The Second Coming of Christ

by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
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(Luke 12:35-40; Matthew 24:30-31, 36, 40-41; Acts 1:11; Revelation 22:20; Philippians 3:20-21)

READER 1 After Christ had ascended into heaven, two angels appeared, dressed all in white.
READER 2 "Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky?"
READER 3 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."
READER 1 At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky,
READER 2 and all the nations of the earth will mourn.
READER 3 They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky,
READER 2 with power and great glory.
READER 1 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call,
READER 2 and they will gather his elect from the four winds,
READER 3 from one end of the heavens to the other.
READER 1 No one knows about that day or hour,
READER 2 not even the angels in heaven,
READER 3 nor the Son, but only the Father.
READER 2 No one knows about that day or hour
READER 1 This how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
READER 2 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.
READER 3 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
READER 2 one will be taken
READER 3 and the other left.
READER 1 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there,
READER 2 the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control,
READER 3 will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
READER 1 Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning,
READER 2 like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet,
READER 3 like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet,
READER 2 so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him.
READER 1 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes.
READER 2 Good for them
READER 3 Good for those servants
READER 1 I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve,
READER 2 will have them recline at the table
READER 3 and will come and wait on them.
READER 1 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready,
READER 2 even if he comes in the second
READER 3 or third watch of the night.
READER 2 Good for them
READER 3 Good for those servants.
READER 1 But understand this:
READER 2 If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming,
READER 3 he would not have let his house be broken into.
READER 1 If the owner of the house had been awake
READER 2 alert
READER 3 listening
READER 1 watching
READER 2 aware
READER 3 he would not have let his house broken into.
READER 1 You also must be ready,
READER 2 because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."
READER 1 He is coming
READER 2 Like a thief in the night
READER 3 a thief in the night
READER 1 He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon."
ALL Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

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