Thought 2. There are sign(s) of Christ’s presence now. There are also signs that His return is ever so near. How
much better to mourn and repent now than to be left with nothing but mourning then. The day is coming when it
will be too late to turn to Christ.
Thought 3. Today, every man is without excuse. There are sign(s) and evidence(s) that He is the Savior of the
world, God’s very own Son. Much better to have the Son of Man appear now, in a person’s heart and life by faith,
than to have Him appear in the skies as a person’s Judge (Heb.9:27; cp. Jn.3:18).
(24:30) Jesus Christ, Return: the third event of the Lord’s return is that it will be visible to all—all the tribes of the
earth will see Christ’s coming in the clouds with power and great glory. There are four things said in this brief prophecy.
1. It is the Son of Man who shall come. Christ claims He is the Son of Man, God’s very own Son, the Ideal Man, the
Perfect Man, the Son of God incarnate in human flesh. In that day, there will be no doubt about who He is (cp. Mk.14:61-
62). Right now He is recognized only by believers, but then He will be recognized by all men. It will be unmistakable: He is
the Son of Man.
2. All the tribes of the earth will see His coming—visibly. How will everyone on earth, a round planet, see Him all at
once? It is useless to speculate how God’s power works (effects) any miracle. The point Christ is making is that His return
will be visible and that every man on earth will see Him and acknowledge Him to be the Son of Man (cp. Rev.1:7). (Note:
the light—the great splendor and brightness—of the Lord’s glory can easily be manifested throughout the universe and sur-
round the earth when He returns.)
3. Christ will come in the clouds of heaven. In Scripture, clouds are often associated with God.
“And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind. He made
darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the
skies. At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire”
“Who maketh the clouds His chariot” (Ps.104:3).
“Behold, the Lord rideth upon a swift cloud” (Is.19:1).
“I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven,
and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him” (Dan.7:13).
When Jesus departed this earth after His resurrection, He departed in a cloud, and it was foretold that He would return in a
cloud (Acts 1:9-11). Christ clearly says that He is going to return in a cloud and every eye will see Him come in the clouds of
heaven. There is a strong claim here, a claim to be the God of the clouds.
4. Christ will come with power and great glory. There are at least two points being stressed in this fact.
a. Christ will come in the full dignity of His person. He will not come as a babe in a manger who lives through
the stages of life to secure salvation for man. He will come with power and great glory. He will come in all
the omnipotence and glory of God, revealing just who He is.
b. Christ will come as a Judge to execute justice upon the earth. He will come to rule and reign in His rightful
position as Sovereign Lord over the earth.
Thought 1. Every man will acknowledge Christ to be the Son of Man. There will not be a single exception.
g159 Now, there is voluntary acknowledgement; then, there will be involuntary acknowledgement.
g159 Now, there is wilful confession; then, there will be enforced confession.
g159 Now, there is a loving appeal; then, there will be the condemning judgment.
“Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by
that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath
raised him from the dead” (Acts 17:31).
“In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gos-
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every
name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth,
and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to
the glory of God the Father” (Ph.2:9-11).
“And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every
man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear” (1 Pt.1:17).
(24:30) Jesus Christ, Return: the fourth event is that all the tribes of the earth will mourn when Christ returns in power
and great glory. Why? Because they will see beyond any question that Christ is the Son of Man. They will realize that
they ignored, neglected, rejected, abused, and cursed Him. They will know that they have missed His salvation and that they
are now to be judged. There is a picture of this great mourning in Revelation where “all the kindreds of the earth...wail be-
cause of Him” (Rev.1:7). They wail and mourn because of the terrible judgment which is to be inflicted upon them.
Very simply, Christ is going to return and every eye will see Him and know beyond any question that He is the Son of
Man. The worldly will mourn because He comes as Judge; the elect will rejoice because they are to be gathered together with
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