It is this glorious appearance of the Lord at the end of the ages that we have in mind in this treatise when we speak of the second coming of Christ. This is but a brief presentation of the truth respecting this important event, as I see it, and does not at all pretend to be an exhaustive historical and exegetical study of the subject. The main purpose in writing it is to call attention to a very important scriptural truth which does not always receive due attention in the preaching of the Word of God. After all, it is exactly the seconding coming of Jesus Christ that brings his great redemptive work to its culmination, and it is therefore worthy of our most careful attention. . . .
My only desire is to give expression to the truth as God has revealed it, and to promote a proper understanding of this blessed truth among the people of God. If what I have written will create a greater interest in the second coming of Jesus Christ and a better insight into its supreme importance, I shall be truly grateful. – Louis Berkhof, from the Preface.