How Long Did the Disciples Wait for Jesus?

The disciples of Jesus Christ were a group of individuals who followed Him during His time on Earth. They were His closest companions who witnessed many of His miracles and teachings.

However, after Jesus’ death and resurrection, the disciples had to wait for Him to return as He promised. But how long did they have to wait?

The Promise of Jesus’ Return

Before His ascension into heaven, Jesus made a promise to His disciples that He would return one day. In John 14:3, He said, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” This promise gave the disciples hope and assurance that they would see their beloved teacher once again.

The Waiting Period

After Jesus’ ascension, the disciples went back to Jerusalem and waited for the Holy Spirit as Jesus had instructed them in Acts 1:4-5. The Bible records that they waited for ten days before the Holy Spirit came upon them on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4).

During this waiting period, it is not explicitly stated how long they expected to wait for Jesus’ return. However, they were filled with anticipation as they believed that it could happen at any moment.

False Predictions

As time went by, some individuals began making false predictions about when Jesus would return. In 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, Paul addresses this issue by saying “Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed.

Despite these false predictions causing confusion among some believers, the disciples continued to wait patiently for Jesus’ promised return.

The Final Return of Jesus

In Revelation 1:7, it says, “Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.” This is a clear indication that Jesus’ return will be a visible and undeniable event.

Although the disciples had to wait for an unknown amount of time, they never lost faith in Jesus’ promise to return. In fact, many of them went on to spread His message throughout the world and even suffered persecution for their beliefs.


In conclusion, the disciples waited for an unknown amount of time for Jesus’ return after His ascension into heaven. Despite false predictions causing confusion among some believers, they continued to wait patiently for His promised return. As Christians today, we are also waiting for Jesus’ second coming with the same hope and expectation as the disciples did over 2000 years ago.