An epiphany about the Second Coming happened to me in France.
I am the ultimate Francophile having owned two homes in France.
Years ago I was visiting the Loire Valley, literally littered with splendid castles built centuries ago by the French aristocracy ( their largesse with French taxpayer money led to the French Revolution )…
I overheard a tour guide telling her group that these stunning castles were extremely uncomfortable to live in — infested with rodents and bugs — even the king’s bed crawling with bedbugs, mites, fleas and lice.
The high ceilinged rooms were very difficult to heat even with their huge fireplaces — the tapestries on the walls were to keep out the damp and not merely for decoration !
No running water, so no hot showers / baths nor flush toilets — only smelly “ chamber pots “. The hygiene in these palaces was deplorable
(— Even today, half of earth’ s current population, live in shanty towns, sleazy slums, tacky tenements, festering favelas, and have zero access to a flush toilet nor hot showers )
When learning about the unhappy / unhealthy living conditions of the wealthy former French nobility, I asked myself, what was the plight of the impoverished peasants, living in unheated huts ??
The people’s pitiful poverty promoted pestilences like the “black death “ ——rodent caused bubonic plague which exterminated one third of Europe’s population.in the mid 1300s.
My epiphany / moment of truth:
That MISERY was the malevolent misfortune of multiple millions throughout the Middle Ages—-
Why did God not “cut it short in righteousness “ ? —-
by fast forwarding Christ’s Second Coming to alleviate affliction, adversity and anguish ??
Mankind’s MISERY over multiple millennia has been monstrous— famines, floods, plagues, pestilences —- abject awfulness !
Christ declared emphatically on Calvary, IT IS FINISHED — implying that the atonement was complete.
He Himself voiced vehemently and vociferously three times in the final book of Revelation BEHOLD I AM COMING SOON !!!
( One more reason to doubt the fake 1844 date —- nearly two millennia after Christ’s promise of imminence, 1844 was hardly . “soon “ …)
Why did He renege on His promise ???
Why has He tolerated millennia of
an abundance of atrocities,
a plethora of plagues,
an egregious enormity of climate catastrophes,
all creating massive misery for.mankind ??
My plaintive plea is not WHEN He is coming,
but WHY He did not FAST FORWARD the Second Coming,
multiple centuries ago —
a compassionate action that would have eliminated extensive human suffering
( is He a sadist to allow such suffering when He could expedite an end to it ? ) —- more particularly when the atonement was completed two millennia ago !