The Only Son of God, whom we know as Jesus Christ, is eternally co-existent with the Father and co-Creator of the universe. Conceived by the Holy Spirit, he was born of a virgin. With regard to sin, he was perfect or without sin.
Christ offered his life as an atoning sacrifice. Through his death on the cross, Jesus paid the full penalty for the sin of the whole world. He demonstrated power over death by physically being raised from the grave. Before he ascended to be seated at the Father’s right hand, he appeared to his disciples granting them authority to go throughout the earth preaching the gospel and making disciples.
As promised, Jesus will return in the clouds of glory. At his coming, he will deliver his saints from great distress and enact vengeance on the wicked. Then his kingship, as heir to David’s throne, will be established forever over all nations. His enemies a footstool for his feet.
For a thousand years, Christ will reign over a physical kingdom composed of all nations. At the end of the Millennium, the Son hands his kingdom to the Father. His mission on earth will be complete then God’s throne in heaven will be among men. All prophecy about Christ will be fulfilled and all will be consumed in God.
About The Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity (3 persons in one God). He was with the Father and the Son before creation and will be there at the consummation of all things. Jesus described Him as “streams of living water”. The Holy Spirit brought life into the womb of a virgin (Mary) and the Word became flesh. The Holy Spirit has a number of roles: messenger, comforter, teacher, guide and bearer of the truth to name a few.
The power of the Holy Spirit filled prophets like Elijah and Elisha, John the Baptist, as well as Jesus’ disciples. He will speak through the saints at the end of this age. Just as the Spirit spoke through the words of the prophet Joel at the feast of Pentecost (cf. Acts 2), He will do so again in the last days, completing the Near-Far Prophecy of Joel 2:28-32.
About The Church:
The Church is not a building made of stone, but a living body made up of people. It is the invisible saints who have gained their reward and the visible representation of saints on earth who carry out the Lord’s instructions. Principle among our Lord’s commands is to “Go into all the world …” (Matthew 28:18-20).
The Church gathers for worship and instruction, but it focuses on completing the mission of overcomers who take Christ to the far corners of the world. Historically, the Church has always endured persecution and tribulation as it engages God’s enemy, Satan. It will be even more so at the end of this age when the church’s mission is completed. Then all nations will hear the testimony of salvation in Christ (Matthew 24:14).
The Church militant will be selectively represented by 144,000 fighting saints from twelve tribes of Israel. The elect will be protected by the mark of God. Shielded from the plagues and torments that befall the wicked, the overcoming Church will follow their Commander, “the Word of God”. There, at Armageddon, at the very end of this age, this elite group of warriors will be without sword or spear or armor. They will only observe with their eyes the destruction of the wicked. With all enemies under their feet, the Church’s deeds will follow them into the next age. Victory will be won.
About The Scriptures:
The Scriptures are the final, complete and perfect word from God. Using human instruments the Bible was written over a span of more than 1500 years. Each one wrote as he was carried along by the Holy Spirit.
In the Scriptures, the Lord reveals himself as Sovereign Ruler, Creator, Truth and much more. The Scriptures contain God’s laws and commandments and they are not burdensome.
Unique among the so-called holy books of the world, Scripture alone makes us wise unto salvation. All prophetic truth, though sometimes hidden or wrapped in mystery, is contained in Scripture. The Lord manifests his absolute sovereignty over the affairs of men by revealing (announcing through his prophets) everything he will do before it springs into being (Isaiah 42:9, Amos 3:7). Unexplored treasure abounds when the Bible is studied using the rule of interpretation: Look for near/far prophetic applications in Scripture.
Salvation is God’s gift of eternal life to sinners as an act of grace and mercy. The Lord delights in salvation. It is God’s will that all men everywhere are saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. The Lord does not delight in the death of the wicked, but precious to him are the death of his saints.
Salvation is what the Savior carries out by his might and strong right hand. The wicked who reject God’s salvation and turn to other gods will perish. The plan of salvation was first revealed to Adam and Eve after The Fall in the garden. From Genesis to Revelation the glories of this salvation were revealed making the Bible student wise.
The work of salvation centers on Jesus’ death on the cross. For all who believe, God’s salvation will be made manifest at the coming of our Lord when saints are snatched up to meet their Savior in the air. Salvation will be complete when those whose names are found in The Book of Life see with their eyes the New Jerusalem descending as a bride. Then the dwelling of God will be with men, heaven will be on earth.
About The Rapture:
The rapture, or the sudden gathering up of the saints to meet the Lord in the air, is a guaranteed future event (Matthew 24:30-31, 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18). The Pre-Wrath Rapture view emerges upon close examination of Scripture that clearly shows the rapture follows a period of global unparalleled distress for God’s people. This unequaled distress will be initiated at the mid-point of the 70thweek of Daniel and be cut off prior to the completion of the 42 months remaining for the sake of the elect (Matthew 24:22). Before the elect are overtaken, Christ will come to the rescue. The redeemed will meet the Lord in the air; then return with Christ to serve as a kingdom of priests. The year of vengeance or year of God’s wrath completes this present age while the sheep of the Lord’s flock are safely in the fold.
The rapture is distinguished from the resurrection of the righteous in that the rapture is a rescue or deliverance while the resurrection is a complete transformation (Matthew 24:29-30, Revelation 7:14). The rapture comes near the end of this age, and the first resurrection of the first age’s martyrs occurs at the beginning of the Millennium (Revelation 20:4-5), but the general resurrection of the righteous happens at the end of the Millennium. Contrary to the teaching of many Christians, the general resurrection does not take place until the end of the 1000-year reign of Christ, or following the last trumpet of God and the last day (John 6:39, 40, 44, 54).
About The Saints:
The saints are those who make up God’s people. Saints are either past or present with respect to their physical state. Present saints are alive and living on the earth. Past saints are alive but have earned their rest in a dimension known as paradise. The saints (past) make up a great cloud of witnesses who testify to saints (present) on matters related to spiritual maturity, faith’s struggles and faith’s rewards. Saints, also referred to as the elect (present) or Israel, will meet Jesus at His Coming. They will join the saints (past) in the clouds; then descend with Christ. They will gather as an innumerable host dressed in clean white linen and surround the Lamb’s throne. Saints will come from every nation, tribe, people and language (Revelation 7:9).
Saints have one thing in common: They believed God and it was credited to them as righteousness. Their righteousness is by faith, from first to last. When they see Jesus, faith will be sight. The saints will pass from death to life, from mortal to immortal, from perishable to imperishable.
About The Age to Come:
The age following the present age is known as the Millennium (i.e. the 1000-year reign of Christ). As was the Promised Land for the Israelites leaving Egypt, the age to come is a promised reward of peace and land for those who demonstrate belief and faithfulness, love and loyalty, to God during severe testing. The wicked will be destroyed and their memory erased but lands and nations will be preserved. Those who continue to serve Christ in the coming days will be given rule and authority in the next age. There will be no more devil or demons; no more wars or sickness or violence; no more dangerous beasts or pre-mature death. King Jesus will have the government on his shoulders. His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, the Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace. Life spans will resemble those of the first age. The lion will lie down with the lamb. Worship will be perfected. God’s promise to Abraham of as many descendants as the stars in the sky will be fulfilled; his offspring will number like the sands of the seashore.
The age to come will not be heaven but far more like it than life in this present age. At the end of the age to come, carnal men will rebel against the Holy One. At Satan’s release, after being bound a thousand years, the nations will rage against God and against his anointed one.
Allegiance to King Jesus and love must be tested, this includes those born during the age to come, the thousand years of peace. Each saint must demonstrate their faith is in God alone. Without holiness, no one will see God.
About What Lies Beyond the End:
When The Book is opened at the Judgment, the righteous of all the ages will find their names written. Regarding the saints, passing through Judgment precludes a restored Eden, the foretold “consummation of all things.” God’s chosen will have intimate fellowship with Him, as once did the innocent Adam. Saints will drink freely from the Water of Life. They will eat of the fruit of the Tree of Life whose leaves will be for the healing of the nations. Their destiny in Christ will be endless joy. jf