American Style Excuses – How to Stay Blissfully Ignorant About the Second Coming of Christ by Rev Michael Bresciani, Feb 2006
The law requires that almost every chemical or medicine sold in the United States be labeled for its contraindications or possible hazardous use. Why won’t people take a warning from God about the perils of ignoring his promise to return and judge the whole earth?
We have all heard some preacher reminding us of how many times a subject is alluded to in scripture as a means of emphasizing the urgency or the validity of some particular Bible teaching. I have told others hundreds of times, just to note the times Jesus began a statement with, verily, verily. It clearly was a means of raising the seriousness of what he was saying.
The scripture is not just redundant as it applies to second coming doctrine, but it is replete. The second coming messages of the Bible make up about one quarter of the entire scripture, including old and new testaments. If God saw fit to give that much attention to making Christ’s return known to us how can we dismiss it as an unneeded or extraneous doctrine that shouldn’t be given much attention? I would say that to espouse this kind of approach borders on disobedience not just misinformation or laziness.
Now more than ever before, as the signs are being fulfilled all around us we are under the greatest call of all time to study, contemplate and proclaim this most serious doctrine.
The entire twenty fourth chapter of Matthew has to do with the signs of the second coming, so those are the things he meant when he said, when ye shall see all these things. Without adding any other biblical cross references that pertain directly to the subject. Matthew’s passages alone should be sufficient to show us what that season is exactly. The words, "know that it is near" in verse thirty three hardly sound like something we are not supposed to pay much attention to. These words are a biblical imperative that clearly addresses the lackadaisical attitude some folks have about the second coming.
Taken seriously, these words mean that not only must we know the doctrine of Christ’s return, but we must know the season as well. This season must not be confused with a literal season of nature. It could be shorter or longer than that, but it is used only to convey the idea of a short period not a long stretch of years or decades. The sense of it implying only a short period is conveyed by the words…even at the doors. A pet or a child knows when you are shuffling around at the front door about to make your entrance. The front door is very close and so is the summer season when everything comes into full bloom.
The second knowable measurement of time the Bible uses is a generation. "Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled." (Mt 24:34) Taken in the context in which it was given, it is obvious that Jesus meant the generation that would actually see the signs he was describing throughout Matthew twenty four. He would have to he deceived, misinformed and sadly mistaken if he thought it would happen in his own generation. It is impossible that the Light of the World, John 8:12 was in any way deceived. In the plainest English, Jesus always knew what he was talking about.
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