Did Jesus Say He’d Return within His Disciples’ Lifetimes?
Being firm believers in the internal integrity of the biblical text, we are frequently perplexed when we come across sections that appear to contradict other passages. Examples include three occasions in the New Testament Gospels when Jesus delivers a somber prophecy that, at first look, appears to indicate that he believes his second coming would occur before all of his first followers have perished (Mark 9:1; 13:30; Matt. 10:23). This would definitely be an issue if Jesus had prophesied anything like this, both historically and theologically.
We will spend the most of our time on Matthew 10:23 since it is the most challenging passage.
Mark 9:1: Anticipating His Transfiguration
There are those standing here who will not taste death until they witness the kingdom of God when it has arrived with authority, according to Jesus, who promises this in Mark 9:1 and its counterparts (Matt. 16:28; Luke 9:27). However, the very next event recorded in Mark is the transfiguration, which is witnessed by Jesus’ three closest followers, suggesting that he may have had this in mind. Similarly, Peter’s depiction of the transfiguration in 2 Peter 1:16–18, which appears to validate this view, is dated as “six days after” the promise of the transfiguration in Matthew 17.
Mark 13:30: Predicting Jerusalem’s Destruction
When Jesus says, “This generation will not pass away until all these things go occurred,” he is referring to the events in Mark 13. “These things,” he says, apparently referring to what he has already stated, and in verses 24–27, Jesus goes into further detail about his return. But he has previously mentioned “these things happening” in verse 29 as a hint to recognizing that his return is imminent, and it would be illogical for him to say, in essence, “Once you see I’ve returned, know that I’m close.” These things” in verses 29–30 must therefore refer to the events described in verses 5–23, which can all be understood to have been at least provisionally fulfilled in the years between Jesus’ death (most likely in AD 30) and the destruction of the temple in AD 70—a 40-year time span, or one generation, in biblical terms.
Matthew 10:23: Interrupting the Apostles’ Brief Missions Trip?
The section that is the most difficult to understand is Matthew 10:23. Throughout verses 5–42, Jesus is instructing the Twelve on what they should anticipate when they travel across Israel to emulate his ministry of preaching, teaching, and healing: “When you are persecuted in one location, escape to another.” “Truly, I tell you, you will not complete your journey through the towns of Israel before the return of the Son of Man” (Matt. 10:23). It appears that Jesus believes that his second coming will take place within a few weeks or months of now.
- What will happen to him during the relatively short amount of time that the apostles are on the road preaching the good news of the kingdom across Israel?
- This appears to be exceedingly improbable.
- But what, exactly, is he talking about?
- That would be the most straightforward response.
- However, the phrase “Son of Man” in the Gospels frequently refers to the “one like a son of man” (a human person) described in Daniel 7:13–14, who appears on the clouds of heaven before God himself and is given unlimited, eternal rule over the entire earth and its inhabitants.
- As a result of this discovery, the “catching up with the apostles before their mission journey was over” interpretation, as well as a number of other interpretations, seem less plausible.
In some cases, interpreters have attempted to bolster their argument for one of these by reinterpreting one or more of the other instances in Matthew of the Son of Man’s arrival in the same manner.
A more appropriate approach would pay greater attention to the overall context of verse 23 within Jesus’ speech on mission in Matthew 10 rather than the specifics of the passage. Starting with lines 5–15, it appears that Jesus is restricting his discussion to the immediate circumstances of his sending away the Twelve without accompanying them. Numerous teachings from Jesus’ followers in these 11 passages are incompatible with the longer-term aim of the church. Most significantly, when Jesus offers his Great Commission (Matt.
- 9–10) during their later missionary activities, nor to constantly rely on others’ generosity for their lodging and food (vv.
- As late as verse 15, Jesus is still referring to actual communities in first-century Israel as he is delivering his message.
- However, while it is always true that Christ’s disciples should be “shrewd as snakes” while still being ‘innocent as doves’ (v.
- In the verses 17–42, warnings are frequently interspersed with warnings about being rejected by others and subjected to persecution, hostility, arrest, imprisonment, beatings, and even martyrdom because of one’s devotion to Jesus (see, for example, vv.
- The majority of this didn’t begin until after Jesus’ death, resurrection, and sending of the Holy Spirit, and it has continued in various regions of the world ever since that time.
Because verse 23b appears in this precise context, within the same verse as the prediction of persecution, it is best to understand Jesus as emphasizing the perpetually incomplete nature of the mission to the Jews, with the phrase “cities of Israel” understood both literally and (by extension) to refer to all Jewish people throughout the entire world.
As a result, the practical application of Matthew 10:23 is to simply get to work.
10 Things Jesus Really Said About His Return
Another bogus teacher has just joined the historic group of those who have arrogantly believed they had figured out when Christ is going to come back. There are two unfortunate aspects to this situation. First and foremost, there are many people who have been taken advantage of. A large number of individuals took the prognosis seriously and committed their time, energy, and money in disseminating it. Second, it’s terrible that many people will now take a turn toward the other end of the political spectrum.
This is a regrettable oversight on the part of the author. Jesus spoke a lot about his return, and one of the overriding messages was that His disciples should be prepared and ready to receive him when he returns. Here are ten things that Jesus said regarding his return that were true.
1.No one knows the day or the hour of my return.
At the end of Mark 13:32, Jesus, who had been instructing his followers about his imminent return, states, “But no one knows when or at what hour he will come; not even angels in heaven know, nor the Son, nor the Father, but only the Father.” “You, too, must be prepared, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not anticipate,” Luke says in his account of the event. (See Luke 12:40.) Even Jesus, who informed his disciples that He did not know when He would return, expressed uncertainty.
We don’t have to conjecture about future events that Christ himself was unaware of.
Keep a close eye on everything.
2.There will be several signs, increasing in intensity, as my return draws near.
Christ’s disciples should be on the lookout for signals that he is about to return. When it comes to the exact day or hour, they should avoid speculation and pay attention to natural events, as well as recognize the potential fulfillment of Christ’s words as they occur. Jesus predicted that there will be battles and rumors of wars, famines, and earthquakes in various locations around the world (Matt 24:6-7). In addition, “signs in the sun, moon, and stars, and on the earth anguish of countries in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with terror and foreboding of what is about to befall the world” are mentioned.
They will see the Son of Man approaching in a cloud with tremendous grandeur and majesty at that point (Lk 21:25-27).
As the day approaches, these indications will become more powerful and frequent, much like the pain of labor itself.
Jesus reminds us once more to pay attention to the signals of His return in order to be prepared when He returns.
3.Pray for the strength to escape the things that are going to take place.
The following is what Jesus instructed his disciples in Luke 21:36: “But keep your eyes open at all times, hoping that you may have the strength to escape all of the horrors that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” In light of the context, it appears that the “escaping” Jesus alludes to is an escape from the judgment and vengeance that God will deliver upon people who reject Christ.
Jesus instructs his followers to pray for the strength to flee from their captors. Too many Christians feel they will be saved by default, yet Jesus instructed his disciples to pray for the fortitude to flee, and this is exactly what we must do.
4.It will seem like a normal day.
Luke 17:26-30 records Jesus comparing the day the Son of Man will be revealed to the day God judged Noah and Lot, respectively. In both of these instances, people were going about their daily lives as usual: eating, drinking, marrying, buying, selling, planting, and constructing new structures. Amidst this apparent calm, God’s judgment and wrath descended on the world around us. According to Jesus, this is what the world will be like when He returns. It will be a massive cosmic interruption that will “light up the sky from one side to the other” in the manner of lightning (Lk 17:24).
5.I will repay everyone for what he has done.
During the last chapter of the book of Revelation, Jesus informs his disciples that he will return, “with his recompense.to reward everyone for what he has done” (22:12). When Jesus is seated on his majestic throne, all nations will be gathered before him to be judged, as described in Matthew 25, the spectacle is breathtaking (31-33). Everyone will stand before Jesus and be held accountable for their actions throughout their lives. The joy of standing securely on the imputed righteousness of Christ in that day will be unfathomably wonderful.
6.Not everyone who expects to make it into Christ’s kingdom will.
Aspects of Jesus’ teachings regarding individuals who will not be permitted to enter the kingdom of heaven are some of his most depressing statements. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven,” Jesus declared in Matthew 7:21-23. There will be a great number of people who will come up to me and say: ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, drive out demons in your name, and do many amazing wonders in your name?’ I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you; away from me, you workers of lawlessness,’ and they will be forced to leave.” Hearing these statements from Jesus could not possibly be more painful.
Afterwards, Jesus will tell them, “I never knew you,” and he will refer to them as “workers of lawlessness.” Their remorse was only expressed in words.
Jesus predicted that there would be a large number of individuals in this horrible situation, who would go through their lives believing they were in it just to discover that they weren’t.
7.There will be great persecution and many will fall away.
Jesus predicted that enormous persecution would erupt against his disciples, resulting in a large number of them abandoning him (Matt 24:9-10). When things are going well, it’s pretty easy to follow Christ, but when things go bad, we find out exactly what we’re made of as Christians.
Is our trust in Christ simply as strong as the level of consolation we are able to provide? If God’s adversaries arrive and seize all, will we remain steadfast in Christ or will we turn away? Jesus predicted that many people would make the seemingly unfathomable decision to abandon their faith.
8.Because of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold.
Jesus foretold that sin will draw many people away from Him (Matt 24:12). These are people who previously adored Christ with all of their hearts, but have since cooled in their feelings for Him. They’ve cashed in their yearning for Christ for worthless idols in exchange for their material gain. The love of Christ has been replaced in their hearts by the love of lust, money, power, and other false gods. As they lose the battle against sin’s temptations, their love becomes colder and more distant.
True Christ disciples must repent on a regular basis and in large quantities.
9.Be on your guard. Keep awake.
Jesus reminded his people on a regular basis to be alert, to pay attention to their lives, and to be prepared for his return. Jesus told four parables in Matthew to describe how and why his followers should prepare for his return: the homeowner and the thief (24:42-44); the good and evil servants (24:45-51); the 10 virgins (25:1-13); and the talents (25:14-26). (25:14-30). In each of these parables, Christ depicted being ready to labor in order to finish the task that he had given us, which was to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.
- To be awake means to be prepared and willing to carry out the will of Christ.
- They weren’t doing what Christ had instructed, but instead were sleeping.
- They don’t go looking for him or asking for his advice.
- Take note of the words of the prophet Isaiah: “Awake, awake, and put on strength” (51:9).
10.I am coming soon!
At least four times in the book of Revelation, Jesus declares to the churches, “I will come soon!” (Rev 16:15; 22:7,12,20; 23:7,12,20) Although it was initially intended to be an encouraging word to 1stcentury Christians who were suffering at the hands of the Romans, the phrase has served to inspire Christ’s followers down through the centuries. Christians of every age are commanded to cling to the hope that Christ will return at an early date. ‘Christ, having been given once to bear many sins, will arrive a second time, not to deal with sin, but to rescue those who are anxiously awaiting him,’ the writer of Hebrews assures us (Heb 9:28).
As a result, we are living out Paul’s magnificent promise to the church in Thessalonica: “Then we who are alive and remain will be taken up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord” (Ephesians 4:13).
Nothing compares to the joy of being with Jesus Christ at all times and in all places.
R.C. Sproul’s article, The Last Days According to Jesus: When Did Jesus Say He Would Return?, is available online. Dennis Johnson, the Lambby, has achieved victory.
Jesus Said He’d Return Soon, So Where Is He?
Transcript of the audio Jesus promised that he will come soon. So, where has he gone? And why has the church had to wait for such a lengthy period of time? A listener called Ron had written in with a query. “Pastor John, please accept my heartfelt greetings.” I’m writing to you from Switzerland, and I want to express my gratitude for the ministry you’ve provided for me. I have a question about the notion in the New Testament that Jesus will return in a short period of time. When I was discussing with our children the need of evaluating prophets according to biblical principles, the following thought occurred to me: The Bible states in Deuteronomy 18 that a prophet whose forecasts do not come true is not sent by God and should not be feared for his or her predictions.
- For example, 1 Peter 4:7, Matthew 24:34, 26:64, 1 Corinthians 10:11, 1 Thessalonians 4:15–17, and 1 Corinthians 15:51 are all found in the Bible.
- I’m a little concerned that our children may one day tell us that Paul was mistaken about 1 Corinthians 15:51 and that, as a result, he should no longer be regarded seriously.
- Yes, I do have one.
- Each one requires meticulous and thoughtful attention.
But if you examine each one, each text, or each group of texts with care and patience, and with the assistance of those who have perhaps given more thought to it, what I have discovered is that there are explanations for how to understand those texts that do not impute error or false prophecy to what Jesus or the apostles taught.
That’s the first thing I’d propose. Don’t be superficial by just compiling a large number of messages and attributing to them something that they may not wish to convey. They may appear to be incriminating about Jesus and his apostles on the surface, but when taken individually, methodically, and slowly thought out, you may come to regret reaching such a judgment. Perhaps the most useful thing I could do is to just provide five examples of the types of answers you will discover if you investigate them further.
First and foremost, it is possible that the events that are predicted to take place shortly may not be the actual arrival of Jesus, but rather events building up to the arrival of Jesus. Here’s an illustration: Matthew 24:33-35, and “In the same way, when you see all of these things, you know that he is close by, right at the gates.” The next passage, and this is the verse that many people find difficult to understand: “Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place” (Matthew 24:34).
However, just though these things will take place within a generation, such as the preparations for his arrival, does not always imply that his arrival will take place within that generation.
He Is Near
Second, it does indicate when they occur that “he is close, at the very gates,” which brings me to my second point: when the New Testament speaks of the Lord being near, at the gates, or at hand, it is not implying that there is a certain time limit for the Lord’s coming. This statement indicates that Christ, the long-awaited Messiah, has finally arrived and won the decisive victory through his life, death, and resurrection. He is the one who has won the great battle. He has begun the process of assembling a group of messianic individuals for the end times.
- Our time has come – it has been two thousand years — and Jesus is like a monarch in perfect command, standing outside the city walls with his army, ready to capture it and bring it into his kingdom.
- When we read passages like 1 Peter 4:7, “The end of all things is near,” or James 5:8, “The advent of the Lord is near,” I believe we should interpret them in this way.
- That is, he has manifested himself.
- In the resurrection, he has demonstrated that he is sovereign and unstoppable.
- He has the right to intervene whenever he wants.
Third, the term “soon” is used in a text, such as in the book of Revelation, where it reads, “Behold, I am coming soon” (Revelation 22:12). Now, the Greek wordtachu, which literally translates as “soon,” does not always or always indicate what we often think of when we say the word “soon,” which is to say, within a short period of time. Instead, it is frequently used to signify rapidly, abruptly, unexpectedly, or quickly. “Surely, we should proceed with caution when attributing to Jesus predictions of his imminent return in a specific period of time.” The phrase “so they withdrew immediately from the tomb” is used, for example, in Matthew 28:8 in reference to the ladies at the tomb.
The Time Is Unknown
Fourth, and perhaps most astonishingly, the gospel writers claimed that Jesus did not know when he would return. But it does indicate something that is an issue in and of itself, and we will deal with it later: that the human nature of Jesus was not provided knowledge of the coming, but the divine essence of Jesus was granted knowledge in some way, and this strange thing is acknowledged. According to Matthew 24:36, “No one knows what day or hour it is, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father knows.” Now, here’s the implication: it follows that we should proceed with caution when attributing to him predictions regarding what will happen in a specific period of time.
- What exactly are we implying about him when we say he foresaw the events?
- That is more than simply an issue of prediction; it is also a moral dilemma.
- When he says in Matthew 16:28, “Truly, I say to you, there are those standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom,” what does he mean?
- “‘Soon’ might indicate that the Lord’s return will be abrupt, unexpected, rapid, and swift, rather than occurring within twenty years,” says the Bible.
- What’s notable about this sentence is that it appears in all three gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and that it always comes shortly before the transfiguration.
- That was something you read.
When He Comes
Last but not least, when Paul uses the word “we” to refer to those who may still be alive at the time of the Lord’s return — “we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:15) — I don’t believe we should conclude that Paul is teaching that he must be alive when the Lord returns, and that the return of Jesus must take place within Paul’s lifetime. In the event that Paul truly intended to teach that when he used the term “we,” what are we to make of his statements in Philippians 1:20–23, where he states the following?
- I see living like Christ, and dying as gain in my eyes.
- Nevertheless, I am unsure which option I will select.
- My objective is to leave this world and be with Christ, since that is infinitely superior.
- No way in hell.
- till the Lord’s arrival,” I believe Paul is simply speaking to people who will be alive at the time of the Lord’s coming, and he includes himself in that in hope, maybe expectancy, and generally, rather than with an attempt to demonstrate that Jesus cannot arrive before he dies.
- They are nothing more than that.
- Be patient and cautious at all times.
Second Coming of Jesus Christ
The second coming is on the horizon. It is true that Jesus told His disciples that He will return one more time. “Do not let your heart be worried,” the Bible states in John 14:1-3. There are many mansions in My Father’s home; if this were not the case, I would have informed you. I’m going to go set up a space for you. Moreover, if I depart to make a place for you, I will return to take you into Myself, so that where I am, you may be as well.”
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- When is Jesus going to return? What is causing Jesus to take such a long time to return? Is it possible that Jesus will return in secret? What should we do with our time while we wait
- What will be the method through which Jesus returns
- Will the angels accompany Jesus on his return? What is the reason for Jesus’ return?
When is Jesus coming back?
Jesus will return in a short period of time. No one, however, is certain of the precise hour when Jesus will appear again. The Bible says in Mark 13:32, “But no one knows when day or hour it will be; not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father knows.” It’s interesting to note that the disciples asked Jesus the same question right before He ascended to the Father’s presence. At that point, Jesus informed them that it was not their responsibility to know the times or seasons that were under the jurisdiction of the Father.
As a result, what does this mean for you and me is unclear.
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Why is Jesus taking so long to come back?
When Jesus returns, He will do it with patience, because He wants to give humanity the greatest amount of time possible to select and follow Him. Jesus desires that as many people as possible repent and follow Him to the heavenly kingdom. According to 2 Peter 3:8-9, “However, dear, do not forget this one thing: that with the Lord, one day is equal to a thousand years, and a thousand years are equal to one day.” When it comes to His promise, the Lord is not slack as some believe, but is patient with us, not wanting any to perish but wanting everyone to come to repentance.” Additional materials can be found at: Topics related to the Bible Questions about the Bible Signs of the Second Coming of Jesus What is the meaning of the rapture?
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Warnings about the second coming of Jesus?
There are a slew of confused non-biblical views concerning the second coming of Christ that are causing confusion among many believers. Will He merely present spiritually to a small number of people? Will Jesus’ second coming take place exclusively in specific geographical locations? Is it possible that Jesus will emerge in the desert? Deceptions will be perpetrated in the final days, according to Jesus. In fact, in Matthew 24:4-5, Jesus warns Christians not to be mislead by those who come in the name of Jesus and claim to be the Christ of the New Testament.
Will Jesus come back secretly?
Many people wonder how many people will see Jesus’ return when He comes. Christ’s second coming will be a dazzling display of color, sound, and splendor. This event will not be hidden; every person on the Earth will be able to see Jesus. He will return, both personally and metaphorically. “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him,” the Bible states in Revelation 1:7. There will not be a single person on the face of the globe who is oblivious of Jesus’ imminent coming. The way in which Jesus will appear is described by Him Himself.
The return of Jesus is described in verses 30 and 31 of the same chapter as being accompanied by tremendous power and splendor, as well as the sound of a huge trumpet, which wakes the righteous dead, who are then collected from all corners of the globe.
How should we live while we wait?
Christians should remain on high alert, keeping watch and praying until the coming of the Lord. “But take watch to yourselves, lest your hearts be burdened down with carousing, drunkenness, and the concerns of this life, and that Day come upon you suddenly,” the Bible states in Luke 21:34-36.
Because it will act as a trap for everyone who lives anywhere on the face of the entire planet. As a result, keep your eyes peeled and your prayers constant in order to be deemed worthy of escaping all of the events that will transpire and of standing before Jesus Christ.”
How will Jesus come back?
We know that Jesus’ second coming will be a literal occurrence, and that it will be exactly like the first time He departed to heaven. When He had finished speaking, while they were looking on, He was taken up into the clouds out of their sight, as recorded in Acts 1:9-11: “Now when He had finished speaking these things, while they were looking on, He was taken up into a cloud out of their sight, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.” And while He was ascending, two men in white robes approached them and said, ‘Men of Galilee, why are you standing here looking up into heaven?’ It will be exactly the same Jesus who was carried up from you into heaven who will return in the identical manner in which you witnessed Him ascend into heaven.”
Will the angels come back with Jesus?
Those who have died in Christ, according to the Bible, will be gathered from all across the world when the angels return with Jesus and the sound of the trumpet heralds their arrival. – (Matthew 16:27, 24:31, and 25:31)
What happens to the righteous at the second coming?
Righteous dead will be brought to life and transported to heaven with the righteous who are still living on the earth at the time of Jesus’ second coming, according to the Bible. ‘For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a mighty cry, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God,’ says 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. And the first to rise will be those who have died in Christ. Afterwards, we who are alive and still living will be taken up with them in the clouds, where we will be with the Lord in the air.
Are the wicked destroyed by Christ’s coming?
When Jesus returns to earth the wicked who are left alive will call for the rocks and hills to fall on them because they cannot look upon the face of Christ (Revelation 6:15-17). (Revelation 6:15-17). The wicked will be destroyed with everlasting destruction because they did not know God or obey the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10). (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10).
When will we get immortal bodies?
After being turned into eternal bodies at the moment of Jesus’ second coming, or at the sound of the final trump, the mortal bodies of the redeemed will be altered once more. According to 1 Corinthians 15:52-53, “in a flash, in the blink of an eye, at the sound of the final trumpet.” Because the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be resurrected incorruptible, and we will be changed as a result of that. Because this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality,” says the author.
Why is Jesus coming back?
According to the Bible, Jesus will return to earth to reward the inhabitants of the planet and to take many of them back to heaven with Him (Revelation 22:12). “Then the King will say to them on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world,'” according to Matthew 25:34. Jesus, above all else, longs to spend time with you and your family. He invites you to return with Him to paradise, where you will be able to spend an eternity free of tears, anguish, and suffering.
So, what is it that prevents you from placing Him first in your life?
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When Is Jesus Coming Back? Is it Soon?
In one popular argument to Christianity, non-Christians assert that because Christians think Jesus is returning soon and that He has not returned, it follows that He will not return at all. Today, many people associate the phrase “coming soon” with the act of driving through the drive-thru at their favorite fast-food restaurant. They thus believe that Jesus will return in a short period of time when asked the question “Is Jesus coming back soon?” When Jesus talked of His return, He used the word “soon” rather than the word “immediately,” implying that He would return in the near future.
“Come, Lord Jesus,” the choir sings.
When Is the ‘Soon’ for Jesus’ Return
The Greek word for “soon” is tachu, which may be rendered as “as soon as possible” or “without undue delay.” Throughout the New Testament, the word tachu is most frequently used in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 2:16; 3:11; 11:14; 22:7,12,20). By “soon,” we mean that the sovereign events of history have been put in action, ensuring that Christ’s coming will take place without any additional delay. Thus, history is progressing in accordance with God’s schedule, who is in complete command of the entire historical narrative.
Speaking about Christ’s second coming, Peter writes in 2 Peter 3:9 that the Lord is not slow to fulfill his word as some regard it as such, but is patient with you, not desiring for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
The Return of the Lord Jesus Is Imminent
It is tachu, which means “as soon as possible” in Greek, and it may mean “without undue delay.” Most often in the Book of Revelation, tachu appears throughout the New Testament (Revelation 2:16; 3:11; 11:14; 22:7,12,20). As a result of the sovereign events of history being put in motion, Christ’s coming will take place without any needless delay, as indicated by the term “soon.” Thus, history is progressing in accordance with God’s schedule, who is in complete command of the entire universe. Not only does the Lord Jesus foretell of the Lord Jesus’s imminent return, but so does the prophet Isaiah.
This is a sign that the Lord Jesus will come soon — in the sense that God’s plan is moving forward and is only being delayed so that the elect might be rescued (Romans 8:29;Ephesians 1:5).
The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus
The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus is referenced 1,500 times in the Old Testament, and one out of every twenty-five verses in the New Testament makes reference to the Lord Jesus’ Second Coming, which is a significant number. When it states in Amos 3:7, “For the Lord God does nothing but reveal his secret to his servants the prophets,” this passage draws attention to this topic. What Amos says is important because it helps Christians comprehend that the return of Christ heralds the establishment of God’s Kingdom, which is defined as God’s total authority over all of His creation.
- The book of Revelation 19:11-16 describes how the Lord will be prepared for battle, and how the nations will gather to fight against the city of Jerusalem.
- Furthermore, this will be the day that the Bible predicts in Revelation 19:6-7, when the enemies of God, including the Antichrist and the false prophet, will be completely vanquished (Revelation 19:20).
- Jesus will judge those who are living at the time of His Second Coming as part of the process of establishing His Kingdom.
- A thousand years of peace will be enjoyed by those who survive this judgment as a result of their trust in Jesus Christ.
- (Matthew 25:41).
- In addition, there will be a resurrection of all Christians (Revelation 20:4-6).
- At the conclusion of the thousand-year period, Satan will be freed, and a final fight will take place, which will be conquered by the Lord Jesus Christ on the spot (Revelation 20:7-9).
Then there will be a second resurrection, followed by another judgment. Non-Christians will be revived and judged at this time, in what is known as the Great White Throne Judgment, and will be consigned to the lake of fire based on their deeds, which will be revealed later (Revelation 20:11-15).
Two Different Eternities
There are two eternal fates, one with the Lord Jesus and one without Him, as a result of the Lord Jesus’ return being a reality (Malachi 4:1-2). When the Lord Jesus returns, evil will be destroyed, the planet will be restored, and the Lord will triumph! If you believe in the first coming of the Lord Jesus, your response to his return will reveal whether or not you believe in the second coming of the Lord Jesus. Christian believers have a great hope in that they will not only be admitted to heaven, but that they will also be with the Lord Jesus for all of eternity in heaven.
We Are Not Promised Tomorrow
We cannot guarantee tomorrow, and the Lord knows not just the number of hairs on your head or the content of your thoughts at any one time, but also the length of all of your days. God longs for your repentance, for you to turn back to Him, and for you to put your confidence in Christ – because Jesus is mighty to save by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone — and that is why He sent His Son to die for you. You must not cower in fear, but instead must stand firm on the Lord Jesus and proclaim the glory of Christ to everyone.
Will Jesus Really Return to Earth?
As Christians, we gladly proclaim that Jesus Christ will, in fact, return to the world again and again. It’s critical for us to remember that Jesus Himself stated that He will return to the world at some point. His disciples gathered on the Mount of Olives when He spoke to them, and He promised them that He would come in might and great splendor. According to the angels, Jesus Christ would return. As mentioned in Acts Chapter 1, when Jesus ascends to His Father, angels appear and proclaim, “He will return in the same manner that He has gone.” When you look at church history, one of the intriguing things you will see is that, although though various Christians throughout church history have had diverse viewpoints on the end of time, they have always agreed on some fundamental truths concerning the end of the world.
- And one of them was the belief that Jesus Christ will return to the planet.
- It is the belief that Jesus Christ will physically return to the planet.
- And, finally, that Jesus Christ will bring about a restoration and a fresh beginning in the world.
- All of these considerations are critical.
- It’s even a part of the Apostles’ Creed, which was written in the fourth century.
- He will then return to judge both the living and the dead once His time on earth is through.
- Is it possible that Jesus will return?
- Not unwillingly because we believe, “Oh, He’s going to return,” but joyously, we as Christians proclaim this truth.
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Did Jesus Say He Would Return in the 1st Century A.D.?
One topic that frequently arises while discussing the historical accuracy of the Gospels and the tales of Jesus is, “Did Jesus foretell that he would return during the lifespan of his disciples?” Skeptics sometimes point to a number of instances in the Gospels where it appears that Jesus could be doing so and say, “Look, here is Jesus saying that he will return during the lifespan of his disciples and he did not follow through on it.” As a result, it is impossible to have faith in what he claimed.
- “It is impossible for the Gospels to be true.” That is a typical point of contention among skeptics.
- The article, in my opinion, misunderstands eschatological terminology.
- He did speak of the imminence of his return, but there is nothing in his words that connects him to the concept that he had to return while his followers were still alive in order to save them.
- The thought that he had to return while his students were still living has no hold on him, and he has no reason to believe it.
- A deeper examination of that verse will reveal that the experience that Jesus is speaking about does not apply to the second coming, but rather to the hardships and sufferings of the inner advent period, including the demolition of the temple, as previously stated.
- They saw the persecutions and hardships that took place shortly after Jesus’ ascension.
- None of these factors, however, imply that Jesus was obligated to return within the lifetime of his disciples.
- Eschatologically speaking, it is about the belief that the next thing that will happen on an eschatological level will be the return of Jesus Christ.
- That is something we are still looking forward to.
Dr. Michael J. Kruger
Dr. Michael J. Kruger (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh) serves as President of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as the Samuel C. Patterson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the seminary. You can keep up with him on Twitter.
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In addition to serving as President of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC, Dr.
Michael J. Kruger (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh) also serves as the Samuel C. Patterson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity. Twitter is a great place to keep up with him!