Six Reasons Why All Christians Should Desire
the Soon Return of
Are you yearning or
yawning?by Dr. David R.
As every new year dawns, I find myself earnestly
yearning that it will be the year that will initiate the
end time events that will lead to the Lord's return to
The first of those events will be the Rapture of the
Church. That will be followed by the Great Tribulation
of seven years, a period of unparalleled horror that
will culminate in the return of Jesus to reign over all
The writings of the early Church Fathers (100 to 300
A.D.) reveal that one of the earliest prayers of the
Church was "Maranatha!" (1 Corinthians 16:22). That word
is actually an Aramaic phrase that means "Our Lord
This prayer expresses a fact that is confirmed by
many other scriptures; namely, that the First Century
Church had an ardent desire for the soon return of
A Waning of the Zeal
The Twentieth Century Church seems to have lost that
desire. Most professing Christians today do not pray
"Maranatha!" They do not yearn for the return of the
Lord. Instead of yearning, they are yawning.
Christendom at large is caught up in apathy regarding
the return of Jesus. And that is sad, for the Word says
that the return of the Lord is our "Blessed Hope" (Titus
Also, we are constantly admonished in Scripture to
watch for the Lord's coming and to be ready. Jesus
Himself said, "Be dressed in readiness, and keep your
lamps alight . . . for the Son of Man is coming at an
hour that you do not expect" (Luke 12:35,40). Paul
exhorted Titus to live "looking for the blessed hope and
the appearing of the glory of our great God and savior,
Christ Jesus" (Titus 2:13). And as Paul faced death in
prison, he wrote:
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the
course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is
laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the
Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day;
and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His
appearing. — 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Think of it, Paul says that a special reward — "a
crown of righteousness," will be given to any person who
lives his or her life loving the appearing of the Lord.
Are you a candidate for this reward? Do you have a
zealous yearning in your heart for the Lord's soon
return? Do you pray daily, "Maranatha!"?
Looking for Jesus
There are at least six reasons why every Christian
should earnestly desire the soon return of Jesus:
1) Jesus: When Jesus returns He will get what He
deserves — honor, glory and power.
When He came the first time, He was repudiated by the
Jews, rejected by His home town, and spurned by his
family. He was persecuted by the religious leaders,
betrayed by a friend, denied by another friend, deserted
by His disciples, and mocked by the masses. He had no
place to lay His head. His only possession was a robe.
He was born in a stable, raised in poverty, nailed to
a tree, and buried in a borrowed tomb. Today, people
scoff at Him and ridicule Him. His name is used as a
That is not what He deserves!
It is going to be different when He returns. The
first time He came as a gentle and helpless baby. He is
going to return as a mighty warrior. He came the first
time as a suffering lamb to die for the sins of the
world, but He will return as a conquering lion who will
pour out the wrath of God on those who have rejected the
love, mercy and grace of God. His first coming was
marked by compassion, humility, and a willingness to be
judged and to die. He will return in triumph and in
wrath to judge and make war against the enemies of God.
He came the first time as a Servant; He is returning as
Jesus was humiliated in history. I want to see Him
vindicated and glorified in history. And He will be
because His Father has promised Him that He will reign
over all the earth (Psalm 2:7-9). He has also been
promised that He will manifest His glory before His
saints (Isaiah 24:21-23) and before the nations of the
earth (Isaiah 66:18 & Psalm 22:27-31). Paul says He
is returning "to be glorified in His saints . . . and to
be marveled at among all who have believed" (2
2) Satan: When Jesus returns, Satan will receive
what he deserves — defeat, dishonor and humiliation.
I'm sick of Satan. I'm tired of his plots and schemes
and lies and deceptions. I'm fed up with his sicknesses
and temptations. I'm weary of his physical, emotional
and spiritual pollution. I'm disgusted with his wrecking
of marriages and homes. I loath his wars and terrorism.
I despise His ceaseless attacks on the Church.
I often feel like the martyrs portrayed in Revelation
who cry out day and night before the throne of God, "How
long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from
judging and avenging our blood?" (Revelation 6:10) Like
Isaiah, I want to cry out to God, "Oh, that You would
rend the heavens and come down!" (Isaiah 64:1).
The fate of Satan was sealed by the Cross, but his
nefarious activities will not cease until the Lord
returns. At that time, the Word says that God will deal
with Satan decisively. Luke 18:7 says that God will
vindicate His elect who cry out to Him day and night by
providing them justice. Romans 16:20 says that Satan
will be "crushed." The book of Revelation says he will
then be thrown into the lake of fire where he "will be
tormented day and night forever and ever" (Revelation
20:10 — see also, Isaiah 14:12-17).
But Satan doesn't want to go to Hell alone. He's
working overtime to take as many people with him as he
can. And I want that work stopped! I want Satan to get
what he deserves.
3) The Creation: When Jesus returns, the creation
will receive what it has been promised — restoration.
The material universe was originally created in
beauty and perfection. There were no poisonous plants or
animals, nor were there any meat eating animals. There
were no natural cataclysms like earthquakes and
tornados. Mankind lived in perfect harmony with nature.
But when Man rebelled against God, one of the
consequences of his sin was that God placed a curse on
the creation. Poisonous plants and animals suddenly
appeared. The animal kingdom turned against itself and
Man as some of the animals became meat eaters. And the
natural cataclysms began to take their toll. Man now had
to strive against nature to survive.
But the moment God placed the curse on the creation,
He promised that one day it would be lifted through "the
seed of woman" (Genesis 3:15). That promise is repeated
throughout the Scriptures. For example, in Isaiah 11,
the prophet says that when the Messiah comes to reign,
"the wolf will dwell with the lamb" and "the lion will
eat straw like the ox." He further states that "the
nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra"
because the snake will no longer be poisonous.
Paul reaffirms this promise in the New Testament in
the eighth chapter of Romans. He pictures the whole
creation as being like a pregnant woman gripped by birth
pains, crying out for the moment of delivery. He says
that moment will come when "the sons of God are
revealed." In other words, it will occur at the
resurrection when the Lord returns (Romans 8:18-23).
On the day the Lord returns, the earth will be
renovated by earthquakes and supernatural phenomena in
the heavens (Revelation 6:12-17). The result will be a
refreshed and beautified earth. The destructive forces
of nature will be curtailed. Deserts will bloom. The
plant and animal kingdoms will be redeemed. Poisonous
plants and animals will cease to be poisonous. The
carnivorous animals will become herbivorous. All of
nature will cease to strive against itself. Instead, it
will work together harmoniously to the benefit of Man.
(Isaiah 11:6-9; Isaiah 35:1-10; Isaiah 65:17-25; Acts
3:19-21; and Romans 8:18-23)
4) The Nations: When Jesus returns, the nations
will receive what they have been promised — peace,
righteousness and justice.
Mankind has dreamed of world peace throughout
history. Disarmament treaties have been negotiated,
peace treaties have been signed, international
organizations have been created, but true peace has
The Bible says that permanent world peace will never
be achieved until the Prince of Peace, the Messiah,
returns. Both Isaiah and Micah prophesied that when the
Lord returns, the nations "will hammer their swords into
plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks" and that
"nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never
again will they train for war" (Isaiah 2:4 and Micah
The hope of the world for peace will never be
realized in summit conferences between heads of state.
The only hope is the return of Jesus who will rule the
world with "a rod of iron" (Psalm 2:9 and Revelation
5) The Jews: When Jesus returns, the Jews will
receive what they have been promised — salvation and
God has made many wonderful promises to His chosen
people, the nation of Israel. Most of these are
unfulfilled and will not be fulfilled until a remnant of
the Jews turn to Jesus and accept Him as their Messiah.
The prophetic scriptures tell us this will happen at the
end of the Tribulation when the Jews who are left alive
have come to the end of themselves and decide to turn to
Zechariah says this remnant will "look upon Him whom
they have pierced and will mourn for Him as one mourns
for an only son" (Zechariah 12:10). The prophet also
says that on that day of repentance, "a fountain of
salvation will be opened for the house of David and for
the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for impurity"
This believing remnant will then be regathered to the
land of Israel to receive the blessings that God has
promised the nation. Those incredible blessings are
described in great detail in chapters 60 through 62 of
Isaiah. God's Shekinah glory will return (60:2) to a
rebuilt Temple (60:7). The nations will send all kinds
of assistance (60:10), including their wealth (60:5).
The land of Israel will be reclaimed (60:13), the nation
will receive respect (60:15), the people will enjoy
peace (60: 18), and the Messiah will live in their
presence (60:13,19). All the ruins will be rebuilt
(61:4) and the land will be filled with joy (61:7-8) and
praise (61:10-11). The nation will be a beacon of
righteousness, and its glory will be witnessed all over
the world (62:1-3). To sum it up, Isaiah says the nation
of Israel will be "a crown of beauty in the hand of the
Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of God" (62:3).
In effect, the world will be turned upside down
regarding its relationship to the Jews. Today the Jewish
people are despised and persecuted. They are the butt of
jokes and ridicule. But a day is coming when all that
will cease. Zechariah says that during the Lord's
millennial reign the Jewish people will be so honored
that when a Jew walks by, ten Gentiles will grab his
clothing and say, "Let us go with you, for we have heard
that God is with you" (Zechariah 8:23).
6) The Saints: Some of the promises to the Saints
— to those who are member's of the Lord's Church — will
be fulfilled at the time of the Rapture. The Rapture is
an event that could occur any moment. It will precede
the Second Coming.
At the Rapture, the dead in Christ will be
resurrected and the living will be translated to meet
Him in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). It is at this
time that both the living and dead in Christ will
receive their glorified bodies. These will be immortal,
perfected bodies — like the body that Jesus had after
His resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:42-53 and Philippians
When Jesus returns to this earth, the Saints will
come with Him and will witness His glorious victory over
the Antichrist and his forces (Revelation 19:11-21). The
Saints will then receive what they have been promised —
a redeemed earth and ruling power over the nations
(Matthew 5:5 and Revelation 2:26-27).
Jesus will reign from Mount Zion in Jerusalem as King
of kings and Lord of lords (Isaiah 24:21-23). David in
his glorified body will reign as king of Israel
(Jeremiah 30:9 and Ezekiel 34:23-24). The Saints in
their glorified bodies will be scattered all over the
world to assist with the Lord's reign (2 Timothy 2:12
and Revelation 2:26-27). Some will serve as
administrators (mayors, governors, presidents, and
kings), others will serve as judges, but most will serve
as teachers, for the entire educational system of the
world will be in the hands of glorified Saints. It will
be their responsibility to teach those who are in the
flesh about the Lord. There will be no legislators
(thank God!), for Jesus Himself will give the law. (See
Isaiah 2:1-4; Isaiah 66:19-21; Jeremiah 3:12-18; and
These six reasons make it clear that every Christian
should be earnestly desiring the return of the Lord. Yet
apathy prevails. Why?
Yawning about Jesus
I have found four reasons for the apathy and
indifference that characterize the Christian community
concerning the return of Jesus: unbelief, ignorance,
fear, and carnality.
Unbelief — Regarding unbelief, many professing
Christians simply do not believe that Jesus will ever
return. Most of these are people with a liberal view of
Scripture. They have spiritualized away the meaning of
the Second Coming, just as they have spiritualized the
virgin birth and the miracles. To them, the Second
Coming is nothing more than a fairy tale. In 2 Peter
3:3-4 we are told that the end times will be
characterized by scoffers who will mock the Lord's
promise to return. The tragedy is that many of these are
people who profess to be Christians.
Ignorance — I think most of the Christians who
are apathetic about the Lord's return are just ignorant
about what will happen when He comes back. As a result,
they cannot get excited about an event they know nothing
about. I was in this category for thirty years. Although
I attended church faithfully, my church ignored the
teaching and preaching of God's Prophetic Word. I didn't
have the foggiest idea about what would happen when the
Lord came back, and the result was apathy about His
return. But when I began studying Bible prophecy and
learned what is in store for believers when the Lord
returns, I started jumping pews and shouting
"Maranatha!" I have never been apathetic since that
Fear — The apathy of some Christians is due to
the fact that they fear the Lord's return. Because of
that fear, they try to repress the thought that He might
break from the Heavens at any moment. They fear He might
return on one of their "bad" days or when they have an
"unconfessed sin" on their conscience. These people are
caught up in works salvation. They do not understand
that they are saved by grace and that "there is no
condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans
Carnality — Finally, there are many carnal
Christians who cannot get excited about the coming of
the Lord because they are in love with the world. They
are walking with one foot in the church and one foot in
the country club. They want the Lord to come, but they
want Him to come when they are 80 years old and have
experienced all that this world has to offer. In other
words, they want Him to come, but they don't want Him to
mess up their lives.
A Seventh Reason
Let me conclude with a personal note. There is
another reason I want Jesus to return. It has to do with
the fact that when you love someone, you want to be with
them. I love to fellowship with Jesus in worship, in
prayer, and in His Word. But these forms of fellowship
are no substitute for being with Him. I love Him, and
therefore . . .
I want to be with Him.
I want to bask
in the presence of His love and
to see the glory of God in His face.
I want to kiss
His nail-scarred hands and say,
you for . . .
dying for me,
and for giving my life meaning and
And I want to join the Saints and the
Host in singing, "Worthy is the Lamb!"
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