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The Second Coming of Christ.

The Second Coming of Christ.

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BY WILLARD PRESTON, D,D.


" Behold he cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see him, and they
also which pierced him. And all kindreds of the earth shall wail because
of him, even so. Amen.'' — Revelation 1 : 7.
BY WILLARD PRESTON, D,D.


" Behold he cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see him, and they
also which pierced him. And all kindreds of the earth shall wail because
of him, even so. Amen.'' — Revelation 1 : 7.

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THE SECOD COMIG OF CHRIST.BY WILLARD PRESTO, D,D." Behold he cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see him, and theyalso which pierced him. And all kindreds of the earth shall wail becauseof him, even so. Amen.'' — Revelation 1 : 7.It is impossible for one not utterly incapable of serious reflection, to read, or hear these words pro-nounced, without awakening the deepest and mostawful solemnity. The truths which they disclose,and the event which they announce, are indeed of the most solemn and awful import. They are nothere presented for the first time. They pervade thewhole volume of God's word, and were often the topicsof the Saviour's discourses, and still more frequentsubjects of the Apostle's writings. With direct refe-rence to the scenes of the judgment, that great andglorious Being himself declared, almost in the verywords of the text, " Then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven. And then shall all thetribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Sonof man coming in the clouds of heaven with powerand great glory." o, these are no new truths.SERMO XX. 335either are they points of specuhitioii ; but of thedeepest practical, personal, and individual interest andmoment. For " every eye shall see him," and he willcome to fix the endless unchangeable destiny of all ourrace !The special reason why the Apostle John hererefers to the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ,and the scenes connected with that advent, appears to
 
have been, that so startling, so mysterious, and inthemselves so incredible were the revelations whichwere about to be made and he required to record, thatit was especially important to j^i^esent the great Re-vealer of them, in such majesty and glory, as not onlyto silence every doubt, but command the most solemnand universal attention and belief For the samereason that he called him " the faithful witness, thefirst begotten of the dead, the Prince of the kings of the earth ; the Alpha and Omega, the beginning andthe ending ; which is, and which was, and which is tocome, the Almighty." And as we, in like manner,find each of the Epistles to the seven Churches of Asia, contained in the next two chapters, introducedwith reference to some particular attribute or attri-butes of the same Being, in order to produce the deepestconviction of their truth and importance. It is notmy design, therefore, as it was not that of the Apostle,to describe or attempt to describe the second comingof the Son of God to judge the world. What theinspired penmen have nowhere done more than to336 SERMO XX.announce the solemn fact, it were worse than in vainfor any other hand to attempt. The attempt wouldonly impair it. Yet the text presents the subject, if not altogether under a new, yet under a peculiarlyimpressive aspect, and well calculated most solemnlyto affect every living man, and especially an immenseportion of the human race, denoted in the text, by" all kindreds of the earth," who " shall wail becauseof him."This at first view might seem to contradict otherdeclarations of the Bible; those in which the secondcoming of Christ is represented as an event of thehighest joy and exultation to the saints, to those who
 
are prepared to meet him. They are represented as" loving his appearing." It is the day of their com-plete redemption, even of their bodies from the domi-nion of the grave, and the beginning, in all its fulnessand glory, of their endless triumph and exaltation.And solemn as the account is which all must renderto Christ at his coming, yet the saints are representedas " giving up their accounts with joy, and not withgrief." It is evident, therefore, that by "all kindredsof the earth who shall wail because of him," or at hiscoming, or as our Saviour expresses it, " all the tribesof the earth shall mourn," the words, " kindreds andtribes," are not to be understood in their largest andmost comprehensive sense ; but as the word (for itis the sense in both places) is often used, both byinspired and uninspired writers, to denote a portionSERMO XX. 337only of the human race, and especially such portionsas possess a general resemblance. They are kindredas to character or condition. They are -of the sameclass, less or more numerous ; a meaning which isstill in common and familiar use. That this was thesense in which the Apostle employed the word, isclear from his particularly naming those who piercedor crucified the Saviour, as making a part of thosekindreds who shall wail at his second coming ; and of those who resemble them in character ; and also fromhis just having discriminated between the righteousand the wicked, by putting that exulting song intothe lips of the former, " Unto him that loved us, andwashed us from our sins in his own blood, and hathmade us kings and priests unto God, even the Father ;to him be glory and dominion forever and ever." Surelythese are not included in "all kindreds of the earth,"who " shall wail at the coming of Christ to jndge theworld."

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