by Steve Wagers

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The King Is Coming! (2 of 3)
Here Comes The Judge
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Matthew 25:31-46

1. The year of Millerite expectation was 1842. They had set the date, "Christ is coming back in 1842!" However, they waited in vain, and Christ was no where to be found. Mr. Miller, the leader who had set the date, was aware that he had made a mistake and incapable of finding out why.

2. The Millerite hopes were down, but not out. On August 12, 1844, a camp meeting in New Hampshire was dragging on, when suddenly one of the brothers stood up and announced the return of Christ would be on the 7th month of the current Jewish year. The proposal caught on, fading hopes lived again, and excitement thrilled the place. A fixed date was set; and, once again, more fervently than ever, the Millerites set out to warn the world. October 22, the end of the world was announced. In ten weeks the great day was at hand. In a Philadelphia store window the following sign was displayed:

"This shop is closed in honor of the King of Kings who will appear about the 20th day of October. Get ready, friends, to crown Him Lord of all!"

3. A group of 200 people left the city, just as Lot had left Sodom before impending doom. Most of the Millerites gave up their occupations during the last days. Farmers left their crops in the fields as they awaited the coming of Christ. It was October 22, but Christ never came! 1

4. According to a recent poll conducted by George Barna:

Relatively few people are aware of Jesus' lineage. Just one-third of all adults (36%) is aware that Jesus Christ was related to King David.

The idea of a Second Coming of Jesus Christ is real to most Americans. Six out of ten (61%) believe that someday Jesus will come back. 2

5. I remember several years ago when the song, 'The King is Coming,' written by Bill Gaither was released. It became an instant hit to the evangelical world. It was followed by a barrage of date setting, and predictions o ...

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