Any Time?

“What do you think about the supposed any-minute coming of the Lord?”

Why do you ask?

“Someone was questioning it the other day.”

Well, there’s good reason to do so.

“Give me one.”

How about two?

“Sure—even better.”

Jesus told Peter what sort of death he would die—right?

“Right.”

Well, no one could look for Jesus’ return until after Peter died, then, could he?

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Who’s Taken?

There is an interesting passage in Luke 17. In it, the day of the coming of the Son of man in judgment on Jerusalem (70 AD) is likened to the days of Noah and the days of Lot.

“I thought this passage referred to Christ’s second coming.”

Oh no! That’s a common misunderstanding. Look at vv.31, 32. It is a time when believers are told to head for the hills—get out of town quickly! We know from the Olivet Discourse that this had to do with the destruction of Jerusalem (See Matthew 24:15-22). Why would Christians be fleeing if it were the second coming? That makes no sense at all!

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Coming and Going

There is a special word that occurs but three times in the New Testament. It is found in the parable of the girls with the lamps who go out to meet the bridegroom and then accompany him back. It also appears in the story of the brothers going out to meet Paul in order to accompany him into the city of Rome. And, finally, it occurs inĀ 1 Thessalonians 4 where the saints arise from the dead to “meet” the Lord and accompany Him back to earth.

The word has to do with going out to meet a dignitary in order to honor him by accompanying him to the place where he is heading.

When a famous world leader arrives at the airport, a body of high officials are at the foot of the plane’s stairs to greet him. After appropriate ceremonies on the tarmac, they all form a motorcade to accompany him into the city.

That is what will happen at our Lord’s coming!

It is important to remember that it is His coming primarily; our going secondarily. He is the One to be honored on that Day!

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Eschatology

“You’re So Pessimistic”Yes, I suppose I am. But I’m also optimistic.

“How can you be both?”

Well, I just am—that’s all there is to it.

“Are you neo-orthodox—one of those fellows who wants it both ways? A lover of paradox?”

Heaven forbid. Nothing like that!

“Then tell me, How you can be both pessimistic and optimistic at the same time?”

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