How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 61 (Second Coming Chapel Sermon #276 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Zechariah 9:9-10

9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.

John Chrystostom said, “In the first advent God veiled his divinity to prove the faithful; in the second advent he will manifest his glory to reward their faith.”

In our last message we began looking at what was revealed to Zecharaiah about the Kingship of Jesus and how it should give us hope due to His authority.

Ed Rea said, “The Old Testament prophets couldn’t see the time period between these two comings, as both Ephesians 3:1–6 and Colossians 1:26–27 tells us that the church age, or the age of the Gentiles, was a mystery hidden from them. Verse 9 was fulfilled with startling precision when Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem. This is just one of more than 300 prophecies concerning the Messiah that was perfectly fulfilled. So we have absolute faith that the promise of His second coming will be perfectly fulfilled as well. There are 4 characteristics listed here that shouted to the reader some of the attributes the Messiah would have: He would be a King, just, bringing salvation, and humble. The animal the King would enter the city on would be unlike normal warrior kings, who purposefully rode the largest, most powerful steeds they could find. And Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the King did enter Jerusalem on a donkey, symbolizing that He came in peace. His rule is one of peace.” Zechariah says that Jesus is also the king of justice. It seems like every week there is a new story coming about a miscarriage of justice in our world, whether it is due to corrupt politicians, an unwarranted police killing, or an unjust court ruling. During the reign of Jesus, there will be none of that. We can have hope in Jesus because His reign will be one of justice. Jesus is also the King of salvation. Zechariah was mostly writing about how the Messiah would bring national salvation to Israel by delivering them from their enemies. But the Messiah also came the first time to bring spiritual salvation to all who would believe in Him. However, He will come the second time to judge the world and those who did not believe in Him will be cast into hell. If you have trusted in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, then you can have hope at the thought of His second coming because He is the King of salvation. The last trait that Zechariah gives regarding King Jesus is His humility. Humility is a trait we all admire, but it definitely could not be applied to our current leaders in . But Jesus willingly took on the role of a servant and a sacrifice so that we could be saved from our sins. We can hope in the second coming of Jesus, trusting in His authority, His justice, His salvation, and His humility.


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 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 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.

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