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Stefan Emunds (stefanemunds) | 21 comments - The foreword of the short essay The Second Coming of Jesus Christ by Stefan Emunds -

Many people have tried timing Christ’s return. Some early Christian scholars predicted 500 A.D. Pope Sylvester foretold 1,000 A.D. - maybe because it is such a nice, round number. Disappointed by an eventless millennia change, Sylvester adjusted the date to 1,033 A.D. - one thousand years counting from Jesus’ death. Again nothing.
The list goes on: Sandro Botticelli, an Italian painter of the early Renaissance, was wrong to place it three and a half years after 1500. And so was the Astrologer Johannes Stöffler, a German mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, priest, astronomical technician, and professor at the University of Tübingen. He assumed that a planetary alignment in Pisces in 1524 would do the job. 
Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish scientist, philosopher, theologian, and mystic, claimed that he had visions of Christ almost on a daily basis. He couldn’t resist either and singled out 1757. Noteworthy, Emanuel postulated that Christ's comeback wouldn’t repeat history, that he wouldn’t return as Jesus, but instead clothed in the Holy Spirit.
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, anticipated 1836. Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism and the Latter Day Saint movement, advocated 1891. The Catholic Apostolic Church picked 1901, Jehovah’s Witnesses 1914.
Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect, and esotericist, assumed that Hitler was the Anti-Christ and estimated that the end of days would occur sometime between 1930 and 1939.
In his essay The True Nature of the Second Coming, Rudolf argued against another incarnation of Jesus. His reasoning: He came before in a physical body of flesh because human faculties were dependent upon His presence in such a body only at that point in time. But now, with higher faculties, people will be able to perceive Christ’s etheric body as an even greater reality.
Hence, the Second Coming of Christ would take place in the etheric world (astral universe), or rather people will become aware of Christ’s eternal presence in the etheric world.
Kinda disappointing, isn’t it? Since Christ hasn't returned for such a long time despite great anticipation, there is either something wrong with him or with the prediction. Is he too busy somewhere else, was it a vain promise, or did it promise something different than wise churchmen thought?
What other interpretations are possible? Well, Jesus could show up as a different person under a different name. He could return in secret*, but that would kinda defeat the purpose, wouldn’t it? He could also visit each one of us in private.

What do you think?

* Dostoyevsky played with this thought in The Grand Inquisitor, an inspiring poem in his novel The Brothers Karamazov.


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