FREE booklet : Fundamental Beliefs of the United Church of God
Fundamental Beliefs of the United Church of God
¬ God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit
¬ The Word of God
¬ Satan the Devil
¬ Humanity
¬ Sin and God's Law
¬ The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ
¬ Three Days and Three Nights
¬ Repentance
¬ Water Baptism
¬ The Sabbath Day
¬ The Passover
¬ The Festivals of God
¬ God's Food Laws
¬ Military Service and War
¬ Promises to Abraham
¬ God's Purpose for Humanity
¬ The Church
¬ Tithing
¬ The Resurrections
¬ Jesus Christ's Return
   
Note: This booklet first lists a summary of each fundamental belief from the Constitution of the United Church of God, an International Association, then explains and expands on each of those beliefs. Additional booklets on these topics are available free of charge.
   
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Jesus Christ's Return

We believe in the personal, visible, premillennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ to rule the nations on earth as King of Kings and to continue His priestly office as Lord of Lords. At that time, He will sit upon the throne of David. During His 1,000-year reign on the earth, He will restore all things and establish the Kingdom of God forever (Matthew 24:30, 44; Revelation 1:7; 11:15; 19:16; 20:4-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-16; John 14:3; Isaiah 9:7; 40:10-12; Hebrews 7:24; Jeremiah 23:5; Luke 1:32-33; Acts 1:11; 3:21; 15:16; Daniel 7:14, 18, 27).

"I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also" (John 14:2-3). The return of Jesus Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords is a truth frequently reaffirmed in the Bible. It is a reality to the believer of the Holy Scriptures, as written in the Old Testament and the New Testament (Matthew 24:30; Acts 1:11; Revelation 1:7; 19:16; Isaiah 40:10; Daniel 2:44; Micah 1:3).

Therefore, we fully believe in the personal, visible, premillennial (before the 1,000-year reign of Christ) return of the Lord 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 make war with the kings of the earth, and overcome them (Revelation 17:14) to bring peace.

"Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of the Lord is coming, for it is at hand" (Joel 2:1). "He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses (Revelation 19:13-14). And He said, "‘Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.' So rend your heart, and not your garments" (Joel 2:12-13); "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest . . . For My yoke is easy and My burden is light" (Matthew 11:28-30).

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 of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever" (Daniel 7:18), with Him.

"And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work" (Revelation 22:12). Yes, Jesus Christ is returning. The King is coming!

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