God's Sword of Truth - The Word
Has Jesus Delayed His Coming?
Many have given dates from the time Jesus left to the present. Even the Apostles were expecting Him back as He went up to heaven....ACTS 1:9-11- "And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." It took an angel to move them.
Looking for Jesus' return is no sin, in fact we are told in REV. 16:15...."Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame." see ACTS 20:31, I COR. 10:12, I COR. 16:13, COL. 4:2, I PETER 5:8, LUKE 12: 37,38. "Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching; verily, I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants." Also see I THES. 5:5,6. Man is subject to error, even the men of God made mistakes.
The time is set, it cannot be changed. All things must come to pass as it is written. The Word of God shall not be late!
All through history, man has been anxious for the return of Christ and His Kingdom. Why is this so? Look at the world; people, nature and life. You see the prince of the earth (Satan) and his evil spirits in the world, and if you do not see Satan and his demons at work, then you are being deceived and are one of his.
We need Christ back, and everything that He brings; peace, love, joy, goodness, cleanness, purity, etc. We are, and have always been, an impatient people. REV. 6:10-11 "And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled."The Lord is not slack, He is at the door. Read 1 PETER, Chapter 3, it is very clear on the subject.
The true Christian is not involved in events or times, only in the truth of JESUS' soon coming.
I shall always look for His coming whether it is in my life time or not. My faith is not affected by events, it does not change because I'm wrong. The men of God have always made mistakes. I'm still excited about His coming and I shall always be excited about it. Any sign He gave about His coming, when I see it or believe it's eminent, I get real excited again. It is the only hope that, in Christ, things are going to get better.
There shall be a new life, a new world, with Christ as King.....REV. 21:1-7. "He which testfieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.... REV. 22:20,21.
Keep in mind, you can do nothing without the Holy Spirit. Not even the Apostles moved till they were anointed by fire. Jesus left in the flesh, to go to heaven on the right hand of the Father, but He sent His Spirit to guide us all, and His Spirit is still here. He is the Godhead on earth and not a man of any kind. He takes the true body of Christ out, in Rapture. Remember the earth is evil and getting worse, and just before the tribulation the Holy Spirit shall remove the body of Christ before the wrath of God is poured out on all religious and evil.
You can do nothing of yourself, only the Holy Spirit is the source of salvation. You can be saved NO OTHER WAY. He is the body of Christ.
All scripture based on the King James Authorized Version or 1611 Bible, New Testament only, otherwise known as THE WORD. All Old Testament scriptural references used in this article is Jewish History, not canonical, and is used as additional references.