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Why I believe Jesus already came back

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By Virgil - Posted on 13 March 2003

Simply the title of this article will provoke some people to outrage or even to covering their ears and rushing at the idea, yelling at the top of their voices*. But as difficult as it may be, we need to quietly, calmly and plainly read the bible.The idea that Jesus has already came back will be met with immediate objections:

 There is still sin in the world.

 All the signs haven’t happened yet.

 We would have seen Him.

Let us look at a plain reading of the bible. If you read the bible in a plain manner, not injecting it with concepts of mystical raptures or revived Roman Empires you will notice that the message of Jesus and the Apostles was that something was about to happen. For, Jesus constantly used terms like, “soon”, "shortly”, “quickly”, “near”, “at hand”, and “about to be”. Whatever this event was that was about to happen, it was not to be 2,000 years in the future. Yes, yes I know some of you want to quote “a day is as a thousand years with the Lord” (2 Peter 3:8) but do you really want to negate the words of Jesus simply by taking one verse and utilizing it in this manner? Because the bible also says that “God owns the cattle on a thousand hills”. (Ps 50:10) Does this mean God does not own the cattle on the thousandth and first hill? No, these references are merely figures of speech that relate the eternality and sovereignty of God. To apply the text in the manner that some people are proposing is an injustice to the text and makes the words of Jesus and the Apostles nothing but jumbled rambling. When Jesus and the Apostles use specific time statements like “soon” and “shortly” do they really mean that plainly?

Defining point

Whether we know it or not most Christians have been greatly influenced by a system called dispensationalism. Dispensationalism came about in the late 1800s and has permeated Christianity ever since. I’ve met many Christians that not only deny that they are influenced by dispensationalism by say they have never even heard of it. But as we look closer at what they believe it becomes evident that dispensationalism is very much a part of their belief system. Most Christians want to believe they aren’t following any sort of system, dispensationalism or otherwise but the fact is that we are heavily influenced by various systems of thought. If we are honest we will look closely at ourselves and see how we might have been affected.

You might be a dispensationalist if…

1. You believe the Jews are still God’s chosen people.

2. You believe that we currently live in what some people term as the “Church Age”.

3. You believe that there will be a day when there is a rapture of all the Christians.

To be sure, there are many other factors that would determine if a person has been influenced by dispensationalism but I chose to bring these three concepts to the forefront because they seem so prevalent in modern Christian circles.

Starting point

So, the key to reading the bible plainly is to recognize and then remove any system that we may bring to our interpretation. Obviously we should pray and ask for God’s guidance in handling His word but we must be careful not to put too much stock in a mystical revealing of the Word of God. We don’t need any hi-tech bible code programs to find hidden meanings in the bible. Nor will God reveal one meaning to one person and another meaning to another person about the same text. God is not the author of confusion. (1 Cor 14:33) There are even people who accuse me and others who believe that Jesus has come back that we either came to this conclusion from our own corrupted reasoning or we are being misled by demonic spirits. I ask these accusers, from where did Martin Luther get the idea of "justification by faith alone"? Did He get it from a corrupt reasoning or a demonic spirit, or by reading the bible plainly? Please don't be so quick to accuse.

After you pray, then take up the bible in a plain reading. First suppose you are one of the original recipients of the message. When Jesus and the Apostles spoke, they did not speak over the audience. Jesus and the Apostles used normal pronouns like “you”, “we” and “us”. The messages have application for people 2,000 years in the future (like us) but the message was primarily to the immediate audience. Would you agree with that? Because if Jesus and the Apostles spoke of only some future generation, then their words would have been no help or comfort to their immediate audience. It is almost as if we are willing to steal the hope that those immediate Christians had and bring it over into our modern times. That is rather selfish. Our hope is more glorious because all things have been completed.

So, as you read verses where Jesus and the apostles utilize words and phrase like “upon this generation shall all these things come” (Mt 23:36), it would be an injustice to the text to force the text into the future and claim that “this generation” means some other generation than that immediate generation. It would be a further injustice to force the word generation into the word “race” as do some people.

Now, don’t jump the gun here. I know many of you want to say “but..but..but what about this text and that text?” We can get to those in time but we must first deal with the fact that Jesus and the Apostles were teaching that something was about to happen very soon.

What was going to happen?

Jesus and the Apostles’ main message was about the “coming age”. As a matter of fact Jesus’ public ministry began with this proclamation:

“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Mt 4:17)

Something was about to radically change. Let that idea hit you for a moment. How did the world change?

Dispensationalism teaches that there is a so-called “Church Age”, in which we are currently living. But Jesus and the Apostles speak nothing of an intermediary “Church Age”. The only ages Jesus and the Apostles spoke about were the “age about to end” and the “age about to come”. In that respect, we are either in the age that was ending or we are in the age that came. I ask, which is it?

Do the dead still sleep?

Jesus said that He would come back. Every Christian would say amen to that. But Jesus also said to Nicodemus:

“And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” (Jn 3:13)

When did that circumstance change? For , certainly we all believe that true Christians now go to be with the Lord upon physical death. But for that to happen something needed to change.

Further, Simon Peter was perplexed by a statement by Jesus:

Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards. (Jn 13:36)

Jesus constantly told His disciples and other people that He was going away and they couldn’t come with Him but that He would return soon and then they would be with Him.

Jn 7:34-36, Jn 8:21-22, Jn 13:33

Are they still waiting to follow Him? Or has He come to receive them (and us when we die physically) as He said He would, which was “soon”, “shortly”, “about to be”, “near” and “at hand”?

*Acts 7:56-58 (NIV)

"Look," he [Stephen] said, "I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God." At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him…

jacqueshock's picture

How many on here would be Christians if Christianity it were not rationally true, including preterism.

Roderick's picture

Hmmm... Is this a loaded question? No matter. I'll answer it anyway. :)

God IS rational. God's Plan is rational. -- Maybe not as first understood by some people. I for one believe that the bible teaches that God saves people out of His good pleasure and mercy. There is nothing in an individual person that causes God to save them over another. -- Well, this sounds irrational at first, especially to our semi-Pelagian "freewill" friends. But God IS Rational and God's Plan is rational.

The short answer is no, I wouldn't be a Christian if it were irrational, but on the other hand it appeared irrational to me BEFORE God regenerated me and made me alive to it. It seems some Christians like to keep Christianity fuzzy even after their regeneration so that they don't have to deal with the difficult things -- like growing in Christ. (I don't mean to sound rude, but there are a lot of people like this) Anyhow, excellent question jacqueshock -- thanks for bringing it forward.

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