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Christ Is Coming With Power And Great Glory

By R. A. Torrey

     When the Lord Jesus comes again, He is “coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matt. 24:30).

    Some years ago, I was speaking in the auditorium at Northfield on the Second Coming of Christ. It was a hot, sultry day.  As I spoke, the clouds gathered right above the auditorium.  I had just read Matthew 24:30 and said, “The Son of man is coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”  The word “glory” had scarcely fallen from my lips when there was a sudden flash and an awful crash, the whole auditorium was a blaze of light – the lightning had struck the building where we were gathered!  Some sprang to their feet and screamed.  I simply said, “This is nothing to what it will be when the Lord really comes.”

    I looked down in front of me and Mr. Moody’s eldest sister, Mrs. Walker, was sitting there.  Her face was a study.  It was radiant with joy and peace unspeakable.  After the lecture, I went down to speak to her.  “Oh,” she said as she took my hand, “Mr. Torrey, it was the gladdest moment of my life.  I thought the Lord had really come!”

    Suppose He should come at this moment, suppose right now there should be the shout and we should hear the voice of the archangel and the trump of God and the Lord Himself should descend with power and great glory, would it be the gladdest moment of your life?

    – Excerpted.