Comings of the Lord Among the Nations

by Robert Brow
Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 1998 

This book is being posted chapter by chapter. The author welcomes suggestions and corrections as the work proceeds. On completion it will be placed with ten other books by Robert Brow in the National Library of Canada - Electronic Collection. It can be accessed, downloaded, and copied freely and without permission for use anywhere in the world.


  1. Day of the Lord:  Prophetic Language
  2. Coming:  The Son Of God Intervenes
  3. Judge:  Interventions To Correct Wrongs
  4. Wrath:  As Bad Consequences In This World
  5. King:   The Lord's Reign and Royal Priesthood
  6. History:  Looking for His Advent
  7. Trinity:  Three Persons Working for Us


Our concern is to discover what the New Testament writers had in mind when they spoke of the last days and the coming of the Lord. This is important because many preachers tell us we are in those last days. They keep pointing to the signs of the times, and guessing who the antichrist might be. Some warn us that the true believers will be raptured at any time. There are bumper stickers that say "When the Lord comes this car will be driverless." And unbelievers will be left behind to go through the remainder of the great tribulation.

Such announcements will become more strident in the year 2,000 and probably till the year 2,030 (the anniversary of Jesus' crucifixion), and on to AD 2,070 (two millennia since the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70). How do we evaluate these predictions of an imminent second coming? This book will offer another model to understand what the Bible actually says. It will show how the eternal Son of God made many interventions or comings in the Old Testament period and how the prophets described these interventions as "days of the Lord."

The coming that the New Testament writers referred to occurred in AD 70 when the temple was destroyed, Jerusalem was devastated, and the religious establishment of the city was decimated. The signs of that day of the Lord, and the metaphorical portents Jesus used to describe it, all happened in that generation exactly as Jesus had prophesied.

Jesus himself spoke of birth-pangs before the destruction of the temple and fall of Jerusalem in AD 70 (Mark 13:8; Matthew 24:8). And he said that the events of "those days" would occur in the generation of his hearers (Mark 13:17, 19, 20, 24, 30; Matthew 23:36; 24:34; Luke 21:32).

Preachers who announce the imminent second coming of the Lord assume that we are still in the generation spoken of by Jesus. They also tend to say that the Son of God will not begin his reign until he returns. And it is from signs of what they see happening in our world that they deduce the return of the Lord is near.

Evidently we have two very different models of what we should expect by the year 2,000 and the world events of our generation. Which model we adopt will make a huge difference to the way we live our lives as servants of the King of kings and Lord of lords.

In the final chapter we look at some of the catastrophic events in world history which the Old Testament prophets would have called days of the Lord. There will be a final coming to terminate our space-time world, but only when the Son of God has "put all enemies under his feet." And Paul adds that "the last enemy to be destroyed is death" (1 Cor. 15:25-26). That does not seem to be imminent in the year 2,000.

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