Have millions of Christians been misled about the second coming of Jesus?

www.christianpost.com | 3/23/2019 | Staff
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Have millions of Christians been misled about the second coming of Jesus?

We’ve heard it taught for years. Jesus is coming like a thief in the night, so be ready. He could come at any moment, without any warning, so stay alert. You don’t want to be left behind!

Teaching

I remember hearing this teaching when I first came to faith in 1971.

The signs were all there. The prophecies were being fulfilled in front of our eyes. You could feel it in the air. Jesus was about to rapture His church – to catch us away – at any moment.

Hal - Lindsey - Mega-bestseller - Late - Great

Hal Lindsey’s mega-bestseller The Late Great Planet Earth laid it all out, and the countdown had clearly begun. We’ll be out of here any second now.

But that was a long time ago, almost 50 years now. And still, Jesus hasn’t returned.

Course - Series - Left - Behind - Novels

Of course, from 1995-2007, there was the mega-bestselling series of Left Behind novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, and they fascinated and inspired a new generation of readers.

But still, with all the talk of Jesus coming any day now, with all the excitement about the prophecies being fulfilled, the Lord has not yet returned.

Expectations - Scriptures

Have our expectations been wrong? Are we following a popular, relatively modern teaching rather than the Scriptures?

Without a doubt, the New Testament proclaims that Jesus will return to earth and establish His kingdom. And without a doubt, the New Testament calls us to live with readiness and expectation. We can all agree on that.

New - Testament - Teach - Believers - Jesus

But does the New Testament teach that, for true believers, Jesus will come suddenly, like a thief in the night, without any signs? Or, to the contrary, does it teach that His coming will not be like a thief in the night for godly believers, since we are awake and alert, fully aware of the signs of...
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