Q Where is authority for the proposition that Christ would return multiple times

Christ had to return at least twice because Christ told Caiaphas and those present at his trial that they would see him returning in the clouds of heaven. He also said he would return in the clouds in that generation (Matthew 24:34). Since he will also return when the world ends this suggests at least two appearances.

Another one is implied if we interpret a cloud-coming following the "times of the Gentiles." In Revelation John describes two appearances of Christ in the clouds. The first is described in Revelation 1:7 which I contend was fulfilled in AD 66. A second is described in Revelation 14:14:

And I looked and behold a white cloud and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.

In 14:16 John describes Christ reaping the earth. This description of Christ appearing in a cloud might have been his second and final appearance had the world ended in either AD 149 or AD 1149. This is why John describes it as a possible harvest of the earth-- when the world would end. However, since the world didn't end the appearance of Christ in Revelation 14:14 follows the expiration of the times of the Gentiles. The end of the world is still well into the future.

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