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Wednesday, May 23 2012
Parables Of The Messiah's Return
The first resurrection of salvation (see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin and the Fact Finder question below) will occur on the day of the Messiah's Return.
"24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet [see The Feast Of Trumpets Prophecy], and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other [see Are We In Heaven Now?].
The Messiah then continued with a warning that no one, except the Father, knows when He will return (see The Seals Of Prophecy) - upon which the resurrection from the dead, or change to spirit if alive that day, as described above, will occur (the "Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left" does not refer to any "rapture" - a false doctrine invented by a small sect in the 1800s; see The Raptures). Humanity up to that day will see the unbelievers of the world continue on in their unbelief, just as in "the days of Noah" (they will all get their time of understanding however; see The Church In The Kingdom Of God and The Church: Mission Accomplished).
"24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 24:41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left." (Matthew 24:36-41 KJV)
The Messiah then warned His people to live their lives as though the return was immediate - which it will seem to be, for everyone, sooner or later (not a paradox; see Could Christ Return Tonight?).
"24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 24:43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
"But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only"
Notice in the verses above that the Messiah used a parable of two servants; the righteous servant "whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing" what he had been commanded to do, and the evil servant who squandered his responsibilities. The Messiah continued with another parable, with the same warning - the famous parable of the ten virgins and their lamps.
"25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
Those who did what they were told to be ready, were ready. Those who squandered their time were left in the dark.
"25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
The Messiah then continued further with a third parable with the same warning; the parable of the talents - which represented growing in knowledge and righteousness.
"25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 25:16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 25:17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 25:18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his LORD money." (Matthew 25:14-18 KJV)
The reward, as in the other two parables, will take place upon the Master's return.
"25:19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 25:20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
Fact Finder: When is "the end time"?
This Day In History, May 23
1498: Girolamo Savonarola, Italian religious and political reformer, was hanged and burned at the stake by the order of Pope Alexander VI.
1533: Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer declared Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine of Aragon void, and his marriage to Anne Boleyn in January legal, a judgment that was condemned by the Vatican.
1568: The Netherlands declared independence from imperial Spain.
1618: The Thirty Years War began when, during a Bohemian revolt against the Hapsburg Emperor, three opponents of the Reformation are thrown through a window. The incident became known as the Defenestration of Prague.
1633: Samuel de Champlain was made the first governor of New France (North America).
1701: Scottish pirate Captain Kidd (William Kidd) was hanged at London's Execution Dock after being convicted of piracy and murder.
1706: The Battle of Ramillies; the British army under John Churchill (of the same family from which future British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was born 2 centuries later), the 1st Duke of Marlborough, defeated a French army under Marshal Villeroi.
1805: In the Cathedral of Milan, French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned King of Italy.
1873: The Canadian North West Mounted Police were established. They formed part of what is known today as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (the "Mounties").
1934: The outlaws "Bonnie and Clyde" (Bonnie Parker, 24 and Clyde Barrow, 25) were killed (shot at least 25 times each) by police in Louisiana. Their crime spree included robberies (gas stations, stores and banks), kidnappings and the murders of numerous people, including police officers.
1939: The U.S. Navy submarine USS Squalus sank off the coast of New Hampshire. 26 sailors were killed; 33 others were rescued.
1945: Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Nazi Gestapo, committed suicide after being captured by Allied forces.
1960: Fugitive Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was captured by Israeli agents in Argentina. He was returned to Israel for trial where he was found guilty and hanged. His body was incinerated and the ashes dumped far out into the Mediterranean Sea.
1967: Prior to the Six Day War, Egypt closed the Straits of Tiran and blockaded Eilat at the northern end of the Gulf of Aqaba.
1983: The first heart-lung transplant in Canada was performed, at University Hospital in London, Ontario.
1991: Israel began "Operation Solomon" - a 2 day airlift of 14,400 Ethiopian Jews out of Addis Ababa.