Our guest author this week is Dr. Ron Rhodes, the founder and president of a ministry called Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries. Dr. Rhodes has been Lamb & Lion Ministries’ most frequent conference speaker over the years, and we have always been blessed by his spiritual and scriptural insights as a guest on our television program, Christ in Prophecy. Dr. Rhodes joins us to answer the question, “Why is Jesus Christ’s promise to return under attack today?”
False Christs and Failed Second Comings
Dr. Rhodes: Did you know that the doctrine of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is under attack today? It really is! It’s created so much confusion concerning biblical prophecy.
The Jesus Seminar, for example, was made up of 200 liberal scholars who tried to determine which of the sayings of Christ were real and authentic. They ended up rejecting more than 80% of what the New Testament claims that Jesus said. They rejected virtually all of Christ’s words about His Second Coming. How amazing to think that everything about the Second Coming was tossed out!
There was a survey taken of Protestant pastors, and that survey found that 90% of them had no expectation that Christ will ever return again. Now, what does that mean? That means that 90% of them don’t believe the Bible.
New Agers certainly share their view. New Ager Benjamin Crème identified Christ as Maitreya. By the way, I debated Benjamin Crème on live radio on Southern California’s KBRT radio. It can be best described as a “controlled brawl.” But anyway, this Maitreya character is supposed to take leadership in the New Age, and there is a day of declaration coming in which he is going to manifest himself to humanity, and then the New Age is really going to be “exciting.”
David Spangler is another New Ager who claims that just as the cosmic Christ came upon a human Jesus, so today the cosmic Christ is coming upon all of humanity. And so, the Word is being made all flesh. That’s the Second Coming according to David Spangler.
I’m sure you’ve encountered Jehovah’s Witnesses, right? You’ve likely encountered them on the weekends. They teach that Jesus spiritually resurrected from the dead. They teach that the Second Coming was spiritual as well and, by the way, it happened back in 1914. Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that the Bible says that every eye will see Him, right? So, how come we didn’t see Jesus return back in 1914? They say that the reason why nobody else saw Him return is that only those who have “eyes of understanding” could see Him. Now, who has eyes of understanding? It is the Watchtower Society, the organization that leads the Jehovah’s Witnesses. That’s why it’s nobody but them who saw Christ return spiritually. You just don’t have eyes of understanding, you see.
This one is really wild. The Aetherius Society is a UFO cult that teaches that Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, and other religious world leaders are extraterrestrials traveling aboard UFOs. They are here to help us enter into the New Age. Their leader is George King. They teach that, in fact, all of the references to the Second Coming are references to George King.
Then there’s Baha’u’llah, the leader of the Baha’i faith, which is an offshoot of the Islamic faith. This particular cult teaches that a new prophet comes every so often, and then he teaches humankind what they need to know. The greatest prophet of all they believe is Baha’u’llah, and he fulfills all of the prophecies of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Then there is Reverend Moon, the Lord of the Second Advent. According to Moon, Jesus failed in His mission, but Moon came to the rescue and fixed what Jesus got wrong. Now, of course, I suspect he’s had a little bit of a change of heart since he died and passed on to judgment.
In the second segment of Dr. Rhodes’ defense of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, he will address the doctrinal errors of the Preterists.
Ron Rhodes’ entire presentation, along with the other powerful ones made by Kelly Shackelford, Mike Gendron, Eric Barger, Mike Riddle and David Reagan, are included in the Contending for the Faith 2019 Bible Conference video album. Get your copy today!