James no sooner proclaims that the coming of the Lord is at hand, than makes the statement the “The Judge is standing right at the door!”
James 5:9 – “Do not complain, brethren, against one another, that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.”
In Matthew 24:33, Jesus gives the warning: “… when you see all these things, (the signs of His coming), recognize that He is near (at hand), right at the door.”
Notes: ‘He’ is translated in the NIV as ‘it’. The fact is, it could mean either, but ‘it’ is shown in Matthew 24 to be His coming, so either translation carries the same meaning.
Conclusion: James expected Jesus’ judgement very soon. Was he mistaken, and thus his letter uninspired, or was he correct? If you believe in the divine, inerrancy of the scriptures, you would have to agree with James that the coming of the Lord and His judgement occurred very soon after James’ letter. He must have seen the signs.