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Christianity Revealed: A Road Map to Sacred Design

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Title Page

Dedication

Introduction

Chapter 1 Seven First Century Bible Doctrine

Chapter 2 The Creators – The Father and Jesus Christ

Chapter 3 Angelic and Alien Creations

Chapter 4 Understanding Biblical Salvation

Chapter 5 Law and Sin

Chapter 6 Sacred Secrets Revealed

Chapter 7 Road Mapping Bible Prophecy

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Christianity Revealed

A Road Map to Sacred Design

by Dallas James

Copyright © 2000 by Dallas James

All rights reserved. This book or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the publisher except for the use of brief quotations in a book review or scholarly journal.

 

 

 

 

Dedication

A Memorial to Her – Mark 14:9

And with Special Thanks to

Melliane

 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

Christianity Revealed is a compilation of articles and studies that I have written over a period of the last ten years but represent well over 30 years of private study and reading of the Holy Bible. There are many views on doctrines and the Christian Faith, so Chapter One presents my views on what the overall scheme of Scriptures tell us. For those that enjoy this work I also have a book which is titled “The Alpha Parchments – Urim-Thummim Version” [ISBN 0-595-09961-0] which is a new translation of the first five books of the Bible, commonly referred to as the Torah. If you would like to be informed of my further studies I can be contacted at the address below.

 

Dallas James

RLP@mail.com

http://bibleprophet.com

Chapter 1

Seven First Century Bible Doctrines

 

1) GOD IS LIGHT AND IN HIM IS NO DARKNESS AT ALL.

 

This is the first doctrinal position that all people need to understand about the great Creator God and Father (YHWH Elohim) of the Holy Scriptures.

 

“And this is the message we have heard from him and are reporting unto you, – That God is light, And in him is no darkness at all.” I John 1:5 (Rotherham)

 

We find that in Genesis 1:3 that it was God who had created the physical light of the universe so this light is different from the Spiritual Light that Scripture says, “God is”. The word of course has many applications in the Bible, be it physical, spiritual, moral or figurative. A Key Concept is given to us if we first look at the eighteenth definition of “light” from Webster’s New International Dictionary.

“18. Physics. A, The radiant energy which, by its actions upon the organs of vision, enables them to perform their function of sight; – more accurately called luminous energy. Also, by extension, radiant energy incapable of appreciably affecting the average normal retina (ultraviolet light or infrared light), but otherwise like luminous energy…” (Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition, pp.1429)

 

This is important to understand in showing the difference between the Son of God and the Sun of God. Satan the Devil by contrast is “the god of this world” (II Cor. 4:4) as opposed to Jesus Christ, who came to bring us the True Light of the Father.

 

“That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” John 1:9 (KJV)

While Jesus Christ was on this earth He was the true Light of men, the one that eventually would save all of mankind and transform them from the physical to the spiritual, brought about by a resurrection from the dead. Our “organs of vision” could not function without light, which as Webster says, “enables them to perform the function of sight.” It is not possible for us to see God because our “organs of sight” are physical and not of spiritual composition. So this first doctrinal position shows us that without God we cannot function, we can only have our being and life from Him, for he is the giver of all light, both physical and spiritual.

 

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 812 (KJV)

 

“As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9:5 (KJV)

 

Jesus Christ is currently the only one resurrected from the dead who dwells in the light of the Father. And all of mankind is destined through Christ to be resurrected from the dead and to also dwell in the light of the Father. Our spiritual bodies upon resurrection will then have the spiritually composed “organs of sight” in which we will have our life and function with the Father, the giver of True Light.

 

“Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.” I Timothy 6:16 (KJV)

 

Of course no man “can see” the Father because He is spiritual and we are physical. Our “organs of sight” cannot receive such Light until our resurrection from the dead.

 

“It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.” I Corinthians 15:44 (KJV)

 

Another usage of the term light is the figurative in which Scripture makes many references to God imparting Light in the form of inspiration or understanding to the mind of man while he is in the flesh.

“The phenomenon of natural light have their counterpart in the inner life of man. Few words lend themselves with such beauty and appropriateness to the experiences, conditions and radiance of the spiritual life…(a) A few passages, however refer to the light that comes chiefly to the intellect or mind through Divine instruction…” (The Standard International Bible Encyclopedia, vol. III, pp.1891)

 

“The entrance of thy words giveth light: it giveth understanding to the simple” Psalm 119:130 (KJV)

“For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is a light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:” Proverbs 6:23 (KJV)

The way of Darkness however is the opposite of Light, in which God has no part. Satan the Devil is the one who controls all the powers of evil. The Nephilim were also an illegal creation who will not rise in the resurrection from the dead.

 

Dead – they live not, Rephaim, they rise not.” Isa.26:14 (YLT)

 

Along with these are also included those few of mankind who committed unpardonable sins and are to have their lot cast in with those who do not rise.

 

“The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead (Rephaim).” Proverbs 21:16 (KJV)

 

“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted of the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” Hebrews 6:4-6 (KJV)

 

The elements of darkness that have none of God’s Light associated with them include, Satan the Devil, all evil Angelic Forces, the Nephilim, and those few of mankind that cast their lot with them. All of these will be destroyed by the Light of the True God.

 

“But the sons of rebellion shall all be as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands. But the man who touches them must be armed with iron and the shaft of a spear, and they shall be utterly burned with fire in their place.” II Samuel 23:6,7 (NKJ)

 

In conclusion we must keep in mind that I John 1:5 is the message of the Holy Scriptures in the plainest of terms. Light does not reform Darkness as some Universalist’s claim, rather Light utterly destroys Darkness. All the elements of Darkness are to be destroyed, because in the final plan of God, He becomes “all in all” as no darkness can abide in Him.

 

“And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” I Corinthians 15:28 (KJV)

 

2) JESUS CHRIST IS THE MESSIAH AND SAVOIR OF ALL MANKIND.

 

The second doctrinal position has two parts to it and we must first address the fact that Jesus Christ is the Messiah of Israel and the entire Cosmos. In our first doctrinal position we established that the Heavenly Father is the one and only True Light. Jesus Christ was sent to earth to bear witness of that great Light to all mankind. He was the supremely anointed of the Father, the one and only head cornerstone.

 

“And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;” Ephesians 2:20 (KJV)

 

This is why, in the order of doctrinal importance, next to the Heavenly Father is Jesus Christ. The word “Christ” has the same meaning as the word “Messiah”, yet the title has a multitude of applications, as we shall learn.

 

"[meh SIGH uh] (anointed one)-- the one anointed by God and empowered by God's spirit to deliver his people and establish his kingdom…The word Messiah comes from a Hebrew term that means 'anointed one.' Its Greek counterpart is Christos, from which the word Christ comes." (Nelson's Bible Dictionary)

It is important to understand the various meanings of “anointed one”, as they apply to King, Priest and Prophet, of which Christ Jesus holds the chief positions.

 

“…The word Christ is therefore almost invariably used in the NT as the official designation of our Lord. In the OT priests are referred to as the ‘anointed’ (e.g., ), as are kings (e.g., ). We also read <19:16> of the anointing to the office of prophet. But along with these subordinate uses of the term, which undoubtedly foreshadowed the three great offices of Christ as Prophet, Priest, and King, its highest use was used to designate the One promised by God as the great Deliverer, and who was to be in a preeminent and altogether unique sense the Anointed, or the Messiah, of God.” (Unger’s Bible Dictionary)

 

Before we investigate these three great offices that Christ Jesus holds, we must first establish the initial anointing Christ received from the Heavenly Father. In the Old Testament anointing was done with oil, which represented in the New Testament the spiritual anointing Christ was to receive from God. Let’s first observe some Scriptures in the OT that foreshadowed Christ’s anointing in New Testament times.

 

“And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord;” Isaiah 11:2 (KJV)

 

“Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.” Isaiah 42:1 (KJV)

 

“The Spirit of Yah-Yahweh is upon Me; because Yahweh hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent Me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.” Isaiah 61:1 (Holy Name Bible)

 

The New Testament bears record of Isaiah 61:1 which shows that Christ had quoted this very verse.

 

“And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.” Luke 4:20,21 (KJV)

 

This statement of Christ’s anointing was even revealed at the time when Jesus was a child.

 

“And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation. Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” Luke 2:25-32 (KJV)

 

This man Simeon also had his revelation confirmed, at the very time his eyes beheld Christ, as the prophetess Anna walked in and also gave glory to God (see Luke 2:36-38). From our first doctrinal position that established our Heavenly Father as the True Light, we now find Him establishing His Son as the Anointed One who would have all authority and power placed in His hands. Except for the Father Himself Christ Jesus was Anointed as chief King, Priest and Prophet of the entire Cosmos. The anointing of Jesus was officially recorded by John the Baptist who was the one sent by God to prepare the way for the Lord’s work on earth.

 

“And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode on him…And I saw and bare record that this was the Son of God” John 1:32,34 (KJV)

 

Much later after Christ’s death and resurrection, we find His anointing again confirmed in the book of Acts.

 

“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” Acts 10:38 (KJV)

 

It was because of our Father’s Great Love that He sent Jesus into this world and anointed Him for the purpose of saving all mankind. Jesus also Himself confirmed to a Samaritan woman that our Heavenly Father had chosen Him to be The Messiah, the very one prophesied in the Old Testament!

 

“The woman saith unto him, I know that Messiah cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.” John 4:25 (KJV)

 

As we continue to study this second doctrinal position we can learn of Christ’s Anointing to the chief positions of King, Priest and Prophet, whom our Heavenly Father assigned to Him. As King, Christ had been given the title of King of kings.

 

“These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” Revelation 17:14 (KJV)

 

The Bible also clearly defines for us that the Lamb of God is none other than Jesus Christ.

 

“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29 (KJV)

 

Jesus also fulfilled a prophecy about being the King when He made His entrance into the city of Jerusalem.

 

“All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughters of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.” Matthew 21:4,5 (KJV) [see also Isa.62:11; Zech. 9:9]

 

The prophecies of the Bible further tell us that the kingly scepter was to come from the tribe of Judah, of which Christ Jesus was the legal descendant of David, whose right it was.

“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” Genesis 49:10 (KJV)

 

“But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom.” Hebrews 1:8 (KJV)

 

Another great office that Christ Jesus was anointed to was that of chief Prophet. The prophet Moses was a type of the Messiah that was to come. Moses saw in a limited sense God “face to face” while Christ Himself came from Heaven, and knew the Heavenly Father in a personal way.

 

“And there arose not a prophet in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face,” Deuteronomy 34:10 (KJV)

 

“For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.” Acts 3:22 (KJV) [first mentioned in Deut. 18:15]

This was of course a prophecy of Jesus Christ that was fulfilled when He assumed the role of chief Prophet, of which Moses had been a type.

 

“And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.” Luke 21:11 (KJV)

 

“Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.” John 6:14 (KJV)

 

The office of High Priest, along with that of King and Prophet completes the three offices to which Christ was anointed. Notice how “anointing” was associated with the priesthood.

 

“…(5) In what is known today as the Priestly Code, the high priest is spoken of as ‘anointed’ , and, in passages regarded by some as later additions to the Priestly Code, other priests are thus spoken of …” (The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, vol.1, pp.138)

 

Christ Jesus assumed the office of the High Priest after the order of Melchisedec of which the High Priests in the Old Testament represented a type.

 

“As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. [See also Gen.14:18]

 

“Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Hebrews 6:20 (KJV)

 

“But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.” Hebrews 7:24 (KJV)

 

The anointing of Jesus Christ by God the Father is shown and demonstrated in many wonderful ways and He becomes the Chief Executive of the Kingdom of God holding the three great offices of King, Priest and Prophet. It would be quite appropriate to say that Jesus Christ became the Universal Messiah of Israel. He is specifically the called and chosen Leader of Israel as well as the Universal Ruler of the Cosmos under God the Father.

 

“Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.”…And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.” Matthew 2:2,6 (KJV)

 

“Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.” I Peter 3:22 (KJV)

 

The last part of our second doctrinal position concerns the issue that our Messiah is the Savior of all mankind. Christ was first sent to Israel during his earthly ministry as God established that nation and its peoples as the ones through whom He would begin to work out his plan of salvation for the whole of mankind. Christ Jesus is the final Refiner of all men. He will bring the True Light of the Father to all of humanity. All of the human race will be saved through the Life and work of Jesus Christ.

 

“Neither is their salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 KJV)

 

“Who will have all men saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. I Timothy 2:4 (KJV)

 

The subject of the Biblical Salvation process is really not difficult to understand. Jesus Christ came from our Heavenly Father as the Second Adam. He lived a completely sinless life and died for all the sins of humanity. It is only by Him, through which we are cleansed of all sin, and become one in Him. Then we are finally united with God the Father.

 

“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:” Colossians 1:27,28 (KJV)

 

“At that day ye shall know that I am in the Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” John 14:20 (KJV)

 

“Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, NOW are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” I John 3:1,2 (KJV)

 

“For it hath pleased the Father that in him should all the fullness dwell; And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” Colossians 1:19,20 (KJV)

 

This is the second great doctrinal position that God reveals to us and leads us directly to the next.

 

3) SALVATION RESULTS IN BEING BORN AS CHRIST (AN ELOHIM) WAS.

 

“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:” Romans 8:16 (KJV)

 

This third doctrinal position can only be properly understood in view of the first two major doctrines of Christianity. There is a direct relationship of the transfer of the True Light of the Father to the Son and to His children. Jesus Christ made it plain as day that we are to become exactly as He is.

 

“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:29 (KJV)

 

It is amazing that the whole so-called world of Christianity, or better put “Churchianity” rejects this major doctrine of the Bible that we are the children of God. One must properly understand from the book of Genesis that mankind was created in the image and likeness of God Himself (Gen.1:26). Our Heavenly Father is God, Jesus Christ is God and Scripture reveals Mankind is also God. That’s why the Bible says “let us” create mankind after our own kind. The word “god” denotes the individual members of that Divine Family. The destiny of the human race is to be born again after the very image and likeness of Jesus Christ. We are to become composed of Spirit and be God just as Christ is God. The Bible tells us of this family relationship in the clearest of terms, yet most refuse to believe that when Jesus tells us “ye are gods”, the majority of the so-called Christian world today say, “ye are not gods”! The Bible of course leaves it up to the reader to decide for himself what the truth of the matter is.

 

“I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the Most High.” Psalms 82:6 (KJV)

 

“Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?” John 10:34 (KJV)

 

It is interesting not only to take note that Jesus Christ brings this important doctrine up, but also He Himself tells us it was written in the law of God. Yet most so-called Christians will tell you that if you believe human beings are destined to become “gods” you have strayed from the teachings of the Bible. Yet the Holy Scriptures tell us that those who would not believe this important doctrine are rejecting a vital portion of the law of God!

 

“Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together.” Isaiah 41:23 (KJV)

 

The Bible tells us plainly that in a future time to come that human beings born in the likeness of God will also become God. We are destined to be resurrected in the exact same fashion as Jesus Christ now is.

 

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” I John 3:1,2 (KJV)

 

The last part of this verse is important to note as it says, “we shall see him as he is”. This of course would not be possible unless we are resurrected with the “organs of sight” that only can receive the literal True Light of the Father. Yet even now, those that God has called and chosen as Christians have been given Spiritual understanding that is the very enlightenment from God.

 

“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.” Philippians 2:15,16 (KJV)

 

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (KJV)

 

“For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:” Ephesians 5:8 (KJV)

 

I Corinthians, chapter fifteen is the key section of the Bible that tells us precisely how a human flesh and blood, godlike being, is transformed into the very Divine Family of God. The gift of salvation that Christ Jesus has afforded to us will result in being born exactly as He was. The Bible is very clear on all of these points.

 

“And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” I Corinthians 15:49 (KJV)

 

This verse is very clear, because going back to Genesis we are told we were created in the very image and likeness of God, but at the resurrection we are to become a “spiritual body” the same as the “Last Adam”, Jesus Christ now is. How simple and clear this is to understand, yet the world does not perceive such wonderful Truth from these very Scriptures. The world of Churchianity has opted for a doctrine that does not literally and figuratively (in every way), transform us to become the very the sons and daughters of God. The very Meaning of Salvation has become perverted into a satanic doctrine that would have people believe we are not to be born as Gods. The Truth of the Bible however gives us a completely opposite view. Is it not time we get back to the original first century Christian doctrines? The Bible gives us the clear Truth on all matters relating to Biblical Salvation. The subjects of Sin, Repentance and Grace are also defined in God’s Holy Word that will begin the process of Salvation that begins in human life.

 

“Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.” Acts 15:18 (KJV)

 

4) THE SOUL CAN DIE AND THE DEFINITION OF DEATH IS NON- EXISTENCE.

 

This fourth doctrine should be self-evident to anyone that has taken the time to study the words and some of the key translations of Scripture. It is an important doctrine for the fact that if Christ did not die, then all the promises afforded to humanity in the Bible are null and void (see I Cor. 15:13-18). This whole doctrine in squarely and completely summed up in one important verse.

 

“Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.” I Timothy 6:16 (KJV)

 

This should be enough explanation that human beings NOW, whether alive or dead, do not possess an “immortal soul”. Yet a further examining of these facts often need to be presented because most have been taught this great satanic error from birth. The majority of all belief systems today, whether Christian or pagan believe in some type of immortal soul existence. The subject of Death and the Bible is the starting point in understanding what the Holy Scriptures instruct us on this important topic. It is also noteworthy that the central theme of God’s Light carries itself from the first to this fourth doctrine. Immortality is certainly connected with “dwelling in the light” and it is made plain that mankind does not yet possess the proper “organs of sight” in his present mortal state.

 

“For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” I Corinthians 15:53 (KJV)

 

Yet most theologians attempt to circumvent these facts of Scripture by trying to introduce the alien concept that death is not really death, but that death is merely a transfer of the immortal soul from an earthly existence to a heavenly one. This concept has been worked on and refined over the centuries and in essence presents us with the concept that Satan gave to Eve in the Garden of Eden.

 

“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:” Genesis 3:4 (KJV)

 

This actually was the origin of the false doctrine of the immortal soul; Satan contradicted Eve when she responded that one would die, in denying that one would die. In simple terms, death had no relevance because humans were immortal gods anyway. The correct doctrine that humans are godlike mortals, which would eventually in Christ be made immortal gods (as Christ Jesus now is), was replaced with this new Satanic doctrine. So we must return to this verse in Genesis 3:4 on what is the definition of death.

 

In the Second Edition of Webster’s New International Dictionary, one of the definitions we are given is that death is “non-existence”. This makes sense because the subject of death is always in contrast to life. Death is the opposite of life, not a subway train to another existence that Satan would have us believe. If this were the case then the need for a Savior of the World would be meaningless, as everything regarding life would be automatic, and our births as human beings would guarantee us immortality. Satan has been feeding this great lie to mankind for centuries and He even today has most of “Churchianity” believing it. But for proving that this Great Lie is false, we must look for the definition God gives death in the Bible. This is quite easy when we look at the usage of the word “soul” in Hebrew. The Scriptures connect this word with a dead body, and the soul can either be “alive or dead”. The clear definition of the soul’s mortality is very well established.

 

“Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If any man of you or of your posterity shall be unclean by reason of a dead body, or be in a journey afar off, yet he shall keep the passover unto the Lord.” Numbers 9:10 (KJV)

 

The words in English “a dead body” is the same Hebrew word used for “soul” in Genesis 2:7 in which God says man became “a living soul”. Confusion also arises in what the soul is. The Bible says when God breathed into man the Breath of Life; he became a “living soul”. A “living soul” is simply an earthly body that is made alive when the Breath of Life enters it from God. This body can either be a human body or an animal body to qualify for being a soul. The Breath of Life is further defined for us as the “Silver Cord”.

 

“Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.” Ecclesiastes 12:6 (KJV)

 

The Silver Cord is simply the Life giving spirit of God that imparts life to this physical realm. This silver cord, when active in a body makes the body alive, whereas if it is withdrawn then the body dies, decays and rots away, turning eventually to dust. This idea of returning to dust brings us back to the Garden of Eden and what God told man would happen to him for his disobedience. God countered the concept that man had an immortal soul by telling him,

 

“In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” Genesis 3:19 (KJV)

 

You see, there is no immortal soul doctrine here, as the soul is defined as the body God created, which can either be living or dead depending upon whether God's spirit of Life resides in it. At this point in Scripture Adam and Eve were given the Truth. They would die and the death they would experience would make them "deader than a doornail". God's Silver Cord would return to Him, and their bodies would return to dust and they would become non-existent. The Bible does not define the Silver Cord as the soul; it defines the Body as the soul. The soul then returns to dust and becomes non- existent; this shows us that the soul of man therefore is mortal, not immortal. It is only through the gift of salvation God affords us by His Son Jesus Christ, that mankind has any hope for a future life. The Silver Cord, which returns to God upon death, has however recorded on it all the experiences of our human life while we were alive on earth. At the resurrection from the dead (not the living) God then takes the Silver Cord that had returned to Him and now places it in a new body (a spiritual body) and we come to life, born again the exact same way as Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead. It is then that we are given the gift of immortal life. Until that time comes "only Christ has immortality"!

 

“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Corinthians 15:57 (KJV)

 

The victory that is being referred to here is over death and the grave, and it only comes at the resurrection when this mortal puts on immortality. The false doctrine of the immortal soul makes absolutely no sense in light of Biblical facts.

 

5) GOD HAS INSTRUCTED US THAT CHRISTIANS HAVE GOOD WORKS.

 

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (KJV)

 

The subject of God’s Light again passes unto us in this fifth doctrine that concerns itself with Biblical Good Works. We find the Light that passes from our Heavenly Father to Jesus Christ, is passed from Him to us.

 

“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27 (KJV)

 

We find that “good works, light” and “glory” all have a profound association. We find the book of Exodus the Lord telling Moses that he would be able to see the Lord’s back parts but not His face as no man can see God’s face and live. This brings us back to the idea that man does not possess the proper “organs of sight” in which he can fully see God’s Light. Moses of course was given the blessing to see the physical manifestation of God’s glory.

 

“And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.” Exodus 33:22,23 (KJV)

 

After Moses had been in contact with the Lord and had come down from Mount Sinai, some of the glory and light had transferred to him! What a beautiful representation of the Spiritual Light that will be given to us in the future resurrections.

 

“At length Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two stone tablets of the Testimony in his hands, and when he came down, he did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with the Lord. When Aaron and the Israelites saw how the skin of Moses’ face shone, they were afraid to approach him.” Exodus 34:29,30 (REB)

 

Moses had come down from the mountain and was beginning the job of taking the message of God to the people, but he was unaware that his face shone with light. This represents well the statement in Matthew 6:3 that the “left hand should not know what the right hand does”. The word “shone” used in Exodus means, “to emit rays”. This manifestation of God’s Light also shined out for the people of Israel.

 

“The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.” Matthew 4:16 (KJV) [see also Isa.9:2]

 

The Bible is very clear that the Light that passes unto us is what accomplishes the good works and deeds that Christians are instructed to have. What a wonderful continuity in this fifth doctrine about light, that also informs us in the first doctrine, “this then IS THE MESSAGE” (I John 1:5). This is the message of God’s True Light and its passage to mankind. We could also paraphrase this fifth doctrinal position to read, “God has instructed us that Christians possess God’s Light.” Our good works are the result of God’s Light shining in our lives.

 

“But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be manifest, that they are wrought in God.” John 3:21 (KJV)

 

“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13 (KJV)

 

Christians are given the Light of God and become God’s workmanship that will accomplish great things through His Holy Spirit abiding in us.

 

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 (KJV) [see also II Cor. 9:8; Col.1:10]

 

“This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.” Titus 3:8 (KJV)

 

Notice that it is Jesus Christ that perfects in us all good work, and this work is well pleasing “in his sight”. Here we have the word “sight” which denotes that the good works represent the Light of God that is well pleasing to Messiah’s eyes!

 

“Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:21 (KJV)

 

What we have been shown so far are the Biblical Good Works of Light which can come only from above. We must now distinguish these Biblical Works from other good works that do not emanate directly from above. There are many people in the world today that do good things and many of them are not Christians. Even an atheist is capable of doing good works, helping the poor or even showing compassion to those in need. The distinction between Biblical Good Works and good works is shown in the Scriptures,

 

“And though I bestow all my goods to the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.” I Corinthians 13:3 (KJV)

 

In Biblical terms, “charity” or Love (the True Light of God) must be an ingredient in any good work to qualify it for the kind that the Bible refers to. The true meaning of Biblical Good Works became corrupted in the time of Jesus and by later Jewish writers.

 

“The later Jews often used ‘righteousness’ (cedhakah) as meaning alms, that being in their view the foremost righteousness. (Cf our modern use of ‘charity’ to denote almsgiving.) This use is seen in the Talmud and in the frequent translations of the Hebrew word for ‘righteousness’ (cedhakah) by ‘alms’ (eleemosune) in the LXX, though nothing warranting this is found in the Hebrew OT, or in the true text of the NT…” (The Standard International Bible Encyclopaedia, vol.1, pp.101) [the whole article on Alms is worth reading here]

 

Jesus Christ condemned this primarily Jewish interpretation for leading to a completely false notion on this whole subject.

 

“Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thy alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.” Matthew 6:1-4 (KJV)

 

The subject of good works can be easily brought down from the heavenly level to the earthly level by the attachment of laws and regulations concerning it. On one level today “doing good” can be equated with the level of wealth one has achieved. Bill Gates, one of the wealthiest men in the world, recently donated a very large sum of money to some charities. Most would think that he is able to accomplish more good in the world than say an unknown person living in poverty. The Biblical Good Works however does not function like this, in fact in one instant we are told that reducing ones net worth would yield more good works than the giving of millions.

 

“Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12:33,34 (KJV)

 

The account in Acts 3:2-8 of Peter and John regarding the lame man also demonstrates that one’s level of wealth has no bearing on the Biblical Good Works of Scripture.

 

“Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” Acts 3:6 (KJV)

 

“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” Acts 10:38 (KJV)

Healing then is listed as one of the Biblical Good Works and this supernatural activity can only come from God. Luke 11:41 tells us that we can give to others proportionately “as ye have”. Communicating God’s Word to others is another sign of Biblical Good Works.

“That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;” I Timothy 6:18 (KJV)

 

“Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” II Thessalonians 2:17 (KJV)

 

James 2:14-20 shows us that Biblical Good Works are more than just nice words or thoughts, but they lead to real action and change. Overcoming sin is also a Biblical Good Work that begins the process of becoming perfected in Christ.

 

“If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” II Timothy 2:21 (KJV)

 

“Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” John 15:8 (KJV)

 

“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed…Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” James 1:25,27 (KJV)

 

In conclusion we find that this doctrine number five shows the Light of God living in those whom He has called and chosen. Our relationship to God and the study of His Word will also cause our faces to shine as Christ Jesus is formed within us.

 

“His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Matthew 24:21 (KJV)

 

6) CHRISTIANS ARE EQUAL IN AUTHORITY TO EACH OTHER.

 

“…and has now revealed in the appearance of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who has put down death and brought life and immortality to light by the Gospel. Of that gospel I have been appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher,” II Timothy 1:10,11 (Moffat)

 

We can see from the above verse that God has made special appointments in the heralding of His Gospel to mankind. And we find in the book of Malachi at the end of the age before the Second Advent of Jesus Christ back to this earth that He will also appoint a herald in an Elijah figure that will emerge (Mal.4:5). Yet when we study the writings of Paul, as well as the Elijah to emerge, we will find complete agreement that any authority given to these people will never contradict the central command which Jesus Christ gave concerning religious authority.

 

“And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.” Luke 22:25,26 (KJV)

 

Doctrine number six therefore is given to mankind to ensure that the transfer of God’s True Light will be direct from God to every individual without any human being exercising religious control over the private relationship between God and man.

 

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” I Timothy 2:5 (KJV)

 

The vast majority of all Christian churches today violate the direct command of Jesus Christ and one of the prime messages of the end-time Elijah will be “Let My People Go”. Many Christians today end up enslaving themselves to various forms of hierarchy and other more subtle “Contracts to Bonadge”. The remainder of this study on doctrine number six is taken from my book “Original Christianity Today!” and will demonstrate from the Scriptures why all the church authority we have today is ILLEGAL in the sight of God. All Christians need to maintain their personal Liberty in Jesus Christ and have their own “organs of sight” directed toward Him!

 

FELLOWSHIP, CHARITY AND DOCTRINE – “A Distinction Of Sounds”

 

Much confusion has developed from centuries of improper forms of fellowship among Christians. The traditions of our churches have perpetuated a Gentile form of hierarchy that the Bible condemns in no uncertain terms by none other than Jesus Christ Himself. This developed shortly after Christian congregations were established in the first century. Notice how the Bible predicted this situation would generate.

 

“I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.” Acts 20:29 (RSV)

 

When the non-hierarchically organized congregations gave way to a centralized leadership the freedom of individual members began to diminish. The podiums of those groups then came into the control of select leaders who then began to dictate doctrines as they saw fit. These are the very “fierce wolves” the Bible predicted. These men began to formulate doctrine and establish creeds as Christianity was finally formalized into “churchianity” which became the basis of our modern day church systems. Then, in the third century A.D. Constantine made this form of illegal Christian structure a part of the state religion, thus starting the “Holy Roman Empire”. The Bible makes it clear that among men there are to be no mediators between God and man, except Jesus Christ.

 

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” I Timothy 2:5 (KJV)

The church structure of men changed this equation which made people accountable to the authority of the clergy. The original Christians however gathered in small groups (or their homes) and within this setting everyone had an equal opportunity to express their views and to interact.

 

“How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, EVERY ONE OF YOU hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.” I Corinthians 14:26 (KJV)

 

However, the church structure created by men eroded this basic freedom and elevated certain people to unequal levels of authority. We take for granted this basic system among all our various denominations today. People can choose a highly structured group or a loosely structured one. Even among most loosely structured groups that wish to promote “liberty” we still find unequal levels of control, especially when it comes to the podium. The control of the podium (also mailing lists) is one of the most protected aspects of hierarchical religion. This is because whoever is in an elevated position can also control and influence doctrine. The natural mediating factor of diverse views equally expressed is replaced by a central authority dictating its views to the masses. Because of these imbalances, and the resultant abuses of power that can occur, people simply can be abused by other people in power. This is the Gentile form of leadership Christ warned Christians against using.

 

“But Jesus called them to him, and said unto them. Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. BUT IT SHALL NOT BE SO AMONG YOU: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.” Mark 10:42-44 (KJV)

 

Today, hierarchical control is synonymous with leadership and we find it in every pursuit of life. But the concept of leadership Christ presented was very different indeed. It was based on THE DEGREE OF SERVICE, NOT THE DEGREE OF CONTROL.

 

“But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.” Luke 22:26 (KJV)

 

All Christians within God's congregation (Gr.- ecclesia) were to remain equally on the same level of authority in respect to control. Leaders would naturally emerge as people who put forth the greatest amount of service to the group involved. As a result of these abuses of power, people place blame on doctrine as the major cause of dispute. And while doctrine can and does cause differences, the real culprit is the wrong form of leadership exerted by our traditional church systems.

 

“For in the first place, I hear that when you gather together as a congregation you divide up into cliques; and to a degree I believe it (granted that there must be some divisions among you in order to show who are the ones in the right).” I Corinthians 11:18,19 (JNTP)

 

A point that also needs to be made is that God ordained Christian groups to conduct themselves in an orderly way without confusion.

 

“Let all things be done decently and in order”. I Corinthians 14:40 (KJV)

 

Ironically the best way to create confusion is by elevating select people to unequal levels of control. The grand result of this centuries old practice has been a division of “churchianity” into more than 20,000 conflicting and divergent sects. As previously quoted differences were created so that it may be determined who is right. We read also in Revelation that there were originally seven different congregations. This divergence is much less confusing than over 20,000! God ordained SEVEN, but men have ordained over TWENTY-THOUSAND.

 

The original “ecclesias” maintained order by appointing certain individuals to this task. A good modern day comparison would be the church usher. While he has been delegated limited authority to maintain a smooth functioning of events he has no other elevated authority over fellow members, either doctrinally or otherwise. Of course the delegation should originate from a selection by the group itself not some illegally functioning clergyman. What a beautiful and free way in which Christians can share and fellowship with no mediators between them and God. A democratic process of selecting “ushers” and handling disputes (see Matthew 18:15-20) is all that Christian groups need if they are to operate in a first century fashion. Instead of one minister and a group of listeners, everyone in the group has an equal right to participate. This atmosphere yields to a greater variety and moderates extreme interpretations of Scripture by a group consensus. The Head of the group is Jesus Christ as He inspires each member with the Holy Spirit in a collective sense.

 

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place…And they were filled with the Holy Ghost (Spirit), and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Act 2:1,4 (KJV)

 

A Word on Doctrine

 

The Bible has much to say in relation to doctrine and fellowship. Many people claim that doctrine is not the basic for fellowship, but rather Love. This is only partially true, it would be more accurate to state, DOCTRINE IS “A” BASIS FOR FELLOWSHIP. People always tend to associate with others of similar views. This is why God allowed seven distinct congregations, each with various characteristics. Notice how each had a different doctrinal basis. One was more liberal in doctrine and made the mistake of allowing a “Jezebel” in their midst.

 

“Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.” Revelation 2:20 (KJV)

 

Others were more in line to God’s desire and teaching and were better favored in His sight.

 

“I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” Revelation 3:8 (KJV)

 

It would seem apparent that those people who have established no doctrinal basis for their group, and allow a wide field of freedom, would be in danger of allowing false doctrines and Jezebel’s into their groups as freedom would prevail. However, in the wider scope of God’s will He places each of His servants as He sees fit.

 

“But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.” I Corinthians 12:18 (KJV)

 

So we can see that in reality, according to God’s Word, no one really chooses where he seeks to reside. A true Christian will end up residing where God chooses to place him. As for our group, The Association for Biblical Christianity, we have established seven doctrinal “positions” or “flags” that we believe summarize basic Christianity as opposed to “churchianity”. We do not say that our seven positions represent the “only true position”. Doctrines can be presented or expressed in greater or lesser detail and still represent basic Christianity. Our seven points represent the basic doctrinal characteristics that define our group. We would welcome others to form their own groups within the Biblical guidelines for congregations as presented in this book. And of course the prime ingredient of any legitimate Christian group is Love.

 

AND NOW ABIDETH FAITH, HOPE, CHARITY, THESE THREE; BUT THE GREATEST OF THESE IS CHARITY.” I Corinthians 13:13 (KJV) (Read all of I Corinthians, chapter thirteen for the greatest doctrine of all!)

 

Just as there can’t be music without a distinction in the sounds so each of God’s congregations cannot maintain their particular identity without distinct characteristics.

 

“And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, EXCEPT THEY GIVE A DISTINCTION IN THE SOUNDS, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?” I Corinthians 14:7 (KJV)

 

This is why it is improper for a Christian to disclaim participation from any group or claim that it is not possible to have a proper Christian group. Such “mavericks” are ignoring the principles and guidelines God has established in His Word. If one cannot find a group they are comfortable with, then there is nothing improper about forming your own group and finding people for fellowship and the sharing of Christian experience. God admonishes us to not forsake the precious bond of unity in the peace of God’s Spirit.

 

“Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3 (KJV)

 

“Lo! – how good and how delightful – For brethren (to dwell together even as one)” Psalms 133:1 (Rotherham)

 

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20 (KJV)

 

We of The Association for Biblical Christianity wish to promote the proper way for Christian groups to function according to the precepts as presented in Scripture. This means that all members of ABC are on the same level of authority to one another. The ONLY HIERARCHY each member is accountable to is the DIVINE HIERARCHY of Jesus Christ.

 

“Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become THE HEAD OF THE CORNER: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?” Matthew 21:42 (KJV)

Christians need to submit in wonder to the Divine Hierarchy of Jesus Christ and give no field to the illegal hierarchies of our various church or religious systems. We of ABC wish to make contact with Christians who wish to return to the original style of congregations of the first century. The opportunity to fellowship in the Light of God’s Word among those whom He has called can benefit the growth of every Christian. God has laid the principles for proper fellowship. He has also prophesied in His Word that shortly BEFORE the return of Christ He would affect a Restoration of Truth. One of the aspects of this restoration is the exposing of the illegal church structures God has allowed to exist since the first century A.D. He is going to cause the clergy and ministers of this world to be looked on with disdain for the centuries of traditions and error they have perpetuated to this day.

 

“And it shall come to pass that in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied: neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive.”

Zechariah 13:4 (KJV)

 

We can look forward to the days in the near future when this will be brought about. In the meantime, we have the knowledge in God’s Word of how to properly conduct our Christian groups in the true freedom and liberty God has ordained. (Taken from “Original Christianity Today!” by permission of the author)

 

7) THE BIBLE IS OUR COMPLETE SET OF DOCTRINES AND CHRIST IS OUR LORD.

 

Our seventh doctrine establishes for us that God’s Light has been recorded and written for us in His Holy Word for our learning and growth. The Holy Bible is our complete set of doctrines and establishes the Living Jesus Christ as our Lord.

 

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” II Timothy 3:16 (KJV)

 

“Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? Knowing that it was the Lord.” John 21:12 (KJV)

 

We also know that Jesus brought to us the doctrine given to Him by our Heavenly Father. This means that the Holy Bible is indeed Holy and contains the very words inspired and designed of the Father Himself.

 

“Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.” John 7:16 (KJV)

 

We must be very attentive to not only study, but to read and listen to what God says in the Bible for He instructs us specifically to read His Word until the time of His return.

“Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.” I Timothy 4:13 (KJV)

 

We are told to read and pay special attention to all of the doctrines in the Bible. The Christian must be feed daily on the spiritual food that comes from above. This is our way now to receive the True Light of our Heavenly Father until the day when we will be resurrected with the proper “organs of sight” to see Him face to face. And upon Christ’s Second Advent His Doctrine will cover the earth and bring blessings to all of mankind.

 

“My doctrine shall drop as rain, my speech shall distil as dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: Because I will publish the name of the Lord: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.” Deuteronomy 32:2,3 (KJV)

 

With these great thoughts of the future in mind I will end this portion with a section from a study that details the benefits of a daily Bible Reading Plan. All of us need to keep all seven of these First Century Bible Doctrines in mind and never stray from any of them. If we do then God’s Light will abide in us.

 

The Workman’s Guide To Scripture Study

 

In education the use of repetition as a teaching tool is one of the primary ways of learning. This is the most abandoned principle in regard to the study of the Bible. The reading of the Bible on a DAILY and consistent basis is the best method that will impress ITS WORDS on the mind of the reader. This principle is referred to in a variety of ways in the Scriptures themselves.

 

The entirety of the Mosaic system ordained by God in the Old Testament for the Israelites was one of repetition based on the ancient yearly calendar (see Leviticus 23). King David wrote in the Psalms that he kept God’s precepts by DAILY Scripture study. He wrote in chapter One, verse one of the Psalms, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate DAY AND NIGHT (see also Psalms 119:97,100 and 88:9). The prophet Isaiah wrote, “Seek you out the book of the Lord, AND READ…” (Isaiah 34:16). And as we progress into the New Testament we find Jesus Christ teaching on a Daily basis (see Matthew 26:55 and 16:11). The evangelist Luke, wrote in the book of Acts that daily teaching and preaching was taking place by the apostle Paul in the school of Tyrannus (Acts 19:9). Special mention was made about a group of Christians in the ancient city of Berea who were better educated in the Scriptures because of their consistent DAILY BIBLE READING. To quote this important account we read,

 

“And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word of God with all readiness of mind, AND SEARCHED THE SCRIPTURES DAILY, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:10,11 (KJV)

 

There is an analogy that has been used throughout the Bible that is relative to this principal. The process of eating and drinking for our physical nourishment is analogous to the receiving of God’s Word to the mind for our Spiritual nourishment. I am reminded what has been a personal request of mine over the years. There are lots of physical things we have needed to ask of God, but one request has been important to me. It is simply, “God, give me the thirst and hunger for your Word.” This is important because if the thirst and hunger stops, then the eating and drinking will stop also. The process of receiving nourishment is ongoing and in like manner DAILY BIBLE READING is the Spiritual food and drink for the mind and spirit. It must not cease for our spiritual health to be maintained. This thirst and hunger prompts us to eat the Spiritual life-giving food and it is a gift that must be given of God.

 

“No man can come to me, except the Father DRAW HIM: and I will raise him up in the last day.” John 6:44 (KJV)

 

“Blessed are they which do thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6 (KJV).

See also Jeremiah 15:16, Ezekiel 2:8-10, 3:1-4, Psalms 119:103, John 7:37-39, and Revelation 10:9,10.

 

So you see, being filled with God’s Word comes through His inspiration and spending time with it by reading. Beginning your Bible Reading project is one of the most rewarding of lifelong goals and habits. It should become as natural a habit as eating or sleeping. It should be something that is the highlight of each day you live. And certainly this is something that should not be made into a tedious routine. Everyone has an occasional day when something takes away all your time, be it emergency, work, etc. Just ask yourself which habit is more important, reading it or not reading it. How much you read is an individual matter. I have read the Bible in about eight months reading four to six pages a day. It works very much like the “Piggy Bank”, you get into the habit of putting pennies in and before you know it you have gained a lot. The principle of the wise steward applies here. To maintain continuity the Bible should be read in the proper story flow order, as indicated in the original manuscripts. I personally use a double marker system; I use one marker at the end of a given section and my main marker to mark my daily reading. I also like to wrap a piece of paper around my main marker which I use to mark off which chapter I stop reading at because more than one chapter may be on any one page. It is also good to place a copy of the proper order of the books of the Bible in the back, as a reference. In addition I also carry a small notebook and pen to write down my inspirations, because things can be forgotten easily without a record.

 

A Bible reading plan, as the one indicated, can be one of the most inspiring relationships a Christian can form. You will find your knowledge gaining, and your spiritual talents growing, as you become well acquainted with the mind of God. And God will certainly reward you with inspiration that will keep you reading that Book anew time after time. Try reading a new translation, for variety, when you begin again, or better yet buy a new one, if it can be afforded. There is something to be said about opening up a new book for the first time. At any rate it is God who will keep your mind fresh and new for His Word.

 

Manuscript Order

 

LAW

 

Genesis

Exodus

Leviticus

Numbers

Deuteronomy

 

PROPHETS

 

Joshua-Judges

I&II Samuel-I&II Kings

Isaiah

Jeremiah

Ezekiel

Hosea thru Malachi

 

WRITINGS

 

Psalms

Proverbs

Job

Song of Solomon

Ruth

Lamentations

Ecclesiastes

Esther

Daniel

Ezra-Nehemiah

I&II Chronicles

 

GOSPELS

 

Matthew

Mark

Luke

John

Acts

 

EPISTLES

James

I&II Peter

I&II&III John

Jude

 

EPISTLES

Romans

I&II Corinthians

Galatians

Ephesians

Philippians

Colossians

I&II Thessalonians

Hebrews

I&II Timothy

Titus

Philemon

 

REVELATION

 

Revelation

 

To conclude, the reading of the Bible is the way to gain knowledge of the mind of God. By reading the Scriptures you will be listening to God speak, aided by His Holy Spirit, which will allow you to comprehend His Love and plan for all of humanity. The Christian, lives not by bread alone, but by what proceeds from God Himself (see Deuteronomy 8:3).

 

“And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12:12 (KJV)

 

Taken from “Original Christianity Today!” by permission of author.

Chapter 2

The Creators – The Father and Jesus Christ

 

Y H W H Elohim – From The Biblical Perspective

 

The meaning and nature of the God of the Bible has been hidden in false traditions that have come down to us over the centuries. One of the principle reasons why this has occurred centers on our English word “god” translated from the Hebrew word “elohim”. The English does not carry over the meaning of the Hebrew, as found in Scripture. Before one can begin to understand this subject a proper definition must first be in place. In addition, the various titles of deity further define the full range of Hebraic thinking, as contained in God’s Word.

 

The first factor in understanding the proper definition of God from the Hebrew perspective is that the word is the plural of deity. It is similar to the word family. A family is one entity comprised of more than one member. For example, my family was comprised of four members, we were the James family and my individual title was Dallas. The word “elohim” is a specific class of beings whose individual members are further defined by the first names they carry. This class of beings is first set forth in the first chapter of Genesis.

 

“And God created great whales, and EVERY LIVING CREATURE that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, AFTER THEIR KIND, and every winged foul after HIS KIND: and God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:21 (KJV)

The Bible continues a description of the various kinds of living creatures from verses twenty-one thru twenty-five, but now notice the very next verse.

 

“And God (elohim – plural of deities) said, Let US (plural) make man in OUR (plural) image, after OUR (plural) likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” Genesis 1:26 (KJV)

 

Verse twenty-seven continues that God created man in His own image, male and female “created He THEM (plural) “ This factor of plurality is a basic definition of Scripture concerning the “god-kind”. Our western concept of God as the one Supreme Being is false when transferred into the Biblical revelation. Remember that “every living creature” was created after “his kind”. This means, as we proceed forth from Genesis, we must note that any individual who is further defined as a “god” is of that class of beings. The various titles describe individual members within the family of God rather than a different class of beings of another kind. This is a most important point to grasp. All the various kinds of living creatures are found in the book of Genesis, including mankind, who was made in the image and likeness of the GOD-KIND.

 

The Titles of Deity

 

As we now proceed with the correct Biblical definition of deity (as plural), we can apply the various titles to understand the members who comprise the class of beings known as “elohim”. The Supreme Being of the god family is named in Scripture as “YHWH”. By supplying the vowels this word becomes “Yahweh” or what scholars refer to as the “Tetragrammaton”. A detailed introduction of “The Incommunicable Name” is given on page 22 of “The Emphasized Bible” by Joseph Rotherham and is worth reading. The meaning of the word YHWH is also excellently brought forth by E. L. Martin in his booklet, “The Divine Titles and their Christian Significance”. We read, starting page 10, “…As said before, the name Yahweh seems to be derived in some way from the verb “to be.” But to limit its application only to the dimension of time is not reflective of its full significance. The dimension of space must also be taken into account to approach a proper application. In some languages there is room for a tense, which unfolds all aspects of space. It is a tense, which accounts for all the spatial dimensions while it observes no limits upon those dimensions. In the New Testament there is such a tense and it is used exclusively. It is called the “aorist” and it denotes a verbal action “without horizon.” This means there are no boundaries of time which limit the actions that it is describing (more correctly, it means there are no boundaries of space, since the word “horizon” relates more to space than to time). An application of the aorist may assist us even in grasping the meaning of Yahweh… The name Yahweh shows that He can display finite actions like being at the center of a sphere, but because the sphere is “without horizon” the sphere must be reckoned as having no discernible peripheries (an infinite application) though limits may exist. Whatever the case, the words “god” (elohim, theos) or “lord” (adohn, kyrios) without modifiers are very inadequate terms to describe Him. The actual meaning of His Name (YHWH) is so august and without parallel in distinction among all factors of human and spiritual awareness that the only scriptural phrase that can approach a definition is that Yahweh is “the all in all of everything” (I Cor. 15:28)… The apostle Paul provided some excellent teaching on the spatial dimensional aspects found within the name Yahweh. In his doxology at the conclusion of Romans Eleven, Paul singles out Isaiah 10:13 as a tribute to Yahweh. He said that all the qualities of glory and power (indeed, all things that the mind of man can conceive) have their origin “from” (ek) Him.” all things are sustained “through (dia) Him,” and all things (no matter what they are) merge back “into (eis) Him.” (Rom.11:36)… This means that all the dimensions that mankind can imagine (and even those that mankind has no intelligence about) are fully embraced in the name Yahweh. In the finite sense He must be reckoned as being at the center of a sphere, but there is equally in the infinite aspect to the Name (because the sphere must have no horizon boundaries)… The name of the Father was so important to the apostle Paul (and other apostles) because within its definition are housed all the contrasts of authority and influence, whether those distinctions are human or spiritual, visible or invisible (Col.1:16). That is why Paul could say in Ephesians 3:14, “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named… that ye being grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height…which passes knowledge.” In other words, the Father’s love in breadth is BOUNDLESS, in length ENDLESS, in depth FATHOMLESS, and in height MEASURELESS. These unlimited dimensional expressions that Paul was using (which he said “passeth the knowledge” of mankind to understand) represent the exact definition of the name of Yahweh when one considers all its ramifications. This is why it is essential for Christians today to realize just what the Name of the Father entails. The one central fact that emerges from studies involving His Name is the closeness that Yahweh really is to all of us, and how much He loves us, through His Son Jesus Christ.”

 

As we can see from the above quote, the word god is lacking in describing the Supreme Being, who is our Heavenly Father. That is why “elohim” cannot stand alone to fully describe the Supreme Being who is YHWH. This is why when speaking of the Supreme Being the Bible uses the first name with the last in the majority of instances, (Yahweh Elohim).

 

“I am Yahweh thy God (elohim),who have brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of servants:” Exodus 20:1 (Rotherham)

 

"For all the peoples walk, every man in the name of his god,- We therefore walk in the name of Yahweh our God to times age- abiding and beyond." Micah 4:5 (Rotherham)

 

The second individual in the God class of beings is Jesus Christ. The word Jesus means “Yahweh is Savior”. Jesus Christ was the individual of the God family that created the heavens and earth under the Father’s authority (see I Cor. 8:6, Col.1:15-20) He was also the one who had power of attorney to use Yahweh’s name during the time of Moses.

 

“And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” I Corinthians 10:4 (KJV)

 

The third group of individuals in the God family are the angelic forces and this is brought out in scripture, for example, we read;

 

“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not…” II Corinthians 4:4 (KJV)

 

“That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair;…” Genesis 6:2 (KJV)

 

“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.” Job 1:6 (KJV) (see also Job 2:1)

 

So far we have seen that the God class of beings is made up of YHWH (The Supreme Father), Jesus Christ (The Son of God), and Satan (The god of this world) along with all of the angelic hosts. There is yet one last group of individuals that also are of the god-kind and that is the whole of mankind. Remember that in the first chapter of Genesis God created every living creature after his kind. Mankind then, was created in the image and likeness of God Himself. We are the sons and daughters of God created after the God-kind! Notice the following quote from Martin’s booklet in respect to this Truth of Scripture.

 

“The terms “god” or “gods” (in the Bible) however, were not limited to spiritual beings – whether to the Supreme God, Christ, angels or demons. Even humans are referred to as “gods” (elohim). Even Moses himself was called God (Ex.4:16) and Kings of the House of David were reckoned as Gods (Zech.12:8). The men who helped Moses judge Israel were designated “gods” (Ex.21:6,13, 22:8,9,28,29). The Scripture (Psalms 82:6) refers to ordinary human beings (such as you and I) as “gods” (elohim) and Christ applied this verse in Psalms to humans of His day.

 

“Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods (theoi).” John 10:34 (KJV)

 

What we actually find is that the Hebrew word “elohim” and the Greek word “theos” can refer either to the Supreme God in heaven, to angels (whether good or bad), and even to human beings (whether good or bad)…”

 

To conclude, it must be said that the oneness of which elohim is comprised is likened to the marriage union. The wife and husband are distinct personalities, yet are collectively, a unit. This is the makeup of elohim.

 

“And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that THEY MAY BE ONE, AS WE ARE.” John 17:11 (KJV (see also Eph. 5:31,32)

 

"THE SCRIPTURE DOES NOT TEACH "MONOTHEISM" BUT IT DOES TEACH "MONO- YAHWEHISM."

 

"Hear O Israel: Yahweh is our God,- Yahweh alone."

Deuteronomy 6:4 (Rotherham)

 

It is Jesus Christ who is the firstborn among many brethren and it is God’s final intention to redeem all that are His. Every tongue will confess and every knee will bow to the great glory of God our Father (YHWH).

 

Jesus Christ – The Messiah of Israel

 

The Second Man

 

This Biblical study presents the internal evidence from the Scriptures themselves on the true nature of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Much confusion has arisen over the “humanity” and “divinity” of Christ. The common concept is that Jesus was both human and divine. Many, when referring to Him use His first name Jesus to denote the human part of His nature while using His last name Christ to denote the divine side. Was Christ then a dual personality torn between the human and divine or was Jesus Christ a whole and perfect creation? Was the birth of our Messiah an engenderment from God as well as from Mary? These are very central issues concerning our Saviour and much doctrine of the Bible will be interpreted based on these very concepts. The answer to these questions from our original Bible may surprise many.

 

No one will dispute that the Jesus Christ of the Bible came from God as a human being, but was this person descended from Adam? This was also a very heated question during the time of our Lord’s sojourn here on earth, for we read,

 

“The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. And they said, Is not this Joseph, whose father and mother we know? HOW IS IT THEN that he saith, I came down from heaven?” John 6:42 (KJV)

 

Not only did the Jews during the time of Christ question His nature, but even His disciples did not understand at this particular time in His ministry the answer to this question.

 

“Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? John 6:60 (KJV)

 

And this would indeed be a hard saying to understand if one tries to combine both teachings of the Jews’ assertion that Jesus was the literal son of Joseph and hence a part of the Adamic race and Jesus’ statement that He came down from heaven. Are both statements contradictory or can they be married? As said earlier there is no question that Jesus Christ came from God to earth as a human being. Was He a descendant of Adam or a descendant from God (as a human being) separate from the line of Adam?

One of the central keys to this question lies in what ALL descendants of Adam inherit. They ALL inherit, because of Adam’s transgression, sin. This is put forth as Biblical doctrine in Romans 5:12-21. Read this entire section carefully because it contains the answer to this question. Let’s note some of these key verses now.

 

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon ALL MEN, for all have sinned:” Romans 5:12 (KJV)

 

“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” Romans 5:19 (KJV)

 

QUITE CLEARLY THEN, IF JESUS CHRIST’S HUMANITY CAME FROM MARY (A DESCENDANT OF ADAM) HE WOULD HAVE INHERITED SIN. He would simply not be sinless. But note clearly that Jesus Christ had no sin attachment to him, but was in fact born sinless according to the Word of God.

“And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; AND IN HIM IS NO SIN.” I John 3:5 (KJV)

“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin: for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” I John 3:9 (KJV)

 

 

“For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, AS THOSE HIGH PRIESTS, to offer up sacrifice, FIRST FOR HIS OWN SINS, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.” Hebrews 7:26,27 (KJV)

 

We can deduce then from these verses that Jesus was not a human being descended from Adam thru Mary, but He was a separately created human being, created like Adam through Mary. Christ did not have to first offer up sacrifice for his own inherited sin because He had none. HE WAS NOT OF THE BLOODLINE OF SIN.

 

“saying – I have sinned in delivering up RIGHTEOUS BLOOD. But they said – What is that to us? thou shalt see to it for thyself.” Matthew 27:4 (Rotherham)

 

Scripture tells us that Jesus Christ was born without sin and that He remained sinless all his life so that as an innocent lamb all sin would be placed on Him. In the Old Testament no lamb was ever offered for sacrifice that was blemished.

 

“And your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:” Exodus 12:5 (KJV)

 

In like manner Jesus Christ was not blemished by inherited sin from Adam because He was not from Adam’s line. Now let’s go back to Romans chapter five and better understand verse fourteen.

“Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, WHO IS THE FIGURE OF HIM THAT WAS TO COME.” Romans 5:14 (KJV)

 

Jesus Christ was not descended from Adam. Adam was “the figure” of the Christ to come. Adam was the first man whereas Jesus Christ was “the second man” created in the same figure, however separate and distinct from one another.

 

“The FIRST MAN is of the earth, earthy: the SECOND MAN is the Lord FROM HEAVEN.” I Corinthians 15:47 (KJV)

 

Notice the contrast between the first created Adam and the second.

 

“And so it is written, The first man Adam WAS MADE a living soul: the last Adam WAS MADE a quickening spirit.” I Corinthians 15:45 (KJV)

 

The flesh and blood that Jesus inherited came from God and was pure and holy, it came from heaven and was not descended from the earth thru Adam. To use a modern term Mary was a surrogate mother, it was not Joseph’s sperm or Mary’s ovum that engendered Jesus Christ, He was FROM ABOVE.

 

"He that feedeth upon my flesh And drinketh my blood Hath life age-abiding, And I will raise him up at the last day; For my flesh is true food, And my blood is true drink: He that feedeth upon my flesh And drinketh my blood in me abideth, And I in Him. Just as the living Father sent me,- And I live by reason of the Father he also that feedeth upon me Even he shall live by reason of me. This is the bread which out of heaven came down:- Not just as your fathers did eat - and died! He that feedeth upon this bread shall live unto times age- abiding." John 6:54-58 (Rotherham)

 

Jesus Christ came from above and his humanity was not tainted by the line of Adam, the earthy line. The people during the time of Christ as well as most today still do not understand this wonderful Truth of a perfect, blameless and blemish-less Savior. He was bruised for our sins as a perfect lamb was led to slaughter.

 

“For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.” John 6:33 (KJV)

 

The reason that there are no longer differences between those who are now “in Christ” comes from the fact that we are a “new citizenship” created from heaven.

 

“For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.” Romans 10:12 (KJV)

 

Our Lord is righteous, He was never born unrighteous.

 

“In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” Jeremiah 23:6 (KJV)

“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, GOD WITH US.” Matthew 1:23 (KJV)

 

“If I have told you earthy things, and ye believed not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” John 3:12,13 (KJV)

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: GOD MANIFESTED IN THE FLESH, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” I Timothy 3:16 (KJV)

 

“And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath (from Adam); I AM FROM ABOVE: ye are of this world; I AM NOT OF THIS WORLD.” John 8:23 (KJV)

 

“For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, AND HAVE BELIEVED I CAME OUT FROM GOD. I CAME FORTH FROM THE FATHER, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.” John 16:27,28 (KJV)

 

Jesus Christ did not come from Adam He came out from God, unlike earlier in His ministry, his disciples now said to him, “…Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speaketh no proverb…we believe that thou camest forth from God.” (John 16:29,30) Yes, Jesus made it plain here that this is NOT figurative language, but that this is the literal truth. The figurative side is that he was the second “Adam”, but how does the world of churchianity insist today on claiming He was nothing more than a literal, physical son of Joseph and by extension a son of Adam. He was only a son of Joseph in a figurative and legal sense, never in the literal.

 

“And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (AS WAS SUPPOSED) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli… Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.” Luke 3:23,38 (KJV)

 

How many have not believed God? Calling this all a “great mystery” of how they claim Jesus was both “Adamic and Divine”. Yes, he was human and divine, but His humanity originated from ABOVE. He was the legal son of Joseph, with all the rights of an heir, and yet He came from heaven. Both the literal reality and the legal reality exist without contradiction. The only contradiction that arises is when churchianity insists on marrying the earthy Adam with the Divine Christ to form a very blemished Savior! The Scriptures will have none of it, Jesus Christ “the same yesterday, today and forever” is “the Lord our righteousness”. He is the “well of our salvation”.

 

“Therefore with joy shall ye draw out of the wells of salvation.”

Isaiah 12:3 (KJV)

 

“Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters: and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear and come to me…” Isaiah 55:1-3 (NRSV)

 

“For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” Revelation 7:17 (KJV)

 

Shouldn’t we all partake of the perfect unblemished Lamb who is Jesus Christ, the Savior of ALL born of Adam (I Tim.2:4) and stop looking at the false blemished goat of churchianity? Many who nowadays think they believe in the true Christ are prophesied to have a very rude awakening when the real Jesus Christ returns and tells them “I never knew you”. Had we not better be looking to our King, from the Jerusalem above?

 

“But he who was of the bondwoman, WAS BORN AFTER THE FLESH: but he of the free-woman WAS BY PROMISE…BUT JERUSALEM WHICH IS ABOVE IS FREE, WHICH IS THE MOTHER OF US ALL…Now we brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born of the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now…So then, brethren we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free.” Galatians 4:23-31

Chapter 3

Angelic and Alien Creations

 

The Truth about Angels

 

There is no subject that has caught the imagination of people in regards to the spirit world more than the study of angels. Within the Bible we have documented much information on this part of God’s creation. The role and purpose these spirit beings play in God’s plan for the ages give us many details on how God operates His universe.

 

Angels are described as created spirits (Ps.104:4) within the Sacred Scriptures and can either be good or evil in character.

 

“And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to show thee glad tidings.” Luke 1:19 (KJV)

“And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are ye?” Acts 19:15 (KJV)

 

We must point out here that the use of the word “angel” has also been translated as referring to a man in the King James Version.

 

“And he hath slandered thy servant unto my lord the king; but my lord the king is as an angel of God: do therefore what is good in thine eyes.” II Samuel 19:27 (KJV)

 

And while human beings are created in the physical likeness of God (Gen.1:26), angels are also described as the same class or KIND of beings as mankind. Note that the Hebrew word “elohim” is used to denote both humans and angels, and that “theos” is its Greek equivalent.

 

“I have said, ye are gods (elohim); and all of you are children of the most high.” Psalms 82:6 (KJV)

“Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods (theos)?” John 10:34 (KJV)

“For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels (elohim), and hast crowned him with glory and honour.” Psalms 8:5 (KJV)

 

“In whom the god (theos) of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God (theos), should shine unto them.” II Corinthians 4:4 (KJV)

 

This similarity of kind is often overlooked but offers much insight into their function and purpose within God’s design. Angels are described as having the appearance of human men (see Gen.18, 19:1, Judges 13:2-23).

 

There are four type/function of angels listed in the Bible.

 

1) Satan – THE god of this world. (II Cor. 4:4)

2) Archangels (I Thess. 4:16)

3) Cherubs and Seraphs (Gen.3:24, Isa.6:2)

4) Angels (Ps.68:17)

 

We must not confuse the primary classification of “kind after kind” as God denoted for us in the book of Genesis. Everything was created “after his kind” (Gen.1:26) including the “elohim-kind”. As the Hebrew shows, “elohim” can refer to God the Father (YHWH), Jesus Christ, Angels and human beings. We must not let the wide variety of type/function cloud the primary “kind” boundaries God has created. An African lion is the same kind variety as an ordinary house cat yet the differences are great.

The Scriptures provide us with a variety of examples on some of the roles and duties of angels. The Mosaic Law was given to mankind by angels.

 

“Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.” Acts 7:53 (KJV)

 

“Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.” Galatians 3:19 (KJV)

 

“For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward;” Hebrews 2:2 (KJV)

 

This system of law and ordinances was termed by Paul, “the religion of angels” (Col.2:18) and comprised everything within the Mosaic System. God has placed many of the natural functions and the maintenance of our universe into the care of angels. We note that angels can cause nature to explode with fire as in the example of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen.19:13,24). We also see the reference of angels associated with fire.

 

“Even as to the messenger indeed he saith – Who maketh his messengers winds And his ministers of state a fiery flame.” Hebrews 1:7 (Rotherham)

 

“Making his messengers winds, His attendants a flaming fire.” Psalms 104:4 (Rotherham)

 

God uses these “attendants” or angels to perform a variety of functions within our physical realm. There is even an angel that controls the activity of diseases in our world.

 

“Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.” I Corinthians 10:10 (KJV)

 

Note what this angelic destroyer did to the nation of Israel in David’s time.

 

“And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the Lord was by the threshing-place of Araunah the Jebusite.” II Samuel 24:16 (KJV) (see also verse 15 which refers to this spreading of disease)

 

Angels are used quite frequently in the plan of God to deceive and blind the minds of people.

 

“Now therefore, behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil against thee.” II Chronicles 18:22 (KJV)

We must be reminded that this was purely angelic activity as the Lord of the Old Testament was represented by an angel. God the Father (YHWH) can not be seen by any man (John 6:46). Moses however was able to view the back parts of the “LORD” which was the Angel representing the Father here on Earth.

 

God has assigned various angels over the nations of the Earth. The archangel Michael is the prince over Israel (Dan.10:21). The archangel Gabriel is another chief angel (Dan.8:16, 9:16). The spiritual prince of Tyre (who so many confuse as Satan) was an angelic cherub (Eze. 28:11-19). He had control only over the area of Tyre whereas the real Satan has control over all the earth. In similar fashion another angelic prince named Lucifer controlled only the area of Babylon and cannot be Satan either (Isaiah 14:4-23). A close reading of the entire chapter of Isaiah fourteen will show that “the man” (verse 16) is so closely attached to the angelic force that it is difficult to tell them apart. This seems to indicate that this human king of Babylon was possessed by this spirit. There are other angels mentioned as “the trees of Eden” (Eze. 31:8,9,16,18; 32:17,22,23,24-32). It is an interesting side note here that all the people of these nations are now deceased yet these “trees of Eden” live on in the nether world (Eze. 32:12). The spirits that possessed these men of old are currently alive and are confined under the earth.

 

“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.” II Peter 2:4 (KJV)

 

We also have the seven angels that reside over the seven congregations in the book of Revelation, starting in chapter two. And then there is the mysterious figure of Melchizedek. By the process of elimination we can narrow down who this figure is not. He cannot be a human because he was without a human genealogy (Heb.7:3). He was made “like the Son of God” which indicates he had God as his Father. He did possess a divine genealogy however. We also can determine that Melchizedek was not Jesus Christ. This is because we read in Hebrews 7:11 that Christ entered this world “in the ORDER of Melchizedek” and was “after the SIMILITUDE of Melchizedek” (verse 15). Christ’s priesthood then originated FROM the priesthood of Melchizedek’s. And lastly we should note that mankind is prophesied to judge angels.

 

“Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more the things that pertain to this life? “ I Corinthians 6:3 (KJV)

 

In conclusion, angels play an important role in the purpose and plan of God. We can all look forward to the time when Christ will subdue all hostile forces in the universe unto Himself. Some of the Scriptures that bring forth this wonderful purpose of God can now be reviewed with great joy.

 

“And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” Colossians 1:20 (KJV)

 

The Purpose of Evil

 

Satan The Devil – His Creation And Purpose

 

The existence of Satan and the condition of evil in God’s creation have been a mystery for humanity since the inception of time. Especially is this true for people who consider themselves Christians, for much of today’s theology cannot explain, in a satisfactory way, why these conditions exist. Many cannot account for the presence of such things in the face of a God who is both Perfect and Sovereign. Why would He allow to exist such things as all the suffering, heartache and tears if He truly is a God of Love? Some (attempt to explain) that God is Love by saying that Lucifer (once perfect) became Satan. God then had to adjust His plan of creation by sending His Son Jesus Christ to rectify the problem. However such theology cannot be shown as originating from the Bible but rather from the traditions of men. On the other hand the Sacred Scriptures themselves reveal the answers to these most perplexing of life’s questions.

 

One popular interpretation of Satan the Devil can be found in the book of Ezekiel. The popular theory substitutes the spiritual king of Tyre and changes it to mean Satan (see Ezekiel 28:12-19). The human king of Tyre (verse 16) was undoubtedly possessed by this angelic creature. But this angelic being only had control of the possessions of Tyre whereas the real Satan possessed the entire world.

 

“Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” Matthew 4:8,9 (KJV)

 

Then we have the theory that a once perfect Lucifer falls from grace and becomes Satan the Devil in Isaiah, chapter fourteen. But this is false interpretation as the context here about this Lucifer recount the exploits of a human king of Babylon that is clearly called A MAN.

 

“They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, IS THIS THE MAN that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;” Isaiah 14:16

 

It is pure fiction to deduce that Lucifer became Satan the Devil. The Scriptures themselves however demonstrate that Satan was created by God as Satan, “FROM THE BEGINNING”.

 

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer FROM THE BEGINNING, and abode not in the truth, because there was no truth in him, When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44 (KJV)

 

And while these two accounts of the king of Tyre and the king of Babylon have overtones of the spiritual forces ruling over them, each angelic being had control of limited areas while Satan has control over the entire world (see II Corinthians 4:4).

 

The reference to Satan falling in Luke 10:18 must be understood by the context of the preceding verse of how the devils were subject to the disciples through Christ’s name. This is not alluding to some long ago ancient fall of Satan. When Christ overcame the Devil in His forty days in the wilderness He qualified to take control over Satan’s reign at that time.

 

“And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.” Luke 10:17 (KJV)

 

Modern day theology has to completely disregard plain Scriptural facts in order to concoct its theory on “the rise of evil”. But the Bible goes one step further and says God not only created the Waster but he also created evil.

 

“Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; AND I HAVE CREATED THE WASTER TO DESTROY.” Isaiah 54:16 (KJV)

 

“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace AND CREATE EVIL: I the Lord do all these things.” Isaiah 45:7 (KJV)

One of the most hidden and deepest of mysteries to understand is the purpose and place of Satan/evil in the plan of God. Once we have established these facts of origin, we can then proceed to some of the Biblical examples in which we find these facts functioning. One such example is the subservient role Satan plays in the book of Job. Satan is portrayed as coming and going before the throne of God and taking orders directly from God. There is not the slightest problem of functioning and authority. Satan was created and designed to perfectly perform the tasks God created him to do.

 

“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them…And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord… And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.” Job 1:6,12; 2:6 (KJV)

 

Satan was also used by God to test His Son Jesus Christ at the start of His earthly ministry. Christ overcame Satan and qualified for ruler-ship.

 

“Then Jesus was led up into the wilderness by the spirit to be tried by the Adversary…Then Jesus is saying to him, ‘Go away, Satan, for it is written, The Lord your God shall you be worshiping, And to Him only shall you be offering divine service.’ Then the Adversary is leaving Him. And lo! messengers approached and waited on Him.” Matthew 4:1,10,11 (Concordant Literal NT)

 

Christ Himself set the example that those to be resurrected at His Second Advent ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO SET.

 

“To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” Revelation 3:21 (KJV)

Of course we can’t forget the role God had Satan play in the garden of Eden. God set these conditions for Adam by placing the tree of the knowledge of good AND EVIL within Adam’s reach. This was also a designed purpose of the plan of God.

 

“And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good AND EVIL… Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?… And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 2:9; 3:1,4,5 (KJV)

 

There are also many examples of God directly causing evil or calamity on individuals or among humans.

 

“…and the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea…and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.“Exodus 14:27,30 (KJV)

 

God even caused the direct personal death of Er, son of Judah.

 

“And Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the Lord; and the Lord slew him.” Genesis 38:7 (KJV)

 

The Purpose of Evil

 

Why did God create Satan and allow the world to be filled with evil, sin, calamity and misfortune? What God has in mind for a perfected universe is beyond our scope of imagination. God is in the process of creating more sons and daughters in His likeness to glory. To fully accomplish this task humanity needs to learn “lessons of appreciation”. A man who is born a millionaire and inherits great wealth usually does not appreciate it as much as a man who has earned it or has been acquainted with hardship does. In like manner our hardships are preparing us to fully appreciate the unlimited wealth and glory God will share with us in the future. When Adam was created, he was placed in a beautiful garden and could even talk with God. He had everything except the ability to appreciate what he had! Once he was expelled from the garden of Eden he began to learn by contrast what he had lost. As a song by the late John Lennon goes, the lyric here is fitting, “You don’t know what ya got, until you lose it”. This is true with just about everything in life. You can’t fully appreciate Love without Hate, Health without Sickness, Romance without Loneliness, or Plenty without Want etc. God subjects us to these negative qualities so that later we may apprehend and learn to appreciate the good. God in His design and purpose put Satan in control as “THE God of this world” to maintain a negatively balanced order.

 

“In whom THE GOD of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” II Corinthians 4:4 (KJV)

 

By contrast, when Jesus Christ establishes His government on earth during the millennium, the world will return to a garden of Eden experience. It takes an ALL WISE and SKILLFUL CREATOR to create in us the qualities needed for a resurrected saint to fully enjoy countless ages of unlimited wealth and blessings. To this end God will “wipe away all tears”!

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

Revelation 21:4 (KJV)

 

There is a great purpose God is working out in us and most fail to realize the role of Satan and the place of evil within the framework of God’s plan of the ages. But these things are necessary for the unlimited glory God is creating in us. He not only had to create the conditions that made our tears so that they could be wiped away, but He also had to wipe away His own tears over what Jesus Christ endured for the redemption of ALL His heirs, and the cosmos! But all these things are working toward the glory and good of mankind. We often fail to see beyond the world of suffering in which we live. Evil, suffering and death, to our human perspectives are so absolute and permanent that most cannot see beyond these things to the glory and perfection that God is creating. But from God’s Word we must deeply reflect that God is shaping and reshaping out of mortal, impermanent substances, a perfected spiritual creation.

 

“It is sown in dishonour: it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.” I Corinthians 15:43,44 (KJV)

 

It is from this perspective we are able to comprehend why God created Satan and the conditions this world is in. When we can see that these things have a purpose and that all will work toward the greatest amount of good, then we can see the purpose of God rather than a failed theology that leaves an unperfected universe with a graveyard or prison colony of unrepentant “souls”. For the ultimate purpose of God lies in the restoration of ALL THINGS to God that He may become “all in all”.

 

“And having made peace through the blood of the cross, by him to reconcile ALL THINGS unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” Colossians 1:20 (KJV)

 

“Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.” Ephesians 1:9,10 (KJV)

“For the law having a shadow OF GOOD THINGS TO COME, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.” Hebrews 10:1 (KJV)

 

The Nephilim – Sons of Darkness

 

A proper understanding of the Nephilim, or the “giants” mentioned in the Holy Scriptures, will not only illuminate much of mankind’s ancient history, but will reveal information on God’s Plan of the Ages. It will also prove that such doctrines as Eternal Torment or Universalism are incorrect interpretations of God’s Word. The first great Biblical principle we must keep in mind is that there exists (as an act of God) a great divide between Light and Darkness. We find revealed in Scripture that even though God created darkness and evil (Isa.45:7) there exists none of it in Him.

 

“This is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all.” I John 1:5 (KJV)

 

E.W. Bullinger presents an informative outline of the Nephilim of Scripture in Appendix 25 of his Companion Bible. He defines these creatures as “The progeny of the fallen angels with the daughters of Adam…are called in Gen.6, Nephilim, which means fallen ones (from naphal, to fall). What these beings were can only be gathered from Scripture. They were evidently great in size, as well as great in wickedness. They were superhuman, abnormal beings: and their destruction was necessary for the preservation of the human race, and for the faithfulness of God’s Word (Gen.3:15).” We have recorded that the Flood was brought “upon the world of the ungodly” (II Pet.2:5) just as the prophet Enoch had prophesied.

 

“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” Jude 14,15 (KJV)

 

These Nephilim are again mentioned in Numbers 13:33 and Bullinger writes, “How, it may be asked, could this be, if they were all destroyed in the Flood?” The answer comes from Scripture,

 

“In those days, AS WELL AS LATER, when the sons of the gods had intercourse with the daughters of mortals and children were born to them, the Nephilim were on the earth; they were the heroes of old, people of renown.” Genesis 6:4 (REB)

 

Bullinger continues, “So that, ‘after that’, i.e. after the Flood, there was a second irruption of these fallen angels, evidently smaller in number and more limited in area, for they were for the most part confined to Canaan, and were in fact known as ‘the nations of Canaan’. IT WAS FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF THESE, THAT THE SWORD OF ISRAEL WAS NECESSARY, as the Flood had been before.” We find the time of the second irruption of Nephilim coincides with Abraham coming out of Haran because they were already in the land (Gen.12:6). They also became known by other names such as Rephaim and Emim (Gen.14:5), Anakim (Num. 13:33), Horim and Zamuzummim (Deut. 2:10-23). Then in Genesis 15:18-21 they are named among the Canaanites.

 

Little recognition is given how important the “sword of Israel” was in the destruction of the Nephilim for the human race. Many have pondered why the destruction of these peoples included children and infants, but we can now know the reason. Israel failed however in destroying all the Nephilim, and we have no way of knowing how many survived and escaped to different parts of the world. Bullinger makes a very interesting comment at this point in the story, “If this were recognized it would go far to solve many problems connected with Anthropology.” When all these facts are taken into account we find some of the Biblical stories take on new meaning. The account of David and Goliath illustrates the personal hand to hand combat of a son of Adam (David) against a son of darkness (Goliath – a Nephilim). The prohibition also against the children of Israel intermarrying among these Canaanite tribes was not just to keep the Israelites genetically pure among themselves but to keep Adamic blood from mixing with those of fallen angels. Many of the discoveries coming forward in Dead Sea Scroll research is revealing much ancient tradition that undoubtedly has roots in the wars of “the sons of Light” against the “sons of darkness”. The War Scroll is of particular interest here. Eisenstein and Wise also make mention of this in their book, The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered, in the Joshua Apocrypha (4Q522) page 90,

 

“…For those who would refer to this literature as sectarian, the nationalist implications of texts such as this are important, as is the provocative allusion to ‘the sons of Satan’ in Line 5. This parallels similar references elsewhere in the corpus to ‘sons of Belial’, and their variation in the ‘Mastermoth’/‘sons of Darkness’ allusions we have encountered further below…”.

 

These references of Nephilim and the history of Israel in their battles to conquer them, under the command of God, will give us new understanding when we encounter these types of terms in the Bible. Some references to the “children of Satan” in Biblical passages include,

 

“The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one.” Matthew 13:38 (KJV)

 

“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” Ephesians 2:2 (KJV)

 

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his head.” Genesis 3:15 (KJV)

 

“In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.” I John 3:10 (KJV)

 

Now we come to an important piece of Biblical information which Bullinger uncovered. We find in Scripture that these Nephilim or sons of darkness will NOT BE RESURRECTED. They are not a part of the chosen of God, to receive salvation. Salvation is only given to those of the creation God deems His “elect”. This is why the term “universal salvation” is misleading for not all living beings are destined for salvation, that only comes through Jesus Christ. Note carefully what Bullinger discovered,

 

“As Rephaim (a name of the Nephilim) they were well known, and are often mentioned: but, unfortunately, instead of this, their proper name, being preserved, it is variously translated as ‘dead’, ‘deceased’, or ‘giants’. This fact is stated in Isaiah 26:14 (WHERE THE PROPER NAME IS RENDEREDDECEASED’, AND IN V.19, WHERE IT IS RENDEREDTHE DEAD’). It is rendered ‘dead’ seven times… It is retained as a proper name ‘Rephaim’ ten times (two being in the margin)… In all other places it is rendered ‘giants’…”.

 

We also note in The New Brown-Driver-Briggs-Gesenius Hebrew- English Lexicon that there are two separate Strongs numberings for the EXACT SAME HEBREW WORD! They are #7496 and #7497 which in actual Hebrew remains the proper name Rephaim. Once this inspired word is retained as a proper name, the various verses in which it appears takes on a clearer meaning. Young's Literal Translation, for example, correctly translates Isa.26:14 as,

 

“Dead – they live not, Rephaim, they rise not.” Isa.26:14 (YLT)

 

We also find that those who wander from the way of understanding (which indicates they once had it) are cast into the “congregation of these Rephaim”

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“The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead (Rephaim).” Proverbs 21:16 (KJV)

 

This verse puts to rest some theories of “getting around” the unpardonable sin. The destiny of all the sons of darkness (all Nephilim) as well as those people who take up their ways (cast their lot with them) will be destruction.

 

“What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much long suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction”. Romans 9:22 (KJV)

 

“But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.” Hebrews 6:8 (KJV)

By contrast, all those of who come from Adam, are chosen for salvation and are not appointed to wrath, unless they commit the unpardonable sin.

 

“Ye are the children of the light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor the darkness” I Thessalonians 5:5 (KJV)

 

“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Thessalonians 5:9 (KJV)

A good computer study is to key in the words “children of” and then watch the contrasts appear. You have, “children of God, Light, Promise, Resurrection, Wicked One, Disobedience, Devil etc. These differences are central to a proper understanding of Christian doctrine. As was stated at the beginning of this study, there is no darkness in God, all that proceeds from God, will return to God. The Darkness is fitted to be destroyed. This is why it says in I Corinthians 15:26 that “death is to be destroyed”. Some have translated this as “abolished”, the Greek word however literally means, “to render idle” (Strongs #2673). There exists here within the English language a subtle but wide variation in meaning. Universalist doctrine for example forces the Greek to mean that the only way for death to be abolished is for God to reverse all death processes. But this also creates absurdities such as the bringing to life of all insects, plants, animals, humans or anything else that has died. The simple Truth of the matter is that God has selected out of His creation only those He has chosen for salvation. This includes the entire human race except those committing unpardonable sins.

 

“Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the Truth” I Timothy 2:4 (KJV)

 

“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance: seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” Hebrews 6:4-6 (KJV)

 

Once a proper understanding of the time periods for salvation is understood, it will be seen that the vast majority of humanity will be saved. The statement “many are called few are chosen” refers to the “better resurrection” to take place at the Second Advent of Christ. We read in Rev.3:21 that works are required for entrance into the Kingdom of God. These required works in no way should ever be confused with the gift of salvation, which solely comes as a free gift from God. We find also that before immortality is ever given, each human being called of God, is given the Holy Spirit and is made to taste of heavenly things. Once this occurs in a person, the gift of salvation has already been given and one is fully secure for resurrection and immortality that comes later. Notice that there is not one thing that can rob or abort the free gift of God!

 

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38,39 (KJV)

This is a promise by God who does not change or lie, these Words can be fully trusted by the Christian and should give us great hope. People that fear committing an unpardonable sin are failing to comprehend the security God has promised to His elect. Committing the unpardonable sin comes as a choice to reject the Grace and gift of God. It is not our good or bad works that secure salvation (which comes without merit on our part), rather it is the sacrifice, works and Life of Jesus Christ who is the firstborn from the dead. So once a person receives the Holy Spirit and tastes of heavenly things, his salvation has already been given by God, and one is secure without any possibility of failure. This is why the Scriptures boldly declare “all men will be saved”. God will accomplish this fact with all men born of Adam.

 

We must also marvel at the unlimited number that God will save for Abraham was told his descendants could not be numbered.

 

“Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.” Hosea 1:10 (KJV)

Furthermore we are told that we become a new citizenship in Christ, that is neither Jew nor Gentile in origin.

 

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” II Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

 

This even compounds the unlimited number whom Christ will save! When all factors are taken into account there is nothing in the Bible that says God will ever cease to produce more and more sons and daughters in Him. The false ideas of the Eternal Torment doctrine does not give the Good News of the Gospel of Christ but rather that only some (limited number) will be saved, and that the majority of humanity will be “lost”. It does not take into account the fail-safe security we have in Christ when we are called for salvation. This is given to every descendant of Adam. The vast majority of people who never receive a calling of God in this life will be resurrected to physical life again to receive it. God is not the Savior of some but rather all born of Adam. It can be stated here for matters of clarity that ALL MANKIND WILL BE SAVED YET NOT ALL MANKIND WILL RECEIVE IMMORTALITY. Only a very few would ever turn down a glorious life and cast their lot with the Rephaim. In ones self interest, a decision to commit the unpardonable sin should be avoided at all costs, but it is never something that any Christian should fear, being something they would helplessly fall into. We should however have a proper fear if we fail to do good works for God says that we can suffer great loss, BUT OUR SALVATION IS SECURED.

 

“If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: BUT HE HIMSELF SHALL BE SAVED: YET SO AS BY FIRE.” I Corinthians 3:15 (KJV)

 

We are not appointed to wrath, unless we cast ourselves with those to which it is destined. The Judgments of God are for our good and will test all of our works, by which God will then measure to us our rewards. There is much that God gives the Christian now, SALVATION and great opportunity for rewards. We are not “just here” awaiting the passage of time but rather our Christian life NOW should be one of great challenges for love and service to others!

 

“For he says; ‘In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.’ Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” II Corinthians 6:2 (NKJ)

 

Great and wonderful blessings are in store for the Elect, and God will also bring about a universal restoration of his creation and eliminate all darkness.

 

"Because of him, and through him, and unto him are all things:- unto him be the glory unto the ages, Amen! Romans 11:36 (Rotherham)

 

What we find, when understanding the principle there is no darkness in God, is that All the good that proceeds out of God returns to God when He becomes “All in all” (I Cor. 15:28). His creation of darkness is used for our perfection and once the task is accomplished ALL DARKNESS WILL BE DESTROYED. There will be no reconciliation or resurrection with the elements of darkness BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT OF HIM. God created darkness, and God is very capable of creating things that are not a part of him, but external to His nature, for we know that God is Love. This is why the first Christians had these Biblical concepts firmly in mind, they knew God is Light and that they were His children of Light! They also understood correctly about the sons of darkness, how all these are fitted for a final destruction and that the whole creation will finally be restored for His perfected Elect.

Many of the first Christians read the Book of Enoch, and while this is not a part of the official Bible, we can see that its words do dramatically endorse Biblical doctrine. And with Dead Sea Scroll translations now available, the reliability of this document becomes even more sound.

 

“The Book of Enoch – Book I

 

The Parable of Enoch

The Righteous and the wicked

 

1) The blessing of Enoch: with which he blessed the elect and the righteous who would be present on the day of tribulation at (the time of ) removal of all the ungodly ones. And Enoch, the blessed and righteous man of the Lord, took up (his parable) while his eyes were open and he saw, and said, “(This is) a holy vision from the heavens, which the angels showed me: and I heard from them everything and I understood. I look not for this generation but for the distant one that is coming. I speak about the elect ones and concerning them.” And I took up with a parable (saying), “The God of the universe, the Holy Great One, will come forth from his dwelling. And from there he shall march upon Mount Sinai and appear in his camp emerging from heaven with a mighty power…He will preserve the elect, and kindness shall be upon them. They shall all belong to God and they will prosper and be blessed; and the light of God shall shine unto them. Behold, he will arrive with ten million of the holy ones in order to execute judgment upon all. HE WILL DESTROY THE WICKED ONES and censure all flesh on account of everything that they have done, that which the sinners and the wicked ones committed against him.”

 

Summary of Biblical Principles

 

1) No Darkness in God.

2) Maximum Salvation of God’s Elect.

3) Universal Restoration of creation (not universal salvation).

4) God becomes “All in all” when darkness is destroyed.

5) Nephilim NOT RESURRECTED.

6) Resurrection only reserved for the Elect of God.

7) All death “rendered idle”.

8) All Adam saved in Christ.

9) Salvation given first – Immortality comes later.

10) Christ pardons all sin except unpardonable sin.

 

Chapter 4

Understanding Biblical Salvation

 

The Great Lie

 

The single most universal lie is the doctrine of the Immortality of the Soul. The majority of Christian churches today uphold the belief that the soul of man is immortal. They believe that death is not the opposite of life, but is rather a separation of the soul from the body. In essence they consider that only the fleshly body actually “dies” or becomes non-existent. The soul, they believe, is then taken to either heaven or hell depending on how one lived his life, but there is one Biblical example that counters this popularly held idea. We must examine the life and death of David. The first thing we must determine, is whether David according to the theory of heaven and hell would qualify for “heaven”. On this point there can be no doubt, for we read in the Faith Chapter of the Bible that David is specifically mentioned.

 

“And what shall I more say? for the time would not fail me to tell of Gideon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae: OF DAVID ALSO, and Samuel, and of the prophets:” Hebrews 11:32 (KJV)

 

We discover that David did qualify to go to heaven, if that was the lot of the saved. For a clear and dogmatic answer to the question, “Is there an immortal soul within man,” let us turn to the Scriptures for the answer.

 

“For David is NOT ASCENDED INTO THE HEAVENS: but he saith himself, the Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,” Acts 2:34 (KJV)

 

The Bible then shows by specific example that a human being does not go to heaven upon death. King David is dead and not in heaven, but rather awaits the resurrection FROM THE DEAD.

 

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, AND THE DEAD shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” I Corinthians 15:52,53 (KJV)

 

Even right here we find the Bible stating life is mortal and that one will only become immortal upon resurrection. David is now dead and awaits a resurrection to life. So from the Biblical perspective the very next time we find David alive is at the Second Advent of Christ, when he will again be king over Israel.

 

“And David my servant shall be king over them; and they shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.” Ezekiel 37:24 (KJV)

 

We have just reviewed one specific example refuting from the Bible the concept of the immortality of the soul, but this false doctrine’s origin is exposed in the book of Genesis as the “first recorded lie”. Let’s now examine this doctrine from the Bible itself.

 

“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, YE SHALL NOT SURELY DIE: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:1-5 (KJV)

 

Here is the origin of the doctrine of the immortal soul. Satan lied in claiming that one would not really die, but would be like gods. Oh yes, never mind you might argue, the body may die, but you are gods and your soul can never die. And sadly enough, one of the most universally held doctrines of Christian churches today continues to teach this very first lie of none other than Satan himself! However, the composition of the soul of man is clearly defined in the Bible and exposes this lie of the Adversary. In the original language the word soul can include animals and even dead bodies, as well as man. Notice how the same word “soul” (Strongs Dictionary #5315) is translated in the following examples.

 

Leviticus 21:1 for the dead = soul

Leviticus 21:11 dead body = soul

Leviticus 24:18 beast = soul

Numbers 5:2 dead = soul

Numbers 9.6 dead body of = soul

Numbers 31:40 persons = soul

Deuteronomy 19:11 mortally = soul

Deuteronomy 18:6 his mind = soul

Haggai 2:13 a dead body = soul

 

We see clearly from the inspired Hebrew words that the soul is not immortal as Satan’s lie purports, but that even a beast and a dead body constitute a soul. The soul of man is no different. In fact in the plainest of language God exposes Satan’s deception by stating:

 

“Behold all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: THE SOUL THAT SINNETH IT SHALL DIE.” Ezekiel 18:4 (KJV)

 

And to make the point even clearer God again repeats this for emphasis.

 

THE SOUL THAT SINNETH, IT SHALL DIE…” Ezekiel 18:20 (KJV)

 

The doctrine of the immortality of the soul is a false doctrine of satanic origins. It attempts to replace the Biblical doctrine of the mortal life of man that ends in death (the opposite of life) to a condition of immortality. The Bible states in no uncertain terms that man’s life is mortal, and immortality only comes through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and is conferred at the resurrection from the dead.

There exists today over 20,000 different and diverse denominations within the organized world of Christianity, or better-termed “Churchianity”. There are many false traditions that have been passed down to us through time by these groups. Of the many traditions, there is what can be termed, a “trinity of terror” that can be summarized in three words, “Hell, Fire, and Damnation”. Exposing these three elements of falsehood opens the door to a better and more accurate comprehension of the Word of God.

One of the major factors that helped cause this deviation from original sacred truth has been the culprit of mistranslation. The introduction of the foreign concept of eternity gave way to the concepts of these three major false traditions. In a research paper published by the Foundation for Biblical Research in 1975 titled “The Time Periods for Salvation” we have reference to the Hebrew and Greek words mistranslated “eternity”,

 

“The Hebrew Olam

The word “olam” is derived from the primitive root alam, meaning to veil from sight, to conceal. An analysis of the passages where olam appears shows clearly that the word does not express “eternity” or “everlasting” as it has been frequently translated in the King James Version. Rather, it simply expresses a duration, a time during which a person, thing, or state of a thing exists – literally an age of time which has a definite beginning and conclusion. The duration of an age in scripture is sometimes defined and sometimes undefined.

“Olam”, including its usage in the singular and plural with prepositions and negatives, is translated differently in the Old Testament of our English Version. These various translations with their number of occurrences are tabulated below:

 

for ever and ever 24 times

from everlasting to everlasting 4 times

for ever 251 times

everlasting 60 times

“of ancient times” or “of old time” 2 times

“of old” or “ever of old” 16 times

world without end 1 time

never 16 times

perpetual 22 times

evermore 15 times

“old” or “ancient” 13 times

“of” or “in old time” 3 times

“always” or “alway” 5 times

anymore 2 times

world 2 times

continuance 1 time

eternal 1 time

lasting 1 time

long time 1 time

at any time 1 time

since the beginning of the world 1 time

ever 4 times

long 2 times

Total occurrences of olam 448 times

 

If the word “olam” really signified “eternal” then there are some major mistranslations of the word, as the above table shows. The truth is, the word “olam”, translated “for ever”, “everlasting”, “perpetual”, etc., is really not an equivalent of those English words. Problems arise when words expressing “eternity” are used for the Hebrew word “olam”. Notice some of them.

When “olam” is associated with persons it generally expresses only their lifetime. It does not mean a type of “eternity” which is indicated by the term “forever”

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“Then his master shall also bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall serve him “for ever” (olam). Exodus 21:6, also Deuteronomy 15:17

 

Certainly the Hebrew servant whose ear was pierced was not intended to become a bond man for all eternity, but rather only for his own lifetime or the lifetime of his master. Rotherham renders the actual Hebrew meaning in a proper way.

 

“And his lord shall pierce his ear with an awl, so shall he serve him “all his life”. Exodus 21:6

 

The “olam” of this man’s servitude began with the boring of his ear, and that “olam” ended with his death. There was a beginning and an ending to the “olam” of the slave…”

 

To add to this we also have the translators of KJV saying that Jonah was in the belly of the fish “for ever” (Jonah 2:6) while the text itself shows that the “olam” of Jonah was only for a period of three days and three nights. (Jonah 1:7) Rotherham translates Jonah as saying,

 

“As for the earth her bars were about me age-abidingly.”

 

As we can begin to see the problems of mistranslation we also discover how our present day theological system is on very shaky unbiblical ground. Basing our interpretations on these mistakes of the past has created a false system. The King James translators had many problems, especially illustrated in their term “forever AND ever”. How can you have forever AND ever? Isn’t one forever enough? Let’s continue now with The Foundation for Biblical Research’s comments on the Greek “Aion”.

 

“Aion and Aionios

 

The noun “aion” means “age or “eon” and is found 128 times in 105 passages of the New Testament. It occurs in 23 of the 105 passages. In its simple form (noun only), it is found 37 times and with the prepositions 68. Aion is translated as follows in the Authorized Version:

 

Age 2 times Eph. 2:7

Course 1 time Eph. 2:2

World 40 times Heb.6:5

Ever 72 times Jude 13

Never 7 times John 11:26

Evermore 4 times II Cor. 11:31

Eternal 2 times I Tim.1:17

 

Here are seven different renderings of the word “aion” as it appears in the form of a noun. On the surface, it seems that the translators were confused as to the right meaning of this important word. The word “world” in the English language is used to describe the present arrangement of human life and activity, but it certainly indicated a terminable period. It had a beginning and will have an end. Indeed “world” conveys no duration of time whatever. Yet “aion” shows “time” – though the time is always indefinite as to length. It is just like “olam” in Hebrew. The usual words in English, which best approximate the original meaning of aion are “age and “eon” (the latter word is derived from the Greek original itself).

In the translation of the adjective in the King James Version there is not much variation. “Aionios” is rendered into only four English words.

 

Eternal 42 times Titus 3:7

Everlasting 25 times II Thess. 1:9

Ever 1 time Philemon 15

World 3 times Titus 1:2

 

The adjective form “aionios” cannot carry a force or express a duration greater than the “age” of which it speaks. It cannot mean eternal or everlasting. It literally means “of the age” or “age-long”.

Once these meanings of the Hebrew “olam” and the Greek “aion” are understood, a flood of light will shine forth to show how God has been using various ages or strategic time periods to perfect His plan of salvation for man…

 

TABLE A

The AGES Not Synonymous with ETERNITY

1) BEFORE THE AGES (or AGE) = I Cor. 2:7; II Tim.1:9; Titus 1:2; Rom.16:25. (It would be absurd to speak about times “before eternity” [or eternities], but it makes good sense to speak of times “before an age” [or ages].)

2) PRESENT AGE (singular) = Gal.1:4; I Tim.6:17; II Tim.4:10; Titus 2:12

3) THIS AGE (singular) = Luke 16:8; I Cor. 1:20; 2:6-8; Rom.12:2; Eph. 2:2

4) END OF AGE (singular) = Matt.13:39,40; 24:3 (The end of an age is clearly shown in these verses.)

5) END OF THE AGES (i.e. relative to the existence of SIN) = Heb.9:26 (Ages, in the plural come to an end.)

6) THE COMING AGE (singular) = Matt.12:32; Mark 10:30; Luke 18:30; Eph. 1:21; Heb.6:5 (The coming age will begin at the Second Coming of Christ.)

7) AGES (plural) TO COME = Eph. 2:7 (More ages are to begin in the future.)

8) FUTURE AGES (plural) = Luke 1:33; Heb.13:8

9) PLAN OF THE AGES (plural) = Eph. 3:11; Heb.1:2; 11:3.

10) AGE OF THE AGE = Heb.1:8 (Also the rendering of the LXX)

(Note that both words are in the singular here.)

11) AGE OF THE AGES = Eph. 3:21 (note that the first word is singular followed by the plural.)

12) AGES OF THE AGES = (not eternal when all Bible contexts compared) = Rev.14:11; 19:3 (Note the plural of both words.)

13) THERE WILL BE FUTURE AGES = Jude 25.

14) THE DISPENSATION OF THE FULLNESS OF TIMES = Eph. 1:10 (This describes the final period of salvation.)”

 

Once we have the original languages back in place we find from further study that “Hell, Fire, and Damnation” are NOT eternal conditions, but last for a finite period until God reconciles “all things” unto himself.

 

“And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile ALL THINGS unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. Colossians 1:20 (KJV)

 

Once we undo these traditions that bind, God’s Gospel message rings with wondrous purpose and design. Now we must look at the issue of the “unpardonable sin” in conjunction with the Truth we now have concerning the great lie and the mistranslation of key Biblical words regarding time.

 

The Lake of (the) Fire

 

There is much theological confusion that has come down to us today concerning the Biblical Lake of Fire. Indeed the popular view casts the universe between those thrown into this Fire and those that escape its throes. This chasm between good and evil continues for eternity where the damned will suffer torment. Dante’s Inferno seems to get hotter and hotter, but we can sit back and laugh at such myth because the Bible portrays no such thing. This section will put into plain language the facts of this subject and will put out the fires of “eternal torment” that have flamed for centuries! This section is a summary of the Exposition titled, “The Lake of Fire – Where is it Located” by E.L. Martin (Foundation for Biblical Research 1981).

 

“The Lake of Fire or more correctly put “the lake of the fire” can be shown to be the area we know as the Dead Sea. This is “The Lake” from which proceeds the judgments that will befall the Beast, False Prophet, and Adversary (after the time period of the millennium), as well as the wicked of mankind. Brimstone (the old term for sulfur) is the fuel that ignites the fire that issues forth from this lake.

“There is a prime New Testament reference which goes a long way in solving the identification of “The Lake of the Fire.” It is found in the Book of Jude. This New Testament writer was the brother of James, and the half-brother of our Lord. He said that there was, in his time, an EXAMPLE of eternal fire [age-lasting fire] that was an active and present witness to what the judgment of God would be like in the future. That example was the geographical area where the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah once existed. Jude called attention to the ruined condition of that region, as well as the FIRE that was still burning in that locale. That’s right, the area around the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah was still having FIRES and SMOKE in the time of Jude! Notice carefully what he said on the matter.

“Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication [promiscuity] and going over to strange flesh, are set forth [are presently set forth] for an EXAMPLE, suffering [are presently suffering] the vengeance of age-lasting fire” (Jude 7)

When one looks at that verse closely, it tells us very much about the environment around the Dead Sea as it existed in the time of Jude! There were then active fires and smoke in the area, Strabo, the first century geographer, described the neighborhood as “a land of fires” (XVI,764). Some of the fires were fed by the seepage of naphtha (an old name for petroleum), bitumen, and other gaseous fumes. A hundred years before Strabo, there is the record of a Jewish author who described the Dead Sea area.

“Wisdom saved a man [Lot] from a destruction of the godless, and he escaped the fire that came down on the Five Cities, cities whose wickedness IS STILL ATTESTED BY A SMOKING WASTE” (Wisdom of Solomon 10:7)

 

This historical reference indicates that the Dead Sea region was then, back at that time, STILL SMOKING from subterranean fires. Diodorus Siculus, who also lived in the first century B.C., said: “The fire which burns beneath the ground and the stench render the inhabitants of the neighboring country sickly and very short lived” (Book II,48) A few years later, in the time of Christ’s childhood, the Jewish writer Philo gave witness to the burnings and smoke that was still ascending. “The fire is most difficult to extinguish, and creeps on pervading everything and smoldering. And a most evident proof of this is to be found in what IS SEEN TO THIS DAY: for the smoke which is still emitted, and the brimstone that men dig up there” (On Abraham XXVII). This fire and smoke was also seen coming from the midst of the Dead Sea as well. The geographer Strabo called the Dead Sea A LAKE (as did Josephus, the early Jewish historian – War IV,8,4), and described the fiery characteristics which came from its center.

 

“In the midst of the lake is the source of the fire and also there are great quantities of asphalt in the middle. The eruption is uncertain, because the movements of fire have no order known to us, as it is of many other gases.” Continuing: “Together with the asphalt there arises a great deal of soot, smoke, and [gases] invisible to the sight , by which brass, silver, and everything shinning, even gold, is tarnished.”

Around the area were “drops of pitch distilling from the rocks [petroleum], and boiling streams.”

“The lake was formed by earthquakes and boiling outbursts OF FIRE, and hot water impregnated with bitumen and brimstone [sulfur]” (Strabo, Book XVI,764)

 

It is interesting to note that the eruptions of fire, smoke, and asphalt were not of continuous duration. Only at irregular times did such phenomena occur, but the occasions were frequent enough that eyewitnesses around the time of Christ and the apostles called it a lake of fire and smoke. In actual fact, we are told by Henry Maundrell (who traveled from Europe to Palestine in A.D. 1697) that most of the mapmakers prior to the seventeenth century show “smoke ascending above the surface of the water” (Journey, p.454, Bohn Edition). However, when Maundrell visited the area, no smoke was seen by him. Yet the explorer Volney in A.D.1787 was told that smoke periodically could be observed coming out of the Dead Sea.

 

“The south of Syria, that is the hollow through which the Jordan flows, is a country of volcanoes [volcanic activity]: the bituminous and sulfurous sources of the Lake Asphaltis [the Dead Sea], the lava, the pumice stones thrown upon its banks, and the hot baths of Tiberius, demonstrate that this valley has been the seat of subterranean fire, which is not yet extinguished. CLOUDS OF SMOKE ARE OFTEN OBSERVED TO ISSUE FROM THE LAKE, and new crevices to be formed upon its banks” (Travels, vol. I, pp.281,282)

 

Volney was a very astute observer and he customarily inquired of the inhabitants about the characteristics of the lands in which he visited. It seems, then, that as late as the eighteenth century, there were still some rare outbursts of smoke and fire coming from the middle of the lake.” (Lake of Fire, FBR 1981)

 

Further proof can be found from the Bible itself that shows the Dead Sea is the “Lake of the Fire”. Remember that Jude said the areas of Sodom and Gomorrah were examples of age-lasting fire that punished the wicked. Notice how Jude indicates those cities are now under the Dead Sea.

 

“That these made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah…All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim. which is the salt sea.” Genesis 14:2,3 (KJV)

 

These cities were located in the northern regions of the Dead Sea and is part of the Jordan rift that starts north of Mount Hermon and proceeds south along the Jordan River, Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea.

“We should further remind ourselves of the parable given by Christ about Lazarus and the Rich Man (Luke 16:19-31). The locale of that story is precisely in the area of the Jordan rift and the northern region of the Dead Sea. Here was the Rich Man AFTER DEATH in the place of fire. He looked and saw Lazarus in the bosom of Abraham. Between Abraham and the Rich Man was a “great gulf fixed” (Luke 16:26). We have pointed out in our August 1981 issue of our FBR Commentator), that the GREAT GULF is clearly the Jordan rift valley. The Rich Man was east of the Jordan River, and Lazarus and Abraham were west of it. The latter two were inheriting the promises of the land of Palestine given to Abraham, but the Rich Man (Judah) was not allowed to enter. He had to remain in the region of the fires! That area was just east of Jordan, north of the Dead Sea, but in an area of continual and unrelenting flames. The Significance of the parable (and that’s what it was – a parable, not an actual occurrence), was to show that the region of the “great gulf” was a place of punishment. It was directly in the same location that Jude placed the example of age-lasting fire to try the wicked in the future (Jude 7).

 

The Valley of Hinnom

 

With the information that the great chasm (or gulf) of the Jordan rift (with the smoking Dead Sea in its midst) is the place of punishment for the wicked, we can now understand much better the position of Gehenna (the valley of Hinnom) in the scheme of future punishment. Our Lord frequently referred to Gehenna as a place of fiery judgment (Matt.5:22,29,30; 10:28; Mark 9:47; Luke 12:5, etc.). This particular valley was situated outside the southern walls of Jerusalem. It was a place where the fires to the pagan god Molech were sanctified (Jer. 32:35; Ede.20:31). It was also called Tophet (Isa.30:33). It is the prison where some “high ones” (angels) and kings on the earth will be incarcerated. Within the stretch of its confines is a very deep pit [bottomless pit] and is the place of containment for evil angels and finally for Satan during the Millennium (Rev.20:1-3). We will see in a moment that indications show that this pit of imprisonment [the ABYSS] is associated with the Valley of Hinnom (Tophet).

The Valley of Hinnom commenced at Jerusalem and journeyed eastwards at a precipitous rate until it emptied into the northern parts of the Dead Sea. The watercourse is known to this day as the Wady en-Nar (stream-bed of FIRE)! This Valley of Hinnom (the Gehenna of scripture) was about fifteen miles long. It plummeted into the Dead Sea (The Lake of the Fire). This means that Gehenna and the Lake of the Fire were typically connected.

The ceremony of the Scapegoat (Azazel) on the Day of Atonement was a part of this typical story. (see Leviticus 16)…

But as said before, this ABYSS is not the final place of punishment for the rebellious. That last place is “The Lake of the Fire”. That lake is located on down the mountain from the ABYSS just east of Beth Chaduda. It descends further to the lowest habitable spot on this earth. That is the Dead Sea (the Lake of Fire). The book of Enoch calls this area the “valley of the angels who led astray mankind burned beneath the land” (Enoch 67:7). This is a reference to the Jordan rift valley in which the Dead Sea was located. This is the area mentioned by Jude set forth as an example of age-lasting fire (Jude 7). The depths of Tartarus (where the evil angels were kept) was somehow connected with these final waters of judgment. Into these depths will flow “streams of fire,” according to the Book of Enoch (67:7) Remarkably, there is a prophecy of the future (connected with Christ’s Second Advent) that says all the stream-beds of the country of Edom (located in the southeastern watershed of the Dead Sea area) will become filled with fire and burning pitch.

 

“For it is the day of the Lord’s vengeance, and the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion. AND THE STREAMS SHALL BE TURNED INTO PITCH, and the dust INTO BRIMSTONE, and the land [of Edom] shall become BURNING PITCH. It shall not be quenched night or day; the smoke thereof shall go up for the age: from generation to generation it shall lie waste” (Isaiah 34:8-10).

This happens at the exact time the heavens depart as a scroll (Isa.34:4) and this is directly quoted in the book of Revelation as a time associated with Christ’s Second Advent. (Rev.6:14)”

 

(Lake of Fire, FBR 1981)

 

The Healing of the Lake of Fire

 

We find a wonderful change of affairs after Jesus Christ has returned to earth. The Dead Sea region will experience a restoration. We must remember that just before Christ’s Second Advent the Fires of “the Lake” will become active (see Rev.19:19,20), but notice how the prophet Ezekiel shows a deactivation of fires in this region.

 

“And it shall come to pass, that fishers shall stand upon it from En-gedi even unto En-eglaim; they shall be according to their kids, as the fish of the sea [the Mediterranean], exceeding many.” Ezekiel 47:10 (KJV)

Ezekiel forty-seven foretells a wonderful time when fresh clean waters will come forth from a new temple in Jerusalem. The course this water will take will proceed eastward to the Dead Sea! It may well follow the old course of the “stream bed of fire” (the Wady en-Nar) for we are told that trees and vegetation will abound along the banks (Eze. 47:12) Tophet (Gehenna) will be changed to a state of well being.

 

“And the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and all the fields unto the brook of Kidron, unto the corner of the horse gate toward the east, SHALL BE HOLY UNTO THE LORD.” Jeremiah 31:40 (KJV)

 

There will remain a few areas that are not healed as we read in verse eleven of this chapter, yet in verse ten we read of the Dead Sea becoming fresh water and a good place for fishing.

What a beautiful time is ahead for this area and how it will be healed. God does not intend for punishment and fiery judgment to last “forever”. We have great symbolism here that the end is in sight of these terrible (yet righteous) judgments of God. The final conclusion to all punishment is not over at this juncture however. We find one more pouring out of fire and brimstone coming from this lake. This takes place at the very end of the millennium when the wicked are judged (see Rev.20:9). Satan is then cast into the Lake of the Fire and will be kept there for the period of the Great White Throne. How long this will be is not foretold but it is not for eternity. God will make all things NEW during the period of the New Heavens and New Earth. The torment of the evil angels will last for the ages of the ages and the lake of fire is symbolically the second death (Rev.20:10). This is the place of the graves of dead people and confinement for evil angelic powers.

 

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:15 (KJV)

 

This condition we must note is NOT ETERNAL because we find that beyond the time frame of Revelation lies a period when Death itself will be rendered idle and all hostile forces in the universe will be reconciled to God.

 

“The last enemy to be destroyed (Gr. rendered idle) is death.” I Corinthians 15:26 (KJV)

 

“And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by Him to reconcile ALL THINGS unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things on earth, or things in heaven.” Colossians 1:20 (KJV)

 

We must be very careful in dividing the Word of God and not to interject theology into the Book of Revelation to finalize the plan of God. In fact, there is a grave warning for people who do this (Rev.22:19), but God has given us the knowledge not found in Revelation in other parts of His Holy Word. This is the great Secret hid from all since the beginning of the world. It entails the salvation of all in Adam, and the reconciliation of all forces to be in harmony with God, until God becomes ALL in ALL. Just as fresh waters will change the dead waters, so will God’s Spirit gradually change and resurrect His heirs to glory! The end result will be PERFECTION. Not a spot of wickedness will remain, ALL will be made clean and whiter than snow. Yes there is perfect Justice with God but God’s justice results in goodness for all, only God can wipe away EVERY tear, only God our Father can do this by the power of His Love. Let’s read John 3:16 and properly translate world for cosmos and we have His plan of the ages revealed.

 

“For God so LOVED THE COSMOS, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish but have everlasting [age-lasting] life.” John 3:16

 

“Having made known to us THE MYSTERY of His will, according to His good pleasure which he hath purposed in Himself: That in THE DISPENSATION OF THE FULNESS OF TIMES he might gather together in one ALL THINGS in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him:” Ephesians 1:9,10 (KJV)

 

To conclude, we must end with a short review of the Biblical definition of Hell. Hell is simply not eternal as is so widely and falsely taught today. The English word “hell” comes from three different Greek words. The English word itself means a hidden place or hole in the ground. This word is an exact equivalent of the Hebrew word “Sheol” which means “the unseen”. It is translated grave 31 times throughout the Old Testament.

 

The Greek “Hades” (the unseen) means the same thing. These two words are associated together (Sheol and Hades). Look at Acts 2:27,31 where Luke quotes Psalms 16:10 and yields the Hebrew Sheol as Hades. The second word we have already looked at in context and that is the word “Gehenna”. It is simply defined as the Valley of Hinnom (see Jos. 15:8, II Chron. 33:6). The area was also given the name Tophet (Isa.30:33). Obviously the fires of Gehenna were NOT ETERNAL, they do not exist today. The Bible shows that this area will be healed. The third and last term is the Greek Word “Tartaroos” which is also translated hell in the New Testament only in II Peter 2:4. This is the underworld prison for wicked spirits. This corresponds with Rev.20:1,2 which also speaks of an underground place of confinement for angelic beings. Thus we see in no way does the Bible support the theory of an ever-burning eternal hell fire. This concept is completely unbiblical in every respect. What we can do is glory in the revelation of God’s great plan of the ages that He has laid from the foundation of the world. When we throw these false traditions symbolically into the true Lake of the Fire we are freed to the glorious light of the Liberty of God!

 

The Doctrine of Maximum Salvation

 

The term “universal salvation” has been employed by some in an attempt to show the magnitude of “God’s Plan of the Ages”. Especially is this so in defining the final outcome as expressed in the book of Corinthians.

 

“And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” I Corinthians 15:28 (KJV)

 

It is important to understand from Scripture exactly what is meant by the phrase “all in all”, as well as its companion in verse 26, “destroyed is death”. Does this mean that for the “all in all” to be true that “all death” must be converted into life or is the “all” spoken of in Scripture defined further? In addition, it must be pointed out that the English word “destroyed” or “abolished”, used in verse 26, does not entirely convey the Greek word expressed in our original Bible. It is more Scriptural to say that death will be “rendered idle” than to say it will be “abolished” as the Concordant Version translates. Casting in stone English meanings into Scripture has lead to the erroneous conclusion that for “all in all” to be effective, all death states must be reversed. This view presents other problems of interpretation dealing with such issues as the death of insects or animals, the Nephilim, as well as those committing the unforgiven sin. This study will present the concept of “maximum salvation” as opposed to “universal salvation” and will show the following statements to be Biblically correct.

 

1) All mankind/angels (elohim) will be saved except those committing an unpardonable sin.

2) The Nephilim will not be resurrected.

To begin our study it will be helpful to define the term most appropriate in reference to salvation. Websters New International Dictionary, Second Edition states;

 

"maximum - 1) The greatest quantity or value attainable in a given case; or, the greatest value attained by a quantity which first increases and then begins to decrease; the highest point or degree; the time or period of highest number, greatest brightness, etc.;- opposed to minimum. 2) An upper limit allowed by law or other authority. 3) Math. a, Of a finite set of numbers, a number not less than any other number of the set. b, Of a function 'y' of one or more independent variables 'x', a value 'Y' corresponding to a value, 'X', such that 'Y' is greater than every 'y' in a sufficiently small neighborhood of 'X'."

 

It is a proper seeking to comprehend the Creator God in the most positive Light as truly a God of Love. Most people when encountering Universalist dogma are never able to measure up a greater Love to God, because if death is wholly abolished and the entire sum of humanity are made alive in Christ, what greater Love can there be that could accomplish such a task? In this sense of reasoning the Universalist will always hold the upper hand on the question of God’s ultimate Love. On the other end of the spectrum are those that ascribe very little Love as God will only ultimately save a very few at the conclusion of His plan. This view would present God as a Master Potter unable to successfully form most of His clay. But God is a God of Infinite Love as well as being perfect in all His ways. He cannot be deficient in anything that He creates. This part of Universalist teaching remains true and points to the Sovereignty, Infinite Love and Perfection only He possesses. The one central theme to keep in mind is that darkness is absent from all His ways.

 

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” I John 1:5 (KJV)

 

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17 (KJV)

We will find upon close examination of the Scriptures that not even our works can cause us to lose salvation for THE LOSS OF SALVATION IS NOT A QUESTION OF WORKS BUT IS A QUESTION OF CHOICE.

 

“If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” I Corinthians 3:15 (KJV)

 

We see in this section of the “refiners fire” that our foundation is sure and perfect in Christ. Whether we build on that foundation good or evil will not effect being saved or not saved. The “fire” of trial and test, is for our purification, not our annihilation! There is no darkness in any of God’s ways. The possibility of failure can only come from our own concerted choice, which Scripture says, is possible.

 

“For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.” Hebrew 10:26 (KJV)

 

Notice that one must have received the knowledge of the truth and not only that, but must have experienced its benefits and blessings as well.

 

“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” Hebrews 6:4-6 (KJV)

 

We see clearly that it is a willful choice to reject the gift of God after it, not only had been given, but its goodness and experience tasted! Now observe the verses preceding God’s promise that our salvation is secure and that NOTHING EXTERNAL can take it away.

 

“Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are all killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter, Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:30-39 (KJV)

 

Very secure is our salvation, one need never worry of a failure to attain it, for it is a perfect work of God! Nothing external to us can take it away! These are the blessings of God’s infinite Love in action where NO DARKNESS IS POSSIBLE. We can know for certain that every tongue shall confess and that ALL God’s chosen heirs will be given the knowledge of the truth, the Holy Spirit, and will experience and taste these heavenly things.

 

“And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:11 (KJV)

 

We must now determine the extent of the Biblical context concerning “every tongue” confessing Christ. Does it include Baalim’s donkey, whose tongue spoke, or the Nephilim? The answer to this question is simple and plain. The only ones destined for salvation in Christ Jesus are those whom God has CHOSEN. They are the only ones predestined to INHERIT salvation. This means that anyone not included in this selection cannot possibly attain salvation. For salvation is a GIFT conferred by God and can be gained no other way. In other words, even the perfect accomplishment of living a sinless life and obeying all God’s laws could NEVER give life.

 

“Does the law, then contradict the promises? Of course not! If a law had been given which had power to bestow life, then righteousness would indeed have come from keeping the law. But scripture has declared the whole world to be prisoners in subjection to sin, so that faith in Jesus Christ should be the ground on which the promised blessing is given to those who believe.” Galatians 3:21 (REB)

 

Salvation under no circumstances can be gained through “keeping the law”, it only comes as a gift to those God has selected.

 

“But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.” II Thessalonians 2:13,14 (KJV)

 

“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.” Ephesians 1:4,5 (KJV)

 

“yet even before they were born, when they as yet had done nothing, whether good or ill, in order that the purpose of God, which is a matter of his choice, might stand firm, based not on human deeds but on the call of God.” Romans 9:11 (REB)

 

“Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation.” Hebrews 1:14 (KJV)

 

These verses apply to all mankind, the descendants of Adam, but also note that God has chosen angels too.

 

“I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the ELECT ANGELS, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.” I Timothy 5:21 (KJV)

 

We can see from this list of verses the Bible is richly filled with information that salvation is NOT a universal affair. It only applies itself to what God has chosen. And what He has chosen is much much more than many realize, this is the qualified “all” of the Bible. The term “MAXIMUM SALVATION” defines the Biblical meaning with accuracy. The term “universal salvation” omits the knowledge that salvation is limited to those choices God has made. The Bible states that the Nephilim will not be resurrected, in addition to those who commit the unpardonable sin and cast their lot with them.

 

“Dead – they live not, Rephaim, they rise not.” Isaiah 26:14 (YLT)

 

Genesis 6:4 tells us there was a second irruption of Nephilim (the progeny of the fallen angels with the daughters of men) after the Flood, and Scripture lists them later under different names such as Rephaim, Emin, Horim and Zamzummim. It is important to note that any of God’s chosen that commit unpardonable sins, will be consigned to the fate these Nephilim await.

 

“The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead (Heb. Rephaim). Proverbs 21:16 (KJV)

 

These Nephilim are the “sons of darkness” and we must be reminded that there is no darkness in God. They are “vessels of wrath fitted to destruction” (Romans 9:22).

 

“seeing that out of Him and through Him and for Him is all: to Him be glory for the eons! Amen” Romans 11:36 (Concordant)

 

This verse shows us that out of God comes “all” (except the darkness). He was responsible for the darkness and the creation of evil (Isa.45:7) even though it is not a part of Him. There is a great divide between the “sons of Light” and the “sons of darkness”.

 

The doctrine of universal salvation makes no distinctions concerning His chosen but the doctrine of maximum salvation does. It shows us that God will reap the greatest number for harvest, the “maximum” number possible. The Biblical Truth is not universal salvation or its opposite extreme, minimum salvation. What the doctrine of maximum salvation teaches us is that our salvation is much more secure than most realize. All God’s heirs will come to knowledge of the Truth, be given the Holy Spirit and will experience and taste of the Life God has chosen to give. It is only after all this that one can willfully reject God’s precious gift (God allows this choice to be made). No son of Adam (Nephilim excluded) will ever receive the fate of the unpardonable sin without willfully choosing it. Those that do choose it will never obtain life again, but will be destroyed. No eternal torment or suffering is possible (death = non-existence). God would never force glorious immortality on any of His chosen ones if they did not want the precious gift. All God’s heirs will be made to taste of it, to decide for oneself if they want it. Very few people will turn down such wonderful opportunities and blessings God offers. Not many people would turn down being given a million dollars in this life, how much more the spiritual treasures of heaven when tasted! God will complete his plan of salvation and will achieve the maximum result possible according to the Scriptures, and will finally render death idle and become “all in all”.

 

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” James 1:12 (KJV)

 

The Meaning of Salvation

 

When most people think of the classic meaning of Christian salvation the first thought may be that of going to heaven or being saved from death. And while being saved from death certainly is one item, Christ can saved us from, it is not the central and prime condition that represents what salvation is. To properly understand the meaning of salvation from the Biblical perspective, one has to look at it from the Hebrew frame of mind. One of the most erroneous views today is to look at the Scriptures “from Rome backward, rather than from Genesis forward”! In doing so many pagno-Christian concepts emerge which have no basis in what real Christianity entails.

 

When a Christian views salvation as something to be waited for he denies the very gift of God which He gives to those born of Adam IN THIS LIFE. Salvation begins IN THIS LIFE, NOT THE NEXT! Notice how salvation is spoken of in the Old Testament.

 

“And Saul said, There shall not a man be put to death this day: for today the Lord hath wrought salvation in Israel.” I Samuel 11:13 (KJV)

 

This was “salvation” for Israel at that time. People then, were not waiting for what God would do, but were rejoicing in what He did!

 

“Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified. But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.” Psalms 40:16,17 (KJV)

 

“My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.” Psalms 71:15 (KJV)

 

Here we see salvation as a daily affair of this life, NOT THE NEXT. And while salvation can certainly include the next life, its prime function takes place in this life.

 

"For he saith - In an approved season have I hearkened unto thee, And in a day of salvation have I succoured thee;- Lo! [now] a well-approved season, Lo! [now] a day of salvation:" II Corinthians 6:2 (Rotherham)

 

With a Hebrew perspective we see salvation beginning in this life but with the Roman perspective one denies salvation “now” and looks forward to the time of resurrection and the gaining of immortality, as “the granting of salvation”. This is one of the end results of salvation, but NOT THE GAINING OF IT. This is a very important point that needs much study, for when we do, a whole new Light shines on what God has actually accomplished for Christians NOW, in this life. It also shows us how secure we are in Christ, even admist life’s trials and tests. In modern Christian theology however, there is a blurring of these very important distinctions. Salvation, Resurrection and Immortality all become one and the same event. This is not only unbiblical but leads to false concepts such as Gnosticism. The Gospel message is transformed into waiting for salvation to occur when one is released from “the clutches of matter” (this physical world) to the “pure and perfect” spiritual world. And while Gnostic teaching comes in many shades and varieties, this is prime Gnostic principle at its best! But even the spiritual world is not “pure and perfect” for we read,

 

“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting (age-lasting) chains under darkness unto judgment of the great day.” Jude 6 (KJV)

 

“And if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;” II Peter 2:4 (KJV)

 

So we find sin occurring in both the physical world, as well as, the spiritual. The only solution to the problem of sin is Jesus Christ. Even being resurrected has no saving value of itself, without the abiding presence of Christ, neither being given immortality. The angels, for example, already have spiritual bodies, but that did not prevent some of them from sinning. In fact, even a resurrection to immortality would never be a blessing if that life was not presence d by Christ. It is only “Christ in you”, whether one is human or angelic that determines the quality and goodness, as well as the glory of being alive. Being alive without Christ would never be a blessing for anyone! Can we then begin to see that salvation involves the presence of God in ones life rather than the conferring of immortality alone? But today, Christians put so much emphasis on leaving this life for the next, as the grand personal goal, instead of placing the emphasis on where it belongs.

 

“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is CHRIST IN YOU, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27 (KJV)

There would be no benefit to resurrection or immortality without the presence of Christ. In fact it would be BETTER to be mortal and have Christ in you than to be immortal and lack His presence. Once we comprehend what a blessing it is to have the Holy Spirit and the presence of Christ in our lives NOW, we can then appreciate the magnitude of what it means to be saved. Notice, in contrast to the sinning angels, the blessing of being a Holy and Elect angel.

 

“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:” Matthew 25:31 (KJV)

 

“I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.” I Timothy 5:21 (KJV)

 

In conclusion, we find that when God calls a Christian for salvation it is always at a time when that person is mortal. The grand goal of God is to make all his chosen heirs to be “in Him”, that God may be “all in all” (I Cor. 15:28). When this occurs, all the elements of darkness will be destroyed, the creation will be universally restored, with only God’s heirs living in His glorious Light! There is no darkness in God, only Light, notice the contrast between Light and Darkness.

 

“There is NO DARKNESS, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.” Job 34:22 (KJV)

 

“This then IS THE MESSAGE which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that GOD IS LIGHT, AND IN HIM IS NO DARKNESS AT ALL.” I John 1:5 (KJV)

 

“Who only hath immortality, dwelling IN THE LIGHT which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.” I Timothy 6:16 (KJV)

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the FATHER OF LIGHTS, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17 (KJV)

“And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did LIGHTEN it, and THE LAMB IS THE LIGHT THEREOF.” Revelation 22:23 (KJV)

 

Notice how our salvation lasts for the ages but our righteousness (which comes by Christ in us) will not be broken down. The time will then come when salvation will end, as there will be nothing to be saved from, for only righteousness and God’s Light will remain.

 

“Lift up – to the heavens – your eyes And look around to the earth beneath Though the heavens like smoke should have vanished And the earth like a garment should fall to pieces, And her inhabitants in like manner should die Yet my salvation unto times age-abiding shall continue, And my righteousness shall not be broken down.” Isaiah 51:6 (KJV)

 

BIBLICAL SALVATION -This Life or The Next?

 

The tragedy of the mass suicides of the Heaven’s Gate cult brings into sharp focus the common traditions we have of Christian salvation. And even though the people of Heaven’s Gate embraced other doctrines, foreign to the Bible, the fact remains that an essential understanding had its roots in one of our most honored traditions. These traditions played an essential role in the belief that one must first die and leave our human bodies in order to experience salvation. This is also one of the central doctrines of the mainline Christian denominations today. It is assumed in most churches that salvation is conferred at death. Yet a closer look at this doctrine, based on the Scriptures reveals that this is NOT TRUE of and by itself! It is time people discard the false traditions of centuries for the whole Truth that can be read in any Bible! This study will prove that Biblical Salvation is not something that is only given in the next life. Had this Truth of Scripture been taught, the doctrine that resulted in those mass suicides possibly may never have occurred!

 

Salvation, as taught in the Bible, embraces not only our resurrection beyond the grave but is given by God to all those born of Adam in this life. In other words, salvation occurs for an individual while he or she is living in the flesh. Let’s examine some of the Scriptures that show the present state of salvation for those called of God.

 

“And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” Luke 3:6 (KJV)

 

“And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:9,10 (KJV)

 

“The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.” Isaiah 52:10 (KJV)

 

We see from the verses quoted here that salvation is a very earthly affair. Note that “all flesh” shall see salvation, it comes to “this house” and “all the ends of the earth” shall experience it. Nothing is mentioned about it coming after death. In today’s theology, salvation is a replacement for resurrection. It is thought that the soul is saved upon death, and this tradition makes a future resurrection “from the dead” to be a useless necessity. Why would one need to be resurrected when one has been saved after the moment of death? This type of theology is Satanic in nature as it leads directly to the first Lie, “Ye shall not surely die” (Gen.3:4). The implication of the doctrine of the immortal soul is here present. Traditional concepts of salvation have been built around such false doctrines. The moment of salvation becomes the moment after one dies which is merely the passing from one existence to the next. No “death” has ever taken place with an immortal soul for it was “alive” in the flesh and remains “alive” “in heaven”. The doctrine of resurrection has no place in such a theology as this. So strongly are these concepts embedded into our minds from childhood that most cannot see what the Bible clearly teaches on these subjects. The Scriptures teach that instead of the soul being “immortal”, the soul is mortal and very capable of death (non-existence). What is needed when one dies, is not salvation per se but rather a resurrection from the dead. Of course salvation and resurrection go hand in hand, but they are two separate doctrines and should never be blended or blurred as one. For one can truly experience salvation BEFORE ever experiencing resurrection! Jesus Christ is our example, He was the possessor of Salvation BEFORE His resurrection!

 

“Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation.” Luke 2:28-30 (KJV)

 

We also find the statement in Luke 2:11 that a Savior “is born”. He did not become a Savior at His death; He was a Savior from the moment of His birth! The simple Biblical fact is that while one continues to be saved upon resurrection, resurrection is not the act of salvation! Proper interpretation must carry the Hebraic concept of salvation from the Old Testament to the New, rather than replacing OT salvation with the NT act of resurrection! As I said, these things do go hand in hand, but they are not the same. Salvation, when rightly understood is more needed NOW (in this life) than it will ever be needed in the next. A survey of salvation from the Old Testament will now begin to show us new Light.

 

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.” Exodus 14:13 (KJV)

 

“And Saul said, There shall not a man be put to death this day: for to day the Lord hath wrought salvation in Israel.” I Samuel 11:13 (KJV)

 

“The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.” II Samuel 22:3 (KJV)

“Sing unto the Lord, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation.” I Chronicles 16:23 (KJV)

Salvation is of course deliverance from evil and sin so God is actively at work saving His chosen NOW, in this life.

 

“(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation I have succoured thee: behold, NOW IS THE ACCEPTED TIME; BEHOLD, NOW IS THE DAY OF SALVATION.)” II Corinthians 6:2 (KJV)

 

Not only does salvation take place now but we find that salvation is made “perfect through sufferings” (Heb.2:10).

 

“But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:” II Thessalonians 2:13 (KJV)

 

God’s saints are saved NOW, in this life, and this fact is very seldom understood, let alone BELIEVED in. Once the Christian is given salvation, he is secure in it beyond measure. God promises tests and trials in this life but he also promises a way of escape that EVERY TRIAL can be passed without any fear of failure!

 

“So far you have faced no trial beyond human endurance; God keeps faith and will not let you be tested beyond your powers, but when the test comes he will at the same time provide a way out and so enable you to endure.” I Corinthians 10:13 (REB)

 

Note especially that God will never cause one of His saints to be “tested beyond his powers”. In other words no test will ever go beyond ones own breaking point. God knows exactly how much each of us can endure and will prevent our failure. This is part of His salvation promise to us NOW, living in the flesh. Our salvation is even sealed which gives it a Divine permanence.

 

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,” Ephesians 1:13 (KJV)

 

Romans 8:35-39 gives us another powerful promise that we cannot be separated from God’s Love by anything of this world. The Christian (when saved in this life) is even made to taste of heavenly things. This is brought out in Hebrews 6:5 amid a very grave warning that a Christian, of his own will and choice, can “fall away” NEVER to be renewed again. This can come about on ones own part by neglecting our salvation.

 

“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.” Hebrews 2:3 (KJV)

 

It appears here that one can lose his “way of escape” if one chooses to neglect the salvation one has been experiencing and tasting IN THIS LIFE. This is the answer to the Scriptures that speak of “all men” being saved. Yes, there certainly is such a thing as “universal salvation” for all mankind born of Adam. This means that ALL mankind will be saved but each person in his own order, a few now in this age, and the rest of humankind in other ages or epochs of time. Each person, born of Adam, will be given salvation while in the flesh, and will experience it, as well as taste of it, BEFORE being resurrected into a spiritual body (I Cor. 15:44). You see, presently the Scriptures say, “only Christ hath immortality” (I Tim.6:16). We do not have immortal souls as many mainline churches teach. That doctrine comes from none other than Satan the Devil, the originator of the First Lie! The Bible informs us however of the Truth and reality of life. The only possible way for a Christian to have his salvation removed is by his own choice. And that choice would never come about by being weakened or failing a test, for God has an Iron Clad promise that enables every Christian success without the possibility of failure. It is only after being given our salvation that one can determine not to want it. Under these conditions God will NEVER renew that person again. His own personal choice has been made and cannot be reversed. The Bible says in Isaiah 26:14 that others (not born of Adam) will NOT rise in resurrection. These are the giants mentioned in Scripture and they have other names such as the Rephaim. We are also told that those who cast their lot with these Rephaim will also experience their fate, which is not to be resurrected.

 

“A man who is wandering from the way of understanding, In an assembly of Rephaim resteth.” Proverbs 12:16 (YLT)

 

This verse dovetails perfectly with the subject of falling away and never being renewed AGAIN to salvation, after it had been given and experienced.

 

“For it is IMPOSSIBLE for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they should fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” Hebrews 6:4-6 (KJV)

 

Many Christians who lack a proper understanding have fear of falling away as if they were not strong enough and failed the test. This is a very UNBIBLICAL understanding to have, for it ignores the powerful Iron Clad promises of God. No Christian will ever “fall away” as a result of failure or misfortune! It is a decision made by one who has every way of escape at his disposal. It will be good now to survey some verses that show us how secure the Christian has become when salvation is given.

 

“For he hath delivered me out of ALL TROUBLE: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.” Psalm 54:7 (KJV)

 

“The Angel which redeemed me from ALL EVIL, bless the lads…” Genesis 48:16 (KJV)

 

“…and let him deliver me out of ALL TRIBULATION.” I Samuel 26:24 (KJV)

 

“…As the Lord liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out of ALL ADVERSITY,” II Samuel 4:9 (KJV)

 

“O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is NO WANT to them that fear him.” Psalm 34:9 (KJV)

 

“And the Lord shall deliver me from EVERY EVIL WORK, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever (ages of ages). Amen.” II Timothy 4:18 (KJV)

 

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall NEVER SUFFER the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22 (KJV)

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness: and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the marrow: for the marrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:33,34 (KJV)

 

In closing it should be pointed out that even though one has to “work out his own salvation” (Phil.2:12) we note in the very next verse that it is God that does this work in us.

 

“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” Philippians 2:13 (KJV)

Salvation is not a partnership as is so commonly taught for even our confession which brings about our repentance is an act initiated by God (John 6:44).

“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:10 (KJV)

We should be very thankful that God has given all mankind the precious free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. All the requirements to receive our salvation have been provided for us by God, there is nothing required of us for something God gives us for free. Not even our bad works in this life can ever rob us of our gift.

“If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: BUT HE HIMSELF SHALL BE SAVED; yet so as by fire.” I Corinthians 3:15 (KJV)

It is time that Christians study the security we have in our salvation and not worry about losing it as a result of “falling away” which only comes from a determination not to keep what has already been given. The theological tragedy of the Heaven’s Gate cult lies in the fact that instead of gaining salvation, their opportunity to receive the free gift of God was lost for this age of time. The good news however is that each one of those people who committed suicide will be saved when they are resurrected back to physical like to receive it providing of course they had not been called in this life. And if any of them had received a calling in this life from God, their salvation is secure regardless of any bad work they would do, although such things will yield them losses. As Christians today, we need to let people know of the free gift of salvation and the security God gives each Christian who has obtained it. This is the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Chapter 5

The Law and Sin

 

THE TORAH – Key to Restoring the Soul

 

The debate over Law verses Grace has raged for centuries and what we have been left with today in the halls of traditional Churchianity is Grace devoid of the Torah. On the one hand, tradition teaches the law was done away in favor of Love, on the other hand a small minority see the keeping of the Law (Torah) as essential in their walk with God. Those on the side of Law will cite Matthew 5:17 that the Law was NOT DESTROYED, while those siding on Grace alone will say the law was fulfilled, meaning “finish, bring to an end”. This fifth definition of “fulfill”, Webster notes in his second edition is, “now rare”. The central English meaning of the word is “to make full or complete”. There has always been heated contention on both sides of this debate because one Scripture given as clearly defining one perspective is countered by one that is also clearly defining the other point of view. The central crux of the matter is the issue of human salvation and resurrection from the dead, made possible, only by Jesus Christ. This study will show the definitive answer to this question given in Psalm, chapter nineteen.

 

“The law of Yahweh is complete Bringing back the soul, The testimony of Yahweh is confirmed Making wise the simple;” Psalm 19:7 (Rotherham)

 

The first thing we need to do is look at this verse in some of its original Hebrew. The word “law” is “Torah” (Strongs 8451). “Bringing back”, means “to turn back” (Strongs 7725). Putting these Hebrew concepts together we get the meaning of, “The Torah of Yahweh is complete to turn back the soul”. This is very instructive when we put this concept under the microscope. The concept “to turn back” has its first usage in Genesis 3:19. This has also been translated as “restore” and in the King James Version as “converting”. What the Torah accomplishes for those born of Adam is to simply turn back or restore a person from sin. In the New Testament we have sin defined as a transgression of the law (see I John 3:4, Romans 7:7). The real deficiency of the Torah in respect for making salvation possible is that it can only restore one back from sin but cannot impart Life!

 

“Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given WHICH COULD HAVE GIVEN LIFE , VERILY RIGHTEOUSNESS SHOULD HAVE BEEN BY THE LAW.” Galatians 3:21 (KJV)

 

The Torah then has no power to impart Life, it can turn back or restore from sin, but can only bring a human being back to where Adam was in the Garden of Eden without access to the Tree of Life which has been removed from earth. This is why salvation comes only through the Life and works of Jesus Christ, the Messiah of Israel. Many do not realize that it is not only His death that gives us salvation, but it is also the perfect Torah observant life that He lived that is now imputed to those of His. The Scriptures state that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). There is nothing that we can do that will impart Life, it is solely accomplished by our Savior. Even our calling and coming to God is a Divine act.

 

“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:44 (KJV)

 

Does this mean now for those who are Christians that the Torah has been fulfilled in Christ and is no longer of any value? Surprisingly this is not the case! The Torah is still of GREAT PRICE in turning us back from sin! God expects us to live, to the very best that we can, A LAWFUL LIFE.

 

“Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.” Romans 3:31 (KJV)

The Scriptures even go further in saying that the law is HOLY and good for us.

 

“Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.” Romans 7:12 (KJV)

 

The Scriptures tell us that the Torah is more prized than gold. The only substance greater than gold is a diamond. And the Light of the Torah can be refracted into its spectrum’s of color or application. This is illustrated in Psalm nineteen (Rotherham translation) as,

 

1) “The Law of Yahweh” (verse 7)

2) “The Testimony of Yahweh” (verse 7)

3) “The Precepts of Yahweh” (verse 8)

4) “The Commandment of Yahweh” (verse 8)

5) “The Reverence of Yahweh” (verse 9)

6) “The Decisions of Yahweh” (verse 9)

“More desirable than gold Yea than much fine gold” (verse 10)

 

The distinction we must keep firmly in mind is that the Torah of God was never made as a means to salvation. Our Heavenly Father however did design the Torah as a useful tool in our wilderness journeys we travel in this life. Our Liberty in Christ and the “perfect law” go hand in hand.

 

“But The same happy in HIS DOING shall be.” James 1:25 (Rotherham)

 

The law can be either a liberating tool in our walk with God or a yoke of burden if applied toward things it was not meant for. Those who strive to make the law a means of gaining LIFE will instead find in it, DEATH.

 

“Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law, ye are fallen from grace.” Galatians 5:4 (KJV)

 

The answer is very clear that it is not the HOLY TORAH that is flawed but rather those who would replace Christ with Law as a means of salvation. With this in mind the Holy Torah can either be a blessing or a curse if one is not under the Grace of Jesus Christ. If we are under the Grace of God then the “perfect Law of Liberty” is in effect.

 

“Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.” Psalm 119:127.128 (KJV)

 

In closing E.W. Bullinger in his Companion Bible gives some excellent commentary on Psalm nineteen. On page 737 he comments, “7 law. Note the synthetic parallelism of the second half of this Psalm, which compares the written words in the Scripture with the words written in the heavens, and preserved in the names of the signs of the Zodiac and the constellations.. See Ap. 12.”

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork.” Psalm 19:1 (KJV)

The Holy Torah was dictated to Moses and has come down to us today from an original heavenly source. It was holy then and it is “holy, just and good now” for all Believers in Messiah! Our salvation comes to us only through Grace, but the wonderful Light of Torah is a gift God has given us in our daily walk with Him. Jesus Christ lived a perfect life observing the law in a perfect way that He now applies to us. The Bible says ‘become ye therefore perfect as I am perfect”. Christ lived a perfect life, which we are to emulate, He set the perfect example of following the Law of God. The highest of the Torah principles is now set forth for us in the Love chapter of I Corinthians 13. That is the seventh color or application of the Torah for all mankind!

 

1) “The Law of Yahweh” (verse 7)

2) “The Testimony of Yahweh” (verse 7)

3) “The Precepts of Yahweh” (verse 8)

4) “The Commandment of Yahweh” (verse 8)

5) “The Reverence of Yahweh” (verse 9)

6) “The Decisions of Yahweh” (verse 9)

7)“The Greatest of these is Love” (I Corinthians 13:13)

 

It is Jesus Christ in the midst of Torah NOW that makes our walk in Torah complete and holy in Him. He brings the Light of the Torah spectrum to the full!

 

IMPRINTS OF THE OLD WAY -Which Wicked Men Have Trodden

 

The Bible predicts the period before the return of Jesus Christ to be “as the days of Noah were”. What can we know of this early period in the history of mankind? Recent archaeological discoveries are suggesting that pre-flood civilization was far more advanced than we have imagined. In addition, other factors such as our population explosion parallel this early period. But the prime condition that the Scriptures record is the violence and wickedness of mankind. By a careful search of the Word of God we can establish the major factors that characterized the antediluvian period and match them with the conditions of our present era. When this is done some very sobering warnings come to light that lead us to the prophecies for our generation.

 

Evidence of the early civilization of man before the flood of Noah’s time is minimal. However the recent airing of the program “The Mystery of the Sphinx” narrated by Charlton Heston brought forth the research of John Anthony West who authored the book, “Serpents in the Sky”. His discovery backed up by scientific observations demonstrate that the Great Sphinx of Egypt was created BEFORE the rise of Egyptian civilization! The prime factor revolves around the fact that the Sphinx was eroded not by wind but by water. The differences between wind and water erosion are clear. This means that the Sphinx was created much earlier in time than previously imagined. It is quite likely that the Sphinx has come from a time before the great flood of Noah. Studies of ancient climatic conditions also suggest that this area was NOT a desert in earlier times. Rain as well as the great rain of the flood, was responsible for the erosion of the Sphinx. Another point, was that the head of the Sphinx had been re-carved to the head of a man from its original lion body. The original head was undoubtedly the head of a lion. One mystery that still remains is the technology used to move the quarried stones that weigh in excess of many tons. This points to the requirement of a high degree of technology that must have existed in the time before the flood. Scripture pinpoints the proclivity of man toward mechanization.

 

“And he made in Jerusalem ENGINES, INVENTED by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal. And his name spread far abroad; for he was marvelously helped, till he was strong.” II Chronicles 26:15 (KJV)

 

“Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out MANY INVENTIONS.” Ecclessiates 7:29 (KJV)

 

Using the Bible as an accurate source of reference we read that the civilization that existed during the antediluvian period would be “like” the civilization existing before the return of Christ in the period the Bible terms the “last days”. We see clearly that a high degree of technology exists today and that the evidence of the creation of the Sphinx begs that a high degree of the same existed then. The Bible pinpoints this as correct.

 

"And as it came to pass in the days of Noah - So will it be even in the days of the Son of Man: they were eating they were drinking, They were marrying they were being given in marriage ,- Until the day that Noah entered into the ark, And the flood came and destroyed them all. IN LIKE MANNER as it came to pass in the days of Lot, They were eating they were drinking, they were buying, they were building,- But on the day Lot came out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. ACCORDING TO THE SAME THINGS will it be on the day the Son of Man is revealed." Luke 17:26-30 (Rotherham)

 

Another point of reference connecting the age of Noah with ours is the population explosion. The Bible records the same conditions existing, as with the antediluvian civilization.

 

“And it came to pass, when men began to MULTIPLY on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them.” Genesis 6:1 (KJV)

 

The overpopulation of the earth leads us directly to the major factor God gives for His reason to destroy the earth with a flood. It was the violence and wickedness of mankind that resulted from mankind’s departure from God. I have titled this study after this central theme as expressed to us in the book of Job.

HAST THOU MARKED THE OLD WAY WHICH WICKED MEN HAVE TRODDEN? Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood. Which said unto God, DEPART FROM US; and what can the Almighty do for them?” Job 22:15-17 (KJV)

 

The violence and wickedness of man increased greatly when man decided to make a departure from God. Let’s examine some key Scriptures of this central theme.

 

“And God saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Genesis 6:5 (KJV)

 

“And God said unto Noah, the end of all flesh is come before me; FOR THE EARTH IS FILLED WITH VIOLENCE THROUGH THEM; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” Genesis 6:13 (KJV)

 

“For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.” Proverbs 4:17 (KJV)

With this wickedness and violence we have the Antichrist emerging that will speak great lies and will wear out the saints of God.

 

“And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws; and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” (3 1/2 years) Daniel 7:25 (KJV)

“Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” II Thessalonians 2:4 (KJV)

 

“Blessings are upon the head of the just; but VIOLENCE COVERETH THE MOUTH of the wicked.” Proverbs 10:6 (KJV)

 

The end time generation climaxes its violent trends with the appearing of the Antichrist. When this “evil speaker” is finally allowed to establish himself on the earth, the return of Jesus Christ will shortly follow.

 

“Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.” Psalms 140:11 (KJV)

 

And finally let’s notice some of the wicked characteristics that mark our generation with that of the antediluvians.

 

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts. Ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” II Timothy 3:1-7 (KJV)

 

This quest for knowledge also is a condition of this period as we read in Daniel.

 

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and KNOWLEDGE SHALL BE INCREASED. Daniel 12:4 (KJV)

 

In conclusion, we note the similar points of reference between the days of Noah and our generation today. Advanced development, an increase in knowledge and population, with civilizations that have departed from God. This results in the increase of violence and wickedness. And as a result God brought about a swift destruction on the generation that “then was”. God brings a destruction of our present generation “with few men left” (see Isa.24:6) when Jesus Christ returns from Heaven to establish the Kingdom of God on earth. A careful reading of the twenty-fourth chapter of Isaiah could well describe the result of a comet or asteroid collision with the earth. Unlike present day theology that leaves men stranded or burning in “hell”, the Bibles’ ultimate solution is the reconciliation of the world and universe to a state of perfected restoration. Man’s enemy, death, is to be rendered inactive and all God’s heirs will confess Jesus Christ as Savior.

 

“And having made peace through the blood of the cross, by him TO RECONCILE ALL THINGS UNTO HIMSELF, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. Colossians 1:20 (KJV)

 

The conclusion to the plan of God is a completely restored and uncorrupted universe in which His heirs will live. God is Light and He will eliminate all darkness. Any reasoning short of this revealed Truth is false and will lead to unbiblical and inadequate systems of theology and religion, such as we witness today. Isn’t it time we get back to “original Christianity today”?

 

Failing of the Grace of God

The Holy Bible declares that by the Grace of God ALL mankind will be saved (Col.1:20, I Tim.2:4 etc.). And this is indeed true, for it was the death as well as the life Christ lived, that makes salvation possible. Human beings have no part in procuring the free gift of our Creator. Even the very act of accepting Christ would not be possible without the action of God (John 6:44). The process of salvation takes much effort and work but this work is not our own, but God’s.

 

“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13 (KJV)

With such great and gracious promises how is it possible as the title of this study suggests for one to fail of the Grace of God, especially since all mankind (in Adam) will be saved? The confusion derives itself from assuming that those “few” that are granted entrance into the Kingdom of God (at Christ’s Second Advent) will all be saved AT THAT TIME. The truth of the matter is that those called for the Kingdom of God can fail to attain this special calling. But does this mean they will lose their salvation? The Bible answers negative. Those that fail for entrance to the Kingdom will simply be saved with the majority of humanity at the final resurrection. This study seeks to make clear these factors in the plan of salvation and to show the perfect Grace of God.

 

In the November, 1995 issue of Unsearchable Riches, Donald Fielding states on page 264,

 

“Dare any suggest that during the gradual and often painful emergence of the early members of the compliment, there was the slightest danger of a single one being left behind in the ‘snatching away’? Indeed not, for our calling is thoroughly one of grace.”

 

This quote demonstrates forcefully the result of mixing the Grace of God with works and rewards. To make Grace perfect in this erroneous viewpoint failure is simply not an option otherwise Grace would be found lacking. However in the correct Biblical sense it is not Grace that fails, people fail. But unlike ancient Israel of old, who failed as a result of lacking God’s Holy Spirit in them, those called by Grace have a perfect way to succeed. They do not fail as a result of sin or weakness, they fail as a result of their own choice to do so. The people of ancient Israel had the balances stacked against them and their proclivity yielded them failure. But for those chosen since the foundation of the world, for the Kingdom of God, these have been given a perfect unhindered way of choosing. The balances here are equal. The working of perfect Grace is fully in effect and our human nature is countered equally with God’s Holy Spirit. Yet failing of this precious Grace is possible.

 

“Looking diligently LEST ANY MAN FAIL OF THE GRACE OF GOD; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;” Hebrews 12:15 (KJV)

Yes the Bible “dares to suggest” failing to attain the great and precious promises of the Kingdom is very possible!

 

“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they should fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” Hebrews 6:4-6 (KJV)

“Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:21 (KJV)

 

“Not thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” I Corinthians 6:10 (KJV)

 

“For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.” Ephesians 5:5 (KJV)

By contrast the Christian must choose to “put on” the garments of a righteous life God graciously makes possible.

 

“That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.” Luke 1:74,75 (KJV)

“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;” Colossians 3:12 (KJV)

 

“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for IF ye do these things, ye shall never fall:” II Peter 1:10 (KJV)

 

“Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.” II Peter 3:14 (KJV)

 

It is not possible to simply ignore these powerful Words of God and say that we are saved by grace alone for the Kingdom of God! This is a grievous error which Christians are warned to avoid (Jude 4). There is also a subtle difference between the words “chosen” in the original language of Ephesians 1:4 and Matthew 22:14. Most simply think the terms are the same when in fact they are not. Note the usage of these two verses,

 

“According as he hath CHOSEN (Strongs #1586) us in him, before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:” Ephesians 1:4 (KJV)

 

“But many are called, but few are CHOSEN (Strongs #1588).” Matthew 22:14 (KJV)

The word used in Eph. 1:4 means “to select” or choose. The Word used in Matt.22:14 however has a slightly different connotation. It means “select, by implication favorite”. This is why the translators of the King James Version used “chosen” and “elect”. Notice Vines Expository Dictionary’s comment on Strongs #1588, “1588 lit. signifies ‘picked out’, chosen…as ‘chosen’ to be of especially high rank in administrative association with God…”. So what we find revealed here is that those “chosen” in Matt.22:14 represent a select pick of the crop while the “chosen” of Ephesians 1:4 merely means selection. By comparing these two verses with all the accompanying Scriptures on overcoming for ruler-ship with Christ (Rev.3:21) we find God’s perfect Grace in action. His Grace involves a selection process He ordained from the beginning out of which “many are called, few are chosen” as His favorites. These are the ones whose talents gained whereas those who did nothing, with what they were given, are deemed unprofitable. They are cast into the fire of judgment and will not reign with Christ for the eons. They will however be saved by Grace when all are redeemed (Col.1:20).

Grace does not become imperfect or flawed simply because God is requiring his specially chosen ones, who will help in ruling with Christ, to be worthy of the offices they will bear. In fact, it can be said that God has set in motion a perfect Grace for those involved in this election process. He declares that no trial or test will be given to any of these called out ones that would result in their failure.

 

“No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.” I Corinthians 10:13 (NRSV)

God has equipped all those He has called with a perfect Grace. That perfect Grace will save all mankind, including the many that will fail of the opportunity to attain the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

“If any man’s work shall be burned , he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” I Corinthians 3:15 (KJV)

For those given the special call for the Kingdom of Heaven, if one fervently wants to rule with Christ then God has given us a perfect way to succeed!

“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (KJV)

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:4,5 (KJV)

“And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;” II Corinthians 3:4,5 (KJV)

“Who gave himself for us , that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” Titus 3:14 (KJV)

“This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.” Titus 3:8 (KJV)

Christians MUST be “counted worthy” (Strongs #515 “to deem entitled or fit”) if they are to enter the Kingdom of God with Christ or else they will be found wanting of the Grace of God.

“Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:” II Thessalonians 1:5 (KJV)

“Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power. That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, ACCORDING TO THE GRACE of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” II Thessalonians 2:11,12 (KJV)

Notice here that this process of God counting us worthy is done according to His Grace. It is by Grace all are saved and it is also by Grace the “few” who attain the Kingdom are selected as His favorites. In fact it can also be said that God selects whoever He wills as some may be called on stony ground with little chance to succeed while others are put on the good soil (see the Parable of the Sower and the Seed – Matt.13). All however must take what they are given and increase to be counted worthy of the Kingdom. Let’s conclude this study in the book of Revelation.

 

“And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore what thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. Thou hast a FEW names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot-out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” Revelation 3:1-5 (KJV)

 

Make special note that those called from the foundation of the world have their name written in the book of life but that if they do not produce the fruits God requires HE WILL BLOT THEIR NAMES OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE. Obviously if He has to blot out names this means they were once long ago written!

 

“These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are CALLED, and CHOSEN, and FAITHFUL.” Revelation 17:14 (KJV)

To review then, if a person has been called of God from the foundation of the world and has had his name entered in the book of Life, that person must then take the talents they are given and with them produce good fruits. If this is done then God will select (as his favorite) that individual to serve with Him in the Kingdom of God. He will have been found of God faithful. This whole process is part of the plan and Grace of God which will result in the reconciliation of the universe to God, death being made inoperative, and God becoming ALL in all (I Cor. 15:28)!

“For the earnest expectation of the creation waiteth for the revealing of the sons of God.” Romans 8:19 (ASV)

 

The Unforgiven Sin

 

The Bible states clearly that there is no second opportunity for those who have received God’s Holy Spirit, and have even been made to taste of heavenly things, if they reject such goodness, that they will be able to attain it again.

“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew then again unto repentance; seeing how they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” Hebrews 6:4-6 (KJV)

“If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.” I John 5:16 (KJV)

 

“For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” Hebrews 10:26,27 (KJV)

 

Some have asserted that while this fate is certain, meaning precisely that forgiveness of sin is not now possible, that this applies itself, only to limited periods of time. When those times have passed God will then reconcile “ALL” unto Himself. This is the way some “get around” the unforgiven sin. It is akin to someone putting in his prison time, with a later release in sight. This however is a heresy that needs to be rejected for there is no second opportunity to regain what has been LOST. This is well illustrated with the example of Esau.

“And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. The Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.” Genesis 25:32-34 (KJV)

The Bible says it is possible to fail of God’s grace and that when this occurs there is no recourse to get it back. Notice the reference to Esau’s birthright in the New Testament regarding this very topic!

 

“Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For we know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.” Hebrews 12:15-17 (KJV)

Esau had no second opportunity and the decision he had made was final, and his birthright was permanently lost. So it is with the unforgiven sin, for those who sin willfully after obtaining God’s grace, are cursed without any further recourse.

“But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.” Hebrews 6:8 (KJV)

 

This permanency associated with the unforgiven sin is further shown in those who fall away, being cast into the lot of the Rephaim. This is another name for the Nephilim who will NOT be resurrected.

 

“Dead – they live not, Rephaim, they rise not.” Isaiah 26:14 (YLT)

“The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead (Rephaim).” Proverbs 21:16 (KJV)

 

It must be stressed that the unforgiven sin is the only sin that has loss without recourse to it. Even those called for the Kingdom of God, if they fail to qualify, by the lack of good works, will still have God’s free Gift of Salvation given to them at a later time. They will also be destroyed, but their destruction will last only for a limited time period, unlike that of the unforgiven sin.

 

“If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” I Corinthians 3:15 (KJV)

One of the central concepts of Scripture is that there is no darkness in God.

 

“This is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all.” I John 1:5 (KJV)

Even though God created darkness (Isa.45:7) Scripture dogmatically declares it is not a part of Him. There is a total divide between the “sons of light” and the “sons of darkness”. This central idea interestingly finds itself in much of the new Dead Sea Scroll research. What this means is that God eventually will abolish all the elements of darkness which have NO PART in Him. When God finally becomes “all in all” (I Cor. 15:28) this means that all that came out of God will return to God, whereas the darkness will be abolished. The Bible is clear that all the heirs of promise, destined for salvation will be saved. This includes every descendant of Adam. All mankind will be given the Holy Spirit, will confess Christ (Phil.2:11) and be made to taste of heavenly things. Not many would want to forfeit such a great inheritance, however the possibility to commit the unforgiven sin remains. Therefore, while all God’s elect are saved, not all of God’s elect will be made immortal by resurrection. A few will forfeit their birthright the same as Esau, and will lose it. These will be cast in with the lot of darkness, whose end is to be destroyed. Likewise the statement that it would be better to not have been born can only have one meaning.

 

“The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.” Matthew 26:24 (KJV)

 

Clearly this statement would not be true if Judas at some point in time would receive immortality, for that alone would have made his birth worthwhile.

 

In closing, none of us ever need to worry about committing an unforgiven sin by mistake or out of weakness, for God declares that once we are given our salvation – NOTHING EXTERNAL CAN SEPARATE US FROM IT.

 

“nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39 (NKJ)

 

It would only be our own choice to reject God’s Grace and lose our promised inheritance. God will set the same choices before all mankind born of Adam. God does not change.

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:” Deuteronomy 30:19 (KJV)

Chapter 6

Sacred Secrets Revealed

 

Omissions From Revelation

 

The Book of Revelation was written in a way that specifically forbids certain knowledge from being included. This OMISSION was made so as to focus our attention on Judgment and the Coming Kingdom of God as well as the periods beyond to include the New Heavens and New Earth. We can safely surmise the prevailing general Christian view today ENDS the plan of God in the book of Revelation. This view has led most to believe that the wicked will be destroyed and that only those remaining alive in Christ will be with God. And this is exactly where Revelation leaves us. The apostle John would have written Revelation as a complete story of God’s plan, but was specifically forbidden to do so. We can however know the complete plan of God by looking at other sections of Scripture, which include, the knowledge left out of the book of Revelation. When we include these other Scriptures in our reading, a theological revolution occurs that changes the traditions of centuries.

The commonly accepted view that one must participate in the salvation process to qualify for resurrection is totally unbiblical, but is born out of adding to the book of Revelation what is not there. In fact we are warned not to add or subtract anything from this book.

 

“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of THIS BOOK, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of THIS PROPHECY, God shall take away his part out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

Revelation 22:18,19 (KJV)

 

This is a serious warning for all people. What we must be extremely careful in doing is to read exactly what is there and subtract nothing from it or INSERT THEOLOGY INTO IT! The Great Mystery or Sacred Secret spoken of by Paul in other books of the Bible is not included in Revelation and for us to force feed this theology into the book and try to finalize the plan of God is walking on VERY RISKY GROUND. What we are told to do is note only what this book says. We progress in Revelation from the seven churches (groups) to the end-time Judgments God will bring on this world leading up to the return of Jesus Christ to this earth (Rev.19:11-16). Starting in chapter twenty we progress to the period of time known as the millennium (verse 3), and then to its conclusion, the Great White Throne Judgment.

 

“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.” Revelation 20:11 (KJV)

 

Up to this point in time ONLY THOSE resurrected at Christ’s Second Advent are saved and have been given immortality. We must also note a proper translation of the previous verse concerning the duration of the lake of (the) fire, which the devil, beast and false prophet were cast into. The duration is terminate, not endless in the originally inspired language. Note this verse more accurately translated,

 

“and the Adversary that had been deceiving them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where [were] both the wild-beast and the false-prophet; and they shall be tormented, day and night unto THE AGES OF THE AGES.” Revelation 20:10 (Rotherham)

 

These are periods of time that have beginnings and conclusions to them, not the inserted concept of eternity, which has no beginning and has no end. This is the point where our traditions have gravely led us astray. As we continue down this terminate time line of Revelation we enter chapter twenty which begins the New Heaven and New Earth. This period of time begins with only those who have had their names written in the Book of Life. ALL OTHERS were judged and cast into the lake of fire (Rev.20:13,14). And we read that this lake of fire continues its existence during the New Heavens and New Earth.

 

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murders, and whore-mongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8 (KJV)

 

We also note that outside the Holy City a gulf continues to exist between the saved and those not saved, whether angelic or human, whether in the grave or alive (as the imprisoned angels would be).

 

“For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whore-mongers, and whatsoever loveth and maketh a lie.” Revelation 22:15 (KJV)

 

Notice here that sorcerers and whore-mongers can refer to humans while the Adversary is referred to in other sections as the father of lies.

 

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and the father of it.” John 8:44 (KJV)

 

This brings us to the end of the book of Revelation and without adding anything to this book, we end it, with a condition of only a limited number of people saved and granted immortality through Christ. The second death and the lake of fire continue to exist to the completion of the book, and this is exactly the final picture today’s theology leaves us with. In doing so, one has to either ignore or interpret out of existence other sections of scripture that speak of all being saved. Take I Corinthians 15:22 for example, to properly unite this verse with the theory that Revelation is the completed plan of God one would have to change the verse to more correctly read,

 

“For as in Adam ALL die, even so in Christ shall SOME be made alive”.

 

We can be thankful that this verse is NOT a correct translation of I Corinthians 15:22. IF today’s theology of God’s plan is true, then this falsely translated verse would be a better rendering of the theology subscribed to.

 

By contrast let’s now read the INSPIRED correct translation of this famous Bible verse,

 

“For as in Adam ALL die, even so in Christ shall ALL BE MADE ALIVE.” I Corinthians 15:22 (KJV)

This verse represents KNOWLEDGE OMITTED from the last book of the Bible and we are commanded by God to ADD NOTHING to this book! This is a Bible principle we are admonished to follow, that of not mixing scriptures with other scriptures that don’t belong together.

 

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

 

This dividing or partitioning of the Bible is essential for Christians if a proper understanding is to be achieved. This feature of study I believe was designed by God so that He could guide those whom he is calling to a proper understanding of the Bible. The Bible says that “many are called, but few are chosen” and what we find today is that “the many” view Revelation as the capstone to God’s completed plan of salvation, which in reality presents a false concept of a limited salvation in Christ. Undoubtedly, when Christ returns He will add the plagues written about in Revelation to all those who dare to INSERT THEOLOGY into the last book of the Bible. And I mean insert theology that is not already there. We must leave Revelation alone and accept it for what it says.

 

To understand the completed plan of God we must move OUT OF Revelation to other sections of the Bible to find the final concluding events that FILL UP and COMPLETE the “plan of the ages” that our Father in Heaven has established. And His plan is glorious indeed, beyond any words that could be written. His plan is a PERFECT PLAN, which will render inactive all death and all Evil and Sin from the Universe. God will not have to create an “Eternal prison for the damned” and brush wickedness and imperfections “under the rug”. His plan forges a perfection far superior to the concepts shared in the world today. God will simply continue to proceed until a final universal restoration is achieved. We see how God’s plan continues to improve one step at a time, getting better and better until the final perfection is gained. Notice the symbolic and prophetic ending to the “lake of (the) fire” represented in Scripture as the Dead Sea.

 

“And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whither-soever the rivers shall come, SHALL LIVE: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: FOR THEY SHALL BE HEALED; and everything shall live whither the river cometh.” Ezekiel 47:9 (KJV)

 

The Dead Sea was the location of Sodom and Gomorrah and represents the area of judgment. The Bible declares all Judgment will have its end in Christ. Notice the symbolic cleansing that takes place here.

“This fresh water stream will go eastward into the Dead Sea. It could well follow the old watercourse of the Wady en-Nar [stream bed of Fire] and change the characteristics of the land bordering it. This is no doubt what will occur because we are told that an abundance of fruit trees and medicinal plants will flourish around its banks (Eze. 47:12). This would mean that there would no longer be any Gehenna (Valley of Fire) going through that terrible wilderness. In actual fact, we have the express teaching of the Bible that Gehenna (otherwise called Tophet) will become holy to the Lord.

 

“And the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and all the fields unto the brook of Kidron, unto the corner of the horse gate toward the east, SHALL BE HOLY UNTO THE LORD.” Jeremiah 31:40

 

This will be the end of Gehenna! And with the Book of Ezekiel telling us that a river of fresh water will issue forth from the new temple (and gets larger as it approaches the Dead Sea), perhaps the river is fed by other streams as is descends and this will result in parts of the Wilderness of Judea being healed (especially those quarters on the bank of the river). The region of the ABYSS, however, where Satan will be imprisoned, will remain in desolation as well as parts surrounding the Dead Sea (Eze. 47:11)...This is still not the end however! The Book of Revelation says there will yet be one more outburst of fire and brimstone that issues from the lake. It will once again (at the end of the Millennium) become a Lake of Fire. This happens when God sends down fire out of heaven (Rev.20:9) to judge the wicked at the conclusion of the 1000 years! This happens when Satan is finally released from the ABYSS (the bottomless pit) and he is allowed to cause a final rebellion to God. Dire consequences will come from God because of this. And no wonder! People on earth will have witnessed for such a long time the beauties and blessings of the Kingdom of God on earth - even with Gehenna and the Lake of Fire healed, and yet they allow themselves to be tempted of Satan the Devil. Because of this, God will re- activate the old area of punishment. This time Satan will be cast into the renewed Lake of Fire. This will last throughout the ages of the Great White Throne." (The Lake of Fire - Where Is It Located? by E.L. Martin, FBR 1981)

 

These are progressions in the time periods God has established for salvation, which find its fulfillment in the salvation of all God’s chosen heirs, and a perfected and reconciled cosmos.

In conclusion, we will find God’s plan completed when the final enemy (death) is rendered inactive and ALL are brought under the control of Jesus Christ. God will then become ALL IN ALL. This is the period of time mentioned as “The Dispensation of the Fullness of Times” which occurs AFTER the time periods of Revelation have had their fulfillment. Notice how clear it is in the Refiners Fire of I Corinthians 3:10-15 how we all must build on the foundation, which is Jesus Christ. The foundation represents our salvation and whatever we do has no bearing on our outcome with regards to our redemption.

 

“If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: BUT HE HIMSELF SHALL BE SAVED; yet so as by fire.” I Corinthians 3:15 (KJV)

 

This is because it is the life and death of Christ, which is appropriated to us that passes us through all the fire of Judgment to Immortal Life in Him. We are admonished in II Timothy 2:15 to be workmen that need not be ashamed. How we each build on the salvation we have been freely given will have great bearing on our rewards or losses. In fact, it is POSSIBLE through bad works to miss out on being in the “better” resurrection at the Second Advent of Christ. Hebrew 11:35 terms this a better resurrection because of the rewards associated with it. That is why Christians must have accomplished good works to qualify for entrance into the Kingdom of God. Note this very carefully,

 

“To him that overcometh will I GRANT to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” Revelation 3:21 (KJV)

For those few people that God is calling now he gives this opportunity to rule with him during the Kingdom of God period and beyond. If we fail in producing the good works required we will not be resurrected at the Second Advent, but we will receive our salvation with the rest of humanity in the final resurrection to spiritual life. Notice that only three such resurrections to spiritual life are mentioned in the Bible,

 

“But EVERY man in his own order: Christ the first-fruits (1), afterwards they that are Christ’s at his coming (2). Then cometh (the resurrection at) the end (3), when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down ALL rule and ALL authority and power. For he must reign, til he hath put ALL enemies under his feet. The LAST ENEMY that shall be destroyed (Gr. rendered idle) is death.” I Corinthians 15:23-25 (KJV)

 

This final or third resurrection to spiritual life will result in the conferring of immortality and will end in the final enemy, death, being made inoperative. This is the time period called the “Final Dispensation”.

 

“Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather in one ALL THINGS IN CHRIST, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:” Ephesians 1:9,10 (KJV)

 

“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9,10 (KJV)

 

“And, having made peace through the blood of the cross, by him TO RECONCILE ALL THINGS unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. Colossians 1:20 (KJV)

 

The verses just quoted are NOT a part of the book of Revelation and should never be inserted as theology into that book. To do so runs the grave risk of adding to that book knowledge that is not there. John was commanded to omit knowledge from this book and “WRITE IT NOT” (See Rev.10:4). What we have presented here is knowledge God has placed in other sections that fill up or complete the plan of God. The great secret hid through the ages is now made known to mankind!

 

“Such is right, and approved by God our Saviour, whose will it is that ALL should find salvation and come to know the truth.” I Timothy 2:4 (REB)

 

This Sacred Secret is Great!

 

The title of this section is taken from Rotherham’s translation of Ephesians 5:32. There is a Great Secret that God has kept hidden through most of human history, but has now been revealed. Yet this secret, although now given, is not given to those people God continues to blind. Your understanding of this study hinges on the Divine favor of God. It is amazing how one can write something as plain as day and still not be comprehended by a majority of people. The day is coming when ALL people in Adam will not only understand this mystery, but will be a living fulfillment of it! Throughout the entire period of the Old Testament and up until the year 63 A.D. this mystery had been hidden. The Apostle Paul was the first to have this mystery revealed to him. The purpose and destiny of the created universe has now been made known.

 

First we will examine some of the hidden Scriptures that reveal the secret God has kept hidden “from the beginning of the world”.

 

“According to his good pleasure which he purposed in him, FOR AN ADMINISTRATION OF THE FULNESS OF THE SEASONS – TO UNITE FOR HIMSELF (under one head) THE ALL THINGS IN THE CHRIST, THE THINGS UPON THE HEAVENS. AND THE THINGS UPON THE EARTH, IN HIM: In whom also we were taken AS AN INHERITANCE, according to the purpose of him who energiseth ALL THINGS according to the counsel of his will, that we should be for the praise of his glory…” Ephesians 1:8-12 (Rotherham)

 

“And to bring to light – WHAT IS THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE SACRED SECRET which had been hidden away from the ages in God, who did all things create: In order that now unto the principalities and the authorities in the heaven-lies might be made known, through means of the assembly, the manifold wisdom of God, – According to A PLAN OF THE AGES which he made in the Anointed Jesus our Lord, In whom we have our freedom of speech and introductions with assurance through the faith of him;” Ephesians 1:9-12 (Rotherham)

 

“Of which I had become a minister – According to THE ADMINISTRATION OF GOD which had been given unto me to you-ward. TO FILL UP THE WORD OF GOD, THE SACRED SECRET which had been hidden away from the ages and from the generations. BUT NOW hath been made manifest unto his saints – Unto whom God hath been pleased to make known what is THE GLORIOUS WEALTH OF THIS SACRED SECRET among the nations, Which is CHRIST IN YOU the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:25,26 (Rotherham)

 

“LO! A SACRED SECRET UNTO YOU I DECLARE: WE SHALL NOT ALL SLEEP, BUT WE SHALL ALL BE CHANGED.” I Corinthians 15:51 (Rotherham)

 

This plan of the ages has its fulfillment in a particular administration at the conclusion of the plan of God. The human race, it is revealed, is an inheritance and we read that of all the Father gives Jesus Christ, He will lose none of it. In plain English this means ALL MANKIND (those in Adam), WILL BE SAVED.

 

“And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, THAT OF ALL which he hath given me I SHOULD LOSE NOTHING, but should raise it up (by resurrection) at the last day. John 6:39 (KJV)

 

Our present day traditions and theology have clouded the meaning of this great mystery.

 

“Who will have ALL MEN TO BE SAVED and to come unto a knowledge of the truth” I Timothy 2:4 (KJV)

Most people cannot accept this verse and try to water it down by declaring God just “wishes or desires” such an outcome. From there they proceed to the book of Revelation to use as proof text that not “ALL” people (in Adam) will be saved, only “SOME”. The outcome then reverses itself with “Some are saved” while all “Others are destroyed”. And this is true, for we read in Revelation 21:8 that the lake of (the) fire and the second death are still very much in force. The last chapters of Revelation DO PICTURE “Some as Saved” and “Others as Destroyed”. The simple truth of the matter lies in the fact that there are TIME PERIODS BEYOND REVELATION spoken of in other sections of Scripture that complete or “fill up” the plan of God. I Corinthians chapter fifteen says that Jesus Christ will rule (with His saints) until ALL are brought into subjection to Him. Christ will continue to rule until there is no further need of it. The Bible also declares we are to judge angels, but Revelation says not a word on this. In fact it can be noted that the final chapter of Revelation has not concluded itself to a state of perfection.

 

“For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whore-mongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whatsoever loveth and maketh a lie.” Revelation 22:15 (KJV)

 

We also note in verse two of that same chapter that sickness must exist as leaves from the Tree of Life are used for healing. What we have then is not a perfected universe, in which all in Adam are saved, and God is ALL IN ALL, as He declares will happen at the outcome of His plan. We must look outside of Revelation to other parts of God’s Word that show His Final outcome summarized in the Sacred Secret. In fact if we will now look closely at the book of Revelation we will find it notes that THIS BOOK DOES NOT CONTAIN ALL THAT IS WRITTEN CONCERNING GOD’S PLAN.

 

“And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I WAS ABOUT TO WRITE: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, AND WRITE THEM NOT.” Revelation 10:4 (KJV)

It’s interesting to note that the seven thunders can be properly interpreted as the voice of God.

 

“Thunder was regarded as the voice of Jeh: “God thunders with the voice of his excellency” Job 37:4 and God spoke to Jesus in the thunder. John 12:29” ISBE (1986) vol.4 pp 2977

 

John apparently had been given and knew the Sacred Secret, but had been specifically instructed not to write about it! The book of Revelation is very clear in its omission of this GREAT SECRET! It is the authors speculation here that this was allowed to happen so that the present false concepts that we have today would develop as they now are. We must remember that God is not calling everyone to the knowledge of His truth.

 

“and he was saying unto them – TO YOU THE SACRED SECRET HATH BEEN GIVEN of the kingdom of God, whereas to them that are outside in parables are all things coming to pass, – that they may surely look and yet not see, And surely hear and yet not understand, Lest once they should return and it be forgiven them.” Mark 4:11,12 (Rotherham)

 

It is abundantly apparent that the omission of the Sacred Secret in the book of Revelation was a deliberate act of God. God has a perfect plan to reveal knowledge at just the right stage in history. In fact it is prophesied that the proper knowledge of the truth would be revealed in a RESTORATION BEFORE THE SECOND ADVENT OF CHRIST (see Acts 3:19-21).

 

As we move OUT OF the book of Revelation we can properly understand God’s plan of salvation contained in the secret hid from the beginning of the world. This great secret reveals the breadth and length of his plan for a glorious and perfected universe.

 

“For as in Adam ALL die, even so in Christ shall ALL BE MADE ALIVE” I Corinthians 15:22 (KJV)

God’s plan can be traced from the father of the faithful, Abraham in the Old Testament. God called Abraham and from his progeny came the twelve sons of Jacob. Jacob’s name was changed to Israel and from these twelve sons developed the twelve tribes which finally became the nation of Israel. God then deals through history with this one nation, which he then uses in the Millennium to bring all nations to him. And finally, we continue to move forward in God’s plan when the entire universe will be brought to a state of perfection in Christ. Christ then hands over this perfected universe to our Father, and God then becomes ALL in ALL. Perfection is God’s way of order, not one stone will remain unturned until a final glorious universe is created. This is exactly what the great mystery shows us. Descendants of Adam are to be glorified in Christ and will join the family of God Himself. Our destiny is wonderful beyond words. For those who qualify for the “better” resurrection spoken of in Hebrews the wonders and glories of the New Jerusalem and New Earth will bring joy unknown in our age. Yet the final joy is when the final enemy, death, is eliminated, and will bring us to the final stage of perfection. What God has in mind beyond this we do not know, but we do know that it will start from a state of perfection and glory that we cannot fathom. This is the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ for this world. Our future and hope are secure in Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven. His ways cannot be compared to our theology today which leaves many wondering how a Loving God can simply not save people because of their own human wills. Yet as clearly as the Refiners Fire can state in I Corinthians 3:15, not even our bad works can prevent Christ from receiving His inheritance in us! Even the Father has made it clear that Christ shall lose nothing. This brings us back to John 3:16 but now we can properly translate “world” for “cosmos” and the Sacred Secret is shown.

 

“So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, THEN shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, (Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Corinthians 15:54-57 (KJV)

 

We must also note here that God eliminates the grave. No more dying will be the order of things in the New Heavens and New Earth, but only those resurrected at the Second Advent will live in glorified spiritual bodies for the ages of time described in Revelation and beyond. There are only three resurrections to spiritual life mentioned in the Bible, 1) Christ 2) Those at Second Advent 3) Resurrection at “the end”.

 

“But EVERY MAN in his own order: Christ the first-fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh (the resurrection at) the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign until he has put ALL ENEMIES under His feet…And when ALL THINGS shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, THAT GOD MAY BE ALL IN ALL.” I Corinthians 15:23,24,28 (KJV)

 

The Stargate Discovery! – A New Biblical Identification

 

The Bible is to come alive in this modern age as a “universal restoration” is now under way as prophesied (See Acts 3:19-21 NRSV). No better is this trend shown but in the recent science fiction film “Stargate”. And while the plot of this movie does not represent any Biblical story, there remains a multitude of themes that do. The primary theme that relates to prophecy is how ancient knowledge and science come together to produce remarkable new knowledge. The Bible predicts an increase in knowledge at the end of the age (see Daniel 12:4). A brief written preview of Stargate’s plot reads,

“When a mysterious woman makes Professor Daniel Jackson (James Spader) an offer he can’t refuse, he ends up in a secret Air Force military base. His mission: to decode an ancient Egyptian artifact known as the Stargate. The mission leader, Colonel Jack O’Neal (Kurt Russell), a tough military man with nerves of steel, commanders their trip through the Stargate to an ancient civilization on the other side of the universe. But once there, they must battle the astoundingly powerful Sun God, Ra (Jaye Davidson), before they can find their way back home” (Stargate video jacket).

This study will present a new discovery of Biblical identification, in conjunction with new discoveries being made in science. Put the two together and a real Biblical “Stargate” emerges!

The recent discovery of the existence of planets by two Swiss astronomers has been heralded as big as Columbus’ discovery of America. This was found by observing that some stars in the cosmos “wobble”. This movement can only be explained by the gravitational pull of a planet. And with such a vast universe the possibility of planets like our earth, capable of sustaining life is now a real possibility. The ramifications of this new knowledge is to say the least “far reaching”. In addition, more new planets are being discovered as the following excerpts from a recent NASA press release show,

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has provided strong evidence for the existence of a roughly Jupiter-sized planet orbiting the star Beta Pictoris.

Detailed Hubble pictures of the inner region of the 200- billion mile diameter dust disk encircling the star reveal an unexpected warp. Researcher say the warp can best be explained as caused by the gravitational pull of an unseen planet..." (NASA January 17, 1996)

These discoveries bring to the field of science the possibility of planets existing that are capable of sustaining life. But this evidence has also been in existence in Biblical texts written many centuries ago. What is being discovered now is that the Bible contains a very real knowledge, not only of theology but also of science. In fact it can be said the Bible actually represents the first textbook of true science! Notice how the existence of life in our universe is so plainly stated,

 

“How that he was caught into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.” II Corinthians 12:4 (KJV)

 

This “paradise” is also identified in verse two as the “third heaven”. And “paradise” is defined as a living garden, orchard, forest or park. The Bible right here demonstrates life exists elsewhere in our universe. The possibility is even put forward in the Sacred Scriptures that a man was taken from earth and somehow transported to this “paradise”. Of course no man as ever ascended to God’s Throne save Jesus Christ.

“And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” John 3:13 (KJV)

Some have used this verse to deny the possibility that God has transported a man to Paradise but this verse does not deny this possibility. The Bible has more than one term in its original languages that denote “heaven”. The one used in John 3:13 is Strongs # 3772 and it can denote our “air”, “sky” or “atmosphere”. It is interesting to note that God did not inspire the other term for heaven meaning “above the sky” or celestial. This heaven would represent the area of our stars and galaxies. Clearly though, the context of not ascending to heaven can also mean the heaven Christ came from. What we find being talked about here is the part of heaven Christ came from, specifically God’s throne. This has to be true because we find the prophet Elijah ascending into heaven (the atmosphere).

 

“And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.” II Kings 2:11 (KJV)

This word for heaven is a Hebrew word meaning “sky” where the clouds exist and where the birds fly. This can be verified in the Biblical text as we later find Elijah located in another location ON EARTH, composing a letter to the king of Judah (see II Chronicles 21:12). In addition, in our modern age men have ascended into the heavens of the sky as well as the universe beyond as far as the moon. The restriction is specifically that man cannot ascend to God’s throne, which exists in a specific location of heaven. I discovered this location while researching my study “Differentiating Resurrected Spiritual

“Is not God in the height of the heavens? Behold then the head of the stars that they are high.” Job 22:12 (Rotherham)

 

In my other study I note that, “Vines Expository Dictionary translates the word “height” in this verse (Strongs #7218) as meaning, ‘head; top; FIRST’ – note its translation as “first” in I Chronicles 12:9. We find that the “head of the stars is the FIRST. The star that fits this description in our universe is the North Star or Polaris of the constellation Ursa Minor (the Little Dipper). Webster’s defines Polaris as “the star Alpha (a)” and THE BIBLE DEFINES ALPHA AS THEFIRST’!

 

‘I am ALPHA and Omega, the beginning and the end, the FIRST and the last.’ Revelation 22:13 (KJV)”

 

 

ALPHA – Strongs Dictionary, “the word became idiomatic for designating the universe”

 

 

This star and its location is where God’s throne resides as well as Jesus Christ (the Alpha and First).

 

“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and offspring of David, and the BRIGHT AND MORNING STAR.” Revelation 22:16 (KJV)

“Yahweh is in his holy temple – As for Yahweh – IN THE HEAVENS IS HIS THRONE.” Psalms 11:4 (Rotherham)

 

THIS IS THE BIBLICALSTARGATE” OF THE UNIVERSE, God’s throne is located near the North Star. This star maintains the “top” or “first” position of the universe and all the stars of the cosmos rotate around it! And undoubtedly the location of Paradise in the third heaven must be near His throne. Is not God capable of transporting a human being thru His “Stargate” to a life sustainable planet, housing this Paradise of the third heaven? And this Paradise is an orchard, forest or park of incredible beauty. Science has also confirmed that these things can exist in distant parts of our cosmos. What a wonderful picture is now emerging of our universe thru understanding the ancient texts with these new discoveries in the sciences. But there is more. The Bible declared in Genesis that God created the heavens as signs to be understood in a symbolic way (Gen.1:14). The whole layout of our stars portray the Biblical story. For example, the twelve major constellations of the zodiac represent the twelve tribes of Israel as they encircled the Tabernacle during the time of Moses. And of course the Tabernacle represented God’s throne in heaven. This area in the constellation Ursa Minor goes by the modern identification as the Lesser Bear. But we read in the book, “The Gospel of the Stars” by Joseph A. Seiss, page 125,

“This way in which Ursa Minor and Ursa Major may have come to be called Bears is perhaps from the fact that the ancient name of the principle star in the latter is Dubheh or Dubah, and as Dob is the word for bear, the Greeks and others took the name of that star as meaning THE BEAR, and so called these two corresponding constellations THE BEARS.

But Dubheh or Dubah does not mean bear, but a collection of domestic animals, a flock, as the Hebrew word Dober. The evidence is that, according to the original intent, we are to see these constellations not two long-tailed bears, but two sheepfolds or flocks, the collected and folded sheep of God's pasture... This is coming much nearer to the astronomical facts of the case, as also to the original ideas connected with this constellation. IT HAS SEVEN STARS... These noted seven stars are in themselves sufficient to suggest some connection with "the seven churches" which John saw as "seven stars" in Christ's right hand. The whole number of stars is twenty-four, which suggests connection again between it and the "four-and-twenty elders" whom John beheld 'round about the THRONE, clothed in white raiment, and having on their heads crowns of gold' (Rev.4)... But the story agrees with the scriptural account in this, that Christ mysteriously transfers the Church of the first- born to heaven..." (note those Christians associated with the Mystery promises).

Now note especially what Seiss says about the North Star on page 127,

“It is part of the promise of the text that the seed of faith is to ‘possess the gate of his enemies’-that is, to take the house or possession of the foe – and thenceforward to hold what the enemy previously held. Now, at the time these constellations were formed, and for a long time afterward, the Pole-Star was the Dragon Star, ALPHA DRAGONIS. Thus this central gate, or hinge, or governing-point of the earth’s motion, was then in the enemies possession. But that Dragon Star is now far away from the Pole, and cannot again get back to it for ages on ages, whilst the Lesser and higher Sheepfold has come into its place, so that the main star of Arcas is now the Pole Star. The seed of faith thus gets the enemies gate…” (The real Stargate).

 

We also note in passing the man taken to Paradise was not Jesus Christ for the Scriptures say he was “a man in Christ” and that Paul said he knew him fourteen years ago which would date to approximately 40 AD. Christ himself was now in heaven at God’s throne with His Father. If this man was taken to Paradise literally he would still have NOT ascended to God’s throne. This is not permitted but their is no ruling against Paradise. In regard to Enoch, we now can make some observations.

 

“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was NOT FOUND, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” Hebrews 11:5 (KJV)

 

I see no reason to deny the plain and clear meaning here. Enoch could very well have been taken to Paradise and if God wanted to keep him alive until the resurrection He surely could. There is the Scripture that says “it is appointed onto men once to die”. The Bible also says that those alive at Christ’s Second Coming will be resurrected while still alive. The general principle is that “all men die” but also “with God all things are possible”. But obviously in a resurrection change the body with its flesh and blood would cease its earthly function. We know from Scripture that man is mortal so if an individual was taken from earth and transported to Paradise God could either keep him alive there or He could die there. Either way the man would NEVER have died on earth.

The Bible and science are revealing new mysteries that have been clouded and hidden in traditions for centuries. I would recommend viewing the movie “Stargate” in the Light of the Bible’s real STARGATE OF THE HEAVENS which is the controlling center of all creation!

“For the earnest expectation of the creation waiteth for the revealing of the sons of God.” Romans 8:19

 

Chapter 7

Road Mapping Biblical Prophecy

 

Jeremiah And The Turning Point Of History

 

The Old Testament contains a chronicle of the creation, rise to power and fall of ancient Israel. This was the only nation created directly by God among all the families of the earth. Its purpose was to lead every nation of mankind to Israel’s God, the Deity of creation. The way God communicated to Israel was through His prophets, while Israel’s legal system was administered by His priests running the temple system. Then, during the time of the prophet Samuel, Israel rejected direct rule by God and demanded a king. The first king of Israel was Saul who was later replaced by David. Thus began the tripartite leadership of Israel, King, Prophet and Priest. It was from this point the king of Israel determined whether Israel was to obey or disobey God’s commands for the nation. Later the Kingdom was divided with one capital in Samaria and the other in Jerusalem. Samaria fell to the Assyrians in 722 B.C. and Israelites were taken captive and deported from their homeland as punishment for their sins. Israel was now left with reduced territory and the one capital of Jerusalem. Thus we come to the time of the prophet Jeremiah and great changes in world history.

 

Jeremiah was descended from a priestly clan from the city of Anathoth, in the territory of Benjamin. He was still a youth when God called him to service in the year 626 B.C. Including his time in Egypt he prophesied for a period of approximately fifty years. Even his name has prophetic significance which means “Yah hurls” as his major commission was to foretell the destruction and fall of Jerusalem from the hand of God’s servant Nebuchadnezzar. Of all the prophets in the Bible with the possible exception of David we are given more of the personal life and feelings of this person than any other. Jeremiah was a warm-hearted person who had a very distasteful job to perform. As a servant of God, he first rejoiced in the Words of the Lord, but as time passed they became a bitter pill for him to swallow.

 

“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart: for I am called by your name. O Lord God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16 (KJV)

 

“Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuseth to be healed? wilt thou be altogether unto me as a liar, and as waters that fail?” Jeremiah 15:18 (KJV)

 

His personal loneliness remained, as God commanded him that he could not marry.

 

“The word of the Lord came also unto me, saying, Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou have sons or daughters in this place.” Jeremiah 16:1,2 (KJV)

 

The prophetic role God ordained for Jeremiah was much more than simply the prophesied destruction of Jerusalem and the death and deportation of its people. Jeremiah was commissioned to usher in a complete change of world civilization to the creation of a “new world order” which had never before existed in all human history!

 

“See! I have set thee in charge this day over nations and over the kingdoms, To uproot and to break down and to destroy and to tear in pieces, – To build and to plant.” Jeremiah 1:10 (Rotherham)

 

This destruction of world civilization starting with Jerusalem proceeded to include all the nations and kingdoms of the world at that time. Jeremiah chapter twenty-five from verse 12 onward gives a history of this destruction of civilization. From its ashes God created a whole new human order. It was a Babylonian system God prophesied that would predominate all civilization from that point on in history (see Daniel 2:31-45). Scholars today find much less in the way of historical records prior to the sixth century B.C. But precisely at this point in history we find developing a whole new theological/philosophical way of thinking that never before existed. All the following movements developed at approximately the same general period.

 

1) Buddhism (563 B.C.)

2) Taosim (604 B.C.)

3) Confucious (551 B.C.)

4) Zoroaster (628 B.C.)

5) Jainism (600 B.C.)

6) Shintoism (660 B.C.)

8) Greek Philosophy (600 B.C.)

 

God brought about great wars at that time in history that reduced the populations of the world.

“And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be as dung upon the ground.” Jeremiah 25:33 (KJV)

 

This new Babylonian civilization overthrew all previous civilizations and theological/philosophical systems of the past and Jeremiah was commissioned by God to bring this about (Jeremiah 1:10). The Babylonian system started by Nebuchadnezzar was the start of a movement that swept the earth. The way he brought this about was by destroying the literature and cultures of the people he conquered. The deportation of the Israelites, especially the upper classes and educated were taken to Babylon and only the most illiterate were allowed to remain.

 

“And all the men of might, even seven thousand, and craftsmen and smiths a thousand, all that were strong and apt for war, even them the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon.” II Kings 24:16 (KJV)

 

“But the captain of the guard left the poor of the land to be vine-dressers and husbandmen.” Jeremiah 25:12 (KJV)

 

God brought about a destruction of cultures throughout the world by these methods of erasing the old way and creating a new. A modern example is the American Indian whose culture and way of life was destroyed by the migration of peoples from Europe. Indians were confined to reservations and taught foreign ways. The ancient Israelites also experienced this same kind of change as they were taken to a new land with different customs and language.

 

The turning point in civilization occurred dramatically in the sixth century B.C. and Jeremiah was the prophet of this great change. Our civilization today comes from the customs and traditions of this original Babylonian head of gold. With the destruction of Israel, God ushered in a new era of history. There was now no nation, which had a direct link of communication with God. This was the beginning of the “original Dark Age”. God was now out of contact with mankind and the prophesied Babylonian system was now to indoctrinate the world. This system was to last until the return of Christ when He will establish His millennial kingdom. God will then regather the descendants of Israel from all quarters of the earth and again establish His nation. Israel will then lead all the nations of the earth to God. In fact, many peoples and kingdoms will seek the help and advice of Israel in those days. God has a plan for the salvation of all His heirs. He will use His chosen nation as His instrument in effecting a total restoration of the Cosmos. He brought about a total sweep of all peoples to a Babylonian system in the sixth century B.C. for a grand purpose – the final goal and purpose, of which, is to make a final sweep to bring all peoples to Himself. God’s purpose is to become “all in all” (I Cor. 15:28), and this is accomplished when death is rendered inactive. To understand the spiritual darkness our present world experiences we must comprehend that this was ushered in by God until the end of the age. We also have God’s promise He will effect a restoration of the Truth of God BEFORE the Second Advent. God will not bring about judgment upon this world without first giving proper warning. We read in the book of Revelation that God will entrust the preaching of the gospel, not to men, but to angels, who will carry the message of God’s Truth before the final Babylonian system is destroyed. Nothing has ever been out of the control and planning of our Creator. God used Jeremiah to introduce the age of Babylon after the destruction of Israel. The Master Potter has been forming and reforming His clay toward the goal and result of a perfected universe with “sons and daughters to glory”.

 

“…TO BUILD AND TO PLANT” Jeremiah 1:10 (KJV)

 

NOW HE THAT PLANTETH AND WATERETH ARE ONE…” I Cor. 3:8 (KJV)

 

God plants the seeds of destruction, but also plants the seeds of rebuilding, abounding to the glory of the cosmos!

 

“If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: BUT HE HIMSELF SHALL BE SAVED; yet so as by fire.” I Cor. 3:15 (KJV)

 

Jeremiah in the larger sense was setting the stage for God’s plan of redemption for it is clear from Scripture itself that out of the fires of destruction arise our salvation – “yet so as by fire”. Out of the torched temple in Jerusalem will arise a New Jerusalem!

 

“And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” Revelation 21:2,3 (KJV)

 

“And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile ALL THINGS unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth or things in heaven.” Colossians 1:20 (KJV)

 

The Lost Ten Tribes – Their Identity Discovered

 

The subject of the whereabouts of the House of Israel, those ten tribes that became lost in history has been a subject of debate and mystery. Even Reader’s Digest in their book “Mysteries of the Ancient Americas” on page 32 give a general field to this subject. The modern day identity of these peoples has formed the basis of much theory and speculation. Those that hold these theories as fact stand firm in their insistence on who these people are, while others discount their facts as theories. The reason for all this intense interest comes from the Bible itself. While the major features of God’s plan for mankind, such as the sacrifice of Christ and other major doctrines are important, equally important are the steps God uses in the accomplishment of that plan. These steps have been revealed to us in the Bible for our learning. As Christians we are admonished to “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord”.

Before we begin this journey of discovery we must understand the method God uses in dealing with mankind. God does not deal with all of mankind equally at the same time. God begins his plan by dealing with one man and his family. That family eventually grows into a nation and that chosen nation is used to bring all other nations into a proper relationship with God. When Jesus Christ returns at His Second Advent He will operate through the nation of Israel for the period popularly known as the Millennium. The story begins in the book of Genesis with Abraham.

 

“Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse-th thee: AND IN THEE SHALL ALL FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED.” Genesis 12:1-3 (KJV)

 

The growth of this “great nation” began with the birth of Isaac (Gen.21:3) and Isaac in turn gave birth to Jacob (Gen.25:26). Jacob’s name later was changed to Israel (Gen.32:28) and Israel gave birth to twelve sons (Gen.29:32 – 30:24, Gen.35:18). These twelve sons were named, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph and Benjamin. Later there were actually thirteen tribes when the tribe of Joseph became two tribes, Ephraim and Manasseh (Gen.48:5). As we continue to progress, we see all thirteen tribes under the leadership of Moses surrounding the tabernacle under their banners except Levi whose tribe composed the tabernacle activities itself. This arrangement of the tribes is found in the second chapter of Numbers (see whole chapter).

 

“Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their father’s house: far off about the tabernacle of the congregation shall they pitch.” Numbers 2:2 (KJV)

 

As we read this chapter we find that there were four Camps (each camp comprised of three tribes) that faced the four sides surrounding the tabernacle. As we jump forward in history we find the nation of Israel firmly established during the reign of Solomon. After the reign of Solomon, because of disobedience, we find the tribes split into what has become known as the House of Israel and the House of Judah. The ten tribes of the House of Israel were Reuben, Simeon, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Ephraim and Manasseh. The House of Judah was comprised of Judah, Benjamin and Levi. The history of the activities of these two houses is recorded starting in II Chronicles 10 through the end of the book, and this is the precise point when the House of Israel after its captivity becomes “lost”. This is also a point in history that the historical records become more accurate as opposed to earlier times. It must also be noted that God never intended Israel to completely lose its identity.

 

“Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the Lord. For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.” Amos 9:8,9 (KJV)

 

As was mentioned in the beginning of this study, there has existed a large body of circumstantial evidence of the migrations of peoples who may or may not have a link with these ancient peoples of the past. An example of this is the Heraldic symbols and the fact of their existence 200 years before the rise of Christianity, as well as many other pieces of “interesting information”. The link that would connect the peoples of the House of Israel with their migrations in a direct and verifiable way has been missing until recently. This discovery was made by E. Raymond Capt and was set forth in his book, “Missing Links Discovered in Assyrian Tablets”. This link that connects the Biblical record with history is brought out in chapter six, beginning page 97.

 

"...The black stone, known as the "Jehu Stele" or "Black Obelisk," depicts Shalmaneser's triumphs over several kingdoms of Syria and the west. In the second row from the top is the figure of Jehu... In the text, Jehu is called the "Son of Omri." The Assyrians in this period of time used the term "House of Omri" to cover both the Northern Kingdom of Israel, governed from Omri's capital, Samaria, and the family of Omri, in which they apparently included Jehu. Above the scene is written in Assyrian cuneiform script: "The tribute of Jehu (Iaua) son of Khumri (Omri): I received from him silver, gold, a golden bowl, a golden vase with pointed bottom...". The Hebrew name "Omri" begins with the consonant "y" called "Ayin," which is pronounced with a gutteral "h" and is represented in Assyrian transliteration as "Gh" or "Kh." The Israelites would naturally pronounce "Omri" as "Ghomri" which became "Khumri" in Assyrian. Thus, the Assyrians, even before the Israelites were taken into captivity, called the Israelites "Beth Khumri," meaning "House of Omri."...Sargon II (722-705 B.C.) also makes mention of the "Khumri" in his record of the capture of Samaria. Apparently this is the last mention of the Israelites by the name "Khumri." However, a study of the Assyrian cuneiform tablets known as the "Royal Correspondence of the Assyrian Empire" reveals the history of the Israelites in Assyrian captivity. These clay tablets (letters) were found by English archaeologist Austin Henry Layard while an attache to the British Embassy at Constantinople... Over 23,000 cuneiform clay tablets were found... The Assyrian text of 1471 tablets (Letters) was published by R.F. Harper (Assyrian and Babylonian Letters) and in 1930 an English translation, by Leory Waterman, was published by the University of Michigan... The "Letters," covering the sweep of the Assyrian Empire in the seventh century B.C., contained references to the captive Israelites. However, owing to the relevant texts being mixed up in complete disorder among so many others, the early translators failed to recognize references to the Israelites in about a dozen tablets. Contributing to this situation was the fact (we now know) that the Assyrians called the Israelites by other names. (Ex. Gamera, Gimera)... To summarize, we have observed from the Assyrian documents (tablets and inscriptions) that the Israelites were called "Khumri" or "Khormi" by the Assyrians before their captivity. However, after the reign of Sargon II (721-705 B.C.) that name is never mentioned again. Then, around 707 B.C., a people known as "Gimira" and "Gamera" are recorded as living among the Mannai. Their territory was only a few miles from the Medes, in the very areas where the Scriptures state the northern ten-tribed Kingdom of Israel had been placed just a few years previously. We have noted that the names, "Gimir," "Gimira," and "Gamera" could easily be corruptions of "Khumri," or "Khomri," the Assyrian names for the Israelites. The names "Sacae" or "Sakka" (Scythians) are probably derived from "Isaaca" or "house of Isaac." It is further noted that the Assyrian name "ga-me-ra- a-a" is translated into "Cimmerian." (Translation by Prof. Leroy Waterman-Royal Correspondence of the Assyrian Empire- published by University of Michigan, 1930)

Although the belief (based on Biblical and historical records) that the Scythians and Cimmerians are descendants of the “Lost Tribes” of Israel has been held by some Bible scholars for many years, archaeological evidence has been lacking. THAT IS NO LONGER THE CASE. The clay cuneiform tablets found in Ashurbanipal’s royal library at Kijunjik ARE THEMISSING LINKSCONNECTING THE ISRAELITES TO THE PEOPLES OF WESTERN EUROPE AND AMERICA WHO TRACE THEIR ROOTS TO THE SCYTHIANS AND CIMMERIANS. It can now be truly said – archeology has solved two great mysteries, both occurring at the same time in history:

1) What happened to the countless thousands of Israelites that “disappeared” into Assyrian Captivity?

2) Where did the countless thousands of Scythians and Cimmerians come from?

Both mysteries no longer exist. The so-called “Lost Tribes” of Israel were never “lost.” They only lost their identity during their captivity in Assyria.”

 

The foregoing quotes from Capt’s book provide us with the link that can connect the Biblical record with history that brings us up to our present time

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It was in the plan of God that Israel would be dispersed and scattered throughout the world, and at the close of the age Israel (all Israel) would be regathered. This was prophesied in Isaiah, chapter eleven.

 

“And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time TO RECOVER THE REMNANT OF HIS PEOPLE, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, AND SHALL ASSEMBLE THE OUTCASTS OF ISRAEL, AND GATHER TOGETHER THE DISPERSED OF JUDAH FROM THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE EARTH…And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people (Israel), which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.” Isaiah 11:10-12,16 (KJV)

 

“For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, AND WILL YET CHOOSE ISRAEL, AND SET THEM IN THEIR OWN LAND: AND THE STRANGERS SHALL BE JOINED WITH THEM, AND THEY SHALL CLEAVE TO THE HOUSE OF JACOB. And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the HOUSE OF ISRAEL SHALL POSSESS THEM IN THE LAND OF THE LORD for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors. Isaiah 14:1,2 (KJV)

 

We notice here that these Scriptures take place during the start of the Millennium, the thousand-year Sabbath day of rest.

 

THE WHOLE EARTH IS AT REST, AND IS QUIET: THEY BREAK FORTH INTO SINGING.” Isaiah 14:7 (KJV)

 

This is the start of the reign and rule of Jesus Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He will establish again the nation of Israel by regathering all the descendants of Jacob from all quarters of the earth. This is why in the plan of God that He would never allow His people to be totally lost. Yes, they were scattered, but God will again bring them together in a miraculous way to lead the nations of the world into that glorious time of the Kingdom of God on earth. We also notice that Israel is also present in the New Heavens and New Earth, the period of time beyond the Millennium.

 

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband… And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereupon, WHICH ARE THE NAMES OF THE TWELVE TRIBES OF ISRAEL: Revelation 21:1,2,12 (KJV)

 

In conclusion, we discover that God effects His great plan of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ in a very set and orderly way. He first selected one man, Abraham who became the father of a great nation of people (Israel). Through this nation Jesus Christ will bring all the nations of humanity to Him. He will heal the breach between the House of Israel and the House of Judah and graft into the Branch all of the Gentile nations.

 

“And if some of the branches be broken off (Israel/Judah), and thou (Gentiles), being as wild olive branch, were grafted in among them, and with them partake-st of the root and fatness of the olive tree;…HOW MUCH MORE SHALL THESE, WHICH BE THE NATURAL OLIVE BRANCHES, BE GRAFTED INTO THEIR OWN OLIVE TREE? For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of THIS MYSTERY, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. AND SO ALL ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED: AS IT IS WRITTEN, THERE SHALL COME OUT OF SION THE DELIVERER, AND SHALL TURN UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB:…For God hath concluded them ALL in unbelief, THAT HE MIGHT HAVE MERCY UPON ALL.” Romans 11:17,24-26,32 (KJV)

 

What we see in the plan of God is the gradual unfolding of His plan of salvation to the world from one man to a nation, and then to all the nations of the world. In fact God’s final fulfillment is the salvation of ALL His heirs when we will all be ONE IN CHRIST and ONE IN GOD.

 

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are ALL ONE in Christ Jesus. AND IF YE BE CHRIST’S, THEN YE ARE ABRAHAM’S SEED, AND HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE.” Galatians 3:28.29 (KJV)

 

What we see then is God bringing all His heirs to be grafted into the seed of Abraham. His heirs will be saved through the power and sacrifice of Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven.

 

“For God so loved the world (Cosmos), that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting (age-lasting) life. John 3:16 (KJV)

 

“Who will have ALL MEN TO BE SAVED, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” I Timothy 2:4 (KJV)

 

“And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him TO RECONCILE ALL THINGS UNTO HIMSELF; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” Colossians 1:20 (KJV)

 

“For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed (Gr. rendered idle) IS DEATH… And when ALL THINGS shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, THAT GOD MAY BE ALL IN ALL.” I Corinthians 15:25,26,28 (KJV)

 

The Angel Of The Lord – Jerusalem Revisited

 

In days of old when the nation of Israel was formed, God sent the Angel of the Lord as His official representative.

 

“Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And THE ANGEL OF THE LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed…And when THE LORD saw that he turned aside to see, GOD called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, here I am… Moreover he said, I AM THE GOD of thy father, THE GOD of Abraham, THE GOD of Isaac, and THE GOD of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon GOD.” Exodus 3:1,2,4,6 (KJV)

 

This Angel was given so much power he was even allowed the use of God's name as a sort of "power of attorney". Never before in human history had a nation been formed (and run) by God using His representative agents. Indeed the Angel of the Lord was a powerful force and any nation that came against Israel's God suffered defeat in the most dramatic of ways. But with the forsaking of Israel and the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. Israel ceased to exist as a nation. No longer was the Angel of the Lord an active force in the affairs of mankind. Yet NOW in this modern age with the nation of Israel once again re- established, prophecy indicates the return of this Angel to Israel and into the affairs of the nations once again!

 

A brief Scriptural outline of the history of God’s Angel can be seen in the following verses.

 

“And the Angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and has not withheld thy son, thy only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;” Genesis 22:15-17 (KJV)

 

“For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Caananites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off.” Exodus 23:23 (KJV)

 

“Then the Lord opened the eyes of Baalim, and he saw the Angel of the Lord standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.” Numbers 22:31 (KJV)

 

“For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the Angel of the Lord ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground.” Judges 13:20 (KJV)

 

“The Angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.” Psalms 34:7 (KJV)

 

It must also be noted that in the King James Version of the Old Testament most occurrences of the phrases “The Lord”, Lord of Hosts, etc. is in reality this Angel of the Lord who represents God. He was authorized by the Father (YHWH) to use His Name.

 

“And when the forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sinai an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush. When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the Lord came unto him. Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold.” Acts 7:30-32 (KJV)

 

In addition, it is stated in Scripture that no man can see the Father (YHWH).

 

“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” John 1:18 (KJV)

 

Yet we find that Moses was able to see the back parts of God.

 

“And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live… And I will take away my hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.” Exodus 33:20,23 (KJV)

 

This could be referring to when the Angel of the Lord was in a gloried state, because we also find Jacob was even allowed to wrestle with God and live to tell about it.

 

“Then he said, (Not Jacob) shall thy name be called any more , but Israel, For thou hast contended with God and with men and hast prevailed… So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel; For I saw God face to face; and my soul was delivered.” Genesis 32:28,30 (Rotherham)

 

However not everyone had the privilege of proximity with God and lived to tell about it.

 

“And when they came to Nachon’s threshing-floor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it: for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.” II Samuel 6:6,7 (KJV)

 

With the fall and destruction of ancient Israel and its temple system, Israel’s Angel of the Lord (and his hosts) ceased to function in Israel’s behalf. In fact, we have some unusual references in the historical writings of Josephus, which could very well indicate the departure of these angelic forces from earth.

“So these publicly declared, that this signal foreshadowed the desolation that was coming upon them. Besides these, a few days after that feast, on the twenty-first day of the month Artemisius (Jyar), a certain prodigious and incredible phenomenon appeared; I suppose the account of it would seem to be a fable, were it not related by those who saw it and were not the events that followed it of so considerable a nature as to deserve such signals; for, before sunsetting, chariots and troops of soldiers in their armor were seen running about among the clouds, and the surrounding cities. Moreover at the feast which we call Pentecost, as the priests were going by night into the inner [court of the] temple, as their custom was, to perform their sacred ministrations, they said that, in the first place, they felt a quaking, and heard a great noise, and after that they heard the sound as of a great multitude, saying, “LET US REMOVE HENCE” (WARS 6.5.296-300). And while these references are not inspired Biblical texts, they do support the information of what God inspired in His Word that transpired at this time in history.

With the departure of these angelic forces from Israel and the world, human history has proceeded without them for centuries. Now, at the “end of the age”, the period prior to the return of Christ, it is prophesied that Israel’s Angel of the Lord shall return to the affairs of men. We are right now, as of this writing in August, 1995, only a very few years from a very important prophetic event – THE RETURN OF THE ANGEL OF THE LORD. How this will occur has been very specifically detailed in the book of Zechariah. In fact, Zechariah, chapters twelve thru fourteen give a much detailed, sequential account of events in Israel leading right up to the Second Advent of Jesus Christ! This begins at the time when all the nations of the world come against Jerusalem in a siege.

 

“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem” Zechariah 12:2 (KJV)

 

And every nation of the earth (at that time) who comes against the Holy City will suffer crushing reversals.

 

“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered against it.” Zechariah 12:3 (KJV)

 

“In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them in that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as THE ANGEL OF THE LORD before them. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem” Zechariah 12:8,9 (KJV)

 

When this event takes place something very profound happens. The Angel of the Lord for the first time in centuries comes to the aid of Jerusalem. And every nation of the world who comes against the Holy City will suffer grievous defeat! It is then that God accomplishes a wonderful thing. He will pour out a Spirit of Grace and supplications upon many in Jerusalem and Israel, and many Jewish people will accept Jesus Christ as their Messiah.

 

“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” Zechariah 12:10 (KJV)

 

This event in history will precipitate worldwide and also be the catalyst for a Restoration of the Truth of God. Notice how Scripture indicates that this Restoration must take place BEFORE the Second Advent of our Lord.

 

“Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah appointed for you, that is, Jesus, WHO MUST REMAIN IN HEAVEN UNTIL THE TIME OF THE UNIVERSAL RESTORATION that God announced long ago through his holy prophets. Acts 3:19-21 (NRSV)

 

These great changes in world affairs are part of an ongoing plan of God, as He continues to advance His plan for the reconciliation of the Cosmos to Himself.

 

“That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, even in him:” Ephesians 1:10 (KJV)

 

Restoring the Altar of Sacrifice

 

4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: {image: Heb. a standing, or, statue, or, pillar}

5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days. Hosea 3:4,5 (KJV)

 

Our Holy Bible predicted that through the ages of time after the ancient nation of Israel had been destroyed and its people dispersed, that they would abide many days “without a sacrifice”. This is one historical fact that does not need much verification, as animal sacrifices are a thing of the past. Modern Churchianity has taught us for centuries that these sacrifices have been done away and replaced with the symbolic sacrifice of Christ. These animal sacrifices have been seen by most as a type or foreshadow of the literal sacrifice of Christ that took place at His crucifixion. But now that the crucifixion and resurrection has taken place, the Mosaic system has been superseded with the New Covenant.

 

6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. {covenant: or, testament}

7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.

8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Hebrews 8:6-8 (KJV)

 

What has taken place is that many of the features of the Old Covenant system have been replaced with new features, but that many of the features remain the same, because they do not conflict, and are universal aspects of teaching in the plan of God. The use of sacrifices is one of the continuing features to be restored in the latter days after its period of absence. It is also an important point to note that sacrifices were NOT an invention of the Mosaic system, but were something incorporated into the Mosaic system from pre-Mosaic times. In fact, sacrifices were one of the most central teachings of God from the very beginning of time. Notice in the introduction of the original translation in The Book of Enoch by R.H. Charles how sacrifices were a part of life from the earliest times in history.

“Again, whereas the Essenes objected to animal sacrifice, no such objection is taken in either 1 or 2 Enoch. In the former in 89.50 the temple sacrifices are referred to with complete approval in the words ‘and they offered a full table before Him’. In 89.73 the sacrifices are said to be ‘polluted’, but no condemnation of sacrifice in itself is here implied. The writer uses no stronger words than Malachi 1:7, ‘Ye offer polluted bread upon Mine Altar.’ In 2 Enoch 59.2-3 the spiritual value of animal sacrifice is clearly expressed” The Book of Enoch, page civ

Among the other early sacrifices we have that of Abel (Genesis 4:4), Noah (Genesis 8:20), Abraham (Genesis 12:7), Job (Job 1:5), Isaac (Genesis 26:25) and Jacob in Genesis 46:1. So what we have prior to the institution of the Mosaic system is actually a whole history of sacrifice since the inception of human history. It would be absurd to think that just because of its inclusion into the Mosaic system that this central teaching of God is now eliminated. When we read in Hebrews, chapters eight and nine about the nullification of the Old Covenant for the New we later read in Hebrews, chapter ten that the sacrifices carry forth into the New Covenant as a remembrance or memorial of the literal sacrifice of Christ.

 

“3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. Hebrew 10:3 (KJV)

 

The answer to this whole question becomes clear in the very next verse, which tells us that animal sacrifices do not take away sins.

 

“4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Hebrews 10:4 (KJV)

 

As we continue to read on from verse four we find the Scriptures making it very clear that Christ fulfilled the foreshadowing that the sacrifices signified, but again we are reminded in verse 32 to remember the former days.

 

“32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;” Hebrews 10:32 (KJV)

 

This is further explained in the latter days when we are told to “remember the law of Moses with the statues and judgments.

 

“4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.” Malachi 4:4 (KJV)

 

We even have the Scriptures telling us in the plainest of language that the New Covenant involves the “blood of sprinkling” and contrasts it to the pre-Mosaic sacrifice of Abel.

 

“24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. {covenant: or, testament}” Hebrew 12:24 (KJV)

 

Then in Hebrew 13:10 the statement is made “WE HAVE AN ALTAR” but our altar is unlike the old altar of former times. Our new altar, instead of looking forward to Christ points us back to the time Christ became the sacrifice for the human race. The new sacrifices in the latter days and beyond is a memorial of that great event, and will be taught humanity as a history lesson no one will forget. In the book of Isaiah we find reference to a future time in the Kingdom of God on earth when “flocks shall minister unto thee” on a future altar of God.

 

“7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.” Isaiah 60:7 (KJV)

 

These are not imaginary sheep or rams, and neither is this an imaginary altar. The problem with people today is that the Scriptures are not read clearly, and we have many of the features of the New Covenant replaced with the imaginations of man. So instead of remembering the former days, the New Covenant of Churchianity proposes we forget it. In doing so humanity has lost the impact and teaching of the central sacrifice of Jesus Christ. But this is not the case for in the coming Kingdom of God on earth, animal sacrifices will be made under the terms of the New Covenant and will become a real sacrifice of praise for what God has accomplished in his Son Jesus Christ.

 

“15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise continually to God, that is, the fruit of the lips confessing his name.

16 But of doing good and communicating of your substance be not forgetful, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Hebrew 13:15,16 (DBY)

 

This verse shows us that the “sacrifice of praise” is accomplished through real acts (not just symbolical thinking), and it is with “such sacrifices” that God is “well pleased”. This is what the Scriptures themselves tell us rather than the man devised interpretation that the animal sacrifices are done away and replaced with praising. Note that in I Peter 2:5 these are spiritual sacrifices NOT spiritual symbolism The sacrifices are symbolic but are expressed in real terms.

 

“5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. {are: or, be ye}” I Peter 2:5 (KJV)

 

The mindset generally taught today however is that there is no memorial of the sacrifices, but that they are eliminated and that their expression is only to be “spiritually conceived” now that Christ as accomplished His sacrifice once and all for mankind. The fact that these animal sacrifices are conducted as a remembrance and memorial is completely ignored. The true teaching of how these new sacrifices under the terms of the New Covenant are accomplished can be illustrated in the pre-Mosaic sacrifice of Abraham concerning his son Isaac. In Genesis 22:9 we find Abraham preparing to offer up his son Isaac, but then in verse 12 he was told not to sacrifice his son, a ram instead was to be offered as sacrifice (verse 13). Many have realized of course that when this was done Isaac had been symbolically sacrificed and he now represented the living Jesus Christ. This of course is also what transpires on earth when Christ reigns. The sacrifices will be made as a memorial with the living Christ abiding on the earth. The teaching points to the death and resurrection of our Savior.

In the Millennial temple of Ezekiel as illustrated in Appendix 88 of E.W Bullinger’s Companion Bible, we find that the Sanctuary’s central feature is the Altar of Sacrifice. In other word it is the very center of attention and takes first priority. By contrast today however amongst most theologians, it takes no priority at all. Historically our Roman form of Churchianity divorces itself from its own Israelite and Jewish past and in doing so creates a New Covenant that God never devised. The Scriptures concerning the elimination of the Mosaic system is then interpreted in a way that does away with the remembrance that is central to the plan of God. This lawless form of theology was never sanctioned by God who informs us that the law is “perfect” for conversion of the soul.

 

“7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. {law: or, doctrine} {converting: or, restoring}

8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. {true: Heb. truth}” Psalms 19:7-9 (KJV)

 

And then in a prophecy for the future we are told that people in the latter days will return to the things of the past. These are clearly NEW features of the New Covenant incorporating the history of the past and applying its teaching in the Light of the Gospel of Christ. This true Gospel does not divorce itself from the past, but uses history as a proper vehicle for the teaching of the people in the latter days and beyond.

 

“30 When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; {are…: Heb. have found thee}

31 (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

32 For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it?

33 Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?” Deuteronomy 4:30-33 (KJV)

 

The fulfillment of the law of Moses (Luke 24:44) does not mean God does not use the things of the past to teach His newly applied laws that will now be written on human hearts. When we compare Psalms 116:17 with 118:27 we find that the sacrifices are real and literal and will cause people to praise and have thanksgiving. People living in a physical world need these real demonstrations to teach them, and also cause them never to forget the past. God tells us to bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. He does not tell us to bind the sacrifice with praise. Praise comes as a result of the sacrifices and the meanings they portray to people.

 

“17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.” Psalms 116:17 (KJV)

 

“27 God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.” Psalms 118:27 (KJV)

 

In Ezekiel’s millennial sanctuary, the altar is taken care of by the priests and Levites which will have the charge under Christ (not Moses) of the earthly temple, in administering the New Covenant and its terms on the earth.

 

“46 And the chamber whose prospect is toward the north is for the priests, the keepers of the charge of the altar: these are the sons of Zadok among the sons of Levi, which come near to the LORD to minister unto him.

47 So he measured the court, an hundred cubits long, and an hundred cubits broad, foursquare; and the altar that was before the house.” Ezekiel 40:46,47 (KJV) [see also Eze. 42:13]

 

It also should be noted that it was to be the role of the priests to perform these duties “unto the age”. Our opening verse in Hosea 3:4,5 indicate that the Israelites would go a long time “without a sacrifice” but that this time would end and that the priests would then resume their duties.

 

"Sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses; and Aaron is separated for his sanctifying the holy of holies, he and his sons -- unto the age, to make perfume before Jehovah, to serve Him, and to bless in His name -- unto the age." 1 Chronicles 23:13 (YLT)

 

In conclusion, we must note that the doing away of the Mosaic system as taught today is not wrong per se, but is a teaching not telling us the whole Truth. For its system is truly replaced by the New Covenant and that the priesthood with its sacrifices is changed and the Levitical priesthood is maintained under the priesthood of Mechizedek, of which Christ is the head. The Bible tells us that the former sacrifices were not pleasing to God, but that He is more concerned with the attitude of heart, THEN shall the sacrifices be pleasing unto Him.

 

“16 For thou desire-st not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. {else…: or, that I should}

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar. Psalms 51:16-19 (KJV)

 

Its also worth noting that in Daniel 12:11 we have indication that the sacrifices which have been absent for centuries are resumed but that they are stopped for a period of time when the Antichrist has his reign. Then we find during the time of the Kingdom of God on earth God’s altar standing again.

20 In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD’S house shall be like the bowls before the altar. {bells: or, bridles}

 

The Priests and Prophets of Levi

 

“And if ye will receive it, this is Elias (Elijah), which was for to come.” Matthew 11:14 (KJV)

The understanding and revelation of the above mentioned verse can only come by studying the history of the kings, priests and prophets in the plan and purpose of God. Ancient Israel was originally established as a Divine nation whose destiny was to bring about the Kingdom of God on earth. The Bible informs us that the peoples of this nation will again exist in the last days, and that Israel will then succeed, during the millennium, in carrying out the plan of God which it had originally been given to do (see Luke 22:30). An understanding of the administrative roles of the kings, and particularly the priests and prophets, will yield new insight.

 

It was Moses that God first called as the Leader, Priest and Prophet to lead the Israelites. But Moses complained about all that God had given him (see Ex.4:10-12). The Lord was angry with Moses about this and then made the decision to split the duties of leadership with his brother Aaron.

 

“And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses , and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.” Exodus 4:14 (KJV)

 

This is the starting point when the administrative roles for Israel were split between the kingship of the nation and the priesthood, although the major division of this occurred later when Israel asked for a king.

 

“And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should reign over them.” I Samuel 8:7 (KJV)

 

What happened in the time of Samuel must be noted as registering the same displeasure from God that the division of duties that God created with Aaron did. Up until the time of Samuel there functioned Judges, Prophets and a priesthood in Israel, but now the division had been established between the kingship and priesthood. Our Lord however in his knowledge of the future had predicted these things would occur when Jacob prophesied what would happen to his twelve sons. The tribe of Levi that later became the priestly tribe, was to become scattered among Israel. This happened later when the land was divided among the tribes and Levi was only given cities among the other tribes as their inheritance. This is because their inheritance was the priesthood but also as a result of the curse rendered to them for their anger, God would scatter them.

 

“Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are their habitations…Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.” Genesis 49:5,7 (KJV)

 

Amram and Jochebed were the parents of Moses, who was a Levite, and this tribe was destined to be scattered among all the Israelite clans. The kingship of Israel had also been predicted by Jacob to pass unto the tribes of Judah.

 

“The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” Genesis 49:10 (KJV)

“For is it evident our Lord sprang out of Judah; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.” Hebrews 7:14 (KJV)

 

We also find that even before David was officially made King of Israel, the bloodline of Judah was mixed with the tribe of Levi when Aaron the priest married Elisheba, who was the daughter of Amminadab, a leader of the tribe of Judah (see Ex.6:23). God had all knowledge of how history would work itself out in real life. The division in the administrative roles between Judah and Levi began when God established Aaron, with the bloodline of Judah also entering in. Then when David became King, the division of the Kingship of Judah, and the Priesthood of Levi became a permanent feature of Israelite administration.

 

Concerning the priestly administration of Israel, we need to know from whom to whom this bloodline of priests was pasted unto throughout history. This is because the “Covenant of Life and Peace”, that God says will once again be established in the Last Days (see Mal.2:4), is still dependent upon the passing down of the priesthood through bloodlines.

 

“And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:” Hebrews 7:23 (KJV)

 

There is a mighty promise God made in the book of Jeremiah that both the kingship and priesthood of Israel would continue through time. Note that in Hebrews 7:12 it says that the priesthood is changed, but Jeremiah confirms that it is NOT eliminated.

 

“Thus saith the Lord; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season; Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; AND WITH THE LEVTIES THE PRIESTS, MY MINISTERS.” Jeremiah 33:20,21 (KJV)

 

We see that both the kingship and priesthood of Israel is a permanent feature in the plan and purpose of God, that it is as sure as the rising and setting of the sun. Now take note of the following bloodline of priests that we have the records of from Levi to John the Baptist.

 

Levi

Aaron – Elisheba

Eleazar

Phinehas

Zadok

Abijah (Abia in NT)

Zechariah – Elisabeth

John ( the Baptist )…….1st Witness

Elijah ( my messenger)..2nd Witness

 

This is the official line of priests from the birth of Levi up until the time of John the Baptist who Christ said is also an Elijah. There is a duel meaning in the term “the two witnesses”. First, one can see that there are two messengers preceding both of Christ’s Advents back to this earth, one of course being John the Baptist, and the second called “my Messenger”, an “Elijah” in the book of Malachi. John the Baptist was a priest descended from Zadok, so we have a clear Levitical High Priest line from Aaron to John the Baptist (the “first” witness). Then in the time of the End we have another Elijah figure who will head up the “Renewed Levitical Priesthood”. He would have to be an authorized descendant to be the Leader of the Levitical priesthood. Secondarily, we have symbolism in the fact that the two witnesses are also two people existing in the end of days together. One being the Elijah just mentioned (A PRIEST) and second, a Leader or King descended from the tribe of Judah (A KING).

SO JUST AS WE HAD KING DAVID AND PRIEST ZADOK EXISTING IN ANCIENT ISRAEL WE WILL FIND ANOTHER KING OF ISRAEL AND A PRIEST OF ISRAEL STANDING AT THE END OF DAYS.

 

This end-time King of Israel will possess the “spirit of grace and supplications” (Zech. 12:10) while the priestly Elijah will possess the “spirit and power of Elijah” just as John the Baptist did (Luke 1:17 & II Kings 2:15). They will be the two witnesses of Scripture and both men will emerge separately in the last days. Elijah no doubt from among those of scattered Israel (remember the Levites were scattered as prophesied), and the King of Israel from among the ranks of Judah. But when the time appointed comes both of these men will fulfill the prophetic role of the two witnesses.

 

“And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.” Revelation 11:3 (KJV)

 

Further confirmation that these two consist of the King and Priest is evident in the symbolism of the transfiguration.

 

“And behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with them.” Matthew 17:3 (KJV)

 

The following relationships are clear to see,

 

Moses – Aaron

Aaron – Judah

Prophet – Priest

Judge – Priest

King – Priest

 

What is interesting to note is that John the Baptist (a Levite) was related to the mother of Jesus. Remember that Aaron had married into the line of Judah. This means that Jesus Christ’s legal bloodline [his actual bloodline came from ABOVE as Scripture states] was from Judah, but that Elisabeth had a family connection with Jesus, and she was of Aaronic bloodline. Legally then, we have a union of the offices of King and Priest in Christ Jesus who is now the head of the Melchizedek Priesthood under which the Covenant of Levi will function as a separate entity. The Melchizedek priesthood is NOT after the order of Aaron (Heb.7:11), but that does not mean the Covenant of Levi (which will exist as long as day and night continues) cannot operate within the Priesthood of Melchizedek as a separate family unit. The Melchizedek priesthood has no racial boundaries which means Jesus Christ has the option of including anyone in it He wishes. That does not mean that the Levtical priesthood is abolished as some think. The Melchizedek priesthood can be likened to the United States of America. We are one country consisting of multi-racial backgrounds, yet within the United States of America, there can exist, separate communities of particular groups of people. In other words the Melchizedek Priesthood is universal in scope but can contain any number of individual characteristics within.

Scripture does not say precisely, but I think when we piece all this information together, we can see what Christ was alluding to when He said, “If ye will receive it, this is Elias”. In my report title, “The Warning from Malachi” we note that the message of Malachi has been carried to us today over a very very long journey,

 

“We begin the book of Malachi by noting the word “burden”. Vines Expository Dictionary says, “The word means that which is born by a man, an ass, a mule, or a camel…”. We have here a very clear picture of a message being carried to us on a long voyage through time to our present day much as the image of a camel bearing its load over a long desert journey.”

Somehow through time, the Kingly and Priestly offices would be preserved for our day. The double message in the symbolism of the two witnesses speaks clearly of this, as well as, the plain statements of Scripture that the Levitical Priesthood would continue.

 

"And thou shalt bring near Aaron and his sons, unto the opening of the tent of meeting, - and shalt bathe them in the water; and thou shalt clothe Aaron with the holy garments,- and shalt anoint him and hallow him so shall he minister as priest unto me. shalt thou bring near,- and shalt clothe them with tunics; and shalt anoint them as thou didst anoint their father, and they shall minister as priests unto me,- SO SHALL THEIR ANOINTING REMAIN UNTO THEM FOR AN AGE-ABIDING PRIESTHOOD TO THEIR GENERATIONS." Exodus 40:12-15 (Rotherham)

 

Christ asked us IF we could receive it, that is, what had been said in his previous discourse on Elias in Matthew 11:7- 15. The former Elijah in John the Baptist was a PRIEST and the message carried to us over time is that the duplicate Elijah figure appearing before the Second Advent of Christ will also be a PRIEST of the line of Zadok. In short, a distant relative of John the Baptist! Christ says about John in verse seven "a reed shaken in the wind". This is interesting for we read in Ephesians,

 

“That we henceforth be no more children , tossed to and fro, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;” Ephesians 4:14 (KJV)

 

The last verse in the book of Malachi addresses these issues as the end-time Elijah will have the job of turning children to their fathers. The fathers represent the original teachings of Scripture and just as the original Elijah the Tishbite, he will have the job of fighting against the ministers of false religion. Today those who claim to be Christians are tossed about by every wind of over 20,000 differing denominations and sects of CHURCHIANITY. Elijah the Tishbite, if we take our cue from Christ, and get our history right, was no doubt also a PRIEST of the line of Zadok. Yet evil King Ahab and his treacherous wife had other religions in vogue in Israel. So the authorized priest of God was forced into exile in his own country until God started destruction on the paganism that was Ahab’s state religion! The end-time Elijah will have many of the same problems to contend with, but when God shows His hand through this prophet, the destruction on our traditional and pagno-christian system will begin to crumble. Acts 3:19-21 says Christ must remain in heaven before a universal restoration takes place. This also is spoken of by Christ as what Elijah will be about doing.

 

“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come and restore all things.” Matthew 17:11 (KJV)

 

So we see that Elijah the Tishbite, John the Baptist (an Elias) and Elijah (of Malachi), all had and will have, much of the same work in preparing the way for the Lord and destroying pagan religion.

 

In My Father’s Kingdom

 

The pain and suffering, violence and evil mankind has experienced throughout history and that continues today will have its end when the Kingdom of God is established on this earth. The return of Jesus Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords will usher in an age of peace that will last for one thousand years and for many eons beyond. This has been the hope of the Prophets of Israel, for the establishment of the ruling Messiah and His Kingdom. This physical world government, with God in direct control, will result in a utopia that this world has never seen. It will surpass in true peace and beauty the coming rule of the Antichrist who will try to duplicate, for purposes of deception, the great Millennium that is soon to come. The Bible has much information about this next one thousand-year period, which is a part in a series of ages that will complete the Plan of God.

In the book of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar’s great dream is interpreted which shows the events leading up to the return of Christ to this earth. The Judgments of God will render this world to an utter state of devastation, to the effect that earth will have “but few men left” (Isa.24:6). One should carefully read the entire twenty-fourth chapter of Isaiah to note the destruction and end of six-thousand year’s rule of man under the control of Satan the Devil. From the ashes of this civilization will arise the Messiah of Israel.

 

“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people (government taken out of the hands of man), but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever (age).” Daniel 2:44 (KJV)

 

“And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting (age-lasting) kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.” Daniel 7:27 (KJV)

 

“But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” Micah 4:1,2 (KJV)

Jesus Christ will take possession of the Scepter that is His (see Gen.49:10) and will begin to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Rev.19). The Beast and False Prophet along with the wicked will be cast into the Lake of Fire and Satan will be bound for one thousand years (Rev.20:1-3). Now begins the government of God, but this world will start out destroyed and in a total state of ruin. It will take years for the earth to gradually heal and grow, but this will be aided by the global, geological and climatic changes God will effect. One of the very first things God will begin to do is actually change and heal the Lake of Fire. This Healing will begin when fresh water will issue forth from God’s Temple (read Ezekiel 47). The waters will actually begin to issue out from the Temple and will proceed to the Dead Sea and its waters will be healed (except for some marsh areas). Everything along the banks of this river will grow bountifully. Wherever the water goes an abundance of life will follow. There is great spiritual symbolism here, but it will be most real. In fact, we read that the life-giving Knowledge of God will cover the earth as these physical waters shall do.

 

“For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14 (KJV)

 

This connection of water and God’s life-giving rule is made most apparent in the penalty for not obeying the dictates of the King.

 

“And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.” Zechariah 14:17 (KJV)

 

So we see that God will take away His presence and great drought will strike those areas whose people will not worship their Creator. In like manner this world today is under the control of “the god” of this world. The conditions of suffering and violence are a result of separation from God. These evils will disappear when the life-giving waters and Spirit of God enter this dying world. The Glory of God will bring an abundance of life out of total destruction, death and ruin. Notice the glorious and awe-inspiring developments that will be taking place.

 

“Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. TRUTH SHALL SPRING OUT OF THE EARTH; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; AND OUR LAND SHALL YIELD HER INCREASE. Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.” Psalms 85:10-13 (KJV)

 

“Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted as a forest.” Isaiah 32:15 (KJV)

 

“The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; AND THE DESERT SHALL REJOICE, AND BLOSSOM AS THE ROSE. IT SHALL BLOSSOM ABUNDANTLY, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God.” Isaiah 35:1,2 (KJV)

 

This transformation of the earth into a wonderful paradise will also include a uniting of humanity under one language.

 

“For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent.” Zephaniah 3:9 (KJV)

 

Also notice these wonderful passages of how all civilization will be brought together into a perfect harmony under the King of Israel, Jesus Christ our Savior.

 

“Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. THE LORD HATH TAKEN AWAY THY JUDGMENTS (judgments are not of eternal duration), he hath cast out thine enemy: THE KING OF ISRAEL, EVEN THE LORD, IS IN THE MIDST OF THEE: thou shalt not see evil any more.” Zephaniah 3:14,15 (KJV)

 

“O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.” Psalms 65:2 (KJV)

 

“All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.” Psalms 66:4 (KJV)

 

“And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.” Psalms 72:19 (KJV)

 

“All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.” Psalms 86:9 (KJV)

 

“All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O Lord, when they hear the words of thy mouth. Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the Lord: for great is the glory of the Lord.” Psalms 138:4,5 (KJV)

 

God promised this great nation of Israel to come from Abraham’s descendants (Gen.12:2.3) and this is the nation God will use to bring all nations to Him. The nation of Israel will all be saved (including the dispersed tribes).

 

“And so ALL ISRAEL shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn ungodliness from Jacob:” Romans 11:25 (KJV)

 

God accomplishes His plan for the redemption of all His heirs in a gradual step by step progression as we move through time. This is why God has developed “strategic time periods”. These time periods accomplish a series of events that will lead to a glorious perfection. To understand this progression notice a simple time line,

 

ONE MANONE NATIONALL NATIONSALL CREATIONALL IN ALL

 

The start of the Millennium brings us to the “one nation” of Israel to be used to bring “all nations” to Jesus Christ. This will result ultimately in all His chosen, as well as the entire Cosmos, being reconciled to God. When the final enemy listed in the Bible is rendered inactive the result will be God becoming “all in all”. This last enemy is death. The return of Christ will begin a new era in the plan of God as we work toward the final conclusion. God’s rule will begin to bring All hostile forces to be reconciled with Him, although this will take many eons to accomplish. Yet this will be done under the glorious leadership of our Messiah Jesus Christ. We are at the crossroads of human history. The death, ruin and destruction will have its end. This is the GOOD NEWS OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD!

To conclude, it would be good to review the events of the Millennium as summarized in J. Barton Payne’s book “Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy”, page 656-658;

 

1) “Satan will be overcome by Christ and bound during the millennial period.”

2) “Jesus will rule the earth as Messiah.”

3) “His Kingdom will be worldwide.”

4) “God’s true Israel will permanently repossess the land of Canaan.”

5) “Unrepentant Jews will be removed.”

6) “Repentant Jews will return to Palestine, assisted by the Gentiles.”

7) “God will establish His ultimate Testament of Peace.”

8) “There will be peace, as all violence is restrained by God’s presence.

9) “His rule will be in righteousness and goodness.”

10) “He will proclaim deliverance from servitude.”

11) “Crops will be abundant and prosperity general.”

12) “Those not in resurrection bodies will attain to a full length of life.”

13) “They will enjoy supernatural life spans.”

14) “There will be a healing of infirmities and a freedom from disease.”

15) “There will be an absence of barrenness or miscarriages, with a resulting multiplication.”

16) "God's people will be characterized by a Spirit- given holiness and obedience to do his commandments."

17) “There will be joy and praise.”

18) “The overall purpose is that Christ may be glorified in His people.”

19) “The saints will enjoy communion with God.”

20) “Christ will have a particular concern for the poor.”

21) “The land of Israel will possess enlarged borders and be divided into E-W strips for the twelve tribes.”

22) “The territory of Judah will be leveled, but Jerusalem will be elevated.”

23) “The city will have specified borders and surrounding lands.”

24) “There will be a temple and sacrifice in Jerusalem.”

25) “Levites will continue to serve in the sanctuary.”

26) “The kingdom will center in Jerusalem and its temple, where the Shekinah (glory cloud) of Yahweh will reside.”

27) “The presence of God’s Holy Spirit will be assured.”

28) “A stream will proceed from the temple to bring water to surrounding areas.”

29) “God’s people will be reestablished as a permanent political entity.”

30) “The apostles will sit on thrones to judge the 12 tribes of Israel.”

31) “Certain under-shepherds, from the church (ekklesia), will assist in the Messiah’s rule.”

32) “God’s people will enjoy a privileged status of power.”

33) “Former Jews will come to worship at their feet.”

34) “Christians will even preside over angels.”

35) “All nations will worship God and the Messiah.”

36) “This will constitute their true “in-gathering” (type: Feast of Tabernacles).”

37) “The Feast of Tabernacles will be observed annually.”

38) “Yet the world will not see a total conversion.”

39) “A national group that fails to go up to worship will have no rain.”

40) “Egypt will be desolate because of its former acts of violence.”

41) “as will also the land of Edom.”

42) “Those who escape from Armageddon will evangelize the nations.”

43) “Nations will experience conversion and be incorporated into Israel.”

44) “God’s truth will be universally taught.”

45) “God will take some of the Gentiles for priests and Levites.”

46) “Christ’s rule, while Satan is bound will last 1000 years.”

 

Understanding Sacred Prophecies

 

To properly grasp the meaning of the times in which we live, one must comprehend the basic framework of prophecy as outlined in the Scriptures. Once this is done a clear picture can emerge as to how we view the future. It is not our job to place the leaves on the tree, but rather to watch them grow as Christ taught in the parable of the fig tree in Matthew 24. Thus the subject of prophecy can be divided into two parts, one being the tree of chronology, and two, all the prophetical statements which will have their placement on that tree. When this concept is understood, Biblical prophecy becomes clear and our admonishment to watch events profound.

 

“And what I say unto you I say unto all, watch.” Mark 13:37

 

The Chronological Tree

 

As recorded in the first two chapters of Genesis, God employed seven days for creation. This model of the seven-day week is further explained in II Peter 3:8, “…one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” Going back to the original model we find the week divided into six “work days” for creation, followed by a seventh day of rest. This “rest” is later referred to as a sabbath which can either be a day, year or thousand year “day” as also stated in Psalms 90:4 (See also Leviticus, chapters 23 and 25). The seven thousand-year plan of God comprises six “days” followed by the seventh “day” or sabbath. This last period of time is referred to in Revelation 20:2 at the end of a six thousand year period just after Jesus Christ has returned to earth as stated in verse 4, “…and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years”. Within the Bible is documented exactly 4000 years of history to the Messiah of Daniel and there are prophetic and historical indications for the 2000 years remaining that completes the first six days of human history. This is shown in the Scriptures as follows,

 

2107 = Adam thru Abraham’s 99th year. (Gen.17:24)

430 = Abraham’s 99th year to 1st year of Exodus. (Ex. 12:40,41)

480 = Exodus to year 4 of Solomon’s rule. (I Kings 6:1)

36 = Remaining years of Solomon’s rule. (I Kings 11:42)

93 = Rule of 19 Judaic kings. (Eze. 4:1-8 =390 II Chr. 11:17=3)

1 = Period of harvest after Temple’s ruin. (Jer. 40:9-12)

70 = Babylonian captivity and Sabbatical rest. (Jer. 25:11,12)

483 = 69 weeks of Sabbatical periods. (Dan. 9:24-27)

4000 = TOTAL NUMBER OF YEARS TO MESSIAH OF DANIEL.

 

The remaining 2000 years of history to the return of Jesus Christ is carefully put forth by Dr E. L. Martin in his research paper titled, Chronology - The Key to Prophetic Understanding. On page ten of this study we read, "If one reckons the first 69 Weeks of Daniel to end with Messiah's birth in 3 B.C., then adding 2000 years shows the Millennium would logically start in A.D.1998 (a short 8 years from this writing). But if one takes Christ's baptism in A.D.27 as the terminus of the 4000 years of Old Testament chronology, then one should add a further 30 years (to reach A.D.2027) before Christ will begin to rule on earth. This latter date is most interesting because the last time a command was given to rebuild Jerusalem (with its walls) as Daniel said would occur in the Seventy Weeks' Prophecy was in A.D.1537 when the Turkish ruler Suleimon gave such an order. If one can see an end-time fulfillment of the Seventy Weeks' Prophecy in this historical event, it is obvious that 490 years from A.D.1537 is indeed A.D.2027 (exactly 2000 years from the time of Christ's Baptism)." The completion of the chronological tree of Scripture can be seen in the Sabbatical year cycles. This applies itself to the nation of Israel and is referred to in Leviticus 25 and 26. The number 40 has prime significance in prophetic interpretation. It is the number of trial and represents "one generation" as stated in Hebrews 3:9,10. Indeed, Christ mentioned that the start of the "end- time" would occupy a period of forty years (see Mark 13:30). The number 7 also has the meaning of completeness as illustrated in Scripture. This is an important point because the year 1988 was a Sabbatical year, which was exactly 280 Sabbatical cycles from the time Christ fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah in Luke 4:16- 21. Thus we have 7 X 40, or 1960 years. There is now indicated forty years left for the fulfillment of the end-time period known as the "end of the age" (Matthew 24:3). This is a period of exactly 2000 years from the time of Christ's Baptism. How can it be known if the year 1988 was a Sabbatical year? This is an important point, especially if one is determining the period known as the "end-time". Dr. E. L. Martin has also summarized two historical studies by Prof. Wacholder of Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. They are titled "The Calendar of Sabbatical Cycles During the Second Temple and Early Rabbinic Period" (pp.153-196) and "The Timing of Messianic Movements and the Calendar of Sabbatical Cycles" (pp.201-218).

 

“1) We are told by I Maccabees 6:49 that Judas Maccabee’s defeat at Beth-Zur was in a Sabbatical Year. And this can be dated to the Sabbatical Year from Autumn of 163 to Autumn 162 B.C.

2) Josephus, the Jewish historian, shows the murder of Simon the Hasmonean as happening in the Sabbatical Year of Autumn 135 to Autumn 134 B.C.

3) Josephus shows Herod’s conquest of Jerusalem as occurring in the Sabbatical Year of 37 to 36 B.C.

4) King Agrippa the First recited the section of Deuteronomy, which a king was required to do as associated with the Sabbatical Year (Deut. 31:10-13). He performed it at a time which historically shows that Agrippa’s Sabbatical Year was A.D.41 to 42.

5) A papyrus document written in Aramaic has recently been found in Palestine, which is dated to the second year of Nero, and it says that that year was a Sabbatical Year. Thus, A.D.55 to 56 was sabbatical.

6) A reference in the second century Jewish work called the Seder Olam can be interpreted as showing the Temple at Jerusalem being destroyed in a Sabbatical Year. That would have been A.D.69 to 70.

7) Dated documents have been found concerning the Bar Kochba revolt of the Jews against the Romans which show that the year A.D.132 to 133 was also a Sabbatical Year.

8) The ruins of an ancient synagogue have recently been uncovered which have a date, in a mosaic, for the Jewish year 4000, and that it was the second year of a sabbatical cycle. This answers to A.D.237 to 238.

9) There is a reference in the Jewish Talmud (Sanh. 97b) that the Messiah will release the world from its bondage of corruption in the year after 4291 of the Jewish calendar. Since it was believed this would occur in a Sabbatical Year, this reference becomes important (though the prophecy did not occur) because the year after 4291 was A.D.531 to 532 – and it was sabbatical. The interesting thing about these Sabbatical Years is the fact that they are all in proper sequence! This gives the historian a great deal of confidence that they are correct.”

 

To summarize then, we have the chronological tree that employs a plan of seven thousand years, or one week, a day representing one thousand years. The Bible demonstrates exactly four thousand years followed by prophetic indications for the remaining two thousand years to the return of Jesus Christ to this earth. The year for the completion of the “end of the age” is 2027. This date can be calculated three separate ways and each way yields the year 2027! The first way is the strict Biblical record and the prophetic cycles. The second way is by calculating the historical information to rebuild the temple by Suleimon in A.D.1537 and the third way is by adding up Sabbatical Year cycles, which are verified by historical evidence. This brings us squarely to the period referred to by Jesus as “this generation” in Mark 13:30.“Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.”

 

The Leaves on the Tree

 

The events of end-time prophecy can be likened to leaves that affix themselves to the prophetical tree of chronology. The uniqueness of end-time prophetic interpretation is in the statement of Christ to watch world events. As concerning the time of His Second Coming, the chronological tree is very accurate, even to within a year. Is not this deduced from the comment in Matthew 24:36, “But of that DAY and HOUR knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”? Christ said it is NOT possible to know the exact time for His arrival on any particular day or hour, but He did not say it could not be known to the year, or perhaps a month. The year we now know is indicated and within our reach. Those who do not understand this chronology (will find themselves searching for the time) but those that understand these Scriptures will not be looking for the time, but rather the events of prophecy to unfold. We can however “fine tune” our end-time chronology by studying certain sequences of events. Zechariah, chapters 12 thru 14 for example is a sequential prophecy for the nation of Israel. When these events start to occur then we can better understand how the end-time will unfold. Let us now look at a few of “the leaves” that soon will be appearing on the tree.

 

Prophetic Events To Watch For:

 

Universal Events

 

1) Acts 3:19-21 – A restoration of the Truth of God given to the world BEFORE the 2nd Advent of Christ.

2) Matthew 24:4,5 – False Christ’s and deception to be prevalent.

3) Matthew 24:6,7 – A period of general wars, famines, diseases and earthquakes.

4) Joel 2:31 Cosmic disturbances BEFORE the “Day of the Lord”

5) Mark 13:25 Cosmic disturbances associated with the Second Advent.

6) Mark 13:10 – The gospel to be given to the world.

7) Daniel 12:4 – At the start of end-time this prophecy to be revealed to the wise.

8) Daniel 11:2 thru 12:4 – This whole prophecy relates to the end-time. Note – “Book of Truth” starts with history near end of 6th century.

A) Four major wars to appear within Persian Empire.

B) Succeeded by a mighty king of Greece (Alexander the G.)

C) Alexanders kingdom divided into four segments.

D) Totality of vision for end-time (see also Dan.7 & 8)

9) World changes to occur for establishment of Antichrist Kingdom.

A) Daniel 8:24,25 – Military reductions.

B) Daniel 11:43 – New political and economic systems.

C) Revelation 18 – Worldwide prosperity.

10) Isaiah 24 Worldwide destruction of civilization.

10) Matthew 24:30 – The Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

 

Events for Israel

 

1) Zechariah 10:6 – House of Israel (Ephraim) to be re-established from the North Country in the land of Israel (see also Ezekiel 37).

2) Zechariah 10:7-12 – Israel to occupy the land of Gilead (Jordan).

3) Psalms 72:8 Israel to have influence beyond its present borders.

4) Zechariah 12:2 – The nations of the world to come against Jerusalem in a “siege”.

5) Zechariah 12:8,9 – Israel to be victorious against all the nations of the world.

6) Joel 2:3, 2:25 A locust plague to devastate Israel that will be followed by God restoring them.

7) Zechariah 12:10 – A large conversion of Jews to Christianity in the nation of Israel.

8) Zechariah 12:2-5 – The overthrow of idols and false religion in Israel.

9) Isaiah 44:28 – A leader in Iran (Cyrus) to help Jews build a temple (see also Matthew 24:15).

10) Zechariah 13:7 – A strong leader to emerge in Israel called “My Shepherd” (see also Malachi 4:5).

11) Revelation 11:3 – Two witnesses proclaim message for 3 1/2 years.

12) Zechariah 11:14 – A civil war to occur in Israel.

13) Zechariah 13:8 – Two thirds of nation of Israel will die.

14) Zechariah 14:4 – Christ will come to the aid of Israel and His return to the Mount of Olives.

15) Zechariah 14:4 – Mount of Olives splits in two.

 

Events for the Gentile Nations

 

1) Psalms 83:7 – A nation of Palestine (Philistines) to exist.

2) Daniel 7:12 – Three empires succeeded by a fourth (verses 7,8). At the end-time all four empires to emerge on earth (see Daniel 7:17,18).

3) Daniel 8:8,9 – “Little horn” equals the Beast (Daniel 7:7,8) which is the Fourth Kingdom or “Iron Kingdom” (Daniel 2:40).

4) Daniel 7:12,17 – When Iron Kingdom appears in two divisions there will be a revival of Babylon (Iraq), Medes and Persians (Iran) and Greece.

5) Psalms 83 – Ten nations to surround Israel. Beast powers to emerge in Middle East. (King of North = Iran, King of South = Iraq)

6) Isaiah 13 & 14 – Never fulfilled in history.

7) Jeremiah 50 & 51 – The Medes (Iran) to destroy Babylon (Iraq).

8) I John 2:18,22 – The kingdom of the Antichrist. (Will last for the last 3 1/2 years before the return of Jesus Christ to earth.)

9) Isaiah 34 – Punishment on heathen at the end of the age.

 

Second Coming Of Jesus Christ

 

Matthew 24:30 – Return of Christ to earth (see also Zechariah 14:4, Acts 1:11, I Thessalonians 5:2,3).

FOR I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVETH, AND THAT HE SHALL STAND AT THE LATTER DAY UPON THE EARTH.” Job 19:25

Prophetic Note – Matthew 24:22 indicates that there could be a shortening of events. By comparing Revelation with Daniel we discover that the Great Tribulation could be shortened to a length of only forty-five days. This could adjust the return of Christ to around the time of 2024.

 

Prophecies Beyond The End Time

 

God has a plan for the salvation of His heirs. His purpose is to save humanity. The last enemy to be rendered inactive IS DEATH. This can only result in a universe filled with life.

 

“Who will have ALL men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” I Timothy 2:4

 

 

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Bible Studies: Volume Three

 

ISBN: 9781310743801

ASIN: B012LE4D0A

 

Solomon and the Shulamite: Wisdom Personified

 

ISBN: 9781310438332

ASIN: B0139KQLRS

 

Read Your Bible!

 

ISBN: 9781311171856

ASIN: B014ATMC84

 

Blood Moon Prophecy: Commencing September 2015

 

ISBN: 9781310113444

ASIN: B014I5OI5A

 

My Angelic Encounter

 

ISBN: 9781310977442

ASIN: B015EFQIVA

 

The Red Wine of Paganism

 

ISBN: 9781310652479

ASIN: B015JOQTOM

 

The Lost Ten Tribes: Their Identity Recovered

 

ISBN: 9781311792044

ASIN: B015L6UI36

 

In Memory of Her

 

ISBN: 9781311531100

ASIN: B015NRYA8W

 

Restoring the Altar of Sacrifice

 

ISBN: 9781311874375

ASIN: B016U6N6V2

 

Bible Study in Perilous Times

 

ISBN: 9781311019004

ASIN: B018WOEP1A

 

The Association for Biblical Christianity

 

ISBN: 9781311470645

ASIN: B01A4TX350

 

 

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Christianity Revealed: A Road Map to Sacred Design

  • Author: Dallas James
  • Published: 2016-08-26 00:20:12
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