“Jesus … will come in the same way as you saw him go”
These words should be familiar to all Bible readers: they are the words of the “two men … in white robes” (a common way of describing angels) – it is what they said to the disciples as their astonished eyes watched their Lord ascend upwards “and a cloud received him out of their sight” (Acts 1:9-11). We suspect it was no ordinary cloud, but like the cloud that Moses climbed up into on the mountain (Exodus 24:16).
“9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they were looking stedfastly into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 who also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye looking into heaven? this Jesus, who was received up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye beheld him going into heaven.” (Acts 1:9-11 ASV)
“And the glory of Jehovah abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud.” (Exodus 24:16 ASV)
Countless generations of Bible believers have looked for their Lord to descend from heaven in their lifetime. The disciples had asked,
“Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” (verse 6)
and were told by their Lord they were to be “my witnesses in Jerusalem” – but ultimately that the witnessing was to be “to the end of the earth” (verse 8). He had said this earlier, also on the mount of Olives,
“this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).
The other sign which Jesus gave, which Luke also recorded, was that
“Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (21:24).
Today, Jerusalem is constantly a centre of world attention – and the returned Jews have made it the capital of their resurrected country. The evidence is plain that the climax of the ages is near. But we know, and must emphasize that it was not for his disciples, then or now, to know exactly when. Notice again the answer of Jesus when the disciples asked him,
“Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” (verse 6).
They were commissioned to be “my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria” (verse 8). It is for true believers today to complete that commission “… and to the end of the earth”.
Are you his disciple? Are you helping this commission to be carried out? If you are, you will be really looking for his return “in the same way (as the disciples) saw him go into heaven”.
As his disciple you will be following the examples given in the book of Acts, which we have now started reading. Notice the way in which the Old Testament is often quoted as an essential part of that message. It tells us many details of the Kingdom Jesus will set up, also giving us examples of faithful service (and failures) as we are reading in the book of Deuteronomy.
- Heavenly creatures do they exist
- Angels (“Our world” article)
- Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #2 Witnessing
- Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #3 Callers upon God
- Festival of Freedom and persecutions
- Jeruzalem Gods city
- Jerusalem God’s City for ever
- Presentation: Crisis in the Middle East – Bible Expectations
- Isaiah prophet and messenger of God
- What Jesus Did – Misleading around the Messiah and the final assessment
- How do we know the coming of Jesus is very near?
- Armageddon, har and megiddo, an action or a place
- The Song of The Lamb #3 Daniel and Revelation
- The Song of The Lamb #8 Revelation 15 Lessons for us today
- Uncovering the Foundations of Faith
- Certainty in a troubled world
- The day is near studyweekend
- End Times
- The Conclusion of the System of Things
- Signs of the Last Days
- 14 Nisan a day to remember #2 Time of Jesus
- Nazarene Acts of the Apostles Chapter 2 v14-20 Pentecostal Sermon
- Because men choose to go their own way
- The famine of the word
- Messengers of Jesus will be hated to the end of time
- Discipleship way of life on the narrow way to everlasting life
- Do we have to be an anarchist to react
- Zion, Flames, Terror, Signs and Games of Peace
- Babylon is fallen
- Gaza in Bible Prophecy
- Hamas the modern Philistines
- Turkey and Pictures for the times coming
- Syrian capital facing total destruction in the coming months
- Crimea votes overwhelmingly to join Russia
- Swallowing up Crimea, who is next
- Catholicism, Anabaptism and Crisis of Christianity
- Missionary action paradigm for all endeavours of the church
- Breathing to teach
- Which Christians Actually Evangelize
- Together tasting a great promise
- Witnessing Glad Tidings
- Zionism comments and the place of Jerusalem in the world
- Will Jesus ever return to the earth?
- Articles on the Belgian Biblestudents about the Return of Christ
- The Return of Christ seen through the eyes of the Brethren of Christ
- The Ecclesia of the Belgian Christadelphians looking at the Return of Christ
- Why did Christ not reveal the exact time of his second coming?
- Looking forward to the return of Jesus
- Secret or public return of Jesus
- Friday (April 25): “It is the Lord.” (shechina.wordpress.com)
Skeptics who disbelieve the resurrection say the disciples only saw a vision of Jesus. The Gospels, however, give us a vivid picture of the reality of the resurrection. Jesus went out of his way to offer his disciples various proofs of his resurrection – that he is real and true flesh, not just a spirit or ghost. In his third appearance to the apostles, after Jesus performed the miraculous catch of fish, he prepared a breakfast and ate with them. Peter’s prompt recognition of the Master – It is the Lord! – stands in sharp contrast to his previous denial of his Master during the night of Jesus’ arrest. The Lord Jesus reveals himself to each of us as we open our hearts to hear his word. Do you recognize the Lord’s presence in your life and do you receive his word with faith?
- The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven (viviansielaff.wordpress.com)
After Jesus resurrection He was with the disciples for forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:2-3). And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; “for John truly baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which they Father has put in His own authority. “But you shall receive power when they Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:4-8
This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
- Luke 9:28-36 (arietta18.wordpress.com)
at the transfiguration, Peter, John, and James would, in a sense, get to see the kingdom of God.
This appearance was the same or similar to the appearance that Jesus would have after his resurrection when hewas exalted to heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Father.Later, in Acts, when Stephen, the first recorded Christian martyr, was being stoned to death, he “looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.” (Acts 7:55b NIV). A few chapters later, the Apostle Paul saw Jesus appear to him
In the transfiguration, we get a glimpse of heaven, where all the dead in Christ will rise and be glorified with him.
- Mystery – What causes a Christian to be set apart part 2? (lhwm1.wordpress.com)
There is a mystery that surrounds the cross of Christ. Jesus the Son of God, Savior of mankind, Lord of Lords and King of Kings beaten until He no longer looks like a human being. Unbelievers see Jesus as weak and unable to stop His horrible death. (Luke 23:35, 39)
The death of the coming Messiah was told to the prophets of the Old Testament (Isaiah 53) and was planned before the beginning of time. The mystery was not death itself; it was the method and purpose of His death on the cross. How could the Messiah die and reign forever. There was certainly no seeing the cross for the unity of Gentiles and Jews (Ephesians 3:3-6). All this was kept hidden until Jesus Christ came to the earth. He would tell his disciples in detail of His death and resurrection.
- Lift Up Your Heads – a take on the ‘Olivet Discourse’ (Luke 21:5-38) (newjerusalem.net.au)
Jesus says that they will see the Son of Man ‘from now on’ – ie. from that moment. It seems that on these two occasions Jesus is not speaking of an event, as much as a position of power and authority. In fact, He is making an unveiled reference here (and every time he calls himself ‘the Son of Man’) to Daniel 7
- The True Easter Story (findingmywayinfo.wordpress.com)
- Happy Resurrection Day! Christ IS Risen! (wrightlexi83.wordpress.com)
- FFOZ TV Review: The Restoring the Kingdom (mymorningmeditations.com)
- Jesus Is in Every Book of the Bible! (whatshotn.wordpress.com)
- Morning Prayer 4.23.14, Wednesday in Easter Week (dailyoffice.org)