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In this post, I will share what I think is the truth about the second coming of Christ. It is all about the hope most of us cherish that Our Lord Jesus Christ will be back a second time and what the Bible says about it. In a world filled with uncertainty, it is proper to ask how we can face the future with confidence? Where is the world headed? Jesus gave us a marvelous promise in the Book of Revelation when He said: “Let not your heart be troubled…. I will come and get you so that you can always be with me where I am. If this weren’t so, I would tell you plainly” (John 14:1-3). We’ve taught to believe that Jesus doesn’t lie or play games. If he said that he would come again, we should count our lives on it. His promises are secured!
One fundamental question, however, comes to mind. When will it happen? At the time, Jesus wasn’t precise when he addressed his disciples, saying: “There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom” (Matthew 16:28). He added the following: “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened” (Matthew 24:34). It is beyond dispute that Jesus and his apostles believed the second coming would happen before the end of the first century. His disciples, the ones he addressed, were sure he meant the event would happen during their lifetimes. The Apostle Paul reaffirmed Jesus’ promise when praising the Thessalonians believers for their spiritual maturity and encouraging them to keep their faith growing given Christ’s imminent return (1 Thessalonians 4).
Furthermore, in Paul’s 1st Corinthians, he advises Christians not to have sexual relations or marry. Paul’s remarks give us another indication about the second coming happening during Jesus’ disciples’ lifetimes. As if it wasn’t enough, Paul assured the Thessalonians that “when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him all the Christians who died. I can tell you this directly from the Lord: that we who are still living when the Lord returns will not rise to meet him ahead of those who are in their graves.” (1 Thessalonians 4:14). In Acts 24, Paul preaches to the governor of Judea about the immediacy of the second coming in such strong terms that the governor decided to stop the audience. He wouldn’t have done it if it wasn’t because of said immediacy. James, the brother of Jesus and head of the Jerusalem church, told the rich people of the times that Jesus was coming to kick their asses while they were still alive. There are many more assurances from Jesus’ contemporaries.
Most historians and theologians assert as a historical fact that Jesus’ followers, at the time, firmly believed the second coming would happen during their lifetimes. Unless all of them misinterpreted Jesus’ words, including the living followers of Jesus who believe the Bible to be the inerrable word of God, it is understandable to recognize that Jesus made a mistake. This is an apparent contradiction to those who believe Jesus is God because if you do, you cannot accept Our Lord made a mistake. The only plausible conclusion is that he did not know, or, if he knew, he confused the date of His coming by more than two thousand years, at least. The Apostles were not the only ones confused by the Lord’s messages; more than 1700 years after his death, many false prophets, like William Miller, flourished by preaching the immanency of a second coming. Miller was a Baptist preacher who convinced thousands of people to sell everything they had before October 18, 1844, when he assured them Christ would return. Well, the date passed uneventfully, and the Millerites entered a period they called The Great Disappointment. Eventually, they overcame their adversities, and Miller’s successors founded a successful religious organization: The Seventh Day Adventist Church, represented by Ellen White. Mormonism came about because of this belief in the imminent return of the Lord. A notable example of this belief was Christopher Columbus. In addition to his desire for fame and riches, he thought that by discovering a passage to India, missionaries could evangelize the world faster to prepare the way for Christ’s coming, which was at hand. Columbus believed that his trips were part of God’s plan to better the world, a precondition for Jesus’ second coming, in 1656.
Currently, some sects teach that Jesus already came in invisible form and is directing earth policies, rules and regulations, through his earthly intermediaries. A leader of the Jehova’s Witnesses, a religious organization, lived for many years in a palatial mansion built to lodge the long-dead prophets who would come ahead of Jesus to prepare the world for his coming. During all those years, to take care of the place, he enjoyed the luxurious villa, luxury cars, servants, etc., until he died. The Witnesses, to avoid the bad publicity, discretely sold the mansion and the other possessions.
So, what is the truth about the second coming of Christ? Will He return in a second rapture? This scenario contemplates the taking of some chosen people raptured by 100,000,000 angels, while most of us will stay alive on earth to face a 7-years time of tribulation. Many people believe that Jesus Christ will return when everything is in order on this earth. These Christians assure us that Jesus will physically return before the Millennium to lead a new golden age of peace, without pain or suffering of any type, that will last for one thousand years. This absurdity has a biblical foundation in Revelation 20:1-6, where John describes Jesus's government, as King, for a period of a thousand years. Most Christians, your faithful servant included, handle this subject differently, primarily by ignoring it. We don't challenge John's prophecy about Jesus' leading earth as the only sovereign; we challenge the idea that he will do it when the house is in order. If he is waiting for the world to become a Christian planet, then there is no wonder he hasn't come back. If he is returning, he must do it now to correct all the wrongs and establish the one thousand years' peaceful kingdom he forecasted when he was alive.
Would you like to know more about the second coming of Christ? There's so much more! I would love to share with you some of the findings I obtained while researching the subject. You may have some questions about it. I've not answered all the questions in this post. I'd be happy if I stimulated your interest in the topic.