A "type" is an event, an object, or person that resembles another event, object, or person of greater significance. Most of the "types" that are contained in the scriptures are what we call "types of Christ," meaning that they closely resemble Christ in one form or another. For example, John the Baptist taught that the Passover lamb was a type of Christ when he declared Jesus to be "the Lamb of God" (John 1:29).
The vast majority of the "types of Christ" found in the scriptures are types of Christ's first coming, meaning that they foreshadow Christ's birth, ministry, atonement, death, or resurrection in some form or another. But as interesting as Christ's first coming types my be, the purpose of this book is to examine the types associated with Christ's Second Coming. While there may not be as many Second Coming types located in the scriptures, the types that we have been able to identify are, in each case, filled with rich symbolism and can teach us much about our Savior's return.