110 – The Judgment Seat Of Christ

Where is the judgment seat of Christ? What are Christians going to experience in heaven?

THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST

The Day Of Christ – The Day Of The Lord

Related scriptures are found at the bottom of the page.

THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST (2 Corinthians 5:10)

2 Corinthians 5:10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“For we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless.”

In order for us to have a clear understanding of the Judgment Seat Of Christ (Bema Judgment), we must also consider two other events that will occur, before and after the Bema Judgment. The Day of Christ will occur prior to the Bema Judgment, and is also known as the rapture of the church. The rapture is an event at which born again believers in Christ will be caught up and taken to heaven to be in the Presence of God the Father (2 Corinthians 12:1-4). The Day of the Lord will occur after the Bema Judgment, at the end of the tribulation, when Christ returns to Earth with his caught up believers. This return with the saints is known as the Second Coming Of Christ. It is an event where Christ will pass judgment on those whom were left behind from the rapture, and are still living in a state of unbelief toward Christ as their Lord and Savior. Judgment can be positive or negative. In a court room setting a judge will determine whether a defendant is either innocent or guilty. At the Judgment Seat Of Christ, believers in Christ have a judgment of eternal rewards that they will receive (1 Corinthians 2:9). At the second coming of Christ, Christ will judge survivors of the tribulation as to whether they will receive a judgment of eternal life or of eternal punishment.

Whenever there is a discussion of the Judgment Seat Of Christ, there is a tendency to lose sight of the fact that it will be believers in Christ whom will be taken there by Christ at the time of the rapture of the church. Our salvation has been secured at the time of our new birth, so the Judgment Seat Of Christ is not a place of determining anyone’s salvation; the giving of eternal rewards is its purpose.

The Judgment Seat Of Christ is an event that will include only New Testament born again believers in Christ, those of whom are also called saints. Absent from the Judgment Seat of Christ will be the saints of the tribulation, and of the Old Testament. The absence of the OT and tribulation saints is of key importance when determining the things that will happen at the Judgment Seat Of Christ. So, keeping in mind any harshness that has been said that awaits the raptured “bride of Christ,” there must also be raised a question. That question is: “why will the tribulation saints and the Old Testament saints not be subject to the same “ill-taught harshness,” that the bride of Christ is supposed to encounter?

Considering the Judgment Seat Of Christ, also known as the Bema Judgment.

The Bema Seat takes its name using imagery from Paul’s day. During the ancient Olympics, the judge sat along the finish line. His purpose was not to determine whether or not the participants actually ran the race. If they got that far, then they completed the course. But the Judge at the Bema seat determined how they came in, first, second, and so on, and he handed out the rewards. That is the imagery that the Bible gives us of the Believer’s Judgment. It is at the Judgment Seat of Life that Christ metes out the rewards not the punishments that we earn in life. (http://www.discoverrevelation.com/10.html)

The raptured believes in Christ will receive gifts at the Judgment Seat Of Christ. Consider the following note from the MacArthur Study Bible, as it relates to the Bema Judgment.

2 Corinthians 5:10. The judgment seat of Christ. “Judgment seat” metaphorically refers to the place where the Lord will sit to evaluate believers’ lives for the purpose of giving them eternal rewards. It is translated from the Gr. word be¯ma, which was an elevated platform where victorious athletes (e.g., during the Olympics) went to receive their crowns. The term is also used in the NT to refer to the place of judging, as when Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate (Matt. 27:19; John 19:13), but here the reference is definitely from the athletic analogy. Corinth had such a platform where both athletic rewards and legal justice were dispensed (Acts 18:12–16)

Every person came into this world as an unbeliever, having been totally flawed in body, soul and spirit, from the time of conception. It was not within our personal desires to have a relationship with Christ (John 1:11). We were “muck in the mire” people, on a collision course with “the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:11-15). We had no desire to be holy and righteous, but through the new birth, we became “the righteousness of God in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:21). We didn’t fall in love with Christ; He fell in love with us (1 John 4:10). We didn’t give anything for Christ; He gave His life for us (Ephesians 5:25). Simply stated, we did not want Christ; Christ wanted us. Christ, through the calling of the Holy Spirit, “talked us into the whole thing!” So, even though we never wanted to be a part of the marriage of the Lamb, and had no desire to be at the Judgment Seat of Christ, “we’ll be there!” And, even though Christ has pledged His love for us, we have been told that He is going to “rip us apart,” past deed by past deed, and expose our past sinful life to the rest of the believers that are also in the same line, “knocking at their knees,” {sic} in spite of the fact that we are now, and will be then, as “the righteousness of God, in Christ.”

Consider those whom will be present at the Judgment Seat Of Christ. There will be God the Father, God the Son, and the raptured, born again, believers in Christ, of whom are the saints of the New Testament. The saints will have already attained a status of perfection of body, soul and spirit at the time of the rapture. Therefore, all of whom are present at the Judgment Seat Of Christ are “without flaw.” There is nothing more that can be done to make the saints more perfect than they are at the time that Christ descends to earth from heaven and returns to heaven taking the saints with him to be in the Presence of God the Father. The raptured saints will be judged to be righteous at the Judgment Seat Of Christ, and then will receive the rewards that “The Father” has prepared for them. (1 Corinthians 2:9)

Now, let’s consider this whole matter of the things that will, and will not, take place at the Judgment Seat Of Christ. Let’s also remember that only the saints of the New Testament will be present; the OT and Tribulation saints will be absent. The New Testament saints will be standing before the Judgment Seat of Christ in glorified spirits, souls and bodies. The full resurrection of the OT and Tribulation saints will not occur until at the end of the tribulation, when their bodies will be resurrected (Daniel 12:1-2; Revelation 20:4). The souls of those two groups of saints went to be in the Presence of God at the time of their death (Luke 16:19-31, 2 Cor 5:8, Eph 4:8, Phil 1:21-23). The spirits of the OT and Tribulation saints also have a place in the Presence of God, but at the time of their new birth (2 Cor 5:21).

A major reason that people have the wrong understanding of the Judgment Seat of Christ, is due to a lack of understanding of 1 Corinthians 3:1-15.

We will compare and contrast 1 Corinthians Chapter 3:1-15 with 2 Corinthians 5:10, to determine if there is anything that connects the two passages of scripture.

Consider the word “worthless,” or bad, in 2 Corinthians 5:10. Consider the translation of “whether good or worthless.” The translations that use the words, “whether good or bad,” put a negative connotation in the mind of readers, that either the raptured believer is being judged for salvation, or that every action in the life of the believer will be studied for sinfulness, with the result being that “the bride of Christ” will be humiliated on the way to “the marriage of the Lamb” (Revelation 19:7-8). Consider the significance of the bride of any wedding, and how only praise is poured on her. It is not of any difference at the marriage of the lamb and the journey to the marriage, especially when “The Bride Of Christ,” is “the bride of all brides,” and will be escorted to the wedding by the Groom of all Grooms, “Christ, our Lord.” Really! No bride can expect her former life to be “ripped apart,” event by event, on her way “to the wedding chapel,” and subsequently being lavished with praise and honor at the altar of marriage,” by the same man that just couldn’t wait to “put her in her place!”

Phaulon is the Greek word that is used to mean “worthless” or “bad” in 2 Cor 5:10. The primary meaning of phaulon is “worthless.”

Consider the note from the MacArthur Study Bible, and provided by Bible Gateway on 2 Corinthians 5:10.

“whether good or bad.” These Gr. terms do not refer to moral good and moral evil. Matters of sin have been completely dealt with by the death of the Savior.

The Open Bible, Copyright 1983, by Thomas Nelson, Inc, is a credible study source for 1 Corinthians Chapter 3. The seventeen contributors to the Study Aids are highly regarded as being expert in Theology. A key ingredient to the way that The Open Bible addresses this chapter is the way that it has put the chapter into three divisions. Verses 1-4 address the problem of division within the church at Corinth. Verses 5-17 discuss Ministers at the church being fellow workers with God. Verses 18-23 discuss Ministers at the church being accountable to God. With such a breakdown of the chapter, it is easy to discern that the problem, that the Apostle Paul is discussing, relates to Church leadership, as opposed to the individual believers at the church. It is also important to understand that the church at Corinth was by no means a model church of our Lord, and that the issues that Paul addresses in his letters to the church at Corinth are not addressed in any of the other epistles to the churches.

While comparing 1 Corinthians 3:1-15 with 2 Corinthians 5:10, the word “day,” is an important factor. Can we see a clear connection between “the day” of 1 Corinthians 3:13 with 2 Corinthians 5:10, The Judgment Seat Of Christ? I think not. But, we can see a clear connection between “The Day Of Christ with, “the day,” 1 Corinthians 3:13.

The expression “day of Christ,” occurs in the following passages: 1 Corinthians 1:8; 1 Corinthians 5:5; 2 Corinthians 1:14; Philippians 1:6; Philippians 1:10; Philippians 2:16. KJV has “day of Christ,” 2 Thessalonians 2:2 incorrectly, for “day of the Lord”; Isaiah 2:12; Revelation 19:11-21. The “day of Christ” relates wholly to the reward and blessing of saints at his coming, as “day of the Lord” is connected with judgment. (Scofield note 1 Cor 1:8)

The “day of the Lord:” This judgment occurs at the return of Christ Matthew 16:27; Luke 14:14. (Scofield note 2 Cor 5:10). (My note: The return of Christ for Judgment takes place at the end of the tribulation.)

THE PROBLEMS AT CORINTH

Due to improper pastoral/elder leadership, oversight and supervision, the church at Corinth had the following charges laid at the feet of its pastors.

https://overviewbible.com/1-corinthians/

1 Corinthians: a new perspective for a troubled church

The church in Corinth was in trouble. They were divided. They were immature. They were abusing the sacraments, spiritual gifts, and each other. The apostle Paul had founded this church earlier (Acts 18), and when he hears of the young church’s struggles, he writes them a letter.

And it’s a bold one. He tackles the issues the church faces, reprimands them for their shortcomings, and encourages them in love.

First Corinthians is not a step-by-step guide to solving church problems, however. Instead of telling the church precisely what to do, Paul proposes a new perspective: put God’s glory first. It’s the key to overcoming these struggles.

The Corinthians were fighting each other, with one faction claiming Paul as their leader while others claimed the eloquent Apollos, the original apostle Peter (Cephas), or the Lord Jesus Christ Himself (1 Co 1:12). Paul reprimands them for their immaturity (1 Co 3:3), and points to God as the one who deserves glory, not His servants (1 Co 3:5–7).

The church was condoning sexual immorality: one man was sleeping with his mother-in-law (1 Co 5:1) and others seem to have been seeing prostitutes (1 Co 6:16–18). The church was not judging their own based on God’s Word; rather, they were taking their disputes with other Christians to the secular courts (1 Co 6:5–7). Paul’s direction: recognize God’s authority and glorify Him with the physical body (1 Co 6:19-20).

The Corinthians had written Paul with questions about what they were at liberty to do in marriage, divorce, eating and drinking, and the like. Paul gives detailed responses on each topic, but sums up the Christian philosophy: “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Co 10:31 ESV)

Next, we will discuss 1 Corinthians 3. The objective will be to show that this chapter does not relate to the Judgment Seat Of Christ, 2 Corinthians 5:10.

1 Corinthians 3 (The following scripture comes from Bible Gateway. The notes come form the MacArthur Study Bible, unless otherwise noted.)

1 Corinthians 3:1-4 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Problem of Immaturity

1 Brothers, I was not able to speak to you as spiritual people but as people of the flesh, as babies in Christ. 2 I gave you milk to drink, not solid food, because you were not yet ready for it. In fact, you are still not ready, 3 because you are still fleshly. For since there is envy and strife among you, are you not fleshly and living like unbelievers? 4 For whenever someone says, “I’m with Paul,” and another, “I’m with Apollos,” are you not unspiritual people?

3:1: carnal. Although Corinthian believers were no longer “natural,” they were not “spiritual” (fully controlled by the Holy Spirit). In fact, they were “carnal” (controlled by the fallen flesh). Though all believers have the Holy Spirit (cf. Rom. 8:9) they still battle the fallen flesh (see notes on Rom. 7:14–25; 8:23). babes in Christ. The carnality of those believers was indicative of their immaturity.
3:2 milk. Not a reference to certain doctrines, but to the more easily digestible truths of doctrine that were given to new believers. solid food. The deeper features of the doctrines of Scripture. The difference is not in kind of truth, but degree of depth. Spiritual immaturity makes one unable to receive the richest truths.
3:3 envy, strife. Carnality produces the attitude of envy, a severe form of selfishness, which produces the action of strife and the subsequent divisions. mere men. Apart from the will of the Spirit, hence carnal, not spiritual.
3:4 Paul…Apollos. Factionalism was the divisive product of carnality. Cf. 1:11–13.

1 Corinthians 3:5-11 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Role of God’s Servants

5 What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, and each has the role the Lord has given. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 Now the one planting and the one watering are one in purpose, and each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9 For we are God’s coworkers. You are God’s field, God’s building. 10 According to God’s grace that was given to me, I have laid a foundation as a skilled master builder, and another builds on it. But each one must be careful how he builds on it. 11 For no one can lay any other foundation than what has been laid down. That foundation is Jesus Christ.

3:5–7 Who then is Paul…Apollos. A humble, but accurate assessment of the roles that ministers play. the Lord gave…God gave…God who gives. It is the Lord alone who can give the faith to the spiritually ignorant and dead. Salvation is God’s work of grace to whom He chooses to give it (see notes on Rom. 9:15–19; Eph. 2:8, 9).
3:8 are one. All the human instruments God uses to produce salvation life are equally considered and rewarded for their willingness to be used by God. But all the glory goes to Him, who alone saves. Because of that, the silly favoritism of v. 4; 1:12 is condemned. See notes on Matt. 20:1–16.
3:9 we. Paul, Apollos, Peter, and all ministers are equal workers in the field, but the spiritual life from that field is entirely by God’s grace and power. God’s building. Paul shifts the imagery from agricultural to construction (vv. 10–17).
3:10 master builder…foundation. The Gr. word is the root for architect, but contained the idea of builder as well as designer. Paul’s specialty was designing and building spiritual foundations (cf. Rom. 15:20). He was used by God to establish the groundwork for churches in Asia Minor, Macedonia, and Greece. Others (e.g., Timothy, Apollos) built the churches up from his foundations. That God used him in that way was all of grace (cf. v. 7; 15:20; Rom. 15:18; Eph. 3:7, 8; Col. 1:29).
each one. (my note). Per the following notes on church leadership, each elder is responsible for building on the foundation of Christ.
3:11 no other foundation. Paul did not design the foundation, he only laid it down by preaching Christ. Cf. 1 Pet. 2:6–8.

1 Corinthians 3:11-15 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

11 For no one can lay any other foundation than what has been laid down. That foundation is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on that foundation with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw, 13 each one’s work will become obvious, for the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire; the fire will test the quality of each one’s work. 14 If anyone’s work that he has built survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned up, it will be lost, but he will be saved; yet it will be like an escape through fire.

3:11 no other foundation. Paul did not design the foundation, he only laid it down by preaching Christ. Cf. 1 Pet. 2:6–8.
3:12 if anyone builds. This is, first of all, in reference to the evangelists and pastors (v. 9), and then to all believers who are called to build the church through faithful ministry. gold, silver, precious stones. His quality materials represent dedicated, spiritual service to build the church. wood, hay, straw. Inferior materials implying shallow activity with no eternal value. They do not refer to activities that are evil (see note on v. 13).
3:13 (Scofield Study Note) Refers to the time of the Day of Christ: 1 Cor 1:7-8, 5:5; 2 Cor 1:14; Phil 1:6; 1:10; 2:16; 2 Thessalonians 2:2, per the following:

The expression “day of Christ,” occurs in the following passages: 1 Corinthians 1:8; 1 Corinthians 5:5; 2 Corinthians 1:14; Philippians 1:6; Philippians 1:10; Philippians 2:16. A.V. has “day of Christ,” 2 Thessalonians 2:2 incorrectly, for “day of the Lord”; Isaiah 2:12; Revelation 19:11-21 The “day of Christ” relates wholly to the reward and blessing of saints at his coming, as “day of the Lord” is connected with judgment.

3:14-15 revealed by fire. (My note: the words, “revealed by fire,” relates to apostate pastors.” See my closing note.)

The Day of Christ is the rapture. All born again believers in Christ are caught up by Christ and taken to heaven At that time, all spirits of these people will have been born again, being as pure as the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor 5:21). The bodies of the deceased and living believers will be changed into eternal glorified bodies (1 Cor 15:50-54). We will have souls (our minds, thoughts, reasoning, emotions), to never think a bad thought ever again (1 John 3:2). We will be like Christ, and will never be like the sinful person that we used to be. We will have perfected, spirits, souls and bodies (1 Thes 5:23).

Ephesians 4:11-12 teaches that God has ordained certain individuals to be responsible for “equipping the saints for works of ministry for the building up of the body of Christ.” Those leaders are called apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers.” Of those in positions of leadership, pastors/elders have been given the authority and responsibility for leading each congregation. Church leaders were those whom were criticized by Paul at Corinth. Such leaders are also called: elders, shepherds, overseers, pastors, ministers, presbyters.

Based on scripture, each church should be under the leadership of its own chosen elders. Consider the first example of church leaders being chosen. Paul and Barnabas were on a ministry trip. They preached the Gospel of Christ and made many disciples (Acts 14:19-22). Consider verse 23 in the appointing of church leaders.

Acts 14:23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.”

Paul and Barnabas appointed a plurality of elders at each church, and commended them to the Lord. There was no super structure of denominational control or supervision over any local congregation. Each congregation was led by “elders.” In Acts 14:23 – Acts 21:18, there are nine examples of church leadership, with each leader being identified as “elder” (Acts 14:23; 15:2; 15:4; 15:6; 15:22; 15:23; 16:4; 20:17; 21:18). In 1 Timothy 5:17 and 5:19; Titus 1:5; James 5:14, elders are identified as being church leaders. Notice, there is always a plurality of elders. Consider the following note:

https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hbd/e/elder.html

The qualifications in Titus 1:6-9 and in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 apparently apply to elders. It becomes apparent that the elders were the spiritual leaders of the churches. Taken as a whole, the qualifications describe those being mature believers in Christ, of good repute, with gifts for teaching, management, and pastoral ministry.

In Acts 20:17 the elders (plural) of the church at Ephesus went to be with Paul. In Acts 20:27, those same elders are also called overseers and shepherds. The Greek translation shows from Acts 14:23, the Transliteration: presbuterous, “an elder,” has been used to identify “Presbyters” as church leaders. The definition is elder.

In Acts 26:16, the Apostle Paul explains that Christ, our Lord, appeared to him and appointed him to be an apostle and a minister. “Apostle” can also be identified as “witness.”

In no New Testament church was a single elder the leader of a congregation. In no circumstance was a deacon, trustee, or anyone other than an elder, chosen to lead a congregation. Some translations use the words “Pastor and Bishop,” to mean elder, with neither being scriptural. The title of Reverend is found in the King James Version, in Psalm 111:9, “holy and reverend is his name.” However the correct word to be used is “awesome,” which is used in the NKJV, NIV, HCSB, CSB, NASB, NET, NLT. Many Pastors shun being called “Reverend,” due its reference being made to God.

Related Scriptures: The Day Of Christ, The Day Of The Lord, The BEMA Judgment, End Time Judgment

Rapture: Day Of Christ: John 14:1-6, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Corinthians 15:50-54

Judgment Seat Of Christ: Rewards For Raptured Believers In Christ: 2 Corinthians 5:10:

Second Coming Of Christ: Day Of The Lord: Matthew 24:29-31, Mark 13:24-27; Luke 22:14, 21;23; John 13:18-19. Zechariah 14:1-14, Revelation 19:11-21

THE DAY OF THE LORD

Amos 5:18 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“Woe to you who long for the Day of the Lord! What will the Day of the Lord be for you? It will be darkness and not light.”

5:18–20 Even the wicked wanted the Day of the Lord to come, mistakenly thinking that it would bring victory instead of judgment (cf. Zeph. 1:14–18).

THE DAY OF CHRIST

1 Corinthians 1:8 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you will be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

1:8 the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. Cf. 5:5; 2 Cor. 1:14. This refers to the coming of the Lord for His church, the rapture (John 14:1–3; 1 Thess. 4:13–18; Rev. 3:10). This is to be distinguished from the Day of the Lord (1 Thess. 5:2, 4; 2 Thess. 2:2), a term referring to judgment on the ungodly (see Introduction to Joel: Historical and Theological Themes).

THE BEMA JUDGMENT

2 Corinthians 5:10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“For we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless.”

5:10 the judgment seat of Christ. “Judgment seat” metaphorically refers to the place where the Lord will sit to evaluate believers’ lives for the purpose of giving them eternal rewards.

Eternal Rewards

1 Corinthians 2:9 King James Version (KJV)

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

END TIME JUDGMENT

Matthew 25:46 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

25:46 everlasting punishment…eternal life. The same Gr. word is used in both instances. The punishment of the wicked is as never-ending as the bliss of the righteous. The wicked are not given a second chance, nor are they annihilated. The punishment of the wicked dead is described throughout Scripture as “everlasting fire” (v. 41); “unquenchable fire” (3:12); “shame and everlasting contempt” (Dan. 12:2); a place where “their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:44–49); a place of “torments” and “flame” (Luke 16:23, 24); “everlasting destruction” (2 Thess. 1:9); a place of torment with “fire and brimstone” where “the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever” (Rev. 14:10, 11); and a “lake of fire and brimstone” where the wicked are “tormented day and night forever and ever” (Rev. 20:10). Here Jesus indicates that the punishment itself is everlasting—not merely the smoke and flames. The wicked are forever subject to the fury and the wrath of God. They consciously suffer shame and contempt and the assaults of an accusing conscience—along with the fiery wrath of an offended deity—for all of eternity. Even hell will acknowledge the perfect justice of God (Ps. 76:10); those who are there will know that their punishment is just and that they alone are to blame (cf. Deut. 32:3–5).

CONCLUSION. The Judgment Seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10) has no correlation to 1 Corinthians 3:11-15.

APPLICATION TO TODAY’S LIBERAL CHURCHES AND DENOMINATIONS.

Just as the problem of the church at Corinth was a result of its leaders deviating from the solid Word Of Christ, much of the same problem exists in many churches and denominations today. There are three major problems that are festering in the liberal world of “Christendom.” Pastors, whom may not even be born again, are attacking the significance of the Jews being God’s chosen people. Pastors are preaching from the pulpit that there is nothing wrong with homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Pastors are preaching that there is nothing wrong with killing unborn babies. As a result, many impressionable children and visitors to those liberal churches, are being fed an unholy diet of lies about God’s Holy Word. Such a continual preaching of lies can be an obstacle to people, keeping them from coming to saving faith in Christ as their Lord and Savior. I could go on.

Just whom are the liberal churches and denominations that have left the true Word of Christ? Take a look at the member denominations of the National Council of Churches. Pastors that teach a gospel of “Another Jesus,” as was the situation at the church at Corinth, are the subject of the following verse.

2 Corinthians 11:4 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“For if a person comes and preaches another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or you receive a different spirit, which you had not received, or a different gospel, which you had not accepted, you put up with it splendidly!”

MacArthur Note. another Jesus…a different spirit…a different gospel. Despite their vicious attacks on him, Paul’s quarrel with the false apostles was not personal, but doctrinal. He could tolerate those hostile to him, as long as they preached the gospel of Jesus Christ (cf. Phil. 1:15–18). Those who adulterated the true gospel, however, received Paul’s strongest condemnation (cf. Gal. 1:6–9). Though the precise details of what the false apostles taught are unknown and don’t matter, they preached “another Jesus” and “a different spirit,” which added up to “a different gospel.” you may well put up with it! Paul’s fear that the Corinthians would embrace the damning lies of the false apostles prompted his jealous concern for them (see notes on vv. 2, 3).

Closing note:

Apostate pastors whom are preaching, “another Jesus,” may not be born again believers in Christ, facing an eternal destiny in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:11-15). If those pastors have been saved, but have slid away from preaching the true Gospel of Christ, they will be like the pastors whom are mentioned in the discussion of 1 Corinthians 3:11-15. They will lose their eternal rewards that could have been given to them at the Bema Judgment. But, as a result of their false teachings of God’s Holy Word, they will be the conduit for unbelievers remaining as unbelievers, and finding their eternity in the Lake of Fire, after having received such judgment at the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15).

Parents have been told to teach the Word of God to their children (Deuteronomy 6:6-9). It is no one else’s responsibility to teach children the way of salvation by grace through faith in Christ, other than parents. My plea to parents of children is this: “don’t let your children have an eternity in the Lake of Fire.” You, and they, are subject to the Words of Christ.

John 3:3 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“Jesus replied, “I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:16 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:18 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.”

If we have been born again, we will believe in Christ as our Lord and Savior.

If we believe in Christ as our Lord and Savior, we have been born again.

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109 – Holiness

Sweet Beulah Land

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Beulah Land

The people in the videos of this post sing songs of an expectant hope in Heaven. The videos were recorded about 25 years ago. A number of the singers are now in the presence of God. That presence also includes all saints who were ever born again before leaving this life. That eternal home is Beulah Land. (Revelation 21-22/Isaiah 62:4)/Isaiah 58:1-66:24)

Beulah Land is a place of pure holiness. No sin, or sinful inhabitants, will be found there. Consider the holiness of God the Father, God the Son, and the saints of all times. (A saint is someone whom has been born again. We often hear the term, “born again believers in Christ, to refer to saints.)

Leviticus 19:2 New King James Version (NKJV)

2 “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.

1 John 1:5 New King James Version (NKJV)

5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

2 Corinthians 5:17 New King James Version (NKJV)

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

2 Corinthians 5:21 New King James Version (NKJV)

21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

As we begin this study of the last chapter of the Book of Revelation we will receive a glimpse of total holiness. That holiness will be that of the eternal state of the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem. We also see a state of holiness that possesses all of the inhabitants of the eternal state, which is “eternity future,” for which all born again believers of all times will find, as is written in Revelation 21:4 (NKJV): “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” We, whom are the born again believers in Christ, will be in the Presence of God, as is shown in Revelation 22:3. “And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.” Notice that we will serve, “Him,” God and the Lamb. Christ our Lord, will still be God. A scripture correction is needed for Revelation 22:14 in the King James Version, “14 Blessed are they that “do his commandments,” that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” The proper translation is that of The New American Standard Bible and New International Version: “Blessed are those who “wash their robes,” so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.” The attainment of eternal life is not based on “doing commandments,” but by having a spirit that has been cleansed by the blood of Christ through the new birth, which is made possible by the work of God’s Holy Spirit (John 3:16-18; John 3:3-8).

As we look back at our study of Revelation, we have seen the wrath and judgment of God being poured out on those of whom were left behind from the rapture. Those same “earth dwellers” will be able to came to saving faith in Christ during the tribulation, even though they will most likely suffer martyrdom at the hands of the anti-Christ. We have seen that, through the rapture, all born again believers that are alive at that time, and all of those whom are “the dead in Christ,” will have been taken up by Christ to the third Heaven, Paradise, to be in the Presence of God the Father to be given rewards, and afterward will proceed to the Marriage of the Lamb in Heaven. We have seen in the seven years of tribulation that, in addition to the wrath and judgment of God, there will be great persecution by the anti-Christ on the left-behind Jews, and on the gentiles whom will have come to saving faith in Christ. Raptured and resurrected saints will have been taken from sin, and from its effects. The left behind earth dwellers will be facing the consequences of sin, due to their not having accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior.

We have seen that after the marriage of the Lamb in Heaven, Christ (the bridegroom) and the raptured saints (the church, the bride of Christ), will begin a descent to earth where sin is encountered in the Battle of Armageddon, which is a spiritual battle where Christ speaks victory over His enemies. We have seen that the 1,000 year reign of Christ will take place on earth, with the marriage supper of the Lamb and His bride taking place on Earth, with the guests also being present, whom are the Old Testament saints and the tribulation saints. Even though Christ is ruling and reigning for 1,000 years (the millennium), and the saints are ruling and reigning with Christ (NT, OT, Tribulation), sin will still be present, as is shown by the final assault of Satan and his allies on the saints of God at the end of the millennium. We have seen that the Great White Throne Judgment will take place at the end of the millennium, when Satan, the anti-Christ, the false prophet, and all unbelievers of all times will find their eternity in the lake of fire. After the Great White Throne Judgment, the saints of all times will no longer face sin, or its consequences. At that time the saints of God will realize the fulfillment of prophecy in their lives, of Genesis 3:15, when God will make “all things new,” (Revelation 21:5), “new Heaven, new Earth, new Jerusalem,” and “sin will be no more.”

Revelation 21:27 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

27 Nothing profane will ever enter it: no one who does what is vile or false, but only those written in the Lamb’s book of life.

(The word “saints” refers to the born again believers of all times, and not to those of which the Catholic Church calls saints.)

The Florida Boys – When He Was On the Cross (I Was On His Mind)

Consider the emotion that may come upon unbelievers when they come to faith in Christ as Lord and Savior. Also consider the fact that, by faith in Christ, the Spirit of Christ dwells within our spirit, that our spirit dwells within the Spirit of Christ, that our spirit becomes the righteousness of God in Christ, and that by such an intimate relationship we are eternally secure in Christ, never to be removed. Consider what it will be like when we come face to face with “Holy God,” with the knowledge that we, too, have been made to be Holy. (Colossians 1:27, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 2 Corinthians 5:21, John 10:28).

Jake Hess, James Blackwood, Glen Payne – Then I Met the Master

“What’s Heaven like?” That is the question that was raised in the video of my post, “Dinner With Jesus,” (January 10, 2018). May I also ask, “what will tomorrow be like?” As we consider both questions, we can honestly say, “I don’t really know the answer.” We can read the Bible verses that tell of the eternal state but, do we really have a clear understanding of what it will be like when we enter Heaven? The language of the Bible explains things of Heaven but, we have finite minds. Heaven is infinite, so how can we describe an infinite and eternal world, such as its being or existence? How can we describe God, in His fullness and holiness? We can’t! But, one thing that our finite minds can tell us is that God will never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6-8; Hebrews 13:5).

I Know Who Holds Tomorrow – Gaither Friends

If we were to be launched into outer space, and were to travel to the ends of the universe, we would find no end; God made it that way, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). God’s Presence would be with us, regardless of our location in outer space, and of our location in “inner space,” or wherever we might be. See the following verses.

Psalm 139:7-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.

Regardless of place or time, God is always in control

Psalm 103:19 New King James Version (NKJV)

19 The Lord has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all.

Let me ask you to consider all that God has done for us in this life, and what He will do for us in eternity. Consider the twenty-third Psalm and the truth of life, present and eternal, that is so eloquently written by the psalmist David. This psalm is often read at funerals, in that it discusses death, but it ends with the assurance of life – eternal life.

Psalm 23 King James Version (KJV)

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

As opposed to my regular “verse by verse” explanation of scriptures, in this post I have provided only a reading exercise of Revelation Chapter 22. Please find a time that will be uninterrupted for you to read this final revelation of the Holiness of God and eternity. Consider, especially, the still waters of Psalm 23:2, as opposed to a turbulent sea, and the lack of a sea in Revelation 21:1. Such turbulence can relate to the turbulence of this life, e.g., sin, death, etc. The Presence of God’s Holy Spirit, dwelling within our spirit in this life, is just a sign of what it will be like when we are dwelling in eternity, and we see God, “face to face” (Revelation 22:4). Let the reading of Revelation 22 be a time for you to seek God’s Presence.

What a Day That Will Be

We may have a lot of head knowledge of what Heaven will be like. But, take a moment to consider what it will be like, when life’s journey is over and you find yourself in a state of pure holiness. All of the horrible things that we have had to face in this life will go away. Our perfect eternal body will dwell in a perfect New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem, in the Presence of Holy God.

Bill & Gloria Gaither – Farther Along Russ Taff

Revelation 22 New King James Version (NKJV)

The River of Life

1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. 4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. 5 There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.

The Time Is Near

6 Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.

7 “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

8 Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.

9 Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” 10 And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. 11 He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”

Jesus Testifies to the Churches

12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”

14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”

17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

A Warning

18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

I Am Coming Quickly

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”

Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Please remember that the promises of the eternal state, New Heaven, New Earth, New Jerusalem, are only for those whom have been born again. Consider the seriousness of the following verse; it is as serious as a heart attack: “as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua 24:15 New King James Version (NKJV)

15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

A person not having been born again, has a promise of eternity in the lake of fire, (Revelation 20:11-15). Because of the lack of a Godly home, not having Godly parents to lead that home, an entire family may find its way to the lake of fire, “on the family plan.”

As I close this post, please let me make a personal plea to those on the road to the lake of fire. You may be traveling alone or, you may be leading your family to eternal punishment and eternal separation from God. You don’t have to stay on that road to destruction; you can make a “u turn” that will lead you to the Presence of God, where you will spend eternity in a total state of holiness. God’s Holy Spirit has been calling you to accept Christ as your Lord and Savior ever since you entered this life (John 1:9). Your acceptance of that call is only a thought away, by believing in Christ as your Lord and Savior. Once you do that, God’s Holy Spirit will begin to prompt your mind of things of holiness (John 16:8). If you are a parent who does not know Christ as your Lord and Savior, you need to come to that place of spiritual intimacy in your life. Your children need to come to that same saving faith in Christ as their Lord and Savior; it’s a matter of calling on Christ, not of any type of works (Romans 10:13). Listen to the words of the next song…God’s Presence is within a thought of you, waiting for you to submit yourself to Him. You can reach out to Christ; you can touch Him with your mind. Tomorrow may be too late.

The Talley Trio – He Is Here

For a detailed study of Revelation 22, the following link will provide excellent commentary that was written by Dr. John F. Walvoord (Deceased)

Revelation 22. https://bible.org/seriespage/22-concluding-revelations-and-exhortations

Bio. https://bible.org/users/john-f-walvoord

Watch for my new “UTLOT” blog. At this time, all of my existing blogs are contained within the UTLOT Blog. Soon, it will become a “one stop blog.” You can log onto it now, and begin following the UTLOT posts. In the not too distant future, all of my posts will be generated through the UTLOT blog. A passage of the day will be posted each day on an UTLOT Verses Page. I’m planning on going through the Book of John in groups of scriptures. I hope that you will follow the UTLOT blog.

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108 – New Heaven?

Chris Tomlin – I Will Rise

God has shown great favor on the nation of Israel, and none on its oppressors. Read on …

There are many thoughts about heaven but, what about a “new heaven?” Also, what about a new earth and a new Jerusalem? Many of us remember the song, “when we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be, when we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory.” Many of us were brought up to think that when we get to heaven, we will go nowhere else.

Let’s consider a passage that deals with “heaven.”

2 Corinthians 12:2, 4 New King James Version (NKJV)

Key thoughts: “2 I know a man in Christ who was caught up to the third heaven. 4 he was caught up into Paradise” (See MacArthur note at the bottom of the page)

Consider the following understanding of heaven. “The first heaven is where the birds fly. The second heaven is where astronauts fly. The third heaven is where God watches over all that fly, and is also known as Paradise.” Consider Lazarus and the rich man in Luke 16:23. Lazarus had died and, in death, his soul was experiencing comfort in Abraham’s bosom, which is figurative language for Paradise, or “in the Presence of God.” The body of Lazarus was in a tomb; his soul and spirit were in God’s Presence. In Luke 23:43, the thief on the cross would be in Paradise after his death, on the same day as his death. His body would be buried, and his soul and spirit would be with Christ in Paradise. After the fall of Adam, in the Garden of Eden, nothing was in its Edenic state of perfection. Before the fall, there were no death or sickness; there were no adverse atmospheric conditions; alligators didn’t eat little dogs. But, because of the sin of Adam, and the following curse, nothing in its perfect state of Genesis Chapters one and two are present in our world today. But, God initiated a plan of redemption for all of His creation, whether “natural, physical or spiritual.” Immediately after the fall of Adam, that plan of redemption was initiated through Christ, as is stated in Genesis 3:15, and is shown being totally fulfilled in 2 Corinthians 5:17 and Revelation 21:5, as follows.

Genesis 3:15, NKJV (The plan of redemption)

“And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” (See MacArthur comment at bottom of page)

2 Corinthians 5:17 New King James Version (NKJV) (Spiritual redemption)

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Revelation 21:5 New King James Version (NKJV) (Edenic redemption)

“Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

Job knew about Christ, the Redeemer: Job 19:25-27 New King James Version (NKJV)

25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; 26 And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God, 27 Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!

The Apostle Paul wrote the following verse of encouragement about God’s love for His saints. 1 Corinthians 2:9, NKJV:

” eye has not seen, not ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man, the things with God has prepared for those who love him.”

As we have seen in this series, Christ will take His New Testament saints, the Bride of Christ, with Him to Heaven (John 14:1-6). The “dead in Christ” will go with the living saints to Heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18/1 Corinthians 15:50-54). The living and dead saints will see Christ, our Lord, before arriving in Heaven. This event is the rapture of the church. When we “all get to Heaven,” we will go before the Judgment Seat of Christ (Bema judgment) for rewards.

2 Corinthians 5:10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“For we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless.”

While the saints are, “in Heaven,” the seven year tribulation of Revelation chapters 6-19 is taking place on earth. The next appointment for Christ and His bride is the “Marriage of the Lamb,” which also takes place in Heaven (Revelation 19:7-8).

After the marriage, Christ and His bride begin their descent to earth, where Christ defeats the enemies of God at the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 19:11-21). The bodies of Old Testament saints and deceased tribulation arise from their graves, etc., on earth (OT saints, Daniel 12:2/John 5:28-29; Tribulation Saints, Revelation 20:4); their souls and spirits have been in the Presence of God from the time of their death. All three groups of saints rule and reign with Christ for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:4), and enter into the eternal state of “new heaven, new earth, new Jerusalem,” where they live forever (Revelation 21).

Summary of New Testament saints in Heaven: The bodies (alive and deceased) of New Testament believers will ascend with Christ to heaven when the rapture takes place; their immortal bodies will join their souls and spirits. The NT believers will descend back to earth in their immortal “bodies, souls and spirits;” they will enter into the New Heaven 1,000 years later, at the end of the Millennium. Only New Testament born again believers in Christ will be present in both heavens in body, soul and spirit.

God’s Plan For Eternity Future

Video speakers of God’s Plan For Eternity Future is shown at the bottom of this page.

Our study continues

Revelation 21 New King James Version (NKJV)

All Things Made New

1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Key: 1. new heaven, new earth, new Jerusalem. 2. The bride now consists of “all saints, of all times,” OT, NT, and Tribulation saints.”

5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

Key. All things of God’s creation in Genesis which were affected by the curse, are no longer cursed, thus, fulfilling Genesis 3:15.

6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. 8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

Key. 7. An overcomer is one by faith in Christ (1 John 5:4). 8. The lake of fire, the second death, is the place of eternal punishment for those of whom have not been born again; such people had lifestyles that were proof of their not having been born again. A single homosexual act does not constitute a lifestyle of homosexuality. A single abortion, or even two, does not constitute a lifestyle of abortion. In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, the Apostle Paul addresses the issue of the new-birth, whereby a former sinful lifestyle is no longer the driving force in a person’s life. There is an often used statement: “Christians are’t perfect, “just forgiven.” A more correct statement is: “Christians aren’t perfect, but are born again.” 8. Cowardly. The Israelites that were in the Presence of God during their flight from Egypt had a cowardice that showed that they did not have a trust in God to save them. The people in the Millennium saw the result of the righteous reign of Christ, yet had no trust in Him as their Savior. Per Bible Hub, “1169/deilós (“fearful of losses”) refers to an excessive fear (dread) of “losing,” causing someone to be fainthearted (cowardly) – hence, to fall short in following Christ as Lord.”

The New Jerusalem

9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. 12 Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 13 three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west.

Key. 12. The names of the 12 tribes of Israel will be written on the gates of the New Jerusalem, showing that Israel has a place of significance in eternity future. The people of Israel, God’s chosen people (Deuteronomy 7:6), have been oppressed by Gentile world empires. Those oppressive empires have ceased to exist but, as we can see in the last three chapters of Revelation, Israel will exist forever in eternity. God has shown great favor on the Jews, and none on its oppressors. Consider the following world empires which greatly oppressed Israel. Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Greek, and Roman, source, Dr. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy of the Bible, page 217.

14 Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15 And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. 16 The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal. 17 Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel. 18 The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

Key. 14. The names of the 12 apostles of Christ are written on the foundation walls of the New Jerusalem, showing the significance of the born again believers in Christ in eternity future.

The Glory of the New Jerusalem

22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. 24 And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. 25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). 26 And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. 27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Key. 27. The Lamb’s Book of Life contains the names of the redeemed of all times. The Book of Life contains the names of the unredeemed of all times. See MacArthur note on Revelation 20:11-13, located at the bottom of this page.

In order for anyone to have a place in the “new heaven, new earth, new Jerusalem,” they must have been born again. John 3:3 “You must be born again”

John 3:3 New King James Version (NKJV) ”

“Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Fire Proof – At The Cross

Notes

From MacArthur Study Bible Notes (Everyone should own a MacArthur Study Bible)

2 Corinthians

12:2–4 caught up to the third heaven…caught up into Paradise. Paul was not describing two separate visions; “the third heaven” and “Paradise” are the same place (cf. Rev. 2:7, which says the tree of life is in Paradise, with Rev. 22:14, which says it is in heaven). The first heaven is the earth’s atmosphere (Gen. 8:2; Deut. 11:11; 1 Kin. 8:35); the second is interplanetary and interstellar space (Gen. 15:5; Ps. 8:3; Is. 13:10); and the third is the abode of God (1 Kin. 8:30; 2 Chr. 30:27; Ps. 123:1).

Genesis

3:15 After cursing the physical serpent, God turned to the spiritual serpent, the lying seducer, Satan, and cursed him. bruise your head…bruise His heel. This “first gospel” is prophetic of the struggle and its outcome between “your seed” (Satan and unbelievers, who are called the Devil’s children in John 8:44) and her seed (Christ, a descendant of Eve, and those in Him), which began in the garden. In the midst of the curse passage, a message of hope shone forth—the woman’s offspring called “He” is Christ, who will one day defeat the Serpent. Satan could only “bruise” Christ’s heel (cause Him to suffer), while Christ will bruise Satan’s head (destroy him with a fatal blow). Paul, in a passage strongly reminiscent of Gen. 3, encouraged the believers in Rome, “And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly” (Rom. 16:20). Believers should recognize that they participate in the crushing of Satan because, along with their Savior and because of His finished work on the cross, they also are of the woman’s seed. For more on the destruction of Satan, see Heb. 2:14, 15; Rev. 20:10.

Revelation

20:1—22:21 Chapter 19 ends with the Battle of Armageddon and Christ’s second coming—events that mark the close of the Tribulation. The events of chap. 20—the binding of Satan, Christ’s 1,000 year earthly kingdom, Satan’s final rebellion, and the Great White Throne Judgment—fit chronologically between the close of the Tribulation and the creation of the new heaven and the new earth described in chaps. 21, 22.

20:11–15 These verses describe the final judgment of all the unbelievers of all ages (Matt. 10:15; 11:22, 24; 12:36, 41, 42; Luke 10:14; John 12:48; Acts 17:31; 24:25; Rom. 2:5, 16; Heb. 9:27; 2 Pet. 2:9; 3:7; Jude 6). Our Lord referred to this event as the “resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:29). This judgment takes place in the indescribable void between the end of the present universe (v. 11) and the creation of the new heaven and earth (21:1).

20:11 great white throne. Nearly 50 times in Revelation there is the mention of a throne. This is a judgment throne, elevated, pure, and holy. God sits on it as judge (cf. 4:2, 3, 9; 5:1, 7, 13; 6:16; 7:10, 15) in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. See 21:5, 6; John 5:22–29; Acts 17:31. earth and the heaven fled away. John saw the contaminated universe go out of existence. Peter described this moment in 2 Pet. 3:10–13 (see notes there). The universe is “uncreated,” going into non-existence (cf. Matt. 24:35).

20:12 standing before God. In a judicial sense, as guilty, condemned prisoners before the bar of divine justice. There are no living sinners left in the destroyed universe since all sinners were killed and all believers glorified. books. These books record every thought, word, and deed of sinful men—all recorded by divine omniscience (see note on Dan. 7:9, 10, the verse that is the source of this text). They will provide the evidence for eternal condemnation. Cf. 18:6, 7. Book of Life. It contains the names of all the redeemed (Dan. 12:1; see notes on 3:5). judged according to their works. Their thoughts (Luke 8:17; Rom. 2:16), words (Matt. 12:37), and actions (Matt. 16:27) will be compared to God’s perfect, holy standard (Matt. 5:48; 1 Pet. 1:15, 16) and will be found wanting (Rom. 3:23). This also implies that there are degrees of punishment in hell (cf. Matt. 10:14, 15; 11:22; Mark 12:38–40; Luke 12:47, 48; Heb. 10:29).

Key. “The dead,” as opposed to “the dead in Christ.” The dead are those which have not been born again. The “dead in Christ,” are those whom have been born again, and are identified as such in 1 Thessalonians 4:16.

21:1 As the chapter opens, all the sinners of all the ages, both demons and men, including Satan, the beast, and false prophet, are in the lake of fire forever. The whole universe has been destroyed, and God creates a new universe to be the eternal dwelling place of the redeemed. a new heaven and a new earth. The entire universe as we now know it will be destroyed (2 Pet. 3:10–13) and be replaced by a new creation that will last forever. This is an OT reality (Ps. 102:25, 26; Is. 65:17; 66:22), as well as a NT one (Luke 21:33; Heb. 1:10–12). See note on 20:11–15. no more sea. Currently three-fourths of the earth’s surface is water, but the new environment will no longer be water-based and will have completely different climatic conditions. See notes on 22:1, 2.

21:2—22:5 By this point in the chronology of Revelation, OT saints, tribulation saints, and all those converted during the millennial kingdom will be incorporated into the ultimate redeemed bride and will dwell in the New Jerusalem. John described the consummation of all things in Christ and the New Jerusalem descending into the eternal state (cf. 19:7; 20:6; 1 Cor. 15:28; Heb. 12:22–24).

21:2 New Jerusalem. Cf. 3:12; Heb. 11:10; 12:22–24; 13:14. This is the capital city of heaven, a place of perfect holiness. It is seen “coming down out of heaven” indicating it already existed; but it descends into the new heavens and new earth from its place on high. This is the city where the saints will live (cf. John 14:1–3). bride. An important NT metaphor for the church (cf. Matt. 25:1–13; Eph. 5:25–27). John’s imagery here extends from the third part of the Jewish wedding, the ceremony. Believers (the bride) in the New Jerusalem come to meet Christ (the bridegroom) in the final ceremony of redemptive history (see note on 19:7). The whole city, occupied by all the saints, is called the bride, so that all saints must be finally included in the bride imagery and bridal blessing. God has brought home a bride for His beloved Son. All the saints live with Christ in the Father’s house (a promise made before the church began; John 14:2).

21:3 the tabernacle of God. The word translated “tabernacle” means place of abode. This is God’s house, the place where He lives (cf. Lev. 26:11, 12; Deut. 12:5).

21:4 wipe away every tear. Since there will never be a tear in heaven, nothing will be sad, disappointing, deficient, or wrong (cf. Is. 53:4, 5; 1 Cor. 15:54–57).

21:5 true and faithful. Cf. 3:14; 19:11. God always speaks truth (John 17:17).

21:6 the Alpha and the Omega. See note on 1:8. water of life. Cf. 7:17; 22:1, 17. The lasting spiritual water of which Jesus spoke (John 4:13, 14; 7:37, 38; cf. Is. 55:1, 2). him who thirsts. Heaven belongs to those who, knowing their souls are parched by sin, have earnestly sought the satisfaction of salvation and eternal life (cf. Ps. 42:1, 2; Is. 55:1, 2; John 7:37, 38).

21:7 He who overcomes. Cf. 1 John 5:4, 5. Anyone who exercises saving faith in Jesus Christ (see note on 2:7). inherit. The spiritual inheritance all believers will receive (1 Pet. 1:4; cf. Matt. 25:23) is the fullness of the new creation. Cf. Rom. 8:16, 17.

21:8 A solemn, serious warning about the kinds of people who will be outcasts from the new heaven and the new earth in the lake of fire. The NT often goes beyond just citing unbelief in listing character and lifestyle traits of the outcast, so that believers can identify such people (1 Cor. 6:9, 10; Gal. 5:19; cf. John 8:31). sorcerers. See note on 9:21. lake which burns with fire. See note on 19:20. brimstone. See note on 9:17. second death. See note on 20:6.

21:9 seven bowls. See note on 15:7. seven last plagues. See note on 15:1–8.

21:10 in the Spirit. See note on 1:10.

21:19, 20 Because some of the names of these gems have changed through the centuries, it is difficult to identify each one with certainty. Eight of the 12 stones are found in the breastplate of the High-Priest (Ex. 28, 39), and the other 4 may also be related to the breastplate. The gems picture a brilliant, indescribable panoply of beautiful colors that send forth the light of God’s glory.

21:21 one pearl. Each of the gates of the city is a single, almost 1,400-mile-high pearl. Even as earthly pearls are formed in response to the wounding of oyster flesh, so these gigantic, supernatural pearls will remind saints throughout eternity of the magnitude of Christ’s suffering and its eternal benefit.

21:22 no temple. Several passages affirm that there is a temple in heaven (3:12; 7:15; 11:19; 15:5). Here, it is clear there is none in eternity. How can this be? The temple is not a building; it is the Lord God Himself. Revelation 7:15 implies this when it says, “He who sits on the throne will dwell among them.” Verse 23 continues the thought of no temple, except God and the Lamb. The glory of God which illuminates all heaven defines it as His temple. There is no need for a temple in the eternal state since God Himself will be the temple in which everything exists. The presence of God lit. fills the entire new heaven and new earth (cf. v. 3). Going to heaven will be entering the limitless presence of the Lord (cf. John 14:3; 1 Thess. 4:17).

21:24 the nations. Lit. “the peoples.” Redeemed people from every nation and ethnic group will dwell in heaven’s light. In the eternal city, there will be no more divisions, barriers, or exclusions because of race or politics. All kinds of peoples in eternity dissolve into the people of God, and they will move freely in and about the city.

21:27 Lamb’s Book of Life. See note on 3:5.

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107 – The Millennium

Revelation Review – A Stop At The Millennium – A Quick Look Ahead

The chronology of the God-ordained events of the end times has been our scriptural direction of travel. We have discussed the rapture of the church (John 14:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54). We have covered God’s wrath and judgments of the tribulation, from which believers in Christ will be delivered. There is no basis of scripture that gives permission to say that the wrath or judgments of the tribulation are those of the Anti-Christ (Revelation 6:1-16:21). While the tribulation has been occurring on earth, we have seen the resurrected and raptured new testament saints in Heaven, that were taken by Christ to the Bema Judgment for rewards, prior to the tribulation, (2 Corinthians 5:8, 10), then being taken to the Marriage Of The Lamb in Heaven (Revelation 19:7-8). At the time of The Marriage, we have seen all of the nations of the world gathering for an attack on Israel at the battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16;19:15; Zechariah 12:2-3; 14:2-3). Following The Marriage Of The Lamb, we have seen Christ descending back to earth with His bride (the raptured NT saints; Revelation 19:11-14), for His defeat of the attackers of Israel. (Notice that the Battle of Armageddon will not take place in “New York City, as a movie has shown it to be.”). The next stop for Christ and His Bride will be The Marriage Supper Of The Lamb, which will take place on earth during the millennium. The guests that will be invited to The Supper will be the saints of the Old Testament and the tribulation. It is important to understand that Christ will take the NT saints from earth to heaven for The Marriage of the Lamb; they can not get there, “any other way” (John 14:1-6). To make any of these events an allegory is to make the whole Bible an allegory.

This is where our study of God’s chronology of end of times events continues.

Forum on the Millennium

Revelation 20 New King James Version (NKJV)

THE REIGN OF CHRIST (The Thousand Years)

Satan Bound 1,000 Years

1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.

(My note) Satan will be bound for 1,000 years.

The Saints Reign with Christ 1,000 Years

4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

(My Note, a bit of repetition) The tribulation saints are to be resurrected at the beginning of the millennium, which is the First Resurrection; they will rule and reign with Christ in the millennium. The First Resurrection will also include the righteous of the OT (Daniel 12:1-2). The deceased unbelievers of the tribulation, and of all times, will be resurrected in the Second Resurrection, at the end of the millennium, 1,000 years after the First Resurrection. The New Testament saints will be raptured, or resurrected from death, prior to the tribulation; they will return with Christ to earth from Heaven immediately following The Marriage of the Lamb. Ruling, along with the tribulation saints, will be the NT saints (2 Timothy 2:12/1 John 5:4) and OT saints (Ezekiel 37:24-27; Isaiah 14:1-2; 49:22-23; 60:14; 61:5; Amos 9:14-15; Jeremiah 30:9; Zechariah 8:22-23; Matthew 19:28; Luke 22:30; Romans 15:12). (See study notes on Daniel 12:2: John F. MacArthur, Charles C. Ryrie, C.I. Scofield, John F. Walvoord, J. Dwight Pentecost, for confirming comments on the resurrection of the saints of the Old Testament, New Testament and tribulation.) The souls and spirits of the OT, NT and Tribulation saints will be with God from the time of their death (OT Luke 16:23; NT/Tribulation 2 Corinthians 5:8). In the rapture of the church, the bodies of deceased NT saints will be resurrected to join their souls and spirits in heaven. In the First Resurrection of the millennium, the bodies of the OT and tribulation saints will be raised to join their souls and spirits on earth; then, they will be with the NT raptured and resurrected saints, ruling and reigning in the millennium (not to forget the celebration of The Marriage Supper). At the end of the millennium, in the resurrection of the unrighteous, the bodies, souls and spirits of the unrighteous of all ages will be joined. Next, in their eternal destiny, will be the Great White Throne Judgment, and The Lake of Fire. From the time of their death until this resurrection, the souls of the unrighteous have been experiencing torment in Hades (Luke 16:23: Ryrie and MacArthur Study Bible notes). The righteous are righteous, and have their spirits anchored in Christ (2 Cor 5:21), because their spirits have been born again (John 3:3). The unrighteous are unrighteous because their spirits have not been born again, and have not come to belief in Christ (John 3:18; Romans 8:1), being still in their state of unbelief from the fall of Adam (Genesis 2:17). The Great White Throne Judgment and Lake Of Fire await all of the unrighteous of all times. Only the righteous will enter into the eternal state of “new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem” (Revelation 21:1-2).

Satanic Rebellion Crushed

7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. 9 They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. 10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

(My note) Satan will be released from the bottomless pit at the end of the millennium, and will lead unbelievers of the millennium in a revolt against God; God wins! Satan, the anti-Christ and the false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire, where torment is eternal.

The Great White Throne Judgment

11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

(My note) The unrighteous/unbelievers of all ages will stand before The Great White Throne Judgment where they will be judged based on their works. Believers will not be present; they will face no judgment; Christ took on their judgment. The unrighteous of all times will be cast into the lake of fire, where Satan, the anti-Christ and the false prophet occupy.

CAUTION!

Parents! Please! Do not take your family to the Lake of Fire on “the family plan!” That is a horrible thing to happen. Please take this information seriously.

Given: (John 3:3) We must be born again to avoid the lake of fire and spend eternity with Christ. (John 16:7-11) When we have been born again, we have God’s Holy Spirit dwelling within our spirit convicting us of “sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” A sign that we have not been born again, and that we do not have a continual prompting of the Holy Spirit of “sin, and of righteousness and of judgment,” is our lifestyle, and not an individual act. Consider the evidence of people not having been born again, and not being prompted of the Holy Spirit to the things of God. Consider each indictment.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 New King James Version (NKJV)

9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

Consider that which took place in the lives of those after they were born again. There was a lifestyle change, because of a spirit change, with a continual prompting regarding, “sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”

1 Corinthians 6:11 New King James Version (NKJV)

11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

LET’S GET BACK TO THE CAUTION!

If person leads a homosexual lifestyle, it is proof that they do not have God’s Holy Spirit dwelling within their spirit. It is proof that such a person has not been born again. It is also proof that such a person has their personal destiny in the Lake Of Fire. If a person has no problem with the murder of an unborn infant, it is proof that such a person has not been born again. If such a person supports, or votes for, political candidates that support same-sex marriage or abortion on demand, it is proof that such a person has not been born again. Please understand that, as 1 Corinthians 6:11 teaches, there are lifestyle changes that will show that a person has been born again, and is no longer a supporter of homosexuality, abortion on demand, or the other things that show a lack of a born again spirit.

LET’S GET BACK TO THE LAKE OF FIRE ON THE FAMILY PLAN.

The Democrat Party supports same-sex marriage and abortion on demand. Their party chairman, and their former candidate to lead the USA have stated that there is no place for “pro-life” people in the Democrat Party. Yet, there are people “that say they are Christians,” but continue to support the Democrat Party, with their money and votes. THOSE PEOPLE SHOW EVIDENCE OF NOT BEING BORN AGAIN! There are churches that have visiting Democrat leaders in their churches speaking in support of the Democrat Party. Parents, which say that they are Christians, and also Democrats, are placing their children in arenas of unrighteousness whenever they take their children to Democrat gatherings, whether it is in a church or at a political setting. When such a parent does not tell their children that the Democrat Party’s support of homosexuality and abortion on demand are in opposition to God’s Holy Word, they are confusing their children, and allowing them to believe that God approves of same-sex marriage and the killing of unborn babies. Our children, just as we, must be born again to be saved from the Lake of Fire. 1 John 1:5 says, “God is light, and in Him thee is no darkness.” Light refers to righteous. Darkness refers to not being righteous. Until we have been born again, all of us are “darkness.” After our new birth, we become “light.” By being born again, with our spirit residing within God’s Holy Spirit, within the Spirit of Christ, our spirit also begins dwelling within the Spirit of God, “the Father.”

Nobody should want any other person to spend their eternity in the Lake of Fire. Neither should any parent put their children in the presence of people who may speak things that are contrary to God’s Holy Word. Parents are directed by God to teach their children the things of God (Deuteronomy 6:1-9), which are designed to lead children to lives of righteousness. When parents allow their children to be taught things that are not of God, those teachings are of Satan and are designed to lead people to destruction (John 10:10).

PLEASE DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER!

Parents, your lifestyle has a lot to do with the direction in life that your children will follow, and the one in which their children will also follow. I trust that you will recognize that my heart’s desire is to encourage you, and your children, to stay on the path that leads to eternal life with Christ. Please follow that path, and not the one that can lead you, and your whole family, to the Lake of Fire “on the family plan.”

NOTES: MacArthur Study Bible

20:2 a thousand years. This is the first of 6 references to the length of the millennial kingdom (cf. vv. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Christ will return and reign in a real kingdom on earth for 1,000 years

20:3 bottomless pit. All 7 times that this appears in Revelation, it refers to the place where fallen angels and evil spirits are kept captive, waiting to be sent to the lake of fire—the final hell prepared for them (Matt. 25:41).

20:3 released for a little while. Satan will be released so God can make a permanent end of sin before establishing the new heaven and earth. Satan will then gather unbelievers for one final, futile rebellion against God. It will be quickly and decisively crushed, followed by the Great White Throne Judgment and the establishment of the eternal state.

20:4 the souls of those who had been beheaded. These are tribulation martyrs (cf. 6:9; 18:24; 19:2). The Gr. word translated “beheaded” became a general term for execution, not necessarily a particular method. his mark. See note on 13:16. Tribulation martyrs will be executed for refusing the mark of the beast. reigned. Tribulation believers, along with the redeemed from both the OT and NT eras, will reign with Christ (1 Cor. 6:2; 2 Tim. 2:12) during the 1,000 year kingdom.

20:5 the rest of the dead. The bodies of unbelievers of all ages will not be resurrected until the Great White Throne Judgment (vv. 12, 13). first resurrection. Scripture teaches two kinds of resurrections: the “resurrection of life” and “the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:29; cf. Dan. 12:2; Acts 24:15). The first kind of resurrection is described as “the resurrection of the just” (Luke 14:14), the resurrection of “those who are Christ’s at His coming” (1 Cor. 15:23), and the “better resurrection” (Heb. 11:35). It includes only the redeemed of the church age (1 Thess. 4:13–18), the OT (Dan. 12:2), and the Tribulation (v. 4). They will enter the kingdom in resurrection bodies, along with believers who survived the Tribulation. The second kind of resurrection, then, will be the resurrection of the unconverted who will receive their final bodies suited for torment in hell.

20:6 Blessed. Those who die in the Lord (14:13) are blessed with the privilege of entering His kingdom (see note on 1:3). second death. The first death is only physical, the second is spiritual and eternal in the lake of fire, the final, eternal hell (v. 14). It could exist outside the created universe as we know it, outside of space and time, and be presently unoccupied (see note on 19:20). thousand years. See note on v. 2.

20:7 Satan…released. He is loosed to bring cohesive leadership to the world of rebels born to the believers who entered the kingdom at the beginning. He is loosed to reveal the character of Christ-rejecting sinners who are brought into judgment for the last time ever.

20:8 Gog and Magog. The name given to the army of rebels and its leader at the end of the Millennium. They were names of ancient enemies of the Lord. Magog was the grandson of Noah (Gen. 10:2) and founder of a kingdom located N of the Black and Caspian Seas. Gog is apparently the leader of a rebel army known collectively as Magog. The battle depicted in vv. 8, 9 is like the one in Ezek. 38, 39; it is best to see this one as taking place at the end of the Millennium. For the difference, see notes on Ezek. 38, 39.

20:9 beloved city. Jerusalem (cf. Pss. 78:68; 87:2), the capital city during Christ’s millennial reign (Jer. 3:17). The saints will be living around the city where Christ reigns (cf. Is. 24:23; Jer. 3:17; Zech. 14:9–11). fire. Frequently associated in Scripture with divine judgment of wicked men (Gen. 19:24; 2 Kin. 1:10, 12, 14; Luke 9:54; 17:29).

20:10 deceived. Just as his demons will entice the world’s armies into the Battle of Armageddon, Satan will draw them into a suicidal assault against Christ and His people (16:13, 14). lake of fire and brimstone. See note on 19:20. tormented day and night. See note on 14:11. Continuous, unrelieved torment will be the final state of Satan, fallen angels, and unredeemed men.

20:11–15 These verses describe the final judgment of all the unbelievers of all ages (Matt. 10:15; 11:22, 24; 12:36, 41, 42; Luke 10:14; John 12:48; Acts 17:31; 24:25; Rom. 2:5, 16; Heb. 9:27; 2 Pet. 2:9; 3:7; Jude 6). Our Lord referred to this event as the “resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:29). This judgment takes place in the indescribable void between the end of the present universe (v. 11) and the creation of the new heaven and earth (21:1).

20:11 great white throne. Nearly 50 times in Revelation there is the mention of a throne. This is a judgment throne, elevated, pure, and holy. God sits on it as judge (cf. 4:2, 3, 9; 5:1, 7, 13; 6:16; 7:10, 15) in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. See 21:5, 6; John 5:22–29; Acts 17:31. earth and the heaven fled away. John saw the contaminated universe go out of existence. Peter described this moment in 2 Pet. 3:10–13 (see notes there). The universe is “uncreated,” going into non-existence (cf. Matt. 24:35).

20:12 standing before God. In a judicial sense, as guilty, condemned prisoners before the bar of divine justice. There are no living sinners left in the destroyed universe since all sinners were killed and all believers glorified. books. These books record every thought, word, and deed of sinful men—all recorded by divine omniscience (see note on Dan. 7:9, 10, the verse that is the source of this text). They will provide the evidence for eternal condemnation. Cf. 18:6, 7. Book of Life. It contains the names of all the redeemed (Dan. 12:1; see notes on 3:5). judged according to their works. Their thoughts (Luke 8:17; Rom. 2:16), words (Matt. 12:37), and actions (Matt. 16:27) will be compared to God’s perfect, holy standard (Matt. 5:48; 1 Pet. 1:15, 16) and will be found wanting (Rom. 3:23). This also implies that there are degrees of punishment in hell (cf. Matt. 10:14, 15; 11:22; Mark 12:38–40; Luke 12:47, 48; Heb. 10:29).

20:13 Death and Hades. See note on 1:18. Both terms describe the state of death. All unrighteous dead will appear at the Great White Throne Judgment; none will escape. All the places that have held the bodies of the unrighteous dead will yield up new bodies suited for hell.

20:14 second death. See note on v. 6.

20:15 lake of fire. See note on 19:20.

19:20 beast was captured, and…the false prophet. In an instant, the world’s armies are without their leaders. The beast is Antichrist (see notes on 13:1–8); the false prophet is his religious cohort (see notes on 13:11–17). cast alive. The bodies of the beast and the false prophet will be transformed, and they will be banished directly to the lake of fire (Dan. 7:11)—the first of countless millions of unregenerate men (20:15) and fallen angels (cf. Matt. 25:41) to arrive in that dreadful place. That these two still appear there 1,000 years later (20:10) refutes the false doctrine of annihilationism (cf. 14:11; Is. 66:24; Matt. 25:41; Mark 9:48; Luke 3:17; 2 Thess. 1:9). lake of fire. The final hell, the place of eternal punishment for all unrepentant rebels, angelic or human (cf. 20:10, 15). The NT says much of eternal punishment (cf. 14:10, 11; Matt. 13:40–42; 25:41; Mark 9:43–48; Luke 3:17; 12:47, 48). fire…brimstone. See note on 9:17. These two are frequently associated with divine judgment (14:10; 20:10; 21:8; Gen. 19:24; Ps. 11:6; Is. 30:33; Ezek. 38:22; Luke 17:29).

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106 – The Bride

Christ-Centered wedding

Psalm 99:5 King James Version (KJV)

“Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy”

Every bride is a beautiful bride! The video shows such beauty. But, what had to have taken place for the bride to become the bride?

Consider a wedding. Consider the things that happened that led to the wedding. Consider the bride; she had to be pursued. Consider the groom; he was the pursuer. As is the case of many bride and groom situations, the female shows no interest in having anything to do with the pursuing male, but the male “doesn’t give up” his pursuit. As time passes, the male shows the female all of the reasons that she should accept his offer of, a date, a relationship, and finally of being the bride of the male who would never gave up his pursuit of the “ever alluding female.” The female finally “gave up,” and joined the male in the marriage that some may have said, “would never happen.”

Key in any wedding ceremony is the time when the Father gives the Bride away to the Bridegroom.”

Every bride is beautiful, including the bride of Christ. Consider the things that had to have happened for the bride of Christ to become the bride of Christ?

Consider every person that has ever been born. All of us came into the world being totally depraved in body, soul and spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23), which is a state that we inherited from our original parents, “Adam and Eve.” (The following discussion of Adam and Eve comes from Genesis 2 and 3.)

God created Adam and provided all of the things that Adam would need in life, including a job, which was “to tend and keep the garden” where God had placed him. God provided for all of Adam’s needs including a wife, whom Adam called, “Eve.” Adam and Eve had perfect communion with God. God would walk with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, “in the cool of the day.”

All of life’s necessities were provided for Adam and Eve by God. God gave Adam and Eve total freedom in life, except to sin. God provided a warning to Adam of a great consequence that would come on the Edenic duo if they were to disobey God. The consequence of sin would be death, which would be the death of their total being, “their body, soul and spirit.” The body is a person’s “eyes, nose and toes.” The soul allows us to be aware that we have “eyes, nose and toes.” The soul is our mind, our intellect, our reasoning, our emotions. We have control over our body and soul. The spirit is the part of us which imparts either sin or righteous thoughts into our mind, which will also affect that which we do with our “eyes, nose and toes.” Christ told the Apostles that God’s Holy Spirit would convict them of “sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:7-10). We have no control over our spirit. It is controlled either by God or by Satan, in whomever our spirit dwells.

The sin to which Adam and Eve succumbed may seem to be quite harmless, eating of the tree of good and evil”

Genesis 2:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

The motivation for that sin was of the mind of Adam and Eve.

1 John 2:16 New King James Version (NKJV)

“For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.”

Because of the sin of Adam and Eve, they were removed from the Garden of Eden, from the immediate presence of God. They became totally depraved in “body, soul and spirit,” because of their disobeying God in the Garden of Eden. An immediate death spiral began, with the first victim being the spirit. The body and soul began an aging process that would result in death, which was not a part of God’s plan. As Adam and Eve had children, each child entered the world with no desire to have a personal relationship with God, because of their fallen and depraved state in life. There was nothing present in their depraved souls and spirits that would cause them to seek a relationship with a holy and righteous God. The children of Adam and Eve were conceived and born to be unholy and unrighteous human beings because of the flawed sperm and egg of Adam and Eve. Just as the children of Adam and Eve were conceived and born to be unrighteous, so has been every succeeding person that has been conceived. Just as the penalty for Adam and Eve was death, “permanent death,” of their body, soul and spirit, so is the penalty for every man, woman and child that has ever been conceived. The state of every human being from the time of Adam and Eve is summed up in the following verse of scripture.

1 Corinthians 15:22 New King James Version (NKJV)

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

It is only because of God’s plan of redemption through Christ that any of us can have a relationship with Him, and escape the penalty of eternal death. By being born again (born from above) we have been made holy and righteous, with our spirit being anchored in the Holy Spirit of God, never to be removed. It is only through our new birth that the depraved state that we inherited from our parents has been negated. It is only by being born again that we will not have an eternal death of our body, soul and spirit. It is only by being born again believers in Christ, that we are also made to be saints, and also made to be the “bride of Christ.” In spite of God’s Holy Spirit calling us, from our state of depravity to one of righteousness, many rebelled. But, God never gave up on us; He continued his pursuit of us. We could never have imagined being “the bride of Christ!” But, many of us gave in! We came to saving faith in Christ and became His bride. The “we,” are those of us which have been born again. We have been made to be holy and righteous, as righteous as that of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21), because of that which He did for us.

Consider the path that leads believers in Christ to the marriage of the lamb (Revelation 19:7-8).

We were born again of spirit (John 3:3-8); we can’t be “unborn”. We believed in Christ as our Lord and Savior (John 3:16-18). We were spiritually baptized into Christ, and put on Christ by our spirit dwelling within the Spirit of Christ (Galatians 3:27). We received the spiritual indwelling of Christ (Colossians 1:27). Our spirit was made new, and placed within the Spirit of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), which made our spirit to be as pure as the Spirit of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). We were betrothed to Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2), and are now waiting for our marriage to the lamb (Revelation 19:7-8). Prior to the rapture of the church, Christ will come for us in the air and take us to Heaven with Him (John 14:1-6; 1 Thessalonaians 4:13-18). We will arrive in our glorified and eternal “body, soul and spirit” (1 Corinthians 15:50, 51-54). We will be taken to the Judgment Seat Of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10). We will not be judged for the purposes of salvation, but will receive spiritual gifts. We were saved when we were born again, and can not be unborn. At the end of the tribulation, we will be taken to the marriage of the Lamb, where “the Father gives us (the bride of Christ) away to the Bridegroom (Christ) (Revelation 19:7-8).” Consider the things that will be going on in Heaven, preceding the marriage of the Lamb.

Revelation 19:1-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Fourfold Hallelujah

19 After these things I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying,

“Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God; 2 because His judgments are true and righteous; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and He has avenged the blood of His bond-servants on her.” 3 And a second time they said, “Hallelujah! Her smoke rises up forever and ever.” 4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sits on the throne saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!” 5 And a voice came from the throne, saying,

“Give praise to our God, all you His bond-servants, you who fear Him, the small and the great.” 6 Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.

Consider the marriage ceremony of the bride of Christ to the Bridegroom, “Christ.”

Revelation 19:7-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Marriage of the Lamb

7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” 8 It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

Consider the following video that shows the marriage of the Lamb. Consider the beauty of the bride. The elderly man in the video is the Apostle John.

After the marriage of the Lamb occurs, Christ and His bride will ascend from heaven to earth. After Christ defeats the enemies of God at the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 19:11-21), Christ, the bride and the guests will proceed to the marriage supper which will take place on earth during the millennium. The guests will be the Old Testament saints and the Tribulation saints. It is amazing to think that we, the born again believers in Christ, will have a place of special importance at the marriage supper.

Revelation 19:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

9 Then he *said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” And he *said to me, “These are true words of God.”

In a marriage, it’s not a matter of what the man and woman do to take their love to the wedding altar. It’s simply the love of a man and a woman which causes them to join their lives in marriage. It’s very much the same in the spiritual sense when someone comes to know Christ as their Lord and Savior.

A lot of verses have been mentioned in this discussion about the bridegroom and the bride. But, please know that it is simply an intimacy of relationship with Christ as our Lord and Savior that makes all of those verses tell us that we have been born again, and that we will spend eternity with Christ.

John 17:3 New King James Version (NKJV)

“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent”

We are saved by grace through faith.

Ephesians 2:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;”

We don’t have to be perfect to be saved; we have to be born again. Once that happens, our eternity with Christ has been “set in stone.” From the moment that we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we enter into eternal life with Christ. Try it! You’ll like it!.

105 – The Second Coming Of Christ

Differences Between the Rapture And Second Coming

The second coming of Christ is the subject of this post. This prophetic return of Christ to earth from heaven will take place at the end of the seven-year tribulation, at the Battle of Armageddon. Following the second coming of Christ will be the 1,000 year reign of Christ, which is also called the millennium and the Kingdom of God. The marriage supper of the Lamb will take place on earth, during the millennium. Immediately preceding the second coming of Christ will be the marriage of the Lamb in Heaven, between Christ (the Bridegroom) and the raptured church (the bride). A distinction will be made between the rapture of the church and the second coming of Christ; the rapture occurs first.

A description of these future events can be found in the following chapters and verses of the Bible:

Concerning the return of Christ to earth by “the saints,” or by “the holy ones:”

Zechariah 14:1-16: vs 5 says that Christ will be accompanied by: “6918. qadosh.” Definition: sacred, holy. NASB Translation: consecrated (1), Holy (8), holy (50), Holy One (44), holy one (3), holy ones (6), one is holy (1), saints (2).

Zechariah 14:5 New King James Version (NKJV)

5 Then you shall flee through My mountain valley, For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall flee As you fled from the earthquake In the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Thus the Lord my God will come, And all the saints with You.

Zechariah 14:5 New International Version (NIV)
5 You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.

Of the translations that say that Christ will return with “the saints” are the KJV and NKJV. Of the translations that say that Christ will return with “the holy ones,” are the NASB, NIV, HCSB, NLT, ESV.

Zechariah’s prophecy was made to Jews, about a Jewish matter, which is the return of Messiah to defeat the attackers of Israel (all of the nations) at the Battle of Armageddon (Zech 14:1-3) (487 B.C.). Consider the significance of the words, “all of the nations.” Relate that phrase to the world of today where the majority of the nations of the world oppose Israel, especially through the United Nations. Consider where the United States Of America might fit into such a scenario.

Zechariah would not have had any knowledge of: “the New Testament saints of God, the born again believers of Christ, or the church” (the church having been caught up to heaven, having gone before the judgment seat of Christ, and standing with Christ at the marriage of the lamb, awaiting their return to earth, with Christ to stand on the Mount Of Olives). “Holy ones,” best suits the New Testament saints, which are the bride of Christ; Israel is not the bride of Christ. Consider 2 Corinthians 11:2, where the Apostle Paul addresses the church as being the bride of Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:2 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

A number of years ago, a Christian magazine wrote an article about the differences in the preaching and teaching of Christ, as opposed to that of the Apostle Paul. Whereas, Paul emphasized “salvation by grace through faith,” Christ’s teachings were more related to “the Kingdom.” Consider the following verse of scripture that relates to the time of tribulation. Our Lord’s Words have been changed and taken out of context by many people.

Matthew 24:14 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 And this “gospel of the kingdom” will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Note: Many people say, “the end will not come until the gospel of Christ has been preached to all of the world.” The correct wording of Christ is, “the gospel of the kingdom” must be preached, and then the end will come (“with that end being the second coming of Christ at the end of the tribulation,” my words). Christ had taught about the Kingdom to Jews in the past. Now, in the Mount of Olives discourse, He explains the importance of teaching “that same gospel of the Kingdom.” In the Gospel of Matthew, there are 55 verses that relate to “the kingdom” (New King James Version translation). This note is not designed to diminish the importance of teaching the Gospel of Christ, but to state the correct words that our Lord spoke in relation to a very important time of future history.

Consider also the next verse of scripture that, too, has been incorrectly taught. The words of the verse relate directly to the second coming of Christ, and not to the rapture of the church. No one knows the day when the rapture will take place, either, but it is important to be correct when applying scriptures to sermons and lessons.

Matthew 24:36 New King James Version (NKJV)
36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.

Matthew 24:29-31 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Coming of the Son of Man

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Note: Vs 30-31 Christ returns with angels. The angels will gather Jews from all over the world (Deu 7:6) to Jerusalem for judgment (Matthew 24:40-41). These Jews had missed the rapture because of their lack of belief and saving faith in Christ when the rapture took place.

Mark 13:24-27: vs 24 Christ returns with His angels, who will gather His elect from all over the world (the Jews, Deu 7:6).

Luke 21:25-28: No mention is made of anyone accompanying Christ. Note: Luke was not an eyewitness of Christ; he was “an investigative reporter” (Luke 1:1-4) who interviewed eyewitnesses.

Note. The message of Christ to the disciples in the Mount of Olives discourse dealt with Jews. There was no detailed teaching by Christ to Jews about “the church.” Christ said that He would “build His church” (Matthew 16:18), but it would be His disciples who would take that message to unbelieving Jews and Gentiles, which would not take place until after the events of the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2), when the Holy Spirit began to dwell within the spirits of previously unbelieving Jews that came to belief in Christ as Messiah (Acts 2). However, it was in John 14:1-6 that Christ told His disciples that He would come back to earth from Heaven, and would take them back to Heaven with Him. This passage is a teaching of the rapture of the church, of which all believing Jews and Gentiles become members through their belief in Christ as Messiah.

Just as Christ discussed the rapture of the church in John 14:1-6, the Apostle Paul, also spoke about Christ’s catching up of the New Testament saints (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Corinthians 15:50-54). In Paul’s letters, he shows that when Christ comes for His followers that He will come in the air, and will not touch planet earth until the time that He sets foot on the Mount of Olives at the Battle of Armageddon (Zech 14, Matt 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, Rev 19).

Notice that in each scripture of the rapture of the church (believers in Christ), it is a joyous occasion. However, at the second coming of Christ, His purpose is judgment, with earth-dwelling unbelievers being in great fear and uncertainty, with Christ’s judgment imminent (Zech 14:12-14; Matt 24:29-31; Mark 13:24-27; Luke 13:25-27).

Notice that at the time of the rapture of the Church, Christ will take all born again believers in Christ with Him to Heaven (John 14:6). At the second coming of Christ, Christ will return to earth with His raptured believers, where He will stand on the Mount of Olives at Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:4).

From the Revelation verses below, consider the judgment and fear that Christ is inflicting on the unbelieving earth dwellers at the Battle of Armageddon. (Rev 19:11-16; 17-18; 19-21). Consider the words, “earth dwellers.”

Revelation 3:10 New Living Translation (NLT)
10 “Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world.

Revelation 6:10 New Living Translation (NLT)
10 They shouted to the Lord and said, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?”

Revelation 13:8 New Living Translation (NLT)
8 And all the people who belong to this world worshiped the beast. They are the ones whose names were not written in the Book of Life that belongs to the Lamb who was slaughtered before the world was made.

It should be known that The Swindoll Study Bible uses the New Living Translation. Many people trust the judgment of Dr. Swindoll in choosing the NLT. Consider the following information on Dr. Swindoll.

http://insight.org/
http://store.insight.org/p-1816-the-swindoll-study-bible-nlt.aspx

From the Revelation verses below, notice that the marriage of the lamb takes place in heaven. (Rev 19:7-8)

Christ, the bridegroom, and His bride (the raptured church/born again believers in Christ) return to earth from heaven. Christ will speak victory over the forces of the Anti-Christ. The marriage supper will take place on earth after the victory at Armageddon, at the end of the tribulation. The Bride, the Bridegroom, and the guests will be present at the marriage supper during the millennium. The guests are the Old Testament saints and the tribulation saints (Rev 19:9; 11-21).

Revelation 19 New King James Version (NKJV)

Heaven Exults over Babylon

1 After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! 2 For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.” 3 Again they said, “Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!” 4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, “Amen! Alleluia!” 5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!”

6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! 7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.” 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

Christ on a White Horse

11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS AND
LORD OF LORDS.

The Beast and His Armies Defeated

17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, 18 that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.”

19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.

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104 – World At War

Left Behind III World at War

The movie begins with the time of tribulation that is nearing the end of its seven-year duration. As has been said in earlier discussions, a great number of people are missing from the earth, due to the rapture of all born again believers in Christ, to include children. Some of those whom were left behind are coming to saving faith in Christ; these people missed the rapture, but are now tribulation saints. The world is being led by people whom have no relationship with Christ; they were left behind from the rapture too, due to their lack of saving faith in Christ. Earth dweller leaders also have the opportunity to come to saving faith in Christ. The Anti-Christ, through the United Nations, is strengthening his grip of control and oppression over the world. Tribulation saints, Jew and Gentile, are experiencing great persecution and murders. The world has fallen into a state of extreme lawlessness. Assassinations of the enemies of the Anti-Christ have become common place. Tribulation saints are holding fast to their faith in Christ. Links at the bottom of this page provide interesting information about the team of writers of the Left Behind series of books and movies.

A description of these future events can be found in the following chapters and verses of the Bible: Ezekiel 38-39; Zechariah 14:1-15; Matthew 24:3-31; Mark 13:5-27; Luke 21:7-19; 25-28; 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-14; Revelation 13:1-8; Revelation 16:13-19:21.

The following verses of the 24th Chapter of Matthew provide a quick look at the events of the tribulation. The second coming of Christ will not occur until at the end of the tribulation (Matthew 24:29).

Matthew 24:3-31 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age

3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

The Great Tribulation

15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.

23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.

26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.

The Coming of the Son of Man

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Consider the author and team of writers of the Left Behind series of books and movies.

Dr. Tim La Haye (Deceased). Leader of the Left Behind team.

http://leftbehind.com/
http://www.pre-trib.org/about/dr-lahaye
http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2016/july/tim-lahaye-dies-left-behind-coauthor-stroke.html

103 – The Bowl Judgments

Bowl Judgments, And Beyond

Will the church go through the tribulation? Read on!

Tribulation Judgments.

A discussion of the Seal Judgments of the tribulation can be found in its own blog post. A discussion of the Trumpet Judgments can also be found in its own post. This particular post video discusses the Bowl Judgments, but also discusses other factors that cover chapters 14-19 of the Book of Revelation.

Seal judgments.Trumpet judgments. Bowl judgments.

Matthew 24:21 NASB

“For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. (“For then,” identifies a time after the rapture of the church has taken place.)

Matthew 24:29-31 NASB

“But immediately after the tribulation of those days,” (This is the event of the second coming of Christ, which takes place at the end of the tribulation.)

As you read the descriptions of all that will take place during each of the Bowl Judgments, you will have to come to grips with a belief of many that there will be no rapture or tribulation. Such a belief would cast of shadow of allegory over the truth of God’s Holy Word. To believe that there will be no pre-tribulation rapture means that everybody in the world will have to endure the tribulation’s wrath of God, which will be made manifest through the tribulation judgments. In this series of judgments, you can see that angels will be responsible for unleashing each judgment on “all who dwell on the earth” (Revelation 3:10), and that the anti-Christ has nothing to do with the unleashing of these judgments of God, which truly are “judgments of God.” To believe that the whole world’s population will be left on earth during the tribulation will also be a belief that infants, unborn babies, two-year old babies, etc., will be the targets of each judgment. So, let me ask you to look at your child, or someone else’s child and ask, “why God?” You will have to look at yourself too, if you are a born again believer in Christ, and ask, “why God?” By being in the midst of God’s wrath and judgments, nobody who has been born again…having the Spirit of Christ dwelling within their spirit…will be made any more holy, than the holiness which they acquired when they were born again, and became “the righteousness of God in Christ,” (2 Corinthians 5:17, 21).

The Righteousness Of Born Again Believers In Christ

2 Corinthians 5:17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

2 Corinthians 5:21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

Christ In Born Again Believers

Colossians 1:27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

Born Again Believers in God

1 John 1:5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.”

Born again believers in Christ have become “the righteousness of God.”

Bowl Judgments

The seven bowl judgments of the tribulation can be found in the Book of Revelation, in Chapters 15 and 16 (15:1-16:21). The bowl judgments are much more severe than those of the preceding seal and trumpet judgments. For example, the bowl judgments will include: 1. Malignant sores. 2. Sea turned to blood. 3. Fresh waters to blood. 4. Human beings scorched with fire. 5. Darkness over the kingdom of the Beast. 6. Invasion from the east. 7. Greatest earthquake and widespread destruction. (Ryrie Study Bible). Each of the judgments are those of God, and are carried out by angels. Please remember that neither Satan, nor the Anti-Christ, has any control over any of the judgments. The tribulation judgments are tools of God’s wrath that will be poured out on a sinful and rebellious world.

Revelation 15 New King James Version (NKJV)

Prelude to the Bowl Judgments

1 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete.

2 And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. 3 They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying:

“Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints!
4 Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested.”

5 After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. 6 And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands. 7 Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever. 8 The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power, and no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.

Revelation 16 New King James Version (NKJV)

1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth.”

First Bowl: Loathsome Sores
2 So the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.

Second Bowl: The Sea Turns to Blood
3 Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man; and every living creature in the sea died.

Third Bowl: The Waters Turn to Blood
4 Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel of the waters saying:

“You are righteous, O Lord, The One who is and who was and who is to be, Because You have judged these things. 6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, And You have given them blood to drink.
For it is their just due.”

7 And I heard another from the altar saying, “Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.”

Fourth Bowl: Men Are Scorched
8 Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.

Fifth Bowl: Darkness and Pain
10 Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain. 11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.

Sixth Bowl: Euphrates Dried Up
12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

15 “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”

16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.

Seventh Bowl: The Earth Utterly Shaken
17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18 And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. 19 Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. 20 Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21 And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.

Note. Consider the words of Ron Rhodes, about the liberal church that he and his family had attended. Just as their congregation did not teach the word of God, in its fullness, there are many other churches and denominations that are also guilty of not preaching and teaching the full gospel of Christ.

Consider Isaiah 7:14, as it was written in the New Revised Standard Version. The copyright date of that Bible was 1989. The National Council of Churches of Christ In The United States Of America translated the New Revised Standard Version. Consider the text, as follows.

Isaiah 7:14 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.”

The error in translating that verse is very severe. There is no mention of the virgin birth of Christ. It is true that Mary was a young woman. However, it is of extreme spiritual importance for Mary to be identified as being the virgin, “which she was.”

The link that follows shows the churches and denominations who are members of the National Council Of Churches Of Christ in the United States Of America. By being a member of the National Council of Churches, each member church and denomination is agreeing with the erroneous translation of Isaiah 7:14.

If your church or denomination is a member of the National of Churches, there is a serious problem that needs to be addressed by you and your family. Do you stay in a denomination that has more of a social gospel, as opposed to an evangelical gospel of calling unsaved people to saving faith in Christ? The road to the “lake of fire” (Revelation 20:11-15) is paved with good intentions. But, as a parent, do you allow your impressionable children to be led to the lake of fire by those of teaching error, of “noble intentions,” to include yourself? Once someone is in the lake of fire, “there is no getting out;” its punishment is eternal!(Luke 16:19-26; Revelation 20:10).

https://nationalcouncilofchurches.us/member-communions/

Video Speakers:

John Ankerberg, founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in America
https://www.jashow.org/about-dr-john-ankerberg/

Ed Hindson, http://thekingiscoming.com/about-dr-ed-hindson/
https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/the-king-is-coming/
Ed Hindson is the Bible Teacher on The King Is Coming telecast. He is also the Assistant Chancellor, Distinguished Professor, and Dean of the Institute of Biblical Studies and the School of Religion at Liberty University in Virginia.

Mark Hitchcock, http://marklhitchcock.com/about/
Mark Hitchcock is a leading Bible prophecy expert, prolific author who has penned over 20 books on the end times, senior pastor, and adjunct faculty member of the Dallas Theological Seminary.

Ron Rhodes, http://ronrhodes.org/meet-ron.html
Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary (1986). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with High Honors.
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary (1983). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with Honors. Elected to Dean’s List.
B.A., Houston Baptist University (1979). Recipient of the Greek Excellence Award. Chief nominee for the Riverside Scholarship.

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102 – The Anti-Christ

The Role of the Antichrist

The text video discusses the role of the Ant-Christ, which takes place during the tribulation of the Book of Revelation. Also discussed are Satan and The False Prophet. Together, these three characters are known as the “unholy trinity.” Satan is also known as the dragon of tribulation. The Anti-Christ is also known as “the beast,” and will be a political world leader. The False Prophet is a religious leader which will give credence to the Anti-Christ. In the Left Behind series of books and movies, the interaction between the Anti-Christ and the False Prophet is clearly shown. The movie, Left Behind 2, is shown at the bottom of this post. Chapter 12 of the Book of Revelation discusses actions of Satan, “the Dragon.” Chapter 13 of the Book of Revelation discusses actions of the The Beast From The Sea, the “Anti-Christ,” and the Beast from The Earth, the “False Prophet.” Notice that the woman of Revelation, Chapter 12, verses one and two, is Israel.

Revelation, Chapter 12: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+12&version=NASB

Revelation, Chapter 13: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13&version=NASB

The Left Behind 2 movie follows. The movie is based on Biblical prophecy of the things that will take place on earth after the rapture of “believers in Christ” has taken place. The tribulation follows. The people whom were left behind from the rapture are beginning to deal with the result of every born again man, woman and child being missing from the world. A key figure enters the scene and begins his control of every aspect of world control, with that person being the Anti-Christ. Only unbelievers are left behind on earth after the rapture takes place. The movie correctly shows that there will be salvation in Christ for those unbelievers who come to saving faith in Christ. I have found the biblical events of the tribulation that are shown in the movie to be accurate.

Left Behind II Tribulation Force

Video speakers:

John Ankerberg, founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in America
https://www.jashow.org/about-dr-john-ankerberg/

Ed Hindson, http://thekingiscoming.com/about-dr-ed-hindson/
https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/the-king-is-coming/
Ed Hindson is the Bible Teacher on The King Is Coming telecast. He is also the Assistant Chancellor, Distinguished Professor, and Dean of the Institute of Biblical Studies and the School of Religion at Liberty University in Virginia.

Mark Hitchcock, http://marklhitchcock.com/about/
Mark Hitchcock is a leading Bible prophecy expert, prolific author who has penned over 20 books on the end times, senior pastor, and adjunct faculty member of the Dallas Theological Seminary.

Ron Rhodes, http://ronrhodes.org/meet-ron.html
Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary (1986). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with High Honors.
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary (1983). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with Honors. Elected to Dean’s List.
B.A., Houston Baptist University (1979). Recipient of the Greek Excellence Award. Chief nominee for the Riverside Scholarship.

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101 – Judgments Of The Tribulation – Trumpet Judgments 2

The Judgments of the Tribulation

The text video discusses the seal and trumpet judgments of the tribulation.

Will the church go through the tribulation? Read on!

Tribulation Judgments.

A discussion of the Seal Judgments of the tribulation can be found in Blog Post 88 – Judgments Of The Tribulation – Seal Judgments. A discussion on the Bowl Judgments will follow this post. This particular post uses the same video, as that of Post 88, but discusses the Trumpet Judgments of Revelation, which occurs in the time of the Great Tribulation. The video discussion on the Trumpet Judgments begins about mid way through the video.

Seal judgments.Trumpet judgments. Bowl judgments.

Each of these judgments will occur during the time of the tribulation. The Left Behind series of books, movies, and my series of blog posts on that subject, discuss a time in future history that will be as real, “as a heart attack.” The Left Behind movies show those who miss the rapture, and will be left on earth to face a time of tribulation that will be, as Matthew 24:14 describes:

“For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.” (New American Standard Bible)

This series of posts on the Judgments of the tribulation will explain the severity of each seal, trumpet and bowl judgment. The perpetrator of each judgment will be identified. Those who are left behind and experience the judgments will also be identified, as well as the reason for their remaining on earth to come under the judgments. If you have not read Post 88, which discusses the Seal Judgments of the tribulation, it is important that you read that post before reading this discussion of the Trumpet Judgments.

As you read the descriptions of all that will take place during each of the Trumpet Judgments, you will have to come to grips with a belief of many that there will be no rapture or tribulation. Such a belief will cast of shadow of allegory over the truth of God’s Holy Word. To believe that there will be no pre-tribulation rapture means that everybody in the world will have to endure the tribulation’s wrath of God, as they are made manifest through the judgments. In this series of judgments, you can see that angels will be responsible for unleashing each judgment on “all who dwell on the earth” (Revelation 3:10), and that the anti-Christ has nothing to do with the unleashing of these judgments of God, which truly are “judgments of God.” To believe that the whole world’s population will be left on earth during the tribulation will also be a belief that infants, unborn babies, two-year old babies, etc., will be the targets of each judgment. So, let me ask you to look at your child, or someone else’s child and ask, “why God?” You will have to look at yourself too, if you are a born again believer in Christ, and ask, “why God?” By being in the midst of God’s wrath and judgments, nobody who has been born again…having the Spirit of Christ dwelling within their spirit…will be made any more holy, than the holiness which they acquired when they were born again, and became “the righteousness of God in Christ,” (2 Corinthians 5:17, 21).

TRUMPET JUDGMENTS

Revelation 8 New King James Version (NKJV)

Seventh Seal: Prelude to the Seven Trumpets

1 When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. 3 Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.

6 So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

First Trumpet: Vegetation Struck

7 The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.

Second Trumpet: The Seas Struck

8 Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. 9 And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

Third Trumpet: The Waters Struck

10 Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11 The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.

Fourth Trumpet: The Heavens Struck

12 Then the fourth angel sounded: And a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night.

13 And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”

Revelation 9 New King James Version (NKJV)

Fifth Trumpet: The Locusts from the Bottomless Pit

9 Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. 3 Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. 6 In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.

7 The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. 8 They had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9 And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle. 10 They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails. Their power was to hurt men five months. 11 And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.

12 One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things.

Sixth Trumpet: The Angels from the Euphrates

13 Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. 17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. 18 By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed—by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths. 19 For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm.

20 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21 And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

Revelation 11:15-19 New King James Version (NKJV)

Seventh Trumpet: The Kingdom Proclaimed

15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” 16 And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying:

“We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty,The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned. 18 The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints,
And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth.”

19 Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.

Video speakers:

John Ankerberg, founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in America
https://www.jashow.org/about-dr-john-ankerberg/

Ed Hindson, http://thekingiscoming.com/about-dr-ed-hindson/
https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/the-king-is-coming/
Ed Hindson is the Bible Teacher on The King Is Coming telecast. He is also the Assistant Chancellor, Distinguished Professor, and Dean of the Institute of Biblical Studies and the School of Religion at Liberty University in Virginia.

Mark Hitchcock, http://marklhitchcock.com/about/
Mark Hitchcock is a leading Bible prophecy expert, prolific author who has penned over 20 books on the end times, senior pastor, and adjunct faculty member of the Dallas Theological Seminary.

Ron Rhodes, http://ronrhodes.org/meet-ron.html
Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary (1986). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with High Honors.
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary (1983). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with Honors. Elected to Dean’s List.
B.A., Houston Baptist University (1979). Recipient of the Greek Excellence Award. Chief nominee for the Riverside Scholarship.

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100 – Israel In The End Time Wars – 2

Prophecy The 9 Wars of the End Times, Part 2

In Review

Outline Of The First Four Wars Of The End Times

1. The Psalm 83 War – The War Of Israeli Extermination – Psalm 83 (Tenth Century B.C.), Zechariah 12:6 (487 B.C.), Isaiah 17 (741 B.C.), Jeremiah 49 (600 B.C.)

2. The Ezekiel 38-39 War – The First War Of Gog And Magog – Ezekiel 38-39 (587 B.C.)

3. The Conventional War Of The Tribulation – Revelation 6 (96 A.D.)

4. The Nuclear War Of The Tribulation – Revelation 8-9 (96 A.D.)

Current Teaching

Outline Of The Last Five Wars Of The End Times.

5. The War In The Heavens – Revelation 12 (96 A.D.)

6. The War Against The Jews And The Saints – Revelation 12 (96 A.D.)

7. The Middle East Campaign Of The Anti-Christ – Daniel 11 (534 B.C.)

8. The Battle Of Armageddon – Joel 3 (835 B.C.), Zechariah 14 (487 B.C.), Revelation 19 (96 A.D.)

9. The Second Battle Of Gog And Magog – Revelation 20 (96 A.D.)

Bio – Dr. David Reagan: http://christinprophecy.org/staff/dr-david-r-reagan/

Supporting Video

The Chronology of the End Time Events

Bio – Dr. Ron Rhodes Ron Rhodes http://ronrhodes.org/meet-ron.html
Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary (1986). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with High Honors.
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary (1983). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with Honors. Elected to Dean’s List.

Supporting Thought:

The two videos in this post have a lot of discussion on the Book of Revelation. Within that book of prophecy, comes the discussion of the seal, trumpet and bowl judgments, all of which are the result of the wrath of God, and of no one else. During this post, and two following posts, there will be a brief discussion of each of the tribulation judgments. But, before we proceed, we must consider two important verses of scripture, John 3:3 and John 3:16. John 3:3: To be born again, or to be born from above by the Holy Spirit, is the requirement for anyone to enter into the Presence of God. The part of each person that must be born again, or born from above,” is the spirit. John 3:16: To believe in Christ, is to have eternal life. So, we can say that if we are born again, we also will believe in Christ. And, if we believe in Christ, we have been born again/born from above. Those two verses are “hard and fast!” They are non-negotiable. We can not appear before God in His kingdom without appearing with a spirit that has no flaw (2 Corinthians 5:21). We must have a spirit “that has the indwelling presence of the Spirit or God,” and that also dwells within the Spirit of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)(John 14:20)(Colossians 1:27). Our spirit must be made free from the presence of sin/darkness (1 John 3:5) before it can dwell within God’s Spirit. In essence, before we can appear before God in His eternal kingdom, we must have a spirit that is perfect, and without any flaw of imperfection. So, we must revert back to John 3:3; “we must be born again.”

John 3:3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:3 Names of God Bible (NOG)

3 Yeshua replied to Nicodemus, “I can guarantee this truth: No one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”

John 3:16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

John 3:16 Names of God Bible (NOG)

16 God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.

It is important to know the identity of the people who will be present during the tribulation, which covers chapters 6-13 of the Book of Revelation. It is clear that unsaved people will be the subject of the wrath and judgments of God. But, many people believe that those which are born again believers of Christ will also be the objects of such punishment, and will also have to go through the tribulation. The saints, which are the bride of Christ, are also known as born again believers of Christ. So, if there is no rapture of born again believers in Christ before the tribulation begins, everyone on earth will have to go through the tribulation and be objects of the judgments and wrath of God, “including infants and those which are mentally incapable and those which have the Spirit of God dwelling within their born again spirits.” One of the purposes of the tribulation is to draw unsaved people to saving faith in Christ, both Jew and Gentile. Unsaved people have spirits that are flawed and, “are sin.” Saved people don’t have to be “saved again.” Saved people have spirits that are perfect and, “are righteous” (2 Corinthians 5:17, 21). An unsaved person can accept Christ as their Lord and Savior at anytime in their life, including during the tribulation. Someone, that is saved and born again, can not become more saved or more righteous or more born again, by being subjected to the wrath and judgments of God that will be present during the tribulation. There is no stated purpose for God to put His children (John 1:12-13) in the tribulation to become objects of the oppression of the anti-Christ.

Revelation 3:10 states that “those who dwell on the earth,” will be subject to the time of trial that will take place during the tribulation. Revelation 3:9 says that there will be people that will be kept from that hour of trial. The term, “earth dweller,” relates to someone that is in constant defiance to God, and is also discussed in Revelation 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:8, 13:14, and 17:8. So, we must determine the identity of those of whom are, and are not, “earth dwellers.” Are we to say that infants are earth dwellers? If infants are truly earth dwellers, we must know the reason for such an indictment.” If infants are not earth dwellers, we must know where they “will be” during the tribulation. If babies could be snatched away from the earth prior to the tribulation, such a “catching away” would be a rapture. Of course, the reason for this discussion revolves around whether there is, or is not,” such a thing as a rapture. Of course, we must also consider those people who are not mentally capable of understanding Christ as being Lord and Savior. It is very clear that neither infants, nor people which are mentally incapable of placing their belief in Christ as Lord and Savior, can be considered to be believers in Christ. So, “what happens to them,” when the tribulation takes place? I think that any reasonable person can agree that the nature of God is “to not” commit to His wrath, either infants or mentally incapable people. So, what is God going to do to these two special groups of people? Here is my belief; God will give them a “born again spirit!” But, even with a born again spirit, where will infants and mentally incapable people be found when the tribulation takes place? They definitely are not “earth dwellers.” Only a rapture can remove them from the world during the tribulation. (We won’t discuss,”age of accountability; “it’s not in the Bible.” God will be fair to take care of that situation.)

Let’s now consider those adults that will have been born again before the tribulation takes place. Are they “earth dwellers,” or, are they “citizens of heaven?” (Philippians 3:30). We are born again because Christ imputed His righteousness in us. Then, He took on Himself, “our sin,” thereby making us “the righteousness of God.” Born again believers in Christ are not earth dwellers; their spirits are literally, “in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:21, 5:17).

Let’s add another important fact about those of us which are born again believers in Christ (1 Corinthians 1:2). God has: made us holy, treated us as holy, set us apart as holy, and sanctified us and purified us. As saints, (2 Corinthians 2:1) God has made us holy, treated us as being holy, has set us apart as being holy, and has sanctified, hallowed and purified us.

Born again believers in Christ, “the Church,” are also known as “the bride of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2), and are not people that are known as “earth dwellers,” but are the precious and loved “bride of Christ.” In no way, can the bride of Christ be called, “earth dweller.” In no way, will a loving groom place His bride in the danger that will definitely come upon her in the tribulation. In no way, will God leave any infant, or anyone who is mentally incompetent, on earth to have the judgments of His wrath to be poured out upon them. Christ will remove all of His born again believers from this world. He will come for His saints, and take them away to be in the Presence of God The Father (John 14:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Corinthians 15:50-54). Believers will then be, “absent from the body, and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). Next, we will appear before the bema judgment (Judgment Seat Of Christ), for rewards (2 Corinthians 5:10). The next stop will be where believers in Christ will appear with Christ at the “Marriage of the Lamb,” (Revelation 19:7-8), on the way to the marriage supper of the Lamb on earth (19:9). On the way to the marriage supper, the bride will accompany the bride groom (Christ) to the battle of Armageddon (Revelation 19:11-21), where Christ and the saints will stand on planet earth (Zechariah 14:1-4; 5-16), which is where Christ will inflict judgment on the earth dwellers after the tribulation (Matthew 24:29-30; 25:31-46). The thousand-year reign of Christ, aka Messianic Kingdom, will follow with unbelievers being cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20). Believers in Christ, the bride of Christ, will enter into the eternal state, “New Heaven, New Earth, New Jerusalem,” (Revelation 21-22). The rapture of the church begins this chain of events, which will take place before the tribulation begins.

So, getting back to the question about those which will be left on earth to suffer from the wrath and judgments of God, let’s consider all that will take place during the tribulation. Consider why those of us, “that have passed the test of being “born again,” should be left by God on earth when the tribulation begins. “Earth dwellers,” will be able to accept Christ as Lord and Savior during the tribulation, but will probably be martyred by the forces of the Anti-Christ.

Supporting Scriptures:

Judgments Of The End Times – Seal Judgments

Revelation 6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The First Seal—Rider on White Horse
1 Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.” 2 I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

The Second Seal—War
3 When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come.” 4 And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.

The Third Seal—Famine
5 When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”

The Fourth Seal—Death
7 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” 8 I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.

The Fifth Seal—Martyrs
9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.

The Sixth Seal—Terror
12 I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. 14 The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; 16 and they *said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

Revelation 8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Seventh Seal—the Trumpets
1 When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.

3 Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it to the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.

6 And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them.

99 – Israel In The End Time Wars – 1

Prophecy The 9 Wars of the End Times, Part 1

Outline Of The First Four Wars Of The End Times.

1. The Psalm 83 War – The War Of Israeli Extermination – Psalm 83 (Tenth Century B.C.), Zechariah 12:6 (487 B.C.), Isaiah 17 (741 B.C.), Jeremiah 49 (600 B.C.)

2. The Ezekiel 38-39 War – The First War Of Gog And Magog – Ezekiel 38-39 (587 B.C.)

3. The Conventional War Of The Tribulation – Revelation 6 (96 A.D.)

4. The Nuclear War Of The Tribulation – Revelation 8-9 (96 A.D.)

Bio – Dr. David Reagan: http://christinprophecy.org/staff/dr-david-r-reagan/

Supporting Scriptures:

Matthew 28:18-20 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) (33 A.D.)

18 Yeshua came and talked with them. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore, go and make people from all nations into talmidim, immersing them into the reality of the Father, the Son and the Ruach HaKodesh, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember! I will be with you always, yes, even until the end of the age.” (talmadim=disciples)

Acts 17:11 Names of God Bible (NOG) (53 A.D.)

11 The people of Berea were more open-minded than the people of Thessalonica. They were very willing to receive God’s message, and every day they carefully examined the Scriptures to see if what Paul said was true.

Ephesians 4:11-12 Names of God Bible (NOG) (64 A.D.)

11 He also gave apostles, prophets, missionaries, as well as pastors and teachers as gifts to his church. 12 Their purpose is to prepare God’s people to serve and to build up the body of Christ.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 Names of God Bible (NOG) (66 A.D.)

16 Every Scripture passage is inspired by God. All of them are useful for teaching, pointing out errors, correcting people, and training them for a life that has God’s approval. 17 They equip God’s servants so that they are completely prepared to do good things.

Supporting Thought:

Teaching the Word of God is key to the growth of the body of Christ, not only in number but also in purpose and responsibility (Matt 28:18-20). Spiritual leaders (Eph 4:11) are directed to “prepare God’s people to serve and to build up the body of Christ,” (Eph 4:12). Those who receive the teaching of God’s Word will do well to ensure that the teaching that they receive is correct (Acts 17:11). All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching (2 Tim 3:16-17), but it is obvious that the teaching of the end times (eschatology) is sorely lacking in sermons and lessons in many denominations and congregations. It is horrible to think about all of the believers in Christ who believe that they, and their infant children, will become targets of God’s revelation wrath and will end up in the battle of Armageddon. Proper teaching of eschatology will remove such anxiety and fear from those who should know that they are protected by God’s love for them, and that they will not be subject to the wrath of God that has been reserved for people who have not been born again. The teachings of the prophets of Israel show that the enemies of “God’s chosen people,” are Jew-hating gentiles, primarily from Arab and Muslim nations, being supported by Russia and her allies. There is no room for political correctness, in relation to God’s judgment that will come upon those who try to destroy the men, women and children of Israel. Such a threat to the Jews is common place, and has a place in history that is described in the Book Of Esther when the dispersed Jews were residing in Persia.

Esther 3:13 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (515 B.C.)

13 Letters were sent by couriers to all the king’s provinces to destroy, to kill and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, women and children, in one day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to seize their possessions as plunder.

Supporting Video

Prophetic events to happen.

Bio – Dr. Gary Frazier: https://garyfrazier.com/about/

Specific Scriptural Encouragement For The Study And Teaching Of The End Times

Revelation 1:3 The Voice (VOICE)

3 Blessings come to those who read and proclaim these words aloud; blessings come to those who listen closely and put the prophetic words recorded here into practice. The finale is approaching.

Consider: “The finale is approaching.”

When I was a member of the U.S. Military, there were defense readiness conditions (DEFCONS) that were states of readiness against enemy air attack. The highest state of alert was/is DEFCON 1, which means that “nuclear attack is imminent.” Under DEFCON 1, the U.S. would not know when such an attack would happen, but we were at a state of “Maximum Readiness”, which is the teaching of Revelation 1:3. We don’t know when the end time events will happen, but they are approaching. Therefore, we should be ready for the events of the end times, at all times, by being born again “believers in Christ.” By being born again we will not be subject to the events of the wrath of God, or of the persecutions of the anti-Christ, that will take place during the time of tribulation, as is described in chapters six through nineteen in the Book of Revelation. During that time, the Seal, Trumpet and Bowl judgments are all judgments of God’s wrath. Anyone who is not caught up in the rapture of the church, and taken away to the Presence of God, will be subject to God’s wrath, as well as to the oppressive acts of the anti-Christ.(Rapture:John 14:1-6, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Corinthians 15:50-53)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DEFCON

Defense readiness conditions vary between many commands and have changed over time, and the United States Department of Defense uses exercise terms when referring to the DEFCONs. This is to preclude the possibility of confusing exercise commands with actual operational commands. On 12 January 1966, NORAD “proposed the adoption of the readiness conditions of the JCS system”, and information about the levels was declassified in 2006:

Readiness condition Exercise term Description Readiness

DEFCON 1 COCKED PISTOL Nuclear war is imminent Maximum readiness

98 – Revelation 1:7-11 – Pastor David Hocking

Sermon – 66 Revelation 1:7-11 – Pastor David Hocking – Bible Studies

Bio – Dr. David Hocking – https://www.davidhocking.org/aboutdavid.php

Related Scripture And Commentary

Bible Text: Revelation 1:7-11 (Biblegateway.com)

Revelation 1:7-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Message to the Seven Churches

7 Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.

8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

The Patmos Vision

9 I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet, 11 saying, “Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”

Comments: MacArthur Study Bible

Bio – Dr. John MacArthur – https://www.gracechurch.org/Leader/MacArthur/John?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

1:7 coming with clouds. This echoes the promise of Daniel: The Son of Man will come with the clouds of heaven (Dan. 7:13)—not ordinary clouds but clouds of glory. In the OT, God often manifested Himself in an energized, blazing light, called the Shekinah or glory cloud. No one could see it fully and live (Ex. 33:20), so it had to be veiled. But when Christ returns, the glory will be completely visible. Cf. Matt. 24:29, 30; 25:31; see notes on 6:12–17. they who pierced. Not a reference to the 4 Roman soldiers usually involved in crucifixion, but to the Jews who were actually responsible for Christ’s death (Acts 2:22, 23; 3:14, 15). Zechariah identified the ones who pierced Him as “the house of David” and “the inhabitants of Jerusalem” and prophesied that they will weep tears of genuine repentance because of what they did to their Messiah (Zech. 12:10). all the tribes…will mourn. The mourning of the rest of the earth’s inhabitants is not that which accompanies genuine repentance (cf. 9:21). It is the result of guilt for sin and fear of punishment (6:16; cf. Gen. 3:8–10).

1:8 Alpha and the Omega. These are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. An alphabet is an ingenious way to store and communicate knowledge. The 26 letters in the English alphabet, arranged in almost endless combinations, can hold and convey all knowledge. Christ is the supreme, sovereign alphabet; there is nothing outside His knowledge, so as there are no unknown factors that can sabotage His second coming. (cf. Col. 2:3). the Almighty. “Almighty God” occurs 8 times in Revelation, underscoring that God’s power is supreme over all the cataclysmic events it records (see also 4:8; 11:17; 15:3; 16:7, 14; 19:15; 21:22). He exercises sovereign control over every person, object, and event, and not one molecule in the universe is outside that dominion.

1:9–18 This vision of Christ is equaled in grandeur only by the vision of His final return as King of kings and Lord of lords (19:11–16).

1:9 tribulation and kingdom and patience. Four characteristics that John and his believing readers share: 1) persecution for their faith; 2) membership in the redeemed community over which Christ serves as Lord and King; 3) eager anticipation of the glory of His coming millennial reign on earth; and 4) endurance and perseverance in spite of difficult times. island…called Patmos. Located in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Asia Minor (modern Turkey) and part of a group of about 50 islands, Patmos is a barren, rocky, crescent-shaped island that is about 10 mi. long and less than 6 mi. at its widest point. It served as a Roman penal colony. According to early Christian historian, Eusebius, the emperor Nerva (A.D. 96–98) released John from Patmos.

1:10 in the Spirit. This was not a dream. John was supernaturally transported out of the material world awake—not sleeping—to an experience beyond the normal senses. The Holy Spirit empowered his senses to perceive revelation from God (cf. Acts 10:11). Lord’s Day. This phrase appears in many early Christian writings and refers to Sunday, the day of the Lord’s resurrection. Some have suggested this phrase refers to “the Day of the Lord,” but the context doesn’t support that interpretation, and the grammatical form of the word “Lord” is adjectival, thus “the Lord’s day.” loud voice. Throughout Revelation, a loud sound or voice indicates the solemnity of what God is about to reveal.

1:11 book. The Gr. word refers to a scroll made of parchment formed from papyrus, a reed that grows plentifully along the Nile.

Comments: Dr. John F. Walvoord (Dec). (Bible.org)

Bio – Dr. John F. Walvoord – https://bible.org/users/john-f-walvoord

1:7 There is no indication that the world as a whole will see Christ at the time of the rapture of the church. At His coming to establish His kingdom, however, all will see Him.

1:10 John’s statement in verse 10 that he was in the Spirit refers to his experience of being carried beyond normal sense into a state where God could reveal supernaturally the contents of this book. Such was the experience of Ezekiel (Ezek. 2:2; 3:12, 14; etc.), Peter (Acts 10:10-11; 11: 5), and Paul (Acts 22:17-18)

See more of Dr. Walvoord’s comments:
https://bible.org/seriespage/1-introduction-things-which-thou-hast-seen

93 – Revelation 1:4-6 – Pastor David Hocking

66 Revelation 1:4-6 – Pastor David Hocking – Bible Studies

David Hocking https://www.davidhocking.org/aboutdavid.php

The Rapture. The church is taken to heaven to the judgment seat of Christ, the bema judgment (for believers only). The raptured believers in Christ will be in the Presence of God, where they will receive rewards. Then, the church will be taken to the marriage of the lamb, where the bride (the church) and the bridegroom (Christ) will be joined in marriage in heaven. During the time that the church is in heaven being prepared for the marriage, the tribulation is taking place on earth. After the wedding, the bride/church accompanies the bridegroom/Christ back to earth at the second coming of Christ for judgment at the Battle of Armageddon. Christ and the bride, along with angels, will physically stand on earth. At the rapture, Christ comes in the air, and returns to heaven with the raptured saints, without having stood on earth. At the second coming of Christ, He will stand on the Mount of Olives.

92 – Judgments Of The Tribulation – Trumpet Judgments

What Signs Must Occur Before the Rapture Takes Place?

1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

9 For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, 10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.

Christ, our Lord, will take His bride (the church) away from the place (earth) where God’s wrath will be poured out on those whom are not His bride.

James 5:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

9 Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.

As believers in Christ (the bride of Christ), we should maintain an awareness that Christ may come at any moment to take us away to Heaven, “to meet “The Father.” When we are caught up, and are on our way to Heaven, will be experiencing indescribable excitement? Or, will we be immersed in a state of embarrassment, because of what we were doing at the time of the rapture, with our next stop being Heaven? (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

The Judgments of the Tribulation
The video discusses the seal and trumpet judgments of the tribulation. The trumpet judgments will be the subject of this post.

If you have seen my post, “88 – Judgments Of The Tribulation – Seal Judgments,” you can scroll down to the bold heading, ” THE TRUMPET JUDGMENTS.”

Will the church go through the tribulation? Read on!

Tribulation Judgments.

Seal judgments.Trumpet judgments. Bowl judgments.

Each of these judgments will occur during the time of the tribulation. The Left Behind series of books, movies, and my series of blog posts on that subject, discuss a time in future history that will be as real, “as a heart attack.” The Left Behind movies show those who miss the rapture, and will be left on earth to face a time of tribulation that will be, as Matthew 24:14 describes:

“For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.” (New American Standard Bible)

This series of posts on the Judgments of the tribulation will explain the severity of each seal, trumpet and bowl judgment. The perpetrator of each judgment will be identified. Those who are left behind and experience the judgments will also be identified, as well as the reason for their remaining on earth to come under the judgments.

The End Times! Let’s have a discussion.

As it relates to the things that relate to eschatology, and the timing of those events, it has been my experience that some people believe in a pre-tribulation rapture and some don’t; there are others that don’t care or have no opinion, one way or the other. It is my opinion that a leader of a congregation should be able to answer honest questions that come from their church members that relate to the end times. A comment that I have heard many times about the tribulation is, “pre-trib, post-trib, pan-trib,” and it’ll all “pan out” in the end. Such an ill-contrived response to an honest question should never be given. There are many highly respected teachers of the end times who have written and spoken extensively on the events of the end times. There are a few seminaries who have highly regarded instructors who teach eschatology. Dallas Theological Seminary and Moody Bible Institute are two of those seminaries. Evangelical and pentecostal churches are more likely to effectively explain subjects that relate to the end times. Liberal mainline churches, such as those who are members of the National Council of Churches, are less likely to provide such accuracy of discussion.

Eschatology

Eschatology is the study of the teachings of the Bible concerning the end times. Events of the end times relate to the pre-rapture attacks on Israel, the rapture, the resurrection of the just and unjust, “Satan the Anti-Christ and the false prophet,” the Bema Judgment, the tribulation, the three witnesses, the 144,000 Jewish missionaries, the marriage in heaven, the Battle Of Armageddon, the millennium, the binding of Satan, the final judgment, the lake of fire and, “the new heavens, new earth, new Jerusalem and the eternal state.” In one way or other, most of the books of the Bible deal with end-times subjects. More than twenty-five percent of all scriptures relate to prophecy. The following link has a greater discussion of eschatology. https://www.gotquestions.org/Eschatology.html

Left Behind

The Left Behind series of books and movies have been very effective in peaking the interest of people to the eventuality of the rapture of the church. However, many people have considered the subject to be a matter of science fiction. In the series of blog posts that I am now writing, which describes the rapture of the church, and the events that precede and follow that end time event of eschatology, I am using the Left Behind series as a key source of reference. A great deal of prophetic knowledge has been provided by Dr.Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, who co-authored the Left Behind series. The following link has a video discussion by those authors about the Series. It should be known that the key author was Tim LaHaye. http://leftbehind.com/ The following link provides a biography of the life of Tim LaHaye. https://www.biography.com/people/tim-lahaye-204548

The Late Great Planet Earth

In the early 1970s, I heard about a book that was very popular, and was thought by many to be a book of science fiction. The book was titled, “The Late Great Planet Earth,” and was authored by Hal Lindsey, with the assistance of Carol Carlson. In time, many people began to understand that the book related to the end times study of scripture, and addressed many of the things that Tim LaHaye would later discuss in the Left Behind Series. The following link has more information on “Late Great Planet Earth.”
http://www.zondervan.com/the-late-great-planet-earth

THE TRUMPET JUDGMENTS

Christ (the Lamb) will open the seventh seal judgment. The seven angels who stand before God will be given seven trumpets. It is from these angels that the wrath of God, through each trumpet judgment, will be unleashed on “those who dwell on the earth,” (Revelation 3:10, 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:14, 17:2, 17:8). As you read the verses of Revelation that discuss the judgments, pay close attention to whomever is opening each judgment. You will see “the Lamb” (Christ) opening each seal judgment, angels blowing trumpets which unleash the trumpet judgments, and angels pouring out the bowl judgments. Each judgment will affect earth dwellers, which are those who dwell on the earth. To deny the reality of the rapture of believers, is to have a belief that each judgment will be unleashed by God on every born again man, woman, and child, to include infants, along with the earth dwellers. Earth dwellers are those who had defied God during their lifetime, and had never accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. To deny the reality of the rapture of the church, is also to deny the value of 2 Corinthians 5:21, which states that born again believers have been made to be, “the righteousness of God,” and that even with that state of righteousness, believers will be condemned to suffer from the same judgments as those of the earth dwellers, who are not righteous and have not had their judgment satisfied by the death of Christ on the cross (Romans 8:1).

Romans 8:1 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

1. Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

So, the denial of the reality of the rapture is one that explains each person’s view of God’s love for His people.

Consider what it is that keeps believers in Christ saved from the things of the world, regardless of what those things may be. Believers are “overcomers!”

1 John 5:4 New King James Version (NKJV)

4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

Introduction To The Trumpet Judgments

Revelation 8 New King James Version (NKJV)

Seventh Seal: Prelude to the Seven Trumpets

1 When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. 3 Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.

6 So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

First Trumpet: Vegetation Struck

7 The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.

Second Trumpet: The Seas Struck

8 Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. 9 And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

Third Trumpet: The Waters Struck

10 Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11 The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.

Fourth Trumpet: The Heavens Struck

12 Then the fourth angel sounded: And a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night.

13 And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”

Revelation 9 New King James Version (NKJV)

Fifth Trumpet: The Locusts from the Bottomless Pit

1 Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. 3 Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. 6 In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.

7 The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. 8 They had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9 And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle. 10 They h

Sixth Trumpet: The Angels from the Euphrates

13 Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. 17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. 18 By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed—by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths. 19 For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm.

20 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21 And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.ad tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails. Their power was to hurt men five months. 11 And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.

12 One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things.

Revelation 11:15-19 New King James Version (NKJV)

Seventh Trumpet: The Kingdom Proclaimed

15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” 16 And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying:

“We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty,
The One who is and who was and who is to come,
Because You have taken Your great power and reigned.
18
The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come,
And the time of the dead, that they should be judged,
And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints,
And those who fear Your name, small and great,
And should destroy those who destroy the earth.”

19 Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.

Consider the wrath of God. It is from God, the Lamb of God, and God’s angels, that God’s judgments are unleashed on “those who dwell on the earth” (Rev 3:10, 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:14, 17:2, 17:8). The church will be translated (their mortal bodies will be changed into eternal immortal bodies…1 Corinthians 15:51-53), and raptured, and taken to Heaven before the outpouring of God’s wrath occurs. The church is very prominent in Chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation, but is not mentioned again until 22:16, except as the bride of the Lamb in Heaven, at the close of the tribulation (Rev 19:7-8). Nowhere in the book of Revelation, during the time of God’s wrath, and the oppression of the anti-christ (chap 6-19), is the church mentioned. The church is not seen anywhere on earth, which points to the protection and removal of the church during the days of the wrath of God. The church in not identified in the book of Revelation, from 3:22 to its next appearance in 22:16, which relates to the churches of the first three chapters. As we continue this study, we will see that the anti-christ is a tool of God, and not someone who is in charge of the events of the tribulation. We will see that the wrath of the tribulation is “God’s wrath,” and not the wrath of the anti-christ. (Mine)

The anti-christ may be alive today. If so, he will most likely be charismatic in worldwide acceptance. He will most likely be a European from the old Roman Empire, and will be a homosexual. If he is alive today, he will be seen on international television broadcasts. But, in spite of his being viewed by the world, to include believers in Christ, “after the rapture occurs” those believers in Christ will not be affected by the anti-christ. (Mine)

My comments are based on the notes of the MacArthur Study Bible (MAC), Ryrie Study Bible (RYR), and Walvoord Commentary on Revelation.

Lord come (in the air) quickly!

To learn more about the trumpet judgments, please check out the comments that were made by Dr. John F. Walvoord (Deceased) and published in Bible.org

https://bible.org/users/john-f-walvoord

https://bible.org/seriespage/8-seventh-seal-and-beginning-trumpets
https://bible.org/seriespage/9-fifth-and-sixth-trumpets-first-and-second-woes
https://bible.org/seriespage/11-two-witnesses-and-seventh-trumpet

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89 – A Look Back – Left Behind 1 – Ezekiel 38-39 Attack on Israel

Left Behind ~ Trailer

A Look Back – Left Behind 1 – Ezekiel 38-39 Attack On Israel

Many people are confused in relation to the subject of this post. There are others who criticize the Left Behind series of books, without having read them, and the Left Behind series of movies, without having viewed any of them. The Apocalypse And Beyond series of posts are not intended to be a study of the Left Behind series of videos or books. There are many sources of information that are used in the creation of the Apocalypse And Beyond articles, with Left Behind being one of them.

The opening scenes in Left Behind 1 show the attack on Israel that takes place in Ezekiel 38, and was prophesied by that prophet of Israel in 587 B.C. The movie shows that attack ending in failure, without the Israeli forces confronting them; God is in control. God will guide the attacking forces to Israel; He will cause the attacking forces to attack Israel (Ezekiel 38:4). God will defeat the attacking forces. The events of Ezekiel 38 are not an allegory. Consider the words of Ezekiel 38:23:  “I shall magnify Myself, sanctify myself, and make Myself known in the sight of many nations; and they will know that I am the Lord.”

Ezekiel 38:4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

4 I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them splendidly attired, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them wielding swords;

God will bring about victory for the Jews. This invasion by Gog and Magog is not the same as the battle of Gog and Magog which takes place at the end of the millennium, when Satan is unbound and leads a final revolt against God, and loses (Revelation 20:7-10). Remember the question: “Why will God put precious little babies in the time of the tribulation?”

Based on my study of scripture, the Ezekiel 38 attack on Israel will occur prior to the rapture of the church, and the following tribulation.  Consider the following video which has highly regarded teachers of eschatology, as they discuss the Ezekiel 38-39 attack on Israel.

The Ezekiel 38 War and the Battle of Armageddon
John Ankerberg Show, Published on Oct 28, 2016

Dr. Mark Hitchcock and Dr. Ron Rhodes explain what the Bible teaches about the Ezekiel 38 war and what happens in the final battle of Armageddon.

Rapture! Tribulation! Millennium! Eternal State!

There is thought that the church will have to go through the tribulation, without an explanation being offered of why infants will be present on earth when the judgments of God are unleashed. There are also believers, those who have been born again and have the Spirit of Christ dwelling within their spirit, who believe that they will be present during the tribulation. They believe that they will be among the unbelieving “earth dwellers” (Revelation 3:10) experiencing the same judgments. It is important to remember that it is the sin of unbelief for which Christ paid our sin debt (John 1:29). It is because of the sin of unbelief that unbelievers are the earth dwellers during the tribulation, and are cast into the lake of fire at the Great White Throne Judgment (John 3:18 and Romans 8:1, Rev 20:15). Most important of any consideration is that God is charge and control of the tribulation, “not the anti-Christ.” 

The Apocalypse series of posts will address the issues that may appear to be problematic. Questions from readers will be answered, based on scripture. There are other of my posts that also contain information on the end times. A link to the blogs that contain those posts will be shown at the bottom of this page. 

In reference to Christians who believe that the church will go through the tribulation, please! Let me ask! “WHY???” Please consider my following thoughts on the subject of the rapture of the church.

As a parent, we try to protect our children from all danger. We don’t knowingly put our children in harm’s way. God is our loving heavenly father; His protection for His children is much greater. So, here is an honest question that deserves an honest answer:

Why would God cause little babies to go through the tribulation? Consider the words of Christ, as follows. 

“For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.” (Matthew 24:21)

Revelation 3:10 says that the tribulation will come upon “all who dwell on the earth.” That is a statement that relates to everyone who will be present on earth during the tribulation.  So, we must remain on the subject of why God would unleash his wrath, his acts of punishment, on little babies? For those who have infants, let’s make that question very personal. For what reason would God unleash his seal judgments, trumpet judgments and bowl judgments, “on your precious infant?” If you believe that the church will be present during the tribulation, you must come to the understanding that if the church is present on earth during the tribulation, your infant will most likely die from the actions that God will orchestrate. Also, your infant will be affected by all of the terror that the forces of the anti-christ will pour out on those who are present on earth, especially Christians and Jews. Someone, please explain the purpose for those of us who are born again believers in Christ to have to come under the wrath of God. We have already been born again, with the Spirit of Christ dwelling within our spirit, which has been made to be as pure as the Spirit of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). There is nothing more than can be done to make us more acceptable to God. The tribulation is designed to draw Jews to accept Christ as Messiah. Gentiles will also be among the “earth dwellers” that will have the opportunity to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. The testing of Revelation 3:10 is designed for “those who dwell on the earth.” The description of that test, which is God’s wrath, is shown in Revelation 6:1-8:6 (Seal Judgments), Revelation 8:7-9:21 (Trumpet Judgments). and Revelation 15:1-16:21 (Bowl Judgments). I encourage every parent to read those verses and then ask yourself: “what does the wrath of God have to do with my child, or with any other born again believer in Christ?”

Revelation 3:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

10 Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

It is our faith in God that “perseveres” us from any, and all, things that may happen.

1 John 5:4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

God’s Wrath (Seal Judgments, Trumpet Judgments, Bowl Judgments)

Revelation 6:1, and following verses (1-17) show that the Lamb of God, “Christ,” opens the seal judgments that will be opened and unleashed onto all who dwell on the earth.

Revelation 8:1-9:21, show that angels pour out the trumpet judgments. (8 vs 5 Then the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it onto the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake).

Revelation 15:1-16:21, show that angels pour out the bowl judgments. (16 vs 2 So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.) Those who are earth dwellers gather for their attack on Jerusalem at Armageddon in Revelation 16:16.

Many people don’t consider the severity of the tribulation. Consider the words of Christ. Don’t just look at the words. Read them carefully, and digest how very horrible it will be on earth during the time of the tribulation. We suffer tribulation during our lifetimes, but never will we suffer from such as will be brought on earth by God’s wrath after the rapture of the church takes place.

Matthew 24:21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

21 For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.

It will be after the tribulation that Christ returns to earth, to bring judgment. Consider the Words of Christ.

Matthew 24:29 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Glorious Return

29 “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. 31 And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

Those who know Christ would not mourn at his appearing.

Along with Christ will be His angels and raptured believers. The “elect” are the Jews (Deuteronomy 7:6), who are scattered around the world.

Zechariah 14:1-16 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (487 B.C.)

God Will Battle Jerusalem’s Foes

1 Behold, a day is coming for the Lord when the spoil taken from you will be divided among you. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle. 4 In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south. 5 You will flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you will flee just as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with Him!

6 In that day there will be no light; the luminaries will dwindle. 7 For it will be a unique day which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at evening time there will be light.

8 And in that day living waters will flow out of Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter.

God Will Be King over All

9 And the Lord will be king over all the earth; in that day the Lord will be the only one, and His name the only one.

10 All the land will be changed into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem; but Jerusalem will rise and remain on its site from Benjamin’s Gate as far as the place of the First Gate to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s wine presses. 11 People will live in it, and there will no longer be a curse, for Jerusalem will dwell in security.

12 Now this will be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem; their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongue will rot in their mouth. 13 It will come about in that day that a great panic from the Lord will fall on them; and they will seize one another’s hand, and the hand of one will be lifted against the hand of another. 14 Judah also will fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the surrounding nations will be gathered, gold and silver and garments in great abundance. 15 So also like this plague will be the plague on the horse, the mule, the camel, the donkey and all the cattle that will be in those camps.

16 Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths.

Zechariah’s prophecy tells of the battle that comes against the Jews at the Battle of Armageddon, when Christ returns to earth with His Holy ones, angels and raptured saints, and then stands on the Mount of Olives at Jerusalem. The battle will be quick, with Christ defeating the foes of Israel; He will speak victory (Revelation 19:14-15, below).

Revelation 19:7-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Marriage of the Lamb

7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” 8 It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

The raptured saints had just come from the marriage of the Lamb (Christ) to the saints, which took place in heaven.

Revelation 19:7-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Marriage of the Lamb

7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” 8 It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

9 Then he *said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” And he *said to me, “These are true words of God.” 10 Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he *said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

The Coming of Christ

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. 16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.”

19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.

Doom of the Beast and False Prophet

20 And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.

The Battle of Armageddon is shown in Matthew 24, Zechariah 14, and Revelation 19. The preparation by earth dwellers for their attack on Israel at the Battle of Armageddon is shown in Revelation 16:13-16.

The punishment by Christ on unbelieving earth dwellers is shown again in Matthew 25.

Matthew 25:31-46 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Judgment

31 “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33 and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

41 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43 I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ 44 Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

The verses of Matthew 25:31-41 explain the sheep and goat judgment. The sheep are gentiles who showed mercy on the Jews during the tribulation,”My brethren.” Such mercy shows that those gentiles were compassionate to the Jews because they (sheep) had come to saving faith in Christ as the Messiah. The goats are gentiles who did not show mercy on the Jews. They showed by their lack of concern for the Jews, “My brethren,” that they had not come to saving faith in Christ.

It will be after the tribulation that the millennium, the thousand-year reign of Christ with His saints (Old and New Testament), will take place. (Rev 20:4-6). The rapture of the church takes place prior to the tribulation. (Pre-Trib). The tribulation takes place prior to the millennium (Pre-Millennial). The millennium precedes the eternal estate (Revelation 21:1-22:21) (new heaven, new earth, new Jerusalem).

So, please consider my question again. “Why would God put precious little babies in the time of His judgments, and the persecution of the anti-christ? The wrath of God (seal, trumpet, bowl judgments) is just that, “the wrath of God!” It is not the wrath of the anti-christ. Consider again the fate of the earth dwellers.

Revelation 3:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

10 Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

Little infants do not have to pass a test during the tribulation. What kind of test could be made for them to pass? (Revelation 3:10)

Earth dwellers are also mentioned in: Rev 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:8, 13:14, 17:8. In each verse, earth dwellers are defiant unbelievers in Christ. Even as God’s wrath increases in severity, the earth dwellers continue to defy God.

Let me close by making a statement of fact, as opposed to asking a question. So, here it is!

No little baby will be an earth dweller; neither will anybody else who knows Christ as Lord and Savior. No little baby, or born again believer in Christ, will miss the rapture and find themselves in the tribulation.

The rapture of the church is not an allegory, neither is the tribulation!

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Comfort of Christ’s Coming

13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.

15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

This is the account of the pre-tribulation rapture of the church/new testament saints. Christ will come in the air for the catching up His saints (John 14:1-6; 1 Corinthians 15:49-54, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).  He will not come to earth, as He does in Zechariah 14, Revelation 19 and Matthew 24. The deceased church age saints will be raised from death. The saints who are alive will be caught up in the air, along with the deceased saints.; we will meet Christ in the air. From that point forward, we will always be with Christ. We are told to comfort one another with the knowledge of the rapture of the church (1 Thessalonians 4:18). At the second coming of Christ, when He stands on earth (with His raptured saints with him), the “earth dwellers” are not comforted. (Matthew 24:30). The spirits of the Old Testament saints are now in the Presence of God (Luke 16:19-31; 2 Corinthians 5:8), as will be the spirits of the unbelievers who come to saving faith in Christ during the tribulation (and are martyred by the forces of the anti-christ), as are the spirits of believers of the new testament age, both living and deceased. The resurrection of the bodies of the Old Testament saints will take place at the end of the tribulation/Battle of Armageddon (Daniel 12:1-2), along with the bodies of the tribulation saints (Revelation 20:4). The bodies of the New Testament saints will be raptured prior to the tribulation, and will be reunited with their “spirit, soul and body at the time of the rapture (1 Thessalonaians 5:23). After the marriage of the lamb, to these saints, the saints will rule and reign with Christ during the millennium (thousand year reign of Christ), along with the resurrected saints of the Old Testament, and tribulation.

1 Thessalonians 4:18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Let’s consider a passage of scripture that is common to most believers in Christ, but is one whose total meaning is also missed by many believers in Christ. 

John 14:1-6 (NASB)

Christ Comforts His Disciples

14 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And you know the way where I am going.”5 Thomas *said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” 6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

The subject is God the Father, God the Son, and the born again believers in Christ. Christ tells the disciples that in God’s house are many dwelling places, for a fact! Christ tells the disciples that He is going to prepare a place for those born again believers in Christ, and that He will return for His believers and take them to “the Father’s house.” Thomas is confused about what Christ is saying.  Christ explains three key aspects of Who He is:  “the way, and the truth, and the life.” He finishes his discussion by saying, “I will come back from Heaven and take you back with me.” He also said that there is no other way that anyone can go from earth to Heaven without His taking them (verse 6). John 14:6 is often quoted to show that there is salvation, only in the Name of Christ. But, the direct teaching of this passage is that Christ will come back to earth for His believers, “catch them up, snatch them away,”  and take them to heaven “with Him”  which occurs at the rapture of the church. Christ will not remain on earth when the rapture takes place. He will take with Him, to the Presence of God the Father, those who know him in life as Lord and Savior, and those who had known Him as Lord and Savior prior to their death. The Apostle Paul explains in 2 Corinthians 5:8 that believers who are no longer in their earthly bodies, will be in the Presence of God. In verse 10, Christ tells believers that they will then stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ, the bema judgment (for believers, not to determine their salvation or punishment, but for rewards). The next step in the eternal lives of the raptured believers is the marriage of the Lamb/Christ, to His raptured believers, which takes place in Heaven (Revelation 19:7-8).  It is after the marriage of the Lamb, that He/Christ will return to earth, with His bride/church, for judgment on unbelievers (Revelation 19:11-21; Zechariah 14:1-16; Matthew 24:29-31; 25:31-46), and the following thousand year reign of Christ, which is also known as the millennium and the Kingdom of God.

For Your Name Is Holy – I Enter The Holy of Holies – Paul Wilbur

Lord come (in the air) quickly!

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80 – LEFT BEHIND 1 – THIS IS NOT SCIENCE FICTION

The rapture will happen quicker than, “the twinkling of an eye.”

Consider the following verse of scripture. It explains what will immediately happen after the rapture takes place, (Rapture: Latin, rapio. Greek, harpazo. English, catch up, snatch away).

1 Corinthians 15:52 The Voice (VOICE)

52 It will all happen so fast, in a blink, a mere flutter of the eye. The last trumpet will call, and the dead will be raised from their graves with a body that does not, cannot decay. All of us will be changed!

Those who are dead at the time of the rapture, and knew Christ as their Lord and Savior prior to their death, will have their bodies raised from their graves and will be given bodies that are immortal, and that will never die again, or suffer any kind of sickness, illness or disease. Those who are alive at the time of the rapture, will have their mortal bodies changed to immortal bodies, that will never decay or die. Both, dead and living, will have their “changed” bodies raised up to heaven where they will live forever in eternity with Christ.

Consider the future that the raptured saints of God will experience, as described in the following verse.

Revelation 21:3-5 World English Bible (WEB)

3 I heard a loud voice out of heaven saying, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with people, and he will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away from them every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; neither will there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more. The first things have passed away.”

5 He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” He said, “Write, for these words of God are faithful and true.”

For the people who have not been born again, and are “left behind” on earth when the rapture takes place, they will face a future that can be best described as “the worst nightmare” of their lives. Worldwide confusion, chaos, violence, death and destruction will soon become “the norm for each day; the “Amber Alert” system will be overwhelmed. With the added natural and cosmic disturbances, the news crews of ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC will have “never ending days.” World governments will be, “less than Godly.” Consider the following movie, which adapts to the book, “Left Behind,” and was written by Dr. Tim LeHaye. The movie and book series are based on Bible prophecy, and should not be considered to be “science fiction.” My plea to anyone, who has not been born again, is for you to come to know Christ as your Lord and Savior. Otherwise, “you will be left behind!” It’s a choice; make the right one! Consider the following verse of scripture that describes the conditions that will take place after the rapture takes place.

Matthew 24:21 World English Bible (WEB)

21 for then there will be great oppression, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, nor ever will be.

Now, the movie. Watch it very attentively. It is based on biblical prophecy. I have no reason to doubt the accuracy of the events that take place in the movie.

Left Behind,The best Original Movie