mistake of those who interpreted him as having in his first Epistle declared an immediate coming of the Lord.
A.H.. Strong, Cleveland Sermon, 1904:27 ? ?The faith in a Second Coming of Christ has lost its hold upon many Christians in our day. But it still serves to stimulate and admonish the great body and we can never dispense with its solemn and mighty influence. It is true that Christ comes in Pentecostal revivals and in destruction of Jerusalem, on Reformation movements and in political upheavals. But these are only precursors of another and literal and final return of Christ, to punish the wicked and to complete the salvation of his people. That day for which all other days are made will be a joyful day for those who have fought a good fight and have kept the faith. Let us look for and hasten the coming of the day of God. The Jacobites of Scotland never teased their labors and sacrifices for their king?s return. They never tasted wine without pledging their absent prince, they never joined in song without renewing their oaths of allegiance. In many a prison cell and on many a battlefield they rang out the strain: ?Follow thee, follow thee, wha wadna follow thee? Long hast thou lo?ed and trusted us fairly: Chairlie, Chairlie, wha wadna follow thee? King o? the Highland hearts, bonnie Prince Chairlie!? So they sang, so they invited him, until at last he came. But that longing for the day when Charles should come to his own again was faint and weak compared with the longing of true Christian hearts for the coming of their King. Charles came, only to suffer defeat and to bring shame to his country. But Christ will come, to put an end to the world?s long sorrow, to give triumph to the cause of truth, to bestow everlasting reward upon the faithful. ?Even so, Lord Jesus, come! Hope of all our hopes the sum, Take thy waiting people home! Long, so long, the groaning earth, Cursed with war and flood and dearth, Sighs for its redemption birth. Therefore come, we daily pray; Bring the resurrection day; Wipe creation?s curse away!??
(b) Hence we find, in immediate connection with many of these predictions of the end, a reference to intervening events and to the eternity of God, which shows that the prophecies themselves are expressed in a large way which befits the greatness of the divine plans.
<402436> Matthew 24:36 ? ?But of that day and hour knoweth no one, not even the angels of heaven, neither the Son, but the Father only?; <411332>Mark 13:32 ? ?But of that day or that hour knoweth no one, not even the angels in heaven, neither the Son, but he Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is?; <440107>Acts 1:7 ? ?And he said unto them, It is not for you to know times or seasons, which the Father hath set within his own authority?; <461011>1 Corinthians 10:11 ? ?Now these
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