What I have found so far, concerning this is only in the New Testament––which makes it highly suspect. When you look up the words for coming (as in Second Coming), you find something very interesting. The Greek word is similar to the Hebrew word paniym, which means presence. But not in the physical sense.
Now Yeshua’s presence could actually be His Spirit. When searching through the Hebrew Scriptures all I could find was when God says He will pour out His Spirit upon His people. We know that this happened on Shavuot (Pentecost) two thousand years ago, and I thought it was only the miqra (rehearsal) because it will happen again. But the more I research, the more I’m convinced that Yeshua already came––on Shavuot.
So lets dive into the words behind the verses:
We know that God’s Spirit will be poured out again, but will He also physically reappear? He could certainly do that, but truthfully, I have not been able to back up the doctrine of Yeshua physically returning a second time to the Earth––everything that is Truth should be in the Hebrew Scriptures. This doctrine is not there unless it is cleverly disguised.
Christian teachings of this doctrine call Yeshua’s Second Coming our hope. But that isn’t our hope. Our hope is in what He already did for us two thousand years ago, in redeeming our spirits! To put hope into something that may not be true is false hope.
And if you are hoping He will return to take you away, you’d better really be ready. Do you know about the Hebrew roots movement? Do you know God’s Torah? Do you celebrate His Feasts? Are you walking with God just like Enoch walked with God?
These are things that you need to be doing if you want to be translated as Enoch was. We will not be taken up into the clouds (the word for clouds is actually Spirit––see below). We will be taken in the Spirit and will cross over to the other side, in the blink of an eye––if, and only if we are ready. That is what the Greek and Hebrew words translated as translated really mean––to cross over to the other side.
And one can only cross over to the other side if they are as one with Yeshua. Constantly communing with Him, spending time with Him, knowing Him. Enoch was our example. If you are expecting to be translated or taken up into the clouds or cross over to the other side, in the midst of living your life just as the heathens do, then you are in for a rude awakening.
But what about 1Thessalonians 4:17?
“Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet Yahweh (Yeshua) in the air...”
The literal translated Greek, word for word:
“Then we the living who remain together with them shall be caught away in the air meeting Yahweh (Yeshua) in the air ...”
We cannot take this literally by the English words. We must look up the Greek words, and then find the equivalent Hebrew words. The key words in this verse are: air and caught away and meet (the word clouds is not even in this sentence).
Greek for air is aer and means to blow or breathe (has absolutely nothing to do with clouds or air). It was translated from the Hebrew ruach which means wind, to breathe, to blow––or Spirit.
Greek for caught up is harpazo (a derivative of haircomai) which means to seize or take by force. Haircomai means to take for oneself or to prefer.
Harpazo is from airo, which means to lift or to raise; to remove or expiate sin, and is comparable to the Hebrew word nasah, meaning to lift. In other words, sin was lifted spiritually from those who believe in Yeshua. Nasah is from ner, meaning the lamp of God.
Airo is actually a spiritual thing happening––not something we can actually see in this world.
Greek for meet is apantao or apantesis, which usually means an encounter. But it is from apo, which has numerous meanings, but it has been discovered that in most cases it means by or because of.
And so the actual translation of 1Thessalonians 4:17 is:
“Those who have had sin removed by Yeshua, will be taken for Himself by His Spirit, because of His Spirit dwelling (encountering our spirits) inside us.” (This taking will appear much like the smoke from the lamp of God going up).
To be taken by God’s Spirit is very real––it is not something like a dream or vision. It really happens. Anytime someone in the Bible mentions being taken in the Spirit they are speaking of something that literally happened to them. We somehow think this means in our minds, but in the Spirit is a physical thing that happens.
This is what will happen to those who are ready for Him, when Yeshua returns to take us. We will not meet Him in the air or in the clouds. We will be taken to Paradise by God’s Spirit––in the Spirit.
What about Acts 1:9 & 11?
“Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.”
“Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Yeshua (Jesus), Who was taken up from you into the Heavens, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into Heaven.”
Taken up is epairo and is from airo, which means to lift or to raise; to remove or expiate sin, and is comparable to the Hebrew word nasah, meaning to lift. In other words, sin was lifted spiritually from those who believe in Yeshua.
And it is also from epi, which means a superimposition of time, place and order. It is beyond time and space––what was seen by Yeshua’s disciples was beyond their comprehension. They saw Yeshua, but then they didn’t see Him, as He superimposed into the cloud (there was an actual cloud in this sentence). And then they are told He will return in like manner.
Again: Airo is actually a spiritual thing happening––not something we can actually see in this world.
The Greek word for like is houto, from houtos, meaning plurally in this way. The Greek word for manner is tropos, which means style. This word is from trope, which means to turn. The Hebrew word for turn is shoov. Shoov can also mean to return (to God).
This like manner sentence is so loaded with spiritual implications, that there really aren’t any accurate words in English to do it justice. But I will try:
This sentence is stating that Yeshua returned to God in the Spirit, and that He would return in like manner (in the same way) to the Earth. Yeshua would return in the Spirit.
All of this is to say that what happened to Yeshua was in the Spirit––He didn’t just rise up into the sky and hide behind a cloud.
All of these verses are actually saying that Yeshua said He would return, and He did when His Spirit came on Shavuot (Pentecost).
All the evidence states that Yeshua did in fact return in the Spirit––His Spirit returned.
We are waiting for His physical return, but there is nothing in Scripture, nor in the New Testament that states this.
This is a false doctrine.
Yeshua is already here––His Spirit is already here reigning on this Earth.
He is alive and well residing inside each true believer! This is a very real phenomenon!
What He will do is return to call His people to come to Paradise with Him.
It is in Paradise that Yeshua will be in Physical form.
Updated September 7, 2018
September 7, 2018 Still working on this page, but it should be done soon!