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heavenhere02The last stage of the final stages of God’s plan that the Bible reveals to us is the stage called “The New Heavens and the New Earth.” Yet in my title for this message I have put a question mark after “Final,” not because I think I know of another period after this, but only because the Bible does not tell us for certain that this is the final time. This is simply the last time we have revealed to us in the revelation we have been given. If there are further periods and advances after this, we are unaware of them. I cannot say one way or the other, of course. Ultimately, I do not think God will ever run out of plans and purposes.

The record of this period, the New Heavens and the New Earth, can be found in the next chapter of Revelation after the “Little Season” which is revealed in Revelation 20. Thus to study this period we will consider what is said about it in Revelation 21. Read the rest of this entry »

pickaside02In considering the reality of the coming kingdom of God on earth, we have in previous messages examined the first stages of the kingdom of God: the Acts Period, the Premillennial Kingdom, and the Revolt Against the Kingdom. Yet three stages remain. In our last message, we considered the first of these: the Thousand Year Parousia of Jesus Christ. We considered how it differs from the premillennial kingdom that precedes it, and what marks its character. Now, we will consider what comes after the thousand years, and the brief  period that follows it which bridges the gap from the Parousia to the New Heavens and the New Earth.

The Little Season

The next time period after the Parousia of Jesus Christ that we read of in Revelation is called “The Little Season.” A “season” as we would think of it is about ninety days, so we might wonder what a “little season” would be? The phrase in Greek is mikron chronon, which means literally “a little time,” so it may have nothing to do with a “season.” However, we would think that the time is shorter than a year, and perhaps even shorter than a season. Read the rest of this entry »

jesuswithus02In considering the reality of the coming kingdom of God on earth, we have examined the first stages of the kingdom of God: the Acts Period, the Premillennial Kingdom, and the Revolt Against the Kingdom. Yet three stages remain. When it comes to these final stages, we have little information about these three in the Word of God. This is no doubt because the Bible focuses much more on those stages that are much closer to those of us reading the Bible today: the Premillennial Kingdom and the test that follows it. Yet the Bible does contain some information on these final three stages of God’s prophetic calendar as we have it set forth in His Word, and so we will see what we can find about them. Our examination will mostly be from the book of Revelation, which, after focusing on the revolt against the kingdom for most of its first nineteen chapters, then gives us a brief outline of the final stages of God’s plan at the conclusion of the book.

The Thousand-Year Parousia of Christ

The next great epoch of the kingdom of God that follows the revolt against the kingdom is the thousand-year parousia of Jesus Christ. Many call this “the millennium,” but that is man’s name for it. The Bible calls it the Parousia. The word parousia is usually translated in our Bibles as “coming.” This has led many to believe that it refers only to Christ’s coming to earth the second time, and not to the time of His presence on earth afterwards. This translation was probably first made by the early English translators because they believed the childish view of the Middle Ages that all Christ is going to do when He comes back to earth is to snatch all His people out of it and then burn up the rest at the “end of the world.” By mistranslating parousia as “coming,” they could maintain this unbiblical idea. Yet the word does not mean “coming,” and this is not at all what the Bible teaches about the return of Jesus Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

whitehorse02In the first three messages in this series, we were considering the future period of time that we call “the revolt against the Kingdom.” This period will be a most strange one on earth, yet it is a very critical one in God’s plans. It is set forth in many passages of Scripture. All the truth regarding Daniel’s seventieth week is related to this period. The entirety of the first nineteen chapters of Revelation is related to this time as well. Yet there are also many other passages that deal with this critical time of testing in the Kingdom.

We considered Psalm 2 and the revolt of certain of the rulers in the Kingdom. In our last message, we considered Matthew 24 and the prophecy the Lord Jesus gave His disciples of the consummation of the eon of the Kingdom of God. He gave them signs of His parousia and of the sorrows of the great testing period, but promised salvation to the one who would endure to the end of the period of the revolt

Matthew 25

The Lord’s discourse in Matthew 24 really continues right into chapter 25. The chapter breaks in our Bibles are a man-made thing, and in this case they might confuse us. What the Lord is doing here is telling a parable to show the causes of the failure of some when the test comes. Read the rest of this entry »

harvest03In the first two messages in this series, we were considering the future period of time that we call “the revolt against the kingdom.” This period will be a most strange one on earth, yet it is a very critical one in God’s plans. It is set forth in many passages of Scripture. All the truth regarding Daniel’s seventieth week is related to this period. The entirety of the first nineteen chapters of Revelation is related to this time as well. Yet there are also many other passages that deal with this critical time of testing in the kingdom.

In our last message, we considered Psalm 2 and the revolt of certain of the rulers in the kingdom. We saw that this happens at a time of turmoil on earth, and that they think to throw off the control of God over the world. God is not worried by this revolt, but warns these rebellious rulers that He may strike them in His anger and they will be destroyed. Now, we will continue our study and look at another passage that will teach us about the revolt against the kingdom.

Matthew 24

Another passage that reveals much truth about the time of the revolt against the kingdom is Matthew 24. The Lord spoke the truth of this passage close to the end of His ministry. He had already explained the kingdom to His disciples, including its secrets. Now, the disciples want to know about the conclusion of the kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »

revoltfist02We have been studying the future period of time that we call the revolt against the kingdom. This period will be a most strange one on earth, yet it is a very critical one in God’s plans. It is set forth in many passages of Scripture. All the truth regarding Daniel’s seventieth week is related to this period. The entirety of the first nineteen chapters of Revelation is related to this time as well. Yet there are also many other passages that deal with this critical time of testing in the kingdom. Let us examine some of these passages and learn what we can about the revolt against the kingdom.

Psalm 2

The first passage we will consider that has to with the revolt against the kingdom is Psalm 2.

1. Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?

Psalm 2 opens with a question. It regards the nations at the time of the revolt against the kingdom. After centuries of peace and stability, something has changed, and the nations now appear as a turbulent sea. The sea is a common figure for the nations and their peoples. Consider its use in Isaiah 57:20. Read the rest of this entry »

ropeclimb02It is my conviction that we are currently living in the dispensation of the grace of God. In this dispensation, God works with all mankind on earth under the principles of grace, of faith, and of secrecy. If God cannot act in grace, then He does not act at all. If men will not believe by faith in God’s Word, then God will not give them anything else to believe in. And God hides all His works in secret, so that the skeptical man can deny that He is working at all.

This is what God is doing today, but it is not what He will be doing forever. God has a plan to carry out, and someday when this dispensation has run its course, He will begin a new work on earth. When that work begins, next on God’s agenda is a dispensation of God’s government upon earth. God’s government will take control of all nations on earth, and God Himself will govern them. God is not governing in this world now. Instead, He is allowing all men to walk in their own ways. Yet in spite of our advances in science and technology, this world needs God to govern it now more than ever. Read the rest of this entry »

markbeast02I received the following question:

What do you make of the mark of the beast, 666?

The mark of the beast is found in Revelation 13:17-18.

17. and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.

Most scholars are in agreement that this is referring to gematria, wherein in ancient days there was no separate set of symbols for numbers, and so each letter in the alphabet also had a numerical value. One example of this that we are aware of in modern times is Roman numerals. Each letter in the Hebrew alphabet had a corresponding number, and it seems that the letters, or at least the consonants, in the name of the beast add up to 666 by gematria. There is more than one name that could do this, however, so it is not really possible to identify in advance what that name will be. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following questions:

Isaiah 14: and 24: are they figurative or literal,or are they half figurative and half literal. I have trouble understanding them because they seemed apocalyptic like Revelation 16:

Regarding Isaiah 24: I also checked Bullinger and my Seller’s notes where he says that Is.24: is a poetic song of Israel for today. Sellers says that Israel today is living under a curse due to their past sins. And that the effects of Israel’s sins and curse are being felt today. I believe that this may be true but I am personally uncomftible with this opinion under grace by Sellers. I am looking for a more plausable explanation, Maybe Nathan can help us here? Seller’s goes on to say that this curse will be lifted in the kingdom of God and they will be restored and blessed. In Ezekiel 11:16 God promises to be a little sanctuary to Israel in the nations where they are scattered. Is that little sanctuary graciousness on God’s part? But a curse sounds ungracious to me. Help Nathan what do you say?

First of all, are they figurative or literal. I tend to dislike using the term “figurative” in regards to a passage, since it is usually seems to be used as a “get out of believing the passage free card.” I do not believe that God wrote passages in some kind of mysterious code language that only some clever preacher with certain esoteric knowledge can interpret. Passages are not “figurative.” If a passage is a parable, it is a parable. If it is full of figures of speech, then it is full of figures of speech. But I don’t think any passage in the Bible is “figurative” in the way many people use that word. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

How are we to answer someone who asks why the Acts period years would not be included in the 490 plus 10 years (and maybe more) if, indeed, the kingdom had started? Is it the fact that it was there only “in part” (among the believers) and hence, not a fulfillment of any portion of the prophecy?

What is and is not included in the 70 weeks of years of Daniel’s prophecy is defined by the beginning and ending statements of the prophecy. That is, the prophecy begins with “the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem.” On the fiftieth year, the first jubilee year, Messiah the Prince (David) shall be established. After sixty-two of the weeks, the street (marketplace) shall be built again, and the wall (defensive protection) in troublesome times, and after that the Messiah (David) will be cut off and have nothing (or will be cut off, but not for himself.) After sixty-nine weeks, the prince who is to come will confirm a covenant with the people for the last week, which he will break halfway through, prompting the great tribulation. I discuss this in my audio lessons on Daniel. http://preceptsaudio.wordpress.com/category/daniel/ Read the rest of this entry »