"Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so Amen." Revelation 1:7

Contents

An exposition of the entire book of Revelation by Herman Hoeksema. This exposition is cautious, sober, and carefully compares Scripture with Scripture.

An overview of the subject of Christ's coming and millennial views

Material relating to the believer's state after death, or the intermediate state, before Christ's coming

Signs of Christ's coming and judgments and specific subjects

A series of seven articles on the signs of the end from Matthew 24 by Prof. D. Engelsma taken from the Standard Bearer rubric,

Contending for the truth against errors, refutations of postmillenialism or premillenialism:

The Second Coming of Christ
and the Study of His Coming

by Rev. Thomas Miersma

With these words from Revelation 1:7, "Behold He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him," the Word of God sets before us the one bodily and visible coming of Christ. They echo that which John also heard of the angels at Christ's ascension. When the Lord was caught up and "a cloud received Him out of their sight,..." then angels said unto the disciples, "...this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven," Acts 2: 9, 11. This is the simple statement of Scripture concerning the return of Christ. He shall "so come." It is one event, not multiple events. It is public, not secret. It is also the end of the universe. Therefore Peter preached in the temple concerning Jesus' ascension and His return, "whom the heavens must receive until the times of restitution of all things, Acts 3:21. "Until the times of the restitution of all things," Jesus continues in heaven. When He comes, the world is judged. When He comes there will be a "new heavens and new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness," II Peter 3:13.

Let the reader take note. There are many strange doctrines and corruptions of the gospel abroad today in what calls itself the church of Christ. The truth of Christ's coming is plain, straightforward, and simple in its essence. While the Word of God gives us signs of that coming, including events and judgments that must take place in the earth according to the counsel of God, they are not given to us to speculate about them, but to comfort the church in tribulation and trial.

Yes, tribulation! Jesus said, "I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world," John 17:17. "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution," II Timothy 3:12. The church suffers persecution now! It is always in tribulation. While that present tribulation will reach an end in the great tribulation to come, we walk on its porch, now! You will not escape it; you will not be raptured out and miss this tribulation. It is not something past, but present and developing unto its consumation.

Likewise, the spirit of Antichrist is in the world. Indeed the Word of God tells us to "try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world," I John 4:1. He further explains, "and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God; and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world," I John 4:3. Note well what the Word of God says. First, John wrote these words after the destruction of Jerusalem. While the spirit of Antichrist may have been manifested then, it was not the end. Secondly, while he is yet to come and reach his consummation, that is, "it should come," in the future, nevertheless "even now already is it in the world," I John 4:3. You are called to contend, if not with the person of antichrist, then with his spirit now!

That which we are given to know of the things to come is given us that we may see our exalted Lord's hand in history and walk by faith in His Word. Jesus said, "...In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world," John 13:33. We need not fear what men may do, for Jesus is Lord. He has the victory. He always has the victory. "For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death," I Corinthians 15:25, 26.

The Word of God gives us to know in broad terms the things that shall come to pass for our comfort and encouragement in Christ. But there is also a limit. No man knows the day and the hour of Christ's coming. The Word of God does not give us a futuristic newspaper of events to come. Jesus said, "...for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh," Matthew 24:44. There is a multiplying of prophecy seminars in our age. We warn you! Many, if not most, of them are false prophecy seminars. The signs of Christ's coming, and the judgments of God in the earth are intended for our comfort, not to satisfy a carnal lust to be "in the know." They lead men away from their calling, the calling to "watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come," Matthew 24:42. He calls us, not to speculation, but to be busy with the calling of his servants to preach His Word. (Matthew 24:45-46.)

These things are to be studied reverently, with caution, and with the recognition that "we walk by faith, and not by sight," II Corinthians 5:7. With that in view the material on this subject is given for the instruction of faith.

For Further Study

For a discussion of Israel and the church, the kingdom, and related subjects go to:

For a discussion of Dispensationalism, the other aspect of much of modern premillennialism, go to:

For a discussion of the kingdom go also to:

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