It’s Been 2,000 Years

I saw a mes­sage on a t‑shirt the oth­er day that said some­thing to the affect of “It’s been 2,000 years. He isn’t com­ing back. Get over it.”

I can only help but won­der if peo­ple were say­ing sim­i­lar things pri­or to His incar­na­tion. After all, it was 4,000 or so years ear­li­er that God first told Eve that the seed of a woman would crush Satan. As the mil­len­nia rolled by and the faith­ful still pro­claimed His future com­ing (see the mar­vel­lous proph­e­sies of Isa­iah), is it hard to imag­ine the scoffers and the doubters of those days say­ing, “That prophe­cy’s as old as dirt! Get over it. God’s nev­er going to send you a messiah!”

Know this first of all, that in the last days mock­ers will come with their mock­ing, fol­low­ing after their own lusts, and say­ing, “Where is the promise of His com­ing?” (2 Peter 3:3,4a, NASB)

Nev­er for­get that God’s tim­ing is not our tim­ing. In His patience and plan­ning, He wait­ed sev­er­al thou­sand years before Jesus come to make the way of sal­va­tion for all who believe in Him.

And in His patience and plan­ning, He may wait anoth­er two thou­sand years before declar­ing the the time has come to return for His church. We’re clos­er today than we were yes­ter­day. Scoff if you must, but the day is com­ing when every knee (even yours) will bow before Jesus Christ and every tongue (even yours) will con­fess Him as Lord. And you’ll be doing so either as a saved believ­er who accept­ed Him in this life, or as a lost per­son con­demned in your own unbe­lief. If the lat­ter is your case, know that now is the accept­ed time and today is the day of sal­va­tion. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and accept His free gift of sal­va­tion. Stop trust­ing “good” works, church mem­ber­ship, self-denial, water bap­tism, love for strangers, and all the oth­er devices of men and start trust­ing in the one way God has cho­sen to accept: belief in His Son.


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2 responses to “It’s Been 2,000 Years”

  1. Jamie Waldron Avatar
    Jamie Waldron

    There are human errors in the bible and after a long inves­ti­ga­tion this can­not be denied.

    Some say it should be admit­ted that dis­crep­an­cies in the bible exist. But before this is admit­ted, one should exam­ine the impli­ca­tions of such a move. The impli­ca­tion would be that God has pre­sent­ed a faulty rev­e­la­tion of His plan of sal­va­tion, but how could an all-know­ing God “breathe” words that con­tain errors or faulty infor­ma­tion? Man could do it, but not God. Also, if God allowed errors to arise in Scrip­ture, can we trust any part of it?

    I want my faith to be intel­li­gent, how­ev­er i am strug­gling to believe due to these mis­takes and can­not lie to myself.

  2. Rick Beckman Avatar

    Jamie,
    Faith cer­tain­ly should be intel­li­gent. God desires for us to love Him with all of our mind, after all.

    How­ev­er, what­ev­er errors humans have made in the trans­mis­sion and trans­la­tion of Scrip­tures are large­ly neg­li­gi­ble. There exists such a large body of extant man­u­scripts that the orig­i­nal read­ing is able to be recov­ered in most instances. Where there is doubt over what the orig­i­nal may have said, the impli­ca­tions of the text are neg­li­gi­ble con­cern­ing the over­ar­ch­ing themes of Scripture.

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