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The return, or parousia, of Christ.

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If Jesus came back, how would we know he's not an impostor? [closed]

If Jesus came back, how would we know he's not an impostor? I am sure at any point in time since the actual death of Jesus, there have been numerous people who claimed to be him but they were all ...
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What is the corruption Mormons believe will infect their church before the second coming?

Doctrine & Covenants 112:23-26 reads (emphasis mine): Verily, verily, I say unto you, darkness covereth the earth, and gross darkness the minds of the people, and all flesh has become corrupt ...
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Being flogged in the synagogues before the second coming? [closed]

Matthew 10:17 speaks thus: “Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues.” The context is Jesus’ commission to his disciples to go and proclaim ...
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Why did the early Christians think Jesus would return soon?

In multiple New Testament passages the Disciples and even Jesus appear to think He would return within one generation or so: Jesus says, 'What I say to you, I say to all: Watch, for you know not the ...
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What do JW, Evangelicals and Mormons believe about hastening the Return of Jesus? [closed]

I've found some Protestant and Catholic articles about interpreting (Peter 3:12, Revelation 22:20, Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 18:1-8) as the opportunity, for Christians, to hasten the Return of the Lord ...
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Where do the 'nine rivers meet'? [closed]

Where (Bible?) are we told where the nine rivers meet? Are the rivers actual rivers or is it a metaphor? How are the nine rivers linked to the number 13433?
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What are arguments supporting “rapture” theory? [duplicate]

By "rapture theory" I mean that coming of Christ happens in two phases with some time between "rapture" of the church and the coming itself. In an answer to my question it was mentioned that "rapture"...
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Are we in the Messianic Age? (Catholic perspective)

Asaph, living in the time of David, was one of the ten elders of Jerusalem and a prophet [1 Chronicles 15:19). He is attributed with several Psalms, including 50 and 74. He speaks of the Day of ...
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What resurrection are they talking about? Matthew 22:28

I've developed the habit of not-just-reading the Bible, but dedicated my precious moment-just-after-waking-up time to give some effort to study the Bible every morning slowly. I read the Gospel ...
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In view of Mark 9:1 why say the kingdom of God will come at Jesus' second coming?

And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.” (NIV) Jesus was in the presence of his followers ...
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Do any traditions hold that the Jews will return to Israel prior to Christ's Second Coming?

I have heard that the Second Coming of Jesus must be preceded by Jews returning to their homeland of Israel. Does such a view exist? Is it a generally shared Christian belief, or is it specific to ...
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Why are three “Comings” a problem?

I have been reading up on various eschatological views and I have noticed an argument that I have not been able to find a detail about. It seems to be a common assertion by the Catholic and Orthodox ...
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Help with Verse Identification — 'Jesus has not yet returned because…'

I have a particular verse in mind that I can't seem to remember. The gist is: 'Jesus has not yet returned for the sake of those who have yet to be added to his kingdom...' It's something along those ...
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From a Catholic viewpoint, why will there be a particular judgement and a general judgment?

If we are judged by God at the moment of death, why is Jesus, at his Second Coming going to judge the living and the dead at the Last Judgment?
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Second Coming of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday?

During the Easter Vigil, the Catholic Church will chant (sing) the traditional Easter Proclamation hymn of the Exsultet. The Exsultet expresses the Church's belief that this is the same night in ...
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According to the wider hope/inclusive framework, why does the church still exist?

In the wider hope/inclusivist theological framework, very simply put, people who have not heard the Gospel are not necessarily lost and destined for hell. Given that understanding, why does the ...
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Do any prominent theologians point to Old Testament prophecies of there being two comings of the Messiah?

Christians believe there will be a second coming of Christ. They believe he will then fulfill many prophecies of the New Testament, as well as all the Old Testament messianic prophecies he left ...
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Why do Seventh-day Adventsists believe in a great end of days conflict about the Sabbath day?

In an official statement on the Roman Catholic Church, Seventh-day Adventists claim that the Roman Catholic church will be wrapped up in a great conflict about the Sabbath day: Adventists believe, ...
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What is the biblical basis for Jesus being able to redeem the Jewish people in his second coming?

It is believed by many Jews that the Messiah will redeem them, unite them, and establish the Kingdom of God on Earth. Some Christians believe that this prophecy will be fulfilled in the second coming ...
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Which sects interpret “Day and Hour unknown” literally?

“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. Matthew 25:13 (NKJV) Is there any Christian sect which literally interprets this verse and says that ...
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How will Jesus be recognized at the time of “Second Coming”?

All major Christian denominations await the "Second Coming" or the "Return" of Jesus the Christ. How will he be recognized by Christians at that time? What are the criteria to be fulfilled? Surely, ...
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Do all Christian traditions expect a second coming of Christ?

My background is mostly in Evangelicalism and premillenialism. I am aware of other "Churches" (Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, cults, etc.) and other eschatological frameworks (amillenial, postmillenial,...
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Do people go to heaven immediately when they die? [closed]

When someone passes away, at their funeral the priest will usually say something that gives the idea that the deceased is in heaven. And a lot of people also like to give the idea that people who die ...
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Is it contrary to any Christian belief or doctrine to believe that Jesus deceives us in order to protect our souls?

Jesus ultimately cares about the judgement of our eternal soul. Is it a sin to believe in a Holy deception that the reason He made His return unknown and mysterious is to keep us in line - or away ...
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What are the signs of Jesus' return? [closed]

What are the signs of Jesus' second coming? Are there specific things to look for from the Bible, or from ancient Christianity?