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The return of Jesus Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords is a truth frequently reaffirmed in the Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments (Matthew 24:30; Acts 1:11; Revelation 1:7; 19:16; Isaiah 40:10; Daniel 2:44; Micah 1:3).

We believe the Bible teaches the personal, visible, premillennial (before the 1,000-year reign of Christ) return of Jesus Christ. His return will not be done in secret (Matthew 24:30; Revelation 1:7). "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God" (1 Thessalonians 4:16). He will stand on the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4). He will make war with the kings of the earth, and overcome them (Revelation 17:14) to bring peace.

He will sit on the throne of His father (ancestor) David (Luke 1:32; Isaiah 9:7; Jeremiah 23:5) and establish the Kingdom of God on earth forever (Revelation 11:15). During the first 1,000 years of this reign, Christ will inaugurate a refreshing time, a time of restoration of all things (Acts 3:19, 21). He will be assisted by the saints resurrected as He returns. They will become immortal children of God (1 Corinthians 15:50-53), rise to meet Him in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17) and join Him as conqueror of earth's rebellious nations and in establishing the Kingdom of God (Revelation 5:10; 20:6), the wonderful world tomorrow (Amos 9:13-14; Isaiah 2:2-4; Micah 4:1-5).

Jesus Christ came once to bear the sins of many and, as promised, will appear a second time (Hebrews 9:28; Acts 15:16-17; 1 Corinthians 15:23). The kingdoms of this world will become "the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever" (Revelations 11:15), and the saints will serve with Him (Daniel 7:18).

"And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work" (Revelation 22:12). As John said, we also pray, "Even so, come, Lord Jesus! (verse 20).

For More Information, see the booklets, Fundamental Beliefs and The Gospel of the Kingdom.