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Jesus Is Coming Soon?

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One hymn which has attained considerable popularity over the years is R.E. Winsett’s “Jesus Is Coming Soon.” Since the New Testament teaches that we are to “sing with the understanding” (1 Corinthians 14:15) and to refrain from speaking or singing falsehoods (Ephesians 4:25; 5:19), it behooves us to be conscious of the meanings and biblical significance of the lyrics which pass from our lips.

The New Testament teaches that Jesus could come at virtually any time (Matthew 24:42-44). It teaches that time is nothing with God, to the extent that even a delay of hundreds of years amounts to nothing (Psalm 90:4; 2 Peter 3:8). In this sense, Jesus may be thought of as “coming soon.” But the Bible also teaches that no one knows when Jesus will actually come again (Matthew 24:36). To give the impression that one is certain that Jesus will return “soon,” i.e., in the next few months or years, is to make a claim that cannot be sustained by Scripture. It is perfectly within the purview of biblical thought for Jesus to delay his coming for another thousand years or even much longer.

The real problem with the song is seen in its second verse. If there was any doubt about the song’s millennial leanings, the lyrics of verse two clearly betray the author’s eschatological misconceptions. The phrases “love of so many cold,” “evils abound,” and “when these signs come to pass” are undeniable allusions to Matthew 24:12 and Luke 21:28,31. While the lyricist applies these conditions to the end of time and Christ’s second coming, Jesus applied them to the destruction of Jerusalem which occurred in A.D. 70. When Christ comes again, there will be no signs to herald the fact (Miller, 2003). It will come completely by surprise with no signals to warn people even of the approximate time (Matthew 24:36-44; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6; 2 Peter 3:10)….

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  • Sherry

    There is no other way to say it but – YOU ARE WRONG!
    I find it interesting that you use Matthew 24:36 but refrain from the true lesson just before that verse. Try starting, at least with Matthew 24:32-34, the lesson of the fig tree. It is agreed that we will not know the day and hour of Jesus coming to “call up the church” 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18, but according to this teaching we SHOULD know the season if we study his Word and are acquainted with our Lord. This is NOT the Second Coming because Jesus foot does not touch the earth at this time, but he calls his believers (dead and alive) up to meet him in the clouds. Then we will come WITH HIM Revelation 19:11-14 at the Second Coming, as the army of the Lord.

    I am also chagrined that you ignore the prophesies from the Old Testament regarding the ‘End Times’ (the time just before the Great Tribulation). But, start with Luke 21:24 and I believe that the “time of the Gentiles” is now fulfilled. We will trample on Israel no more because God will not allow it! God sets it up with Deuteronomy 29:22 and the Preservation of the People (of Israel) is Jeremiah 31:35-36 and Isaiah 49:14-16. He gives the Jews a ‘homing instinct’ as in Psalm 84:3-5 and the “last days” starts with the regathering of the Jewish people – Ezekiel 37:12-14 and Isaiah 11:12. Then the re-establishing of the state (of Israel) Amos 9:11-15, the reclamation of the land – Ezekiel 36:33-35 and Isaiah 35:1-2. Then the revival of the language (Hebrew). God understands that to make a nation one unit – the language must be one. Though these people had gone over a millennium and a half without speaking Hebrew, to the point that Hebrew was considered a dead language, it is now THE language of Israel. Much of this can be credited to one man who listened to God (in the spirit of Noah), by the name of Eleizer Ben-Yehuda. Then the resurgence of the military – Zechariah 12:8-9. Then the refocusing of world politics on Israel – Zechariah 12:1-3 and that passage also includes the reoccupation of the city of Jerusalem (June 7, 1967).
    These have all been fulfilled, from 1948 till today. So now add Luke 21:28. And again as Matthew 24:33 says “Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.” & “34 I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.”
    The prophesies to be completed before the Great Tribulation are: Psalm 83, Isaiah 17, Zephaniah 2 and of course Ezekiel 38 & 39. But there is NOTHING that says that the Rapture or “calling up” happens after those last prophesies are fulfilled. It says that the prophesies starting with the ‘last days’ or (we now know) 1948 mean that that generation shall not pass away before Jesus return for his church. And in 1Thessalonians 1:10 “and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead — Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.”
    That too is a prophesy that we (the true church, the bride of Jesus Christ) will not have to go through the Great Tribulation!

    Please read your prophesies and get to know them and what they mean for Jesus “Believers” in “The Way”!

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