Predictions, Prophecies, and Warnings
PROPHECIES, PREDICTIONS & WARNINGS, Part 3
CLEARING AWAY SOME OF THE MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THE SECOND COMING & THE WEDDING FEAST
(A Letter to Jerome)
You may think it strange that I would take up the subject of the Coming of the Lord in a series dealing with the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven. I don’t think you need me to tell you that there is a great deal of false teaching out there about the Coming of the Lord and we know that erroneous beliefs lead to false actions or no action at all. It seems to me
that these false conceptions revolve around three misconceptions. First there is the manner of the Coming. Secondly there is the question of when the Coming takes place and thirdly, there is serious error about who will be taken and who will be left. Those who are printing literature and making videos for those who fail to make the rapture, clearly do not understand the important teachings of Christ on this subject.
THE CONFUSION OF THE APOSTLES
When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians saying, "We shall not all sleep (die) but we will all be changed in a moment . . ."1, he clearly believed that Jesus Christ would come back to earth during his life time. How could he have been so mistaken, one might ask, because the transformation and lifting up of the Universe has not yet occurred.
To the Thessalonians, he spoke about the resurrection, saying, "For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, likewise those who sleep in Jesus, will God bring with him, for this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the Coming of the Lord shall not precede those which are asleep [in him],"2 Again Paul is clearly expecting the Lord to return during his life time.
In other places, Paul writes, "The time is short" . . . and the "world passes away."3 "The day is at hand."4 "The ends of the Age have come upon us."5 Here, we need to ask ourselves a serious question - was Paul wrong or did this teaching indeed originate as "the word of the Lord"?
THE COMING OF THE LORD WAS TO BE DURING THE LIFETIME OF THE APOSTLES
If we investigate, we will indeed discover that the teaching that Jesus would return during the life time of the apostles originated with Jesus himself. On several occasions, Jesus made it very clear that he would return during their lifetime. Immediately after Jesus had choosen the
twelve Apostles, he said to them, "You shall not have gone over the cities of Israel before the Son comes."6 When Albert Schweitzer read this, he used it as a proof text to declare Jesus a failure in his mission. He wrote, "He died upon the cross with a loud cry, despairing of bringing in the new heaven and the new earth.".7 He went further,
insisting that if this prophecy had failed, maybe everything else Jesus said, can be ignored. Like so many in our own generation, Schweitzer was ignorant of a wonderful event which did transpire during the life time of the Apostles. I’ll reveal what this incident was, shortly.
Again, just before Jesus was transfigured on the Mountain, he said to them, "Truly, I tell you, there are some standing here which shall not taste death before you see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom."8 Mark relates the same incident, saying, "There be some of them that stand here which shall not taste death before they have seen the Kingdom of God come with power. "9
While Jesus does not set the day and hour for this ‘coming’ he does become a little more precise when he defends himself before those seeking to crucify him. He told the Sanhedrin that they would "see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of power and coming in the clouds of heaven."10 And in his prophecy about the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, he said, "They shall see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory"11
We know from the writings of the apostles that during the mid 60’s, they began to speak of the coming of the Day of Lord as being quite distant in the future.
Peter, for example wrote, "Knowing this first, there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own desires, asking, ‘where is the promise of his coming? For since the Fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the Creation’."12 We must ask ourselves what happened to make the Apostles revise their teaching. As I mentioned earlier, something wonderful did happen in the mid 60’s at Jerusalem.
THE RETURN OF JESUS TO JERUSALEM
Josephus, the Jewish historian recorded that, "On the 21st of the month Iyar [66 A.D.], there appeared a miraculous occurrence, beyond belief. Indeed what I am about to relate would, I think, have been reckoned a fable, were it not for the statements of eyewitnesses . . . . before sunset throughout all areas of the country, there were seen in the air many chariots and armed battalions, coursing through the clouds, encircling the cities."13
Josephus was not a Christian, therefore he cannot be accused of fabricating tales about Jesus. There are several versions of the Assumption of the virgin Mary, written by different followers of Christ. The most important version is that written by John the Beloved. I have included these important writings in my book, The Complete Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Just before Jesus ascended back to Heaven, his mother, Mary requested of him that when her appointed time to die came, that he would let her know in advance by sending an angel to advise her. When that time did arrive, she entreated God to bring the Apostles to her, so that she might confer with them and hear their stories before she departed.
According to the account, John was snatched away from his altar in Ephesus and brought to Mary by what we might call a ‘flying saucer’. Peter was brought from Rome, Paul from Tiberia, Thomas from inner India: James from Jerusalem, Andrew the brother of Peter and Philip and Luke were all brought to Mary. When they were all assembled in Mary’s house in Bethlehem, they were invited to tell their stories to Mary, before she died.
They remained with her for three days until Sunday. Then the account says, "It was the Lord’s day, when the mother of the Lord said to the Apostles, cast in incense, for Christ comes with an army of angels. Behold, Christ comes sitting on a throne of Cherubim. And as
we praying, there appeared an innumerable multitude of angels. There was thunder and lightning and Jesus came on a chariot of Light, in great power, with Moses and David the prophet and other righteous kings."14 Then the story goes on relate the events surrounding Mary’s death and
how that three days later, she was resurrected and taken up into heaven with Jesus. Before her death, she along with all the Apostles were shown a marvelous revelation by Jesus. We don’t know everything that was revealed to them, but from that date on they no longer spoke of the return of Christ, as about to happen any minute.
So the prophecy of Jesus to the elders and the people of Jerusalem did come to pass and they saw Jesus return with great power, coming on the clouds of heaven. But this was not the Resurrection. Now, there are grievous false teachings being given out today, by certain preachers about the Resurrection. But before I deal with these, I must first touch on something that we must participate in, before the Resurrection and that is the Wedding Feast.
THE SIGNIFICANCE BEHIND THE MARRIAGE FEAST OF CANA
If I should start a story with an opening line that said, "On the third day, such and such happened" my reader would no doubt wonder what happened on the first two days. Sound strange? Yet that is exactly what John did in his account of the marriage feast of Cana. Let me say that
there is much in this story of a symbolic nature, that speaks of Initation. Josephus tells us that there was a cave in Cana, used for the purpose of Initiation. Indeed the word ‘cana’ means ‘reed-bearer’. The tharsis was a reed used by the hierophant to touch the head of an Initiate. The
majority of Christians today are ignorant of the Mystery ritual performed by the early Church called the Divine Wedding. I must say however that not all Christians were invited to participate . There is still a cave in Syria which the ancient Christians used for Initiation purposes.
There is a passage in Hosea that gives meaning to the ‘third day’. "Come and let us return to the LORD, for he has torn and he will heal us, he that that smites is he that will bind up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up and we shall live in his sight." This implies a resurrection.
The six water urns that Jesus asked to be filled with water, represent the six days allotted to mankind. As the Apostle Barnabus explained in his Epistle, the six days of Creation, correspond to the six days that God has allocated to mankind. Each day represents a thousand years.
Peter adopted this idea, saying, "Beloved be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years are as one day."15 After those six days, there is to be a day of rest which will last for a thousand years or more.
Jerome, you and I have heard teachers who tell us that there is to be a ‘secret rapture’ of the church, in which all Christians are caught up to heaven. There they participate in the Wedding feast of the Lamb. Then they are to return to earth seven years later with the Lamb to execute vengeance upon his enemies. Such an idea can only be countenanced if we ignore the Parables of Jesus.
The parable of the ten virgins is a good example. Five were found to be ready, waiting and prepared for the coming of the Bridegroom.16 Then there is the parable about the king who gave a wedding feast for his son. "And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man
without a wedding garment on. He asked him, Friend how did you come here without a wedding garment? And the man was speechless. Then the king said to his servants, Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the Outer Darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called but few are chosen."17
We have to conclude from these passages that not every ‘Christian’ is going to be in the Wedding Feast. I spoke earlier about a cave of Initiation. One of the High Mysteries that was performed in that cave,
and others like, was the Divine Marriage. I will not go into the details of this matter, as I have covered them completely in my book ‘Forbidden Truths Revealed’ Another thing which happened there was the Initiate was marked on the forehead with the mark of Christ. Some groups used the Hebrew tav (as in Ezek. 9)
With love, I remain, your father, Jeffrey Brackeen
1. I Cor. 15:51,52
2. I Thess. 4:15-17
3. I Cor. 7:29-30
4. Rom. 13:11,12
5. I Cor. 10:11
6. Matt. 10:23
7. Pp. 254 Quest of the Historical Jesus, Schweitzer
8. Matt. 16:28
9. Mark 9:1
10. Matt. 26:64; Lu. 22. 69
11. Lu. 21:27
12. II Pet. 3:3,4
13. Pp 297-299, VI. 5.3, Wars, Josephus
14. Ver. 124-127 The Complete Gospel of Jesus Christ, edited by Jeffrey Brackeen
15. II Pet. 3:8
17. Matt. 22:11-14