My brethren have pointed out, and I think rightly, that God’s tarrying in the fulfillment of his promises does not, generally speaking, indicate any slowness on his part, regardless of how long the delay may seem to man. I believe that II Peter 3:1-9 makes this particular conclusion of theirs inescapable.These friends go further than I am yet willing, however, and add that even when Jesus specifically tells the churches in Asia that the things he is revealing to them “must soon take place” and that “the time is near,” all he really means to say is that the fulfillment will be soon from his own perspective, not necessarily from theirs, though these churches, and every person born until the end of history, should nevertheless act like the things could possibly be fulfilled at any time.
As I’ve indicated, I do not yet find their explanation of Christ’s words here convincing, but I certainly haven’t budged them with mine. So perhaps, the best thing to do is to move on to my next point.Rather than lay all my cards out on the table right away, however, I think I’ll begin with a question, one I’ve discussed here a few times in the past. My noble adversaries will know right away where I’m going with it, but I’ll see if I can bait them therewith nonetheless. Here it is:
According to Revelation 20:4-6, the first resurrection, in which the saints will be raised to reign with Christ-- will that resurrection include anyone other than those saints who are martyred in the Great Tribulation?