by Will Mude
As Christians, we know that Jesus Christ will return, and that all will be judged and reconciled on that glorious day. But do we have any idea when this will happen? Most days, someone comes out with a prophecy or word from the Lord that they believe indicates the exact time and hour. Should we ever trust these? Perhaps it is time to return to the scriptures on this one.
“His coming is the next big thing and could happen at any moment,” writes David Mathis at Desiring God. “That’s what the New Testament means when it says his return is near.” Paul clearly writes in Romans 13:12, “The night is far gone; the day is at hand.” The “times of ignorance” (as he said at Athens, Acts 17:30), the dark season of human history, now has passed with the coming of Christ.
So, could he come back today?
Again, lets look at the Bible.
“Perhaps most prominent of all, and unmistakable, is the first two verses of Hebrews: “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.” The first coming of Christ ushered in this final season of world history — these last days — and his second coming is the next major step in history,” writes Mathis.
“History is God’s story, and it is going somewhere. It had a beginning, and it will have an end.”
Indeed, we can be confident that we are in the last days at this present time. “We do know that this present season of history, which began with the early church, is the last one until Jesus comes,” highlights Mathis.
“The next big step is that Jesus is coming back. That’s what the New Testament means when it says his return is “near” or “at hand.””
“The coming of Christ is near. This is what we teach our children, and remind ourselves. We are living in the last days.”
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