Every Eye Shall See Him

August 03, 2018 0 Comments

One of the great prophecies of the Second Coming of Christ is found in Revelation 1:7, "Behold, He comes with clouds, and every eye shall see Him, and they also who pierced Him, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him". There are four things we may learn from this important text:
FIRST, the certainty of His coming. The 2nd Coming of Jesus is stated as a fact. It is just as certain as His first coming, over 2000 years ago. Jesus told His disciples, "If I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again to receive you unto Myself, that where I am, there you may be also"(John 14:3). The angel that stood by at the Mt. of Olives when Jesus ascended to heaven (Acts 1:11) said this: "This same Jesus, whom you have seen go into heaven, will so come in like manner as you have seen Him go". Note, Jesus SLOWLY ascended into heaven, and people on the mountain top WATCHED it! That brings me to my second point:
SECOND, the coverage of His coming. The phrase "And every eye shall see Him" is very significant. According to Zechariah 14, Jesus will return to earth to the same spot where He left--the Mt. of Olives outside the city of Jerusalem. "And in that day He will plant His feet on the Mt. of Olives" (Zech. 14:4). Now, do not be confused between the RAPTURE of the church, which is "in the twinkling of an eye", which nobody will see, and the REVELATION of Christ from heaven at the Battle of Armageddon. The rapture is at the beginning of the Tribulation and the Second Coming in power and glory to defend Israel from the armies of the Anti-Christ is at the end of the Tribulation. Only in this age of instant telecommunication, of "on the spot" cable news coverage, is it possible for the return of Jesus to be seen by the whole world, since it happens locally in Israel. I believe Rev. 1:7 is to be understood as a world-wide news event, and it will be the most shocking news story ever covered.
THIRD, the confirmation at His coming. Note further the specific category of people who will be most impacted by Jesus's return--namely Israel. This verse says, "and they also who pierced Him", a reference to the Jewish people who rejected Jesus as Messiah when He came the first time. Jesus will return at just the right moment when Israel is surrounded by her enemies, armies led by Anti-Christ, to deliver His earthly people at the Battle of Armageddon. Can you imagine how that will change the minds of the Jews in Israel when they see Jesus coming back from heaven to save them from destruction? And that leads me to the fourth observation I note from this verse:
FOURTH, the crying at His coming. "And every tribe on earth will mourn because of Him". Read Zech. 12:10-14 which describes this great "mourning" in detail. Why will the tribes of the earth be crying when the Lord returns? Because they will realize they have been wrong about Jesus all along, that He indeed is the Messiah of Israel, and the Savior. The Bible teaches a future national repentance of Israel, and it happens at the Second Coming of Christ.
What an event this will be! What a "news alert" His coming will be! What a day it will be for Israel, and the whole world.

Richard Seefried
Harrisonburg, VA
Richard Seefried has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry, and is licensed & certified by the NCCA as a clinical pastoral counselor.