Only the Apostles Saw Jesus Ascended into Heaven
The Apostles watched Jesus’ ascension into Heaven. Who are the Apostles? What are the names of the Apostles? Why was one Apostle missing?
Besides the angels only the eleven Apostles saw Jesus ascended into heaven. Who will see his return? Are the Apostles the only ones who will witness Jesus’ return?
Resuming the Book of Acts Bible Study, we stopped at Acts 1:8 yesterday and resuming at Acts 1:9, (today) which record Jesus’ ascension into heaven.
To re-iteriate we have divided Acts Chapter One into six sub sections. First, Luke’s Introduction, second Jesus’ last words before his ascension, third Jesus’ ascension, fourth the Apostles returned to Jerusalem to “wait” for the Holy Ghost, fifth Peter’s discourse, and sixth choosing Judas’s replacement.
We have already looked at Luke’s introduction to the Acts and Jesus’ Last words before his ascension. Today, we shall peruse subsections three and four, namely Jesus ascension and the Apostles’ return to Jerusalem.
After Jesus had spoken his last word, to the Apostles, they looked on as he was “taken up” into heaven and until he disappeared out of their sight.
However, wile the Apostles gazed after Jesus as he disappears into the clouds two angels appeared among them. It is interesting to note that at crucial times of Jesus’ pre-life (before he was born), life, death, post resurrection and “rapture” angels are present.
The angels said to the eleven Apostles, you “men of Galilee, why stand” you “gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as” you “have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11
Angels Informed Apostles – Jesus “Shall so Come in Like Manner”
However, let us discuss Acts 1:11 before we move on. The angels informed the disciples that Jesus “shall so come in like manner as” you “see him go into heaven.” To what event is this prophetic statement, made by these angels, referring? Clearly, the advent of Jesus spoken of here cannot be his Second Coming for then the Scriptures would contradict each other and there is no confusion in the Lord God.
Recall, the Second Advent of Jesus Christ has different and contrasting features:
- Every eye shall see Jesus’ return, Revelation 1:7 & Matthew 24:33.
- Jesus Second Advent is noisy, Matthew 24:31.
These two aspects of Jesus’ Second Coming differ from how he left. If he is returning “in like manner” they should agree.
- Privately – only his eleven Apostle saw him leave
- Quietly – No noise.
This description of how Jesus will return is not for His Second Coming but it describes the Rapture of the Church. The Rapture will be private, it will be for Jesus’ Apostles (the Church) and quite. Read more about the Rapture & the Ascension of Jesus Christ.
The Apostles Returned to Jerusalem to Wait For the Holy Ghost
The Apostles’ return to Jerusalem to “wait” for the Promise of the Father is recorded in Acts 1:12 – 14.
After a “Sabbath’s day journey” the Apostles did something interesting. The names of the Apostles are:
- James the son of Alphaeus
- Simon Zelotes
- Judas the brother of James
- Matthias, who was later appointed to fill the vacancy Judas Iscariot left, Acts 1:26.
After a long journey from the Mount of Olivet to Jerusalem, the Apostles “went up into the upper room.” They were later joined by “the women,” by Jesus’ mom and siblings. Then they all had a grand prayer meeting, and “continued with one accord in prayer and supplication.” They were waiting for the Promise of the Holy Ghost.
Finally, tomorrow, if the Lord allows, I shall continue this Bible Study of the Book of Acts, the Acts of the Apostles.
In closing, the Apostles watched Jesus ascended into heaven. Angels told the Apostles that Jesus would return in a similar way to how he departed. This describes the Rapture and not the Second Return of Jesus. The Apostles returned to Jerusalem (as Jesus instructed them) and actively waited for the Holy Ghost by having a prayer meeting. Note, the Apostles did not sit around and wait for the Holy Ghost but the Apostles waited with prayer and supplication. Let us watch and wait for Jesus’ return like the Apostles did with prayers and supplications.
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