Christ's disciples were smart and wanted clues about the future coming.
These clues help us to determine truth from fiction.

                                                        Christ's Return

                                    Bible Interpretation Chart                            

Biblical Passage

Literal Interpretation

Spiritually Symbolic Interpretation

Mark 13:21

And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:

13:22   For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

People may go around telling others that they see me=(Jesus in the physical appearance of his first coming.)

These false prophets will do magic tricks to seduce the population and even some priests and pastors will believe the false Christ ?

Christ is telling us that He will return but it will not be a magic show full of stage miracles(wonders.)  In His second coming, although He is Christ (the Messiah = Anointed One) He won't call himself this.

This creates a very confusing dilemma, for example: If your friend calls and screams "Hey, turn on the 6 o'clock news, Christ has just returned!" you are not supposed to believe her and you should not turn on the TV.

We are supposed to be looking for Him but then if we see Him we cannot tell anyone?  

So, how can He return as Christ, yet His name won't be Christ.......?             (keep reading to find out)

John 10:16

And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

Jesus is really a Shepard and He owns a lot of sheep, but they are lost or somewhere else. He has to find them and then He will talk to them(whisper in their ears) so all the sheep will always hang out together with Him?

Sheep=Everybody on earth and every previous religion / faith are part of God's family, and when Christ returns(The next prophet,) His message will gather everyone together into one common cause (fold) which is unity. A false prophet would create disunity !

Matthew 7:15

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits.

7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

 


People will walk around in costumes of a sheep, and when they take off the costume, they are really 4-legged wolves ?

We will have to observe closely to see what types of fruit grow on the human body of the prophets that come after Jesus, and then we have to eat the fruit to see if it tastes good ?

Jesus acknowledges that false prophets will come along. We have to thoroughly examine each one to see the truth and cannot automatically discount every sheep (prophet.)

If we do not thoroughly study the sheep (prophets) how will we know if they are wolves? You have to make this decision yourself, not your priest, pastor, friend or relative.(Because maybe one of them is the wolf?)

If this prophet (sheep) is observed, tested and found to only produce good fruits (truth and virtues) then by Jesus' standard, we must accept Him.

Luke 12:35

Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; 12:36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.

 

Luke 12:37

Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.

 

12:38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

Jesus wants us to pull up our pants, tighten our belts, and to never turn off our house lights?

 

We will have to wait until Jesus comes back from His wedding, and then He will knock on billions of doors and He hopes we will open the door right away?

 

Jesus only blesses servants who are watching for Him to come. And when He comes the servant will tighten his/her pants, they will sit down and eat meat as Jesus is now their waiter?

 

If it takes Jesus a while to knock on billions of doors, he will give special blessings to the servants who are last on the "people to visit list."

Will Christ get married when he returns?

Most Christians and Muslims are eagerly awaiting Christ's return.    Yes, Jesus is telling us to wait, but He also tells us he will knock. However, He does not say the exact way He will knock.

Why would we have to gird (protect and prepare) ourselves before we sit to meat = hear the new words of God, upon his return, if Christs' return was going to be an easy instantaneous event, & everyone on earth  will just automatically know at the same time?                  

We will have to explore the meat = new teachings, and believe them before we can be served by them.

The 2nd and 3rd watch may represent that when he does return and begins to teach the new gospel, it could take years/generations before this wonderful news reaches some people.

It is not their fault if they are illiterate or live in a remote part of the world. It took 1800 years before the news of Jesus Christ spread around the world the first time.

How will He knock? Maybe He did and you didn't answer the door?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Galatians 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,gentleness, goodness, faith, 5:23 Meekness, temperance:

Jesus instructs us to judge the profit by his fruit, and this passage written by the disciple Paul tells us what the qualifications are. Baha'u'llah and the Bahai Faith meet and exceed the qualifications of this test.

Heaven is nearness to God, hell is distance from God.
 Done