Luke 17:37 (NLT)
37 “Where will this happen, Lord?” the disciples asked.
Jesus replied, “Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near.”
Matthew 24:28 (NLT)
28 Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near.
Revelation 3:11 (NLT)
11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown.
Revelation 22:7 (NLT)
7 “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed are those who obey the words of prophecy written in this book.”
Revelation 22:12 (NLT)
12 “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds.
Revelation 22:20 (NLT)
20 He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!”
Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!
Philippians 4:5 (NLT)
5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
1 Peter 4:7 (NLT)
7 The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers.
[Emphasis all mine.]
Well, looking at the calendar, I see it's at least 1,800 years after these scriptures were written. Clearly, this is not "soon" in any modern sense of the word. Thus, I'm asking:
What does "soon" mean in these verses?