V. In what manner will He come?

He will come, first, truly, visibly and locally, and not imaginarily, or apparently. He will descend in the same manner in which he went up into heaven, which, as we have shown, was visible and local. “They shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven.” (Matt. 24: 30.) They shall recognize him to be God from his visible majesty. “They shall look upon him whom they have pierced.” (Zech. 12:10.) Secondly, he will come arrayed in the glory of his Father, and with divine majesty, with all the holy angels, with the voice and trump of the archangel, with divine power to raise the dead, to separate the righteous from the wicked, to deliver the godly, arid to cast the ungodly into everlasting punishment. “The Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father, with his holy angels.” (Matt. 16:27.) which means that he will come with such glory as belongs to the true God alone; and glorious in view of the retinue of angels with which he will be attended. Thirdly, he will come suddenly, when the wicked will not be looking for him: “for when they shall say, Peace, and safety then sudden destruction cometh upon them as a thief in the night.” (1 Thes. 5:3, 4.)