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    CHRIST COMING IN LIKE MANNER 1 (LAST DAYS PREDICTIONS PART 12)

    In Acts.1: 9 we read. “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and A CLOUD received him out of their sight.

    10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;

    11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven”.

    Now, the first thing I will like to deal with here is in verse 9.

    What received him out of their site? A CLOUD!

    Already from the study in John 14, we do know that ‘COME AGAIN’, was simply a promise of the Holy Spirit.

    That wasn’t the issue of second coming, which the rapture believe holds strongly to. And they also use this particular passage in question, to prove that this His promised to come in like manner, is the second coming.

    The pre- tribulation rapture believers claims, that, the ‘second coming’ of Christ will be His stopping just above the earth in the clouds, then He will catch away the living and the dead back to heaven for the marriage supper, after which He will come in the glory of His father.

    The question is, if the so called ‘rapture’ is a separate ‘event’ from the coming of Christ in power and glory, how could each stage be called a ‘second coming’?

    Again, if His coming FOR His people (“for” a word not found in scriptures) is separate from His final coming to rule, going by mans limited understanding of spiritual truth, then Christ coming is in three stages –

    His coming in Palestine would be stage 1,

    Coming for His people – rapture, stage 2

    And coming in power and glory, stage 3.

    Can we say this kind of thinking agree with the scriptures?

    Again, going by Acts 1:9-11, we are told He went up IN A CLOUD (singular) but in 1 Thes 4:17, what we have there is CLOUDS (Plural).

    If the second coming is in like manner, why is He coming in ‘clouds’ and not ‘ A cloud’ as in Acts 1:9-11?

    The Singular Cloud Of God’s Presence.

    In Acts 1:9 – 11 we are told, that the ascension of Jesus was IN A CLOUD (Singular) but we read ((1 Thes 4: 17, Rev 1:7). ) that His coming is IN CLOUDS (Plural) .

    So if His coming must be in like manner, how come He left in A CLOUD and He is coming IN CLOUDS (plural).

    What then is this ‘cloud’ and ‘clouds’ with which He is going and coming? How does this, ‘cloud’ translate into ‘clouds’ as it relates to (1Thes 4.)

    Let it be noted that, while “clouds” could refer to our atmospheric climate of ‘Lumbus’ and ‘Cumulus’ , in the Bible it is symbolic of

    (1) God’s invisible presence,

    (2) God’s move in judgement.

    (3)a witness and

    (4)ministry, as we shall soon see.

    ‘The Cloud, the symbol of God’s Vehicle of Expression’.

    When God met with the Children of Israel in Exo. 19:9-20, we are told. “And the Lord said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee IN A THICK CLOUD that the people may hear when I speak with thee… And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and A THICK CLOUD upon the mount “And the glory of the Lord abode upon Mount Sinai and THE CLOUD covered it six days; …

    “ “Again the Lord descended IN THE CLOUD, and stood with him there” Exo 34:5.

    God told Moses “… I will appear in THE CLOUD upon the mercy seat”. (Lev. 16:2)

    In 1Kgs 8:11, at the dedication of Solomon’s Temple, we are told.

    “..the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD”

    So what then can you make of this SINGULAR CLOUD from the above passages?

    It is simply not only God’s vehicle of expression but the evidence of His presence in a particular place. And this is how the Lord led the children of Israel in the wilderness.

    The record says “And the Lord went before them (Children of Israel) by day IN a pillar of A CLOUD to lead them by the way…” (Exo 13:21). Note the definite article ‘a cloud’).

    Now come to the NT, at the Mount of transfiguration,

    (Math.17: 5 )” While he yet spake, behold A BRIGHT CLOUD, overshadowed them; and behold a voice out of THE CLOUD, which said, this is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased, hear ye Him”

    The singular cloud overshadowed the disciples and God spake from the Cloud. Meaning God was in this Cloud.

    Luke’s account says

    “… there came A CLOUD and overshadowed them, and they feared as THEY ENTERED INTO THE CLOUD” (Lk 9:34) Glory!

    What does it mean, “they entered into the cloud”?

    It is simply this, that they became one with God’s mind it order to partake of the vision of the transfiguration of the Spirit of Sonship, that they may bear witness of it later after His glorification.

    The word to them, from the Son of glory is “… Tell THE VISION to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead” (Mt 17:9).

    Moses has to enter into this glory cloud so that he can be able, as a priest to communicate the life and mind of God to the people. (Exo 24:16).

    Now hear this “And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and A CLOUD (same cloud of God’s presence) received Him out of their sight” (Acts 1:9).

    Can you see it? He entered back, where He came from.

    For “… I go unto the Father; for my Father (who sent me John 8:18) is greater than I.” (John 14:28).

    You know what that means? He was simply saying I am returning to the realm of Fatherhood, which is greater than that of Sonship (sent).

    Remember “…great and important and weighty, we confess, is the hidden truth (the mystic secret) of godliness. He [God] was made visible in human flesh, justified and vindicated in the [Holy] Spirit, was seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, [and] taken up in glory”. (1 Tim 3:16) Amp.

    So He left in the glory Cloud that He came with and not the Empty space out there.

    Does this make sense to you?

    And you may ask if I believe in His coming!

    Why not?

    But how does He come?

    Follow me.

    To be continued…

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    LAST DAYS PREDICTIONS PART 12 – RAPTURE 9 (JOHN 14)

    “WHERE I AM THERE YOU BE ALSO “

    John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that WHERE I AM THERE YOU BE ALSO.

    When God spoke through Moses to the children of Israel during the course of His redemptive work, He said,

    “ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on EAGLE’S WINGS and BROUGHT (receive) YOU TO MYSELF” Exodus 19:4, KJV.

    Now, we know that God was not physically dwelling in the desert (Mt Sinai) where the children of Israel entered into. He only revealed Himself to the ones

    He has called out of Egypt on the third Month, yet He said:

    “He brought the Children of Israel to Himself”.

    Please, note that in this context, God is a person and not a geographical location beyond the sky. Being brought to God therefore, is the initiation of a relationship that can only be perfected by God alone.

    The “Bringing out” was from Egypt-,the realm of slavery and sin, it was to enable the Children of Israel serve God.

    WHERE IS HE?

    “And if I go and prepare for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am there ye may be also” John. 14:3.

    So where was Jesus when he made this promise to the disciples? Remember he made this promise to them when he was still alive and in the upper roomn at the Passover, but stated that he was somewhere.

    Also note that; He “…came forth from the father and am come into the world; again, I leave the world, and go to the father;” (John 16:28; also see 13:3).

    So where was He at the moment of His promise?

    Obviously, He was in relationship with the Father. And this relationship was not one of a physical proximity (location-based) as He was also on earth at that moment when He made the promise.

    The answer to Phillip’s question to Jesus will give us the answer to the above question (John 14:8-11):

    “Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

    9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

    10 Believest thou not that I AM IN THE FATHER, and the FATHER IN ME? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the FATHERTHAT DWELLETH IN ME, he doeth the works”.

    So Jesus told us where He was , ‘IN THE FATHER’., who is spirit (John 4:24).

    Note that “FATHER” is a title and not a name. It means the source or originator of certain actions or behavior as we can see in John 8:44,

    When Jesus spoke to the Pharisees:

    “…ye are of your Father the devil…” but we know that the devil is not a physical human being but a spirit which worketh in man’s heart of men.(Eph 2:2).

    So, Father speaks to us of a Universal Spirit from which all things originate and have their existence (Romans 11:36, Acts 17:27-28).

    Therefore, from the statement of Jesus, Christ was only declaring His oneness with the Father.

    Consequently, Christ in the Father and the Father in Him (Christ) speaks of their ONENESS in purpose, thoughts and actions as clearly seen in John. 1:1

    “In the beginning was the Word (Christ) and the Word was with God and the word was God Himself” AMP. (See Rev. 19:13, 16, Isaiah 9:6).

    The Greek word for “WORD” here is “LOGOS” and it means:

    (1) A thought or concept.

    (2) The expression or utterance of that thought.

    (3) In Him are embodied all the treasures of the divine wisdom, the collective “thought” of God (See 1 Cor.1:24; Eph. 3:11; Col.2:2) existing from eternity.

    From the above, we can see that the word “LOGOS” is an appropriate title for Christ. Number 3 follows from numbers 1 and 2.

    Christ therefore, is the thought and wisdom, the very person of God and He is in the flesh, a man called Jesus.

    “He is the sole expression of the glory of God -the light – being, the out-raying of the divine – and He is the perfect imprint and very image of (God) nature…” Heb. 1: 3. Amp.

    His Image here means “the invisible” God manifested in the flesh. He was the only one that revealed the Father to be seen physically. (John.1:18, 1 Tim 3:16).Christ.

    Being in the “Father’s bosom means that Christ is nearest to the Father’s heart”.

    So, we see that Christ is not just IN the Father but in a position where He could reveal the Father.

    SO WHERE ARE WE NOW?

    “Father I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me WHERE I AM.

    That they may behold my GLORY, which thou hast given me…”John 17:24.

    For us to behold His glory, we must be where He is, so where are we?

    “And we know what CHRIST, God’s Son. Has come to help us understand and find the true God. And NOW WE ARE IN GOD because WE ARE IN JESUS CHRIST HIS SON, who is the only true God; and He is eternal life.” 1 John 5:20 TLB. (See 1 Thes. 1:1).

    Did you see that? Now we are IN GOD (because we are IN JESUS CHRIST HIS SON who is also IN the Father)

    “Whereunto He called you by our Gospel to the obtaining of the Glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thes. 2:14) for “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His son Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Cor. 1:9) “…unto eternal glory…” (1 Peter 5:10).

    Therefore:”…walk worthy of God who hath called you unto His kingdom and Glory (1 Thes. 2:12) because “…you have everything when you have Christ and you are filled with God through your union with Christ. He is the highest Ruler, with authority over every other power” (Col. 2:10 TLB) and we are now seated together with Christ in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6).

    My friend, that is where you are today. Look at this;

    “17 Therefore if any man be IN CHRIST, he is a new creature….18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

    19 To wit, that GOD WAS IN CHRIST, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation” (2Cor.5:17-19)..

    Did you see anything there?

    You are IN CHRIST, GOD WAS IN CHRIST, and YOU IN GOD (1 John5:20).CHRIST was IN THE FATHER.(John.14:)

    Therefore His Promise to the disciples and Prayer to the Father have been answered. See it.

    “Neither pray I for these alone, (His disciples) but for them (you and I) also which shall believe on me through their word;

    21 That THEY ALL MAY BE ONE; as thou, FATHER, ART IN ME, and I IN THEE, that THEY also may be ONE IN US: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (John.17: 20-21)

    Did you see it?

    We are where He is, IN THE FATHER, in fact we are all one in the same place. Hence we read;

    “For in him (The Father) we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring” (Acts.17:28).

    And all these took place right from the Day of Pentecost.

    Your belief on this fact will deliver you from all fears and you will obtain your inheritance in Christ Jesus as we behold the Father’s Glory, where He is.

    Friends, Jesus never promised to come, take you anywhere but to unite Himself with you that you might become a revealer of the Father here on earth as He was in His Earthly Ministry. It was not rapture.

    Acts 1: 11 “…which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven”.

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    To be continued.

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