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God Comes!
 
The Old Testament, or Jewish TeNaCH, which (apart from poetic speech) so assiduously asserts God's absolute transcendence, presents GOD Himself as coming and placing His feet on the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4).
His name here is Yahweh, God's special covenant name; traditionally pronounced 'Jehovah' from an accident of translation history.
(See YHWH)
It is against
the background of this prophetic expectation of Israel, that the resurrected Jesus came back from Galilee to Jerusalem (even though Judea was such a dangerous area for them). He led His Galilean disciples up this same mountain to visibly ascend to His Father before their eyes.
 
And
so, as the angels told these disciples after Jesus had left, to this very same place Christ will return in fulfilment of Zechariah's awesome prophecy.

 
   Note the agreement between the two Testaments of Holy Scripture.  
 
Old Testament
   
New Testament
 
 
"Then the LORD, my GOD, will come, and all the holy ones with Him!"
(Zechariah 14:5)
 
"God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus."
(1 Thessalonians 4:14)
 
         
 
"THE LORD (YHWH) WILL GO FORTH ...
on that day His feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives ..."
(Zechariah 14:3-4).
 
"For THE LORD HIMSELF will descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God"
(1 Thessalonians 4:16)
 

   The resurrection of God's people from all ages is a vital part of this unique historical event.  
 
"Their corpses will rise.
You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy, for your dew is as the dew of the dawn, and the earth will give birth to the departed spirits."
(Isaiah 26:19).
"...and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words."
(1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).
 

The return of Jesus in the glory of His Father is the fulfilment of every longing for those who love Him.
But,
the figures of speech used in Scripture to describe this reunion cannot adequately portray the unbridled joy and wonder of this event. A focus on accompanying signs, both on and off-planet, is also inadequate to reflect this awesome event.
 
 
This is not the inadequacy of Scripture but the limitation of human language and comprehension.
 
Aware
of this shortcoming, we can approach the metaphors of Scripture without tripping over absurd mental images. For instance, the concept of celebration and fellowship are combined in the following metaphor of a banquet, which is further developed in the New Testament as the marital banquet; a celebration of the most intense form of togetherness and sharing.
 
  "the LORD of Hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain; a banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, and refined, aged wine. On this mountain He will swallow up the covering which is over ALL peoples, even the veil which is stretched over all nations. He will swallow up death for all time, and the LORD God will wipe tears away from ALL faces, and He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth for the Lord has spoken."
(Isaiah 25:6-8).
    "Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready."
(Revelation 19:7).

"Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb."
(Revelation 19:9).
 

 
Jesus' purpose in our redemption is not simply a reaction to our lost condition - to save, heal, restore. His salvation is much more than a mission to rescue the damned. The Bible says:
 
 
"He sanctified her ...
that He might present to Himself the Church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing..."
Ephesians 5:26,27.
 
His purpose is our glorious union with Him – a union in which, as His Bride, all that is His becomes ours!
 
 
John, His most loyal and aware disciple, tells us that,
 
 
"when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is."
1 John 3:2.
 
Yet, how can this be for such weak and unstable disciples as we often are?
 
First,
the Judgment of Our Lives
 
 
We shall all give an account for the things we have done in the body (Romans 14:10; II Corinthians 5:10). This judgment directly affects the eternal appearance of our resurrection body. We are predestined to be like Jesus! (Romans 8:29). We are meant to like Him in all things (I Corinthians 15:49) but the degree to which this is fulfilled physically in the resurrection depends upon our behaviour now!
 
Then,
Entering the Joy of Our LORD
 
 
At His coming – our whole being is born into His newness. Our bodies will now be enlivened by His Spirit alone. It is a physical resurrection into an explosive expansion of awareness, for then "I shall know even as I am known" (I Corinthians 13:12); that is, total knowledge. Then it will be impossible for my spirit to speak in tongues and my mind not understand (1 Corinthians 14:13). And so, tongues and other spirituals cease by being swallowed up in the indescribably greater. The words of prayer, "Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven", are at last fulfilled! In her resurrection Christ glorifies His Bride before all the earth. He then brings every part of the whole, all that He has made, into this new liberty of His people.
The Kingdom of God is come! (Romans 8:21).
 
Israel's
Conversion Patriarchal Promises Fulfilled  
 
But,
let's not forget the world situation into which this transforming newness comes. It is Armageddon! Israel is facing total extermination and the human race's existence has begun an irreversible slide to absolute oblivion ... then ...
 
 
God  Comes!
 
In
this situation Israel, the whole nation, turns to God with all their heart and mourn for Him as never before...
Zechariah 12:10-14
 
Isaiah prophesied of this as – a nation will be "born in a moment", spiritually born-again!
Isaiah 66:7-11
 
The Holy Spirit through Paul refers to this by contrasting the beginning and ending of this gospel age as –
 
 
"If Israel's rejection [of Christ] means the reconciliation of the world [i.e. the gospel to all],
what will their acceptance [of Christ] mean but life from the dead [i.e. the resurrection]."
Romans 11:15
  And so –  
Christ with His prepared Bride,
descend in resurrection glory to their Jerusalem wedding celebration

in fulfillment of all and more that the prophets had prophesied.
 
Cosmic Renewal Healing completed  
 
   This resurrection-liberty of the children of God is to set all creation free from the curse!
 
 
"the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom
OF THE GLORY OF THE CHILDREN OF GOD.
For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now."
Romans 8:20-22
This
statement – that what we call 'nature' was "subjected to futility, not of its own will" – simply lets us know that nature is currently not natural! It is not in the condition for which it was originally designed. It cannot now function as it was intended to function. It is not simply human abuse that has marred nature, although that has worsened this. It is the LORD Himself who has done this, as part of His restriction of humanity's opportunities to sin.
 
 
The shock effect, however, of the LORD's arrival destroys attacking armies and shakes the earth as never before, restructuring the topography of Palestine. Where His feet touch splits in two, opening a valley for the refugees of Jerusalem. The hills around are reduced to a plain and Jerusalem is lifted, with a perennial spring that heals the Dead Sea (Zech.14:4-10).
 
 
Rain will not fall on those nations that do not submit to His worship in Jerusalem. And so, the knowledge of the LORD will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea (Isaiah 11:9).
 
Hallelujah!   ...Hallelujah! ... Hallelujah!
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