Fulfillment of Daniel 7
Kingdom of God
Resurrection of all
Paul expected Jesus to return in his lifetime
The earliest gospels interpret the failed Jewish revolt against Rome (66-74) and destruction of temple in Jerusalem (70) as signs of return
Roman persecution of Christianity as a cult interpreted as stirring Christ to vengeance
Different responses to delay
The Simpsons, season 16 episode 19 “Thank God It’s Doomsday” is based partly on the Millerites’ attempt to calculate the second coming. It also reflects popular ideas about the rapture and heaven as a cloud place to which one goes after death.