many, shall appear a second time, apart from sin, to them that wait for him, unto salvation?; <660107>Revelation 1:7 ? ?Behold, he cometh with the clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they that pierced him; and all the tribes of the earth shall mourn over him.? Dr. A. C. Kendrick, Com. on <580106> Hebrews 1:6 ? ?And when he shall conduct back again into the inhabited world the Firstborn, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him? = in the glory of the Second Coming Christ?s superiority to angels will be signally displayed, which will be a contrast to the humiliation of his first coming.

The tendency of our day is to interpret this second class of passages in a purely metaphorical and spiritual way. But prophecy can have more than one fulfillment. Jesus? words are pregnant words. The present spiritual coming does not exhaust their meaning. His coming in the great movements of history does not preclude a final and literal coming, in which ?every eye shall see him? ( <660107>Revelation 1:7). With this proviso, we may assent to much of the following quotation from Gould, Bib. Theol. N. T., 44-56 ? ?The last things of which Jesus speaks are not the end of the world, but of the age, the end of the Jewish period in connection with the destruction of Jerusalem. After the entire statement is in, including both the destruction of Jerusalem and the coming of the Lord, which is to follow it, it is distinctly said that that generation was not to pass away until all these things are accomplished. According to this, the coming of the Son of man must be something other than a visible coming. In O.T. prophecy, any divine interference in human affairs is represented under the figure of God coming in the clouds of heaven. <402664>Matthew 26:64 says, ?From this time ye shall see the Son of man seated?and coming in the clouds of heaven.? Coming and judgment are both continuous. The slow growth in the parables of the leaven and the mustard seed contradicts the idea of Christ?s early coming. ?After a long time the Lord of these Servants cometh? ( <402519>Matthew 25:19). Christ came in one sense at the destruction of Jerusalem, in another sense; all great crises in the history of the world are comings of the Son of man. These judgments of the nations are a part of the process for the final setting up of the kingdom. But this final act will not be a judgment process but the final entire submission of the will of man to the will of God. The end is to be, not judgment, but salvation.? We add to this statement the declaration that the final act here spoken of will not be purely subjective and spiritual. It will constitute an external manifestation of Christ comparable to that of his first coming in its appeal to the senses but unspeakably more glorious than was the coming to the manger and the cross. We now proceed to give proof of this.

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