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Who Is Jesus Christ?

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Who Is Jesus Christ?

CONTENTS

 Jesus is the Final Word

 Jesus is God

 Jesus is Our Creator

 Jesus Holds the Universe Together

 Jesus Has the Supremacy

 Every Knee Will Bow to Jesus

 Why Was He So Exclusive?

 Aren’t all religions basically the same, anyway?

 What will you do with Jesus?

The Creator of the galaxies—and the Creator of every single small galaxy within every atomic particle in the Universe—came to visit his own Creation. He came to Visit our little earth, with our millions of poor and needy, sweaty and hungry, or proud and foolish inhabitants. We needed Him, and He came. Jesus chose to Visit us as a riddle and enigma, the ultimate challenge and the supreme blessing. He came robed in contradiction and poverty and chose to be born to a virgin in a small corner of the Middle East. He chose to experience us, for our sakes, and to first spend 30 years working hard with his hands as a poor laborer, a common wood-worker. But, He had something to Say, and something to Do in those last three years He was here physically. He had waited and watched, and in just the right time, in just the right place, in just the right way that would confuse all but the honest seekers, He was born into an oppressed and occupied impoverished land and time and race. And, now, He had something to Say, and something to Do. In spite of the Miracles He had performed in plain sight, and the laws of nature and physics He demonstrated He owned and controlled as no mere human ever has or could, in spite of the perfection of His life and the radically refreshing wisdom He brought to man—blistering the hypocritical and ritualistic religions of His day—they killed Him. But THEY COULD NOT KEEP HIM IN THE GRAVE!

As He had done for over three years, He proved HE ALONE had the right to have the Final Word, the Only Opinion, the absolute Truth that matters. Debate over. NO ONE ELSE walks on water and commands the storms and heals the lame and blind, and raises the dead by Command. JESUS ALONE, Y’shua, has the Final Word. But thank GOD for that! HE ALONE is Relevant,

rather than merely relative. Hear ye HIM! Whatever HE says, goes. Period. No one else can raise the dead but Jesus; no one else’s thoughts amount to more than a drip in the ocean of conflicting opinions. Hear ye HIM!

He was murdered out of rage and jealousy by the religiously powerful and greedy and dark-hearted of His day. But, how did it come about? How did this penniless man, “if it be lawful to call him a man” as the non-christian historian Josephus exclaimed, invade human history, change the Destiny of those who would abandon to Him and His Truth? Soon He will Crack the Sky and come back for those who are His! Will you be that man, that woman, that child that is looking and longing for His Return in the clouds to claim His own? Let’s consider Him for a few minutes.... Jesus’ life on earth was drawing to a close. For three years He had spent nearly every waking hour with a handful of men and women. Together they had experienced so much—breathtaking miracles, penetrating teaching, hateful opposition. But it was obvious now that Jesus had something weighing on His mind. Leaving behind the crowds and the critics, He withdrew from the villages of Galilee to the seacoast city of Caesarea Philippi. He gathered His friends around him, fixed His eyes on theirs, took a breath, and asked a question: “Who do people say I am?” His friends—probably with a surge of pride that their popular teacher inspired such interest and a wave of attention—repeated the latest rumors. Jesus was a “prophet,” perhaps even one of the old prophets of centuries past come back to life! Or maybe a reincarnation of the recently martyred John the Baptist! Jesus waited for the banter to die down and the last chuckle to fade into silence. He held His disciples in His eyes for a moment longer, then asked them the most important question they had ever heard. “But what about you?” He asked. “Who do you say I am?” He knew how they ticked, inside and out. And He knew how we would tick. He knew that people like you and me could see Him without really perceiving who He was, hear Him without really listening to what He was saying, and hang around Him without really getting to know Him. So Jesus challenged every assumption, cut through every “Well, of course…” and asked the key question. Who do you say I am?

This man Jesus from the Middle East, a man unlike anyone ever born, has been seemingly turned into anemic fable and emaciated fairytale by Western nonsense, sentiment, love of the world and things of the world, love of entertainment shows and superstition, and fake forms of Christianity that do not honor nor obey Him, nor reflect His Glory or look at all like the Family of Life and Love, His Church, that He birthed from Heaven.

Jesus was lied about, mocked, slandered, accused, arrested, tortured, and sentenced to death for daring to take a stand AGAINST the ritualistic weak religions of rote words, empty promises, selfish isolated lives, and power-hungry medicine-men clergy. Just another “prophet” or Santa Claus or moral Teacher or Mystic or Fairytale? Who REALLY was and IS Jesus? How you answer that question from the heart makes ALL the difference as you look to the Father, or just look to the earth for lifeless religions of convenience and powerlessness, as mere men may do. “Who do YOU say that I Am,” He asks YOU, today! What would your personal response be? In your own heart, what have you made of Jesus? Let’s take a few minutes together to sort through our pile of assumptions. Let’s examine each assumption in the light of what the people who knew Jesus best had to say about Him. Many of them were present on that day in Caesarea Philippi and the testimonies of these people deserve our respect. Many of these men and women whose convictions are recorded in what we call the New Testament went to their deathsin the face of violent, hateful opposition, without wavering for a single moment in what they so confidently declared. These few pages can’t possibly do justice to the question of Jesus’ identity and significance. But let’s do give honest consideration to some of those men and women’s convictions about Him. As we read, let’s ask ourselves: If what they said is true, what would the implications be for my life?

Jesus is God

Try to imagine a Being who defies imagination. A Person without beginning or end, whose existence stretches dizzyingly on to infinity in both directions. A Being so vast that were you to break every law of physics and hurtle past countless galaxies to the edge of our expanding universe, He would already be there, waiting for you—no matter which direction you tried. A Will so powerful that not a single decision could be thwarted for an instant, though all creation opposed it. A Mind so infinite that not even an electron spinning around an atom in the most obscure corner of the cosmos could escape His notice. That Person, who we’ve been trying (not too successfully!) to imagine, is God. And that Person has a name... Jesus.

Those who had come to know the teacher from Nazareth proclaimed it shamelessly. They spoke of a Jesus “who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human

likeness” (Philippians 2:6). Somehow, crammed into this fully human package was the infinite nature of God in all His awesome attributes. Right before their naked eyes was a sight never seen before: “He is the image of the invisible God…God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him” (Colossians 1:15,19). This man was precisely like God. He was as inseparable from God as the light radiating from the sun is inseparable from its brightness: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being” (Hebrews 1:2).

Jesus’ very closest friend during those few years in the spotlight summed up his convictions about Jesus in three short phrases. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”(John 1:1). Jesus didn’t just teach about God, or try to show an example of God, or promise to lead someone to God. Jesus was God. Shocking words! Yet those were the very words used by this man who knew Jesus so well and who had walked so closely with Him all those years.

And the man from Galilee? What did He say about Himself? He spoke simply and clearly. “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). No mere human teacher has ever claimed such a thing—or would ever dare. But Jesus spoke them: “Look at me, and you can say you have seen God.”

Jesus is Our Creator

Modern scientists, straining to hear the echoes and whispers of the universe’s origin, have discovered a time when nothing existed. Nothing. The universe was less than empty space. There was no space then tobe empty! All that existed was a single point with no dimensions or size. Suddenly a cosmos sprung into being, pulsating with energy and mass. Vast forces somehow shaped that meaningless chaos into beauty, purpose, and order in every direction we look. Somehow a nothing became a something, and thatsomething became a loved one’s voice and a baby’s smile.

Jesus’ friends knew it all didn’t happen by chance (as some scientists would have you believe). They believed He did it. By Faith, they understood “that the universe was formed at God’s Command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible” (Hebrews 11:3). They testified that His Holy command brought the worlds into existence and that His wisdom infused creation with meaning and direction. They taught that we personally owe our existence to Him.

“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by His Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe” (Hebrews

1:1). The Person whom we know as Jesus is our Creator. “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:3).

Why do I exist? Those who knew Jesus best would answer: because He made you for himself! “For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him” (Colossians 1:16). He made you FOR HIM! Those who lived with Him declared: He is our Creator.

Jesus Holds the Universe Together

Some have imagined an impersonal, distant Creator who set the universe spinning like a top, then withdrew to a distant vantage point, waiting for it to wind down, wobble, and topple over. Those who really knew Jesus KNEW differently!

Their conviction? Yes, Jesus is God. He did speak the cosmos into being. But He is still very much involved.In fact, the continuing existence of our universe depends on Jesus sustaining it! “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word” (Hebrews 1:2). Without Jesus, everything would fall apart: “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together”(Colossians 1:17). No matter how self-sufficient we act or self-reliant we feel, our next breath and heartbeat depend on Him.

Jesus Has the Supremacy

Due to His friends’ testimony, the “visible” side of Jesus’ career has become well known. He lived, loved, taught, and healed for three years. Jealous, ambitious religious leaders played on the paranoia of the civil authorities to get Jesus killed. They executed Him as a common criminal with a cruel torture. On the third day, however, His companions discovered an empty tomb. Over a period of six weeks, Jesus began to visit them individually and in groups—around 500 people saw Him, ate with Him, and talked with Him first hand during that period. So far, we are in the realm of the familiar. Hollywood blockbusters and Easter TV specials have repeated “the greatest story ever told” often enough that most people in the western world know those basic facts.

But there’s much more! Jesus’ companions also proclaim to us what happened to Him after the resurrection. “He humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name” (Philippians 2:9). According to their testimony, Jesus at this very moment occupies the highest place in the created or uncreated realms. His name carries greater weight, honor, and

authority than any other. No thinker or teacher or leader on earth, no angel or demon or force in the spirit world, can challenge the Supremacy of Jesus Christ—now and forever.

God had to exert great power to raise Jesus from the dead. But that power did not stop working when Jesus came back to Life! It kept on raising Him, higher and higher, until He reached that place of unchallenged authority. “That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come” (Ephesians 1:19-21).

Jesus’ elevation to the highest place may not be nearly as well known in our day as is His death on the cross or resurrection from the tomb, but those early eyewitnesses were adamant about it. “After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven” (Hebrews 1:3). “He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy”(Colossians 1:18). These men and women confront us with a proclamation with stunning implications. What will we do with this Jesus?

Every Knee Will Bow to Jesus

To sum up the Glorious proclamation of the eyewitnesses: • Jesus was God! He is God! And will always be God! • He created the heavens, the earth, principalities, powers—everything in all creation. And to this day, He continually sustains it and every creature in it—including you and me. • He gave up every position and privilege and right of equality with God. He intentionally did this for a time so that He could become one of us. His Father rewarded His obedience and sacrifice by elevating Him to the Supreme Position in the universe—with the Name that is above every other name. So what is Jesus doing now? He is Reigning!

“In Christ all will be made alive…Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet” (1 Corinthians 15:22-25). For the remainder of history, Jesus’ authority over all creation—angels and demons, forces and powers, and you and me—will increase. Eventually every force, including death, will submit to His authority. He will

then resurrect all who willingly embrace Him and He will hand this Kingdom of people (of friends) over to His Father.

Then everyone will be resurrected. In the face of Jesus’ unchallenged supremacy, all will be humbled! The most powerful dictators and proudest rulers on earth will meekly drop to their knees and admit that Jesus is Lord. A staunch enemy turned devoted friend of Jesus put it this way: “God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11). According to this testimony of Jesus’ first followers, my knee will eventually bow to Jesus and my tongue will confess His authority. And, so will yours! Sooner or later we will all recognize Jesus for who He REALLY is. The decision on whether to embrace Him lovingly now, or to wait until it is too late, is of ultimate importance!

Why was He so exclusive?

We’ve focused on what Jesus’ friends and followers said about Him. And all evidence then and now shows that His own view was and is entirely consistent with theirs. Listen to some of His radicalstatements. If you’ve heard them before, pretend you haven’t. Let their full impact hit you.

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Wow. Jesus actually claimed He was the only way to God! And He didn’t misspeak because He kept on saying it: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved” (John 10:7-9).

Is Jesus really saying that no other person, religious leader or otherwise, has the ability to reveal God? “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him” (Matthew 11:27). Perhaps these claims sound offensive. But let’s put them in the context of the testimony we’ve just heard. Since Jesus really is the exact image of God, He could make God known like no one else could. Since all of God’s fullness lives inside of Jesus, His words would have to contain that fullness, too. And since Jesus really has been exalted to the highest place, with a Name above all other names, no one else’s opinions or guesses or philosophies really matter all that much.

Jesus didn’t just claim to speak truth. He proclaimed He is Truth. He didn’t promise to show the way. He said He is the Way. And for God, those assertions are neither arrogant nor insane. They’re simply true!

Aren’t all religions basically the same, anyway?

I know this is an area that is confusing for some, but this is VERY important! The human mind and adrenal glands are quite powerful, and you MUST keep this in mind as you assess things. The fact that someone feels rosy-cheeked and warm all over as they sway to the music or ritual or group dynamics, and their depression is lifted by a dopamine and endorphin secretion—isn’t the REAL measurement of whether GOD is in it or not. You must surely acknowledge, if you are being unbiased and honest, that transcendental meditation, communing with spirit-guides while listening to crickets and waterfall music, a good massage or chiropractor’s session, a hypnotist’s silver watch swaying back and forth, the euphoria of “runner’s high,” or $30 worth of Ecstasy ... ALL have the same reported effects as a lot of “religions.” Historically, “overcoming depression” is accomplished by men in many ways. Religion, “the opiate of the people,” has long been used in every culture to salve the conscience and psyche. Human emotion and sentimentalism are NOT to be confused with BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY. Let’s be realistic! All world religions have “something to offer”—or there would not be so many millions of adherents to those religions, from Hare Krishna, to Voodoo, to Catholicism, to Islam, to Moonies, to New Age, to Buddhism or Taoist thought! It is a very common fallacy that all religions are really the same—all teaching the same moral principles and all talking about the same God. According to this view, you can choose your religion like a person in a cafeteria line chooses lunch—just based on personal preference or cultural comfort zone. But according to Jesus’ own words, this cannot be so. Jesus won’t consent to being an entrée choice. In Reality, He is to be the whole banquet! All religions really aren’t the same. Eastern religions are quite diverse, but generally they teach that God is a Force, with no name or personality, existing in all things. The goal is to give up your identity and melt into this mindless thing. Tribal religions, in contrast, tend to believe in personal gods—usually a whole bunch of them. The most important gods are often a person’s own ancestors, whom he or she must appease with the proper rituals and gifts. Western religions (including some under the name of Christianity) mainly emphasize doing good deeds to earn eternal rewards from a reluctant God. Westerners tend to be very individualistic and goal oriented, even in our religions.

But you know what? The Creator God decided to become one of us. He wanted to provide us a way to know Him by becoming the way. He is reigning now, His authority increasing each moment. All those who have known Him encourage you to bow your knee to Him now. Come to love Him, and get to know Him. His reign will soon be complete. So center your lives around a loving devotion to this person, and you don’t have to play the religion game at all. And if Jesus spoke the truth, there’s no way to win that game anyway! It is Scripture—the Life and Teachings and WAYS of the Master, Jesus, that define our lives and teachings and ways. “LITURGY” IS NOT CHRISTIAN!! “Liturgy” (pre-programmed, pre-planned speeches, music, services, chants, sequence of events) contradicts and disobeys the teachings of Jesus and the recorded ways of how he lived with His followers then, and therefore NOW!!! (He is RISEN, and the SAME! He is NOT now changing how He relates to His Followers. Do you really believe He chanted with them, burnt incense, did “responsive readings,” sang hymns pre-selected, practiced, and posted, or wore special clothing for a “weekly service”?? Did HE ever practice “sermons” in a mirror, from notecards? Come on now!! : )) No matter how “good” it feels to our emotions and hurts, “liturgy,” hierarchy, traditions of men, and all... are a placebo—NOT the Real Place Jesus has invited us into! What’s it worth to learn to FLY??!! “Joy inexpressible, full of GLORY”—“the Power of an Indestructible Life”—“Rivers of Alive Water gushing from within”??!! God’s ways are best. No doubt in my mind!

What will you do with Jesus?

Let’s return to that seacoast town where Jesus had gathered His friends. The challenge of His question—“What about you? Who do you say I am?”—is ringing in their ears. One man speaks up with conviction:“You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Now each person in that group must wrestle through that question. As we have seen, they unanimously come to the same conclusions. Jesus is the Christ—a word simply meaning the anointed king or ruler. And He is the Son of the Living God—meaning that He is God himself. Jesus was thrilled with that answer! “You are blessed, because this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in Heaven.” The lives of the people in that circle who embraced the answer were never the same again. And now, across the miles and the centuries, Jesus turns His face from that little group of friends and looks us in the eyes. He searches us silently for a moment, then asks us that same life-changing question:Who do you say I am? What is your answer?

Will you act on your answer? If you want to be your own King, then you’ll need to save your own soul from the eternal inferno that Jesus spoke of often. Not much chance you’ll pull that off. None, in fact. So, you’ll have to live and die with your decision, and accept the consequences of your known rebellion before God. If, on the other hand, you answer by saying, “Jesus is King! He is Master! He is Creator and worthy to be praised and obeyed as my all-in-all”—then will you live like you believe this? You can go on from here forgiven of everything that you have ever done in your whole life with an expectation of the wedding feast of the Lamb, when we walk up into the arms of God and share in all of His Glory. The choice that you are making as you are sitting there is whether you are going to go on with your heart as a harlot, or go on with your heart as a virgin. With your life as dead in your transgressions…or alive to Christ Jesus. Enslaved to satan and a child of wrath…or a child of God and co-heir with Christ of all the riches of God. That’s as practical as I can give it to you. I don’t think you will have another chance that will be any more simple or straightforward. God doesn’t strike us with lightning bolts. He allows us to make a simple decision. Bend your knee to Him right now. It doesn’t matter who is watching. They are just mere mortals, a few pounds of carbon and water in a bag of skin. Don’t worry about their opinions. They can do nothing to save your soul, or to harm you. But if Jesus Christ, Lord of heaven and earth, is calling you…then bow your knee! Build on the rock of putting into practice His Word. If you ever hear anything that Jesus is saying, do something about it today. Take action today to change for Jesus. Don’t just think about it. Act on it. Jesus said this action is “building on the rock.” Now, find others that are not mere attendees of Sunday religious facilities, rather, find those churches and people that are really living it, everyday, no compromise. It’s worth everything. Do it! When Will Jesus Come Again? From the Message of Bread Upon The Waters Ministry

Jesus REALLY is coming soon. BE READY!!!

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Revised December 28, 2008 - Update 8/8/09 Foreword:

This writer does not believe that it is possible for us to know the exact date of the Second Coming of Christ. Nothing else is said in this Web site about the date of the Second Coming other than that, in view of the "BABEL RISING!" situation, it appears that the Second Coming must take place within about the next 50 years, and this writer admits he could be wrong about even that. It could occur a few decades later and still be within the parameters of the "BABEL RISING!" concept, depending on what happens, and it could be anytime within the period. The Tribulation could begin the day you read this. Or you may die of old age before it happens. Or Christians who hold the view that there will be no literal Second Coming may even turn out to be right, though this writer seriously doubts it.

Many people have tried to set the date of the Second Coming and have been proven wrong by history. This includes people who swore, in sincerity, that the Holy Spirit had told them when the Second Coming, or Rapture, as the case may have been, would take place. As stated in the "Where is the Promise?" page, this may represent a satanic ploy to discredit the real warnings about the Second Coming. According to ideas put forward by Christians leaders less than thirty years ago - even in the last ten - the Second Coming should have happened already. The disappointment and discouragement that this has engendered has been one of the causes of the decline in real belief in the Second Coming. It is also suggested in the "Where is the Promise?" page that Christians have been expecting the Second Coming too soon. People started talking about it being 2000 years since the First Coming of Christ as far back as the late 1940's. Jesus was probably born circa 7-4 BC. We have only recently crossed the 2000 year threshold. Nothing has happened. Either the 2000 year idea is wrong, or we have to look for a later date to base it on. There have been three previous periods in history during which there were major waves of "Second Coming Fever"; that is, when there was widespread belief among Christians that the Second Coming was almost upon them. The biggest, and most recent, was circa 1000 AD. Virtually the entire Christian world believed it then. These incidents were provoked by the calculation of dates, just as is often done today, and there is no reason to say that the scholars who made these calculations were any less rational, and theologically and academically sound in their reasoning than those who set dates today (except that they certainly were not as well informed about world events). Within more recent times, people have been setting dates and have been being proven wrong by history for the most of the past two centuries.

These incidents prove that it is possible for Christians to be deceived about this; which conclusion is supported by the words of Jesus in Matthew 24:4,"Take heed that no one deceives you." So listen to what Jesus said, and don't make a date a matter of faith. See also "Date Setting Vs Being Ready". A Possibility There is an idea that has been put forward about our being able to know when the Second Coming will take place that is based on the tense of the Greek verb for "knows" as it is used in Matthew 24:36. The idea is that, such is the tense of the verb, it only necessarily applied to the disciples at that time, and doesn't necessarily apply now. (Note that this is not the author's idea.) Relating that to the idea derived from Daniel 12:4 and 9 & 10, that the Prophecies of the Second Coming won't be able to be understood until they are about to be fulfilled, some Christian writers, teachers, etc. have concluded that we might be able to figure out the date now, if we are generally right in believing that the Second Coming is close. Maybe More than that, it must be recognized that there are a number of passages in the Bible that taken together say that Christians who expect the Second Coming and are watching for it will not be taken by surprise. For example, in all three of the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) there is a passage called the Parable of the Fig Tree. The three passages are basically identical. What Jesus said is this (as in Matthew 24:32-33, KJV): "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors." The clear meaning is that those who watch the "signs of the times", to use His own words (see Matthew 16:1-3), will know when the Second Coming is close. But there may be another way of knowing. Read on.

Disclaimer: Please Understand: What Follows is Speculation, NOT Doctrine!!! Update: 12/28/08 Although the author still feels it necessary to consider what follows to be speculation, because of additional insights he has received since this page was first posted, he has become convinced that the concept is correct.

Since this writer, of course, is seriously interested in the subject of Second Coming Prophecy, he has done some speculating on this subject of exactly when Jesus will come. What follows is speculation, not doctrine, but it solidly Bible-based speculation. It is

included because the author believes what is said here and takes it seriously, as he does everything else in this Web site. This Writer's Rules It might be possible to figure out the date, and again it might not. The question is, if it is possible, on what do you base your thinking, and how do you go about calculating the date? Many scholars have gone through very complex calculations based on numbers in the Bible, and they have always turned out to be wrong. A recent well-known example was Harold Camping's fiasco book, "1994". Considering this, in regard to some other principles of Bible exegesis, this writer has come up with three ground rules for any attempt to set the date:

 It must be done in a simple, straightforward way, without any really complex calculations.

 There must be some kind of Biblical precedent for the basis and/or approach used.

 The only numbers used as the basis for calculation must be numbers that appear in the Scriptures.*

This reasoning gives only a possible year, and that may be an approximation (i.e. give or take a year or two). That is as close as it appears to be Biblically possible to go to the exact date. Anybody who tries to take it closer is engaging in a theological fantasy, and if he puts his faith in it, he is deceived - and you can take this statement as doctrine. *The "prophetic year" of 360 days, often used in such calculations, does not actually appear in the Scriptures, but has rather been read into certain passages.

The Basis and Precedent First, as many Christian know, there were several incidents in the Old Testament when God prophesied specific periods of time in which specific things would happen, and the prophecies were fulfilled. Perhaps the best known of these is the 70 years of the Babylonian Captivity, prophesied in Jeremiah 29:10. Another one was when God, speaking to Abraham, prophesied the enslavement in Egypt in Genesis 15:13. God also told Moses how long the Israelites would wander in the wilderness, in Numbers 14:34. We might also remember the seven years of abundance followed by seven years of famine, prophesied by Joseph son of Jacob in Genesis 40. So there are scriptural precedents for a specific period of time being prophesied and fulfilled.

In Daniel 9:24-27 we find the famous Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks. This Prophecy has been shown, long since, to lead right to the First Coming of Christ, as the text suggests, and that by several possible routes of calculation, if you regard the "Weeks" as periods of seven years. This is done by considering the weeks as groups of seven days, and viewing the days

as representing years. The idea of days representing years is found in the Bible, in Ezekiel 4:5-6, and is not a human invention, so it can be trusted. (In fact, the same principle is found in reverse in Numbers 14:34.) But these calculations only lead to an approximate year, not the exact date of anything. Both that and a prophecy about the Second Coming Prophecies not being able to be understood until they are about to be fulfilled are in Daniel. In Daniel 12:4, he was told to "seal up the words of the Book until the Time of the End". Then, in verse 8, not understanding the prophecies he had been given, Daniel asked what they meant. He was told again that the prophecies were sealed up until the Time of the End. Then he was told that "none of the wicked will understand, but the wise will understand". Understand what? The prophecies, obviously, but only in the Time of the End. If we are in the Time of the End, as the author believes, we should be able to understand the prophecies now. Therefore, it seems reasonable to think that if there are numbers in the Bible that can tell us the approximate year of the Second Coming, they are also found in Daniel and we can understand them now. This writer believes that he has found them there, long since, and he believes he understands them. In Daniel 12:11 & 12, Daniel was given some cryptic numbers: "And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he who waits and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days." Now understand this: By belief in the plenary inspiration of the Scripture, those numbers wouldn't be there unless they were meant to tell us something that we will someday need to know, and be able to understand. It occurred to this writer years ago that the expression, "blessed is he who waits and comes..." seems to refer to Jesus in His Second Coming. If this is true, than these numbers can potentially tell us when the Second Coming will occur. It has also occurred to this writer that the place where the numbers are found, right at the end of Daniel 12, a chapter that obviously is about the Second Coming, also suggests that the numbers point to the year of Jesus' return. The numbers were the final bit of general Prophecy given to Daniel, except for some assurance for himself in verse 13. It is also significant who gave Daniel these numbers. It was not the Angel Gabriel, as the author only recently realized. Gabriel appears to have been present, but it was not Gabriel speaking. The speaker is not named in the passage, but in the passage as a whole, He is described. Daniel 12 is the final part of a vision that begins in Daniel 10. The speaker is described in Daniel 10:5-6. The only place in the Bible where the same speaker is described is in the Book of Revelation, chapter 1, verses 12-15. Comparing the two passages, the speaker is obviously the Lord Jesus Christ. Because it was given by Jesus, this prophecy can be understood as a prelude to the Book of Revelation, which was also given by Jesus (See Revelation 1:1) and the passage must be considered one of the most important prophecies in the Old Testament. This increases the likelihood that the Prophecy is about the Second Coming of Christ.

It is equally significant that Daniel 12:1 contains a reference to the Great Tribulation. Daniel 12:2-3 contains the clearest prophecy of the Resurrection of the Saints in the Old

Testament. The last statement in Daniel 12:4 is a prophecy that is in a state of ongoing fulfillment before our eyes: "Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased" (KJV). The "time of the end' is mentioned in verses 4 and 9. It is obvious that Daniel 12 is entirely about the Second Coming of Christ. Furthermore, it is significant that the numbers in Daniel 12:11-12 start with the abomination of desolation being set up. The Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks ends with the abomination of desolation being set up. This shows that the numbers in Daniel 12 refer to a period of time that follows the Seventy Weeks. More than that, the 70 years of the Babylonian Captivity, the 70 weeks, the time until the First Coming of Christ, and the numbers at the end of Daniel 12 can be considered a three part sequence. This too strengthens the possibility, nay, probability that these numbers prophesy the time until the Second Coming.

The Reasoning

It seems obvious from the wording that in the verse above, the 1335 day period is a 45 day extension of the 1290 day period. That is, it seems obvious that the 'blessed one' waits 45 more days after the end of the 1290 before he comes. Now if we apply the principle in Ezekiel 4:5-6 and Numbers 14:34 to this, and conclude that, like the days of the weeks in Daniel 9, the days actually represent years, then what we have is a 1290 year period that we must find in history. It must have "marker events" at the beginning and end, to make it clear that it is the period we are looking for. ('Marker event' are events that identify the beginning and end of a prophesied time period.) The idea of "marker events" parallels Daniel 9:25. As shown in the "Seven Churches" page of the "What Happens To Christians" section, of this site, there are also "marker events" for the beginnings and endings of the Ages of the Seven Churches. All of the "marker events" in both cases are well known historical events. The 1290 year period must begin with a well known historical event that can be identified as "the abomination of desolation" being "set up". What the ending "marker event" will be is an open question, but it follows logically that it must have something to do with Israel, and very likely Jerusalem. If we can find a 1290 period with the "marker events" in history, than we can expect the actual Second Coming of Christ approximately 45 years after the second "marker event". Note that the Great Tribulation happens before the actual Second Coming, and this date does not tell us when the Tribulation starts. Many Christians believe that the Tribulation is supposed to be officially scheduled for seven years, but Jesus promised us that, "for the elect's sake those days will be shortened". Actually, the seven year Tribulation is inferred from the seventieth week of Daniel 9:24-27. However, it has been well argued that that week has already been fulfilled. Contrary to what many Christians erroneously believe, is not about the Great Tribulation.

Therefore, we don't really know how long the Tribulation will last, so we still don't know when it will begin. It will still be a big surprise. However, this writer's best estimate, based on the Book of Revelation, is that the Tribulation will last about 5 1/2 years, give or take a year, so we should expect the Great Tribulation to begin 4 1/2 to 6 1/2 years before the year in which we expect the Second Coming. And even if it is officially scheduled for seven years, again, Jesus said it would be shortened in Matthew 24:22. Incidentally, this proposed duration for the Tribulation relates well to a frequently occurring number in the Bible: The number 40. There are a number of time periods in the Bible that involve the number 40: the length of the Flood in days, the years in the Wilderness, the Temptation of Christ in days, etc. The question, in regards to the 45 years, is why 45 and not 40? The most likely reason is that the last five years, more or less, is the Great Tribulation.

The Big Question The big question we must now ask is this: If the 1290 year period has indeed at least started, if not ended, and the Second Coming is near, then the Abomination of Desolation has long since been set up. What is it? Some years ago this writer heard an idea from another student of prophecy that made sense in this respect, and he has found a 1290 year period linked to that idea which also has a "marker event" at the end. He also has found historical support for the idea from Church History. He has found further support for the following conclusion from other sources. If this theory (and remember, all this is a theory, not a doctrine) is correct, then the Abomination of Desolation is the Dome of the Rock, AKA the Mosque of Omar, which has been desecrating the Temple Mount since 691 AD. It is relevant that there is a passage from the Koran, in Arabic, inscribed on the Dome of the Rock that flatly denies that Jesus is the Son of God. See I John 2:22. It is also relevant that in Matthew 24:15, Jesus speaks of the Abomination of Desolation "standing in the holy place." The Temple Mount is the holy place. Also, Daniel 12:11 (KJV) says that the "Abomination of Desolation" will be "set up". The Hebrew word translated "set up" can be translated "built". Note that in Daniel 9:27 and 12:11, the Abomination of Desolation is set up after the continual sacrifice is taken away. The two events do not necessarily have to happen in quick succession, as might be assumed. By comparison, such was the way Jesus spoke about His Second Coming that the disciples thought at first that it would take place only a few years after the Ascension. It does not matter how long it was after the sacrifice was taken away that the Abomination of Desolation was set up, but the time after it was done does matter.

The "marker event" at the end of the 1290 years was the passing of a law by the Knesset (the Israeli parliament) in 1980 that made Jerusalem eternally the capital of Israel. This writer has learned, long since, from study of the Scriptures, that large numbers in the Bible

are almost always approximations. Therefore, the one year discrepancy is theologically insignificant. Besides, due to differences between the Jewish, Muslim and Christian calendars, if the exact date for the completion of the Dome of the Rock was known, it might turn out to be exactly 1290 years. However, this writer has not been able to find that information. Historical records from Jerusalem around that time are scarce. It should also be noted that the years 1979-81 also marked the beginning of the present Arab Intifadah against Israel, and the beginning of the present wave of Muslim terrorism worldwide. This is further support for the validity of this view. Unfortunately, another set of "marker events" for the 1290 year period may exist, but with the same basic identity for the Abomination of Desolation. There was another mosque on the site of the Dome before it was built. It is not known exactly when the earlier mosque was built. If it was, as one writer has suggested, 677 AD, then we have a 1290 year period with the ending "marker event" being, of course, the Six Day War of June, 1967, in which Israel recaptured Jerusalem from the Jordanians. Because this writer is aware of this ambiguity, he will not take a doctrinal stand on either possibility being right. But he leans heavily toward the later, that is, the 691 AD date for the Abomination of Desolation.

The Result The conclusion we come to then is that the actual Second Coming of Christ should happen either circa 2012 or 2026 AD, depending on which set of "marker events" - if either - is right. As stated, there is more concrete support for the later dates. There is support from the Bible and also some support for this from other sources. It should be noted that if the earlier date is right, we should be in the Great Tribulation now, or it should start very soon. The author gives a + or - two years to the expected years. Therefore, if the earlier date is 2012, the Tribulation could start in 2009 and we would still be within the parameters of this theory. However, time for the earlier date to be correct is running out.

Update: 8/8/09. The recent hysteria, based on the date 12/21/2012 on which an ancient Mayan calendar ends has given the author new reason to reject 2012 as the probable date of the Second Coming. See the recent update to the Online Newsletter page.

Support for the Later Date

There are several things that support belief in the later date. They all hinge on the idea, referred to above, that the Second Coming will happen about 2000 years after the First

Coming of Christ. There is a widely held idea that all history will be divided into 1000 year days (See Psalm 90:4 and II Peter 3:8.). It is further believed that there will be three 2000 year periods in history: 2000 years of chaos; 2000 years of the Law; and 2000 years of the Messiah; plus a 1000 year Millennium. Both Christians and Jews believe this. Again, this may or may not be true. But assuming it is true, we should expect the Second Coming sometime around the 2000 year mark since the First Coming. As stated, Christians have been talking about it being 2000 years since the First Coming of Christ since the 1940's, which, again, was far too soon. There is a consensus of agreement among students of Bible History that Jesus was actually born in 7 or 4 BC, the more likely year being 4 BC. If that is true, as also stated, we have already crossed the 2000 years threshold since His birth, and nothing has happened. Therefore, thinking on this premise, we must look for a later date. Actually, the first thirty years of Jesus' life are historically meaningless to Christianity. But if Jesus was, as many Christians believe, crucified in 30 AD, and His ministry lasted 3 1/2 years, then it began in 26 AD. Exactly 2000 years before the later possible year for the Second Coming identified above.

The Prophecy of St. Malachy Another source of possible support for the later date is the Prophecy of St. Malachy. If you are not familiar with it, it is a list of the Popes from the time it was allegedly given (12th Century) until the End. According to the Prophecy, we have two Popes to go, including the present one. The Popes are listed in the form of descriptive titles. Students of the Prophecy are of the general opinion that it has been right so far; that is to say, the titles do accurately describe the respective Popes.

According to an article published on April 28, 2005 on Yahoo News, students of the Prophecy are of the general opinion that the new Pope, Benedict XVI, does in fact fit the predicted description. (Unfortunately, the author has been unable to capture a direct link to the relevant page. Search Yahoo News with the name 'Saint Malachy' and you will probably find it.) There is a general consensus that, because he is 78 years old, he will reign as Pope for only a few more years. That means the last Pope is not far in the future. It is the opinion of the author that the last Pope may be the false prophet, the second beast of Revelation 13. (For more on this, see the page "The Two Beasts and Mystery, Babylon".) Serious students of the Prophecy are now watching the Papal succession with interest, because, on the basis of the Prophecy they think they know who the next Pope will be. If this proves true, the Prophecy is probably a genuine divine revelation, and the next one will be definitely be the last. Considering this, combined with the average duration of the Popes, (presently, about 15 years) puts us in the third decade of the 21st Century when the End comes.

One More Thing: Remember: The Great Tribulation will happen before the actual Second Coming. That means that the Tribulation should start around 2021 AD, give or take two years. That's what we really have to be ready for. Conclusion

As stated, this is speculation, not doctrine. However, current events in the Middle East have given the author the serious impression that the general timeframe given above is probably correct. Just within the past couple of years, certain other real world events have set approximately the same deadline. See the Online Newsletter (link below). However, as shown, there are two possibilities even if the basic concept is right. And it could be the earlier date, even though the support seems to go with the later. Or it could be neither. So don't make either date a matter of faith. Above all, don't use either of them as an excuse to be careless about being ready. Remember that, as shown in the "Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins" page of the "Mandates of Matthew 25" section, you can't what until the last minute to get ready. If you try that, you may never get the chance! This writer leans toward believing in the later date, but he won't use that as an excuse to "sit on his blessed assurance". Don't you do it, either!

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Will Christ come again?

Christ will come again, as promised, at a time not told us, in the same way as He was seen to return to heaven.

CHRIST'S SECOND COMING IS CLEARLY PROMISED IN THE BIBLE. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself promised, 'I will come back' (Matthew 25:31; John 14:3).

His second coming is promised by the Old Testament prophets (Daniel 7:13-14; Zechariah 14:5).

The apostles bore witness to Christ's second coming (Acts 3:20). Peter declares that Christ will be revealed (1 Peter 1:13). John declares that Christ will appear and Christians will see Him as He is (1 John 3:2). Paul preached with urgency in view of the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ yet to come (1 Timothy 6:14). The Lord's Supper is intended to be a perpetual reminder of the Lord's second coming for it is an 'interim' measure 'until he comes' (1 Corinthians 11:26). A common greeting amongst the early Christians seems to have been 'Maranatha' - 'Come, O Lord!' (1 Corinthians 16:22). WE WILL LIVE REMEMBERING THAT TIME IS SHORT SIGNS OF CHRIST'S COMING AGAIN ARE INDICATED IN THE BIBLE. The second coming of Christ will be preceded by anguish and perplexity among the nations (Luke 21:25). There will be signs in sun and moon and stars (Matthew 24:29; Luke 21:25). The second coming will be preceded by concern and fear over coming events: people will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world (Luke 21:26). The second coming will be preceded by the appearance of many antichrists (1 John 2:18). Many will abandon the faith and false teaching will be on the increase (1 Timothy 4:1-3). THE PRECISE TIME OF CHRIST'S SECOND COMING IS NOT STATED. It is natural for us to want to know the timing of everything (Mark 13:4). But no one knows the day or the hour of Christ's second coming, except the Father (Matthew 24:36; Mark 13:32). We are not intended to know the exact time (Acts 1:6-7). Christ will be sent by the Father at the appointed time (Acts 3:20, 21). Christ's coming will be at the unexpected moment (Matthew 24:44; Luke 12:40) - in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).

His coming will be sudden (Mark 13:36) - like lightning (Matthew 24:27) or a thief in the night (1 Thessalonians 5:2; 2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 16:15). The world will be totally unprepared for the second coming of Christ even as it was unprepared for the coming of the flood in the time of Noah (Matthew 24:38). There is no delay regarding the Lord's coming (Hebrews 10:37): the only reason for any appearance of delay in the Lord's return is God's patience, in that He does not want anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). The coming of the Lord Jesus approaches with the passing of each day (Hebrews 10:25). vHis coming will be soon (Revelation 22:7, Revelation 22:12, Revelation 22:20). His coming is always to be considered as being at hand (Romans 13:12; 1 Peter 4:7). WE ARE TOLD SOMETHING OF THE MANNER IN WHICH CHRIST WILL COME. He will come in the same way as He was seen to go into heaven (Acts 1:9-11). He will come from heaven (Acts 3:21; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:16). He will come visibly (Matthew 24:30; Mark 13:26; 14:62; 1 John; 3:2; Revelation 1:7). He will come openly (Matthew 24:27), and personally (Acts 1:11) - His coming will mean His presence after His absence (John 14:2-3). He will come on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory (Matthew 24:30; Matthew 26:64; Revelation 1:7) - the glory of His Father (Matthew 16:27). He will come with His angels (Matthew 16:27; Matthew 25:31; Mark 8:38; 2 Thessalonians 1:7), and with all those who belong to Him, in blazing fire (1 Thessalonians 3:13; 2 Thessalonians 1:7). CHRIST'S SECOND COMING SHOULD CONTINUALLY INFLUENCE CHRISTIANS IN THEIR CHARACTER AND CONDUCT. We are to set our hopes fully on the grace that will be given us when the Lord Jesus Christ returns (1 Peter 1:13). We are to anticipate the sight of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:8). We are to long for His appearing (2 Timothy 4:8), eagerly awaiting it (1 Corinthians 1:7; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; Titus 2:13) and praying for it (Revelation 22:20).

Having this hope before us, we will find ourselves stimulated to pursue purity and holiness (1 Thessalonians 3:13; 2 Peter 3:11-12; 1 John 3:3).

Our conduct will be influenced and regulated by this truth as it is ever before us (1 Peter 4:7-11). We will use the apparent 'delay' in the Lord's return to bring about people's salvation by the preaching of the gospel (2 Peter 3:15), at the same time speeding His coming by this activity (2 Peter 3:12). We will aim at being alert and ready for the Lord Jesus when He comes (Matthew 24:42; Matthew 25:5-6; Mark 13:33, Mark 13:35-37; Luke 12:40; Luke 21:36). We will live remembering that time is short (1 Corinthians 7:29). We need constant reminding of Christ's coming (Revelation 22:7, Revelation 22:12, Revelation 22:20). UNBELIEVERS FIND THE SECOND COMING A CAUSE FOR SCOFFING. Unbelievers often scoff at Christ's coming (2 Peter 3:3-4). People, who prefer to follow their own evil desires, scoff at the promise of Christ's coming, deliberately ignoring the Word of God (2 Peter 3:3-7). Unbelievers will, nevertheless, be overtaken and surprised by the reality of the Lord's second coming (Matthew 24:37-39; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2; 2 Peter 3:10).

My Introcude my self?

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

May I INTRODUCE MY SELF?

My name is NIZEYIMANA Jean Claude.I am from Rwanda.

I am in second semester of year 3 in Business Information Technology at University of Rwanda Huye campus.

In this memo, I am going to tell you little bit about my background, interests, and my goals.

Background

 

I was born in a small village called Gihang. Gihanga is located at Nyarugungasector, Kicukiro district in Kigali city.

I spent my first 16 years of life in Gihanga.

My everyday activities included going to school, playing karate, watching television, and going to Church at the night time. I started going to school in 1994 up to 2003 at primary and O’level and was enrolled in Computer science and Management program for 3 years in 2008. Along with school, I also found a part time job at a L4D to help my parents financially.

Interests

 

I like playing karate.

I always enjoyed reading, writing and learning new programs.

Growing up as a child and until now, (my adulthood) it has been mine (my) and my parents dream for me to become a IT Manager or Driver----- I decided to become a IT Manager A degree in Business Information Technology enables me to achieve my goals and also gives me an opportunity to make a difference in the community.

Goals

 

I hope to get better at IT support this year. As IT Support, my primary goals are managing people and things, and making decisions of all kinds.

thank you

 

 


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