THE SECOND COMING OF MESSIAH
THE next phase of the study of the redemptive career of King Messiah is the analysis of the objective that He had in view when, as the glorified Son of man in His immortalized body, He returned to glory after His Resurrection. Ever since His Ascension into heaven, He has been seated at the right hand of the throne of God, where He awaits the time that He will return to earth to take the governments of the world into His omnipotent hands and establish a reign of righteousness. When the time arrives for the fulfillment of the vision of Daniel 7:13,14, He will appear before the Almighty and be invested with world-wide authority: "I saw in the night-visions, and, behold, there came with the clouds of heaven one like unto a son of man, and he came even to the ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and languages should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed."
When He returns to earth, He will have three special objectives in mind: first, to banish all evil from the earth; second, to solve the Jewish problem once and for all; and, third, to establish a world-wide reign of righteousness, Jerusalem becoming the capital of the world.
I. TO BANISH ALL EVIL FROM THE EARTH
In Isaiah 24:1-20 the prophet gives a detailed graphic description of the wreckage which will be wrought during the Tribulation. At the conclusion of that period Isaiah 24:21-23 will be fulfilled.II. TO SOLVE THE JEWISH PROBLEM
21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that Jehovah will punish the host of the high ones on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. 22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison; and after many days shall they be visited. 25 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed; for Jehovah of hosts will reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem; and before his elders shall be glory (Isa. 24:21-23).
At that time the hosts of the high ones on high, together with the kings upon the earth, will be gathered together and will be incarcerated in the pit of the abyss where they will remain for "many days." These hosts of high ones are none other than Satan and his evil, wicked spiritsdemonswho are at the present time wielding a tremendous evil influence upon the human family. The kings of the earth who will be defiant of God will also be gathered together with the evil spirits and put in this place of incarceration. Then the Lord Jehovah, the Messiah of Israel, will reign on Mount Zion, which will be the beauty spot of the world (Psalm 48).
At the end of the period called "many days," these evil spirits and wicked men will be punished, as is stated in the marginal reading of the word visited in verse 22. In the Book of Revelation, chapters 6-19, appears a complete and detailed chronological account of the events that will occur during the Tribulation. This era of wrath will be brought to a close by the personal bodily return of Jesus of Nazareth as a warrior to conquer the world. A graphic picture of His appearing thus is found in the following Scripture:
11 And I saw the heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and he that sat thereon called Faithful and True; and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 And his eyes are a flame of fire, and upon his head are many diadems; and he hath a name written which no one knoweth but he himself. 13 And he is arrayed in a garment sprinkled with blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which are in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and pure. 15 And out of his mouth proceedeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of God, the Almighty. 16 And he hath on his garment and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS (Rev. 19:11-16).
Armed with omnipotence, this mighty warrior will slay the Antichrist (II Thess. 2:8) and the kings of the earth, along with their armies (Rev. 19:21). The Antichrist will be revived and cast alive into the lake of fire (Rev. 19:20). The spirits of the kings of the earth and their followers will be cast into the pit of the abyss with Satan, where they will remain for "many days" (Isa. 24:22), or the thousand years of the reign of the Messiah upon earth, as Revelation 20:1-6 shows.
20 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, the old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, 3 and cast him into the abyss, and shut it, and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years should be finished: after this he must be loosed for a little time. 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus, and for the word of God, and such as worshipped not the beast, neither his image, and received not the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand; and they lived, and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead lived not until the thousand years should be finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: over these the second death hath no power; but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years (Rev. 20:1-6).
Thus the omnipotent warrior, the Messiah, will banish all evil from the earth.
During the centuries of Israel's dispersion among the nations, the Chosen People have been without a home, kicked from pillar to post. They have been made the football of the nations. This condition will not continue always. Moses and the Prophets foretold the time that God will intervene in behalf of His Chosen People and will restore them to their own land. Moses foretold that Messiah will take the field of battle and will champion the cause of His people. When He does so, the nations are called upon to
"Rejoice, 0 ye nations, with his people:
For he will avenge the blood of his servants,
And will render vengeance to his adversaries,
And will make expiation for his land, for his people"(Deut.32:43).
The psalmists constantly sang of the time that Israel will be restored to fellowship with God in the land of the fathers. Then the Chosen People will be the head of the nations instead of the tail, as at present. In Jeremiah 31:1-14 the weeping prophet gives a most wonderful prediction concerning the solution of the Jewish problem and Israel's being restored to fellowship with God. Ezekiel, a contemporary of Jeremiah, gave two wonderful predictions concerning the solution of Israel's problem. These prophecies, in Ezekiel, chapters 34 and 36, should be read very carefully; for they have a message that will cheer the heart of every Hebrew and every servant of God who sees Israel's place in God's plan.III. TO ESTABLISH A REIGN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS OVER THE EARTH
The restoration of Israel will be in two phases: national and individual. The first of these will consist of the return of the people to the land of their fathers and their being established therein when the desert shall blossom like a rose. Then the curse will be lifted from the earth, which will bring forth its full strength. The second phase of the problem is the regeneration of the individual Israelite, according to the following promise.
25 And I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep mine ordinances, and do them. 28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God (Ezek. 36:25-28).
When these foretold events become accomplished facts, Israel's problem will be solved foreverto the blessing of Israel and all humanity and to the glory of God.
Many are the promises of the personal reign of King Messiah. One of the most important and familiar ones is found in Isaiah 2:1-4:
2 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2 And it shall come to pass in the latter days, that the mountain of Jehovah's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 3 And many peoples shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of Jehovah from Jerusalem. 4 And he will judge between the nations, and will decide concerning many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
God in the person of King Messiah, who is God in human form, in His glorified body, will reign in righteousness over a warless, sinless, sickless world. Jerusalem will be the capital of the world, and all nations will go there from every part of the globe to worship the true God and to serve Him. Beautiful graphic pictures of Jerusalem and of the earth under the reign of King Messiah are found in Isaiah, chapters 49, 60, and 65. Psalms 72 and 132 likewise give glowing descriptions of His reign.