Tuesday, December 8, 2015

In Jesus' First Coming Surrounded by Animals, His Second Coming Surrounded by Armies - Christmas Special Part 3

When Jesus came the first time, He came to a poor couple who were traveling with thousands of others to comply with a royal edict requiring a census. When they arrived in Bethlehem, the city of David, the local hotel was already filled to capacity. So they ended up staying in a stable for animals, probably a cave...along with the animals, surrounded by cattle. He was laid in a feeding trough for the animals. (Tweet that!)

The next time Jesus comes, He will be surrounded by the armies of heaven! (Tweet that!)

This is where the Bible tells us this:

His First Coming

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!"
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us." And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. (Luke 2:8-20)

His Second Coming

Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. (Revelation 19:11-14)

I wish to acknowledge: The first 6 of this series of 7 blog posts was inspired by the chart "The First and Second Comings of Christ" on page 198 of the book Agents of the Apocalypse by Dr. David Jeremiah.

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