Jesus Christ Had Some Questions
The questions Jesus is asking you today are -
1. Do you see His kingdom?
2. Have you entered it?
3. Do you have enough faith to believe He came back quickly as he had promised?
4. Did he quickly avenge those that were sent out by Him and then killed by the unbelieving Jews?
Again, can you believe Christ enough to take him at His word, Can you receive what he said and believe it?
Did Christ listen to his persecuted people; many of whom were martyrs? Did he avenge them speedily?
Just what was the destruction of Jerusalem, and the temple and later the complete end of that nation, all about?
That destruction has no relative equal in history.
Elijah was to come before the great and terrible day of the LORD. He was first to prepare a way for the LORD.
In your mind was John the Baptist the fulfillment of the prophecies concerning this? If not, why not?
If you cannot accept this your view of the coming of Christ will obviously never fit the scriptures.
Do you actually believe this angel lied to John the Baptist's father?
John the Baptist was not the resurrected Elias. However, he was ministering in that place and in his spirit. John was fulfilling the scriptures that had spoke of Elijah coming and preparing a way before the Lord. In that sense he was the Elijah that was to come.
The question Jesus asked of them and is now asking of you - can you receive this?
Let us consider St. John 3, before we look over the last few verses of Mal 4,
The context here points to the fact that those who either see the Kingdom or go so far as to enter it are doing so on a spiritual level; so, it evidently is not a physical kingdom.
If we accept these passages as they are written we should never expect to see Christ return in a bodily form or with a physical body.
Yes, He was to come and be seen, in some sense.
However, he was to seen be as lightening is viewed across the great expanse of the heavens and not limited to the semblance of a human body. A limited singular, human like, physical body could not be seen in this manner.
There are two or three aspects to Christ's ascension.
1. He was taken up.
2. A cloud received him.
3. He disappeared from their view, into that cloud.
We know from several other texts that he was to come back either on or in clouds and that he was to be seen.
Question: Again -does this mean that He was necessarily to be seen in a bodily form, or could his return have been limited to his only being seen in the sense of there being some very significant, symbolic, clouds at the time of His return, in power. Such as the clouds of destruction and calamity that fell on the world during the end of Nero's reign and at the time of the destruction of Jerusalem, all of which have been said were fulfillment of Christ's very words.
The context of the several scriptures all agree on the aspect of clouds. Again, - On the basis of the texts above it would seem that he was never to be seen anywhere in a bodily form. (Such as Mark 13:21 above.)
This also seems to provide more substantial evidence that Christ did indeed come back during that time and did indeed avenge his servants speedily.
Again - When these several passages are considered we see that it is not necessary to expect Christ to have came in a visible bodily human like form. The coming of God, and or Christ, in or with, or on clouds, is not meant to portray them as being seen in a bodily human type form. Each of these scriptures agree with the others on the aspect of Clouds, but not on a physical bodily human form. This is the context.
He was to be seen setting on the right hand of power and yet, at the same time, he was also to be seen coming.
Daniel appears to have seen both Christ and God at the same time. That is if you take his vision literally. But should you? I do not. You might ask why not?
For, the Ancient of Days is God and He fills the universe, so how could this be visualized in a literal way?
These passages tell us that even though Elijah was coming to turn the heart of the fathers to the children and the heart of the children to the fathers, that in fact his ministry would not be effective enough to prevent the land from being cursed.
Again, from studying the several passages above we know that Jesus said Elias did that through the ministry of John, yet that land was smitten, for the majority rejected him and he was killed.
The book of Revelation details in a symbolic way just what happened to Israel in fulfillment of these prophecies. There were terrible calamities that came upon Israel and the Roman Empire prior to and including the time of the destruction of Jerusalem, all of which were in fulfillment of the terrible Day of the LORD.
Israel was the Babylon who had killed all of the prophets and according to what the NT says she was to be dealt with shortly and she was.
Back to the questions; did Jesus find faith when he came and destroyed Jerusalem? And do Christians in general accept John the Baptist as being the fulfillment of Elijah's ministry just ahead of that terrible and great Day?
Notice, if the people would have accepted Christ and believed that John the Baptist was His fore-runner then the land would not have been cursed.
It seems apparent that until the Church accepts these things the fullness of Kingdom blessings will not arrive. Remember St. John three. This chapter details how we are to see Christ. Do you see Him?
Do you remember Christ's answer to those who wanted to see him? The Greeks. He said several times that where ever the master was there his servants would be.
People keep asking about the lion eating straw, etc. (Isaiah 11.) This was to happen if the people received John and Jesus. Christ's kingdom is here, but unbelief is thwarting its fullness. These things have happened in a symbolic sense in the Church, and it will happen in the world in another sense, as Christians become more positive about Christ having returned - but ....?
It is necessary for us to understand that the spiritual is infinitely superior to the physical. By over emphasizing and demanding that Jesus be seen coming back in a physical bodily form we are implying that every believer, and this includes doubting Thomas before he saw Jesus, have missed something far superior to seeing Christ by faith. However, Jesus countered this when he spoke to Thomas.
Until we accept Christ's words we should not expect to really see, as per St. John Three, or see all the earthly effects of all of the greatness of His kingdom.
As we refuse to see him as having already came back, in keeping with what he said, we are changing the message of the book of Revelation from one of victory to one of prolonged agony. In effect we are saying the Gates of hell were able to stop the Church. These verses must all be accepted and acted on by faith. However, the opposite is now happening. The message of these verses are being argued against and openly denied. I have read some of these to people and pointed them out and they immediately said they did not believe them. In doing so Christians are accepting erroneous prophetical messages that are filled with speculation and that are based on a few scriptures taken out of context and are then elevating them and pitting them against the clear words of Christ and the NT. To a great extent this attitude stops the realization of the earthly portion of the kingdom. Christ finds little or no faith here. The result is displayed in the nightly news. Terrorist activity and uneasiness over Israel. The plagues portrayed in the Book Of Revelation are happening today, in direct response to our unbelief. (Is this nothing more then my opinion?)