SNIPPETS OF INTEREST!
While we await for the new heavens to be fully set up we could take a look at a few snippets of information from the bible which has confused many people in the past.
For instance, what exactly does 1st John chapter 3v2 actually mean when Christ appears, we shall be like him?
John writes: ~ “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure”.
There has been a great deal of controversy concerning Jesus “appearing” John says, we shall be like him and we shall see him. The majority of people think when he appears he will be of the spirit and his close friends would be like him, of the spirit.
It was not the time for John to know the details, but, now our understanding has become a lot clearer and we need to examine this logically.
To “appear” is to be seen, just as Jesus appeared to his apostles on many occasions after his resurrection, appearing as a man he said to them look and touch me I am not a spirit, because you can touch and feel me. He also met them when they were fishing and ate a meal with them, again spirits do not eat food. There is no record of Jesus appearing to them as a spirit in a glorious body only in the form of a man.
Spirits appeared to Abraham and his nephew Lot as men and he thought they were travellers passing by.
So when John says, “when he appears we shall be like him”, he is NOT saying we shall be spirits with him, but we shall see him the same as us in human form, we shall be like him, or, he will be like us.
But, the account we are told of in the revelations to the apostle John “when he comes in glory then this coming will be a glorious sight. Every eye will see him even those who pierced him” as the revelations to John are “spiritual or heavenly dramas this sighting too is of the spirit”. Revelation chapter 1v7.
But who are those referred to as” those who pierced him”? Obviously it is not referring to the Jewish men who had him killed because they are still asleep in the grave, so logic dictates, it must be referring to the angelic ones who procured his death. So when he comes in glory, the angels will see him coming in the clouds not mankind. Humans cannot see someone who is spirit unless they reveal themselves nor can they see “in the clouds” because just as in the first century, the cloud hid Jesus from the apostle’s sight as this account shows.
In Acts chapter 1v9-11 Jesus met with his apostles to say goodbye to them and as he was taken up in a cloud he was hidden from the apostle’s sight. “They were still gazing into heaven as he went, two men stood by them in white robes and said, men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way you saw him go into heaven”.
One needs logic, which is common sense to fully understand just what the two men in white were saying to them. They said that Jesus will come in the same way as they saw him go. The apostles saw Jesus the man being taking up then the cloud hid him, and they did not see him any more, but the men said, “As they saw him go”. So he will return in the form of a man just as the apostles saw him going. Even the two men that were dressed in white were in the form of men.
Also it is interesting to note, the apostles were looking into heaven, of course this could not possibly be the high heavens where our father’s abode is, but, Genesis chapter 1v6-8, explains the area above the surface of the earth is called “heaven” or to us the “sky”. So, the sky is the heavens, the earth’s heavens.
Another point of interest is, when Jesus entered into Jerusalem riding on an ass, before his death, he rode in according to the custom of offering himself as the king and was accepted as the king of the Jews. The kingdom of David was given to him and after his death and resurrection his apostles asked him, “are you restoring the kingdom back to Israel” at this time? Thus showing they were still under the gentile nations and had been since 605 BC. We know the kingdom of Israel will be restored under our lord Jesus as an “EARTHLY KINGDOM” ruling on the earth just as king David did but in “spiritual Zion”.
Zechariah chapter 9v9 says, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; he is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey. Also Matthew chapter 21v2-3
“saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. “And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, `The Lord has need of them”. So, Jesus will return as a man to meet his wife.
So, in answer to John’s word, “when Jesus appears we shall be like him and we shall see him as he is”, as no mention of his appearing being after the resurrection of the apostles and others, we shall see the man Jesus and we shall be like him means we must still be human in form and Jesus appearing will also be in human form.
Adding to this is the statement in Revelation chapter 21v9-15 which says: ~ “ One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.1 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb”.