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Thursday
Oct042018

The Return of Jesus Christ

All Christians believe Jesus Christ is returning to earth, the big question is when? 

Personally I have always been in the pre-tribulation camp, and even though I hold that view loosely, I think it makes the most sense. 

However, I do believe, regardless of the point of view we hold, my question to all of us is: “Have we interfered with the main principle of His return, no one knows the hour or the day?”

Perhaps that is why there is so much confusion about this issue, and why most pastors will not preach on it because of the various views. This of course is no excuse for pastors not to encourage believers to be ready through watching and praying until He comes. The division among us could be due to our insistence of trying to figure it out what Jesus said we won’t know. Go figure!

The bottom line is this:“No one knows the day or the hour of His return.” So all of our views are speculation at best, and if you disagree with that statement, then you are placing yourself in direct violation of the following scriptures.  

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  -Acts 1:6-8

As you can see, Jesus made it clear, “it is not for you to know the times or dates”but went on to place His emphasis of the mission of the Holy Spirit and the Church which was to be a witness to the world.

Earlier in the Gospel of Matthew Jesus made it clear as well, “no one knows the day or the hour”that He will return. 

Matthew 24:35-37

35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away. 36 No one knows about thatday or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor theSon, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.

Now, if we aren’t to know the hour or the day, what should we be doing? 

Watching  and praying. 

I do believe we need to be actively looking for Him, that means we keep our lives in sync with the Word of God, in alignment with other believers, and keeping our hearts open everyday to the possibility of His return. 

Now I said all of this to illustrate what I believe the text is telling us.

So I believe we are to keep our hope of His return alive, not in speculation of when He will come, but in the reality of the promise that He made to us that He would return.We know people will be preoccupied and fail to prepare, and we show signs of this by the absence of its message in our churches. Perhaps there have been so many who have set dates for His return and when it didn’t happen, we embarrassed the credibility of our message. This only leads the world to mock us about the Second Coming as Peter writes:

2 Peter 3:4 They will say, "What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created."

Any time we have a discussion about this we have people going off the rails trying to convince me their point of view is correct. You and I will never settle the “when of His return” we can only be assured that it will happen. The best we can do is watch and pray, and prepare our liveswith the hope that God will protect us regardless of which view is correct.   

I have engaged several local pastors to weigh in on the issue I have raised here trying to answer the much debated idea that we will not experience the wrath of God as some views would suggest we would. This is important because this is one of the strongest arguments for the pre-tribulation view: that we will not experience the wrath of God. This would lead us to believe that a pre-tribulation rapture would be the best view to hold on to. However, Pastor Jay Christianson of Issachar Congregation had this to ask: What’s the difference between God’s judgment and God’s wrath?”His point of view is worth reading for he makes a case that they are different. 

I think you will find his answer quite interesting. That will be coming tomorrow.

Keeping it honest and truthful…K 

 

 

 

 

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