The Return of Jesus Christ – The Worlds Only Hope

the return of Jesus Christ to this earth ladies doing is one of the central themes of the Bible and he's returned he's referenced over 300 times in the Bible now before I commence speaking about our subject for the night I would like us to pause and consider just for a brief moment the next slide that I'm going to put up and on that slide there's a series of words and I want you to think about how these words have had some sort of impact in your life perhaps in the life of someone you may know and also consider who invented or where a lot of these things came from instead of these following words and try and think about the first image that comes to your head in regards to society in general you see I think it's very clear ladies and gentlemen that mankind is absolutely played with a series of different things that basically haunt him every day and if you went to mark chapter 7 you'll see that what he's spoken of in mark chapter 7 where the Lord Jesus Christ says that all these things come from within out of the heart of man these are all the things that he's referring to all the things that man has caused all the things that man does on a daily basis he creates these things these things are a part of his daily life in action he's ruining the world in which he lives is fast ruining the world that his creator has created for him to inhabit and I think that would be fair to say ladies and gentlemen that there's not at least one of these things that has affected us in some way in our lives and they are all clear signs of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ now after seeing all these various words that we are all very familiar with we see them in the media we hear them on the radio they're in the forefront of our faces every day of our lives for the working man who is subjected to all these things in the workplace many of these things should I say and they immediately put images into our heads don't they so right about now I guess you're thinking well the speakers playing on our emotions well I have no doubt ladies gentlemen that not all if some of these words that are on the screen will have played some way on your emotions and frankly I don't think you'd be human if some of these things upset you perhaps made you a little bit angry perhaps but these are the things that mankind is exposed to in every country in every home just about on the face of the globe the words may bring back an unpleasant experience you may have had or perhaps someone who is close to you either way we are all familiar with these things in some way or another and sadly as the Bible makes very clear all these things come from mankind but it is not ladies and gentlemen intention to play on your emotions but surely one must be able to relay all these words and be able to identify clearly the hopeless state and situation that mankind is currently facing and so I wish not to play on your emotions but I wish to appeal to your mind of reason the Creator has God has created us with the ability to reason with that ability to have the power to think to understand and form judgments logically ladies and gentlemen never before like our present day has mankind been faced with the threats of an impending World War and the unrest between the superpower nations the ever-increasing global instability of political social environmental and economic conditions and so after picturing the images related to the words on the screen I would like you now to try and consider briefly that the enormous changes that will need to take place in the earth before mankind can ever cease to experience all those issues and who more importantly has the power to implement and sustain the much needed changes so firstly now considerations this evening we would like to look at how mankind has fared and then we hope to show you from the pages of the Bible the lasting solution that God will implement at the return ''tis son the Lord Jesus Christ excuse me I've got a tiny little bit of a frog in my throat okay so who has the power to make change on the earth to present the leaders of the nations presidents prime ministers politicians well I think we will all agree with the things that we do see with the presidents and politicians and leaders of this world if any of these were capable of achieving an outcome then mankind would not be put in the predicament that he is currently facing and even if there was a man or group of men capable of such a task they would only be able to maintain the change changes for the course of their lives in other words as soon as they were deceased and passed on and off the scene then another leader would rise to stand in their place only to make changes as he or she saw fit so there can be no level of consistency while man holds the reins of a following oath of authority in the earth now there are a few quotes I'd like to consider that very clearly and aptly aptly describe why man is in the state he is in now since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden back in Genesis upon a closer inspection of the scriptures you will see that since the first man Adam brought sin into the world and death came as a consequence of that sin and that all creation net was subjected to a physical change what this means is that all the evil a man does is the result of sin and drink into the world and so we are told the following referring to Adam the first man wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world and death by sin and so death passed upon all men for that all have sinned so it is clear ladies and gentlemen that the leaders of this world and mankind in general cannot resolve the ongoing issues that has plagued mankind for 6,000 years you see man has brought upon himself all the evils that are worsening daily at a rapid rate he is riddled with problems that defy solution at least a solution that he thinks he can come up with and problems that have the potential to bring civilization to a grinding halt man has not helped his fellow man in fact he has brought much harm to his self to himself through his own devices and so the scriptures reveal to us that man is inherently evil now there are two quotes here to consider that thought in Ecclesiastes 7 that says that the wise man says lo this only have I found that God hath made man upright but they have sought out many inventions Genesis 8 and verse 21 this is right before the flood of Noah for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth again in Jeremiah the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked who can know it well the answer to that question is God knows it and he knows it very very clearly Jeremiah 10 the way of man is not in himself and it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps so if we were ladies and gentlemen to consider the many across that man has afflicted upon his fellow man then we would be here for quite some time war after war after war and all the things that go with that all the things that man does to his fellow on a daily basis we know through a history of the many lives that have been lost and are a testimony to our previous quotes but despite man's failings to govern his own affairs God has a purpose and a solution and his purpose will not be frustrated by man he has not left man without hope he has created the earth and mankind upon it for a reason and he will not leave him to destroy it if we have a look at the words of Isaiah Isaiah or God speaking through the mouth of Iser he says for thus saith the Lord that created the heavens god himself the firm the earth and made it he hath established it he created it not in vain he formed it to be inhabited I am the Lord and there is none else and so ladies and gentlemen we asked the question where is the man or combination of men with the wisdom to resolve the problems of humanity and the power to implement a lasting solution well it's very impossible for a man to come up with a lasting solution I'm going to use this as an example there are many examples that we could use but I'm going to use the United Nations and for a good reason you'll see see as we go along so within the United Nations organization there exists what is called a Security Council on this Security Council is made up of five five members they are called the five permanent members there are another ten seats that they only get they only get to stay on for two years and have to be reelected on but these are the permanent ones so you can see very clearly who they are America Great Britain France Republic of China and Russia at the top there on the right so these are the these are the the five countries that play a massive stronghold on the decision-making process within the United Nations Security Council now this is their model I'm sure you've all seen this before and they're actually quoting from Isaiah chapter 2 it says they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks nation shall not lift up sword against nation neither shall they learn war any more so this is a piece this is a peacekeeping United Nations just just make note of that would they just keep that in your head so this this is actually quoted directly from Izod – and it's actually word for word so it's right it's correct because it so the five countries there they are the they're the power nations that basically hold the permanent seats on the Security Council this is where the contradiction actually comes in these five countries and the other 10 countries that are on are the biggest spenders of military arms in the entire world so it's basically they're playing a game with each other he who has the biggest stick gets to be chief and they're all battling to do that now I think you'll see that when we have a look at the military budgets you'll see that mr. USA mr. Sam is is right at the top with Russia and China not far behind they sit on this panel which called which is called the Security Council Council and they're there their ideology is based on Isaiah chapter 2 neither shall they learn war anymore well it's hard not to learn war anymore when you have a look at this see the years so it's from 1988 and this was only released on the 29th of April 2019 so you can see the years along the bottom and the color codes at the bottom are not really need to explain much but if at the side there its military expenditure constant of 2017 US per billion so yeah 15 what we got there 15 hundred billion and goes right up yeah yeah you'll see America's middle east you're there all the big spenders so yeah it seems quite a contradiction doesn't it ladies and gentlemen that they sit on this council they call it the United Nations and their motto is to not learn war anymore out of eyes or chips so that's the I ideology you wonder how they can ever think they can achieve that with the way they spend money countless bundles and bundles of billions of dollars on defense weapons of war so here we are with the five countries now this is a statue just across in a park from the New York United Nations now this one was actually given to the New York the United Nations from the Soviet Union you actually have a look just quickly on the USSR when they were the Soviet Union but at the top they're like quote the one the one line into plowshares well there's the contradiction there we that's a bit of a bit of a problem isn't it because Isaiah says they so Isaiah is speaking on behalf of God so God is saying they will do it and they'll do it on my terms the United Nations or the inscription that that the USSR has put on there as a representative the UN says we shall beat our swords into plowshares so they're doing it purely on their terms but you've got to wonder how can they have achieved this with the amount of money that they're spending on military arms they've got a lot of beating to do that are they quite a lot of beating to do it so it's quite a contradiction and you can see why man is in the state is in the people that look that that run the world are fueled by two things the building up of arms and money after seeing all this ladies only ask another question so where is the wisdom in building up countless stock piles of arms where is the police creeping attitude in this behavior so we can see that they're governed by the way and not bother actual words of Scripture because if they read the Bible they will see that it is God that's going to achieve that and it'll be God through his son the Lord Jesus Christ the total disarmament will take place politicians statesmen presidents all the leaders of the world ladies in general they cannot solve the problems that they are faced with within their own countries much less solve the antagonism that exists between other nations and so what if what about when we consider the average individual how about individual happiness in this age of affluence people are more frustrated dissatisfied in trouble than ever before we are living in an age where every form of recreation is made increasingly easier to engage in discontentment is so rampant that today's suicide statistics are higher than ever before particularly among young people the same again with drug usage and alcohol abuse and surely this proves that something more than money more than material gain and power of man is required immorality drug addiction and the supply of it violence and crime see we are not untouched ladies and gentlemen by these things here in Perth all these things demonstrate very clearly that something is seriously lacking in society today we hear of all sorts of crime and violence day it's a sad situation that man coin has got himself into and he only gets worse things just will not get better so the further ladies and gentlemen mankind drifts away from God the greater man's problems will increase now if we went back say seventy or eighty years in comparison to today you will see a dramatic change in society's attitude towards the things of God there was a time when God was recognized as the Great Creator but sadly he is now ignored there was a time when the Word of God was revered but as teaching is clearly neglected in society and its authority denied and mocked this is unfortunately the world your children and my children will be brought into or are growing up in now we live in a world of confusion ladies and gentlemen and violence and yet this is not the way of God we are told that God is not the author of confusion but of peace and it goes on and it says the following in Isaiah 59 because of their evil heart it says they their feet run to evil and they make haste to shed innocent blood their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity wasting and destruction are in their paths the way of peace they know not and there is no judgment in their going they have made them crooked paths that whosoever golfing therein shall not know peace so whilst the world is headlong in the paths that attend how can they ever know peace especially when we're guided by the leaders that we have it's a it's a sad state of affairs truly and so the question on the minds of many is surely can anything be done to ensure the future where can hope be found while hope can be found and that security can only be found in the Bible not by a Security Council made up of five very greedy nations it is made up and found clearly in the Bible and the solution is as we already alluded to in our reading with the return of the Lord Jesus Christ when it was promised by the words of the Angels in Acts chapter 1 you see ladies and gentlemen the Bible presents a way of Hope that is both practical and satisfying it provides the foundation for security now and for the future the Bible has as the Apostle Paul taught promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come so the Bible gives us comfort in this life as well as security for the life to come and that life which will be that life to come which will be when the Lord Jesus Christ will come to change the world for the better and so the believer the believer who takes on the hope of the Bible sees the definite signs that the coming of Christ is near at hand and he recognizes that this event and this event alone provides the only hope for this world that seemingly looks like it's in a hopeless situation among the many signs that herald the coming of Christ we see in the world today there has been no greater sign than the one to which we now have referred and that is the modern revival of Israel Bible prophecy has predicted every major incident that has happened to this people and in such a way as to resolve any doubts as to whether God is the author of the Bible before Israel was a nation the Bible outlined the manner in which the people would fail to respond to the teaching of God the discipline that would be exercised in scattering them among the nations the fact that in spite of opposition that the identity of the people would be preserved and finally their restoration back to the ancient land and their revival as a nation and consider with me the following evidence as to the preservation of their identity in spite of continuous opposition and the most bitter and cruel persecution persecution see God declared through Jeremiah he said concerning Israel for I am with thee set the Lord to save thee though I make a full end of all nations with a of scattered deed yet will I not make a full end of thee but I will correct thee in measure and will not leave thee altogether unpunished this statement clearly made is vindicated by Israel's history again through Ezekiel we read the following saying to them must set the Lord God behold I will take the children of Israel from among not even whether they be gone and will gather them on every side and bring them into their own land and I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel and one king shall be king to the mall and they shall be no more two nations neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all now if you'll notice that the threefold aspect of this prophecy firstly we have the restoration of the Jewish people back into the land the second is the revival of the nation and the third is the establishment of a monarchy now this amazing prophecy has only been partially fulfilled in the first two points you see Israel commenced returning to the land of Palestine as Israel was then called after World War one with the proclamation of the Balfour Declaration by Britain in 1917 which we see here sure you're all reasonably familiar with that so I won't read that out too if you'd like to have a copy of it one I'm looking at last I'm more than happy to show you so Israel became out of this a latter-day nation after World War two by decree of the United Nations organize a organization but it is not yet a monarchy and and never will we'll be one until the Lord Jesus Christ styled the king of the Jews returns to discipline and educate his people and assume his rightful position and status to which he was rejected by his own people now when the last king of Israel was dethroned this is what was prophesied concerning him and we'll see where this actually leads to so here speaking of zetas Clyde says and thou profaned wicked Prince of Israel whose day has come when an equity shall have an end thus said the Lord God remove the die down and take off the crown this shall not be the same exalt him that is low and baste him that is high and I will overturn overturn overturn it and it that is the monarchy shall not shall be no more until he comes that is right it is and God says I will give it him so this throne that Zedekiah was removed from is clearly now there's plenty other references you'll see it in Luke chapter 1 it's the ancient throne of King David and the rightful throne of the Lord Jesus Christ just prior to his birth the Lord Jesus Christ his mother Mary she was told the following in Luke chapter 1 actually I'll get you to turn to Luke chapter 1 if you don't mind Luke chapter 1 and verses 31 to 33 and here the angel told the angel Gabriel told Mary the mother of the Lord and behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb and bring forth a son and shall call his name Jesus he shall be great and shall be called the son of the highest and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David and he shall reign over the house of Jacob or Israel forever and of his kingdom there shall be no end now in the Old Testament the Old Testament has an almost identical prophecy turn with me please to Isaiah chapter 9 Isaiah 9 verses 6 to 7 and we read the following for unto us a shot this is a prophecy of the speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ for unto us a child is born unto us a son is given and the government shall be upon his shoulder and his name shall be called wonderful counsellor the mighty God the everlasting father the Prince of Peace of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end upon the throne of David and upon his kingdom to order it and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever the seal the Lord of hosts will perform this so clearly the Lord Jesus Christ is the heir to the ancient throne which nobody has sat on since Zedekiah now on the basis of prophecy ladies and gentlemen in 1848 a christadelphians by the name of John Thomas wrote the following concerning the return of the Jews to the land John Thomas wrote this he says there is then a partial and primary restoration of Jews before the manifestation which is to serve as the nucleus or basis of future operations in the restoration of the rest of the tribes after he that is Christ has appeared in the kingdom the pre eventual colonization of Palestine will be on purely political principles and the Jewish columns were returned in unbelief with the Messiahship of Jesus and of the truth as it is in him concerning the Jews he says also they will immigrate thither as agriculturists and traders in the hope of ultimately establishing their Commonwealth but mourn more immediately of getting rich in silver and gold by commerce with India and in cattle and goods by their industry at home under the efficient protection of the British power so that all came about out of the Balfour Declaration that was written in 1848 now there was absolutely no way that John Thomas could have come to this conclusion nearly 100 years prior to the event without studying and understanding the Bible and this knowledge enabled him to write as accurate as he did now as an interesting addition to the remarks of John Thomas a historian by the name of Martin Gilbert had this to say about John Thomases book Albus Israel this was written just just before actually Martin guilt passed away but he was a historian who spent a lot of time looking into the the nation of Israel and he says the book help us Israel by John Thomas has a remarkable foresight into the return of the Jews but among all the riders and expositors few had the clarity of vision shown by John Thomas in east book Elpis Israel as a historian I find it very inspiring that someone from a religious perspective should really be so aware of the historical currents of that time not just aware of them but for seeing them very clearly in 18-49 he is talking about events that began to come to pass in 1882 that is as he puts it so rightly the political return of individual Jews to the biblical land if Israel are of Israel to set up farming colonies and then the prediction that there would have to be a power the great power as it was called which would essentially liberate the land so that the Jews could form their Commonwealth he uses the phrase Commonwealth it was to be some years before this happened so yeah this Martin Gilbert is no longer with us but I went on to read the rest of the article and he actually fully endorses what John Thomas has said in the book office Israel concerning the restoration of the Jews so quite an interesting little article where Bible prophecy ladies and gentlemen is correctly understood it clearly reveals the future of nations and demonstrates both of that the Bible is true accurate and reliable and that God has a purpose with the earth and mankind upon and especially he's special people the Jewish nation God's purpose with the earth hinges clearly on the return of Christ to this earth it is the central theme that provides the foundation for hope many many times throughout the New Testament the apostles and disciples referred to his second coming and it is the only hope that can save mankind from his definite impending destruction Christ himself to his disciples said in John 14 verse 3 in very plain words I will come again the Apostles teaching of true Christianity was based upon the second coming of Christ in preaching the gospel the Apostle Peter one of the followers of the Lord he declared that these these were the times that the Apostles were looking for the times of refreshing and said that they will come from the presence of the Lord at his second coming so these times of refreshing will be the refreshing changes that the world clearly needs God will send his son to the world and he will have the power invested in him he will make all things right and bring down all the wrongdoing of mankind and bring mankind into subjection to his rule acts 17 verse 31 gives us a bit of an idea on this because he that is God hath appointed a day in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained whereof he has given assurance unto all men through his word in that he hath raised him from the dead setting up his pal when he returns in Jerusalem Christ he will issue the nation's with an ultimatum and it will be said with a loud voice fear God and give glory to him the hour of his judgment has come and worship Him that made heaven on earth and the sea and the fountains of waters those nations that accept the ultimatum will be incorporated the the kingdom that that the Lord Jesus Christ will set up the others of the nations that will not hearken will be disciplined until they submit as I speak to this in Oz or 60s for the nation and Kingdom that will not serve thee Shall Perish they those nations shall be utterly wasted that seems like quite a harsh statement that you've got to look at the long-suffering and patience of God throughout his word and throughout history God is not willing that shouldn't that any should perish but that all should come to repentance and this is what he desires of the nations repentance now in Matthew five and verse 35 the Lord Jesus Christ called Jerusalem the city of the Great King and thus it will be when he establishes his authority Authority there and it will be to the metropolis of the world now have a look at the following what at that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord and all nations shall be gathered unto it to the name of the Lord to Jerusalem near the shall they walk anymore after the imagination of their evil heart Isaiah – and it shall come to pass in the last days that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills and all nations shall flow unto it and many people shall go and say come me and let us go up to the mountain of Lord to the house of the God of Jacob and he will teach us of his ways and we will walk in his paths for out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem now this last quote from Isaiah depicts people voluntarily turning to the things of God and seeking to learn his ways and endeavoring to develop his principles as a way of life now if you were to write down have a cup chapter 2 and verse 14 during this this period when this education takes place of the nation's we are told in Habakkuk 2 verse 14 that the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea so the teaching of christ to the nations will just spread and so what shall cause this great change clearly the righteous disciplinary judgment and action of Christ at his coming so lady and gentleman the social religious change is suggested by this last quote a staggering when compared to the general attitude that is displayed in today's society but they shall be matched by political and national changes even more remarkable the prophet Isaiah continues in and he that is the Lord Jesus Christ shall judge among the nations and shall rebuke many people and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks nation shall not lift up sword against nation neither shall they learn war any more so this is rightfully the way it's worded you see I've underlined and along the word day and it's because it's at the command of the Lord Jesus Christ it's not it's not at man's time and will it will be purely upon the kingship and leadership of the Lord Jesus Christ now with man it is clearly is just an ideal with men but with Christ it will be a reality the Bible clearly shows that God has not abdicated he's right to reign over mankind for the moment he leaves men to their own volition that they might demonstrate their loyalty or otherwise to his will his future in check the intention is to rule on earth and he will achieve this by people in the earth with beings that reflect his glory both mentally morally and ultimately he found worthy it found faithful those people will be granted immortality and they will be able to physically show the glory of God this was what was told to Moses when Moses was going through the the wilderness with the children of Israel and he strove against them because of their way witness God said look despite whatever it is they're doing despite their failings he says truly I lived Moses all the earth shall be filled with my glory his purpose is not going to be frustrated by his people and definitely his purpose is not going to be frustrated by mankind as a whole so how ladies and gentleman does this affect you well Weist it is good to know that God has a purpose with the earth and that he will send Jesus Christ to reign therein and relieve the world of all its troubles that in that in itself is no guarantee that we personally will benefit from his rule God requires that we do something now to make our future sure salvation is an individual matter I can't save you and you can't save me and it's a thing that needs serious consideration you see Christ comes primarily toward to reward with eternal life those who have sought to live according to his precepts he makes that clear in the last book of the Bible he says and behold I come quickly and my reward is with me to give every man according as his work shall be Christ is referred to in Scripture as the resurrection and the life at his coming he will raise from the dead those who have learned of his wife and his will that they might be judged according to their knowledge now in John chapter 7 in verse 3 the Lord Jesus Christ when praying he says and this is life eternal to know thee the only true God and Jesus Christ whom thou has sent so so eternal life is based on our knowledge and our working our living lives it's that it is based on knowing God in that way we have to know God and we have to know his son and live according to that knowledge so the first step one must hate to partake of this grand hope that God has offered unto all mankind if you'll turn with me to mark chapter 16 and we'll just tie things up with this quote mark 16 verses 15 and 16 here the Lord says to his disciples and this is the step that one must take he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved but he that believeth not shall be condemned so may it be ladies and gentlemen your wisdom that you consider the Bible's message of hope and take the appropriate action as recommended in mark chapter 16 we thank you for your time

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