Is there a second coming? Outline
Big Questions Series
March 29, 2020
Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?” (Matthew 24:3, NLT)
3 types of responses to the second coming:
- “It’s _______________________to happen.”
- “Going to happen and I know ____________________________ about it.”
- “If it happens today, it happens. I will be__________________________.”
“____________________________” Signs of Jesus’ return: (Matthew 24:5-14)
- turning away from Jesus
- rise of false prophets
- increase of ____________
- Good News _________________________around the world
- “a __________________________________________that causes desolation” (Dan 9:27; 11:31; 12:11)
“The day is coming when you will see what Daniel the prophet spoke about—the sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing in the Holy Place.” (Reader, pay attention!) (Matthew 24:15, NLT)
The ruler will make a treaty with the people for a period of one set of seven, but after half this time, he will put an end to the sacrifices and offerings. And as a climax to all his terrible deeds, he will set up a sacrilegious object that causes desecration, until the fate decreed for this defiler is finally poured out on him.” (Daniel 9:27, NLT)
Daniel’s prophecy has been partially fulfilled two times in recorded history.
- Antiochus Epiphanes (168 B.C.)
- Nero (66 A.D.)
Temple worship in Jerusalem would have to restart in order for it to be “___________________________________” a third time.
- Miraculous ______________________________ and _____________________________.
For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. (Matthew 24:24, NLT)
- Jesus ______________________return.
And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth.
And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven. (Matthew 24:30–31, NLT)
Some things to think about…
- “It’s not going to happen.”
This is the same response people had___________________________________.
“Where is he?” is a _______________________________ question.
They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.” (2 Peter 3:3–4, NLT)
God is on a different _______________________________.
But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. (2 Peter 3:8, NLT)
God is not late. He is ______________________________.
The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed but wants everyone to repent. (2 Peter 3:9, NLT)
- “It’s going to happen, and I know everything about it.”
No one knows the _________________ or _______________________
“However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. (Matthew 24:36, NLT)
Hold your ___________________________ loosely.
Be careful not to speak as if you have ____________________________ knowledge.
- “If it happens today, it happens. I will be ready.”
Jesus talked about ___________________________.
And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. (Matthew 24:31, NLT)
But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment. (2 Peter 3:10, NLT)
Jesus is coming back as ___________________________________ and _________________________________________.
How _________________________________ are you for that day?
And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight. (2 Peter 3:14, NLT)
A deeper study for individuals and groups
Take some time to pray and ask the Lord to lead your study.
Share or think about things the Lord has been talking to you about this week.
Read 2 Peter 3:1-2.
What is Peter trying to do by writing 2 Peter?
Did Peter see any difference in the authority of Old Testament prophets or what the apostles have written?
Read 2 Peter 3:3-7.
What kind of people will arise in these last days?
What will they be led by?
What will these people say?
How does verses 5-6 show that their claim has no substance?
God is keeping the present heavens and earth for judgment. How will God judge them?
Read 2 Peter 3:8-13.
Finish the phrase, with the Lord one day is ....
Why is God delaying Jesus’ return?
What will happen when the Lord decides it is time for Jesus’ return?
Because of this kind of judgment, how then shall we live?
Because of the day of God, what two things are we told to do?
Describe what we are to be looking for?
Read 2 Peter 14-18.
When He comes, what three things should characterize us? (14)
Finally, what two things does Peter tell us to do? (17-18)
Share prayer requests and pray for each other.
Or, write down your own prayer list and take time to pray for each need that is on your heart.