Eschatology | Understanding the Second Coming of Christ
Jewish Expecatations of the Messiah
- Old Testament Jews often believed there would be two Messiahs - a suffering Messiah and a conquering Messiah.
Terms Regarding Eschatology
- Parousia - arrival, coming or presence
- Apocalyptic - symbolic language describing spiritual realities given from heavenly beings
- Preterist - the belief every event prophesied has already occurred
- Futurist - the belief that most New Testament prophecies regarding the second coming are about the future
- Historicist - seeing prophetic scripture as symbolic for actual events in the church age
- Idealist - the belief that prophetic scripture is almost always a symbol of the struggle between good and evil
- Church Age - the time between Pentecost and the rapture
- Rapture - the carrying off/snatching away of believers from the earth
- Antichrist - someone or something against Christ
Important things to remember about the Second Coming of Christ:
1. It is a core doctrine of Christianity.
2. It is referenced in the Nicene Creed and Apostles Creed.
3. Jesus specifically said he would return. (John 14, Acts1)
4. The dead in Christ shall rise at his return (1 Thessalonians 4:16)
5. No one knows the day or hour (Matthew 24:36)
6. A blessed is promised to those who read, hear, and remember the prophecies written in Revelation (Revelation 1:3)