4 in 10 Americans Expect Jesus to Return by 2050

About four in ten Americans say they expect Jesus Christ to return within the next 40 years, according to a recent national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

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The Falling Away

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling awayStrongs 646: apostasia, ap-os-tas-ee´-ah; feminine of the same as 647; defection from truth (properly, the state) (“apostasy”):—falling away, forsake. first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;”
—2 Thessalonians 2:3

Lovers of the Truth

“Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.”
—Malachi 3:16

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
—Titus 2:11-14

Although many Americans (41 percent) believe the Second Coming will happen soon, slightly more people (46 percent) say Jesus will definitely or probably not return.

The prediction is divided along religious lines with 58 percent of white evangelical Protestants saying it will definitely or probably happen in the next 40 years. By contrast, only 27 percent of white mainline Protestants, about a third (32 percent) of Catholics and a fifth (20 percent) of religiously unaffiliated say Jesus Christ will return to Earth in this period.

Pew noted the figure for those who believe Jesus is returning is not surprising. Forty-four percent expressed the same belief in 1999.

But the figures were much higher than a 2007 Ipsos poll that asked Americans if they believe Jesus would return to Earth that same year.

Only 25 percent of respondents said it is “very likely” or “somewhat likely” that Jesus will return to Earth. Predictably, evangelical Christians were most likely (46 percent) out of the religious groups polled to say it was somewhat likely that Jesus return in 2007.

By comparison, 17 percent of Catholics and 10 percent of those with no religion said Jesus would return.

According to the Pew survey, respondents with a higher education level are less likely to believe Jesus will return in that time period.

Only 19 percent of those who graduated from college expect Jesus to return by 2050, while 35 percent of those with some college experience and 59 percent of Americans with no college experience expect the Second Coming in the next few decades.

More than three in five Americans (65 percent) say they predict religion in the United States will be just as important in 40 years as it is now, according to the Pew study. Thirty percent say religion will be less important.

Results from the survey are based on telephone interviews conducted April 21-26, 2010, among a national sample of 1,546 adults.

  1. lumberg, 29 June, 2010

    that’s what I think. I really don’t feel we have another 50 years. there has to be intervention.

  2. Circumspectful, 29 June, 2010

    I don’t think we have 5 years left….

  3. Bob Windsor, 05 July, 2010

    This is the first time in history that all the things Jesus told His Disciples would be signs of His return are happening. I feel like His return could happen any day. I hope you are ready! God bless, Bob

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