Myths About the Coming of the Son of Man
The modern son of man has been rejected by his generation, as the prophets Isaiah and Jesus foresaw and foretold.
Some Jews reject him because he is not what they expected, and some reject him because they’ve been led to believe the "Messiah" is the people of the nation of Israel. And most Christians reject him because there are certain words and phrases written in the Christian canon (epistles and gospels) that led to the myth of the "second coming" of Jesus — like those that speak of the Jesus’s "coming again" or "appearing out of the clouds" or “coming with clouds” or "coming with a shout" and the "sound of a trumpet," not understanding what they really mean.
As for the son of man coming with the “sounding of a trumpet,” and “coming with a shout,” that means that the modern son of man actually “toots his own horn” in a way, because he plays a musical wind instrument in some of his songs — though not literally a trumpet. (The word trumpet was used in the Christian Bible because in those days the ancient form or a trumpet was used in ceremonial alerts to announce a speaker or authority.) And as for the “shout,” that refers to the singing of a new song with a “loud noise,” per prophecies.
As for the "cloud" symbol, it is useful to realize that the word “cloud” is mentioned many times in the Bible in reference to the descent of the Holy Spirit, such as in the books of Moses, Daniel, Matthew, Mark, and John. The words “bright cloud” or “white cloud” are used in many places in the Old Testament when referring to the presence of God, which is probably why the Christian apostles later used the term. Originally it was simply a way to try to describe the Divine Light of God, for lack of better words. And neither God nor a son of man literally “comes in the clouds,” nor do we “meet him in clouds” literally. So we need to understand what those phrases really mean.
For example, one of those phrases says Jesus "will meet us in the air" and quotes Jesus as saying, "If I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again." However, if we examine what he said in context, we can see the real truth, because Jesus immediately added that this "meeting us in the air" and "coming again" would be only "to receive you unto myself, that where I am, there you may be also." (John 14:3) Jesus was talking about receiving you in the spiritual realm. He was not talking about a literal "second coming" in person on earth.
Of course, in one sense Jesus did come again, when he appeared as a ghost before his loved ones a few days after his death, to comfort them and assure them that death is not the end but a new beginning. And that was a special and unique event. Not many recently departed ghosts manage even to appear to just one loved one to reassure them of the continuation and resurrection of the spirit-soul, but Jesus was able to “visit” many of his loved ones because he had a unique, very old and advanced soul.
However, in John 14, Jesus was actually talking about the very real spiritual union that takes place between individual souls who have been, to put it in biblical terms, "carried away in spirit to that high and holy place where God inhabits eternity." And that can happen at any time, to any one, but only when you least expect it.
It can happen when you "lose your self" in some aspect of the divine and are fortuitously blessed with the opening of the "seven seals of revelation" and the seven chakras. It results in the actual epiphany and rapture, the "anointing and baptism" of the human spirit-soul in the Holy Spirit. That initiates the process of real spiritual rebirth. It enables you to fully realize you are spiritually one with God and all humanity. And that is the real reason why Jesus said, "I and my Father are one."
Of course, some Christians argue that Jesus meant that he considered himself God. But Jesus clearly said otherwise. Moreover, the word Jesus used for "one" does not imply being a part of the same substance. We see this clearly in John 17 where Jesus prays to God that the disciples may be one, as were he and God. Jesus was advising that the disciples be of one unified purpose and of "one mind" and spirit.
That’s why Jesus said the next son of man would say, "As you do unto the least of our brethren, so you do unto me." And that is also why Jesus said when the "Spirit of truth" comes to you, "you shall know that I am in God, and you in me, and I in you." You will know that we are in fact One in the Spirit.
However, it happens to individuals, each in their own time and each in their own way. It is not a collective experience. There will not be a so-called "Rapture of the Church" as “fundamentalist Christians” have been led to believe. For while that idea is popular among many who call themselves "born-again Christians" --- and was the inspiration for the very misguided and misleading "Left Behind" book series --- it is merely a misguided cult fantasy and myth.
The "rapture" myth misleads some Christians to believe they will collectively be "beamed up" by God, magically, out of this "evil" world to their heavenly reward. But, that idea comes from one single idea Paul wrote in a letter to the Thessalonians, and some of what Paul wrote in his epistles is not correct in certain instances.
For instance, as is explained in the article About Christianity, Paul thought that Jesus rendered Judaism obsolete, even though Jesus was a Jewish son of man whose mission was to advance Judaism and prophesy about the next son of man.
Paul also thought that the "second coming of Jesus" and the "end of the world" was imminent and would come during his lifetime, even though he was obviously wrong on both counts. In fact, Jesus of Nazareth himself will not come again in this world, and the world will not end.
Unfortunately, certain misguided Christians have insisted that everything written in the Bible as we know it must be taken absolutely literally, and that is what has led to a lot of misinterpretation and misunderstanding.
For example, in Matthew 24:30, it states that Jesus spoke of his "coming in the clouds," which is one of the phrases that has often been used to describe his so-called "second coming." But when he said that, he quickly added that "this generation shall not pass, until all these things are fulfilled." (Matthew 24:34; Mark 13:30; Luke 21:32)
In other words, this was fulfilled shortly after Jesus was crucified and while his generation was still very much alive, because not long after his death he appeared to his apostles in the spirit as the "Holy Ghost," and it was as if he came “out of the clouds." This is much like when Moses and other writers of the Torah and Tanach (Hebrew Bible) wrote that "the Lord comes to you in the cloud," and "the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud."
The words "coming in the cloud or clouds" were not meant literally, and they were not talking about something that will happen literally. However, Paul (who became an apostle because he "heard a voice" long after Jesus died), sincerely but erroneously believed that the "end" and “second coming” was imminent and felt his mission was to prepare everyone at that time for it. (See other relevant articles for clarification.)
Of course, Paul wasn’t the only one who did not realize the meaning of the aeon or age that Jesus spoke of. Others also thought the fulfillment of the prophecies of Jesus would be imminent, and the immediacy of the event was even mentioned by John in his Book of Revelation in the very first chapter where he wrote that Jesus appeared to him in the realm of the spirit to show him"things which must shortly come to pass, for the time is at hand." (Revelations 1:1-3) And continuing on, John wrote: "Behold, he comes with clouds, and every eye shall see him." (Revelation 1:7)
John’s Book of Revelation is probably the most misunderstood book in the Christian canon. But it was written many decades after Jesus was crucified (some scholars say about 63 years later). And it must be kept in mind that John’s revelations and visions took place in the realm of the spirit, which is beyond space and time as we know it. That is why John describes things in the past as well as things far into the future (like the fall of "Babylon"), as if they were in the present. That is confirmed by the fact that John uses the same terminology as Matthew, Mark, and Luke, not only about Jesus "coming with clouds," but about the immediacy of the event.
Ironically, Jesus of Nazareth knew the truth even though his original apostles or later followers did not. Jesus knew they would not. He knew many later followers would misunderstand. That is why he warned us of false prophets and hypocrites who would preach the doctrines of men, claim to know the Christ, and claim to do many wonderful works in the name of the Lord. They have done so for two thousand years, and they do so even today.
That is why Jesus foretold that the modern son of man would "first suffer many things and be rejected by his generation," while the blind lead the blind. Jesus knew that the prophets, particularly Isaiah, foresaw that the "witness and servant of God" would "carry the grief and bear the sorrow" of the people, and be "esteemed as stricken of God and afflicted." (Isaiah 53:4) And in instances like that, Isaiah was referring not to Jesus, but to the current son of man. (See Isaiah Chapter 53.)
That follows what Isaiah had written earlier: "Behold, I have refined you, but not with silver; I have chosen you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake will I do it" ... "and I will not give my glory to another." (Isaiah 48:10-11)
Then later Isaiah wrote that God said: "He [the son of man] that takes refuge in Me shall inherit My holy mountain. And he will say: ‘Draw up, clear the way, take up the stumbling block out of the way of my people.’ For thus says the high and Holy One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, with him that is of a contrite and humbled spirit; to revive the spirit of the humble [and meek], and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always angry. For the iniquity of his covetousness was I angry, and struck him. I hid me, and was angry, and he went on willfully in the ways of his heart. (But) I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners. Peace to him that is far off and to him that is near, says the Lord that creates the fruit of the lips; and I will heal him." (Isaiah 57:13-19)
He “Suffers Many Things,” Yet Delivers the Judgment
The modern son of man was stricken and afflicted the first time in 1977, then in 1989 and many times since as he has suffered many things. And many of those afflictions could have killed him, and would have killed him were it not for a lot of modern medicine, nine major surgeries, a lot of medical treatment, a heart pacemaker, alternative medicine, and herbal remedies.
He has been "healed" of many things, and even though he is severely disabled and wheelchair bound, his life has been prolonged many times so far, as Isaiah foretold, mainly because he grew to understand his mission and understand how to serve as the prophesied servant of God.
That’s why the son of man makes it clear he is God's faithful servant, and not the Savior. That is why he emphasizes that he seeks not to govern or rule you, but to liberate you from all those who divide you and want to rule over you, so that our governments may finally and actually be of, by and for the people.
That is why the son of man implores you to help others get the message, so we can get the religious zealots to stop fighting and killing each other, and get our governments to treat the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the elderly, the disabled, and our prisoners, as they would treat the Lord. For as you do unto them, you do unto the son of man, and the Lord God who he serves.
The son of man asks Christians to please understand why Jesus said that "even though I have many things more to say, humanity is not yet ready to hear or bear them." Jesus said he would "not judge the world," but his "words" and "testimony" ultimately will issue judgment at the end of the age. (John 12:47-48 and Revelation 19:10)
"For the writer (scribe) who is instructed into the kingdom of heaven is like the man who is a householder, and he brings forth out of his treasure things old and new." (Jesus, in Matthew 13:52)
When you learn the real story, it becomes clear what is actually foretold in the Bible. For the son of man symbolically represents Jacob, and Israel. That becomes more clear when you consider Isaiah 49:2-5 in context, where the "speaker," the servant of God, states the following:
"(God) has made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand has he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver has he hid me; And said unto me, You are my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God. And now, says the Lord that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength." (Isaiah 49:2-5)
Isaiah was writing about the modern son of man as an old man, which he is now. He is hidden and has labored in vain. He feels physically spent and yet takes refuge in God to be his strength, and he is like Jacob (who wrestled with God).
The modern son of man makes no claim of divinity, and is in fact contrite of spirit, as Isaiah said he would be. He is not "holier than thou." He is not infallible. He confesses he has erred in his life. He must face and confess his own weaknesses, his own fallibility, and his own sins. And contrary to what some believe, that passage in Isaiah does not speak literally of a person named Jacob or Israel, nor of the Jewish people of Israel collectively.
It speaks of the servant of God whose pen is like a sharp sword. For as David wrote, God’s "tongue is the pen of a ready writer," and, as Paul wrote, the "weapons of the Lord are not carnal (or lethal) but mighty through God for pulling down strongholds." So, the modern son of man is a writer-messenger, who is hidden in the "shadow of God’s hand," who tries to deliver the message to humanity but feels he has labored in vain because he is rejected.
Consider also these words: “Say to the daughter of Zion, Behold, your salvation comes. Behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. And they shall call them the holy people, the redeemed of the Lord: and you shall be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.” (Isaiah 62:11-12)
Clearly he who sends his work before him is the modern son of man, and the judgment he delivers will bring salvation to Israel (if she repents so that her iniquity can be pardoned). But, what is not clear is who shall be “sought out” and be as a "city not forsaken,” even though it is obvious that it is not Jerusalem or the nation of Israel. We know where that is. However, the concept of the modern son of man being sought out is consistent with his being “hidden” (Isaiah 49:2-5). And, that he is a “city not forsaken” is consistent with the following:
"He that overcomes will I make as a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out. And I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God. And I will write upon him my new name." (Revelation 3:12)
Most Christians do not know that speaks of the modern son of man, because John wrote that Jesus said to write it to “the churches.” However, John wrote as witness to the heavenly realm that is beyond time and space, of both the present and future, of the end of the age which is passing. And notice that the Christ will have a “new name, written upon he that overcomes.” The person who overcomes is not the Christ, but serves both God and the Christ in the new name of the Christ.
That is confirmed in Revelation 21:5-7, where John wrote: “And he that sat upon the throne said: ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And he said to me: ‘Write: for these words are true and faithful. It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is thirsty of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”
Notice that he that overcomes is a son of God, who sits upon the throne with the Christ. Notice also Revelation 3:12 quoted above the reference to the fact that the "temple" of prophecy is not a literal building. For references to the "temple" or "house" or “tabernacle” of the Lord are merely symbolic terms, and that is indicated in many ways in scriptures..
For example: "the Lord God Almighty and ‘His’ Christ is the temple." (Revelation 21:22) "I will build another temple made without hands." (Mark 14:58)
That shows that the Lord God Almighty is the Holy One, and "His" Christ, the Ancient One who is with God, are the temple. That is why the true servants of God and the Ancient One, like the modern son of man, are as pillars of the temple of God. And only God and the Ancient One sit on the throne, in Spirit.
Now, you may wonder why the Christ has a new name. That is partly because Jesus has been given a bad name by religious hypocrites who "work iniquity" in the name of Jesus, and also because the name Jesus Christ is used by many as a swear word. Therefore the Christ now has a new name.
The new name of the Christ, who is in heaven with God, means The Liberator. Jehoshuah is the English spelling, while Yeheshuah or Yeshuah is the Greek and Aramaic translation, and in Hebrew it means "Yahweh (Jehovah) is salvation."
As King David wrote, there is no salvation in the son of man, for only in God is salvation. And the truth is that the Christ figure represents God but is not God. He, like the modern son of man, is a son of "Nun," which is the 13th letter of the Hebrew alphabet, symbolized by the fish. Nun was the minister to Moses and the father of Joshua, who succeeded Moses. Nun also means fish in Aramaic, Phoenician and Arabic. And, in esoteric mythology, Nun is the ethereal waters or ocean from which all life has come. That is why the root of the name Mary, the mother of Jesus, is Mar, which means Sea or Ocean.
Therefore, the modern son of man is not “The Christ.” He serves the Christ who is in heaven with God.
"For then shall be great tribulation ... Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. So if they shall say to you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning flashes from here to there, so shall also the coming of the son of man be." (Matthew 24:21-27)
Jesus warned against false Christs and false prophets for some very good reasons, one of which is that there have been and are now false Christs and false prophets and hypocrites alienating and leading their blind flocks astray. But that’s not the only reason. We should not believe anyone who says that "The Christ" is in the desert or in secret chambers, or that he will come here or there, because it is not Jesus of Nazareth himself who comes. He has passed on.
Remember, Jesus said he had to "go away and be seen no more on earth" (John 14:17-20 and John 16:7-15). And the modern son of man does not exalt himself because his mission is to empower and liberate everyone. He does not assume the throne, but rather enables everyone to be joint heirs to the throne. He does not seek political power — and he certainly does not come magically out of the clouds like a mighty Superman-White Knight. That is symbolic for what will happen when the story about the message finally breaks in the media, because it will be sounded all over the world like a clarion call of the herald.
The Messianic Authority and Mandate
Religious Jews insist that Jesus was not a Mashiach (Messiah), because they think only one will be descended from King David and fulfill certain other "requirements" they claim are declared in Genesis 49:10; Isaiah 11:1; Jeremiah 23:5, 33:17; Ezekiel 34:23-24; II Samuel 7:14; I Chronicles 17:11-14, 22:9-10, 28:4-6, among other scriptures.
But, religious Christians insist that Jesus was born in the line of King David and fulfilled the Hebrew prophecies (or will when he “comes again”).
However, the Hebrew Bible actually speaks of the modern son of man, as did Jesus, because Jesus knew and said that another son of man would follow at the end of the age.
That is why Jews, Christians and Muslims especially need to understand that Isaiah 53 speaks of the modern son of man, who was actually stricken and afflicted, who first suffers many things, whose life is prolonged, and who is rejected and not recognized by his generation. None of that speaks of Jesus. For while Jesus did fulfill some Judaic prophecies, it is the modern son of man who fulfills the rest.
One of the clues to understanding Chapter 53 of Isaiah is this: "He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the Lord's will to cause him to suffer, and though you make his life a guilt offering, the Lord will see his legacy and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the Light of God and be satisfied. By knowledge of him my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities." (Isaiah 53:9-11 - NIV with slight elaboration)
The Masoretic restoration of the Hebrew Bible puts it this way: “And they made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich his tomb; although he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to crush him by disease; to see if his soul would offer itself in restitution, that he might see his seed, prolong his days, and that the purpose of the Lord might prosper by his hand: Of the travail of his soul he shall see to the full, even My servant, who by his knowledge did justify the Righteous One to the many, and their iniquities he did bear.” – Isaiah 53:0-11
Notice that the Christian version omits the words “disease” and changes “to see if his soul would offer itself in restitution” to “make his life a guilt offering.”
Notice also this son of man suffers and goes to "the grave." It does not speak of any bodily resurrection or a "second coming." Nothing in the Judaic scripture in the Hebrew Bible does. And the reason this passage is important is because before he dies, his life will be prolonged, and hemay see his legacy and the impact of his work that he has sent before him.
Among the differences between the modern son of man and the son of man Jesus is that Jesus was the sacrificial lamb of God who died young, who culminated his teachings about love and forgiveness and pacifism with his martyrdom. And the modern son of man is the "bridegroom" lamb of God who fulfills both Judaic and Christian prophesies of judgment, reconciliation, and peace, which are similar to all other genuine religious prophecies of the one who delivers the truth the world needs.
Furthermore, Jews, Christians and Muslims should understand that Judaic scriptural prophecies of the current son of man do not necessarily speak literally of blood lines. Terms like the "sceptre of Judah," "a rod out of the stem of Jesse," and a "righteous branch from David," are not necessarily literal, as was mentioned earlier.
Those terms speak more of the soul and spirit and mission of the son of man, than of blood lines. However, the modern son of man is descended from the common ancestor of all human beings, as science has discovered we all are, and he believes that for a world teacher and messenger of God to identify exclusively with any particular race or religion or culture would be very inappropriate and unfair.
He realizes that God is the Great Spirit-Parent of all, and he is a son of God, and a son of Man. But it is written that the son of man is your fellow servant, and of your brethren, that he has the testimony of the Christ Jesus (who was the Avatar for the passing age), and that “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
Also consider that Malachi 3:1-7 states: "This says the Lord of hosts: Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me. And the Lord, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, he shall come, but who will accept it and abide by it? ... I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the workers, widows, orphans and turn away strangers, and fear not me, the Lord of hosts. For I am the Lord, I change not. But you have gone away from my ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, says the Lord hosts."
The Lord will come into his temple, but the temple is not some building, just as “the mountain of the Lord” is not some mountain in this world. The temple and the mountain is within. When human beings return to God the Lord of hosts, God will return to us, but the Lord and the kingdom comes not with observation in the world, but from within.
Therefore, do not look for the Savior in the world. Look within, for the Savior and Spirit of truth are within you. And when human beings get the message and begin to repent and accept all other members of the human family, even the "black sheep," then the world will get better.
Now, of course, some who claim to be Christian authorities may claim this message strives to denigrate Jesus and destroy Christianity, but that is simply not true. In fact, to fulfill real Christian prophecy, the messenger for the Spirit of truth glorifies Jesus for what he really was, not an idol to worship, but a Christ and Avatar, a sacrificial lamb of God, and one of the greatest servants of God there has ever been.
The modern son of man simply dispels the myths about Jesus, and exposes the false doctrine of preeminence and superiority that distorted Christianity into a religion of military empires. And the truth will reform Christianity so that it becomes what it was meant to be.
This judgment will ultimately correct egocentric, proud, militant right-wing Jews, Christians and Muslims who believe that their Messiah-King or Christ or Imam Mahdi will come in person as an Almighty Warlord-King to bring victory only to them by vanquishing all their "godless" enemies. For those who believe such a thing actually believe in a false god concocted by certain religious patriarchs who perceive God in their own image. They do not realize that the idea of an Almighty God- Superman was created by patriarchs who wanted others to fear their God. But while that’s understandable, the truth is that God is the omnipresent Great Spirit-Parent of us all.
Unfortunately, critics and accusers claim that this message takes pieces of scripture out of context to fabricate a false scenario. However, it is they, the false prophets and blind shepherds on the Religious Right who call themselves Jews or Christians or Muslims, who focus on certain pieces of scripture in the Tanakh or Bible or Qur’an to justify themselves. And they ignore all the scriptures in both the old and new testaments and Qur’an which do not support their false, man-made doctrine. They choose specific words to justify their pride, bigotry, militancy and imposing theocratic aggression and offensiveness.
Even worse, right-wing "Christian" critics have even accused the modern son of man of serving "Satan" because he states that God is the Divine Light-Energy-Source of our existence. But, the truth is that their false accusation is based on Paul’s mention of "Satan" as an "angel of light." And that needs explanation and clarification.
The context in which Paul wrote that phrase is not about some entity called "Satan" becoming an entity of light. Paul was talking about deceitful hypocrites: "For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness." (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)
Deceitful hypocrites who actually serve Mammon while claiming to serve the Lord are false apostles, false prophets, false shepherds and wolves in sheep’s clothing, and they are an "abomination" as Jesus said.
Furthermore, "God lives in light," that "God is Light," and that those who have really witnessed God are "children of light." (Exodus 24:10, Psalm 104:2, Isaiah 2:5, Isaiah 9:2, Isaiah 60:19, I John 1:5, I Timothy 6:16, etc.) A servant of God is "sent to bear witness of that Light ... the true Light which lights every man [and woman]." (John 1:8-9) That is how we are "made in God’s image," because God is Light and we are children of Light.
Further proof that "Satan" is not a real person or even an actual entity, but merely a symbol or the spirit or mentality of greedy, selfish, self-centered, materialistic man, was indicated when Jesus "rebuked Peter, saying, Get behind me, Satan." He was merely admonishing Peter for focusing on "the things that be of men" rather than on "the things that be of God." (See Mark 8:33 and Matthew 16:23.)
The message from the Spirit of truth will will reconcile Christians with Jews and Muslims, and with Buddhists and Hindus and all others. For the message is designed not to condemn, but to educate; not to punish, but to correct; and not to destroy, but to save.
As Lao Tsu wrote in the Book of Tao: "When the best leader's work is accomplished, the people will say, 'We did it ourselves!'"
See, the messenger leads only by showing the way. That's why he writes anonymously. For it is, after all, the truth, and nothing but the truth, that shall set us free.