Why is God waiting so long to rapture his bride before the time of Jacobs trouble ?
Hi, can you explain your question a bit more?
Well 2000 years has past since the lord was risen , why has he not returned for his saved people sooner?
I once had that question too, and so to be direct and simple:
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” - 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)
@DM_Sales The verse @TC85 provided is important because Peter’s audience was questioning why Jesus was taking so long to come back as well. Peter responded by saying that God is waiting so that more people can come to know Him. If we read the Book of Acts, we see that God has placed the nations in their boundaries for this very purpose - that people might come to know Him. God is patient in waiting for people to come to know His love and grace.
Acts 17:26-27 - From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.
It is also important to remember that no one knows the day or hour of Christ’s return, per Jesus’ words in Matthew.
Matthew 24:36-39 - But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
Below is a chart of a few different views of how the return of Christ will occur. The rapture is not part of every view. Below that is an article from the Gospel Coalition on whether or not the rapture is Biblical and then a book on a particular view / understanding of the eschaton (the end of the ages). May the Lord grant you wisdom and understanding as you study.
millennial_views.pdf (42.4 KB)
When you ask this question, I would like to request you to think about another question as well. Why was our Lord waiting 4000+ years since Adam’s fall to come as a redeemer at the cross? Why not few hundred years earlier, and just after a few hundred years after Adam?
A simple answer is the Father has His timetable for His son. He knows the time perfectly. A little bit of imagination would help us to understand well about God’s timings. Remember when the Lord waited for (?) 400 years to send Moses as a redeemer, He said to Abraham that the redemption plan starts, " In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure" Genesis 15:16. Again 40 years of wandering in the wilderness were required to make His children perfect.
This should help us to understand that God is in His perfect time! The right time.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9