Learning Activity 31A

Imminency in the Bible


Part Two

In the previous Learning Activity we examined a number of Bible passages which, to this web site author, indicate that those in the early church were waiting and expecting Jesus to return in their lifetime. In this Learning Activity we will continue to investigate this understanding.

 

1. Matthew 3:7 ________________________________________________________________________
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2. What insight do you get by reading the second half of the verse above? ________________________________________________________________________
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3. Luke 11:50, 51 _________________________________________________________
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4. What do the two verses above tell you about the topic of imminency? ___________
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5. Matthew 16:27, 28 _____________________________________________________
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6. What do the two verses above tell you about the topic of imminency? ___________
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7. Luke 21:36 ____________________________________________________________
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8. What does the verse above tell you about the topic of imminency? ______________
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9. 1 Thessalonians 4:15 ____________________________________________________
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10. What does the verse above tell you about the topic of imminency? _____________
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11. 1 Corinthians 7:29 ____________________________________________________
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12. What does the verse above tell you about the topic of imminency? _____________
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13. Hebrews 10:37 _______________________________________________________
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14. What does the verse above tell you about the topic of imminency? _____________
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15. 1 Timothy 6:14 _______________________________________________________
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16. What does the verse above tell you about the topic of imminency? _____________
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Professor Schwartzkop, in his work entitled, Outlines of the Life of Christ, writes, “…the whole of early Christendom, without the least exception, most eagerly awaited the personal return of the Lord in their own day, and the whole character of its practical life bears this peculiar stamp of hope for that event. This is almost a crushing fact for those who would entirely spiritualize or explain away Jesus’ predictions of His Second Advent in A.D. 70. That fact is reinforced by another, namely, that this universal belief of the early Christians is unquestionably derived from the Apostles themselves.”

CONCLUSION: The authors of the New Testament and Jesus Himself stated that He would come back soon, before the generation to whom they spoke had all died. Any understanding that is contradictory to the statements in the Scripture ultimately end up calling Jesus and the New Testament writers to be liars!

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