I am glad to share this very brief article by Charles Meek for your consideration. The key here is this simple truth: If ANY of the well over 100 time statements of the imminence of the coming of the Lord, the judgment and the resurrection found in the NT are to be taken as objections expressions of imminence, then we have a dilemma:
Christ failed to come as promised.
Christ was deluded.
Or, in fact, he came, as predicted, when predicted– and all futurist eschatologies are false
So, consider Meek’s short post carefully
HOW TO TWIST THE WORDS OF JESUS AND THE WRITERS OF THE BIBLE
“This generation” (Mt. 11:16; 12:39; 23:36; 24:34) REALLY MEANT some other future generation.
“In a very, very little while” (Heb. 10:37) REALLY MEANT thousands of years later.
“The end is at hand” (1 Pet. 4:7) REALLY MEANT it was not at hand at all, but rather thousands of years later.
“The time was short” (1 Cor. 7:29) REALLY MEANT the time was a long time off.
“It is the last hour” (1 John 2:18) REALLY MEANT millions of hours later.
Judgment to occur at Jesus’ return in his kingdom “before some standing here taste death” (Mt. 16:27-28) REALLY MEANT a time like Pentecost or the ascension when there would be no judgment.
“Must shortly take place” (Rev. 1:1; 22:6) REALLY MEANT it would NOT take place shortly.
“The time is near” (Rev. 1:3; 22:10) REALLY MEANT the time was far away.
“Soon” (Phil. 2:19; Rev. 22:12, 20) REALLY MEANT not soon at all.
“My kingdom is not of this world” (Lk. 17:20; Jn. 18:36) REALLY MEANT Jesus’ kingdom will be a literal millennial kingdom IN THE WORLD.
The gospel “has been proclaimed to the whole world” (Ac. 19:20; Rom. 1:8; 10:18; 16:25-27; Col. 1:6; 23; 1 Thes. 1:8) REALLY MEANT it was proclaimed to just some of the world.
The “kingdom will be taken from you [the Jews] and given to a people producing its fruits” (Mt. 21:43) REALLY MEANT the kingdom belonged to the Jews forever.
“May no fruit ever come from you [the fig tree = Old Covenant Israel] again” (Mt. 21:19) REALLY MEANT some day Israel will bear fruit again.
Jerusalem and temple to be “destroyed” (Dan. 9:26; Zech. 14:11) REALLY MEANT a third temple will be built.
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