Posted by: biblestudyseattle | November 18, 2013

The Great Disappointment

“What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.” Luke 24:19-21

To say the disciples were disappointed at Jesus’ death is an understatement. They all assumed he would come, route out the bad guys (Rome), and restore Israel to glory surpassing even that of King David and Solomon.

It is the same today. Christians assume Jesus will come in dramatic fashion from the clouds, wipe out the bad guys (non believers), and beam up all believers to heaven, leaving the earth burning in flames. To say they will be disappointed will again be an understatement.

There are so many parallels. How did Jesus come the first time? As an embryo hidden in Mary’s womb! It was a secret to all but a few. The second time is no different. Only a relatively few have the faith to ‘see’ Jesus’ second coming via the time prophecies in the bible. After thirty years growing up, Jesus appeared publicly to the people. So with the second time. After probably about 600+ years he will appear publicly, but this time to every person that’s ever lived, whereas the first time he appeared only to the Israelites.

The disappointment came half way through Daniel’s 70th year. “Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing,” Daniel 9:26
“And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering;”. Daniel 9:27

After three and a half years of public ministry, Jesus was cut off (killed). So too, half way through the ‘thief’ part of Jesus’ second coming, the church (the bride class) will be cut off (killed and finished), leaving the remaining believers disconsolate. Their assumptions about the second coming will be proven wrong, and they will wonder what their future is. But Jesus will come to their aid, spiritually showing them how the scriptures had to be fulfilled.

“And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary for the Christ [church] to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.” Luke 24:25-27

This time the explanation will apply to the church (bride) rather than Jesus (bridegroom). Those remaining believers will be given courage to remain in their faith. Whereas this occurred 3.5 years into Jesus’ first coming, it will be 180 or 185+ years into his second coming. (Assuming the days of Noah represent the raising of the firstborn – 370 years, or possibly 360). Whether a literal Antichrist person will rule for seven years immediately before being wiped out at Armegeddon, I don’t know. But it certainly won’t happen before the church (bride) is gone. Remember that the church consists of the bride (priests) and the bridesmaids (Levites). One is a sacrificing class, the other is a serving or assisting class. The bride will be complete first. And if this is wrong, God will humble me!

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