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The Return of Jesus:   4  Views

Figurative Preterism:  already happened in a figurative return.

Literal Preterism:  already happened in a literal return.

The writers were mistaken - not inspired.

​The bible is fiction - imaginary stories.


The bible is full of clear, plain time statements of when Jesus would return.

​These verses fit into the time-frame of the first century.

​The burden of proof rests on those who deny this.


​​Think Context:  What the original writer intended. How the original readers would have understood it. If not, the texts can be made to mean anything, to read all kinds of foreign ideas into the text.  A text cannot mean what it never could have meant to its original writers or readers.


The disciples question:  what sign will signal your return and the end of the world? Matthew 24:3


​ Predicted by Jesus:  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.  Matthew 24:14

Commanded:  And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.  Matthew 28: 18-20
 
Fulfilled:  You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel 6 that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world.  Colossians 1:5-6


Fulfilled:  if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister. Colossians 1:23


 Fulfilled:  Glory to God who can make you strong in faith by the Good News that I tell people and by the message about Jesus Christ. The message about Christ is the secret that was hidden for long ages past but is now made known. 26 It has been made clear through the writings of the prophets. And by the command of the eternal God it is made known to all nations that they might believe and obey. Romans 16:26


This is why the writers of the new testament wrote  2000 years ago:



James
This letter is from James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am writing to the “twelve tribes”—Jewish believers scattered abroad. Greetings!  1:1


Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the  Lord’s return. 5:7
You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the 
coming of the Lord is near. 5:8

​Brothers and sisters, be patient until the Lord comes again. See how farmers wait for their precious crops to grow. They wait patiently for fall and spring rains. 8 You, too, must be patient. Don’t give up hope.  The  Lord will soon be here.  5:7-8


The writer was correct - already happened.

The writer was mistaken - not inspired.

The bible is fiction - imaginary stories.


Hebrews
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the  day of his return is drawing near. 10:25


You must hold on, so you can do what God wants and receive what he has promised. 37 For in a  very short time,

“The One who is coming will come
    and will not be delayed. 
10: 36-37

Learn to be patient, so that you will please God and be given what he has promised. 37 As the Scriptures say,

“God is coming soon!
    It won’t be very long
.  10:36-37

  Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will  appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. 9:28


1 Corinthians

But let me say this, dear brothers and sisters: The  time that remains is very short. So from now on, those with wives should not focus only on their marriage. 30 Those who weep or who rejoice or who buy things should not be absorbed by their weeping or their joy or their possessions. 31 Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this  world as we know it will soon pass away7:29-31


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Revelation
Note how the book opens ...


The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must  soon take placeHe  made it known by sending his angel to his servant John 1:1


This is the revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to show his servants what  must soon happen.And Jesus sent his angel to show it to his servant John 1:1


Note how the book closes ...


Then the angel said to me, “Everything you have heard and seen is trustworthy and true. The Lord God, who inspires his prophets, has sent his angel to tell his servants  what will happen soon.
Look,  I am coming soon22:6-7


The angel said to me, “These words can be trusted and are true.” The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that  must happen soon.

Listen! I am coming soon22:6-7

Note what the writer told his readers ...

Only continue in your loyalty  until I come2:25

But hold fast what you have  till I come2:25

Note what the writer of
Daniel told his readers ...

The vision that has been shown to you about these evenings and mornings is true. But  seal up  the vision, because those things won’t happen for a  long time.”  8:26

Note what the writer of
Revelation told his readers ...

Do  not seal up  the prophetic words in this book, for the  time is near22:10

Q.  why was one told to " seal up " and the other told " do not seal up " ?

“Look, I am  coming soon,  bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deedsRevelation  22:12

​Revelation 22:10-12 New Living Translation (NLT)

10 Then he instructed me, “Do not seal up the prophetic words in this book, for the time is near. 11 Let the one who is doing harm continue to do harm; let the one who is vile continue to be vile; let the one who is righteous continue to live righteously; let the one who is holy continue to be holy.”

12 “Look,
I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds.

Note:  the time is so short , let the people continue as they are.


Romans

This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is;  time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is almost gone; the  day of salvation will soon be here.   13:11-12

1 Peter

This letter is from Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ.

I am writing to God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.  1:1

The  end of the world is coming soon.Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. 4:7

But the  end of all things is at handtherefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. 4:7

The time is near when all things will endSo think clearly and control yourselves so you will be able to pray. 4:7


1 John

Dear children, this is the  last hour;  and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the  last hour. 2:18


Matthew 16:27-28

Note the Context:  Son of Man coming

27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

Note: some of them would live to see the Son of Man coming

Matthew 16:28 King James Version (KJV)

28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

Matthew 16:28 New Living Translation (NLT)

28 And I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom.”

1. the writer was correct - Jesus returned

2. the writer was mistaken - not inspired

3. the bible is fiction - imaginary stories

Note the context: coming with angels to reward every man according to his works

Matthew 16:27 New King James Version (NKJV)

27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.

Matthew 16:27 New Living Translation (NLT)

27 For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father and will judge all people according to their deeds.


Note that Jesus promised ;
1. to come with angels
2. to judge all people according to their deeds
3. some of them would still be alive when he comes
Bible scholars offer various views :
1. the gospel writer was mistaken
2. verse 27 and 28 refer to different comings separated by thousands of years
3. verse 27 and 28 refer to the " transfiguration " in Matthew 17: 1-3
Note that the context in Matthew 17 does not have Jesus coming with angels to judge all people.
Note the words used in Matthew 16:27 ; to judge all people according to their deeds
Now note how these words are used in other places to refer to the "second coming "

Romans 2: 5-6 .. But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 He will judge everyone according to what they have done.


Revelation 2:22-23 .. Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds. 23 And I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds.

Revelation 20:11-15 .. And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. 12 I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. 14 Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. 15 And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.

Matthew 24 -25

The  context  of both chapters ( Son of Man coming ) are an exhortation to his disciples then living,  to be watchful and ready  for Jesus would return with  clouds, glory, and angels , to gather his chosen ones.


Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”
Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the world?

4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all  these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,  and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.

23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.

26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.

Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it s near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour  your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. 47 Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’[g] 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  Matthew 24


Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming;[a] go out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I sayto you, I do not know you.’13 “
Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.

20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’

26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

“When the
Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the
everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’

44 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into
everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25​​


The bible teaches a Second Coming - not a third.​ These verses fit into the context - time frame - of the first century. Not thousands of years later.


And he will come a
second time, not to offer himself for sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.  Hebrews 9:27


The Bible , Qur'an , and the Book of Mormon , all claim to be inspired - the word of God. Christians, Muslims and Mormons each believe this - because their books tell them so.  

The way Christians view their bible is the same way other religious people view their bible.

​Can anyone prove their bible is the perfect word of God ?  I don't think so. 


Matthew 10:16-23
New Living Translation (NLT)
16 "Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves. 17 But beware! For you will be handed over to the courts and will be flogged with whips in the synagogues. 18 You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about me. 19 When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time. 20 For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
21 "A brother will betray his brother to death, a father will betray his own child, and children will rebel against their parents and cause them to be killed. 22 And all nations will hate you because you are my followers. But everyone who endures to the end will be saved. 23 When you are persecuted in one town, flee to the next. I tell you the truth, the Son of Man will return before you have reached all the towns of Israel.
Bible scholars offer various views on verse 23 and to quote from one , " choosing between the various views is not easy ".
Let's try to discover the context ;
Note that Jesus called his twelve disciples together in Matthew 10:1-4
Note that in verses 16-23 the word you refers to the twelve and not to some far off future generation.
Note that Jesus promised to return " before you " the twelve disciples , finished their mission.


Matthew 24 - 25
Again, to avoid the obvious , bible scholars offer various views on these two chapters.
Note the context of both chapters .. the Son of Man will come ; be watchful , be ready

Matthew 24:3 .. what will be the sign of your coming
Matthew 24:27 .. the coming of the Son of Man
Matthew 24:30 .. the Son of Man will come
Matthew 24:37 .. the coming of the Son of Man
Matthew 24:39 .. the coming of the Son of Man
Matthew 24:42 .. your Lord is coming
Matthew 24:44 .. the Son of Man is coming
Now note Matthew 25 ;

Matthew 25:13 .. the Son of Man comes
Matthew 25:31 .. when the Son of Man comes
Therefore , be watchful , be ready ;
Matthew 24:42 .. watch therefore
Matthew 24:44 .. be ready
Now note Matthew 25 ;
Matthew 25:13 .. watch therefore
The context of both chapters are an exhortation to be watchful and ready for the Son of Man is coming.
Who would live to see all this ?
Matthew 24:32-34 .. Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. 33 In the same way, when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door. 34 I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things take place.
Jesus was speaking to his disciples then living , not to some future generation thousands of years away .
Note the words .. " when you see all these things "
What would they see ?
Matthew 24:15 .. the desolation spoken by Daniel
Matthew 24:21 .. the great tribulation
Matthew 24:29 .. note the verse reads " immediately after the tribulation", not thousands of years later, verses 30 - 31 would be fulfilled
Matthew 24:30-31 .. the Son of Man coming , with .. clouds , glory , angels , to gather his elect or chosen ones.
Again , the context of both chapters teach the same thing concerning the Second Coming.
Note that the Son of Man is coming with .. clouds , glory , angels , to gather his chosen ones ..
Matthew 24:30-31
Matthew 24:30-31
New Living Translation (NLT)
30 And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.
Matthew 25:31-32
New Living Translation (NLT)
31 "But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
Note the words used ;
1. the Son of Man is coming
2. with glory and angels
3. to gather and judge the nations


Matthew 26:64
English Standard Version (ESV)
64 Jesus said to him, "You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven."


Note the words , " you will see " . Who was Jesus talking to ?


The only way to make this apply to us today , is to take the chapters away from the original readers and stretch it over thousands of years.


If the new testament writers did not expect Jesus to return in their lifetime , then what did they expect ?
If we lived back then , and went around teaching that Jesus would not return for many years , I think the Christians would have told us we were crazy.

For those who believe that the NT writers did not predict that Jesus would return in their lifetime , three basic arguments are usually presented as proof.


1 .. The Day and Hour Argument - Matthew 24
Matthew 24:36 New Living Translation (NLT)
36 "However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.
Matthew 24:42 New Living Translation (NLT)
42 "So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.
Matthew 24:44 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
44 So you also must be ready. The Son of Man will come at an hour when you don’t expect him.
Many people rely on these verses to "prove" that the second coming of Jesus is still in the future.
Usually, the argument runs this way ; Jesus admitted that he did not know when his return would take place.

Note the context ; What did Jesus not know ?
Jesus did not know the
1. day
2. hour

Note that Jesus gave his disciples ( signs ) to look for ; so they would know when the time was near ; not the exact day or hour of the day ; only that his return was near.
Matthew 24:3 New Living Translation (NLT)
3 Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and said, "Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?
A simple reading of Matthew 24 lists the signs ( things that must first take place ) before his return ;
Matthew 24:4-8 New Century Version (NCV)
4 Jesus answered, "Be careful that no one fools you. 5 Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will fool many people. 6 You will hear about wars and stories of wars that are coming, but don’t be afraid. These things must happen before the end comes. 7 Nations will fight against other nations; kingdoms will fight against other kingdoms. There will be times when there is no food for people to eat, and there will be earthquakes in different places. 8 These things are like the first pains when something new is about to be born.
Matthew 24:9 New Century Version (NCV)
9 "Then people will arrest you, hand you over to be hurt, and kill you. They will hate you because you believe in me.
Matthew 24:14 New Century Version (NCV)
14 The Good News about God’s kingdom will be preached in all the world, to every nation. Then the end will come.
Paul wrote that the gospel was preached in all the world , to every nation .. Romans 16:25-26 and Colossians 1: 6 and 23.
Matthew 24:29-31 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
29 "But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. 31 And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.
Matthew 24:32-35 New Living Translation (NLT)
32 "Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. 33 In the same way, when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door. 34 I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.


Jesus gave his disciple signs to look for so they would know the time of his return was near.
Since they would only know when his return was
near , and not the exact day or hour , Jesus told them ;


Matthew 24:42 New Living Translation (NLT)
42 "So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.
Matthew 24:44 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.
Mark 13:35-36 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
35 Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, 36 or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly.


2 .. The Master and Servants Argument - Matthew 25: 14-30
Usually the argument runs this way ; the master ( representing Jesus ) left his servants ( representing Christians ) and did not return for a long time.
Matthew 25:14-15 New Living Translation (NLT)
14 "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.
Matthew 25:19 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
19 After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them.
Note ; the words " long trip " and " long time " are not defined. Note:  when the master ( Jesus ) returned , he found his same servants ( Christians ) still alive.
Matthew 25:20 New Living Translation (NLT)
20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.


The master was not gone for thousands of years since the servants were still alive when he returned. This story makes since in the context of the - time frame - which teach the second coming of Jesus to be - near, soon, at hand.


3 .. God's Time Table Is Different - 2 Peter 3: 1- 15
Usually the argument runs this way ; God doesn't count time the way we do , for one day to God is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like one day.
2 Peter 3:3-4 New Living Translation (NLT)
3 Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. 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."
2 Peter 3:8 New Living Translation (NLT)
8 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.
Note what the context is concerned with ;
1. since the world was first created
2. up to the time of Peter's writing
3. the scoffers ( not Peter ) were teaching Jesus would not come soon
2 Peter 3:9-10 New Century Version (NCV)
9 The Lord is not slow in doing what he promised—the way some people understand slowness. But God is being patient with you. He does not want anyone to be lost, but he wants all people to change their hearts and lives.
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The skies will disappear with a loud noise. Everything in them will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be exposed.


When did Peter think this would happen ? Soon , or thousands of years later ?
1 Peter 4:7 New Living Translation (NLT)
7 The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers.

Peter wanted his readers to know that now in these last days , Jesus would return soon , so be ready.
2 Peter 3:11-12 New Century Version (NCV)
11 In that way everything will be destroyed. So what kind of people should you be? You should live holy lives and serve God, 12 as you wait for and look forward to the coming of the day of God. When that day comes, the skies will be destroyed with fire, and everything in them will melt with heat.


Note this question by the disciples:   Matthew 24:3 NLT

What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?


The answer  by Jesus:    

Predicted:  they will persecute you; flogged; prison; stand trial before governors and kings; killed. Matthew 24:9  Mark 13:9-13 Luke 21:12-17

Fulfilled:  Acts 4:1-3 , 5:40 , 7:58-60 , 12:1-5 , 16:22-24 , 18:12-17  24:10-27  25:6-12 ; they were put in prison, flogged , stoned, killed , beaten , stood before governors and kings.

Predicted: the gospel will be preached in all the world to all nations Matthew 24:14 Mark 13:10

Fulfilled: Romans 16:25-26  Colossians 1:5-6, 23 ; the gospel was preached to all nations and to all the world.

Predicted: many false prophets will arise and show great signs to deceive ; Matthew 24:11 , 24  Mark 13:22-23

Fulfilled:  1 John 4:1-2   2 John 1:7  Revelation 13:11-14, 16:13-14, 19:20, 20:10


Since the predictions came true , we find the writers teaching;


You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the  coming of the Lord is near. James 5:8
The 
day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:25
For this  world as we know it will
soon pass away.  1 Corinthians 7:29-31
The  
end of the world is coming soon.  1 Peter 4:7

Where the writers:  correct , mistaken ,or simply writing fiction ?


Consider: every devout Muslim has the same reasons for being a Muslim that you have for being a Christian. And yet you do not find their reasons compelling. The Koran repeatedly declares that it is the perfect word of the creator of the universe. Muslims believe this as fully as you believe the Bible's account of itself. There is a vast literature describing the life of Muhammad that, from the point of view of Islam, proves that he was the most recent Prophet of God. Muhammad also assured his followers that Jesus was not divine (Koran 5:71-75; 19:30-38) and that anyone who believes otherwise will spend eternity in hell. Muslims are certain that Muhammad's opinion on this subject, as on all others, is infallible.


Why don't you lose any sleep over whether to convert to Islam? Can you prove that Allah is not the one, true God? Can you prove that the archangel Gabriel did not visit Muhammad in his cave? Of course not. But you need not prove any of these things to reject the beliefs of Muslims as absurd. The burden is upon them to prove that their beliefs about God and Muhammad are valid. They have not done this. They cannot do this. Muslims are simply not making claims about reality that can be corroborated. This is perfectly apparent to anyone who has not anesthetized himself with the dogma of Islam.

The truth is, you know exactly what it is like to be an atheist with respect to the beliefs of Muslims. Isn't it obvious that Muslims are fooling themselves? Isn't it obvious that anyone who thinks that the Koran is the perfect word of the creator of the universe has not read the book critically? Isn't it obvious that the doctrine of Islam represents a near perfect barrier to honest inquiry? Yes, these things are obvious. Understand that the way you view Islam is precisely the way devout Muslims view Christianity. And it is the way I view all religions.

Sam Harris
Letter To A Christian Nation


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