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Nobody Knows When Christ Will Return
Adventure 12: God's Plan for the Future
Mission: 8

Question Answer
When will Jesus Christ come back in glory to judge the living and the dead?

No one knows when Jesus Christ will come back. We have been commanded to watch, to pray, to be ready, and to look forward to that day. Mark 13:35-36 – "Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming ' in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning ' lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping."

The Difference This Truth Makes
Jesus is coming back to Earth one day. He has not told us exactly when He is going to come. He could come at any time, day or night. He makes it very clear that His coming will be at an unexpected time! Since nobody really knows for sure, we should always try to be ready for His return.

In the 19th century, a man named William Miller invented a popular movement called “Millerism.” Based on his own private interpretation of Bible verses (but ignoring verses like Mark 13:35-36), he speculated (figured, guessed) about exactly when Jesus would come back to Earth. He predicted that Jesus would come back no later than March 21, 1844. All kinds of people took Miller’s word for it and got excited about Jesus coming back on the appointed day. But the day came and went, and Jesus did not. Still hopeful, some followers of Miller gave Jesus a little while longer to make His way to Earth. They extended the deadline until October of 1844. But nothing happened then, either, and eventually, Millerism folded, once and for all.

Years later, a man named Charles Russell took Miller’s teachings even farther. Russell announced that Jesus would come back in 1914. Jesus still did not come. The “Russellites” later became known as “Jehovah’s Witnesses.” Jehovah’s Witnesses are still around today, and they still promote false doctrine. (For help, see Matthew 24:36.)



 

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