"At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory!" Mark 13:26
The second coming of Christ shall be utterly unlike His first coming.
He came the first time in weakness, as a tender infant, born of a poor woman in a manger at Bethlehem, unnoticed, unhonored, and scarcely known.
He shall come the second time in royal dignity, with the armies of heaven around Him, to be known, recognized and feared, by all the tribes of the earth!
He came the first time to suffer to bear our sins, to be reckoned a curse, to be despised, rejected, unjustly condemned and slain.
He shall come the second time to put down every enemy beneath His feet, to take the kingdoms of this world for His inheritance, to rule them with righteousness, to judge all men and to reign forevermore!
How vast the difference! How mighty the contrast!
"Behold, I am coming soon!" Revelation 22:12
- J. C. Ryle