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A Study of the Hellene Word, Parousia
While studying the word “parousia” to determine its proper meaning, we ought not overlook the fact that the Kult, in its attempt to “rapture all true believing Khristians away to heaven,” completely ignores the meaning of the Hellene word, “parousia” (most likely pronounced, “pa roos ah”). That fact in itself verifies the importance of learning the proper meaning of “parousia.” (I generally transliterate the word in my translations, and I capitalize it—Parousia—because it is a technical term for the Lord’s future Arrival on earth.)
“Parousia” is not a New Contract (New Testament) word, but it is found in the Papyri, where it is used by servants and slaves in secular literature when speaking of the return of their master from a long trip. Thus, Yasu only used “parousia” in response to His Disciple’s question in Matthew 24.3, and never by His Own accord—because He is the Master of Whom He is speaking in those verses.
Paul uses “parousia” a total of fourteen times out of the twenty-four that it is used in the New Contract, and God obviously chose him to inform us as to its meaning. For as we shall see, parousia is one of the many N.C. words for which we do not need a lexicon to understand its meaning, if we simply study the passages where it is used.
As noted, “Parousia” is a technical term for the Future Coming of the Lord (I Kor. 15.23); but it also means to arrive at a place and to stay at that place (I Kor. 16.17); the word in itself never in any Bi-blical context has the meaning of a coming and then a going, as the Kult attempts to use it.
In the places where it refers to the “Future Coming,” it may be transliterated “Parousia,” or translated “Advent,” “Arrival,” or “Coming.“ It should be understood, however, that “Parousia” is not the only word that refers to the Lord’s Future Coming.
Because “parousia” is a very important N.C. word, I am listing all the verses where it is used. All of these should be studied individually within their context.
For although we must never make doctrine out of a single word or even a single verse, “Parousia” is an important word which by itself enforces our argument that there will be no such thing at all that we can define as what the Kult calls a “rapture,” in which the Lord supposedly returns only partially to the earth, stopping in the sky, snatching all “true-believing” Khristians from the earth, and then takes them off to the Upper-Levels for seven-years so they do not have to go through “the Tribulation.” No such verses exist anywhere in the entire Scriptures!
“Parousia” is used twenty-four times in the N.C.; in eighteen of those passages, “parousia” is used in its technical sense for the Lord’s Arrival. These are as follows: Mat. 24.3,27,37,39. I Kor. 15.23. I Thess. 2.19; 3.13; 4.15; 5.23. II Thess. 2.1,8 (in verse nine of II Thess. 2.9, “parousia” refers to the Antikhrist’s arrival, his coming). Yakob (James) 5.7,8. II Peter 1.16; 3.4,12. I Yohn 2.28.
When parousia is used in its normal sense (other than the technical term for the Second Advent), it means arrival or presence. In I Kor. 16.17 Paul says that he rejoiced at the arrival (parousia) of Stephanas. The other five times “parousia” is used in the N.C. it means presence.
It is important to study all of these passages, because they document for us that the word never means to come and then to go, as the Kult teaches. Those five passages are as follows: II Kor. 7.6,7, where Paul is comforted by the presence of Titus. II Kor. 10.10, where Paul informs us that his enemies claim his personal presence is weak. Philippians 1.26, where Paul looks forward to his presence with the Philippians.
Phil. 2.12 is the most significant verse insofar as our discerning what the meaning of parousia is, for Paul uses parousia there with its antonym (apousia).
Philippians 2.12 reads as follows:
12. “Therefore, my loved ones, just as you have always been obedient, not only in my presence (parousia), but also now much more in my absence (apousia), work out your own salvation with reverence and respect!”
Note too, for the sake of us all and our standing in the Last Days, that we must have patience in order to wait for the Lord’s Parousia. For Yakob says in 5.7: “Thus, brothers, be patient until the Lord’s Parousia (Arrival).” And then in the same verse he gives us an example of the Lord’s patience: “Pay attention! The Farmer (the Lord) waits for the precious fruit that is harvested from the earth, being patient with it until it can receive both the early and the latter rain.”
Yakob is, of course, referring to the First Contract where the “latter rain” represents the Lord’s Message and/or His Spirit that He pours out when He finally has pity on His people (when He sees them powerless, Deut. 32.36; Yoal 2.18), thereby showing them mercy, after which He both gathers and rejoins our whole family, Ephriam and Yudah—making them One People again. (Yoal 2.18-27; Zech. 10.1 & especially vv. 6-7).
The Lord’s patience is thus our example as we wait for His return.
So then, in its technical sense, the word “parousia” means for the Lord to return to earth and to stay here. It is His Arrival or His Advent or His Presence or His Return—His One and Only Return! And it definitely means that He will return and stay.
Therefore, the word “Parousia” when it refers to the Lord’s Arrival on earth is a perfect standard bearer against the Kult’s “rapture”—and will be the greatest and grandest Event in the Scheme of All the Ages up to the Beginning of the Eternity.
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