From the very beginning the Watchtower Society has taught that Jesus returns invisibly; in fact, one of Russell’s first and most widely circulated articles back in the 1877 was entitled: “The Object and Manner of Our Lord’s Return.” This first week of April (2014) all congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses will be considering the information on the Reasoning from the Scriptures handbook in the Theocratic School on the topic of the manner of Jesus’ return.
In the context of Jesus’ remarks in the 14th chapter of John Jesus was specifically talking about his return. In fact, in the verse immediately preceding, he said: “I will not leave you bereaved. I am coming to you. In a little while the world will see me no more, but you will see me…”
Obviously, the original apostles of Jesus will not be alive when Jesus comes. They will be resurrected into the spirit realm, where they will see Jesus and ultimately Jehovah himself. However, Jesus was also speaking to those who would be alive at his coming. And according to the words of the apostles Christ will manifest himself to them. The topic of the manifestation of Jesus is taken up in various articles, one being the chapter called Parousia. Also, The Revelation of Christ and the Two Witnesses.
Interestingly, after Jesus was resurrected he appeared to upward of five hundred disciples. However, not a single unbeliever was allowed to see him. Hence, the world saw him no more, but his bereaved disciples saw him in various incarnations up until he ascended into the heavens.
Acts 13:34: “He