The Hope of the Second Coming
He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly.
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Rev. 22:20.
The [second] coming of the Lord has been in all ages the hope of
His true followers. The Savior’s parting promise upon Olivet,
that He would come again, lighted up the future for His disciples,
filling their hearts with joy and hope that sorrow could not quench
nor trials dim. Amid suffering and persecution, "the appearing
of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ" was the "blessed
hope." When the Thessalonian Christians were filled with grief
as they buried their loved ones, who had hoped to live to witness
the coming of the Lord, Paul, their teacher, pointed them to the
resurrection, to take place at the Savior’s advent. Then the
dead in Christ should rise, and together with the living be caught
up to meet the Lord in the air. "And so," he said, "shall
we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these
words." 1 Thess. 4:16-18. ...
From the dungeon, the stake, the scaffold, where saints and martyrs
witnessed for the truth, comes down the centuries the utterance
of their faith and hope. Being "assured of His personal resurrection,
and consequently of their own at His coming, for this cause,"
says one of these Christians, "they despised death, and were
found to be above it."--Daniel T. Taylor, The Reign of Christ
on Earth: or, The Voice of the Church in All Ages, p. 33. They were
willing to go down to the grave, that they might "rise free."
They looked for the "Lord to come from heaven in the clouds
with the glory of His Father," "bringing to the just the
times of the kingdom." The Waldenses cherished the same faith.
Wycliffe looked forward to the Redeemer's appearing as the hope
of the church.
On rocky Patmos the beloved disciple hears the promise, "Surely
I come quickly," and his longing response voices the prayer of
the church in all her pilgrimage, "Even so, come, Lord Jesus."
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