God the Father will come from Edom to establish the Kingdom of God as prophesied by Prophets Isaiah (Is. 63: 1-4) and Daniel (Dan. 7: 9) and confirmed by Our Lord Jesus Christ, as coming as the Lord of the Vineyard (Matt. 21: 40). Will the First Begotten Son of God drop from the sky to be handed His kingdom by the Ancient of Days (The Father) who is on earth, and not be brought forth by the Father as an Edomite according to Biblical prophecies? In His First Advent, He came for the atonement of the sins of mankind, as Jesus of Nazareth, an Israelite, because He was born there. When He will come to rule over the Kingdom of God on earth, will He drop from the sky or will He be born as an Edomite, brought forth by the Father, who will come from Edom as prophesied? Recall His saying: “I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” He cannot be separated from the Father. Wherever the Father is the Son must be there in Him. There is no way the Son will drop from the sky when the Father has already manifested in Edom to establish the Kingdom. Recall that the Ancient of Days (God the Father) will first come and establish the Kingdom (Dan. 7: 9) before handing it over to the Son (Dan. 7: 14). If the Son is in the Father and the Father in the Son, as Christ said then, in this case, the Father will bring forth the Son since the Son is the first begotten of the Father. The only way He will be accepted as an Edomite is to be born as an Edomite, just as He had to be born as an Israelite in His First Advent.
Elijah was taken up bodily, in human form, to heaven. It was prophesied that he would return to the earth before Christ comes. The Jews were expecting him to probably return by dropping from the sky with the features of Elijah. He came as John the Baptist, born of Elizabeth with the spirit and power of Elijah. “And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah ….” (Luke 1:17). Incidentally, it was only our Lord Jesus Christ who identified him as Elijah. John himself did not know he was Elijah! (John 1: 21).
In the New Testament era, Christ was seen being taken up also bodily into heaven and an angel told the people that He would return in the same manner as they saw him go up “…Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts. 1: 11 KJV). This passage is interpreted by most Christians to mean that He will descend from the sky because they think that heaven is in the sky. Heaven is the throne of God, where God dwells. It is in the spiritual realm and is not situated in the sky. It has no physical location. Christ merely transformed into the spiritual to sit on the right hand of God in heaven, which is not the sky, after completing His assignment of Atonement. From there He will come back to dwell on earth in the Kingdom of God to bring the Kingdom to perfection and give eternal life to His elects.
His being taken up bodily was to show every onlooker that He was in human form and that though He would transform into the spiritual form, in which He would no more be seen physically for a while, that His coming back will be in human form, in like manner as He was seen go up into heaven. That ‘like manner’ refers to the human form in which He was seen going up and in which He will also come back. He will take the same procedure of acquiring flesh in the womb of a woman as He did before in His First Advent. That is what was revealed in Rev. 12: 5. “And she brought forth a man child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and his throne.” In the Book of Revelation, Chapter 19 at verse 15, the man who sat on a white horse, whose name was The Word of God, would rule the nations with a rod of iron. That was the male child who was given birth to by the woman in Rev. 12: 5. Only Christ in His Second Advent will rule the nations with a rod of iron.
Therefore the man on the white horse in Revelation Chapter 19, who is a revelation of Christ in His Second Advent, will be born of a woman! A lot of Christians are waiting to see Him descend from the sky. This is a re-enactment of the Elijah episode where the people of Israel were expecting Elijah to drop from the sky with the same features he had before being taken up.
In answer to the High Priest, during His trial: “Jesus said unto him, thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the cloud of heaven.” (Matt. 26: 64). This statement and similar ones by Christ and the one made by Prophet Daniel about the Son of Man ‘coming in the clouds of heaven’ (Dan. 7: 13) have been given a literal interpretation by most Christians to mean that in His Second Advent, Christ will be descending in the clouds from the sky, not heaven because heaven is not in the sky but is a spiritual realm. If these words were meant to be given a literal interpretation, given the biblical prophecies (such as Is. 9:6-7) and the revelation by Christ Himself about being born as a man child by a woman in His Second Advent, would God then be contradicting Himself? Far from it! The phrase ‘coming in the clouds of heaven’ is used as a metaphor and not to be given a literal meaning. The Jews use the dwelling of God with them during the Exodus as a Pillar of fire at night and a Pillar of clouds in the day, which they referred to, collectively, as ‘the clouds of heaven’ as a figurative expression of God’s promise of coming to dwell on earth with man which they see as a reenactment of that similar event during the Exodus. Prophet Daniel used that expression before Christ. It was already well known to the Jews before the time of Christ.
His return would be in human form, which is flesh and blood. The only way to acquire flesh and blood is in the womb of a woman. He has told us that He will come through that way.
The Lord is already here, born of a woman, and has taken up His reign. Just as it happened in the case of John, no one knows Him except He is revealed unto them. That is why He is a rock of stumbling. Many will not know Him and so will not believe Him; therefore they will stumble and fall. His name is His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu, The King of kings and Lord of lords. Doubt no more.
Thank You Father.
By Edet Archibong
THE Spoekesman’s Public Relations Committee