Time or Eternity? ™

The Effect of the Second Coming

In Revelation, The Second Advent on March 15, 2011 at 8:00 am

What will be the effect or the consequences of Christ’s second coming in the history of the earth and the human race?  In answering this, let me premise that the great event is not limited to a single point of time, but in a sense, covers a long period of time. The second coming, in other words, might be spoken of as a drama with several acts, or as an act with several scenes.  The first scene will be the translation of the church to meet Christ in the air, according to the words of Paul already quoted in part: “The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ”—not all the dead, but those who have fallen asleep in Christ—” shall rise first; then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18).  Some think too strange, too mysterious to be possible, the translation of the church into the air! But God has shown us what it means. In the antediluvian age “Enoch walked with God and was not; for God took him “; or, as the New Testament says: “He was translated, having never seen death.” In the Mosaic age we have a demonstration in Elijah. Walking with Elisha across the Jordan, dry shod, when they reached the other shore the chariot of fire came down, and took him in a whirlwind into heaven, having never seen death. What God can do with one He can do with a million when the time comes.  It is written in the Scriptures: “It is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9: 27); and I have heard it rendered as though it read: “It is appointed unto all men once to die.” But this is not true. There is one generation of men that, living on this earth, shall never see death. That generation is the one just referred to, who, believing on the Lord Jesus Christ and waiting for His coming, shall be caught up to meet Him in the air when He comes.” People wonder about the air, and the church dwelling in the air! But Scripture enlightens us on this subject also. It speaks of “the prince of the powers of the air.” It speaks of evil principalities that inhabit the air now over whom Satan rules, and from which vantage-ground he controls this world as the god of it. But we see in Revelation that a day is coming when Satan and his hosts shall be cast out from the air, and it shall be made ready for Christ and His glorified church to live and reign in throughout the millennial age. We have only to read the Bible, and compare scripture with scripture to understand what the secrets of the Lord are, and to get the comfort from them that He would minister to us.  But what about the second scene in this act? While the church is with Christ in the air, and He is inquiring into the faithfulness of His disciples, and they are having their places assigned in the coming kingdom, events are transpiring here such as were referred to a week ago. The nations of the Roman Empire are coming together in that federation under the “man of sin.” Events are transpiring in Jerusalem also, and hastening that crisis of iniquity which will bring the Lord Jesus Christ personally to the earth.

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