Yes- Christ Is Coming Again!
April 26 2010 by D.E. Parkerson

Back in the early days of 1988 a young lady called our church with a question she wanted answered.  She had read the book entitled, Eighty-eight Reasons Christ Will Return in 1988. Her concern after having read the book was obvious.

I told her that the Bible clearly states that no human will ever know — even the angels in heaven do not know — the date of Christ’s return. I explained how this has not kept countless people throughout Christian history from setting a specific date, only to have the day arrive and pass, and it does not happen.

I then said to her, “Your real problem is that you aren’t saved, or that you are not certain you are saved, isn’t it?” She answered in the affirmative. I made an appointment for her to come by our church so we could discuss the subject further. After sharing what God’s Word says about how a person can become a Christian, she accepted Christ as her personal Savior.

Dr. Charles Swindoll, in Growing Deep in the Christian Life, gives some facts on the subject of Christ’s Second Coming that will surprise lots of people:
  • One out of every 30 verses in the Bible mentions the subject of Christ’s return or the end of time.
  • Of the 216 chapters in the New Testament, there are well over 300 references to the return of Jesus Christ.
  • Only 4 of the 27 New Testament books fail to mention Christ’s return.
  • That means one-twentieth of the entire New Testament is dedicated to the subject of our Lord’s return.
  • In the Old Testament, such well-known and reliable men of God as Job, Moses, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, and most of the Minor Prophets, fixed at least part of their attention on the Lord’s return.
  • Christ spoke of His return often, especially after He revealed to them that He would die.  And He never did so in vague or uncertain terms.
  • Those who lived on following His teaching, who established the churches and wrote the Scriptures in the first century, frequently mentioned His return in their preaching and in their writings.
The Second Coming of Christ is taught in the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England, the Augsburg Confession, and in all the ecumenical creeds of the church.

Yes, Christ is coming again. The Lord Himself promised it (John 14:1-6). The Bible teaches it (Matt. 24:42-44; Matt. 25:31; Mk. 8:35-38; and 1 Thess. 4:16-17). Christians throughout history have affirmed it.

He is coming to judge “the quick (those who will be living on that date) and the dead.” If it were today, would you be ready? If not, all you have to do is to bow at Calvary’s cross, lay your sins down, ask the Savior to forgive you, accept the gift of life He offers, make a right turn and keep straight ahead.

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Parkerson is a native of Georgia, a graduate of Mercer University [B.A.], Southeastern Seminary [M. Div. and Th.M.], and Campbell University [D.D.]. He has served as pastor of one church in Georgia and five churches in North Carolina. Following retirement as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Sanford on Sept. 30, 1996, he has served nine North Carolina churches as interim pastor. His column, The Paper Pulpit, has appeared weekly in a few newspapers and other publications since 1958. He and his wife, Jessie, live in Wilmington near their daughter and family.)  
4/26/2010 10:29:00 AM by D.E. Parkerson | with 1 comments




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Dr. James Willingham
The preoccupation with our Lord's Bodily coming is a source of much strife among believers, and it has been ever since the time of the Apostles. Paul's writings as well as Peter's address the issue. The book mentioned by the young lady to Dr. Parkerson was followed by another by the same author. The history of excitements and foolish actions, witness the Seventh Day Adventists in the 1800s as well as others. What is often overlooked is the present spiritual coming of the Lord Jesus to His people. Three times, in Jn.14:3,18,28, the Holy Spirit presents Jesus as saying, present tense in the Greek, I am coming to you, an ongoing process, one that is occurring even now for every true believer in Christ. There is also another sense in which He is already arrived, present, here and now. I once experienced the presence of the Lord, His Invisible Presence; it was something I felt, something that melted me to tears and joy just like the night I was converted from Atheism by a vision/hallucination (?) of Jesus standing before me with his hand upraised like He was knocking. The spiritual reality of Chrst our Lord is a wonder of wonders, and everday and in every way He is coming to us more and more and there are times when we become acutely aware of His coming, His arrival and His presence and its implications for our living of these days. This does not discount the Second Bodily Coming of Christ; it just makes it sweeter and more desirable. Del's perceptiveness in grasping the woma's need for salvation is to be commended.
4/26/2010 10:21:02 PM