December 15, 1890
“Christ Will Come” Bible Echo and Signs of the Times 5, 24.
That Christ will come again is just as sure as that he once came and went away. Hear his own words: “Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” .BEST December 15, 1890, page 378.1
Now it is certain that Christ did go away. Forty days after his resurrection he talked with his disciples, and renewed to them the promise of the Holy Spirit; “and when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.” . Now listen to the words that were immediately spoken by two heavenly messengers: “And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in while apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” .BEST December 15, 1890, page 378.2
He was taken up, and a cloud received him out of sight; and he is coming in like manner. With this agree the words written by John: “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him.” .BEST December 15, 1890, page 378.3
This coming has not yet taken place. No one has seen him descending with clouds. Salvation is yet freely offered to the inhabitants of earth; but when he comes salvation will be complete. It will be utterly impossible for this coming to take place and everybody not know it, for “every eye shall see him,” when “the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise.” .BEST December 15, 1890, page 378.4