How Many Comings Of Christ?

The Hebrew writer mentions the second coming of Christ in Hebrews 9:28.  “So Christ also, having been once offered to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time, apart from sin, to them that wait for him, unto salvation.”

We know that He came the first time when He was born to the virgin in Bethlehem (Matt. 2:1). But when I read the millennial books, I get confused as to the number of comings the millennialists think the Lord will make to this planet. For example, they all agree that He came the first time at His birth. But here in the rub. They have a “secret” coming of the Lord “for” His saints, and they label this the “secret rapture.” But, after the seven glorious years of the rapture, they have the Lord coming back again to stop an imaginary global war they imagine will be in progress. At that coming they imagine he will set up a “millennial kingdom.” Count them, please - I get three trips for Christ - not just two.

Now all this is no more confusing than the direction the millennialists think the Lord will be going as He comes. They think the term “come” always means from Heaven to earth. However, Daniel saw a vision one night when the “one like a son of man came to the ancient of Days” and there a kingdom of everlasting duration was given to Him (Dan. 7:13;14). But, alas, the millennialists think that He really did not get that kingdom then. They opine that he got only the privilege of coming back to earth to “secret” away believers, stop a war, and set up His kingdom on earth! You see how confusing this speculation gets?

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