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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," January Edition 2009

Still Looking For The Lord To Come

It is good to report that after forty-years of knowing Jesus as my personal Saviour I am still looking for the Lord to come--just as fervently now, if not more so, then I did when I started out in this Christian race as a teenager “sway back” in the sixties.

I grew up in church connections that were caught up in the dispensational premillennial theory of end-time Bible prophecy interpretation. What we were obsessed by at that time was the any-moment secret pre-tribulation rapture of the church. Such was preached hot and heavy, as I recall, and many church folk spoke quite freely and quite often about the Lord’s return.

As the years have come and gone, I have heard less and less of Darbyism being preached fervently and confidently as “the gospel.” Most preachers I know these days seldom say anything about the second coming. Yes, a few may sometimes mention it in passing, but never preach a full-fledged sermon on what the Bible teaches. Many have dried up completely on their former obsession with dispensational distinctives.

Why should we be hesitant to talk about the second coming hope now? If we believe that Jesus is coming soon, then why should we be saying less and less about it the closer--presumably-- that it gets?--that doesn't make sense.

The truth is that the false programming of Scofield/Darbyism--which was so much the rage back in the sixties--has now put millions to sleep in cognitive dissonance over end-time Bible prophecy. That’s why preachers aren’t saying much about the second coming anymore. They are no longer all that confident about the academic integrity of the Darbyism that once they preached and taught. So now, rather than to appear vulnerable, they simply keep quiet about the end-time altogether. Unfortunately, however, a blessed hope that is being thus ignored is, sadly, soon forgotten.

What is the answer?

It lies in a matter so very do-able as our relearning “the truth of Christ’s return.”

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