How could early Christians have missed the Second Coming of Jesus in
About the author
Jean du Plessis is an expert on the subject of Iesous’ 2nd Coming. He wrote a popular books on this topic. A groundbreaking book, launched in Dec 2015, is called Universal Gateway of Enlightenment: The 2nd coming of Jesus as Lord of the World in c.78AD. Additionally, he maintains a website as annotations to the book: UniversalGatewayOfEnlightenment.com
Considering the timeline and facts of life–it is just natural.
There are multiple, very good reasons why early Christians missed the second coming of Jesus, as the glorified spiritual being, bringing enlightenment to all individuals in the world. It is totally understandable, under the circumstances–most forgivable. However, the very sad thing is–the Church. The Christian Church, through pride or power and control, perpetuate the lie. Jesus did not lie to Christians–the Church is lying to Christians.
A Quick Recap to recall the context and timeline:
Paul, was a Jewish lawyer who persecuted Jesus’ Wayists. They stoned several Wayists to death. It is a tough when one disagrees with people from the Abrahamic religions—something that has not changed in 3,000 years.
About twelve years after Iesous was tortured by the Jews, the lawyer changed positions. Paul who once rejoiced in the murders, had a change of heart. He came to believe in Iesous—but as the Jewish Messiah. He started a Jewish reformation movement, based on Jesus’ Wayism. Wayist leaders of the time were skeptical (this is the story of the Christian Scripture, Acts of the Apostles), yet they gave this Paul some support—they delegated one chap, named Barnabas, to work with Paul. Later, Peter—the one who always distrusted Mari Magadhalene—joined Paul.
Paul’s Christians were not Jesus’ Wayists, they were/are a Jewish reformation movement, based on the Jewish Scriptures and its concept of a wrathful, jealous God; and its military-style Messiah. They expected their Messiah would come to install the Jews/Christians, as world leaders, destroy all their enemies. There will be peace on Earth, because Christians will have no opposition (but themselves!) to make them unhappy. Even today, Christianity is a Judeo-Christian movement.
Iesous was crucified c.35CE (scholars are still debating the exact year)
He promised he would return in his glorious spiritual form, within that generation. A generation, at the time, was 40-years. Christian Scripture records Iesous saying in Mt 24:34 (and other Gospels), “Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.” Iesous continues, he makes it just something he says, but a solemn promise, he sates, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” Having narrowed his 2nd coming down for them, to within a five-year period, He tells them, to not press for a more precise time, as in day and hours, because even He does not know that, “But concerning that day, and hour, no one knows; not even the angels of heaven, or the Son, only the Father knows that.”
Pushed for a more definite date, Iesous said it will be after the Temple of Jerusalem is destroyed, and after the world of the Jews had come to an end, in a most dramatic manner which the Christian text elaborates upon. That world and era of the Jews, came to a most tragic and devastating end. Starting already in the mid-60s, Nero sacrificed Jews and Christians in the arenas, blamed them for the fire that devastated Rome. Fighting between the Roman government and Judaic resistance started in earnest the early 70s. In 70AD, Jerusalem was on fire and the mass slaughter started; the sun and moon blacked out by smoke and cries of anguish. More than a million people were killed in the battle. The temple ruined, set on fire and parts torn down. It continued to the end in Masada, in 73AD, where the last few committed suicide. Jews were hated and despised throughout the Roman Empire. Pompeii erupted late 70s. Later, years, Jews were banned from Jerusalem for 200 years, and a reparation tax was levied on them, world-wide, for a generation.
Iesous said he would return after these things had occurred, in the East. Mt 24:27 “For just as the lightning comes forth from the east, and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”
For all those years, Paul and Peter preached the imminent second coming of Iesous. Paul, especially, always urged devotees to remain in love; to wait, the Lord is almost here, just a while longer. Paul, Peter, and James (the Wayist leader in Jerusalem) died during the early 60s.
Iesous came again, exactly as he had promised. He came on time, and in the place he said. He appeared in human consciousness in a huge way in c.75CE, within 40 years after the crucifixion. He came in the East (where had worked for many years), starting in the Kashmir valley, and the Mountains and valleys of the Hindu Kush, Himalaya and Parominedie. From there, the new spiritual awareness spread quickly and was adopted by Buddhism and several Hindu sects. Today, more than two billion people on Earth know of Lord Avalokitesvara (the Sanskrit title of the Lord). But Christians, are only NOW starting to see the light.
Why then, did Christians not see the Light at the time of Iesous second coming?
4 Reasons why Christians missed the Second Coming of Jesus
Christians were/are of the Judaic faith. They expect a Jewish-styled Messiah to come at the final holy war (jihad). The fall of Jerusalem, for them, was it. They expected to die, but to be rescued and resurrected by the Messiah who would come to vanquish their opposition and reward them with world-leadership and peace on Earth.
They gave themselves willingly to be slaughtered in Jerusalem—because the Messiah was due, any second.
Their Messiah did not come at that time (or any of the many times they thought he would come in the ensuing 2,000 years). As Tacitus, the general in charge of the Jerusalem catastrophe, said, “It was as if fighting a people whose God had abandoned them”.
Their Messiah did not come for them in the 60s, or in 70AD, or in 73AD when, again they needed him. They do not look for a peaceful, benevolent Messiah—which is what Iesous/Avalokitesvara is, and always will be. Therefore, why would they look East, where a peaceful and benevolent spiritual being comes to help people gain enlightenment and spiritual rebirth—that is not what Christian, Jews and Moslems wait for—they wait for war of the global kind, and a violent end to those who do not agree with their violent God.
Closely linked here to the previous scenario—these people were devastated. Their karma perhaps, for yet again torturing a Divine Messenger (they have a long history of doing this), they had lost family, homes, livelihoods, treasures, property rights, their savings, dignity, and hope. They had no hope, and they were homeless. They were in no mood whatsoever to rethink and re-evaluate their Christian position in Wayist terms. Who, in that scenario where all that one ever held dear was ruined in an apocalypse. Fathers could not shelter, fend for or feed their children. Mothers had no food for their babies. The only thought in mind, was where to get a drink of water, and a little something to eat for today.
No mind-space to wonder if they misunderstood Iesous. No, to them, Jesus had lied.
When Iesous spoke about how things would be in Jerusalem at when the end of the world of the Jews came to pass, he added a sentence about where Wayists should go for safety. He spoke about a community he would form in the East, in the Mountains. He delegated Thomas to go to Kashmir, to prepare a community, that would be able to manage the influx of hundreds of families from Judea.
Thomas did go, and was successful in preparing a community that would receive Iesous’ mother and hundreds of Jewish-Wayist families. There were not many Wayists left in Jerusalem when it fell in 70AD, only Christians. Wayists knew where to go for safety, and receive the Lord at his 2nd coming. Christians did not know, it seems. It seems ironic. Christians have in their Holy Scriptures record of Iesous telling people exactly where to look and what to do—yet, they are today the last people on Earth to see the Light. Why is that?
Christians missed the second coming of Jesus because after Paul’s death in the 60s AD, a Judaic slant came into Christian leadership. Up until ~60AD (when Nero lashed out against Jews/Christians, and Paul and Peter died) Christians had only Paul’s letters to guide them. None of the Gospel had been written, Paul never got to read a Gospel.
After Paul and Peter, at the time when Jerusalem was in upheaval and life for common folk was extremely difficult, came a new generation of publications. Previously unpublished letter of Paul surfaced but also the Gospels starting with Mark. Then Acts. Some of these new books were the first to tell Christians exactly what the Lord had said about the Second Coming. Where Paul had always said, ‘wait, don’t get married there is no time, the Lord’s second coming is nigh and we will be raptured in enlightenment,’ the new book called the Apocalypse said that the coming holy war is the beginning of the end of time, when non-believers will all be annihilated in worldwide genocide and the Jew/Christian faithful will reign supreme. Within two or five years–Jerusalem fell in a terrible bloodshed–and the Judeo-Christian mindset proved to be an error.
Christians missed the second coming of Jesus because they were misled, then as now, by the Church.
Their Messiah did not come as they believed he would. They had to grapple with this, and justify it. Of course, they rationalized that Jesus just pulled their leg about coming back at that time, He, they said, spoke in cryptic code and the big event was still to come. By 95AD, long after the Lord had returned in the East, Judeo-Christians still tried to justify their military solution. John, reportedly wrote his several other works. Their military Messiah, the Jewish one, will come one day to vanquish all non-believers and install peace on earth for the Judeo-Christian faithful.
When the first Christian canon, the New Testament, was formed by the Roman Catholic Church (and the pagan Emperor of Rome) in the 4th century, John’s Apocalypse was included in the Christian canon as the last and final book. It has an eerie the last word—and that last word is, ‘no one shall change, deduct or add anything to this’. This, is the final Christian position and cannot be changed.
John’s Revelations, effectively replaced Iesous promises about his 2nd coming, altogether, usurped it and this book, today, defines Christians. Christians cannot now look to see the Light that shines from the East—lest they ditch the Roman Catholic Bible and its book of Revelations.
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