“The first reading from today’s Mass (Sunday, September 6th) is from the Old Testament Book of Isaiah. The prophet Isaiah consoles the people of Israel by telling them about the coming Messiah.
“Thus says the LORD: Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, He comes with vindication; with divine recompense He comes to save you. Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing. Streams will burst forth in the desert, and rivers in the steppe. The burning sands will become pools, and the thirsty ground, springs of water.”~ Isaiah 35:4 –7
Jesus came as the Savior of the world and fulfilled the prophecies made by Isaiah. The gospel reading for today even includes an account of when He healed a deaf-mute man. However, Isaiah’s prophecies have a two-fold meaning. His prophecies also refer to Jesus’ Second Coming at the end of the world. At His Second Coming, Jesus will come as the Just Judge “with divine recompense” to reward each person according to his deeds and to establish a new heaven and a new earth.
Just as Isaiah’s prophecies gave the people of Israel hope for the coming of the Messiah, today we should find hope in the Second Coming of Jesus. Various Old Testament Books of the Bible (i.e. the Book of Daniel) and many New Testament Books (i.e. Book of Revelation) discuss the Second Coming of Jesus.
The Nature of His Second Coming
It is important to note that although no one knows the exact day or hour of Jesus’ return, Jesus did give us warnings throughout the Scriptures as to the signs that would precede His final coming.
“3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.
6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a]these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[b] and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. … 29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it[d] is near—at the doors! ~Matthew 24:3–13,29–33
The Old Testament prophet Daniel wrote about his vision of the Second Coming of Christ at the end of time. St. John, one of the twelve apostles and author of the Book of Revelation (New Testament), saw a strikingly similar vision of a redeemed mankind.
“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a Son of Man,[a] coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into His presence. 14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.” ~Daniel 7 :13
9 After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10 They cried out in a loud voice, saying,
‘Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!’ “~Revelation 7:9
What should we do while we await Jesus’ Second Coming?
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a mighty roar and the elements will be dissolved by fire, and the earth and everything done on it will be found out. Since everything is to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be, conducting yourselves in holiness and devotion, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God … But according to His promise we await new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you await these things, be eager to be found without spot or blemish before Him, at peace.” ~2 Peter 3: 10–14
We must prepare ourselves for His Second Coming by sanctifying ourselves and purifying ourselves. We must amend ourselves and turn from sin through daily prayer (i.e. the Holy Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy), frequent participation at Holy Mass and Holy Communion, and frequent Confession. Furthermore, we must pray and work for the salvation of souls.