Christ's Return

When where and how - it started in the first century and was finished by the first part of the second century, at the end of the Barcoba revolt. There was no more Israel or Jerusalem soon after this.

He first came to his people in Israel as a babe and shepherd and then in the Spirit at Pentecost and then in judgment on Israel. There have been many comings since. St. Jon 3. and 14:21-23

(His arrival foretold.)

The time is tied into a first century context. "He that is born King of the Jews," Present tense.

He was to govern Israel?  According to Paul there were two Israels.

Rom 9:6 ......... For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:  (KJV)

Some people would live to see it happen after hearing Him speak of it.

(Not 2000 years later. The NT was primarily written to people living in the first century, - some of whom had actually heard Jesus speak)

An OLD Testament Prophecy Was Sealed and A NEW Testament prophecy was not to be Sealed

Dan 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. (KJV)

22:12 "And behold, I AM COMING QUICKLY, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. (NKJV)

The Glorious Positive Revelation of Jesus to First Century believers via this Book, of his victorious return in judgment, has now been changed to one of Speculation and doom and gloom. Hence those same Plagues of war have been loosed on Palestine and Israel, and Terrorism has since become a threat to peace around the world. This book was given to first century believers so they could see Christ revealed in those judgments. This book is still to be a blessing for all who read it, but primarily it was for them.

(They were still looking even though in a sense it had already happened.)

Again - Remember – this was written to first century believers, they were to see him.

The words "now", "your," and "we" ties it to the first century.

These words and this message must not be taken out of that context!


Now - Since Christ has returned what are we to do?

Past tense. Raised us up. Not will raise us up. We are some of those who are living in those ages to come.

Christ's kingdom goes on and on, forever, world without end. No end to this world.  Yes there was an end to a world, a system, a nation in the first century. Christ's Kingdom has no end.

Ps 78:69 And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath established for ever.

Ps 93:1 The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.

Eccl 1:4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.

(The following promise is tied to St. John three. We can see both Him and His kingdom if we have been born again. Every eye saw Him return in judgment, in a symbolic sense, for the destruction of Jerusalem was terrible and told around the world.)

Christians have arrived by faith and so have come to Jesus and have seen Sion - the New Jerusalem. They are the only ones to whom Christ returns or appears.

Have you seen Him? You must search Him out. You must look for Him and feel after Him.

Jesus wants to make Himself known to us.

The choice is ours, by faith.

Having God and Christ take up their abode in us is infinitely more important then standing around looking up in the sky for His return.

2000 years of our godly believing ancestry have not seen Him return like we have been taught. About how He is to return. Have they been short changed? NO!

This should create a lot of questions. Many of them have no answers that I know of. To many try to associate all of Revelation with OT prophecy even though much of OT prophecy was either tied to things that did happen back then or were not fulfilled, simply because they were conditional. Other people try to put it all off into the future.

I would think that most of those godly believers who heard Jesus speak understood what he was saying in Revelations. He said back there that those who would read it would be blessed.

How could they be blessed if they were being warned of those terrible things that were to come soon, yet they did not understand what was being said? You can rest assured they got the message and it was for them. We to can be blessed when we accept this by faith.

Note: He said the reason they would be blessed was because the time was near.

"Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near."

This necessarily means we have a job to do, and through Christ, who did overcome the world, we can do it.

Vern Manson

Friday, December 05, 2008