The Second Coming of Jesus
After the resurrection of Jesus, He appeared to His eleven remaining disciples, then the larger group of followers and to as many as 500 at one time (1 Corinthians 15:5-6). He proved the resurrection but He also promised He would come again...a second coming
““When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory.”
““At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.”
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
Matthew 25:31; Mark 13:26; John 14:3, NIV.
The Book of Acts records this conversation with the disciples and two angels at the ascension of Jesus:
“After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”” Acts 1:9-11, NIV.
Jesus will come again...that is a certainty. But He also made it clear to His disciples that "this gospel will be preached as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come." (Matthew 24:14). That responsibility falls on every generation of Jesus' followers. We need to assess the task, put our hand to the plow and make a difference in our world by making disciples of all peoples but especially targeting those people groups who have yet to have a meaningful church established in their culture.
Watch this video of Dr. David Thompson, medical doctor serving in Africa who explains this well: