According to Orthodox Christians “Jesus Told Us What
He Will Do, Not When He Will Do It”
Mark E. Mountjoy
It is no big secret that the majority of Christians are firmly convinced that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is an event to be confidently expected to happen in the future—a future very near, or very, very far. In the Christian East as well as the Christian West, in Orthodox or Catholic or Protestant churches, Christians rehearse and recite creeds which reaffirm what is believed the Bible ultimately upholds: A final return of Christ to terminate history and physical reality, as we now know it. This idea is assumed to be supported by the notion that the Bible only says what the Second Coming will be but not when it will happen.1 This idea is a fundamental cornerstone premise of what could be called “confessional creedal futurism.” It is almost universally held in all conventional Christian churches, but is it true? Does it actually reflect what has been revealed to the Church through the writings of the Holy Apostles? Does it square with the facts contained in Sacred Writ and the chronicles of the antiquities of the Jewish people?