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"I Will Come Again"

I Will Come Again


Come Quickly, 
Lord Jesus

 Means "Presence"

I Will Come Again

I.   “I Will Come Again” 
II.  Signs of Christ’s Presence 
III. Establishing the “Secret Presence” Concept 
IV. “Caught Up Together With Him” 
V.   “Every Eye Shall See Him” 
VI.  The Man of Sin 
Appendix A 
Appendix B 
Appendix C 
Appendix D 
Appendix E 
Scripture Index


I Will Come Again


Appendix C

Optanomai — Strong's #3700

Optomai and optanomai are two ways of spelling the same Greek word which Dr. Strong’s Concordance numbering system designates as #3700.

Revelation 1:7 — “…every eye shall see (optanomai) him….”

Matthew 24:30 — “…and they shall see (optanomai) the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”

Mark 13:26 — “And then shall they see (optanomai) the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.”

Optanomai can mean literal seeing or mental perception. Its majority New Testament usage denotes a literal sight. However, it is also used to denote mental discernment.

Often the logic is used that if God wanted to teach a certain point in a verse of scripture, He would have used a Greek word that solely has that particular meaning. That is plainly incorrect. For example, God overruled the use of a Greek word in Rev. 20:10 that is translated tormented and primarily means tormented. However, it can have significance of testing or examining. The meaning of testing certainly harmonizes with the total teaching of scripture on the subject of the condition of the dead.

Why didn’t the Lord use a Greek word in Matthew 24:30 and Revelation 1:7 that solely means discern, that is, mental [66]  perception? This begs the question—why didn’t the Lord use a Greek word in Revelation 20:10 that solely means examining instead of using a word that can also mean tormented?

Mark 4:12 clearly states that the scriptures were written purposely in parables and dark sayings so that only the faithful searchers would understand.

Often the Lord provides a key in the context or a related passage to assure us of the meaning of the word in question.

He has provided this key as to the meaning of optanomai in a second advent setting. In our Lord’s Great Prophecy, the Greek word eido (Strong’s #1492) is used a number of times (Matthew 24:33 and Mark 13:29) to solely denote mental perception. Then in a parallel passage, Luke 17:22, eido (Strong’s #1492) and optanomai (Strong’s #3700) are used interchangeably.

Luke 17:22 — “And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see (eido) one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see (optanomai) it.”

Luke 17:22-37 is parallel to Matthew 24. This proves that optanomai means mental perception in a Second Advent context. [67]