The second coming of Christ - it means to most exactly what it proclaims. I've had a different experience with this and want to share it.
To those who believe Jesus walked this earth, whether the historical Jesus or the Christ (Blessed) of God, we know this man existed, spoke, gathered crowds and was executed. We read our Bible and find He plans to come again to this earth, "to judge the living and the dead" and one can interpret that as they feel most comfortable with. I personally don't accept it.
I've had Extreme Unction 3 times in my 56 years. So while I awaited death, naturally I prayed that God would come for me in peace (and of course very little physical pain) and I'd become a part of the Universe, a speck of a molecule of the "body" of God. "I" meaning my soul. So I've been close.
I also had to bury a very dear friend. She promised to send a message, as she truly believed she'd have that ability. But what happened to me, as I sat at her funeral in a blinding mist of tears, was truly an epiphany of amazing truth:
When Jesus, Son of God, God Himself, proclaims that He will come again, I now know He means He will come intimately, personally, as ONE, to EACH of us INDIVIDUALLY, alone, which will be the time of our physical death. It will be a PRIVATE, singular thing for each of us, at our time. "Prepare, for the time is at hand." Of course it's at hand. It's always at hand, we don't know our date with death! To God, a life of 5 minutes or 95 years is all the same, for time to Him means not as it does to us. Our physical lives are short and He WILL come for us at our deaths to reclaim the soul he instilled, the soul which yearns for its home. I believe His second coming is the personal coming for us at the moment of death, each one INDIVIDUALLY, and separate from any other, He comes for our soul, the soul He created apart from anything of this physical world. The soul which yearns for its Maker, as a child for its Father. I know how anthropomorphic that sounds but I think ALL humans have the tendency to assign human characteristics to their God, whatever that may be. I do not believe He will appear on earth to draw crowds, or to throw lightening bolts, or anything that remotely resembles judgment. A true God doesn't need to judge - why WOULD He? If God knows all that will happen, he knew before you were born what kind of person you'd be. And if God needs a hell, a "place" of eternal, unbearable, firey bloody vengeful suffering, sounding alot like a hateful punishment to me, what kind of God is He? Not one I would surrender belief to. Which is also why I don't believe in heaven, and for the same reason. How could time and space exist for a Judeo-Christian God? Could ANY God worth His salt sit in glory and honor knowing his own children were burning alive, but some were not? Would God be partial like that? I could never hope to understand how He thinks or why He allows certain things to exist in our world, but I believe this: The earth won't be opening up with dead people ascending to heaven. That's a key word there: "ascending" it means "up" which is definitely not where heaven would be, would it. Just as hell would not be "down there". Down where?? Again, "up" and "down" denote time and space, which we only experience because of our brain, gone once we're dead. If indeed, Jesus Christ will appear on a cloud with a book and condemn his children for all eternity, I'm completely lost. It makes no sense at all. This "Second Coming" where He will do nothing short of thumbs up, thumbs down now come on, that sounds a bit too HUMAN to me. A true God doesn't need to consider, to judge, to contemplate, He IS. And He said it Himself: "I AM THAT I AM."
So I do believe His "second coming" will be private, for you, for me, individually, at our time of physical death, as a Father for his beloved children, and that will be His return. Yes, Jesus will come again, when it's time for the soul to be reunited back into the One God who created it. The soul, our "God-part".
The "second coming" of Jesus occurs at the moment of our death. That is what He asks us to "prepare the way" for. And oddly, when I read my written journal for that time in 2004, I kept seeing the word "Prepare!" It was the continual response I'd get whenever I'd put my mind on the Lord and meditate on His goodness. At first I thought, well maybe He's telling me to get my affairs in order as I was going to die to this world. Then I realized the truth: Of course we should prepare His Way, for it will come for each one of us when we shed these fleshy coils and the soul will be released back into the vast Universe that is God. There is no second coming except the last one, our deaths.
In believing this, I know I have disclaimers. It doesn't matter, faith is faith and if you live by what you believe, what can harm you? God does not require our faith in Him in order to exist. "I am that I am." When the second coming arrives for me, the world will continue and people will live on, until their own second coming is at hand.