Jesus and The Second Coming

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Jesus has been in the news a lot lately, from the controversy over the Gnostic Gospels and The Passion of the Christ, to the books Holy Blood, Holy Grail and The Da Vinci Code and now with the documentary, The Lost Tomb of Jesus on the Discovery Channel, Jesus has surpassed Britney Spears in the number of results in a Google News search. Although I am not a churchgoer and have never felt comfortable or understood the costumes, ceremonies and rituals involved in church worship, I’ve always felt secure with the knowledge of a higher power and I sense rhyme and reason with the workings of the natural world that are too orchestrated to be mere happenstance.

I have always resonated with Jesus, a man who walked his own path, was kind, wise and considered his connection with God above all else, but I also felt a disconnect with how he was portrayed by mainstream Christianity. But when I discovered the Gospel of Thomas, it opened doors in my perception of the man whose existence changed time. The Gospel of Thomas (link) was discovered, along with other Gnostic text, around 1946 in a three-foot tall clay urn in a cave near Nag Hammadi, Egypt.

The Gnostics were named after the term “Gnosis”, a Greek word for knowledge and the Gnostic Christians believed that the connection with God could be found through their own intuition and experience, instead of following the traditional roles of the church. The Gnostic gospels include the Gospel of Thomas, Phillip and Mary Magdalene, among others, and although these disciples walked with Jesus, their words were not included in the Bible. Some even believe that the Gospel of John, is a direct rebuttle to Thomas’ gospel.

Although many of the sayings in the Gospel of Thomas are reflected in the other gospels included in the Bible, especially Matthew, most are new to us, but the church still considers the Gnostic gospels to be heresy. There is a lot of confusion as to when the text were written, some claim as early as 50 CE and others claim as late as 400 CE. It is said that when Constantine accepted Christainity he ordered that the Gnostic text should be burned and the monks, fearing the loss of valuable information, buried them in a cave overlooking the monastery. Some scholars claim that the Thomas gospel, which consists only of 114 sayings attributed to Jesus, is not a true gospel because it does not give a historial perspective and does not focus on the crucifixion and resurrection, but others believe it is the most valuable find of our time.

I’ve pondered the Second Coming of Jesus, wondering how it may occur, I know the church tells us of trumpets and glory, but when I look back on history and see how it reflects the last time Jesus came to call, it concerns me. I’ve often wondered if he came back, would history repeat, as it so often does and he would be crucified again. Are we any more in tune with our God connection now, as opposed to 2000 years ago? Or would his return be more subtle? And I don’t understand why church leaders and Biblical scholars react so strongly when new information about Jesus is unearthed, shouldn’t we be open to new ideas, to seek, as Jesus instructed. In his own words, “Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All.” (Thomas #2)

And I’ve often thought, what if the Second Coming is different from what we have been taught to expect? Could the movies, books and documentaries questioning history and putting Jesus’ name in the news, again and again in recent years, be the subtle way he is attempting to reach us? Have we been misdirected? I don’t have the answers, but perhaps Jesus did, “The pharisees and the scribes have taken the keys of knowledge (gnosis) and hidden them. They themselves have not entered, nor have they allowed to enter those who wish to. You, however, be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.” (Thomas #39)

by Victoria Hardy

6 thoughts on “Jesus and The Second Coming

    Jonah Immanu said:
    September 29, 2007 at 2:33 am

    Dear Victoria:

    Thank you for inviting a discussion on the second coming of Jesus Christ. I am wholly familiar with the Thomas gospel discovered in Nag Hamadi , Egypt, but you realize that it has never been accepted as canonical (Holy Spirit -inspired literature which should be included in the New Testament) of the Bible.
    That fact being left aside, it occurs to me that perhaps you should be more like a Berean, and examine the contents of the canonical New Testament writings and pray that the Holy Spirit will lead you to a correct understanding as you explore the gospels of Jesus Christ and epistles of His Apostles.
    The topical subject that you are examining is referred to as Christian eschatology which is very challenging to understand and requires many years of careful study and growing as a genuine Christian.
    Before the second coming of Jesus Christ occurs, faithful believers of His will be taken out of this fallen world to be refuged by Him (in Heaven) before the Antichrist appears and is revealed as a dynamic world leader and key controller of world commerce and as the world undergoes a 7-year period known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation. This is an aspect of dispensationalism or (phases of orderly prophecied events) required to occur before Jesus Christ returns to Earth to reign as the Lord of Righteousness and King of Kings upon the earth for an initial 1,000 years of world Theocracy.

    In May 2005, I authored the eschatological book entitled: Alienated Planet Earth and the End that will be Coming to Our World available on-line from Trafford Publishing (trafford.com/04-2823 ) which is also perusable for free on Google Book Search.
    That book tells contemporary readers how our
    secular world will be ending and is going to replaced by Christ’s Righteous reign. It is based upon the canonicle Bible and prepares readers with the correct information on how to prepare for the imminent end-time event referred to as the Rapture and His Second Coming.
    I am a Christian Bible fundementalist and dispensationalist who believes that the Bible teaches an undeniable pre-tribulation Rapture by Christ’s faithful believers. That view is one of the most common views of Christianity and
    surfing the internet, I found a website under the title: “Rapture Alert” which gives one of the most concise understandings in 19 pages on the pre-tribulation rapture of Christ’s believers.

    Eschatology is a fascinating field of New Testament prophecy which deeply explores the
    rapture and the dispensationalism when Christ comes with His faithful Saints and Angels to reclaim title to our earth and begin one-thousand years reigning on earth, bringing the Heavenly kingdom to earth in a Theocracy. This time is imminent now.

    As a beginning to understand and grow in these Christian concepts go on-line, get out your Bible and study Christ’s gospels and the epistles of the New Testament using the 19-page article as a guide. This is the website: http://www.rapturealert.com/doesbibleteachpretrib.html

    May God less you as you learn His Truth.
    Also know that our Messiah Jesus taught the rapture and His Apostle Paul expounded upon it
    in His teachings to te Thessalonian and Corinthian church. You may find a recent comment of mine addressing this question by going on-line to: http://healtheland.wordpress.com/2007/09/
    22/did-jesus-christ-teach the-rapture/

    In Jesus (Hebrew: Yeshua’s) name,

    Jonah Immanu,
    Christian Eschatological Author

    Oupa Ramodula said:
    October 16, 2007 at 10:30 am

    Does rapture take course before tribulation or not?

    Is there any difference between tribulation and great tribulation?

    Michael said:
    October 16, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    The second coming is here!

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    John Roberts said:
    March 13, 2008 at 12:30 am

    Victoria: Many people want to know what the Second Coming of Jesus will be like. But the next best thing is the Book of Mormon account of Christ’s coming to the ancient inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere (see 3 Nephi 11). Even if you view it as apocraphal, it is still a compelling account. If you read the preceding chapters you also can get some idea of what the destructions will be like prior to the Second Coming of Christ.

    See:
    http://scriptures.lds.org/en/3_ne/11

    You can select “Listen” in the upper left corner if you wish to hear it read.

    Samantha Wood said:
    March 23, 2009 at 1:52 am

    Yeah you rock John Roberts!!! Here’s another helpful website. Well at least I really like it and I’m only fourteen!!!

    hepsiba said:
    October 8, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    very nice very useful for me

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