The Bible often speaks of teaching people by example of the past, and by the bad instances, where individuals have faltered in their thinking, and actions. Sometimes, though, people ignore the fact that history keeps repeating the same things over and over. So the question is: "Can we Learn from the Past?" How might we initiate a touch of the past that we can learn from?
Whenarrived on this earth some 1982 years ago, the Jews were not looking for an ordinary man who came from a modest household, a carpenter's son. No, they expected a 'spectacular display' of effulgent light, with glorious signs, to appear around the Messiah. Do people have this same perspective about Jesus' coming with judgment? Would you be surprised at the answer?
No, it is not surprising that people with ‘wide eyes’ describe what many of them call a rapturing of themselves away to be 'bodily taken' while leaving their vehicles, home, or "whatever" behind! But does the Bible describe this scenario? Is this thinking realistic with what the Bible Really Teaches?
Jesus taught that a resurrection was necessary inorder to live again. Therefore just like Jesus died and was resurrected to heavenly life...."death" must happen before a person can be taken to heaven. Flesh and Blood can not inherit God's heavenly Kingdom! However, flesh and blood can inherit the earthly realm of God's kingdom. This "the earthly" resurrection was what Jesus performed on several individuals who died in his day. One such individual had been dead four days. The question is, did Jesus take these individuals down from the bliss of heaven? Did Lazarus ever complain that Jesus had interrupted his wonderful experiences with God? Did he ask Jesus ‘why’ he took him from the ‘peace of heaven’ just so later-on as he grew old, he could most assuredly experience the pain that goes with death, again? And remember who resurrected Jesus to heavenly life...it was God who raised Jesus up! He was 'no longer' flesh and blood, but was raised a spirit person. (1 Cor. 15:45)
Why don’t people question these ‘out of ordinary’ things, and read the Bible for themselves, instead of listening to preachers, who never back up what they are saying with scripture? Jesus said that “no man had ascended to heaven” at John 3:13. And Acts 2:34 says that David didn’t ascend to heaven? So why are people so convinced by “individuals” who never verify what they say with scripture to "back up" what they say? Jesus was the "FIRST" to be raised to 'spirit life' to live in heaven after being a human. (Revelation 1:5)
Jesus verified that he would do resurrections on the “last day” when speaking of those who loved him. (John 6:39,40,44) The disciples even verified that they knew that the resurrection wouldn’t begin until the “last day”. (John 11: 24) Jesus gave the few demonstrations of what "resurrection" meant by performing these resurrections. He demonstrated what he will do on a "large-scale" on the "last day"! Well....so what or when is the “last day”? Can we find the answer in the Bible?
Jesus gave the clue to what he meant by "last day" in the scripture concerning judgment…he said: John 12:48 "He that disregards me and does not receive my sayings has one to judge him. The word that I have spoken is what will judge him in the last day." So it is plain that Jesus was speaking of a time, yet future, which would also be a time set aside for judgment. The scriptures make it apparent that Jesus will sit on his throne as judge, and lawgiver during his thousand year Reign. This is when he will judge ALL of mankind.
The Bible speaks of a resurrection happening during this time, which will bring people back to life on this earth. Those who rule with Christ in heaven will have already been raised up to be with him “as rulers” at the beginning of the Lord’s Day. The Bible book of Job speaks of the flesh of those who will be raised up as “fresh as when in youth” and Isaiah says that “no one will say, I am sick.” Yet, how many confuse and mix up the heavenly resurrection with the earthly resurrection? Those who go to heaven rule with Christ. Those who are resurrected back to earth are flesh and blood human beings with the prospect of eternal life before them. The earthly group are subjects of the Kingdom and the heavenly-spirtual, chosen-ones, are rulers with Christ over the earth.–Job 33:24,25; Isaiah 33:24; Matt. 5:3, 5.
As we mentioned in the outset, do people learn from the erroneous expectations of the past? Can people learn from the past? Yes, they can, but a person must study what they read from the Bible. Jesus told people to “not believe it” when people say, “look, he is here or there” and then he gave an illustration of lightening. He didn’t fail to mention that God’s Kingdom would NOT come with striking observableness! –Matthew 24:26-28; Luke 17:20.
In this same way, the Jews did not recognize the Messiah. No, they overlooked the fact that he was not coming with “signs and wonders”-a spectacular view like “fire works”-which displays a sort of magnificence of color and light. Yes, these ones treated Jesus as if he were someone ordinary…just a carpenter’s son. They would say, “Isn’t this the same Jesus, the son of Joseph, the carpenter’s son?”
Jesus ‘most certainly’ told them that he had been sent by God, as his representative! Yes, he had come to bear witness about the “truth” concerning God! He even told them he had been with God-in heaven-before coming to the earth to live as a human. This “Jesus” had been made a little lower than angels….as God made him human, so he could provide the ransom, to buy back what Adam had lost. Did Jesus EVER say he was God? No, he said God is his father! The Pharisees certainly got angry because Jesus spoke of living-before, knowing, and being with God, before coming to the earth. They didn’t listen to him! Instead they chose to criticized what they didn't understand. They chose to be presumptuous toward the son of God, for telling the truth, that they couldn't bear to hear, because he corrected their wrong religious views.
What can we learn from their bad attitude? Well, the Bible says that there will be those, who-today, pierce the Christ-by their actions-against the “truth” which Jesus directs. (Matt. 28:19,20) Before Jesus was pierced, the Jews who had Jesus hung, took sides with the political system of that day by declaring that they had, “No King, but Caesar!” This same scenario is happening, today, with religion! Does religion put faith in God’s Kingdom? No, they support "Caesar" and take sides with politics!
Can we learn from the past? This is the question, since history repeats itself!