So, when the text reads:
26“So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it.
We are clearly being told that this won't
be a thing that only some would find out about. It will not be that someone has to tell you where He is....
That is what you believe
that verse means but that is not what I believe the verse means. We are not being told that this will be a thing that everyone will know about as soon as it happens. In fact, we are being told that not many people will even realize it has happened because Christ will return like a thief in the night. Just as a thief comes in and out in the night with nobody seeing him, so shall the second coming of Christ be. All the verses are in this post to CG Didymus. #168 Trailblazer
27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
A lightning stroke that stretches around the world isn't a thing that would require God to make us notice it.
The verse does not say it will stretch around the world and the verse does not say that everyone will see it.
Again, that is just your opinion but it is not stated in the verse.
The verse says "For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.."
That is all it says. Anything else you add is just your opinion.
This prophecy and other Old Testament prophecies that refer to the coming of the Messiah have clearly been fulfilled by the coming of Baha'u'llah. Baha'u'llah came from the east and his message spread quickly, like lightening, from the east to the Western world. This can all be corroborated by reading Baha'i history.
18. Lightning from the East
I now began an earnest search for clues that would tell me something about the place in which the Messiah would appear. Two interesting things came to light. For the first coming, Daniel had given the time
and Micah had given the place
. Daniel had prophesied exactly when the Messiah would appear the first
time and when He would be slain. Micah had said of the place: “But thou, Bethlehem
… out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel.”(Micah 5:2
Daniel had also prophesied with even greater exactness the time
of the second coming of the Messiah in 1844 (see p. 20). Therefore, I turned to Micah for a possible clue as to the place of His second appearance. I was richly rewarded. In Micah
7:7 and 12 I found:
“I will wait for the God of my salvation … In that day also he shall come even to thee from Assyria …”
The Assyrian Empire at one time covered the entire area in which both Daniel and Micah lived out their lives. Therefore, I chose to study those parts of the Empire, in which these two prophets traditionally lived and taught. To my surprise, I found that there were many other clues to follow as well. Gradually one led to another, until a definite picture began to emerge, and I knew at least in which direction to turn my gaze.
The book of Ezekiel spoke of a great Figure who would come in those days. He said: “And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east.”
This was clearly a reference to the second
coming of Christ and not the first
, for Jesus did not come from the way of the East, He came from north and west of Jerusalem. Isaiah in like manner spoke of the wondrous Figure who would come from the East. Isaiah said that it was God Himself Who had “… raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings.”
) Even Christ Himself pointed to the direction from which He would appear in the day of His second
coming. Speaking of that day, He said: “For as the lightning cometh out of the East … so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
The Jewish Oracles, the Sibylline books, prophesied that the ‘King Messiah’ of the time of the end would come ‘from the sunrise’.(The Messianic Idea in Israel, J. G. Klausner, 1956, p. 376).
Daniel had written his words of millennial prophecy while in the East. In fact, he was in Elam, a part of ancient Persia, when he foretold with such startling accuracy the exact time of both the first
and the second
comings of Christ. It was in the capital city of Persia, Shúshán, (Ancient Susa, Khúzistán, south-west Írán) that Daniel had the prophetic vision that revealed the year 1844 as the time for the return of the Messiah. Daniel not only gave the time
1844, but he also directed attention to the place
, saying that ‘Elam’ (Persia) would be given as a place of ‘vision’ in the latter days (Daniel 8:2
). The Prophet Jeremiah speaks of things that ‘shall come to pass in the latter days’ and in the verse preceding this, he says: “And I will set my throne in Elam (Persia) … saith the Lord.”(Jeremiah 49:38
). I came across a prophecy well known among the Arabs. Speaking of the time of the end
, it said:“When the promised One appears, the ‘upholders of His faith shall be the people of Persia.’”(The Dawn-breakers
, Nabíl, p. 49). All these prophecies clearly showed that the Messiah would come from the East, and they put a strong emphasis on the territory of Persia.
It was something definite to go on. The circle was narrowing.
William Sears, Thief in the Night, pp. 73-75
And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam
; and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of Ulai.
The Throne was set in Elam, not in Jerusalem, as many Christians believe.
The Lord was prophesied to set His throne in Elam, from which the Messiah would rule.
Elam is modern-day Persia, where Baha’u’llah was born.
Jeremiah 49:38 And I will set my throne in Elam
, and will destroy from thence the king and the princes, saith the LORD.
When that verse was recorded Elam existed and the verses for the coming of the Lord refer to the latter days.
But it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring again the captivity of Elam, saith the LORD.