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  • Betty A. Burnett

Why the Delay?

Why the Lord Has Not Come Back?


The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).


Today I’m going to break down certain words that are called key words, so there will be a clear understanding of this scripture.


 Slack- to delay, longsuffering – patient, repentance - change of heart .


Not willing that any should perish – God has a determined will, and He ordained before the foundation of the world those who would be saved.


Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations (Jeremiah 1:5). The Lord was saying to Jeremiah, I knew you. To know someone is to have a relationship with them.


Look at the word slack which means that God is delaying the coming of Jesus Christ until everyone He has ordained to be saved, will come to repentance. This means they confess with their mouth and believe in their hearts by the faith what God has put in them to be saved (Romans 10:9-10).


Although we walk through time and see things from our view (this is normal), God still wants us to see things from His perspective. Everything was already done when it comes to God, because He is eternal, therefore, He is not confined to time or space but God condescends because of us. Even with that being so, God wants us to think of ourselves like He thinks of us; but not to be big-headed/high minded (Romans 12:3).  


God is talking about His children when the Word says He is longsuffering toward us.

Does it make sense that He is not willing for any to perish when millions of people are in hell?

It is not God’s determined will for any of His children to perish, because He had already ordained and predestined us for eternal life.


I always say that God confirms His Word with other scriptures that will support, connect, and relate to each other. So, this is another of several scriptures to bring further confirmation. Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love (Ephesians 1:4).

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified (Romans 8:28-30). 


This is meat, for real! I pray that you can digest it. Notice that the shaded words are past tense; this means something already existed. It does not seem to be a problem with all the words except one, and that is glorified. When I searched to see what some scholars felt this meant; they said we will be glorified, when we get to heaven. As was previously stated, with God everything is already done.

My beloved brothers and sisters, why the Lord has not come back? He is waiting for the fullness of time (the appointed time)- (Galatians 4:4) before Jesus meets us in the air (1 Corinthians 15:52-58, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), with all those God has ordained to be saved.   

Ps. We see Jesus as being crucified on the cross from our perspective, and as our Lord and Savior, and because we walk through time, that is true. Yet Jesus was slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8).

In other words, from God’s perspective, everything has already been done.


~ Betty A. Burnett ~

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