Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Five Characteristics of the Second Coming of Christ

By St. Nikolai Velimirovich

"For just as lightning comes from the east and is seen as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man" (Matt. 24:27).

The second coming of our Lord Jesus will be a coming in glory. Our Lord repeated this many times. Here He tells us in more detail as to what this, His coming, will resemble. He says it will resemble lightning. Through this He reveals the five characteristics of His glorious coming.

First: His second coming will be unexpected, like lightning. That is why He reminded us, "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour" (Matt. 25:13).

Second: His second coming will be as bright as lightning. The sun and the stars will be darkened. The entire universe will lose the glow of its face when He shines. He who sins, will have less light and brightness. How much darker will the sinner be under this heavenly flame. That is why He reminded us to hold the lamps of our souls filled with oil and readiness. O my brethren, let us not find ourselves in the darkness in that terrible hour!

Third: His coming will be as powerful as lightning. For He, alone, spoke to others saying that He will come "with great power and glory" (Mk. 13:26).

Fourth: His coming will be all encompassing and public to everyone and all, from east to west. That is, He will not appear as the first time to be seen only by His disciples or only one people or one nation or one country or one state, but He will appear like lightning which all nations and all peoples on earth will see at once.

Fifth: Just as the lightning precedes rain and hail, so shall His second coming precede the dreadful judgment which will be for the righteous and faithful like the desired rain; and for the unrighteous and unfaithful like hail.

Let us make preparation, my brethren, for the clouds are gathering and the divine lightning may descend from them at any time.

O Lord, Great and Awesome, give oil to the lamps of our souls so that we will not find ourselves in eternal darkness when Your eternal light appears. To You be glory and thanks always. Amen.