Behold, I am coming soon!

(J. C. Ryle)

"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 the first.

He came the first time . . .
  in weakness,
  a tender infant,
  born of a poor woman in the manger at Bethlehem,
  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 kingdom 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