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F J E S U S.
Son of Man cometh.”—Matt. 24:44.
is a great deal in the Bible about the second coming of Jesus.
Some one has said that the second coming of our Lord is mentioned one
hundred and twenty times in the New Testament.
Another has said that four per cent of the New Testament is given to
this one subject. Still another
has said that one verse out of every twenty‑six in the entire Bible
mentions the second coming of Christ. I
have never taken the time and care to count the verses in the Bible referring
to this subject, and so I am not prepared to verify the above statements.
I am aware of the fact, however, that to this subject much space in the
Bible is given. Perhaps I could
not count the references if I should try, for there are many that I have never
discovered. The Book of
Revelation is devoted almost entirely to the second coming of Christ; the Song
of Solomon treats of the preparation of the Bride.
We have, therefore, an abundance of Scripture from which we may glean
thoughts for this book.
a child I heard men speak of the end of the world.
When a meteor would shoot through the sky, some one would tell me that
that was a world like ours coming to an end.
I was told that our world would some day go off like a meteor, never to
be heard of again. Afterwards I
was told that this world was destroyed one time by water, and that it was to
be destroyed in the future by fire. I
thought that some day I would
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the fire coming, burning everything before it, dirt and all.
After this I heard that Jesus was coming back to this world to judge
the world, to set the earth on fire, and to scatter the ashes to the winds.
Many other theories about the subject were presented, but being
interested so much in this subject, I began to search the Bible, and then I
found all these theories contrary to the Word.
My own heart has been greatly blessed by studying this subject, and
what I have learned I am ready to pass on to others.
At the head of this chapter we have the simple statement, “ The Son
of Man cometh.” If we had no
other Scripture, we should expect the Son of Man to come.
One jot or one tittle of God’s Word is as sure as God Himself.
It can never fail. Jesus
said, “The Son of Man cometh,” and this would be sufficient if we had no
other Scripture, but other Scriptures we have.
“They shall see the Son of Man coming.”—Matt. 24: 30.
“Your Lord doth come,”—Ver. 42.
“The lord of that servant shall come.”—Ver. 50.
“Behold, the Bridegroom cometh.”—Matt. 25: 6.
“When the Son of Man shall come.” —Matt. 25: 31.
Surely, this number of quotations from just the twenty-fourth and
twenty‑fifth chapters of Matthew should prove to any one the certainty
of the coming of Jesus. No one
can say that these Scriptures refer to the first coming of Jesus, for Jesus
Himself spoke these words while on earth the first time.
Some tell us that these words refer to the coming of the Holy Spirit on
the day of Pentecost. If this be
true, what about the following quotation from 1 Cor. 1: 7: “So that ye come
behind in no gift, waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”?
Here is another: “We look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus
Christ.”—Phil. 3: 20. Both of
these verses were written after the day of Pentecost, and they put His
coming in the future. So these
words of Jesus can not refer to the coming of the Holy Spirit.
Others think that all the Scriptures about the coming of the
refer to the destruction of Jerusalem under Titus in A. D. 70.
Such teachers substitute Titus for the Lord.
However, if this is probable, what shall we do with Rev. 22:
12: “Behold, I come quickly”? Jesus
spoke these words twenty-six years after the destruction of Jerusalem.
So we are driven to look elsewhere for the coming of the Lord.
Some tell us that the coming of the Lord into a heart in conversion is
the second coming of the Lord. Yet,
we read in Rev. 1: 7, “Behold, he cometh with clouds, and every eye shall
see him.” He certainly does not
come this way every time a soul is born from above.
popular theory is that all the Scriptures speaking of the second coming of
Christ refer to death. I would
ask the advocates of this to read 1 Thess. 4: 16, “For the Lord himself
shall descend from heaven with a shout . . . . and the dead in Christ shall
rise first.” Some one informs
me that what is meant by the dead rising is the person who is dying going up
to heaven. Look at verse 17.
“Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with
them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air.”
So if the coming of the Lord refers to death, then every time a person
goes to heaven, those who are alive go with him.
seems to me that no rational person could believe other than that Jesus is to
come in person to this earth again. As
a further proof, however, and to more firmly establish our faith, let us read
the words of the heavenly messengers unto the men of Galilee.
“This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so
come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”—Acts 1: 11.
Before we close this chapter we wish to give you a prospectus of what
we teach in the following pages.
The wicked will grow worse until Jesus comes; the righteous, at least
a part of them, will grow better. Some
day, without any warning, the trump of God will sound, Jesus will pass
around the world as lightning, and those who are alive and
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ready for His coming, with all who died ready for His coming, will be
caught up to meet the Lord in the air. The
Great Tribulation will then set in. Tribulation
such as men have never seen before will come upon the inhabitants of the
earth. Just how long these will
continue, I am unable to say. During
The Great Tribulation the saints will be in the air preparing for the Marriage
of the Lamb. The Marriage and the
Marriage Supper take place just before the close of The Tribulation.
During The Tribulation the Antichrist will be manifested.
At the close of The Tribulation Jesus rides down from heaven on a white
horse, followed by the armies of heaven on white horses, captures the
Antichrist, and casts him into the lake of fire.
He then lays hold on the devil and binds him in the pit for a thousand
years. During these thousand
years Jesus reigns King over the whole earth, having His throne in Jerusalem.
The Millennium will be a time of great peace and prosperity to the
inhabitants of the earth. At the
close of the thousand years Satan will be loosed for a little season, will go
out upon the face of the earth, and will find many followers.
He will deceive many, and will cause them to come in battle array
against Christ and His Throne. After
Satan and his followers have gathered about Jerusalem, fire falls upon them,
and they are swept away. Satan is
cast into the lake of fire, and all the wicked are brought to judgment.
The wicked, having been judged and resurrected, are cast into the lake
of fire. All things that offend
are taken out of the earth, and the earth is made new.
The Holy City, New Jerusalem, comes down and hangs over the
earth. This city will be the
palace of the Queen. Nations
will be born, and the earth will abide forever.
“The earth abideth forever.”—Eccl. 1: 4.
In the following pages we take up all these points in detail, giving
the Scripture for the establishment of each.