THE SECOND COMING MADE EASY
The following is a brief comparative study which demonstrates definitively that what we call the “second coming” of Jesus (his parousia) was a fulfilled reality in the first century. I encourage everyone read these words with an open heart and an open mind. May the Lord bless you as you follow in his truth.
For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS.
Now watch this……
Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, TO RENDER TO EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO WHAT HE HAS DONE.
These are parallel texts. Now please pay close attention….
Mathew 16:27 = Revelation 22
But, since Revelation 22:12 refers to the SECOND COMING OF JESUS, that means that Mathew 16:27 refers to the SECOND COMING OF JESUS also.
But, watch WHEN Jesus places the fulfillment for HIS SECOND COMING….
For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to what he has done. Truly I say to you, THERE ARE SOME OF THOSE WHO ARE STANDING HERE WHO WILL NOT TASTE DEATH UNTIL THEY SEE THE SON OF MAN COMING IN HIS KINGDOM.
Now, follow this carefully….
Mathew 16:27 = Revelation 22:12 and therefore prophesied the second coming of Jesus.
But, Jesus promised that Mathew 16:27 would be fulfilled in the lifetime of his first century disciples. (16:28)
Therefore, Jesus promised that his SECOND COMING would be fulfilled in the lifetime of his first century disciples. (16:27-28)
And, Jesus PROMISES THIS AGAIN to John in the book of Revelation….
Revelation 1:1,3 22:6-7,10,12
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his bond-servants, the things WHICH MUST SOON TAKE PLACE…. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for THE TIME IS NEAR…. And he said to me, “These words are faithful and true”; and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His angel to show to His bond-servants THE THINGS WHICH MUST SOON TAKE PLACE. And behold, I AM COMING QUICKLY. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book…. And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for THE TIME IS NEAR…. Behold, I AM COMING QUICKLY, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.
Unless you are willing to say that Revelation 22:12 does not speak of the second coming of Jesus (which it does), and that Mathew 16:27 and Revelation 22:12 are not parallel texts (which they are), then you must admit that in Mathew 16:27-28 Jesus promised his first century generation that his second coming would be accomplished within their lifetime, and, he guaranteed that promise in the book of Revelation… “the time is near…. behold, I am coming quickly”.
The biblical truth is that Jesus promised to return in the glory of the Father to consummate salvation (Hebrews 9:28 1 Peter 1:5,9-10,20) in the first century. Praise God for his faithfulness, he kept his word and finished his work just like he promised. Today, those in Christ can enjoy a fulfilled redemption through the fulfillment of all prophecy.
May we all have the courage to shake off the tradition of a failed or postponed coming of the Lord, and receive the words of the King of Glory, for they are Spirit and they are Life!!