Me: “I am coming to your home quickly.”
You: “Great! When?”
Me: “I have no notion. I do not even know what day.”
You: “Um, okay.”
Me: “You’ll have to wait a definitely lengthy time.”
You: “But you mentioned you’d be right here quickly.”
Me: “Soon, positive! But it could be centuries.”
If I delivered mixed messages like this, you would assume I’m unreliable. Untrustworthy, even. “Paul does not know what he’s speaking about. I wouldn’t think something he says.” But apparently this is how Jesus talks. According to some, Jesus is confused and unreliable.
Let me ask you a really serious query: Is Jesus coming quickly? Yes or no?
The Bible provides a straight answer to this query, and it may well not be what you assume:
“I am coming quickly.” (Rev 22:20, NIV)
There you go. Case settled. Jesus is coming quickly. He mentioned so. But wait a sec… Didn’t Jesus also say he did not know the hour or day of his return (Matt 24:36)? And didn’t Jesus also inform parables about servants possessing to wait a lengthy time for their masters’ return?
See the challenge? Jesus appears to say he’s coming quickly and not quickly. He’ll be right here in a jiffy, but you could be waiting thousands of years. What are we to make of these mixed messages?
Mr. Preterist: “Jesus did come quickly, when he unleashed hell on Jerusalem in AD70.”
Mr. Paradox: “Quickly implies not quickly for the reason that a day with the Lord is like a thousand years.”
Mr. Prophet: “Soon implies 2019 for the reason that Jesus was speaking of our generation when he spoke to the disciples.”
There’s a straightforward remedy to this quickly puzzle, and it is this: Jesus never ever mentioned he was coming quickly. Not after. In reality, Jesus mentioned his servants may be waiting a lengthy time (Matthew 24:48, 25:five, 25:19). Possessing to wait for the Lord’s return is a message generally repeated in scripture (see Luke 12:36, Romans eight:23, eight:25, 1 Corinthians 1:7, four:five, 1 Thessalonians 1:10, Philippians three:20, James five:7, Jude 1:21).
But when this priest (Jesus) had presented for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the suitable hand of God, and given that that time he waits for his enemies to be produced his footstool. (Hebrews 10:12–13)
Jesus is waiting, not coming, but the wait will not be forever. 1 day he will return to earth in glory.
“So why did Jesus say he was coming quickly?” He never ever did. That verse at the major of this report is a terrible translation. Jesus essentially says this:
“I am coming rapidly.” (Rev 22:20)
Only the Father knows when Jesus will return. The Son does not know the day or hour. But when the Father provides the word, Jesus will come rapidly, devoid of delay.
In just a small when, he who is coming will come and will not delay. (Hebrews 10:37)
“Okay, so we do not know the day of the Lord’s return, but certainly we are in the final season.”
Who knows? Jesus told the disciples, “It is not for you to know the occasions or the seasons” (Acts 1:7). This could be the final season it may not be. We do not know. When it comes to the timing of the Lord’s return, we are like Sergeant Schultz. We know practically nothing.
If an individual asks you, “When will the Lord return?” the most effective answer is the a single Christ gave. “No a single knows the day or hour, but be prepared.” Jesus could come at any time.
“But what about Matt. 10:23, 16:28, 26:64, Mark 13:26, 14:62? These scriptures appear to recommend Jesus is coming quickly.” Correct, but not to earth. When Jesus talks about coming in the clouds to his kingdom, he is referring to his ascension and return to heaven.
(Sidebar: The scriptures go over no much less than 5 comings of Jesus and it is simple to get them confused. Right here we are concerned with his final return to earth.)
“But didn’t the early Christians assume Jesus would return quickly? Verify out this verse:
Now may well the God of peace himself sanctify you completely and may well your spirit and soul and physique be preserved full, devoid of blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians five:23)
“See? The early Christians anticipated to nonetheless be in their bodies when Jesus returned in the initial century.”
Except Jesus didn’t return in the initial century and the early Christians all died. Every single final a single of them.
(What is Paul saying in the passage above? He is exhorting the Thessalonians to “abstain from every single type of evil” (1 Thess. five:22). It is a error to assume that for the reason that our spirits are saved we can treat our bodies like they do not matter.)
The early church utilised to greet a single an additional with the word Maranatha, which can be translated, “Lord, come” (see 1 Cor. 16:22). It was an expression of longing comparable to the a single uttered by Jews at Passover: “Next year in Jerusalem.” Maranatha does not imply, “I count on Jesus to return by September.” It implies, “I am searching forward to his coming, and the sooner the improved.”
For 2000 years, persons have believed that Jesus was returning quickly. For 2000 years they have been incorrect. It is foolish to assume we know far more than the Lord on this topic, but anytime a thing takes place – a tsunami, an earthquake, a war – the false prophets get on their soapboxes and Christians run about like headless chickens. It is embarrassing, and a poor advertisement for Jesus.
How can you stay away from becoming suckered into dodgy finish times’ predictions? Quick. Place your faith in what Jesus mentioned and do not let any one convince you they know far more than he does.
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