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When is Jesus Coming Back?

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The Return of Jesus Christ



The return of Jesus Christ has been a topic of debate for quite some time now. A lot of people have been making predictions about when Jesus Christ will return. It has been well over 2000 years and he has not returned.

So, what is going on here? In this article, I'm going to try and look at both sides of the argument. I want to provide an unbiased view on what the Bible says about the return of Jesus Christ.

For decades now, many Christians have been patiently waiting for the return of Jesus. A lot of people have sold their possessions, stopped going to school, quit their jobs, and many other things, all because they believe that Jesus Christ is coming back.

However, he clearly has not returned yet. So, I'm going to try and find out why he has not returned yet, even though there is no easy answer to this question. However, I can only go off what the Bible actually says.

The Kingdom of God



Throughout the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, We see a pattern of urgency. You find that Jesus is saying that the kingdom of heaven is at hand. When something is at hand, that means that it is near, it is at the door, it is close. So, that is what at hand means.

You will also find that Jesus is instructing his disciples to preach the gospel. So, there's definitely no denying the urgency that is in the Bible as it pertains to the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom of God.

So, you will find that Jesus was preaching and teaching that people should repent of their sins because the kingdom of heaven is at hand, Jesus was instructing his followers to baptize people in his name so that they can be saved. So, obviously this was something that was happening during their time and was important to the purpose that Jesus was trying to fulfill , which was given to him by the father.

Matthew 24 King James Version (KJV)


1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.


This verse talks about the destruction of the temple. So, the disciples are showing Jesus the temple.


2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.


Here Jesus is clearly speaking to his disciples and not the reader of the book or people into the future. He is speaking to his disciples and is telling them that the temple is going to be destroyed.


3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?


Here, the disciples are asking very specific questions. They are asking Jesus to tell them when the temple will be destroyed and will be the sign of thy coming and when the world is going to end.


Again, we can clearly see that Jesus is speaking to his disciples; this is what pretty much all Christians get wrong. Jesus is not speaking to you the reader or people who will read this book in the future.


I also want to point out that word "world" in this verse is a translation error. The word is Aeon, which means age. So, the disciples were asking when will the end of the age happen? So, this verse was never about the world ending as Christians think.


4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.


Here, ask yourself, who is Jesus speaking to in this verse? He clearly says to his disciples let no man deceive you. So, he's clearly speaking to his disciples. He says to them, let no man deceive you.


5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.


So, in this verse we see why Jesus told them to let no man deceive them because people are going to come and pretend to be him.


6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.


Again, who is Jesus speaking to? He says to them that they (his disciples) shall hear of wars and rumors of wars.


7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.


Here we can see that a lot of terrible things are going to happen.


8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.


9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.


10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.


11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.


12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.


13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.


14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.


15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understandSmile


Here, Jesus that the disciples will see these things happen.


16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:


17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:


18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.


19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!


20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:


21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.


22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.


23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.


24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.


25 Behold, I have told you before.


Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.


26 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.


27 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.


28 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:


29 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.


30 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.


31 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:


32 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.


33 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.


This is the most important verse in this chapter. As you can see, Jesus says that all these things will happen before the generation that he and the people living in pass away.


So, it clearly says that these things should've happened during his lifetime. So, before the people living at that time died, what Jesus said should have happened. So, this is what is versus clearly saying.


However, most people are on able to see this. Additionally, they will say that a generation could mean future generation. However, going by the Bible, generation is about 40 years.


Also, I've pointed out that Jesus is clearly speak into disciples in this chapter and not the reader of the book or people in the future who read this book or chapter.


So, yes, this includes the floods, earthquakes, wars, and his coming; according to this chapter, these things should have happened during his lifetime.


However, I'm not telling you what to think or to believe. I'm only telling you exactly what the Bible says. I'm not trying to twist or interpret the Scriptures in anyway, I'm only pointing out what it clearly says.


Also, I can't tell you that everything Jesus said in this chapter happened or didn't happen. I don't know, and neither does anyone. We do know that the temple was destroyed. The Romans came around 70 A.D. and destroyed the temple. So, that much we do know.


34 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.


35 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.


36 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.


37 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,


38 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.


39 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.


40 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.


41 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.


42 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.


43 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.


44 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?


45 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.


46 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.


47 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;


48 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;


49 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,


50 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.



The Rapture and End of The World



In this chapter, Matthew 24, we find a lot of information that appears to be about the rapture or even the return of Jesus Christ or the end of the world.

So, this is where Christians today get the information from about this topic. This is also why a lot of people make predictions about the world ending or the return of Jesus Christ.


However, all of these doomsday prophecies always end up failing. I also want to point out that Jesus said that no man knows the day or the hour when he will return.


Yet, despite this, people are still making predictions and claiming that they know the day when Jesus Christ will return or even when the world will end. However, based on history, all of these prophecies have failed and will continue to fail.


Yes, based on what the Bible just said, it would appear as if Jesus returned already or should have returned or that the world or the age should've ended.


However, I cannot tell you that those things happened or didn't happen. So, there's nothing wrong with saying I don't know, instead, of making up things and trying to make predictions are claiming to be a prophet.



The New Testament



When I read the New Testament of the Bible, it is very clear that the authors of those books truly believed and expected Jesus Christ return in their lifetime; this is a fact.

In fact, there are many scriptures that talk about being in the last days, the last hour, or many antichrists being in the world at that time.


So, even 2000 years ago people thought the world was ending and were expecting Jesus Christ to return in their lifetime. So, this is something that people should think about as a pertains to whether or not Jesus is coming back or if he came back.



Final Thoughts



There's always two sides to every story, to every thought, or idea, or opinion. Some people believe that everything in the Bible it is for filled and that Jesus Christ I would return.


Also, on the other hand, some people think that only certain things in the Bible are fulfilled and that Jesus Christ has not come back yet, and they're still expecting him to return in the future.


So, as you can see, there are two sides to this topic. I'm not hear to say who's right or who's wrong because there are scriptures that could support both sides.


So, if I wanted to support either argument, I can find scriptures to back up what I'm saying. So, unfortunately, that's just how it is.


As far as I know, Jesus Christ has not returned, and the world did not end. So, I am expecting Jesus Christ to return, however, I'm not living my life in fear or worrying about him coming back or the world ending. I'm just living my life the way the Bible wants me to live, the way that God says I should live. That's all I can do.


So, if Jesus just returns in my lifetime or doesn't return, it's not going to affect me either way, you can't live your life based on prophecies or wait for things to happen. You simply have to live your life and go on about your business and live the best life you can for Jesus.

PaulLovesGod
Much of what we read in Matthew 24 is in answer to the disciples` question about the predicted destruction of Herod`s temple. It is easy for people to confuse the answers to the two distinct questions. `Remember, all these things will have happened before all the people now living have died,` Jesu...
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