The Prophetic Context of the Millennium Part III: The Second Coming of Christ in the New Testament -- By: John F. Walvoord

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 114:455 (Jul 1957)
Article: The Prophetic Context of the Millennium Part III: The Second Coming of Christ in the New Testament
Author: John F. Walvoord


The Prophetic Context of the Millennium
Part III:
The Second Coming of Christ in the New Testament

John F. Walvoord

The revelation of the second coming of Christ is one of the most important ard most frequently mentioned doctrines of the New Testament. One out of every twenty-five verses in the New Testament refers either to the rapture of the church or to Christ’s coming to reign over the world (cf. Jesse Forrest Silver, The Lords Return, p. 29). Though it is not always possible to distinguish references to Christ’s coming for the church from references to His coming to establish His earthly kingdom, there are many passages which clearly present a premillennial coming at the close of the great tribulation to judge the world and to bring in the righteous reign of the King. Approximately twenty major references are found in the New Testament alone (Matt 19:28; 23:39; 24:325:46; Mark 13:24–37; Luke 12:35–48; 17:22–37; 18:8; 21:25–28; Acts 1:10–11; 15:16–18; Rom 11:25–27; 1 Cor 11:26; 2 Thess 1:7–10; 2:8; 2 Pet 3:3–4; Jude 1:14–15; Rev 1:7–8; 2:25–28; 16:15; 19:11–21; 22:20 ).

His return to reign is posttribulational. Though many premillenarians believe that the Lord will come for His church before the tribulation and that the rapture is pretribulational, most conservative scholars of today agree that the second coming to the earth to reign is a posttribulational

event. Exceptions to the rule would include the old school Of postmillenarians who place the return of Christ after the millennium instead of before it (cf. Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology, III, 792). Those who completely spirit...

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