The Second Coming of Christ
14.1 The Intellectualised, immortal Christianity
Although the concept of the Third Testament had gradually matured in Martinus’ consciousness, he was immediately conscious, since his Christ experience in 1921, that the spiritual science he would create was the fulfilment of the prophecy of the second coming of Christ in the form of the “Spirit of truth” or “the Holy Spirit”. This can be seen, amongst other things, from the article series Interpretation of Livets Bog: Preface from 1933.
Martinus: “I have received the promised Comforter: “the Holy Spirit”. It “teaches” me all things and “reminds” me of everything. And it shall be a sign to every one of my readers that this my statement is absolute truth that he or she will never in any single place in “Livets Bog” or my other manifestations find something that does not show that the universe is based on love, and that the divine words that “everything is very good” are absolutely true.” (Collected Articles 1, §7.16)
According to the Bible the Comforter would, amongst other things, glorify Christ, and as mentioned earlier in this book’s section 13.13 Martinus takes precisely Jesus’ statements, and with logic and the analyses of spiritual science he demonstrates the truth of Jesus’ words. Martinus “glorifies” precisely Jesus by “justifying” him, as described in LB3 §926.
Martinus also demonstrates how Jesus was the model of the perfect man (IC §6-7).
The Spirit of truth in the biblical formulation is indeed also a brilliant description of modern science, and is it not precisely spiritual science’s encompassing cosmic analyses which shall “guide you into all truth”?
The Spirit of truth shall “not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak”, as it says in the Bible. Martinus himself should not think up or invent anything, nor should he speak of himself, but only write that which he could experience with his cosmic senses, which intuitively enabled him to experience these eternal laws, principles and truths. Everything that Martinus has heard, he has spoken (See §1.7).
Martinus, “What I have explained are eternal realities that were in existence before I explained them. I have been merely the tool that has presented them to human beings. I bring them in fact directly from Christ himself, thanks to some cosmic experiences that have caused me also to be able to relate what has taken place.” (English Kosmos, no. 4/2008)
Precisely with the knowledge of the laws of evolution Martinus could predict “things to come”, for example the coming crises and world wars, the establishment of an international world kingdom and the finished creation of terrestrial man in God’s image after His likeness. It corresponds fully indeed to the words “he will show you things to come”.
In the Gospel of John chapters 13-17, the Second Coming of Christ by the Comforter the Holy Spirit has been characterized by 10 to 12 statements that on all points are in keeping with Martinus’ creation of the work of The Third Testament.
14.2 Martinus should not hide, he should say who he was
Martinus maintained that all his work was a science of love and that it was the continuation of Christ’s mission. He dared to stand forward and say that his work was the continuation of Christianity and Christ’s teachings. The Third Testament must necessarily be the expression of the Holy Spirit when all its analyses are identical with love. When there is a science that contributes to people becoming all-loving in God’s image, it must indeed be the Holy Spirit, argues Martinus.
Martinus was well aware that some people would think that it was boasting in the highest degree. But Martinus said it does not matter: I must not hide and say, “I dare not say it”. Later on life itself will reveal whether it was true or not.
In accordance with his mission Martinus felt compelled to stand forward and say that he was the one who should give mankind the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit came into Martinus himself when he was solemnly initiated through Christ in person to let His light shine out over the world (Intellectualised Christianity §3).
14.3 The Second Coming of Christ in the last days
As I said, the explanation and justification for the choice of the title The Third Testament came out first to the general public in 2004, but in his last speeches and lectures Martinus often oriented those interested about The Third Testament, and several of these lectures have in edited form been published as articles.
In a speech on his 89th birthday Martinus explained that we live in the time of the Second Coming of Christ. But it will not happen with the coming of a man who shall make miracles and preach sermons. What it is about is the continuation of the world culture that Christ inaugurated and laid the foundations for with his crucifixion and his divine words. As the people at the time of Jesus were not particularly intellectually equipped, he had to explain the great truths in parables and in symbolic form. He had to thus encapsulate the truth of his “Second Coming” in a kind of fairy tale language.
Many Christians believe that the Second Coming of Christ already happened at the Whitsun miracle shortly after the crucifixion, but Martinus dates the time of the Second Coming of Christ to our times, which are precisely the last days, with wars, concentration camps and atom bombs. See the explanation for “Darkness”, symbol no. 19, where Martinus interprets several of Jesus’ statements in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 24. Here Christ speaks about, among other things, that one shall flee when one sees the abomination of desolation (the atomic bomb explosion), one should not return home from the field. “And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!” (Matt. 24.19).
Martinus writes: “And what about coming down from the roofs or coming home from the field in the fall-out from the atom bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Was there anyone who could get away from the devilish, totally destructive flash of lightning in which this bomb explosion took place? What about the women who were with child? Did the glimpse of hell not strike them too so that they became disabled and gave birth to deformed foetuses? Have we not also experienced in this darkness of doomsday here in the twentieth century an attempt to wipe out an entire people with gas chambers and other methods of terror?” (EWP2 §19. 26).
Christ also warned that there would be many false prophets: “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore 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.” (Matthew 24:23-27)
The essence of the Second Coming is not that Jesus should appear in physical form. He is neither in the desert nor chambers. The Second Coming of Christ should happen in the form of “the Comforter, the Holy Spirit”. According to Martinus the Comforter the Holy Spirit is the same as the spiritual science. Martinus argues that spirit is knowledge, experiences and facts. Spirit, in other words, is consciousness.
Martinus: “A science will come into being in the world that will teach human beings what Christ could not tell them, since they would not have been able to understand it. It was announced that it would come at a later date, and that time has now come.” (English Kosmos, no. 4/2008)
14.4 What did Martinus say in his last lecture on the Third Testament?
Martinus had a long time previously announced that the lecture in connection with his 90th birthday would be his last (9 August, 1980). For many people it was also the last chance to see and hear Martinus, and there came therefore no less than 1200 people in the Falkoner Centre in Copenhagen. The speech, which was recorded on tape, has appeared in Kosmos in edited form. A highlight was, amongst others, when Martinus said: “Spiritual science has come to the Earth; Christ’s announcement about the coming of the Comforter, the Holy Spirit has been fulfilled. What I am relating is what the Comforter, the Holy Spirit is relating.” (The Christ Principle, English Kosmos, no. 4/2010)
THREE INTERPRETATIONS OF THE SECOND COMIN OF CHRIST
14.5 First interpretation: The Third Testament
The Son of man coming in the clouds is mentioned in The New Testament, Matt. 24.30 and Mark 13.26, and interestingly enough also in The Old Testament in Daniel 7:13: “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven”.
In Intellectualised Christianity (IC), published in 2004, Martinus has reserved the entire first chapter to the interpretation of the prophecy on the Second Coming of Christ. Here are two quotes from the book:
“That which Christ predicted, ‘the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send’, is thus a ‘book of knowledge’ or ‘life’ that would be manifested to mankind. […] Such a book cannot fail to contain the ‘many things’ Christ had to tell humanity, but which God would give later to the coming generations. Such a book cannot fail to be ‘The Comforter, the Holy Spirit’. With its fundamental underpinning of Christianity and thus by virtue of its kinship with the Bible’s two testaments, it will rightfully be called The Third Testament.” (IC §6)
“We have already mentioned that the Second Coming of Christ will be in the clouds with great power and glory. Does he not say exactly that it shall be like lightning coming out from the East and shining into the West? What is it about his Second Coming that can have such capacity? It can alone only be his all-encompassing divine message or universal information to humanity across the globe from East to West, from South to North. This message can only be the Holy Spirit or the Spirit of truth that God should send to mankind in Jesus’ name, and which should guide humanity into all truth and remind it of Christ and take of what he had said.” (IC §16.)
Martinus also addresses this topic in great detail in Book 3, What is Truth? (see chapters 19-28). The Second Coming of Christ is the continuation of the redemption of the world, it is a universal teaching that will go out across the globe; it is the intellectualization or the making scientific of all of Christianity. As this is not indeed observed with the physical sight, the Second Coming of Christ could symbolically happen “on the clouds with great power and glory”, “as lightning cometh out from the East, and shineth even unto the West”.
Nowadays, one could also say that information about The Third Testament via the Internet, television and satellite, can be sent out across the globe with the speed of light, like lightning from east to west.
14.6 Second interpretation: Cosmic consciousness
People shall not continue to follow a world redeemer, but they shall become independent-minded beings who themselves shall walk the last part of evolution towards the experience of cosmic consciousness. When one receives cosmic consciousness, one receives Christ consciousness, and that is the same as the Second Coming of Christ. Martinus writes in Humanity and the world picture: “People shall come to experience the Comforter the Holy Spirit and through this directly experience for themselves the great answers to the mystery of life, so that they no longer need to have Christ as an intermediary between themselves and the solution to the mystery of life, between themselves and the Eternal Father”. (Mankind and the World Picture, book 8, chap. 54).
Martinus’ study with the symbol no. 23 with the bible quote, Mark 13.26
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Magnification of the symbol with the bible quote
And then shall they see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory. Mark 13.26
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14.7 Third interpretation: The symbol on the front cover
As mentioned in §13.19, Martinus finally chose to publish The Third Testament with the Light and Darkness symbols on the cover because they were the two supporting pillars of the whole. The entire world picture is “mathematically” built around the principle of contrast with light and darkness, as Martinus explains in the detailed analyses.
From Martinus’ side there is no written documentation, but quite specifically I think that symbol no. 23, Light, on the front cover of The Third Testament is the fulfilment of the prophecy about “the Second Coming of Christ in the clouds” as there on the symbol is drawn a Christ figure that shines above the dark clouds brooding over the globe. In the symbol explanation Martinus writes certainly that it is a Christ-like being and not the actual Jesus Christ. But there is still some evidence that Martinus himself associated this bible quotation about the Second Coming of Christ to his own symbol. In the picture from Martinus’ study it can be seen namely that he has fixed with two clips a note on the symbol. With a magnification one can read the following text: “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory” (Mark. 13.26).
In The Old Testament it is prophesied that the Messiah would come into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. When Jesus with the disciples in the days before Easter was going up to Jerusalem, they had no donkey. Christ asks therefore some of the disciples to go out to borrow a donkey, so he can ride into Jerusalem. It was obviously important to Jesus that this biblical prophecy should be fulfilled.
In like manner I think that Martinus by drawing a symbol with a “Christ-figure in the clouds with great glory and power” and putting it on the front page of The Third Testament thereby also ensured that this biblical prophecy about the Second Coming of Christ also came true.
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Martinus, born in Sindal in the north of Jutland, Denmark, had a very minimal education and spent most of his early working life as a dairyman. In 1921 he experienced a spontaneous transformation of consciousness that enabled him to analyse life and describe its spiritual laws and eternal principles. Martinus writes in the preface to Livets Bog: “I had become my own source of light. The cosmic baptism of fire through which I had passed … had thus left the fact that entirely new sensory abilities had been released in me, abilities that enabled me – not in glimpses – but on the contrary in a permanent state of awake day consciousness – to apprehend all the main spiritual forces, invisible causes, eternal world laws, basic energies and basic principles behind the physical world. The mystery of existence was therefore no longer a mystery to me. I had become conscious in the life of the whole universe, and had been initiated into ‘the divine principle of creation’.”
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