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December 4, 2013

Jesus Will Come Again (Dec 2012)

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By Royce Ogle

That Jesus Christ will return for his own is just as certain as the fact he came the first time. Only a fool would deny that Jesus lived on the earth and that he is a historical person who had great impact on the world and still does. Our friend and one of the elders of my church, Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty, points out that every atheist validates the fact that Jesus was here when he writes a check and dates it. The date can be counted back in years to the “year of our Lord”. I once read that there is more evidence that would withstand court room scrutiny that the biblical story of Jesus is true than that George Washington was the first President of the United States. Over 500 eyewitnesses is difficult to refute! It is truth also that Jesus will come again. How and when and why is open to discussion and debate, but not that He will come.

Eschatology is the technical term for the study of last things. A broad spectrum of theologians agree that the earth as we know it will come to a climactic end when Jesus returns. There are perhaps dozens of positions about when and how. The scriptures are emphatic that Jesus will come again.

… and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” ~ Acts 1:11

… so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.</i> ~ Hebrews 9:28

The hope of Christians is Jesus himself. (1 Timothy 1:1, Titus 2:13) Since this is true a discussion of eschatology then is a discussion about the return of Christ. While we can be certain that He will return, there is uncertainty when we go further than that fact.

It seems that how one views the inspiration of the Bible weighs heavily on what view of the second advent of Christ one holds. Those who believe in word for word inspiration tend to be dispensational. That means they will take scriptures literally in every place it makes sense to them to do so. Graduates from Dallas Theological Seminary are usually pre-millianial and pre-tribulationists. On the other side of the spectrum are those who do not take the Bible literally and many of those scholars arrive at the amillennial view and do not believe the passages about the great tribulation should be taken in a literal sense. Most of my church of Christ bothers are in that category.

There are pre-tribulationists, mid-tribulationisist, and post-tribulationisist. And there are pre-millenialists, post-millenialists, and amillenialists. So, positions on the second coming of Christ are wide and varied, but all of the people who have arrived at these several positions ALL agree that indeed Jesus will come again.

I once heard a preacher say “I am a pan-millenialist. It will all pan out when Jesus comes”. I suppose that is about where I am. In my youth I thought I had everything figured out and I would argue for my view with great energy. But, after years of study, and trying to become familiar with all of the varied views from equally good, noble Christians over thousands of years, I simply am not sure. I lean heavily in favor of a word for word understanding of scriptures, I use an ESV translation because of that. But, I fall short of endorsing the eschatology of some of the men I respect and love most who agree with me about the inspiration of the Bible.

We can know for certain that Jesus will come again. We can know for certain that He will come in a body. We can also know that He is coming for His own people. We can know that dead bodies will be resurrected and God will judge all of us. Those who have received the atonement of Jesus are safe and those who have rejected Jesus are condemned and will perish.

Those of us who claim faith in Jesus should be looking for His blessed coming again.

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! ~ Revelation 22:20

Merry Christmas!

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