Every eye shall see Him:
Basis for Christian Belief (rev 1:7)
1. This is similar to the statement of Isaiah in the Old Testament: "Prepare the way for the Lord.. and all flesh shall see the salvation of God", and Luke said that the prophecy was fulfilled by Jesus (luk 3:4-6). If Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of "all flesh shall see" non-physically, then why would anyone insist that at His Return, it would require that "every eye" must physically see Him?(Luke referring to isa 40:4-5) When Christ returned, "every eye" (every spiritual eye that was watching) saw Baha'u'llah.
2. "He shall come as a thief in the night" (rev 3:3;16:25) suggests that it would not be many (literal) eyes that would see Him.
3. The quote is "every eye shall see Him", not that "every eye will recognize Him". Luke stated that "all flesh" had seen Jesus, yet few people became Christians at first; just as "every eye" saw Baha'u'llah, but few people became Baha'is at first. This requires a symbolic interpretation: "every (searching, waiting, spiritual) eye" did see the Promised One.
4. "As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For in those days, before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark; and they did not know until the flood came and swept them away; so will be the coming of the Son of Man.. therefore, you must be ready for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." (mat 24:36-44) [the people who did not believe (enter the ark) were not aware of the truth of Noah's Message until it was too late. They did not recognize that Noah's Message was from God]
5. "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven." (mat 24:29-31)
A. For "every eye" to physically see Him would require everyone to be able to see one location from a round earth, in complete darkness without sun or moonlight.
B. This must be interpreted symbolically: "And now, concerning His words: "And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven." By these words it is meant that when the sun of the heavenly teachings hath been eclipsed, the stars of the divinely-established laws have fallen, and the moon of true knowledge-- the educator of mankind-- hath been obscured; when the standards of guidance and felicity have been reversed, and the morn of truth and righteousness hath sunk in night, then shall the sign of the Son of man appear in heaven. By "heaven" is meant the visible heaven, inasmuch as when the hour draweth nigh on which the Day-star of the heaven of justice shall be made manifest, and the Ark of divine guidance shall sail upon the sea of glory, a star will appear in the heaven, heralding unto its people the advent of that most great light. In like manner, in the invisible heaven a star shall be made manifest who, unto the peoples of the earth, shall act as a harbinger of the break of that true and exalted Morn. These twofold signs, in the visible and the invisible heaven, have announced the Revelation of each of the Prophets of God, as is commonly believed. (kiq 61-52) And now regarding His words, that the Son of man shall "come in the clouds of heaven." By the term "clouds" is meant those things that are contrary to the ways and desires of men. Even as He hath revealed in the verse already quoted: "As oft as an Apostle cometh unto you with that which your souls desire not, ye swell with pride, accusing some of being impostors and slaying others." These "clouds" signify, in one sense, the annulment of laws, the abrogation of former Dispensations, the repeal of rituals and customs current amongst men, the exalting of the illiterate faithful above the learned opposers of the Faith. In another sense, they mean the appearance of that immortal Beauty in the image of mortal man, with such human limitations as eating and drinking, poverty and riches, glory and abasement, sleeping and waking, and such other things as cast doubt in the minds of men, and cause them to turn away. All such veils are symbolically referred to as "clouds." (kiq 71-72)
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