KARAITE ISRAELITE MOSQUE OF ASCENSION
AND THE TEMPLE OF KEDAR MINISTRIES
(The Original Kedar-Rite of the Karaim)
JESUS THE UNIQUENESS OF HIS ASCENSION
(WHO HAS ASCENDED AND DESCENDED?)
There are two types of ascension experiences and Jesus uniquely experienced a third type of Ascension
PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL ASCENSIONS
1. The first is a physical ascension in which the body ascends. This was experienced by the Prophet Elijah and earlier the Prophet Enoch(Idris) . With this type of ascension the person does NOT return
2. The second type of ascension is a journey of the spirit. This type of ascension or vision was experienced by Yakub who was renamed Israel, and later the Prophet Muhammad in what was known as Al-Isra or the Midnight Journey. According to his ascension experience the Prophet Muhammad traveled in spirit from Mecca to Jerusalem and then ascended to heaven. In this type of spiritual travel the individual DOES RETURN from the ascension experience and continues his life until death on earth.
ASCENDING AND DESCENDING
3. However Jesus uniquely experienced a third type of ascension. Like Elijah and Enoch Jesus experienced a bodily ascension. However unlike Elijah and Enoch he returned with his body and lived for 7 more years before dying.
The uniqueness of Jesus' ascension was that he would have a bodily ascension and would descend in the same manner.
In this regard John 3:13 explains that no one has ever physically ascended to heaven in bodily form (in the manner of Elijah and Enoch) and returned (descended) as he would be doing.
No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.
This was based on a prophecy in Proverbs
Proverbs 30: 4
Who has ascended into heaven and descended?
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."
JESUS DESCENDED AT PENTECOST
As foretold the disciples did witness Jesus' descending which took place at Pentecost. Most do not understand that Pentecost was Jesus returning. He blew the Holy Spirit upon them and gave them the gift of tongues(languages).
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them
The violent wind and the Tongues of fire was Jesus speaking to them and breathing the Holy Spirit upon them:
Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit.
Therefore the disciples witnessed Jesus ascend and descend which no man had ever done before:
No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven.
JESUS RECONNECTED HEAVEN AND EARTH
By overcoming the natural laws of ascension Jesus was able to connect heaven and earth. Therefore his act of ascending and descending would be a prerequisite or preview of his role in establishing the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Although Elijah the Prophet ascended in body he could not descend in bodily form. Therefore it would be John the Baptist (Yahya) who would come in the spirit of Elijah:
For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.
And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.
Elisha was told that if he witnessed the bodily ascension of Elijah then a double portion of Elijah's spirit would fall upon him as he requested. Receiving the Spirit of Elijah would only be possible if Elijah ascended in the body because that meant that he would not be returning:
II KINGS 2:9-10
When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?" "Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit," Elisha replied."You have asked a difficult thing," Elijah said, "yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours--otherwise, it will not."
Therefore it was the Uniqueness of Jesus that allowed him to ascend and descend in the manner of an angelic being. During his own spiritual vision of ascension Jacob witnessed a ladder that connected heaven and earth from which angels ascended and descended upon it:
And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
Through a miraculous bodily physical ascension and descension Jesus has now reconnected heaven and earth in preparation for the establishment of the Kingdom of God on Earth.
'Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.