10.1 I admit that I could die suddenly for various reasons but what’s that about the coming of the Lord Jesus?
The Lord Jesus promised His followers that He would come again (10a). No one knows when it will happen and it could be today. There are many indications that it might be soon. At that time true believers in Christ will be caught away to heaven (10b). Unbelievers who have heard the gospel and rejected it will have no more chance to be saved. They will pass into a time of terrible tribulation on earth and eventually into hell itself.
10.2 Are you talking about the end of the world?
No, there are several things that will happen before the end of the world. First, as already mentioned, the Lord Jesus will come and take believers in Himself home to heaven. Then after a period of intense trouble on earth (10c) He will return to set up His kingdom (10d). That kingdom of perfect rule will last for 1,000 years (10e). At the close of that time, the earth as we now know it will come to an end and it will be dissolved by fire (10f). Then will be the last judgment when the Lord Jesus will judge unbelievers and send them, sadly, to their place of everlasting punishment (10g). Then there will be the everlasting state in which there will be new atmospheric and starry heavens and a new earth (10h&i).
10a John’s Gospel c14v2-3 “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. 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 unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
10b 1 Thessalonians c4v16-18 “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
10c Revelation c6 – c19
10d Matthew c25v31-46
10e Revelation c20v4 “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”
10f 2 Peter c3v10, 12 “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. … Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?”
10g Revelation c20v11-12, 15 (as quoted in item 13) “And I saw a great white throne, and him (the Lord Jesus Christ – see 10h) that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. … And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
10h John’s Gospel c5v22 “For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment unto the Son.”
10i Revelation c21v1 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.”