Dr. W. Edward Bedore, Editor, BBI Bulletin, BABQ
The word imminent is not actually found in our English Bibles, but is used to convey the Bible truth of the timing of the Rapture or “the catching away” of the Church, which is His Body. It is clear that it will one day happen, but we are not told when. The believer is to live his or her life in anticipation of Christ’s sudden appearing while zealously serving God out of love and faithful appreciation for the salvation that the Lord has provided by His grace (I Cor. 15:51-52; Phil. 3:20-21; I Thess. 4:13-18; Titus2:11-14). It could happen today. Have you put your trust in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of sins and redemption? (Eph. 1:7; cf. I Cor. 15:1-4). If not, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). When we speak of the “imminency” of Christ’s coming, we are referring to the fact that it could take place at any time. The word “imminent” means that something could take place at any time, not that it must necessarily take place right away. In general, it can refer to something that is sure to take place or something that may never happen. For instance, we can say that a boat caught out in a storm is in imminent danger of capsizing. The boat may weather the storm but, if the wind continues to build and the waves grow larger, the chance of it being overcome by the raging sea will increase dramatically. Since at any time a large wave could swamp the boat or roll it over, we can say that the crew is in imminent danger, a danger that will exist until the storm subsides or the boat can enter the safety of a secure harbor. The general sense of imminency is something that could, and is likely to, happen. However, like many other words, imminency has taken on a recognized theological meaning because of the way it has been used by theologians and Bible teachers over the years. When used in regard to Jesus Christ’s appearing, it speaks of that which one day will definitely take place, but man does not know when. From man’s perspective it could happen at any time, so it is said to be imminent.
Article from The BBI BULLETIN WINTER 2019-2020 published here with permission from BBI
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