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Why is God making us wait to see Him until His second coming?

by Stephen Davey

Kim asks, "Why is God making us wait until His Second Coming, because it's been 2,000 years since we saw the face of Christ?"

Your question about the biblical reason for God delaying His return is thought-provoking and a topic many believers ponder. Allow me to share with you some insights from the Scriptures that may help shed light on this matter.

In the Bible, we find that God's timing is perfect and based on His divine wisdom. The delay in Christ's return can be understood in the context of God's mercy, patience, and desire for all people to come to salvation. One key passage that addresses this topic is found in 2 Peter 3:9, which states, "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."

From this verse, we can deduce that God's seeming delay in Christ's return is a demonstration of His grace and patience, providing ample opportunity for more people to turn to Him and be saved. God's ultimate goal is to see as many souls as possible come to know and accept His gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Another important passage to consider is Matthew 24:36, which reads, "But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." This verse reminds us that the timing of Christ's return is known only to God the Father, and it serves as a reminder to live our lives in a state of constant readiness, focusing on sharing the gospel with others and living in obedience to God's will.

So, the biblical reason for God delaying His return is rooted in His mercy and patience. God desires that more people have the chance to repent and accept the gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. As believers, our role is to remain faithful, share the gospel, and trust in God's perfect timing.

I hope this response has provided some clarity and comfort to you.

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Ann says:
This does not make sense. As each generation is born and then passed, there will be the next generation to learn about Jesus. And hence, this keeps repeating with each generation. The last days could have been fulfilled hundreds of years ago.
Zara says:
To Ann: You have a good point. Yes, by the passing of each generation, the clock resets. So truly, it is not exactly right to say that Jesus has delayed for 2000 years, for nobody on this earth has waited for Jesus for 2000 years. Anyone, could at most wait for a whole lifetime, that is, 30, 40, or 50 years - which is the maximum possible time span for the "delay" in reality for humans (more than that, could only be perceived by God, or the immortal souls living in heaven, i.e., Rev 6:10, but not by mortals on the earth). However, the article is also correct to say that the delay (for 2000 years) " provides ample opportunity for more people to turn to Him and be saved" - in your concern, this would mean more "generations" of the saved. Plus, humans are not born and die by "generation" clear cut. There are always new people born at any time. And as God "waits" for each person, all these waitings connect together and would be a 2000 years long time chain.