Imminency in the Bible
In Learning Activities # 31 and # 31A, we examined a number of passages that, to this web site author, indicate that those in the early church were waiting and expecting Jesus to return in their lifetime (His Parousia or presence). Also, the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem along with Jesus bringing judgment upon mankind (known as the general resurrection and judgment) at His return (Parousia) is to be found in the Scriptures. In this Learning Activity we will continue to investigate these issues.
1. Matthew 3:7
2. Who was John the Baptist speaking to when he made the statement above?
3. What was “the wrath to come” that John was speaking about?
4. When was the “wrath” John spoke of to occur?
5. Matthew 3:10
6. John the Baptist is still addressing the Pharisees and Sadducees as he was in verse seven. What do you think the message of this verse consists of?
7. Matthew 3:12
8. The word “fan” in the KJV can also be translated as “winnowing fork” or “shovel” in this verse. Who is it that John is referring to in this verse when he uses the words, “his” and “he?”
9. What is it that John says that Jesus will be doing?
10. When does John state this judgment will take place?
11. Read Luke 21: 5-24, the signs of the end of the age (the Old Covenant).
12. In verse 22 of the passage above, what do you think the phrase “…these be the days of vengeance…” means?
13. Who was it that would be living during the time of this “vengeance” or judgment that Jesus was speaking about?
14. What does the phrase “…that all things which are written may be fulfilled” mean to you?
15. Luke 21: 32
16. What generation of people was Jesus referring to in the verse above?
17. Read Luke 23: 27-30.
18. Who was it that Jesus was referring to in the passage above?
19. What do you think the above passage was saying to the women?
Additional assistance can be gained by looking at the Koine Greek language for the Bible words used to describe a very short interval of time the most informative part of that study is that the Greek word used here is “mikron.” I know you will recognize this word as it is allied with the word we use today which is micron which is an extremely small unit of measure! How can some Christians today possibly believe that these passages are referring to some event that is going to happen over 2,000 years from when the Bible says these events were to happen?
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