(1) The period beginning four Sundays before Christmas
(2) The coming of Christ at the incarnation
(3) Second Coming
History and etymology:
Medieval Latin: Adventus – meaning arrival, appearance
‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse’….so goes the first few lines of Clement Clarke Moores’ famous poem.
Unlike in the poem, there IS a stirring happening, can you feel it? His Bride, His beloved, is stirring as she awakes to the Bridal watch – the watch for His return – her King is coming.
The King is coming, can you feel the stirring? The King is coming back.
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” (Matthew 2:1-2)
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelations 19:11-16)