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Friday, September 30 2011

Looking Up To The Messiah: How And When?

It is ironic, but hardly accidental, that even those who rejected the Messiah on that day (some later repented and became Christians i.e. see Was Paul Among Them?) nevertheless looked up to Him as He fulfilled the purpose of His first coming.

"3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." (John 3:13-21 KJV)

As recorded in the Holy Bible, we have a record of Christ's own eye witness, as seen through the Messiah's own love-filled eyes while He was being Crucified, of all of the people present there looking up to the Messiah with their hate-filled eyes (with the exception of only a few who refused to leave Him: His mother, His aunt, Mary of Magdala and the apostle John i.e. "19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene" John 19:25 KJV).

"22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. 22:17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. 22:18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture." (Psalm 22:15-18 KJV)

"Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him"

After His Resurrection, the Messiah ascended to heaven as the believers in Him looked up to Him. That historical event included a prophecy of how, upon His return, all eyes will also look up to the Messiah.

View from the Cross

"1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

1:7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

1:10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 1:11 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." (Acts 1:6-11 KJV)

The return of Jesus Christ isn't going to be hidden, or secretive, for the benefit of some "closed group" (see also Religious Parties and Is Your Church A Cult?). Everyone is going to humbly look up to the Messiah on that day - including all of the self-righteous hypocrites who have arrogantly abused their brothers and sisters while claiming themselves to be "leaders" of Christ's Church (see The Head Of The Body and The Way To Salvation: Step 1).

"1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen." (Revelation 1:7 KJV)

The purpose of Christ's return is to establish the Kingdom of God on earth. That is what the true Gospel is all about (see The Gospel of The Kingdom of God).

"15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 15:51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" (1 Corinthians 15:50-55 KJV)

The first resurrection (see the Fact Finder question below) will occur on the day of Christ's return to earth.

"4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 KJV)

The result of the Messiah's return to earth is that all eyes will thereafter look up to Him for the Truth. The very famous "swords into plowshares" will happen as a result of the world looking up to Christ: "many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem."

"4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Micah 4:1-3 KJV)

Fact Finder: What true Christian Holy Day is a prophecy of Jesus Christ returning to the earth to establish the Kingdom of God?
See The Feast Of Trumpets Prophecy

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This Day In History, September 30

425: Church of Rome theologian Jerome died at about age 65. He produced the Roman Catholic Latin Vulgate version of the Bible (ironically, most Roman Catholics do not own, let alone read, the Holy Bible).

1399: Henry Bolingbroke succeeded to the English throne as Henry IV after Richard II abdicated the day before.

1452: The Gutenberg Bible was published.

1630: John Billington, one of the pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, became the first criminal to be hung in the "new world" after he was found guilty of murder.

1871: British garrison troops throughout Canada withdrew to Britain and were replaced with Canadian militia, who then formed the Canadian Army (small in peace time, big in war, or if invaded e.g. during the Second World War, Canada had an army, navy and air force of 1 million military personnel, plus another million civilians as homeland defense militia). Canada has not been invaded in 2 centuries (the last to do so was the U.S. during the War of 1812).

1907: Alexander Graham Bell established the Aerial Experimental Association at Baddeck, Nova Scotia. Bell carried on developmental work on aircraft, experimenting with rockets, kites and gliders (Bell is buried in Nova Scotia).

1938: The Munich Agreement was signed by Adolf Hitler of Germany, Benito Mussolini of Italy, Neville Chamberlain of Britain and Edward Daladier of France. It permitted Germany to occupy the Sudetenland, a border region of Czechoslovakia that contained 3,000,000 ethnic Germans.

1946: An international military tribunal at Nuremberg, Germany, found 22 Nazi leaders guilty of war crimes.

1949: The Berlin Airlift ended. Allied aircraft made 277,214 flights to deliver 2,323,738 tons of supplies to Berlin whose land access routes had been cut off by a Soviet blockade.

1952: The Revised Standard Version of the Bible was published in its entirety. The New Testament of the RSV had been available since 1946.

1954: West Germany became a member of NATO.

1980: Israel introduced the shekel as the nation's monetary unit, replacing the Israeli pound. The shekel was the name of the ancient Israelite monetary unit as recorded in the Bible.

1993: A series of earthquakes struck southwest India. 10,000 bodies were recovered, but an estimated 22,000 people were killed.


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