Coming Again


Were the early Christians looking for two separate comings of Christ?

Christ said this judgment was coming on their generation and that HE would be coming and doing it.

Mt 24: 29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
34  Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Christ was coming again to that generation. He was going to gather His elect from the four winds. The stars would fall. The moon wouldn't give light, etc. So this is a judgment and a gathering of the people WHEN CHRIST CAME IN THE CLOUDS with power and great glory. This would obviously be something imminent and something they were waiting for--the second coming of Christ.

Then Paul said, in I Cor. 15:

23  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.

Paul is saying that the resurrection would be at Christ's coming. So, wouldn't these people have assumed that this was talking about the same coming that Jesus had said was happening in their generation?

Or was there ANOTHER coming of Christ that they were looking for in the distant future (although Paul said they wouldn't all sleep)? Did they see a coming of Christ in the clouds to THEM and then a coming of Christ in the clouds later on? If so, did Paul make that clear to them--that it wouldn't be the coming in the clouds that Jesus told them about but ANOTHER coming in the clouds thousands of years later?

And would Paul really pass over the IMMINENT coming of Christ to talk about one not coming to them? That’s seems odd.

Tina Rae Dozier

2009