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    Awaiting our Lord's Coming: A Very Short thought on the 2nd Advent of Christ By Marco Gonzalez

    The second advent of Christ has stretched out the minds of theologians since scripture was canonized. The interpretations of Christ’s return may vary but the declaration is truthful: Christ will trample his enemies and gather his church. When the son of man came incarnate, he was born of a virgin, both divine and human. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows; acquainted with grief. He had no form or beauty that we should look upon him and no majesty that we should desire him.

    Christ’s arrival on earth was one of agony and condemnation. Beseeching his people he was to facilitate the fulfillment of their scriptures. Nevertheless, his own people cast him off. He came as the last Adam, first of the new race of the redeemed. He is the king of kings, and Lord of Lords; the almighty before whom every knee will bow. All things were created through him, and for him. He is the head of the body, the head of the church that in all things he may have supremacy. Christ came as the wrath-bearing, sin-bearing, curse-bearing savior; to deliver us from sin and the curse upon it. However, Christ will not return in this same manner.

    In Christ’s second coming he is depicted as the lion of Judah and the slain lamb desecrating his enemies and collecting his sheep. Paul saw Christ as returning imminently 1 Thes 2:19:

    For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you?

    “Coming” or Gk. parousia, literally means “ to be present” in regards to Christ’s return. Paul steadfastly refers to the coming of Christ four times in 1 Thess and once indirectly. Christ will not return in humiliation but exaltation. His eyes will be like flames of fire and his head will be crowned. He will be clothed with a robe dipped in blood. He will strike his enemies down, upon his robe it will proclaim: kings of kings and lord of lords. Swift righteous judgment will mark Christ’s rule in his kingdom. This will occur as Thomas Adams says:
    That which a man spits against heaven, shall fall back on his own face.

    But scoffers will come, walking in their lusts. Declaring, “where is the promise of Christ’s coming?” Ever since the beginning mockers have denied Christ’s return. The argument against the second coming of Christ is the theory of uniformitarianism. Which says that all natural phenomena’s have operated uniformly since the beginning of creation. In other words, there will not be a cataclysmic judgmental event, because this is not how the universe works. John Owen comments:

    Should the Lord Jesus appear now to any of us in His majesty and glory, it would not be to our edification nor consolation. For we are not meet nor able, by the power of any light or grace that we have received, or can receive, to bear the immediate appearance and representation of them. His beloved apostle John had leaned on His bosom probably many a time in his life, in the intimate familiarities of love; but when He afterward appeared to him in His glory, “he fell at His feet as dead.”

    Paul in his epistles describes the term “The Day of the Lord” this expression is used 3 times in Paul’s epistles. It’s used to refer to a day of wrath, visitation, and the great day of the almighty. It is synonymous to the phrase “a thief in the night”; both are used of the impending judgment upon all ungodliness. However, the sons of light, which is a characterization for children of God, will live not in fear. Their sphere of life will be one of glory and honor. For any unbeliever this is unadorned mumbo jumbo, there is no righteousness in a king who condemns. They proclaim justice, despite the fact that they erroneously have no standard to compare it to. The national anthem they sing is: I lived for me. There is no fear of before there eyes, no hatred of sin.

    The world derides the future coming of Jesus; it is of no avail to them. The trinity of the there world is: profit, pleasure, and preferment. Jesus return is no more persuasive to people than his death and resurrection. When king Jesus returns there will be no more forbearance, no more grace. The angels will blow the horn of justice, and King Jesus will bear the breastplate of righteousness, against all injustice. Moreover, until that day the gospel calls: behold! Now is the day of salvation. But when this point in time has been fulfilled we will witness one day the white horse rider and his double-edged sword. We will perceive the fire in his eyes and the fools as they cry. We will see his hair made of wool and the mark on his thigh. Nations and kings torn apart and evil will cry out, as the saints will sing aloud “I see the one who was yet to come, for it is the coming of the glorified lamb! -

    Believers are like the needle touched by the loadstone, which cannot rest until it comes to the point whereunto, by the secret virtue of it, it is directed. For being once touched by the love of Christ, receiving therein an impression of secret ineffable virtue, they will ever be in motion, and restless, until they come unto him, and behold his glory.-

    John Owen
    1 Thes 5:1 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, "There is peace and security," then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

    Posted by on December 7, 2005 02:02 AM


    O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

    O come, O come Emmanuel , And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here, Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

    O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer our spirits by thine advent here; despair the gloomy clouds of night, And death's dark shadows put to flight. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel!

    O come, Thou Wisdom from on high, And order all things, far and nigh; To us the path of knowledge show, And cause us in her ways to go. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel!

    O come, Desire of nations, bind in one the hearts of all mankind; Bid thou our sad divisions cease, And be Thyself our King of peace. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel!

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