Well, let's see how long the Mormons have been waiting:
Dec. 25, 1835 - D&C 87:8 "..until the day of the Lord come; for behold, it cometh quickly, saith the Lord."
Time elapsed: 175 years, 1 month, 14 days.
Feb. 4, 1831 - D&C 41:4 "And I will be your ruler when I come; and behold, I come quickly..."
Time elapsed: 180 years, 4 days.
So, our latest update was 180-ish years ago? What, exactly, is the lord's definition of "quickly?" 180 years is easily 6-7 generations. So... "I'll show up quickly, as in about when your great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren read this." Someone needs to let god know that his use of 'quickly' is really confusing us.
Okay, so let's go back to the later New Testament books:
Traditionally 95 C.E. - Revelation 22:20 "He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus."
Time elapsed: ~1916 years.
So... now I'm really concerned about this whole 'quickly' thing. Okay, so maybe 200 years is nothing to god, but 2000?! Isn't that, like, 1/3 of the age of everything or something? And he makes very clear that it's Jesus we're talking about in this passage. And, if we want to put this in generations, we can probably say that here, the lord meant "quickly as in when your great^74 grandchildren read this."
Okay, let's see if Jesus himself was a little more clear and accurate:
Around 30 C.E. - Luke 21:27-32 "And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory ... Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled."
Time elapsed: ~1981 years.
And no, this is not taken out of context, go read it. Well, Jesus was way more specific, right? Same generation, so anywhere from 20-50 years, depending on how you define generation. Oops! That's somewhere around 5500% error. Remind me again why we listen to this guy?
So... Jesus seems to be taking his sweet time. Everyone is so sure that the second coming is right around the corner because of the state of the world... just like people were during WWII... and WWI... AND the Civil War!
And that's just a few examples from the U.S. All over the world, people have been feverishly declaring the coming of the lord since... well, just after 0 C.E.
I mean, jeez guys, how long do we have to wait? Ten thousand years? A millions years? A billion freaking years?
Seriously, once the sun goes out, I think we can be pretty sure he completely blew off the whole party.
'Of course, if I were Jesus, I probably wouldn't be too excited to come back either:
"So I went to my people and told them I was god, and then asked to be nice to each other for a change and to stop being such big jerks. They nailed me to a freaking tree!
So I went back for a bit to tie up some loose ends and figured I'd show up in a generation or so, but it turns out.. my followers suck! They don't love each other, for one thing, and anyone who isn't one of them, they kill!
I mean, the idiots fought for centuries over the hometown of all the jerk-offs who killed me in the first place! And they burned anyone who even had a clue at the stake for thousands of years!Anyway, no matter how enlightened they get, they are total jerks everybody, including each other. I'm not going back until my 'followers' are at least mildly pleasant to be around."