The Time is Coming Soon

One of the themes that you cannot get away from when you read the book of Revelation is the theme of the “soon-ness” of Christ’s glorious return.  Yet, for many, this has been a stumbling block.  They say that if John expected that Jesus’ return would be soon, and if Jesus himself said that his coming would be soon, how is it that nearly 2000 years have gone by?  Were they wrong?

Some have sought to answer this by going to 2 Peter 3:9, to point out that God’s sense of time is different than our sense of time.  This answer is not overly satisfying, though.  In context, Peter is speaking of God’s patience in bringing the elect to himself, and reminding the readers that God will endure great spans of time to accomplish his plans.  Peter quotes this statement from Psalm 90:4, where the psalmist (Moses in this case) speaks of God’s eternality. 

So how should we understand this language of Jesus coming “soon.”  Christians are to be a people of anticipation.  Indeed, we look back at all that God has done to learn, but we also look forward with expectation to what God is going to do—namely that Jesus will return, bring sin into final judgment, and then remake heaven and earth in glorious perfection.  We look forward to that day when we too will join with the saints in singing that “New Song” before Christ’s glorious presence (Revelation 5:9).  We eagerly anticipate when we will experience that same bodily resurrection that Jesus experienced and will dwell eternally with our Lord, free from sickness, heart-ache, and the effects of sin.

As John writes this, he is seeking to keep this sense of anticipation before us.  As believers, we are to live every day as if Christ were coming any moment.  Think of the busy anticipation that you feel as you await the arrival of a special guest at your home.  There is the business of rushing around putting everything in its place and finishing all of the preparations.  Yet, there are also those excited looks out the window, wondering when that special guest will arrive.  Friends, as believers, this is how we are to live our lives.  Christ will come—we can be assured of that—we just don’t know the timing.  We should be hard at work, making sure our spiritual houses are in order, yet always look to the sky, asking the question: “Could this day be the day when Christ returns?”  The language of the “soon-ness” of the second coming is meant to help engender that sense of anticipation.


About preacherwin

A pastor, teacher, and a theologian concerned about the confused state of the church in America and elsewhere...Writing because the Christian should think Biblically.

Posted on March 26, 2008, in Apologetics, Pastoral Reflections and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. “It ought to be the business of every day to prepare for Christ’s return.”—Matthew Henry


  2. Amen!



  3. Hi

    Please don’t mind. This might interest you.

    The SecondComing of Jesus has already happened in the form of the PromisedMessiah 1835-1908 fullfilling the signs as prophesised by Jesus and Muhammad. In my opinion, the Christians, Muslims and Jews should accept him.

    Kindly visit my blog for interesting posts in this connection for your peaceful comments and or discussions on the pages/posts there. Differing opnion are also welcome.


    I am an Ahmadi peaceful Muslim


  4. No, Paarsurrey, you are very wrong in this assertion. The Bible says that when the Messiah returns we will enter into a time of final judgement. Such a judgment has not yet taken place.

    In addition, Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the father except through me.” That is as plain and as absolute a statement as one can make. For the Jew and for the Muslim, there is no salvation except they repent of their sin and flee to Christ in faith. Even for the nominal Christian who is Christian in name because of church attendance but who does not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, there is nothing but eternal judgment and condemnation.

    Friend, you have been misled and are treading down a path that will lead to eternal judgment. Flee to Christ–not to your imagined harmony between Islam and Christian religions, but flee to Christ of the Bible.

    I am praying for you.



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