recently became aware of elements in the possible return of Jesus that led me
to believe such event was imminent. I shall outline those elements.
Urantia Papers, Page 1863: Although Jesus
referred one phase of the kingdom to the future and did, on numerous
occasions, intimate that such an event might appear as a part of a world
crisis; and though he did likewise most certainly, on several occasions,
definitely promise sometime to return to Urantia, it should be recorded that
he never positively linked these two ideas together. He promised a new
revelation of the kingdom on earth and at some future time; he also promised
sometime to come back to this world in person; but he did not say that these
two events were synonymous. From all we know these promises may, or may not,
refer to the same event.
I believe these promises do refer to the same event.
You will note that two parallel statements are used, with
two elements repeated.
The fact that
these two statements are found co-emphasizing one another definitely shows
a phase of the kingdom would come as part of a world crisis
a new revelation of the kingdom on earth.
would not tie these two events together, repeated twice, unless there was a
good expectation that Jesus would return prior to or during these events.
persons today know that we are in a world crisis of unprecedented proportions,
and that the crisis is intensifying with each passing day. This is attested on
many fronts, from deterioration of family life, to degradation of our school
systems, to rampant immorality, to weather and geological catastrophes, to
species destruction, to worldwide strife and warfare, to increasing terror, and to the potential for total destruction of the
human race through nuclear mechanisms. Never before, in all the history of
mankind, has it been possible to destroy ourselves. We now can do so. We are on the very brink
of a total world collapse.
Within this world
crisis a phase of the kingdom will come. But that phase of the kingdom will
not come unless it appears as part of a new revelation.
Note that this is
a phase of the kingdom, and not the full kingdom in all its glory. The new
revelations will demonstrate the unfolding of that phase of the kingdom.
The Urantia Papers are a tool to be used
in the new revealing of the kingdom, but do not substitute for it. Rather, a
group of human beings will become the vehicle for the new revelation.
about the return of Jesus is
reinforced by New Testament remarks:
Matt 23:39 – “For I tell you,
you will not see me again, until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name
of the Lord.'"
Here Jesus tells us
explicitly the condition for his return. He will not return until these human agents go forth. And he is
predicting the future, not merely addressing remarks to his contemporaries. Or, we
might say that this group of human beings going forth to proclaim this phase of
the kingdom will do so concomitant with his return. If we are to go out proclaiming the kingdom, do
we not come in the name of Jesus?
Is he not the Lord? Since this teaching of the kingdom is new, not appearing
in our traditional religions, then it must mean that it comes at a time when
we will see him again. Indeed, this is reinforced by other remarks:
Matt 24:30 – “Then will appear
the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will
mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with
power and great glory.”
The Son of Man will come with a sign. While I do not wish
to put too much emphasis on this "sign," we can see that he will appear on the
clouds and in great glory. He will not appear on earth in material form.
He will come in a glorious light that will cover the entire planet. That will
be the sign of his return.
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The Return of Jesus
The return of Jesus is emphasized many times within the Urantia Papers;
we cannot help but recognize the significance of these remarks:
Page 227: . . . Regardless of the misunderstandings about the Urantian sojourn of Michael of Nebadon,
one thing is certainly authentic—his promise to come back to your world.
Page 598: . . . Again we find Urantia out of step with its sister
spheres in that your Jesus has promised to return. That promise he will
certainly fulfill, but no one knows whether his second coming will precede or
follow the appearances of Magisterial or Teacher Sons on Urantia.
Page 1025: And all these speculations
associated with the certainty of future appearances of both Magisterial and
Trinity Teacher Sons, in conjunction with the explicit promise of the Creator
Son to return . . .
Page 1319: Urantia is the sentimental shrine
of all Nebadon, the chief of ten million inhabited worlds, the mortal home of
Christ Michael, sovereign of all Nebadon, a Melchizedek minister to the
realms, a system savior, an Adamic redeemer, a seraphic fellow, an associate
of ascending spirits, a morontia progressor, a Son of Man in the likeness of
mortal flesh, and the Planetary Prince of Urantia. And your record tells the
truth when it says that this same Jesus has promised some time to return to
the world of his terminal bestowal, the World of the Cross.
Two entire sections are devoted to The Master's Second Coming, page 1914, and
The Return of Michael, page 1918. I shall consider the information contained
in those remarks. I shall not follow the sequence found in the text. I shall
use the text to illustrate.
We most positively believe that Michael will again come in person to Urantia,
but we have not the slightest idea as to when or in what manner he may choose to
come. Will his second advent on earth be timed to occur in connection with the
terminal judgment of this present age, either with or without the associated
appearance of a Magisterial Son? Will he come in connection with the termination
of some subsequent Urantian age? Will he come unannounced and as an isolated
event? We do not know. Only one thing we are certain of, that is, when he does
return, all the world will likely know about it, for he must come as the supreme
ruler of a universe and not as the obscure babe of Bethlehem. But if every eye
is to behold him, and if only spiritual eyes are to discern his presence, then
must his advent be long deferred.
As I stated above, my position is that we are in a world crisis, and that this
planet will be subject to terminal judgment by our Creator Son, Jesus. He will
come as part of that judgment.
The reason for his personal return is that he must
directly supervise this grave earthly crisis.
He is the only personality in
the universe who has sufficient power, as Creator, to prevent total world
But his personal presence is needed for other reasons. He
will be the moving spiritual force behind the new revelations, and the
demonstration of the kingdom. And he will supervise the great contest between
good and evil in the grave decisions facing all of us. Caligastia will be
released to do his iniquitous work concomitant with the return of Jesus.
Only one thing we are certain of, that is, when he does return, all the world
will likely know about it, for he must come as the supreme ruler of a universe
and not as the obscure babe of Bethlehem.
If he comes on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory, then everyone
will certainly know about it. But many godless minds will not be willing to
accept that the phenomenon associated with his appearance is spiritual; they
will give it a natural or scientific explanation.
If every eye is to behold him, and only spiritual eyes
are to discern his presence, then only those people with spiritual discernment
will recognize this event.
Do we recognize what it
means for him to come as the supreme ruler of a universe? Do we understand the
stupendous earth events that will take place concomitant with that event? Even
now we do not understand.
We are destined for a rude
awakening. His coming will be glorious. And it will precipitate the gravest
spiritual contest of all time.
The second advent of Michael on earth is an event of tremendous sentimental
value to both midwayers and humans; but otherwise it is of no immediate moment
to midwayers and of no more practical importance to human beings than the common
event of natural death, which so suddenly precipitates mortal man into the
immediate grasp of that succession of universe events which leads directly to
the presence of this same Jesus, the sovereign ruler of our universe. The
children of light are all destined to see him, and it is of no serious concern
whether we go to him or whether he should chance first to come to us. Be you
therefore ever ready to welcome him on earth as he stands ready to welcome you
in heaven. We confidently look for his glorious appearing, even for repeated
comings, but we are wholly ignorant as to how, when, or in what connection he is
destined to appear.
This passage is pregnant
with possibilities. Is it really true that the second advent of Michael is
of no more practical importance to us than the common event of natural death?
Would not his second coming be of such grandeur and glory that it would
outweigh the lowly experience of human death? How would our deaths compare
with such a glorious event?
We who are his children are
destined to see him. That event will take place if we go to him. But if he
first chances to come to us we, the children of light, will also see him.
Clearly, the children of
light are destined to see him when he comes. They will see and recognize his
He is ready to welcome us in
heaven. But are we ready to welcome him here on earth?
Jesus promised to do two things after he had ascended to the Father, and after
all power in heaven and on earth had been placed in his hands. He promised,
first, to send into the world, and in his stead, another teacher, the Spirit of
Truth; and this he did on the day of Pentecost. Second, he most certainly
promised his followers that he would sometime personally return to this world.
But he did not say how, where, or when he would revisit this planet of his
bestowal experience in the flesh. On one occasion he intimated that, whereas the
eye of flesh had beheld him when he lived here in the flesh, on his return (at
least on one of his possible visits) he would be discerned only by the eye of
Can we grasp the fact that only his earthly
faith children will discern him? Do we understand what that means? He will
appear in glory but only the children of light will see him in spiritual
Many of us are inclined to believe that Jesus will return to Urantia many times
during the ages to come. We do not have his specific promise to make these
plural visits, but it seems most probable that he who carries among his universe
titles that of Planetary Prince of Urantia will many times visit the world whose
conquest conferred such a unique title upon him.
You would do well, therefore, to disassociate the Master’s personal return to
earth from any and all set events or settled epochs. We are sure of only one
thing: He has promised to come back. We have no idea as to when he will fulfill
this promise or in what connection. As far as we know, he may appear on earth
any day, and he may not come until age after age has passed and been duly
adjudicated by his associated Sons of the Paradise corps.
I had puzzled over this remark for years. We
should not associate the Master's personal return with any settled epoch. In
other words, he would come as part of an unsettled epoch. Similarly, he would
not come as part of a planetary set or scheduled event; he would come as part of
an unscheduled, crisis event.
Christianity has struggled with the return of
Jesus for two thousand years. From the apostles on down to our times they looked
forward to his return. But this does not mean that we should continue in that
false expectation. We should now recognize the world crisis, and why he will
return as part of that crisis.
We are in a sufficiently dangerous condition to
warrant his return today.
This crisis is not on the heavenly schedules, and
it is not part of a set event.
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The Messengers of the Kingdom
Out of the general population on this world will
come a group of people to inform their brothers and sisters of these glorious
spiritual events, and the coming of the Kingdom.
Page 1041: All Urantia is waiting for the proclamation of the ennobling
message of Michael, unencumbered by the accumulated doctrines and dogmas of
nineteen centuries of contact with the religions of evolutionary origin. The
hour is striking for presenting to Buddhism, to Christianity, to Hinduism,
even to the peoples of all faiths, not the gospel about Jesus, but the living,
spiritual reality of the gospel of Jesus.
This gives us some idea of the imminence of the work of the new revelation.
All Urantia is waiting. The hour is striking. Today Christianity,
Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, and countless other religions do not have an open
ear to a new revelation of Jesus. They continue in their blind way, assuming
that they are each a more proper pathway to God. But we should understand that our
work, the work of you and I, will transform this new revelation into the
ennobling message of Michael. Something so dramatic is going to happen to our
world that all peoples will now open their ears to this message. We will not
bring a message that is burdened with the doctrines and dogmas of nineteen
hundred years of contact with these religions of evolutionary origin. We will
not speak about Jesus; we will speak of the living, spiritual reality of the
true gospel of Jesus. We will bring new revelations.
When Jesus comes in great spiritual light the
more spiritual members of the human race will eagerly await explanation of
that event. They will be from all religions and nations.
Page 1010: The future of Urantia will doubtless be characterized by the
appearance of teachers of religious truth--the Fatherhood of God and the
fraternity of all creatures. But it is to be hoped that the ardent and sincere
efforts of these future prophets will be directed less toward the
strengthening of inter-religious barriers and more toward the augmentation of
the religious brotherhood of spiritual worship among the many followers of the
differing intellectual theologies which so characterize Urantia of Satania.
As we read through the many words from the
Urantia Papers we begin to get some grasp of the work of these new
revelators. They will work for augmentation of religious brotherhood of
spiritual worship. Can you imagine a planetary crisis of such proportions
that Hindus, and Jews, and Christians will want to come together in prayerful
brotherhood? What would happen to bring such extraordinary sympathetic and
spiritual understanding among such differing people? It certainly is not any
Page 1914: . . . The things which you now
look down upon are coming to an end, but this will be a new beginning out of
which the gospel of the kingdom will go to all the world and this salvation
will spread to all peoples. And when the kingdom shall have come to its full
fruition, be assured that the Father in heaven will not fail to visit you with
an enlarged revelation of truth and an enhanced demonstration of
righteousness, . . . . . . I also promise that I will sometime return to
this world . . . for I will sometime return . . .
The things of this world are coming to an end:
all the riches we so dearly love, all the pleasures of our lives, and all the
institutions of learning, religion, and government. All will come to an end.
Out of this world crisis will come a new beginning in which the true gospel of
the kingdom will go to all peoples. Through this climactic period we will see
an enlarged revelation of truth and an enhanced demonstration of
righteousness. Never before in the history of man have such great revelations
come through human beings.
A Great Religious Persecution
This effort will come within the context of the
greatest religious persecution this world has ever seen.
1951: And I am telling you about all this before I leave you in order that you
may be so prepared for what is coming upon you that you will not stumble into
serious error. The authorities will not be content with merely putting you out
of the synagogues; I warn you the hour draws near when they who kill you will
think they are doing a service to God. And all of these things they will do to
you and to those whom you lead into the kingdom of heaven because they do not
know the Father. They have refused to know the Father by refusing to receive
me; and they refuse to receive me when they reject you, provided you have kept
my new commandment that you love one another even as I have loved you. I am
telling you in advance about these things so that, when your hour comes, as
mine now has, you may be strengthened in the knowledge that all was known to
me, and that my spirit shall be with you in all your sufferings for my sake
and the gospel’s. It was for this purpose that I have been talking so plainly
to you from the very beginning. I have even warned you that a man’s foes may
be those of his own household. Although this gospel of the kingdom never fails
to bring great peace to the soul of the individual believer, it will not bring
peace on earth until man is willing to believe my teaching wholeheartedly and
to establish the practice of doing the Father’s will as the chief purpose in
living the mortal life.
John 16:1-4 -- I have said all this to you to
keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues; indeed,
the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to
God. And they will do this because they have not known the Father, nor me. But
I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember
that I told you of them.
Note the parallels between these two passages:
your hour comes
when their hour comes
Clearly, this is an extraordinary period.
Luke 21:12-17 -- But before all this they will lay their hands on you and
persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will
be brought before kings and governors for my name's sake. This will be a time
for you to bear testimony. Settle it therefore in your minds, not to meditate
beforehand how to answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none
of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be
delivered up even by parents and brothers and kinsmen and friends, and some of
you they will put to death; you will be hated by all for my name's sake.
foes may be those of his own household
You will be delivered up even by parents and
brothers and kinsmen and friends, and some of you they will put to death
We should prepare to give our lives in the
service of the kingdom. Even our families may be against us.
I have detailed this episode on my web site, and
given the arguments why this is not the time of the apostles in early
Secular minds would not believe they are
performing murder in service to God. Would government agencies believe they
are killing in service to God? Jews would not kill Gentiles as a service
to God. Would Hindus or other groups?
The great difficulty facing us is this: Of all
the people on the world today, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, or other,
only one group would kill in service to God. That group is the
channelers, those who have given themselves to their "God," and who will fully
believe they are acting in service to God. Caligastia will bring them to those
(I do not ignore Muslims, who are killing in the
name of their God. But those events are political, not spiritual.)
How will we react to this persecution?
Page 1438: "This day, my son, you are to be reborn, re-established as a man
of faith, courage, and devoted service to man, for God's sake. And when you
become so readjusted to life within yourself, you become likewise readjusted
to the universe; you have been born again--born of the spirit--and henceforth
will your whole life become one of victorious accomplishment. Trouble will
invigorate you; disappointment will spur you on; difficulties will challenge
you; and obstacles will stimulate you. Arise, young man! Say farewell to the
life of cringing fear and fleeing cowardice. Hasten back to duty and live your
life in the flesh as a son of God, a mortal dedicated to the ennobling service
of man on earth and destined to the superb and eternal service of God in
God's Spirit will be with us. We will say
farewell to a life of cringing fear and fleeing cowardice. We will become
dedicated to the ennobling service of our fellow man. Troubles will invigorate
us; disappointment will spur us on; difficulties will challenge us; and
obstacles will stimulate us. We will become true children of light, casting
illumination into the dark corners of a bewildered and fearful world.
Page 2082: Religion does need new leaders, spiritual men and women who will
dare to depend solely on Jesus and his incomparable teachings. If Christianity
persists in neglecting its spiritual mission while it continues to busy itself
with social and material problems, the spiritual renaissance must await the
coming of these new teachers of Jesus' religion who will be exclusively
devoted to the spiritual regeneration of men. And then will these spirit-born
souls quickly supply the leadership and inspiration requisite for the social, moral,
economic, and political reorganization of the world.
Can you imagine what it will mean to depend
solely upon Jesus and his incomparable teachings? To place our lives and our
work in his hands? Do we not recognize that we will be exclusively devoted to
the spiritual regeneration of men? Out of this work will come a new leadership
that will transform the world. But we should not be excited into believing
this will come in one generation. It will come as the result of our work, but
it must unfold with the generations.
In winning souls for the Master, it is not the first mile of compulsion, duty,
or convention that will transform man and his world, but rather the
second mile of free service and liberty-loving devotion that betokens
the Jesusonian reaching forth to grasp his brother in love and sweep him on
under spiritual guidance toward the higher and divine goal of mortal
existence. Christianity even now willingly goes the first mile,
but mankind languishes and stumbles along in moral darkness because there are
so few genuine second-milers—so few professed followers of Jesus who really
live and love as he taught his disciples to live and love and serve.
Now we will come to know
what is meant by the second mile. Mankind languishes and stumbles along in
moral darkness because there are so few of us. But now mankind will know what
it means to live and love and serve, for our Creator.
The call to the adventure of building a new and transformed human society by
means of the spiritual rebirth of Jesus’ brotherhood of the kingdom should
thrill all who believe in him as men have not been stirred since the days when
they walked about on earth as his companions in the flesh.
Can you imagine the thrill to be of service to
our Creator in building a new and transformed human society? Will we not be
stirred to the greatest spiritual enterprise ever known?
The great hope of Urantia lies in the possibility of a new revelation of Jesus
with a new and enlarged presentation of his saving message which would
spiritually unite in loving service the numerous families of his present-day
That hope lies on our shoulders.
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The New Revelation Episode
Page 2082: But paganized and socialized Christianity stands in need of new
contact with the uncompromised teachings of Jesus; it languishes for lack of a
new vision of the Master's life on earth. A new and fuller revelation of the
religion of Jesus is destined to conquer an empire of materialistic secularism
and to overthrow a world sway of mechanistic naturalism. Urantia is now
quivering on the very brink of one of its most amazing and enthralling epochs
of social readjustment, moral quickening, and spiritual enlightenment.
We cannot, from the framework of today's world, understand the transformations that
are upon us. We will experience readjustment that will totally revamp our
social order. We will be forced on to a moral quickening that stirs new depths
of religious understanding within us. We will come to know the might of a God
of great power and glory. This will no longer appear as a dream of the ages,
as Christianity has hoped, as Judaism has expected, or as Hinduism has long
awaited. Now we will initiate those new revelations that will conquer an
empire of materialistic secularism, and overthrow the godless sway of
Page 2083: The modern age will refuse to accept a religion which is
inconsistent with facts and out of harmony with its highest conceptions of
truth, beauty, and goodness. The hour is striking for a rediscovery of the
true and original foundations of present-day distorted and compromised
Christianity--the real life and teachings of Jesus.
Again we are told that the hour is striking. The
new revelations will bring a rediscovery of the true and original life and
teachings of Jesus. Can we not grasp this great wonder that is about to
unfold? Do we not see ourselves in this greatest of all human enterprises,
bringing a new light to the world?
Page 2083: Primitive man lived a life of superstitious bondage to religious
fear. Modern, civilized men dread the thought of falling under the dominance
of strong religious convictions. Thinking man has always feared to be held by
a religion. When a strong and moving religion threatens to dominate him, he
invariably tries to rationalize, traditionalize, and institutionalize it,
thereby hoping to gain control of it. By such procedure, even a revealed
religion becomes man-made and man-dominated. Modern men and women of
intelligence evade the religion of Jesus because of their fears of what it
will do to them--and with them. And all such fears are well founded. The
religion of Jesus does, indeed, dominate and transform its believers,
demanding that men dedicate their lives to seeking for a knowledge of the will
of the Father in heaven and requiring that the energies of living be
consecrated to the unselfish service of the brotherhood of man.
How can we refuse to dedicate our lives to this
new revelation? How can we deny the challenge that God now brings us in unselfish service to the brotherhood of man. Just imagine! A new brotherhood
devoted exclusively to our Creator.
Page 2083: Selfish men and women simply will not pay such a price for even
the greatest spiritual treasure ever offered mortal man. Only when man has
become sufficiently disillusioned by the sorrowful disappointments attendant
upon the foolish and deceptive pursuits of selfishness, and subsequent to the
discovery of the barrenness of formalized religion, will he be disposed to
turn wholeheartedly to the gospel of the kingdom, the religion of Jesus of
Page 2083: The world needs more firsthand religion. Even Christianity--the
best of the religions of the twentieth century--is not only a religion about
Jesus, but it is so largely one which men experience secondhand. They take
their religion wholly as handed down by their accepted religious teachers.
What an awakening the world would experience if it could only see Jesus as he
really lived on earth and know, firsthand, his life-giving teachings!
Descriptive words of things beautiful cannot thrill like the sight thereof,
neither can creedal words inspire men's souls like the experience of knowing
the presence of God. But expectant faith will ever keep the hope-door of man's
soul open for the entrance of the eternal spiritual realities of the divine
values of the worlds beyond.
Page 2084: Christianity has indeed done a great service for this world, but
what is now most needed is Jesus. The world needs to see Jesus living again on
earth in the experience of spirit-born mortals who effectively reveal the
Master to all men. It is futile to talk about a revival of primitive
Christianity; you must go forward from where you find yourselves. Modern
culture must become spiritually baptized with a new revelation of Jesus' life
and illuminated with a new understanding of his gospel of eternal salvation.
And when Jesus becomes thus lifted up, he will draw all men to himself. Jesus'
disciples should be more than conquerors, even overflowing sources of
inspiration and enhanced living to all men. Religion is only an exalted
humanism until it is made divine by the discovery of the reality of the
presence of God in personal experience.
Page 1857: But mark you! never did Jesus say, "Whoso has heard me has heard
God." But he did say, "He who has seen me has seen the Father." To hear Jesus'
teaching is not equivalent to knowing God, but to see Jesus is an experience
which in itself is a revelation of the Father to the soul. The God of
universes rules the far-flung creation, but it is the Father in heaven who
sends forth his spirit to dwell within your minds.
Page 598: The
brotherhood of man is, after all, predicated on the recognition of the
fatherhood of God. The quickest way to realize the brotherhood of man on
Urantia is to effect the spiritual transformation of present-day humanity. The
only technique for accelerating the natural trend of social evolution is that
of applying spiritual pressure from above, thus augmenting moral insight while
enhancing the soul capacity of every mortal to understand and love every other
mortal. Mutual understanding and fraternal love are transcendent civilizers
and mighty factors in the world-wide realization of the brotherhood of man.
The personal presence of Jesus will most
certainly bring spiritual pressure from above. A great augmentation of moral
insight will take place. Now we will come to a much larger appreciation of
what it means to understand and love every other mortal. Those are the mighty
factors that will bring a world-wide realization of the brotherhood of man.
The dead theory of even the highest religious doctrines is powerless to
transform human character or to control mortal behavior. What the world of
today needs is the truth which your teacher of old declared: “Not in word only
but also in power and in the Holy Spirit.” The seed of theoretical truth is
dead, the highest moral concepts without effect, unless and until the divine
Spirit breathes upon the forms of truth and quickens the formulas of
Those are the things in store for we teachers
and leaders -- the greatest revelation ever to be known on this planet, not in
word only, but also in power and the Holy Spirit.
1575: So often persecution does follow peace. But young people and brave
adults never shun difficulty or danger. “Greater love has no man than to lay
down his life for his friends.” And a fatherly love can freely do all these
things—things which brotherly love can hardly encompass. And progress has
always been the final harvest of persecution.
Now it is our turn to lay down our lives in
loving service to our brothers and sisters, and to show the world the
wonders of Jesus in living glory and beautiful truth.
May 19, 2005
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