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But When the Son of Man Comes in Glory

Below are the verses that mention the glory of Christ at His coming in the book of Matthew in reverse order. The question is what is the coming of the Lord in Matthew 25:31. Verses in parenthesis offer additional context.

Matthew 25:31 (NAS): But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. (Matthew 25:34 (NAS): Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.)

Key points: Son of Man comes in glory, with the angels, sitting on His throne, the saints inherit the kingdom

Matthew 24:30 (NAS): “And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. (Matthew 24:34 (NAS): Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.)

Key points: sign of the Son Man Appears, all tribes of the earth mourn (Revelation 1:7), they would see Him come with power and glory, with angels (v. 31), it would happen within that generation

Matthew 19:28 (NAS): And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Key points: they would sit on thrones with Him, they would judge Israel

Matthew 16:27–28 (NAS): For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds.
28 “Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.

Key points: The Son of Man would come with the glory of the Father (see John 17), with angels, to repay everyone according to their deeds (see Rev 22:12), some alive would see Jesus come in His kingdom (with power per Mark 9:1).

Summary: The Son of Man would come with power and the shared glory of Himself and the Father within that generation before some of His disciples would die. At this time the saints would inherit the kingdom, Israel would be judged along with those who had heard the gospel, and the angels would participate in the gathering of the saints into the kingdom. To distinguish one “coming of the Son of Man in glory with the angels” from another makes no sense in Matthew. Not only is Matthew 24-25 an united discourse, but the entire book of Matthew is united on this subject.

This latter point is seen in the first discussion of kingdoms and glory in the book when the Devil tempts Jesus:

Matthew 4:8–9 (NAS): Again, the devil *took Him to a very high mountain and *showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory;
9 and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.”

The entire book is about identifying and defining the Messiah (Matthew 1:1-17). the struggle between Jesus and Satan/ Jesus and the Pharisees throughout the account is a depiction of the early saint’s questions about the nature of the kingdom. The book ends with the earthy kingdoms mourning (Matthew 24) and the saints receiving the kingdom (Matthew 25). This is preceded by a final demonstration of the hypocrisy of the Pharisees (Matthew 23).

1 thought on “But When the Son of Man Comes in Glory”

  1. Thank you Daniel!
    I am so grateful to Almighty Father Christ Jesus for leading me to the truth that
    Christ Fulfilled (completed) everything in the Old and New Covenant,
    including MATT 24; LUKE 21; MARK 13; and The Book of Revelation,
    and that today’s Believers, and for the past 2000 years,
    have ceased from his of her own works, and have entered into His Rest.

    The works we do today are the works He created and has allowed us to walk in,
    for we are His Workmanship,
    created in Christ Jesus onto good works…{EPH 2: 8-10; GAL 5:1}.

    We are Blessed, Reconciled, Delivered, and Redeemed by Christ Jesus
    and His Work on the Cross – His death, Resurrection, Ascension, and Glorification,
    and by His Parousia in 70 AD,
    the New Covenant was completely established,
    and the Old Covenant Fulfilled and disappeared.

    It is sad to see Christians reject this even after studying and praying about it;
    the Spirit of Truth is not in them.

    Especially during these times of evil, darkness, and wickedness that we are living in; this revelation and understanding of The Messiah’s complete Victory brings us much Peace, Love, and Joy; we stand on the Rock – we are unmovable and unshaken.

    GEN 8: 22 says, “WHILE THE EARTH REMAINS, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

    GOD does not guarantee that the planet in its current form will exist eternally,
    but while it does those who live on earth will enjoy the goodness of the repetition of the days and seasons by GOD’S great Mercy on sinful humanity
    that rejected Him and His Gospel of Peace.

    Until that day comes, we remain fully surrendered to our Eternal King Christ Jesus, clothed in His Armor of Light {ROM 13: 12-14}, picking up our cross daily as we Walk with Him, and we keep our Lamp (heart) filled with Oil (His Holy Spirit).
    Peace and Blessings to you brother!

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