I`saís Descent in the Bible
The bodily ascent of I`sa
is a belief shared by both, Muslims and Christians within the trends of
their own religions. According to Islam, I`sa u
was not crucified, he was raised up to the heavens and according to Christianity
, he was crucified and then raised up before death. As ascension calls
for descent, descent has also become an article of Faith in Christianity.
The overall scriptural importance of the matter is indicated in the following
extracts from the Bible :
"And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto
him privately saying, "Tell us when shall these things be? And what shall
be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" And Jesus answered
and said unto them. "Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall
come in name, saying I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And you shall
hear of wars and rumours of wars; see that ye are not troubled, for all
these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For Nation shall
rise against Nation, and kingdoms against Kingdom ; and there shall be
famines, and pestilence, and earthquakes, in diverse places."
(St. Matthews Chapter 24, Verse 3-8)
"Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there: believe
it not. For there shall arise false Christís, and false prophets, and shall
show great signs and wonders; in so much that, if it were possible, they
shall deceive every elect. Behold, I have told you before. Where if they
shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold,
he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh
out of the east; and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming
of the Son of man be. For where so ever the carcass is, there will the
eagles be gathered together.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be
darkened and the moon shall not give her light , and the stars shall fall
from the heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. And then
shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven; and then shall all the
tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the son of man coming in
the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."
(St . Matthews, Chapter 24, Verse 23-30)
"Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender,
and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye,
when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors."
. Matthews, Chapter 24, Verse 32-33)
"And when he spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken
up: and a cloud receive him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly
toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel:
Which also said , "Ye men of Galille, why stand ye gazing up into the heavens?
This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come
in like manner as ye have seen him go into the heavens."
(The Acts of the Apostles, Chapter1, Verse 9-11)
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