Will Jesus' return be similar to John The Baptist's return as Elijah?
EXPECTATIONS OF THE FIRST COMING OF CHRIST
Literal Signs the Jews were waiting for, in regard to the first coming
of these Signs
will arise out of an unknown city.
John 1:46, John7:27
(He did not literally
arise from an unknown city in Israel)
He came from Nazareth, which was a known place, He also came from Heaven. His body was born of Mary, but His Spirit came from
Heaven, which is unknowable on earth.*
He shall come with a sword of steel, and with a scepter of iron shall He rule.
(He never literally carried a sword or sceptor)
The sword He carried was the sword of His tongue, with
which He divided the good from the evil, the true from the false, the faithful from the unfaithful, and the light from the
darkness. His Word was indeed a sharp sword! *
shall sit upon the throne of David and be a ruler over Israel.
Psalms 132:1, Psalms of Solomon 17:21-32,
1 Enoch 69 , Micah 5:2
(Jesus did not sit
on the literal throne of any earthly king.)
Throne upon which He sat is the Eternal Throne from which Christ reigns for ever, a heavenly throne, not an earthly one, for
the things of earth pass away but heavenly things pass not away. *
Jesus the Christ (Yehoshua) did not literally
rule over Israel.
shall fulfill the law of the Prophets.
Exodus 31:16-17, Deut 4:2, Matt 5:38-42, Matt 19: 7-9
did not reinforce the same laws of the prophets in the way they expected)
The Jews were upset that Jesus "changed" the laws of fasting, divorce,
the Sabbath, and circumcision. They thought he would come and tell them to keep doing all the same things they were used to
doing. He re-interpreted, updated, and completed the Law of Moses and fulfilled the Law of the Prophets. *
He shall conquer the East and the West.
(While on earth
he did not literally conquer any land, east or west)
word conquered the East and the West. His Kingdom is everlasting. Not conquered by a sword! *
glorify His chosen people = The Jews.
(The Jews were not literally glorified)
He exalted those Jews who recognized Him. They were men and women of humble birth,
but contact with Him made them great and gave them everlasting dignity. The chosen people refers to anyone on earth who recognizes
his station. *
He shall bring
with Him a reign of peace, during which even the animals shall cease to be at enmity with man. For behold the wolf and the
lamb shall drink from the same spring, and the lion and the doe shall lie down in the same pasture, the serpent and the mouse
shall share the same nest, and all God's creatures shall be at rest.
6:16 & 65:25
(non of these things literally happened)
The animals who were to live with one another signified the different
sects and races, who,once having been at war, were now to dwell in love and charity, drinking together the water of life from
Christ the Eternal Spring. Those who recognize his station and practice his teachings will have an inner reign of peace. *
the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: behold, the young woman shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Isaiah 9:6 ...and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The
everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
And the nations shall see thy triumph, and all kings
thy glory; and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall mark out.
The Jews were expecting the Messiah's name to be Immanuel,
not Yeshua (Jesus). But Immanuel means "God with us." Therefore, Jesus fulfilled the expectation in a symbolic,
not literal, way. His name was not literally any of the words Isaiah described in 9:6. Christ symbolically fulfilled these
At the same time, the Jews were supposed to be expecting a new name, maybe "The Immanuelites." But
to be called "Christians" was(and still is) too much of a change for them. They like being called Jews and they
are happy with their usual customs / rituals.
Likewise, Christians will have a great mental struggle (tribulation)
when the time comes to accept a new name and to change customs / rituals.
2: Kings 2:1
came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.
2 Kings 2:11
And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked,
that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a
whirlwind into heaven.
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the
great and terrible day of the LORD.
The Jews were expecting Elijah (Elias) to come in his chariot
of fire from heaven, to get people ready for the Messiah, but this did not literally happen.
John 1:19 And this is the record of John(The Baptist), when the Jews
sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? 1:20 And he confessed, and
denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. 1:21 And they asked him, What then?
Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
tells the disciples that John the Baptist is Elijah in Matt 11:14
And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.
17:10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?
17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
Matt 17:12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they
knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.
17:13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.
Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias,
to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared
for the Lord.
Now let us apply this same logic to Christ's Return.
Jesus tells us how to interpret the return of Elijah(who also ascended to heaven like Christ.) This would
mean we have to consider the strong possibility that when Christ (the anointed one) returns, he too may come(or may have came)
in the "spirit and power" of Jesus, but like Elijah, will have a new
name and body...!!??
to the Jews, Jesus the Christ fulfilled none of these conditions, for their eyes were holden=(fixed on the idea that these
words have to be literally fulfilled in order to be true) and they could not see. Thus the Jews thought and spoke, for they
did not understand the Scriptures nor the glorious truths that were contained in them. The letter they knew by heart, but
of the life-giving spirit they understood not a word.
the spiritual prophecies concerning the coming of Christ were fulfilled, but the Jews shut their eyes that they should not
see, and their ears that they should not hear, and the Divine Reality of Christ passed through their midst unheard, unloved
It is easy to read the Holy Scriptures, but
it is only with a clean heart and a pure mind that one may understand their true meaning. Let us ask God's help to enable
us to understand the Holy Books. Let us pray for eyes to see and ears to hear, and for hearts that long for peace.
*Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, (pg. 54-56)
We also must look at the prophecies about Christ's second coming the same way we want the Jews to understand
the Spiritual fulfillment of his first coming. If not, we are likely to miss it and have thousands of years of personal tribulations
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We are all the leaves of one branch and fruits of one tree.