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I want you to open your Bible again to the seventeenth chapter of the gospel of Luke...Luke chapter 17. We are looking at the subject of the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and our teacher is none other than Jesus Himself. These are the words of Jesus concerning His own return.

There are a number of places in the gospels where Jesus talks about His coming. We will come to one in Luke yet ahead of us in the twenty-first chapter which is really parallel to the great Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24 and 25 in which Jesus speaks of His return. Those two passages, Matthew 24 and 25 and Luke 21, tend to be a bit more chronological, although they do deal with themes and elements that are around the return of Christ. They do give us a bit of a chronology, a bit of a flow of the events that will take place in that great day when the Lord returns.

This particular sermon by Jesus in Luke 17 focuses not on the chronology of the sequence but on the nature of His coming. And the idea really is to convey to the Jews, both the Pharisees and the disciples of Jesus, both those who rejected Him and those who accepted Him, that their expectation of His Second Coming as a wonderful, joyous, happy celebration needs to be altered because the reality of His Second Coming is that it will be the most horrific event the world has ever seen. Yes, it will result in the establishment of His long promised Kingdom. Yes, it will result in righteousness and peace and joy prevailing upon the earth. Yes, Jesus Christ will establish His throne in Jerusalem and will reign over the whole earth. Yes, it will be begin only with the righteous, those who are alive on the earth at the establishment of that Kingdom and the saints who have been with Him in heaven returning with Him so that you have the glorified and the earthly saints together making up the inhabitants initially of that Kingdom. Yes, it will be a restored earth. Life will be very different here. The lion and the lamb will lie down together. Children will play in a snake pit, etc. Those things which are part of the curse in our world today will be reversed in that age. It will be a time when knowledge fills the whole earth and wisdom reigns supreme. But, before the establishment of that Kingdom, it will be the day of the Lord in the sense of judgment. Judgment, the likes of which the world has never seen...judgment that surpasses any and all collectively of past judgments, it will be the worst judgment ever. It will be the total destruction of all the ungodly and they will be sent to hell forever as Jesus establishes His reign of righteousness....

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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry...

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