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coming of Christ

  1. with reference to his first advent “in the fulness of the time” (1 John 5:20; 2 John 1:7)

  2. with reference to his coming again the second time at the last day (Acts 1:11; 3:20-21; 1 Thess. 4:15; 2 Tim. 4:1; Hebrews 9:28).

The expression is used metaphorically of the introduction of the gospel into any place (John 15:22; Eph. 2:17), the visible establishment of his kingdom in the world (Matt. 16:28), the conferring on his people of the peculiar tokens of his love (John 14:18, 23, 28), and his executing judgment on the wicked (2 Thess. 2:8).

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