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The Coming of the Lord.
#1. The O.T. foundation.
The prophecy of Enoch.
pp. 33 - 40
The reader may remember that in a previous number we touched upon the reason why
the testimony of the second coming of the Lord does not figure in our pages so
prominently as some may have been led to expect. We trust that what we then said will
have allayed any suspicion of unfaithfulness. We do not wish, however, to let such a
subject remain in a negative position, but would rather take our stand upon positive truth;
therefore we ask the reader to come with us to the Word to search and see what has been
written for our learning upon this important subject.
The O.T. basis.
To commence our study with the testimony of the Gospel according to Matthew is to
attempt to build without a foundation. The teaching of Matthew and the bulk of the New
Testament rests upon the teaching of the Old Testament, not only for the fulfillment of
prophecy in the coming of the Lord as redeemer, but also for His coming again as the
hope of His people.
It would not be difficult to prove that the very terms of Adam's creation look forward
to the second coming of the Lord. For example, the reference to the dominion given to
man, in Psa. 8:, Psa. 72:, Dan. 2: & 7:, and Heb. 2:, &100:, seems to look forward
to the coming reign of Christ. The description of the garden of Eden looks forward to
Rev. 22:, and the promise that the Seed of the woman should bruise the serpent's head
awaits the second coming of the Lord for its fulfillment.
These passages, however, are too indirect for our present purpose, so the first point to
which we call attention is
The prophecy of Enoch.
The words that constitute Enoch's prophecy are not recorded in Gen. 5:, but it
matters not who it is that has preserved his utterance so long as it is found within the
pages of Scripture. We are indebted to Jude for the record. He writes:--
"And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the
Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to
convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have
ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken
against Him" (Jude 14, 15).