Sunday, November 28, 2010

What is the Second Coming?

Jesus said to his disciples: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage,
up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away. So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man.”…..Matthew 24: 37-39

Most times we interpret this saying of Jesus to His second coming at the end of time. But Jesus clearly amplifies this statement when further He says “Two men will be out in the field;
one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left.”………. Matthew 24: 40-41

Jesus is clearly talking about the end of each and every human being and the need to be constantly prepared through leading a spiritual life.

Each one of us is called to become a Noah. St Augustine of Hippo (354-430), demonstrated in 'The City of God' that the dimensions of the Ark corresponded to the dimensions of the human body, which corresponds to the body of Christ. Noah is the pure consciousness which is carried from one existence to another in this ark.

The Jewish Encyclopaedia states that “According to Midrash. Agadah on Gen. v. 29, Noah obtained his name, which means "rest," only after he had invented implements for tilling the ground, which, owing to the lack of such implements, had yielded only thorns and thistles (comp. Gen. iii. 18). In this manner Noah really brought rest to mankind and to the earth itself. Other reasons for this name are given by the Rabbis; e.g., Noah restored man's rule over everything, just as it had been before Adam sinned, thus setting mankind at rest.”

Thus the name and person of Noah is synonymous with ‘Rest and restoration’. If we examine the dynamics of Divine consciousness, it is always alluded to as ever resting. It is only when we perceive with our human consciousness that we see creation and its associated dynamics. Hence Noah symbolizes the Divine consciousness which is ever at rest and is ferried through the human body from one manifestation to another.

The coming of the Son of Man is always alluded to in esoteric interpretations to the descending of the Divine, all embracing consciousness, into the material world. Every son of man can become the Son of Man (with capital S and capital M) when his individual consciousness is integrated with the Father or the source of all consciousness. This is the reason that a flood, which eradicates all physicality is talked of as a prelude to the coming of a new covenant or a new manifestation through Divine intervention. The myth of the deluge and the flood indicates this deeper meaning in the Genesis.

The purpose of creation was pure and it was an emanation of the Logos but due to our own potency human consciousness embraces the darker side of its existence namely; the material world and its attractions. The first coming of Son of Man was in the virgin birth of Divine consciousness in every human being at the time of our birth. Though we become alienated from our true nature, the second coming of the Son of Man is to safely ferry this manifest consciousness through the deluge and physical annihilation into a new existence.

St. Paul writing to the Romans admonishes as to how one should prepare for this event in our life
“For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed; the night is advanced, the day is at hand. Let us then throw off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light; let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and lust,
not in rivalry and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.”………Romans 13: 11-14

May Christ consciousness restore our true nature!

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