The Fourth Coming of Christ

The First Coming of Christ, also called the first "Advent," was the first Christmas, a little over 2,000 years ago.

Many Christians today believe that Christ will come seven years before the Second Coming. The "coming" before the "Second Coming" is called "the Rapture."

In the New Testament scriptures, Jesus said He would "come" before the generation that witnessed His First Advent died out.

That's four "comings."

No wonder so many people are confused about prophecy.

Here is what the Bible says about Christ's coming during "this generation." In His "Olivet Discourse," Jesus said that that generation would see the "abomination of desolation" at the time Jerusalem was surrounded by armies. Everything in that Discourse happened before the Roman armies walked away from the rubble of Jerusalem around the year 70 A.D. Every verse that "pessimillennialists" use to prove a future (post-2010) "abomination of desolation" and future (for us) coming of Christ are verses that are talking about events that took place in "the last days" of the last generation of the Old Covenant.

Sorting out the meaning of New Testament predictions of Christ's "coming" is the purpose of the text we'll be reading, The Parousia.

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