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The Second Advent
These are the words of the Lord Jesus when the Pharisees and Sadducees asked for "a sign from heaven." He declared (v. 4) that no such sign would be given and that nothing should be added to the signs of the prophetic word.
There were then Jews who did discern these signs of the Word and were looking and waiting for His first coming.
At Christ's second coming there shall be signs from heaven, great and terrible, but we have already and now the signs of the sure word of prophecy. We desire in this appendix to show from these signs of the Scriptures that we are fast approaching the time when there shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven.
The Second Advent of Christ
The second advent of Christ will consist of a series of events of which the visible and personal appearing of Christ will be the great central point. His first coming consisted of many events, and extended over a period of about thirty-three years. A Jew read of this coming in Micah 5:2, "thou Bethlehem Ephratah . . . out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel," and he also read of this same coming in Zechariah 9:9, "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold, thy King cometh unto thee." But there was nothing in these prophecies to tell him that there were to be more than 30 years between these two events, which were both Christ's coming. So likewise in the prophecies of Christ's second coming, we read, "I will come again and receive you unto myself" (John 14:3); and, "The Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee." There is nothing to tell us how long an interval will elapse between the reception of the saints by Christ, and their coming with Him in glory, though some interval is clearly implied. And so when we read that the saints are to be caught up "to meet the Lord in the air" (1 Thess. 4:17), there is nothing to tell us ...
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