Confession of Faith (1902) - Article 10
X. Concerning the Second Coming of Christ, the Resurrection of the Dead, and the Last Judgment and its Execution.
¶68. We believe and confess, that the Lord Jesus Christ, our King, in like manner as He visibly ascended into heaven shall come down again from heaven. Psalms 2:-6; Hebrews 7:2-3; Revelation 17:14; Acts 1:11.
¶69. The hour is coming, saith the Lord, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. John 5:25-29.
¶70. We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; so then every one of us shall give account of himself to God, that every one receive the thing done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Romans 14:10-12; 2 Corinthians 5:10.
¶71. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first, incorruptable and in glory. Then we, which are alive and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation ch. 19-20:6; cf Paragraph 67 "Kingdom".
¶72. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His coming. Then cometh the end. 1 Corinthians 15:21-24, 42, 43, 51-57; Jeremiah 31:1-14; Zechariah 12:10-11; Luke 13:28-30. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection etc. Revelation 20:6.
¶73. But when the Son of Man shall come with great power and glory with His saints and to be admired in all the ages of His power with Him (Matthew 25:31 ff ; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10) then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: and before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them from one another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and He shall set the sheep on His right hand but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, etc. Those that here on earth practiced faith, righteousness, love and mercy shall have praise -and glory and immortality with the Lord, in whose presence is fullness Of joy; at whose right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angles, etc. These are the unfaithful, the unmerciful, the unrighteous that have not been obedient to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, but have obeyed unrighteousness. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. Revelation 20 7-15; Romans 2:4-16; Matthew 25:31-46; Mark 9:46; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Matthew 18:34; Revelation ch. 21; ch. 22:1-5; Psalms 16:11; Psalms 103.
¶74. The Lord Jesus saith, Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of Man cometh. Matthew 25:13.
¶75. He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Confession of Faith of the Mennonite Brethren Church of North America. American ed. Hillsboro, KS : Mennonite Brethren Pub. House, 1917.
Loewen, Howard John. One Lord, One Church, One Hope, and One God : Mennonite Confessions of Faith. Elkhart, IN. : Institute of Mennonite Studies, 1985.
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