"I am with you for only a short time, and then I go to the One who sent me. You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come." (John 7:33-34)

Here Jesus is speaking in a Jewish temple court, clarifying that he is God's messenger.

He identifies this clearly by reflecting on, "the One who sent me."  Who is the "One who sent me"? It is none other than the Supreme Being.

Jesus also states that he will be returning to the Supreme Being once his physical body dies - "you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come".

Jesus is reflecting that he will soon be arrested and his body be put to death:
The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him. (John 7:32)
One might ask: Why would Jewish priests and temple officials be sending guards to arrest a person who was preaching about God in the temple courts?

The answer to this is that they were threatened by Jesus. They felt their ecclesiastical authority over the people was in jeopardy. They had to remove him because of their desire for authority.

This desire for authority is a disease that continues to rage among not only the Jewish religious organizations, but now, ironically, among the ecclesiastical Christian organizations of today. The leaders of these sectarian institutions - despite the fact that some state they are representing Jesus - provide a platform for those individuals who desire authority and followers to exert it within their organizational structures.

This is symptomized by their holding elections - thereby politically appointing their priests and ministers. Thus these priests and ministers do not represent the Supreme Being: They represent the body or council that elected and appointed them. They are beholden to the organization rather than the Supreme Being. Their authority comes from politics rather than from a devotion to the Supreme Being.

The text also indicated there were many believers in the crowd:
Still, many in the crowd believed in him. They said, "When the Messiah comes, will he perform more signs than this man?" (John 7:31)
Thus it appears that the Jewish teachers were teaching that a Messiah would come. But they questioned whether it was Jesus.

This tradition amongst many ecclesiastical sectarian institutions persists through today. The “chief priests and pharisees” of today’s organized institutions are so focused upon when the "messiah" will come - whether it be the first (Jewish) or second (Christian) "coming" - that they have missed the opportunity to hear the real teachings of Jesus. In other words, they are not interested in learning about the Supreme Being. They just want to feel saved.

Now let’s think about this: Is the Supreme Being so limited that He can only send one "savior" throughout the history of humankind? Is the Supreme Being this impotent that He can only have one son, and send only one messiah? And what about all those people who lived before the messiah comes or came? Do all the billions of people over the thousands of years before and after the messiah comes just miss out? Or will they have to wait around for him, in some kind of speculative purgatory? Is God so weak that He cannot figure out how to save a person who dedicates their life to Him? Does He have to make them wait for thousands of years for that messiah to come in order to be saved?

As for those supposed Christians who believe that Jesus was the one and only messiah: What about those who missed Jesus? What about those born in other cultures who never got the chance to hear about Jesus? Or were born before the time of Jesus? Are they just out of luck? Is the Supreme Being that limited?

And how about the Jews who are still waiting for this one and only "messiah:" Is there no hope for those who have lived and died before their messiah comes?

And what about any of the other philosophies based upon the teachings of one teacher from the past? Are they now out of luck because they missed this teacher? Or out of luck because they followed that teacher instead of Jesus?

And what about Moses, Abraham, Joshua, Solomon, Jacob, David, Jonah, Job and so many other messengers of God that have been described in the Old Testament and the Hebrew scriptures? Were they simply masquerading as teachers? Why did they bother to teach? Did they have no ability to help their followers? Did they not have the ability to save people?

Or, as considered by some ecclesiastical sectarian teachers, was their only purpose to predict the coming of Jesus? What about their followers, who died thousands of years before Jesus arrived on the scene? Do they have to wait somewhere (like the speculative purgatory state) for Jesus to come one day in the future?

And yet, to some ecclesiastical sectarian teachers, Jesus came, and yet people still have to wait for a second coming. Now they are waiting for Jesus to come again! As if the first time wasn't enough?

Why all the waiting and predicting of some event in the future for these two speculative religious philosophies?

The answer is that because they lack real authority from the Supreme Being, they do not know who the messiah is. They are not able to recognize the messiah because they do not represent the Supreme Being: They represent their respective politically-interested organizations. They are simply elected officials representing their political organization. And the purpose of their political organization: To gain more followers and exert more authority over the population.

It is for this reason that they create these myths about a first coming or second coming of the messiah. They create these to scare people into coming to their church or temple, because if the people don't attend their church or temple (and give money) then they will miss out on the first or second coming of the messiah. They'll be left in the lurch: they'll be one of those who gets sliced up and burnt in the fires, as the messiah tromps in on in his white horse. It's all very convenient: Come to church (or temple) or you'll get left behind to be burnt up in the pits of hell.

The reality is, “messiah” has been grossly misinterpreted in both the Christian and Hebrew translations and teachings. “Messiah” and “Christ” both mean “Savior.” There is only one Savior, and that is the Supreme Being. Since the dawn of time, God has been periodically coming or sending His representatives onto the earth in order to bring back those who want to return to Him.

Every generation and every culture has had access to one of God's messengers, and a person who becomes sincerely interested will be connected with this representative of God.

God is not a mean-spirited or small-minded person. He does not give one person a better chance than another. He treats all of us fairly, and each of us have an opportunity right now to approach Him and gain access to Him.

God is also not petty. He accepts our devotion - assuming it is aimed at Him - regardless of whether we call ourselves Christian (whether it be Baptist, Catholic or whatever), Muslim, Jew or Hindu. If we are worshiping Him with devotion, He does not care what group we have joined. It is the sincerity of our approach towards Him, and our love and devotion that He cares about. He could care less what group we've joined.

He is therefore constantly offering each of us the opportunity to return to Him.

The reason for this gross misinterpretation of scripture is because "messiah" is a position or post - the representative of God. It is not some unknown person who will come in the future.

Anyone whom God authorizes to represent Him becomes a "messiah," because remember, the Supreme Being is the true Savior or Messiah. This is how the Supreme Being brings us back to Him: He sends His representative to re-introduce us to Him. They also illustrate by their example how to live our lives in such a way that we can return to Him.

Any position or post can be misconstrued as only one person. Let's say that someone says: "The president will protect us." Now when they say this, they could be speaking only of the current president. Or they could be talking about the role or position of president in general. Or someone could potentially interpret this to mean a specific president in the future. Again, this due to the fact that those hearing the sentence did not understand the context of the statement.

In fact, the word indicating "messiah" in the Old Testament is based upon the Hebrew word מָשִׁיחַ (mashiyach) - which is translated to "anointed one" - but is the foundation for the word "messiah."

"Annointing" was described specifically in many verses as a process of initiation for a priest:
[God said to Moses] "Anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them so they may serve Me as priests." (Exodus 30:30)
The Jewish philosophy contends that Moses was messiah, but now they are waiting for the next real messiah. This is contradicted by the above statement as well as others, indicating that those who represent the Supreme Being are messiah.

Then the concept of a single messiah coming soon is confused by the use of the word  מָשִׁיחַ (mashiyach) within the structure of a role rather than a single person, as discussed from a vision of the angel Gabriel by Daniel. Gabriel said to Daniel:
"Seventy weeks are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy. Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the anointed one, the ruler, comes, there will be seven 'sevens,' and sixty-two 'sevens.' It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing [of the temple] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him." (Dan. 9:24-27)
As indicated in the translation, the meaning of שָׁבוּעַ (shabuwa`) indicates seven days, or a week. This means that Gabriel was predicting events that would occur within the next 10 years (70x7 days divided by 365 = 9.4 years), two months (7x7 days) and nine years (62x7 divided by 365), respectively.

There is no indication that Gabriel is speaking of some messiah to be coming centuries or even thousands of years into the future. Gabriel was speaking to Daniel about events that would unfold in the coming years for he and his people.

As for other Old Testament verses that supposedly indicate some future messiah, all of those also refer to "annointed ones," which, as we see from a number of verses, including Exodus 30:30 mentioned above, refer to priests who were initiated to become God's representatives.

As for ecclesiastical sectarian organizations deceiving their followers about the "second coming" of Christ, consider the so-many wrong predictions of dates given by so many charlatan teachers:

Hilary of Pointiers: 365 AD (the date predicted)
Saint Martin of Tours: 375 to 400 AD
Sextus Julius Africanus: 500 AD
Gerard of Poehlde: 1147 AD
John of Toledo: 1179 AD
Joachim of Fiore: 1205 AD
Pope Innocent III: 1284 AD
Melchior Hoffman: 1533 AD
Benjamin Keach (Baptist): 1689 AD
William Whitson: 1736 AD
The Shakers (Ann Lee): 1792 AD
Charles Wesley (Methodist): 1794 AD
Margaret McDonald: 1830 AD
Joseph Smith (Mormon): 1832 and 1891 AD
William Miller (Millerites): 1843 and 1844 AD
Ellen White (Seven Day Adventists): 1850, 1856 and early 1900s
Mother Shipton: 1881 AD
Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (Jehovah's Witnesses): 1914, 1915, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1941, 1975, 1994 and others more recent.

Yes, these were all dates predicted by these teachers to their followers: False predictions that brought in so many followers due to fear. Their followers were afraid that they would be left behind.

Jesus himself described his feeling towards these charlatans:
“Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will come to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” (Matt. 7:21-23)
The application here is "‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name..." In other words, Jesus is communicating that these liars are not to be admitted back to the spiritual realm, because they are not focused upon doing God's will: their focus is in accumulating followers.

And such is the nature of most of the ecclesiastical religious organizations existing today.

Again, the only real Messiah (Savior) is the Supreme Being: And the Supreme Being sends His representatives to re-introduce us to Him and bring us back to Him.

So did Jesus' "dying" on the cross and subsequent "rising" not occur in order to "save" us? Can we not, then, be saved by staring at the cross, or some ritual of eating a cracker and drinking some wine?

God's messengers save us by teaching us about God. They introduce us to God and tell us how we can re-establish our relationship with Him. This is why Jesus came to deliver God's message to us:

“My teaching is not my own. It comes from the One who sent me." (John 7:16)
And what is the teaching that the Supreme Being sent Jesus to teach us? The first and greatest instruction:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matt. 22:37-40)
Was Jesus the only person to have given us this instruction? No. In fact, Jesus was quoting Moses when Moses instructed:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'" (Deut. 6:4)
And consider Joshua, Moses' student, who also taught his followers:
“But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, to obey His commands, to hold fast to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul." (Joshua 22:5)
So both Jesus and Joshua were quoting Moses when they clarified this most important instruction. Jesus was teaching the same thing as Moses.

This is because both Moses and Joshua were representing God, as was Abraham, Jacob, Eli, David, Solomon, Job, Jeremiah, Jonah, Jacob, John the Baptist, Jesus, Jesus' disciples and many others. They were all representing the Supreme Being, so they were all saviors (or messiahs). They all were representing the One true Savior and Messiah: the Supreme Being.

The Supreme Being has continually sent us His representatives to guide those who are serious about returning to our loving relationship with Him, back to Him. Because He doesn't want us to wait. He wants us to return home to Him now.


(For a more appropriate translation of Jesus' statement, see the Devotional Translation of the Gospel of John Chapter Seven - translated from the original Greek texts without ecclesiastical sectarian influence.)