Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Poll: 41% of Americans Believe Jesus Will Return By 2050

The British newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, is reporting the results of a joint poll from the Pew Research Center and Smithsonian magazine in which they asked Americans what they think will happen by 2050. One of the interesting findings was what Americans thought about the chances of the 2nd Coming occuring: 
 "41 per cent say Jesus Christ will return within the next 40 years while 46 per cent say this will definitely or probably not happen".
While there have been numerous attempts to predict the second coming of Jesus, no body really knows when it will occur. Even Joseph Smith himself didn't know when Jesus would come. Elder M. Russell Ballard makes this point clear in an Ensign article
"Can we use this scientific data to extrapolate that the Second Coming is likely to occur during the next few years, or the next decade, or the next century? Not really. I am called as one of the Apostles to be a special witness of Christ in these exciting, trying times, and I do not know when He is going to come again. As far as I know, none of my brethren in the Quorum of the Twelve or even in the First Presidency knows. And I would humbly suggest that if we do not know, then nobody knows, no matter how compelling their arguments or how reasonable their calculations. The Savior said that “of that day, and hour, no one knoweth; no, not the angels of God in heaven, but my Father only” (JST, Matt. 1:40).
I believe that when the Lord says “no one” knows, He really means that no one knows. We should be extremely wary of anyone who claims to be an exception to divine decree."
Although no one knows the exact second, minute, hour, day and year that Jesus comes, Jesus tells us that the faithful will get a general idea of when he will come just as people know that summer is near because the trees are sprouting their leaves. (see Luke 21:29-31) The scriptures are full of signs or indicators to watch for that have happened or will occur that will give us some idea of when we are upon the last days before His coming.
However, I would think that 2050 would be a good guess as to when Christ would come. 
What do you think?

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