WHERE IS THE PROMISE OF HIS COMING?
2Peter 3:3-4 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, (4) 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.
Here the scripture tells us that in these last days scoffers will be asking us the church “Where is the promise of His coming?
The same thought is echoed in
Joel 2:17 KJV: Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
Since the restoration of the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues at about the beginning of the last century (about 1900-1906), there have been several prophesies by great spiritual fathers like E.W. Kenyon, Smith Wigglesworth, Kenneth Hagin, S.G. Elton and others, that a great manifestation of the power of the Holy Spirit: the perfection and fulness of Christ (Eph.4.12, 15) in the church (Col 1.27-28), enabling us to do the works the Lord Jesus did and greater (Jn.14.12), will be coming to the church.
However, since the death of all these spiritual fathers, this manifestation has, so far, not yet taken place.
Many are asking, “Where is this promise of His coming?”
We are now in January 2018 and this great manifestation has still not yet come!
The truth is that His coming in us has ALREADY started INTERNALLY and the fulness is about to appear OUTWARDLY:
Luke 17:20-21 KJV: And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: (21) Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is WITHIN you.
2Corinthians 13:5 KJV: Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus CHRIST IS IN YOU, except ye be reprobates?
1John 3:2 KJV: Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; for we shall see him as he is.
God is doing a THOROUGH work IN US BEFORE THE OUTWARD MANIFESTATION BEGINS.
Hebrews 10:35-37 KJV: Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. (36) For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. (37) For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
James 1:4 KJV: But LET endurance and steadfastness and PATIENCE have full play and DO A THOROUGH WORK, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.
Habakkuk 2:3 AMP: For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfillment]; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, WAIT [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day. [Heb 10:37-38]
Romans 8:23 AMP: And not only the creation, but we ourselves too, who have and enjoy the firstfruits of the [Holy] Spirit [a foretaste of the blissful things to come] GROAN inwardly AS WE WAIT for the REDEMPTION OF OUR BODIES [from sensuality and the grave, which will reveal] our adoption (our manifestation as God’s sons).
Galatians 5:5 KJV: For WE THROUGH THE SPIRIT WAIT FOR THE HOPE of righteousness by faith.