The Kingdom of God

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Understanding the Endtime Lesson 14

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NOW, FOR THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON OF THIS ENTIRE UNDERSTANDING THE ENDTIME SERIES.

 

WE’RE STUDYING ABOUT THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

 

MOST PEOPLE, EVEN CHRISTIANS, DON’T REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS.

 

SO, WHAT DO WE MEAN BY THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND WHAT DO YOU AND I HAVE TO DO TO BE INCLUDED IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD?

 

LET’S LOOK AT ZECHARIAH 14:9.

 

ZECHARIAH 14 IS DEVOTED TO THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON.

 

IT’S IN ARMAGEDDON THAT JESUS  COMES TO THE EARTH AND FIGHTS AGAINST THE INVADING ARMIES OF THE WORLD GOVERNMENTAL SYSTEM UNDER THE ANTICHRIST.

 

AND THAT’S WHEN JESUS CHRIST WILL ESTABLISH HIS KINGDOM.

 

ZECHARIAH 14:9 SAYS IT THIS WAY: “AND THE LORD SHALL BE KING OVER ALL THE EARTH.

 

IN THAT DAY THERE SHALL BE ONE LORD AND HIS NAME ONE.”

 

ANOTHER DESCRIPTION OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS FOUND IN DANIEL CHAPTER NUMBER 2: VERSE 44.

 

IT STATES THERE, “AND IN  THE DAYS OF THESE KINGS,” SPEAKING OF THE TEN KINGS SYMBOLIZED BY THE TEN TOES OF NEBUCHADNEZZAR’S IMAGE,

 

“IN THE DAYS OF THESE KINGS SHALL THE GOD OF HEAVEN SET UP A KINGDOM, WHICH SHALL NEVER BE DESTROYED: AND THE KINGDOM SHALL NOT BE LEFT TO OTHER PEOPLE, BUT IT SHALL BREAK IN PIECES AND CONSUME ALL THESE KINGDOMS, AND IT SHALL STAND FOREVER.

 

THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE SCRIPTURES THAT TALK ABOUT THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

 

ONE FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT IS REVELATION 11:15.

 

IT’S TALKING ABOUT THE SEVENTH TRUMPET SOUNDING.

 

“AND THE SEVENTH ANGEL SOUNDED AND THERE WERE GREAT VOICES IN HEAVEN SAYING, THE KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD ARE BECOME THE KINGDOMS OF OUR LORD AND HIS CHRIST AND HE SHALL REIGN FOREVER.”

 

SO, WHEN JESUS CHRIST COMES BACK TO THIS EARTH AND ESTABLISHES HIS KINGDOM, THAT’S WHAT WE MEAN WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

 

NOW, LET’S LOOK AT SOMETHING CALLED THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM.

 

EVERYONE THAT HAS EVER BEEN SENT OUT TO PREACH BY GOD HAS BEEN SENT OUT TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM.

 

LET’S LOOK AT SOME EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE PREACHED THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM, SO WE CAN UNDERSTAND.

 

WE KNOW WHAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS, BUT HOW DO YOU PREACH THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM?

 

IN MATTHEW CHAPTER NUMBER 3 VERSES 1-2, IT TALKS ABOUT JOHN THE BAPTIST.

 

“IN THOSE DAYS CAME JOHN THE BAPTIST PREACHING IN THE WILDERNESS OF JUDAEA, AND SAYING, REPENT YE, FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND.”

 

NOW, HE SAYS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

 

IN THE BOOK OF LUKE HE USES THE TERM KINGDOM OF GOD.

 

BUT THOSE ARE SYNONYMOUS TERMS.

 

THOSE ARE THE SAME THING.

 

SO, JOHN THE BAPTIST WAS PREACHING THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM.

 

WHEN JESUS CAME HE PREACHED THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM IN MATTHEW 4:23.

 

“AND JESUS WENT ABOUT ALL GALILEE, TEACHING IN THEIR SYNAGOGUES, AND PREACHING THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM, AND HEALING ALL MANNER OF SICKNESS AND ALL MANNER OF DISEASE AMONG THE PEOPLE.

 

SO, WHAT WERE THEY SAYING WHEN THEY PREACHED THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM?

 

WE’RE GOING TO NOTICE HERE THAT WHEN JESUS SENT HIS DISCIPLES OUT TO PREACH HE EXPLICITLY TOLD THEM TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM.

 

THIS IS LUKE 9:2.

 

“AND HE SENT THEM TO PREACH THE KINGDOM OF GOD, AND TO HEAL THE SICK.”

 

SO, WHAT DO WE SAY WHEN WE PREACH THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM?

 

WE TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THE KINGDOM THAT JESUS IS GOING TO ESTABLISH ON EARTH.

 

THEN WE EXPLAIN TO THEM WHAT THEY MUST DO TO BE INCLUDED IN THE COMING KINGDOM OF GOD.

 

AND WE HOPE TO DO SOME OF THAT, EVEN HERE TODAY.

 

IN JOHN 3:1-5, JESUS TALKED ABOUT THE KINGDOM TO A MAN BY THE NAME OF NICODEMUS.

 

LISTEN TO THE ACCOUNT.

 

“THERE WAS A MAN OF THE PHARISEES, NAMED NICODEMUS, A RULER OF THE JEWS:

 

THE SAME CAME TO JESUS BY NIGHT, AND SAID UNTO HIM, RABBI, WE KNOW THAT THOU ART A TEACHER COME FROM GOD: FOR NO MAN CAN DO THESE MIRACLES THAT THOU DOEST, EXCEPT GOD BE WITH HIM.”

 

NOW, JESUS JUST WENT STRAIGHT FORWARD AT NICODEMUS.

 

“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.”

 

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE HEAR THE TERM, BORN AGAIN.

 

THERE IT IS.

 

BUT JESUS IS THE ONE WHO  COINED THE TERM AND HE SAID, “EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN AGAIN, HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

 

NICODEMUS SAITH UNTO HIM, HOW CAN A MAN BE BORN WHEN HE IS OLD?

 

CAN HE ENTER THE SECOND TIME INTO HIS MOTHER’S WOMB AND BE BORN?

 

JESUS ANSWERED, VERILY, VERILY I SAY UNTO THEE, EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN OF THE WATER AND OF THE SPIRIT, HE CANNOT ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD.”

 

HE’S TALKING ABOUT A SPIRITUAL BIRTH, NOT A NATURAL BIRTH.

 

JESUS SAID TO NICODEMUS, “NICODEMUS YOU MUST  BE BORN AGAIN.”

 

SO, WHAT DO WE MEAN THEN BY THIS TERM BORN AGAIN?

 

A LOT OF PEOPLE TALK ABOUT BEING BORN AGAIN AND MOST PEOPLE DON’T REALLY KNOW WHAT IT MEANS.

 

SO, LET’S INVESTIGATE THE TERM BORN AGAIN.

 

LET’S TALK ABOUT WHEN SALVATION WAS AUTHORED BY JESUS CHRIST AT CALVARY.

 

WE KNOW THREE THINGS HAPPENED AT CALVARY: JESUS DIED, HE WAS BURIED AND HE ROSE AGAIN.

 

NOW, THINK ABOUT IT  WITH ME FOR A MOMENT.

 

SO, HE DIED, WAS BURIED, AND ROSE AGAIN.

 

BORN AGAIN, SO THAT’S WHY HE CALLED IT BEING BORN AGAIN BECAUSE HE PURCHASED IT WITH HIS DEATH, HIS BURIAL AND HIS RESURRECTION.

 

IT’S THE THREE STEPS OF CALVARY.

 

IT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE.

 

HOWEVER, JESUS SAID  TO NICODEMUS, “YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN.”

 

SO, WE’VE GOT TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE CAN BE BORN AGAIN.

 

LET’S TALK ABOUT A TERM WHICH IS VERY POPULAR AMONG US TODAY CALLED ACCEPTING CHRIST, OR ACCEPTING CHRIST AS YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOR.

 

HOW DO YOU DO THAT?

 

DO YOU JUST SAY, “I ACCEPT CHRIST, OR WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS?”

 

WELL, WHAT THIS REALLY MEANS IS WE ACCEPT THE WORK OF CALVARY.

 

SINCE JESUS DIED, WAS BURIED AND ROSE AGAIN FOR US, WE CAN ACCEPT HIS WORK IN OUR LIFE SO THAT WE DON’T HAVE TO DIE, BE BURIED AND RISE AGAIN.

 

WE ONLY HAVE TO SPIRITUALLY DIE, AND ARE SPIRITUALLY BURIED AND SPIRITUALLY RISE AGAIN.

 

NOW, WE ACCEPT CHRIST BY OBEYING THE GOSPEL.

 

IN II THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 1 VERSES 7-8 THE APOSTLE PAUL WROTE: “AND TO YOU WHO ARE TROUBLED, REST WITH US,

 

WHEN THE LORD JESUS SHALL BE REVEALED FROM HEAVEN WITH HIS MIGHTY ANGELS, IN FLAMING FIRE TAKING VENGEANCE ON THEM THAT KNOW NOT GOD, AND THAT OBEY NOT THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.”

 

NOW, HERE THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID THAT WE NEED TO OBEY THE GOSPEL.

 

WE CAN’T REALLY OBEY THE GOSPEL IF WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THE GOSPEL IS.

 

FOR MANY YEARS OF MY LIFE, IF SOMEONE WOULD HAVE ASKED ME, “WHAT’S THE GOSPEL?”

 

I’M NOT SURE WHAT I  WOULD HAVE SAID BECAUSE I DID NOT HAVE A WELL-DEFINED DEFINITION IN MY OWN MIND AS TO WHAT THE GOSPEL WAS.

 

HOWEVER, WE’RE GETTING READY TO FIND OUT, EXPLICITLY, WHAT THE GOSPEL IS BECAUSE THE APOSTLE  PAUL, WHO WROTE THE BOOK TO THE THESSALONICANS, ALSO WROTE TO THE CHURCH AT CORINTH.

 

AND IN I CORINTHIANS 15:1-4, HE TAKES TIME TO DEFINE THE GOSPEL, STARTING WITH VERSE 1.

 

“MORE OVER BRETHREN, I DECLARE UNTO YOU THE GOSPEL WHICH I PREACHED UNTO YOU, WHICH ALSO YOU HAVE RECEIVED, AND WHEREIN YE STAND, BY WHICH ALSO YOU ARE SAVED, IF YE KEEP IN MEMORY WHAT I PREACHED UNTO YOU, UNLESS YE HAVE BELIEVED IN VAIN.

 

FOR I DELIVERED UNTO YOU, FIRST OF ALL THAT WHICH I ALSO RECEIVED, HOW THAT CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES, AND THAT HE WAS BURIED, AND THAT HE ROSE AGAIN THE THIRD DAY ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES.”

 

SO, PAUL SAYS I DECLARE UNTO YOU THE GOSPEL, HOW THAT CHRIST DIED, WAS BURIED AND ROSE AGAIN.

 

SO, THE GOSPEL IS SIMPLY THE DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST.

 

AND IN ORDER TO ACCEPT THE DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION, OR TO OBEY THE GOSPEL, TO OBEY THE DEATH, THE BURIAL AND THE RESURRECTION, WE MUST BE BORN AGAIN.

 

IT MAKES A LOT OF SENSE AND IT’S REALLY VERY SIMPLE.

 

SO, NOW FOR THE QUESTION, HOW DO WE DO THIS?

 

HOW DO WE ACCEPT THE DEATH OF CHRIST?

 

WE DON’T HAVE TO LITERALLY DIE; HE DID THAT IN OUR PLACE.

 

BUT WE ACCEPT THAT BY DYING TO SELF, IT’S CALLED REPENTANCE.

 

WHEN YOU REPENT IT’S NOT  A MATTER OF SAYING, “GOD, I’M SORRY FOR MY SINS.”

 

IT’S PART OF THAT, BUT REAL REPENTANCE IS A DECISION TO TURN AWAY FROM SELFISH LIVING TO A LIFE CENTERED AROUND GOD’S WILL.

 

WE MAKE A DECISION.

 

FROM THIS DAY FORWARD I WON’T DO WHAT I WANT TO DO, I’M GOING TO DO WHAT HE WANTS ME TO DO.

 

SO, WE ACCEPT THE DEATH OF CHRIST BY DYING OUT TO SELF AND ACCEPTING JESUS AS LORD.

 

WE SAY, “FROM NOW ON I DON’T DO WHAT I WANT TO DO, I GIVE MY LIFE TO JESUS CHRIST AND I WANT TO DO HIS WILL IN MY LIFE BECAUSE I KNOW THAT’S THE REASON THAT I WAS CREATED.”

 

SO, THIS IS CALLED REPENTANCE.

 

IT’S DYING TO SELF.

 

THAT’S WHEN WE ACCEPT THE DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST.

 

THEN, THE BIBLE TELLS US IN ROMANS CHAPTER 6 VERSE NUMBER 4, “THEREFORE WE ARE BURIED WITH  HIM BY BAPTISM INTO DEATH: THAT LIKE AS CHRIST WAS RAISED UP FROM THE DEAD BY THE GLORY OF THE FATHER, EVEN SO WE ALSO SHOULD WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE.”

 

SO, IF WE’RE GOING TO BE BURIED WITH CHRIST, THEN WE’RE BURIED WITH HIM BY BAPTISM.

 

THAT’S THE REASON ALL BAPTISM IN THE BIBLE WAS DONE BY IMMERSION.

 

IT’S A SYMBOLIC BURIAL.

 

SO, WE ACCEPT THE DEATH OF CHRIST IN REPENTANCE AND WE ACCEPT THE BURIAL OF CHRIST IN BAPTISM.

 

AND THEN THERE’S ONE MORE STEP ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE.

 

IN ROMANS CHAPTER 8 VERSE 11, IT TALKS TO US ABOUT ACCEPTING THE RESURRECTION POWER.

 

“BUT IF THE SPIRIT OF HIM THAT RAISED UP CHRIST FROM THE DEAD DWELL IN YOU, HE THAT RAISED UP CHRIST FROM THE DEAD SHALL ALSO QUICKEN YOUR MORTAL BODY BY HIS SPIRIT THAT DWELLETH IN YOU.”

 

IT’S TALKING ABOUT THE TIME OF THE SECOND COMING.

 

WHEN JESUS COMES BACK TO THIS  EARTH, IF THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST DWELLS IN US, IT WILL CHANGE US FROM MORTAL TO IMMORTALITY AND WE WILL BE CAUGHT UP TO MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR.

 

SO, WE HAVE A SPIRITUAL DEATH, WHICH IS REPENTANCE; A SPIRITUAL BURIAL, WHICH IS BAPTISM; AND A SPIRITUAL RESURRECTION POWER RECEIVED IN OUR LIFE, WHICH IS THE HOLY GHOST.

 

NOW, THERE’S ANOTHER PASSAGE WHICH WILL HELP US TO UNDERSTAND BETTER.

 

IT’S I JOHN CHAPTER NUMBER 5 AND VERSE 8.

 

JOHN WROTE, “AND THERE ARE THREE THAT BEAR WITNESS IN EARTH, THE SPIRIT, AND THE WATER, AND THE BLOOD AND THESE THREE AGREE IN ONE.”

 

I WONDER WHAT THAT’S TALKING ABOUT: BLOOD, WATER, AND SPIRIT AGREEING IN ONE?

 

WELL, THE BLOOD COVERS OUR SIN WHEN WE REPENT.

 

WATER IS APPLIED IN BAPTISM.

 

WE’RE BURIED IN WATER WHEN WE’RE BAPTIZED.

 

AND THEN, WE RECEIVE THE  SPIRIT WHEN WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST.

 

SO, ALL OF THIS IS SAYING THAT THESE THREE: BLOOD, WATER, AND SPIRIT, AGREE IN ONE.

 

ONE WHAT?

 

ONE NEW BIRTH.

 

OK, THE APOSTLE PETER, ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST, AGREED WITH THIS.

 

ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST HE HAD PREACHED TO THE PEOPLE THAT THEY HAD REJECTED THEIR MESSIAH; THEY HAD CRUCIFIED JESUS CHRIST.

 

AND BY NOW ALL OF JERUSALEM WAS ABUZZ WITH THE REPORT THAT JESUS HAD ARISEN FROM THE DEAD AND NOT ONLY RISEN FROM THE DEAD, BUT BEEN CAUGHT UP INTO THE HEAVENS.

 

SO, PETER PREACHED TO THEM THAT THEY HAD CRUCIFIED THEIR MESSIAH AND THEY BECAME SO CONVICTED.

 

IN ACTS 2:37.

 

“NOW WHEN THEY HEARD THIS, THEY WERE PRICKED IN THEIR HEART, (THEY WERE CONVICTED) AND SAID UNTO PETER AND TO THE REST OF THE APOSTLES, MEN AND BRETHREN, WHAT SHALL WE DO?”

 

NOW, PETER’S GOING TO GIVE THEM THE ANSWER.

 

THEY’RE ASKING, “WHAT SHALL WE DO TO BE SAVED?

 

HOW CAN WE RECTIFY THIS HORRIBLE ERROR?”

 

VERSE 38, “PETER SAID UNTO THEM, REPENT, AND BE BAPTIZED, EVERY ONE OF YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS, AND YE SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST.”

 

SO, WHAT DID PETER DO?

 

HE’S PREACHING THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM; HE’S PREACHING THE DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION.

 

HE’S PREACHING THE THREE STEPS TO BEING BORN AGAIN: DIE, BE BURIED, AND RISE AGAIN.

 

THE SPIRITUAL DEATH IS REPENTANCE, THE SPIRITUAL BURIAL IS BAPTISM, AND THE SPIRITUAL RESURRECTION IS THE INFILLING OF THE HOLY GHOST.

 

SO, WHEN THE PEOPLE  SAID, “WHAT MUST WE DO?”

 

PETER SAID THE SAME THING TO THEM THAT JESUS SAID TO NICODEMUS, “YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN.”

 

NOW, IN ORDER TO REALLY UNDERSTAND THESE THINGS, IT’S GOOD TO HAVE ILLUSTRATIONS.

 

HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO ASSEMBLE SOMETHING?

 

YOU GET THE INSTRUCTIONS, BUT IT’S NICE TO HAVE THE ILLUSTRATIONS, SO THAT YOU CAN SEE PICTURES OF WHAT THEY DID.

 

SO, THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO RIGHT NOW.

 

WE’RE GOING TO LOOK AT THE CONVERSION ACCOUNTS IN THE BOOK OF ACTS.

 

NOW, THE BOOK OF ACTS IS  THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES.

 

IT’S THE HISTORY OF HOW THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH WAS ESTABLISHED AFTER JESUS WENT AWAY AND HOW THE APOSTLES ENACTED THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS IN EVERYDAY LIFE.

 

SO, WE’RE GOING TO LOOK NOW AT FOUR MAJOR ACCOUNTS OF CONVERSION IN THE BIBLE.

 

WE’VE ACTUALLY ALREADY LOOKED  AT THE FIRST ACCOUNT, ACTS 2 ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST WHEN PETER PREACHED THE FIRST SERMON, AND PREACHED THAT THEY MUST BE BORN AGAIN.

 

NOW LET’S GO TO ACTS CHAPTER 8.

 

A HUGE REVIVAL BROKE OUT IN ACTS CHAPTER 8 AND PHILIP WAS THE MAIN PREACHER.

 

STARTING WITH VERSE 12, “BUT WHEN THEY BELIEVED PHILIP PREACHING THE THINGS WHICH CONCERNING THE KINGDOM OF GOD,” ISN’T THIS AMAZING.

 

HERE PHILIP IS PREACHING THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

 

AS A RESULT OF PREACHING THE KINGDOM OF GOD, THE PEOPLE WERE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.

 

SO, AS HE PREACHED THE KINGDOM OF GOD, HE PREACHED ABOUT DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION.

 

THE RESPONSE WAS I WANT TO REPENT, I WANT TO BE BAPTIZED.

 

SO, THEY WERE  BAPTIZED, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN.

 

THEN SIMON, WHO WAS A SORCERER, AND HAD DECEIVED MANY PEOPLE, SAID, “I WANT TO BE A PART OF THIS, THIS IS WHERE THE CROWD IS.”

 

SO, “SIMON HIMSELF BELIEVED ALSO:

 

AND WHEN HE WAS BAPTIZED, HE CONTINUED WITH PHILIP, AND WONDERED, BEHOLDING THE MIRACLES AND SIGNS WHICH WERE DONE.”

 

SO, PHILIP PREACHED THE THINGS PERTAINING TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

 

AND SIMON, THE SORCERER, BELIEVED AND WAS BAPTIZED.

 

“NOW, WHEN THE APOSTLES WHICH  WERE AT JERUSALEM HEARD THAT SAMARIA HAD RECEIVED THE WORD OF GOD, THEY SENT UNTO THEM PETER AND JOHN.

 

WHO, WHEN THEY HAD COME DOWN, PRAYED FOR THEM, THAT THEY MIGHT RECEIVE THE HOLY GHOST, FOR AS YET HE WAS FALLEN    UPON NONE OF THEM:

 

ONLY THEY WERE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS.”

 

NOW, THIS IS INTERESTING.

 

THEY BELIEVED.

 

THEY HAD OBVIOUSLY REPENTED.

 

THEY HAD BEEN BAPTIZED, BUT THEY HAD NOT RECEIVED THE HOLY GHOST.

 

WE NEED TO REALLY LOOK AT THAT BECAUSE A LOT OF FALSE CONCEPTS ARE FLOATING AROUND.

 

SOME PEOPLE SAY, “OH, YOU RECEIVE THE HOLY GHOST WHEN YOU BELIEVE ON JESUS CHRIST.”

 

BUT THESE PEOPLE HAD BELIEVED, BUT THEY DIDN’T HAVE THE HOLY GHOST YET.

 

NOW, OTHER PEOPLE SAY, “WHEN YOU’RE BAPTIZED, THAT’S WHEN YOU RECEIVE THE HOLY GHOST.

 

YOU JUST ACCEPT IT BY FAITH.”

 

BUT THESE PEOPLE HAD BELIEVED AND BEEN BAPTIZED, BUT IT EXPLICITLY STATES HERE, “FOR AS YET THE HOLY GHOST WAS FALLEN UPON NONE OF THEM.”

 

HOWEVER, WHEN PETER AND JOHN CAME DOWN FROM JERUSALEM, THEY LAID THEIR HANDS ON THEM AND THEY RECEIVED THE HOLY GHOST.

 

SO, IT’S VERY INTERESTING AS WE CAN SEE WHAT’S GOING ON HERE.

 

THEY DON’T HAVE THE  HOLY GHOST HERE AND THEN THEY LAID  HANDS ON THEM.

 

AND THEN IT STATES, “AND THEN THEY RECEIVED THE HOLY GHOST.”

 

FURTHERMORE, AS THE ACCOUNT GOES ON, AND IT STATES, “AND WHEN SIMON SAW THAT THROUGH LAYING ON OF THE APOSTLES’ HANDS, THE HOLY GHOST WAS GIVEN.”

 

SIMON SAW SOMETHING, SOMETHING HAPPENED WHEN THEY LAID THEIR HANDS ON THEM.

 

HE OFFERED THEM MONEY SAYING, “GIVE ME ALSO THIS POWER THAT ON WHOMSOEVER I LAY HANDS, HE MAY RECEIVE THE HOLY GHOST.”

 

WHAT DID SIMON SEE THAT CAUSED HIM TO WANT TO GIVE MONEY?

 

WHAT HAPPENED WAS, THE APOSTLES LAID HANDS ON THEM AND THEY RECEIVED THE HOLY GHOST JUST LIKE THEY DID ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST.

 

NOW, ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST WHEN THEY RECEIVED THE HOLY GHOST, THEY BEGAN TO SPEAK WITH OTHER LANGUAGES AS THE SPIRIT GAVE THE UTTERANCE.

 

AND SIMON SAYS, “WOW, I CAN MAKE A LOT OF MONEY DOING THIS.

 

GIVE ME THIS POWER.

 

I’LL GIVE YOU MONEY IF YOU WILL GIVE ME THIS POWER.”

 

HOWEVER, THE APOSTLE PETER QUICKLY STATED TO HIM, “THY MONEY PERISH WITH THEE, BECAUSE THOU HAST THOUGHT THAT THE GIFT OF GOD MAY BE PURCHASED WITH MONEY.

 

I PERCEIVE THAT THOU ART IN THE GALL OF BITTERNESS, AND IN THE BOND OF INIQUITY, YOUR HEARTS IS NOT RIGHT.”

 

SO, SIMON BELIEVED AND HE WAS  BAPTIZED, BUT HE APPARENTLY HADN’T REPENTED BECAUSE PETER  SAID, “YOUR HEART IS NOT RIGHT IN THE SIGHT OF GOD.”

 

LET’S GO TO ANOTHER ACCOUNT.

 

LET’S GO TO ACTS CHAPTER 10.

 

HERE IS THE FIRST CONVERSION OF THE GENTILES.

 

IN ACTS 10:43 IT SAYS, “TO HIM GIVE ALL THE PROPHETS WITNESS, THAT THROUGH HIS NAME WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHALL RECEIVE REMISSION OF SINS.”

 

NOW, PETER WENT DOWN TO PREACH TO CORNELIUS.

 

AN ANGEL HAD APPEARED TO CORNELIUS AND SAID, “YOU SHOULD SEND FOR ONE BY THE NAME OF SIMON PETER AND HE WILL GIVE YOU WORDS HEREBY YOU CAN BE SAVED.”

 

CORNELIUS HAD PRAYED AN ANGEL DOWN, BUT HE STILL WASN’T SAVED.

 

HE STILL NEEDED TO BE BORN AGAIN.

 

WHEN PETER GOT TO THE HOUSEHOLD OF CORNELIUS,

 

HE HAD GATHERED IN MANY OF HIS RELATIVES AND THEY WERE ALL THERE TO HEAR WHAT GOD WOULD SAY TO THEM.

 

SO, PETER PREACHES TO THEM THAT THROUGH THE NAME OF JESUS, ALL THAT BELIEVE ON HIM SHOULD RECEIVE REMISSION OF SINS.

 

“WHILE PETER YET SPAKE THESE WORDS, THE HOLY GHOST FELL ON THEM WHICH HEARD THE WORD.

 

AND THEY OF THE CIRCUMCISION,” WHICH WERE THE JEWS THAT CAME WITH PETER, “THEY OF THE CIRCUMCISION WHICH BELIEVED WERE ASTONISHED, AS MANY AS CAME WITH PETER, BECAUSE THAT ON THE GENTILES ALSO WAS POURED OUT THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST.”

 

GENTILES WEREN’T SUPPOSED TO BE RECIPIENTS OF SALVATION; THAT WAS FOR THE JEWS.

 

BUT NOW, GOD IS DOING A NEW THING.

 

BUT THESE JEWISH PEOPLE SAID, “WAIT A MINUTE, THE GENTILES ARE RECEIVING THE HOLY GHOST.

 

HOW DO THEY KNOW, “FOR THEY HEARD THEM SPEAK WITH TONGUES AND MAGNIFY GOD.”

 

SO, WE SEE ALL THESE ELEMENTS  HERE IN ALL OF THE CONVERSIONS.

 

IN ACTS 2, REPENT, BE BAPTIZED EVERY ONE OF YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS, AND THEN

 

YOU SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST.

 

ACTS 8, THEY BELIEVED, THEY WERE BAPTIZED, THEN THEY RECEIVED THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST.

 

NOW, HERE WE ARE IN  ACTS CHAPTER NUMBER 10.

 

AND AS PETER WAS PREACHING, THE HOLY GHOST FELL ON THEM.

 

I’LL NEVER FORGET WHEN I WAS JUST A LAD ABOUT FIVE YEARS OF AGE.

 

DAD HAD BEEN WITNESSING TO A MINISTER WHO WAS ATTENDING A SEMINARY THAT DID NOT BELIEVE YOU COULD RECEIVE THE HOLY GHOST SPEAKING WITH TONGUES.

 

HE CAME OUT TO OUR CHURCH ONE DAY AND ON A SUNDAY NIGHT AND DAD WAS PREACHING FROM THE PASSAGE OF JOHN CHAPTER 3,

 

“VERILY, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN.”

 

SO, AS HE WAS PREACHING THIS TO THIS MAN WHO WASN’T SUPPOSED TO BELIEVE IN IT — HERE IN THIS  PASSAGE YOU CAN SEE THAT WHILE PETER WAS SPEAKING THE HOLY GHOST FELL ON THEM.

 

WELL, THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED.

 

THIS MAN WAS SITTING RIGHT BEHIND ME.

 

I’M A FIVE-YEAR-OLD  CHILD ON THE FRONT ROW.

 

AND AS MY FATHER WAS PREACHING, THE HOLY GHOST FELL ON THIS MAN, HE JUMPED TO HIS FEET AND BEGAN TO SPEAK WITH OTHER TONGUES AS THE SPIRIT OF GOD GAVE HIM THE UTTERANCE.

 

GOD BAPTIZED HIM WITH THE HOLY GHOST.

 

THIS IS RECORDED IN THE BOOK OF ACTS.

 

I PERSONALLY HAVE EXPERIENCED THAT.

 

I’LL NEVER FORGET THAT, THE LONGEST DAY THAT I LIVE.

 

NOW, IT SAYS THEY RECEIVED THE HOLY GHOST, FOR THEY HEARD THEM SPEAK WITH TONGUES.

 

NOW WHAT DO WE DO?

 

THEN ANSWERED PETER, “CAN ANY  MAN FORBID WATER THAT THESE SHOULD NOT BE BAPTIZED WHICH HAVE RECEIVED THE HOLY GHOST AS WELL AS WE?”

 

AND HE COMMANDED THEM TO BE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.”

 

HE DIDN’T SAY TO THEM, “WELL,  LOOK YOU’VE GOT THE HOLY GHOST, SO THERE’S NO REASON FOR YOU TO BE BAPTIZED.

 

APPARENTLY IT’S NOT IMPORTANT.”

 

NO, NO, “THERE ARE THREE THAT  BEAR WITNESS IN THE EARTH, THE BLOOD, THE WATER AND THE SPIRIT, AND THESE THREE AGREE IN ONE.”

 

THESE AGREE IN BEING BORN AGAIN.

 

YOU MUST BE BORN OF THE WATER AND THE SPIRIT.

 

AND SO, THE APOSTLE PETER COMMANDED THEM TO BE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS.

 

THE LAST ACCOUNT THAT WE’RE GOING TO LOOK AT IS ACTS CHAPTER 19.

 

THE APOSTLE PAUL — “IT CAME TO PASS, THAT, WHILE APOLLOS WAS AT CORINTH, PAUL, HAVING PASSED THROUGH THE UPPER COASTS, CAME TO EPHESUS, AND FINDING CERTAIN   DISCIPLES, HE SAID UNTO THEM, HAVE YOU RECEIVED THE HOLY GHOST SINCE YOU BELIEVED?

 

AND THEY SAID UNTO THEM, WE HAVE NOT SO MUCH AS HEARD WHETHER THERE BE ANY HOLY GHOST.”

 

NOW, THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID, “HAVE YOU RECEIVED THE HOLY GHOST SINCE YOU BELIEVED?”

 

THEY WERE BELIEVERS, BUT THEY HADN’T RECEIVED THE HOLY GHOST.

 

THEY SAID, “WE DON’T EVEN KNOW WHETHER THERE IS SUCH A THING.”

 

APOSTLE PAUL THOUGHT, “IF YOU DON’T KNOW IF THERE’S SUCH A THING AS THE HOLY GHOST, YOU PROBABLY DON’T EVEN KNOW ABOUT THE CORRECT BAPTISM.

 

THEN PAUL SAID TO THEM, UNTO WHAT WERE YOU BAPTIZED?

 

AND THEY SAID, UNTO JOHN’S BAPTISM.”

 

NOTICE WHAT THEY’RE PREACHING  IN EVERY ONE OF THESE ACCOUNTS.

 

THEY’RE PREACHING REPENTANCE, THEY’RE BELIEVING.

 

THEY’RE PREACHING BAPTISM, THEY’RE PREACHING HOLY GHOST.

 

THEN PAUL SAID, “JOHN VERILY BAPTIZED WITH THE BAPTISM OF REPENTANCE, SAYING UNTO THE PEOPLE THAT THEY SHOULD BELIEVE ON HIM WHICH SHOULD COME AFTER HIM, THAT IS ON CHRIST JESUS.

 

WHEN THEY HEARD THIS THEY WERE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS.

 

AND WHEN PAUL HAD LAID HIS HANDS UPON THEM, THE HOLY GHOST CAME ON THEM AND THEY SPAKE WITH TONGUES AND PROPHESIED.”

 

THERE IT IS AGAIN, PREACHING THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND THEN PREACHING THAT PEOPLE MUST BE BORN AGAIN.

 

FINALLY WE HAVE A PLAN OF SALVATION.

 

AND NOW THE INTERESTING THING IS SATAN ALWAYS TRIES TO IMITATE THE PLAN OF SALVATION.

 

I CALL SATAN’S PLAN  THE PLAN OF DAMNATION.

 

THE FIRST STEP OF SALVATION IS TO WORSHIP JESUS AS LORD.

 

YOU REPENT, YOU ACCEPT HIM AS LORD.

 

THE FIRST STEP OF THE PLAN OF DAMNATION ACCORDING TO REVELATION 13:15 IS THAT YOU MUST WORSHIP THE BEAST, THE ANTICHRIST.

 

THE SECOND STEP TO THE PLAN OF SALVATION IS YOU TAKE THE NAME OF JESUS IN BAPTISM.

 

WELL, GUESS WHAT SATAN’S SECOND STEP IS, YOU TAKE THE NAME OF THE ANTICHRIST, REVELATION 13:17, IT SAYS, “YOU RECEIVE THE MARK OF HIS NAME.”

 

THE THIRD STEP OF SALVATION IS YOU’RE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.

 

I WONDER WHAT THE THIRD STEP OF THE PLAN OF DAMNATION IS?

 

PROBABLY BEING FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT OF SATAN, BEING DEMON POSSESSED.

 

WELL, I WANT TO SAY THIS TO YOU, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT I COULD EVER SAY TO YOU IS, MAKE SURE YOU’RE BORN AGAIN AND DON’T EVER HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE MARK OF THE BEAST OR PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO A WORLD GOVERNMENTAL SYSTEM OR A MAN.

 

MAKE SURE YOUR ALLEGIANCE IS WITH JESUS CHRIST AND HIM ONLY.

 

NOW, WHEN A PERSON IS BORN AGAIN, HE BECOMES A PART OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

 

IN OUR NEXT AND FINAL SEGMENT OF UNDERSTANDING THE ENDTIME, WE WILL LEARN WHAT BEING IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS LIKE RIGHT NOW, AND WHAT IT WILL BE LIKE DURING THE 1000 YEAR REIGN OF JESUS CHRIST UPON THE EARTH.

 

IT’S GOING TO BE A MARVELOUS LESSON TO LOOK AT.

 

THE MILLENNIUM.

 

THE LION LIES DOWN WITH THE LAMB AND THERE WILL BE PEACE ON EARTH, GOOD WILL TOWARD MAN.

 

NOT ONE WAR FOR 1000 YEARS.

 

I WANT TO BE THERE,  I’M SURE YOU DO TOO.

 

 

PART 2

THIS IS THE LAST SEGMENT  OF OUR SERIES CALLED UNDERSTANDING THE ENDTIME.

 

THE END OF THE AGE OF HUMAN GOVERNMENT AND THE BEGINNING OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD OCCURS AT THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON.

 

LET’S LOOK AT THE BIBLE’S MOST DETAILED ACCOUNT OF ARMAGEDDON.

 

IT’S FOUND IN REVELATION  CHAPTER 16 VERSE 12-16.

 

“AND THE SIXTH ANGEL POURED OUT HIS VIAL UPON THE GREAT RIVER EUPHRATES.

 

AND THE WATER THERE WAS DRIED  UP THAT THE WAY OF THE KINGS OF THE EAST MIGHT BE PREPARED.

 

AND I SAW THREE UNCLEAN SPIRITS LIKE FROGS COME OUT OF THE MOUTH OF THE DRAGON AND OUT OF  THE MOUTH OF THE BEAST AND OUT OF THE MOUTH OF THE FALSE PROPHET, FOR THEY ARE THE SPIRITS OF DEVILS WORKING MIRACLES, WHICH GO FORTH UNTO THE KINGS OF THE EARTH AND OF THE WHOLE WORLD TO GATHER THEM TO THE GREAT BATTLE OF THAT GREAT DAY OF GOD ALMIGHTY.”

 

NOW, NOTICE TWO THINGS.

 

NUMBER ONE, THE EUPHRATES RIVER IS GOING TO BE DRIED UP WHEN THE SIXTH VIAL IS POURED OUT.

 

THIS IS TO FACILITATE THE INVASION OF ISRAEL BY THE KINGS OF THE EAST.

 

NOW, THE EUPHRATES RIVER BEING DRIED UP IS A HUGE PROPHECY BECAUSE THE EUPHRATES IS THE PRINCIPLE WATER SOURCE OF THE MIDDLE EAST.

 

ON JANUARY 13, 1990  THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR CARRIED THE HEADLINE: TURKEY WILL CUT OFF FLOW OF THE EUPHRATES FOR ONE MONTH.

 

WHAT HAPPENED WAS TURKEY  BUILT A HUGE ATATURK DAM AND THEY NEEDED TO FILL UP THEIR RESERVOIR.

 

WHEN THE DAM WAS COMPLETED THE ACTUALLY STOPPED THE FLOW OF THE EUPHRATES FOR 30 DAYS.

 

WELL, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

 

THIS MEANS THAT THIS 2,000-YEAR-OLD PROPHECY COULD ONLY BE FULFILLED AS OF 1990.

 

AND AS I SPEAK TO YOU RIGHT NOW, TURKEY HAS THE ABILITY TO RAISE THE DAM AND STOP THE FLOW OF THE EUPHRATES.

 

THE BIBLE PROPHESIES THAT THE  EUPHRATES WILL BE DRIED UP TO ALLOW THE KINGS OF THE EAST TO INVADE ISRAEL.

 

NOW, THE PASSAGE ALSO SAYS THAT THERE WILL BE THREE SPIRITS LIKE FROGS COME OUT OF THE MOUTH OF THE DRAGON, THE BEAST AND THE FALSE PROPHET AND THESE ARE THE SPIRITS OF DEVILS DRAWING THE KINGS OF THE EARTH, TO COME ON DOWN AGAINST ISRAEL FOR THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON.

 

THE PROPHECY CONTINUES ON IN VERSE 15.

 

I LIKE TO CALL THIS  THE LAST MINUTE WARNING.

 

“BEHOLD, I COME AS A THIEF, BLESSED IS HE THAT WATCHETH AND KEEPETH HIS GARMENTS, LEST HE WALK NAKED AND THEY SEE HIS SHAME.”

 

THAT’S LIKE GOD SAYING, “I’M COMING, MAKE SURE YOU STAY READY.

 

DON’T GET CARELESS, DON’T GO TO SLEEP AT THIS CRITICAL TIME.”

 

AND THEN VERSE 16, “AND HE CARRIED THEM TOGETHER INTO A PLACE CALLED IN THE  HEBREW TONGUE ARMAGEDDON.”

 

THIS IS THE ONLY PASSAGE  IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE THE WORD ARMAGEDDON IS USED.

 

THE WORD ARMAGEDDON  COMES FROM TWO WORDS, HAR MEGGIDO OR HILL OF MEGGIDO.

 

THE CITY OF MEGGIDO IS UP ON THE HILL OVERLOOKING THE PLANE OF MEGGIDO, WHICH IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE VALLEY OF JEZREEL.

 

7 MILES WIDE, 15 MILES LONG, THAT’S WHERE THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON WILL BEGIN.

 

THEN, IT WILL FINISH 160 MILES TO THE SOUTH AT THE GATES OF JERUSALEM.

 

NOW, ANOTHER ACCOUNT OF ARMAGEDDON IS GIVEN IN THE BOOK OF ZECHARIAH CHAPTER 14.

 

AND IT STATES A LITTLE DIFFERENT.

 

VERSE 2 SAYS, “FOR I WILL GATHER ALL NATIONS AGAINST JERUSALEM TO BATTLE.”

 

NOW, REMEMBER BACK IN REVELATION IT SAYS, “THAT THE SPIRIT OF DEVILS GATHER THE NATIONS TO BATTLE.”

 

HERE GOD SAID, “I WILL DO IT.”

 

IS THIS A CONTRADICTION?

 

NO.

 

GOD USES SATAN FOR HIS OWN PURPOSES.

 

SO, THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH ARE GOING TO BE CONVINCED TO COME DOWN TO DO THIS EVIL THING, AND THAT IS FIGHT AGAINST ISRAEL.

 

“AND THE CITY OF JERUSALEM SHALL BE TAKEN AND THE HOUSES RIFLED AND THE WOMEN RAVISHED, AND HALF OF THE CITY OF JERUSALEM WILL GO INTO CAPTIVITY DURING THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON.

 

AND THE RESIDUE OF THE PEOPLE SHALL NOT BE CUT OFF FROM THE CITY.”

 

NOW, CAN YOU SEE THIS?

 

THE JEWS ARE TEETERING ON THE BRINK OF DEFEAT.

 

THE BATTLE BEGINS IN NORTHERN ISRAEL, THEY FALL BACK DOWN THE JORDAN VALLEY BEFORE THE SUPERIOR FIRE POWER OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.

 

IT MAY BE THE ARMIES OF NATO.

 

IT MAY BE THE WORLD  COMMUNITY ARMIES.

 

EXACTLY HOW THAT WHOLE FORCE IS GOING TO BE STRUCTURED, I CAN’T TELL YOU, BUT NOW ISRAEL IS AT THE GATES OF JERUSALEM FOR HER LAST STAND.

 

CAN’T YOU JUST SEE IT, THE YOUNG JEWISH SOLDIERS, THEY’RE BONE WEARY, THEY’VE BEEN FIGHTING FOR DAYS; THEY LOOK AT THEIR EMPTY AMMUNITION BOXES.

 

THEY REALIZE THE END OF THEIR NATION OF ISRAEL IS COME.

 

PERHAPS PRESIDENT AHMADINEJAD OF IRAN WAS RIGHT, ISRAEL’S GOING TO BE WIPED OFF THE MAP, ISRAEL IS GOING TO BE DRIVEN INTO THE SEA.

 

BUT THOSE YOUNG, JEWISH   SOLDIERS, REMEMBER, THEIR MOTHERS TAUGHT THEM, WHEN ISRAEL NEEDS HIM THE MOST, MESSIAH WILL COME.

 

SOME OF THEM MAY PAUSE FOR A MOMENT TO LOOK TO THE MOUNT OF OLIVES, THAT’S WHERE HE’S GOING TO COME TO, AND SAY, “MESSIAH, IF YOU’RE EVER GOING TO COME, RIGHT NOW WILL BE THE PERFECT TIME.”

 

THE BIBLE TELLS US WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IN ZECHARIAH 14:3-4, “THEN SHALL THE LORD GO FORTH AND FIGHT AGAINST THOSE NATIONS AS WHEN HE FOUND THE DAY OF BATTLE.

 

AND HIS FEET SHALL STAND IN THAT DAY UPON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES, WHICH IS BEFORE JERUSALEM ON THE EAST.

 

AND THE MOUNT OF OLIVES   SHALL CLEAVE IN THE MIDDLE THEREOF TOWARD THE EAST AND TOWARD THE WEST AND THERE SHALL BE A VERY GREAT VALLEY.

 

AND HALF THE MOUNTAIN WILL MOVE TOWARD THE NORTH, HALF OF IT TOWARD THE SOUTH.”

 

THE BIBLE ACTUALLY SAYS, “THERE’S GOING TO BE A GREAT EARTHQUAKE THAT WILL KILL 7000 IN JERUSALEM AT THAT TIME.”

 

NOW, THE JEWISH PEOPLE ARE EXPECTING THEIR MESSIAH TO COME TO THE MOUNT OF OLIVES.

 

I CAN SEE THE JEWISH SOLDIERS  AND THE OTHER JEWS AS THEY RUSH OUT TO MEET THEIR MESSIAH.

 

LET’S LOOK AT THE ACCOUNT.

 

IT’S ZECHARIAH 13:6.

 

THEY RUSH OUT TO MEET THEIR MESSIAH, THE GUNS HAVE FALLEN SILENT, THE INTERNATIONAL ARMY IS AMAZED AT THIS SCENARIO TAKING PLACE IN FRONT OF THEIR EYES,

 

THE DESCENT OF JESUS CHRIST FROM HEAVEN WITH HIS ARMIES.

 

AND THE JEWS RUSH OUT TO MEET THEIR MESSIAH.

 

THEY FALL BEFORE HIM TO WORSHIP HIM.

 

AND I SEE ONE  YOUNG, JEWISH SOLIDER.

 

HE LOOKS DOWN AT THE FEET OF THE MESSIAH AND HE SEES THERE ARE SCARS AT HIS FEET.

 

AND JESUS REACHES OUT TO HIM AND HE NOTICED A SCAR IN HIS HAND AND THE SOLDIER SAYS, “MESSIAH, WHERE DID YOU GET THESE WOUNDS?”

 

AND JESUS SAYS, THIS IS ZECHARIAH 13:6, “WHAT ARE THESE WOUNDS IN THY HANDS?

 

THEN HE SHALL ANSWER THOSE WITH WHICH I WAS WOUNDED IN THE HOUSE OF MY FRIENDS.”

 

AND ALL OF A SUDDEN 2000 YEARS OF SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS COMES PEELING OFF THE JEWISH MIND AND THEY SAY, “SO YOU’RE JESUS, OH, MESSIAH, WE HAVE BEEN SO BLIND.

 

WE HAVE BEEN SO ARROGANT, SO PROUD.

 

COULD YOU EVER FORGIVE US?”

 

DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SOMEONE ASKS JESUS TO FORGIVE THEM?

 

I PERSONALLY KNOW, HE FORGIVES THEM.

 

NOW, CONTINUING ON, THIS  SAME SCENE IS ONE CHAPTER EARLIER IN ZECHARIAH 12:10.

 

LISTEN TO THIS ACCOUNT.

 

“AND I WILL POUR UPON THE HOUSE OF DAVID AND UPON THE INHABITANTS OF JERUSALEM THE SPIRIT OF GRACE AND OF SUPPLICATIONS.

 

AND THEY SHALL LOOK UPON  ME WHOM THEY PIERCED, WHOM THEY CRUCIFIED, AND THEY SHALL MOURN FOR HIM AS ONE MOURNETH FOR HIS ONLY SON AND SHALL BE IN BITTERNESS FOR HIM AS ONE THAT IS IN BITTERNESS FOR HIS FIRSTBORN.”

 

SO, THE JEWS WEEP BECAUSE OF THEIR REJECTION OF THEIR MESSIAH.

 

NOW, THIS IS WHEN THE MILLENNIUM BEGINS, THE 1000 YEARS OF PEACE.

 

DANIEL TALKED ABOUT  IT IN DANIEL 7:9.

 

“I BEHELD UNTIL THE THRONES WERE CAST DOWN AND THE ANCIENT OF DAYS DID SIT.

 

THE THRONES OF HUMAN GOVERNMENT ARE GOING TO BE PUT ASIDE.

 

ALL GOVERNMENTS WILL BE SUSPENDED AND JESUS WILL BE CROWNED KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

 

DANIEL 7:27 TELLS US MORE, “AND THE KINGDOM AND DOMINION AND THE GREATNESS OF THE KINGDOM UNDER THE WHOLE HEAVEN SHALL BE GIVEN TO THE PEOPLE OF THE SAINTS OF THE MOST HIGH WHOSE KINGDOM IS AN EVERLASTING KINGDOM AND ALL DOMINION SHALL SERVE AND OBEY HIM.”

 

SO, THE KINGDOM WILL BE GIVEN  TO THE SAINTS, THE BORN AGAIN PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN RAPTURED TO MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR.

 

NOW, THEY’RE GOING TO RULE AND REIGN AS KINGS AND PRIESTS WITH JESUS CHRIST.

 

AS A MATTER OF FACT, IN REVELATION CHAPTER 5 VERSE 9-10 IT TELLS US THAT THE PEOPLE THERE, THE REDEEMED, ARE REJOICING SAYING, “THOU HAST REDEEMED US TO GOD BY YOUR BLOOD OUT OF EVERY KINDRED AND TONGUE AND PEOPLE AND NATION.

 

AND YOU HAVE MADE US UNTO OUR GOD, KINGS AND PRIESTS AND WE SHALL REIGN ON THE EARTH.”

 

THE BIBLE SAYS, “THE MEEK SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH.”

 

DO YOU KNOW THAT WE ARE IN TRAINING RIGHT NOW TO REIGN?

 

THAT’S WHAT BEING A CHRISTIAN IS ALL ABOUT.

 

WE’RE TAUGHT LOVE THOSE THAT HATE YOU, DO GOOD TO THOSE THAT DESPITEFULLY USE YOU.

 

THAT’S THE LAW, THOSE ARE THE  PRINCIPLES THAT WILL RULE THE WORLD DURING THE 1000 YEARS OF PEACE.

 

NO WONDER IT’S GOING TO BE PEACE ON EARTH, GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN.

 

ZECHARIAH CHAPTER 14 VERSE 9 TELL US, “AND THE LORD SHALL BE KING OVER ALL THE EARTH. AND IN THAT DAY THERE SHALL BE ONE LORD AND HIS NAME ONE.”

 

GOD’S GOING TO BE CALLED  BY MANY DIFFERENT NAMES.

 

IT’S NOT GOING TO BE BRAHMA OR ALLAH OR JEHOVAH OR OTHER.

 

NO, THERE’S GOING TO BE ONE LORD, HIS NAME ONE.

 

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

 

AND I’M SURE YOU’RE WONDERING, WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN TO ISRAEL AT THIS TIME.

 

ROMANS 11:25-26 TELL US.

 

THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID, “FOR I WOULD NOT, BRETHREN, THAT YOU SHOULD BE   IGNORANT OF THIS MYSTERY, LEST YOU SHOULD BE WISE IN YOUR OWN CONCEITS, THAT BLINDNESS IN PART HAS HAPPENED TO ISRAEL UNTIL THE FULLNESS OF THE GENTILES BE COME IN.

 

AND SO, ALL OF ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED.

 

AS IT IS WRITTEN, THERE SHALL  COME OUT OF ZION THE DELIVERER AND SHALL TURN AWAY UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB.”

 

SO, ALL OF ISRAEL THAT SURVIVES THE GREAT TRIBULATION, THE WRATH OF GOD AND THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON WILL THEN BE SAVED.

 

NOW, THE SAD NEWS IS TWO-THIRDS OF THEM WILL BE DESTROYED.

 

THE LATTER PART OF ZECHARIAH CHAPTER 13 TELLS US THAT.

 

BUT THE ONE-THIRD THAT SURVIVES WILL BE SAVED TO LIVE INTO THE MILLENNIUM UNDER THE RULERSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH.

 

THE BIBLE EVEN TELLS US IN MATTHEW 19:27, SO INTERESTING.

 

“PETER SAID TO JESUS, BEHOLD WE HAVE FORSAKEN ALL AND FOLLOWED THEE, WHAT SHALL WE HAVE THEREFORE?

 

“AND JESUS SAID UNTO THEM,” TO PETER AND THE APOSTLES, “VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT YE WHICH HAVE FOLLOWED ME IN THE REGENERATION, WHEN THE SON OF MAN SHALL SIT IN THE THRONE OF HIS GLORY, YOU ALSO SHALL SIT UPON 12 THRONES JUDGING THE 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL.”

 

IT’S GOING TO BE SO INTERESTING TO SEE THE APOSTLES ON THOSE 12 THRONES JUDGING THE 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL DURING THE MILLENNIUM.

 

ISAIAH CHAPTER 2 VERSES 2-3 TELLS US, “AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS IN THE LAST DAYS THAT THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD’S HOUSE SHALL BE ESTABLISHED IN THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAINS.”

 

NOW, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT  THE LORD’S HEADQUARTERS DURING THE MILLENNIUM.

 

“AND SHALL BE EXALTED ABOVE THE HILLS AND ALL NATIONS SHALL FLOW INTO IT.

 

AND MANY PEOPLE SHALL GO AND SAY, COME LET US GO UP TO THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD, TO THE HOUSE OF THE GOD OF JACOB.

 

AND HE WILL TEACH US OF HIS WAYS AND WE WILL WALK IN HIS PATHS.

 

FOR OUT OF ZION SHALL GO FORTH THE LAW AND THE WORD OF THE LORD FROM JERUSALEM.”

 

I CAN’T TELL YOU WHETHER THERE IS GOING TO BE A LITERAL HOUSE OF THE LORD THERE, WHETHER THERE WILL BE A LITERAL TEMPLE OR NOT.

 

I KNOW THAT THE BIBLE TEACHES  THAT OUR BODIES ARE THE TEMPLES OF THE HOLY GHOST AND THAT GOD NO LONGER DWELLS IN TEMPLES MADE WITH HANDS.

 

WE KNOW THAT THE CHURCH IS CALLED THE NEW JERUSALEM.

 

SO, I CAN’T TELL YOU WHETHER IT’S GOING TO BE A LITERAL TEMPLE OR A SPIRITUAL TEMPLE.

 

IT DOESN’T MATTER TO ME, ALL I KNOW IS I WANT TO BE A PART OF WHAT GOD IS DOING AT THAT TIME.

 

ISAIAH 2:4 TELLS US MORE.

 

“AND HE SHALL JUDGE AMONG THE NATIONS,” JESUS CHRIST, “AND SHALL REBUKE MANY PEOPLE, AND THEY SHALL BEAT THEIR SWORDS INTO PLOW SHEARS AND THEIR SWORDS INTO PRUNING HOOKS, NATION SHALL NOT LIFT UP SWORD AGAINST NATION, NEITHER SHALL THEY  LEARN WAR ANYMORE.”

 

THINK OF IT, THEY’RE GOING TO TAKE ALL THE IMPLEMENTS OF WAR AND TURN THEM TO PRODUCTIVE USE AND FURTHERMORE, THEY WON’T EVEN LEARN WAR ANYMORE.

 

THERE’S NOT EVEN GOING TO BE A MILITARY.

 

IT’S GOING TO BE PEACE ON EARTH.

 

IMAGINE A WORLD WITH NO WAR.

 

IT’S GOING TO BE ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL, AND IT’S ALL BECAUSE THE PRINCE OF PEACE IS NOW WITH US.

 

CONTINUING ON.

 

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM AND WHAT IT WILL BE LIKE, ISAIAH CHAPTER 11 VERSE 6.

 

“THE WOLF SHALL ALSO DWELL WITH THE LAMB, AND THE LEOPARD SHALL LIE DOWN WITH THE KID.

 

AND THE CALF AND THE YOUNG LION AND THE FATLING TOGETHER, AND A LITTLE CHILD WILL LEAD THEM.”

 

NOT EVEN ANIMALS ARE GOING TO KILL EACH OTHER.

 

THINK OF THAT, A WOLF AND A LAMB LYING DOWN TOGETHER, PERFECT PEACE, NO FEAR, AND A LITTLE CHILD LEADING LIONS AND LEOPARDS.

 

IT’S GOING TO BE A REALLY AMAZING SIGHT AND IT’S GOING TO BE A WONDERFUL SIGHT.

 

CONTINUING ON IN ISAIAH 11:7.

 

“AND THE COW AND THE BEAR SHALL FEED; THEIR YOUNG ONES WILL LIE DOWN TOGETHER:

 

AND THE LION WILL EAT STRAW LIKE THE OX.”

 

LIONS AREN’T GOING TO EAT DEER ANYMORE, THEY’RE NOT GOING TO EAT RABBITS ANYMORE, NO ONE WILL BE RUNNING FOR THEIR LIFE IN FEAR.

 

“AND THE SUCKLING CHILD SHALL  PLAY ON THE HOLE OF THE ASP AND THE WEENED CHILD SHALL PUT HIS HAND ON THE COCKATRICE’S DEN.”

 

YOU’RE NOT GOING TO HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT COPPERHEADS OR RATTLESNAKES ANYMORE.

 

ALL OF THAT WILL BE PAST.

 

INSTEAD THERE’S GOING TO BE SAFETY, AND THERE’S GOING TO BE SECURITY AND THERE’S GOING TO BE PEACE ON EARTH, GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN.

 

CONTINUING ON IN ISAIAH 11:9-10, “THEY SHALL NOT HURT NOR DESTROY IN ALL MY HOLY MOUNTAIN:

 

FOR THE EARTH WILL BE FULL OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD AS THE WATERS COVER THE SEA.

 

AND IN THAT DAY THERE SHALL BE A ROOT OF JESSE, SPEAKING OF JESUS, WHICH SHALL STAND FOR AN ENSIGN, A BANNER, OF THE PEOPLE.

 

TO IT SHALL THE GENTILES SEEK:

 

AND HIS REST SHALL BE GLORIOUS.”

 

SO, THE EARTH’S GOING TO BE FULL OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD.

 

WHAT’S THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD?

 

THAT’S HIS NATURE.

 

IT WILL BE LOVE YOUR ENEMIES.

 

DO GOOD TO THOSE THAT DESPITEFULLY USE YOU.

 

THOSE ARE THE PRINCIPLES THAT WILL RULE THE ENTIRE WORLD IN THE COMING KINGDOM OF GOD.

 

THE EARTH IS GOING TO BE AT REST AND GOD’S REST, THE BIBLE SAYS, IS GOING TO BE GLORIOUS.

 

NOW, WE ASK THIS QUESTION, SO  WHO IS GOING TO POPULATE THE EARTH DURING THE KINGDOM OF GOD?

 

WELL, THERE’S AN ANSWER IN THE BIBLE.

 

IN DANIEL 7, REMEMBER THIS IS THE PROPHECY ABOUT THE NATIONS THAT WILL BE ON THE EARTH AT THE TIME OF THE SECOND COMING.

 

IN DANIEL 7:11, DANIEL SAID, “I BEHELD UNTIL THE BEAST, THE ANTICHRIST, IS SLAIN, HIS BODY DESTROYED AND GIVEN TO THE BURNING FLAME.”

 

AND THEN HE SAID, “AND THEN AS CONCERNING THE REST OF THE BEASTS,” REMEMBER THAT BEASTS ARE SYMBOLS OF NATIONS.

 

AS CONCERNING THE REST OF THE NATIONS, THEY HAVE THEIR DOMINION TAKEN AWAY, THEY’RE    NOT ALLOWED TO RULE THEMSELVES ANYMORE, YET THEIR LIVES WERE PROLONGED INTO THE MILLENNIUM, INTO THE RULERSHIP OF JESUS AND HIS CHURCH, FOR A SEASON AND A TIME.

 

SO, GREAT BRITAIN, THE UNITED STATES, ONE-SIXTH OF RUSSIA, AND THE OTHER NATIONS IN DANIEL 7 WILL LIVE INTO THE MILLENNIUM.

 

WHY DO I SAY ONE-SIXTH OF RUSSIA?

 

BECAUSE EZEKIEL CHAPTER 39 TELLS US THAT FIVE-SIXTHS OF RUSSIA WILL BE DESTROYED.

 

NOW, WHETHER THAT MEANS FIVE-SIXTHS OF THE RUSSIAN ARMY OR FIVE-SIXTHS OF THE ENTIRE NATION OF RUSSIA, I DON’T KNOW.

 

THIS WILL BE HER PENALTY FOR LEADING THE CHARGE AGAINST ISRAEL AT THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON.

 

THERE’S A POSSIBILITY, ALSO, THAT CHILDREN WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE  DECISION OF THEIR PARENTS.

 

BACK WHEN ISRAEL REFUSED TO GO INTO THE PROMISED LAND OF THE OLD TESTAMENT, ALL BELOW THE AGE OF 20 WERE NOT HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DECISION OF THEIR PARENTS AND THEY WERE ALLOWED TO GO INTO THE PROMISED LAND.

 

COULD IT BE THAT ALL OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE BELOW 20 AGAIN WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER IN?

 

I DON’T KNOW THAT FOR SURE, BUT I DID CHECK AND THERE’S ALMOST TWO BILLION PEOPLE BELOW THE AGE OF 20 ON THE EARTH RIGHT NOW.

 

SO, THERE’S PLENTY OF PEOPLE TO POPULATE THE EARTH DURING THE MILLENNIUM.

 

THE BIBLE ALSO TELLS US IN ISAIAH 65:20 THAT LIFE SPANS WILL BE ELONGATED BACK TO THE WAY THEY WERE IN THE BEGINNING OF TIME.

 

IT SAYS IN ISAIAH 65:20, “FOR THE CHILD SHALL DIE 100 YEARS OLD.” CAN YOU IMAGINE GOING TO A FUNERAL, AND THERE WILL BE FUNERALS DURING THE MILLENNIAL REIGN BECAUSE THERE WILL STILL BE MORTALS ON EARTH, CAN YOU IMAGINE GOING TO A FUNERAL AND THEY SAY, “HOW OLD WAS HE?”

 

“OH, HE WAS 100.”

 

“AH, JUST A KID, JUST A LAD,” BECAUSE PEOPLE WILL LIVE LONG LIVES ONCE AGAIN.

 

REMEMBER HOW METHUSELAH LIVED 969 YEARS; ADAM LIVED 900 AND SOME YEARS?

 

WELL, THAT’S THE WAY IT’S GOING TO BE DURING THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF JESUS CHRIST.

 

THERE’S ANOTHER THING I LOVE TO THINK ABOUT.

 

THE BIBLE TEACHES US THAT SATAN IS GOING TO BE BOUND DURING THE ENTIRE 1000 YEARS.

 

CAN YOU IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT A DEVIL?

 

IT IS GOING TO BE A  WONDERFUL SITUATION.

 

NOW, THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE SERVE SATAN NOW BECAUSE HE’S THE GOD OF THIS AGE.

 

BUT WHEN HE’S BOUND, THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WILL SERVE GOD INSTEAD.

 

AND SO, IT’S GOING TO BE A WONDERFUL THING DURING THE MILLENNIUM.

 

NOW, WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE 1000 YEARS OF PEACE?

 

REVELATION 20:7-8 TELLS US.

 

“AND, WHEN THE 1000 YEARS ARE  EXPIRED, SATAN SHALL BE LOOSED OUT OF HIS PRISON AND SHALL GO OUT TO DECEIVE THE NATIONS, WHICH ARE IN THE FOUR QUARTERS OF THE EARTH.

 

GOG AND MAGOG, TO GATHER THEM  TOGETHER TO BATTLE: THE NUMBER OF WHOM IS AS THE SAND OF THE SEA.”

 

SO, SATAN’S LOOSED, HE GOES OUT ONCE AGAIN AND BEGINS TO SPREAD HIS DECEIT.

 

AND HE’S ABLE, ONCE AGAIN, TO DECEIVE THE NATIONS, GOG AND MAGOG IN PARTICULAR REFERS TO RUSSIA ONCE AGAIN, AND THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT HE WILL INFLUENCE THEM TO COME DOWN AGAINST JESUS CHRIST AT JERUSALEM.

 

WHY IN THE WORLD DOES GOD LOOSE SATAN?

 

I’VE HAD SO MANY PEOPLE ASK ME THAT QUESTION, WHY WOULD GOD DO THAT?

 

THE ONLY ANSWER I CAN COME UP WITH IS THAT BEFORE HE CULMINATES EVERYTHING, HE WANTS THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE DURING THE MILLENNIUM TO ONCE AGAIN HAVE FREE CHOICE BETWEEN HIMSELF AND SATAN.

 

BECAUSE IF HE’S GOING TO  TAKE PEOPLE INTO ETERNITY WITH ETERNAL LIFE, HE WANTS TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE CHOSEN OF THEIR OWN FREE WILL  TO FOLLOW HIM.

 

I THINK THAT’S THE REASON IT HAPPENS THAT WAY.

 

THEN FINALLY IN CHAPTER 20, VERSE 9, WHEN THE ARMIES OF GOG AND MAGOG COME DOWN AGAINST JESUS CHRIST, THE BIBLE SAYS, “AND THEY WENT UP ON THE BREADTH OF THE EARTH AND COMPASSED THE CAMP OF THE SAINTS ABOUT, AND THE BELOVED CITY: JERUSALEM, AND FIRE CAME DOWN FROM GOD OUT OF HEAVEN AND DEVOURED THEM.”

 

GOD SAID, “ENOUGH, I’M NOT PUTTING UP WITH THIS ANYMORE”, THE ENEMIES OF JESUS CHRIST WILL BE CONSUMED BY FIRE FROM HEAVEN.

 

THEN THE BIBLE SAYS IN REVELATION 20:10, “AND THE DEVIL THAT DECEIVED   THEM WAS CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE AND BRIMSTONE, WHERE THE BEAST AND THE FALSE PROPHET ARE, AND SHALL BE TORMENTED DAY AND NIGHT FOREVER AND EVER.”

 

SO, SATAN JOINS THE ANTICHRIST AND THE FALSE PROPHET.

 

REMEMBER THEY WERE CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE 1000 YEARS BEFORE THAT.

 

NOW, SATAN WILL JOIN THEM THERE.

 

AND THE BIBLE SAYS, “THEY WILL BE TORMENTED DAY AND NIGHT FOREVER AND EVER.”

 

AND THEN THE SCRIPTURE TELLS US IN VERSES 11-12 ABOUT THE GREAT WHITE THRONE OF JUDGMENT.

 

“AND I SAW A GREAT WHITE THRONE, AND HIM THAT SAT ON IT, FROM WHOSE FACE THE EARTH AND THE HEAVEN FLED AWAY; AND THERE WAS FOUND NO MORE PLACE FOR THEM.

 

AND I SAW THE DEAD, SMALL AND GREAT, STAND BEFORE GOD; AND THE BOOKS WERE OPENED: AND ANOTHER BOOK WAS OPENED, WHICH WAS THE BOOK OF LIFE:

 

AND THE DEAD WERE JUDGED OUT OF THOSE THINGS THAT WERE WRITTEN IN THE BOOKS, ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS.”

 

ALL PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT IN THE RAPTURE THAT DO NOT ALREADY HAVE ETERNAL LIFE, THEY’RE GOING TO COME BEFORE THIS GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT.

 

AND IT’S THERE THAT THEY’RE GOING TO BE JUDGED ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS.

 

I DON’T KNOW EXACTLY HOW THAT  JUDGMENT IS GOING TO BE, BUT I KNOW IT’S GOING TO BE JUST BECAUSE GOD WHO SITS ON THE THRONE, WHO KNOWS ALL THINGS AND  WILL MAKE PERFECT JUDGMENT IN ALL MATTERS, WILL DETERMINE THE ETERNAL DESTINATION OF ALL PEOPLE AT THAT TIME.

 

I’M GLAD THAT’S NOT MY JOB, THAT’S HIS JOB.

 

THEN, FINALLY IN REVELATION 20:13-15, “AND THE SEA GAVE UP THE DEAD WHICH WERE IN IT; AND DEATH AND HELL DELIVERED UP THE DEAD WHICH WERE IN THEM: AND THEY WERE JUDGED, EVERY MAN, ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS.

 

AND DEATH AND HELL WERE CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE.

 

THIS IS THE SECOND DEATH.

 

AND WHOSOEVER WAS NOT FOUND WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE WAS CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE.”

 

REMEMBER BACK IN REVELATION 20:4-6, “BLESSED AND HOLY IS HE THAT HATH PART   IN THE FIRST RESURRECTION.”

 

THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT MADE THE RAPTURE.

 

“ON SUCH THE SECOND  DEATH HATH NO POWER.”

 

IT’S GOING TO BE SO GOOD.

 

WHATEVER YOU DO, MAKE SURE YOU’RE IN THE FIRST RESURRECTION, THEN YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO APPEAR BEFORE THE GREAT WHITE THRONE OF JUDGMENT.

 

ALL OF THAT’S GOING  TO BE SETTLED.

 

YOU WILL HAVE RECEIVED ETERNAL LIFE OVER 1000 YEARS BEFORE THAT PARTICULAR TIME.

 

SO, THE BIBLE TELLS US — WHAT THEN HAPPENS AFTER THE GREAT WHITE THRONE OF JUDGMENT?

 

WHAT THEN?

 

WELL, EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3 VERSE 21 REFERS TO IT.

 

“UNTO HIM BE GLORY IN THE CHURCH OF CHRIST JESUS THROUGHOUT ALL AGES, WORLD WITHOUT END.”

 

SO, WHAT LIES BEYOND THE HUMAN EXISTENCE.

 

WE KNOW THAT WHEN FIRE FALLS FROM HEAVEN, IT CONSUMES THE MORTALS.

 

THAT WILL BE THE END OF HUMANITY AS WE KNOW IT.

 

THE HUMAN EXPERIMENT WILL BE OVER.

 

GOD’S PEOPLE WILL BECOME HIS BRIDE AND WILL RULE AND REIGN WITH HIM DURING THE MILLENNIUM.

 

BUT NOT JUST DURING THE MILLENNIUM, FOR GOD HAS BIG PLANS.

 

WE DON’T KNOW WHAT ALL OF THOSE PLANS ARE BUT GOD HAS BIG PLANS FOR US BEYOND WHAT WE KNOW NOW.

 

WORLD WITHOUT END.

 

WILL GOD HAVE OTHER CREATIONS?

 

WHAT ALL WILL WE DO?

 

I’M SURE THERE WILL BE MANY THINGS THAT WILL BE DONE.

 

I KNOW ONE THING, I WANT TO BE PART OF IT.

 

NOW LET ME REMIND YOU, IF YOU  WANT TO BE A PART OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD, JESUS CHRIST SAID HIMSELF, “EXCEPT A PERSON IS BORN AGAIN, HE CANNOT ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD.”

 

WHATEVER YOU DO AS A RESULT OF THESE LESSONS, I HOPE YOU’LL MAKE SURE THAT YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT BEING BORN AGAIN IS REALLY ALL ABOUT BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT IT TAKES FOR YOU TO BE A PART OF THIS ETERNAL KINGDOM.

 

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO PURCHASE THIS ENTIRE 14 DVD SERIES, 28 SEGMENTS, SO YOU CAN PLAY IT OVER AND OVER, BECAUSE THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT ARE GETTING READY TO HAPPEN BETWEEN NOW AND THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST.

 

THEY’RE GOING TO AFFECT YOUR LIFE, THEY’RE GOING TO AFFECT MINE.

 

THEY’RE GOING TO AFFECT OUR FAMILIES.

 

JESUS CHRIST IS SOON COMING BACK.

 

WHAT A PRIVILEGE IT’S GOING TO BE TO BE A PART OF THAT GENERATION.

 

THE BIBLE SAYS, “THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS UNTIL EVERYTHING IS FULFILLED.

 

IT’S GOING TO BE A WONDERFUL THING TO BE A PART OF THOSE WHO WELCOME JESUS CHRIST BACK TO THIS    EARTH AS KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

 

 

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4 Responses to “The Kingdom of God”

  1. Steven E Harper

    Irvin Baxter / Doug Norvell,
    Greetings and thanks for again for publishing The Kingdom of God. Another question comes to mind: As I read Revelation 20:11-12, referenced in Part B, Revelation 20:11-12 (KJV)
    11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
    12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”
    In Verse 11, what is meaning or symbolism of “whose face the earth and the heaven fled away”?
    In Verse 12, what is meaning of “and the books were opened”? Are there other books besides the Lamb’s book of life?
    Your comments and thoughts will be appreciated.
    Regards,
    Steven Harper

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Steven,

      Other translations tell us that the Earth and Heaven fled out of His presence or fled away. As if they cease to exist. Revelation 21: 1 says there was a new heaven and new earth. The first heaven and Earth had passed away.

      As far as the books, it doesn’t tell us what those books are, only that they will used to judge the dead.
      We simply do not know at this point.

  2. Steven E Harper

    Irvin Baxter / Doug Norvell,
    As always thanks for your efforts for EndTime Ministries in providing Lesson 14 Kingdom of God, as I have enjoyed reading and studying your work, as I know a lot of time and study went into it.
    One question: I was reading the transcript of The Kingdom of God Part B, and noted that 5/6 of Russia or their attacking army will be destroyed according to Ezekiel 39:2 (KJV) “And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:”.
    I compared to several other translations and noted different interpretations of the original scripture. Can you look into it and advise?
    Thanks,
    Steven Harper