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Are There Two Comings of the Lord?

12 Feb
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It seems like a ridiculous question to even ask, i.e. did Jesus promise to come twice? Yet, this is exactly what futurists are saying, when they try to divide Matthew 16:27 from verse-28. They tell us that Jesus’ coming “in the glory of the Father to render to each man according to his works” is one coming, (Greek – erchomai, G2064), and Jesus’ coming (G2064) “in his Kingdom” in power (Matthew 16:28; cf. Mark 9:1) is, yet, another coming. They must say this, or something similar, if they are to maintain their eschatology, because Jesus makes the profound statement in verse-28 that some who listened to him on that day would live to see him come in power! So, is what the futurists tell us true? Does Jesus come twice? How do the futurists defend such a statement?

In a previous study I showed how there couldn’t be a 2000 year delay between Matthew 16:27 and 28,[1] but I would like to focus on a different point in this study. Some scholars conclude that Matthew 16:27 focuses on Jesus coming at the end of time, while verse-28 occurred in the first century AD, either at the Transfiguration (see Utley; Ironside; Constable), the Day of Pentecost (see Gill; Hawker; People; Barns; Clarke) or the destruction of Jerusalem (see Henry; Barns; Cambridge; Clarke). Note that the latter there are those who see a progressive coming of the Lord from Pentecost to the destruction of Jerusalem.

The problem with the first two interpretations are, first, none of the Apostles had died by the time of the Transfiguration, and all that Peter, James and John witnessed was a vision of Christ’s departure or exodus not his coming (cf. Luke 9:41). Secondly, by the time of Pentecost only Judas was no longer alive. However, Mark 8:34 shows there was a larger audience listening to Jesus when he made the claims about his coming, so this even further emphasizes that Pentecost couldn’t be the Lord’s coming, even if we wish to say the Holy Spirit is Christ, which I don’t believe anyone is ready to conclude. So, what we have left is Jesus was referring to his coming at the destruction of Jerusalem, which both Henry and the Cambridge Bible prefer, even though they conclude it isn’t the same coming as Matthew 16:27.

I agree that Matthew 16:28 refers to Jesus coming in his Kingdom in great power and glory at the destruction of Jerusalem, cir. 70 AD. However I don’t agree that Matthew 16:27 represents another coming of the Lord. There is but one coming of Christ predicted in the New Testament, and that was fulfilled when he came in the clouds, in the glory of his Father, to judge Jerusalem and destroy the Temple (Matthew 16:27; cf. 26:64).

What I’d like to consider at this point is the phrase: “Verily, I say unto you…” (amen lego humin). I have found this phrase used 48 times in the New Testament, all of them by Jesus in the Synoptics. In **all** the other 47 instances Jesus never introduced a new subject. The phrase is always used to emphasize what was said or done immediately beforehand. Why must verily, I say unto you… be taken as an introduction of a new thought in Matthew 16:28 as opposed to what Jesus just said in verse-27?

Under what circumstances should verily I say unto you be used in a manner other than to emphasize what was said or done immediately prior to the phrase being uttered? What rule of Greek grammar demands that we do this? What textual consideration demands we do it? I have to wonder when futurists believe sola scriptura should be embraced. Is it part of the time, all of the time, or only those times when it is convenient. In other words, not when it contradicts their eschatology.

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[1] See: No 2000 Year Delay.

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Posted by on February 12, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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6 responses to “Are There Two Comings of the Lord?

  1. patovilla72

    March 2, 2018 at 18:09

    Sample of what the majority of people say that the Bible does not tell us when Jesus (Isho in Aramaic, His original language) came to Earth.
    The word has clues for the year, for the month, for the day and even for the hour.
    Do you know how to find them? Then go to it and tell us.
    1. We and the Jews are using the wrong calendar. So find out first which is God’s calendar.
    2. The death of Herod is another clue but people have been using it incorrectly.
    3. The Jews have been celebrating His day but using the wrong calendar. It tells you the month and the day.
    4. The hour relates to his death.
    See if you can find and solve this puzzle.

     
    • Eddie

      March 4, 2018 at 06:07

      Greeting Pat, and thank you for your interest in my blog and for all the comments you are taking the trouble to leave. I really do enjoy hearing the thoughts of others.

      It seems as though you are implying that you have these “secrets” but aren’t telling us what they are. I am doing the best I know how to reveal what I know or have come to know about Jesus and what he has said and done. I’m holding nothing back. If you have something to say, you are welcome to say it here, and I’ll respond with my yea or nea. That’s the only way I know how to do things here.

      Concerning Herod, I have studies on him and his death. Concerning the Jewish Calendar, I have studies on it, as well. Concerning ‘his’ day, I have no idea who you mean. Are you speaking of Herod or Jesus? Concerning puzzles, I don’t make them, if I find one I try to solve it and then I reveal the whole matter as best I could in a study. This is what I do. You seem to want me to solve something with the ‘clues’ you are offering. While I find such things ‘entertaining’ I don’t think they belong in studies concerning Jesus. If you enjoy keeping the puzzles to yourself, good for you, and I hope you are fulfilled in doing so. As for me, I enjoy solving puzzles I find in scripture and revealing what I think I’ve found so others would be able to know what I know. Then they would be able to comment, just as you are doing, and discussion could follow. That’s how it works on my blog.

      Lord bless you on your journey to know him.

       
  2. patovilla72

    March 2, 2018 at 18:01

    Jesus came a second time in the form of a book. The Word of God, not in the flesh but He is around and you can check Him out and this way you’ll get to know Him and His father’s message to His creation.

    The book represents Him, so let’s read it, understand it and comprehend it from the alpha to the omega so then you’ll understand HIS SECRETS that are only shared with really good friends.
    Yeap, the Bible has many secrets that many people have right in front of their eyes but they don’t see the TRUTH. They have been deceived but the lies of the enemy of God.

     
    • Eddie

      March 4, 2018 at 05:54

      Greetings ‘Pat’ and thanks again for reading and for your comment. I disagree with you, but I do enjoy reading your thoughts on the subject, as well.

      Jesus said he would come again and judge his people. While a book is able to record such a judgment, it cannot ‘judge’ anyone. So, I believe your interpretation falls flat here. While the scriptures are very valuable to Jesus’ disciples, they are not Jesus. While I may read ‘about’ Jesus on the pages of the Gospel narratives, they are not Jesus. Jesus didn’t come in a book. The book records his coming, but the book is not or does not embody his coming.

       
  3. tiptopsaidhe

    February 12, 2018 at 13:21

    Greetings Friend.

    I thought you might find this commentary from Lightfoot (to whom Henry often make reference) on Luke 17:20-21 helpful regarding your current study of Matthew 26. Blessings!
    https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/lightfoot-new-testament/luke/17.html

    B

     
    • Eddie

      February 12, 2018 at 14:11

      Thanks Bill. I appreciate the link. I like Lightfoot, don’t always agree, but he has a unique point of view supported with the ancient teaching of the Jews. I always like the color of something different to keep me from being boxed in. Lord bless you.

       

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