THE GREAT RES(E)T? - THE GREAT RETURN INSTEAD!
At the beginning of a new millenium the world is at a critical point: the blessings and the sorrows of life have both become too big to be solved by mankind alone (see the book THE LIMITS TO GROWTH, first published by the Club of Rome in 1972). This paper tries to combine the wisdom of nations, of books and riders into a large picture of hope:
Maranatha (Aramaic: מרנאתא) is an Aramaic phrase which occurs once in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 16:22). It also appears in Didache 10:14. It is transliterated into Greek letters rather than translated and, given the nature of early manuscripts, the lexical difficulty rests in determining just which two Aramaic words constitute the single Greek expression (cited from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maranatha). It is translated as: "Our Lord, come!" but could also be translated as: "Our Lord has come"; or: "Come, O Lord"; the Message version paraphrases it as: "Make room for the Master!"
Today, a strong anticipation of the return of Jesus/Jeschua in the near future can be found among Bible faithful Christians. The rebirth of the state of Israel in 1948 is one of their striking arguments and their longing for the rapture (the return of Christ to take the faithful into heaven) was immensely triggered by the pandemic Corona-disease and the return of war to Europe.
At the same time, the many efforts of mankind to solve the effects of overpopulation of our planet are viewed with suspicion: like the World Economic Forum, World Climate Summits, or the World Health Organization.
"IT IS WITH THE HEART THAT ONE SEES RIGHTLY"
The Bible as a guideline for a single person´s life and mankind in total, especially the book of Revelation of John, is not easily understood. A verbatim interpretation may lead to many misunderstandings and fatal consequences. Thus a great day of judgement is anticipated by many Christians, summarized in the phrase ARMAGEDDON (also a title of a Hollywood movie). This website wants to present an alternative interpretation. An interpretation following the guidline of Antoine de Saint-Exupery: "It is with the heart that one sees rightly". This is also the way, Jesus has taught us. More on this, on the heart of a heavenly father, you find here.
THE ABRAHAM ACCORDS
Abraham is called the father of all men of faith. Galatians 3: 6: Thus Abraham "believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness". But there is one son of Abraham who has become a forgotten son for Christianity and Judaism as well: Ismael. No children´s Bible contains the story of Abraham sending his son away into the desert. But Ismael proofed to be a true son of his father. Many nations, the inhabitants of the Arabian peninsula and beyond, call Ismael their father. These nations were and are highly influenced by Bedouin society. A society based on the principle of solidarity, not only between men, but also between men and animal, especially their dromedaries and horses. The essence of Bedouin society is reflected by the mutual love between the Bedouin master and his horse.
Today, after many years of envity, peaceful relations have been started between a growing number of Arab or Muslim countries and Israel, under the name of Abraham Accords. Thus the wisdom of Salomon comes to life before our eyes: The threefold cord is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4: 12). The threefold cord is composed of 1st the sons of Israel, 2nd the Christians and 3rd the sons of Ismael.
THE GREAT RETURN
"Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True, and in righeousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like flames of fire, and on his head are many diadems; and he has a name inscribed which no one knows but himself. He is clad in a rope dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is the Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, followed him on white horses. From his mouth issues a sharp sword with which to smite the nations, ... On his robe and on his tigh he has a name inscribed, King of kings and Lord of lords." Revelation 19: 11-16
This text starts with a white horse, not with the rider of the horse, a horse that will be an Arabian horse, a horse that Ismael was presented with by God according to Arab traditions. Thus this rider (who is unanimously identified with Jesus/Jeschua/Isa by Bible scholars) will come in the tradition of the desert of Arabia, as a son of the "lost son" Ismael, or in a spiritual likeness of Ismael. Sent by the father to all his brothers on earth. Accompanied by the armies of heaven. For the marriage of the Lamb has come (Rev. 19: 7). And this marriage is celebrated by a special Bedouin habit: a FANTASIA (see wikipedia) as part of this special wedding taking place.
Photo: Matson Collection, from Library of Congress.
If you should hear of flying horses and riders coming from heaven, open your eyes and search the sky. And if you will not see, switch on television or any form of internet and see the riders on the white horses, led by a primus inter pares, called the WORD OF GOD, both by the New Testament and the Quran. Jesus is the word of the father in heaven that we are all his sons and daughters. He will come with his army of riders on Arabian horses to rescue all of us, regardless of our religions, believes or unbelieves. Regardless of who we are or what we did. Because we are all children of one heavenly father and creator and we write into the one BOOK OF LIFE (Rev. 20: 12) with our lives. The father is longing for our return home. In order that our hearts and his heart be healed: He will wipe away every tear from our eyes and his eyes, and death shall be no more, for the former things will have passed away (Rev. 21: 4).