Must We Believe In A Literal 2nd Coming?

Q. Re: 2 John 1:7. It is apparent if you read this literally it means any one who denies either the incarnation or the literal bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is a deceiver who has the spirit of the antichrist instead of the Holy Spirit. No confusion on that. My question is where does this leave those who deny a literal physical second coming.

A. Here’s 2 John 1:7.

I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.”

By most accounts, there are more prophecies relating to the Lord’s second coming than to His first. However, there is nothing in the Bible that requires a person to believe in a literal physical 2nd coming as a condition for salvation such as there is in regard to his 1st coming (1 Cor. 15:1-4).

Personally, I don’t see why a born again believer would deny a literal second coming because that’s when the fulfillment of all the Lord’s promises to us will take place (John 14:2-3). If a person claims to be a believer but is not born again, his or her destiny will be the same as a non-believer’s because without being born again no one can enter the Kingdom of God (John 3:3).

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