In Luke 21:8 Jesus said: "Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am He,' and 'THE TIME HAS DRAWN NEAR.' THEREFORE DO NOT GO AFTER THEM.
Jesus was talking to his disciples. Here's what Jesus' Apostles said AFTER Jesus had warned them...
1 Peter 4:5 They (the Gentiles mentioned in 4:3) will give an account to Him (Christ) WHO IS READY TO JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD.
1 Peter 4:7 But THE END OF ALL THINGS IS AT HAND; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.
1 John 2:18 Little children, IT IS THE LAST HOUR; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, EVEN NOW MANY ANTICHRISTS HAVE COME, BY WHICH WE KNOW THAT IT IS THE LAST HOUR.
Acts 24:15 having hope toward God, which they themselves also wait for, that THERE IS ABOUT TO BE A RISING AGAIN OF THE DEAD, both of righteous and unrighteous; (Young's Literal Translation).
1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and THEY WERE WRITTEN FOR OUR ADMONITION, UPON WHOM THE ENDS OF THE AGES HAVE COME.
The OUR in the verse above "upon whom the ends of the ages have come" does not include YOU! It includes Paul, Sosthenes and the Corinthians.
1 Thessalonians 4:15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that WE WHO ARE ALIVE AND REMAIN UNTIL THE COMING OF THE LORD will by no means precede those who are asleep.
The WE in the verse above includes the writers (Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy) and the church of the Thessalonians. It does NOT include YOU unless you are a 1900+ year old member of the Thessalonian church!
1 Timothy 6:14 that YOU keep this commandment without spot, blameless UNTIL OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST'S APPEARING.
The YOU in the verse above is Timothy.
James 5:7 Therefore BE PATIENT, BRETHREN, UNTIL THE COMING OF THE LORD. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.
James 5:8 YOU also be patient. Establish your hearts, for THE COMING OF THE LORD IS AT HAND.
James 5:9 Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. BEHOLD, THE JUDGE IS STANDING AT THE DOOR!
The YOU in verse 5:8 above are the 12 tribes of Israel who were scattered abroad.
James 1:1 James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, TO the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings.
John the Revelator said...
Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, WHICH GOD GAVE HIM to show His servants - THINGS WHICH MUST SHORTLY TAKE PLACE. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John,
Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the TIME IS NEAR.
Revelation 22:6 Then he said to me, "These words are faithful and true." And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants THE THINGS WHICH MUST SHORTLY TAKE PLACE.
Revelation 22:7 "Behold, I AM COMING QUICKLY! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book."
Revelation 22:10 And he said to me, "DO NOT SEAL THE WORDS OF THE PROPHECY OF THIS BOOK, FOR THE TIME IS AT HAND.
Revelation 22:11 He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still."
Revelation 22:12 "And BEHOLD, I AM COMING QUICKLY, AND MY REWARD IS WITH ME, to give to every one according to his work.
The writer of Hebrews said...
Hebrews 10:37 "FOR YET A LITTLE WHILE, AND HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME AND WILL NOT TARRY.
So either Jesus came back in the 1st Century or the aforementioned writers/apostles who said that his 2nd Coming was NEAR are FALSE PROPHETS!
Maybe Jesus was a False Prophet too because he said...
Matthew 16:27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.
Matthew 16:28 Assuredly, I say to YOU, THERE ARE SOME STANDING HERE WHO SHALL NOT TASTE DEATH TILL THEY SEE THE SON OF MAN COMING IN HIS KINGDOM."
Who was Jesus speaking to?
Answer: HIS DISCIPLES - Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to HIS DISCIPLES, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
Jesus also said...
Matthew 24:29 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
Matthew 24:30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Matthew 24:31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Matthew 24:34 Assuredly, I say to YOU, THIS GENERATION WILL BY NO MEANS PASS AWAY TILL ALL THESE THINGS TAKE PLACE.
Answer: Tribulation, Christ's 2nd Coming in his Kingdom, the Resurrection, Judgment and the End of the Age.
Who was the "YOU" Jesus was speaking to?
Answer: THE DISCIPLES - Matthew 24:3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, THE DISCIPLES came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"
Do You Know About the CHALLENGE OF CHRIST?
John 10:37 If I do not do the works of My Father, DO NOT BELIEVE ME;
If Jesus did not return when he said he would then that makes him a LIAR instead of the SON OF GOD!
Don't Worry! It's NOT Jesus or his Apostles who are the False Prophets...
It is those who NOW SAY the following about Jesus' 2nd Coming: "THE TIME HAS DRAWN NEAR."
THEREFORE DO NOT GO AFTER THEM!
Full Preterism is the belief that all prophecy has been fulfilled.
I first heard of it 20 years ago but refused to look at it because it was so different than any thing I had heard before.
I invite you to take a serious look at it and you will understand the Bible better than you ever have!
Some scriptures are hard to understand and people have different opinions about their meanings. This is true for Dispensationalists, Amillenialists, Post Millenialists as well as for Full Preterists. Keep that in mind when you do your research. Here's a good place to start your research: