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Return of Christ
Did Jesus Imply Its Immediacy?
No; He Didn't Although Many Claim It in an Effort to Harm the Faith
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The primary purpose of this brief document is to demonstrate that Jesus
did not imply at any time that His return was imminent (even though
some of the versions of some of the many Epistles of the New Testament
appear to have prophesied His immediate return).
This seemingly technical point is important, because Roman Catholic
Church authorities and other "known faces" are attempting to defuse any
urgency in the preparation for the End of These Times. They say that
the imminent return of Christ was expected in Paul's day, and it did
not happen then or at any time in the last 2,000 years - so that any
expectation today of an imminent return of Christ is likewise erroneous.
The only way to resolve this - once
and for all - is to carefully review all four Gospels and scrutinize
every statement made by Jesus that could be construed as implying His
immediate return. This is to be done keeping in mind the appropriate
manner in which Biblical Texts must be approached.
Remember - an improper approach of the
Biblical Texts only leads to more confusion. As another example, beyond
those already used in our two documents addressing Biblical Literalism,
(1) let us take Peter's speech after Pentecost.
.... Ye men of Judea, and all you
that dwell in Jerusalem, be this known to you, and with your ears
receive my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, seeing it is
but the third hour of the day: [Acts 2: 14-14]
Considering the importance wine has
had in the New Testament (remember the wedding feast at Cana), from
this statement, enemies of the Bible could claim that the Apostles
must have been known for frequently getting drunk - but not so early in
The key is that Peter was addressing
people from all over the Roman Empire and beyond, and the mentality and
customs of some of them could have caused them to think of drunkenness.
But even if the Apostles would have been thought of as heavy social
drinkers, social drinking did not start so early in the morning, thus
Peter's remarks underscoring the time.
A kind soul, Mrs. R.M. from Puerto
Rico, read the four Gospels in Spanish and provided us with the quotes,
in both Spanish and English, where Jesus may have mentioned anything
related to His Second Coming. We carefully reviewed the quotes
and selected the ones
which could have lent themselves to misinterpretation. Same-subject
quotes from different Gospels were only addressed once.
We will now reproduce the selected quotes and address each one - one at
From the Gospel According to Matthew
"And seeing many of the Pharisees
and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them: Ye brood of
vipers, who hath shewed you to flee from the wrath to come?"
Although this was John the Baptizer speaking, he was referring to
the End of Time. In verse 12 we read "...he (Jesus) will thoroughly
cleanse his floor and gather his wheat into the barn; but the chaff he
will burn with unquenchable fire."
The wheat and chaff separation and the unquenchable fire are associated
with the Final Judgment and the End of Time, and not the Second Coming
at the End of These Times.
"From that time Jesus began to
preach, and to say: Do penance, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
The Kingdom of Heaven that Jesus speaks about here is at its
beginning. When a soul achieves a true conversion, that soul's Eternal
Life starts right then and there - not when the soul leaves the body.
The following readings make that crystal clear: Matthew 13:33, Matthew
13:44-45 and Matthew 13:47.
"And when they shall persecute you
in this city, flee into another. Amen I say to you, you shall not
finish (preaching in) all the cities of Israel, till the Son of man
He is addressing the twelve apostles as individuals and as heads of the
waves of Evangelizers to fan across the world. Obviously all the cities
of Israel are not Evangelized/converted yet, thus the Evangelizers will
not finish before His Second Coming.
In other words - The Evangelization of the unconverted Jews will still
be in progress at the time of the return of Jesus. Let us not forget
that the State of Israel came into being in 1948.
"For the Son of man shall come in
the glory of his Father with his angels: and then will he render to
every man according to his works. Amen I say to you, there are some of
them that stand here, that shall not taste death, till they see the Son
of man coming in his kingdom."
First Jesus is talking about the Final Judgment, then He is
referring to His transfiguration where Peter, James and John witnessed
Jesus in His Divine Splendor. In a way He was saying - "If you do not
believe what I am saying about the Final Judgment, wait until you see
my Glorious Divinity and you will then believe."
"Amen I say to you, all these
things shall come upon this generation. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that
killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee, how
often would I have gathered together thy children, as the hen doth
gather her chickens under her wings, and thou wouldest not? Behold, you
house shall be left to you, desolate. For I say to you, you shall not
see me henceforth till you say: Blessed is he that cometh in the name
of the Lord."
Jesus is referring to the destruction of the Temple and of Jerusalem by
the Romans in 70 AD. "This generation" means the people that He was
addressing at the time, which probably spanned two generations - 50
From the Gospel According to Mark
And you shall be hated by all men
for my name's sake. But he that shall endure unto the end, he shall be
saved. And when you shall see the abomination of desolation, standing
where it ought not: he that readeth let him understand: then let them
that are in Judea, flee unto the mountains:
This is a dual prophecy. It is
primarily for the time that Romans razed Jerusalem and the Temple. But
it is also for the End of These Times. Notice Jesus said: "he that
readeth". He is referring to others besides those to whom He was
speaking: those who would read His Word centuries later.
But in those days, after that
tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her
light. And the stars of heaven shall be falling down, and the powers
that are in heaven, shall be moved. And then shall they see the Son of
man coming in the clouds, with great power and glory.
These two verses refer to the End of These Times, the second part of
the prophecy (see above explanation about Mark 13: 13-14). The
confirmation is found in the preceding verses, Mark 13:19-23:
 For in those days shall be
such tribulations, as were not from the beginning of the creation which
God created until now, neither shall be.  And unless the Lord had
shortened the days, no flesh should be saved: but for the sake of the
elect which he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; lo,
he is here: do not believe.  For there will rise up false Christs
and false prophets, and they shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce
(if it were possible) even the elect.  Take you heed therefore;
behold I have foretold you all things.
It is crystal clear that He is speaking now about the End of These
So you also when you shall see
these things come to pass, know ye that it is very nigh, even at the
doors. Amen I say to you, that this generation shall not pass, until
all these things be done.
Once again let us see what precedes these two verses.
 Now of the fig tree learn ye
a parable. When the branch thereof is now tender, and the leaves are
come forth, you know that summer is very near.
Notice that He has moved on to the fig tree parable which illustrates
the recognition of what is to come by what one may see now The problem
word in verse 30 is "all" since if the verse read instead: Amen I say
to you, that this generation shall not pass, until these things be
done. then the "this generation" would have applied to the first part
of the prophecy - the Roman destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple.
(See Matthew 23: 36-39 above.)
Considering what His words have gone through (1)
for nearly 2,000 years, we would not let the qualifier "all" be only
the proof that Jesus was speaking of His imminent return.
"And Jesus said to him: I am. And
you shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of the power of
God, and coming with the clouds of heaven."
Remember - Jesus knew that the Temple and Jerusalem would be destroyed
in the time of "this generation" and, by default it can be understood
that He had not returned yet. Therefore we must assume that Jesus meant
that the High Priest would see Him at a time when the High Priest had
already left his human body and not before.
From the Gospel According to Luke
"That the blood of all the
prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be
required of this generation, From the blood of Abel unto the blood of
Zacharias, who was slain between the alter and the temple: Yea I say to
you, It shall be required of this generation."
Again, "this generation" is the one which will witness the destruction
of Jerusalem and the Temple.
"As they were hearing these
things, he added and spoke a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem,
and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately be
Here and the associated verses Jesus is making it clear that it is a
very long process and the Kingdom of God - as they visualized it
- would come only after His return.
And when you shall see Jerusalem
compassed about with an army; then know that the desolation thereof is
at hand. Then let those who are in Judea, flee to the mountains; and
those who are in the midst thereof, depart out: and those who are in
the countries, not enter into it.
Again, He is referring to the Roman assault on Jerusalem and the
destruction of the Temple on 70 AD. See Matthew 23: 36-39 above.
From the Gospel According to John
Wonder not at this; for the hour
cometh, wherein all that are in the graves shall hear the voice of the
Son of God. And they that have done good things, shall come forth unto
the resurrection of life; but they that have done evil, unto the
resurrection of judgment.
He is speaking of an undefined future time "for the hour cometh" which,
before His Redemptive action, was "not coming yet". This future time is
split in two events: His Second Coming with the First Resurrection
[Rev. 20:5] and the Final Judgment as illustrated in Revelations 20:
6-15 (the resurrection of judgment).
Undoubtedly we may have overlooked a verse or two since, even within
the same language, different versions sometimes appear differently as
we have explained in our documents about Biblical Literalism. (1)
However, we feel that we have covered the key verses that could lend
themselves to misinterpretation.
As it should be readily obvious, nowhere did Jesus say that His Second
Coming was imminent.
Now, it is.
on October 28th, 2010 - Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles - European Union
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