THE THIRD COMING OF JESUS?
“Allah said, O Jesus, I shall cause you to die and will exalt you in my presence and shall purify you of the ungrateful disbelieving people, and shall place those who follow you above those who deny the truth, until the Day of Judgement; then to Me shall all return and I will judge between you regarding your disputes.” (Qur’an 3:55)
Now I know many are going to be scratching their heads and thinking “The Third Coming of Jesus” what ever could he mean? Well I know it doesn’t have the grandeur and Hollywood excitement as, “The Second Coming” does, but after, it is what it is.
Why don’t the Christians and others talk about the “The Third Coming of Jesus” or for that matter the “257th Coming of Jesus“? Because it just doesn’t have the bang that Jesus Part 2 has. Everyone anticipates a good sequel to a great movie; however it does get over done when there becomes a Rocky V and than a Rocky VI one wonders when it will ever end.
You see in the Bible it says the following:
“Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre….
And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest…And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus…
… And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together… And as they spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and said unto them, Peace be unto you….
…And as it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and was carried up into heaven.” (Luke 24:1-51) (Mark 16:9-19)
Jesus went up into heaven on the day of his resurrection.
“And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you”. (John 20:26) So Jesus goes up into heaven at least eight days after his resurrection.
Or was it forty days after his resurrection?
“Until the day in which he was taken up…he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:….And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. (Acts 1:2-3,9)
There are a number of ways to handle this difficulty.
1) Take Luke 24:51 and Mark 16:19 out of the Bible (many have opted for this)
2) Try to harmonize the accounts.
I think if we use our imaginations and exegesis a bit option 2 is quite feasible. You see nowhere does the New Testament text say Jesus didn’t return does it? So what we could speculate is that Jesus went up into heaven that day as Luke 24:51 says; however, after doing what ever business he had to do in heaven he decided to once again, grace us with his presence. Jesus came back and hung around for a while; in fact this kind of Jesus could come and go as he darn well pleased.
In fact it becomes even more possible considering that many Christians believe that Jesus appeared when ever he wanted in the ‘Old Testament‘ as the ‘Angel of the Lord‘.
“And the angel of the Lord found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. And he said, Hagar, Sarah’s maid, where you going? And what place do you intend to go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarah. And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hands. The angel of the Lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
So we can see from this that Jesus would beam in and out of Earth (like Star Trek) from time to time…
The point is that instead of waiting for “The Second Coming of Jesus” everyone should sit back and relax because, indeed we maybe waiting for “The 3rd Coming of Jesus.” We could very well be waiting for “The 125th coming of Jesus.”
If we are to believe the ‘Angel of the Lord‘ theory of many Christian sects we could be waiting for the 125th coming of Jesus though it won’t sell many videos and t-shirts!
Look busy Jesus is coming……again