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In the synagogue, Christ ended the reading of this passage with the phrase, "to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord," verse 2. He did not complete the rest of verse 2 which spoke of the "day of vengeance", which would be the coming tribulation. In other words, Christ saw these two events as broken by His death and our present age. At some future time the "day of vengeance" will take place. To understand that the second coming of Jesus Christ is a literal and historic event is foundational to this study.
But basically, most of the Bible is in a historical setting and should be taken literally. When talking about the second coming of Jesus Christ, a simple illustration of the literal Bible principle can be seen in Acts 1:11. The angels make a very plain statement to the stunned apostles watching Christ ascend to the Father after His resurrection. " Clearly, the angels were referring to His historical and bodily appearance. " The angels anticipated a bodily return. Other examples in the New Testament fortify the literal meaning principle.
It believed that Israel would no longer be blessed, and that as a scattered people they had no place in God's program. But now, in the end times, scholars and laymen alike have been anticipating this earthly second coming with all its accompanying fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies. We believe we are very near and that all the signs are evident. If this is so, the believer has a great privilege and obligation to live his life in telling others of this great hope of mankind. Man has virtually destroyed his world, and now faces natural and divine judgment.