Seaborn Hall, 4/21/19
CS Commentary: We agree with Neville’s interpretation of Acts 1, where Jesus is taken up in the clouds, then disappears into heaven. While studying in seminary almost two decades ago, we saw in Acts 1 that there is a continuous structure linked with the end of Luke. Luke-Acts were considered one book, and circulated as such in the early church. You cannot fully understand Acts 1 without an understanding of the last chapters of Luke.
When it says in Acts 1 that Jesus will come back the same way that He left, it is not just referring to His single act of rising in the cloud and disappearing into heaven – it refers to the complete 40 day period following His resurrection where He walks continuously between the earthly and the spiritual realm, appearing many times to His disciples. Note: this is part of the reason you only see one continuous resurrection appearance story at the end of Luke.
In the End Times – which multiple prophetic voices have declared as today – in general, Jesus will once again appear to His true disciples multiple times, walking between the heavenly and the earthly. It is certainly not out of the realm of possibility – or what the text implies – that previously risen saints will also appear (after all, they rose from the dead and appeared to the church immediately after the crucifixion – check the Gospel texts). Then, when His bride, the church is fully prepared He will come for the second time for all of the earth to see.