Is Jesus Still Coming Soon?

Question:

Hi, I found your site to be very informative. I just don't understand how the masses can believe in the "snatching away of the saints any minute" which one constantly hears about in christian circles. I was intrigued to read that you were a Pentecostal and so you will understand what I have about to say. When I was growing up I attended a Pentecostal church. In every service there were messages of tongues and interpretation that "Jesus is standing right at the door, that it is one minute before midnight, the Bridgegroom is about to come for his Bride"etc. etc. Now years later, the church still stands but you don't hear any of these messages anymore. Also, were these messages from the Lord or not, I ask? I know God is not the God of confusion, but what's the story? Anytime I ask anyone, I never get a straight answer. I also have alot of other questions regarding Messianic Jews, but when I write to the different websites I never get an answer. Hopefully you will explain some of these issues to me, and what denomination are you now since Pentecostals right across the board still believe that "Jesus is coming any minute" Remember, two shall be working in the field, one shall be taken, the other one left. I wish I could understand this, and hofefully with your help, I will be able to get a clearer understanding.

Response:

Concerning the teaching that "Jesus is coming soon," I do believe that it is of God. I too heard many of these messages growing up. In fact, the Jesus himself makes this statement many times in the book of Revelation (1:1, 3; 3:11; 22:7, 10, 12, 20). How is it that he could say "I am coming quickly," "these things must shortly take place" and "the time is at hand" and yet is has now been almost two thousand years? I believe that God anticipated this delimma that we would have and answers it in the book of 2 Peter.

"Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, 'Where is the promise of His coming?' . . . . . But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief" (2 Peter 3:3-4, 8-10).

I believe that the point is that when we look at this short time compared to the length of eternity (which is how God sees things) it really will be a short time.

I do NOT however believe that Jesus is coming any minute. This teaching, commonly called "Imminency" is the heart of Pre-Tribulationism which is what this website is trying to refute. For a discussion of imminency, see Chapter 6 But What About . . . , then click on "Imminency."

As far as my affitiation, I am Oneness Pentecostal. I have a statement of faith on my other website: www.OnenessPentecostal.com, which is linked to the bottom of every page.