1. The Lord's instruction to "search the Scriptures" in John 5:39 is the key to achieving the growth mentioned in 2 Peter 3:18. 2. In this lesson we are especially concerned with the fact that "the Lord himself shall descend from heaven" (1 Thessalonians 4:16). 3. Before studying passages that relate to Jesus' descent, let us consider several matters pertaining to . . .
I. JESUS' ASCENSION
A. After He was resurrected, Jesus was with His disciples for 40 days (Acts 1:1-3). B. At the end of this 40-day period Jesus ascended to heaven (Mark 16:19; Luke 24:50-51). C. According to Acts 1:9, He ascended in a cloud. D. On the basis of this information, let us turn our attention to . . .
II. JESUS' DESCENT
A. Jesus said that He will return from heaven and take His followers to heaven (John 14:2-3). B. No one knows when Jesus will descend from heaven (Mark 13:32-33). C. The Scriptures do reveal that: 1. Jesus will descend in the same manner He ascended (Acts 1:10-11) 2. everyone will see Jesus when He descends (Revelation 1:7) 3. the angels will accompany Jesus (Matthew 16:27) 4. the dead will be raised (John 5:28-29) 5. everyone will be judged a. Matthew 25:31-33 b. 2 Corinthians 5:10 6. everything will be burned up (2 Peter 3:10). D. According to the New Testament, the Lord's followers are to: 1. be prepared for the coming of Christ (Matthew 24:44) 2. wait for the Lord's return (1 Corinthians 1:7) 3. love the Lord's appearing (2 Timothy 4:8) 4. look for the Lord's appearing (Titus 2:13) 5. pray for the Lord to descend (Revelation 22:20).