Second Advent

The return of Jesus Christ to the earth as King of kings and Lord of lords. Though the phrase itself does not occur in the Bible, the teaching of Christ’s return constitutes a favorite theme of NT writers, who speak, for example, of our Lord’s appearance a “second time” ( Heb. 9:28 ). Jesus Himself promised, “I will come again” ( John 14:3 ). The most frequent NT term for the Second Advent is parousia , meaning “presence” (literally, “a being beside”), and by extension the “coming” and “arrival” that result in “presence.” The word occurs 24 times in the NT . In Philippians 2:12 Paul contrasts his presence ( parousia ) among the Philippians with his absence ( apousia ) from them ( cf. 2 Cor. 10:10 ). More frequently, however, the context requires the meaning ...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.