In the early 1800’s a farmer turned preacher by the name of William Miller somehow claimed to discover when Jesus would return to earth on a certain day in 1843 as stated in the Bible. People got so caught up in this prediction, they forsook former beliefs and adopted “Millerism”, hoping that Jesus Christ would find no fault with them when He returned to earth.
From the website Ohio History Central some Millerites went so far as to quit their jobs and sold or gave away all their earthly possessions in preparation for Christ’s second coming. Many sources claim that the Millerites, dressed in white robes climbed the highest mountains and hills they could find in order to be closer to heaven. Imagine what it would have been like to come down at the end of the day. No return of Jesus. No job. No home. No possessions.
Including one of the more recent predictions by Harold Camping in 2011, there has been 242 documented predictions and still counting about the return of Jesus and the end of the world. So please don’t mark anything on your calendar because the Bible does not give dates and times.
So how are we to live. The return of Jesus could be a few hundred years from now. It could be a hundred years away. It could be in our own lifetime. It could be today.
In Revelation 22:12 it mentions He will come quickly.
In Mark 13:32 it mentions “The day and hour no one knows, that only God the Father knows when that time will come. Be on guard. Be alert. You do not know when that time will come”.
In the New Testament alone Christ’s second coming is mentioned 318 times. Salvation is the only doctrine mentioned more times. And all nine authors of the New Testament mention Christ’s Second Coming.
Living in preparation for the return of Jesus is not selling off or giving away everything and standing around in a white robe on a mountain or hill waiting. We still live our everyday lives, but our hearts are prepared like it could be today.