The Second Coming - Parousia
The Second Coming - Parousia!
30 Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.
“I am ninety-four! Twenty-four years beyond our appointed seventy years, and I trust I have not wasted any of my years and look forward to that glorious second coming of Him in all His majesty, when every eye shall see Him. Oh, what a precious thought for us all.”
SOURCE: Letter to JRWS from Nessie Grace Harris (July 8, 1962).
Queen Victoria is said to have remarked: “Oh! How I wish that the Lord would come during my lifetime.… I should so love to lay my crown at His feet.”
establishment of the peaceful reign of Christ, as does the vision of the seer of Patmos in which “the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever” (Rv 11:15). John’s favorite acclamation of God in three tenses as the one “who is and who was and who is to come” (cf. 1:4, 8) is reduced to two tenses: “who art and who wast” (11:17). He