You don't know that there weren't any counterfeit miracles performed back then by a 'man of lawlessness'. There were plenty of magicians and sorcerers practicing their spiritual magic back then...Simon was one of them.
And what would you be implying here?
You still haven't explained why Paul and John would try to comfort people with the idea of an imminent return, if actually it wasn't going to happen for several thousand years, or longer.
The reason you even question this is because you have a problem with Christ's return. Now considering that Christ even admitted that he did not know the time he was to return because the Father knew. Means to Paul and John it could be in their time.
For me, the verdict is still out on the book of Revelation. As I said earlier, it was considered antilegomena (disputed writings) by the early church fathers and barely made it into the canon...most likely because it did not make any radical changes to accepted foundational doctrine....and also to appease those who held it sacred. It's all about compromise and diplomacy.
It's because of your theistic-evolution belief, you have a problem with God's Alpha (creation), and God's omega (revelation). And because of that you doubt everything in-between, and look for things that help support your doubt. You know you are supposed to have faith, so you justify your doubt with anything that will help you do it.
Now how far has evolution taken you away from God? Let's test this. Evolution makes a person a professional Bible scoffer. Let's see what the Bible calls a Bible scoffer.
2 Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming?
for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old,
and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
1) Being in love with themselves and what they believe. Basically, they know it all.
2) Question the return of Christ by always using that everyone promises it, but it has not happened yet. Like what you did in that post.
3) Deny that by the word of God the heavens were of old. Not only do you deny this part, but will also argue the translation of it. More or less arguing semantics to justify your disbelief.
4) Deny the canopy. Every evolutionist denies the canopy.
5) Deny the world wide flood, Why deny this? Because the flood comes directly against how evolution claims the geological column formed.
6) Denying that all life perished on the earth except those on the ark. How many debates have you had denying this?
7) Denying the judgment of ungodly men. Remember that mention of universalism?
Your theistic evolution belief has made you 100% a Bible scoffer according to what the Bible says a Bible scoffer is. Being a Bible scoffer totally denies the theistic part of your supposed belief system. Now are Bible scoffers going to enter Heaven?
Now you are starting to sound like a Gnostic....secret knowledge.
My interpretation is divine, yours is of the flesh, etc...etc..etc...
Granted...I understand that the Holy Spirit gives understanding...but I am sure that David Koresh thought the same way also. And boy did he have a warped view of Revelation.
Well, since you fit what the Bible says makes you a scoffer, then who's knowledge is of the flesh? Bible scoffing is not from the Holy Spirit.