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The primary purpose of this brief document is to demonstrate that Jesus
did not imply at any time that His return was imminent (even though
some of the versions of some of the many Epistles of the New Testament
appear to have prophesied His immediate return).
This seemingly technical
point is important, because Roman Catholic Church authorities and other
"known faces" are attempting to defuse any urgency in the preparation
for the End of These Times. They say that the imminent return of Christ
was expected in Paul's day, and it did not happen then or at any time
in the last 2,000 years – so that any expectation today of an imminent
return of Christ is likewise erroneous.
only way to resolve this - once and for all - is to carefully review
all four Gospels and scrutinize every statement made by Jesus that
could be construed as implying His immediate return. This is
to be done keeping in mind the appropriate manner in which Biblical
Texts must be approached.
- an improper approach of the Biblical Texts only leads to more
As another example, beyond those already used in our two documents
addressing Biblical Literalism, (1)
let us take Peter's
speech after Pentecost.
.... Ye men of Judea, and all you that
dwell in Jerusalem, be this known to you, and with your ears receive my
words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, seeing it is but the
third hour of the day: [Acts
the importance wine has had in the New Testament (remember the wedding
feast at Cana), from
this statement, enemies of the Bible could claim that
the Apostles must
have been known for frequently getting drunk - but not so early in the
is that Peter was addressing people from all over the Roman Empire and
beyond, and the mentality and customs of some of them could
have caused them to think of drunkenness. But even if the Apostles
would have been thought of as heavy social drinkers, social drinking
did not start so early in the morning, thus Peter's remarks
soul, Mrs. R.M. from Puerto Rico, read the four Gospels in Spanish and
provided us with the quotes, in both Spanish and
English, where Jesus may have mentioned
anything related to His Second Coming. We carefully reviewed the quotes
and selected the ones which could have lent
themselves to misinterpretation. Same-subject quotes from different
Gospels were only addressed once.
We will now reproduce the selected quotes and address each one - one at
From the Gospel According to Matthew
“And seeing many of the Pharisees
and Sadducees coming to his baptism,
he said to them: Ye brood of vipers, who hath shewed you to flee from
the wrath to come?”
Although this was John the Baptizer
speaking, he was referring to the End of Time. In verse 12 we read
"...he (Jesus) will thoroughly cleanse his floor and gather his wheat
into the barn; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."
The wheat and chaff separation and the unquenchable fire are associated
with the Final Judgment and the End of Time, and not the Second Coming
at the End of These Times.
“From that time Jesus began to
preach, and to say: Do penance, for the
kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
The Kingdom of Heaven that Jesus
speaks about here is at its beginning. When a soul achieves a true
conversion, that soul's Eternal Life starts right then and there - not
when the soul leaves the body. The following readings make that crystal
clear: Matthew 13:33, Matthew 13:44-45 and Matthew 13:47.
when they shall persecute you
in this city, flee into another.
Amen I say to you, you shall not finish (preaching in) all the cities
of Israel, till
the Son of man come.”
He is addressing the twelve apostles as individuals and as heads of the
waves of Evangelizers to fan across the world. Obviously all the cities
of Israel are not Evangelized/converted yet, thus the Evangelizers will
not finish before His Second Coming.
In other words - The Evangelization of the unconverted Jews will still
be in progress at the time of the return of Jesus. Let us not forget
that the State of Israel came into being in 1948.
“For the Son of man shall come in
the glory of his Father with his
angels: and then will he render to every man according to his works.
Amen I say to you, there are some of them that stand here, that shall
not taste death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.”
First Jesus is talking about the
Final Judgment, then He is referring to His
transfiguration where Peter, James and John witnessed Jesus in His
Divine Splendor. In a way He was saying - "If you do not believe what I
am saying about the Final Judgment, wait until you see my Glorious
Divinity and you will then believe."
“Amen I say to you, all these
things shall come upon this generation.
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them
that are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered together thy
children, as the hen doth gather her chickens under her wings, and thou
wouldest not? Behold, you house shall be left to you, desolate. For I
say to you, you shall not see me henceforth till you say: Blessed is he
that cometh in the name of the Lord.”
Jesus is referring to the destruction of the Temple and of Jerusalem by
the Romans in 70 AD. "This generation" means the people that He was
addressing at the time, which probably spanned two generations - 50
the Gospel According to Mark
And you shall be hated by
all men for my name's sake. But he that
shall endure unto the end, he shall be saved. And when you shall see
the abomination of desolation, standing where it ought not: he that
readeth let him understand: then let them that are in Judea, flee unto
is a dual prophecy. It is primarily for the time that Romans razed
Jerusalem and the Temple. But it is also for the End of These Times.
Notice Jesus said: "he that readeth". He is referring to others besides
those to whom He was speaking: those who would read His Word centuries
But in those days, after
that tribulation, the sun shall be
darkened, and the moon shall not give her light. And the stars of
heaven shall be falling down, and the powers that are in heaven, shall
be moved. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds,
with great power and glory.
These two verses refer to the End of
These Times, the second part of the prophecy (see above explanation
about Mark 13: 13-14). The confirmation is found in the preceding
verses, Mark 13:19-23:
 For in those days shall be
such tribulations, as were not from the beginning of the creation which
God created until now, neither shall be.  And unless the Lord
had shortened the days, no flesh should be saved: but for the sake of
the elect which he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
 And then if any man shall say to
you, Lo, here is Christ; lo, he is here: do not believe.  For there
will rise up false Christs and false prophets, and they shall shew
signs and wonders, to seduce (if it were possible) even the elect. 
Take you heed therefore; behold I have foretold you all things.
It is crystal clear that He is speaking now about the End of These
you also when you shall see these things come to pass, know ye
that it is very nigh, even at the doors. Amen I say to you, that this
generation shall not pass, until all these things be done.
Once again let us see what precedes these two verses.
Now of the fig tree learn ye a parable. When the branch thereof is now
tender, and the leaves are come forth, you know that summer is very
Notice that He has moved on to the fig tree parable which illustrates
the recognition of what is to come by what one may see now The
problem word in verse 30 is "all" since if the verse read instead: Amen
I say to you, that this generation shall not pass, until these things
be done. then the "this generation" would have applied to the first
part of the prophecy - the Roman destruction of Jerusalem and the
Temple. (See Matthew 23: 36-39 above.)
Considering what His words have gone through (1)
for nearly 2,000 years,
we would not let the qualifier "all" be only the proof that Jesus was
speaking of His imminent return.
Jesus said to him: I am. And you shall see the Son of man
sitting on the right hand of the power of God, and coming with the
clouds of heaven.”
Remember - Jesus knew that the Temple and Jerusalem would be destroyed
in the time of "this generation" and, by default it can be
understood that He had not returned yet. Therefore we must assume that
Jesus meant that the High Priest would see Him at a time when the High
Priest had already left his human body and not before.
the Gospel According to Luke
“That the blood of
prophets which was shed from the foundation
of the world, may be required of this generation, From the blood of
Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, who was slain between the alter and
the temple: Yea I say to you, It shall be required of this generation.”
Again, "this generation" is the one which will witness the destruction
of Jerusalem and the Temple.
“As they were hearing
things, he added and spoke a parable,
because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the
kingdom of God should immediately be manifested.”
Here and the associated verses Jesus is making it clear that it is a
very long process and the Kingdom of God - as they visualized it -
would come only after His return.
And when you shall see
Jerusalem compassed about with an army;
then know that the desolation thereof is at hand. Then let those who
are in Judea, flee to the mountains; and those who are in the midst
thereof, depart out: and those who are in the countries, not enter into
Again, He is referring to the Roman assault on Jerusalem and the
destruction of the Temple on 70 AD. See Matthew 23:
the Gospel According to John
not at this; for the hour
cometh, wherein all that are in the
graves shall hear the voice of the Son of God. And they that have done
good things, shall come forth unto the resurrection of life; but they
that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment.
He is speaking of an undefined future time "for the hour cometh" which,
Redemptive action, was "not coming yet". This future time is split in
two events: His Second Coming with the First Resurrection [Rev. 20:5]
and the Final Judgment as illustrated in Revelations 20: 6-15 (the resurrection of judgment).
Undoubtedly we may have overlooked a verse or two since, even within
the same language, different versions sometimes appear differently as
have explained in our documents about Biblical Literalism. (1) However, we feel that we
have covered the key verses that could lend themselves to
As it should be readily obvious, nowhere did Jesus say that His Second
Coming was imminent.
Now, it is.
Published on October 28th, 2010 - Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles - European
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