posted on Jul, 14 2004 @ 09:58 PM
Originally posted by Jonna
Originally posted by Pisky
The Bible says that Jesus will return in the same manner as he left.
Can anyone explain how exactly he did that ? In other words, how is he due to return ? From the air or from being born to another 'Mary' ?
How will we recognise him ?
I thought the bible stated that Jesus would return "like a thief in the night"? Forgive me as it has been quite a while since I read the thing. Lots
of violence, but not enough steamy romance for me.
I am a christian and am saved and have given my life to Christ. I read and study the Bible so my answers will come from that and my relationship with
God. Christ left with a physical body consisting of body, soul and spirit. He will return in that body. He left the earth and returned to heaven.
He will leave heaven and return to the earth. People saw Him visibly leave. People will see Him visibly return. There is probably more that I
haven't learned yet, but so far this is what I know.
You mentioned that Christ is to come like a thief in the night. This deals with the fact that you never know when a thief is going to come. It is
unexpected. Christ's coming will be unexpected. I believe this is mainly a prophecy concerning the rapture (true christians being removed before
the tribulation period. There are many Bible passages confirming this.) A thief comes, takes what he wants and leaves. The house or business he
came to has be altered and changed and something is missing. Christ will return unexpectedly for the church and return to heaven, taking us with Him.
The world is going to be an altered and changed place and millions will be missing. If I were to guess a number from studying and learning, that
will be missing from all the nations of the world, my guess would be 10%. So in a world of 6 billion people, 600 million would be removed from the
earth by this event.
No person can know the day or hour when He will return, the Bible tells us that. But it also says we can know when it is getting near. We are to
look for moral and physical conditions and way them against scripture. This is an indicater for His return.
Some people have set dates to see them come and go, thus skepticism results to the point that people say, see He's not coming. The prediction of
these scoffers can be read about in 2 Peter ch. 3. Remember people set the dates not God, so people were wrong, not God.
I can tell you why in human terms its been 2000 plus years. God has patience and wants none to perish and everyday more and more people are saved.
One day that patience will end. There are a couple of places in the Bible where we have a hint at the time frame for His return. 2 Peter tells us
that 1 day to God is like a 1000 years to a person, and 1000 years like a day. We are told in Hosea ch. 6 that God will revive Israel after 2
days(2000 years). This has already taken place officially in 1948, although it started in the late 1890's. Then in Hosea it says, "in the 3rd day
He will raise us up that we shall live in His sight". With the discrepency in the calendar we can't be certain when the 3rd millenium has begun,
but we have to realize that it is generally now.
Another hint is given in Luke 10, where we have the story of the good samaritan. It is a story of how we are to act and live, but it is also the
history of man in a nutshell and also prophecy. The man who was injured talks of mankind(Adam) and the fall that has occurred. The good samaritan is
Jesus Christ who came and bound up the man's wounds pouring in oil and wine.(wine- His shed blood for the forgiveness of sins. Oil- believers then
receive the Holy Spirit at salvation.) The man was taken to an inn(this refers to christians and how we are to care for those in the world and help
to heal them spiritually) The innkeeper was given 2 pence to care for the man while the Good Samaritan was gone. When the Good Samaritan returned he
would repay the innkeeper for the extra care given that hadn't been paid for. 2 pence was 2 days wages. A day with the Lord is like a thousand
years. So for 2000 years the church would have what it needed to live in this world. The Good Samaritan knew He would be gone at least 2 Days(Christ
came 2000 years ago and has been gone for roughly that same amount of time.) When Christ returns christians are rewarded for what they have done.
This coincides with the repayment for extras that the innkeeper would receive. So you see, Christ is not at all late, and things are right on God's