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  1. Caryn LeMur says:

    I have a hard time with the concept of the Second Coming of Jesus.

    Years ago, I swore that going to college was a waste of time, because Jesus was coming so very soon! It was 1974.

    I saw so little use for the ‘college experience’ or the ‘education’. Nonetheless, I managed to squeeze my 4 year degree into about 11 years… lol. That is right, I graduated in 1985 with a BS in Computer Science.

    Now, I realize that a person must keep one foot in the Second Coming, and one foot in This Life… and that is how balance is best maintained.

    Although I admit to developing a ‘third foot’ now, as I plan my Will / Trust for the generation after I am gone. [ Oh, I plan to work until 80 and live to be 100, but The Life may have other events scheduled…. 😉 ]

    I guess life is a tripod with three feet as one gets older…. lol.

  2. The belief in a future return of Jesus is indeed worthy of ridicule. There’s no doubt that Jesus and the apostles said He was coming back soon, quickly, in “this generation,” etc.

    An alternative, though, is what is known as preterism or fulfilled eschatology. This is the belief that Jesus kept His word and did come back in judgment, in His kingdom, and with His holy angels while some of His disciples were still alive (Matthew 16:27-28). To be specific, He came in judgment when Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. When He said “this generation” (Matthew 24:34, Mark 13:30, Luke 21:32), He was referring to His own generation.

    He didn’t promise to come back 2000 years later, as so many are saying today. “Soon” does not equal 2000 years.

  3. I remember my fervent beliefs too C. Remarkable! I remember with fondness though. As in I embrace the young zealot that I was.

  4. A day is like a thousand years.

  5. …and a thousand years are like a day.

    “Did God communicate in ways that people could – and were meant to – understand?” That’s the question. Specifically, did He speak of time in ways that we (and ancient audiences) were meant to understand? I believe He did.

  6. Gary says:

    Did God speak Adam? If so, to who? And when?

    I am a believer Adam, but I in your comments a level of presumption that would indicate, to me at least, that you have not asked nearly enough questions.

  7. Gary,

    Thanks for the questions. Just for a little background, I used to believe in the pre-tribulation rapture idea. I now believe in fulfilled eschatology (the study of last things), which is a huge change. I’m not done asking questions, but I’ve definitely asked a lot of them.

    As far as God speaking about the timing of Jesus’ return, He spoke many times to/through multiple people. Jesus Himself said that He would return in His kingdom before His disciples could pass through the cities and towns of Israel (Matthew 10:23), that He would return in judgment/with angels/in His kingdom while some of them were still alive (Matthew 16:27-28), etc.

    For those who believe God spoke through the apostles, here are some examples of what He said through them about how soon Jesus was to come, the last days would be finished, and the end of the age would come:

    Paul: “Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:11-12). “This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none…and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away” (I Corinthians 7:29-31). “Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come” (I Cor. 10:11). “The Lord is at hand” (Philippians 4:5).

    Hebrews (author unknown): “…encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25). “Yet a little while, and the coming One will come and will not delay…” (Heb. 10:37).

    James: “Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you… You have laid up treasure in the last days” (James 5:1-3). “Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand… behold, the Judge is standing at the door” (James 5:8-9).

    Peter: “The end of all things is at hand” (I Peter 4:7).

    John: “Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour” (I John 2:18).

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