The Ascension of Christ
Although I suspected that Christ’s ascension into heaven was merely part of his deception, him having had to wait 40 days after his crucifixion for a thick enough cloud of mist to roll over the mountain so that he could ‘disappear into heaven’ (Barbelo, p. 362,
“…Christ’s motivation for disappearing in the clouds with a promise to return (he must have slipped from sight up the mountain on a misty morning),”
I somehow missed that it was actually recorded exactly as such in the New Testament (Acts 1:9-11),
“After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.’ ”
He wasn’t taken up into heaven by four angels, each grabbing a foot or a hand, flapping their wings until they disappeared as a tiny white spec into the blue yonder. No, he merely walked up into the mist until he had disappeared from sight, and descended on the other side as … Paul. He had to assume a new identity as he was supposed to have been taken up into heaven. I will not even attempt to explain how the Lord managed to stage his ‘transfiguration’ (he began to shine with bright rays of light on a mountain), unless it was simply an outright lie he instructed the ‘witnesses’ (Peter, James and John) to spread.
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