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
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.
If Isaiah 17 is about Syria today, then America is Babylon or Assyria. If Isaiah 17 is not about al-Assad, Obama and Netanyahu, what is it for us today?
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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)?
Is prayer an act of worship directed to a particular deity, or is its value psychotherapeutic, to “find solace and healing,” “relief and repose,” and to “cope with the loss of loved ones”?