Even though theologian Emanuel Swedenborg emphasized that the Lord’s return would be spiritual (within the human heart and mind) rather than physical, I still embrace the idea of a physical Second Coming.
Some Swedenborgians might wonder why I am such a dunderhead on this matter, especially since I attended seminary and have spent over 35 years studying the finer details of Swedenborg’s visionary insights.
The problem is a matter of simple counting.
You see, we often overlook the biblical fact that the Lord’s second appearance was indeed physical. Not only did Jesus leave the tomb empty but He also returned in the flesh after His crucifixion and death to show His disciples that He was indeed still alive. To prove that He was not just a spirit, He allowed a disciple to touch Him and He even ate some fish.
Therefore, technically speaking, this was a true second and physical return of the Lord to the terrestrial earth.
Therefore, the observations by John in Revelation are actually a “Third” Coming! So let’s all come to a doctrinal agreement that the Lord’s Second Coming was indeed physical and that we now need to move on and focus on a third divine intervention.
Hopefully, this technicality will offer some comfort for traditional Christians, yet open the door to future theological discussions as to whether the Lord will seek a different strategy on His third attempt.
Swedenborgians believe that this next intervention into world history will involve a deeper and more profound teaching (new dispensation) — especially concerning how the Lord and the Holy Word share the same intimate organic structure. Otherwise, Jesus Christ could not have made the Word flesh!
So every time you open up a Bible to read, there is a physical return of the Lord. And, every time you get a new spiritual insight from reading Holy Scripture, the Lord returns “behind your eyes.” So if you are willing to rationally enter into a deeper “anatomical” mystery of the sacred body of Christ (or new body of knowledge), consider yourself smack dab in the middle of the Lord’s final victorious return!