The Bible reveals to its readers that Jesus is at the centre of God's plan for the earth. The advancement of this plan necessitates the bodily return of Jesus to the earth, something he had told his followers about and which was confirmed to them by angels as they witnessed His ascension.
“. . . Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, ‘Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?’ Jesus said, ‘I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power . . .’” (Mark 14:61,62).
“. . . two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven’” (Acts 1:10,11).
“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:19-21).
“I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him” (Deuteronomy 18:18).
“And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people . . .” (Daniel 2:44).
Also read Daniel 7:27
On his return a key of role of Jesus is to become a righteous Judge acting on His Father's behalf.
“. . . the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear his voice and come forth - those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. I can of myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and my judgement is righteous, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the Father who sent me” (John 5:28-30).
“. . . He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31).
“. . . the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8).
It is also evident from these passages that the Bible teaches that the verdict on our lives is to be determined by our conduct now.
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