1st and then no, no, no, according to the scripture literal, visible, audible personal global. And then we will rise. Right? Then we who are alive shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. She said don't go out in a desert, don't try to stick me in the inner room. We're going to meet together. I'm going to call you up when I come with that voice called the dead to life and we'll meet together in the air. And thus, that means in this manner in this way, we shall always be with the Lord. That's how we go be with jesus. Is when he comes to call us home at a 2nd. Come according to scripture. That's what happens. Now again, for many of us, this is biblical basics. This is christianity, one 0 one. Now Let's go to luke chapter 17 Starting with verse 26. Well known passage but misunderstood it says and as it was in the days of noah, we've already read this part. So it will be also in the days of this done a man, they ate, they drank, they married wise and were given in marriage until the day that No end of the arc in the flood came and destroyed them all likewise. So he's making a parallel between the experience of the last in know as time did last, in christ's return. Likewise, as it was also in the days of lot, they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold a plant, they built, but on the day that lot went out of sodom, it rained, fire and brimstone from heaven and stored them all, even so it will be in the day when the son of man is revealed. So clearly he's like the same experience they have been will be repeated at the 2nd coming in that day. Still talking about the 2nd coming day. Now. In that day, he who is on the house top and his and his goods are in his house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise, the one who is in the field. Let him not turn back. Remember, lock wife. Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses life will preserve it. I tell you in that night there will be 2 men in one bed, then one will be taken and the other will be left. Who at sounds real rapturous, doesn't it? Ok, verse $3052.00 women will be grinding together. The one will be taken and the other left to me and will be in the field. The one will be taken and the other left. Well, what about the left behind The notice the explanation, explanatory note here at the bottom of your notes there. And number 8, that says if you read the passage carefully, the context tells us that will be just like it was in no as day. There were only 2 groups the saved in those destroyed likewise in lots day there was no secret coming and no 2nd chance. The issue is not like summer left. And then another thing then it comes back in again. There's going to be the saved in the last, right. By the way, taken away, we go back to the story of the flood, taken away, wasn't the good group. Right there taken away to destruction, right? And those who are spared, where those who remained those who left, right? That there's 2 groups, there's the saved in the last is the issue there at stake is not talking about. Some are going to be here living in so many they're living. It's some are going to be live and some are going to be dead. So we've taken a way to destruction. Other can be left to go with the Lord and he comes, you see, I'm saying the emphasis here is not that there's 2 living groups and they're just different places and they're separate. Not at this time. One can be swept away like the, like the flood, or like the fire and brimstone came down last time. Take away by destruction. The others will be left alive. That's the concern there. There is no 2nd chance. There's no other coming. It's not a secret. It's one and done What? Let's talk about that for just a 2nd. Let's say they stay on the earth. What's happening on the earth destruction, right? Like if you could take it that way, you can say, oh no. Well I mean taken away to jesus and left here on the earth. Ok. The point remains. One is saved and one last one is living, one is dead, one is redeemed, one is destroyed. So that the interpretation that me put on that is like some are going to be living here and somebody be living there. And then I know there's going to be a living group in a dead group. And the crisis coming for the living and the others are going to be that that's the separation emphasis there that we're talking about. So you could, I know that argument can be very well taken away. Me take it away to heaven and left behind me on the earth. Ok. While the group is on the earth, whether it's left on the earth or taken away on the earth is going to die. You don't want to be that. What you want to be as part of those caught up with the Lord together in the air. That's what we're looking for. The emphasis there. Anyway, You gotta keep going. I'm sure there is And they answered and said to him where lord. So he said to them, wherever the body is there, the eagles will be gathered together. Sure, let's talk about that for just a very brief 2nd. What does that sound like? death and destruction. That's the emphasis of the that's the whole point of the parable is to talk about there's only 2 groups, the saved in the last, the living in the dead. Right? And you could parallel that if you want it to, to the book of revelation, when it talks about the utter destruction of the work, it talks about let the eagles gather and it's not a pretty sight. The point of the warning is that there isn't a 2nd chance that it's not going to be a secret. It's not going to be a multifaceted multi tiered process. When jesus comes back at the singular, visible, audible literal global personal, literal event. I don't know how many other adjectives we can put on it, but it means exactly what it means at face value of the plane reading scripture, that's the manner of christ coming. Now, there are plenty of objections and questions about this doctrine. And if you notice there's a handy little document attached to the end called answers to objections about how christ will return. We could get into what about the people who read prophecy of the way in the secret and this next 7 years in the tribulation. And then this, the, I would encourage you to go through this and take a look. We don't have the time obviously today go through and we've got to keep moving. There's more stuff to talk about. We got to talk about fun topics like death and hell and the millennial. I mean there's good stuff to get into. And I really, I'm not even kidding. I really do enjoy talking about death. I know it's a sound so my car like that is the worst promo for a talk. I've ever heard. Come talk about death. A man, you know, mark. So I working with hair was dark, black and stuff. And we've been really just a couple of years and Then thing But tied together in when we look at the 2nd coming and we just started into it. Well, there's going to be the group that's debt. Well, what happens with the destruction, the wicked and the experience redeemed. And we're going to look at all of that these, these key doctrines are not just arbitrary like popcorn, randomly appearing out of thin air. We're talking about a connective understanding, a common thread of bible biblical truth, that as soon as you start saying, well, wait a minute if christ was coming back and then the devil rise. Well, I thought the dead already went to Yeah, so then your site, well, that new idea bumps into this other idea I have now. I'm going to have to that's right. We got to recalibrate our minds and it's Ms. White said, I'm learn some things and re learned them directly from scripture. We're going to talk about that, how the Lord is going to deal with death and the destruction of the wicked and all of this kind of things. We're gonna look at those things tomorrow, but you can look at some of the common objections we want to study that a little bit more in detail tonight. We are only 4 minutes past 5 o'clock. That makes me feel triumphant. Anyway, I'm sure you have lots of questions, comments if anything, was unclear, please address it 2 days for now. Pass or how or what but I do. In all seriousness, there are absolute ton of resources available. Videos, you know, these kind of youtube channel, the books, the resource, please go to Michigan. S S T M dot au argee. To get all these resources in many, many others. Ok, but let's close it. We're pretty emily, father, i thank you so much for the comfort that comes from knowing the truth about specifically you're coming lord, we want to know when, but more importantly what to watch for. As we anticipate the coming of jesus, we don't know how jesus is going to come, but even more importantly that lord, we want to be ready for jesus coming. Teach us, lord, to look to you every day. And by your grace become more like you every day, so that when you come to take us home, it will truly be like going home or to that and keep us faithful and make us useful for you. We pray in jesus name, amen. To listen to more of these presentations, you may visit the audio archives at M. I S T A dot org slash audio 2021 or search for michigan conference camp meeting wherever you get your podcast.


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