Do not be confused! (Visit the prophecy section of the site)
One of the major things that became clear as I studied prophecy was the over-emphasis on “the second coming”. It became very clear that prophecy was talking about three comings at least.
What people couldn’t seem to understand was that the prophets wrote what they were given without understanding how everything fit together. Isaiah, for example, clearly did not understand that the phrases that we now call Isaiah 61:2 cover two of the comings.
Look at verses 1 & 2: The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God…
Jesus fulfilled all of this, except the last line. He left that for the coming of the King (or the end & judgement). The question remains if the day of vengeance comes before or after the Millennium.
The prophets couldn’t sort it out
One of the things about prophecy (speaking as a man who has been used often in that gift) is that the prophet often needs an interpreter to understand the message that the Lord has spoken (or written) through him or her.
The Psalms (as you see below) are confused by the fact that several different people wrote Psalms. For a prophet with complexly mixed messages, we need to look at Isaiah. We’ve already looked at 61:2 but there are countless others.
Let’s look at Psalms
Here we can see the three comings clearly. Let me give you a list of some of them which talk about Jesus, the King, and the End. This is not a complete or prophetic list. It reflects my years of study, but many assignations are debatable. It is certainly worthy of study, and you can clearly see the three events after a while.
Psalms 8:4-6 (maybe); 16:10; 18: 4-7 & 18-24; 22: 1-19; 31:5 & 11; 35:9-12; 41:9; 45; 46; 47; 48; 69:8-9, 19-21, 26; 72:mixed with King; 78:2; 118:22-24;
Psalms 2:all; 15:all, 18:43-45; 21:most; 22:22-31; 24:all; 50:3; ?58:10-11; 67; 68; 72:mixed with Jesus; 75; 76; 87; 93:1-2; 98; 110;
The Judge at the end of time
Psalms 9:all; 10:16; 18:7-15; 29:not clear; 50:4-5; 97:1-5; 102:25-28;
Is this debateable?
Of course! It’s a quick list, much of it based on old notes from I Bible I used when teaching in the nineties. If you look these up though, the pattern should become clear.