There are many misunderstandings and false teachings about the Second Coming of Christ. What then are the basic teachings of the Bible about the Second Coming?
“The Bible teaches that though there are different aspects involved, they are all part of one event—the blessed hope—when Jesus Christ will come again.” ~ Kim Riddlebarger
“The devil is bound throughout the whole period, from the first coming of Christ to the end of the world, which will be Christ’s second coming. . . He is not permitted to exert his whole power of temptation, either by force or by guile to seduce people. . . ”
These early [church] critics believed that chiliasm [premillennialism] represented an approach to biblical religion that was sub-Christian, essentially failing to reckon with the full redemptive implications of the coming of Jesus of Nazareth as Messiah. They saw it as an under-realized, a not-fully-Christian, eschatology.
The Old Testament prophets and the New Testament writers did not forget America.They were not even concerned about America. They were concerned only with the election, calling, justification and glorification of God’s people.
Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”
The Book of Revelation is to be understood cyclically and figuratively. That is, its symbols remain symbols, and the judgements are reinforced by repetition. If we take the book chronologically, then we reach the end of the story at 11:14-18.
The [dispensational] methodology itself prevents the interpreter from looking at all the data with any semblance of objectivity. Carried through in other instances, this would … force us to argue that because the Bible reveals that there are three persons called God in the Scriptures, there must be three Gods.
When Jesus spoke with the two disciples on the day of his resurrection, did Luke say, “And beginning with the New York Times, CNN, Jewish dreamers, scientists, Pat Robertson, and John Hagee, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Israel, the millennial kingdom, and the Temple to be rebuilt in Jerusalem” (see Luke 24:27)?
“How many points?” Surely there are more than five. And when that larger number of points taught by the Reformed confessions is not respected, the famous five are jeopardized, indeed, dissolved â€”and the ongoing spiritual health of the church is placed at risk.
I donâ€™t want to be left behind in all this excitement about the unfolding of prophecy right before our eyes on CNN and CBN, so I say, â€œMe, too!â€ Are dispensationalists the only ones who keep revising their prophecies? So hereâ€™s an update of two old posts regarding how Biblical prophecy must be interpreted.