“…For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven …”
1 Thessalonians 4:16
In our previous session, we spokeconcerning the idea of the plan of God being the Kingdom of Heaven coming down to earth. The Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven not the other way around.
Many a times in church services, the preacher will preach on one day that “We shall all go to heaven and live there forever” (no main
scriptural backing) then rise up another day and proclaim that “The meek shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5) and that “we shall
reign on the earth” (Revelation 5:10).
I was too young at the time to see the contradiction until the Lord enlightened my understanding concerning this topic.
We will begin with references from the Book of Genesis. The first revelation given of Christ’s coming or descent is found in Genesis 2:22-24 when Adam woke up to find Eve lying beside Him.
From the beginning, the purpose of God in creation was to bring
forth the sons of God in His own image. The first Adam (man) failed
to do so, because of sin.
The last Adam however, who is Jesus Christ, is destined to succeed in accordance to this purpose. Eve was taken from Adam’s body; the Church was also taken from Jesus’ side.
In the separation of man and woman, God created the need for marriage in order to bring the two back into a new type of unity. Genesis 2:22-24 then shows us HOW this unity was to be
“The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken
from the man, and brought her to the man.
The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.”
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be
joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.”
Our Lord Jesus referred to this very passage in Matthew 19:5 and
this was mentioned in Ephesians 5:31 and 32 by Paul indicating it’s momentousness in God’s plan.
Paul explained deeper that the revelation in that passage in the Book of Genesis actually prophesied about Christ and the Church:
“FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL
BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.
This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ
and the church.”
Christ being the bridegroom coming for his bride- the Church.
This makes my point really simple.
Who leaves the parents ?
It is NOT the bride who is said to leave her parents, but the MAN.
Does this not portray Christ leaving the Father to come to the
earth (Kingdom), rather than the Bride leaving the earth to go to
God’s statement in Genesis 2, quoted above, is the first major
statement of intent that sets the prophetic pattern for Christ’s
coming. It does not, however, tell us the manner of His coming, nor
any details of timing.
These details were reserved for other prophets to learn in later
centuries according to the progressive revelation of truth.
Yet no future revelation can contradict the basic law of the coming of Christ established at the beginning:
That Christ leaves The Father and His abode and comes to the abode
of the bride (on earth)to join Himself with her.
We will delve deeper revealing more of the details in our next