Question #11:  What is the Bible say on the Return of Jesus Christ?


The Return of Jesus Christ beyond His first coming approximately 1 A.D. is
generally called in commentaries “The Second Coming of Christ”  Of course,
Jesus of Nazareth was His earthly name; Christ is Greek translated into English
for the Hebrew Messiah {meaning literally “The Promised One”, most generally
called in the Prophets “the son of man”, which summarizes the many ways Jesus
fulfilled all the OT scriptures on the Messiah and therefore is Christ {recall that
John writes the Gospel of John to present signs-miracles, teachings, and
historical life of Jesus--that Jesus is the Christ, something very essential for
salvation, because as also the Christ He is the Son of God; and Lord {thus the
complete name of the Lord Jesus Christ and that is Who is being discussed as
far as His Second Coming.}.  You can read more on the Signs of John from the
Gospel of John in the LEARN CHRIST commentary on the 5 books of John,
“Christ for Individuals”--because Christ is more interested in people than church
buildings, organizations, and denominations, so see www.biblecombibleman.
com/product_LCCv2/ For where the Second Coming fits into the totality of “Last
Things”, generally called eschatology, you will want to read the book of Revelation
section of  volume 2.
For Bible research on the subject using a concordance like Young’s or Strong’s
ANALYTICAL CONCORDANCE, the key Bible words would be “day of the Lord
Jesus Christ” or “coming”.  If you desire to get the continuity of OT and NT
teachings on the Second Coming, you are advised to check all the Bible
references in the OT to “day of the LORD” and in the NT of “day of the LORD and
Lord”, which is the same day, called of the LORD in the OT for Jehovah God {see
how it is all capitals} and day of the Lord Jesus Christ in the NT.  It will not take you
long to see how it is the same day {perhaps more a period of time than one 24
hour day in keeping with the Hebrew word for “yom” which is also a period of time,
but it could be either a single day or a period of day.}  Certainly much does
happen during that day {and “that day” is another key phrase with which to
research the Second Coming of Christ}, of course dominated by the Second
Coming of Christ; but which also includes the gathering of tares and wheat from all
corners of the world, of the dead and living, which is done by the angels under the
pre-planned instructions of God; the judgment, or separation of the tares and
wheat; the consignment of the eternal fate of believers and non-believers based
on either their works in the case of the tares or on the basis of the book of life in
heaven in the case of wheat, the first to hell with Satan and his angels and the
second to heaven; and oh yes, also in that one “great and notable day of the Lord”
(see Acts 2:20 and context, a quote from Joel 2:28-32 and Peter’s first great
sermon}, the returned Christ will lead His legions of angels in battle against the
great army that Satan and the man of sin have amassed as they have come to
destroy the city of Jerusalem and the camp of the saints.

12.        What does the Bible teach on “slave of Christ”, especially as referenced
to the Greek.

It is good to make some reference to the Greek language since the NT books
were originally written in the Greek language, and of course the Hebrew OT books
were translated into Greek in the Septuagint.  However, the folly of counting too
heavily on Greek is shown by the large number of PhD’s and ThD’s with an
abundance of Greek and other languages who have gone astray from a
conservative interpretation of the Bible as witnessed by the list at the back of the
book of supporters at large universities and Bible schools of the Jesus Seminary.  
Believe me today, you can not get any more liberal than to question that Jesus is
the Son of God, and to question the validity of the Gospel of John as part of the NT
Canon.  Where the problem is that when the Greek of the market place was used
in the Bible, it has to take on additional meaning from what the average person in
the market place understood or as far as that goes the understanding of the
average Greek scholar today.  {If there was that much merit to a knowledge of
Greek, then every Greek in Greece and elsewhere would be a conservative
Christian, and this is simply to point out extremes at both end of the spectrum.}
For example, words like atonement, justification, redemption, and etc. had to have
meaning never thought of by a Greek, or by many of the scholars.

Having said all that it is good get word insight from say Vincent Word Studies or
even a good analytical concordance of the Bible; however the best insight will
come from the applications of good Bible hermeneutics such as:  (1) reading
carefully the context in English and in many versions and translations for the
insight of the total context on the usage of a certain word; and (2) comparing
scripture with scripture, in other words comparing all books of the Bible and
chapters and verses where the word is used.  Also it is good to pick out and
utilized good conservative commentaries where these dedicated men of God
interpret the word or words in the context of the chapter and verse that you are
interested in such as Carroll's "An Interpretation of the English Bible" and the
volumes of the "New International Commentaries", especially those of F. F.
Bruce.  {And you know while many would remind you of the dangers of
commentaries to come out after "historical criticism" and in sympathy with
historical criticism--by the way the conservative New Internationals overcame this--
it is even move fearful to get the more recent commentaries from fundamentalists
and liberals influenced by the Falling Away.}

For example this Greek word “doulos”, translated literally from the Greek as
“servant” or “slave”, most generally the KJV and the NKJV translated doulos as
“servant” is found approximately 113 times in the New Testament and those are
distributed widely throughout the NT in 22 out of the 27 books of the NT.  Yep,
servant as a solid biblical word to describe a proper relationship to Christ as Lord
and Master is here to stay; but in the nature of “Friends of Christ”  (see www.
biblecombibleman.com/
Friends_of_Jesus/ ) and efforts to overcome, not only the
challenge of the present Falling Away, but also a certain sentimentality and
superficiality among so many calling themselves Christians, born again, or
believers, it would do well to reiterate the challenge presented by Jesus in John
13-17 where He challenged disciples to go beyond “master” and “slave” to
Friends.

At the same time, it is recognized that it will take heaven for us to know if Jesus
has become willing to call us Friend, and that many Christians will not make it due
to the difficult of the new commandment of John 13-17, the unselfish humble
service, and many other requirements of John 13-17 such as “fruit that remains”;
and therefore many of us will have to be satisfied with the master and slave
concept of the Bible, and even more will have to be satisfied to hear Jesus say,
“You call me Lord, Lord, and I never knew you.”

13.        Do You Have a Free Download of an Analytical Concordance?

Let me say up front that for an ad to Bible study, you can not beat a good
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ANALYTICAL CONCORDANCE.  They list every possible word in the Bible for
that particular version, so that if you can simply remember one word of a verse you
heard or read you can find the book, chapter, and verse in the Bible.  Also if you
want to see how important certain words are in the Bible as for example the
subject words of major doctrines of the Bible, then you will find them all listed.  
Another twist on a concordance, and by the way many good study Bibles like the
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version THE COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS OF THE BIBLE put out for college
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