Let me tell you a little story. It’s called: The Boy who cried "Jesus is Coming"
Once upon a time there was boy who cried, "Jesus is coming!"
Everybody rushed to greet their loving saviour Jesus, but found he was not there. The boy had been lying.
A year later, he did the same again. "Jesus is coming!"
Everybody came ready to witness the glorious return of their saviour, but once again he wasn't there.
A year later the boy did the same again "Jesus is coming!"
Everybody from everywhere around came running, but found Jesus was not there.
Year in and year out this boy claimed Jesus was coming and every time it turned out he was misleading them.
Then one day Jesus did return. The boy cried out "Jesus is coming!"
But no one believed him. So all those people were thrown into hell and tortured for all eternity.
Jesus said to the boy. "Why did you mislead these people for so many years? Why did you tell them I was coming when I wasn't? You gave them false hopes and warnings for years, so it's no wonder they didn't believe you once I finally did arrive. So it is your fault that they are now being tortured by me in the pits of Hell. For that, you shall join them and may it teach you a hard lesson for lying year in and year out."
The moral of the story?
You can't blame people for not believing you when you are continually warning them of things that never happen. So only you can be held accountable for their disbelief.
Let’s face it, the old warnings of “Jesus is coming soon!” have been going on for the last 2000 years and every generation of Christian adamantly believes they are living in the end times (Starting with Paul in the bible!). There comes a time when you just have to face it – this prophecy has reached its use-by date. It’s unfulfilled. The bible, whether you like to believe it or not, predicted the return of Christ within the lifetime of those who witnessed his death. (Matt 16:28, Mark 13:30) You can try to shuck and jive all you want, but taken at face value that is what these verses clearly state. Paul even took them at face value as he continually insisted Christ’s return was eminent and it would take place in the lives of those he was preaching too. He was completely and utterly wrong. So if the Christian idol of the New Testament was wrong, why should we take any bible prophecies seriously? For that matter, why would we take any of Paul’s letters seriously?
It seems that Christians have some major double standards when it comes to bible predictions. They’ll mock any other non-bible prediction and insist it to be an unfulfilled prophecy if it doesn’t happen in a meaningful time frame. Nevertheless, when it comes to the bible, all common sense goes hurtling down the gurgler and the use-by date is extended indefinitely.
The bible predicts that Jesus will return soon. Greater than 2000 years is not soon in anyone’s books, no matter which way you look at it. And no, let’s get real here, the bible does not suddenly go from “human speak” to “God speak” all of a sudden. A thousand years does not translate to a day to God when looking at these predictions in their context. That is just wishful thinking to turn “soon” into an event that could happen in the 21st century or later. It’s a desperate attempt to make yourself and others feel special that they are living in God’s chosen “end times”, not to mention keep the prophecy alive, which you must do if you are to take the bible seriously at all.
When God dictated his word, he spoke to the bible-writers in terms they could understand (human speak), but if apologists are to be believed, for some totally absurd reason, in midsentence, he reverts to God-speak. Instead of telling them he wouldn’t be back for another 2000 years yet, he instead talks to them in his own language and tells them he’ll be back “soon”. It’s very hard to ignore such a major inconsistency in God’s communications here. That would be like speaking to someone in Russian and throwing in a word of Samoan into the middle of it for no good reason. It would be like speaking in cat language and then suddenly adding in a “woof”. Did God suddenly get side tracked or something, while dictating his word? Did a hot angel walk by just at that moment, causing him to stumble with his words and revert to his own language? Why would God allow such a major inconsistency into his word? How can he blame anyone for calling him out on his prophecies when he can’t even get his message across clearly?
Anyway, even if we overlook this major inconsistency, we still come back to the question: How many 1000s of years (in human time) must we wait before the predictions of Christ’s return becomes a false prophecy?
I’m betting that you, Christian, will never accept it ever as a false prophecy, even in a million years from now. In a million years from now you will STILL be shucking and jiving and coming up with even more silly excuses as to why Jesus has not yet returned.
Now, if Jesus really should suddenly return one day, can he really blame people for not being ready? Of course not, especially when so many of his followers were crying “wolf”. If anyone will be held accountable for people not listening and not believing, it will be those that did the shouting.