There are many passages in the Bible referring to Jesus coming soon or quickly. These verses cause problems for everybody's system of Eschatology except mine.
This is not surprising when you consider: modern views ignore the views of the early church, and the early church fathers used Jewish views and Hellenistic philosophy.
In my view, the correct teaching is Jesus Christ appears to each person at their death, revealing his glory and their need for redemption via faith in Jesus Christ. At that moment each person makes an irrevocable decision having eternal consequences: (1) accept Jesus Christ and live in his presence for all eternity in the new heavens and new earth or, (2) reject him to be consigned to hell.
Here are the key phrases; I explain them all in my article about Imminency...
- this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.
- won't finish evangelizing in Israel
- as you see the Day approaching
- in a very little while he will come
- the Lord's Coming
- the day is almost here
- the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet
- the end of all things is near
- soon take place
- coming soon
- time is near
- the time is short
- wait for Christ to be revealed
- will not taste death
- will see him coming
- we who are still alive
- the coming wrath
- if I want him [John] to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?
- I come quickly
- I am coming soon
One thing I should mention: it seems no one considers Jesus comes soon and quickly to each person at their death; that we each encounter Jesus personally at death, as part of the death process. This is so obvious I wonder why no one ever thought of it before?
I believe there is a moment in time for every person after their death (or as they are dying) in which Jesus reveals himself and the gospel to them, and they choose to follow him or to reject him.
Those who died before Jesus went into "hell" to preach to them met Jesus at that time and chose whether to follow him. Since then, everyone meets Jesus at their death.