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Waiting And Watching

Jesus Christ commanded His people to always be ready for His return. The command applies to all of His people, regardless of when they lived their lives (see the Fact Finder question below).

"12:35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; 12:36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. 12:38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants." (Luke 12:35-38 KJV)

"Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not"

Many people do understand that, until Christ's two witnesses begin their miraculous 3 ½ year / 42 month ministry (see the Fact Finder question below) which will be followed by Christ's return, His return is at least 3 ½ years / 42 months away from "now." But that does not mean that Christ's people shouldn't live their lives as if Christ were returning today - because for some, it's going to seem that He did (again, see the Fact Finder question below).

The Holy Scriptures Christ's warning parable was to always be ready:

"12:39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. 12:40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

12:41 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?

12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? 12:43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 12:44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. 12:45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; 12:46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.

12:47 And that servant, which knew his LORD will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more." (Luke 12:39-48 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) When will it become known that Christ's return is 3 ½ years / 42 months away? (b) How will it seem to everyone, from all time, that Christ's return is "now"?
(a) See When Will Christ Return?
(b) See Could Christ Return Tonight?

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