When Will Christ Return?

I wish I had a dollar for every time someone has told me these are the end times and that Jesus will return on [insert date of your choice]. In support of their claims, my informants invariably point to how terribly sinful and corrupt our present world has become. Surely, they assert, things have never been worse. All the end time requirements are being met this very hour. And then, after a period of time, some will mumble a few words in explanation of Jesus' failure to arrive on time, according to their schedules.

From the moment Eve picked the forbidden fruit and shared it with Adam, our world has been populated by corrupt people. I am not able to cite any proof text, though Psalm 5 does say He hates all iniquity, but it seems to me He views all sin as abomination, without regard to what degree of severity we humans may care to assign to a particular transgression. It seems to me that we, who "only sin a little", are just as abominable before the purity and holiness of God as any monster, such as Nero, Attila, Hitler or Stalin who caused the torture and murder of millions. Let's face it, one is either pure enough to stand before God, or one is impure. Period.

Looking at today's world, I see little that has not been here since the creation of man. Certainly, we have become more efficient in sinning, and we are able to learn of evil done in some far place "even as we speak," but none of these events should appear new to us. As the Preacher wrote:

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. -- Ecclesiastes 1:9

Nothing could please me more than to look up at the sound of a trumpet call and see my Savior coming in the clouds, but I am quite content to wait and watch until He does come. I understand how someone, filled with faith and joy, might be so desirous of Christ's return that he seeks to calculate a date when that blessed event will take place. But Christ Himself told us no man knows, nor do the angels, when that day will be. Rather than make a mark on God's wall calendar informing all when He will return, Christ told us to watch and wait, to be ready for that wonderful time.

And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other....But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only....Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." -- Matthew 24:30-31, 36, 44

It occurs to me, given Jesus' own words as quoted above, we should not concern ourselves about discovering the date of His return but, rather, in living Christian lives as we wait and watch. Surely, such would be more godly behavior than seeking to discredit Christ's own teaching and trying to prove Him a liar.

And that is my question to all, I suppose: When we seek to discover what Christ has told us is not disclosed to man, are we, in our misplaced zeal, disputing a truth as revealed in the Bible? I wish you all grace and peace from God our Father and our Savior Jesus Christ. And may Christ's love manifest itself through each of us that we might give visible witness to all the world that through Him we have been forgiven and regenerated.


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