LISTEN: How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 10 (Second Coming Chapel Sermon #225 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Genesis 28:10-14

10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.

11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.

12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

13 And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;

14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

— PRAYER —

How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 10

R.C. Sproul said, “In Babel, arrogant sinners vainly attempted to climb up into heaven, but with Jacob, God in His grace takes the first step towards His chosen man. Nothing indicates that Jacob was looking for the Lord; rather, God sought him and found him just as He finds all His people.”

We meet Jacob, son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham, at a desperate moment in his life. Following the cunning advice of his mother Rebekah, Jacob has just capitalized on his theft of his older twin brother Esau’s birthright. He has tricked his aged father Isaac into bestowing on him the special blessing reserved for the first born. His brother Esau is furious and determined to kill Jacob. Rebekah advises Jacob to run away to her family members until Esau’s anger has passed. Isaac, since he cannot take back the blessing of the firstborn, blesses Jacob again and sends him off to Padanaram to his wife’s family.

Jacob, probably for the first time in his life, is truly alone. He is leaving behind the only family he has ever known and traveling to a strange land, much like his grandfather Abraham before him. The Bible tells us that, one night, he comes to a certain place and decides to rest there since the sun has gone down. As he slept, he dreamed of “a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.” In this dream, the Lord stood at the top of the ladder and makes a pledge to Jacob reminiscent of the promises He made to Abraham: “I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.”

Jacob does not know it, but God’s promise to Him is forward-looking not only to the coming of the Messiah, but the Second Coming as well. All the nations of the world have been blessed through the arrival of the Jewish Messiah. But there is something more in this vision at the desolate place Jacob would come to call “Bethel.” Derek Thomas writes: “There is Gospel-logic here at Bethel, logic that was revealed by Jesus to the disciple Nathanael. When Jesus called him, he cited this story of Jacob and Bethel, saying: ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.’ The One whom Jacob had seen was a pre-incarnate revelation of Jesus. Nathanael was given a glimpse of the second coming. Just as the Lord came down to Jacob, so, too, at the end of the age, ‘when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels.'”

Archaeologists have argued that the term used to describe the “ladder” that Jacob saw in his dream suggests a ziggurat — a pyramid-like stone structure with a winding staircase similar to the Tower of Babel. Babel was man’s failed attempt to reach God. But Jacob’s ladder was representative of God’s successful mission to reach man. Christ, the fullness of God, descended as an infant into Mary’s womb. He descended from His throne to live as flesh among flesh, mortal among mortals. He descended into the grave, experiencing the sting of death that death might never sting again. He descended “into hell,” bearing the full weight of sin and the wrath of God upon it. He descended that man and God might be reunited. And again, He will descend to call home all those who have put their faith and trust in Him.

Jacob’s ladder gives us hope as we await the Second Coming of Christ because it reminds us that Jesus will once again come down to call us up to Him.

Fanny Crosby wrote:

Lay hold on the hope set before you,
And let not a moment be lost,
The Savior has purchased your ransom,
But think what a price it hath cost!

Lay hold on the hope set before you,
Of life that you now may receive,
If, gladly His mercy accepting,
You truly repent and believe.

Lay hold on the hope set before you,
Of joy that no mortal can speak;
It telleth of rest for the weary,
Through Jesus, the lowly and meek.

Lay hold on the hope set before you,
A hope that is steadfast and sure;
O haste to the blessed Redeemer,
The loving, the perfect and pure.

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Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.