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Summary: Some times we can say something about the coming of the Lord, and that He could come now just any time and some people will make statements to the effect, “well I’ve heard that all my life and He hasn’t come yet”.

WHERE IS THE PROMISE OF HIS COMING? 2 Peter 3:3-4 2-7-09

Today I want to talk for a little while to do with “the promise of His coming.” Some times we can say something about the coming of the Lord, and that He could come now just any time and some people will make statements to the effect, “well I’ve heard that all my life and He hasn’t come yet”.

I’ve heard a few people say that, and I’m sure some of you have to.

But the very fact that people make statements such as this is nothing more than fulfilling what the Bible says, that people will be saying just prior to His coming.

To those of us that are saved there is not a better subject to talk about; it is the most wonderful thing to talk about and to dwell on that we can think of. It literarily thrills our heart.

That is our blessed hope.

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

II Tim. 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."

Listen as I read today’s text found in 2 Peter 3:3-4 Peter says;

1This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds

by way of remembrance: 2That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:

3Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts**,

4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

Jude said the same thing in Jude 17-18 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

Ø Over two thousand years ago the apostle Peter wrote that at the time of the end there would be scoffers asking, "Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation?."

People will say things like, "There have always been storms," or, "There have always been earthquakes," or, "I’ve heard all my life that Jesus is coming." And these statements are true, these things have always been present, Christians have been watching for Jesus for over two thousand years.

But things are certainly different today. The most significant sign of the Promise of His Coming is the fact that the Jewish people live in and rule Israel as was prophesied in the Old Testament.

From the time of the Babylonian captivity in about 606 B.C. until May 14, 1948, the Jewish people had lived in that land from time to time, but it was not under their governmental control. Today it is, and this is one of the most significant signs of the end times.

And any logical thinking person can see and realize that it is a wicked and dangerous world today as never before.

2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come—

I just wonder why now days many people are legally carrying concealed weapons for personal protection.

And all that watch the news can plainly see that terrorism is occurring worldwide, the Roman Empire is being revived; all eyes are watching the Middle East and see the culmination of the ancient dispute between Isaac and Ishmael.

Genesis 16:11-12 11And the angel of the LORD said unto her,{Hagar} Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. 12And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.

These terrorists we have today all over the world are the dissidence of Ishmael.

The list goes on and on. All things are definitely NOT continuing as they have been from the beginning of creation.

Let me say that God is not pacing out and back in the Throne room of God wringing His hands and wondering what’s GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT AND WHAT IN THE WORLD IS He going to do, no not at all.

So as we look on what is taking place in the world today it surely can’t be much longer until He comes for the True Church.

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