Revelation: Preface - Question 28 of 39

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Section 3C of Preface: The Second Coming of Christ

It has been nearly 2000 years since Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into heaven.  Some try to claim that He has already come back...secretly.  But the scriptures say that when Jesus comes back, every eye will see him and all of the dead shall be raised:

"Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. Even so. Amen." Revelation 1:7 (NAS) a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 1Corinthians 15:52 (NAS)

As we saw in the previous questions...only God the Father knows the day and time that the Lord will return again.  Other scriptures give us a glimpse of what God is waiting for:

"But the present heavens and earth by His word are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance."  2 Peter 3:7-9 (NAS)

"Do I have any pleasure in the death of the wicked," declares the Lord GOD, "rather than that he should turn from his ways and live?" Ezekiel 18:23 (NAS)

"Say to them, 'As I live!' declares the Lord GOD, 'I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?' Ezekiel 33:11 (NAS)

"I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." Luke 13:3 (NAS)

"Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead." Acts 17:30-31 (NAS)

"And Peter said to them, "Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself." Acts 2:38-39 (NAS)


It has been over 2000 years since Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. According to the scriptures above, God is being patient...waiting for us to do what?

Turn Back to Him Turn Away Nothing