Messianic Apologetics

Addressing the Theological and Spiritual Issues of the Broad Messianic Movement

“The Second Coming” (CH2) – When Will the Messiah Return?

When many sincere Believers contemplate the return of the Messiah, there is a tendency for a variety of terms to be thrown around: the Second Coming, the rapture, the parousia, His arrival, the coming epiphany. Some of these terms are used more frequently than others. Some of these labels are taken or derived directly from Holy Scripture, and others of them, while not being unbiblical at all, have undoubtedly taken on a life of their own in contemporary religious culture. How do we each sort through the different labels associated with the Messiah’s return, and carefully be able to discern where various people may be coming from in their presuppositions and ideas surrounding it?

When many sincere Believers contemplate the return of the Messiah, there is a tendency for a variety of terms to be thrown around: the Second Coming, the rapture, the parousia, His arrival, the coming epiphany. Some of these terms are used more frequently than others. Some of these labels are taken or derived directly from Holy Scripture, and others of them, while not being unbiblical at all, have undoubtedly taken on a life of their own in contemporary religious culture. How do we each sort through the different labels associated with the Messiah’s return, and carefully be able to discern where various people may be coming from in their presuppositions and ideas surrounding it?