The "Second Coming" Story: Why It's a Myth
What that means is explained in other articles that discuss Jesus' Avatar function. And, regarding prophecies about how the world will be saved, Jesus said another son of man would come at the end of the age, as is explained in Prophecies Regarding He Who Fulfills Them and other relevant articles.
In this article you will learn why the "Second Coming" story is actually a misleading distortion of what Jesus actually said, and it is one of several things that Jesus said that gave some of his followers the wrong idea about the fulfillment of prophecies.
Some progressive Christians today understand the error, and most good Christians understand that the humble and meek shall inherit the earth by abiding by the Golden Rule. However, the "good sheep" are drowned out by the "goats," the proud and militant hypocrites who claim to serve God but aggressively fight for wealth, power and dominion, claiming they are "preparing the way" for Jesus to magically appear from out of the clouds to rule the earth as a Warlord King.
Bible-thumping hypocrites have gotten away with their theocratic words and actions, and still get away with it, because Christianity as we know it is not what Jesus of Nazareth intended and it contains false doctrines and myths. And Jesus knew it would. He predicted it, which is why he said many hypocrites would now be claiming to do "many wonderful works in the name of the Lord," when they "work iniquity" and actually serve Mammon, not God.
Many Christians have been led to believe in those myths, especially the one that claims there will be an actual, literal "second coming" of the man known as Jesus of Nazareth, in person. However, nowhere in the Hebrew prophecies does it mention a son of man coming, then dying or going away and then coming again. Furthermore, the belief in a literal "second coming" is based on words in the Christian canon that contradict other words that better reflect the truth, and on words that are simply fabricated.
What we read in the Christian Bible states that after his crucifixion Jesus "defeated death" and walked away from his tomb "physically resurrected." It further states that he made a point of showing his disciples that he was still physically alive and well in his bodily form, and that two men dressed in white told the disciples who then "watched Jesus ascend to heaven" that he would "return just as he ascended, from the clouds."
Fortunately, the is still much truth in the Christian Bible, as you will see, because it does say that the "coming" of the Christ's spirit can take place in the spiritual realm (within), so that "where I am, you may be also" (John 14:3). In other words, the "coming again" that Jesus actually spoke of is not in person in the world. It is rather like the "coming of the kingdom of heaven," which he said "comes not with observation in the world," from within.
The problem with that is that the Pauline theology of Christian Apologetics, which is summed up in the Nicene Creed, has never successfully explained or reconciled the contradictions in the official Christian Canon and Bible, nor has it successfully reconciled the contradictions between the New Testament and the Judaic scriptures in the Old Testament (Torah and Tanakh). It claims it does, but it does not.
The Nicene Creed ignores much of what Jesus of Nazareth and preceding prophets said, and it declares that Jesus was (to paraphrase): "the only-begotten Son of God, God of God, being of one substance with the Father; who, for our salvation, came down from heaven and was made incarnate by the Holy Spirit through the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified for us, and on the third day rose again and ascended into heaven, and shall come again."
That is contradicted by the following facts:
(1) Jesus said the Lord God is Our Father;
(2) The Torah and Tanakh (Old Testament) states that the Lord is Our God, that God is not a man, nor a son of man, and that a Mashiach (Messiah) and/or son of man is a servant of God;
(3) King David said there is no salvation in a son of man;
(4) Isaiah wrote that besides God there is no Savior, and that we should not liken God to any man, nor compare the likeness of God to any man or son of man, nor regard any man or son of man equal to God, nor worship any idol or image of any man or son of man; nor consider any man or son of man alike with God.
(5) The child named Immanuel in the book of Isaiah was not born of a virgin but of a "young woman" (according to the original Hebrew texts) and lived and died hundreds of years before the time of Jesus;
(6) Jesus martyred himself and became a sacrificial lamb of God as a good example and a "soul offering" in order to culminate his teachings regarding universal love, forgiveness, and pacifism;
(7) Jesus said he had to go away and be seen no more on earth, but another son of man would come at the end of the age of division as messenger for the Spirit of truth, to issue judgment, guide you unto truth, show you things to come, and glorify God and the Christ in heaven;
(8) Nowhere in Hebrew scriptures (the "Old Testament") does it say anything about any individual son of man living and dying, being "resurrected," going away, and then coming again as the same person;
(9) All the gospels that were not included in the official church canon (bible), like the Gnostic gospels, refute the idea of a "second coming" of Jesus in person.
The fact is that not even Jesus said he would come again in person in this world. Jesus said he had to go away to heaven and be seen no more on earth (John 8:28, John 12:47 and John 16:7-15), but "he" would come to us in the spiritual realm so that "where I am, you may be also" (John 14:3). That is confirmed in John 14:16-20, which explains that the "Spirit of truth" would come bearing the testimony of Jesus, but neither the Spirit or the main messenger for the Spirit of truth would be Jesus in person.
Most of the original Christians knew that, but Paul created a new theology and "published" it in 50 CE, which influenced the writers of the four gospels that were written later and were included in the Christian Bible. And considering the findings of archaeology and modern research and scholarship, it is actually rather amazing that Paul’s theology was accepted and is reflected in the official church canon (bible) and in the Nicene Creed, because it produced many contradictions, one of which is the idea of a “second coming” of Jesus of Nazareth in person.
That idea is erroneous, just as the idea that Jesus was "God Himself" is erroneous. As Moses and Isaiah wrote, God is not a man nor a son of man, and no man should be compared to God. No son of man has ever been perfect, because a son of man is only human. Even Jesus was only human. He was a son of man, not God "Himself," and he knew it and said so. That is why Jesus said: "God is greater than I." And it is why he told his disciples: "You have not heard God's voice or seen God’s shape at any time."
It is also why in the last moments of his life as he was dying on the cross, Jesus cried out: "God, why have you forsaken me?" That forlorn cry says volumes, and yet many Christians do not understand it.
Other facts of that matter have been explained in other articles (see links to the left). But this article focuses on the "second coming" myth.
Understanding The Myth
That is why Jesus spoke of prophecy being fulfilled at the end of the age (Aeon). And that’s why he said that he "must go away and be seen no more," and "the Spirit of truth shall come, who shall issue judgment, guide you unto truth, show you things to come, and glorify me." (John 16:7-15)
Furthermore, according to Jesus, the main, authorized messenger for the Spirit of truth would be the "son of man, who shall first be rejected by his generation and suffer many things." (Luke 17:22-25)
If you read the article on Prophecies Re: He Who Fulfills Them, you will see exactly how and why Jesus was not talking about himself in that instance, because he was accepted by multitudes in his generation and did not suffer first, or before hand, but only on the last day of his life.
The modern son of man does suffer and is rejected at first by his generation. However, he does not go by the title of Christ, or Avatar, or Buddha. He serves God and the Ancient One who has gone by those titles, and he merely says he is a son of man and a messenger for the Spirit of truth, a servant of God.
Jesus mean it literally when he warned people against those would come saying "I am Christ" or "the Christ is here or there in the world." After all, many have made such false claims, and many claim that they know when and where the Christ will come. But the fact is that the Christ, or that consciousness that is known as the Christ or Avatar or Buddha, is and will manifest in all humanity eventually.
Jesus also meant it literally that many people would be deceived by false Christs, false prophets, and hypocrites. All that has happened.
But, most Christians do not know that Jesus gave those warnings about false Christs because he knew and said that he himself would not actually "come again." In fact, he said he had to "go away and be seen no more, but God would instead send the Spirit of truth in the next son of man.
Jesus also meant it literally when he said that prior to the coming of this modern son of man (and while he was being rejected), there would be wars and rumors of wars. He said nations would rise up against other nations, and there would be "seven plagues" (diseases, famines, pestilence, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, and droughts) and "many other terrible things" in many places in the world. And Jesus said that the sorrows of most people in the world would get worse until the message from the Spirit of truth is finally accepted and acknowledged.
Jesus was quite right, even though it should be understood that Jesus did not mean this ordeal and tribulation would be God’s doing, because it is Man’s doing, as Jesus and many other prophets foresaw and foretold.
Unfortunately, many Christians have misunderstood prophecies because they misunderstand the Judaic scriptures in the Old Testament. They don’t understand the symbolic language about the "lightning," the "darkened sun and moon," the "sign of the son of man in heaven," the "signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars," and his "coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." And they misunderstand the symbolism in the language that foretells that God shall "send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."
All that kind of language symbolizes the spiritual events that have been taking place. The "final war between good and evil," the "battle in the Valley of Jehoshephat," the war of "Armageddon," and the "fall of Babylon" are all symbolic, and there is an unseen spiritual battle going on even while there are very real physical battles going on too.
However, the spiritual battle is one of unifying truth against divisive falsehoods, and it is a war of words and ideas. And the Spirit of truth does not cause harm. It does not condemn, or punish, or destroy. Rather, it educates, corrects, and saves.
That is why one of the things that Paul got right was where he wrote that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal or lethal, but they are mighty through God for pulling down even the most powerful stronghold or misused military power, which is "Babylon." For the most effective "weapons" of the Lord are divinely inspired written words of truth. They always have been, and they always will be, which is why the pen is ultimately mightier than the sword.
The problem is that many Christians don’t understand that because they misunderstand the symbolism in the terms and language that are used in both the old and new testaments in their Bible.
For example, Jesus knew that in the very first chapter of Genesis, the first book in the Bible, it states: "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years." (Genesis 1:14)
That’s why Jesus said, "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars..." (Luke 21:25)
Most people don’t know it, but the Magi, the followers of the Avatar Zoroaster, knew that the Christ Jesus had been born because of the signs in the night sky. They knew because they were astrologers, as so many people were long before. For example, the prophet Daniel was an astrologer, as is so evident from the symbolism he used in his writing, as is explained in the article titled The Fall of Babylon.
That’s because the ancient Kabbalah (or Qabalah), the universal, esoteric mystical root of Judaism, Christianity and most other religions in the Mid-East, incorporates astrology, numerology and gematria, as well as pictorial symbolism. That’s why the Bible is full of astrological symbolism. For example, the four cherubic emblems, the bull, lion, eagle and man, which are mentioned in the book of Ezekiel and the Christian book of Revelation, are featured on three Tarot Keys used in the esoteric Christian Qabalah. The bull refers to Taurus and Earth, the lion to Leo and fire, the eagle to Scorpio and water, and the man to Aquarius and air. They are the "fixed signs" and the "four elements" of Astrology.
Another example is that John wrote: "And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire. And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth." (Revelation 10:1-2)
That is a direct, obvious reference to Tarot Key 14 (titled Temperance and corresponding to the Hebrew letter Samekh), which fits that description perfectly. And there are many other examples of such symbolism in the Bible and in the Tarot, and are depicted in the 32 paths of wisdom on the Kabbalistic or Qabalistic "Tree of Life," which is mentioned eight times in the Old Testament and three times in the New Testament in the Bible.
Anyway, to get back to the "signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars," spiritual astrologers know, in the same way that the Zoroastrians did when the Christ Jesus was born, that the modern son of man is here now. And recently more and more people have seen the more obvious signs in the sky.
Unfortunately, it is quite true where it is written in the gospels that "according to their own desires they will choose teachers who will tell them just what they want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and go after fables." And it is quite true that religious bigots and hypocrites have been and still are clinging to fables and myths to justify their political aggression and theocratic imposition, and their offensive and violent efforts to rule the world in the name of religion.
That’s why it is quite true where it is written that: "For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, feigning godliness but denying its power."
But, ironically, arrogantly proud and militant right-wing religious bigots and hypocrites who claim to be godly Christians (or Muslims or Jews) do not understand that most of those words apply to them!
"And the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart …for the earth is filled with violence through them." (Genesis 6:5-11).
Once again that applies exactly and precisely to the time we are going through. It is exactly why there is so much violence in the world, and why the Lord God and the human servant and witness of God grieves!
Fortunately, even today it is still a minority of human beings who have been tempted, deluded and corrupted by greed, hate, self-righteousness and self-importance. Most people in the world are still good, or at least try to be good and try to abide by the Golden Rule and the Universal Divine Imperative. They treat all others kindly and fairly, as they would want to be treated. But, because the misguided ones who don’t have become so aggressive and malicious and violent, God has sent the modern son of man to deliver the message of righteous judgment.
But again, the modern son of man is not Jesus. The idea of a "second coming" of the Christ Jesus was created by men who may have thought they had good intentions, but it is a myth. It is every bit as much a myth as the myth about the "virgin birth" of Jesus, and the myth that he was "the only begotten son of God," or even "God Himself." Only God is God, the Holy One, and God is not a man, nor a son of man.
The worst thing about the myths is that ever since the fourth century they have enabled a lot of "Christian" Popes, Emperors, Kings and subsequent Heads of State to indulge in war, military imperialism, colonialism, and even genocide, all in the name of spreading Christianity. And those myths are the main reason why so many Christians, Jews and Muslims do not recognize that they belong to one family of religions that includes all religions.
It is time for myths to be exposed and dispelled. It is time for all peoples, nations and religions to recognize that they all are members of one family of God. And it is time for the righteous judgment from the Spirit of truth to guide you unto truth, and show you things to come.
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