Jesus Fulfilled the Promise of His Second Coming

Rider on the White Horse

Rider on the White Horse, Gerard Jullain (1670)
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Introduction

Critics of Christianity try to undermine the authenticity of the Lord Jesus Christ, declaring Him a false prophet because they cannot reconcile the 'imminent' factor of His 'end times' predictions.

Most Christians are also unable to account for the simple statements Jesus made concerning His impending return.

In my opinion, Dispensationalism's emphasis on empirical evidence and imaginative narrative has blinded the eyes of many believers.

According to Deuteronomy 18, if the words uttered by a prophet failed to come to pass that person was considered a false prophet.

  • Deu 18:20-22 KJV But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. 21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? 22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

If the words of Jesus failed, He too would be a false prophet and Christianity discredited as a result.

  • Deu 18:18-19 KJV I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. 19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

However, Moses prophesied God would raise up a Prophet, both Peter and Stephen proclaimed Jesus was that Prophet...Acts 3:22-23; Acts 7:37.

Deuteronomy 18:15-19 '...In fact, in the words before us, Moses gives promise both of a prophetic order, and of the Messiah in particular as its chief; of a line of prophets culminating in one eminent individual. And in proportion as we see in our Lord the characteristics of the prophet most perfectly exhibited, so must we regard the promise of Moses as in Him most completely accomplished.'

— Albert Barnes, Notes on the Bible

The Prophetic Credentials of the Lord Jesus Christ

Jesus is 'That Prophet'

  • Joh 1:21 KJV And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.

When John the Baptist was asked if he was 'that prophet', he succinctly answered, no.

  • Joh 5:45-47 KJV Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. 46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. 47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

Most importantly, Jesus declared to the Jews He was 'that Prophet'. Nevertheless, they refused to believe Him and were held accountable in AD 70.

The Scriptures clearly present the credentials of the Lord Jesus Christ, is it likely that He could ever get it wrong? Of course He couldn't.

  • Luk 21:32 KJV Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

Jesus kept all His promises and is true to His word, having returned to His generation exactly when He said He would.

Phrases that Clearly Implied an Imminent Second Coming

Did Jesus fail to keep His promise regarding His imminent return? Of course He didn't! The following selection of Scriptures contain phrases of imminence, such as ‘at hand’, ‘the time is short', and ‘it is the last time’.

'At hand' means in the near future not the far and distant future as taught by many scholars today.

A Quote from Dictionary.Com

'at hand a. within reach; nearby; close by. b. near in time; soon.'

It is not difficult to understand the meaning of the phrase ‘at hand’ in the following Scriptures, the term simply means the events mentioned were about to happen and subsequently did.

  • Mat 26:45 KJV Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

  • Mar 14:42 KJV Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand.

  • Joh 2:13 KJV And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,

  • Joh 7:2 KJV Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand.

If we accept the aforementioned came to pass after a short time, surely we must remain consistent when interpreting the following:

  • Mat 3:2 KJV And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

  • Mat 4:17 KJV From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

  • Mat 10:7 KJV And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Does 'at hand' still mean imminent in these Scriptures? If yes, then the Kingdom of Heaven arrived during the lifetime of Christ's generation.

Of course, God has always been Sovereign over His creation; hence, Jesus came at the appointed time to establish the Kingdom of God in the hearts of men.

A phrase like ‘at hand’ does not fit Dispensationalism's view of eschatology, and it is not uncommon to be told that 'at hand' cannot mean what it says it does, even although the claim of Dispensationalism is to take the Scriptures literally.

An unwillingness to address the consequences of Jesus' statements is common throughout the Church teaching fraternity. Nevertheless, the Scriptures clearly proclaim Jesus fulfilled all the Law and the Prophets exactly as He promised.

How else can we account for the following Scriptures that unequivocally state an impending return?

Paul constantly taught the imminent return of the Lord, was he guessing, or did the Holy Spirit inspire him? The answer should be obvious to believers.

Jesus and the Imminent Second Coming

  • Mat 10:23 KJV But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.

It is important to consider audience relevance when interpreting the Scriptures. Jesus was speaking specifically to His disciples, not to believers 2000 years in the future.

  • Mat 16:27 KJV ‘For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father’
  • Mat 16:27 YLT ‘For, the Son of Man is about to come in the glory of his Father’

In his literal translation, Robert Young indisputably asserted Christ's impending return when he correctly translated the Greek word ‘mello’ as ‘about to come’ rather than 'shall come’ in the KJV.

  • Joh 5:25 KJV Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

‘and now is’ What have we to make of such assertive statements from the inspired Word of God? Not only was the parousia imminent but also the resurrection and the judgement!

Dispensationalism has corrupted the meaning of 'imminent', interpreting it as something that can happen at anytime in the future. It actually means something about to happen, impending.

A Quote from Dictionary.com

'Imminent adjective 1. likely to occur at any moment; impending: Her death is imminent.'

The Apostle Paul

St Paul in Prison, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669)
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Paul and the Imminent Second Coming

  • Rom 13:12 KJV The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.

  • Rom 16:20 KJV And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

  • 1Co 7:29 KJV But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;

  • Phi 4:5 KJV Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

  • 1Th 4:15 KJV For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

Paul said 'we which are alive', he did not say 'those'!

Why did Paul constantly teach the imminent return of the Lord, was he guessing, or inspired by the Holy Spirit? Of course He was inspired.

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The Writer to the Hebrews and the Imminent Second Coming

  • Heb 10:37 KJV For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

The only major historic event 'at hand' after the Day of Pentecost was the 'great and the notable day of the Lord'. The historical evidence of the judgement was the destruction of the temple, Jerusalem, and the dispersion of the Jews in AD 70...Acts 2:20.

James and the Imminent Second Coming

  • Jas 5:8-9 KJV Be ye also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. 9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.

Peter and the Imminent Second Coming

  • 1Pe 4:7 KJV But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

Both James and Peter referred to the judgement about to take place when Jesus returned.

St. John the Evangelist on Patmos

St. John the Evangelist on Patmos, Titian (c1488-1576)
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John and the Imminent Second Coming

  • 1Jo 2:18 KJV Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

  • Rev 1:1 KJV The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

A Quote from the Pulpit Commentary

Revelation1:1 'It does not follow, because St. John had events near to his own day in his mind, that his words are limited to those events for us.'

Really! John neither plucked the Revelation out of thin air, nor was it a figment of his imagination. John obediently wrote what was revealed to him concerning impending events. Some incredulous scholars misinterpret the simplest statements to accommodate their presuppositions.

  • Rev 1:3 KJV Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

  • Rev 22:10 KJV And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.

The fundamental message of the Revelation was the approaching parousia with the accompanying judgement on the guilty nation of Old Covenant Israel.

Did the Apostles Join the Ranks of the False Prophets of Their Day?

  • Mat 24:26 KJV Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

Jesus warned His disciples that false prophets would arise in 'the last days' saying the Messiah was here or there. Did the Apostles join their ranks by proclaiming the imminent return of Christ? Of course not, they preached by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Is it at all possible that Jesus and the Apostles were wrong in their predictions? Of course they weren't!

Did they give false hope to the persecuted Church of the 1st century by encouraging them to believe the second coming was about to happen? Of course they didn't!

Were they guilty of deception? Of course they weren't!

It is contrary to the divine nature to lie or to deceive; everything Jesus said was truth.

A Quote from Eusebius Bishop of Caesarea c 265-340 'Theophania'

’…I need now only say, all these things have been done : the old and elementary system passed away with a great noise; all these predicted empires have actually fallen, and the new kingdom, the new heaven and earth, the new Jerusalem--all of which were to descend from God, to be formed by His power, have been realised on earth ; all these things have been done in the sight of all the nations ; God's holy arm has been made bare in their sight: His judgments have prevailed, and they remain for an everlasting testimony to the whole world. His kingdom has come, as it was foretold it should, and His will has, so far, been done; His purposes have been finished; and, from that day to the extreme end of time, it will be the duty, as indeed it will be the great privilege of the Church, to gather into its bosom the Jew, the Greek, the Scythian, the Barbarian, bond and free; and to do this as the Apostles did in their days--in obedience, faith and hope…’

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Conclusion

Dispensationalism claims prophecy is still unfulfilled even although the time 'was near' 2000 years ago. It appears that most Christians do not believe Jesus when He said ‘I come quickly’.

Will believers continue to be entertained by TV evangelists who take their ‘end times’ theology from the daily newspaper, or accept the Word of God and come to terms with the inevitable repercussions?

The language Jesus and the Apostles used was clear, simple, and concise. Yes, the time is ‘at hand’, the time is at hand for a paradigm shift in our approach to the subject of eschatology!

What do you think?

Alexander Gibb

Footnote

Dispensationalism is rooted in the writings of John Nelson Darby (1800–1882) and the Plymouth Brethren Movement.

The concept consists of a distinctive eschatological 'end times' perspective. All proponents hold to Premillennialism and the majority to a Pretribulation Rapture.

Dispensationalism teaches the nation of Israel is distinct from the Church, and that God has yet to fulfil His promises to national Israel. These include the land promise and a future Millennium kingdom, whereupon Christ will rule the world from Jerusalem for a thousand years.

Preterism teaches that all 'end times' prophecy was fulfilled by AD 70.

Standing On The Promises by Alan Jackson

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Disappearinghead profile image

Disappearinghead 5 years ago from Wales, UK

Searchinsany you make some very good points here and I particularly like the way you have highlighted and compared the many uses of 'at hand'. Fellow Hubber Jerami has also written extensively on Jesus return in the 1st/2nd Century.

However, as much as an objective reader of scripture with no previous teaching would conclude that Christ had already returned, I still have trouble reconciling an early return with His statements that He would come in the clouds of glory and every eye would see Him. Yet we have no historical record of such a momentous event (thousands of people meeting Him in the air would not go unnoticed). Furthermore, why did the whole church not disappear at His coming, but instead it continued without a break from the apostles until now?

I am confused myself on this matter. However, I cannot accept dispensationalist views either and in no way can I accept a get-out-of-tribulation-free card.

Good Hub.


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searchinsany 5 years ago from UK Author

Disappearinghead

Thank you for your comments; you raise some very good points.

My viewpoint is that if Jesus made statements about an imminent return then He must have made an imminent return!

In my opinion Jesus did not get it wrong, being Deity He cannot lie, change His mind, or fail to keep His promises.

Furthermore the Apostles and every writer of the New Testament mentioned and anticipated an imminent return of Christ, were they false prophets? Of course not!

So where does that leave us? If we say that Jesus has not returned then we are refusing to accept His Word, however if we take Jesus at His word, we must give Scriptural answers to questions like the ones you have posed.

My answer is, Jesus did return as He said He would, but not in the literal manner most people expect. Is this a sustainable argument? I believe it is.

In the same way that the Old Testament Prophets used Metaphoric Language, Jesus described His return in the same Figurative Speech.

A quick example:

Isa 13:10 KJV For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine...........Isa 13:13 KJV Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.

Isaiah here prophesied the Fall of the Babylonian Empire and used Metaphorical Language, it was not to be taken literally. In Isaiah 13:17 The Lord explained how He would physically bring about the Babylonian destruction, 'Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them...'.

Mat 24:29-30 KJV Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Compare these verses from Isaiah 13 and Matthew 24, Jesus used very similar Metaphorical Language in Matthew 24:29-30 to describe His return, again not to be taken literally because His Kingdom comes without observation...Luke 17:20. Jesus also said, `My kingdom is not of this world'...John 18:36. Jesus' return was a Spiritual reality not a physical one.

For more on this see my Hub: How to Manage and Make the Most of Metaphorical Language in Scripture.

Regarding the Church meeting Christ in the air, I do not believe the 'Rapture Doctrine' is Scriptural at all. For more on this see my Hub: The Rapture: Dispensationalism's Candy Stick.

Thanks again for taking the time to visit my Hub.

Searchinsany


Kyle 5 years ago

Except for one thing: The bible is written using words that are so vague people can interpet the prophecies in many ways and they

(the interpeters will rarely admit they can be wrong which they usually are).

There were people who believed strongly believed that Hitler was the AntiChrist and would lead to the *Beast* and I am sure many other dictators got that label.

On the other hand some say the AntiChrist will appear as a man of peace who will start out with a peaceful agenda.

Who knows but one thing for sure is we will NEVER know until the prophecy has come to past in which case is not really predicting the future.

I predict within 20 years at least one country will overrun the other and the United States will have times of being threatened a take over but people will wake up and fight for freedom and life will continue on.


Kyle 5 years ago

Another big contradiction in the bible is that it says gambling is a sin yet if that is the case then living is a sin because we do nothing but gamble everyday just by waking up.

Guess we will all burn to hell! LOL.


Kyle 5 years ago

And I do not see no stars that refuse to give her light.

Now that I think of it why refer the stars to a *her* when stars have no personality? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Food for thought


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searchinsany 5 years ago from UK Author

Kyle

Thank you for your comments.


Kyle 5 years ago

But if Jesus had come why is there no reports of a bright cloud with a voice?

I don't give a *beep* what any article says: Jesus has failed because HE SAID he will come back in a cloud on the right throne of God (or something like that) and all would know.

He also said it would be *soon* but obviously it's a scam and I am losing hope in the bible even though that's what kept me going.

My only hope is that perhaps the bible passages that said Jesus was coming back literally were written by corrupted men to control people's thinking or bible passages got lost over time causing certain passages to lose their true meaning whatever that may be.

The bible we see today may only be the minimum amount needed to understand God's word.


Kyle 5 years ago

The bible is like the Blind Men And The Elephant parable which if you never read it you should.


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searchinsany 5 years ago from UK Author

Kyle

My other Hubs may help to answer some of the points you raise.

Perhaps beginning with 'How to Manage and Make the Most of Metaphorical Language in Scripture!'

Jesus did not fail to keep His Promises, including His imminent Return.


ragpickergirl 4 years ago

I have come to understand that when Jesus said you must be born again, that means we must die in our physical body to be born of spirit. We were born of water by physical birth, born of spirit by dying and being born again spiritually. Jesus has not failed in anything he said. We are the ones who fail, relying on tradition of men.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

ragpickergirl

Welcome to HubPages and thank you for your comment.

I agree Jesus has not failed to keep all of His promises.

Regarding being born again I think we agree here too.

Adam was told that the day he disobeyed God he would die, however Adam didn’t die physically that day, he died spiritually. When he was cast out of the Garden his fellowship with God was broken, his death was spiritual.

This was the death Jesus conquered on the Cross when He became our sin-offering and died for us; He came to reconcile ‘man’ to fellowship with the Father.

Eph 2:1 KJV And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Paul told the Ephesians that although they were physically alive they ‘…were dead in trespasses and sins…’ By being born again we are resurrected from spiritual death and restored to the Father.


sj 4 years ago

Guess all the men of Galilee have seen Jesus coming down as promised by the angels

Acts 1.11

11. Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

you seem to cherry pick what can be symbolic metaphorical illustrations in the scripture and what is literal

If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! Matthew 6.23


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

sj

Thank you for your comment.

Acts 1:11... All the men of Galilee did not see Jesus ascend.

Can you give me examples of cherry picking?

I don't understand why you quoted Matthew 6:23.


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davidkaluge 4 years ago

I can't find a link to the other hubs because I think this hub failed to explain or conclude on the subject. Nothing was said about what Jesus did on his return or those he met among others. It is like another form of the debate between the Jew on the messiah which is still expected to come while Christians claim Jesus was the messiah. It may be another way of depending the return of Jesus as if you and some Christians have lost hope on his return so you just came up with the claim so the scripture won't be false. The point is that Jesus was not expected to come silently except if that is what he meant by coming like a thief. But he is expected to come and judge man then take his people. So what about that?


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

davidkaluge

The link to the next Hub is in blue at the end of the conclusion segment. However it may be simpler to go to my profile; you will find over 20 Hubs on this subject.

This understanding of ‘the end times’ is not a new concept.

It is impossible to present all the aspects of this view in one Hub. I have attempted to explain in more detail in a series of Hubs.

In this particular Hub I presented the statements made by Jesus about His return being ‘soon’ and ‘at hand’; including the Apostles phrases of imminence in their letters to believers during the 1st century AD.

The point is this, did Jesus get it wrong? Of course He didn't! I don’t believe this is an option for Christians, because Jesus is God manifest in flesh and therefore He cannot lie or get it wrong.

Did the Apostles who were filled with the Holy Spirit deceive believers by giving them false hope of the ‘soon’ return of Christ, during a time of great tribulation? Of course they didn't!

Jesus said His return was ‘at hand’ along with many other statements of imminence. I realised I was casting doubt on His word by not accepting what He clearly said. I concluded that the problem lay with me and the traditions I was taught over the years. When I study the Scriptures now, I retain in my mind the phrase ‘If Jesus said it then I believe it!


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davidkaluge 4 years ago

I know you repeated what Jesus said. But I also said that there is no record of his return and what he did so not all will share your view on this subject.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

davidkaluge

The record of Christ’s return was the destruction of the temple, Jerusalem and the dispersion of the Jewish nation in AD 70.

John the Baptist prepared the way for Christ by preaching repentance, he also warned the Jews to flee from the wrath to come. Jesus preached repentance because the Kingdom of God was at hand.

‘The last days’ were those prior to the Judgement on the Jews in AD 70, which were the last days of the Old Covenant. We are not living in ‘the end times’ now.

Jesus predicted the Great Tribulation, pending Judgement and the destruction of the Temple; He also said that His generation would not pass away until all these things were fulfilled. It was during their lifetime that these events took place. Christ’s second coming was not physical but spiritual (unseen), the outward evidence was the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem by the Roman Army in AD 70.

This catastrophe meant the end of Judaism, after this time the Jews were unable to offer animal sacrifices for the sins of the people or make offerings to the Lord.

The end of the Old Covenant Age meant the beginning of the New Covenant Age. In this New Covenant God no longer has one nation as His chosen people, a new nation began through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and by His blood of the New Covenant, the way was now open to Jews and Gentiles.

We can become partakers of this chosen nation by grace, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He died on the cross the ultimate, sinless and perfect sacrifice for our sin.


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davidkaluge 4 years ago

You said destruction of the temple showed Jesus returned. Then what did he do on his return?


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

davidkaluge

Thank you for your question.

I have listed a number of promises God made to the Children of Israel, which had to be fulfilled by the Messiah before the Old Covenant could pass away.

I am continuing to write Hubs on this subject and your questions have helped me identify areas I need to work on, perhaps a Q & A Hub. I have attempted to give an overview, but it is difficult in the comments section to do justice to all your questions. However in my present Hubs there are answers that might help you.

The promises made to the Children of Israel included:

Judgement

Deliverance of the remnant

Resurrection

Defeat of Satan

Defeat of death

End of the Old Covenant

End of the Law

The establishment of the New Covenant

Establishment of the Kingdom of God

Completion of the plan of Salvation

Man restored to fellowship with the God

God dwelling with His people

New heavens and the new earth

The spiritual temple

The New Jerusalem


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SwordofManticorE 4 years ago from Burlington

I LIKE this hub. two thumbs up.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

SwordofManticorE

Thank you for your comment. It is a source of encouragement to me.


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davidkaluge 4 years ago

So at which stage are we now in the promises you listed?


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

davidkaluge

The stage we are at now is one of complete Victory in Christ; the doom and gloom of the futurist ‘end times’ scenario does not apply to the New Covenant Age. The ‘last days’ were those of the Old Covenant Age.

Judgement: The spiritual and unseen manner of the Second Coming of Christ in Judgement is not unique. There are occasions recorded in the Old Testament of God coming in judgement; these were described by the prophets in metaphoric language. Hub ‘The Great and the Terrible Day of the Lord’

Deliverance: The deliverance of the remnant of Israel was the saving of believers from the Judgement in AD 70. Hub ‘The Elect, the Remnant, and the Israel of God’

Resurrection: The resurrection was a promise made to Israel; it was the resurrection of faithful souls from Sheol, who died prior to the Cross. Since the Cross those who are converted to Christ were once dead in trespasses and sin, but at conversion are resurrected ‘in Christ’ to eternal life by being born again. Hub ‘The Resurrection and the Heresy of Hymenaeus and Philetus’

Defeat of Satan: In the plan and purpose of God for the redemption of mankind, He used ‘the adversary’ Satan. Satan was defeated at the return of Christ. The plan of redemption was complete and Satan’s purpose ceased.

Defeat of Death: The death Adam experienced due to the fall was spiritual death and entailed the loss of fellowship with God through sin. Jesus came to defeat death and reconcile man to God by bearing our sin on the Cross. Hub ‘Did Adam Die the Day He Ate the Fruit?’

End of the Old Covenant: The Mosaic Law and the Offerings ended and were replaced by the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The establishment of the New Covenant: Access to the Father is now by grace through faith in Christ. God no longer dwells in temples build with hands, but in the hearts of His people. Hub ‘The Temple of the New Covenant Age’

Establishment of the Kingdom of God: Having defeated all His enemies, Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords now! Hubs ‘Kingdom of God or Kingdom of Heaven What's the Difference?’ and ‘Is Jesus Really Reigning Now?’

The completion of the plan of Salvation: Born again believers can rest in Christ’s finished work. On the Day of Atonement it was not until the High Priest returned from the Holy Place that the people could rejoice in the knowledge that their sins for that year had been forgiven. Likewise not until Jesus returned from the heavenly Holy Place could believers rejoice in the full knowledge that their salvation was complete. Hub ‘The Atonement of Christ: Nothing but the Blood of Jesus’

Man restored to fellowship with the God: Jesus fulfilled all the Law and the Prophets. The great plan of redemption is a reality.

God dwelling with His people: No longer in temples made with hands, but in their hearts of believers. Hubs, ‘The Millennium Temple Jesus Never Mentioned!’ And ‘The Temple of the New Covenant Age’

New heavens and the new earth: The Old Covenant world was replaced, this phrase is synonymous with the New Covenant. The present earth will not be physically destroyed by fire. Hub ‘The New Heaven and New Earth of the New Covenant Age’

The spiritual Temple: It is made without hands; there will not be a Millennium temple. Hub ‘The Temple of the New Covenant Age’

The New Jerusalem: Will not descend physically from Heaven. The New and Heavenly Jerusalem is spiritual; believers are already citizens of that city. Hub ‘Heavenly Jerusalem the City of the New Covenant Age’

Believers are now reconciled to the God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and partake of His fellowship, refuge and providential care. At physical death believers immediately enter into the presence of God and dwell with Him forever.


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davidkaluge 4 years ago

You mean we are now in complete victory in Christ? If yes, then I wonder how the victory is being felt and by who. The concept of judgment day was basically used in the New Testament not in the Old. This is because under the law of Moses people were punished immediately for their sins so no need for judgment day. I clearly do not see any fact on what you have said but it based on assumption. Secondly, it seems you don't want Jesus to be a liar by not returning. Jesus said he would do somethings on his return so I asked you what did he do on his alleged return.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

davidkaluge

Quote...'You mean we are now in complete victory in Christ?'

The Christian walks by faith not by feelings. Regardless of the news headlines, I attempt to live by my understanding of the Scriptures.

Quote...'The concept of judgment day was basically used in the New Testament not in the Old.'

There is a number of judgement days recorded in the Old Testament, on both Gentile nations and on the children of Israel.

Quote...'I clearly do not see any fact on what you have said but it based on assumption.'

All I have written is supported by Scripture, if you feel it is based on assumption show me specific examples.

Quote...’Secondly, it seems you don't want Jesus to be a liar by not returning.’

Jesus is God manifest in flesh, He cannot lie or deceive.

Quote...Jesus said he would do somethings on his return so I asked you what did he do on his alleged return.

I have listed, explained in detail and asked you to read my Hubs on what I believe Jesus did on His return. Unless you can show me by example where I have gone wrong, I think we have to agree to disagree.


ragpickergirl 4 years ago

I have a couple of questions. Interested in your opinion. (1)If Satan has been defeated, why are people still possessed by demons? (2) When was Isaiah 11:6 fulfilled?


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

Ragpickergirl

Thank you for your questions and welcome to HubPages.

Quote ‘If Satan has been defeated, why are people still possessed by demons?’

In my opinion, when Christ returned in Judgement in AD 70, He defeated and destroyed His enemies including Satan. I cannot account for the manifestations of demons today, if that is what they are, and still remain faithful to my understanding of the Scriptures. This may be considered a ludicrous statement but allow me to explain:

If you asked me this question some years ago I would have given you the stock answer of most Christians, read the newspaper headlines ‘Satan is obviously not defeated!’ However, by drawing that conclusion Christians are actually denying the inspiration of Scripture!

I was challenged as to whether I believed the writings of the Apostles when they wrote about the imminent defeat of Satan, taking into account they were inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Did the Apostles get it wrong concerning the imminent defeat of Satan? Of course they didn't.

Rom 16:20 KJV And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Did the Apostles give false hope of the imminent defeat of Satan to the persecuted 1st century Church? Of course they didn't.

The Greek ‘suntribo’ was translated ‘bruise’ in the KJV and some others; however Greek scholars inform us that it also means:

Thayer’s Greek Definitions: ‘bruise’ G4937 ‘suntribo’̄

1) break, to break in pieces, shiver 2) to tread down 2a) to put Satan under foot and (as a conqueror) trample on him 2b) to break down, crush 2b1) to tear one’s body and shatter one’s strength

Heb 2:14 KJV Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

The Greek ‘katargeō’ translated ‘destroy’ also means:

Thayer’s Greek Definitions: ‘destroy’ G2673 katargeō

1) to render idle, unemployed, inactivate, inoperative 1a) to cause a person or thing to have no further efficiency 1b) to deprive of force, influence, power 2) to cause to cease, put an end to, do away with, annul, abolish 2a) to cease, to pass away, be done away 2b) to be severed from, separated from, discharged from, loosed from any one 2c) to terminate all intercourse with one

These definitions certainly give the impression of a decisive defeat.

1Jn 3:8 KJV He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Col 2:15 KJV And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Rev 20:10 KJV And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Call me stupid but I believe the Christian walks by faith and not by feelings. A Hub on this subject is on my list, I hope this may help meantime.

Part Two will be tomorrow.


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davidkaluge 4 years ago

If Christians work by faith so it means it is by faith that you belief Jesus had returned. I now get it.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

davidkaluge

Yes. I believe the Scriptures are inspired by God and have faith that regardless of what is happening around me in the world today, I rest in what God has spoken.

I suppose it’s like the ships of the past, the captain was guided by the stars and not by the waves.

If Jesus said it then I believe it!


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davidkaluge 4 years ago

That is a better way of saying it. You know when you said Jesus return it was as if you have facts that clearly showed he returned. It will be better someone came and claimed to be Jesus then people can debate on the issue. But I now get it that your claim is based on your faith so there is nothing wrong with that. I thought I can help you spread the news if you had facts.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

davidkaluge

In Matthew 24 Jesus prophesied what would take place prior to His return, and that His generation would live to see them. These events happened, therefore since Jesus said it I believe it, because I have faith in Him.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

Ragpickergirl

Quote ‘When was Isaiah 11:6 fulfilled?’

Isa 11:6 KJV The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

I believe all prophecy was fulfilled by AD 70 including Isaiah 11. The verse you quoted is poetic language and should not be taken literally.

Having said that, many will accuse me of spiritualising the Scriptures, however, should Isaiah 11:4-5 be taken literally? These verses described the Messiah figuratively.

Isa 11:4-5 KJV But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

According to Adam Clarke’s Commentary it was not unusual for poets in ancient times to write similar poems when extolling the virtues of their king and kingdom during a golden age.

Isaiah 11:6-9 described the joy and peace He would bring by establishing the New Covenant Age.

Isa 11:10 KJV And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

Rom 15:12-13 KJV And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust. 13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

'fill you with all joy and peace in believing' Many will look around and ask what joy and peace! Paul explained to the Romans that the Lord Jesus Christ was the fulfilment of Isaiah 11:10.

My Hub ‘The great and the Terrible Day of the Lord’ explains the use of metaphoric language by the prophets.


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SwordofManticorE 4 years ago from Burlington

Friend, you are getting close to knowing the true nature of our heavenly Father. A lot closer than most.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

SwordofManticorE

Thank you once again, I value your comment.


Rayne123 3 years ago

I will say this, Jesus did predict everything in the bible that is happening now "seven signs of apocalypse" if you read the book of revelations it clearly states what signs to look for.

God said the time will not come before this moment, something about satan, so do not listen to false prophets.

So I believe we will see his second coming in the next 2 years. I have no doubt in my mind.

The world is going to get worse before it gets better.


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searchinsany 3 years ago from UK Author

Rayne123

Thank you for your comment.

In my opinion, The Revelation was completely fulfilled by AD 70. My Hubs describe in detail why I hold this view.


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SwordofManticorE 3 years ago from Burlington

Forget it. Once they are convinced that Revelations was written AD90s. You cant help them.


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searchinsany 3 years ago from UK Author

SwordofManticorE

Thank you for your comment.


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GreyFoXX4 2 years ago from Richlands, North Carolina

Was Dueteronomy 32 fulfilled?

Show me where the days were shortened for the.elects sake that all flesh wouldnt be destroyed.

Sorry brother and may Jesus work on your dicernment of truth. Great reads but you are taking things way out of wack. You are willing to take the.words soon close or imminant so literally but other verses which is a whole host of others you leave to be thought of as symbols poetry and metaphors. When those are the ones the truth is found while you holding so much to weight to how a word should be used.

So the world being taught the judgement of the world was fulfilled aswell?

I mean how is all the tribes of the earth morning with coming of Jesus in a cloud and they wil see him fulfilled? Show any where that he was seen already man.

Your literally what Jesus warned us about

If one sees christ in afield dont believe him. For Son of Man will be as lighening from the east being seen in the west.

Man so many scripture make it plainly clear all will see and all will bow.


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davidkaluge 2 years ago

We may just have to wait and see


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searchinsany 2 years ago from UK Author

GreyFoXX4

Thank you for reading and commenting on my Hub.

Quote: 'Was Dueteronomy 32 fulfilled?'

Jesus came to fulfil all the Law and the Prophets; did He fail? Of course He didn't. All God's promises to Old Covenant Israel necessitated fulfilment before the establishment of the New Covenant Age.

Quote 'Show me where the days were shortened for the.elects sake that all flesh wouldn't be destroyed.'

Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

Jesus prophesied the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem, which occurred in AD 70.

‘And except those days should be shortened’ The elect, the remnant of believers, took the opportunity to flee from the siege of Jerusalem to the mountains of Pella.

A Quote from John Wesley's Notes on the Bible

Matthew 24:22 'And unless those days were shortened - By the taking of Jerusalem sooner than could be expected: No flesh would be saved - The whole nation would be destroyed. But for the elect's sake - That is, for the sake of the Christians.'

Numerous commentators agree with John Wesley.

Quote ‘You are willing to take the.words soon close or imminant so literally but other verses which is a whole host of others you leave to be thought of as symbols poetry and metaphors. When those are the ones the truth is found while you holding so much to weight to how a word should be used.’

The purpose of this Hub was to examine Jesus' statements of imminence, hence the reason for the Scriptures I quoted.

Some of the statements Jesus made were to be taken literally and others metaphorically. Could you provide me with the Scriptures 'those are the ones the truth is found' that I might consider them.

Quote 'So the world being taught the judgement of the world was fulfilled aswell?'

John the Baptist and Jesus preached the imminent 'great and notable day of the Lord'. When Jesus returned in AD 70, He came with judgement on Old Covenant Israel.

Quote 'I mean how is all the tribes of the earth morning with coming of Jesus in a cloud and they wil see him fulfilled? Show anywhere that he was seen already man.'

In context, the tribes of the earth referred to the tribes of Israel. Christ's return was spiritual not physical!


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searchinsany 2 years ago from UK Author

davidkaluge

Thank you for your comment.


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GreyFoXX4 2 years ago from Richlands, North Carolina

Ephesians 1

13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Have we been given our inheritance yet?

Ephesians 4

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Ok when is this day again?

Following verses are just useless now right, Satan has already been cast into the lake of fire right?

Ephesians 6

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Think I missed these things happening. Paul mentions here that we look to heaven for his return in which our body will be changed like to his heavenly body.

Philippians 3

18 ( For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

Colossians 3

2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

These things just haven't happened. Or please explain.

1 Thessalonians

10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

Rev 21

3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

It says God HIMSELF shall be with us and dwell with us. Thats literally and not spiritually.

Rev 21

4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Well just plain observation tells anyone that this hasn't taken place yet.

Proverbs 25

2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.

4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.

5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.

6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:

7 For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.

God Bless


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searchinsany 2 years ago from UK Author

GreyFoXX4

The topic of this Hub is the imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in it I presented over 20 portions of Scripture to defend my view that Jesus returned during the lifetime of His generation.

In your previous comment you suggested I was being 'so literal' that my view was unbalanced, however, the Scriptures you posted in response do not negate my view, and you have not provided any Scriptures directly related to the subject.

Actually, your Scripture references imply the belief that because certain events have not materialised in the way you have come to expect, then Christ has not returned. By doing so, you decline to accept the teaching of Jesus and all the New Testament writers concerning an imminent return.

Before examining the Scriptures you presented, do you have any comments to make on my answers to your previous questions, and could you explain the relevance of Proverbs 25.


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GreyFoXX4 2 years ago from Richlands, North Carolina

1Th 4:15 KJV For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

Good not to forget what is described to take place.

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Studying the 2nd coming of Christ we are shown by scripture that there will be Christians hunted down and killed and Tribulation that the world has never seen. So what is being stated as "we which are alive" is referring to just Christians that survive the attack from the Antichrist.

Now looking at verse 16 clearly shows the Lord literally descending from heaven. Now in

Rev 1

7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Ok now this says every eye shall see him. Well you'll prolly say what about the guy who pierced him huh?

John 19

32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.

33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:

34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.

Luke 23

47 Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.

Mathew 27

54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

Think no matter the time frame, since I think only Peter and Mary was the only people who openly acknowledged that he was the Son of God, that Centurion will see him at his coming. Either by the dead being raised or we who are still alive.

Anyway very thought provoking. But the idea that everything is fulfilled and Jesus has returned already well I pray that we all keep studying the word of God, eat and drink it.

2 Thessalonians 1

7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,

8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe ( because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. He prays that they may be found worthy of Christ's name

11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

By all means please don't miss reading 2 Thessalonians 2. These letters were sent cause those in that church had thought they had missed the 2nd coming. Patients of the Saints be with you.


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searchinsany 2 years ago from UK Author

GreyFoXX4

Please respond to my two replies to your comments and make this a two way conversation. Then we can examine your other posts in an orderly manner.


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SwordofManticorE 2 years ago from Burlington

I believe His return was AD70 in the hearts and minds of all. His return was a spiritual one, not a physical one.


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SwordofManticorE

Thank you for your comment.


Truthseeker56c 6 months ago

Audience Relevance is the key to understanding the Bible I believe. Jesus was speaking to the people living in his generation, not us today. NONE of the letters in the New Testament were addressed to us. All the warnings of imminent judgment were to the generation living in his generation. Read Matt 23: 29-39 then read Rev 16: 6, 17: 1-6, 18: 20-24, 19: 2. Jerusalem was Babylon the Great, Mother of Harlots. All fulfilled in 70AD


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searchinsany 6 months ago from UK Author

Truthseeker56c

Thank you for your comment. I agree.

Believers now enjoy the blessing of the 'age to come', the New Covenant Age. In my opinion, many don't realise it.

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