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?
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.”
A husband promises to love and to cherish his wife, but would he keep this promise if his wife was unfaithful? Not so with Christ, who, like Hosea, kept his promise, even to an adulterous Bride: he “loved the church and gave himself up for her.”
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”?
It is the height of American arrogance to claim that 9/11 was a wake-up call for the church, as if the United States is God’s holy people, and God is only concerned about Americans.
Jesus told the Pharisees that God will evict the Jews, the old tenants, and bring in new tenants into the vineyard. The Jews perceived what Jesus meant: God will take the kingdom away from the Jews as his chosen people, and his new kingdom will now be expanded to include the Gentile nations.
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).
These two sacrifices—Christ’s and ours—fulfill the old covenant burnt offerings which have become obsolete. So, our early church and Protestant heritage should prevent us from using musical instruments in the public worship of God.