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May 08, 2011

Ep.658: Why Did Jesus Say He Would Return?

The scriptural reasons for the Second Advent

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Theme Scripture: John 14:3

If you are a Bible-believing Christian, the prophecies about the return of Jesus are not in question. If you are a Bible-believing Christian, you know that the return of Jesus coincides with the End Times, again, not a question. The question is: Why does Jesus return? What is the mission, what is the focus, what is the purpose of his return? As we approach the well-publicized date of May 21, 2011, and its accompanied predictions of rapture, chaos and destruction, we thought we would spend the two Sundays leading up to it in an in depth conversation about the second coming of Christ, so today is the “why” of his coming and next Sunday is the “how.”

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  1. Joe W. Burchell
    Joe W. Burchell says:

    I enjoy your programs.
    on this subject, I tend to think that the writter of Revelaion was encouraging those in exile that Christ would be returning (in their generation), as was stated in Matt. 24, Mark 9 and Luke 21.

    Most was what was predicted to happen during “this generation” did happen, with the exception of Christ’s return and his restoring the Kingdom.

    He would have returned and set up the Kingdom had the nation repented (their official answer was the stoning of Stephen).

    Peter tells us why the Lord is not slack according to his promise and refers us to Paul for further information (Romans 11).

    In the book of Jonah, the Lord deferred his judgement and Jonah knew the LORD would do so.

    I feel the much of the book of Revelation has happened with the exception of Christ’s return and his Kingdom.

    The book of Rev. mentions the place where they killed the prophets–this was Jerusalem. I feel the fall of Jerusalem at the hands of the Romans was the so-call Great Tribulation–Josephus’s account lends credense in my opinion.

    The blindness in-part of those in and around Jerusalem happens until the fullness of his promise to the birthright people (Ephraim, Mannasah, weho were scattered by Assyria in 721 BC.

    They were divorced (You are not my peiople) but in God’s wisdom he blessed them as superpowers and now considers them “Children of the Living God”, all through the Gospel revealed to Paul, which were hid since the foundation’s of the world.

    These are the two sticks that are joined as ONE according to Ezekiel.
    God is goingt t reunite the Whole House of Jacob, including the two sons of Joseph (The Birthright people, who possed the gates of their enemies and pused their enemies to the ends of the earth, whom Jacob adopted as his.

    I could go on, but you get my feelings…

    I would very much appreciate your thoughts.

    Again, I do enjoy your programs.

    Joe B.

    • Christian Questions
      Christian Questions says:

      WHY DID JESUS SAY HE WOULD RETURN? Jesus obviously wanted the Church to know that He would return personally, not just be “with” them in the sense of “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the age”. (Mt. 28:20) Thus when He said in John 14:3, “If I go, I will come again.”, the message had additional import beyond the comfort of knowing He would be with them through their daily lives.
      Throughout the age, Christians have been anticipating this event because the Lord and the prophets connect it with momentous events in the world’s history, namely the restoration, blessing, and liberation of mankind. Acts 3:21 particularly notes that at Jesus’s return, there would be a time of restoration of all things, which the prophets had foretold. Paul further tells us in Acts 15:14-17, that the Church will be completed before this wondrous time, so it would be valuable for them to know they must ready themselves for their participation as His bride, in rebuilding the Tabernacle of David so that all may seek the Lord.

      Thus, in a nutshell, there are two objects to His return, and He has included His Church “in the loop”:
      1. To receive His bride, the Church class
      2. To set up His Kingdom
      This question is a broad one and impossible to be concise in answering in this context, but we hope we’ve touched on the essence of your concern. Thank you so much for your inquiry and participation.


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