Second Coming of Christ
This is an entry in a theological dictionary on the return of Christ and the final judgment.
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This is an entry in a theological dictionary on the return of Christ and the final judgment.
The author of this article reminds believers of the right attitude they should have as they wait for the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Based on Peter's prophetic announcements in 2 Peter 3:10, the author attempts to prepare believers for the end time when the Lord Jesus will return to take his people. The article emphasizes the fact that it will not just be a quiet end: it will be disastrous for those who are not in the Lord, but joyful for those who are in the Lord, who are already anticipating meeting the Lord.
What should believers know about the future? This is the question that the author attempts to answer, to equip believers with the correct mentality in the face of unexpected events in life, as well as the second coming of Christ.
This article refers to apocalyptic speculation in the present context of a generation of prophets, whether religious or secular, who are annoucning the coming of the end of the world. This article is directed against current misdirected apocalyptic speculation in the light of a similar development during the time of the French Revolution in the 18th century.
In this article Harvey makes a distinction between the "with Christ" and "in Christ" motifs as used by the apostle Paul. In studies when the "with Christ" concept is addressed, it is frequently associated with Paul's eschatology. This essay wants to examine the available data and reach some conclusions about how Paul uses the phrase.
What did the early church believe about the second coming or return of Christ? This paper explores the views of the ante-Nicene fathers on this topic and touches upon the conditions of his return, the result of his return, personal preparation for his return, relationship to the first resurrection, tribulation, etc.
Looking at 2 Peter 3, this article shows how Christians can speed the day of the Lord by living a holy life, praying, and spreading the gospel. Through these Christians express longing for the coming of Christ.
This article is about the expectation of the new heaven and earth and the worldly hope and optimism and the idea of utopia we find in our society today. The author also looks at the joy and the patience of the kingdom of God.
There are many varying perspectives among evangelicals on the doctrine of Christ's second coming. This article outlines a biblical perspective on Christ's return.
This article focuses on the reality of the end of the world (end times). Christian's should expect Christ's return, the resurrection of the dead, the destruction of this world, the coming of an eternal world, and judgement.
The author discusses the different views on the millennium: postmillennialism, premillennialism, and amillennialism.
Every Christian should be thinking about the end times, because thinking about the return of Christ impacts one's life today. It helps us fight five things: anxiety, despondency, materialism, fear, and apathy.
Christians live with the expectation that the second coming of Christ is imminent. What does it mean today to live in expectation of judgment day? Based on 1 Peter 4:7-10 there are four things that should characterize the Christian life in anticipation of the return of Christ.
What happens if we are not anticipating the return of Christ? This article explains what we can expect, and how Scripture warns against this apathy.
This article explains how the New Testament authors could say that the second coming of Christ was imminent, even though now 2,000 years have passed and he has yet to return. The day is still at hand today, since no other events need to happen on the prophetic calendar before the return of Christ.
Is there a second coming? The return of Christ is real, certain, and should bring encouragement to believers.
With 1 John 3:1-2 as framework, this article explores the tension for the believer between the "already" and the "not yet."
This article is on the topic of eschatology, looking at the Olivet Discourse (which is based on Matthew 24). The author discusses Revelation 20 and the topics of the millennium, the antichrist, and the man of lawlessness (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12).
Why did God not reveal the day of judgement? God chose not to reveal this, which means that Christians must always be ready. The author of this article issues a warning to the unprepared.
This article is on the topic of eschatology. Living in the last days is about knowing how to live as God's people. Looking at the challenges posed by tribulations during the last days, this article calls Christians to persevere in light of the certainty of the victory of Christ over the devil. Prayer is essential to perseverance. In this waiting period Christians must learn to live sacrificially and remain active in the world.
This article is on the topic of eschatology. Living in the last days is about knowing how to live as God's people. We must accept that God did not reveal everything on this topic to us, and some things will remain a mystery. What is important is the call we have to be ready and watchful.
Living in the last days is about knowing how to live as God's people. Looking at the tension Christians are called to live in, the tensions as a result of being citizens of heaven and this earth, living with the risen Christ and being in Him while facing sin and death, this article shows that Christian are called to live in this tension as people of the wilderness an pilgrims. Read on
Living in the last days is about knowing how to live as God's people. Looking at the relationship between eschatology and the kingdom, this article shows that the first coming of Christ ushered in the kingdom of God which will be completed when He returns. This has bearing on the Christian life, because Christians live their lives looking at the completed work of Christ while waiting for the full realization of it.
A proper reading of Revelation 20 does not support the view of postmillennialism. This article exegetes the passage and shows how it gives grounds for amillennialism.
The author demonstrates that the binding of Satan has already taken place. This becomes evident when Jesus announced that his coming meant that he had first bound the strong man, Satan, before he plundered his house.
The author clearly states the eschatological position of Amillennialism. This view is supported by the Reformed creeds, as well as the outplay of natural events in history.
This article outlines the various views on the millennium.
What does the Bible teach about the end times? Using key biblical texts, this article examines the teachings of preterism, dispensationalism, premillenialism, postmillenialism, and amillenialism. What does the Bible say about the return of Christ?
In the seventeenth century two commentators on the Bible who helped to fan the interest in the coming of the kingdom of God were Thomas Brightman and Joseph Mede. This essay compares the comments of these two men on the book of Revelation.
How can believers be certain that Jesus will return? It is certain that Jesus will come again, because Jesus is controlling everything in this world to advance the day of His coming. Secondly, Jesus' first coming serves as a sign, since it was a fulfillment of prophesy. Similarly, the second coming of Jesus and judgment day has been prophesied.
This article looks at the speedily return of Jesus Christ and the continuous coming of Christ. The author also looks at the work and power of Jesus Christ between his first and second coming. Matthew 26:64 is an important passage in this article.
The glory of the return of Christ is portrayed in Matthew 25:31-33.
Was there a development in the eschatology of Paul? This article examines 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, highlighting three issues arising from the passage that are relevant for this discussion on the development in Paul's eschatological thought. First, the author reflects on Paul's personal relationship to the return of Christ. Next, it considers the time of the receipt of the spiritual body.
The hope of the Christian is on the second coming of Christ. This article looks at postmillennialism and the second coming of Christ. It argues that postmillennialism has no base in the Reformed confessions and Scripture.
This article offers a thoughtful analysis of the postmillennial and amillennial views in light of Scripture and the outcome of events in history. While appreciating the effort among postmillennials to understand Scripture, the author sees the amillennialist view as correctly reflecting the prophecy of Scripture. The author also includes a discussion on the interpretation of such difficult Scriptures as Revelation 20.
The article treats the subject of the millennium by reflecting on the interpretation of some parts of the book of Revelation as well as two Old Testament passages commonly viewed as predicting an earthly millennial kingdom, and by offering a short description of amillennial eschatology and a sketch of some of the implications of this position,
The author is of the opinion that the subject of the second coming of Christ should be studied, as with all other passages, by means of the analogy of faith. The author uses this method to deal with such Scriptures as Revelation 20 in his argument for amillennialism.
In this conclusion to the series of articles on the millennial reign, the author seeks to explain the temple vision seen by Ezekiel, and harmonize it with the context of the millennial passage in Revelation 20.
In this part of the series on millennialism, the author reviews the past and future events as understood by both the premillennialist and amillennialist views, and finds that the latter conforms more to the general scriptural message than the former.
In this eighth article on millennialism, Hughes identifies the thousand-year period mentioned in Revelation 20. The author states that this is the time of the gospel age, the age of worldwide evangelism to the unregenerate, and the age in which Christ must rule until every enemy is subdued.
In this seventh part of the articles on millennialism, the author now considers what would be the nature of the "first resurrection" in Revelation 20:4-5.
The author emphasizes the point that the binding of Satan narrated in Revelation 20 was effected through the ministry, sacrificial death, and exaltation of Jesus Christ. Further in this article, the author discusses the identity of the souls who had been beheaded, who were reigning with Christ in the millennium.
Revelation 20:1-10 speaks of the binding of Satan so that he does not continue to deceive the nations for the millennium. The author explains what is meant by these words, according to the amillennialist understanding, while refuting the views of the premillenialists.
The author continues on the topic of millennialism and here criticizes the dispensationalist view, that the current age is a kind of a parenthesis, a period made necessary by the failure of the Jews to come to Christ at his first coming. This view further states that when Christ comes for the second time, the Jews will have been evangelized and come to faith, and there will have been a period of severe tribulation.
In this continuation of the discussion on millennialism, the author focuses on the teaching of dispensationalists, who are known to be premillennialists.
In this article, the author sets out to explain the various viewpoints on the millennium. Three such views are identified: premillennialism, postmillennialism, and amillennialism. He briefly points out that amillennialists seem to be closest to the truth of Scripture.
In this article, the author concludes the argument that Christ's rule today is the fulfillment of his reign on earth as prophesied in such texts as Psalm 72. This is the point of view of amillennialism.
As the author continues with a defence of amillennialism over against postmillennialism, the argument turns to the amillennial view itself, which emphasizes the rule of Christ Jesus in the present age. Thus, this view is opposed to a specific time period of a literal 1000 years of Christ's rule, as advocated by many postmillennials.
Engelsma concludes the argument that Isaiah 65 should not be understood literally but rather spiritually, as pointing to the spiritual kingdom that shall be established by Christ at his second coming. Thus the physical, earthly kingdom of postmillennialism is here rejected.
In the part of the continuing discussion, the author turns to the strongest source for the support of postmillennialism, the Old Testament prophetic texts. The author criticizes this over-reliance on Old Testament passages. The author also makes an specific analysis of the postmillennial interpretation of Isaiah 65.
In this article on amillennialism, the author stresses that the contents of Revelation 20 disprove rather than affirm the postmillennial position. The main supporting arguments are those prophetic events given by the Lord Jesus in Matthew 24.
The author explains what is meant by the terms amillennialism and postmillennialism. With reference primarily to Revelation 20, the author then refutes the view of postmillennialism.
The presence of God is the center of Christian eschatology. This article shows that this is also the character of Christian hope. This is the third in a series of articles on the topic of eschatology.
Looking at the relationship between Genesis 1-2 and Revelation 21, this article shows how both these scripture passages highlight the presence of God as the center of everything. This perspective allows us to view God as the Creator of our hope. This is the second in a series of articles on the topic of eschatology.
Though commending the effort by Neo-Calvinists to raise the Lordship of Christ in all of life, this article shows that this has the tendency to root Christian hope in this world. This article calls for a balanced perspective in which the Lordship of Christ in all of life will not blind Christians to the reality of their spiritual hope. This is the first in a series of articles on the topic of eschatology.
The focus in chapter 4 is Paul’s view of heaven. The author reflects upon the eschatological aspects of heaven, notably the final state of believers. He first notes the Old Testament background to Paul’s understanding of heaven, then the basic structure of Paul's thought, and finally a focus on the believer’s final, future state prior to and after the return of Christ.
How can a Christian give himself to work for the coming of the kingdom of God, while we know that the present world is destined for destruction? A very optimistic view of the future and the possibilities of science often leads to a postmillennial view of eschatology.
This article looks at the resurrection from the dead in Scripture, specifically also in Revelation 20. The author also discusses premillennialism.
The aim of this essay is to survey approaches to the parousia (return of Christ) in modern theology. It wants to describe and assess these modern approaches within their own proper theological and historical context. It is followed by the author's own approach to the subject, showing where he thinks he may draw fruitfully upon modern insights and where we must take warnings from modern misunderstandings.
The resurrection of Jesus is central to the Christian faith. This article argues that resurrection is essentially a feature of the last times and the outstanding aspect of the Christian hope. The New Testament makes it evident that the resurrection of Jesus was linked not only with his death but also with his parousia. The major theme of this study is the nature and significance of this connection.