probably the precise moment i finally finish christmas cards...
“Do you think the Father is waiting on us? rather than us waiting on him to return to earth?”
I think the Father is waiting for us to go to every nation, people and place to spread the Good Word and give people a chance to prepare for His Coming. That said, He won’t wait forever and will determine His own timing.
Tell me the month and the year and I'll have some time to get things straightened out in my life.
I live in South Florida, we have Jesuses everywhere...
The presence of Jesus, I would imagine.
The Gospel must first be preached to all nations. I think that’s in Matt 24. The only ones left are islamic strongholds and a few obscure languages in jungles.
No. God has set the timetable. The time for return was already set before any of us existed, and only God the Father knows it. Because He knows the future before it happens, as God is not constrained in time as we are, the whole premise of ‘waiting’ isn’t quite the same thing.
Well Saul thought he was doing the Lord’s work and he got brought down on that road to Damascus. Now are we not told to ‘wait’ ‘watch’ for that day? I do not think the LORD is in need of our advise.
I’m going out on a limb and guessing that Jesus himself will be making that determination.
Let's see what Scripture has to say. The OT chapter most frequently quoted or cited or echoed in the NT is Psalm 110. For example, see I Cor. 15:25-28:
Every other enemy needs to bite the dust first. At this point in history, I still see too many butts that need to be kicked. The prevalence of the scatological ends indicates the remoteness of the eschatological end. 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
Nothing in the scriptures would indicate that. "The time of the fullness of the Gentiles" is the stated time of his physical return.
“...pin down a date when Jesus might return, especially in these perilous times we all are living in....”
People in despair have often wanted the end of the world hoping to enter a better world or an end to their suffering. I am sure that many in the Nazi concentration camps would’ve welcomed the end and perhaps even prayed for it.
I’ve always wondered how the MSM would report the second coming of Christ.
He is probably waiting until people stop playing know it all and stop predicting when...
Would Jesus care at all about something (”time”) that is individually marked by the lifetimes of billions?
Matthew 24:34-35 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till al these things be fulfilled.
1. Whether the responder believes the Bible in a literal fashion (”normal-literal” interpretation), or in an allegorical fashion.
2. Whether the responder believes that Israel will one day be restored, or whether he/she believes that all of prophesy has been fulfilled already some time in the first 150 years of the “church age.” Some interpret the Bible according to historical events, instead of judging historical events by the Scriptures.
3. Whether the responder believes that the Church has replaced Israel entirely; the idea that Israel sort o’ metamorphosed into the Church. The converse would be that, although “in Christ” there is neither Jew nor Gentile, God's prophetic program still distinguishes three kind of people on the earth, Jew, Gentile, and the Church of God (1 Cor. 10:32).
During the “days of His flesh” the Lord Jesus did limit His knowledge, and so He could say that men, nor angels, nor He Himself knew the day or hour that the Son of Man would come - - - and He IS the Son of Man. Of course, there would be no reason to teach that as the resurrected Head of the Church at His Father's Right Hand, His knowledge of these matters is still restricted.
The differences between the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of Man on earth, and the ministry of the exalted Christ, the Head of the Body (Ephesians 1:17-23; Colossians chapter 1; etc.) are very important to understand.
Prior to the conversion of the “Apostle to the Gentiles,” Paul, and while the ministry of the Twelve was restricted to Israel as a Nation (Acts 1-9 especially), it was not for them to know the times and the seasons.
But Paul instructed the Thessalonian church, which would be after Acts chapter 17, that there was no need that he write to them concerning the times and the seasons, because they KNEW PERFECTLY WELL . . . (see 1 Thess. ch. 5).
Revelation was progressive through the Acts period, after the “fall” and during the “diminishing” of Israel, the time in which Paul “magnified” his office of Apostle to the Gentiles (Read Romans ch. 11).
That men did not know the day nor the hour of the coming of the Son of Man during our Lord's earthly ministry does not necessarily mean that men during a future time will not be able to roughly date it.
When the man of sin, the son of perdition, appears and takes power, and especially when he stands in the holy place and declares himself to be “God,” (2 Thess. ch. 2) the believers facing his onslaught will be able to calculate how much time remains from the prophesy of Daniel. The Son of Man Himself confirmed the validity of Daniel's prophesy and suggested that would see this, the Abomination of Desolation (Daniel 9).