When Is Jesus Christ Returning?

There are many covert and overt references in Scripture that would lead us to believe that the Lord’s return is extremely imminent. One passage is in Hosea 6:2, that appears to be prophetic and related to the timing of Christ’s return. There, it says,

“He will revive us after two days;

He will raise us up on the third day,
That we may live before Him.” (Hosea 6:2)

Could this refer to the Lord coming at the end of two thousand years dated from the time of His first coming?

With specific reference to the timing of the Lord’s return, the

apostle Peter tells us to not let one thing escape our notice:

“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day

is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” (2 Peter 3:8)

You will notice that this verse is carefully sandwiched inside a

passage about the “day of the Lord” — referring to Christ’s return. And Peter says the one thing that should not escape our notice is that with the Lord a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day.

There are at least two references, in my opinion, where Peter’s

words can be applied, and which the Holy Spirit is leading us towards. The first is Hosea 6:2, as mentioned above. Notice that the imagery of being “raised up on the third day” appears, on the one hand, to invoke (or point to) the resurrection of the LordJesus Christ who “was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:4b). This imagery alsofits well with the resurrection of the righteous as well as the rapture, to occur at the (general) time of Christ’s return. It is at that time that those who have died as believers will be given new bodies, at the resurrection of the righteous. At the same time, those who are still alive will be “caught up” to be with the Lord (the word “rapture” comes from the Latin for “caught up”). You can read about both of these events in 1 Corinthians 15:50-57 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Could it be that there is areference here to these events occuring at the cross-over point between the end of the second millennium and the start of the thirdmillenium dated from the time of Christ’s resurrection? You will note that we are there approximately right now.

Secondly, with regards to the creation week, which lasted six

literal days (see “Could God Really Have Created Everything in Six Days?” written by Ken Ham and available on our website at https://fcet.biblemessages.com/could-god-really-have-created-everything-in-six-days/), the six literal days of creation plus one day of rest can be likened to the six thousand years that mankind has been on the earth plus the millennial (1000-year) reign of Christ. If you do a time-line chronology from Adam to the present, you will see that we are currently at the cross-over point between the end of the sixth millenium and the start of the seventh millenium dated from the time that Adam and Eve were created (at approximately 4000 BC). Once again, we are there approximately right now.

So whether

you base your counting from the six days of literal creation (Genesis1), or the two days of Hosea 6:2 dated from Christ’s resurrection, ifyou use 2 Peter 3:8’s “one thing” of a day being as a thousand years,you get the resurrection, rapture, and return of Christ placed around the present time. They both give you the same result.

Many people, including secular politicians who generally do not display an interest in the things of the Bible, are afraid of nuclear war. There is good reason to

be afraid, I think, because of all of the things that have beenhappening in Iran, North Korea, and other places. Ibelieve that the Bible presents a picture of very perilous times in theend that could possibly lead to the destruction of the whole earthshould the Lord choose not to intervene. Fortunately, we have thispromise from Jesus, in which He said, “Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.” (Matthew24:22) Therefore, the Lord will step in at the right time.

It would seem that it’s about time that the Lord stepped in.

When will He do that? If my understanding of Hosea 6:2 and 2

Peter 3:8 are correct, soon enough. In fact, it would appear that,based on those two passages alone, that the time is closing indramatically fast. However, to be sure, I don’t advise that anyone draw”firm conclusions” on when the Lord is going to come back based on justtwo passages of Scripture. Why? Because there is so much more evidence than that to confirm to us that He is, indeed, returning, very soon! For example, the eclipses that will be occurring in 2014-2015 demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Lord’s return is very soon! Please read, “He is coming back sooner than you may think,” available at http://www.fcet.org/eclipsearticle.html. So there is much more that we could look at besides what we have looked at here. You can also read other articles related to this same issue, available at http://www.fcet.org/pub/1,series,46.html.

All is lining up perfectly for the Lord’s return in the very near future. Are you ready? The Bible says that no one can enter into the kingdom of heaven unless they are born again. What does it mean to be born again? In short, it means to receive Christ as both Lord and Savior. Find out more at http://www.lifesanswer.com/pg/12.html and http://www.lifesanswer.com/pg/11.html.

Trust in the Lord, for when all is said and done, we must all stand before Him to give an account. Should you not have a personal relationship with Christ, I would also encourage you to read one of our many personal testimonies that have been submitted, available at http://www.fcet.org/pg/27.html.