One Glorious Certainty
Written by Reinhard Bonnke
The future holds many uncertainties, but they will not matter. Why? Because there is one glorious certainty, which will balance out every fear and distress Jesus is coming!
The Lord is Coming!
Jesus was put on oath by the High Priest of Israel when He was arrested. On oath He declared, “You will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven” (Matthew 26:64). He said little else, and this was the most solemn of occasions. He knew His enemies would take hold of this statement and turn it against Him, but He still made it. They judged Him worthy of death for it. But, soon afterwards, He declared to Pilate that He had come into the world to bear witness to the Truth. This is the truth: Jesus will come with power and majesty!
If anything is true, this is. The future holds many uncertainties, but they will not matter. Why? Because there is one glorious certainty, which will balance out every fear and distress – Jesus is coming! The stars may fall from heaven, the ordinance of night and day may fail, heaven and earth may pass away, but His Word, His oath and promise of His return cannot fail. “For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry” (Hebrews 10:37). Soon this twilight world will see the dawn, and the glory of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.
The Glory of Christ’s Coming is the Doom of the Devil
The Greek word used by Paul for Christ’s Second Coming is parousia. It means “appearance” or “presence” – the presence of a king. It was used for the coming of an emperor to a city, when everybody, including the leading citizens, would go out of the city to greet him.
Paul uses another word in connection with it, namely epiphaneia, which means “brightness,” in other words, a parousia with shining glory. And all the citizens of the New Jerusalem will go out to meet Him in the clouds, and “thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17).
When Paul spoke of the Parousia of the Lord, he contrasted it with the Parousia of Satan. (2 Thessalonians 2:9). Satan will be manifested through false signs and wonders in a display of devilish power. But, we read that the bright shining Parousia of Christ will totally destroy this satanic Parousia or manifestation (2 Thessalonians 2:8).
The devil is the enemy in Scripture. He thinks that the world is his oyster. He is “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4), “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2). By nature, we are all children of the rebellion. Satan takes people captive to do his will (2 Timothy 2:26).
The people of the nations have suffered so much under oppressors who have exploited them, crushed them, slaughtered them, and starved them, but behind it all is the working of Satan. He is the arch terrorist and murderer. Without that monster, that dragon of all evil, the world would be relieved indeed.
Mighty Hands will Grab Satan
It reminds me of the story of Athaliah and Joash in 2 Kings 11:1-17. That wicked woman set out to murder the entire royal family, but one son was saved as a baby, and he became a type of Christ. When he was older, Jehoiada the priest brought back that royal son, Joash, and ousted the murderess.
She turned up one day to discover armed men confronting her, trumpets blowing, and the people rejoicing, with a prince revealed, “standing by the pillar,” whom she had thought she had done away with and killed. Athaliah was taken prisoner, and paid for her crimes with her life.
We read that a mighty angel will lay hold of the “dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan,” binding him and casting him into the bottomless pit, shutting him up and setting a seal on him, “so that he should deceive the nations no more” (Revelation 20:1 3).
Then we shall see the King in His glory. The trumpets will sound, the people rejoice, the true King will reign in mercy and understanding – JESUS, the Lamb on the throne. The very One the devil tried to destroy at Calvary, the Royal Son; the One so many do not know is there and who many say does not exist, will be revealed in all His ancient glory – the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
The devil cannot win. In fact, he has already been crushed by the Conquering Christ. He is on the run before the forces of the blood washed believers, the army of the Lord, and Jesus is coming to administer the coup de grâce. What a day that will be! Yes, come soon Lord Jesus!
When Jesus Comes, His glory will be the Glory of His Person
We have seen the glory of man; his pride and parading. So much of it is the glory of bloodshed, conquest, and war, or the bright lights of entertainment. Many people hanker after fame, honor, power and privilege. This is all temporary. Glamour withers and dies, fame is forgotten, and the bright lights become dim. Others come to outshine those who once stood in the spotlight and others outshine them in turn.
When Jesus comes, these hollow trappings will be cast aside. Pride will be stripped away. The true glory will come. Human pride will be a mere candle held up to the sun. Satanic “light” and all the unbelieving wisdom of men, which has deceived the nations, will be seen as darkness.
In the Gospels people were awe-struck by the person of Jesus whenever they met Him. When that woman of the streets walked in and saw Jesus, she was shocked! She had loved many men, and then she saw Him. The purity, which she felt, that greatness, filled her soul with deep yearnings. She stood and poured out her inexpressible confusion of life in hot tears which, to her horror, fell on His feet, as if she had polluted that sacred Person. She hastily tried to dry off those unclean tears and could find nothing with which to do it except her luxuriant hair. Never had she had such an experience – she was looking into the eyes of the infinite Son of God. He was all that mattered – He was the End; the Peak of life and she had found Him. Her lovers were empty shards, her old life a discarded earthenware pot. Glamor? There was no other glory now, only that of Christ, her Saviour. Her Saviour is our Saviour—forever!