“Come on Jesus, Come on Jesus, Come on Jesus, Come on Jesus.” The lady in the recliner was slightly bouncing up and down, in rhythm to her cadence of verbally calling on Jesus.
It was almost as if she were chanting or rooting for a home team whether that be for Pop Warner football, kiddies T-Ball, or a contestant in a World Series or Super Bowl. She wanted Jesus and she wanted him now.
Part of this was understandable. She had suffered a family tragedy and was obviously distraught. But by being distraught, she wanted the rest of the world to suffer with her, to be destroyed as Jesus came in the Rapture to carry off her and other believers into the sky to be reunited with Jesus.
It was all sort of sad, an example of the belief of John Nelson Darby (1800 – 1882) and his belief in the Crapture – excuse me, Rapture – and the ascendency of Christians into the sky on their way to heaven with Jesus. The rest of us non-believing and rejection of Christianity types would be left here to figure out this secular world. Good. Then maybe the rest of us could get something done.
Of course, that is not entirely a sure thing, even with Christians and their many beliefs in the impossible, the fraudulent and the fictitious. After all, after the arrival of Jesus, you have a thousand years of peace before all hell (literally) breaks loose.
Then you have Christians with their various views on the thousand years of peace, Armageddon, premillennialism, postmillennialism, amillennialism, tribulation, pretribulational return of Christ, dispensational millennialism, resurrection, the second coming, progressive dispensationalism, etc. Obviously, it gets too confusing.
Of course, whether any of this Christ-returning-to-the-masses occurs or not is just spurious conjecture that has been highly speculative for the past two thousand years.
Just take for example the words of Christ in the three of the New Testament gospels. I am thinking of the times in these gospels when Christ was talking to a group of disciples, believers, the interested or the curious. No, it never says whether or not this is large group or small group.
What it does say is that within the group, there are those who will know of the second coming of Jesus before they die. That means that if there were some very young in the crowd – say 10 or 12 – then with a life span of about 60 or 70 at most, Jesus would return before the end of the first century CE/AD. That is assuming that Jesus was crucified and killed at about 30 to 33 CE/AD.
Of course, don’t believe me in any of this – go check it all out for yourself. Check and read carefully Matthew 16:28, Mark 9:1 and Luke 9:27. They all say the same thing, with only a slight word shift or two, but all with the exact same meaning. Check Mathew 16:28 which says: “I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
Now, was Jesus mistaken, confused, lying, on hallucinogenic mushrooms, or something else in this obviously wrong conclusion in this direct quote from Jesus?