|1 Peter 1:9,13 |
9 Receiving the end of your faith — the salvation of your souls.3 [Salvation comes after suffering; in fact, there are seven trials every son must endure before salvation and being accepted as a son.]
13 Therefore be resolute of mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;4
4 Therefore be resolute of mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Hope to the end. The end of what? The end of your journey to salvation; the union; the day of the Lord; the entry into the Kingdom of Heaven. Hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought (mark! grace that is still to come, future tense) to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Here is Peter telling them the Revelation of Jesus Christ was coming to them 2000 years ago. For the appearance of Jesus Christ is within a man: He will appear the second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. Heb 9:28. And John says: When he appears, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. Everyone with this hope purifies himself, just as he is pure. 1 John 3:2-3. And we desire that everyone of you do show the same diligence in realizing the full assurance of hope to the end, Heb 6:11.
The New Testament is full of references to the second appearance of Jesus being then, not thousands of years later. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus is recorded saying that some then standing with him, 2000 years ago, would see his glorious coming in the clouds with the Kingdom before they died. In addition Paul, Jesus preaching, Jesus in Revelation, Peter, James, and John, — all said, soon, the time is near, a little while, he stands at the door. Christendom blithely ignores this gaping incongruity between what the Bible plainly states vs. what they are taught by their blind guides. It would be a cruel hoax to be waiting on Him to appear if the past 100 generations of believers actually had no hope of ever seeing Him.