Are There Two Second Advents?
The New Testament is clear the Christ will come back in the clouds (and visible to all people around Jerusalem) not long after the Great Tribulation period (Matthew 24:29,30). This is also the time of the first resurrection (Revelation 20:1-5). The wicked, however, will not be resurrected until after the 1000 years called the Millennium have passed (Revelation 20:6-15). Yet we are told in a clear prophecy that when Christ appears "He comes with clouds; every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him" (Revelation 1:7), This must be a later coming because only the righteous saints will be resurrected to see him coming in clouds at his second advent (I Corinthians 15:23; Revelation 20:5,6). There is a statement of witnessing Christís coming in the clouds that Christ made to the High Priest who helped condemn him: "Hereafter shall you see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven" (Matthew 26:64).
Are we to assume that "those who pierced him: and the High Priest who condemned him were all converted to Christ before their deaths in order to witness his second advent by being resurrected from the dead at that special time? This to me appears unlikely because there is not a hint of such conversions in the New Testament. But to satisfy the fact that these people will indeed witness him coming in the clouds, it appears that Christ will manifest himself in the clouds (in a visible glory) on two different occasions separated by many centuries.
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