Saturday, November 28th, 2009
"Just as the days of Noah were, so the presence of the Son of man will be." (Matthew 24:37)
The fact that the Greek word pa·rou·si′a refers to an extended period of time harmonizes with what Jesus said with regard to his presence. (Matthew 24:38, 39) Notice that Jesus did not liken his presence to the relatively short period of time during which the Flood occurred in Noah’s day. Rather, he compared his presence to the much longer period of time that led up to the Flood. Included therein were Noah’s building of the ark and his preaching work, right up until the time that the Flood finally arrived. Those events occurred over many decades. In a similar way, Christ’s presence includes the events leading up to and including the great tribulation. (2 Thessalonians 1:6-9) Other Bible prophecies make it evident that Christ’s presence refers to an extended period of time and not merely to his coming to destroy the wicked.
(Watchtower issue: 02/15/08, 5:4, 5)
Jesus' words at (Matthew 16:1-3) have always struck me as being so appropriate in relation to human behavior and lack of comprehension:
“The Pharisees and Sadducees approached him and, to tempt him, they asked him to display to them a sign from heaven. In reply he said to them: ‘When evening falls you are accustomed to say, “It will be fair weather, for the sky is fire-red”; and at morning, “It will be wintry, rainy weather today, for the sky is fire-red, but gloomy-looking.” You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but the signs of the times you cannot interpret.’”
Humans show remarkable insight and intellect in regards to some aspects of life...yet at the same time can be completely oblivious to the bigger picture.
The way so many people don't seem to comprehend or 'see' such obvious indications that make up the 'composite sign' of Jesus' Presence -reminds me so much of the Pharisees and Sadducees. They invested so much time in research & study, and they were always so fixated on minor details, law codes, and getting down to the 'nitty gritty' in all areas of life. Yet despite all their knowledge, they were virtually 'blind' to the reality of what was going on around them. They wanted Jesus to show them 'a sign' even though 'the signs' were all around them...they were just choosing to ignore the evidence.
And in the end, none of their 'superior intellect' (which they spent all those years studying and teaching), helped them, or anyone else, one bit. It was all destroyed or taken away when Jerusalem was captured.