BIBLE FINGER POST No. 1
ARE you a believer in the Bible? If so, then you should believe that Christ, who visibly left the earth nearly 2,000 years ago, will come back again, and appear personally among men, to finish the great work that God, his Father, has given him to do.
1. Because the Bible records that angels declared to the Apostles that he would come again in the same way that he went away.
If the Lord Jesus is to come "in the same way" as the apostles saw him go into heaven, he will come down to the earth again physically, visibly, and literally, because it was in a physical, literal, and visible way that the disciples saw him go up.
2. Because Jesus himself, when on this earth, repeatedly stated that though he would have to depart, he would come again.
In a parable, in which Jesus pictured himself as "a nobleman", and heaven as "a far country", Jesus said:
The actual nature of Christ's going away shows us the actual nature of his coming back. The words "when he returned" cannot mean the spread of his doctrine, for he also said, "when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?" (Luke 18:8)
Likewise the return of Christ cannot mean the coming of death to his people, for Paul speaks of those who are still "alive at the coming of the Lord" (1 Thessalonians 4:15), and says of them that they "will not sleep" (1 Corinthians 15:5 1).
3. Because the apostles also preached the literal return of Christ.
If the apostles preached the second coming of Christ, then that second coming should also be part of Christian preaching today. There is no modern source of revelation which can contradict the teaching of the apostles in the First Century.
4. Because in their letters, the apostles refer to it as an event to be expected and waited for.
5. Because the prophets also prophesy Christ's coming in power and great glory.
We cannot explain away these statements. Some people may claim that the verses about Christ's return only have a figurative meaning. But such a claim is ruled out by the literal nature of Christ's first appearing, which was also the subject of prophecy before it happened. If we read all the prophecies that foretell Christ's first appearing; and study the facts of his first appearing in the light of these predictions, then in the same way we will see it is impossible to give any other interpretation than a literal interpretation to the prophecies of his second appearing.
Please note how very important it is that we should have Bible-based views on the subject, in view of the fact testified above, that the individual benefits of his coming are for "eagerly wait for him" (Hebrews 9:28), and for "those who love his appearing" (2 Timothy 4:8).