Lesson 11. The Return of the Lord: Are You Ready?

What promise do we have that the Lord Jesus will return?  See Acts 1:9-11.

For what two-fold purpose will Christ return?  See John 14:1-3, Hebrews 9:28, 1 Corinthians 4:5, Matthew 16:27, 25:31-33, Jude 1:14-15, 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10.

In Matthew 24 and 25 is found the Olivet Discourse in which Jesus teaches about the last days and gives many signs about His coming.  What did Jesus mention first when asked by his disciples about His return?  See Matthew 24:1-4, Luke 21:7-8.

When Jesus warns us to not be deceived, is it possible we could be deceived?

What two things did Paul warn must happen before Christ returns?  See 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5.

By what other name is the man of lawlessness called?  See 1 John 2:18.

Is his spirit already at work in the world?  See also 2 Thessalonians 2:7.

What signs will mark the coming of the antichrist?  See 2 Thessalonians 2:8-9.  Who will he thus resemble in outward appearance, and how does this reflect the nature of Satan?  See 2 Corinthians 11:13-15.

Why will people be deceived by the coming of the lawless one?  See 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12, Matthew 24:11-12,24-25.

Because of the great deception of the last days, what will the character of most people be like who claim to know God?  See Matthew 24:12, 2 Timothy 3:1-5,13, 4:3-4.  Do we see this today?

Because of the great deception of the last days, how will most people live in light of the coming judgment?  See Matthew 24:37-39, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3, Amos 5:18-20.  Do we see this today?

The scriptures warn that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night; is the coming of a thief a good thing or a bad thing?  See John 10:10.

When Jesus warns that He will come like a thief, to what aspect of His coming does He refer: His coming to bring salvation for those who love and obey Him, or His coming to bring judgment upon the wicked?  See Revelation 3:1-3, 16:12-16, 1 Thessalonians 5:4.

When Jesus returns, will the righteous be taken away from the midst of the wicked, or like in the days of Noah will God preserve the righteous through the midst of His wrath while the wicked are taken away in judgment?  See Matthew 13:24-30,36-43, 49-50 24:38-43.

Were there just a few who were saved in the days of Noah?  See 1 Peter 3:20.

Will there be just a few who are saved in the day of the Lord?  See Luke 13:23-27.

What sequence of events will take place for the true believers when Christ returns, and what event must take place before the Lord’s people are caught up to meet Him in the air?  See 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Corinthians 15:50-55, Revelation 20:4-6.

Do we know when the Lord will return?  See Matthew 24:36.

In light of Christ’s promised and imminent return to bring salvation to His true people and to act in judgment upon the wicked, what must we do?  See Matthew 24:44, 25:13, Luke 21:34-36, 1 Thessalonians 5:4-9, 2 Peter 3:10-18.

What is the great hope for those who prepare for the Lord’s return, but the great danger to those who do not?  See Matthew 24:45-51, 25:1-12, 14-30, 31-46, Luke 12:35-46, Revelation 21:1-8.

Scriptures to Memorize:  “Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you.  For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.  While they are saying, ‘Peace and safety!’ then destruction will come upon them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3).

“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing.  They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.  For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12, NIV).

Assignment:  Read Matthew 24-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11, 2 Thessalonians 1 & 2, Revelation.

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