The bible gives us information as to how Jesus will return. When we look at how Jesus will return it gives us insight to judge as to whether or not he returned invisibly in 1914 as claimed by the Jehovah Witnesses.
A.Jesus will return on a cloud.
This was actually first foretold by Daniel before Jesus was born, crucified and resurrected from the dead.
Dan 7:13-14 "I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, and He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. "And to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and men of every language might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed.
Matt 24:30 and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.(See also Matt 26:64, Mark 13:26, Luke 21:27, Rev 1:7)
B.Jesus left bodily and visibly with a cloud and will return the same way.
Acts 1:9-11- After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
C.The Bible teaches that Jesus rose from the dead in the same physical body in which he died.
John 2:18-22 "The Jews therefore answered and said to Him, "What sign do You show to us, seeing that You do these things?" Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." The Jews therefore said, "It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?" But He was speaking of the temple of His body.
When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture, and the word which Jesus had spoken.
Luke 24:39-43 "See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have." And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. And while they still could not believe it for joy and were marveling, He said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?" And they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish;
and He took it and ate it before them."
Rev 1:7 Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. Even so. Amen.
Following is the definition of the word "every" in Rev. 1:7 in Strong's Greek Dictionary.
3956 pas (pas); including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole: KJV-- all (manner of, means), alway (-s), any (one), X daily, + ever, every (one, way), as many as, + no (-thing), X thoroughly, whatsoever, whole, whosoever.
2 Pet 1:16- For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
Following is the definition of the word "coming" in 2 Pet. 1:16 by the Strong's Greek Dictionary
3952 parousia (par-oo-see'-ah); from the present participle of 3918; a being near, i.e. advent (often, return; specifically, of Christ to punish Jerusalem, or finally the wicked); (by implication) physically, aspect :KJV-- coming, presence.
Following is the definition of this same Greek word by Thayer's Greek Lexicon
3952 parousia-1) presence 2) a coming, an arrival, an advent; the future visible return from heaven of Jesus, to raise the dead, to hold the last judgment and set up formally and gloriously the kingdom of God.
The Apostle Paul used this same Greek word when telling the Corinthians of the coming of his friend Titus.
2 Cor 7:6-7 But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus; and not only by his coming, but also by the comfort with which he was comforted in you, as he reported to us your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me; so that I rejoiced even more.
Conclusion: The Jehovah's Witnesses use the eisegetical approach to the Scripture. To a particular responder here: your response "is just a myopic fantasy devoid of any basis in reality". Your answer "is actually a good example which proves that [Witnesses] just present nonsense over and over again and have nothing better to offer than personal opinion."
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