The Presence of the Lord has Drawn Close

//The Presence of the Lord has Drawn Close

Commentary on the Daily Text of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Wednesday, November 22

Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you.Jas. 4:8.

By continuing to ponder over spiritual things, we will maintain our enthusiasm for the truth. Thus we will be a source of refreshment to our brothers and to the interested ones we meet in the field service. Meditating deeply on God’s greatest gift, the ransom sacrifice of Jesus, will help us to cherish the privilege of having a close relationship with our Holy Father, Jehovah. Mark, a South African who spent three years in prison because of his Christian neutrality, said: “Meditation can be compared to an exciting adventure. The more we meditate on spiritual things, the more we discover new things about our God, Jehovah. At times when I’m feeling a little discouraged or anxious about the future, I pick up the Bible and meditate on a passage of Scripture. I feel that it really calms me down.”

Meditating on the Scriptures is good. It can help us connect the dots, so-to-speak —broadening our grasp, deepening our understanding and discernment. To that end, if you have looked up the verse in the fourth chapter of James cited in the Daily Text, why not turn to the next chapter in James and consider verses 7-8. Those verses read: “Be patient then, brothers, until the presence of the Lord. Look! The farmer keeps waiting for the precious fruit of the earth, exercising patience over it until the early rain and the late rain arrive. You too exercise patience; make your hearts firm, because the presence of the Lord has drawn close.”

It is true, meditating on the ransom Jesus provided and the undeserved kindness of God that the sacrifice makes possible can help us cherish our relationship with God and Christ. But meditating on the meaning of James 5:7-8 can have a similar effect. Whereas, the ransom makes it possible for us to have an approved standing before God now, the presence of Christ will determine our eternal fate and open up a whole new world —literally!

Notice in the passage above that the word “presence” is used twice. As Jehovah’s Witnesses well know, the word “presence” is translated from the Greek word “parousia,” which means “being alongside.”

Parousia is sometimes used in a mundane way too, such as when Paul spoke of his being present with fellow believers —as opposed to being absent, or only present in spirit. This must mean that the presence of Jesus is something extraordinary —something never before experienced. Why can we say that? Because when Jesus left this earth to go back to his Father in heaven he assured his followers that even though absent he would be with them in spirit all the days until the conclusion of the system of things. That means that all of Jesus’ genuine followers have had Christ’s oversight, regardless of the time period in which they lived. That being the case, obviously there must be a significant and profound difference between Christ being with his disciples from afar and his coming and being alongside them.

So, what does the presence of Christ signify when he has been with his followers all along? Well, meditating on the passage in James —as the Watchtower advises —ought to reveal to our minds that the presence of Christ is the end of the matter —at least the end of the Christian era, which is why some translations refer to the end of the age —the Christian age.

Read the passage again if you need to. Is it not clearly implied that the presence of Christ brings an end to the work? In the illustration the farmer must be patient and wait for the early rain and the late rain to bring his crop to fruition. But once the crop is ripe then the harvest occurs. The farmer’s wait is over at that point. And in his illustration James likened the presence of Christ to the end of the growing cycle.

Now meditate on the situation Jehovah’s Witnesses find themselves in. Originally the presence of Christ was said to have begun in 1874. Then around 1930 it was readjusted to have begun in 1914. In any case, whether 1874 or 1914, if the presence of Christ has already begun why is it necessary to continue to exercise patience? To emphasis the point, James reveals that the presence is the end of the wait, not the beginning of an extended, generations-long period requiring the continued exercise of faith and patience. Clearly, something is not right with the Watchtower’s parousia.

To be sure, James is not the only Bible writer that presents the parousia of the Lord in this manner. Just as James exhorts Christians to make their hearts firm until the presence, so too, Paul says the same thing, writing: “Moreover, may the Lord cause you to increase, yes, to abound in love for one another and for all, just as we do for you, so that he may make your hearts firm, blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the presence of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones.” —1 Thessalonians 3:12-13

Meditating on the verse above, if in his presence Christ is accompanied by all his holy ones, that means that at that point all the holy ones have been called and chosen. And since the first resurrection commences during the parousia, Christ will be accompanied by the resurrected holy ones when he comes alongside the remnant of holy ones still in the flesh.

But what does it mean —his being alongside them? Jesus gave us some indication of what the parousia means when he exhorted his followers to remain on the watch for his coming. At Luke 12:35-40 Jesus said: “Be dressed and ready and have your lamps burning, and you should be like men waiting for their master to return from the marriage, so when he comes and knocks, they may at once open to him. Happy are those slaves whom the master on coming finds watching! Truly I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at the table and will come alongside and minister to them. And if he comes in the second watch, even if in the third, and finds them ready, happy are they! But know this, if the householder had known at what hour the thief would come, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also, keep ready, because at an hour that you do not think likely, the Son of man is coming.”

Now, this may be a little deep —it is certainly not something you will ever read in the Watchtower, but meditating on the passage above ought to reveal this simple truth; namely, that the coming of the Son of man at an hour you do not think likely commences the parousia. That, of course, is not the way Jehovah’s Witnesses presently understand it. The WT teaches that the parousia has already begun, but the Son of man is still coming.

However, please take specific notice of what Jesus said in the passage above, where he said that “he will dress himself for service and have them recline at the table and will come alongside and minister to them.”

Jesus was clearly making reference to the original observance of the Lord’s Evening Meal, where he literally girded himself with a waiter’s apron and washed the feet of his apostles as they reclined at the table after having shared the Passover meal, after which Jesus passed the emblems of communion.

Interestingly too, at 1 Corinthians 11:26 the apostle indicated that the observance of the Evening Meal proclaims the death of the Lord only until he comes –implying that at his coming the ritual of observing his death will end. And is that not the subject Jesus was discussing —his coming, when the fulfillment of the Evening Meal communion is realized?

Thus, this coming alongside his disciples to minister to them at the passover table is an obvious reference to the parousia. Since even the Watchtower is forced to admit that the coming of the Son of man is a future event, so too is the parousia. Still, the question remains: What exactly is the parousia? It is when Christ reveals himself to those whom he comes alongside. There is, in fact, no such thing as an invisible parousia.

The transfiguration of Christ was a foregleam of his presence. Even the Watchtower recognizes this. However, the Governing Body would do well to meditate on the fact that the apostle Peter, who was on the mountain when Jesus was transfigured, said of the experience: “No, it was not by following artfully contrived false stories that we made known to you the power and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, but rather, we were eyewitnesses of his magnificence.”

Being an eyewitness of the transfiguration, Peter said it signified the power and presence (parousia) of our Lord. Mind you, Peter was not an eyewitness to an invisible transfiguration. He saw Christ in resplendent glory, the glory such as he will have when the Son of man comes in the glory of his Father and comes alongside his holy ones to minister to them. In other words, the parousia will be visible —at least to those whom Christ comes alongside.

Indeed, do you realize the apostles wrote of the visible return of Christ? For example at Hebrews 9:28 Paul said: “Christ was offered once for all time to bear the sins of many; and the second time that he appears it will be apart from sin, and he will be seen by those earnestly looking for him for their salvation.”

Needless to say Christ has not appeared to anyone during the past century of his supposed ongoing invisible presence.

Not only that, the apostle John, who was also an eyewitness of the transfiguration, wrote concerning his coming: “Beloved ones, we are now children of God, but it has not yet been made manifest what we will be. We do know that when he is made manifest we will be like him, because we will see him just as he is.”

Please note, John was not speaking in terms of the children of God seeing Jesus in heaven. How do we know? Because the apostle was speaking of his manifestation. Jesus has always been manifest in heaven, has he not? To be made manifest is to be revealed. Something that is revealed is previously hidden until its revelation, which is what apocalypse means —a revelation of things previously undisclosed. In truth, the parousia, the manifestation and the revelation of Christ are interchangeable terms.

Also, it should be regarded as having the utmost relevance, the word that the New World Translation has rendered as “manifestation” is a translation of the Greek word “epiphaneia.”  “Epiphaneia” literally means an “appearance,” and also carries the connotation of “brightness,” being derived from the Greek verb “epiphaino,” which means, “to shine forth”—suggesting a glorious, brilliant appearance, even a rapturous epiphany for the observer of the appearance. Some translations even render epiphaneia as “the brightness of his coming.” I have laid these matters out in detail in the chapter entitled Parousia in Jehovah Himself Has Become King.

Amazingly, even the Watchtower connects the manifestation of Christ to his presence, but only as an ancillary footnote –attaching no importance to the fact that the Greek word literally means the brightness of his appearance, harkening to the glorious transfiguration. 

Hopefully, by meditating on these matters you may gain a deeper appreciation of the significance of the coming of Christ and how the Watchtower’s artfully contrived false story has only served to conceal these matters from searching minds until such time as the arrival of the Son of man blows the lid off. And since the apostasy must come first, prior to the manifestation of his presence, and judging by the increasing lawless ferment within the Watchtower, the presence of the Lord has indeed, drawn close. 

Other article exploring the visible presence of Christ  Also, Daniel and the Parousia

2017-11-22T17:38:40+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Commentary|46 Comments
  • Bklyn Kevin

    Wow! a wonderful article Robert thank you.

    • Mick Hewitt

      Would be very happy if you could share those interesting thoughts. Once they are gelled…Shine on!

    • The chronology of the second coming seems to follow that of Jesus’ first appearance; namely, the 3 1/2 years. Not much point in speculating on details at this point.

    • well we’ll know that the seven thousand years have passed sometime before the anointed are transformed into a new creation

  • Eric

    When I discussed my views of the coming collapse with JW friends… I was told to trust in Jehovah. I was told the Tribulation may be quick… a few months. So, when it lasts years… the faith of many JWs will be tested. I’m going to buy Robert’s book so I can help any who will open their eyes and ears to see the truth about Jesus’ presence.

    • Daisy

      My sincere wishes and prayers are with you brother.
      Please make the most of your jw friends as mine have now abandoned me! Friends I’ve had 50-40_35 years now. We’ve discussed the child abuse…they didn’t believe it.. the UN partnership…they told me I was mad…the 1914 hoax…well, you can guess the reaction. They turned their heads when I showed them the disgusting subliminals in the jw publications….silence.
      Even my husband, my daughter, son-in-law and son won’t comprehend my heartfelt concern for their mind controlled attitude. So, talk about clueless! That’s them, clueless, and the millions of jws who prefer to believe the lies of the “Mammon ” worshipping wt corporation.
      Do enjoy Roberts book… (it saved my spiritual life) But more importantly, stay reading the Bible, if you don’t mind my humble advice. Much love from Daisy

      • Mick Hewitt

        OH! God bless you lovely Daisy……It is cold the way it goes…I have witnessed my family 4 children and wife turn their backs on me in unison at the KH!….that was 12yrs ago. My oldest was 14,James,11Luke,9Amy,8Rebecca.

      • Eric

        Thanks Daisy.

        When I left, I told my Bible instructor I didn’t want to stumble anyone, so I wasn’t going to return to the hall until I sorted out my feelings on the WTS’s baptism process. I felt it was wrong to baptize 6-7 year olds, but deny a man who was making a grown up decison to serve Jehovah. Now, I have too many issues with doctrine due to my research… and would have a difficult time holding my tongue. I looked at so many ex-JW sites, but most seemed angry and vindictive… most only cause more to stumble.

        Since finding Robert’s site, I’ve been able to fill in so many gaps in my Bible knowledge… it’s helped me immensely. Instead of trying to wake people up now… my plan is to help during the Tribulation. I actually felt this was my purpose even before I was denied baptism. I now believe Jehovah didn’t want me baptized, so I could get to where I am today concerning my knowledge of Scripture. I wouldn’t be happy had I remained under the mind control of the WTS… and Jehovah knew that.

        I’ve prayed extensively on this and feel it’s Jehovah’s purpose for me. I consider myself a sheep dog. If He wanted me back at the hall… I feel I would have been pushed in that direction. All it would have taken early on, was for the elder who stumbled me initially to reach out, and I would have gone back. Jehovah is using people inside the congregation as well as outside.

      • Doesn’t exactly inspire hope, does it? But when the bombs start bursting in air and the rocket’s red glare and all that, it will serve as a powerful wake up call. I am confident many will wake up from the WT trance and walk into a new reality then.

        • Max

          I’m confident too! We might be mentally
          trapped and enslaved into believing the lies of the WT but as a
          whole the JW love Jehovah God deeply, as a matter of fact it is the
          love and fear of God what is being used by the WT to keep us in that
          state. I’m sure that the love for God and His commandments goes very
          deep into the hearts of the friends and we will follow the King
          because it has been our heartfelt desire to do so since the

          • The Raven

            I have known that to be true for most of the people I dealt with.

          • Burt Reynolds

            My experience has not been one of love for Jehovah whilst I was in the congregation. Even all those years ago, there was no emphasis on Jehovah’s love for us; no description, no discussion of his interventions in terms of love, no focus on the manner of his love other than the smarmy references to it, ergo, ‘….the loving provisions of Jehovah .’ Never anything that would stir the emotions of love, as would such be between a mother and her new-born child. Surely that would have been uppermost in the congregation and reflected within the brotherhood? I never once saw it. All I ever did see was fear and slavery, responsibility and punishment. A dictatorship. I was looking for love, a resting place, even at that age. I never experienced it from my parents. Provision, duty, yes! It is not that I did not appreciate Jehovah, but that no one ever described that love to me or made example of it. It would not have surprised me in the least if a brother did not stand up and point at a sister and denounce her as a witch! In fact, plenty of impersonal denunciations were cast from our platform by some over zealous elder or other! Apart from my ever present sojourn into the creation of Jehovah, I have only here come to understand the amalgamation of love, patience, justice, truth, purity and exclusiveness that makes up the personification of love from the bible….not from man…..but from the God of the bible. It’s odd, the watchtower had the same book too, but never were able to raise it above crime and punishment, and the preservation of some mystical presence that was referred to as loving, but never explained as to what that love was in shape form and deed in a personal way. Sad to say, from my experience now, looking back, the watchtower Jehovah was a money making commodity of entrapment. Not only have I learnt….and experience….the love of Jehovah now, but also the form of it and the reliability of it is taking shape in my faith, giving it a reliable anchorage. What a difference in values!

          • into the light

            Hey just curious… I noticed that you used the term “friends” a few times when referring to brothers. I also noticed it in the JW broadcast. What’s the deal with that? Aren’t children of God all brothers?

            • JW’s have called each other “friends” for as long as I have been around

            • into the light

              I have noticed that term being used more lately. Even from the podium elders are now adressing JW as friends more often than before. WT claims that only anointed are brothers. Jesus said “you’re all brothers”. That implies we are adopted by god to be his children. Not friends.

            • Daisy

              This then is how you should pray said Jesus…Our friend who art in heaven.. 😉

            • Island Breeze

              Great point, as always! 💜😎

            • Mick Hewitt

              Well i’ve enjoyed my holiday from work….its been great gorging on this spiritual banquet….Thanks R.K for bringing us up to date…..don’t forget though. Love builds up…..Knowledge…….ah well who am I preachin too?

            • Max

              We use the term friends when referring to the brotherhood. We are all brothers and sisters but we are also friends. Wherever you go in the world JW are recognizable in the way we treat our brothers and sisters we treat them as friends so we call them friends too. As a matter of fact in the organization your only friends suppose to be your brothers and sisters and no person from outside.

            • into the light

              Hey Max I know that, but WT is turning “friend” into an all-encompassing term to not only replace “adopted child” but to describe our relationship with Jehovah. And it’s become apparent lately that they use “brother” when referring to small flock, and “friend” when referring to great crowd. It caught my eye recently when I watched October broadcast, and then upon searching a bit I found they also use it in WT. What they are implying is that we will become adopted children only after the millennial reign of Christ is concluded.

            • Max

              I’m not aware of that. We normally refer to the anointed brothers as brothers or sisters. The Bible doesn’t refer to imperfect humans as children of God but as children of disobedience children of sin and so on. After the period of 1000 years humans will be perfect once again and then we will take our place among the children of God. Then we will be able to call upon the Father based on our own merits. A very joyful day that will be for us all then we will see the fulfillment of 1Corinthians 2:9 Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.

            • into the light

              Max, so only anointed are brothers and sisters and the rest are friends?

              Members of the great crowd exercise faith in Jesus’ ransom sacrifice. They are spiritually clean, having “washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Hence, they are declared righteous with a view to becoming friends of God and of surviving the great tribulation. (James 2:23, 25) In many ways, they are like proselytes in Israel who submitted to the Law covenant and worshiped along with the Israelites.


              I hear even this is being revised, according to what I heard they said in the annual meeting that all JW are inside the temple not the courtyard, so who knows… it’s becoming more and more convoluted.

              IMO we’re all God’s children by virtue of being his creation but we have lost his favor by sinning against him, effectively losing our status as his children. But being Christians, we recognize the fact that we can get back to the Father by means of Christ’s sacrifice. We recognize that we are orphans who need to be adopted by the Father and by becoming brothers in Christ the path to becoming his children is open for us. I hope this makes sense…

            • Matt 12:50
              Mark 3:35

            • into the light

              Thanks Dr. True, in the bible the word friend is used interchangeably with brother. Please note that the word φίλους, which has a root in word φιλέω, was rendered as “friend” in English but originally meant “beloved”. It conveys a meaning that more than mere acquaintance or friend, in a sense that we use today, is what was meant. I think English language lacks the depth to properly describe what was meant in these scriptures. And that fact is being exploited to reduce the role of non-anointed to mere “friends”.
              I am not arguing nor claiming I’m right, but please consider that proper understanding of this leads us to conclude that brothers and friends are not meant to be 2 classes, namely earthly and heavenly, as WT would have us believe. In fact, if what WT claims is the case, then that would mean that apostles, to whom Jesus was speaking in John 15:15, are part of the great crowd.

              phileó: to love
              Original Word: φιλέω
              Part of Speech: Verb
              Transliteration: phileó
              Phonetic Spelling: (fil-eh’-o)
              Short Definition: I love, kiss
              Definition: I love (of friendship), regard with affection, cherish; I kiss.

            • it depends on where you come from (for lack of better words); how it applies. to some ‘friend’ doesnt mean much to others its important and intamate but its also just a passave term at times too

            • into the light

              Yeah I understand. I was saying that friend might have been the best word you could use in English to express the relationship, which still lacks the depth of the original Greek word. So, to not go too deep into this and cause more misunderstanding, as it might be totally irrelevant to anything, I’ll just say that the relationship each of us strives to have with Jehovah is that of Father and child. And it’s also fine that brothers address each other as friends, I guess.

            • where i come from (in other words, always been to me) ‘friend’ is a serious word when ment so

            • Max

              Sorry I did not explained myself well enough. We call brothers and sisters to both anointed and the great crowd. We are all brothers and sisters.

            • into the light

              What do you make of the fact that WT uses it to separate anointed from non-anointed?

            • Max

              To tell you the truth I’m not aware that the WT is using that term to make a distinction between anointed and the sheep. At the hall we have an anointed sister and we called all the sisters sister as well as to the anointed sister as well. And we call friends to all the brotherhood of JW GC and the anointed class.

            • into the light

              Ok fair enough. Maybe I am misunderstanding what’s going on. I just noticed you use that term which reminded me of these things I previously said. If you come by some info or have a better understanding pls post it here.

        • Daisy

          Do SO hope you’re right Robert… A bit late in the day to wake up but better late than never… On a happier note I must say how much I enjoyed today’s commentary.
          I’m hoping that we can get our dear love Trudy digging for some confirming documentation that the Antichrist was destroyed by Christ in 1874 and 1914 with the outshining epiphaneia of his parousia because it must have been quite an event! 🙂

        • Leonard k

          brother Robert you have worked so hard for over a decade to give truth to so many and still many do not listen or just can not get the sense of the truth you bring them from Jehovah. yes I agree brother Robert when the bombs start flying only then will they listen and terror will strike there hearts.

          Ezekiel 21:7
          And if they say to you, ‘Why are you sighing?’ you will say, ‘Because of a report.’ For it will certainly come, and every heart will melt with fear and every hand will hang limp and every spirit will become dejected and every knee will drip with water. ‘Look! It will certainly come—it will take place,’ declares the Sovereign Lord Jehovah.”

          Ezekiel 7:17
          All their hands will hang limp, and all their knees will drip with water.

          • Bklyn Kevin

            Here’s asome interesting scripture concerning those who HAD refuse to get the sense of it.
            Revelation 9: 12 The one woe is past. Look! Two more woes+ are coming after these things.*
            13 And the sixth angel+ blew his trumpet.+ And I heard one voice+ out of the horns* of the golden altar+ that is before God 14 say to the sixth angel, who had the trumpet: “Untie the four angels+ that are bound+ at the great river Eu·phraʹtes.”+ 15 And the four angels were untied, who have been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, to kill a third of the men.
            16 And the number of the armies of cavalry* was two myriads of myriads:* I heard the number of them. 17 And this is how I saw the horses in the vision, and those seated on them: they had fire-red and hyacinth-blue and sulphur-yellow breastplates; and the heads of the horses were as heads of lions,+ and out of their mouths fire and smoke and sulphur+ issued forth. 18 By these three plagues a third of the men were killed, from the fire and the smoke and the sulphur which issued forth from their mouths. 19 For the authority of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents+ and have heads, and with these they do harm.
            20 But the rest of the men who were not killed by these plagues did not repent of the works of their hands,+ so that they should not worship the demons+ and the idols of gold and silver+ and copper and stone and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk;+ 21 and they did not repent of their murders+ nor of their spiritistic practices*+ nor of their fornication nor of their thefts. Read more>

            • Burt Reynolds

              That scripture is certainly to the point. I looked up the number of a myriad. Traditionally it is ten thousand, thus according to my calculator , that number quoted is 1,000,000,000,000. Or in English terms, ‘quite a few’.

          • Burt Reynolds

            Wow! That’s coming true already. My knee is swollen!

  • thank you for our reading today Jehovah. please help make our hearts firm.
    please be with us in spirit Jesus, please

  • J.M.J.

    Brilliant Robert .Many thanks . When in the bible it says about waiting for the master to return etc ,and the master will come along side and minister to them .This is the very meaning of the parousia .Also that Jesus spoke of this at the last supper .Written down plainly ,but a lot of eyes blinkered .

  • Seeker forGod’sKingdom

    I want to share some thoughts on Christ’s “coming” .

    My post is not of a “scholar” one , because I don’t know hebrew, I don’t know greek , I don’t know english , I don’t know well even my maternal language !

    BUT I read Bible ! and I believe this BOOK was written for such persons like me !
    And I like to pay attention to God’s words (found in His book) !

    I find in Matthew 17:5 that God gives a very clear command to the (three of ) Jesus disciples :
    “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.
    Listen to him!”
    By these words , Jehovah is setting His own order , because He is a GOD of order !

    These His words SET the importance of the Biblical Teaching called “the teaching of Christ” !

    By starting to search any biblical subject respecting God’s order we may find the needed answers , because exactly that is the Holy Spirit telling us : to respect/obey Father’s commandemnts and to submit to His order!

    Now , let us come back to Jesus (second) coming , (or “parousia” – I dont know what in greek it means.)

    but I read Jesus words in Matthew 5:17
    17. Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets: I came not to destroy, but to fulfil.

    simple question : what does Jesus means for “come” (came) ? ….Come .. to fulfil !
    that is , “coming” is strictly related with His action to fulfil the law and prophecies (God’s word) !

    In the last hours with his disciples He said
    Matthew 28:20
    20. teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you:
    >>> and lo, I am with you always,<<> it results a position never to be changed .

    (here is the reason some time the Bible translations in other languages messes me )

    So, let see a little summary about Jesus presence (from a non scholar )
    — according to His words in Matthew 28:20 , He has been “always” (present) with His followers – but not “coming” ( but not doing any actions on earth) in order to fulfill prophecies

    — according to His words in Matthew 5:17 , His (second) coming means His activity in order to fulfill the prophecies on earth , which activity (according to the prophecies) have to end with the Kingdom of God being settled/installed on earth !
    — ( the time when Jesus starts on fulfiling the prophecies is decided by God )

    >> from 1872 we may see this kind of activity , and in that year the “latter days” have begun, because in that year it happened something that proved the existency of “God’s people” as an entity ,gathered from all nations .

    >> from that time onward , the wheat grew up togeter with the weeds “in the kingdom” (during the latter days)

    — according to His words in Matthew 13, after the allowed time ( for growing the wheat and weeds together), it comes “the end”, or the harvest , or the judgement period >> that means that “the end” time is at the end of the latter days .
    this period was prophetised also in Malachi 3.
    >> during this period Jesus is coming, or acting as Judge , starting from God’s House, or the “Temple”

    >> according with the fulfilled prophecies , He is present as Judge from the autumn of 2005 (this year is a result of some studies) until He will establish the justice on earth – Isaiah 42:4

    >> so, during this “end”, or “judgement day” Jesus begins to be present or to “come” “in flesh” on earth,
    that is, to be represented by “the least” of his brothers who return to Him and let themselves to be cleaned/sanctified / made holy by Jesus the Judge (found in the Temple/ Malachi 3) !

    … this operation is ongoing today and at a certain next/future time, when all who belong to HIM will be awakened, gathered and cleansed , they as the “body of Christ” will be given the Kingdom on earth according to Daniel 7:26,27.

    — when all members of His Body/flesh on earth will be already gathered “in spirit” , then we will can say that Christ is already “come” (the work/action of coming will be completed) !

    — in fact this is the meaning of “rapture” , the awakening , recognising the spirit of Christ who is now present in the Temple and judging the “sons of Levi” , purifying them , and become “one” in Christ , and being brought at the “new understanding” of God’s word as teached by the Spirit of Christ who dwell in them”
    ( this implies they have to leave all humans teachings, all human theories/so called truths in which they have lived until now )

    — at the time when Christ is “come” in (all ) His Body/flesh, and the Kingdom will be given to “God’s people of saints” (Daniel 7:26,27), then means Jesus Christ the King has started ruling on earth, in the midst of his enemies
    according to Psalm 110:2
    2. Jehovah will send forth the rod of thy strength out of Zion:
    Rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.

    also Psalm 2 enters in scene this present time.

    I hope my few words will help my brothers and sisters,

    with great respect for the King (Jesus Christ) ,

  • Just to let everyone know, there were some technical problems with the PDF and print options not working, and html code appearing when articles were shared on social media. Those issues have been resolved. Also, the contact form is working again, which appears on this page

    • The Raven

      Thanks for letting us know. I thought it was on my end. Well, I have a clean cache, more space and got rid of a number of programs I never used anyways. lol!

      • Burt Reynolds

        No matter what I do, I still get problems from Stephens discus page! No one else, just good ol’ Stephen. No matter how clean my cache, or getting rid of every last unused programme, he is still bugging me! If I click on one of his links, my iPad goes into meltdown and turns itself off and sulks for a week. Probably got something to do with that truck he drives!

    • ok, thanks

  • Simpletruth

    Great article!!

    • The Raven

      Great tune! That brings back a lot of memories. Thanks, Leonard!

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