RETURN OF CHRIST
The subject verse from this writing is only one of the many statements clearly indicating the return of Christ should have been very soon following His death and resurrection, certainly within the generation that wrote the Scriptures we read. Because of the overwhelming testimony that His return was entirely imminent, there are even those today who believe that Christ did in fact already return at the time of the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, and that should He come again, it will be for a third coming, not a second coming.
Following are just a few or the passages that clearly state that Christ's return was promised as well as expected within the generation that witnessed His departure.
Jesus said to him, "You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven" (Matthew 26:64).
"Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place" (Luke 21:32).
And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet (Romans 16:20).
But this I say, brethren, the time has been shortened, so that from now on both those who have wives should be as though they had none (1 Corinthians 7:29).
Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed (1 Corinthians 15:51).
The Lord is near (Philippians 4:5).
For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep (1 Thessalonians 4:15).
Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:17).
You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand (James 5:8).
Behold, the Judge is standing right at the door (James 5:9).
For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you (1 Peter 1:20).
But they shall give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead (1 Peter 4:5).
The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer (1 Peter 4:7).
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must shortly take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John (Revelation 1:1).
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near (Revelation 1:3).
"I am coming quickly" (Revelation 3:11).
He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming quickly" (Revelation 22:20).
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