How much wiggle room do you give things that "must shortly come to pass" or "must soon take place?"?

Five centuries? Two millennia? What's the cutoff? At what point can you no longer say 'soon' is a correct adverb?

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  • 2 years ago

    Since “the time left is reduced,” what is true of opportunities to spread the good news?

    Are you as concerned about true worship as were those freed Israelites of some 25 centuries ago? Do you consider it a joyous privilege to render sacred service to Jehovah as part of a cleansed and zealous organization that honors his holy name? Can you discern the many evidences that we are living deep in “the time of the end”? If you answer yes to these questions, then make sure that you are taking positive action right now. Concentrate on keeping Kingdom interests first in your life. Since “the time left is reduced,” our present opportunities to spread the good news take on greater and greater importance. Blessed are all who center their life around the Kingdom as loyal witnesses of Jehovah with plenty to do in preaching the good news while there is still time!

    Source(s): jw.org
  • 2 years ago

    Jesus' prophecies of last days, like other prophecy, has a local and more immediate fulfillment as the end of an age at 70 a.d. for Israel, and a larger fulfillment at the fiery (manmade) apocalypse just before Jesus' return ("lest all perish")..

  • Donald
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    The Revelation G602 of Jesus G2424 Christ, G5547 which G3739 God G2316 gave G1325 unto him, G846 to shew G1166 unto his G846 servants G1401 things which G3739 must G1163 shortly G1722 G5034 come to pass; G1096 and G2532 he sent G649 and signified G4591 it by G1223 his G846 angel G32 unto his G846 servant G1401 John: G2491

    short?

    what is short?

    is our entire life short?

    a generation?

    someone's temper?

    a day with GOD is 1000 years to mankind.

    JESUS died 2 days ago.

    your reality is not real.

    you just think it is.

    all souls MUST be born before the end comes.

    this is in the bible.

    Rev 1:1

    The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly G5034 come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

    are we not waiting for MOST (but not all) of these things?

    your dictionary differs from GOD'S.

    I hope you can see this.

    2Pe 3:8

    But, G1161 beloved, G27 be G2990 ➔ not G3361 G5209 ignorant G2990 of this one G1520 thing, G5124 that G3754 one G3391 day G2250 is with G3844 the Lord G2962 as G5613 a thousand G5507 years, G2094 and G2532 a thousand G5507 years G2094 as G5613 one G3391 day. G2250

    now insert this time period to the first chapter of Genesis.

    each day = 1000 years...

    your time is off. (NOT GOD'S)

    sin blinds people.

    it certainly blinds you.

    Source(s): let go of the sin, and THE FATHER can open your eyes. or is this asking for too much?
  • 2 years ago

    God does not view time as we do. He knows precisely the best time to act for the benefit of all concerned, and patiently waits for that time to come. 

    2Pet.3:9 says:"Jehovah* is not slow concerning his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with you because he does not desire anyone to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance."(*Ps.83:18)

    He gives everyone the opportunity to learn about him and come to an accurate knowledge of truth.(John17:3; 1Tim.2:3,4)

    God finds no pleasure in the death of the wicked one. Rather, he delights to see people repent, turn back from their bad ways, and keep living. (Ezekiel 33:11) Consequently, he is exercising patience and is having the good news declared in all the earth so that people may have every opportunity to live.(Mat.24:14) But those who stubbornly refuse to turn back from their bad ways face execution at the hand of Jehovah God.(Ps.37:9,10,20)

    So we too must be patient and trust in God.(Pro.3:5,6)

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  • 2 years ago

    Jesus gave a sign as to when to start looking for the end of this wicked system of things. This sign is recorded for us in Matthew 24,Mark 13, and Luke 21.

    When you see ALL these things taking place in one generation of time, then know that the end "must shortly come to pass" or "must soon take place.

  • Hal
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    Within their lifetimes. Things He said would happen within the lifetimes of those there did -- they saw Christ, risen, in His Kingdom power, and saw Him ascend into Heaven. Also there is the prophecy of the future -- of the tribulation to come in the future -- that once the tribulation begins, that once this time of great trouble is on the world, it will be not too long in duration, but is shortened in duration, so that those alive at that time might have a chance to endure (some will).

  • 2 years ago

    At Matthew 24:32,33 Jesus himself gave us and indication, not an exact date, but a general sense of when we will know when things will happen. There is states: "Now learn this illustration from the fig tree: Just as soon as its young branch grows tender and sprouts its leaves, you know that summer is near. Likewise also you, when you see all these things, know that he is near at the doors." So if we saw a fig tree with a single leaf we would just say that was odd. But if the tree is in bloom, we know that summer is near.

    Jesus had just finished giving the talk about the conclusion of the system of things and in that text are things that the disciples would see, and things that would not happen for a long time. So the illustration of the fig tree states when you see "all these things" he is near. Today all the things mentioned by Jesus in that prophecy have been fulfilled with the exception, perhaps, that we do not know if the celestial phenomenon will be literal or symbolic.

    Jesus also stated further on in Matthew 24:36 "Concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father."

    So although we may not know an exact time, we do now know the end of this system is close.

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    If you are talking about the return of jesus, soon means never.

  • 2 years ago

    In God's time scale, "soon" could mean something very different from what we think. God allows millions to experience him for themselves ever year; all of his promises will come true.

  • 2 years ago

    You have to try to read the Bible without a time dimension.

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