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Why Two Comings Of The Christ?
by Wayne Blank
"He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all." (Isaiah 53:3-6 KJV)
But Who Is Jesus Christ Preparing The Way For?
Jesus Christ paid the penalty for the sins of all who repent and obey God (Christ did not die for sinners; He died for repentant sinners - unrepentant sinners are headed for the lake of fire). But His sacrifice at the time of His first coming and His return to establish the Kingdom of God on earth are not ends in themselves. They are two vital steps in preparing the way for Who will come after that has been accomplished, as the Kingdom of God plainly states.
"Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet." (1 Corinthians 15:24-25 KJV)
After the Son of God has accomplished all that The Father assigned Him to do, God is coming to earth.
"And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."
Fact Finder: Just as there are two stages of Christ's coming, there are also two stages of salvation. When does salvation happen?