General  Introduction

‘Would you be what you are now if you had never heard the doctrine of Christ’s soon coming? What hope has it inspired in your heart; what peace, joy, and love has it given you?’ Christian Experience and Teachings, page 37.

The coming of Christ is nearer than when we first believed. The great controversy is nearing its end. The judgements of God are in the land. They speak in solemn warning, saying: “Be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” Matthew 24:44. But there are many many in our churches who know little of the real meaning of the truth for this time. I appeal to them not to disregard the fulfilling of the signs of the times, which says so plainly that the end is near. Oh, how many who have not sought their souls’ salvation will soon make the bitter lamentation: “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved”!  We are living in the closing scenes of this earth’s history. Prophecy is fast fulfilling. The hours of probation are fast passing. We have no time, not a moment, to lose. Let us not be found sleeping on guard. Let no one say in his heart or by his works: “My Lord delayeth His coming.”’  Counsels for the Church, page 356.

‘Looking down through the ages to the close of time, Peter was inspired to outline conditions that would exist in the world just prior to the second coming of Christ. “There shall come in the last days scoffers,” he wrote, “walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” But “when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them.” 1 Thessalonians 5:3. Not all, however, would be ensnared by the enemy’s devices. As the end of all things earthly should approach, there would be faithful ones able to discern the signs of the times. While a large number of professing believers would deny their faith by their works, there would be a remnant who would endure to the end.’ Acts of the Apostles, page 535.

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.’  Titus 2:13.

For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.  For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry.’ Hebrews 10:36-37.


Compiler’s Note: 

The second coming of Jesus encompasses  all the major  Gospel teachings of the Scriptures.  It provides a spiritual focus in life; reveals the final  redemption  of His purchased possession;  admonishes us to be ready, by perfection of character and purification of life;  confirms the certainty of prophecy;  offers hope and light in a dark world;  gives a purpose in life to work to save others, to finish the gospel work and to hasten His coming;  provides an understanding of world events and human tragedy and sadness; points to the judgement of all and the close of human probation;  enlightens our understanding of death;  points to the end of all evil; shows us the faithfulness of His promises; reveals the Christian’s coronation day; Opens to view full church unity of heaven and earth; enriches our experience of the Lord’s Supper—Till He come! To remove or corrupt the teaching of the Second Advent is to cut the nerves of life from the Gospel.  The whole Bible would collapse.