What are the two advents or “comings” of the Lord?
- The first appearance occurred about 2000 years ago and concluded with Christ’s death by crucifixion, his resurrection, and his ascension.
- The second appearance will occur sometime in the future when Christ returns in both wrath and glory. This “second coming” of Christ is the main subject of the book of Revelation, although it is discussed in several places throughout the Bible, in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. The 2nd coming is not the rapture.
What is the purpose of the two comings of Christ?
- Mankind fell into sin, corruption and rebellion. — God is loving and merciful, thus one of His objectives is to provide a way for sinful people to be redeemed.
- God is righteous, and holy… He must judge sin. He created a plan of salvation to deal with sin in a manner consistent with His own character. He will not allow sin, corruption, and rebellion to continue on forever.
In order to achieve God’s two objectives with regard to sin, Christ would have to fulfill two roles:
- The priest who atones for sin.
- The king who will abolish sin.
Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
Luke 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Jeremiah 23:5-6 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Prophetic Emphasis of the Bible
- Old Testament: emphasizes the millennial reign of Christ
- Gospels: emphasize the second coming which ushers in the millennial reign of Christ.
- Epistles emphasize the rapture.
- Revelation emphasizes the Tribulation
The Rule of Double Reference: states that many Scripture references may discuss prophetic events as if they were occurring at the same time when in reality they are separated by longer gaps or periods of time. This is sometimes referred to as the “telescoping Effect” because it brings events separated in time into close proximity, much as a telescope would bring images separated in space into close proximity.
Many of the Jews along with the disciples believed that Christ had come the first time (1st advent) to rule and reign. Even as He prepared to ascend, they asked the same question: Acts 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
- “Behold, thy King cometh unto thee… lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a cold the foal of an ass [first coming]. And I will cut off the chariot form Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off:… and his dominion shall be… to the ends of the earth [second coming].” Zechariah 9:9-10
- “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given [first coming]: and the government shall be upon his shoulder:… The Prince of Peace [second coming].” Isaiah 9:6
- “The stone which the builders refused [first coming] is become the head stone of the corner [second coming].” Pslam 118:22
Suffering Servant or Triumphant King? … you decide.
|1.||“his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:14)|
|2.||“of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and upon his kingdom” (Isaiah 9:7).|
|3.||“they pierced my hands and my feet” (Psalm 22:16)|
|4.||“Thine eyes shall see the King in His beauty….the LORD is our King” (Isaiah 33:17,22)|
|5.||“His visage (face) was so marred more than any man” (Isaiah 52:14).|
|6.||“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3).|
|7.||“a King shall reign and prosper” (Jeremiah 23:5)|
|8.||“and after threescore and two weeks shall MESSIAH BE CUT OFF” (Daniel 9:26).|
|9.||“because He hath poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bare the sin of many” (Isaiah 53:12).|
|10.||“Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him and the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together” (Isaiah 40:10,5).|