Jesus is coming
2 Peter 3:1-13 1 This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder,2 that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles,3 knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires.4 They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”5 For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God,6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished.7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. 8 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.9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,t not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. 11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
What should we expect when Jesus returns? Will there be a great disaster on the earth that wipes out everything? Will the entire world come to an end before Jesus comes back? Will He rapture His people before any disasters?
The main point that can be reached through studying the Scriptures is that there is one thing we can expect when Jesus returns: Jesus. We won’t know when it will be, what the circumstances will be leading up to His arrival, and Jesus himself even spoke of the timing of His return being unknown to any but the Father. When the time is right, according to God’s standards, the Father will send the Son back here to reign. It may seem like it’s taking forever to us, but His timing is perfect. To God, who is eternal, there is no reason to rush, and He’s never late.
The fact that we don’t know when Jesus will return is not cause for discouragement. It is cause, though, for us to always be ready at all times. We should be living out the lives He’s called us to live, carrying out His will here on earth. We can’t sit around waiting, He’s given us a mission. He expects us to be fulfilling that mission until He returns. While we expect Him, let’s prepare the way for Him.