Fletcher conducts a thorough examination of the Biblical canon, so that we may know what to expect when Christ returns. He analyzes and explains passages of the Bible which indicate the possible characteristics of the savior returned, and discusses what qualities Jesus would expound to a witness or witnesses.
John Fletcher proposes that God or Christ regularly reappears to individuals. These situational appearances are each significant, for their purpose varies according to the witness and to the circumstances. For example, sinners on the brink of damnation may encounter God or Jesus, who delivers a final warning: change their ways, or enter the abyss.
Realizing that many readers would be skeptical that God appears quite frequently, Fletcher spends the latter portions of his book listing the various manifestations of God in both the Old and New Testaments. He argues that these divine experiences are not isolated to antiquity, but continue to occur to various believers or sinners to the present day.
The return of the Lord has accordingly been written or predicted in many books. However it is John Fletcher's early work that set the tone, inspiring many preachers, scholars and Christian authors to follow with his definitive adherence to the Bible's wisdom; that Christ can and does return to reveal himself to select individuals.
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About the Author
Throughout the whole of the ministerial life of John Fletcher, he knew remarkable spiritual power in preaching; there is little doubt that he was anointed with divine unction and spoke in the demonstration of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes his preaching would contain prophetic utterances of apostolic quality. On one occasion he turned aside from his message to foretell-with great accuracy-the French Revolution; this long-drawn-out terror did not begin to take place until four years after his death.
His death in 1785, at the age of 55, was untimely and premature; he had lived like a flame of fire but had burned out more quickly than was expected. Believers of today would suffer no loss if they had the same charity, graciousness, and clarity of thought that were the daily companions of the Reverend John Fletcher.
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