Peter writes the question that even now comes to every person who has considered Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord: “And saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the Fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation” (2 Peter 3:4).

We all wonder when the Lord Jesus is coming back to take true Christian believers away from such a Christ-hating world and into the promise of Heaven. The Bible promises that there is a time coming when Christ will finally come to earth to set everything right to the glory of God. We often wonder about when He shall enact with His Godly promises to establish the world according to the Bible Word.

Many folks do scoff at Bible promises and just figure that life is up to us to get from it all that we can now and to hope for the best when we die. Our physical thinking directs us to number our hard work and honesty in life, along with our clean living and mental hope that God would have to take us eventually to Heaven one day because of how good we were and how hard we worked.

Some folks in Christian leadership deny that Jesus is the only “way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

Sadly, the atheists, Communists and humanists deny any possibilities that the Holy Bible is true and actually believable.

Our natural thinking is that life is all up to what we can get and that we must force the directions we want to take. The sooner we can understand our obvious tendency to sin and to selfishly do what we decide is our desire – no matter what – then the quicker we will start to think about our need for Christ.

The Bible truth will show us our earthly and incorrect thinking, and then our absolute need of forgiveness and restoration to God through Jesus Christ. After His death and resurrection from it, He then returned to heaven to be there “until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:21).

All through history, God’s inspired prophets have put into the Bible that, one day in the future, Christ would return again as the everlasting King. We know that in Isaiah 9, the child Jesus would be born as God’s son given to mankind (verse 6a). We celebrate Christmas for that truth and yet should still expect the coming of the next part of that sentence: “and the government shall be upon his shoulder” (verse 6b). It is anything but true that Christ is in charge of every worldly operation yet – but that day is coming!

The inspired prophets have kept assuring true believers in Christ that Jesus would come again as the everlasting King that would remove the curses of sin and death. What Jesus will do in that coming day is to bring in everlasting life and righteousness. He will establish the living place for those who are absolutely His own and sadly have to send into eternal Hell any throughout history who have not believed God nor accepted His Son Jesus.

Many centuries have built age after age since Christ’s 33 years on earth, and in those centuries the world has done more to deny Christ and to decay in Bible truth.

We have a greater increase in crime and selfish hatred every year now. Lust and drug usage are moving higher in percentages, along with ever-increasing mistrust and ugliness over societies.

We quickly lose the right thinking needed to stay alert and positive in Heavenly expectations. Beyond what we hold as understandings to Bible truth, we must hold to believing what God has told us. Jesus said to us that in His “Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2).

We cannot fully understand all that involves, but we must accept it. He then tells His disciples in verse three: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye must be also.”

None of us fully comprehend why or how that could all be so, but as true Christians, we must not refuse to accept what Jesus has told us. He is back now, in Heaven, and daily is preparing a place for those who are truly saved in Christ.

In 1 Thessalonians 4:17, Paul writes (nearly 2,000 years ago) and expecting that this event may come during his lifetime: “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them (Christians who have died) in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

The Lord is now waiting for others to accept Jesus as Savior. Their minds and hearts need to be turned away from the great but false promises of the Godless world system.

We must reach out to as many that would be renewed through real faith in Christ as Creator, Savior and Lord of who would receive Him.

Second Peter 3:9 guarantees that: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men consider slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Verse 15 in 2 Peter 3 says for Christians to “account that the long-suffering of our Lord is salvation.” The Lord Jesus died for our salvation from Hell, and we daily need to be fully living for it in both our lives and in others, as many as we can get.

We can have absolute faith in the promises of the Bible. God’s promises are absolute, and the more we grow in their acceptance, the better! Let’s agree with Peter, who says in 2 Peter 3:13: “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

It is really what we must need to desire!

R.D. “Bob” Hottle is a retired schoolteacher, farmer and pastor of the Anchor Baptist Church.