I recall so well how shortly after becoming a Christian I was enamored with prophetic preachers and their projections regarding the return of Christ for His own. Scripture after Scripture was woven into the subject and I found it hard to comprehend where their exegesis drew the conclusions on which they were hanging their hats. Understand, there are legitimate interpretations on the subject but some of the “prophets” of that day, and today, make me scratch my head a little.
They are not alone. Even in the time of Christ, when the obvious was that He was the “Son of God”, the promised Messiah, there were those who challenged His claims, unable to see prophecy being fulfilled. You can read of the questionable manner in which they challenged Jesus in Matthew 11:38… “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”
Jesus responded: “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet; for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.” (Matthew 11:38-41)
In presenting these words, Jesus confirmed the authenticity of the prophetic ministry of Jonah! The authentication of the account is something many would like to destroy. However, Jesus verified it and used it as the “sign” they were seeking. When the resurrection took place, they endeavored to destroy that “sign”! However, all of their explanations were fraught with errors according to history, and the empty tomb will ever be the sign of signs that Jesus was indeed the Christ, the Promised One! I do not know much about a lot of the truths and fabrications that exist, and about many predictions and contradictions I find flimsy. However, I am confident concerning the one that Jesus referred to, “three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” That was fulfilled, and I find no reason to question the fact that He has predicted a soon return. I await it with anticipation! There is no reason to be excited about the questionable predictions when we already have a finished conclusion to our redemption. Thank the Lord for that of which we are assured!