If I should talk about this “if Christ tarries” thing, some of you may fight me because I may be shaking some of your generational theological beliefs.
Whenever I see a preacher condemn another preacher for not always talking about rapture, I just shake my head. If you know what rapture really is, you won’t rebuke anyone for not always talking about it.
Why will I say “If Christ tarries, I will see you tomorrow” when I definitely know that Christ is not coming tomorrow, or next week or next year? Yes, I said that I definitely know. E shock you?
To those who are not in Christ and to some ignorant believers, He will come like a thief in the night but to some of you that would be alive by then (I won’t be on this earth by then), you may not know the exact day and time but it won’t be a total surprise. You will be expecting it already. You will know.
1 Thessalonians 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
The statement “If Christ tarries, I will see you tomorrow” is a mere religious statement. It holds no Biblical rooting. It was supposed to at least remind believers of the soon coming of Jesus but does it really play that role? Are you actually telling us that Christ will soon come or that Christ will tarry in coming? If you ask me, I will say it is unnecessary. But what’s my problem? You can say whatever you like as far as you are not cursing yourself.
Well, here’s my problem with it. As a faith teacher on the subject of LONG LIFE, I found the statement to be anti-faith. And whatever is not of faith is a sin. You will surely see tomorrow, there is no “if”. That statement looks like a Yoruba way of saying: “I don’t know if I will be alive tomorrow but if I am alive, I will see you”.
Jesus says He that doesn’t gather with me, scatters what I gather”. A seemingly unharmful statement that doesn’t reinforce your faith on long life weakens it.
If you want my full teaching on the rapture, Pastor Damsam will drop a link for you.