Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”
The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
Though Israel was in disarray and under Roman rule at the time of our Lord's first advent, there remained a faithful remnant, and these were waiting for their Messiah to come.
The church, in the Babylonian confusion that is called sectarianism and evidenced in the common sentiment that "one may prove whatever he or she wants from the Bible," also has its faithful remnant, and these await the Lord's second advent. A difference between the two advents is that in the second coming of the Lord He first meets His bride, the church comprised of all believers, in the air, I Thess. 4:13ff. Subsequent to a seven-year period, the second half of which constitutes the Great Tribulation or "the time of Jacob's trouble," Jesus will return to earth in power to judge the nations and to take His rightful throne, cf. Matt. 25.
So the faithful from among Israel awaited the Messiah, and the faithful among the churches await the Messiah, as it says in the Word,
Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
The Lord came once as a lamb. He will come a second time as a lion. The faithful of Israel awaited; the faithful from among the churches await.
Any and every theology that makes the Lord's second advent to be a distant event, is false. These are theologies consistent only with the mockers and scorners, who say,
"Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation."
I do not say that Christians who hold these theologies (such as Reconstructionism, or triumphalism, or postmillennialism, or amillennialism) are unsaved. I say they are guilty of unbelief of the Scriptures. They may be sadly deluded and yet saved by faith in Christ. However many in these churches subscribe to these teachings not because they fear the Lord reverentially, but because they fear the return of the Judge and would delay, if they might, His return to some far-off date in the future. (I remember as an unconverted child growing up in a protestant church, believing the Lord's return was "far off.")
If the Lord's return is not soon, though He says it will be, then our reason for meeting on Sunday morning is meaningless, for Hebrews 10:25 says,
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.