The second coming of jesus christ

Forty days after the resurrection, Jesus and his apostles had gathered at the Mount of Olives. For Jesus the time had come to leave the earth. He had done all that he had to do at that time. Now he was to return to the heavenly Father – until the time of his Second Coming.

After giving final instructions to his apostles, Jesus ascended to heaven. While the apostles were looking up to heaven, suddenly two angels stood by them and said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand there looking up to heaven? This Jesus, who went from you and was taken up to heaven, will come again just as you saw him go to heaven." (Acts 1:11.)

From that time until today, the disciples of Jesus Christ joyfully look forward to the Second Coming.

What will Jesus do when he comes again?

For the teacher: You can assign anyone in your class or family one of the five points from this chapter. Challenge everyone to address his point and read the Scripture passages about it. Then ask your students to discuss what they found out.

When Jesus Christ returns to earth, he will do the following:

He will cleanse the earth. When Jesus returns, he will come in power and great glory. At that time the wicked will be destroyed. All that is corrupt shall be burned up, and the earth shall be cleansed by fire (see D&C 101:24,25).

He will judge his people. When Jesus returns, He will judge the nations and separate the righteous from the wicked (see Matthew 25:31-46; see also chapter 46). John the Revelator wrote about this judgment: "Then I saw thrones; and judgment was given to those who sat on them. I saw the souls of all who had been beheaded because they had held fast to the testimony of Jesus and the word of God. … They came to life and reign with Christ for a thousand years." The wicked he saw "did not come to life until the thousand years were completed" (Revelation 20:4,5; see also D&C 88:95-98).

He will usher in the Millennium. The millennium is the period of a thousand years during which Jesus will reign on earth. The righteous will be caught up to meet Jesus at his coming (see D&C 88:96). His coming begins his millennial reign (see chapter 45).

President Brigham Young said:

"In the Millennium, when the kingdom of God is set up in power and glory and perfection on the earth, and the dominion of wickedness which has so long prevailed on the earth is subdued, the saints of God will build their temples and be allowed to enter into them. Then they will become pillars, as it were, in God’s temples [see Revelation 3:12] and will officiate for their dead. Then we shall see our friends come up, and perhaps some of those we have known here as well. … And we will have revelations and recognize our ancestors all the way back to Father Adam and Mother Eve, and we will enter the temples of God and officiate for them. Then [children] are sealed to the [parents] until the chain is made perfect all the way back to Adam, so that from Adam to the final scene there is a perfect priesthood chain." (Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young, Page 333f.)

He will complete the first resurrection. Those who have obtained the privilege of coming forth in the resurrection of the righteous will come forth from their graves. They will be caught up to meet the Savior when he comes down from heaven (see D&C 88:97,98).

After Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, other righteous people who had died were also raised from the dead. They appeared in Jerusalem and also in the Americas (see Matthew 27:52,53; 3 Nephi 23:9,10). That was the beginning of the first resurrection. Since then, others have been resurrected. Those who have already been resurrected, and all who are resurrected at his Second Coming, will inherit the glory of the Celestial Kingdom (see D&C 76:50-70).

After the resurrection of those who inherit the celestial glory, another group will be resurrected, namely those who receive a terrestrial glory. When all these people are resurrected, the first resurrection will be completed.

The wicked who are alive at the time of the Second Coming of the Lord will be destroyed in the flesh. They will have to wait until the last resurrection together with the bad ones who have already died. Then all the rest of the dead will be resurrected and come before God. They will either inherit the telestial kingdom or be cast out with Satan into outer darkness (see D&C 76:32,33,81-112).

He will take his rightful place as king of heaven and earth. When Jesus comes, he will establish his rule on earth. The church will become part of this kingdom. He will reign in peace over all the nations of the earth for a thousand years.

When Jesus Christ first came to earth, he did not appear in glory. He was born in a stable and lay on hay in a manger. He did not come with great hosts, as the Jews expected of their Savior. Instead, he came and said: "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." (Matthew 5:44.) He was rejected and crucified. At his Second Coming, however, he will not be rejected, "for every ear shall hear, and every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess" that Jesus is the Christ (D&C 88:104). He will be greeted as "the Lord of lords and the King of kings" (Revelation 17:14). He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Strong God, Father forever and ever, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:5).

What thoughts and feelings move you as you reflect on the events at the Second Coming?

How will we know that the Second Coming of Jesus is near??

When Jesus Christ was born, very few knew that the Savior of the world had come. When he returns, there will be no doubt about who he is. No one knows the exact time when Jesus Christ will come again. "But that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, … but only the Father." (Matthew 24:36; see also D&C 49:7.)

The Lord has given us a hint of the time of his coming through a parable:

"Learn something from the comparison with the fig tree! As soon as his branches become lush and sprout leaves, you know that summer is near.

In the same way, when you see (all) this happening, you should realize that the end is just around the corner." (Mark 13:28,29.)

The Lord has also given us some signs so that we know when His coming is near. After revealing the characters, he warned:

"So be on the alert! For you do not know on what day your Lord will come. ..

Therefore you also be ready! For the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect it." (Matthew 24:42,44.)

For more information on how we will know that the Second Coming of Jesus is near, see chapter 43.

How to be ready when the savior arrives?

The best way to prepare for the coming of the Savior is to embrace the teachings of the Gospel and make them a part of our lives. We must live each day as well as we can, just as Jesus taught when he was on earth. We can look to the prophet, accept his guidance and follow his advice. We can live in such a way that we are worthy to be led by the Holy Spirit. Then we will look forward to the coming of Jesus with joy and not with fear. The Lord has said, "Fear not, little flock, the kingdom is yours until I come. Behold, I come quickly. That’s it. Amen." (D&C 35:27.)

Why should we worry more about whether we ourselves are ready than about the exact time of the Second Coming?

Additional scriptures

John 14:2,3; Matthew 26:64 (Jesus prepares a place and comes again)

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