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The Faith Once Delievered (12 of 15)
The Second Coming of Christ
Clarence E. Macartney
1 Corinthians 15:24
Some years ago I paid a visit to an abandoned mining
town in Nevada near the California line. Around the
town were great heaps of ore and refuse at the now-
forsaken shafts. One broad street ran through the
town, flanked by the stores with the typical high
board fronts of the early West. Grass grew on the
street and between the planks of the sidewalks. There
were signs advertising boardinghouses, meat shops,
drugstores, saloons, and banks. But what they
advertised had long since vanished. At each end of the
town stood a church, as empty and silent as the
saloons and gambling dens whose evil influence it had
sought to counteract. Only the cemetery was inhabited.
Ambitions, joys and sorrows, hatreds and affections,
had once surged in the hearts of those who dwelt in
that silent town; but now all had vanished. That which
had once engrossed their interests and their desires
now meant absolutely nothing to them. This silent,
empty ghostlike town, to one who was familiar with the
sayings of Christ about His second advent, spoke of
the abandonments and evacuations and separations of
the last great day, when all the values of this world
will lose their significance and will be as
meaningless as those empty shops and untenanted
shanties of the mining town. In the flood tide of the
pleasures of life and in the press of life's business
it seems impossible, almost inconceivable, to us that
this world and the fashion thereof should one day have
absolutely no interest for man, should be as
meaningless to his soul as that town in the high
Sierras is today to the people who once lived there.
Yet the New Testament makes it clear that one day this
very change shall come to pass.
This great future fact, the coming again to this world
of the Lord Jesus Christ, however it may be neglected,
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