Apocalypse (3)1 “The Second Coming”

In the holy city, New Jerusalem within a new heaven and a new earth, the final and seventh manifestation of Christ coincides with the manifestation of the Father who together share the throne (22:1). The temple of the city (its walls measured by human measure, which is angelic) is a manifestation of the One God, even when the glory of the revelation of the Father illuminates the city as its light and Christ carries the light as its “lamp” – in a city which knows no night (21:22ff) and is not in need of light of lamp or sun (22:5).

The prologue of the Gospel of John speaks of the Word who was in the beginning, with God and at the same time “God”, through whom everything entered into existence – who was in the world, which through him had entered into existence. This is the Word which on earth entered into existence in the flesh, to dwell among human beings as the Christ, to die and rise from the dead.

The Apocalypse to John speaks of him, through whom the new world came into existence, its city fashioned in human, which is angelic, measurements – in which the Word once more is “with God”.

  1. After a presentation in the Boston Christian Community congregation, July 29, 2007. Edited by Muriel Morris.
  2. See Rudolf Frieling’s article on the Ascension of Christ, in his (German) collected works: Gesammelte Schriften zum Alten und Neuen Testament, Part III, Christologische Aufsätze, Stuttgart 1982, pp 172-179.
  3. See “Apocalyptic Times”, the fourth (August 5, 2007) contribution.
  4. Rudolf Frieling in the opening paragraph in the last chapter, “Human Evolution in the Apocalypse of John” in his Christianity and Reincarnation (Floris Books, Edinburgh 1977), pp 90-91.
  5. See the following contribution with its contemplation of the Seven Letters to the angels of the congregations.
  6. See the article by Jochen Butenholz on the “Second Coming” in Ich sah den Himmel aufgetan, pp 17-25 (ed. Johannes Lauten), Urachhaus, Stuttgart 2006, the book mentioned earlier.
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