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5. WHAT OF JESUSí PROMISED RETURN?
Jesus intended his disciples to understand that for some purpose, in some manner, and at some time, he would come again. Though at his departure he had promised to be with them always, and through his Spirit and Word has indeed guided and comforted the church, he certainly referred to a future personal coming.
Yet he had said, "The world will see me no more" (John 14:19), and logically, having sacrificed his human life Ė provided the ransom -- he could not take back the price he had paid for manís release, and could not return as a man. Put to death in the flesh, he was raised not as a human but as a spirit being, far higher than the angels, in the exact image of Godís person (1 Peter 3:18; Hebrews 1:3-5). Jesusí first purpose in returning was, he said, to take his disciples to be with him (John 14:3), their faithful course having earned for them an eternal inheritance in heaven along with their Lord. Raised from the sleep of death they would meet him, see him as he is and be like him (1 John 3:2). The Bible provides many evidences that we are now living in the days of Jesusí second advent, that the church are all gathered and that the times of restitution spoken of by all the holy prophets are soon to begin (Acts 3:19-21).
The scriptures teach that the unbelieving
world would at first be unaware of Jesusí return. His presence would be
secret ("as a thief in the night" Ė 2 Peter 3:10). Spirit nature is of
course invisible to human eyes, and the presence of Jesus would for some
time be unrecognised. But they will with mental perception "see him
coming Ö in power and great glory" during the great time of trouble of
which Jesus spoke (Matthew 24:21,30), when the kingdoms of this world,
all under Satanic control, will be destroyed. The kingdoms of this world
will then become the Kingdom of our God, and of his Christ (Revelation
11:15). The signs of the times as foretold in the Bible indicate that
this time is at hand.
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