Some Glad Morning
by Derek Lindley
Let me take you down memory lane when we used to have hymn books in the back of which were sections such as, “The Second Coming of Christ” and “The Future Life.” Perhaps it’s decades ago since you last sang “Over there, over there, oh think of the home over there”, “In the sweet by and by, we shall meet on that beautiful shore”, “He the pearly gates will open so that I may enter in” or “Face to face shall I behold Him, far beyond the starry sky.” Why were hymn writers of previous centuries often aware of Christ’s return and impacted so forcibly by the 404 verses of the ‘Revelation of Jesus Christ’ given to John on Patmos Island? Are we selling our fellowships short by curtailing teaching on the second coming and dodging the detailed exposition of prophecy because it requires too much study? A young lady said to me recently, regarding the Second Advent, “It fascinates me to an extent, but it also frightens me.”
It is essential that Christians should know what the Bible says about the Second Coming of Christ.
Teaching on the Second Coming seems like a wave of the sea. It gains prominence and rises and crashes on the shore. Then it seems to fall away and people say, “I can’t remember when I last heard a message on the Second Coming.” It’s surely time another wave rolled in as we are obviously nearer now than we have ever been.