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Thursday, April 4 2013
The Temple In The New Jerusalem
"I saw no Temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the Temple of it"
The Day of the Messiah's return will begin with the defeat of "the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army" (see What And Where Is Babylon Today? and What Happens After The Messiah Returns?).
"19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war [see The Seals Of Prophecy]. 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God [see What Does Word of God Mean To You? and The Kingdom Of The LORD God]. 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean [see Linen In History And Prophecy]. 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
In fulfillment of the putting away of Satan prophecy (see Sending Away The Escapades Goat), Satan will be locked away for 1,000 years from the day of the Messiah's return. He will be released briefly after that time, as a final test of humanity, after which he will be confined forever. The first resurrection will occur on the day of Christ's return (see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin and The Harvest Prophecies). The second resurrection will occur at the end of the 1,000 years (see The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries).
"20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon [see The Dragons Of The Bible], that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
At the end of the 1,000 years, Satan will be released as a final test for humanity (and perhaps even a final opportunity for Satan to repent - before he became an evil loser, he was an obedient and righteous angel named Lucifer; see Why Does Satan Hate Humility?). Satan will then be imprisoned forever.
"20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog [see Gog and Magog], to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 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. 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone [see The Lake Of Fire Into An Ocean Of Fire - When?], where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever." (Revelation 20:7-10 KJV)
The final Judgment will then be completed (see The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries).
"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. 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 [see Works Means Obedience and Christ Died For Repentant Sinners). 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. 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire [see 2 Thessalonians: The Falling Away Of The Son Of Perdition]." (Revelation 20:11-15 KJV)
"I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea"
After the purification of the entire Earth by fire in which all unrepentant people will be obliterated, "the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea." Some interpret this to mean that the world will have no oceans, but that is geologically impossible - the Bible is about reality. Throughout the Scriptures, "the sea" most often referred to the Mediterranean Sea (e.g. see From What Sea Has The Beast Risen?), which has already dried up in the past a number of times simply by the closing of the Strait of Gibraltar (An excerpt from the article "Mediterranean Sea Dried Up Five Million Years Ago" by Science Daily: "Much like a mattress springs back into shape after you get off it, the Earth's crust moves upwards when sea levels fall. Known as isostasy, this phenomenon explains how the Mediterranean Sea was sealed off from the Atlantic Ocean five million years ago. This 'dam' would remain in place for 170,000 years. Much like today, the rate of evaporation in the Mediterranean Sea five million years ago greatly exceeded the incoming flow of water. As no more water was introduced via the Straits of Gibraltar, the water evaporated and the Mediterranean Sea dried up completely").
"21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
The famous "pearly gates" are actually only mentioned once in the Holy Scriptures - on Earth, after the Messiah's return, when He has completed the work that The Father sent Him to so (see The Church: Mission Accomplished).
"21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 21:11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; 21:12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 21:13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. 21:14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
At the completion of all things, "I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it."
"21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 21:24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 21:25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 21:26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." (Revelation 21:22-27 KJV)
Fact Finder: What did the Messiah say about the "gates" of salvation?
This Day In History, April 4
527: In Constantinople, a gravely ill Justin crowned his nephew Justinian as co-emperor.
1147: The first historical record of Moscow.
1284: Alfonso X, king of Castile and Leon, died at age 63. His reign was dominated by a costly and unpopular attempt to become German king, and thereby the Holy Roman emperor (the official title of which was "the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation"; see The Holy Roman Empire). Although he was actually elected German king in 1257, the Pope refused to accept the election, and Alfonso spent years fruitlessly pursuing the matter (see Emperors and Popes).
1460: The University of Basle in Switzerland was established.
1507: Future Protestant reformer Martin Luther, age 21, was ordained a priest in the Roman Catholic Church. Although Luther later rejected the leadership of the Papacy (because of the immoral behavior of the pope at the time), he nevertheless kept practically all of the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines, as do most of the "Protestant" churches to this day (e.g. see Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
1541: Ignatius of Loyola became the first superior-general of the Jesuits.
1581: English explorer and naval commander Frances Drake and his crew completed their circumnavigation of the world.
1687: James II ordered his Declaration of Indulgence read in church, allowing for full liberty of worship in England. It allowed peaceable meetings of nonconformists and forgave all penalties for ecclesiastical offenses.
1721: Sir Robert Walpole became the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, under King George I.
1812: In his belligerent provocations that led to his declaring the start of the War of 1812-1814 (in which his publicly-stated goal was to obliterate Canada as a nation and annex the Canadian people and territory into the U.S. by conquest), U.S. President James Madison enacted a ninety-day embargo on trade with Britain.
1905: An earthquake in Kangra India, killed 375,000 people.
1918: During the First World War, the Battle of The Somme ended (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1939: Faisal II becomes King of Iraq.
1944: During the Second World War, British troops captured Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
1949: 12 nations - the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Portugal - founded the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). West Germany, Greece, Turkey and Spain joined later.
1968: Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 39.
1975: Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
1973: The World Trade Center in New York was officially dedicated.
1975: A U.S. Air Force C-5A Galaxy, transporting orphans out of the war zone that the U.S. created, crashed near Saigon, South Vietnam shortly after takeoff; 172 of the children died.
1983 The first launch of the space shuttle Challenger. It was in service for less than 3 years before exploding on January 28 1986 while attempting its tenth launch.
1984: President Ronald Reagan called for an international ban on chemical weapons (while declaring the U.S. exempt of any ban for reasons of "national security").
2002: The government of Angola signed an agreement with rebels to end the Angolan Civil War.