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10) Phaneroo… “To make manifest, to be plainly recognized.” Colossians 3:4 (KJV), “When Christ . . . shall appear;” 1 Peter 5:4, “the chief Shepherd shall appear” (also 1 John 2:28, 3:2-3). The idea is that Christ’s coming will bring with Him the fulfillment of the promises to the believers. His appearing manifests His true character.
11) Phanio… Matthew 24:30, “then shall appear,” Here the word means “to shine forth as to be seen clearly.”
12) Hupostrepho… Luke 19:12 says, “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return” (KJV). The meaning is that Christ has ascended into heaven and He is going to turn around and come back again. Just as the nobleman entrusted the authority of his wealth to faithful servants, so also has Christ commissioned His faithful servants to carry out His will until He returns.
These twelve meanings give us a picture of THE parousia, THE coming of Christ. There is nothing weak and nothing negative about His coming. Christ is strong and determined to claim His kingdom. It will be glorious and we may be here to see it come to pass.
THERE ARE THINGS THAT WE SHOULD BE AWARE OF WHEN CHRIST COMES…
1) CHRIST’S COMING (PAROUSIA) WILL BRING ABOUT THE CONSUMMATION OF THIS AGE. Matthew 24:3… “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (KJV) The word “end” means “consummation, the completion of an era.” The word “world” as used here is aion which means “a period of time, an age.” There is no Scripture that teaches that the world, kosmos, will come to an end completely. The kosmos world refers to the planet and its social, political and economic affairs. It’s the aion that comes to an end. It’s the end of a prophetic purpose. It’s the end of a prophetic period of time. Christ’s coming ushers in a new period of time, a new prophetic purpose. The church is being prepared for this day.
2) CHRIST’S COMING WILL NOT BE A SECRET EVENT… Matthew 24:27… “For as the lightening cometh out of the east, and shineth unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (KJV). The word “lightening” (astrape) means the lightning as we know it, but it also means “the bright shining of a lamp” (as in Luke 11:36). Christ’s coming is as the sun beginning the day in the east and moving to the west. In the “light” of some of our previous meanings, what a glorious event it will be!
3) THE TIME OF CHRIST’S COMING WILL BE EXACTLY AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH… Matthew 24:36-39… “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (vv. 36-27, KJV). Only God knows the exact time. The word “knoweth” is the Greek word oida which means, “to know instinctively without being taught.” No one will know by instinct when that day and hour is coming. But there is an inference that truth and understanding will be given to those who give themselves to seeking God for understanding. (See Daniel 11:33; there will be a people that understand and will be able to give instruction to others.) Note Daniel 12:10, “the wise shall understand.” Jesus is saying that we can’t know by human instinct, but we can know by giving ourselves to attentively seeking the truth. The people who know will not be deceived. Remember this, that Daniel knew when the Babylonian captivity was coming to an end by studying Jeremiah’s writing (Jeremiah 25:11-12, 29:10). In the same manner, when we study Scripture with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will have understanding that carries us through to the coming of Christ. Note 1 Thessalonians 5:5, “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.” The word “as” (Matthew 24:36-39) means, “just exactly as”; there will be a striking similarity between Noah’s time and the days preceding the coming of Christ. (Read Genesis 3:14-15, 6:1-8 concerning the times of Noah). The devil had a lot to do with the evils of those days. (Note Revelation 12:9, 20:2.) Right up to the time of Christ’s coming, Satan will move with fury to try to gain the government of the world that rightly belongs to Christ.
4) AT CHRIST’S COMING A NEW DIMENSION OF LIFE WILL FIND RELEASE… 1 Corinthians 15:22-23, 51-54… “We shall all be changed” (v. 51, KJV). This passage talks of both the resurrection and the translation of the saints. The resurrection refers to those who died in Christ. The translation refers to those who are alive at the coming of Christ. I can’t help but wonder if the operation of the Holy Spirit will be increased and be more visible just prior to the coming of Christ. The end time calls for more anointing; we need it. The main purpose for the latter-day outpouring (from 1906 to this present time) is to prepare the believers to stand in the end time onslaught.
5) JESUS IS COMING AS THE CAPTAIN OF THE LORD’S HOSTS… 1 Thessalonians 3:13… “To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming [parousia] of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints” (KJV). The language here becomes very military in its expression. He presents the redeemed hosts before God in a military review. There they stand, in holiness before God and ready for conquest. (Note also Jude 1:14-15, Psalm 110:1-3.) These assembled resurrected saints along with the translated saints will move throughout the whole earth under the leadership of the Lord and they will be instruments of judgment. We hardly ever hear about this anymore.
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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