The Day of Christ's Return

I believe that we are living in the last days (2 Peter 3:3; 2 Timothy 3:1; James 5:3). I believe that Christ’s return is imminent (John 14:3; Matthew 24:30). I believe that the 6,000 years which God allotted to man to rule this earth, are almost up (2 Peter 3:8; Psalm 90:4; Hebrews 4:4-11). I believe that the signs of our time indicate that Christ is near–even at the doors (Matthew 24:32-34; Revelation 3:20).

But — I also believe that no man knows the exact time of Christ’s return (Acts 1:7). I believe that it is useless to speculate or try to figure out the day, month or year, when He will return. I believe that neither Jesus Himself nor the angels know, but only the Father (Matthew 24:36; Mark 13:32).

I believe that we, through our conduct, can delay or hasten Christ’s coming (2 Peter 3:9, 12). I believe that because of the elect’s sake, God will cut short these last days (Matthew 24:22). I believe the time is upon us when there will be delay no longer (Revelation 10:6).

But — I also believe that Christ will return when we don’t expect it (Matthew 24:44; Revelation 3:3).

Therefore, I believe that we must watch and pray always that we are not caught unawares (Matthew 24:42; 25:13; Mark 13:35-37; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-4; Revelation 16:15). I believe that we must be diligent to present ourselves approved to God–at all times (2 Timothy 2:15).

That is what I believe. What about you?

PS. You might also want to read our Q&A on Matthew 24:44.

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