The Imminent Coming Of Christ
Dr Don Hender (PWMI Vice President)
What does Imminent mean?
The Lord can come at any moment. There are no prophecies that must be fulfilled before He comes for His true Church - His intended Bride.
Imminent comes from a Latin verb ’Immineo' meaning to ‘overhang’, as something hanging over our head, not as a threat, but ready to overtake one, something close at hand to happen any moment. Yet it may not happen immediately. The Church has been waiting almost 2000 years Paul expected the Rapture to occur in his day, See 1st. Thess. 4:13—18. The unbreakable promise of the Lord Jesus Christ is still valid. John 14:1-3. When Jesus said. "Behold I come quickly". Rev. 22:20, or in ch1:1 ”Things which must shortly come to pass”; the word ‘shortly' or ‘quickly' means ‘suddenly’. The Greek word for ‘shortly' is "en tachei'” which means ‘quickly or suddenly coming to pass', indicating rapidity of execution after the beginning of an action takes place. The idea is not that the event may occur soon, but that when it does, it will be sudden. A similar word ’tachys' is translated ‘quickly’ seven times in Revelation, When the Lord does act, He acts with swiftness, suddenness, and unannounced. When the Lord does act, it is sudden, rapid, decisive and purposeful. (See Galatians 4:4 concerning the first coming of Christ: "When the time was fully come..,").
If events have to happen ﬁrst before the coming of the Lord for His Church, it destroys the concept of imminency. We need to be prepared for that event.