Christian Foundations - 2nd Coming Of Christ
Bible Facts Newspaper Article (Ian C. Kurylyk)
"And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints" Jude 14.
The great message of the Bible centers around the fact of the Coming of the Messiah into a sin-troubled world. According to Jude, this message goes back even to the earliest days of human life (shortly after the first man Adam was created).
Later, the prophets of Israel confidently heralded the same message, God's Anointed was coming. Sometimes the Messiah was spoken of as humbling Himself and suffering to provide salvation from sins. "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5). At other times He was spoken of as a consuming fire destroying all His enemies. "But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap" (Malachi 3:2)
The two kind of prophecies relate to two different comings. One of these prophecies of the Coming One has been fulfilled. He is spoken of both as God and as a sinless man who would nevertheless be put to death as a sacrifice for sin. This has been fulfilled in the historical Jesus Christ who came when God's own Son was born to a virgin and as God Incarnate shed His blood for man's sins on the cross. He then rose from the dead, commissioned a message to be preached offering forgiveness of sins to all who would believe in Him, and returned to heaven.
This same Jesus promised to come back to take His rightful throne over the earth and judge all who reject Him. The Second Coming is the next great event on God's calendar. The contexts of its announcement would make us think it is near. Current events in Israel are significant. The godless conditions in the present world are too. Note the next verse in Jude. "To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him" (Jude 15).