Rev Dr Gordon Moyes The Superintendent Writes
A weekly column by Rev Dr Gordon Moyes, Superintendent of Wesley Mission.
December 30th, 2001

It has been a very good year. I am thrilled with all we have accomplished as a church in the past year. I am still waiting the final choice of two new ministers to join with us in the International Congregation and the Chinese Congregation, but hopefully they will be resolved soon. Our attendances are up as are the numbers of decisions, baptisms, offerings, and support for the wider work of compassion. Yet I believe the coming year will be a year of hope. Things will improve, but most of all, this new year may be the year when Jesus comes again!

Once I was having a quiet breakfast with Dr Billy Graham in San Jose, California. I asked Billy about the secret of his personal serenity. He replied with a question: Gordon - do you believe Jesus is coming today? I was taken aback and mumbled: I believe that Jesus is coming again, but I wasn't thinking it would be today. Billy fixed me with those deep blue eyes and said: Why not? There was the secret of serenity. He has believed and proclaimed that hope always!

General Douglas McArthur on March 11 1942 left the Philippines in a P.T. boat. His last words were: I shall return. On October 20 1944, he landed back on the Philippines and proclaimed: I have returned. So Jesus said: John 14:3 I go and prepare a place for you, and I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. His first coming was in poverty, weakness and silence. But His second coming will be in glory, power and acknowledgment. We do not know the time of His coming but we do know the signs. In Matthew 24 Jesus speaks of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem v1-2; the signs of the end of the age v3-14; and the signs of the coming of Son of God v15-51. The second coming is clearly and explicitly taught in the New Testament. Matt. 19:28; 23:39; 24; Mark 13:24-37; Luke 12:35-48; 17:22-37; 21:25-28; Rom. 11:25-27; 1 Cor. 11:26; 15:51-58; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; 2 Peter 3:10-12; Rev. 16:15; 19:11-21.

These passages associate a number of events with Jesus' second coming: a terrible tribulation; a gathering of the saved; a judgment on ungodliness linked with war, false messiahs, famine, earthquakes, and persecution; an evil empire established; the earth ending in consuming flames; and finally, the return of Jews to their homeland, an event that took place only in 1948. Only since 1948 have all signs been present at one time! As is common in prophecy, there is no clear ordering of the events associated with Jesus' return. Nor is the time span over which they occur spelled out. But enter in the New Year with the hope that this may be the time Jesus will come again! Happy New year to you!