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 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. . . ”
CLICK PICTURE TO ENLARGE Adapted from a chart by Clarence Larkin. All Scripture references are from the Rapture Study Bible, co-authored by John Darby and Francisco Ribera, S.J., and C. I. Scofield. Download this chart in PDF form. The
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.
“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.
Jesus’ teachings in Matthew 24 (Luke 17) “thoroughly inverts some popular understandings of the end times,” the popular “left behind” concept of the Rapture.
Why are dispensationalists so vulnerable to datesetting? I believe that their eschatological system breeds datesetting. They see God’s plan for the world as subservient to his great plan for saving national Israel.
Do not fear when others proclaim the end of the world is near, because of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan and the war in Libya. All of these are part of God’s unshakable plan for the eventual redemption of his elect from sin, death, and Satan. As David says, â€œI shall not be shakenâ€ because the Lord â€œgives me counsel â€¦ [and] he is at my right handâ€ (Psa 16:7-8).
Knowing our present status as “strangers and exiles on the earth,” we continue as sojourners and pilgrims “traveling through this wilderness,” making every effort to “renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age” (Tit. 2:12).
There are, therefore, more than five points and … there cannot be such a thing as a “five-point Calvinist” or “five-point Reformed Christian” who owns just those five articles taken from the Canons of Dort and who refuses to accept the other “points” made by genuinely Reformed theology.