Jesus Christ will return visibly and in glory at the end of history to raise the dead, judge the world, destroy all evil and opposition to God and consummate his kingdom. Believers are encouraged to be prepared for his return, waiting with eagerness and joy.
“Apocalypsis”Meaning literally “unveiling”, “apocalypsis” suggests that the second coming will make visible that which is already true of Jesus Christ but presently hidden from human sight:Lk 17:30; 1Co 1:7; 2Th 1:7; 1Pe 1:7; 1Pe 4:13
“Epiphaneia”Meaning literally “appearing” or “manifestation”, the term suggests coming out into view from a hidden background:2Th 2:8; 1Ti 6:14; 2Ti 4:1; Tit 2:13
The revelation of the antichrist1Jn 2:18The antichrist is a name given to the one who will lead opposition to God’s kingdom. It appears to refer to an individual but may denote a corporate movement. See alsoDa 7:20-22; 2Th 2:3-4; 1Jn 4:3; Rev 13:1-10
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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