Let's start again from verse 3. Deeje asked a question. How about we go from there? I think proceeding one step at a time will be helpful, and the best place to start is with Jesus' parousía.
What is it, and what exactly does it refer to?
Let's begin here.
Jesus went away - he returned to heaven.
What next? Acts 2 says he sat at the right hand of God, as prophesied by David.
(Acts 2:32-35) 32
God resurrected this Jesus, and of this we are all witnesses. 33
Therefore, because he was exalted to the right hand of God and received the promised holy spirit from the Father, he has poured out what you see and hear. 34
For David did not ascend to the heavens, but he himself says, ‘Jehovah said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand 35 until I place your enemies as a stool for your feet.”. . .
David prophesied what about that?
(Psalm 110:1, 2)
Jehovah declared to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand Until I place your enemies as a stool for your feet.”
Jehovah will extend the scepter of your power out of Zion, saying: “Go subduing in the midst of your enemies.”
So there was a period of time before Jesus would receive the scepter.
We all know what a scepter is.
Jesus will begin his rule.
Now where is Jesus? In heaven with God. Can we see him? No. can we see when he is crowned? No.
This is where Matthew 24 becomes more significant.
Matthew 24:3 “Tell us, ...what will be the sign of your presence...?”
In answer Jesus said to them: “Look out that nobody misleads you, 5
for many will come on the basis of my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. 6
You are going to hear of wars and reports of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for these things must take place, but the end is not yet. 7
“For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another. 8
All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress. (Matthew 24:4-8)
A lot is said there, but we can safely say, when we think about it, Jesus is responding to a question that contains three aspects, but one directly related to his invisible crowning as king.
Therefore the sign he gives must be one that his followers can clearly identify, and say, this is it.
Jesus gives a composite sign - many parts making the whole, which means that all that he identifies must be present.
Does that mean we take ever verse after verse 3 in Chapter 24, and put them all together? No. Why not?
Jesus is answering a question with three different events.
Therefore, all that is said will not apply to all three events.
The destruction of Jerusalem occured in 70 CE
During that period, or before, did we also see this... nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another. All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress. ?
Not on a world wide scale that would be any different to wars, sicknesses etc, that we normally see.
So we can put this event aside, as to occur in the future.
Let's assume it occurs during the time Jesus is present as king.
So let's go forward, in the future.
There have always been wars, sicknesses, earthquakes, but we are looking for a sign that is significant, one that is separate and clear as to identify as the sign Jesus wants his followers to look for.
Do we see that sign?
We have. We saw it clearly, and the change was seen even by those who were not looking for it, nor following Christ. The Year the World Changed
Thus a follower of Christ, who was on the lookout for this sign, could discern that Jesus began ruling as king invisible to human eyes, in the heavens.
Do we have any scriptural confirmation of this? Yes. There are several... at least five I can think of at the moment. I'll give two.
You may want to read this in your own time. I have to be somewhat brief, so that i don't exhaust you.
Do you know who the rider of the white horse is?
Take note of the sequence -
- The white horse rides forth first = Jesus begins his rule.
- Next, the red horse goes forth = War on an unprecedented scale. the war or 1914, is not called the Great war, or World war, for no reason. It was different... followed by another, and subsequent.
- It was followed by Pestilences - the black horse.
- then finally, the pale horse - poverty, and food shortages bringing a vast amount of deaths.
This is the composite sign indicating that Christ began ruling as king.
Would you believe my browser just crashed?
I'm building a project, so low on memory. I had better continue on a new page, before I have to type this out again.
Thankful for RF's saving feature.
I could have lost all of this.