First let me say that no one really knows what Jesus said about anything. The gospels were not written til decades after his life by anonymous writers using the pseudonyms Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Paul's letters were written before any of the gospels, so Paul had nothing to go on, and that's why he doesn't mention the details of Jesus' life in any of his letters. However, according to the gospels, Jesus, several times, predicted he would come again to earth after his departure. Matthew 24 contains Jesus' purported prophecy of the end of days and the time of his second coming. In verse 34 Jesus said that "this generation" would not pass before all these things had been fulfilled. This would appear that Jesus meant the generation then living in his own time. But the so-called prophecy experts to the rescue yet again. And again, to quote Shaw,"No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says; he is always convinced that it says what he means." These prophecy "experts" self-interpret this verse to refer to the generation living at the end of time, the reason being that none of the things prophesied in Matthew 24 occurred back then. But take a look at two other passages (Matthew 10:23 and Mark 14:61-62). In Matthew 10:23 Jesus nearly pinpoints the time of his second coming. He told (verse 5) his twelve disciples, that they would not have finished going through all the cities and towns of Israel spreading his message before he had come again; verse 23: "But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come." It is obvious that all twelve disciples are nearly 2000 years dead, and there is no sign of Jesus. Then there's Mark 14:61-62: "But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven." Jesus told the high priest then living that he would live to see Jesus return in his second coming. It is obvious that the high priest is nearly 2000 years dead, and there is no sign that Jesus ever returned. The plain and simple truth is (1)Jesus never said these things, they were later ascribed to him, or (2)If Jesus really said these things he was mistaken, wrong, just like Ezekiel was wrong about Nebuchadnezzar razing Tyre.

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Or.....  Jesus DID return, but in secret?  Didn't like what he saw, and left again?

I'm not convinced there ever was a Jesus as described in the bible, and there seems to be controversy as to whether there was a Nazareth at the time of Jesus of Nazareth.  

The prophecies of a fictional character......

There probably was a rabbi known as Joshua, meaning that his name would have been Jeshua and thus Reb Jeshua.  The Holy Land was teeming with prophets and soothsayers, magicians and holy men at this time in history.  That is most likely why Acts disses Simon Magus so vehemently: he was a forerunner or rival of Christianity.  Few people have gone to the trouble of obtaining a copy of the holy book attributed to Simon, but let me tell you, it is one beautiful book, very awe-inspiring (if you're of a mystic frame of mine).

The supernatural does not exist.




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