Pastor Riley has learned that "parousias" (plural) was used in the original New Testament six times instead of "parousia" (singular). Our English translators failed to translate "parousias" as "comings" (plural), as it should have been. This is important, for THE GREEK NEW TESTAMENT PLAINLY INDICATES THAT CHRIST HAS TWO OR MORE COMINGS. This is not brought out in our English translations.
Mt. 24:3, could have been translated, "Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy COMINGS (plural), and the end of the world (lit., consummation of the age)?" Christ has two or more future comings, and the disciples already knew it at the time of the Olivet Discourse.
Parousia is correctly translated in Mt. 24:27. It says, "For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming (singular) of the Son of man be." This coming is at the Pre-Wrath Rapture, when the Sign of the Son of Man is seen when the clouds are rolled back like a scroll (Mt. 24:30,31; Rev. 6:14).
Mt. 24:37 is also correctly translated. It says, "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming (singular) of the Son of man be." That coming is the Pre-Trib Rapture. Mt. 24:39 says, "And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming (singular) of the Son of man be." This is also talking about the Pre-Trib Rapture.
Therefore, both the coming at the Pre-Trib Rapture and the coming at the Pre-Wrath Rapture are in Mt. 24.
The coming at the Pre-Wrath Rapture is explained in Mark 13:27. At that time, all saints are gathered to the "general assembly" in Heaven (Heb. 12:23). Those of the first Rapture are gathered from one end of Heaven to the other. Those of the second Rapture are gathered from one end of the "EARTH" to the other.
Paul actually spoke of his multiple "comings" to the Philippians in Phil. 1:26. It says, "That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my COMINGS (plural) to you again."
In II Thess. 2:1, Paul actually said, "Now we beseech you, brethren, by the COMINGS (plural) of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our (including Paul's) gathering together unto him" (at the Pre-Trib Rapture)."
In II Thess. 2:8, Paul actually said, "then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his COMINGS (plural)." These two comings would be at the Pre-Wrath Rapture on the Day of God's Wrath and the Second Advent 7 months later (Eze. 39:12,13).
James 5:7 would actually say, "Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the COMINGS (plural) of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain."
In II Peter 3:4, Peter actually said, "And saying, Where is the promise of his COMINGS (plural)? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation."
In his article "Why?.....And When?", pastor Riley said, "The seven year war that they (Israel) fought to subdue the land is a type of the seven year Tribulation."
Instead, what if it is a type of a 7-year testing period to separate the wise Philadelphian virgins from the foolish Laodicean virgins so the wise virgins can inherit their land--Heaven? After the 7 years, the Israelites disbanded the army, and the soldiers got to go home to their families. I hope we will get to go to our heavenly home to our families in 5765. Saturn will be in Gemini until about July 1, 2005. I hope for the Rapture between now and then. At that time, the Bride and Bridegroom would sit together in heavenly places in Gemini. Eph. 2:6 says, "And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus".
I think 5758 (1997/1998) was the 6000th year since Adam was cast out of the Garden of Eden. It was also marked as the 480th year since Martin Luther tacked his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany in 5278 (Oct. 31, 1517). 5278 + 480 + 7 = 5765 (Sept. 16, 2004 to Oct. 4, 2005).
1. He told the end, the final outcome at the last trump
2. He told the beginning, what happens at the first trump
3. He told that Jesus will not come upon the first-trump group as a thief on the Day of the Lord
4. He told the order of end time events
HIS EXPLANATION FOR EACH STAGE
1. HE TOLD THE END, THE FINAL OUTCOME AT THE LAST TRUMP
ALL WILL BE CHANGED AT THE TIME OF THE LAST RAPTURE. In I Cor. 15:51-53, Paul said, "Behold, I SHEW YOU A MYSTERY; We (believers) shall not all sleep (then SOME WILL BE RAPTURED WITHOUT DYING), BUT WE SHALL ALL BE CHANGED (i.e., made immortal), In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, AT THE LAST TRUMP: for the trumpet (of God, I Thess. 4:16) shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we (believers of both Raptures) shall be changed (actually become immortal). For this corruptible must put on incorruption ('it is raised in incorruption,' I Cor. 15:42, at either the first or last trump), and this mortal must put on immortality" (at the last trump).
All saints, Old Testament or New Testament saints, will be made perfect at the last trump. Heb. 11:40 says, "God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect."
A "last trump" implies a first trump.
2. HE TOLD THE BEGINNING, WHAT HAPPENS AT THE FIRST TRUMP
THE FIRST RAPTURE. In I Thess. 4:13-18, Paul said, "I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren (believers), concerning them which are asleep (having died), that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus (the dead in Christ) will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (Old English for precede) them which are asleep. For THE LORD HIMSELF SHALL DESCEND FROM HEAVEN WITH A SHOUT, with the voice of the archangel, and with THE TRUMP OF GOD (the first trump): and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH THEM IN THE CLOUDS, TO MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words."
The same things that take place at the first trump of God will also take place at the last trump of God.
3. HE TOLD THAT JESUS WILL NOT COME UPON THE FIRST-TRUMP GROUP AS A THIEF ON THE DAY OF THE LORD
THEREFORE, THE LAST RAPTURE WILL BE ON THE DAY OF THE LORD. In I Thess. 5:1-5, Paul said, "But of the times and the seasons, brethren (believers that will be caught up in the Pre-Trib Rapture), ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that THE DAY OF THE LORD SO COMETH AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT. For when they (unbelievers) shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them (the unbelievers), as travail upon a woman with child; and THEY SHALL NOT ESCAPE (i.e., the unbelievers will not be raptured). But ye, brethren (believers), are not in darkness (i.e., when the 6th seal is broken on the Eve of Trumpets), that THAT DAY (Day of the Lord, Feast of Trumpets) should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: WE ARE NOT OF THE NIGHT (i.e., not of the Tribulation), nor of darkness" (when the 6th seal is broken, Rev. 6:12).
Therefore, the Day of the Lord will be at hand when the 6th seal is broken on the Eve of Trumpets. Isa. 13:6 says, "Howl ye; for THE DAY OF THE LORD IS AT HAND; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty."
Believers had already been told that THOSE ACCOUNTED WORTHY WILL ESCAPE THE TRIBULATION. Luke 21:34-36 says, "take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so THAT DAY (when the kingdom of God is at hand [21:31] on the day of the first Rapture [4:16,17]) come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and PRAY ALWAYS, THAT YE MAY BE ACCOUNTED WORTHY TO ESCAPE (in the Pre-Trib Rapture) all these things that shall (in the future, i.e., after the Rapture) come to pass (in the Tribulation), and to stand before the Son of man" (at the Rapture).
4. HE TOLD THE ORDER OF END TIME EVENTS
In II Thess. 2:1-15 (World English Bible), Paul said, "Now, brothers (believers), concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together to him (i.e., at the first Rapture), we ask you not to be quickly shaken in your mind, nor yet be troubled, either by spirit, or by word, or by letter as from us, saying that the day of Christ (major MSS have 'day of the Lord') had come. Let no one deceive you in any way. For it (the Day of the Lord) will not be, unless THE DEPARTURE (i.e., the Pre-Trib Rapture) COMES FIRST, and the man of sin is revealed (SECOND, i.e., after the Rapture), the son of destruction (perdition, the False Prophet, who like Judas Iscariot will be Satan possessed), he who opposes and EXALTS HIMSELF against all that is called God (Antichrist denies the Father and Son, I John 2:22) or that is worshiped; so that he (the False Prophet) SITS AS GOD IN THE TEMPLE OF GOD, SETTING HIMSELF UP AS GOD. Don't you remember that, when I was still with you, I told you these things? Now you know what is restraining him, to the end that he may BE REVEALED IN HIS OWN SEASON (i.e., in the Tribulation). For the mystery of lawlessness already works. Only THERE IS ONE (i.e., the Holy Spirit) WHO RESTRAINS NOW, UNTIL HE IS TAKEN OUT OF THE WAY (i.e., the Holy Spirit will cease restraining the appearance of the False Prophet at the Pre-Trib Rapture). Then (i.e., in the Tribulation) THE LAWLESS ONE WILL BE REVEALED, whom the Lord will kill with the breath of his mouth, and bring to nothing by the brightness of his coming; even he (the Satan-possessed False Prophet who speaks 'as a dragon,' Rev. 13:11) WHOSE COMING IS ACCORDING TO THE WORKING OF SATAN WITH ALL POWER AND SIGNS AND LYING WONDERS (Rev. 13:13-15), and with all deception of wickedness for those who are being lost, because they didn't receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Because of this, God sends them a working of error, that they should believe a lie (i.e., that the False Prophet is God); that they all might be judged who didn't believe the truth (i.e., that Jesus is God), but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But we are bound to always give thanks to God for you (believers), brothers loved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief in the truth; to which he called you through our Gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm, and hold the traditions which you were taught by us, whether by word, or by letter."
In a figure, Nu. 10:1-4 tells us about TWO SILVER TRUMPETS (standing for the TWO TRUMPS OF GOD) that are used to call the saved to the "general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect" (i.e., changed), Heb. 12:23.
Nu. 10:1-4 says, "the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Make thee TWO TRUMPETS OF SILVER; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest USE THEM FOR THE CALLING OF THE ASSEMBLY, AND FOR THE JOURNEYING OF THE CAMPS. And when they shall blow with them (both), all the assembly (i.e., those caught up in both Raptures) shall assemble themselves to thee at the door of the tabernacle of THE CONGREGATION (i.e., at the time of the last Rapture). And if they blow but with ONE TRUMPET, then the princes, which are heads of the thousands of Israel (the 24 elders, the 12 patriarchs and 12 apostles), shall gather themselves unto thee" (at the first Rapture, Rev. 41-:4).
At the time of the general assembly of the saved in Heaven on the Day of the Lord, "then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the EARTH (the second Rapture, the Pre-Wrath Rapture) to the uttermost part of HEAVEN" (those caught up before the Tribulation in the first Rapture (Mark 13:27).
Concerning the Ram in the thicket that was sacrificed instead of Isaac (a type of Christ), ancient Rabbis said that the thicket represented the sins of the people. They assigned names to the two horns of the ram, calling the left horn the FIRST TRUMP and the right horn the LAST TRUMP. They must have been guided by God, for this paints the correct picture.
THE FIRST TRUMP OF GOD will be sounded at the Pre-Trib Rapture.
THE LAST TRUMP OF GOD will be sounded at the Pre-Wrath Rapture on the Feast of Trumpets.
Both trumps of God will be sounded on that day. It will be the Day of the Lord, the time of the "general assembly" in Heaven, Christ's Coronation, the Judgment Seat of Christ and the Marriage of the Lamb.
Rev. 11:15-19 tells us what will happen on the Day of the Lord, good and bad. It says, "the seventh angel sounded (i.e., the 7 trumpet judgments are poured out on this day); and there were great voices IN HEAVEN, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his CHRIST; and HE SHALL REIGN for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which art (on the Day of the Lord), and wast (at the First Advent), and art to come (at the Second Advent 7 months later, Eze. 39:12,13); because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast REIGNED. And the nations were angry (Gog's army is attacking Israel), and THY WRATH IS COME, and the time of the dead, that they should be JUDGED, and that thou shouldest GIVE REWARD unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; AND shouldest DESTROY them which destroy the earth."
Joel 1:15 says, "Alas for the day! for the DAY OF THE LORD is at hand (6th seal, Eve of Trumpets), and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come."
Joel 2:1,2 says, "Blow ye the TRUMPET in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for THE DAY OF THE LORD COMETH, for it is nigh at hand (it starts at 6 PM on the Eve of Trumpets); A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong (Gog's army, Eze. 38); there hath not been ever the like (therefore, it will not take place at the Pre-Trib Rapture at the beginning of the Tribulation), neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations."
In I Kings 1:34, the trumpet was used at the coronation of king Solomon, a type of Christ as the Son of David. It says, "let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there king over Israel: and BLOW YE WITH THE TRUMPET, and say, God save king Solomon."
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That's a first. No one that I ever heard of suggested that the Crucifixion could be in 18 AD. How in the world do you count the "fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar (Luke 3:1)? He became Co-Rex in 12 AD and Sole-Rex in 14 AD. His 15th year of ruling over Judea was 26 AD, when Jesus was baptized.
Herod started the temple construction in 19/20 BC. It had been under construction for 46 years in 27 AD, the year of the first Passover of Jesus' ministry. That overshoots the mark of 18 AD for the Crucifixion.
> > the Friday Aviv 17 Crucifixion
Since the Crucifixion was on the preparation of the Passover (John 19:14), it had to be on Nisan 13. That was a Thursday in 30 AD. Cor. 5:7 says, "Christ our passover is sacrificed for us". The Passover was the 14th (Lev. 23:5). Therefore, our Passover would not have been crucified on Nisan/Aviv 17. Agape
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answers > I am very unclear how any astronomical sign can be pinpointed to be over a particular place on Earth.
You and me both. The part where the star reappears, leads them to Bethlehem, then stands over the house must be the Shekinah Glory. Therefore, I have decided that "HIS STAR in the east" was probably the Shekinah Glory too. It must have been spectacular, something out of the ordinary, to cause the Wise Men to make a four-month trip.
Gary: If one considers overhead to mean at the zenith point in the sky, then depending on one's latitude on Earth, a star or other object can be directly overhead shining down as into Jacob's well near Bethlehem. During the years around 7BC-2AD (birth and Magi visit timeline) there are only three of the Zodiac constellations that would be overhead as seen from Bethlehem at the zenith, Gemini, Cancer, Leo (and Coma). The Shekinah Glory may have appeared to emanate from within the boundaries of Coma and directly overhead of Bethlehem at certain times especially near late December early in the morning (4:30am) when the Magi may have made there visit (Dec 2BC-4BC). EL Martin's chosen timeframe of Dec. 18-26, 2BC during Hanakkah would have also had Jupiter (Virgo)directly below Coma and the constellation of Crux (Cross) below at the horizon area over Bethlehem as seen from Jerusalem. A Super-Super Nova or Shekinah Glory at the zenith point could have shown directly into the well and on the town of Bethlehem further marking it as the location mentioned by the prophets. Set YourSky for JDN 1721048.6 to 1721051.6 from Jerusalem to see the sky picture. This would have also coincided with the winter solstice time and the Julian and Gregorian calendar equivalent Christmas periods.
Something else to notice is that the only bright stars to pass overhead at the zenith in Jerusalem were Castor, Pollux and Arctaurus and some lesser magnitude stars in the head of the lion, Leo and of course Coma.
In the coming month of December 2004 from about the 11th-29th, the layout of the Sun/planets (east to west)will be Sun-Mercury-Venus-Mars-Jupiter-Saturn. The only bright star transiting overhead at the zenith (Jerusalem) in modern times now is Castor, Gemini which happens to be lined up fairly close to Saturn along the meridian ! The Geminid meteor shower under new Moon conditions is also around 12/13 this year.
But would seeing a star in a well show them a certain house? Mt. 2:9-11 says, "When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the EAST, went before them, till IT CAME AND STOOD OVER WHERE THE YOUNG CHILD WAS. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into THE HOUSE, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh."
It sounds like the Wise Men kept the star in the sky in their sight until they arrived at the house. Nothing suggests that they stopped to look in wells along the way to find out where to go. They were going south, from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. The star which they saw in the east must have gone southwest before them and stood over the house where Jesus was until they could get there. A real star would not seem to move from its spot in the constellations. As you know, the starry background against which the Sun, Moon and planets move is considered fixed. The stars are so far away and visually move so slowly that most of them do not seem to move at all during one man's lifetime. They rise and set only because Earth is rotating.
The Lord appeared to Moses in fire in a bush. Ex. 14:19 says, "the Angel of God (i.e., the Angel of the LORD, who is the pre-incarnate Christ), who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them." The Shekinah glory was a manifestation of God that led Israel in the wilderness. It was a cloud by day and fire by night when the Tabernacle was set up too. The cloud and the fire were not God, but God dwelt in the cloud and fire. When Egypt was pursuing the Israelites, the Shekinah glory was darkness to the Egyptians and light to the Israelites. It was a cloud over the mercy seat in Lev. 16:2.
"The Talmudic Sages conceived of the Shekinah as a spiritual essence of indescribable beauty and exalting effect. It was generally spoken of as BRILLIANT LIGHT or radiance"
Luke 2:9 says, "lo, THE ANGEL OF THE LORD came upon them (the shepherds), and THE GLORY OF THE LORD SHONE ABOUT THEM." Since the glory of the Lord shone about the shepherds when Jesus was born, it seems reasonable to assume that it was the glory of the Lord that looked like a star to guide the wise men to Jesus.
We know from Paul's experience that the Lord has appeared in blinding light. Acts 9:3-5 says, "as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him A LIGHT FROM HEAVEN: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And THE LORD SAID, I AM JESUS whom thou persecutest."
Since the Shekinah glory led the Israelites, it would be reasonable to assume that the Shekinah glory would appear as a light or star and lead the Wise Men to Jesus. Though invisible by choice, the Spirit of Christ, which is the Spirit of God, still leads wise men to Jesus.
Rom. 8:9 shows that the Spirit of Christ is the Spirit of God. It says, "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the SPIRIT OF GOD dwell in you. Now if any man have not the SPIRIT OF CHRIST, he is none of his."
Somehow, I just can't see the Wise Men dismounting and looking for the star's reflection in wells along the way. I think they just followed the "star" to the right house.
> > In the coming month of December 2004 from about the 11th-29th, the layout of the Sun/planets (east to west) will be Sun - Mercury - Venus - Mars - Jupiter - Saturn. The only bright star transiting overhead at the zenith (Jerusalem) in modern times now is Castor, Gemini which happens to be lined up fairly close to Saturn along the meridian !
That's interesting, because, according to Josephus, the lampstand stood for Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. The order is right.
Castor is in the Bride in Gemini, which in Hebrew is called Thaumin, meaning The United. According to F. Chris Patrick in "The Zodiac Conspiracy, "This name, along with the Arabic and Syriac names, carry the idea of completion, LIKE THE COMPLETION OF A BETROTHAL."
That's perfect. Gemini seems to be the sign of the Rapture of the Bride of Christ. Chris Patrick said, "This sign speaks of a uniting of the church to her savior."
The Geminid meteor shower will be on my 76th birthday, Dec. 13. Agape
... Fruchtenbaum, Daniel’s 70 Weeks — Page 2 tells us that “the Shechinah Glory is the visible manifestation of the presence of God. In the Old Testament, most of these visible manifestations took the form of LIGHT, fire, or cloud, or a combination of these. A new form appears in the New Testament: the Incarnate Word.”2In order to see the significance of the Shechinah Glory for future Bible prophecy, a survey of past appearances are necessary.The following events are believed to be manifestations of the Shechinah Glory in history:
•The Garden of Eden—the Lord’s presence in the Garden and the flaming sword (Gen.3:8, 23-24).
•The Abrahamic Covenant—the flaming torch that passed between the sacrificial pieces(Gen. 15:12-18).
•The Burning Bush—the burning that did not consume the bush (Ex. 3:1-5; 13:21-22;14:19-20, 24; 16:6-12).
•The Exodus—the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night (Exodus).
•Mount Sinai—the Ten Commandments written by the finger of God; thunders,lightnings, and a thick cloud (Ex. 19:16-20; 24:15-18 Deut. 5:22-27).
•The Special Meeting with Moses—the afterglow of Moses’ face as a result of his meeting with the Lord (Ex. 33:17-23; 34:5-9, 29-35; 29:42-46; 40:34-38).).
•The Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant—the glory-cloud presence often associated with these items (Exodus).
•The Book of Leviticus—the authentication of the Law and residence in the holy of holies (Lev. 9).
•The Book of Numbers—the Shechinah Glory rendered judgment for sin and disobedience (Num. 13:30—14:45; 16:1-50; 20:5-13).
•The Period of Joshua and Judges—the continued dwelling of the Shechinah Glory in the tabernacle (1 Sam. 4:21-22).
•The Solomonic Temple—the transfer of the Shechinah Glory from the tabernacle to the Temple (2 Chron. 5:2—7:3).
•The Departure in Ezekiel—Ezekiel watches the Shechinah Glory depart the Temple in preparation for judgment upon the nation (Ezek. 1:28; 3:12, 23; 8:3-4; 9:3; 10:4, 18-19;11:22-23).
•The Second Temple—the Shechinah Glory was not present, but a promise was given that it will be greater in the future than in the past (Hag. 2:3, 9).
•The Appearance to the Shepherds—the glory of the Lord shone round about them (Luke 2:8-9).
•THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM—THE STAR OR GLORY-CLOUD THAT GUIDED THE MAGI TO JESUS (Matt.2:1-12).
•Jesus: The Glory of the Lord—the incarnation was a manifestation of the Shechinah Glory (John 1:1-14).
•The Transfiguration—the Shechinah Glory appears to the three disciples (Matt. 17:1-8;Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36, Heb. 1:1-3; 2 Peter 1:16-18; Rev. 1:12-16).
•The Book of Acts—the cloven tongues of fire on Pentecost and the blinding light shown upon Paul at his conversion (Acts 2:1-3; 9:3-8; 22:6-11; 26:13-18).
•The Revelation—Jesus Christ is dressed in the Shechinah Glory in Revelation 1 (Rev.1:12-16).The following is an overview of future events relating to the Shechinah Glory:
•The Tribulation—the Shechinah Glory is connected with the Bowl judgments (Rev.15:8). The Second Coming of Christ—the Shechinah Glory is the sign of the Son of Man and the cloud upon which He returns (Matt. 16:27; 24:30; Mark 13:26; Luke 21:27).
•The Millennium—the Shechinah Glory will be present in its greatest manifestation in history because of Christ’s physical presence on earth (Ezek. 43:1-7; 44:1-2; Isa. 4:5-6;11:10; 35:1-2; 40:5; 58:8-9; 60:1-3; Zech. 2:4-5; 11:10)
•The Eternal State—the Shechinah Glory will provide light for the new creation where sin will be totally removed and God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit will dwell in fullness with man (Rev. 21:1-3, 10-11, 23-24)....
“It must, in the nature of the case (Matthew 24:30), be luminous. This is indicated by the original word for appear. But it must be luminous from this single consideration: it will appear, or shine, at a time of total darkness,” declares Rev. Buck. “The sun will be previously turned to darkness, and the moon and the stars will have withdrawn their shining. All the great sources of light being thus totally obscured, whatever shall appear must be luminous in its nature.”
“How Did the Wise Men Know?...
by Arnold Fruchtenbaum
...This star appears and disappears. This star moves from east to west. This star moves from north to south. This star hovers over one single house in Bethlehem, pointing out the exact location of the Messiah. It is very evident that this cannot be a literal star, as we know that any such star hovering over a single house would, in fact, destroy the entire planet.
Obviously, this star is something different, but what? The Greek word for "star" simply means "radiance" or "brilliance." With this star coming in the form of a light, we have the appearance of the Shechinah Glory - the visible manifestation of God's presence. Whenever God became visible in the Old Testament, such a manifestation was referred to as the Shechinah Glory. This manifested most often in the form of a light, fire, cloud or some combination of these three things. And, so, in Babylon appears a light, a brilliance, a radiance that may look from a distance like a star but has actions and characteristics that no star can or does. What these Wise Men actually saw was the Shechinah Glory, and they deduced that it was a signal that the King of the Jews had finally been born....
Numbers 24:17: I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not nigh: There shall come forth a star out of Jacob, And a sceptre shall rise out of Israel, And shall smite through the corners of Moab, And break down all the sons of tumult.
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