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WHEN SHALL CHRIST RETURN?

12 Dec

By Terry Loving

“It is needless and useless to ask about the particular time of Christ’s coming. Christ did not reveal this to the apostles. There are times and seasons for us to work in and these are our duty and interest to know and observe; but as to the time when we must give up our account, we know it not, nor is it needful that we should. The coming of Christ will be a great surprise to men. Our Lord himself said so.”1

Save the date: Jesus is coming on May 21, 2011. At least, that’s according to organizers of a billboard campaign slated to hit metro Atlanta next week. Allison Warden of Raleigh, N.C.-based WeCanKnow.com said the Christian Web site plans to place 50 billboards in the metro area proclaiming the rapture and Jesus’ imminent return, based on analysis of Scripture and biblical genealogy.”2

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“Seventy-nine percent of U.S. Christians say they believe Christ will return one day…” – and He shall return – but the Bible does not pinpoint a specific time frame or day when our Lord will return. Several religious groups have falsely predicted the return of Christ because “no man knows the hour.” This is false doctrine and delusional theology. To claim such knowledge is prideful, and speaks where God has not spoken.

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Where is the date, May 21, 2011 recorded in the Holy Bible? I wish someone would show it to me, for I have yet to find it. And really, I am not looking for it because it is a lie! We are living in some crazy times, with people doing crazy things, and religious nuts predicting insanity. As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, I stand with the Word – there is a curse awaiting those who add to, or subtract from the Bible, (Revelations 22:18). Ecclesiastes 8:7 says, “Since no man know the future, who can tell him what is to come?”

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A THIEF IN THE NIGHT- (Un-Expectantly)

(1 Thessalonians 5:2)

Thieves are more brazen these days, and they break in during the daytime – even when there are people at home. This scripture refers to the catching of the occupants in the home unawares. The most vulnerable time for them is when they are sleeping; therefore, many break-ins occur late at night. Spiritually speaking, many will be as Luke, 21:34 states, “…weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life…” – neglecting the salvation of their souls (spiritually sleeping). Young people especially feel that they have time to come to Christ. The attitude of many is, “I haven’t lived yet,” – and they choose to put off coming to Christ until they are older – which holds no guarantee.

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As in the days of Noah, when the flood came the unsaved were unprepared – “…and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. This is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matthew 24:39)

You can be sure that no one will miss the coming of Christ:

“For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matthew 24:27)

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“At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.”(Matthew 24:30)

“And Jesus began to say to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. “Many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He!’ and will mislead many. “When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end. “For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will also be famines. These things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.” (Mark 13:5-8)

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The second coming of Christ will be a time of hope and redemption. The godly will suffer at the hands of the ungodly no more; and in time, peace and justice will rule. Those who have caused harm to others will be paid back for their misdeeds, (2Peter 2:13). “But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.” “For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.” (Hebrews 13:14)

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Most importantly, someday the opportunity to repent and turn to Christ will be over. “He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS.” (Hebrews 4:7)

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“The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” (Romans 13:12)

“Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.” (Mark 13:33)

“For in just a very little while, “He who is coming will come and will not delay.” (Hebrews 10:37)

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“You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.” (James 5:8)

“Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 12:40)

“Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings.” (Hebrews 13:9)

“The day of judgment will soon arrive, with full redemption to believers, and destruction to ungodly men. But of that day, NO MAN KNOWS!

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“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

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1http://bible.cc/1_thessalonians/5-4.htm

2 http://www.ajc.com/lifestyle/billboard-campaign-claims-jesus-771570.html

God is not a respecter of persons. If He gave this information to one group of “Christians,” He would have let all of His “true” children know His plans.”

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‘Rapture parties’ planned to celebrate ‘Doomsday’ on May 21

“The theory that the “Rapture”–or Judgment Day–will occur on May 21 appears to have originated with the 89-year-old leader of the ministry Family Radio Worldwide, Harold Camping, who earlier predicted the end of days as Sept. 6, 1994. He went back to the drawing board and says his calculations are now correct.” (NOT SO!)

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When Doomsday Isn’t, Believers Struggle to Cope

PRIDE COMES BEFORE A FALL

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3 responses to “WHEN SHALL CHRIST RETURN?

  1. ssofdv

    May 22, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    It didn’t happen folks – “Let God be true, and every man a liar.” Romans 3:4

    http://bible.cc/romans/3-4.htm

     
  2. Frank

    July 8, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    The Rapture did happen but, the problem was that no one was qualified to be raptured up. As a result the rapture didn’t occur. GRINS, on that one.

    Christ, himself, doesn’t even know when he’s coming only the Father knows.

     
    • ssofdv

      July 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm

      Hello Frank, thank you for your comment.

      Sorry, but I have to disagree with your conclusion concerning the “Rapture,” – which by the way is not a Biblical term. To believe, “The Rapture did happen but, the problem was that no one was qualified to be raptured up. As a result the rapture didn’t occur,” is a false belief, and serves to justify erroneous Biblical teachings.

      If the “Rapture” – Second coming of Christ – the Day of the Lord – had occurred, I would certainly not be blogging on earth. As it is, the world is continuing to function in dysfunction in spite of false predictions concerning the return of Christ, and His gathering His elect out of this evil world. If the “Rapture” had occurred Frank, life on earth would not be business as usual.

      You used the word “qualified” as if those who will live with Christ forever have earned their way into heaven. Salvation is a free gift of God, and Jesus Christ shed His blood for our eternal redemption. God reconciled sinful mankind unto Himself, by way of His Son’s death on the cross – having no sins of His own – yet, He died for our sins. Jesus voluntarily laid down His innocent life for our guilty sins. So I ask you, where in this truth does the Bible say that sinful man has to be “qualified” in order to receive salvation? Does this statement not negate faith? If our gain of heaven depends upon our human qualifications, then all would be eternally lost in the end – “for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

      Your comment is also contradicting itself. First you say the “Rapture did happen,” and then you stated, “As a result, the rapture didn’t occur.” It’s either it did, or it didn’t. I take this as, Jesus came back for His saints, but since no one was “qualified” to go to heaven, He just returned home alone. If that is the case, how do you explain the following?

      New International Version (©1984)
      “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.”

      American King James Version
      “Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”

      What happened to the “loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God?” Is mankind deaf? Well, spiritually speaking, yes. However, the scripture is referring to an unmistakable audible sound that everyone will hear. Would we not have heard any of this? Is Christ invisible? The Bible says, “…and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him…” There is no way we are going to miss this Frank.

      And what of the “dead in Christ” that will “rise first?” Did Jesus just send them back to their graves? “All kindreds of the earth aren’t wailing because of him” – the evildoers are still committing evil – the sleeping Christians are still asleep – and the only people who are “wailing” on earth presently are those whose souls are vexed by the sin and ugliness we see each day.

      Here we agree:

      “Christ, himself, doesn’t even know when he’s coming only the Father knows.”

      American Standard Version
      “But of that day and hour knoweth no one, not even the angels of heaven, neither the Son, but the Father only.”

      “It is sufficient for us to know that God has appointed a latter day for the restoring of all things; but when it will be is hidden from us all for our sake, so that we may be all the more watchful, so that we are not taken as those were taken in the flood years ago.”

      Your comment is a prime example of truth mixed with error. This practice is how many unsuspecting souls are spiritually duped by false prophets. We are admonished to “study” the Bible for ourselves, thereby being on guard and aware of false doctrines. If you cannot find scripture for what you believe Frank, then it is best to not believe it. Except for the scripture that we agree upon, you won’t find anything that you have stated in the Bible – not even the word “Rapture” pertaining to the Second Coming of Christ.

      Frank, it is my sincere hope that you will discard all that you have been taught about the Second Coming, go back to the Bible, and research the scriptures for yourself. In doing so, God will grant you understanding of His Word, and you will not be tossed to and fro with error.

      I end my response with scriptures for your enlightenment.

      Amos 5:18 “Woe to you who long for the day of the LORD! Why do you long for the day of the LORD? That day will be darkness, not light.”

      Job 24:1 “Why does the Almighty not set times for judgment? Why must those who know him look in vain for such days?”

      Joel 2:11 “The LORD thunders at the head of his army; his forces are beyond number, and mighty are those who obey his command. The day of the LORD is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?”

      Matthew 24:31 “And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”

      Matthew 13:41 “The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.”

      1 Corinthians 15:52 …”in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”

      American Standard Version
      “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we that are alive, that are left unto the coming of the Lord, shall in no wise precede them that are fallen asleep.”

      American Standard Version
      “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also that are fallen asleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”

      1 Thessalonians 4:15 “According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.”

      1 Thessalonians 4:16 “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.”

      “What words can more strongly describe the suddenness of our Saviour’s coming! Men will be at their respective businesses, and suddenly the Lord of glory will appear. Women will be in their house employments, but in that moment every other work will be laid aside, and every heart will turn inward and say, It is the Lord! Am I prepared to meet him? Can I stand before him? And what, in fact, is the day of judgment to the whole world, but the day of death to every one?” (Physically speaking)

      Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

      I will pray for you Frank. And all those who have been hurt by false doctrines.
      Peace

       

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