posted on Dec, 26 2004 @ 08:56 PM
At His first coming Christ also came from heaven, as it is explicitly stated in the Gospel. Christ Himself says: "And no man hath ascended up to
heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven."
[1 John 3:13.]
It is clear to all that Christ came from heaven, although apparently He came from the womb of Mary. At the first coming He came from heaven, though
apparently from the womb; in the same way, also, at His second coming He will come from heaven, though apparently from the womb. The conditions that
are indicated in the Gospel for the second coming of Christ are the same as those that were mentioned for the first coming, as I said before.
The Book of Isaiah announces that the Messiah will conquer the East and the West, and all nations of the world will come under His shadow, that His
Kingdom will be established, that He will come from an unknown place, that the sinners will be judged, and that justice will prevail to such a degree
that the wolf and the lamb, the leopard and the kid, the sucking child and the asp, shall all gather at one spring, and in one meadow, and one
dwelling. The first coming was also under these conditions, though outwardly none of them came to pass. Therefore, the Jews rejected Christ and
sentenced Him to death. Nevertheless, each one of these conditions had a signification that the Jews did not understand; therefore, they were debarred
from perceiving the truth of Christ.
The second coming of Christ also will be in like manner: the signs and conditions which have been spoken of all have meanings, and are not to be taken
literally. Among other things it is said that the stars will fall upon the earth. The stars are endless and innumerable, and modern mathematicians
have established and proved scientifically that the globe of the sun is estimated to be about one million and a half times greater than the earth, and
each of the fixed stars to be a thousand times larger than the sun. If these stars were to fall upon the surface of the earth, how could they find
place there? It would be as though a thousand million of Himalaya mountains were to fall upon a grain of mustard seed. According to reason and science
this thing is quite impossible. What is even more strange is that Christ said: "Perhaps I shall come when you are yet asleep, for the coming of the
Son of man is like the coming of a thief."Perhaps the thief will be in the house, and the owner will not know it.
It is clear and evident that these signs have symbolic signification, and that they are not literal.
[edit on 26-12-2004 by Sep]