When Jesus came, the common conception about the messiah was that he would come with a sword to free Israel from the bondage of the Romans. He would be a leader on the battlefield in the tradition of David.
This widely held belief proved to be a MIS-conception - a myth.
Let's look at what Jesus, himself, said?
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Jesus the Christ, Matthew 10:34 (KJV)
In light of the ministry of Jesus, should this statement really be taken literally? NO! Else he contradicts himself when he tells Peter:
Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
Jesus the Christ, Matthew 26:52 (KJV)
Today, the common conception about the return of Jesus involves something that has come to be known as "the rapture."
Based on a few verses in a couple of the Gospels, and some "brilliant" deductive reasoning in the Book of the Revelation, it is being preached and taught to the masses.
It goes something like this: All the "good people" are "caught up into heaven." (They just disappear.) All the "bad people" have to stay here on earth. (They get "left behind.")
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
But at the days of Noe (Noah) were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also be the coming of the Son of man be.
Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh.
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Jesus the Christ, Matthew 24:36-51 (KJV)
See also: Jesus the Christ, Luke 17:26-37 (KJV)
The words of the blessing of Enoch, wherewith he blessed the elect and righteous, who will be living in the day of tribulation, when all the wicked and godless are to be removed. And he took up his parable and said -Enoch a righteous man, whose eyes were opened by God, saw the vision of the Holy One in the heavens, which the angels showed me, and from them I heard everything, and from them I understood as I saw, but not for this generation, but for a remote one which is for to come. Concerning the elect I said, and took up my parable concerning them: The Holy Great One will come forth from His dwelling, And the eternal God will tread upon the earth, (even) on Mount Sinai, [And appear from His camp] And appear in the strength of His might from the heaven of heavens. And all shall be smitten with fear And the Watchers shall quake, And great fear and trembling shall seize them unto the ends of the earth. And the high mountains shall be shaken, And the high hills shall be made low, And shall melt like wax before the flame And the earth shall be wholly rent in sunder, And all that is upon the earth shall perish, And there shall be a judgement upon all (men). But with the righteous He will make peace. And will protect the elect, And mercy shall be upon them. And they shall all belong to God, And they shall be prospered, And they shall all be blessed. And He will help them all, And light shall appear unto them, And He will make peace with them'. And behold! He cometh with ten thousands of His holy ones To execute judgement upon all, And to destroy all the ungodly: And to convict all flesh of all the works of their ungodliness which they have ungodly committed, And of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.
I Enoch (Chapter 1)
He raiseth the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, and he hath set the world upon them.
I Samuel 2:8 (KJV)
For thy name's sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.
What man is he that feareth the Lord? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.
His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.
Psalm 25:11-13 (KJV)
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.
For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.
The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.
Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken; but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.
The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be forever.
They shall not be ashamed in evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they cosume away.
The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.
For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.
Psalm 37:7-22 (KJV)
Arise, O God, judge the earth; for thou shalt inherit all nations
Psalm 82:8 (KJV)
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inheret the earth.
Jesus the Christ, Matthew 24:36-51 (KJV)
Jesus the Christ, Matthew 24:36-51 (KJV)
And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, til the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
Revelation 20:1-3 (KJV)
And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, Lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Jesus the Christ, Luke 17:20-21 (KJV)
14. (Q) Please explain what difference was made in the Body of the Christ by ascension to the Father as necessary before Mary could touch Him?
(A) As the presence of the Father, as the presence of the Christ-Consciousness is everywhere present, the change that was in place was the consciousness rather in Mary than in the Body Himself. But the expression ye have, that she was not to touch Him, was rather the same as would be in ANY expression given to interpret spiritual things into material understanding, or infinity brought down to the finite understanding, see? That is, "I have not yet ascended to my Father" would to some indicate that the heaven and the Father are somewhere else - a place of abode, the center about which all universal forces, all energies must turn or give off from. Hence "up" may be rather from within, or to the within - of which each soul is to become aware. For heaven is that place, that awareness where the Soul - with all its attributes, its Mind, its Body - becomes aware of being in the presence of the Creative Forces, or one with same. That is heaven.
Through Edgar Cayce (262-88) September 8, 1935
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