Skip to comments.Why Is Jesus Waiting?
Posted on 03/19/2009 4:32:03 PM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta
As a Christian watching and waiting for the Lord Jesus to fulfill His promise of returning to Earth to set up His kingdom of peace, love and righteousness, I keep an eye on world events to discern the biblical signs that foretell of that blessed Second Coming. And so, day after day after day I peruse an endless list of news stories in search of those signs. They are very easy to find, but in the search I also discover that the world is filled with horror. That horror can stamp out any glimmer of hope.
Like standing stalwart against the crashing surf, all these constant updates on how bad the world is can eventually erode a person down. Each morning's wakeup has become tinged with a subtle dread of knowing that I'll have to hear about some injustice, atrocity or murder. My corporate prayer times are filled with reports of moral collapse and further acts that persecute believers in Christ and take the life of the innocent. My personal prayer times seem to more and more address the consequences of man's inhumanity to man. And worse, I gaze at my children and feel a deep sadness that they will not experience the earthly opportunities and freedoms that the American dream had once provided.
On top of all the terrible news of today, as a student of Bible prophecy I'm also laden with the knowledge of the future horrors of tomorrow. The human institutions of justice created to uphold moral law that so many have bled to establish have been corrupted and will disintegrate into a totalitarian regime ruled by a megalomaniac world leader. Within a few short years, three quarters of the world's population are going to be annihilated by nuclear war, raging famine, deadly pestilence and mass death. Freedom of religion will be stamped out. Those who call Christ "Savior" will be hunted like deer and exterminated. The world will visibly be in the grip of the cruel and merciless Prince of this Age Satan.
And how do I cope with all this badness in the world and the knowledge to come? Initially, my lunch breaks have shifted from Channel 8 news to pre-recordings of American Idol, and from late night surfing of the news sites to Netflix. The wars I can control are played out in Command & Conquer games. But, these escapisms are only fleeting respites.
Why Jesus is Waiting
Honest coping coping that heals the soul finally arrives when one truly understands why Jesus is waiting to return, allowing the evil in the world to rage on in the meantime. The key to that understanding lies in 2 Peter 3:9 which reads, "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."
The verse teaches that Jesus waits because not everyone who will accept Him as Savior during the present Church Age has yet done so.
I could get mad, and probably in moments of weakness have, that I'm saved and am all set to go. Bring it on!
But, what if Jesus had come back the day before I had accepted Him as Savior? What if Jesus was to return before your spouse, your child, your parents or best friend have accepted Him, leaving them to experience the wrath He has promised to let loose in judgment upon the whole world? Those questions put my anxiousness for His return into true perspective.
That Jesus hasn't returned yet is amazingly a mercy. The world is in a sorry state of affairs because mankind's free will and Satan's moment of ruling have made it so. But, to have the opportunity to be rescued from our sin and be granted eternal life by the true King of the Universe, the King who one day WILL fulfill His promises of destroying all evil and establishing His perfect kingdom... well, that life-saving chance is far too important when compared to our present limited time of suffering.
Jesus loves us, and I love Him for being so merciful. He is patient in returning because He wants everyone to have the opportunity to come to repentance and choose Jesus as Savior. Fortified with that knowledge, I think my day just got a whole lot brighter!
God will call each one of us before you know it. Be prepared.
Well written, well said.
God has a plan. He knows exactly how this is going to go down. Whether Satan rules in eight years, twelve years, another century...
For the Father’s own reasons. Whether Jesus returns tomorrow or 50,000 years from now, His expectations of us today, as long as it is “today,” do not change.
Jesus has returned. His name is Barack Obama.
Not to make light of your serious post...
But I suspect that He’s going to let us marinate in our own corruption for a bit...
The rapture caucus started here last night. You might want to post there.
I became a Christian in 1994. Bill Clinton had shaken my faith in everything I believed politically. I thought that there was no hope against this dark prince that was so beloved by the media. The press was giving us lying polls each day about the fall congressional races, saying the Dems were ahead or they were all toss ups. The media later put a moratorium on about telling us how many seats the GOP gained.
But before that, I was speaking to a friend who told me his minister father believed in a time that the Christians wouldn’t be here. I wasn’t a Christian, but was fascinated. Every day I asked my friend more and more questions and he had to call his father daily, which in turn brought them together.
Interest in prophecy waxes and wanes, but we know our faith and will continue to wait patiently for the “blessed hope.”
Agreed! We need to always be mindful of this. I am reminded of how Jesus told us not to worry about tomorrow because today has enough trouble and when he gave us the example to pray, Give us today our daily bread.
I take mortality very seriously, in a giddy redneck sorta way. It could be over for me tomorrow, making every plan or prediction beyond that irrelevant.
The way I see it,Israel was shocked by the Babylonian siege. I am afraid, we are not even close. I read Lamentations 4 and found some interesting parallels. There is much more work to be done. Uncomfortable, sacrificial work.
I look at it this way. If one of God’s days is a thousand of our years (2 Peter 3:8), then Jesus has only been gone for the weekend. Although, I am ready when He is!
People have been expecting Him to come since the mid-1800’s. If He had come any time in the ensuing 75 years, you wouldn’t exist to have to worry about it.
IOW, it seems to be all about you???
Why is Jesus waiting? We’re not ready yet.
The church has been waiting since Jesus left.
There was the rumor that Jesus would return before all of the apostles died. Then, in the middle ages, people of that time thought Jesus would return at the turn of the first century.
Does this mean that the Church should stop looking? No.
Actually, my understanding of scripture is that from the moment Jesus left till Jesus does return, is ALL the last day.
So, the wise Christian just decides that the Lord knows what he is doing, and patiently waits.
As to why Jesus is waiting, it is for one reason, so that more can be saved.
As to why Jesus is waiting, it is for one reason, so that more can be saved.
Precisely my point, that I made to the previous poster. If He had come earlier, that poster would not have existed.
So I ask, should Jesus "tarry", how many more millions, billions, trillions, will be added to the Kingdom? And is that not what we Christians want?
For Christians to whine about Him not coming now, and "why does He wait" is supremely self-centered. And further, it is a function of the current "Rapturist" point of view. How would you like to have been a Chinese Christian after 1949, or a Christian in Germany during the 3rd Reich?
We have it easy today. Moaning about Clinton and whatever excesses he may have brought, or Obama, comparing him to the "Anti-Christ", are nothing compared to the excesses of Nero, who was the ruler of the Roman Empire during Paul's life.
The LORD says to my Lord:
"Sit at My right hand
Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet."
- Psalm 110,
the single most quoted psalm in the entire New Testament.
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