While most of us are conditioned to think of the Second Coming as the beginning of our escape or rapture from the world, nothing could have been further from St. Paul’s mind. Based on the Jewish hope of the Creator-God setting His world right, and the 1st-century context of Caesar as a returning king visiting his colonies, esteemed theologian N. T. Wright re-reads Paul’s words with fresh power and insight.
In this clip Wright says:
“Parousia is not an Old Testament technical term; it is a Caesar technical term.”
“It is from heaven that we expect the Savior, the Lord, the King (Jesus) – those are all Caesar words.”