The Urantia Book -- Part IV. The Life And
Teachings Of Jesus
PAPER 176: Section 4.
The Return Of Michael
Of all the Master's teachings no one phase has been so misunderstood as his
promise sometime to come back in person to this world. It is not strange that
Michael should be interested in sometime returning to the planet whereon he
experienced his seventh and last bestowal as a mortal of the realm. It is only
natural to believe that Jesus of Nazareth, now sovereign ruler of a vast universe,
would be interested in coming back, not only once but even many times, to the
world whereon he lived such a unique life and finally won for himself the Father's
unlimited bestowal of universe power and authority. Urantia will eternally be
one of the seven nativity spheres of Michael in the winning of universe sovereignty.
Jesus did, on numerous occasions and to many individuals, declare his intention
of returning to this world. As his followers awakened to the fact that their
Master was not going to function as a temporal deliverer, and as they listened
to his predictions of the overthrow of Jerusalem and the downfall of the Jewish
nation, they most naturally began to associate his promised return with these
catastrophic events. But when the Roman armies leveled the walls of Jerusalem,
destroyed the temple, and dispersed the Judean Jews, and still the Master did
not reveal himself in power and glory, his followers began the formulation of
that belief which eventually associated the second coming of Christ with the
end of the age, even with the end of the world.
Jesus promised to do two things after he had ascended to the Father, and after
all power in heaven and on earth had been placed in his hands. He promised,
first, to send into the world, and in his stead, another teacher, the Spirit
of Truth; and this he did on the day of Pentecost. Second, he most certainly
promised his followers that he would sometime personally return to this world.
But he did not say how, where, or when he would revisit this planet of his bestowal
experience in the flesh. On one occasion he intimated that, whereas the eye
of flesh had beheld him when he lived here in the flesh, on his return (at least
on one of his possible visits) he would be discerned only by the eye of spiritual
Many of us are inclined to believe that Jesus will return to Urantia many times
during the ages to come. We do not have his specific promise to make these plural
visits, but it seems most probable that he who carries among his universe titles
that of Planetary Prince of Urantia will many times visit the world whose conquest
conferred such a unique title upon him.
We most positively believe that Michael will again come in person to Urantia,
but we have not the slightest idea as to when or in what manner he may choose
to come. Will his second advent on earth be timed to occur in connection with
the terminal judgment of this present age, either with or without the associated
appearance of a Magisterial Son? Will he come in connection with the termination
of some subsequent Urantian age? Will he come unannounced and as an isolated
event? We do not know. Only one thing we are certain of, that is, when he does
return, all the world will likely know about it, for he must come as the supreme
ruler of a universe and not as the obscure babe of Bethlehem. But if every eye
is to behold him, and if only spiritual eyes are to discern his presence, then
must his advent be long deferred.
You would do well, therefore, to disassociate the Master's personal return to
earth from any and all set events or settled epochs. We are sure of only one
thing: He has promised to come back. We have no idea as to when he will fulfill
this promise or in what connection. As far as we know, he may appear on earth
any day, and he may not come until age after age has passed and been duly adjudicated
by his associated Sons of the Paradise corps.
The second advent of Michael on earth is an event of tremendous sentimental
value to both midwayers and humans; but otherwise it is of no immediate moment
to midwayers and of no more practical importance to human beings than the common
event of natural death, which so suddenly
precipitates mortal man into the immediate
grasp of that succession of universe events which leads directly to the presence
of this same Jesus, the sovereign ruler of our universe. The children of light
are all destined to see him, and it is of no serious concern whether we go to
him or whether he should chance first to come to us. Be you therefore ever ready
to welcome him on earth as he stands ready to welcome you in heaven. We confidently
look for his glorious appearing, even for repeated comings, but we are wholly
ignorant as to how, when, or in what connection he is destined to appear.