“But isn’t it in Thessalonians and in Revelation replied the presenter,” Nicky Campbell. “But we don’t read the Bible that way anymore,” protested Bishop Lowe. “We read the Bible with a more modern interpretation.” “But,” insisted Nicky Campbell, “it is in Thessalonians and in Revelation, isn’t it?” “But the Bible is written in poetry, and allegory and parables and we have to . . .”
Just continuing with The Big Questions debate on the end of the world and the Second Coming of Jesus. While there may be different interpretations or emphasis about what happens at the ‘end of time’ Seventh-day Adventists have no monopoly on the theme of the Second Coming of Jesus. There are Anglicans, as shown in previous posts, and many other Christians who share a belief in and a sense of longing for the Second Advent. So coming back to Bishop Lowe’s protest, can I persaude him about 1 Thessalonians, that the Second Advent (and the resurrection) theme in 1 Thessalonians is not couched in poetry, allegory or parable that is difficult to interpret. In this passage the Apostle Paul quite plainly offers believers a sure hope that transcends death, rather than a sense of resignation in the face of death. That is the message of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and The Coming of the Lord.
“Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.”
There are said to be over 1500 mentions of the Second Coming of Jesus in the Bible, and over 300 in the New Testament. Here are few passages that deal with or mention the second Coming of Jesus:
These are just a few of the many references in the Bible about the Second Coming of Jesus. There is no poetry, parables or allegory in these references, not that poetry, parable or allegory might not teach about the Second Coming of Jesus. But the references just reveal clear messages for the sincere seeker, all in simple prose (John 3:16).