“Lift up the trumpet, and loud let it ring, Jesus is coming again!” As Seventh-day Adventists, we have sung this song for many years, looking forward to the Second Coming of Christ. However, as the decades have rolled by, some have wondered if Christ is really coming soon. Today, however, it seems that more and more people are waking up to the fact that the world is on the verge of a stupendous crisis—one described in the Bible as leading up to the Second Coming of Jesus.
The topic of the Second Coming is vital throughout the Scriptures. One Bible scholar counted at least 1,500 biblical references to the Second Coming, noting that 1 in every 25 verses in the New Testament is about the Second Coming of Jesus.
While on Earth, Jesus spoke of His return, outlining many signs of His coming as recorded in Matthew 24:7—“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various palces” and more—many of which we are seeing today. He also noted that “because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold,” and added the assurance, “But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:12-14).
What is this “gospel of the kingdom” that is to be preached to the entire world as a witness? Of course, the very heart of the gospel is Jesus Christ—our Creator, Savior, Redeemer, and Friend. His death on the cross means everything to us—through His precious, immeasurable sacrifice, He provided the way that all through Him might be saved.
And as we treasure this incredible gift that Christ provided, we not only look back at the cross, but we look forward to what He is doing now as our High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary, interceding on our behalf, and to His glorious Second Coming. And all of this is part of the gospel of the kingdom—the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ!