We teach that the return of Jesus Christ will be personal, visible, and pre-millennial. He will rule the world, the earth will be at peace and everyone will learn about God.
Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus took His disciples to the Mount of Olives and ascended into the clouds. Luke says that a pair of men, dressed in white, appeared to the disciples and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11).
At the Second Coming, Jesus will return to the Mount of Olives. Zechariah 14:3-4 says, “Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward.”
At the Second Coming, everyone will see Jesus return. This isn’t going to be a secret or invisible event. In Revelation 1:7, John wrote, “Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.” Everyone will wail because God is going to pour out His wrath on this sinful world. The Book of Revelation says that God is going to destroy the earth and kill billions of people through a series of disasters announced by seven angelic trumpets.
At the Second Coming, God will establish His kingdom over the earth. Revelation 11:15 says, “The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever’” (NIV). God is currently allowing the nations of the world to rule themselves, but when the seventh trumpet sounds, Jesus will become the ruler of the world.
At the Second Coming, the earth will be at peace, and everyone will learn about God. Isaiah 11:9 says, “They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” When Christ returns, wars will cease and all nations will hear the Gospel without any opposition from Satan. Everyone will know the truth and have an opportunity to receive salvation and eternal life.
So, as we have seen, the Bible teaches that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ will be personal, visible, and pre-millennial. He will rule the world, the earth will be at peace and everyone will learn about God.
Scriptures are from the English Standard Version unless otherwise noted.