The answer is, of course He is, but be wary of all the hype and nonsense going around…
Did I make a complete fool of myself when, at the age of twenty-three, I suddenly switched from being an aimless stoner, to preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to my friends, and telling them to be ready for the return of Jesus Christ? They would say, even more so now than then, that yes, I did…
Here we all are, decades later, and in the eyes of the world and half the church, the Son of God has failed to make his appearance.
BE BOLD, NOT BALD
However, as one smart preacher remarked recently, if someone warns you that your car has bald tires showing bare metal, you would be a fool to conclude that since the tires haven’t blown yet, they aren’t going to. The frog in the pot is still cooking, and the show isn’t over. And to continue the worn clichés, the infamous stars of earth’s greatest drama are still waiting in the wings, to make their appearance on the stage of history.
There’s no doubt that some prophecy “experts”-perhaps most of them- made some serious mistakes, and still do. I have to admit that there are none I know of that I think can be completely trusted. Some did it sincerely, but some intentionally, wanting to cash in on the movement of people who long to see the world put right at last.
Here’s one fulfilment of real Bible prophecy, because Peter, not having a car with tires, wrote:
They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation” (2 Peter 3:4).
CONFUSION OR CONVICTION
I’m of the strong opinion that God’s word is first of all true, and secondly that God said what He means to say. He doesn’t hide or fudge His intentions, and He doesn’t set out to fool us into thinking that something will happen when all the time it’s just an allegory of something we missed anyway. Allegories in Scripture are plain. When we read that a woman sits astride a seven-headed beast and drinks the blood of the saints, we understand it to be allegorical: she represents something so vast and hideous that the Holy Spirit saw fit to describe it thus, and the level-headed among us can see that plainly. But when we have other warnings of nations being besieged and overwhelmed, even giving place names and locations, we are far more likely to realize that we’re reading of an actual event, especially when we compare other scriptures and see a correlation.
The problems in prophecy come when the “experts” start from a poor base of understanding and knowledge, or of a bias which blinds them; when they follow others’ faulty thinking like sheep, and when they are determined to sell books and videos in the hope of getting that new private jet.
BELIEVING THAT GOD IS FAITHFUL AND TRUTHFUL
So then, what about it? Is Jesus ever coming back, or is it all the dream of deluded and ignorant religious zealots? I’ve asked myself this in all honesty, many times. I wanted to know the truth. I don’t want to live or believe a lie.
IF HE ISN’T COMING: THE OPTIONS
If Jesus Christ isn’t coming again, then the Bible is not the word of God, and we have no sure hope of forgiveness, of obtaining unearned mercy, or of gaining eternal life, beside what other religions might offer. We may as well forget Jesus who is then a powerless charlatan, and start looking for other meaning and purpose in our existence. The world, in this circumstance, is at the mercy of those who can lie most effectively and use the most brute force-the procedure of many godless nations of history already-including those who claimed to be serving God.
However, as I discussed in a recent post, “Why I am a Christian”, I have no intention whatsoever, of giving up on my faith. The Bible is a totally unique testimony-testable in many ways, and I am committed to it, mind, body and soul, until the day I pass out of this world. I’m also convinced that the large volume of Scripture concerning the return of Jesus Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords is telling us something we need to know, and not ignore. That’s why Jesus Christ himself said:
It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them (Luke 12:37).
There are numerous signs of the times in our world that the Time is near. The word “signs” has been made into a cliché by decades of hype, so that it can cause a yawn when someone tries to speak about them. I say forget the “blood moons” and other silly speculations and hype. Pushing all that aside, we must bear in mind that scripture really does give us signs to look out for, and we have to be aware of them. Most of them concern the future, yes, but some can be divined in our time, and without the guidance of “experts” who get so much wrong anyway.
God is faithful. Forty years as a Christian has taught me that. His word is true, and the Son of God, we will see, really is the Lion of Judah. Yes, he is coming again…at the right and perfect time…for all those who have accepted him.