The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 101

“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the Ark and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of man” (Matt 24:37-39).

Paul, in his second letter to Timothy, admonishes him to guard the gospel, to persevere in it, to persist in preaching it and, if necessary, to suffer for it. He says, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth”. [KJV says, “correctly divides]. The written word has important divisions, which together constitute the whole body of revealed truth. Ignore them and confusion abounds.

Of the many important divisions (or areas) the doctrine of the two advents (coming of Christ) is of vital importance. Jesus came once. The Bible teaches very clearly that Christ will return to earth again. So far, so good!

However, when we preach the things that “itching ears” want to hear, the truth is distorted and complacency is often the result. Every zealous Christian wants to see the whole world converted! But we who preach must not distort the truth to suit our or their own inclinations and preferences. One such distortion is the teaching that Christ’s second coming cannot occur until after the world has been converted by the preaching of the gospel, and /or has submitted to the reign of Christ for a thousand years. This view is erroneous for the following reasons:

(1) Scripture clearly describes the condition of the earth at the second coming of Christ, not of holiness, but of utter wickedness and spiritual decline. Read Luke 17:26-32; 18:8; 21:25-27 for a fuller understanding.

(2) Even the possibility of a world converted before Christ’s return is excluded. This is clear from scriptures like 1Tim.4:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-9: 4:2; 2 Pe. 3:3, 4 etc).

(3) God’s purpose, in the last days (that is, from the time of Christ’s first coming) is to gather for himself a people unto His name. Jesus is coming back for His Church, not the whole world! Take note of the words used in Rom. 1:5 (among, not of all the nations); Rpm.11 14 (some, not all); 1 Cor. 9:22; Rev. 5:9 (out of not all of).

(4) The scriptures clearly state His return will be sudden and unexpected. This would not be necessary if the whole world were converted!

Are you deceived in waiting for the sign of the conversion of the whole world? His coming may be sooner than you expect. Are you ready to give account, Christian?

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