Over the centuries it seems there has never been a shortage of would-be prophets who claimed to have a corner on the truth … several of whom were convinced of the very day Christ would return to earth to take his true followers with him to Heaven.

For instance, "After 14 years of studying the Bible, William Miller became convinced that Christ would return in 1843. When Miller announced April 3 as the day, some disciples went to mountaintops, hoping for a head start to heaven. Others were in graveyards, planning to ascend in reunion with their departed loved ones. The Society ladies clustered together outside town to avoid entering God's kingdom amid the common herd. When April 4 dawned as usual the Millerites were disillusioned, but they took heart. Their leader had predicted a range of dates for Christ's return. They still had until March 21, 1844. The devout continued to make ready, but again they were disappointed. A third date, October 22, 1844, was set, but it also, obviously, passed."

The Bible also predicts a seven-year-time of great tribulation that will occur at or about the time of Christ's Second coming. Among serious Bible scholars, some believe Christ will come before the great tribulation—these people are called pre-trib believers. Others believe Christ will come at the end of the great tribulation—these are known as post-trib believers. Then there are the mid-trib scholars who believe Christ will come in the middle of the great tribulation. Last of all are we lesser scholars who say we are pan-trib; that is, we are going to wait and see how it all pans out.

Seriously, as Jesus himself said, only God the Father knows the exact day and hour of Christ's return. The important thing for his followers is (1) not to get caught up in arguing about the details of Christ's return, but to do as Jesus did when he was here on earth; and that is "to be about our Father's Business," and to make absolute sure that we are ready for Christ's return for he will come when least expected.

Of one thing we can be certain—just as sure as we are of Christ's first coming we can be equally sure about his second coming. Jesus is coming again. He promised he would … it could be today … or it could be in the near or far-off future. However, if Jesus should come today, would you be ready?

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