It may surprise many of my readers to know that one of my early influences in re-thinking major theological paradigms was Hank Hanegraaff, the bible answer man. If I was in my car during the 3 o’clock hour, it’s guaranteed that I was listening to his radio show. He gave me space to think about Revelation as something that mostly speaks to a First Century reality (although, I’ve since then decided that I hold to a late-date view rather than his dating as pre- 70 CE). He gave me language to think about the “rapture” and Christ’s return (second advent) in more biblically sound ways. He challenged my view of politics and helped me see that what’s good for modern Israel is not always good for God. And although I disagree with him on several issues (theistic evolution, charismatic spirituality, apologetics [not against comparative religion study, but just not as passionate as he argues from a fairly modernist perspective), he is someone I still respect, especially when he says stuff like in this following video.
Advent begins today and with that we start thinking about Christ’s first coming. Here are some thoughts on his second coming: