A list of the parallels between the Jewish age and the Gospel age, continued from our previous post.
1) An Advent Movement took place at the Time of Jesus' Birth, thirty years prior to His Advent and Anointing, as Messiah at His Baptism (Matt. 2:1-16; Acts 10:37, 38)
Actual presence of the Lord as Bridegroom and Reaper--October, A.D. 29
Power and Title as King Assumed three and a half years later--A.D. 33
2) An Advent Movement took place in A.D. 1844 (The Miller Movement), thirty years prior to the actual time of His Second Advent, His (parousia) Presence, to Awaken and Test the Church (Matt. 25:1)
Actual Presence of the Lord as Bridegroom and Reaper--October, A.D. 1874
Power and Title as King Assumed three and a half years later--A.D. 1878
Many students of the Bible concur that there are two basic aspects to the Lord’s return—his coming FOR his church (John 14:3; 1 Thess. 4:16, 17); and his coming WITH his church (Jude 14, also see Mal 3:18).
The Second Advent of our Lord, His “parousia” (or presence) is broken into two stages the “epiphaneia” stage and “apokalupsis” stage.
Our Lord declared that He was coming as a thief quietly and unobserved save by those only who were awake and watching for the signs of His presence (Rev 16:15), looking NOT to the sky as the nominal professors do in an anticipation of a fleshly or visible return, but to the more sure word of prophecy (2 Pet 1:19), which as a light that shines in a dark place (this present evil world) would make known His invisible presence.
Remember the words of our Lord, “The kingdom of God (the spiritual or controlling phase) comes not with [outward] observation” (Luke 17:20).
Later during the first part or stage, “the bright shining (epiphaneia) of his parousia” (2 Thess 2:8) thinking people in the world including many of His own professed followers, still asleep, would begin to perceive from the conditions around them that a power greater than that of any human arm has taken control of earth's affairs.
Later still, the “apokalupsis” (or complete unveiling) stage would be reached, when the presence of the Lord would become known to all. This manifestation will be made known to the world NOT by any visible appearance of Him and the Church glorified, but by means of the gathering clouds of trouble, the onset of the great time of trouble and thus every eye will eventually discern his presence.
1) Nominal Jewish House Rejected; Literal Temple Cleansed--Matt. 20:18; 21:5-15; 23:37; 24:2
2) Nominal Christian House Rejected; Spiritual Temple Cleansed--1 Pet. 4:17; Rev. 3:16; Mal. 3:2
By the time the Gospel age shall have finished its work, a true Spiritual Israel will have been found--"a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people,"--showing forth the praises of him who called them out of darkness into his marvelous light.
We would not expect many to be able to accept what we have presented here, as the majority of professing Christians, belong to the Nominal Spiritual House, and are thus blinded by the Adversary through the teachings of men, but there is hope that we might reach some of the Lord’s “little ones”, “babes in Christ” still trapped within Babylon and still in darkness to these facts.
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