Will he find faith on the earth?
<Luke18:8> However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
There are those who interpret the above last verse as follows:
“When Second coming Jesus comes to this world, no one believes in God. Therefore, the Second Coming Jesus must come in flesh and preach the truth to gather those who are chosen to be saved. If He does not do like that, no body can be saved in the last day.”
But Jesus’ words should not be interpreted like this. Here Jesus paradoxically asked a question. There are those who interpret the very question as “no one has faith,” but it does not mean that. It means that very few people will be saved when Second Advent Jesus comes in the last day as the judger.
Before we understand the above topic, let’s look at the verse “when the Son of Man comes”. What time is it? It is well explained in Matthew 26:64.
<Matt26:64> “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
Link this verse with the words before to examine the context. It does not mean that Jesus would come in the flesh and preach the gospel. That is; “Now you persecute me, but you will see my glory and power and my coming on the clouds of heaven in the future.”
If you read the above verses well, you can see that it is not easy for the world to see Jesus coming on the clouds. It means the priests will not treat Jesus casually, because He will come as the judge.
Therefore, the question, “Will he find faith on the earth?” is not a saying that there is no one to be saved, but that there are very few who will be saved.
<Isa53:1-2> Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
The prophet Isaiah prophesied, “Who has believed our message?” It is a prophecy about Jesus. Does the question mean that no one believed in Jesus? It means that there are very few who will believe in Jesus because Jesus will come in shabby form.
<Rev6:17> “For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”
“Who can stand for the great day?” Does it mean that nobody saved in the last day? That is not the case. In the day of wrath, that is, there is no one saved by human wisdom and power. With human power and wisdom there is no way to escape the judgment of God. It is also a word that few people are saved.
<Isa24:13> So will it be on the earth and among the nations, as when an olive tree is beaten, or as when gleanings are left after the grape harvest.
It tells about the number of those who will be saved in the day of final judgment. Only the few who are left will be saved. In this context, Jesus paradoxically asked if he would see faith in the world when the Son of Man came.
Jesus said, “Will you see faith in the world when the Son of man comes?” This means that very few people are serving Jesus properly. Although not many in number, they are the ones who practice the truth.
In other words, in the last day of judgment only very few people will understand and accept the truth of salvation. But in the eyes of the world, the truth of salvation will seem worthless. Isn’t Christianity all over the world today so ignorant of the feast of the Passover of the New Covenant?