“ ‘And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work’ ” (Revelation 22:12, NKJV).
Key Thought: When is Jesus coming back? Who knows? In one sense, it doesn’t matter. What matters, instead, is that He does.
At the end of the 1990s, many were wondering if the world would last until the turn of the millennium. Then the year 2000 came and went. Some argued that the time calculation was wrong and 2001 was the actual year of the beginning of the new millennium. But, alas, we’re still here.
Either way, Seventh-day Adventists, unlike many other Christian traditions, believe that the second coming of Christ draws nearer. In news reports, even secular reporters sometimes reflect on how the world seems edging closer to some great crisis, whether political, ecological, economic, military, or any combination thereof. One doesn’t need to be a biblical apocalyptist in order to see a world that seems to teeter on the brink of one catastrophe or another.
None of this should surprise us; after all, just about every Bible prophecy depicting end times paints a rather bleak forecast for the world prior to the Second Coming. And surprise of surprises, that’s exactly the world we live in.
When is Jesus coming back? We don’t know. What we do know is that He is, and that’s what matters.
Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, March 31.