Rev 22 – Life In The New Jerusalem

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I. Video Details.

Matt Redman – One Day (When We All Get To Heaven) (Acoustic). Oct 6, 2017. Matt Redman.
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II. Key Verses regarding the New Jerusalem and the Eternal State.

Revelation 21:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
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.

Revelation 21:2 New King James Version (NKJV)
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.

Revelation 22:3 (NKJV)
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.

Revelation 22:4 (NKJV)
4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.

III. Introduction.

A. Overview of Rev 22.

In this area of scripture we see creation as God always intended it to be (before sin entered the picture) in the new heaven and new earth. We also see the city in the eternal state, the new Jerusalem, which is the city of our citizenship (Phil 3:20), which we will inhabit one day. It is important for believers in Christ to know that our destination is not the Garden of Eden, but a city. The story of the Bible is “a garden to a city, with a cross in between.” Of significance is that in the city, there is no tree of knowledge. There is no opportunity for us to sin; we have already been put to the test, and have passed that test by coming to saving faith in Christ. We are in our permanent environment, in our eternal and perfect resurrection body (1 Cor 15:50-54). The throne of God has become the throne of the lamb; there has been a merger of the two thrones (Rev 22:1). Rev 3:21 identifies the throne of the Lamb, and the throne of “God the Father.” Rev 22:2 says that the leaves of the tree of life were for the healing of the nations; “God is bringing them (nations) back to His original design for them.” It is important to remember that anyone in the eternal state, of the Kingdom Of God, has been born again (John 3:3). Rev 22:3 states that there will no longer be a curse (Rom 8:19-22, Gen 3:14-19). The Godly throne will be present. We, who have been born again (bond servants), will serve God. Restated in this verse, are that the throne of God, and the Lamb, will be present in New Jerusalem of the eternal state. Rev 22:4 tells us that we will see the face of God, and that God’s Name will be placed on our foreheads; which will be “a new name” (Rev 2:17); and, “the Name of My God, and My New Name” Rev 3:12. Rev 19:12, “He has a Name written on “Him” which no one knows except Himself”; this is perhaps the same name which He will write on the overcomer (Ryrie, 2:17, 3:12). Rev 19:16: He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Rev 22:5, God will be the sole provider of all light. Believers will reign with Christ forever.

B. Comparison Of Eden (Gen 1-2) and Eternal State (Rev 21-22).

Division: light/darkness. E 1:4. No night. ES 21:25.
Division: land/sea E 1:10. No sea ES 21:1.
Sun and Moon: E 1:16. No sun and moon ES 21:23.
Garden: E 2:8-9. City ES 21:1.
River flowing out of Eden E 2:10. River flowing from throne ES 22:1.
Gold in the land: E 2:12. Gold in the city ES 21:21.
Tree of life in the middle of garden E 2:9. Tree of life throughout city ES 22:2.
Bdellium and onyx stone. E 2:12. All manner of stones ES 21:19.
God walking in the garden. E 3:8. God dwelling with His people ES 21:3.

C. Comparison of Millennium (Rev 20) and Eternal State (Rev 21-22).

Sin restrained M. Sin removed ES.
Curse restrained M. Curse removed ES.
Death M. No Death ES.
Mortals and those resurrected M. Only those resurrected ES.
Mortals destinies undecided M. All destinies sealed ES.
Temporary M. Eternal ES.
Transitional M. Non-transitional ES.

D. Comparison of Millennium (Rev 20:1-10) and Eternal State (Rev 21-22).

Time M Rev 20:4. ES Rev 22:5.
Luminaries M Isa 30:26. ES Rev 21:23; 22:5.
Temple M Ezek 40-48. ES Rev 21:22.
Death M Isa 65:20. ES Rev 21:4.
Satanic activity M 20:7. ES Rev 20:10.
Rebellion M 20:8-9. ES Rev 21:27.

E. Life In The Eternal City.

1. Scripture does not give details of life in the eternal Kingdom of God. However, there are glimpses in the Bible of what eternal life will be like in the Presence of God, and the Lamb (Rev 21:22), where “They share the same throne,” (Rev 22:1).

a. We are told that there will be a life of fellowship with Christ (John 14:3).
b. There will be a life of rest (Rev 14:13).
c. We will have a life of full knowledge (1 Cor 13:12).
d. There will be a life of holiness (Rev 21:27).
e. We will experience a life of joy (Rev 21:4).
f. Our eternal lives will be lives of service (Rev 22:3).
g. We will have lives of abundance (Rev 21:6).
h. Each of us will have lives of glory (Col 3:4).
i. We will have a life of worship (Rev 7:9-12).

2. Details of III., A-D, were taken from a video discussion of Dr. Andy Woods, Revelation 72. Identification Through Omission. Rev. 22:1-5 (youtube.com), and https://slbc.org/media/sermon-archives/ The credentials of Dr. Woods can be found in my About Sources Page.

3. Details on, III., E., 1.a.-i., “Life In The Eternal City,” come from a larger discussion that is provided by Dr. J.Dwight Pentecost, “Things To Come,” pages 580-583. The credentials of Dr. Pentecost (deceased) can be found in my About Sources Page.

IV. Scripture Study Details.

A. Translation considerations. Revelation 22 (NASB) Text and Comments. The NASB translation was chosen for the following scriptures of this article because of two main reasons. First, the NASB capitalizes the first letter of pronouns that address God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit); not all Bible translations show that same respect for God. Second, the NASB has a history of correctness in translation. Scripture notes come from the Ryrie Study Bible, due to the demonstrated knowledge of scripture of Dr. Charles Ryrie (Deceased), and because of the concise way that he makes his thoughts known. The credentials of Dr. Ryrie can be found in the About Sources Page of this site. Everybody should have a Ryrie Study Bible.

B. Text. Rev 22. New American Standard Bible.

The River and the Tree of Life

1. Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, 2 in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; 4 they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. 5 And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.

6 And he said to me, “These words are faithful and true”; and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His angel to show to His bond-servants the things which must soon take place.

7 “And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.”

8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed me these things. 9 But he *said to me, “Do not do that. I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren the prophets and of those who heed the words of this book. Worship God.”

The Final Message

10 And he *said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. 11 Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy.”

12 “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

14 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. 15 Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.

18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

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C. Comments. Revelation 22. Ryrie Study Bible.

22:1-2. These descriptive phrases indicate fullness of life and continuous blessing in the New Jerusalem.
22:3-5. The “curse” and all darkness will be excluded; and service, communion, and reigning will be the believers; privileges.
22:8-9. Again John is commanded not to worship angels (see 19:10).
22:11. When Christ comes, there will be no more opportunity for a man to change his destiny. What he is then will be forever.
22:12. Salvation is not of works, but rewards are.
22:14. “Blessed are those who wash their robes.” I.e., believers.
22:15. “dogs.” Not animals, but people of low character (cf. Phil. 3:2).
22:16-17. Jesus is gracious because (1) He gave the book of Revelation to the churches, (2) as the son of “David” He will fulfill Israel’s promises, (3) He is the “morning star,” the precursor of the new day, and (4) He offers the “water of life” freely.”

V. Summary.

A. Having completed this last book of God’s Holy Word, we have seen the fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen 12:3). There are highly regarded theologians who see the fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant as being in the Millennium (Rev 20). There are other highly regarded theologians who see the fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant as being in the Eternal State (Rev 21-22). My belief is that the Abrahamic Covenant will be fulfilled in the Millennium, per Gen 15:18, where two major rivers are described. In Rev 21:1 there is no sea.

B. The MacArthur Study Bible says that there will be no water in the Eternal State; The New American Commentary on Revelation agrees. The Walvoord Commentary on Revelation on 21:1 states that “the new earth apparently will have no bodies of water.” Walvoord states in 22:1, “this river corresponds to the present believer’s experience of the outflow of the Holy Spirit.” Walvoord, also states in 22:2, “the river is not a broad body of water, but a clear stream sufficiently narrow for all, for this arrangement (of this verse). Gen 15 cites two major rivers; Rev 22 identifies “sorts of water” but no rivers. The sources, that I have cited, confirm that the Abrahamic Covenant will be fulfilled in the Millennium, where there will be two major rivers in the promised land.

VI. Looking Ahead.

In our next series of studies, we will go back into the Old Testament. We will look at Israel, as “God’s chosen people” (Deu 14:2) continue their travel toward the promised land of the Abrahamic Covenant. We will discuss key events that take place from 1 Samuel, through the time of the fall of Jerusalem at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylonian troops. The timeline for this next study will be from 1171 B.C., (Scofield Study Bible, Copyright 1909), until 586 B.C., (Ryrie Study Bible, Copyright 1986).

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“Doctors killing babies”

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I. Video Details. Baby – New Born – Infant – Crying Baby – Stock Footage. Oct 15, 2015. Images Best Shot.
An infant (from the Latin word infants, meaning “unable to speak” or “speechless”). A newborn is an infant who is only hours, days, or up to a few weeks old. In medical contexts, newborn or neonate (from Latin, neonatus, newborn) refers to an infant in the first 28 days after birth; the term applies to premature infants, postmature infants, and full term infants.

II. Equipping Comments.

A. The following two statements are contained in the Life News article that is contained in this post.

1. “sometimes doctors will kill the babies ahead of time by injecting the baby’s heart through the mom’s abdomen with [drugs] … that causes instant cardiac arrest”

2. “The lethal injection to her womb was supposed to still the baby’s heart”

B. The infant that is shown in the opening video is newly born. Consider the facts that are shown in the following article.

1. Consider this year’s group of Democrat candidates whom are seeking the office of President of the United States of America. No Democrat candidate opposes abortion; all democrat candidates support the killing of unborn babies. Every person who votes for a democrat, or supports a democrat candidate, in any way, is complicit in the murders of millions of unborn babies each year.

a. John 3:3 says that no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they have been born again. John 14:26 and 16:7-11 tell us that all whom has been born again will have the continuing teaching of God’s Holy Spirit of the righteousness of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). Rev 20:15 tells us that all whom have not been born again will spend eternity in the lake of fire (Rev 13:8, 17:8).

b. 1 John 3:6 says, “No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.” All of us have done things that are sinful, even we whom have been born again. But, all who persist in a sinful lifestyle show that they do not have the Holy Spirit dwelling within their spirits prompting them to righteousness. No one whom persists in supporting the killing of unborn babies has God’s Holy Spirit dwelling within their spirit prompting them to righteousness; such a person has not been born again, and will spend eternity in the lake of fire unless they accept Christ as their Lord and Savior; true belief in Christ will cause them to repent of their murderous thoughts and actions of killing unborn babies.

2. All of us probably know Democrats. Those who are Democrats in name only, and do not support the killing of unborn babies, need to flee that ungodly party. Democrats, who actually vote for Democrat candidates, or support the Democrat party in any way, are complicit in the killing of unborn babies; these Democrats “have not been born again; these Democrats will spend eternity in the lake of fire, unless they repent of their unbelief in Christ, which will change their attitudes of supporting the murders of unborn babies.

3. None of us can reach the whole world with the truth of the murderous attitudes of the Democrat party. However, we can influence our family members, especially children and grandchildren, with the truth about Democrats and abortion. We must protect our families from the ungodly Democrat party. We must also protect our families from the lies of “fake news,” which supports the Democrat party and abortion on demand. We must protect our families from the reporting of ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC; we must change the TV channel!

C. The following news article tells of the horrors of unborn babies being murdered by abortionists. Anyone who assists in such abortions is also complicit in the murders of unborn babies. Nobody who claims to be a believer in Christ can have a job that involves the killing of unborn babies; if such a “believer” (?), stays in a baby killing occupation, that person is not a believer in Christ, and has not been born again.

III. Life News Article.

Baby Boy Survived Abortion But Died in His Mother’ Arms After Medical Staff Refused Treatment

Baby Boy Survived Abortion But Died in His Mother’ Arms After Medical Staff Refused Treatment
OPINION TONY PERKINS FEB 21, 2020 | 11:12AM WASHINGTON, DC

Her abortion was supposed to be “100% effective.” That’s what doctors told Sofia Khan when she found out her unborn son had spina bifida.

“We were heartbroken,” she told the U.K.’s Sun, “but we made the decision to terminate. We felt it was best for the baby, but even so, I had moments of doubt and guilt.” But that doubt and guilt gave way to horror the day her procedure came—and her baby was born alive.

The lethal injection to her womb was supposed to still the baby’s heart, but hours after the procedure she panicked. She could feel her son “wiggling around”—something the midwife called “impossible.” The doctors did two scans and insisted there was no heartbeat.

“It was a relief to know his suffering was over but heartbreaking that he was gone,” Khan admitted.

She was transferred to the hospital, where she started to have a strange feeling. “I felt the baby kick,” she insisted to the staff. “I asked her to put the monitor on to be sure, but she said there was no need.”

Ten hours later, instead of giving birth to a dead baby, she heard crying.

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“The midwife went into shock. She was screaming for help, [running] with the baby into the corridor. They brought him back and said: ‘What do you want us to do?’ and I didn’t know what they meant. I held him and cuddled him and told him how much I loved him.”

He lived for more than an hour, but with no effort to save his life, their baby died.

A year and a half later, Khan still hasn’t recovered.

“[H]is birth and death were so much more traumatic, because I just wasn’t prepared for it—nobody was. Nobody had listened to me when I said I felt him kicking. Nobody believed me.”

The shock and loss she feels now are so powerful, Khan tells people. “I don’t think that will ever leave me. I think about my little boy every day.”

During an official inquiry, doctors insisted that the procedure had gone according to plan.

“The hospital … offered their condolences to me, but it doesn’t feel to me like they have actually apologized … I have been told it was very, very unfortunate and very rare, and that, in the future, women will be told that the procedure is not 100% effective. But I don’t know why it happened to me. I do feel angry with the hospital. I feel angry that I wasn’t listened to.”

Khan’s story is harrowing and tragic—but it is not, as doctors told her, rare. Here in America, we’ve heard that argument so often from Democrats that it’s nauseating. These are men and women in Congress or applying for the job of president who either won’t admit infanticide happens—or worse, justify it when it does.

Nurse Jill Stanek, who witnessed so many heartbreaking instances of infanticide that she went public, insists it’s still going on. On “Washington Watch,” she stunned people with the frequency she’s seen these babies born alive and then abandoned.

Anybody who’s worked at a hospital that commits induced labor abortion has probably seen it. The doctors induce labor on a baby. They think it’s very premature and will not survive—or [they think it will] die soon after the birth process.

And sometimes doctors will kill the babies ahead of time by injecting the baby’s heart through the mom’s abdomen with [drugs] … that causes instant cardiac arrest. And sometimes they will not.

In the event of Christ Hospital, the spokesperson at the time that I went public admitted to the Chicago Sun-Times that between 10 and 20% survive there for a short period. So that’s between 1 in 10 and 1 in 5. And my experience was the number was much higher …

What Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was describing about “keeping babies comfortable” until they died, Stanek said, “was exactly what I experienced at Christ Hospital.

“I submitted photos that I took of the comfort room with my [Senate] testimony [last week] and concluded by saying, ‘How far will doctors go to make themselves comfortable with aborting babies alive and letting them die? And the answer is, it’s pretty clear they’ll go far.”

There is absolutely no good argument for intentionally destroying a newborn life. Democrats can claim it’s rare, but they can never say it’s right.

LifeNews Note: Tony Perkins is the president of the Family Research Council. File photo.

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Today’s World – USA – Lawlessness In The Making

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Chris Matthews warns of ‘executions in Central Park’ if socialism wins

The MSNBC host went into a protracted monologue after the Democratic debate in New Hampshire Friday night in which he condemned the evils of socialism and warned of public executions in Central Park if it ever came to the United States.

The NY Post provided the following details of the Mattthews discussion.

https://nypost.com/2020/02/08/chris-matthews-warns-of-executions-in-central-park-if-socialism-wins/

Better dead than red … said Chris Matthews.

The MSNBC host went into a protracted monologue after the Democratic debate in New Hampshire Friday night in which he condemned the evils of socialism and warned of public executions in Central Park if it ever came to the United States.“I have my own views of the word socialist and I’ll be glad to share them with you in private and they go back to the early 1950s,” he told a post-debate analysis panel.
“I have an attitude about them. I remember the Cold War. I have an attitude toward [Fidel] Castro,” he added. “I believe if Castro and the reds had won the Cold War there would have been executions in Central Park and I might have been one of the ones getting executed. And certain other people would be there cheering.” Matthews declined to get into who exactly he thought would have been cheering his execution. …..Bernie shoot me in central park…..“I don’t know who Bernie supports over these years, I don’t know what he means by socialism. One week it’s Denmark. We’re gonna be like Denmark,” Matthews continued, mocking Sanders’ deep Brooklyn accent. “Well, what does he think of Castro? That’s a great question. What did you think of Fidelissmo?”…..The moment swiftly went viral on Twitter and was picked up by pro-Trump surrogates, like campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh. “Chris Matthews laying it down,” he said approvingly in a tweet.

The following videos show Bernie Sanders praising communist dictators Castro and Ortega. By the way, it was the “Capitalist USA” that saved the free world from the forces of the axis powers of Nazi Germany, Japan, and Italy during the second world war.

You will notice that Bernie says that the media lies. Therefore, I feel “so much freer” to also say that the media lies, when I use the words, “fake news.”

Bernie Sanders’ Support for Cuba made him “Puke” over Nixon/JFK Debate
University of Vermont speech about the 60’s. Sanders support for Cuban revolution. One of many stories Sanders told over his career to illustrate his belief that the Republican and Democratic Parties are alike and reinforce his support for Cuba and Nicaragua.

Bernie praising Castro…
Bernie Sanders in 1985 praising the Communist Castro regime in Cuba and admitting on camera that he traveled to Nicaragua to advise the Ortega regime on how to successfully fight the United States.

The threat to our nation is that the course of action when socialism takes over is that,”they go for the monuments and statues; they go for the books; and they go for the people. The concern that Christ Matthews has is real. If a democrat get a single Christian or conservative vote, that vote could be the vote that places a dem in the White House, or maybe the vote that gives the dems control of the Senate or, of the House of Representatives, or possibly, “all three.”

This year’s upcoming elections will be the most critical of all elections that have ever taken place in America. If dems take control of our government, it will be the end of our freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion. No one will be able to speak out against homosexuality. Many more unborn babies will die. Israel will lose its support from our country. We will no longer have a nation with borders. If we speak out against anything that dems legislate, we may face, and very likely “will face,” as Chris Matthews said {“executions in Central Park,”}, and in many other parks, because dems will have taken our guns away. Bernie and most dems are saying to America, “trust us,” as we are led down an unknown and untrusted path that will lead to the destruction of our republic.

Consider the fact that we have friends and relatives who will vote for democrats, and who believe the lies that are spewing out of the mouths of the people on fake news broadcasts and other programs. The path that democrats are following will lead them to Rev 20:15. We must protect our immediate families and let them know of the lies of dems and fake news.

Revelation 20:15 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

Consider the Words of God in His instruction to parents to teach their children the things of righteousness.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

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Rev 21- Heaven Or Hell – Who’s Going Where?

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I. Video Details.

David Phelps – No More Night (Live). Oct 4, 2012. Gaither Music TV. In the opening video David Phelps sings of the conditions that will be present when the thousand year Kingdom Age ends, the present world is destroyed, and the Eternal State of the New Heaven, New Earth, and New Jerusalem is revealed to the Apostle John, who was the human writer of the Book of Revelation (Rev 1:11).

II. Key Verses. The following two verses describe the New Jerusalem as it will be in the Eternal State (The Bible Knowledge Commentary, New Testament, Dr. John F. Walvoord (Deceased)). Dr. Walvoord’s credentials can be found in my About Sources Page of this site.

Revelation 21:2 (KJV)
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Revelation 21:10 King (KJV)
10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, (he is an angel of vs 9, mine).

III. Introduction. Most people use the terms of “Heaven and Hell” to relate to the eternal destinations for all of humanity, as to whether they have been “good or bad”. However, the eternal home for those whom have been born again will be in the New Jerusalem; such people are Christ’s (1 Cor 15:23), and relates to Old Testament saints, New Testament saints, and martyred Tribulation saints. Those whom are not Christ’s will find their eternal destination to be the in the “Lake Of Fire” (Rev 20:15). In this twenty-first chapter of Revelation we will discuss the subject of the Eternal State of “the New Heaven and New Earth, and the New Jerusalem.” We will discuss those whom will, and will not, enter the New Jerusalem. People whom are Christ’s have been born again. People whom are not Christ’s have not been born again. Being born again means to have one’s spirit, “born from above,” which is by an act of God’s Holy Spirit (John 3:8).

A. Let’s consider the inhabitants of the Kingdom Age of Rev 20, which is also known as the thousand year Millennium. It will be from the Kingdom Age that the occupants of the New Jerusalem will come. It will be necessary for all whom enter the New Jerusalem to have bodies and souls that are “sinless, perfect and eternal,” as a result of bodily perfection that will come from rapture or resurrection, per 1 Cor 15:50 (KJV), “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.” Additionally, all whom enter the New Jerusalem Kingdom Age must have been born again (John 3:3). In the following sub-paragraphs we will address those whom will, and will not, go from the Kingdom Age into the New Jerusalem.

1. Church age saints will inhabit the New Jerusalem. Coming with Christ from Heaven to Earth for the Battle of Armageddon will be the resurrected and raptured born again believers in Christ. (John 14:2,3,6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18; Rev 19:11-14).

2. Old Testament Saints will inhabit the New Jerusalem. These saints, including those of the Gospels, will be resurrected at the end of the Tribulation (Dan 12:1-2).

3. Tribulation Martyred Saints will inhabit the New Jerusalem. These saints will be resurrected at the end of the Tribulation (Rev 20:4).

4. Surviving Tribulation Saints will inhabit the New Jerusalem. Those whom will be left behind from the rapture, and who later come to saving faith in Christ during the Tribulation, Jew and Gentile, will be allowed to enter the Kingdom Age. (Matt 24:40-41, Jews; Matt 25:34, Gentiles). These saints will enter the Kingdom Age in imperfect bodies and souls, but having been born again. They will be given eternal and perfect resurrection bodies (body and soul) during the Kingdom, which will allow them to inhabit the New Jerusalem. These saints will have children during the Kingdom Age, as is discussed in the next paragraph.

5. Those whom are born to surviving Tribulation saints during the Kingdom Age may, or may not, inhabit the New Jerusalem. No one whom is born during the Kingdom Age will have a born again spirit upon their birth; they must accept Christ as their Lord and Savior in order for them to enter the eternal state. They must have perfect eternal resurrection “bodies, souls and spirits,” which will come from their having accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. (Rev 20:15).

6. Restated, the born again experience must take place in the life of each person before entry into the Kingdom Age and New Jerusalem are permitted. In addition to being born again, all whom enter into the New Jerusalem must have an eternal and perfect, “body, soul, and spirit,” all of which must have come from spiritual acts of God, “new-birth and resurrection.”

B. Who are the people which will not enter the Kingdom Age, “the thousand years prior to the New Jerusalem?” Such people are those whom will not have not been born again (Dan 12:1-2; John 3:3; Mt 24:40-41; Mt 25:41). These people are the unsaved dead of all times (Rev 20:11-13). The unsaved living survivors of the Tribulation will be taken in death, to be resurrected at the Great White Throne Judgement of Rev 20:15 (Matt 24:40-41; Matt 25:41).

C. Who will rule and reign with Christ during the Kingdom Age? These will be people whom have resurrection or raptured bodies.

1. Old Testament Saints (Dan 12:3; Matt 19:28.)
2. New Testament Saints (1 Cor 6:2.)
3. Tribulation Martyred Saints (Rev 20:4).

D. Who “will not” rule and reign with Christ during the Kingdom Age?

1. All whom will be born again during the Tribulation. They will not have resurrection bodies and souls when they enter the Kingdom. Prior to the time of entering the New Jerusalem, these Tribulation saints will be given perfect and eternal, resurrection bodies and souls. During the Kingdom Age, these people will be busy being “students of Christ,” (Isa 2:1-3).
2. All children who will be born during the Kingdom Age. Upon birth, they will not have resurrection bodies, souls or spirits. If they accept Christ as Savior, they will be given “perfect, eternal, and resurrection” bodies, souls and spirits which will allow them to enter the New Jerusalem. During the Kingdom Age, these people should be busy being “students of Christ,” (Isa 2:1-3). However, they may not be as such (Zech 14:16-19, Rev 20:7-9).

E. During the time of the Kingdom Age, who will rule and reign over whom?

1. In the Abrahamic Covenant, Jews are promised the land of Gen 15:18-22, which will not occur, in full, until the Kingdom Age. Surviving, born again, Jews of the Tribulation will occupy the promised land in mortal bodies. OT saints having been resurrected at the end of the Tribulation, will have resurrection bodies, souls and spirits, and will rule and reign over the Tribulation Jews. The Abrahamic Covenant relates to Jews of all times, with details of that promise going back to the Davidic Covenant in 2 Sam 7. The promised land will extend from the River of Egypt (Wadi el-Arish) to the Euphrates River in Iraq (The Bible Knowledge Commentary, Old Testament, Allen E. Poss).

2. Surviving, born again, Tribulation Gentiles will enter the Kingdom Age in natural bodies, and will reside beyond the boundaries of the promised land; they will come and go, to and from, the promised land of Gen 15:18-22 (Zech 14:16-19). Born again saints of the Church Age, and the martyred and resurrected Gentiles of the Tribulation, will have resurrection bodies, souls, and spirits; they will rule and reign in the area that is beyond the promised land of Gen 15:18-22, over those Gentiles that do not have resurrected bodies, souls and spirits.

3. Resurrected and raptured saints of the church age will be caught up and taken to Heaven by Christ, never to be absent from His Presence (John 14:2,3,6; 1 Thes 4:16-17). We, “church age saints,” will travel from Heaven to Earth with Christ during the Millennium, and back to Heaven with Christ, as we rule and reign with Him….back and forth….back and forth….back and forth. We will go back and forth, from heaven to earth to heaven, for the 1000 year duration of the Kingdom Age. Because of the wording of 1 Thes 4:17, “so shall we ever be with the Lord,” church age saints will be present with Christ during the Kingdom Age, “ruling and reigning with Christ,” as He rules from Jerusalem. If Christ should leave the Promised Land, the church age saints will accompany Him.

4. Those in the Kingdom Age, having “perfect and eternal,” resurrection bodies, souls and spirits, will rule and reign over those not having such resurrection bodies. All of those whom will be in the New Jerusalem must have resurrection bodies. Imperfection and sin will be present during the Kingdom Age, as children are born, not having come to saving faith in Christ. Sin will escalate and lead to the Battle of Gog and Magog, as the Kingdom Age comes to an end (Rev 20:7-9). No imperfection will be allowed in the New Jerusalem (Rev 21:27, Ryrie Study Bible).

IV. Scripture Study Details.

A. Introduction. Revelation 21 (NASB) Text and Comments. The NASB translation was chosen for the following scriptures of this article because of two main reasons. First, the NASB capitalizes the first letter of pronouns that address God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit); not all Bible translations show that same respect for God. Second, the NASB has a history of correctness in translation. Scripture notes come from the Ryrie Study Bible, due to the demonstrated knowledge of scripture of Dr. Ryrie, and because of the concise way that he makes his thoughts known. The credentials of Dr. Charles Ryrie (deceased) can be found in the About Sources Page of this site. Everybody should have a Ryrie Study Bible.

B. Text. Revelation 21 (NASB).

The New Heaven and Earth

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” 6 Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. 7 He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. 8 But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

The New Jerusalem

10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper. 12 It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15 The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall. 16 The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal. 17 And he measured its wall, seventy-two yards, according to human measurements, which are also angelic measurements. 18 The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone 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; the twelfth, amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

22 I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. 25 In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; 26 and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; 27 and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

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C. Comments. Revelation 21. Ryrie Study Bible.

21:1. “a new heaven and a new earth.” The present creation will be destroyed so that it may be cleansed from all the effects of sin (2 Peter 3:7, 10, 12). “No more sea” because climatic and human conditions will be completely different.
21:2. “new Jerusalem.” This heavenly city will be the abode of all the saints (Heb 12:22-24), the bride of Christ (vv 9-10), and the place Christ prepared for His people (John 14:2). During the Millennium the Jew Jerusalem (described in Rev 21:9-22:5) apparently will be suspended over the earth, and it will be the dwelling place of all believers during eternity (as is emphasized in 21:1-8).
21:3-4 People will enjoy a new intimacy with God and the elimination of those sorrows that sin brings.
21:8. Those whose lives can be characterized in these ways will be cast into the lake of fire, because they have shown themselves to be unbelievers. “brimstone = sulphur.
21:11. The city will shine with the “glory of God,” like “crystal-clear Jasper,” which will allow that glory to shine brilliantly.
21:12-14. Though both Jewish saints and Christian saints will inhabit the city, the names of the “twelve tribes” and the “twelve apostles” are a witness to their continued distinction.
21:16-17. Shaped foursquare like a cube, the city is 1380 mi (2,220 km) on each face, including height, with a wall 72 yd (66 m) thick. It has been calculated that even if only 25 percent of this space were used for dwellings, 20 billion people could be accommodated spaciously.
21:19-20. “chalcedony.” Probably a greenish blue agate stone. (The exact composition and color of all these precious stones is unknown.) “sardonyx.” Bright red. “chrysolite.” Golden in color. “beryl.” Sea green. “topaz.” Yellow-green. “chrysoprase.” Apple green. “jacincth.” Blue. “amethyst.” Purple.
21:24. Whether these “nations” and “kings” are millennial people or resurrected people in the eternal state is unclear. In either case, only the redeemed will be allowed to enter the city (v. 27).

V. Conclusion. Verses of judgment and condemnation. In the verses that follow, are the lifestyles of people whom have not been born again, “those whom are not Christ’s.” There are differences, however, in the verses that identify such non-believers. Those whom are alive during the time prior to the tribulation had been exposed to Christ by eyewitnesses of our Lord, and by those whom had been won to Christ by those whom had been won to Christ by converts of eyewitnesses (from the first century until now). Because only eyewitnesses of Christ had actually seen the Truth of Christ, “those whom had not/have not seen our Lord” based their decisions to accept Christ as Lord and Savior on faith, which will be the case of those which will be martyred tribulation saints. Those whom will live during the Kingdom Age as unbelievers will have the physical Presence of Christ in their lives, and will come under His teaching. In Rev 21:8 such words as “cowardly, fearful, liars,” along with the other verse qualifiers, show a lifestyle of unbelief in Christ, of not having been born again. All whom have direct access to the Person of Christ and to His teachings, should have no reason to be cowardly, fearful, or liars. But, because of their not having been born again, such Kingdom Age unbelievers will find their eternal destination to be in the Lake Of Fire (Rev 20:15), because they did not receive the Person and teaching of Christ; they were born in the Kingdom Age as unbelievers, and will exit the Kingdom Age as unbelievers. In essence, those of Rev 21:8, have not been born again (John 3:3). It is important to know that “Kingdom of God” can relate to the Millennium or to the Eternal State, depending on context. John 3:3 and 1 Cor 6:9-10 directly relate to the Millennium. However, those whom have been born again will also enter into the New Jerusalem of the Eternal State.

A. Pre-Tribulation

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NASB)
9 Or 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 effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (KJV)
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

B. Post Tribulation.

Revelation 21:8 (NASB)
8 But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

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

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Today’s World 2.7.20 – John 3:3, Dems , Rev 20:15

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EWTN. Feb 1, 2019. Dr. Grazie Christie, senior policy adviser for the Catholic Association, gives us a medical perspective on the late-term abortion procedures legalized last week in New York.

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I. John 3:3

A. God’s Word is very clear, in order for us to spend eternity with God, “we must be born again.” A more clear wording is that “we must be born from above,” which means that the new birth comes from God.

John 3:3 (KJV) Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

B. A person having been born again has a spirit that is as pure as the Spirit of God, “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”

2 Cor 5:21 (KJV) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

C. A born again believer’s spirit will be indwelt by the Spirit of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

1. John 14:16-17,20 (KJV)
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 2. 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

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

D. A believer’s spirit will dwell within the Spirit of Christ

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

2. 2 Cor 5:17 (KJV) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

3. 2 Cor 5:21 (KJV) For he hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

E. A born again believer’s spirit will be as pure as the Spirit of God.

1. 2 Cor 5:21 (KJV) For He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

2. 1 John 1:5 (KJV) This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.

F. Those who have a born-again spirit will be prompted by God’s Holy indwelling Spirit of the things of righteousness.

1.John 14:26 (KJV)
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

2. John 16:7-11 (KJV)
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you. 8 And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on Me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

G. God’s Word is clear. It is by God’s Holy Spirit that we are born “from above,” and not by our accomplishments.

1 John 3:8 (KJV) The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

II. Dems

A. Democrats are trying to make the United States of America into a nation that will be in great opposition to God’s Holy Word. In addition to the dems’ support for abortion and homosexuality, there are a number of other areas that I could discuss about dems, such their lack of support for Israel (Gen 12:1-3); a weakening of our nation’s border, which will dilute the voting strength of U.S. citizens, which will allow illegal aliens into country without knowing who they are, their health status, or their criminal status; the dems’ attempt to remove our President from Office without having any proof of a crime…I followed the impeachment hearings…there was no crime committed by our President…dems tried to convict our President by using “thought police tactics.”

B. The Party Platform Of The 2016 Democratic Party focuses on special rights for homosexuals (Page 17, 41), and abortion (Pages 23, 33). Excerpts from the 2016 DNC Party Platform are shown at the bottom of this page.

C. Legislation that is made law that supports abortion and homosexuality carries with it severe penalties for those who will act in defiance to such ungodly laws. As Godly parents, grandparents, and concerned friends of children in America, we desire that our children live in a society that respects God’s laws and, which will not stifle parental authority in trying to make God’s Word respected and encouraged by those whom lead our nation. A nation’s spiritual environment should make it conducive for children to be taught and made known the teachings of God. Government should not create an environment that acts in opposition to things that can lead someone to faith in Christ. Government should not create barriers in opposition to an evangelistic knowledge of the teachings of God. The dem party discourages things that support the freedom of sharing the gospel of Christ.

D. In 2018, voters of the USA voted into Office: Barack Obama, President (United Church of Christ); Joseph Biden, Vice President (Roman Catholic); Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader (Mormon); Nancy Pelosi, Speaker Of The House Of Representatives (Roman Catholic). Appointments were: Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State (United Methodist), followed in 2012 by John Kerry (Roman Catholic); Eric Holder, Attorney General (Episcopalian), followed by Loretta Lynch in 2012 (Father, Baptist). It is important to know that none of those leaders of the Democratic Party showed any evidence of having been born again. Additionally, the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives won majorities of Democrat members. During the Democrat Obama administration we saw such ungodly things taking place as “allowing men to go into women’s and girl’s restrooms;” the reversal of “don’t ask don’t tell” for homosexuals in the military; and, same-sex marriage. As an Illinois state senator Obama voted against the “Infant’s Born Alive Infant Protection Act,” which led to infanticide.

1. You will notice missing from the 2008 Democratic leadership are: Southern Baptists, Bible Baptists, Freewill Baptists, Independent Fundamental Baptists, Assemblies of God, Churches of God, Nazarene, Christian Churches and Churches of Christ (not United Churches of Christ and Disciples of Christ…very liberal); or any other truly evangelical bodies of Christ.

2. Some people say that they will not vote because, “God has it under control.” I will say though that when God sent the first Christians to America, he created a country to greatly support Israel (Deu 14:2). Our country is the only real country of support for Israel; Dems want to lessen our support of Israel. Dems want to reduce restrictions on abortion and encourage same sex marriage. Dems want to enact all types of legislation that will act as stumbling blocks against Christian beliefs and evangelism.

3. In the midterm elections of 2006 Democrats won the House and the Senate, which gave President Bush no support for his agenda. Democrats who called themselves “blue dog,” and conservative claimed that they would cross over the aisle and work with Republicans; Nope!; they didn’t; they fooled people into voting for them. In the mid term elections of 2018, the same thing happened. Except, this time, for the two preceding years Dems and fake news gave American voters a continuous dose of lies about Pres Trump colluding with the Russians to fix the 2016 election. “So called” conservative dem congressional candidates told stories that they would cross over the aisle and work with Republicans; Nope!; that was not the truth! Enough voters believed the dems’ lies, to cause the Republicans to lose their House majority. No dem in the House will “cross over the aisle to work with Republicans;” it will not happen; it will not be allowed to happen.

E. The United States House of Representatives consists of 435 members. The party that has a majority makes the rules, and can impeach the President, which has just happened. No dem should receive the vote of a single conservative, or Christian. The one vote that gives dems 218 members will allow ungodly legislation to flow out of the House, and will allow for the President to be impeached. The U.S. Senate consists of 100 senators. If dems have 51 members in the Senate, they will gain its control, and ungodly legislation will flow from that house of congress. If the Senate is tied at 50-50 in a vote, the Vice President of the United States, who is the President of the Senate, can cast a tie-breaking vote.

F. Conservatives….believers in Christ…. we must not allow dems to control either house of Congress, or the Presidency. We must vote for Republicans! If democrats win the upcoming elections in November, we will lose our Republic. We must vote!

G. Consider God’s Word in relation to abortion and homosexuality.

1. Abortion. Exodus 20:13 (KJV) 13 Thou shalt not kill.

2. Homosexuality. Leviticus 18:22 (KJV) 22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

H. God’s eternal judgment is severe for those who murder or engage in abortion. The judgment also applies to those whom support the killing of babies. Additionally, such ungodly support relates to voters and supporters of politicians who support legislation that will enable abortion.

I. God’s eternal judgment is severe for those who engage in homosexuality, to those who vote to support acts of homosexuality, and to those who support homosexuality in any way.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (KJV) 9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

2. All of us make mistakes. However, those having a mindset of killing unborn babies do not have the Spirit of God dwelling within their spirits encouraging them to righteous living. Those who have a lifestyle of homosexuality do not have the Spirit of God dwelling within their spirits encouraging them to righteous living.

3. Voters supporting the killing of unborn babies do not have the Spirit of God dwelling within their spirits encouraging them to righteous living.

4. Voters who support the homosexual lifestyle do not have the Spirit of God dwelling within their spirits encouraging them to
righteous living.

5. The Democrat Party has shown by its actions, that its members do not care if their children “have not been born again.” The children of Democrats are being taught that abortion and homosexuality are okay. The result will be, “The Lake Of Fire On the Family Plan.” You know the names of those ungodly democrats.

6. Consider the recent Iowa caucuses, with all of those dems knowing that Mayor Pete will have “his male Husband,” sharing the White House bedroom if he were to be elected. Elizabeth Warren will appoint a “trans” to nominate the Secretary of Education. Bernie has never had a job that required him to meet a payroll yet, he wants to oversee the U.S. dismantling its system of economy. Because he knows nothing about running a country, he says to all Americans, “trust me,” and “hope for the best,” as our country becomes looking more like a South American banana republic. Of course, with Bernie’s stash of 2 mil, he won’t have anything to worry about, not even a $15.00 hourly wage. https://www.thestreet.com/lifestyle/bernie-sanders-net-worth-14678955 Consider the resume of Bernie: “After finishing college in 1964 with a degree in political science, Sanders lived on a kibbutz in Israel before settling in Vermont. He worked a number of jobs, including filmmaker, freelance writer, psychiatric aide and teacher for low-income children through Head Start, while his interest in politics grew.” https://www.biography.com/political-figure/bernie-sanders Of

7. All of the dem presidential candidates support same-sex marriage and abortion on demand. Yet, thousands of Iowa dem voters showed up to show support for their favorite ungodly Presidential candidates, with the voters’ children being present. That is a sad indictment on a state of such Godly heritage.

8. Voters who support the Democrat Party show that they have not been born again. Those who follow and support the dem party are waiting in line for the Rev 20:15 judgment, unless they change.

III. Rev 20:15

A. The warning of Rev 20:15 is clear. “If we are not born again, we will spend eternity in the lake of fire.

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

B. Nothing impure shall enter heaven, only those who have their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Essentially, through our salvation in Christ, he makes us pure and able to pass through the gates of heaven.

1. Revelation 21:27 (KJV) And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

2. However, 1 Cor 6:11 tells of the way out of the Rev 20:15 judgment. If a person accepts Christ as Lord and Savior, he, or she, has been born again and will spend eternity in the New Heaven, with God (Rev 21:1-3): 1 Cor 6:11, “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

IV. 2016 Democratic Party Platform https://democrats.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2016_DNC_Platform.pdf

A. Guaranteeing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights (Page 17).
Democrats applaud last year’s decision by the Supreme Court that recognized that LGBT people—like
other Americans—have the right to marry the person they love. But there is still much work to be done.
LGBT kids continue to be bullied at school, restaurants can refuse to serve transgender people, and
same-sex couples are at risk of being evicted from their homes. That is unacceptable and must change.
Democrats will fight for the continued development of sex discrimination law to cover LGBT people.
We will also fight for comprehensive federal non-discrimination protections for all LGBT Americans, to
guarantee equal rights in areas such as housing, employment, public accommodations, credit, jury service,
education, and federal funding. We will oppose all state efforts to discriminate against LGBT individuals,
including legislation that restricts the right to access public spaces. We support a progressive vision
of religious freedom that respects pluralism and rejects the misuse of religion to discriminate. We will
combat LGBT youth homelessness and improve school climates. We will support LGBT elders, ensure
access to necessary health care, and protect LGBT people from violence—including ending the crisis of
violence against transgender Americans. We will also promote LGBT human rights and ensure America’s
foreign policy is inclusive of LGBT people around the world.

B. Appointing Judges (Page 23).
We will appoint judges who defend the constitutional principles of liberty and equality for all, and will
protect a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion, curb billionaires’ influence over elections because they
understand that Citizens United has fundamentally damaged our democracy, and believe the Constitution
protects not only the powerful, but also the disadvantaged and powerless.

C. Securing Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice (Page 33).
Democrats are committed to protecting and advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice. We
believe unequivocally, like the majority of Americans, that every woman should have access to quality
reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion—regardless of where she lives, how
much money she makes, or how she is insured. We believe that reproductive health is core to women’s,
men’s, and young people’s health and wellbeing. We will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to
defund Planned Parenthood health centers, which provide critical health services to millions of people. We
will continue to oppose—and seek to overturn—federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s
access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment. We condemn and will combat any acts of
violence, harassment, and intimidation of reproductive health providers, patients, and staff. We will defend
the ACA, which extends affordable preventive health care to women, including no-cost contraception, and
prohibits discrimination in health care based on gender.
We will address the discrimination and barriers that inhibit meaningful access to reproductive health
care services, including those based on gender, sexuality, race, income, disability, and other factors. We
recognize that quality, affordable comprehensive health care, evidence-based sex education and a full range
of family planning services help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the
need for abortions.

D.Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People (Page 41).
Democrats believe that LGBT rights are human rights and that American foreign policy should advance the
ability of all persons to live with dignity, security, and respect, regardless of who they are or who they love.
We applaud President Obama’s historic Presidential Memorandum on International Initiatives to Advance
the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons, which combats criminalization,
protects refugees, and provides foreign assistance. We will continue to stand with LGBT people around the
world, including fighting efforts by any nation to infringe on LGBT rights or ignore abuse.

V. “Don’t say gay!” Those whom commit homosexual acts are homosexuals.

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16:7-11).

Rev 20 – The Millennium – To Rule And Reign With Christ

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I. Opening Video Information.

What will Christians do during the millennial kingdom? Nov 21, 2012. John Ankerberg Show.

II. Key Verses. Joel 3:10, Micah 4:3 (All verses NASB).

A. In Rev 19 we concluded the events of the Tribulation.

B. In Rev 20 we will see the blessings of the Kingdom Age of the Millennium.

C. The following two verses focus on key features of the Tribulation and Millennium.

1. “Beat your plowshares into swords, And your pruning hooks into spears;” (Joel 3:10). This verse relates to the Tribulation, at the Battle of Armageddon (Ryrie Study Bible).

2. “Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they train for war. (Micah 4:3). This verse relates to the Kingdom Age of the Millennium (Ryrie Study Bible).

D. The Tribulation must precede the Millennium (Ryrie Study Bible, note on Joel 3:9-17). We will now discuss things of the Millennium.

III. Introduction (All verses NASB).

A. The millennium, as shown in Rev 20, is a fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant, as stated in 2 Sam 7:1-17.
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1. MacArthur Study Bible Notes. 2 Samuel 7:1–17 See 1 Chr. 17:1–15. These verses record the establishment of the Davidic Covenant, God’s unconditional promise to David and his posterity. While not called a covenant here, it is later (23:5). This promise is an important key to understanding God’s irrevocable pledge of a king from the line of David to rule forever (v. 16). It has been estimated that over 40 individual biblical passages are directly related to these verses (cf. Pss. 89; 110; 132); thus, this text is a major highlight in the OT. The ultimate fulfillment comes at Christ’s second advent when He sets up His millennial kingdom on earth (cf. Ezek. 37; Zech. 14; Rev. 19). (The following notes come from 2 Sam).

a. 7:12 your seed. According to the rest of Scripture, it was the coming Messiah who would establish David’s kingdom forever (see Is. 9:6, 7; Luke 1:32, 33).
b. 7:15 This is an expression of the unconditional character of the Davidic Covenant. The Messiah will come to His glorious, eternal Kingdom and that promise will not change.
c. 7:16 your house…your kingdom…Your throne. Luke 1:32b, 33 indicates that these 3 terms are fulfilled in Jesus, “…and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” forever. This word conveys the idea of 1) an indeterminately long time or 2) into eternity future. It does not mean that there cannot be interruptions, but rather that the outcome is guaranteed. Christ’s Davidic reign will conclude human history.

2. The Kingdom Age is a key part of the Olivet Discourse (Mt 24-25), where Christ told His “soon to be apostles” of the events that will take place during the prophesied seven-year tribulation. “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come (Mt 24:14 NASB). It is important to know that it is the “good news” of the Kingdom that will be preached during the Tribulation, as opposed to the “good news” of 1 Cor 15:1-8 (death, burial and resurrection of Christ). It is important to understand that the Olivet Discourse was taught by Christ to Jews, about Jewish things.

3. The Kingdom Age was preached by Isaiah the prophet to Israel in 760 B.C. (Scofield) to Jews in and around Jerusalem (Isa 1:1). Details: 2:1 “It will come about in the last days; 2:3 “And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways; 2:4, “And they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they learn war.” 9:6-7 ” 6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. 7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.” 11:6 “And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, And the leopard will lie down with the young goat, And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little boy will lead them.

B. The Kingdom is taught in the Gospels, as related to Jews.

1. Luke 1:31-33: “31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”

2. The Kingdom was taught by Christ and His disciples about the Kingdom to first century Jews

a. “From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matt 4:17).

b. “Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom….” (Matt 4:23).

c. Jesus was going through all the cities and villages…..proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, (Mt 9:35 re: Matt 24:14).

d. Christ sent His disciples to Jews to teach about the Kingdom. Mt 10:5-7 “5 These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: “Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; 6 but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”

C. The Kingdom Age was taught to Jews by Christ in the Sermon On The Mount (Matt 5-7 and Luke 6:17-49).

(Mt 5-7) 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” 5:10 “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” 5:12 “…they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” 5:19 “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” 5:20 “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Mt 6:10 “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.” 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Mt 7:12 “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” It is important to know that the Sermon on the Mount was taught by Christ to Jews about Jewish things.

D. Christ taught about the fulfillment of prophecy to Jews.

1. “I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 8:11)

2. “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)

E. Christ told the disciples, who would soon become apostles, of their special role in the Kingdom.

1. Mt 16:19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”

2. Luke 22:29-30: “29 and just as My Father has granted Me a kingdom, I grant you 30 that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

F. The Kingdom: Reward and Stipulation.

1. The reward that Isaiah prophesied to Jews in III. A. 3., above, was reaffirmed by Christ: Matt 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

2. The stipulation for Jews of all times is that no Jew is promised life in the Kingdom, except by John 3:3. “… unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

3. The stipulation, for all whom are alive during the church age, is that no one will be able to enter the Millennium to rule and reign with Christ, unless they are born again: 2 Cor 5:17, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” Church age saints will be caught up by Christ and taken to Heaven when He returns “in the air” (John 14:2,3,6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18) and will be with Him wherever He may be, and will rule and reign with Him during the Millennium (1 Cor 6:2). The dwelling place for church age saints during the Tribulation and Millennium is in Heaven (John 14:2-3). Resurrected and raptured church-age born again saints, will come to earth and return to Heaven with Christ, during the Millennium, each time that He comes to earth and returns to Heaven (1 Thes 4:18).

4. The stipulation for any Jew or Gentile, which may survive the Tribulation, is that they must be “righteous/born again” in order for them to be allowed by Christ to enter the Millennium, otherwise they will be taken in death to the Great White Throne Judgment of Rev 20:15 (Jews, Matt 24:40-41: “the unrighteous taken to judgment; the righteous left to enter the Millennium;” Gentiles, Matt 25:31-33: “the righteous to enter the Millennium, Mt 25:34; the unrighteous to be taken in death to the Great White Throne Judgment, Mt 25:41).

5. The stipulation for anyone, of any time, is that no one can enter the Kingdom unless they have been born again. To be born again means that a person’s spirit is as pure as the Spirit of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2 Cor 5:21). A believer’s born-again spirit must reside within the Spirit of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17, 20; 2 Cor 5:17; Col 1:27; 1 John 1:5). Those whom have a born-again spirit will be prompted by God’s Holy Spirit of the things of righteousness (John 14:26, 16:7-11). Once we have been born again, and have been given God’s indwelling Holy Spirit, we will never have God’s Holy Spirit taken away, or removed, from our spirit. God’s Holy Spirit will eternally dwell within the spirit of all whom have been born again. Once we have been born again, we can not be “unborn” (John 10:27-30).

6. Conclusion. Everyone, of all time, “must be born again” in order for them to enter the Millennium/Kingdom Age.

IV. Preview of Rev 20. (All verses NASB)

A. Rev 20 is a view of the Kingdom Age in a nutshell. The duration of the Kingdom Age is 1,000 years, and is also known as the Millennial reign of Christ.

B. MacArthur Study Bible Note. Rev 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.

C. Inhabitants of the Kingdom/Millennium.

1. Coming with Christ from Heaven for the Battle of Armageddon. These are the resurrected and raptured born again believers in Christ. (John 14:2,3,6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18; Rev 19:11-14).

2. Old Testament Saints resurrected at the end of the Tribulation (Dan 12:1-2), which will include the OT saints of the Gospels.

3. Tribulation Martyrs (Rev 20:4). Surviving Tribulation Saints (those who came to Christ during the tribulation, Jew and Gentile). (Matt 24:40-41, Jews; Matt 25:34, Gentiles).

4. Those born to surviving Tribulation saints; these will have to accept Christ as Savior to enter the eternal state Rev 20:15)

D. Those not allowed into the Kingdom. Who are the people which will not enter the Kingdom Age? It will be those whom have not been born again. Dan 12:1-2; John 3:3; Mt 24:40-41; Mt 25:41. The unsaved dead of all times (Rev 20:11-13). The unsaved living survivors of the tribulation are put to death, to be resurrected at the Great White Throne Judgement of Rev 20:15 (Matt 24:40-41; Matt 25:41).

E. Those ruling and reigning with Christ during the Kingdom Age will be all of whom were born again prior to the Tribulation, and those whom were born again, AND MARTYRED, during the tribulation.

1. Old Testament Saints (Dan 12:1-2; Matt 19:28).
2. New Testament Saints (1 Cor 6:2).
3. Tribulation Martyred Saints (Rev 20:4).

F. Those “not” ruling and reigning with Christ during the Kingdom Age.

1. Those whom were born again during the Tribulation, but were not martyred (this will be discussed in the next Revelation article).
2. All children who will be born during the Kingdom Age have yet to be born again; if they accept Christ as Savior, they will be born again and have the influence of God’s Holy Spirit prompting them to righteousness (John 14:26, 16:7-11).

G. Who will rule and reign over whom?

1. In the Abrahamic Covenant, Jews are promised the land of Gen 15:18-22, which will not occur until the Kingdom Age. Surviving Jews of the Tribulation will occupy the promised land. Jews with resurrection bodies will rule and reign over the land of Gen 15:18-22.

2. Surviving Tribulation Gentiles will enter the Kingdom Age, but will reside beyond the boundaries of the promised land. They will come and go, to and from, the promised land of Gen 15:18-22 (Zech 14:16-19). Born again saints of the Church Age, and the martyred and resurrected Gentiles of the Tribulation, will rule and reign in the area beyond the promised land of Gen 15:18-22. The church age saints may also rule and reign over the promised land (1 Thes 4:17).

3. Resurrected and raptured saints of the church age will be caught up and taken to Heaven by Christ, never to be absent from His Presence (John 14:2,3,6; 1 Thes 4:16-17). We, “church age saints,” will travel from heaven to earth with Christ during the Millennium, and back to Heaven with Christ, as we rule and reign with Him….back and forth….back and forth….back and forth. We will go back and forth, from heaven to earth to heaven, for the 1000 year duration of the Kingdom Age.

H. Looking ahead. We have discussed the stipulation for those whom will gain entry into the Millennium. There is also a stipulation for those whom will gain entry into the eternal state of Rev 21-22. In our next Revelation article we will discuss that which is necessary for anyone to spend eternity with God in the eternal state.

V. Rev 19 NASB 1995 Text and Comments (MacArthur Study Bible notes, unless otherwise noted). .

Satan Bound

1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed; after these things he must be released for a short time.

Comments 1-3 KJV Study Bible. 20:1–3. The bottomless pit is simply the Abyss (Gr. abussos), the abode of evil spirits (cf. 9:1–11; Luke 8:31). The key shows authority, and the chain depicts imprisonment and binding. Before the millennial kingdom begins, Satan (cf. 12:9) is bound in the Abyss. The seal indicates God’s authority and guarantee that Satan will not be released until a thousand years have passed. During the Millennium (Latin for “one thousand years”) Satan will not be able to tempt or deceive the nations. Any temptation to sin during the Millennium must come from within those people who are born after the kingdom begins. It must be assumed that all of Satan’s demons or fallen angels are also imprisoned at this time (cf. Is. 24:21–23). Christ will reign on earth without opposition, and His kingdom will be characterized by righteousness, peace, and love (cf. Is. 2:3, 4; 11:3–5; 35:1, 2; Dan. 7:14; Zech. 14:9). However, after the thousand years Satan will be released for a short while (vv. 7–9).

4 Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

Comments 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.

Comments 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.

Comments 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.

Satan Freed, Doomed

7 When the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison, 8 and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for the war; the number of them is like the sand of the seashore. 9 And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them. 10 And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Comments 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.

Comments 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.

Comments 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).

Comments 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.

Judgment at the Throne of God

11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

Comments 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).

Comments 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).

Comment 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.

My Comment. 20:13. Luke 16:19-31. The rich man was dead, with his body in the grave; this man was dead, with his soul experiencing torment in Hades. Once a believer dies, the body is in the grave (so to speak) and the soul is in the Presence of God, in a state of comfort (as was Lazarus). At the time of the rapture and resurrection, the church age bodies of the “dead in Christ” will be raised to be physically in the Presence of Christ, forever (1 Thes 4:16-18). The righteous whom die prior to the church age, and in the tribulation, will have their deceased bodies raised at the end of the tribulation (Dan 12:2, Rev 20:4). As in the case of Lazarus, all deceased righteous saints, of all times, will have their souls (consciousness) in the Presence of God from the time of their death until the time of their bodily resurrection, at which time their “bodies, souls and spirits” (1 Thes 5:23) will be reunited. There is no such thing as soul sleep.

Comments 14 second death. See note on v. 6.

Comments 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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VI. Summary (All verses NASB).

A. The Kingdom of God is that, such as Isaiah prophesied, of a physical Kingdom which will be present on earth, with Christ ruling from Jerusalem (Isa 2:3, 9:6-7, etc.).

B. There is discussion today of “Kingdom Now Theology.” However, there can be no Kingdom without a King present and ruling. The King, Christ, is not presently ruling on earth, and will not be present on earth until the events of prophecy are fulfilled, such as those taken from Zech 12:9 and 14:1-4, at the end of the Tribulation, in the Battle of Armageddon:

1. “And in that day I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem” (Zech 12:9).

2. “Behold, a day is coming for the Lord…. (He) will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle…Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle….His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east;” (Zech 14:1-4).

C. Peace will not come upon the Earth until Christ returns from Heaven to Earth, and physically rules and reigns from Jerusalem.

1. “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.” (Zech 14:9)

2. There will be only one religion in the entire world during the millennial reign of Christ. Ruling with a rod of iron (cf. Rev. 19:15), Christ will have done away with all false religions spawned by Satan. This will be the ultimate fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant providing a Jewish people, the nation of Israel, and the land given to Abraham; the Davidic Covenant which promised a king from the tribe of Judah and the line of David; and the New Covenant which held out the hope of spiritual redemption for Jew and Gentile. All of this will be fulfilled in and by the Lord Jesus Christ. (MacArthur Study Bible note).

D. If we were to think that we are in the Kingdom Age now, we would have to conclude that Christ is not doing a good job of ruling and reigning. Worldly peace is not present. The conditions of Isaiah 2 are nowhere to be found.

VII. Closing Video.

The closing video relates to Isaiah 2:3. “And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
To the house of the God of Jacob.”

Up to Jerusalem – Paul Wilbur.flv. Dec 12, 2010. Juan Rodriguez.

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The Making Of America 3 – Events Leading To The Constitution – Conflict Today

Jay Sekulow SLAMS Nadler in Senate Impeachment Trial. Jan 22, 2020. TruthNation. Tump lawyer Jay Sekulow destroys Jerry Nadler for saying “executive privilege and other nonsense”. Sekulow is arguing that not giving documents and violating executive privilege in order to offer up witnesses is not nonsense, it’s Constitutional.

https://jewsforjesus.org/our-stories/jay-sekulow-how-a-jewish-lawyer-from-brooklyn-came-to-believe-in-jesus/
Jay Sekulow is a Messianic Jew, which means that he was born Jewish but is now a born again believer in Christ. His discussion in the opening video is a defense of our Constitution. Jerald Nadler, and other Democrats, have made an assault on the U.S. Constitution, with a liberal attack arrow being aimed at the Bill of Rights, as Jay Sekulow very clearly pointed out in his comments that were made to the members of the U.S. Senate in January 22, 2020, in the hearings where Democrats want to remove our President from office.

The Democrats in our country have made an unrelenting attack on the formation of our country, to include our Constitution. I have heard government educated types say that the colonists should never have declared their independence from Great Britain. In this article I will identify some of the things that were matters of oppression against the people whom had made their homes in America. The following timeline shows some of the things that were serous problems that were being forced on the Colonies; such things were in the minds of our founding fathers of the U.S.A. when they wrote our Constitution. Notice that the colonists eventually separated themselves from the oppressive British government. In this article, we will also discuss today’s attacks on our Constitution by Democrats.

Consider the following American History Timeline that leads to the formation of the United States Of America. I doubt that many students in American “government schools” are made aware of the true founding of America, with the establishing of the United States of America. Consider 1765, Mar 24 and the Bill of Rights. http://www.datesandevents.org/events-timelines/14-american-history-timeline.htm

American History Timeline: 1688 – 1776

1688 The Glorious Revolution in England leads to a constitutional monarchy and passing of the Bill of Rights

1763 February 10: Treaty of Paris ends French and Indian War (1754-1763). Canada east of the Mississippi River added to the British empire.
Pontiac’s Rebellion against the British
October 7: The Proclamation of 1763 issued by King George III after the end of the French and Indian War / Seven Years’ War to organize the new North American empire and stabilize relations with Native Americans. No British settlements allowed west of the Appalachian mountains. Settlers already in these areas required to return east

1764 February: James Otis urges a united response to the recent acts imposed by England. The phrase “Taxation without Representation is Tyranny” is usually attributed to James Otis
July: James Otis publishes “The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved.”
August: Boston merchants begin a boycott of British luxury goods

1765 March 22: The Stamp Act was passed by the British Parliament. March 24: The Quartering Act required American colonists to house British troops and supply them with food. July: The Sons of Liberty is formed – a secret organization opposed to the Stamp Act. December: Over 200 Boston merchants refuse to pay the Stamp Tax

1766 1766 March 18. Stamp Act repealed
January: New York assembly refuses to fully enforce the Quartering Act.
August: Violence breaks out in New York between British soldiers and members of the Sons of Liberty.

1768 July: Merchants in Boston and New York boycott British goods
September: English warships sail into Boston Harbor leaving two regiments of English troops to keep order.

1770 March: “The Boston Massacre” – Four workers shot by British troops in Boston

1773 December 16: The Boston Tea Party – Massachusetts patriots dressed as Mohawk Indians protest against the British Tea Act by dumping crates of tea into Boston Harbor.

1774 March: The Coercive Acts (called Intolerable Acts by Americans)

1775 February 9: English Parliament declares Massachusetts to be in a state of rebellion
April 19 Shots fired at Lexington and Concord where weapons depot destroyed. “Minute Men” force British troops back to Boston. George Washington takes command of the Continental Army.
June 15: George Washington appointed general and commander-in-chief of the new Continental Army.
June 17: Battle of Bunker Hill
July 6: Declaration on the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms stating that Americans are “resolved to die free men rather than live as slaves.”
The American Revolution, the American War of Independence, led by George Washington was fought between Great Britain and thirteen British colonies in North America, and ended in a global war between several European great powers.

1776 May 2: The American revolution gains support from King Louis XVI of France
1776 July 4. Thomas Jefferson presents the United States Declaration of Independence.

The “BILL OF RIGHTS.” The protection of citizens from the U.S. Government.

https://www.ushistory.org/us/18a.asp

Ten Amendments

These first ten amendments to the Constitution became known as the Bill of Rights, and still stand as both the symbol and foundation of American ideals of individual liberty, LIMITED GOVERNMENT, and the rule of law. Most of the Bill of Rights concerns legal protections for those accused of crimes. For instance, the fourth through eighth amendments provide protection from unreasonable SEARCH AND SEIZURE, the privilege against SELF-INCRIMINATION, and the right to a FAIR AND SPEEDY JURY TRIAL that will be free from unusual punishments. The last two amendments, respectively, spell out that this list of individual protections is not meant to exclude other ones, and, by contrast, set forth that all powers claimed by the federal government had to be expressly stated in the Constitution.

The FIRST AMENDMENT, perhaps the broadest and most famous of the Bill of Rights, establishes a range of political and civil rights including those of FREE SPEECH, assembly, press, and religion.

Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

RE: RELIGION. Notice that this is the first protection for citizens against government overreach and control. The Democrat party often uses “Freedom Of Religion” to mean “Freedom From Religion.” There is no “great wall of separation,” as Democrats often state in their arguments against U.S. citizens who claim such First Amendment protection from our government. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both used the phrase, “Freedom of Worship.” Such an misunderstanding allows us to meet freely for worship, but puts controls on taking the knowledge that we learn in church services, by restricting an exercise of that which we have learned to evangelize “outside of a place of worship.” The wording of this constitutional right is very clear; it does not require a constitutional lawyer to make its meaning known. Consider the following linked information on why the colonists feared a government control of religion.

https://www.landofthebrave.info/glorious-revolution.htm
What effect did the Glorious Revolution have on the American Colonies?
The Glorious Revolution had a significant effect on the American colonies. King James II had created as many problems in the American colonies as he had for England. Under the rule of King James II the colonists were under the direct control of the monarch. James II ruled as he saw fit and there was no one to stop him:

Over half the governments of the colonies were under the direct control of James II.
James II refused to recognized the colonial charters that had been granted to the colonists.
He did not allow American colonists any say over laws and taxes.
As a staunch Catholic, James was attempting to replace Protestant institutions with Catholic ones.
The vast majority of Colonists were Protestants – Only 1.6% of the population were Catholics.
The Protestants detested the Catholics and feared the bloody persecutions they had left behind in Europe.

RE: FREEDOM OF SPEECH. No one has the freedom to go into a crowded theater and yell “FIRE!” No one has the right to go to a place of business and yell obscenities. Notice that the protections for free speech deal with government control of speech. As citizens, the government can not control our speech, regardless of agreement or disagreement with its content. Consider the protections of our speech that was on the minds of the colonists. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_speech_in_the_United_States

England. During colonial times, English speech regulations were rather restrictive. The English criminal common law of seditious libel made criticizing the government a crime. Lord Chief Justice John Holt, writing in 1704–1705, explained the rationale for the prohibition: “For it is very necessary for all governments that the people should have a good opinion of it.” The objective truth of a statement in violation of the libel law was not a defense. Until 1694 England had an elaborate system of licensing; no publication was allowed without the accompaniment of the government-granted license.

At Charlottesville, VA, a permit was granted for citizens to peacefully assemble and voice their objections concerning plans to remove a Confederate statue. Fake news addressed those whom had been granted the permit to assemble as, “white nationalists.” However, permission to protest is not based on anyone’s agreement, or disagreement, with the reason to assemble and protest on public property. The guarantee of FREE SPEECH if that If I can go there, you can go there too.

Scenes From the Deadly Unrest in Virginia

RE: FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. As is stated below, a FREE PRESS is needed to inform citizens of that which the government is doing. But, today, the press, which is primarily FAKE NEWS, has sided with the Democrat Party and liberal causes to oppose the opinions and freedoms that conservatives hold important to them. A key example is the fact that fake news has attacked our current President everyday of his presidency with false information, and biased guests and media reporters. The following information shows the concern that the colonists had concerning a free press that could honestly report on the actions of the developing government of “the United States of America.”
https://www.history.com/topics/united-states-constitution/freedom-of-the-press

Freedom of the press—the right to report news or circulate opinion without censorship from the government—was considered “one of the great bulwarks of liberty,” by the Founding Fathers of the United States. Americans enjoy freedom of the press as one of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.

The First Amendment, which protects freedom of the press, was adopted on December 15, 1791, as part of the Bill of Rights.

The Bill of Rights provides constitutional protection for certain individual liberties, including freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and the right to assemble and petition the government.

Origins Of Free Press. Before the thirteen colonies declared independence from Great Britain, the British government attempted to censor the American media by prohibiting newspapers from publishing unfavorable information and opinions.

Amendment II A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

RE: THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS. Consider the words, “TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS,” and the colonists’ concerns over the need for this amendment. Red Flag legislation violates this amendment, which is happening in the state of Virginia. Notice that Democrats favor striking this amendment from the Bill of Rights. https://www.independent.org/publications/books/summary.asp?id=72

Other legislation that has been filed includes banning indoor shooting ranges at offices where there are more than 50 employees. That would include a shooting range at the NRA headquarters, which is located in northern Virginia.
https://wset.com/news/at-the-capitol/guns-rights-bills-killed-in-house-by-virginia-democrats

Independence being declared in 1776, the states began adopting bills of rights, several of which recognized “the right of the people” to have arms for various purposes, such as self defense and the common defense. While some states saw no need for declarations of rights, the liberty of bearing arms was universally recognized. At the same time, militias composed of all male citizens were seen as necessary counter-weights to the threat of a standing army.

Consider the need for personal protection. Democrats ignore the violence in Baltimore: 12 shot, five dead, in single day of shootings in Baltimore https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/12-shot-dead-single-day-shootings-baltimore-68232001

Consider the need for for personal protection in Chicago: 30 people have been killed this year. That is 9 more than 2019.
Data through Sunday, January 26 https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-chicago-homicides-data-tracker-htmlstory.html
Again, Democrats ignore the fact of violence and murder that can not be prevented by unarmed citizens.

During the Obama administration, law enforcement personnel were constantly being verbally assaulted by Democrats. As noble as police officers have shown themselves to be, there are not enough of them to protect citizens from violent attacks.

AG Sessions: Chicago Murder Rate Spiked Due to Obama’s Consent Decree: By Melanie Arter | September 21, 2018 | 3:46pm EDT
https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/melanie-arter/sessions-chicago-murder-rate-spiked-due-obamas-consent-decree-police

(CNSNews.com) – Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday blamed the spike in murders in Chicago on the Obama administration’s consent decree, which called for police reforms in response to police harassment and brutality claims.

“From 2014 to 2016, the violent crime rate went up by nearly seven percent. Assaults and rape went up nearly 10 percent. Murder shot up by more than 20 percent. Sadly, this was a nationwide phenomenon, but Chicago is, without a doubt, the most dramatic example,” he said.

Consider Detroit violence. https://apnews.com/c43536132a0996ba53d763cae281c084

DETROIT (AP) — Homicides in Detroit increased last year…End-of-year statistics show 273 homicides were committed in 2019 — up from 261 the year before, Chief James Craig said Friday. Detroit’s 767 nonfatal shootings last year were more than the 755 in 2018, while robberies also were up in 2019 — 2,337 to 2,309. Gang violence was responsible for an uptick in shootings in July and late November into December.

TCT investigates: Armed citizen packs heat to stay safe in Detroit. Oct 29, 2019. Fox News.

The attack on the Bill of Rights will continue by Democrats. As was seen in the last video, high-profile Democrats viciously lie in attacks on the NRA. Democrats are lying to our children and grandchildren about NRA members; I am an NRA member. Consider the mission statements of the National Rifle Association and the National Association for Gun Rights.

The fight for America to become a free country began with the Revolutionary War, and the events that led up to that war. The freedom of our country is under attack today by the Democrat Party. To vote for a Democrat is to vote against the Bill of Rights and the colonists that fought to make the U.S.A. a free country. Amendments three through ten will be discussed in the next article of “The Making Of America,” and will continue to show the attacks of Democrats on our Bill of Rights.

https://www.newsmax.com/fastfeatures/national-association-for-gun-rights-nra-differ/2014/10/12/id/600067/

The mission statements of two of the United States’ top pro-gun lobbies, the National Association for Gun Rights and the National Rifle Association, sound very similar.

The NRA’s mission statement, summarized from its bylaws, is: “To protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially with reference to the inalienable right of the individual American citizen guaranteed by such Constitution to acquire, possess, collect, exhibit, transport, carry, transfer ownership of, and enjoy the right to use arms.” The statement also includes a focus on promoting public safety, training in the safe and efficient handling of small arms, hunter safety, and shooting sport promotion.

The National Association for Gun Rights’ mission statement says the organization was “established to promote firearms education, legal advocacy and the promotion of the Second Amendment. In the compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that profits. In the compromise between food and poison, it is only death that wins.” The NAGR also “follows the courts closely” for purposes of legal advocacy and is working to start training programs nationwide.

At the writing of this article, our President is at a rally in Iowa. Lee Greenwood is singing, “God Bless The USA.” The crowd is shouting, “USA USA USA.” Yes. It is a shame that Democrats can’t sing in agreement with that wonderful song. May God protect our country, and may He richly bless The United States Of America.

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