Enter New Jerusalem

February 26, 2017
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Heaven and Earth will pass away…Mark 13:31 What? When? How? Why? The bible concludes with a declaration that God has now created a new Heaven, a new Earth, and a new Jerusalem. And this is where believers will spend eternity.

Notes and Outline

At the end of the Millennium, we will be removed from this earth to the New Jerusalem the Lord has been preparing for us, and from that vantage point, we will witness the greatest fireworks display in history as God envelops this earth in fire, burning away the pollution of Satan’s last revolt (2 Peter 3:10-13). Out of that fiery inferno will come new heavens and a new earth where we will live forever in the New Jerusalem in the presence of Almighty God and His Son (Revelation 21:1-7).

 

This is GREAT news and flies totally in the face of the global warming religion. Man will not destroy the earth, God will. And God will make a new one. If you can’t believe He made the first one, you can’t believe He’ll make the second one. Genesis 1-2; Revelation 21-22. Amen.

 

I. The Gog - Magog War Against Israel  Eze 38,39* Rev 20:7-10 

 Many modern Bible prophecy teachers declare that Israel will soon be invaded by Russia, Iran and surrounding Arab nations in the very near future

 

II. 2nd Resurrection and Great White Throne Judgment  2 Peter 3:7; Rev 20:11-15

 

 

III. Present Earth, Heavens Destroyed by Fire  Matthew 24:35; 2 Peter 3:7-13; Rev 21:1

Notice, the following:

•The present heavens and earth will be destroyed by fire on the same day as the final destruction of ungodly men occurs—all taking place on the day of the great white throne judgment (2 Peter 3:7; Revelation 20:11-15).

•The destruction will occur to both the heavens and the earth (2 Peter 3:10,12).

•The NIV indicates that the heavens will "disappear with a roar," and the KJV says that the heavens will "pass away with a great noise" (2 Peter 3:10).

•The NIV says that the "day [of the Lord] will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire" (2 Peter 3:12). The implication is that destruction will happen after the day of the Lord has transpired.

• After the first heaven and earth have passed away, there will be "a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness" (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1). Even Jesus affirmed, quite clearly, that the present heaven and earth will pass away (Matthew 24:35).

 

Look how that passage, from Second Peter, is a direct parallel of the following passage, found in Revelation, after the millennial period is over:


Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. ... Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. ... Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. ... He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" (Revelation 20:11,14, 21:1,5)

 

Heaven is home. Christians have always thought of going to heaven as going home.

 On earth, we always orient towards going home. 

Taken from scripture, we find…

  • Home is about comfort. 
  • Where friends come to visit. 
  • Only good things will happen in our heaven home. Jesus said He goes to prepare our home for us. 
  • When we or a loved one dies, we go to a better home, a better party. When we step through the door everyone is so happy to see us! We go around greeting, hugging, kissing. 
  • In the 1000 yr Kingdom the only new entries are babies of natural bodies. In the New Earth there are no new people. 
  • As heaven transitions from present heaven to 1000 yr kingdom to new earth it just keeps getting better. We go from 1) spiritual existence that has physical elements, to 2) resurrected earth, to 3) new earth. Like getting that brand new car or brand new home. Got that new car smell! 
  • The resurrected earth period will be much like living in a huge garden that we traveled to with ease. Upon arrival we start nesting and setting up things. We have much daylight and unending energy. We wanna go outside and play. We wanna go talk to the neighbors or check in with others we’ve been longing to see but haven’t yet. 
  • We are unrushed because our frame of reference of time has been 80 years not 1000! 
  • As we settle in and start planting we watch as things blossom so easily and beautifully. We are relaxed because we know no-one is there to do us harm. Snakes and spiders will not concern us. We can’t wait to go fishing in that great river. 
  • At the same time we know God is preparing this heavenly city to come out of heaven down to earth. Something to look forward to! 
  • At the end of the 1000 years all of the elements are burned up with fire and we find ourselves in an entirely new earth with a new heaven and a new Jerusalem. Almost like looking in the distance at Oz, except that we’ll be in the City. 
  • As it lands on earth like a huge spaceship it’s beauty is beyond anything we’ve known. The great river starts flowing out from the throne past the gates and walls out onto the new earth. 
  • We walk along the streets that are paved with gold. Which gate will we use? The walls are spectacular, kinda clear, made of jasper. The foundations are made of beautiful jewels in them. 
  • As we encounter people we know they only speak truth, kindness, love to us. They are real. No hidden agendas. No talking behind our backs. No conflicts with other people. No cliques.      
  • We are feeling so safe, secure, happy as we see God literally sitting on His throne and Jesus there next to Him. We can talk to them directly. His name is actually on our foreheads!
  • How long before we decide we want to leave this extravagant city and go out through the incredible gates of one huge pearl and put our feet on the new earth?

 

Jewish Life to be the Center

February 19, 2017
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A great calamity will come upon the land and two-thirds of Israel’s people will be killed. The other third will be purified. The result of this national calamity will be that the purified will call upon the name of God, and they will be heard by Him. He will accept them and they will accept Jesus as their Messiah. This is why Jesus warned Israel to flee to the wilderness for protection during this time.

Notes and Outline

PROPHECIES IN THE MINOR PROPHETS

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE JEWS?

Israel is the unfaithful wife of the Lord (church is the Lamb’s wife, the harlot is Babylon) in historic times, who is to be restored in the millennium.
Is 54:1-10; Hos 2:1-17

Isa 26:19. In antithesis to Isa 26:14, "They (Israel's foes) shall not live"; "Thy (Jehovah's) dead men (the Jews) shall live," that is, primarily, be restored, spiritually (Isa 54:1-3), civilly and nationally (Isa 26:15); whereas Thy foes shall not; ultimately, and in the fullest scope of the prophecy, restored to life literally (Eze 37:1-14; Da 12:2).

start out with current attitude toward the Jews…

A Cup of Reeling Zech 12:2-4

1/10 of 1% of the world population

5 million, 8000 sq mi

then, 

A great calamity will come upon the land and two-thirds of Israel’s people will be killed. The other third will be purified. The result of this national calamity will be that the purified will call upon the name of God, and they will be heard by Him. He will accept them and they will accept Jesus as their Messiah. This is why Jesus warned Israel to flee to the wilderness for protection during this time.

 

Zech 13:7-9- 2/3 of Jews killed during Trib.

This is why the Jews are told to ‘run for the hills’ 

by Jesus both in Luke 21:20-24 and Revelation 12:6,13-17

 

Hosea - a metaphor of God’s relationship with the Jews by using an unfaithful wife (Gomer) and a godly man (Hosea).

 

1 At the end of the Tribulation, when the Jews have come to the end of themselves, they will turn to God and receive Yeshua as their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10, Romans 9:27-28, & Romans 11:25-27).

2 Jesus will return and regather all believing Jews to Israel (Deuteronomy 30:1-9).

TOPOGRAPHY CHANGES.. 

afterwards, 

3 Israel will be established as the prime nation in the world (Isaiah 2:1-4 & Micah 4:1-7).

4 The Lord will bless the Jewish remnant by fulfilling all the promises He has made to Israel (Isaiah 60:1-62:7) !!

5 The blessings of God will flow out to all the nations through the Jewish people during the Millennial rule of Jesus (Zechariah 8:22-23).

  • Feast of tabernacles will be re-instituted in Mill Kingdom Zech 14:18 (see Feasts in Rose Pub). Originally it celebrated being delivered from slavery, across the Red Sea. Will then be celebrating how Jesus delivered us through the world. We’ll then reign with Jesus over the nations who are invited to come and worship. According to Zech 14:17, if they don’t come up, they will not have any rain.
  • They will build houses and inhabit them; They will also plant vineyards and eat their fruit. Isa 65:21

 

BIG PICTURE

Eze 36:1-38. ISRAEL AVENGED OF HER FOES, AND RESTORED, FIRST TO INWARD HOLINESS, THEN TO OUTWARD PROSPERITY. 

Bringing the people out,

Bringing them in,

their conversion,

their being filled with the Spirit

 

God sets one shepherd over the Jews, Ez 34:23; eliminates harmful beasts so they can sleep in the woods; no longer a prey to other nations; establishes a renown planting place; increases population significantly.

 

God says the Jews will live in the land He gave to their forefathers and they will be His people and He will be their God Ez 36:28. He will put His spirit in them. Cities and waste places rebuilt. Desolate land will become like garden of Eden. 

 

Restoration of Israel - Amos 9:11-15; ISA 60:11-16

 

The Millennial Temple and it’s Worship 

Ez 40-47

  • Feast of tabernacles will be re-instituted in Mill Kingdom Zech 14:18 (see Feasts in Rose Pub). Originally it celebrated being delivered from slavery, across the Red Sea. Will then be celebrating how Jesus delivered us through the world. We’ll then reign with Jesus over the nations who are invited to come and worship. According to Zech 14:17, if they don’t come up, they will not have any rain.

Doubtless these offerings will be memorial, looking back to the cross, as the offerings under the old covenant were anticipatory, looking forward to the cross. In neither case have animal sacrifices power to put away sin. Hebrews 10:4; Romans 3:25.  

The whole sacrificial system is not aaronic, pertinent parts are left out…. 

e.g. no Ark of the Covenant, Table of the Law, Cherubim, Mercy Seat, Veil, Golden Candlestick, or Table of Showbread

Day 1, Day 2 of the Millennial Kingdom

February 13, 2017
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Daily Living as we’ve known it back prior to the Tribulation will be quite different during the Millennial Kingdom. During the upcoming glorious reign, we will see the earth flooded with peace, righteousness and justice, as the waters cover the seas

Notes and Outlne

LIFE IN THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM
Day 1, Day 2 of the Millennial Kingdom

The Scene: we’ve just been transferred from the present heaven to the earth. We’ve rode with Jesus and watched as He dispatched those arrayed in battle against Him. We’ve see the separation of the goats and the sheep. The Tribulation is over. Satan has been bound and put in the abyss.

The Tribulation period saw God execute His 7 seal judgments and pour out the 7 bowls of wrath.

Daily Living as we’ve known it back prior to the Tribulation will be quite different during the Millennial Kingdom.

During that glorious reign, we will see the earth flooded with peace, righteousness and justice, as the waters cover the seas (Isaiah 11:1-9).

Conditions During the MK

The period starts with a reunion of the natural bodies and resurrection bodies on earth.

The Millennium will be a time for Jesus and glorified believers to rule and reign over mortal beings on the earth "with an iron scepter" (Revelation 2:27, 12:5, 19:15),

Children born to the natural bodies will die at 100 if they don’t accept Jesus as Lord. Isa 65:20

Natural bodies will not die. They will live throughout the 1000 years. Their children if not saved will die. Therefore, health will be great, maybe no doctors needed! No need to medicate. No desire to drink or smoke anything that changes our chemistry from God’s design. No recovery groups. No psychiatrists. No cancer. No need for CBD oils.

Rebellion in heaven is from the children born, even in the physical presence of Jesus. This phenomenon is not unprecedented. Did Satan and the angels not rebel in heaven? Did not Adam and Eve choose rebellion over fellowship of their Maker who walked with them? Did not Judas rebel against Jesus even after having been with Him for 3 years?

Children born to natural bodies will die at age 100 if they have not become born-again. Isa 65:18-25

The ability to sin will still be within mortal people during this time. We know this because it will not be until the very end of the Millennium that death is thrown into the lake of fire (20:14), and death is the wage of sin (Romans 6:23). Jesus will reign, for a thousand years, until all of His enemies have been placed under His feet, with the last enemy being death (1 Corinthians 15:25,26). 

 

Another purpose of the Millennium is to prove to mankind that, even without the temptation of Satan and demons, mortal man is fallen and sinful within himself, and unredeemable, apart from God.

WEATHER HAS CHANGED: There won’t be any devastating and destructive weather - tornados hurricanes sand storms freezing temps that cause death to plants people animals. All redeemed.

The sun and moon will still be, and be brighter Isa 30:26 (MK); 60:19 (NJ). But there will be no darkness now. Because the moon is too bright. I imagine this will give us a lot of time to live.

Resurrection Realized

- The 1st Resurrection begins at the Rapture concluding when Jesus physically returns to earth.

- The 2nd Resurrection and Great White Throne Judgment at the end of the 1000 year Kingdom Age or Millennial Reign

 

The changed conditions are due to the First Resurrection that has happened. Believers were resurrected and given that new body. All of Creation has been resurrected as well. John 5:28,29; 11:25,26; 

Isa 26:19. In antithesis to Isa 26:14, "They (Israel's foes) shall not live"; "Thy (Jehovah's) dead men (the Jews) shall live," that is, primarily, be restored, spiritually (Isa 54:1-3), civilly and nationally (Isa 26:15); whereas Thy foes shall not; ultimately, and in the fullest scope of the prophecy, restored to life literally (Eze 37:1-14; Da 12:2).

Conditions are set for 1000 years of devil-free, Christ-present living with no more war and destructive weather. Conditions where plants can grow into lush gardens. Geology has changed a little bit (earthquake, Zion now chief of mountains) At the end of the thousand years there will be a Second Resurrection.

Rom 8:18-23 - For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.

 

The ground has been resurrected now. The curse on the ground is lifted.

no more curse--of which the earnest shall be given in the millennium (Zec 14:11). God can only dwell where the curse and its cause, the cursed thing sin (Jos 7:12), are removed. So there follows rightly, "But the throne of God and of the Lamb (who redeemed us from the curse, Ga 3:10, 13) shall be in it." Compare in the millennium, Eze 48:35.

Although it won't be the new heavens and earth that will come later, God through the Lord Jesus Christ will remove most of the curse from this Earth and its components and living things and perhaps in the heavens in the 1st resurrection. 

This will result in better conditions for long healthy life in the Messianic Age as was the case before the flood of Noah when people often lived almost 1000 years. 

CONSIDER YOUR DAILY LIFE - HOW MUCH OF IT SUFFERS FROM THE CURSE? WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT THAT? 

.the devil and demons who cause so much violence, fear and destruction and sickness in this world since the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden will be bound and have no effect on people or things on Earth for the entire 1000 years of the Messianic Age.

 

Our bodies will be restored, redeemed, made new, not thrown away. The same with creation. This is GREAT news and flies totally in the face of the global warming religion. Man will not destroy the earth, God will. And God will make a new one. If you can’t believe He made the first one, you can’t believe He’ll make the second one. Genesis 1-2; Revelation 21-22. Amen.

 

What Will We Be Doing? 

Will we be bored? Part of the answer begins with reflecting on WHO will be there. Knowing this, what desires and interests will that raise? [see also ‘what will we do in the millennial kingdom]

Boredom is a sin thought. We typically relate fun with sin. You know… getting drunk or high, having immoral sex, breaking the law, etc. Think through things you like to do that don’t involve sin… [can you?!! ha ha] and the fun you have doing that. Add in the likelihood that we won’t be bound be mortal bodies and gravity. What fun can we have being unbound? We know what the first and second heaven looks like, won’t the third heaven be AT LEAST as spectacular? 

 

Consider that nobody who encountered the pre-incarnate Christ, the incarnate Christ, angels, or creatures from heaven or were shown into heaven or were told to write down what they saw—ever described things as boring. No way. Inexpressible. Unimaginable. Powerful. Nobody is described as trying to get out of heaven. Out of hell yes but not out of heaven!

 

We will be fellowshipping and visiting and testifying and listening. Think of all of the questions we could ask our bible heroes. What of the questions and stories we could ask of people we’ve known? What about connecting up with your relatives? And even your ancestors that you have not met yet. And likely every minute someone new will be saved or suddenly enter heaven. New people, new stories, new experiences. Loners will not be in heaven. Being in Christ is a draw to fellowship.

 

King David will be resurrected during the Millennium and installed as prince over Israel, ruling the Kingdom with Jesus Christ.Ez 34:24; 37:24

 

David will be resurrected at the beginning of the Millennium, along with all the other Old Testament saints. And David will be one of those who reign with Jesus in the Kingdom (Daniel 7:27). However, all believers will rule the nations (Revelation 2:26–27; 20:4) and judge the world (1 Corinthians 6:2). The apostle Peter calls Christians “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation” (1 Peter 2:9). In Revelation 3:21, Jesus says about the believer who conquers, “I will grant him to sit with me on my throne.” In some sense, then, Christians will share authority with Christ (cf. Ephesians 2:6). There is some biblical evidence, as in the Parable of the Ten Minas (Luke 19:11–27), that individuals will be given more or less authority in the Kingdom according to how they handle the responsibilities God has given them in this age (Luke 19:17).

 

Secondly, the answer varies somewhat depending on whether we are talking about a natural body or resurrection body.

There will be work to do, to rebuild, to plant and harvest, desolate land will become like garden of Eden.  Isa 65:21; Ez 36:28

Raw materials will need to be collected and fashioned into finished materials ready for use.

Man’s God-given creativity will have time to flourish in this safe haven from war. Art and Music will likely be something we’d spend time on.

Man’s God-given desire to worship Him will flourish. People will stream to Mt. Zion, to the Millennial Temple Zech 14:18? I bet Church won’t last 1 hour! Thought: what about nations that are halfway around the globe… will they go? After all, the cost and time it takes might prevent them. Ha! Think about the ways Jesus traveled in His resurrection body! Maybe it won’t take so long.

Traveling from place to place. Think of all of the beautiful places we might travel to. Remember, all of the damage done during the trumpet judgments and the bowls of wrath will have been redeemed. Not every place on the earth will remain lush and paradise like… those nations that refuse to come up to worship at Mt. Zion will suffer a drought. This clues us in that there will still be rain in some form.

What Leisure Activities do you love? If they are sin based, you’ll have unlimited amount of time to do them.

[Rule of Thumb: At times it is hard to know whether scripture is talking about the future millennial kingdom or the new earth/new jerusalem. Distinguish the time period by looking for clues within the prophecy that state other characteristics of the future it is talking about. Then, knowing some of the characteristics of the future, one can discern what part of the future it is talking about. e.g. in Ez 47 it talks about a river coming from the throne flowing east and west to the sea. We know that in the new earth there is no longer any sea so we determine this speaks of an event in the millennial kingdom. e.g.2 when the battle in Ez 38 talks about the living conditions for the Jews it paints a picture of the millennial kingdom not the pre-tribulation or especially at the end of the tribulation right before Jesus returns.]

Maybe mission trips to nations that aren’t coming up to Mt. Zion to worship. Zech 14:17

The children of the natural bodies will need to be schooled and evangelized.

Equipped: God’s people will have spiritual understanding and know Jesus. ??Isa 32:1-4; 52:6-10

 

Weapons will be destroyed, war will cease, military preparation will end. God will put an end to death and tears. Isa 11:1-13; 25:6-9; 33:2-24; Mic 4:1-5; Isa 2:4

Talk about what happens to the Jews

Talk about the Millennial Temple

Continue the what will we do during the New Earth teaching.

At the end of the 1000 yrs the unsaved will unite with Satan against Jesus.

Setting Up Jesus’ Throne On Earth

February 6, 2017
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The kingdom of heaven/kingdom of God began with Jesus’ first advent. We exist in it’s kingdom territory in the physical realm now or in the ‘present’ heaven when we die—until Jesus’ return; wherein He sets up His throne on earth for 1000 years—which we’ll also exist in.

Notes and Outline

KING'DOM, noun The territory or inhabitants subject to a king. The reign, Government; rule; supreme administration of the Messiah. Mat 3.

This helps us to understand Jesus’ parables about the kingdom of heaven in Matthew 13.

HEAVEN, noun is the place where God is seated and rules from. It never moves or relocates. It never comes down to earth. It will be made new just like the earth and Jerusalem.

The fulness of Christ is the kingdom in substance. The kingdom of heaven is near, at hand…. Jesus came, introduced it, established it, described it. *

 

RELOCATION OF JESUS - SETTING UP THRONE

PREPARING TO REIGN ON EARTH [map?]

The end of the tribulation is marked by the Marriage Supper of the Lamb and the return of Jesus with the saints and angels. The Lord draws nations to the Jehoshaphat valley against Christ.

 

Scriptures (using Super Bowl metaphor)

Playoffs Are Over: Matt 24:29-31; 

Picking Teams! Matt 25:31-46;

Crowds Will Assemble - Mic 4:1-5;

Super Bowl City Chosen - Zechariah 14:1-8; 9-21;

Umpire Declares Rules - Joel 3

Who Are The Winners

 

SEPARATION OF SHEEP (Falcons) AND GOATS (Patriots)

Matthew 25:31-46, Eze 34:17. Jesus separates the nations (Gentile people groups) by how they treated His brethren, particularly the Jews. 

Both saved (those who didn’t take the mark) and unsaved people survive through the tribulation including Jews. Jews were protected in Petra.

Sheep=saved gentiles who survive in the natural body, Goats=unsaved gentiles (those who took the mark), Brothers=Jews (saved and unsaved?) who survive in the natural body.

The wicked tares will have been plucked up off the planet as the first order of business as Messiah returns. The the end-time harvest of the tares and the wheat is described by Jesus in Matthew 13 and He states quite unequivocally that the wicked will be plucked off first.

 

This separation is marked with the destiny to be adjudicated at the Great White Throne Judgment in Rev 20. However the unsaved are sent to the present hell. (what about the reaping Rev 14)

Zech 14:9-21 - It is important to note that unbelievers and nations will be present in the kingdom. Not everyone is, or becomes a follower of Jesus. People are born and the unsaved die during this time.

The Sheep-Goat Judgment is showcased here on earth. This is not the Final Judgment of immortal souls before the throne of God. Nor Judgment Seat of Christ. The people in question here are those remaining on the earth in their mortal bodies at the end of this age.

 

Super Bowl City Chosen

WHERE - The place He returns to is the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem (Acts 1:11; Zechariah 14:4) runs between the Mount of Olives and the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The valley of Jehoshaphat** (the Lord has judged)… believed to be the same as the Kidron valley. Jesus is going to sit here someday. Joel 3:1-17!

  • Beating plowshares INTO swords Joe 3:10

Jerusalem will be the center-point and focus of power and influence. There will be a temple. It is where Jesus first stands Zech 14:1-8

 

Umpire Declares the Rules

  • Jesus will reign from that city, nations will come to it to worship. And if not… Zech 14:9-21

 

WHO WILL HE BE REIGNING OVER?

  • Both spiritual bodies and natural bodies will co-exist; the redeemed, the sheep, the jews, angels.
  • Natural bodies will have children Isa 65:20. (How then do these get their spiritual bodies?) Resurrection bodies won’t (no marriage in heaven)
  • Believers reign and judge with Jesus