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It is the housemaster the one who rules the house that is responsible for watching. The ones who have the responsibility for the care of the house of God i. The things to be watched for are world events as they relate to the specific prophecies that will occur at the end of the age. Blessed is the servant whom the Lord shall find so doing when he comes.

Truly I say to you, he will set him over all his substance" vs.

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Who is a wise and faithful minister at the end of the age? He is one who watches and studies current world events as they relate to Bible prophecy and reveals this understanding to those under his care at the proper time. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth" vs. Those who do not watch will not know when Jesus will return.

The warning is unmistakable in its meaning: By the time Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica, the church understood that Jesus was not going to return in their generation. Paul says that the true elect of God will not be caught unaware by the events that will culminate at the end of the age, because they will understand them:. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night.

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For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. You are all the children of light, and the children of this day: Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober" 1.

Those who subscribe to the belief in a secret return of Christ believe Christians will be taken to heaven and spared the horrors and agony of the cataclysmic events just before his return. Others believe that Christians will be protected in some geographical place of safety on earth. But are either of these teachings true? Will there be Christians on earth during this great tribulation? Will Christians be subject to any of the terrifying events at the end of the age? Many scriptures describe in graphic detail the time known as the great tribulation.

There are also many scriptures that show the elect of God will be persecuted, betrayed by their own children and brothers in the faith, brought to trial because of their belief, made to flee for their lives, and made to suffer many other horrible injustices. The following scriptures speak of this time period. And then many will be offended, and they will deliver up one another, and will hate one another. And many false prophets will arise, and will mislead many. And because lawlessness shall have been multiplied, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, that one will be saved.

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the earth, for a testimony to all the nations; and then shall come the end. During this time of trouble, Jesus' followers will be persecuted, killed, hated by all peoples, betrayed by their own, make foolish decisions concerning the truth, and forsake God. But whenever they lead you away, delivering you, do not be anxious beforehand about what you should say or think, But whatever is given to you in that hour, speak that. For you are not those speaking, but the holy spirit. And brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father the child.

And children will rise up on parents, and will put them to death. And you will be hated by all on account of my name. But the one enduring to the end, that one will be saved. But when you see the abomination of desolation, the one spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not—he who reads, let him understand—then let those in Judea flee into the mountains.

And he who is on the housetop, let him not go down into the house, nor go in to take anything out of his house. And the one in the field, let him not return to the things behind, to take his garment. But woe to those that are with child, and to those giving suck in those days! And pray that your flight will not be in winter. For there will be affliction in those days, such as has not been the like from the beginning of creation which God created until now, and never will be. Jesus tells those in Judea to be alert to the prophetic events surrounding the false worship system of that day, and to flee for their lives when they see these events transpire.

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, do you not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given to every one of them; and it was said to them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow-servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. In all of these references, the elect of God are still on earth, even up to and including the opening of the fifth seal.

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Notice also that they are to remain for some time after this seal is opened, so that others may also be martyred as a witness for Christ. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: And I heard the number of them which were sealed: And I said to him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are those coming out of the great tribulation; and they have washed their robes, and whitened them in the blood of the Lamb" vs. For a detailed explanation about the , see our study on the subject. Throughout the Old and New Testaments, there are many references to God coming to earth to reward the saints and establish his government upon the earth in order to bring peace and prosperity to humanity.

Most Bible scholars will agree that God says he will indeed come to earth to establish his government. The problem is not with what these references say, it is with the various beliefs of when and how this will happen. A close review of each reference that details the presentation of rewards given to the elect of God and the establishment of his kingdom upon earth shows two distinct returns of Christ. Christ's first return involves gathering the elect of God for their rewards and change into immortal spirit-beings.

During his second return a short time later, he will conquer the earth and establish the Kingdom of God. When the high priest Caiaphas asked Jesus to tell him whether or not he was the Messiah, he did not expect the answer he received:. Jesus said to him, You said it. I tell you more. From this time you shall see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming on the clouds of the heavens.

Then the high priest tore his garments, saying, he has blasphemed! Why do we have any more need of witnesses? Behold, now you have heard his blasphemy" Matt. Jesus told the high priest that the next time he sees him, he will be on his throne next to the Father, and when he returns, it will be in the clouds. After Jesus disappeared into the heavens, an angel told the disciples essentially the same thing Jesus told Caiaphas about the events surrounding his return:.

And as they were looking intently into the heaven, he having gone, even behold, two men in white clothing stood by them, who also said, Men, Galileans, Why do you stand looking up to the heaven? This Jesus, the One being taken from you into heaven, will come in the way you saw him going into heaven" Acts 1: Historically and symbolically, when God or a spirit-being came to earth in their glorified form, they appeared in clouds:. As we review some of the events which surround the end of the age and the return of Jesus Christ, we notice that a spirit-being has a tremendous impact on the physical universe when it appears in its glorified form.

When Jesus enters the earth's atmosphere in his glorified form, the elements will begin to disintegrate under the power of his presence. The air will become supercharged with electricity, and lightning, thunder, and fire, and smoke will fill the sky as his angels collect the elect:. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: What happens as the righteous of all ages rise to meet Christ in the clouds above the earth?

We shall not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed" 1. The change to immortality will be a spectacular event. It will be accompanied by the blast of a trumpet, lighting, thunder, and fire in the sky as the elect rise to meet Christ:. The righteous will be changed to immortal beings just like Jesus. At the instant of this change, the elect will become spirit Sons of God and they will shine with the brightness of the stars:.

As the saints rise into the sky, they will be instantly changed into glorified spirit-beings and they will begin to shine with the brightness and power of the stars. At the instant of their change, the very power of their presence will rip apart the atmosphere, dissolving its basic elements. The noise of this awesome event will be almost unbearable to the human ear as sonic booms and explosions, blinding light, thunder, and clouds fill the sky.

The sights and sounds of this day will put terror in the hearts of all those who witness it. To many, it will seem as if the world is coming to an end. Between the time of Christ's first return to gather the elect and his second return to conquer the earth, Jesus promises to keep the elect from the final portion of the tribulation:. Behold, I am coming quickly, Hold what you have that no one take your crown" Rev. After Christ's first return, the righteous of all ages will be spirit-beings who will have been taken to heaven.

When the righteous are changed into spirit-beings and taken to heaven, there will not be one person alive on earth with the spirit of God.

Because the elect will no longer be human, they will be protected from God's wrath that will come upon the earth. All of the righteous will have been taken from the earth and only the unrighteous will remain, but what will stop God from destroying the earth and the rest of humanity?

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And except those days had been shortened, no flesh would be saved -but on account of the elect, those days will be shortened" Matt. Jesus says it is for the elect's sake that all of humanity will not be destroyed. God will not destroy the entire earth because of his promises to the patriarchs and the elect concerning their inheritance, descendants and rulership, and because of his future plans for the rest of humanity. After the final plagues are poured out upon the earth, Jesus will return with the Elect of God to conquer the beast power and establish the Kingdom of God:.

He answers with a shout, like those who tread out the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth. A roaring will go to the ends of the earth; for the Lord has a controversy with the nations. He will enter into judgment with all flesh; he will give the wicked to the sword, declares the Lord" Jer.

A Prophecy about the Coming of the Messiah

His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: During the time period between Christ's first and second return, his armies will be preparing to invade and conquer the earth. Remember at this time the righteous of all ages will be immortal spirit-beings in the family of God:. And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: When Christ returns as the conquering king, the elect of God will come with him as a part of his vast spirit army:.

And half of the mountain shall move toward the North, and half toward the South v4. And the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with you" Zech. And there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world became our Lord's, even of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever" Rev. Hasidic Jews tend to have a particularly strong and passionate belief in the immediacy of the Messiah's coming, and in the ability of their actions to hasten his arrival. Because of the supposed piousness, wisdom, and leadership abilities of the Hasidic Masters, members of Hasidic communities are sometimes inclined to regard their dynastic rebbes as potential candidates for Messiah.

However, fewer are likely to name a candidate. Menachem Mendel Schneerson declared often that the Messiah is very close, urging all to pray for the coming of the Messiah and to do everything possible to hasten the coming of the Messiah through increased acts of kindness. The Chabad-Messianic question , [22] regarding a dead Moshiach , got oppositional addresses from a halachic perspective by many prominent Orthodox authorities, including leaders from the Ashkenazi non-Hasidic Lithuanian Litvak institutions, Ponevezh yeshiva in Bnei Brak , Israel , and got vehement opposition, notably that of the Rabbinical Seminary of America Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim in New York and that of the Rabbinical Council of America.

Emet Ve-Emunah , the Conservative movement's statement of principles, states the following:. Since no one can say for certain what will happen "in the days to come" each of us is free to fashion personal speculative visions Though some of us accept these speculations as literally true, many of us understand them as elaborate metaphors For the world community we dream of an age when warfare will be abolished, when justice and compassion will be the axioms of interpersonal and international relationships and when, in Isaiah's words We affirm Isaiah's prophecy 2: Torah shall come forth from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

We do not know when the Messiah will come, nor whether he will be a charismatic human figure or is a symbol of the redemption of humankind from the evils of the world. Through the doctrine of a messianic figure, Judaism teaches us that every individual human being must live as if he or she, individually, has the responsibility to bring about the messianic age. Beyond that, we echo the words of Maimonides based on the prophet Habakkuk 2: Reform Judaism and Reconstructionist Judaism generally do not accept the idea that there will be a Messiah. Some believe that there may be some sort of "messianic age" the World to Come in the sense of a " utopia ", which all Jews are obligated to work towards thus the tradition of Tikkun olam.

In a commentary appended to the platform, it states:. The Pittsburgh Platform rejected the traditional Jewish hope for an heir of King David to arise when the world was ready to acknowledge that heir as the one anointed the original meaning of mashiach, anglicized into "messiah". This figure would rule in God's name over all people and ultimately usher in a time of justice, truth and peace. In the Avot, the first prayer of the Amidah, Reformers changed the prayerbook's hope for a go-el, a redeemer, to geulah, redemption.

Originally this idea reflected the views of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and the French Positivist philosophers that society was growing ever more enlightened. The cataclysmic events of the first half of the 20th Century smashed that belief, and most Reform Jews saw the messianic age as a time that would probably be far off. Still, we renew our hope for it when we express the belief that Shabbat is mey-eyn olam ha-ba, a sampler of the world to come, when we sing about Elijah, herald of the messiah, when Havdalah brings Shabbat to a close, when we open the door for Elijah late in the Pesach Seder, and when we express the hope in the first paragraph of the Kaddish that God's sovereignty will be established in our days.

According to Maimonides , Jesus was the most influential, and consequently, the most damaging of all false messiahs. Judaism has never accepted any of the claimed fulfillments of prophecy that Christianity attributes to Jesus. Judaism also forbids the worship of a person as a form of idolatry , since the central belief of Judaism is the absolute unity and singularity of God.

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Traditional views of Jesus have been mostly negative see: Toledot Yeshu , an account that portrays Jesus as an impostor, although in the Middle Ages Judah Halevi and Maimonides viewed Jesus as an important preparatory figure for a future universal ethical monotheism of the Messianic Age. Some modern Jewish thinkers have sympathetically speculated that the historical Jesus may have been closer to Judaism than either the Gospels or traditional Jewish accounts would indicate, starting in the 18th century with the Orthodox Jacob Emden and the reformer Moses Mendelssohn. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

For the Israeli windsurfer, see Nimrod Mashiach. For individuals who claimed to be the Jewish Messiah, see Jewish Messiah claimants. For the religious movement, see Messianic Judaism. For an overview of the title in Abrahamic religions , see Messiah. Hasmonean Sadducean Pharisee Boethusian. Positions in Rabbinic Judaism: Positions in Western philosophy: Rationalism Averroism Neoplatonism Avicennism.

Judaism's view of Jesus. Archived from the original on 20 December Retrieved 2 December Cyrus and the Jews: William Morrow and Co.

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Reprinted by permission of the author. Encyclopaedia Judaica The Gale Group. Archived from the original on May 29, Noble Book Press, , p. Covenant 2, covenant god, epistle to the hebrews". Volume 3 — Page John J. Collins, Bernard McGinn — "That is, the vast majority of Second Temple Jewish texts have no reference to a messianic leader of the end-time. Page James H. He will build the Temple in Jerusalem and gather the strayed ones of Israel together. All laws will return in his days as they were before: Sacrificial offerings are offered and the Sabbatical years and Jubilees are kept, according to all its precepts that are mentioned in the Torah.

Whoever does not believe in him, or whoever does not wait for his coming, not only does he defy the other prophets, but also the Torah and Moses our teacher. For the Torah testifies about him, thus: If your strayed one shall be at the edge of Heaven And He shall bring you" etc. In the section of Torah referring to Bala'am , too, it is stated, and there he prophesied about the two anointed ones: The first anointed one is David , who saved Israel from all their oppressors; and the last anointed one will stand up from among his descendants and saves Israel in the end.

This is what he says Numbers And he struck Moab and measured them by rope" II Samuel 8: Now this thing never happened; and the Holy One does not command in vain. But as for the words of the prophets, this matter needs no proof, as all their books are full with this issue.

The matter is not so: For Rabbi Akiva was a great scholar of the sages of the Mishnah , and he was the assistant-warrior of the king Bar Kokhba , and claimed that he was the anointed king. He and all the Sages of his generation deemed him the anointed king, until he was killed by sins; only since he was killed, they knew that he was not.

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