The following articles are related to the topic of JUDGMENT DAY

Are There “Signs” of the Second Coming of Christ?

Church history is replete with examples of sensational "prophets" who have attracted public attention with the claim of knowing the time of the Lord's return. William Miller, founder of the Adventist movement, announced that Christ would come in 1843; when that prediction failed, a revision was made and 1844 was set. That "prophecy" also has proved to be somewhat short ... read more »

Facts About the Second Coming of Christ

The second coming of Christ (cf. Heb. 9:27) is a prevailing theme of the New Testament. It is referenced eight times more often than the Lord's initial coming (Pardington, 354). It is alluded to more than 300 times in the New Testament (Thiessen, 442). Because there is considerable error associated with the Lord's return, we must examine this theme-not only ... read more »

Was Christ Mistaken About His Second Coming?

The late Bertrand Russell of Great Britain was a confessed atheist and a bitter opponent of Christianity. He once wrote an essay entitled, Why I Am Not A Christian. A brief portion of that infamous literary (?) production was a blasphemous section subtitled, "Defects in Christ's Teaching." Though Russell actually believed that it was "quite doubtful whether Christ ever existed ... read more »

Was the Lord’s “Second Coming” in A.D. 70?

The theory of "realized eschatology," better known as the A.D. 70 doctrine, alleges that all Bible prophecy, including the "Second Coming" of Christ, was fulfilled with the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in A.D. 70. A major problem with this idea is in explaining clear Bible passages which depict the Lord's return in a visible manner, which did not ... read more »

2 Peter 2:9 – Punishment Before Judgment

Anyone who respects the authoritative instruction of the Bible acknowledges the fact that the wicked will be cast into hell (Gehenna) following the Day of Judgment (see Matthew 25:46). Some, however, labor under the erroneous impression that between the time of death and the judgment, the wicked will "sleep" in a state of complete unconsciousness. The doctrine is called "soul-sleeping." ... read more »

Amos 1:1-2:3 — Judgment upon the Nations

Amos was principally a prophet to the nation of Israel during the administrations of Jeroboam II and Joash, rulers of the northern kingdom (1:1). Before addressing Israel, however, he turned his attention to other transgressors nearby. Mark each of these names and note the besetting sin. Damascus (in Syria) had been cruel to Gilead (vv. 3-5), Gaza (in Philistia) had ... read more »

Zephaniah 1:7 – The Day of Jehovah Is Near

Zephaniah was God's prophet in the days of the reforming king, Josiah of Judah - 640-609 B.C. (Zephaniah 1:1). The main emphasis of Zephaniah's message was the coming "day of Jehovah," which can be none other than the final judgment day heralded by the second coming of Christ. The prophet begins with the general proposition that the entire earthly creation ... read more »

What Are the New Heavens and New Earth?

"What does the phrase 'new heavens and new earth' (2 Pet. 3:13) mean?" There are two views concerning the meaning of the phrase, "new heavens and new earth." Since they represent opposing viewpoints, one of them obviously is false. The phrase means either a "renewed earth," or it is a figurative expression for "heaven" itself. The Premillennial View Many religious ... read more »

The Menace of Radical Preterism

The word "eschatology" derives from the Greek word, eschatos, meaning "last." It has to do with the biblical doctrine of "last" or "end-of-time" things. The term embraces such matters as the return of Christ, the end of the world, the day of judgment, and the resurrection of the dead. One philosophy of eschatology is known as "preterism." The term "preter" ... read more »

A Study of Matthew 24

In this era of change, from one millennium to another, there may be no context that has become the focus of more controversy than the twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew's Gospel record. This marvelous depository of prophetic literature has been victimized by considerable theological speculation. Several theories, spawned by a misunderstanding of this chapter, have generated confusion in the religious community. ... read more »