Monthly Archives: February 2017
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST’S SECOND COMING.
The Scriptures place great emphasis upon the second coming of Christ. It has been said, “There is more Scriptural authority for Christ’s second coming than for all the other doctrines of the Bible put together.” This statement soundly condemns the lack of interest shown by far too many of God’s people today towards this vital subject.
The silence of most preachers on the theme of this blessed hope of the Church gives cause for great alarm, particularly when the signs of the times indicate that the coming of Christ is near.
What we believe regarding this subject will matter a great deal in the not so distant future. The lack of interest in Christ’s second coming is a sure sign of a loss of first love for Jesus, and a spiritual apathy and lethargy among the people of God.
Someone who noted the longing for Christ’s coming and the zeal for this truth in the first part of Church history, wrote, “It would have been deemed a kind of apostasy not to have sighed after the day of the Lord.” Those who have neglected the subject of our Lord’s second coming should repent and meditate afresh upon this blessed hope that purifies. 1Jn.3v3.
The Scriptures warn us to take the subject of His Second coming very seriously. God warns us that judgement will fall upon those who misinterpret the book of Revelation and add to, or take away, its prophecies. Rev.22v18,19. An added secret rapture means an added judgement upon those who teach it. The subject of prophecy demands a teachable spirit, diligent study and trembling at the Word of God. 1Tim.4v14-16. 2Tim.2v15. Is.66v2.
I don’t like to use this term, but if you basically have your “Ducks” in order you will see a Post-Trib. view throughout scripture. Here’s a good book. One of my Favorites.
Unity of the Bible in regards to Prophecy
Bible Prophecy is not merely a series of unrelated predictions randomly scattered throughout the Bible. It has a structure; it is set on a firm foundation. To understand the foundation, we must realize the overall picture of the Bible, its themes and the threads.
The Book of Revelations refers to 550 Prophecies and Illustrations in the Old Testament. The whole Bible Speaks as one and when properly understood, the Bible speaks with a clear, consistent and reliable message that is just as appropriate for us as it was for the people of ancient Israel.
2Pe 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
“The early Christians made it a part of their religion to look for his return. They looked backward to the cross and the atonement for sin, and rejoiced in Christ crucified. They looked upward to Christ at the right hand of God, and rejoiced in Christ interceding. They looked forward to the promised return of their Master, and rejoiced in the thought that they would see him again. And we ought to do the same”
? J.C. Ryle, Practical Religion
The Millennium Bible: Complete Commentary on All Scripture Passages Related to the Second Coming (This is one of the best resources I’ve used in going through the Prophetic verses of the Bible.) Some used copies under a dollar.