SERIES: What's Next?
MESSAGE: The Return
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Revelation 19:11-21

We now come to the culmination of all redemptive history—the second coming of Jesus Christ. After history runs its sinister course, after the final period of man’s rebellion, Satan’s retaliation, and God’s judgment, the end of the world will come. But the end of this world will actually be the beginning of a new one. The event that hinges these together is the future coming of Christ to the earth. Let’s consider five aspects of His return, spoken of here and throughout Scripture.

Connect Group Recap: April 17, 2016
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "The Return"
Text: Revelation 19:11-21


We now come to the culmination of all redemptive history—the second coming of Jesus Christ. After history runs its sinister course—after the final period of man's rebellion, Satan's retaliation, and God's judgment—the end of the world will come. But the end of this world will actually be the beginning of a new one. As Pastor Skip showed us, the event that fuses these together is the return of Christ to the earth:


His Coming Is Anticipated by Prophecy (v. 10)
His Coming Will Interrupt Hostility (vv. 11-21)
His Coming Will Be Seen Universally (vv. 11a, 17a, 19a)
His Coming Results in Humility (vv. 11, 16)
His Coming Ushers in Tranquility (vv. 15-16)

Connect Up: Discuss the importance of Christ's return, both biblically and historically. Why is it considered an essential belief for biblical Christianity and a proper understanding of God?

Connect In: Knowing that Christ will return physically to earth to rule and reign, what does this say about God's created world? As saved individuals in God's kingdom, how are we to treat God's creation as we wait for the consummation of the kingdom?

Connect Out: Using the acronym KING as a model, discuss ways in which you can reach out to people who don't know Christ:


  1. Introduction
    1. The most epic event in human history will be thesecond coming of Jesus Christ to the earth
    2. Growing up in Nazareth, Jesus had a view of the valleyof Armageddon
      1. The site of the final battle on earth
      2. This battle will be stopped by His coming
    3. Jesus will come to stop a battle and start a kingdom
      1. He will end all that happened on this earth
      2. He will take over the earth that He Himself created
    4. Newspapers use a typeface called "second coming"to announce big headlines
      1. Jesus' return will be a headline event
      2. He is coming back
  2. His Coming Is Anticipated by Prophecy (v. 10)
    1. Jesus is the star on the center stage of biblicalprophecy
      1. The prophets focused on His redemption and rule more than anything else
      2. The scarlet thread of redemption runs throughout the entire Bible
        1. No matter where you read in the Bible, there arehints of His coming sacrifice
        2. There is also a golden thread that speaks of Hiscoming rule
      3. Next to the subject of faith, nothing is discussed more in the Bible than the second coming
        1. Mentioned 1,845 times
        2. 1,527 in the Old Testament
        3. 318 in the New Testament
        4. One out of every thirty verses in the Bible
    2. The second coming is the culmination of all redemptivehistory
      1. All of God's people throughout the ages have longed for this event
      2. The Jews have longed for their Messiah for 3,500 years
        1. He came, but they did not receive Him
        2. They are still waiting
      3. All the prophets and apostles anticipated it in their writings
        1. The serpent's head would be crushed (see Genesis3:15)
        2. The scepter would be reinstated in Judah (seeGenesis 49:10)
        3. God's promise to David that someone from his familyline would rule forever would be fulfilled (see 2 Samuel 7:12-16)
        4. The government will be on His shoulders (see Isaiah9:6)
        5. He will rule on the earth forever (see Daniel2:31-45)
      4. Jesus taught His disciples to pray for the coming kingdom (see Matthew 6:9-10; Luke 11:2)
      5. He spoke about it to them (see Matthew 24:29-30; Mark 13:24-26)
      6. Some of the greatest hymns are about the second coming
        1. Charles Wesley wrote 7,000 songs in hislifetime—5,000 are about the second coming
        2. "Joy to the World" is not about Jesus'birth; it is about His second coming
        3. Julia Ward Howe wrote "The Battle Hymn of theRepublic" about the second coming
  3. His Coming Will Interrupt Hostility (vv. 11-21)
    1. A very different Jesus than we see in the Gospels
      1. Penetrating gaze
      2. Many crowns
        1. Diadémata = a head-wreath, crown,diadem
        2. Crowns of authority
      3. Earthly kingdom as opposed to heavenly kingdom and armies of heaven (see John 18:36)
      4. Robe dipped in the blood of His enemies
      5. The Lion of Judah (see 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8)
    2. The end of the battle of Armageddon
      1. Revelation 16:14-16
      2. Harmagedón = Armageddon
      3. Natural battlefield (see Judges 4:4-24; 7:1-25; 2 Kings 23:29; 2 Chronicles 32:1-22)
    3. The end of the end
      1. Hostilities against Israel will reach a fever pitch (see Zechariah 14:1-3)
      2. The Antichrist's kingdom will be in shambles
      3. Economic failure
    4. Jesus will not fight in this battle; He will just stopit
    5. Either come to the Lamb's supper, or become the birds'supper
      1. Marriage supper of the Lamb (see Revelation 19:7)
      2. The supper of the great God (see Revelation 19:17)
        1. Super for the vultures
        2. Devouring the corpses of those who will die in thebattle
      3. End of the tribulation period (see Matthew 24:28)
  4. His Coming Will Be Seen Universally (vv. 11a, 17a, 19a)
    1. When Jesus left the earth, He ascended into heaven(see Acts 1:9-11)
      1. Jesus went into heaven physically, visibly, and from the Mount of Olives
      2. He will return physically, visibly, and to the Mount of Olives
      3. His return will split the Mount of Olives in two (see Zechariah 14:3-4)
        1. A fault line in Jerusalem runs right through theMount of Olives
        2. Earthquakes have happened in that area, but they arewaiting for the big one
    2. Everyone will see these events (see Matthew 24:27;Revelation 1:7)
      1. Since the 1960s, it has been possible for everyone to see events happening everywhere
      2. In real time
  5. His Coming Results in Humility (vv. 11, 16)
    1. There are around 700 names for Jesus in the Bible
      1. Faithful and True
        1. Contrast to the Antichrist, who will be unfaithfuland false
        2. The true Christ
      2. Word of God—unique to the writings of John
      3. A name no one knows except Himself
        1. In ancient times, to name someone meant to haveauthority over them
        2. No one has the right to name or usurp Him
      4. King of Kings and Lord of Lords
    2. The Jewish people will humbly mourn
      1. Matthew 24:30; Zechariah 12:10
      2. They will realize they rejected the true Messiah
      3. They will convert to Him
    3. The Antichrist will kill two-thirds of the Jews
      1. The one-third that is left will see Jesus and turn to Him (see Zechariah 13:9; Romans 11:26)
      2. One of the reasons for the tribulation period is to ready Israel to receive Jesus as the Messiah
  6. His Coming Ushers in Tranquility (vv. 15-16)
    1. Jesus will rule all nations with a rod of iron
      1. Justice will be done instantly
      2. Absolute justice for 1,000 years
    2. Jesus is the same one who rode into Jerusalem on adonkey
      1. Kings rode donkeys in times of peace
      2. They rode on white horses in times of war
      3. Reminiscent of a Roman victory march
    3. History as we know it will be over
      1. The millennia of man's rule will be done
      2. The millennium of Christ's rule will begin
  7. Closing
    1. These events are a reality, and they are coming
    2. The purpose of prophecy is not to cause fear, but tocreate faith
    3. Love His appearing (see 2 Timothy 4:7-8)
      1. Long for His appearing
      2. Is He your King?
Figuresreferenced:Napoleon Bonaparte, Julia Ward Howe, Erwin Lutzer, Isaac Watts, Charles Wesley
Greek/Hebrewwords: diadémata, Harmagedón
Crossreferences: Genesis 3:15; 49:10;Judges 4:4-24; 7:1-25; 2 Samuel 7:12-16; 2 Kings 23:29; 2 Chronicles 32:1-22; Isaiah9:6; Daniel 2:31-45; Zechariah 12:10; 13:9; 14:1-4; Matthew 6:9-10; 24:27-30;Mark 13:24-26; Luke 11:2; John 18:36; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 11:26; 2Thessalonians 1:7-8; 2 Timothy 4:7-8; Revelation 1:7; 16:14-16; 19:7
Topic: Second Coming
Keywords: second coming, Armageddon, kingdom, prophecy, redemption,Messiah, Antichrist, tribulation, heaven, ascension, names of Jesus, justice,millennial reign

Keywords: second coming, Armageddon, kingdom, prophecy, redemption, Messiah, Antichrist, tribulation, heaven, ascension, names of Jesus, justice, millennial reign

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