“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up: and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he (Jesus) went up, behold two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”
We all know the story well. Jesus Christ died for our sins and was buried. On the third day He rose again in completion of Him taking on the sins of the world and overcoming them. What some do not know is what Jesus did AFTER He rose from the dead. He stayed on this earth for 40 days as an immortal, but physical being. He was NOT a spirit or an ethereal being. He appeared to all (1 Corinthians 15:5-8) in human form. Remember when “doubting” Thomas questioned whether He really was who He said He was?
“The other disciples therefore said unto him (Thomas, who was not present when Jesus first appeared before them), We have seen the Lord. But he (Thomas) said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
The only way Thomas would believe Jesus had Risen from the dead was to PHYSICALLY see Him and feel Him by PHYSICALLY putting his finger into the nail holes on Jesus’s hands and his hands into Jesus’s side! It wasn’t until Jesus re-appeared before them 8 days later and He told Thomas “Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.” – John 20:27-28. It was only after seeing and feeling a PHYSICAL Jesus that Thomas believed He had Risen! Of course, 2,000 years later and knowing how Jesus will once again come to this earth at Armageddon to defeat Satan, we are not yet today physically able to see Him. Our belief in Jesus and what He did for us is purely by faith. But, that’s OK!
“Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that HAVE NOT (capitals mine) seen, and yet HAVE (capitals mine) believed.”
So, we know Jesus died and rose again. We know He was seen by many and stayed on this earth after His Resurrection (albeit at different times and in various places) to further teach His disciples and to prove the fulfillment of past prophecies that He would Rise again from the dead after three days. What some may not know is after the 40 days since He was Resurrected, He FINALLY ascended to Heaven. Interestingly, as the beginning Scripture tells us, He will one day return the exact same way He left as He ascended into Heaven. “…this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, SHALL SO COME IN LIKE MANNER AS YE HAVE SEEN HIM GO INTO HEAVEN (capitals mine).”
They saw Him rise up to Heaven. They watched Him the entire way! We have been told Jesus will return the EXACT same way He left! He will return PHYSICALLY and He will DESCEND from the clouds.
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he (Jesus) that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.”
“And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave (split) in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west.”
Jesus will return from Heaven in the clouds and will physically touch His feet down on the Mount of Olives, next to Jerusalem. With this we can comfortably know that what goes up, will come down! Whereas only a few saw Jesus ascend to Heaven, ALL will witness His Return!
“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM (capitals mine): and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”
Jesus has been in Heaven for almost 2,000 years waiting for all the things prophesied in the Bible to finally happen. But, he has not been idle!
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU (capitals mine). And if I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL COME AGAIN, AND RECEIVE YOU UNTO MYSELF ( capitals mine); that where I am, there ye may be also.”
This is so great! Not only did Jesus give us a way to eternal salvation, everyone will see Him return to earth for His Millennial Reign. He will come in a way everyone will see. Once here, He will defeat Satan, throw the anti-christ and the false prophet into hell for eternity, and will establish His perfect Kingdom on earth. Being a Christian and understanding how simple and easy it is to be saved, His promises to us are so comforting. If you agree, please help me to pass His Word on to others and do as we are all instructed to do and that is to “…therefore comfort one another with these words.” If we do this by either forwarding this email, or sharing and liking it on Facebook and/or LinkedIn, we all can help others learn Jesus is Coming Back soon! Look up!Don’t be afraid! Be aware!
May God Bless you!