Friday, August 5, 2011

Christ's return is Imminent

Matthew 24:3-14 (ESV)
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 close of the age?" [4] And Jesus answered them, "See that no one leads you astray. [5] For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray. [6] And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. [7] For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. [8] All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.
[9] "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. [10] And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. [11] And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. [12] And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. [13] But the one who endures to the end will be saved. [14] And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

So the disciples ask when it will be that the Temples is destroyed, and what the signs are of his coming, the closing of the age. Jesus all but gives them a non answer here. But notice, the Disciples see that he is the Messiah, and that he will be returning, they seem to get that he will be leaving. I suppose there are moments of clarity in the hard times, followed by denial. They certainly don’t seem to be expecting his death to come the way it does when it does.
The answer leaves a person hanging. One has to wonder, when haven’t there been wars and rumoes of wars? Already in Christ’s day there were imposters leading others astray. Many false prophets come, and have come. All these signs have been with us before and after Christ’s death and resurrection. Though there is no real excuse for this prophet bit given Matthew 11. Even the gospel being preached to every nation has its claimed fulfillment in Romans 1 and 2, as well as Acts 2. Christ’s coming is imminent and has been. W e have no security that it won’t be today, or maybe tomorrow, and yet it could be another couple thousand years.

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