The Return of Christ our Lord
There are many doctrines in the western Church sphere that hold to the “rapture” doctrine. I have come to believe since departing from the man-made system years ago that I had a lot of excess baggage that I brought with me that I had to throw away once the Spirit of Christ revealed the truth about the illusion of man-made religion. Since my departure, the fog continues to roll away and things are becoming clearer. Those who are part of the Church system consider me a fanatic, or a heretic because I no longer conform to their cookie-cutter religion, but rather contend against it.
Even though I had left spiritual Babylon, the "rapture" doctrine has been a piece of baggage that I have held on to and was fully convinced of for many years. I have soon come to realize that through the spirit of Christ our beliefs will change as we align with the truth that comes through his revelation to us. I have spent many years trying to reconcile a doctrine on my own strength by scouring Scripture trying to find “proof” verses, I was reading God's Word through an indoctrinated lens and realized that the "rapture" doctrine must be imagined into the text with preconceived notions.
Many understand and have the knowledge of the arguments for both sides of the debate, but the problem was that I could find no resolve either way because both sides were doctrines created from denominational entities as part of the Church system. The problem all along was that I was trying to solve my problem with the double minded ideologies that comes from man-made religion, rather than allowing the Spirit of Christ to lead me to the truth.
I believe that those among the Ekklesia must be fully prepared to meet with the Lord when he returns, but knowing how he will return will not be found, or taught within the Church system. Any system that is not founded on Jesus Christ will lead the masses down rabbit trails into confusion.
The Early Ekklesia died for truth because they had no doubt in their minds and their actions proved it.. They fully understood that upon Christ’s return to earth that they would be part of establishing the visible Kingdom of God.
Those within the Church system are so busily establishing their own man-made kingdoms without Jesus Christ at the helm. Their kingdoms will be destroyed when judgement comes because they have structured themselves to the patterns of Greek and Roman ideologies. The religious masses are so entrenched and indoctrinated that they are blinded to the truths that are right in front of them. They cannot see that they have conformed to the world and blinded to the truth. The blood of Christ has been replaced for the gloss of religion that is somehow meant to "cover" their sins.
Jesus Christ is coming back for those who have victorious lives. Those who live life for Jesus are the ones who are being persecuted for their lifestyle because they daily lay their lives down for him and do not conform to the world. They are not trying to escape difficulty because they already know that this is part of being a disciple involved in the work of spreading the Gospel. The mindset of escaping reality and avoiding tribulation is the mantra of the religious mind who wants to whisked away into heavenly bliss instead of fighting the battle of spreading the Gospel of Kingdom.
This article is for those who are among the Ekklesia who have abandoned the Church system and are seekers of truth and disciples of Jesus Christ. The typical “Churchian,” or “Christian” will not be able to grasp the spiritual reality of the terms and concepts in God’s Word because they too indoctrinated into westernized theology taught by the denominational salaried-to-serve on their elevated stages.
In contrast, all those who have made the effort to allow the Spirit of Christ to lead them to the truth by are likely to be open to something they probably have never considered before as long as it aligns with God's Word. The odds are that if anything has been birthed in the Church system, it is a flawed product of man.
Was it not necessary that the Christ should SUFFER THESE THINGS AND ENTER INTO HIS GLORY?” - Like 24:26
…the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the SPIRIT OF CHRIST in them was indicating when he predicted THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST AND THE SUBSEQUENT GLORIES. – Peter 1:10-11
Jesus Will Appear to His Followers
When Jesus Christ returns and appears to his followers, he is going to impart to them the same power and glory that the Father gave to him. The Early Ekklesia when they were establishing the Gospel of Grace was a small taste of this when the sign gifts were imparted to them and they performed great miracles for the unbelievers. When Jesus returns, he is going to transform us into his likeness where we will also have even greater power to establish his visible Kingdom on earth.
When Jesus Christ rose from the dead, he appeared ONLY to those who knew him without restriction in his glorified body. What is quite interesting is that there is no record of any unbelievers seeing Jesus forty days after his resurrection. When Jesus returns, it will be in the same way he left just as he appeared among his brethren after his resurrection.
“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 as you saw him go into heaven.” – Acts 1:11
Satan could not touch Jesus in his glorified body, and in likewise manner he will be powerless against all who are in the presence of Jesus Christ when he returns. It is ONLY those who are citizens of the Kingdom of God that Jesus will first reveal himself to. It will not be just in in spirit, but in a tangible visible presence for all of his followers to see. The veil between the spiritual and the physical will become one and the same. Only those who are transformed and empowered upon the return of their King will be able to break the powers of evil and destroy the man-made systems of the world. The age of great miracles and signs and wonders will return in greater capacity by the resurrection power moving through the newly glorified brethren who will fill the whole earth with God’s glory.
When Jesus appeared to his followers after his resurrection, he revealed himself by stepping out of the spiritual into the physical.
And that he APPEARED to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he APPEARED to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he APPEARED to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he APPEARED also to me. – 1 Corinthians 15:5
WHEN I SAW HIM, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. – Revelation 1:17-18
But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and SAW THE GLORY OF GOD, AND JESUS STANDING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD. – Acts 7:55
And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he VANISHED from their sight. -- Luke 24:31
Jesus Christ appears to his followers by taking the veil away between the physical and spiritual realm.
Many terms in Scripture that are meant to be metaphors are wrongly aplled in a physical sense. Many believe that being “caught up in the air” when Jesus returns “coming on the clouds” are literal.
According to Scripture, the manner in which Jesus Christ appears to his followers will be by passing through spiritual into the natural realm.
The presence of Jesus Christ is with his Ekklesia in a spiritual way today, but upon his return his glorified presence will be with them in physical bodily form too. It will be a harmony of the physical and spiritual where Jesus Christ abides alongside of us in a way that we can see and feel him in face to face contact.
The Spirit of Christ is with the Ekklesia as they are his living stones who exude his spiritual presence. The great fulfillment of Christ’s return will become visible and tangible as a visible physical appearance to all his followers.
And now, little children, abide in him, so that WHEN HE APPEARS we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. – 1 John 2:28
Jesus was granted by his Father after he was resurrected to make himself visible to his brethren. In the same manner, Jesus will be granted by his Father at the proper time to make himself visible to all who are considered his brothers and sisters to transform them from the corruptible to incorruptible as they enter into his visible presence. The veil will be lifted from our eyes and we will behold the glory of the appearance and splendour of our King.
When Jesus comes on the "clouds," it is a metaphor for his presence. It is not on water vapor, but a visible physical presence to those who follow him. Jesus Christ is the only door, or portal into the visible presence of God. It is entering the Holy of Holies where God dwells with his people.
Jesus Christ was "caught up" into the Father's glorious presence during his transfiguration and told his disciples that they would see him coming back in the same glory. The disciples were given a preview of what his return would be like.
For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were EYEWITNESSES OF HIS MAJESTY. – 2 Peter 1:16
The Work of the Kingdom
The believers in Jesus Christ do not have to leave the earth to be in the cloud of God’s presence. Wherever believers are, that is where they will see Jesus' return. No others will be able to see him except those who have entered through the narrow door. All those within the Church system who have created their own doors and pathways on their own initiatives and abilities will not see his glory until it is too late. They vainly look in the air into the upper atmosphere and gaze into the clouds, but they will not find him there. They do not understand that when Jesus returns, it will be in the presence of all his followers, not among pew-warming church members in their hierarchical system called Church.
For the Ekklesia, being “caught up” means being caught up in God's visible presence. It is not a departure by flying away into the clouds, but Jesus coming to them in visible form and releasing his power into them to establish his visible Kingdom on earth. This power will bind Satan and submit the entire world to the rule of Jesus Christ. Right now, we are called to the work of spreading the Gospel of The Kingdom, but in the next age we will have dominion and rule through the direction of Jesus Christ in our glorified bodies to do the work of establishing his visible Kingdom on earth.
The reason Jesus Christ performed miracles while he was on the earth was a small taste of what the Kingdom age will look like. The prophets of old have given us a picture of what is to come. We are not to look for a departure of being taken out of this world, but look for the visible power of God that ONLY comes through His Son. Jesus Christ who will change us in the moment we are "caught up" in his presence being resurrected into something beyond the physical into glorified manifest sons of God.
Then we who are alive, who are left, will be CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH THEM in the CLOUDS to meet the Lord in the AIR, and so we will always be with the Lord. – 1 Thessalonians 4:17
The return of Jesus Christ is about an unveiling to all those who love him and look for him. These are people who have surrendered to him and made him Lord, NOT religious men. The Ekklesia are destined to be a race of new people destined for a new world who are empowered to rule and reign for Jesus Christ as they inherit the earth.
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