OCTOBER WEEK 2

Second Coming

There will come a day when Jesus returns to earth, the dead in Christ are raised in their bodies to new life, and all of creation will be renewed and restored. At this second coming, Jesus, accompanied by the armies of heaven, will come in power to defeat the forces that oppose God’s rule and unite heaven and earth in a “new eden” condition.

Family Formation

Weekly Takeaway: King Jesus is coming back to establish his eternal kingdom.

Main Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

Questions: 

  1. Why is Jesus coming back?
  2. Where is Jesus right now?
  3. How can we prepare for the day when Jesus returns?

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Instructions for Daily Reading

Each day as you engage the Scripture, we recommend following this pattern of devotional reading.  

[Take a brief moment of silence to quiet your heart.] 

  1. Read the Scripture aloud.
  2. Seek out where King Jesus is at work in the Scripture.
  3. Pray over the Scripture.
  4. Discern how this Scripture impacts your life.

[Demonstrate loyalty to Jesus in one tangible way today.] 

DAILY READING

MONDAY - 10/14

Monday: Isaiah 9:2-7

 

Group Discussion & Reflection: Isaiah prophesied about a time when an anointed man (or “messiah”) will come to establish the eternal reign of YHWH upon the earth. This prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus the Christ (the Greek word for messiah). He will one day return to bring this prophecy to its complete fulfillment. What does it mean to you that Jesus is your Prince of Peace? How does knowing that this peace will usher you into eternity change the way you live now? How can this help us to look forward to his second coming?

 

Today’s Reading: 

 

2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil.

For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

TUESDAY - 10/15

Tuesday: Zechariah 14:1-5

 

Group Discussion & Reflection: Unfortunately, the world as we know it is stricken with suffering, trials, and pain. But throughout all of the Bible, God’s children are encouraged to endure suffering and remain faithful in the face of trials. In today’s reading we encounter a prophecy from Zechariah that foretells of the Day of the Lord. The Day of the Lord refers to the day of the Messiah’s return with the armies of heaven when the enemies of God are defeated for good. In what ways does the promised return of Jesus give you hope for the future? How does it change the way you can endure trials and suffering now?

 

Today’s Reading: 

 

1 Behold, a day is coming for the Lord, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in your midst. For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

 

Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward.

 

And you shall flee to the valley of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal. And you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.

WEDNESDAY - 10/16

Wednesday: Matthew 24:29-31

 

Group Discussion & Reflection: Matthew 24 provides us with an in-depth description of what it will be like to experience the second coming of Christ. This will be a world-wide event that neither the dead nor the living creature will be able to avoid. What do you think it means that the powers of the heavens will be shaken? How will be the tribes of the earth mourn? What do you think it would be like for a loyal member of God’s family to witness this event?

 

Today’s Reading: 

 

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

 

30 Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

THURSDAY - 10/17

Thursday: Revelation 1:4-8

 

Group Discussion & Reflection: In John’s revelation of the end times, he provides powerful descriptions about the kingdom of God. First, John notes that Jesus’ initial ministry made his people a kingdom through whom he currently rules and reigns. One day, however, Jesus will return with power and authority to usher in a new kind of eternal kingdom. Why it important to know Jesus is the beginning and the end? What difference does it make to know that Jesus “is, was, and is to come”? How does this give you hope?

 

Today’s Reading: 

 

John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 

Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

FRIDAY - 10/18

Friday: Revelation 19:11-16

 

Group Discussion & Reflection: The second coming of Jesus will be a cosmic event that shakes all of creation as everything and everyone that has ever existed will be judged by God. Those who are loyal to Jesus will inherit everlasting life in incorruptible bodies, enjoying God and his kingdom forever. Those disloyal to Jesus will experience the wrath of God and be banished from his presence. What does it mean to be judged? How will Jesus’ judgment be perfect? What can we do now to prepare for this judgment?

 

Today’s Reading: 

 

11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God.

 

14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

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