God’s Plan of Salvation
The Earth That then Was
Satan before his fall was the “anointed cherub that covereth.” That is; he was the guardian of the “Throne of God” The probability is that the original earth; (“The World that then was” 2 Peter 3:5) was placed under his “Governorship”, and was the scene of the first rebellion against the “Kingdom of God”, for which Satan was responsible. For this Satan was deposed from his governorship and is now “the prince of the powers of the air”.
The description of the king of Babylon in:
Ezekiel 20:12—19 (KJV)
12 “Moreover also I gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between Me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them.
13 ‘But the house of Israel rebelled against Me in the wilderness: they walked not in My statutes, and they despised My judgments, which if a man do, He shall even live in them; and My Sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, ‘I would pour out My fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them.’
14 ‘But I wrought for My name's sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out.’
15 ‘Yet also I lifted up My hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands;’
16 ‘Because they despised My judgments, and walked not in My statutes, but polluted My Sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols.’
17 ‘Nevertheless Mine eye spared them from destroying them; neither did I make an end of them in the wilderness.’
18 ‘But I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols:’
19 ‘I am the Lord your God; walk in My statutes, and keep My judgments, and do them;’”
And a king of Tyre, are descriptions of Satan, for as “fore-views” of the Antichrist, who is to be an incarnation of Satan. They describe Satan’s origin, the cause of his fall, and final doom. Satan’s purpose in the “Fall of man” was to regain his supremacy over the earth. AND he is behind the present revolt against the Kingdom of God.
The image above indicates Satan, who is stood top of the Original Earth (2 Peter 3:3-6) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/2%20Peter%203.htm. http://godsplan.org.uk/serpentofgenesis3.htm http://www.godsplan.org.uk/jubilees.htm http://www.godsplan.org.uk/books.htm
Isaiah 19:13-14 (KJV)
13 The princes of Zoan are become fools, the princes of Noph are deceived; they have also seduced Egypt, even they that are the stay of the tribes thereof.
14 The Lord hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit.
(Isa 13) The princes of Noph.—probably, as in the LXX. Noph is the same as Memphis. The name has been derived (1) from Ma-m-pthah (“the house of Pthah,” an Egyptian deity of the Hephæstos, or Yulcan type); or (2), and more correctly, from Men-nepher (“place of the good”). This also was, as in Hosea 9:6 (where we have the form Moph), one of the chief royal cities of Lower Egypt, and the seat of the Ethiopian dynasty then ruling.
Even they that are the stay of the tribes’ thereof.—better, the corner-stone of the castes. The word is the same as the “corner” of Zechariah 10:4, the “chief” of Judges 20:2; 1 Samuel 14:38, and describes the position of superiority among the Egyptian castes claimed by the priest-rulers of Zoan and Noph. (Castes = an endogamous [marrying into] and hereditary social group limited to persons of the same rank, occupation, economic position, etc).
Hosea 9:6 (KJV) For, lo, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant places for their silver, nettles shall possess them: thorns shall be in their tabernacles.
Zechariah 10:4 (KJV) Out of him came forth the corner, out of him the nail, out of him the battle bow, out of him every oppressor together.
Judges 20:2 (KJV) And the chief of all the people, even of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the assembly of the people of God, four hundred thousand footmen that drew sword.
1 Samuel 14:38 (KJV) And Saul said, “Draw ye near hither, all the chief of the people: and know and see wherein this sin hath been this day.”
The image above again indicates the “Chaotic Earth”, of Genesis 1-2.
Revelation 12:7-17 (KJV)
07 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
08 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
09 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”
11 And they overcame Him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea [people]! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
There is not; in the Bible (KJV), a lot about this epoch of the Chaotic Earth; But it readily brings us to the restored earth, from which we have the continuity of God’s Word. Without this continuity the Word of God would be untenable, and misunderstood by so many of those people who become atheist, agnostic, lost, or confused. There is only one author of confusion and that is Satan himself. So it goes without saying; that it is so important to learn about these three earth ages.
The Restored Earth. Genesis 1: 1—2
Genesis 1:1-2 (KJV)
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. *
Without form; means waste. It was not created (in the beginning) waste (tohū);
Isaiah 45:18 (KJV) For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.
but it became waste (tohū) [Gen 1:2* 2 Peter 3:5—6].
2 Peter 3:5-6 (KJV)
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
“An enemy hath done this.” (Satan). In like manner, [created] man became a ruin. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/book1.htm
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Here; in the first one and a half verses of Genesis, we are told how the “THE HEAVENS AND EARTH WHICH ARE NOW” were RESTORED by the Creator.
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee [Satan] and the woman, [Christ] and between thy seed [Satan's] and her seed; [Christ's] it shall bruise thy head, [Satan] and thou shalt bruise His heel [Christs].
In the Zodiac, on the ceiling of the temple at Denderah in Esneh; Egypt, the same truth was revealed more than 4,000 years ago; but the Man, instead of carrying the sheep, is carrying a sceptre, and is called Trun, which means sceptre or power. However, this is a strange sceptre, for at the top it has the head of a goat, and at the bottom, below the hand, that holds it, it ends in a cross! With the Egyptians, the cross was a sign of life. They knew nothing of "the death of the cross [tree]." The Hebrew word for mark ('Oth, אות) could mean a sign, an omen, a warning, or a remembrance. The mark of Cain is God's promise to offer Cain divine protection from premature death with the stated purpose of preventing anyone from killing him. It is not known what the mark was, but it is assumed that the mark was visible. Some have speculated that the mark was a Hebrew letter placed on either the face or the arm. The Septuagint translates the mark as a "sign". Thus, it is speculated that the mark served as a sign to others not to commit the same offense. There is also uncertainty as to why Cain should have feared being killed, since the Book of Genesis does not indicate that there were any human beings then alive other than his parents, Adam and Eve Here, then, we see life and salvation (on this fallen earth) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Index.htm for the sheep of His flock when He comes to reign and rule in judgment. The truth is precisely the same, though the presentation of it is somewhat varied. The connected teaching of the two constellations, Eridanus and Auriga, is solemnly set forth. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/jehovah%27sword.htm
Acts 5:30 (KJV) The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
The image above indicates the trail of Satan from the restored earth, and below it is the full Dispensation of The KJV Bible.
1) Flood http://godsplan.org.uk/noah.htm
3) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/gathering.htm (Egypt)
4) (Israel) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith.htm
) Daniel’s times of the Gentiles. From Babylon to http://www.godsplan.org.uk/holyromanempireeuun.htm
6) Luke 21:24 (KJV) And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
7) Kingdom at Hand. Matthew 4:17 (KJV) From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
8) Kingdom rejected. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/lifeofjesus.htm
Ascension of the KING. Acts 1:9-12 (KJV)
09 And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
11 Which also said, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.”
12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a Sabbath day's journey.
The Divine purpose in the Gospel by Luke is to set forth the Lord not so much as the Messiah, “the king of Israel”, as in Matthew’s Gospel, nor as Jehovah’s servant, as in Mark; but what He was in Jehovah’s sight, as the ideal MAN—“the Man Whose name is the BRANCH”
Zechariah 6:12-13 (KJV)
12 And speak unto him [Joshua], saying, “Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, ‘Behold the man whose name is The Branch; and He shall grow up out of His place, and He shall build the temple of the Lord:’”
13 Even He shall build the temple of the Lord; and He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon His throne; and He shall be a priest upon His throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.”
The priesthood of Melchizedek is a role in Abrahamic religions, modelled on Melchizedek, combining the dual position of king and priest. Melchizedek is a king and priest appearing in the Book of Genesis. The name means "King of Righteousness" - a name echoing kingly and priestly functions. He is the first individual to be given the title Kohen (priest) in the Hebrew Bible.
Psalm 110 (KJV)
1 The Lord said unto my Lord, “Sit thou at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool.’
2 ‘The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.’
3 ‘Thy people shall be willing in the day of Thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: Thou hast the dew of Thy youth.’
4 ‘The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.’
5 ‘The Lord at Thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of His wrath.’
6 ‘He shall judge among the heathen, He shall fill the places with the dead bodies; He shall wound the heads over many countries.’
7 ‘He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall He lift up the head.’”
Melchizedek is a king and priest appearing in the Book of Genesis. The name means "King of Righteousness" - a name echoing kingly and priestly functions. He is the first individual to be given the title Kohen (priest) in the Hebrew Bible.
2 Corinthians 4:4 (KJV) In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
god: is used generically, as in John 10:34. Acts 12:22. 2 Cor. 4:4. Phil. 3:19, &c. https://levendwater.org/companion/append98.html
Kingdom of Heaven (KJV)
Matthew 3 (KJV)
01 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
02 And saying, “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
03 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.”
04 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
05 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
06 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
07 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
08 “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:”
09 “And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.”
10 “And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.”
11 “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance; but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:”
12 Whose fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
14 But John forbad Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?”
15 And Jesus answering said unto him, “Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness.” Then he suffered him.
16 And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him:
17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Matthew 13:45-46 (KJV)
45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
Kingdom in Abeyance (KJV)
Israel Scattered http://www.godsplan.org.uk/differentages.htm
Israel—the treasure hidden in the field of the world: Matthew 13:44 (KJV) Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. http://godsplan.org.uk/fulltentribes.htm
The Church caught out
Judgement Seat of the King http://godsplan.org.uk/greattribulation2.htm
Judgement seat of the King: 2 Corinthians 3:10 (KJV) For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.
Romans 16:17-20 (KJV)
17 “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.’
18 ‘For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.’
19 ‘For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.’ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/evilproblem.htm
20 ‘And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.’” Amen.
The King Redeems His Kingdom
Revelation 5:10 KJV And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
The Marriage of the King
Ephesians 5:22—33 (KJV)
22 Wives, [Christians] submit yourselves unto your own husbands,[Christ] as unto the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and He is the saviour of the body.
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so [let] the wives [be] to their own husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it;
26 That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones.
31 For this cause shall a man leave His father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife [see] that she reverence [her] husband.
It does not say anything here about same sex marriages.
War in Heaven http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith.htm
Dragon Cast Out.
Revelation 12:3-9 (KJV)
3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 (KJV)
01 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
02 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
03 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
04 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
05 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
06 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
07 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
08 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
09 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
The Churches Seventieth Week
Revelation 1:4-18 (KJV)
04 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from Him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before His throne;
05 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood,
06 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
07 Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen.
08 “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending,’ saith the Lord, ‘which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.’”
09 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
11 Saying, “I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last”: and, “What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.”
12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
14 His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire;
15 And His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and His voice as the sound of many waters.
16 And He had in His right hand seven stars: and out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and His countenance was as the sun shineth in His strength.
17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, “Fear not; I am the first and the last:” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm
18 I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/deathswallowedup.htm http://www.godsplan.org.uk/earthlytabernacle.htm
Revenge of the KING
Romans 12:19-21 (KJV)
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay”, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Kingdom in Manifestation
Kingdom of the Son of man
2 Peter 3 (KJV)
01 “This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:’
02 ‘That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:’
03 ‘Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,’
04 And saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.’
05 ‘For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:’ http://godsplan.org.uk/threestages1.htm
06 ‘Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:’ http://godsplan.org.uk/eternalplan.htm
07 ‘But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.’ http://godsplan.org.uk/greattribulation2.htm
08 ‘But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.’ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Orion.htm
09 ‘The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.’
10 ‘But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.’
11 ‘Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness?’
12 ‘Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?’
13 ‘Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.’ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/kingdom.htm
14 ‘Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless.’
15 ‘And account that the longsuffering of Our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;’ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Index.htm
16 ‘As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
17 ‘Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.’
18 ‘But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/gathering.htm
· Will the Judgment be? --Yes.
· When will it be? --At the end of the way: once to die, and after that, the Judgment.
· How long will it be? --No one knows. But one thing for sure: if you are forty years old, it is forty years closer than when you were born.
· Who will be there? --You and I, along with everyone else that is living, has lived, or will live between now and the end of the world.
· Who will be the Judge? --Jesus.
· What will we be judged by? --The Bible, our works, and by whether or not our name is in Heaven's Book of Life.
· Will you be ready for the Judgment when you die, or when the Lord comes again? --Only you can answer that question. But if you are not ready for the Judgment now, it is very unlikely that you will be ready for it then--unless you decide to do something about it NOW.
Revelation 20 (KJV)
01 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
02 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
03 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
04 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
05 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
06 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
07 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
08 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.
09 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
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 for ever and ever.
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.
13 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.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
What is the Kingdom of God and when does it come?
Reference to "the kingdom of God" (also known as "the kingdom of heaven") appears throughout the Synoptic Gospels — Matthew, Mark, and Luke — and carries largely the same relevance to the disciples of Jesus' time as it does to us, as Second Millennium Christians. The kingdom of God throughout Scripture has an almost dualistic meaning, speaking to both a present reality and a future consummation.
The present reality of the kingdom is spoken of in Luke 17:20ff: "The kingdom of God is within you." http://www.godsplan.org.uk/earthlytabernacle.htm This speaks of a heavenly reality — focusing on a kingdom viewable via faith; http://www.godsplan.org.uk/faith.htm rather than sight (cf. 2 Corinthians 4:18 and Hebrews 2:8-9). Even Paul speaks of this presently come kingdom, saying that even now we are raised up and seated together with Christ Jesus in the heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). And the author of Hebrews claims that we, by our faith, are already come to the Holy City and the New Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22).
By this understanding, the kingdom is already come and its ruler is Christ: the Davidic Messiah who rules over the throne of David forever (cf. Isaiah 9:6-7, Matthew 28:18, Revelation 19:16 and especially Colossians 1:13). We see the fruit of the kingdom in our lives every day. Christ's reign in our lives, His power and grace to changes lives, and the dwelling of His people, the church of the firstborn (Hebrews 12:23), as "strangers and pilgrims" (1 Peter 2:11) in this earthly land all speak of the fact and the glory of His arrived kingdom.
The future consummation for which we hope is that promised return of our King http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm at which point, the heavenly kingdom, once seen by faith alone, will thence be seen by sight. In all promised glory, Christ will return and establish forever the visual fulfillment of His heavenly rule. The old heavens and earth shall be done away with and shall be replaced by the Kingdom Eternal, begun at Christ's advent through faith and founded at His return in vision ever glorious!
These two understandings of the kingdom are both truly taught by the Word of God and coexist in a type of already/not yet reality. They are so interwoven that to refer to them as separately is a misstatement; rather, we ought to speak of the two aspects of the kingdom as truly a future kingdom that has penetrated the present.
1 Corinthians 15:24 KJV) Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.