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Second Coming of Christ
As Christians we believe the New Testament revelation of the Second Coming of Christ is meant to stimulate our preparation for it, not our speculation about it. This explains the relative simplicity with which the Nicene Creed, the most. universal confession of faith in all of Christendom, addresses Christ's return:
"He... will come again, with glory, to judge the living and the dead, whose Kingdom shall have no end," The emphasis of historic Orthodoxy is that Jesus will come again, not when He will come again.
Paul writes, "denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works" (Titus 2:12-14).
There are signs of Christ's coming, to be sure. Jesus prophesied many events that would take place in the world prior to His return (Matt. 24; Luke 21:7-36). But even here the teachings of Jesus in these gospels close with His exhortation to virtue, righteousness, and preparation for the Judgment. Christ and His apostles issue severe warnings, implicit and explicit, against second-guessing the time of His coming (Matt. 24:3 -- 8, 36, 43, 44, 50; Luke 21:7-9, 34; Acts 1:7; 1 Thess. 5:1-3; 2 Pet. 3:8 -- 10). But much of modern Christendom has succumbed to divisive speculation regarding Christ's return. We are divided into pre-millennial, post-millennial, and a-millennial camps. Breaking it down even further, there are pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, and post-tribulation adherents. Christians part ways and new denominations spring up around interpretations of events which have not yet even come to pass!
Throughout history, the Church has steadfastly insisted on the reality of the Second Coming of Christ as a settled belief, but granted liberty, on the question of when it will occur. In the last chapter of Revelation, Jesus speaks the words, "Behold, I come quickly" three different times (Rev, 22:7, 12, 20). His coming will occur on a day, and at an hour when it is least expected. The Apostle John, the author of Revelation, concludes his book with a warning:
"For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book" (Rev. 22.18, 19).
To confess the return of Christ is to stand squarely within the scriptures, to add "when" to the promise of His coming is warned against in the Scriptures. As members of the Bride of Christ, let us focus instead on being ready, by reaching the lost souls that our Lord Jesus hath put in our path.
It seems like there has always been a number of folk who want to tell us just when Jesus is coming back. Some of those in recent history have been:
As a result of the above predictions many have been misled because they do not know that the Scriptures teach (Matthew 24:36) that no one knows when Jesus is coming again. The Bible warns us to beware of false teachers in the following passages: Matthew 7:15; II Timothy 4:3; II Peter 2:1. Besides these, there are many other warnings.
The word "Rapture" is not found in the Bible, but Webster's definition of it is, "the state of being carried away with joy, love, etc." In other words the teaching of the Rapture, that is, that God's people will be carried off to an eternal glory is in the Bible, even though the actual word is not in the Bible.
Thus, when the Lord returns, for His bride, He'll be bringing the souls of the dead Saints with Him, and He'll be coming for the living Saints. Then, the great transforming of mortal bodies into immortal will take place (See I Corinthians 15:51-53; Philippians 3:20,21). “ For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”
As we study the Word of God, may we realize that when Jesus comes again, He will come as a thief in the night, or unexpected (II Peter 3:10). Also that there will not be a secret rapture of His Saints but a universal recognizing Him as Lord of Lords. May the Lord help us to be careful of the many theories that man promotes as though the Bible teaches it in very plain language.
Now, the important question that each of us must answer is - ARE WE READY TO MEET JESUS WHEN HE COMES? are we as individuals ready to meet our Maker.
Plainly, don’t get short changed. Let’s be ready to meet our Maker. The Bible teaches that to avoid hell and gain heaven - one must:
Parable of the ten virgins, is not just an admonition to be prepared; it is also a type of redemption. Ex. 22:16,17; Deu. 22:29 Dawry of virgins, or bride price of 50 shekels of silver. The date for the consummation of the marriage was set, usually a year later—
The bridegroom would return on the wedding night
Revelation 19 Marriage and return of Christ
Gentiles will be judged (The Sheep and Goats)
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