Here is a reply to a question raised by one of my friends. The question is: “How was or is Jesus ‘present’”
I do have a problem with the concept of an "invisible presence" of Jesus from 1914 onwards. I'm sorry, but I don't think this is logical. There is nothing like an "invisible presence" or at least this is not special, Jesus was present all the time, invisible to humans...
20 teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded YOU. And, look! I am with YOU all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.” (Matthew18).
Clearly Jesus promised to be always "with them". That is an "invisible presence". I mean, where was Jesus between 33CE and 1914 if he became "present" invisibly in heaven in that year? Was he on holiday? Did he sleep?
Surely he has been with Jehovah in heaven...
17 Jesus said to her: “Stop clinging to me. For I have not yet ascended to the Father. But be on your way to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and YOUR Father and to my God and YOUR God.’ (John20)
This is where he was all the time. That did not change in 1914!
In fact, I agree on that point with Gordon. The way Jesus is "present" on earth is through his "wife", his flesh, his fiancée. The second presence started with the anointing of Russell and his faithful friends years before 1914. This was the continuation call into the New Covenant. These faithful man where chosen to be the future bride of Christ and it was through them that he was "present" again on earth.
True, the Gentile Times ended in 1914. Now how did they end? Well, by virtue of Jesus' "flesh" being around on earth again. Before that year, the saints like Russell where part of Jesus' bride and made up his flesh but they were still under the kingship malediction of the Gentile Times!
But as soon as the Gentile Times ended, Jesus inherited the throne of David. He was Jehovah's vassal king in heaven and by virtue of the New Covenant, his anointed brothers were his flesh. Now actually Russell being the head and leader of the International Bible Students became Jesus' earthly vassal king over God's people. He didn't have to be enthroned etc., because Jesus was in heaven and Russell shared this authority by virtue of being the head of Jesus’ body on earth.
I would appreciate comments and ideas on that topic.