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Will Jesus Come Back This Year?

At the start of every new year there are always hopeful believers who claim that this is the year that Christ will come back. Some of these believers move beyond hope and practice unhelpful distortion of Scriptures to arrive at their wild guesses. Is there are genuine Biblical basis for believing that this will be year that the Lord will come back?

ADIAPHORA...

"Adiaphora" is the name given to teachings and customs that are neither commanded nor forbidden in Scripture. When it comes to End Times teachings there is apparently a lot of adiaphora going on. These End Times guesses have become so fused with Christian thinking that most believers can't recognise them for what they are (adiaphora) and distinguish them from what the Bible actually says (exegesis). Listed below are few End Times Guesses, that despite being wong, have become almost unquestioned in the thinking of many Evangelicals.

 

THE REBUILT TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM IN THE LAST DAYS?

For example, a few years ago I was lecturing in a closed country on the topic of Hermeneutics (how to interpret the Bible) when one student asked me about the "Third Temple" prophesied in the Bible as a sign of the Last Days. This student had innocently adopted an End Times Guess (adiaphora) as if it was a Biblical idea. My question in response to her question was which text in the Bible was she basing her question? She looked at me stunned! She thought I was playing some game with her. Of course the Bible prophesies that the Temple will be rebuilt in the Last Days in order to usher in the return of the Lord, she responded. Again I asked her- Where? I have asked this question in lectures in several countries and have never been shown where the Bible prophesies a Last Days rebuilt (Third) Temple!

For those people who have accepted the idea that Matthew 24 prophesies a rebuilt (Third) Temple in Jerusalem, I suggest two things: firstly, consider that Jesus pointed at the stones of the existing Temple in His day and prophesied "See these stones, not one will left upon another..."; secondly, purchase and download the highly acclaimed eBook on Matthew 24 (The Most Embarrassing Verse In The Bible) which details how every prophecy which Christ made was fulfilled by 70AD- or Christ is a liar! (Refer to Matthew 24:34).

 

FALLING STARS, DARKENED MOON, NO SUNSHINE...

Some believers have taught that the Last Days will be characterised by strange astronomical phenomena such as falling stars and a burnt-out Sun. This type of interpretation of Scripture is often appealed to as "the simple meaning of the text is usually the correct meaning of the text". The problem is that this type of interpretation is usually simplistic, rather than simple. I don't speak Japanese (I barely speak English well). For those who have learnt the Japanese language they tell me that it's incredibly simple (especially compared to English). But the process they had to go through to understand the different characters, different sounds and tones, different idioms, and different sentence constructions was anything but simplistic! And it's the same with Scripture. The "simple" meaning of a text is only apparent when the student has done the rigour to understand Biblical metaphors, idioms (ways of speech), and Old Testament symbolism. A simple meaning of "Don't count your chickens before your eggs are hatched!" would be not to assume that everything will always go your way; but a simplistic meaning would be that you are a chicken farmer who loves to count new chicks before they're hatched.

In the same way, when Matthew 24 records Christ saying that stars will fall from the sky, the moon will be darkened and the Sun will no longer give forth its light, it is not an astronomical prediction but a Biblical idiom which speaks of Israel rebelling against God. This is further explained in the eBook on the Book of Revelation - The Most Embarrassing Book In The Bible.

 

WARS, EARTHQUAKES, DISASTERS...

Some believers have unquestionably accepted the idea that wars, earthquakes and disasters must dramatically increase in the Last Days in order for the Lord to come back. But the statement about these things in Matthew 24 doesn't actually say that they will 'dramatically increase'. As some believers, who have dared to think, have wondered, has there ever been a time when there was not wars, earthquakes and natural disasters? A closer look at the text in Matthew 24:7 might be in order-

For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
Matthew 24:7 ESV

Note what Jesus didn't say? Once you've done that, filter that verse through the time-frame Christ gave in Matthew 24:34 and it doubly reveals that He was not prophesying that wars, earthquakes and disasters would increase as a sign of the Last Days to announce His coming back. This is explained further in the eBook on Matthew 24 (The Most Embarrassing Verse In The Bible)

 

THE 'COMING' OF THE LORD IN THE CLOUDS...

In Matthew 24 the expression "the coming of the Lord" is a Biblical idiom for the Lord bringing to account or judging. Note its established use in Isaiah 19:1; 26:21; 1Chron. 16:33.

before the LORD, for he comes,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness,
and the peoples in his faithfulness.

Psa. 96:13

In none of these references is the implication of a physical appearing of the Lord. Its worth noting that the reference in Matthew 24:30 does not include the vital (and assumed) word back. That is, it doesn't say "when the Lord comes back..."

The Biblical use of "clouds" is also often metaphorical. It is used to describe and speak of God's glory. When the Bible refers to Christ "coming in the clouds" it speaks of Christ being glorified. A closer look at Matthew 24:30 also reveals that the clouds mentioned are not "earthly" clouds but "heavenly" clouds. This reinforces that what Christ is talking about is His vindication not His return.

 

WILL JESUS CHRIST RETURN THIS YEAR?

The earliest Creeds of the Church affirmed that Christ was now "seated at the right hand of God, from whence He shall come to judge..." This creedal statement affirmed the Biblical message that one day Christ would return to culminate time and life as we now know it, and usher in a new order where there would be a "new heaven and a new earth". Is this going to happen this year? The danger for Biblical credibility in the minds of onlookers is that the average believer cannot distinguish between exegesis (what the Bible says) from adiaphora (what sounds Biblical, but actually is not) and will therefore hear these preachers make wild claims about how the return of the Lord must be this year - which they make sound like they are based on the Bible but actually are not! Will Christ return this year? Perhaps it might be better to expose this apparently simple question for what it truly is: a simplistic question. Better questions might be: does Christ have to return this year? Could the physical return of Christ be many centuries away?

And while we're getting all inquisitive, here's some Bible study questions for you to consider-

  • Where in the New Testament does the expression "second coming" appear?

  • Where in the Book of Revelation does the word "Anti-christ" appear? (For that matter, apart from John's epistle's, where does it occur in the New Testament?

  • Where in the New Testament does the word "rapture" occur?

  • Where in the New Testament does it prophesy that Israel will be returned to the land of Palestine and take it by force to prepare the way for the return of Christ?

Throughout this site, you will find an alternate view of Bible prophecy that is much older than the current ideas of an imminent rapture, a tribulation, an Antichrist, Armageddon, and 1,000 year earthly reign of Christ from Jerusalem.

Dear Dr Corbett,
I was absolutely thrilled and blessed by your interpretation of Matthew 24 as well as of the 2 witnesses in Revelation.
I had long suspected that the dispensational interpretation was "leaky" to say the least but some of their proponents come across pretty smart in defending this theory.
By the way thank you so much for the 2 ebooks (most embarrassing verse and most embarrassing book in the bile) which so far are a great and exciting read and blessing to me.

Warm regards

J. Kloeg, New Zealand (26/12/2006)

 

In the eBook, The Most Embarrassing Book In The Bible (Understanding The Book of Revelation), the case is presented for most of the Book of Revelation already being fulfilled. Therefore, there is a strong case to be made from both the witness of Scripture and history that the Dispensationalist's claim that Revelation is mostly about the future is without credibility. Will Jesus Christ come back this year? A better question is what you are going to do this year to know Him more intimately and make Him known to those who don't yet know Him? It is actually Christ who is our hope, not His return.

 

Dr. Andrew Corbett, 6th January 2007

 

Where is human history going? Many people believe that the Bible has not only accurately predicted human history to this point, but that it predicts a coming 'Golden Age'. This possibly impending event is called: "The Millennium". But there are very devout Bible readers who think this kind of reading of Scripture is actually a gross misreading of the Bible, and that what the Bible really says about the future may surprise - and even shock people today.

The "Millennium" is the touchstone for how people label themselves when it comes to interpretting Bible prophecy. Depending on how they regard the Millennium, they will classify themselves either as, (i) Premillennial; (ii) Amillennial; or, (iii) Post-Millennial. Within these Millennial categories there are people who take a "fundamentalist" view, generally known as "Dispensationalists" and there are others who take a "Reformed" view, generally known as "Historicists", or the position I will argue for- "Preterist"... [read the full article]

The problem with approaching a particular text of the Bible with a preconceived notion of what it means is that it can hinder us from appreciating its actual meaning. I think this might be the case with the Second Peter 3:12 text...
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Are we already in the New Jerusalem as Full-Preterists claim? [read]
Much damage to the credibility of the Bible has nearly been done by those who twist the contents of the Book of Revelation to force it to sound like it refers to the events of our present day. Time and time again, so called Bible-Prophecy teachers have been left with egg on their faces as their ridiculous speculations have proved to be completely wrong. Our Administrator forwarded onto me a copy of an email we were sent claiming that our understanding of the Book of Revelation was wrong and that we would be humiliated by the Lord when the Rapture took place on October 17th 2009. [Read]
The Bible is uniquely prophetic. No other religious or holy book makes predictions of the future like the Bible does. This phenomenon has led some Bible teachers to over-emphasise the Bible's ability to predict the future. The rise in claims of the Bible's prophetic detail coincided with its increased availability. When medieval scribes increased production of Bible copies the number of prophetic speculations also increased. When the Gutenberg Bible revolutionised the way Bibles were produced from the 1500s, there was similarly a marked increase in the number and variety of prophetic speculations...[more]
Is Israel God's Unfinished Business? Some Christians regard the Church as God's "Plan 'B'" and that He has some unfinished business to complete with Israel. This has become big business! Those who promote the Biblical concept of one means of salvation and therefore one covenant people of God are derided as Replacement Theologians but this is totally ironic when you realise who is really doing the replacing...[more]
Many of the "new" atheists are now making a lot of noise about Bible Prophecy. Theologically liberal scholars have long fuelled the atheists' assertions that Bible Prophecy is really just fabricated history made to sound like predictive prophecies. But now they've gone a step further! In fact, for some of them, they've made these new claims about "failed" Bible prophecies central to their arguments for atheism... [more]
Is Preterism "Over-Realised" Eschatology? Mark Driscoll, considered one of the best preachers in the world today, recently implied that Preterism was "over-realised" eschatology. His concern was that Christians holding this position would no longer engage culturally or in evangelism with the world. But this criticism should not be directed at Preterists since they are largely not dis-engaged! [Read]
Does Bible Prophecy Matter Anymore? Afterall, most Bible Prophecy teachers have failed to match up their interpretation of Bible Prophecy with their forecasts of the future. It's time to explore the predictions and theology of Bible Prophecy teachers such as John Hagee...[read]
The tide is now turning when it comes to how we understand Bible Prophecy...[Read]

The Marriage Supper of The Lamb may have some sombre implications for the idea of 'SAME-SEX' 'MARRIAGE'...[read]

What does the expression mean "new heavens and a new earth" mean? [Read]

Interpreting Bible Prophecy or Just Fortune-Telling?

To properly understand "the end" we need to properly understand the beginning. The latest installment from Hank Hanegraaff makes much of the idea that Paradise has been lost and must be 'restored'. The idea that Paradise was "perfect" has some serious implications for how we understand the Bible! [more]

Prophecy or Just Failed Fortune-Telling...[more]

The seven feasts of Israel each foretold of a major prophetic event relating to Jesus Christ. Some have been fulfilled, others are yet to be. [Read]

Is Climate Change A Sign of the End Times?...[more]

People's ideas about what the Bible says about the future can be tested by how their predictions have and will fair...[read]

Some people argue that the Devil is not bound and that believers can temporarily bind Satan. But is this Biblical? [Read]

Who are the two witnesses of Revelation 11? [read]

MILLENNIUM MYTHS

The lion and lamb shall both eat straw? Does this imply that animals will be resurrected to enoy a future millennium along with the redeemed and that there shall be no more death during that period? [Read]

Who is the person identified in Scripture as "666"? Is it the same person identified by Paul as the "man of sin" in 2Thessalonians 2?

The "Eschaton" is "the end". Some regard the 'eschaton' as being entirely fulfilled- while others regard the 'eschaton' as being entirely future. I believe both are wrong.

The Date of Revelation's Authorship?

Put simply, a 95AD date for Revelation's authorship is impossible! It must have been written mid 60s...[Read]

The Indian Ocean Tsunami Disaster

Some say that this was a sign of the end or even God's wrath being poured out on the unrighteous heathen. Read why these two ideas are wrong. [Read]

The Most Embarrassing Verse In The Bible

Entire web sites are set up by atheists who take pleasure in pointing out to Christians that their Bibles are wrong - based on just one verse of Scripture, which C.S. Lewis admitted was "the most embarrassing verse in the Bible!" Read the first chapter of this timely eBook and then order your own copy for just $3.95 [Read]

Why Left Behind Should Be Left Behind!

Matthew 24:34 almost single-handedly cancels out any possibility of the Left Behind series having any credibility. [Read]

Israel
About Israel & the Church [Read]

Why The Rapture Has Ruptured!

The belief in the rapture is a recent phenomena in Christian thought. Previously all such Scriptures were seen in a different light. [Read]

 

 

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