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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).
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.
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"?