If Jesus did indeed return as promised in the same generation to which he preached on the Earth, it’s quite obvious that millions of believers will have lots of reanalysis to do. If one accepts the 70 AD return as a given, then it’s quite natural that lots of questions will follow regarding the implications for our religious practice today. For example, here is a brief list of sample questions worthy of investigation:
- If Jesus returned in 70 and took the ekklesia with him to Heaven, giving no directions for an ongoing ekklesia, then how is the ekklesia supposed to know how to carry on in his absence?
- If Jesus intended an ongoing ekklesia, why would he “rapture” all the faithful believers in a single event, such as was prophesied in 1 Thessalonians 4? How were those who would come to the faith thereafter do so with no one to teach them?
- If we argue that it is obvious from the Bible how one comes to the faith, and that no human teachers are necessary, then how do we account for the massive amounts of disagreement over this very topic today?
- If Satan and his evil angels were dispatched in 70AD, then what do we make of all the bad things that get blamed on Satan today? Who is responsible for evil in the world?
- If the ekklesia was only for a time, does God still interact with living humans today? Does he answer prayer?
These are the types of topics that will be addressed in this “Implications” category.