I am sharing with my visitors a review of my recent written debate with Olan Hicks. That written debate can be found on this website. Hopkins offers some very good insights into the debate, and I am happy to share his comments.
In the previous article, Hopkins took note of Matthew 16:27-28. He continues now with an examination of some of Hick’s comments.
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It must be apparent the Jesus had already taught his disciples about his second coming in order for them to ask concerning his coming (Gr: presence) and the end of the age. To ask concerning his Presence is for me, a statement about his personal presence. When the Lord is present is he not there “in person?” I don’t know how you could avoid such a conclusion.
For them to ask concerning the “end of the age,” must also be apparent from Mt 13. But Jesus has never spoken to his disciples about the end of the world or the end of time. I am aware that some of our translations use these terms, but I hope you will take the time to see for yourselves that these ideas were not part of Jesus’ teaching. How is it then that the Second Coming of Jesus is connected to the end of the world when it is all about the presence of Christ in destruction of the temple and the end of the age?
Mat 24:30 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.
Mat 24:31 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.
It don’t get much more personal that this. A sign appears of the Son of Man in heaven. All the tribes of the earth (Israel) mourn. They (Israel) shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. How does the Son of Man come? It is in the clouds of heaven. It should come as no surprise when we are told in Acts 1:9, “while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.” And then in verse 11, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”
What was the manner in which he went into heaven? “He was taken up and a cloud received him out of their sight.” And what were they told? “This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” How did they see him go? In a cloud. How will he come again? In a cloud. How does Jesus say he will come when he comes to destroy the temple? In the clouds of heaven.
Now, brother Hicks stated, “The angels said to them, “He shall come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” This did not occur in the AD70 event.” Does the fact that he says so, make it so? Does he really give you any scriptural proof?
It is my hope that from the review that I have given of the scriptures that you can see that what was told the apostles by the angels was not said in a vacuum, but comes from the teaching of our Lord. Christ Jesus our Lord came the Second Time in 70 AD in person.
Yours in Him,