Parousia is a Greek word for the 'coming' of someone or 'being present by reason of coming' (cf. 2 Cor. 7:6-7; Phil. 2:12). It is not restricted to either form of Christ's appearing but is used both of His return for and with His saints (cf. Matt. 24:3 with 1 Cor. 15:23). It is used twenty-four times in the New Testament. Other terms to be distinguished from it are: apokalupsis—'manifestation' or 'revelation' (used eighteen times in the New Testament, five at least referring to Christ's return, e.g., 1 Cor. 1:7; 2 Thess. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:7); epiphania—'appearance' (used six times and always of Christ's first or second coming—2 Thess. 2:8; 1 Tim. 6:14; 2 Tim. 1:10; 4:1, 8; Titus 2:13); Day of the Lord—signifying the time of His judgments at the second corning (2 Thess. 2:2, R.V.).
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