The return

When Jesus Returns by David Pawson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The subject of the return to earth of Jesus Christ, from heaven after two thousand years, has gained traction in church circles in recent years as the world declines – mainly among those Christians who believe what the Bible says, holding it as the revealed word of God – where many turn to verses that point to Jesus Christ’s return during testing times.

Author of When Jesus Returns (1995), David Pawson, tells us that the subject of the Second Coming of Christ has been ‘in vogue’ in Bible-believing churches since the early 1800s. There has been a return to the centrality of the return, like it was central in the early church. Numerous authors and teachers have explained and still are explaining the millennial reign of Christ, where Jesus comes back to rule.

The details of how Christ comes back are far from unanimous, though. There are several approaches depending on the author and Bible teacher which makes deciding on which way to go a matter of pick and choose for some. Pawson explains the different approaches while cautions on some of the facts and details, preferring a sensible, literal, and straight-forward approach – the plain-sense approach – to the Bible passages about Jesus’ return.

Pawson’s conclusion is in keeping with the literal interpretation of the Bible, most relevantly Revelation chapter 20. It says here that Christ comes back to rule, with the resurrected martyrs, who were killed during the apocalypse. The apocalypse is a predicted time where, to put it plainly, the world turns to custard.

With Christ as head, and the saints, those Christian believers who did not take the mark of Beast or worshipped his statue, will reign with other saints, restoring the earth to peace and prosperity for one thousand years, under Christian rule. Satan will be bound during this time after which he is thrown into the ‘lake of fire’ forever.

Then there is the final judgment by the Lord, where everyone is judged by what they did in their lives, to eternal life or torment. Pawson has always stressed that overcomers take their place in eternal life, these are those who overcome their sins and keep on putting their faith in Christ, and in how they lived their lives.

One may get bogged down with the wordier prose of When Jesus Returns, but I did not get the impression that Pawson is swamping the reader with his own point of view on the subject, but graciously says he could be wrong. Meanwhile, making a convincing case, one which is common sense. I found reading a certain chapter of the book – ‘The Millennium Muddle’ – with my Bible open to Revelation 20 a great help. A good read, stimulating thought, and encouraging for those who wish to put Christ first.

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