The Coming of the Lord: Face to Face
"Very truly I tell you," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!" (John 8:58). How did Jesus appear in the Old Testament?
Adam – He appeared as the "cool of the day."
Abraham – He appeared as the Angel with a better sacrifice
Jacob – He appeared as a ladder and gate to heaven
Moses – He appeared as the Rock of water in the desert
Joshua – He appeared as the Captain of the Lord's host
OT Priests – He appeared as a fire and a glory cloud
Samuel – He appeared as Shiloh/a place of Peace
Elijah – He appeared as fire from heaven
Elisha – He appeared as Father
King David – He appeared as the Ark of Covenant
King Solomon – He appeared as Divine Wisdom
Isaiah – He appeared as the Word
Jeremiah – He appeared as the Creator
Ezekiel – He appeared as the Son of Man
Daniel – He appeared as Visons and Dreams (Thought)
Hosea – He appeared as the former and latter rain
Joel – He appeared as the Day of the Lord
Amos – He appeared as the roaring Lion our of Zion
Obadiah – He appeared as the Day of the Lord
Jonah – He appeared as the Messenger
Micah – He appeared as the ruler of Israel
Habakkuk – He appeared as the burden of the vision that the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord
Zephaniah – He appeared as a Warrior and Restorer
Haggai – He appeared as the Lord of Host
Zechariah – He appeared as the Branch Man
Malachi – He appeared as the Son of Righteousness with healing in His wings
Over two-thousand years ago Jesus Christ appeared once and for all before God in the Holy of Holies - the Father of Lights and Glory (James 1:17, Ephesian 1:17). Jesus Christ entered Heaven itself NOW to appear in the presence of God for us (Hebrew 9:24). This is the first "coming" of the Lord in the New Testament. He went into the Holy of Holies as the High Priest once and for all before God presenting the ultimate sacrifice of His own blood for the sins of ALL –past, present, and future for every generation.
Jesus Christ is forever – eternally present before God making intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25). He is NOT begging God to forgive our sins, but He is seated with the Father reaching out to reconcile our righteousness in LOVE – the true identity of who we are - that He paid the price for – the DNA/Word within us that God placed in our heart Before we were conceived in our mother's womb (Eccl. 3:11). The promise of God is that HIS WORD He placed in our heart would not return void to HIM, but it would accomplish that which I please, AND it shall prosper (not destroy) in the thing whereto I sent it (Isaiah 55:11).
The Scriptures only use the word "second" and "coming/appearing" in reference to Jesus one time. It is found in Hebrew 9:28. This verse follows the "first appearing of Jesus before God in the Holy of Holies" as the high priest of the Old Testament would do on the day of Atonement – Yom Kippur. When the high priest would leave the Holy Holies and come out of the Tabernacle courts, judgment had been paid for the sins of the people for the next year. Jesus paid the price for sin for ALL eternity – age to age. This is the same pattern we find Jesus fulfilled when He met Mary at the resurrection in the garden, then He appeared again for 40 days as the resurrection before His ascension. Then He continually appeared by the quickening of the Holy Spirit as LIGHT, LIFE, and LOVE.
"Saul 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" (Acts 9:4-5a).
The second coming found in Hebrew 9:28 is in reference to Christ appearing to each of us personally as our redeemer/Savior, and the quickening of the Holy Spirit that turns the awareness of His Presence IN that moment forever to Be with Him seated at the right hand of the Father - IN THAT MOMENT we receive the revelation of His appearing again, not as a man from Galilee that walked on the earth before the cross, but as the CHRIST reconciling HIS body made up of ALL humanity as living cells of one body and one Holy Spirit filling the earth with the unveiling of the glory of our Father's Presence in oneness of faith.
Jesus Christ came again in the earth – my earth suit – when the Holy Spirit spoke to my spirit – a dead spirit that had no life to reproduce (Ephesians 2). I have died with Him, and today I AM already resurrected in Him as a totally new creation in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17). My natural body is a house for Christ to live in and move on the earth as the Holy Spirit, but my natural body is NOT the real me. "NOW all things are of God, who has reconciled us ALL to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation" (2 Corinthians 5:18).
Where the Holy Spirit is, there ALSO is the Father and Son as one new man (Ephesians 2:15, 4:3-6). Do you accept as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ that the Holy Spirit is within you? If so, then you also have the Omnipresence, Omnipotent, and Omniscient of the Father and Son. What we have is the ALL of God within us a vessel that has the ability for the creative power of God to be released in the earth to be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it with the CREATION THOUGHT of the ALL of God (Elohim). We are the corporate body of Christ Jesus with the Omnificent – creative power of His presence to do the greater works than what Jesus unveiled before the cross.
The Scriptures tell us Jesus Christ came again after the ascension appearing to many for over sixty years later:
He appeared to Matthew as the King
He appeared to Mark as the Servant
He appeared to Luke as the Son of Man
He appeared to James as an anointed Brother
He appeared to John as God
He appeared to Peter as The Christ
He appeared to Paul as Christ in you – the hope (potential unveiling) of His glory coming through you.
Do you know Jesus Christ personally? How has He appeared to you?
Are you hungry to experience the many facets of the rainbow of LIGHT, LOVE, and CHRIST LIFE today? God is the Father of Lights. Do you know your identity as a LIGHT Being in Christ Jesus? What frequency of light are you shining out to the world around you? Is your light switch on low to where you see the shadows of fear around you, or are you shining so bright in His presence that darkness does not have any place in your thoughts and words?
If the traditions of man's concepts, wisdom, and theological understanding of the Scriptures separates and divides the "body of Christ Jesus" - all humanity, we need to take another look of what our Heavenly Father was saying. Let judgment begin within ourselves.
We cannot put NEW WINE – NEW REVELATION – our understanding of what God is doing today in old wineskins – interpretations of Scripture from the past, or else the old wineskins will bust, and all the NEW WINE will be poured out. When we do this, we are prophesying our own bodily death and crossing over. Leftovers may fill our stomach but have extraordinarily little nutritional value/anointing power to transform the body. Our earth suite will be destroyed if we try to take old teachings of yesterday that have no anointing, and try to interpret what God is speaking today for His BODY – the church as the bride/wife should be rests in intimacy with her Beloved, not wrestling with the issues of the world. Greater is HE that is in each of us, than the thoughts and voices of the world.
God's ways are NEW every morning. If we interpret doctrines of "end-times," "second-coming," "caught-up," "appearing," "rapture," or "falling-away," from past theological concepts that are fear based, escapism, and destruction – we void the finish work of the cross and resurrection, we give place to the enemy of God, and we grieve the Holy Spirit within us to where the anointing power is limited to break the bondage and stronghold of what the religious spirit holds captive in the people of God's Kingdom in the earth.
Are you looking for His coming daily or someday?
"As HE is, so are YOU TODAY in this world" (1 John 4:17).
"Let the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let the one who hears say, COME. And let the one who is thirst come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost." (Revelation 22:17).
"In the beginning - the firstfruits – God (Elohim- the plurality of God – omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, omnificent) created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God (Elohim) said, "let there be light, and there was light (you and me in spirit). And God saw that the light (identity of you and me) was good, and God separated the light from the darkness (ignorance of identity), and God called the children of light – HIS breath - "DAY" meaning Eternity Now as in "this is the Day", and "The Day of the Lord." Amen. (Genesis 1:1-5).
When the Holy Spirit in you is moving across the face of ignorance, darkness, fear, confusion, rejection, division, and separation – do you give place to the darkness, or do you simply stand in your position and authority as a wife of the Lord Jesus Christ and say, "LET THERE BE LIGHT!" Selah.
6 Greek words for the English words "coming/appearing"
in the New Testament
The Parousia (3952) Noun: The state of being present rather than absent – Presence.
1 Thes. 2:19, 1 Thes. 3:13, 2 Thes. 2:8-9, 2 Thes. 2:1, 1 John 2:28, 2 Peter 3:12, 2 Peter 3:4, 2 Peter 1:16, James 5:7-8
The Apokalupsis (602) Noun: revelation, appearing, veil removed, manifestation, disclosure, uncover.
1 Corinth. 1:7; 14:6, 26; 2 Corinthians 12:1, 7; Gal. 1:12; 2:2; Ephesians 1:17; 3:3; 2 Thes. 1:7; 1 Peter 1:7, 13; 4:13; Rev. 1:1.
The Epiphaneia (2015) pronoun: The brightness of His coming manifest.
2 Thes. 2:8, 1 Timothy 6:14, 2 Timothy 1:10; 4:1, 8; Titius 2:13
The Phaneroo (5319) verb: Becomes/to make apparent and appears
1 John 3:2, 5, 8, 12; Rev. 3:18; 15:4; 2 Timothy 1:10; Titus 1:3; Ephesians 5:13; Col. 1:26; 3:4; 4:4; 1 Timothy 3:16.
The Erchomai (2064) verb: The act of coming – BEHOLD. To come, enter, fall out, go move, pass along in any direction, motion from a place to a place.
Phil 1:12; 2 Thes. 2:3; Rev. 3:10; Mark 4:21; John 14:18, 28; Luke15:17.
The Heko (2240) verb: To arrive. Be present to the destination.
Rev. 2:25; 3:3,9; 15:4; 18:8; 1 John 5:20; 2 Peter 3:10; Heb 10:7, 9, 37; John 2:4; 4:47; 6:37; 8:42; Acts 28:23
Marshal your troops now, city of troops, for a siege is laid against us. They will strike Israel's ruler on the cheek with a rod.
2 "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."
3 Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor bears a son, and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites.
4 He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.
5 And he will be our peace
Bethlehem – house of bread
Ephrathah – fruitfulness
Goings forth (come) - plural
Ends of the earth – day of eternity, everlasting age to age, the PRESENCE (Kiros) in every generation of time (Chronos).