The greatest problem some encounter when seeking
to understand the return of Christ may be one of
the easiest to resolve. It requires reading, faith
to believe and a little common sense.

What is the key that unlocks this door of difficulty?
“Time.” If this one factor were understood the
questions would quickly change from “when” is
the Lord coming to “how” did he come?

As long as the underlying fundamental of time is
understood and accepted, we have the framework
that can lead us to understanding “how.” If we
reject the element of “time” particularly “imminent”
time as will be demonstrated below, we are often left
open to form all types of fanciful theories about
when Jesus’ second coming would occur.

Let’s look at what the Bible says about the time
of Jesus’ return.

SOME THEN LIVING WOULD NOT DIE UNTIL JESUS RETURNED

“For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His
Father with His angels, and then He will reward
each according to his works.” Assuredly, I say
to you, there are some standing here who shall |
not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming
in His kingdom.” (Matt. 16:27, 28).

This text speaks of Jesus coming in the glory of
the Father with the Holy angels. He would reward
each man according to their works.

What is the reward? “Eternal life to those who by
patient continuance in doing good seek for glory,
honor, and immortality; but to those who are
self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey
unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation
and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil,
of the Jew first and also of the Greek.” (Rom. 2:7-10).

When would this take place? When would it happen?
“Assuredly, “there are some standing here who shall
not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming
in His kingdom.” There’s the time factor. Jesus said
some who are standing here.

That means at that present time when Jesus spoke those
words. He was looking at and talking to people living
in his day and time. To them he said some of you will
not die until I come in my kingdom to reward every man.

That is quite a statement don’t you think? It is also
quite a prediction for a “man” who would soon be crucified.
That is a statement that says for it to come true Jesus
would have to rise from the dead. That statement was
impossible for any ordinary man to do. Yet, it was
possible for the Son of God.

Now that we’ve read the scripture, it’s time for us
to have faith to believe it. Does it not say what
it says?

Are we not required to have faith in what is written?
So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word
of God? Do you believe the Lord Jesus Christ when he
says he would return in the glory of the father before
some who stood in his presence died? Can God tell a lie?
That is what you would have to believe if you denied the
statement in this text.

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