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Jesus Delays Second Coming

Why do you think the Lord delays His coming?

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 ---Paul on 8/31/11
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Mark I am not talking about His 'delaying' as I believe you are correct. God's "all" is all who will be saved, not everyone who exists/will exist.

I was referring to you accepting the old cannard that this text says a day to God is 1,000 years. It doesn't.

This idea is promoted by those who will not accept Genesis 1, as written. They reinterpret it through long-ages/evolutionary views and "fall upon" this verse as though it supports their man-made views. I was surprized to see you promoting it.
---Warwick on 12/3/11


The 'delay' is because of the delay in the hearts of the people to cry out to God, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of YHWH". Do you see a unified voice crying out to God? Do you hear the people say that they will respect His servant and His Son if God will only send him? If there is no voice of unity calling for the messiah of God,(who comes in the name of YHWH, The Eternal)we are heading to the fulfillment of Malachi 4:6. The messiah is Hosea 3:5, and Ezekiel 34:23-31 and 37:22-28. Please wake up! The soul of David, (Psalms 89:19-37) returned as Jesus, and became second Adam who accessed the Garden of Eden to live eternal life. Jesus gave up his eternal life for the sake of his friends.
---vidar on 12/3/11


Warwick part 2: As to "With the Lord a day is as a thousand years" Here he is referring to God and the fact that God does not live in time as we do. As to how man see time, there is a great deal of difference between a day and a year. And between a day and a thousand days, yet in the account of God who inhabits eternity, in which there is no succession, there is no difference, for all things past, present and future are all as one moment in time to God. This is the point the Apostle wanted us to remember. The Apostle is not specifying that a day is precisely a thousand years.
---Mark_V. on 12/3/11


yes all mankind who lived and died are in hell now so says Holy Scripture ...King David, Job, Abraham and even Christ Himself

---Rhonda on 9/15/11


Rhonda, Hebrews 12 tell us NOW in Heaven are the spirits of Just men made perfect. OT saints were called JUST. Their perfection came when Jesus died and rose again.

AND Rhonda, I do hope you don't mean Jesus is now in hell, or was ever in hell.

Jesus said to the man next to Him, TODAY you will be with me in Paradise. Paradise before Jesus resurrection was called Abraham's Bosom. Luke verifies this fact.

Paul was even taken up to the 3rd heaven called paradise.

Sheol had two parts....Hell/hades w/ suffering..the unjust and Abraham's Bosom foor the just.
---kathr4453 on 12/3/11


Warwick, hiss speaking of the Elect. His promises (v.9) are only for believers. The "us" refers to believers his writing to. The ""beloved" in (v. 8). And since the whole passage is about God destroying the wicked (v.7), His patience is not so He can save all of them, but so that He can receive all His own. He cannot be waiting for everyone to be saved since the emphasis is that he will destroy the world and the ungodly. "all should come to repentance" the "all" "us" "any" refers to the Elect who will come to Christ to make up the full number of the People of God. He delays His Coming because He is patient and desires the time for for the rest of the Elect to repent.
---Mark_V. on 12/3/11




Mark I am surprized to see you get 2 Peter so wrong. It does not say a day to the Lord is a thousand years. It says something quite the opposite. "But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." This doesn't say a day to the Lord is of any earthly length. Just the opposite, that He is outside of time, being eternal, therefore not governed by, nor trapped in time, as we are. He 'delays' His coming as He does not wish anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance vs 9.

Peter can use 'day' and 'thousand years' because his readers already knew what these words mean.
---Warwick on 12/2/11


What makes you think His coming has been delayed? There is nothing in the Bible that gives a time of His coming. (People have tried to formulate His coming, but none of them are accurate.) Bible does state that Christ doesn't even know the time of His coming.

Matthew 24:36 (NASB77)
"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.
---wivv on 12/2/11


Paul, you did not give an answer to 2 Peter 3:4-18.
I do not see anywhere in those passages that God is delaying. He had just explained that a day to the Lord is like a thousand years. Then he says the Lord is not slack concerning His promise. That means He is not delaying. So I get nothing to indicate He is delaying His Coming. In fact he is stating Christ will be right on time. And until that time comes He is long suffering in that He has immense capacity for patience before He breaks forth in Judgment, and He will endure endless blasphemies against His name, along with rebellion, murders, and the on going of the breaking of His law, waiting patiently while He is calling and redeeming His own.
---Mark_V. on 10/1/11


What does Messiah delay his coming? Acts 3:19-21 in part.
---Ken_Rank on 9/9/11

Good one Ken. To the dead, what constitutes a delay.

Prophets, are not acceptable,in these days.

Act 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

20And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:

21Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

Luke 16:31
And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
---Trav on 9/29/11


all who died go to sheol, the greek word being hades, which is the grave, not some spiritual underworld

hades used by the pagan greeks was a place of spirits but the biblical usage is not

gehenna is the lake of fire after the resurrection of the wicked
---glen on 9/29/11




Surely the earth is not a 'soul's factory' whose products go mostly to hell.
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yes all mankind who lived and died are in hell now so says Holy Scripture ...King David, Job, Abraham and even Christ Himself

otherwise one REJECTS the POWER of the resurrection from the dead 1 Thess 4:16, 1Corin 15

Christ is delayed ...Holy Scripture states Christ does not know the hour ...speculating about why rather than studying to show oneself approved and be counted worthy is not wise
---Rhonda on 9/15/11


Delay isn't merciful if for each generation, 5% are saved and 95% are unendingly tortured. Surely the earth is not a 'soul's factory' whose products go mostly to hell.

Maybe the reformers went too far in discarding purgatory ('cos of pig-bones and Dante) - Maybe the Lake of Fire IS a purging torment. Is there scripture which says there is no possibility of grace beyond death. The path to destruction that many are on, may well destroy much of what they are. but answering the question 'who then will get into heaven', Jesus replied that God specialises in the impossible.

Is that why we perceive delay? why God the Father planned an extended time - so the final harvest will include a huge proportion of those he created and loves.
---Phil_Collins on 9/13/11


God woke me from my sleep to point this answer out to me in the scriptures.

2Peter 3:4-18 says it best.

Paul
---paul on 9/13/11


I have no intentions of putting this man or that in hell or in heaven. That office is very well outside my purview and God's mandate to me.
---Allan on 9/10/11

This is indeed the absolute truth of the matter, great post.

Paul
---paul on 9/11/11


Allan, I believe that every single genuine believer should make a complete study in the nature, character and attributes of God first, and foremost. God in His nature character and attributes never changes. And anything anyone says, that goes against who He is, is wrong. Many are happy just knowing what they know, but they don't realize that once they are in voluntary error by wilfully and deliberately turning away from the Truth to embrace falsehood and gives heed to seducing spirits and doctrines and seeks to spread them, they will propagate them with all their power. And that is what we have here so many times. They will argue with all they got wrong, and refuse to be corrected by the Truth.
---Mark_V. on 9/11/11


Mark V, I appreciate the fact that you understand so clearly, the simple point that is made. Some features attributed to God are inconsistent with the Nature and the Character of the Eternal Father, the Creator of the universe.

However, each man stands before God for himself, and I have no intentions of putting this man or that in hell or in heaven. That office is very well outside my purview and God's mandate to me.
---Allan on 9/10/11


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Allan, I again agree with you. It is hard to identify the god many speak of. The god preached in many pulpits is not the God of the Bible. There is just to many preachers preaching a different god.
"The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folloy to him, and "he is not able to understand them" because they are spiritually discerned"
Yet the god they present, says, that the natural man can and does have the ability, so that they can, by their own works, come to Christ. They have man able to see spiritual matters while lost. God did not write that, if man has that power then God isn't Sovereign, they are.
They don't realize it's God's plan and its complete to Him.
---Mark_V. on 9/9/11


What does Messiah delay his coming? Acts 3:19-21 in part.

Blessings.
Ken
---Ken_Rank on 9/9/11


"It is sometimes difficult, for me, to identify the god to whom some of these blogs refer" mentioned no blog, nor identified any blogger. It states, quite simply that the writer finds it difficult to identify the "god" to whom some blogs refer.
---Allan on 9/7/11

Allan

Your attempt at technical banter is noted but the premise remains the same.

Paul
---paul on 9/7/11


"It is sometimes difficult, for me, to identify the god to whom some of these blogs refer" mentioned no blog, nor identified any blogger. It states, quite simply that the writer finds it difficult to identify the "god" to whom some blogs refer.

If a blogger could identify the "god" to which every blog referred, the writer has not the slightest issue with that. However, there is no need to ascribe powers to this writer to "disassociate" or "disenfranchise" anyone.

Where would this writer have gotten such powers?

Whenever this writer, writes, he tries to direct his thoughts at an issue.

In this particular case, he simply made a statement based on his observation.
---Allan on 9/7/11


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"Once more, I mean why do you feel He has waited over 2000 years to collect His Bride?"
Simply because it is not the time appointed by the Father, which time we know not. However, too soon, and all that may possibly be saved will not be brought into the family of God, and too late, no one would survive. All with Love as motive, all HIS perfect time. He alone is sovereign.
---chris9396 on 9/6/11


"Why do you think the Lord delays His coming?" The Lord does not delay His coming,
---chria9396 on 9/6/11

Once more, I mean why do you feel He has waited over 2000 years to collect His Bride?

Paul
---paul on 9/6/11


"Why do you think the Lord delays His coming?" The Lord does not delay His coming, on the contrary, Matt 24:22 If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened."
The delay spoken of by the poster, is merely a perception: Matt 24:48-50 "48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, My master is staying away a long time, 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
---chria9396 on 9/6/11


//Why do you think the Lord delays His coming?//

I do not think he is delaying.

delay implies that His plan is not perfectly drawn and executed.
---aka on 9/6/11


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I suppose that it has been demonstrated that not only have ten professing christians unable to agree on a single core doctrine, it seems very unlikely that even five can agree.

What does such virulent division say about professing believers?
---Allan on 8/29/11

Why do propose to go against scripture??
You have an idea, probably taught or learned that does not fit scripture. What you see is truth on display. It was stated in scripture and the witness is around you.

Matthew 10:34
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Luke 2:35
(Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
---Trav on 9/6/11


//Jesus Christ the Son will come back when God's "calendar" says it is time.

And time will be when the church is no longer fruitful - when the harvest is completed.
---leej on 9/5/11


Amen Tommy Gods calendar!

Apostles thought he would return in their time

and every generation since has used weather and wars believing HE is on his way ...although these are indicators these are not the ONLY ones

Matt 24:2-8 tells us these are all the beginning

1/3 of bible is prophecy of which most has not happened

God is delayed - impatience and worry lead many to believe the false ministers of our day ...take Christs WARNING do not be deceived watch and be counted worthy to escape ...through study of HIS Word not what false ministers are stirringup now
---Rhonda on 9/5/11


Jesus doesn't "delay His coming." God the Father set an appointed time for the fulfillment of all things and that time will be followed by all creation. Jesus Christ the Son will come back when God's "calendar" says it is time.
---tommy3007 on 9/5/11


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Brother Paul, I do not understand your disagreement. The fact is that even you argued that the Jesus that was presented was not the Eternal Son of God. So did they present another Jesus? Another God?
Lets go back and remember the god many present,
1. A God who is defeated by man on every turn. Not the God of Scripture, the God of Scripture is Omnipotent.
2. A God who doesn't know what is going to happen. The God of Scripture is Omniscient.
3. A Christ who is not Eternal. Not the One from Scripture. The Christ of Scripture has a Divine nature.
4. A God with different plans in case the first one fails. Not Scriptural, there is only one plan, He never fails.
Those are just a few and my authority is the Word of God.
---Mark_V. on 9/5/11


//Allan, I agree with you. The god mentioned in many blogs is not the One from Scripture.

Different people from different backgrounds have different understandings of the god we desire to worship.

Some view God liken to a big bully in the sky who quickly condemns us if we commit even the smallest infraction. Others view Him as a loving pansy god who would not so much as harm a flea. The more enligthen Christian views God as a father figure who loves but also disciplines us.
---leej on 9/5/11


It is sometimes difficult for me to identify the god to whom some of these blogs refer.
---Allan on 9/2/11


Allan, I agree with you. The god mentioned in many blogs is not the One from Scripture.
---Mark_V. on 9/4/11



Upon whose authority do you make this judgment?
John 5:22

Paul
---paul on 9/4/11


To all who say that several gods are discussed here.

You are misrepresenting the truth, no one discusses any other gods her other than the true God.

Just because you don't agree with someones view does not make them disassociated from the family of God.

You are trying to be God when you make such foolish statements.

Again I challenge any one here to post proof that someone here is talking about a god other than Jesus or God the Father in their posts.

Disagree but don't disenfranchise.

And Mark, you were willing to go to bat for MLK over this issue then turn around and make similar accusations.
How can you know their hearts?

Paul
---paul on 9/4/11


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---Peter on 9/4/11
You raise some valid points. I rarely get involved in debates here, sometimes totally skip over reading them. Unless the Gospel is being compromised, since we are to share the gospel, and we don't want seekers led astray. Just letting the Word speak, being living and active, and able to accomplish the purpose for which it has been sent out...seems enough. All should be led of God
---Chria9396 on 9/4/11


Allan, I agree with you. The god mentioned in many blogs is not the One from Scripture. The "god" many present, is getting defeated left and right by man and satan. He doesn't know what you will do, a god whose will is resisted, whose designs are frustrated whose purpose is checkmated, possesses no title of Deity, and so far from being a fit object of worship, merits nought but contempt. The 'god" of this twentieth century does not resemble the Supreme Sovereign God of Scripture. People who teach this other god know who they are.
The God of the Bible is all knowing, Omnipotent, Holy, Just, and in control of all things. "For He worketh all things after the counsel of His own will" Eph. 1:11.
---Mark_V. on 9/4/11


Allan: It is sometimes difficult for me to identify the god to whom some of these blogs refer.

I fear that, while I disagree, I understand the meaning of this.

If we look at the discussions here, so many are more just blaming the other person for having a slightly different view, even if the difference is small enough that both can be perfectly well defended from the Bible

I see many Godly things here, but we seem to split at many times.

Please, when we see a comment we disagree with, let us first ask 'how did he/she come to that view?' then 'can I see a logical reason why?' and then 'should I lovingly work to change his/her view, or is it acceptable?'.
---Peter on 9/4/11


The delay is almost over. Read Rev. 7 for the answer to your question. Soon the 144,000 will be sealed and then there will be delay no longer.

Jesus is waiting for a people to stand up and keep the commandments of God and to teach the same truth that He taught (the Gospel of the Kingdom) Matt 24:14. What is the Gospel of the Kingdom? It is the truth taught by Jesus Christ and found in the books of Matthew, John and Revelation. No one who believes lies taught by false apostles and prophets will enter into eternal life Rev 22:14-15. John 8:34-47.
---barb on 9/3/11


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Paul, I believe Allan has a case. Believers use words that are common for us to hear.
Because we do live through time and see things unfolding before our eyes, things we didn't know would happen so we speak as humans in that way. But God is outside of time. Everything past, present and future is all before Him. He never learns anything for He is all knowing, His never surprise by anything. when believers answer a passage they answer from their point of view, time. I recommended before anyone begins to interpret passages they should learn the Nature, Character and Attributes of God. This way when they study a passage they will not contradict the nature, character and attributes of God when they interpret a passage.
---Mark_V. on 9/3/11


It is sometimes difficult for me to identify the god to whom some of these blogs refer.

The idea that somehow this or that human being can change the Will of God, (the Creator of the universe), is completely inconsistent with the nature and the character of God, The Almighty.
---Allan on 9/2/11

I see your point. Some worship money, using GOD as the merchandise for authority to gain it.

Some people delayed GOD. Abraham - Sodom.
Fervent Prayer....if it doesn't work, why waste time doing it? It has changed outcomes for me and mine.
James 5:16
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
---Trav on 9/3/11


"Why do you think the Lord delays His coming?"
He is patiently waiting for His family to be completed. He will return after the tares have been identified, exposed, and separated from the wheat.
---joseph on 9/3/11


The idea that somehow this or that human being can change the Will of God, (the Creator of the universe), is completely inconsistent with the nature and the character of God, The Almighty.
---Allan on 9/2/11

You need to explain that to Hezekiah then.

You are off topic anyway, why do you feel God has waited this long to return is the discussion.

Paul
---paul on 9/2/11


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//Why do you think the Lord delays His coming?

Because the church is still able to proclaim the Gospel message. I suspect the Lord will return when the church becomes totally fruitless.

But as the end of the church age nears, we can expect to hear more from the false prophets that predict the Lord will come on certain date. The Jehovah's Witnesses have done this dozens of times, the Millerite movement in the 1840's and now Harold Camping.
---leej on 9/2/11


It is sometimes difficult for me to identify the god to whom some of these blogs refer.
---Allan on 9/2/11


This is such a repulsive comment to me.

I see it on here all the time, simply because someone disagrees with someone else they are accused of serving a God other that their God.

Their is only One God 1Tim 2:5
and to accuse someone of this is very dangerous. Matt 5:22

To disagree is one thing, but to eject someone from the family of God because you disagree with them is quite another.

It is very foolish for anyone to do this.

I have never seen anyone here talk of a God other than Jesus and I challenge anyone to produce a post that does.

Paul
---paul on 9/2/11


It is sometimes difficult for me to identify the god to whom some of these blogs refer.

If we are talking about the God who created the universe, then His Will is supreme. That is, God's Will cannot be delayed, deferred and deterred. So, if God Wills it, it must happen.

The idea that somehow this or that human being can change the Will of God, (the Creator of the universe), is completely inconsistent with the nature and the character of God, The Almighty.
---Allan on 9/2/11


Human perception is just that, human and of necessity, flawed.
---Allan on 9/2/11

Did you read this entire blog before commenting on it?

That has already been addressed.

Paul
---paul on 9/2/11


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Allan, very good points you gave. He does not literally delay. Everything is complete before Him. He is outside of time. Since we who are human are grasping one thing at a time, to God it is complete. Very good points.
The delay mentioned in the passage, is unfolding to us who live in time but not to God who is outside of time and knows the whole plan and how it will unfold.
---Mark_V. on 9/2/11


I believe the LORD has delayed His Coming so that more of His people can get themselves ready. And, so that more of the lost of the World can be saved. He is a God that is willing that none perish. He is Patient and slow to Anger. But, His Judgments are coming and He Himself IS coming back literally, in-the-Flesh and also, before that, via the Rapture(s).
---Gordon on 9/2/11


The fact is God has not delayed anything. Delaying is a human concept and has nothing to do with what God has done or will do.

If you suggest that God delays event, then what He thought at the first must not have gone according to what He knew. And since God knows every detail, before the universe was created, how can He delay His particular agenda.

Human perception is just that, human and of necessity, flawed.
---Allan on 9/2/11


The fact is God has not delayed anything. Delaying is a human concept and has nothing to do with what God has done or will do.

If you suggest that God delays an event, then you must also be suggesting that He was surprised by something. And since God knew every detail, before the universe was created, then the idea of His delaying any event, has no foundation.


Human perception is just that, human, and is necessarily, flawed.
---Allan on 9/2/11


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For those who believe that more time translates to more "Christians" consider this,
3 children are borne every second,are there 33 million more Christians each year?
God was in a hurry to create this world and universe (6 days?) yet waits 2,000 years to "fix"it?

Something wrong with this picture!
---1st_cliff on 9/2/11


\\I agree with you, but let me ask all at what point will Jesus draw the line and stop extending His mercy usward and come back?\\

Third time: Jesus Himself said that He will return at the time appointed by the Father.

Not even the Son decides when to return.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/1/11

Cluny

Are you missing the point?

I know all the scriptures which surround His coming.

The question is a simple one, why do you think He has allowed so much time to expire before His coming?

Paul
---paul on 9/1/11


Why is his coming delayed ?, I would really have to be full of myself to think that I am soooo ready that If Christ needs to be comin now that everyone else barr you... is in deep trouble not so get, right with God yourself.
Work it out your own salvation else will do the same....
---Carla on 9/1/11


Because His mercies are new every morning, Great is His faithfulness. He's waiting for all to repent, for He wishes NONE to perish.

BTW, he's not "delaying His coming." His coming was planned long ago from the ages of time...God's timing is PERFECT because God is perfect.

So the "set time" of His coming is already set in His mind, we just want it to happen when we want it, right?

Don't ya just love God? Isn't He awesome?
---Donna5535 on 9/1/11


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This could give us a clue:

Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
---andy3996 on 9/1/11

Hmmm. Good one. Publishing is a form of hissing,sifting.
Amos 9:9
Zech 10:8I will hiss for them, and gather them, for I have redeemed them:they shall increase as they have increased.
Luke 1:68Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he hath visited and redeemed his people,
Eze 34:11 saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.
Mat 15:24But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto ...
---Trav on 9/1/11


\\I agree with you, but let me ask all at what point will Jesus draw the line and stop extending His mercy usward and come back?\\

Third time: Jesus Himself said that He will return at the time appointed by the Father.

Not even the Son decides when to return.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/1/11


"...the Lord delays His coming?"

Delay? Did Jesus tell you that He is delaying His coming? Really? According to which gospel is this from?

The last I read in Matthew 24:36 Jesus declared, "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."

And yet, you claim to know that Christ is delaying His coming. You're a real piece of work. Christ also declared in Matthew 24:24,

"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."
---christan on 9/1/11


Paul, in answer to your latest question, Answer:
When all the elect have come to Christ"
They were chosen from the foundation of the world:
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed "us" (believers) with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love"( Eph. 1:3,4).
All that He chose before the world begin, are the elect, and He is waiting patiently for them not only to be born but also come to Christ just as we did.
---Mark_V. on 9/1/11


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I agree with you, but let me ask all at what point will Jesus draw the line and stop extending His mercy usward and come back?

---paul on 9/1/11
I would have to say until the gospel has reach the whole world( not every individaul). My understandig is that although the gospel is in every continent, not every nation or tribe has been reached.
---Francis on 9/1/11


I agree with you, but let me ask all at what point will Jesus draw the line and stop extending His mercy usward and come back?
---paul on 9/1/11

I think that you already KNOW the answer to your own question.

Jesus DOESN'T just draw a line in the sand, and stop extending his mercy towards us.

Instead, that time has already been decided upon by GOD. And only GOD knows when that time is.

Matthew 24:36

I believe that GOD is the one who has the mercy on us. HE could change his plans and decide to send HIS son Jesus Christ back to Earth right now, if HE wanted to.

Because Jesus Christ hasn't returned YET, I believe that GOD is saying that the time for that isn't YET either.

---Sag on 9/1/11


Some people only accepted Jesus yesterday, If Jesus had come day ebfore yesterday they would have been lost.
---francis on 8/31/11

I agree with you, but let me ask all at what point will Jesus draw the line and stop extending His mercy usward and come back?

Paul
---paul on 9/1/11


Why do you think the Lord delays His coming?----Blog Question

He hears a Sheep bleating of the 99. But, all the cities will not be covered it
Matthew 10:23
.........Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.

We do as was previously done.

Hosea 8 They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off.

And a scripturally mislead sheep/people pray/worship for these kings not of GOD...for more Gold, paperwork etc.
---Trav on 9/1/11


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This could give us a clue:

Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.

inspite of efforts many families never heard the Gospel (of salvation) neither many nations. majority knows a cooked down fatherchristmass story.
---andy3996 on 9/1/11


The answer to this is very simple:
Some people only accepted Jesus yesterday, If Jesus had come day ebfore yesterday they would have been lost.

And how many here have switched from one denomination to another in the past five years because they found some error in their other denomination?


God is just giving MORE PEOPLE time to accept and worship him as CREATOR
---francis on 8/31/11


\\What I mean i why do you feel Christ has waited for over 2000 years to come and receive His bride.\\

The answer to this question is the same as I gave to your original post.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 8/31/11


Paul, 2 Peter 3:8,9, in (3:8) "One day is as a thousand years" God understand time differently from man. From man's viewpoint, Christ coming seems like a long time away (Ps. 90:4) From God's viewpoint it will not be long. (3:9) "Not slack" That is not loitering or late (Gal. 4:4: Titus 1:6: Heb. 6:18: 10:23 ) "long suffering toward us" He is speaking about the believers " toward "us." The saved, the people of God. The elect from the foundation of the world. Waiting for them to be saved. God has an immense capacity for patience before He breaks forth in judgment (v.15). God endures endless blasphemies against His name, along with rebellion, murders and ongoing breaking of His law,
---Mark_V. on 8/31/11


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See video at youtube "Water turns red like blood".

Red water in nature (Taylor Glacier, Texas, etc.) has become a common occurence since the fishkills, oil spill, etc. of 2010.
---more_excellent_way on 8/31/11


I apologize for my wording,I forgot some people here are very technical.

What I mean i why do you feel Christ has waited for over 2000 years to come and receive His bride.

Paul
---paul on 8/31/11


i donot think He delays, yet If he would delay its because his church doesnt do what it is suposed to. so the church should repent
---andy3996 on 8/31/11


He is not delayed.
---Eloy on 8/31/11


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Why do you think the Lord delays His coming?
---Paul on 8/31/11
To give MORE PEOPLE a chance to accept him as creator
Revelation 14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him, for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
---Francis on 8/31/11


Of course He is. The Apostle Peter told us so.

2 Pet 3:9 "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"

Being patient towards us means to me that the Lord is delaying until He MUST come. He certainly could come whenever He wanted to.
---Mark_Eaton on 8/31/11


This question brings many answers to mind. First off is because our God is slow to anger and has much love for people. Second the Lord is being extremely lenient with his timetable giving man all the time necessary to prove for all eternity that mankind cannot manage his own life. From Adam to you and I all men are evil. Many people refuse to admit this but it is true!!!
---mima on 8/31/11


Because not everyone on the Earth has heard the Gospel and had a chance to Repent and turn their lives over to Jesus Christ.

Matthew 24:14

I believe that GOD will have mercy on those who are either to young to decide for themselves -- kids -- and those who are unable to do so -- mentally disabled, brain damaged, etc.

For everyone else, it is time to DECIDE. To live for Jesus Christ!
---Sag on 8/31/11


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He's not delaying His return at all.

He said in so many words that He would come at the time appointed by the Father.

One way or the other, we will see Him: either at the Parousia, or at the moment of our deaths.

In either case, He said, "occupy until I come". (KJV)

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 8/31/11


To allow more of his children to hear his calling and to follow him.
---Scott1 on 8/31/11


God's timing is always perfect.
---Bruce5656 on 8/31/11


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