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The Second Coming: Signs of Christ's Return and the End of the Age [Paperback]

By John MacArthur (Author) & Arthur W. Pink (Contribution by)
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Now newly redesigned, this book focuses on the truths of Scripture and ignores current sensationalism to explore the signs of Christ's Second Coming as outlined in Jesus' Olivet Discourse. (Biblical Studies)

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"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also."
John 14:3 ESV

Jesus Christ was very clear: One day He will return-and none of us knows when. Vocal fanatics claim to know the details of the Second Coming, causing many Christians to all but ignore the good news that Jesus is coming again. Yet God's own Word commands us to know the signs of the times, to remain watchful, and to be ready-whenever Christ comes.

This book is a straightforward, in-depth exploration of the key biblical texts regarding the Second Coming; most notably, Christ's longest and most important eschatological message, the Olivet Discourse. As you study what the Word of God says about these matters, it will stir in your heart an earnest longing for Christ's return-as well as a certainty about how to live expectantly until He comes again.

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Studio: Crossway Books
Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.18" Width: 5.91" Height: 0.62"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 9, 2006
ISBN  158134757X  
ISBN13  9781581347579  

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More About John MacArthur & Arthur W. Pink

John MacArthur John MacArthur is pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as author, conference speaker, president of The Master's College and featured teacher with Grace to You, an international radio broadcast. His more than six dozen books have sold millions of copies worldwide and include more than two dozen volumes of The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series.

The son of Jack MacArthur and fifth cousin of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur,[8] John MacArthur attended Bob Jones University before transferring to Los Angeles Pacific College (now Azusa Pacific University). He later obtained his Masters of Divinity from Biola University's Talbot Theological Seminary, in La Mirada, California. He graduated with honors. From 1964 to 1966, he served as an associate pastor at Calvary Bible Church, in Burbank, California and, from 1966 to 1969, as a faculty representative for Talbot Theological Seminary. Then, in 1969, he became the third pastor in the then-short history of the nondenominational Grace Community Church of Sun Valley, California.

His daily radio program, Grace to You, which is now broadcast throughout much of the world, began as an audio recording ministry to provide cassettes of his sermons to listeners. They were first broadcast in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1977.

In 1985, MacArthur became the president of The Master's College (formerly Los Angeles Baptist College), an accredited, four-year, liberal arts Christian college; and, in 1986, he founded The Master's Seminary. MacArthur also received an honorary doctorate from Talbot Theological Seminary[ and an honorary doctorate from Grace Graduate School.

Nearly 43 years after beginning in the pulpit of Grace Community, MacArthur completed one his own life goals of preaching through the entire New Testament on June 5, 2011, at the end of his projected target window, stated the previous January, to finish "some time in the summer."[1] During the same interview, MacArthur projected he would complete his commentary series within another five years, some 35 years after beginning.

MacArthur is married to Patricia and they have four children and fifteen grandchildren. Spanish Bio: John MacArthur, es el pastor-maestro de la Grace Community Church en Sun Valley, California. Ademas, es presidente de The Master's College and Seminary. Es un prolifico autor con muchos exitos de ventas. Su estilo popular de exposicion y ensenanza de la Biblia puede escucharse a diario en su programa radial de difusion internacional "Gracia a vosotros."

John MacArthur has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Christian Large Print Originals
  2. Christian Softcover Originals
  3. Comentario MacArthur del N.T.
  4. Comentario MacArthur del Nuevo Testamento
  5. Grace for Today
  6. MacArthur Bible Studies
  7. MacArthur Bible Study Guides
  8. MacArthur New Testament Commentary
  9. Preaching With...
  10. Proclaiming the Gospel

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rapture truth revealed  Mar 21, 2008
It is sad indeed when educated scholars preach of a pre trib rapture that was invented by the Catholic church (look it up) when the truth is that yes Christ is returning for a second time..."in that day" every eye will see Him, with a large trumpet blast the very last day, not a second sooner...there will not be a third coming....I'm disappointed to say the least.
Ethical yet Faithful Eschatology...very helpful!  Oct 2, 2007
There is scarcely a more passionately debated topic within Christianity than Eschatology (the study of future events). John MacArthur admits this in his book The Second Coming: Signs of Christ's Return and the End of the Age. MacArthur comes across as one who is convinced of the value of what he has to say but is nonetheless irritated by the persistent irrelevant chatter that too often surrounds the topic. As a result he does expose the folly of the half-baked future snoopers who are consumed with making the UN the one world religion as they sit in their lawn chairs waiting for the rapture.

In addition, MacArthur takes aim at preterism, the view that the prophecies of Matthew 24 were all fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. He also distinguishes between partial preterism and hyper preterism. The main difference between the two here is the denial of a bodily future return of Christ and a literal bodily resurrection of the dead (this is denied by hyper preterists not partial preterists).

The book is not an active assault on preterism (of any form) however, it is a passive engagement of these systems through a promotion of a literal premillennial return of Jesus Christ.

The book is in large part an expositional teaching through Matthew 24-25, also referred to as the Olivet Discourse. Along the way MacArthur maintains three helpful features that make this book a helpful and worthwhile read:

-1- Clear: MacArthur has come to be known as the guy who can take a complex passage or concept and easily explain it. You cannot help but understand the Second Coming better after reading this book.

-2- Consistent Hermeneutic: the book is also a study in hermeneutics. The author regularly pulls you aside to confirm why he concludes what he concludes. Over and over again he says things like, "if the simple sense makes the most sense seek no other sense." For example in discussing the oft debated passage of Matthew 24.34 referring to "this generation" MacArthur interacts with the Preterist view that this generation was those whom Jesus was speaking to:

"But if verse 34 is to be understood with such wooden literalness, the rest of the Olivet Discourse must be spiritualized to otherwise interpreted figuratively in order to explain how Christ's prophecies could all have been fulfilled by A.D. 70 without His returning bodily to earth" (p.80).

-3- Ethical Eschatology: Too often people (particularly futurists) get so caught up in charts and graphs that the real issue gets lost. The reality of the Second Coming is that it should radically change the way we live now. The author regularly revisits this need. In good homiletical fashion MacArthur finds regular application necessary in this book. The final chapter is even a concise call to be ready, How to Prepare for Christ's Return.

As is the case with MacArthur's preaching this book is an edifying tool. The reading level is not difficult even considering the subject. I would recommend it both to folks who want to get there feet wet studying eschatology as well as a tool for those who are seeking answers to intermediate level questions. To this end the glossary at the end most certainly will prove helpful.
Fascinating and wonderfully informative  Mar 2, 2007
This is another great work of expository teaching by Dr. John MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church and the president of Grace to You radio ministry. In this book, Dr. MacArthur examines the Olivet Discourse (in particular, Matthew 24), which focuses in on the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, the Tribulation, and the coming of the Son of Man. Using the other passages of the Bible to explain and elucidate the Matthew passage.

Overall, I found this to be a fascinating and wonderfully informative read. Dr. MacArthur eschews the all too often taken path of trying to suggest that the events are right around the corner, and instead explains why it is important that Christ returns and how to view the imminence of the return. Now, as you would expect with Dr. MacArthur, he does take an unapologetic premillenial, pretribulation, dispensational view of the text - but, he does examine the preterist view of 24:32-35, and shows how it is out of step with their view of the rest of the passage.

Yes, I must say I really enjoyed this non-sensation, highly informative look at the Olivet Discourse. If you want to read a truly mind-expanding view of that passage, then I would highly recommend that you get this book. I give it my highest recommendations!
Pretty Decent, not Technical, Good Intro for Premill/Pretrib  Apr 15, 2004
If you've ever wondered about eschatology, MacArthur's got a very simple book here. Written on the level of those who've never dealt with anything dealing with the end times, he gives a very sobering and balanced view (representing the premillennial, pretribulational rapture). He decries 'newspaper theology' and goes to great lengths to steer believers away from the kooks and loonies like Jack Van Impe, the Lalondes, Hal Lindsey, John Hagee and others. He encourages believers to work as though Christ could appear at any moment to take them away, yet at the same time work as if He is afar off, redeeming our time while here on earth.

The book also serves as MacArthur's volley on full preterism (a heretical view which teaches that ALL prophecy has been fulfiled, including the second coming of Christ), with a few smacks and jabs at partial preterism (which teaches that MOST prophecy was fulfilled at 70 A.D. and we still await the second coming of Christ), since both use the same hermeneutical system.

Alright Book  Aug 3, 2003
Good book for a christian just wanting to know the general details on Christ's 2nd Coming. Doesn't get into an in depth study. Good for a new christian.

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