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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Will There Be a Literal 1,000 Year Reign of Christ on the Earth?

I was asked to respond to the following questions at Nathan’s blog found here. Let me say upfront I appreciate the opportunity to do so. This topic is certainly one that many have endeavored to understand and rightfully divide over the years. I in no way proclaim to have this figured out, nor do I put down those who have different views from mine, nor do I believe this topic warrants division in the true Church. I pray grace, love, peace and maturity be evident in my responses.

Nathan asked:Q1: Is Christ reigning from heaven now? That is, when He is called the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, does that not imply that He is reigning over everyone and everything, right now? Also, consider His own statements about sitting at the right hand of the Father and that all authority on heaven and on earth has been given to Me. What do these statements mean?

Psa 146:10 The LORD shall reign for ever, [even] thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD.

Eye observes: The LORD has, currently does, and will always reign in heaven. The Scriptures couldn’t be any clearer. He is the sovereign King of the universe.

Mar 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Luk 11:20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

Eye observes: Where the King is, the kingdom is present.

Luk 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Luk 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Luk 17:22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see [it]. Luk 17:23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after [them], nor follow [them]. Luk 17:24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one [part] under heaven, shineth unto the other [part] under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. Luk 17:25 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. Luk 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. Luk 17:27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Luk 17:28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; Luk 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed [them] all. Luk 17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. Luk 17:31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Luk 17:32 Remember Lot's wife. Luk 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. Luk 17:34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two [men] in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Luk 17:35 Two [women] shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Luk 17:36 Two [men] shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Luk 17:37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body [is], thither will the eagles be gathered together.

Eye’s observation: The Kingdom of God is unobservable in its spiritual nature or capacity, but it is observable in its physical nature. When the King is physically revealed, so to will His physical kingdom be revealed.

Luk 19:11 And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear. Luk 19:12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. Luk 19:13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. Luk 19:14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this [man] to reign over us. Luk 19:15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

the parable continues...

Luk 19:23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury? Luk 19:24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give [it] to him that hath ten pounds. Luk 19:25 (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.) Luk 19:26 For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him. Luk 19:27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay [them] before me.

Eye’s observations: The Jews were looking for the physical kingdom. This parable proclaimed by Jesus gave them a glimpse into the timing and mechanics of His kingdom. Notice, the nobleman (Jesus) goes to a far country (heaven, upon accomplishing His work on the cross) and there He receives for Himself a kingdom. Notice, He will also return. Jesus comes back and judges the faithful and unfaithful stewards who are alive at His coming. Notice, the citizens hated Him and didn’t want the Nobleman to rule over them! But, the parable clarifies that the Nobleman returned from the far country (heaven) and then He receives the kingdom. This parable, in my opinion, teaches the manifestation of the kingdom of God on earth.

Nathan asked: Q2: If Christ is reigning from heaven right now, what is the need for Him to reign from earth? That is, why is it necessary if He is already reigning from heaven? Can He not accomplish enough? Is He concerned that people cannot literally see Him in visible form? Why is it necessary to reign from earth?

Eye’s simple answer: Its God's sovereign will that Jesus come back to earth and reign as prophesied of old.

1Cr 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. 1Cr 15:24 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. 1Cr 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 1Cr 15:26 The last enemy [that] shall be destroyed [is] death. 1Cr 15:27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under [him, it is] manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 1Cr 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

Eye observes: According to these Scriptures, Christ will come back to earth from heaven as the angels proclaimed He would in Acts 1:11. Then comes the end when He shall deliver up the kingdom to God the Father. He does this by putting down all rule and all authority and power. Has this happened yet? NO. These Scriptures teach us that Jesus will reign until He puts all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. You may skip to the bottom of this post if you like for additional details, for there I deal with Isaiah 65 and Nathan’s good question about what happens to those who die during the kingdom on earth. But, if you do, come back here!

Notice these verses in 1 Cr 15 tell us that death is the LAST enemy that is destroyed during His reign on earth. Then, the Scriptures say the Son shall also Himself be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

Mat 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven. Mat 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread. Mat 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Mat 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Luk 11:2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

Eye observes: Jesus tells His disciples and us if we are His disciples today to pray, ‘thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.’ Personally, these verses sum it up nicely for me. The kingdom of God is in heaven now. It is also in the earth in a spiritual sense as each believer with the Holy Spirit residing in them is an extension of the kingdom of God on earth. But, we also see the kingdom of God will be manifested in an observable way in the future and it will also be on earth. The kingdom of God in heaven has no sin in it – God’s is perfect and holy, holy, holy. We have sin on this earth at this time. There will come a day according to this prayer when earth will be like heaven – no sin will be tolerated nor permitted and Satan will be bound during those 1000 years when King Jesus, the Nobleman from a far country, returns to earth from heaven to receive His kingdom.

Luk 19:37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; Luk 19:38 Saying, Blessed [be] the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.

Eye observes: the Jews were looking for the physical kingdom… Again, Jesus was descending from the Mount of Olives – now, as Zechariah 14 proclaims, He will return to earth at His second coming and return to the Mount of Olives. This passage in Luke is dealing with His first coming and the passage in Zechariah 14 is clearly dealing with His second coming. However, the mount of Olives is central to both!

Nathan asked: Q3: The big one: If Christ is reigning right now, is He reigning on David’s throne right now? Or , is David’s throne in the old (demolished) Temple in modern-day Jerusalem? So then, where is David’s throne, on earth, or in heaven? And is Christ reigning from it right now or not?

2Sa 7:10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime, 2Sa 7:11 And as since the time that I commanded judges [to be] over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an house. 2Sa 7:12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. 2Sa 7:13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 2Sa 7:14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: 2Sa 7:15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took [it] from Saul, whom I put away before thee. 2Sa 7:16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever. 2Sa 7:17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.

Eye observes: David’s throne will be established forever, and his kingdom will be established forever.

1Ki 9:5 Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel.

Luk 1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: Luk 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Eye observes: I believe this prophecy applies spiritually and physically during the 1000 year kingdom on earth.

1Ch 29:23 Then Solomon sat on the throne of the LORD as king instead of David his father, and prospered; and all Israel obeyed him.

Eye observes: the throne of David is also referred to as the throne of the LORD

2Ch 6:10 The LORD therefore hath performed his word that he hath spoken: for I am risen up in the room of David my father, and am set on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built the house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.

Isa 24:23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.

Eye observes: the Lord will reign in mount Zion and in Jerusalem. He is not physically doing that now.

Jer 23:5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. Jer 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this [is] his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Jer 23:7 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; Jer 23:8 But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.

Eye observes: Is Israel living in peace, dwelling safely? NO. According to this passage, they will! They will dwell in their own land. This is why it is so important that Israel is once again a nation and Jerusalem the capital.

Mic 4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, [that] the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. Mic 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. Mic 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. Mic 4:4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make [them] afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken [it]. Mic 4:5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever. Mic 4:6 In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted; Mic 4:7 And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.

Eye observes: This appears to be straight forward to me – the Lord will reign in the future from mount Zion and Jerusalem as we observed in Isaiah 24:23. A literal mountain will result from the topographical changes that occur from His return in Zechariah 14 when He touches down on the Mount of Olives. We also see a reference to this same event in the following verses in Daniel.

Dan 2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. Dan 2:44 And 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 for ever. Dan 2:45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream [is] certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

Rev 11:12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. Rev 11:13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. Rev 11:14 The second woe is past; [and], behold, the third woe cometh quickly. Rev 11:15 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 of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. Rev 11:16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Rev 11:17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. Rev 11:18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. Rev 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

Eye observes: Notice in verse 15 above, that the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ (JESUS), and He shall reign.

Rev 12:10 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.
Eye observes: Is not Satan still the accuser of the brethren today? If not, when did this happen? I believe the answer is clearly that he still accuses us today. Therefore, these verses in Revelation 12 have not happened for they are still in the future. But, according to these verses he will be cast down and when he is the kingdom of God comes. The question is where does the kingdom of God go to? Earth…

Mar 14:25 Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.

Eye observes: Jesus will drink the fruit of the vine with His disciples in the kingdom of God. This appears to be a physical act to me!

Nathan asked: Q4: Lastly, since the prophesies and covenant with David specifically indicate that this reign will be FOREVER, then how do we reconcile this with the fact that the earth will be completely destroyed in the 'Day of the Lord' described in 2 Peter 3? That is, 'forever' means something far greater than a literal 1000years, doesn't it? How is this prophecy fulfilled if He only reigns for 1000 years here on earth?

Eye’s response: Yes, the kingdom of God is eternal. But, the 1000 years are simply a part of God’s eternal kingdom, a subset if you will, here on earth as declared by Scripture. When the 1000 years is completed, this earth will be destroyed. But, we will ever be with the Lord and in His presence in the New Jerusalem. What happens after that, I do not know…

Rev 5:7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. Rev 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four [and] twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. Rev 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; Rev 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Eye observes: The heavenly host redeemed out of every kindred, tongue, people and nation are made kings and priests and they reign on the EARTH.

Rev 20:4 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. Rev 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This [is] the first resurrection. Rev 20:6 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. Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, Rev 20:8 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. Rev 20:9 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. Rev 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 for ever and ever. Rev 20:11 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. Rev 20:12 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. Rev 20:13 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. Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. Rev 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Eye observes: Again, the saints live and reign with the Lord for 1000 years, and I believe I’ve produced ample Scripture that places this 1000 year reign on the earth. Moreover, in Revelation 20 we see Satan loosed from prison to deceive the nations. He will be bound during this 1000 year period, and therefore he will be unable to accuse the brethren. So, again this has to be a future period because we all admit he accuses us today. Or, experientially speaking, I’ve yet to meet a Christian who admits Satan is bound today therefore fulfilling this Scripture!

Rev 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. Rev 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare twelve [manner of] fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations. Rev 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: Rev 22:4 And they shall see his face; and his name [shall be] in their foreheads. Rev 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

Eye observes: This tree of life is either the same one in the garden of Eden or one of the same kind. I believe God kept Adam and Eve from eating of the tree of life and living forever in their human bodies to protect them out of His goodness and mercy and because He had a better plan – a future glorified body for them that manifests the ‘complete’ work of Jesus on Calvary.

Rev 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

I also believe the human beings who are saved and enter into the 1000 year kingdom will at the end of that time eat of the tree of life and be changed into a glorified state.

Rev 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: Rev 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book.

Eye observes: Revelation 20 and many OT verses proclaim this future earthly kingdom will come to the earth and Revelation 20 clearly states the duration of this kingdom – 1000 years. Based on God’s warning in the verses above, I think it humbly requires repeating that God says not to add or take away from the clear teaching of the words of this final book of the Bible. For doing so results in being removed from the book of life!

Nathan asked: What happens to the earthly people who die during the literal 1000 yr reign? Is this yet another resurrection?

Eye’s response: Remember, the sheep who go into the kingdom at the end of the tribulation are saved people. No lost person gets in at the beginning. Remember the parable of the King’s Son’s wedding and the guest who did not have on a wedding garment? These initial inhabitants of the earthly kingdom will live to the end of the Kingdom. However, they will have children – some will become saved and others will not. For those who die lost, they will not be raised until the end of the 1000 years.

Isa 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. Isa 65:18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever [in that] which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. Isa 65:19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. Isa 65:20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner [being] an hundred years old shall be accursed. Isa 65:21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit [them]; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. Isa 65:22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree [are] the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. Isa 65:23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they [are] the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. Isa 65:24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. Isa 65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust [shall be] the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

Key points: This is not in heaven; rather it is on the restored earth. People live ‘as the days of a tree’. Infants are capable of dying at the age of one hundred. Notice that even in this ‘new and restored’ earth, there will be those who sin. A perfect environment does not make one ‘perfect’. Those born to the saved humans who enter into this kingdom after the tribulation are not saved by virtue of their parents, a perfect environment, etc. These people born into the kingdom will have an old sin nature and therefore to inherit eternal life they must also be saved. Moreover, where do all of the people who are deceived by Satan at the end of the 1000 years come from who follow him when he is loosed for a season to deceive the nations? I think it obvious the believers will not be deceived by Satan with Jesus ruling the earth.

In Him,


Sunday, September 03, 2006

Newsboys -- Adoration: The Worship Album

5. Adoration (5th song on the Album)

I’m here with the others
Who saw the heavens testify
Now I hang back in the shadows
I want to come close I want to know
She sees me shivering here
She smiles and with a nod
I walk through the mud and straw
To the newborn Son of God
Come, let us adore Him
He has come down to this barren land
Where we live
And all I have to give Him Is adoration
He raises a wrinkled hand
Through the dust and the flies
Wrapped in rags like we are
And with barely open eyes
He takes my finger
And He won’t let go
And He won’t let go
It’s nothing like I knew before
And it’s all I need to know
Come, let us adore Him
He has come down to the world we live in
And all I have to give Him Is adoration
God is with us here
Our Immanuel God is with us here
Our Immanuel O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him Jesus, our Immanuel
Is with us here and He won’t let go

If you haven't heard this song by the Newsboys, I highly recommend it!

This is a real Christmas song...

In Him,


Thursday, August 31, 2006

An Eye on the Sky

This post contains key verses and my thoughts supporting what I believe to be an overlooked truth unheralded in today’s mainstream theology. I’m convinced the Scriptures teach that before Jesus returns from heaven to earth; others identified in the Bible called by the names of my mighty ones, high ones, the weapons of His indignation will also come from heaven to earth -- prior to His return. Admittedly shocking news and virtually ignored in today’s Church, I believe this message deserves careful attention.

During the past twenty years, I’ve observed a trend developing -- other Bible students are asking hard questions and wrestling with the issues of paranormal activity. How does one understand these phenomena from a Biblical perspective? I believe the verses presented in this study give the Church a clear warning and an explanation for what is commonly referred to as alien abductions, UFO activity, and many other strange things that are being avoided and left unexplained from our pulpits and Bible studies.

I’ve developed similar studies in the past, compiling verses on topics such as the Day of the Lord, the Second Coming, the Rapture, the Tribulation, and other eschatological themes. My purpose in preparing this study is simple: contend for the faith and warn those who will hear. Of course, any effort of Biblical understanding and study requires much prayer and leading from God’s Holy Spirit. With that as a backdrop, let’s dive in.

I found the following comparison of the Antichrist’s counterfeit return with that of Jesus Christ’s Second Coming at this webpage . Please keep in mind I do not necessarily agree with all that is represented on this site, butI do think the following chart found at the bottom of their webpage is very interesting and I include it below for ease of reference.

Antichrist will Counterfeit Prophecy

The Second Coming of Christ
• Christ arrives at the end of a great war -- Armageddon
• The war will end in fire for the enemies of Israel
• Christ comes with His holy ones, His raptured saints
• Christ sets up an era of peace as ruler of the earth
• Christ builds the Millennial Temple of Ezekiel 40

The Coming of Antichrist
• Antichrist arrives at the end of a great war -- Gog and Magog
• The war will end in fire for the enemies of Israel
• Antichrist comes with his ‘holy ones’ -- aliens in UFOs
• Antichrist sets up era of peace under global dictatorship
• Antichrist allows building of third Jerusalem Temple

‘When considering the identity of the Antichrist, keep in mind he will seem like the Messiah of Israel.’ A perceptive quote from the Watcher website referenced above.

Concept Verse:

“they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men.” Daniel 2:43a

Theme Verses:

They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land. Isaiah 13:5

And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. Isaiah 24:21

For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, even to the ground; he bringeth it even to the dust. Isaiah 26:5

Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. Luke 21:26

But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Matthew 24:37

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12

Key Concepts:

Something in the heavens is coming to earth---what or who is coming?

Not only are they coming, the Bible says they will mingle with man…

Anyone today claiming familiarity with the Biblical concept of the Second Coming will tell you Jesus returns from ‘out there in space’ at the end of Armageddon. Perhaps the Antichrist has a similar plan? After all, he will be the antithesis of the real Christ and the Bible says he and his workers are capable of much deception.

‘If it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.’ Matthew 24:24

Examination of theme verses:

Isaiah 13:3-11

I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness. The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the LORD of hosts mustereth the host of the battle. They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land. Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt: And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames. Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

Theme expansion:

These verses are internally defined and placed at the time of the day of the LORD (see verse 6). Notice God calls his sanctified ones. I believe this group consists of God’s holy angels and the humans who participate in the rapture (Old and New Testament saints who are born again. We see their return in Revelation 19). Also, God calls his mighty ones---specifically for His anger---perhaps better understood as the ‘weapons of His indignation’ mentioned in verse 5 of Isaiah 13.

Jeremiah 50:25

The LORD hath opened his armoury, and hath brought forth the weapons of his indignation: for this is the work of the Lord GOD of hosts in the land of the Chaldeans.

Jeremiah 50:25 contains the exact phrase weapons of His indignation. This specific phrase is used twice in the Bible: Jeremiah 50:25 and Isaiah 13:5. Observing both verses together, we see that God has an armoury and the weapons of this armoury are in heaven. The Bible instructs that someday they will be unleashed to come to earth.

Notice in Jeremiah, the weapons of His indignation are coming to the land of the Chaldeans. The land of the Chaldeans is generally understood to be the area of the Middle East associated with Babylon (Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and possibly Iran). We see in Isaiah 13, the weapons of His indignation are associated with Babylon, but they are also coming to destroy the whole land.

Who is Babylon? Is it literal Babylon, spiritual Babylon, both, a combination, or perhaps Hebrew poetic code for another super power? These are tough questions and I confess I don’t know the answers. However, the Chaldeans were also known for their wisdom and knowledge---especially in relation to ‘dark sayings’ and occult activity. We see in Daniel 2 they are listed in Nebuchadnezzar’s court alongside the magicians, sorcerers, and astrologers. We also understand Daniel participated in the Chaldean school in Babylon as described in Daniel 1:4.

As an interesting aside, the Hebrew word used here for mighty ones in Isaiah 13 is GIBBOWR. The Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Hebrew, translates GIBBOWR as GIGANTE, the Greek word for Giant! Similar language exist in Joel 2 (please see in a later note). Perhaps similarities to these Old Testament verses are made in Luke 21 where Jesus says “men’s hearts are failing them for fear, looking after those things which are coming upon the earth!” Also, verses 10-28 of Luke 21 portray an account similar to other Day of the LORD passages.

Isaiah 24:17-23.

Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth. And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake. The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited. Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.

Theme expansion:

This passage states that God will punish a group of beings known as the high ones that are on high, and He will also punish the kings of the earth upon the earth. This action of judgment occurs at a future point in time when King Jesus physically returns to earth, commonly called the Day of the LORD. Understood as part of that future time---we see two different groups noted; the host of the high ones (Fallen Angels and other creatures perhaps referenced in Revelation 9 and Isaiah 13) and the kings of the earth--- (the leadership of mankind and man) on the earth. I find it most intriguing and interesting that God links these two groups together. I don’t believe this is happenstance.

The kings of the earth---the powerbrokers, could they represent the Illuminati? Perhaps they are linked with the ten kings who give their power and kingdoms to the Beast (see Revelation 17:12-14). These two groups, the kings of the earth and the host of the high ones will attempt to wage war against King Jesus at the end of Armageddon. Perhaps their motive in warring against Jesus is they are deceived into believing Jesus is someone else, perhaps another alien race, coming to destroy mankind. Of course, there is no way to be sure what they believe because God sends strong delusion during this time. I would say they are out of their minds by virtue of the fact created beings will entertain taking on their Creator in a battle! I’d say that’s deception. Satan is the father of lies, leading the world astray from the truth. Please read Revelation 19 for details.

Isaiah 26:5

For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, even to the ground; he bringeth it even to the dust.

Theme expanion:

Here it is again! There were no men dwelling on high in Bible days. Perhaps you could argue that today men dwell on high in the space station and for short periods of time in jet airplanes---but not back in Old Testament days. This was a mystery until about fifty years ago when mankind began exploring the upper reaches of earth’s atmosphere. Space exploration began shortly thereafter. Therefore, I don’t believe this is speaking of men; rather I believe it refers to other created beings that dwell in the heavens, also mentioned in Ephesians 6:12. These ‘beings’ specifically come to destroy.

Jeremiah 4:15-16

For a voice declareth from Dan, and publisheth affliction from mount Ephraim. Make ye mention to the nations; behold, publish against Jerusalem, that watchers come from a far country, and give out their voice against the cities of Judah.

Theme expansion:

Notice the word “Watchers”. Daniel 4 adds additional insight (Clearly, heavenly beings are described in Daniel 4). Also, these beings come from a far country… Remember Isaiah 13:3-5!

Remember what Jesus said about a certain nobleman in the parable in Luke 19:12? “He said therefore, a certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.” I believe Jesus is teaching through this parable that He would leave earth and go to heaven, and He will return to earth in the future---from heaven. Perhaps the reference to a far country in Isaiah 13 literally means what it says---beings are coming before the Day of the Lord from a far country, further understood as the ends of heaven, to exact judgment on the inhabitants of the earth.

Job 1:6-7

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

Theme expansion:

For our benefit, God allows a glimpse into heaven in the book of Job considered by many to be the oldest book in the Bible. We see Satan not only troubling earth and its inhabitants; he’s also summonsed before God to give an account of his activities! The Scripture teaches that Satan is the accuser of the brethren and he continues as such, even as I write this. However, a future time will come as described in Revelation 12:7 when Satan and the fallen angels lose a heavenly battle with Michael and the holy angels. This battle hasn’t happened yet because Satan and the fallen angels have not been cast down to the earth, never to frequent heaven again (Revelation 12:6-8). Satan is still the accuser of the brethren. Therefore, he still has access to heaven where his accusations of the brethren take place.

As an aside, various philosophies and some religions teach seven heavens. However, the Bible teaches three heavens; the atmosphere around the earth, space and all contained in it, and the third is the very presence of God called Heaven or the third Heaven as Paul mentioned in his writings.

Daniel 2:43

Dan 2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

Theme expansion:

I thought we were all the seed of men here on earth. This phrase more than implies that there will be others---not of the seed of men, mingling with humanity right before Jesus physically returns to earth. Numerous prophetic teachings and commentaries place Daniel 2:43 at the time of the Tribulation prior to the Day of the Lord. These verses are believed and widely accepted in the Church as fundamental to understanding a literal eschatological framework.

This obscure phrase they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men is startling to me. Something outside of the human race, prior to the Day of the Lord, will mingle or mix themselves with humanity. The Aramaic word AR-AB literally means to mix or join together. We understand then that the they will join together with the seed of men. Again, the word seed (ZER-AH in Aramaic) means seed or offspring. The literal meaning and implication is horrific---especially in light of genetic manipulation and perceived extraterrestrial visitations.

I’ve read a number of commentaries that discuss this section of Daniel 2 and most side step the literal and very serious implications of the text. In addition, most of the modern Bibles delete this phrase! However, the Hebrew Massoretic Text does contain this phrase as faithfully penned by Daniel. Jesus also affirmed Daniel’s prophecies and prophetic ministry by referencing the book of Daniel during His Olivet Discourse found in Matthew 24.

I take the position these words in Daniel 2:43 stand on their literal and obvious meaning. I humbly disagree with those who link this reference to political alliances being formed in the last days due to the intermarrying of powerful families and kingdoms so the future ten-toe kingdoms can manifest. I do concede a certain amount of intermarrying may occur in preparation for this event, but I think that interpretation misses the clear teaching that others from outside of mankind are also involved in this effort. Humans intermarrying to build earthly kingdoms misses the point altogether! Humans are humans and by definition their offspring will always be humans---the seed of men.

One final thought on Daniel 2. Notice Nebuchadnezzar’s dream is about the kingdoms of this world in all of their splendor and glory, as observed by a man. However, in Daniel 7, God gives us His perspective of these same kingdoms, and He describes them as horrible beasts---the imagery is repulsive and frightening. What does God call the Antichrist in Revelation 13? The Beast. The false prophet is also portrayed as a beast. Moreover, I believe the Bible proclaims the beings described in Revelation 9: 7-11, 16-19, to be supernatural creatures---beasts if you will---from God’s perspective.

That said who are the they of Daniel 2:43? I believe the they represents a literal and, most likely, a physical manifestation of a satanic attack upon the earth before Jesus comes back for His Church. Demonic activity has been with us for some time now as evidenced by the Scriptures, as well as, documented accounts of spiritual warfare observed by the Church today. Therefore, I believe the fallen angels perhaps are the they who physically manifest themselves to an unsuspecting and gullible world before Jesus physically returns to earth.

We know this is the time of the end discussed in the Olivet Discourse by Jesus. The stone cut out without hands represents Jesus’ earthly kingdom, coming to earth, crushing the kingdoms of this world. Here again, the ten toes of iron and clay are the ‘last’ kingdom before the stone crushes the toes, and ultimately the world system. Therefore, this is carefully placed at the time when Jesus returns!

Daniel 11:38-39

But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance primary definition for strange: foreign, “alien”, foreignness, that which is foreign) god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.

Theme expansion:

Notice the Beast, also known as the Antichrist, is worshiping a strange or ‘alien’ god. I wonder: is this them possibly the same as the them in Daniel 2:43? It’s more than bizarre to switch strange god with alien god---it brings this down to where we live today---a fascination with extraterrestrial life, commonly called aliens.

To me, the implications of extraterrestrial life portrayed through Hollywood’s cameras will wreak havoc among a large number of those who profess a faith in God when these future things occur. I hope those who study this see this issue for what it is, a strong delusion, a battle for man’s mind and soul. Many will experience the destruction of their faith over these future visitations from space. However, I also believe a future alien disclosure will most likely topple the world’s religions, forcing a realignment of Godless beliefs, perhaps joining the Antichrist in worshipping the god of forces---the strange god which will ultimately lead to worshipping the Antichrist.

Joel 2:1-11

Joe 2:1-11 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

Theme expansion:

Could this be the same group as the Isaiah 13 passage---‘my mighty ones’? The world appears to be in tact before them---it’s even compared to the garden of Eden, and yet upon this army’s passing the earth is left desolate and destroyed as by fire. Similar verses can be found in Revelation 9, armies with fire and supernatural characteristics.

Matthew 24:15-21

Mat 24:15-21 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Matthew 24:37

But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Theme expansion:

My point is the flood of Noah’s day was a severe judgment. Here, Jesus warns that the world has not experienced tribulation like what’s coming in the future---even greater than the flood! Remember, only eight people survived the flood. Also, the giants in Genesis 6---they were on the earth when the flood came---and also after that, the Scriptures teach. Moreover, Jesus says the earth will be in a similar state when He comes back: like in the days of Noah. No, the world isn’t getting better---things are getting worse. Could the reference by Jesus to Noah also imply giants? I wonder….

Luke 21:21-27

Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. 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. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

Theme expansion:

What things are coming on the earth? Clearly, things are coming from out there in space to the earth. Could it be so-called UFO’s with fallen angels inside disguised as aliens? See Revelation 12. The Scripture also teaches us that astronomical disturbances will take place in the future; asteroids and meteors, the sun will flare and then lose its brightness, and the stars will fall from the heavens. Some speculate these signs point to a coming magnetic pole shift, which could explain how these events would appear to those on earth observing it.

Ephesians 6:10-13

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Theme expansion:

Notice a direct reference to high places. Strong’s definition of high places: 1) existing in heaven 1a) things that take place in heaven 1b) the heavenly regions 1b) heaven itself, the abode of God and angels 1b2) the lower heavens, of the stars 1b3) the heavens, of the clouds 1c) the heavenly temple or sanctuary 2) of heavenly origin or nature)---like space---where Satan and the fallen angels will ultimately be expelled from in the future. One of Satan’s many titles is the prince of the power of the air!

Revelation 12:6-12

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. And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 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. 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. 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. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Theme expansion:

I find this passage in Revelation 12 intriguing. Note the text clearly defines Satan’s army as angels (not demons or evil spirits, although we understand from Scripture they are clearly part of the enemies’ army). The Greek word, anglos is different from daimonions (plural for devils/demons). Why does the text not say that Satan and his fallen angels and his demons are all cast down to the earth? Also, let’s not forget Jude 6-7 and 2nd Peter 2:4 refer to angels who left their first estate and are reserved in chains of darkness, awaiting judgment. Who are these angels and what did they do to take them out of the game, so to speak? That’s perhaps another topic and another study.

“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” Jude 1:6-7

There are two instances of the Greek word OIKETERION (house or habitation) in the New Testament: Jude 1:6 and 2 Corinthians 5:2. This word is used to describe the angels found in Jude 1:6 who leave their first estate, their original habitation---heaven. Others argue these angels perhaps transformed themselves into permanent fleshly bodies, eternally forsaking their supernatural bodies, taking on fleshly bodies so they could pursue ‘strange flesh’. Contrast that with 2 Corinthians 5:2 which states, “For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:” This verse speaks of the flesh-robed Christian longing for the day when he is clothed with a heavenly body, a supernatural resurrection body necessary for heaven. Perhaps this is subtle at best, but it appears to me that two extremes are contrasted in the context of OIKETERION’s usage in these two passages.

Bottom line, Satan and the fallen angels will be cast down to earth (future tense) expelled forever from heaven (See Revelation 12)! At that future time, fallen angels and demonic activity will work together in an intensified show of force under Satan’s direction prior to Jesus returning to earth. Our understanding of demonic activity is it occurred prior to Calvary, and it continues today. Typically invisible and manifested through humans who become ‘possessed’ by demons, as observed in the Gospel accounts, this satanic method provides a direct and invisible mechanism for attack against mankind and more importantly, mankind’s mind and soul. Evil hierarchies exist as outlined in Ephesians 6:12 that provide organization and direction to this assault.

There’s no doubt that demonic activity is operational on earth today. According to the Gospels, it was rampant at the time of Jesus first coming, and we by faith understand it will be elevated prior to His Second Coming as portrayed in Revelation. The Scriptures also point to ‘others’ who will join the battle, in addition to the demons currently fighting in the invisible trenches. These beings will ultimately lose their ability to frequent the heavens and will be banished to planet earth. The Bible teaches that Satan and the fallen angels lose this future battle fighting against Michael and the holy angels and perhaps the fallen angels “coming down to you” will be visible with a physical eye, unlike the invisible demonic activity.

“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:”

Second Thessalonians 2:11

As you can see, these verses do fit within a framework of something or someone coming to earth near the time of Jesus literal and physical return. Lots of questions -- many thoughts. Unfortunately, this message is seldom proclaimed. As time continues, the paranormal will increase, resulting in more UFO sightings, alien abductions, biological experimentation commonly called ‘stem cell’ research and cloning, sophisticated weaponry, along with other questionable practices that appear in today’s headlines with frequent regularity. God’s Word is clear, may we all have grace to believe what it says. I’ve attempted to highlight key passages---admittedly more than a meager few that point to a Biblical understanding that they are also coming!

In Him,


Monday, August 28, 2006

Blaspheming the Holy Ghost!

Mar 3:28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: Mar 3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:

Many refer to this passage as the unpardonable sin text due to Jesus’ statement that he that blasphemes against the Holy Ghost has no forgiveness and is in danger of eternal damnation. The wording seems clear and the implication is chilling. However, Jesus did promise us that He would send the Comforter after His resurrection. As promised, the Holy Ghost came into the world and the following verses tell us of His ministry:

Jhn 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Jhn 16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; Jhn 16:10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Jhn 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

So we see the Holy Spirit reproving, convicting or convincing the world of sin…

Convicting or convincing the world of righteousness…

Convicting or convincing the world of judgment…

And, all of these things did happen just as Jesus said they would.

Notice the object of the Holy Spirit’s ministry is the world -- not just the elect in the world, or did I miss that somewhere? So if the Holy Spirit is convicting the world of sin and convincing the world of judgment and righteousness, then those in the world will be held accountable for their understanding of these things. As my pastor correctly stated recently in a sermon on Acts 17, ‘If God commandeth all men every where to repent: because he hath appointed a day, in which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto ALL men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead...’ then I have to believe if He commands men to repent, then they have the capacity to do so!

Amen and Amen to my pastor’s exegesis on this text! I might also add that in verses 26 and 27 of this chapter, Paul clearly states that all men have the ability to seek the Lord! And I thought only the elect could do that…

With regard to the unpardonable sin, if one thinks a bit about this they discover that blaspheming God’s work of revealing more convincing light to the individual results in one's blaspheming God’s plan and work through His son Jesus at Calvary. We know those who don’t blaspheme the Spirit and do seek God and repent and believe the gospel become the Elect; so I guess we must deal with the non-Elect. These verses teach us that people do willfully reject and blaspheme the convincing work of the Spirit. Therefore, man must truly have a choice in this issue of repentance and faith in God.


Because, if God has chosen some to eternal damnation as the Extreme or Hyper Calvinist teaches, then this doctrine would be irrelevant – because under the fatalist teaching of Extreme Calvinism, those chosen for Hell are predestined to go there no matter what they do. On the other hand, a man that seeks God, yeah feels after Him, and finds Him, though He (God) be not far from every one of us according to the Scripture; then the man who repents and believes the gospel will be saved.

If man has the capacity or ability to repent as commanded by God, and I believe he does; then man has the ability to blaspheme the Holy Spirit as well when he rejects the gospel!

Truly, man is responsible and Jesus tells us:

repent ye, and believe the gospel!

In Him,


Friday, August 25, 2006

Them that Believe!

Jesus said in Mark 1:15, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.'

1Cr 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

1Ti 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

These verses instruct us that man must believe the gospel before he can be saved. Truly, without faith it is impossible to please Him!

Belief is man's responsibility. The result of man's belief in the gospel when he repents and seeks God like the jailer in Acts 16:30 is salvation, which is every bit God's work of grace, the blessed result of eternal salvation for those who do repent and believe the gospel...

The jailer asked what he must do to be saved and the apostle's response was believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Friends, nothing has changed!

In Him,