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Sunday, January 8 2017
A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The Kingdom Of God
"The Holy City, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 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"
There are two resurrections to salvation coming. The first resurrection / change if alive that day will happen on the day of the Messiah's return (see The Feast Of Trumpets: The Return Of The Messiah and The Seals, Trumpets And Vials Of The Messiah's Return).
"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.
The second resurrection, of all of humanity that were not in the first resurrection (see The Eighth Day: The Second Resurrection Prophecy and The Harvest Prophecies) will happen at the end of the 1,000 years ("But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished" verse 5, above). At that time also will be the final Judgment.
"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. 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." (Revelation 20:11-15 KJV)
When all has been done, God the Father is coming to Earth. "Heaven" will be here (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?).
"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." (Revelation 21:1-4 KJV)
Notice carefully that salvation is for the repentant (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners), not for those who merely do whatever they please in Christ's Name (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
"21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Notice that the only actual Biblical reference to the famous "pearly gates" is when they are on Earth at that future time.
"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." (Revelation 21:10-14 KJV)
And so Paradise shall be forever without end.
"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. 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. 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: 22:4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. 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." (Revelation 22:1-5 KJV)
Fact Finder: What does the true meaning of "patriotism" have to do with the coming Kingdom of God?
This Day In History, January 8
307: Jin Huidi, Emperor of China's Jin Dynasty, was assassinated by poisoning. He was succeeded by his son Jin Huaidi (see also The Origin Of Gog And Magog and End-Time Gog And Magog; also The First Chinese American War).
871: Alfred the Great led a West Saxon army against an invasion of Danelaw Vikings.
1297: In Monaco, Franceschino Grimaldi, disguised as a monk, sneaked into the Genoese-controlled fortress, let in his own soldiers, and established the Grimaldi dynasty.
1499: Louis XII of France, after a papal divorce, married Anne, Duchess of Brittany, to keep the duchy for the crown.
1598: Jews were expelled from Genoa, Italy (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).
1656: The oldest surviving commercial newspaper began, in Haarlem, Netherlands.
1681: The treaty of Radzin ended 5 years of war between the Turks (i.e. the Ottoman Empire; listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) against Russia and Poland.
1745: England, Austria, Saxony and the Netherlands formed an alliance against Russia.
1746: During the Second Jacobite Rising, Charles Edward Stuart (known as "Bonnie Prince Charlie" or "The Young Pretender") occupied Stirling.
1780: A magnitude 7.7 earthquake killed 80,000 people and caused major damage to the city of Tabriz, Iran.
1806: Cape Colony, South Africa became a British colony.
1815: The battle of New Orleans between U.S. and British forces. It was the last battle of the War of 1812 (1812-1814), although the war was officially over when the battle was fought - a peace treaty had actually been signed in Europe 2 weeks earlier, but the news had not reached the armies of either side until up to a month later in some more remote areas.
1877: Crazy Horse led Sioux warriors in their last battle against the U.S. Cavalry, at Wolf Mountain, Montana Territory. Although Sitting Bull is popularly regarded as the native leader at "Custer's Last Stand," Sitting Bull was not present at the battle, which was led by Crazy Horse who proved himself a superior battle commander than the flamboyant George Custer (see The First Chinese American War).
1926: Abdul Aziz ibn Saud became the King of the Hejaz, which he announced would from then on be called Saudi Arabia (see Paul's Geography Lesson).
1941: Robert Baden-Powell died at age 84. The British army officer, hero of the South African (Boer) War of 1899-1902, was founder of the "Boy Scouts" - a movement that spread from its origin in Britain to countries all around the world.
1959: Charles de Gaulle became the first president of France's Fifth Republic. He took office for a second term on this day in 1966.
1964: President Lyndon Johnson declared a "War on Poverty" in the U.S.
1973: The Soviet Luna 21 was launched. The spacecraft landed on the Moon where it deployed the second Soviet lunar rover.
1973: The trial of seven men accused of illegal entry into Democratic Party headquarters at Watergate began. The Watergate burglary eventually caused the resignation of Richard Nixon.
1998: A quote from a pro-cloning scientist: "You can't stop science. God made man in His own image. God intended for man to become one with God. ... Cloning and the reprogramming of DNA is the first serious step in becoming one with God."
2004: The RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger ship ever built, was christened by her namesake's granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.