Lewis Sperry Chafer highlights the doctrinal importance of the Return of Christ by writing,
- The general theme concerning the return of Christ has the unique distinction of being the first prophecy uttered by man (Jude 1:14, 15) and the last message from the ascended Christ as well as being the last word of the Bible (Rev. 22:20, 21).
- Likewise, the theme of the Second Coming of Christ is unique because of the fact that it occupies a larger part of the text of the Scriptures than any other doctrine, and it is the outstanding theme of prophecy in both the Old and the New Testaments. In fact all other prophecy largely contributes to the one great end of the complete setting forth of this crowning event—the Second Coming of Christ (Major Bible Themes, 62-63).
In view of these facts, it seems plain that we will not evangelize or disciple people properly apart from a Spirit-filled focus on the Return of Christ.
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