The King is Coming!
“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
7 “Look, he is coming with the clouds,”
and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”
So shall it be! Amen.
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
The statement in Revelation 1:7 describes the Lord’s return to earth and is alluded to in Revelation 19:11.
“11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war.” Revelation 19:11 NIV
This event is also mentioned in Matthew 24:30-31. Matthew reveals this coming of Jesus will not be secret, but a public event.
“30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” Matthew 24:30-31 NIV
Hollywood has often portrayed the story of Robin Hood – the thief who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. The villain in the Robin Hood story is Prince John – the cowardly monarch who selfishly ruled the people.
The real story of Robin Hood comes from the 1300’s. King Richard I, the Lionhearted, left England to do battle in the Middle East. When he was gone, his corrupt brother, Prince John took power. While King Richard was gone, Prince John built a series of castles and defenses to keep his brother from returning and regaining control.
Eventually, when the battle was won in the Middle East, King Richard returned from his crusade and worked his way back to Europe toward England. As King Richard and his men returned to the shores of England, they took control of the castles and worked their way through the land.
As King Richard the Lionhearted advanced toward Prince John to retake his place on the throne, the people shouted with excitement… “The king is coming! The lion has returned!” They recognized they were overcomers because their king had returned and he was victorious.
This is the message of the underlying message of the Book of Revelation. Jesus… the King of Kings has returned and He is victorious! The lion of the tribe of Judah has prevailed – and as a result, His people are victorious!
It’s important to mention that the event described in Revelation 1:7 is not the same as the rapture, or His return in the air where He comes to catch away His people. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
“13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.16 For 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. 17 After 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. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 NIV (emphasis mine)
In Revelation 1:7, this return of Jesus will be a public event. It will follow the Tribulation and will not be a secret, but is witnessed by the whole world.
Through history, many godly Bible students have not agreed about the order of events leading up to the establishing of God’s Kingdom. I believe the next event on God’s calendar is the Rapture. The Rapture is when Jesus comes to catch away His church. He comes “like a thief” (Revelation 3:3, 16:15) and only those who are born again will see Him.
“3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.” Revelation 3:3 NIV
“15 “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.” Revelation 16:15 NIV
Revelation 3:10-11 indicates the church will not go through the Tribulation.
“10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.
11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.” Revelation 3:10-11 NIV
Thank You for the Revelation of Jesus Christ. The King is coming! In Jesus’ name, amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book Starting Fresh: Following Jesus on the Adventure of a Lifetime in addition to More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.