THE REAPPEARANCE OF THE CHRIST
This study of the Problem of the Churches and the new developments concerning an emerging world religion would not be complete without a section on the reappearance of the Christ. Everywhere there is a spirit of expectancy and demand for the coming of the World Teacher, usually referred to as the advent of the Christ. The Christ in His role as World Teacher is known by different names according to the religion – variously he is known as Maitreya to Buddhists, the Imam Mahdi to Moslems and as the Christ by Christians. For humanity today, there is scepticism as to whether the event will take place for many reasons, one of which is the image of the historical Christ as a sweet, gentle, harmless individual who wouldn't fit well with current times. In other cases there is denial of the concept altogether. Since the publication of the Alice Bailey books such as The Reappearance of the Christ, there have been several claimants to the title of Messiah or Avatar and the misinformation created by these claims has posed another problem in that it has raised the hopes and the scepticism of people. Though the Christ Himself told us to expect false Messiahs around the time of His reappearance, it is a difficult task for humanity to discriminate between truth and falsity.
As He promised, the Christ has never left us, but has worked for two thousand years through the medium of His disciples, the inspired men and women of all faiths. What is occurring today is an intense preparation by His disciples, and by men and
women of goodwill everywhere in the world, to create those conditions in the world in which He can move freely among us again, in person. These servers are primarily occupied with serving their fellowmen, sponsoring human welfare movements,
establishing right human relations and constantly off-setting the separateness of the human mind through the inclusiveness of the divine love nature. This group is known by some as the New Group of World Servers, and although servers may not consciously recognise this affiliation of common spiritual intent, their work guarantees the return of
Christ into public recognition and implements a great alignment between the Godhead, the Christ, the kingdoms of nature and men and women of goodwill in the world. A very definite "structure of approach" is being forged by all who invoke the aid
of the Christ and the energies of Light and Love. Nothing, we are assured, can stop His return today.
In The Reappearance of the Christ, it is mentioned that the reappearance will not come as a result of some proclamation or some stupendous planetary event which will force human beings everywhere to say He is there! for that would evoke antagonism and laughter, resistance and fanatical credulity. We will know Him through potency in leadership, through dynamic but logical changes in world affairs, and through action taken by the masses of the people from the depths of their own consciousness.
The reappearance is predicted to come about in three distinctive phases:
1. By the stimulation of the spiritual consciousness in man, the evocation of humanity's spiritual demands on a large scale and the nurturing on a world-wide scale of the Christ consciousness in the human heart. This has already been done and with most effective results. The vociferous demands of people of goodwill, of welfare workers and of those pledged to international co-operation, to the relief of world distress and to the establishment of right human relations are the undeniable expression. This uprising of the Christ consciousness has been successful and what may appear as reverse activity
is of no importance in the long run and is only of a temporary nature.
2. The second indicated move of the Hierarchy would be the impressing of the minds of enlightened men everywhere by spiritual ideals embodying the new truths, by the "descent" of the new concepts which will govern human living and by the
overshadowing of all world disciples and the New Group of World Servers by the Christ Himself. The new truths are being enunciated which should guide human living in the future and new organisations, movements and groups are springing up, prompted by their loving response to human distress. They may not formulate their actions in this way but nevertheless they are helping to manifest the Kingdom of God on Earth.
3. Thirdly, we are told that Christ may come in Person and walk among men as He did before. Although this has not yet taken place, plans are being laid which will enable Him to do so. Belief in His coming is basic in the human consciousness.
How He will come and in what manner is not yet stated. The exact moment has not yet arrived nor has the method of His appearance been determined. The factual nature of the two earlier preparatory moves, already made by the Hierarchy under His direction, are the guarantee that He will come and that when He does, humanity will be ready.