Again Returns to the Earth
also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord
cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all. Jude
At the close of the thousand years, Christ again returns to the earth. He
is accompanied by the host of the redeemed and attended by a retinue of angels.
As He descends in terrific majesty He bids the wicked dead arise to receive
their doom. They come forth, a mighty host, numberless as the sands of the
sea. What a contrast to those who were raised at the first resurrection! The
righteous were clothed with immortal youth and beauty. The wicked bear the
traces of disease and death.
in that vast multitude is turned to behold the glory of the Son of God. With
one voice the wicked hosts exclaim: "Blessed is he that cometh in the
name of the Lord!" It is not love to Jesus that inspires this utterance.
The force of truth urges the words from unwilling lips. As the wicked went
into their graves, so they come forth with the same enmity to Christ and the
same spirit of rebellion. They are to have no new probation in which to remedy
the defects of their past lives. Nothing would be gained by this. A lifetime
of transgression has not softened their hearts. A second probation, were it
given them, would be occupied as was the first in evading the requirements
of God and exciting rebellion against Him.
descends upon the Mount of Olives, whence, after His resurrection, He ascended,
and where angels repeated the promise of His return. Says the prophet: "The
Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee." "And his
feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem
on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof, .
. . and there shall be a very great valley." "And the Lord shall
be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name
one." Zechariah 14:5, 4, 9. As the New Jerusalem, in its dazzling splendor,
comes down out of heaven, it rests upon the place purified and made ready
to receive it, and Christ, with His people and the angels, enters the Holy
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