Jesus is Coming Soon

Jesus is Coming Soon May 16, 2011

There’s lots of talk… again… about Jesus coming back. Dates are set. Even though it is insisted that no one knows the day or the hour, some insist they do. It’s a lousy racket because if he does come back your ministry is over. If he doesn’t come back your ministry is over.

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  • This is so ironic, as yesterday I was pulled aside by someone at church and told, “be vigilant, it won’t be long, He’s coming back soon in our lifetimes”. I have to say I’m disenchanted by that line of thinking. I think it’s far more important to seek to bring His Kingdom to earth rather than fixate on some time that probably will never happen in our lifetimes of him coming back. (do I sound cynical? not trying to be!) Even more so, I kind of like living here on earth. Heaven will come , in its time. I’ve been told this is the wrong Christian approach, but I can wait…I want to grow old and watch my children grow into adults. Is that so wrong?…Why wouldn’t we want our children to have the opportunity to live full lives? Ok I’ll stop! 😉

  • faithlessinfatima

    The downside of living among biblical apocalyptists is that it’s so hard to plan community events…the upside is that the yard sales are great! 😉

  • Great cartoon. Maybe it’s a good thing that “their” ministries are over; wasn’t supposed to be theirs anyway. The only real ministry that matters in the “ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). Yes, Jesus is coming soon. When? Who knows. The better question is, “are we living our lives TODAY the way God would have us to live them? Hmm, I wonder about that sometimes. Blessings on you and yours 🙂

  • Many people believe there is nothing that can be known about the timing of the Lord’s return because Jesus said He would return like a “thief in the night” (Matthew 24:42-44).

    But Paul makes it clear in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 that Jesus’ statement does not apply to believers: “But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief…” He then proceeds to explain why: “for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.” Paul is referring, of course, to the light of the Holy Spirit who indwells all true believers and who can enlighten us through our study of Scripture to know the season of the Lord’s return

  • markk

    wasn’t it called the resurrection? sorry, must dash, lot’s to do.

  • actually church construction, those verses suggest we should be ready whenever because we don’t know the day or the hour. in the gospels jesus says that if anyone tells you the messiah is here or there or is coming back here or there or then, not to believe them. flat out.

  • Kim

    I grew up in a denomination who’s belief in His “soon” coming is incorporated into it’s very name. It makes for a lot of sadness, frustration, and apathy – why be good stewards if it will all be gone soon anyway!?

  • There’s always nuts out there. He (Harold Camping) has done this before (obviously he world did not end), and he still has a lot of followers.

    But Jesus will come (or we will go to Him) when we die, and the way time passes ever more quickly the older we get, His coming will be soon.

  • Dorsey

    My cynicism is a foregone conclusion. If it doesn’t happen, his ministry is over, and he’s on a plane to Argentina with a suitcase full of Family Radio cash. Nice work, if you can get it.

  • bkw

    That’s the funny part though. Like Steve said, he’s predicted this before and he still has followers. How stupid are those people? My goodness.

  • bkw

    I guess stupid isn’t the right word….More like brainwashed.

  • “I guess stupid isn’t the right word….More like brainwashed.”


  • Ian

    I accessed Harold Camping’s website – Family Radio – during the last week and was greeted with a message: 8 Days to Go and also a pop-up message apologising that the donations server was undergoing maintenance. Something not quite right there – soliciting donations on the eve of the apocalypse.

  • ian: nothing like a little insurance.

  • MLE

    @Ian–I concur. Big red flag.

    @nakedpastor–“lousy racket” Nice double meaning there.

  • faithlessinfatima

    I think there is a solution to this kind of phenomena…It’s as simple as this: Read and study the bible like any other book which humans produce.
    If Jesus truly was an apocalyptist and as many scholars believe preached an imminent end of the world and if Paul and the early church preached a return of Jesus in their lifetimes, then somebody got it wrong. Either the principals like Jesus and Paul or the anonymous writers of the Gospels/Acts who wrote the documents that survived as the NT. But it’s not a problem when you give up the silly notion that some biblical writer is beyond error.

  • OneTrueKinsman

    I realize that everyone is entitled to free speech (I wouldn’t have it any other way). However, where are Christians from other groups calling this guy out? Why isn’t the Pope standing up and saying “don’t listen to that guy, he’s just crazy”? Is it because they fear that, if he’s truly on to something and they call him crazy, they won’t get Raptured?

    Are all Christians that convinced of 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17?

  • When lord is coming
    you will be judged
    because you doesn’t true thing has been published
    and that your false idea making business

  • Ian


    cross cultural satire / humour is hard to understand. I can see by your sentence construction that you are not a native english speaker.

    This cartoon is a probably a response to Harold Camping who says that the end of the world will happen this coming Saturday – check it out –

  • Tiggy

    @OneTrueKinsman Because they are too busy laughing at him. Do you really think the Pope would flatter this person by paying the slightest attention to him? One doesn’t engage in debate with lunatics.

  • OneTrueKinsman


    Some pastors in the U.S. spoke up with the Terry Jones affair. How is this different?

    I’m sure that the Terry Jones affair was discussed at great length, especially since 30 Christians lost their lives to Muslim extremists. How is this any different, when these delusional followers have quit their jobs, sold all their belongings, in hopes of being ascended to heaven ‘bodily’?

    This, to me, is no different. Losing your life takes many forms (loss of actual life vs. loss of livelihood, which, for all intents and purposes, is a person’s life). I get that the followers are just that…followers…and that they have the choice to leave, to not listen to Canning. However, damage is done when on 22-May they find nothing has changed, just like in 1994, yet they are broke, without work, and without any support, especially from the one individual that ‘convinced’ them that end of days were upon them.

    Yes, a debate should be had. Canning should be brought in front of other church leaders to justify his findings, to be brought out and shown what type of charlatan he really is.

    Thank ‘goodness’ I’m an atheist.