Friday, February 3, 2017

The Title "Son Of Man" (Part 2)

Part 1 is available here.

AP: We continue with the main texts of the New Testament in which relates the coming of the Son of Man with Jesus, as promised in the previous post.

Mark describes the scene of the coming of the Son of Man in the following way:
"But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send forth the angels and will gather together his elect from the four winds, from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven." (Mark 13:24–27).
The same is basically communicated by the authors of the other two Synoptic Gospels (Matthew and Luke). John does not include this material. Matthew adds that before the appearance of the Son of Man as such, his banner will appear in heaven: "Then the standard of the Son of Man will appear in the sky and all the tribes of the earth will mourn" (Matt. 24:30).

Luke is more colorful in his description:
"There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory." (Luke 21:25–27).
Matthew states that the coming of the Son of Man will be absolutely sudden and also describes the scene in these words:
“For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. “Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather. “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And He will send forth his angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other." (Matt. 24:27–31).
“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. (Matt. 25:31)
Revelation makes a fleeting mention of a "Son of Man." It occurs only twice, once at the beginning of the discourse (1:13) and once in chapter 14, in a clear context of final judgment, although this will be described later:
"Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a Son of Man, having a golden crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, 'Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.' Then he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped." (Rev 14:14–16).
That this Son of Man is Jesus is made clear by the context of the book:
"Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands; and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a Son of Man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across his chest with a golden sash. His head and his hair were white like white wool, like snow; and his eyes were like a flame of fire. His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and his face was like the sun shining in its strength. When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man. And he placed his right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades." (Rev. 1:12–18).

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