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EXTANT DOCUMENT. OF FULFILLED PROPHECY

REITERATING OF PROPHECY BY
PETER, JAMES, AND JOHN.                                   

 2 Peter 3:10-12.

 

INTRODUCTION AND REQUEST.

Purpose for a second look at 2 Peter 3:10-12,  2 Peter 3:10-12 is the one Bible Scripture most used by Humanist and Premillennial associations to discuss the end of time. While it is used by religious associations does not necessarily mean that it is properly and Scripturally applied. The purpose of a second look at 2 Peter 3:10 is to direct our minds and study to a more direct exposition and discussion of this most used Scripture, and to direct a closer and more sincere look at, 2 Timothy 2:15, and, 2 Timothy 3:16-17. And Romans 12:2. An honest and sincere study of these three Scriptures will prepare the Soul and mind for a better understanding that God Inspired each Scripture, and God will not, and man cannot, change any written Word unto man’s understanding. When we have understood, 2 Tim. 2:15, and 2 Tim. 3:16, and meditate upon the message of, Rom. 12:2, PROVE and apply that message to our Person, if done Spiritually we cannot but prove that all prophecy was fulfilled in the first century. If the New Covenant was not manifested and fulfilled in the first century, I then, suggest that Paul did not receive utterances from the Holy Spirit as he declared in Eph. 1:9. Eph. 3:3-6; Eph  3:9-11; Eph. 5:32; Eph. 6:19. What effect does the fulfilled mysteries-(prophecy) have to do with 2 Pet. 3:10-12? 

Paul made known to us the MYSTERY of His Will. The Mystery was the prophecy of the Old Testament revealed. Look at the benefits of the manifested Mystery from Eph. 1:1-10. Under the old covenant we did not have the benefit of adoption as sons of Rom. 8:14-17. We did not have the benefit of Gods Grace under the law. We did not have redemption under the law, it was in the first century that we had redemption Eph. 1:7. We did not have forgiveness of sins under the law, we now have forgiveness, Eph. 1:7. The prophecy of the old testament was a secret until it was revealed. In the new testament it is the mystery that was fulfilled, 70 A. D, 1 Cor. 2:6-8. Notice Col. 1:12-26, the mystery of the Kingdom, redemption, and the forgiveness of sins. Did you have these benefits under the law? Verse 18, Did you have the Lord’s Church under the law?  verse 26, “ that is the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations; but has NOW BEEN MANIFESTED TO HIS SAINTS” “MANIFESTED” Fulfilled. See also Romans 16:25-27, the fulfillment announcement to all nations that Prophecy (Mystery) had been fulfilled, people of the world was enjoying the benefits of fulfilled prophecy. Fulfillment was no longer a mystery. Those who obeyed were Chartered members of Christ’s Kingdom. Now it seems that only the fulfillment of the destruction of Israel, and the New Covenant remained in 64 A. D. as unfulfilled. But along with this remarkable revelation, Paul makes it known that some men will not accept the things of the Spirit, and then explains why, 1 Cor. 3:12-16.  Now I request we study the following. Which will lead us to the fulfillment of 2 Pet. 3:10-12; but only after the death of Peter and Paul in 64 A. D. By Nero of Rome.

As I research, I find that Jesus gave the twelve AUTHORITY over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Matt.10:1, Matt. 10:6-7, “Rather go to the lost sheep of the house of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, The Kingdom of heaven is at hand”. “ At hand”. “ At were, already, things imminent and soon to come to pass”. Thayer Greek Lexicon, P 164. Giving authority to the twelve to cast out demons, heal the sick, shows that their authority were limited, they were to preach. Preach what? That the kingdom of heaven were at hand. The kingdom was the Gospel, the Gospel was the benefits of the Kingdom, the Kingdom was Old testament prophecy. What they preached was Reiterating, Old Testament prophecy. I find no authority where God, or Christ gave the Apostles any authority to preach, or teach Eschatology under the New Covenant age.

NOTICE. The above Three paragraphs are set forth for debate in the following pages.

I have not come to you my readers with superiority of speech, or of great wisdom; but simply proclaiming to you the testimony of God.

(1). 2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to show thyself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the Word of truth”.

(2). 2 Tim. 3:16-17,  “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work”.                                 

(3). “ Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may PROVE what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect”.  

TO ACCOMPLISH THIS I SUGGEST FOLLOWING THE OUTLINE OF STUDY.

(1) The two Epistles that Peter wrote, were they universal Epistles, or were they reiterating Old Testament prophecy?

(2) Did Peter indicate life after the burning of heaven and earth in 2 Pet. 3:10-12?

(1. A) Under number 1, The two Epistles that Peter wrote, were they universal Epistles?, or were they reiterating Old Testament prophecy?

First Peter 1:1, “ Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, TO THOSE, who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen”. This was the Jewish Christians who were dispersed from Jerusalem in 50 A. D. Because they had accepted Christ. History relates that some 50,000 were dispersed from Jerusalem. These escaped from Jerusalem going into gentile and Pagan nations. As Christians they taught the Word as they traveled, Acts 8:4. And converted people of the Pagan world, thus establishing the seven Churches of Asia, Rev. 1:11. We would ask why would the Jew teach and convert the gentile pagans? God answers this question in Isaiah 65:1-7. Romans Ch, 11, Eph. 2:8-22.  Comfort can also be found in 1 Pet. 4:3-4, Peter addresses the Jews; but also speaks of the gentiles. Again this was the dispersed Jews. Notice how Peter addresses his second Epistle, 2 Pet. 1:10, “Therefore, Brethren”. Keeping in mind that the Jews who remained in Jerusalem was not their Brethren. They were enemies of Christ. So, the only logical conclusion to be reached is, that he wrote to Jewish Christians who settled in Asia, the Asian people were traders with Israel and Judah for hundreds of years, therefore, they were more receptive to the Jews, more so than other countries. The ten northern tribes had gone into Syria in 721 B.C. In addition to this there remained a long established trade route from Jerusalem through the sea port at Tyre to the sea port at Ephesus in Asia, communications to the seven Churches in Asia from Peter in Judah were open. Matt. 10:5-23, Peter and the other eleven were not to go outside of Israel to teach, based upon the inspired Scripture here given.  Again notice 2 Pet. 3:1-2, “This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of a reminder that you should remember the words spoken before hand by the holy prophets”.

Well lets ask the question remembering that the prophets spoke ONLY to Israel and Judah, so then, their message would have been to the Jews. I request that we notice some of what Peter was reminding the Jews of which they had been reminded of  for generations past and did not understand  (1) Genesis 49:8-10, Shiloh (the Messiah) would come to Judah at God’s appointed time and remove the Scepter, and rulers staff from Judah, which Jesus Christ would come at this appointed time and remove the Covenant from Judah which allowed them to exist as a nation, this was accomplished in Hebrews 8:1-13, this was devastating news had they understood. (2) Deut. 28: 1-14; Deut. 28:15-47; Deut. 28:48-66. Verses 48-66 refers to the time period of Peter. (3)  Isaiah 52:11-15, reference to the period of destruction of 70 A. D. By Rome. See also Micah 2:12-13. (4) Isaiah 55:1-7, these are the things that Peter is reminding the Jews of as well as Zephaniah 1:1-18, a complete end, the end that is seen in Zechariah 14:1-9. (5) Matt. 24:1-34. (6) Luke 21: 20-32. (7) Luke 24:44. These are the issues that the Holy Spirit gave Peter utterances to speak to God’s people the Jews exclusively.      

Notice also that Peter did not send his Epistle to a designated Church. Why? Because he followed the instructions of the Holy Spirit who were giving him utterances. It was not meant to be universal. Therefore, Peter wrote to these Brethren which he and the eleven others had taught prior to the dispersion of 50 A. D. They were commanded by their Lord Jesus to remain in Israel and teach until He (Christ came back), Matt. 10:5-23. The dispersed were those which were taught in Israel, who at the time of Peters writing were in gentile nations teaching also, it is not to be claimed that all who were dispersed remained faithful; many also was corrupted by Paganism, as John reveals when he speaks to the seven churches in Asia, Rev. Chapters 2 and 3, and as the same John writes about in his first, second, and third John. Please study the seven Churches of Asia in Rev. Chapters 2, 3. Then study Rev. 1:1-3.

Now we are reminded that James wrote to these same people. James 1:1-2, “James, a bond servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, TO the twelve tribes who are DISPERSED abroad, greetings”. “Consider it all my joy, my Brethren, 1: 2,  V-9, “Brother,” V- 16, “do not be deceived,  “My beloved Brethren“. Chapter 2:1, “My Brethren” 2:5,”my beloved Brethren”. 2:14, “my Brethren”.  3:1, “my Brethren”. 3:12, “my Brethren”. 4:11, “do not speak against one another Brethren”. 5:7, “be patient Brethren”. 5:12, “my Brethren”.  5:19, “ my Brethren”. We cannot forget the three letters of John. After John left the Island of Patmos, what Churches was he associated with? The seven Churches of Asia. History reveals that he died at Ephesus and was buried there. So then, who did he write his letters of instructions TO? Notice carefully the problems which exist at John’s first writing which he exposes. Then notice the problems which existed in the seven Churches of Asia. Do they correspond?

I have noticed a closer relationship, a kindred type relationship between members of the dispersion and these writers. Perhaps kindred. Or close friendship. Because of this I detect a special effort being made to preserve those of the dispersion. Perhaps such considerations produced in truth will, without doubt clearly show that Peter, James and John did not write universal letters. Their letters contained an  Agenda, that was doom for the Jewish world at the second coming of Christ and salvation for the obedient. This Agenda was fulfilled in 70 A. D.

There can be no doubt that Peter, James, and John wrote to people of the local Churches established by the dispersed population of Jews, namely the seven Churches of Asia. Keeping in mind that in these seven Churches there were Gentile converts, however, the Holy Spirit used wisdom, He knew that the Gentiles knew nothing of the catastrophic events of the Jews, therefore, it would have caused a perfidious out break within the Churches.  Peter, James, and the other Apostles were still within the land of Israel where Jesus sent them before His death. They did not write directly to the Gentile Churches. God chose Paul to take that work, Gal. 1:13-18.

FOLLOWING THE OUTLINE UNDER (1 A) “OR WERE THEY REITERATING OLD TESTAMRENT PROPHECY”?

Here to some degree I will be redundant, because some of the Scripture used to complete answers properly to the first question above in the first four pages will also be used to answer question number 2 beginning on page 5. It will not confuse you, but will give you additional information. (Here I speak unequivocally in my Sixty Two years of Biblical research I have never found Scripture which would lead me to believe that Peter James and John did not write their doom’s day message to the Jewish population; but giving credit to Scripture Peter James, and John uses Scripture that is of the New Testament Gospel).  What Peter spoke of in first and second Peter were simply reiterating Old Testament Prophecy.   Both catastrophic prophecy directed to Judah, and parts of the Gospel message directed to those who were causing problems in the Churches.  At the beginning of the twelve tribes of Israel God laid out for this His chosen people a long list of blessings which He would bless them with, provided they diligently obeyed the Lord God, being careful to do all His commandments. Deut. 28:1-14. Then in verse 15, God warns them of impending curses, if they do not obey and do all His commandments. Verses 15-48 informs them of problems and curses which were brought upon them during the period when God allowed King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to come against this people and carry them away into captivity for seventy years in Babylon, Jeremiah 25:1-13. This was one destruction and burning, which is covered thoroughly in Jeremiah, and Ezekiel.

But wait, there is another destruction planned by God in the event they fail to obey upon their return to Judah after the seventy years in Babylon. Deut. 28:48-66, Rome is the nation here who swoops down upon them. Consider, Isaiah 1:1-7, God turns away from His people. Isaiah 6:8-13, God again speaks of destruction by fire, speaking of Babylon coming into Judah for destruction. But notice verse 13, “Yet there will be a tenth portion in it. AND IT WILL AGAIN BE SUBJECT TO BURNING. Like a terebinth or an oak whose stump remains when it is felled. The holy seed is its stump. God said there would be a second burning to the holy City, and its temples. We continue to show that Peter was indeed reiterating Old Testament prophecy in second Peter chapter 3. I call your attention to Isaiah 13:1-16, notice the language used here against Babylon, read each verse, then you can see that the destruction of Babylon was a pattern for the destruction of Judah, in words and action in Jerusalem, 70. A. D.

Notice especially Isaiah 13:13, “I will make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be shaken from its place at the fury of the Lord in the day of His burning anger”. Can you show verified history of any other nation during the fulfillment of Isaiah 13:13, that suffered damage of life or property. You cannot. Simply put destruction of Babylon was a local, and not a global destruction decreed by God. Could you relate this verse to a New Testament statement by God? Look at Hebrews 12:25-27, “And His voice shook the earth THEN, but now He has promised saying, Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heavens”. Compare the language of Isaiah 13: 1-16, with 2 Peter 3.  Pay close attention to the above word “THEN”. His voice shook the earth “THEN”. Then?  When? In Isaiah 13:13. Problem? Yes, some one will say, O, but Peter did not write Hebrews, Paul did. You have no argument. The Holy Spirit is the author of both Hebrews and of first and second Peter. The Holy Spirit gave utterances to both, Acts 2:4.

So, Paul was reiterating Old Testament prophecy. If Paul did, Peter did. When we look at Isaiah 66:15-18, and consider the language we cannot but see the great judgment against Israel and the Pagan nations. So, what is Peter talking about that Isaiah in chapter 13 did not talk about?  The reiteration of Old Testament prophecy. Give me a little advice. Why does the Greek lexicon give the meaning of  1 Corinthians 3:13, the same as 2 Pet. 3, that is in regards to fire and burning.

I wish to call your attention to Genesis 19:24-29, Lets discuss the destruction of Sodom, Gomorrah, and the Cities where Lot lived. God rained down fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed the cities, and the inhabitants along with everything that grew on the land, buildings and all. Was this not the same destructive fire that God rained down on Israel and Judah, when He sent the King of Babylon down to Judah to burn, to destroy. 601 B. C. Then when Rome entered the war against Judah, A. D. 67. Deut. 28:48-66, Daniel 7:1-27. Jeremiah. 25:1-12. on two occasions God brought destruction upon Israel, and the land of Israel is still intact. The Old Testament is full of patterns and types which God used in the New Testament. Question for thought. When God rained down fire and brimstone from heaven upon Sodom and Gomorrah was the literal earth also burned up?  Was the literal heaven burned up? You can prove that Peter was indeed reiterating  Old Testament prophecy in regards to the burning up of Jerusalem and temple area. But you cannot prove Scripturally that at any time God will destroy the literal heaven and earth, for God said in Genesis 8:20-22, “And the Lord smelled the soothing aroma, and the Lord said to Himself. I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done”. What kind of man are you when you make the statement; but God meant that He would not destroy again with water!  God said what He meant, and He meant just what he said, and you cannot change that; and God will not change it. (see) Eccl. 1:4; Ps. 78:69; Ps. 93:1; Ps. 93:1; Ps. 119:90; Dan. 2: 44-45. For heaven and earth remaining. 

In consideration of the above event, (The Flood) would you consider the Flood as an up heaved act of God? Did He shake the earth? Did He shake the heavens? Was the elements involved in the flood? Did the essential constituent of earth, air, fire,, and water constitute the flood and its damage to the elements? Literal heavens were not destroyed. Literal earth were not destroyed. Elements- that which is grounded to the earth, buildings, towers, cities. Britannica World Language. Now reminding you of Sodom and Gomorrah, their destruction by fire, all the elements attached to ground or earth were destroyed along with the people. We move to Isaiah 13:13, “Therefore I shall make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be shaken from its place at the fury of the Lord of hosts in the day of His burning anger”. Isaiah. 13:7-8, their hearts will melt from heat. Their faces aflame. Isaiah 13:11, “Thus I will punish the world for its evil”. Does verse 11, mean the whole world? Or the world of Babylon? Now when we go to the books of Jeremiah and Ezekiel which gives the history of God’s judgment against Judah by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon it is made clear that the king burned down Jerusalem and the temple, carried away the people as slaves to Babylon for seventy years, Jer. 25:12. Yet we do not find history that informs us that the whole world was under judgment as it was during the flood, Neither do we find the literal heavens demolished, nor the earth!  

We move now to 2 Peter 3:10-12, What do we find? We find similar language for destruction as we have found since the flood. We find that the heavens mentioned is not the literal heavens where God abides. Since God gave the Jews a covenant, and since God established Jerusalem as the place for His Sanctuary to be built Jerusalem and the temple area has been called God’s heaven, the compound area was referred to as the sea. Daniel mentions this as he quotes the vision that God gave to him, Daniel 7:1-8, notice verses 2-3, four great beasts were coming up from the sea, different from one another. Verses 15-16, Daniel was distressed and his visions were alarming him, he approached one of the angels standing by and asked him for an exact meaning of all this. Verse 17, the angel informed him, the great beasts which are four in number are four kings who will arise from the earth. So the Tabernacle which was built for worship included the Holy of Holies His Sanctuary. God moved into His Sanctuary on earth among His people, and did not leave that Sanctuary until King Solomon built the temple, the temple also had His Sanctuary the Holy of Holies, God remained there until He gave orders for Babylon to destroy Jerusalem and the temple. Ezekiel 7:1-12. 

Ezekiel 9:3, is the beginning of the withdrawing of God from His sanctuary in heaven, (Jerusalem) His Sanctuary was in the temple, in the most Holy place in Jerusalem. This was known as heaven, throughout the pagan world. Where ever God is, heaven is there also. Only the high priest could go into the Holy of Holies, and that only once a year to receive instructions from God. Jewish writers referred to this heaven as being the throne of God. sometimes in the Solar system, sometimes on earth. Ps. 19:1; Ps. 103:11;  Mal. 3:10; Matt.3:2;  6:10;  2 Cor. 12:2. Ezek. 43:7, “This is the place of My throne”. The Jewish writer Josephus throughout his book (The works of Josephus) mentions the holy place of God being in the temple, the city was Holy, the land Holy. The Cherub was the seat of God. The throne. Ezek. 10:4, “The glory of the Lord went up from the Cherub”. Ezek. 10:18-19, “Then the glory of the Lord departed from the threshold of the temple and stood over the cherubim”. Ezek. 11:23, “And the glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city, and stood over the mountain which is east of the city”.                  

These were signs of God’s wrath given in advance to a nation overrun with evil, whose destruction was decreed as at hand. Following in Old Testament patterns and types, what is the signs of the destruction by Rome against Israel in 70 A. D?

(1) Deut. 28: 48-66-----(2) Isaiah 25:1-9-----(3) Daniel 7:23-27, the fourth beast Rome.

(4) Daniel 9: 24-27------(5) Daniel 10:14------(6) Daniel 12:5-13------(7) Zephaniah 1:1-18.

(8) Zechariah 14:1-9----(9) Matthew 24:1-34-----(10) Luke 21:20-32-----(11) Matthew 5:17.

(12) Luke 24:44. When? Luke 21:20, 22.

 

(2 A)  DID PETER INDICATE LIFE AFTER THE BURNING OF HEAVEN AND EARTH  2 PET. 3:10-12? 

Perhaps 2 Peter 3:13 has not been fully understood. Lets make it simple, “But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells”. Now we must look for the promise in prophecy.

(1) Isaiah 65:13, will be a choice place to begin to show the spiritual condition of the world just before destroying the old heaven and earth, then God begins to introduce His subject of the New heaven and earth, and the physical and Spiritual blessings in the new heaven and earth, Isaiah 65:17, notice how God deals with the subject. He does not state that I shall create, rather “I create new heavens (plural) and a new earth; and the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind”. Thus indicating an event in progress of being fulfilled. Spiritual Jerusalem is the representation of God’s New heaven and earth; the passing of the physical heaven and earth which did not require the physical  and literal destruction of the universe. The New heavens and earth would be for rejoicing, peace, joy, and gladness, God would be pleased in His people. No one would be rejected, all mankind would have the right to the plan of Salvation through obedience. The old Covenant of God did not offer this.

(2) Isaiah 66:22-23, or just as the New heavens and the new earth which I make will endure before Me, declares the Lord, (so your offspring) and your name will endure.
 
(3) Isaiah 61:8-9,  will make an everlasting Covenant with them? (Then their offspring will be known among the nations), and (their descendants in the midst of the peoples, all who sees them will recognize them) (as Christians)
 
(4) Isaiah 55:3-13, An everlasting Covenant, sounds like eternity. These passages give no hint whatsoever that all life will cease when the old heaven and the old earth is burned up as Peter describes, rather a new life begins.
 
(5) Jeremiah, 31:27-34, notice here the promise of a new Covenant, not like the old Covenant God made with the twelve tribes, this Covenant god will make with Spiritual Israel after the days past. This Covenant deals with New Jerusalem. Perhaps to illustrate life after 2 Peter 3:10-12, Notice Galatians 4:21-31, Tell me you who want to be under the law, listen to the law--V-22, For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman-v-23, But the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son by the free woman through the promise,- v 24, This contains an ALLEGORY, for these two women are two Covenants, one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves, she is Hagar. Now this Hagar corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for Jerusalem is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, she is our mother. But what does the Scripture say? Cast out the old Jerusalem and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be an heir with the son of the free woman, the Spiritual Jerusalem. Rev. 21:1-6.
 
(6) Isaiah 51:1-8, “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness”. Righteousness is found only in the Rock, Christ. And to Abraham your father in the Spiritual life. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob covered the book of Genesis chapter 12 through 50, over 300 years, this was a Spiritual pattern for the New Covenant, even the Gospel of Christ was preached to Abraham while he lived, Galatians 3:6-9, please read this and meditate upon the results. Isaiah 51:3, joy and gladness, Thanksgiving will be found in her. Her who? The Bride of Christ, Rev. 19:7. Isaiah 51:4, A  covenant of law will go forth from me. V-5 My righteousness is near, My salvation has gone forth. V-6, look at the signs in the sky then to the earth beneath, God will judge and destroy the wicked under the old Covenant. Do not fear the reproach of man, Neither be dismayed at their reviling, they will be taken care of like a moth eating a garment.

Peter Paul and James made it clear that some things were hard to understand; but Paul and James both spoke of things which Peter spoke of. Both Peter and Paul warned the people of unprincipled men who would teach error and cause you to fall from your steadfastness. 1 Cor. 2:14, Paul directs our attention in this way, “But a natural man does not accept the things of the spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are Spiritually appraised”.

If I have not proven that the Apostle Peter was reiterating Old Testament prophecy in 2 Pet. Chapter 3, and that the literal heavens and earth was never to be destroyed, Genesis 8:21, “ And the Lord smelled the soothing aroma; and the Lord said to Himself, I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done. It is clear that the Humanist society, and the Realized Millennialism as a System is responsible for much of the error in Churches today. Only a close and sincere study can ever correct errors that was brought in by realized millennialism, and humanism. I aver that most teachers in the Church today has very little knowledge of millennialism and humanism. I also aver that in almost every Church there is plants of millennialism and humanism. That cannot be said without the mention of Calvinism. When Elders refuse to discuss openly fulfilled prophecy you may know that the seed of millennialism has been sowed in that congregation. But people are afraid to stand up for Christ, and yet Christ set us free. When young and old people begin to leave the Church for entertainment purposes you may know that humanism is responsible. Humanism has been around since Adam and Eve, they are in the public schools, Colleges, and Universities. A copy of the Humanist Manifesto 1 and 2, can be obtained by contacting your Congressman and requesting a copy, they are registered with Congress.

The hope of a perfect, post-judgment “new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness” is quite different from the expectation of an imperfect semi-golden age in which sin remains. A time of hypocritical ( or at best unwilling) conformity, where sin is barley restrained by an iron-clad fist rule of force, and eternity of loving service rendered by glorified saints rejoicing to do the will of God in every particular, differ as night from day. It is one thing to look forward to rest, joy, peace, love, and other blessings in their fulness as they will be realized in the eternal state ( less than one hundred years of this present world make every believer long for the bliss of heaven). It is quite another to anticipate the premillennialist’s imperfect “golden “ age. What shall we say of a supposed divine program which, after glorifying the spirit in heaven, resurrects the body, reunites it to the spirit, and then consigns the now-  completely glorified to-not another one hundred yeas, but-one thousand years of life in the same sinful world he longed to leave? Such is not the hope of Scripture. Peter clearly states the Christian expectation in his second epistle:

“Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. Nevertheless we, according to His promise look for a new heavens and a new earth wherein (dwelleth righteousness”). 2 Peter 3:12-13.

There is no room in this simple, glorious hope for the complicated, semi-purgatorial experience of glorified believers which a post-resurrection millennium requires. It is unthinkable that those who experience the heavenly joys described in Revelation 7:15-17 should be torn from them, and demoted to the premillennialist powder-keg millennium! Especially since it is a Scriptural fact that John in the Revelation was also REITERATING prior prophecy of the last day of Israel and its catastrophic events, it is also seen that John is using the Gospel to encourage the people to return to their first love.

The New Testament knows absolutely nothing of imperfect golden- age preaching. While there is a consistent appeal to look for the perfect golden age of heaven, nothing has been found in this research about an imperfect interim. Everywhere the eternal state is held out as the future hope of the Lord’s Church. Old Testament passages frequently cited to substantiate the reality of an unrealized millennium (whether in its pre- or post-millennial form) prove too much. Isaiah 65:17-25, “For behold I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things shall not be remembered, nor come to mind. But be you glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I will create new Jerusalem a rejoicing and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people; and there shall be heard in her no more the voice of weeping and the voice of crying”. It seems that the Church of our Lord could be a heaven on earth if mankind followed God’s instructions. But it would involve a lot of faithful study and soul searching.

OBSERVATIONS. This lesson is purposely brief. Much more could be said especially concerning Peter James, and John Reiterating Old Testament Prophecy. Some of the more difficult passages which have been offered would require exegesis of the commentary sort. Nothing like that could be done in this kind of lesson. This lesson allows for only the results of exegesis. A great amount of argumentation, especially could be produced against Humanism and Premillennialism. Every effort has been made to include encouragement to those who would take Paul’s advice to Timothy and study, then handle the Words of God more accurately, 2 Tim. 2:15. To duplicate much of the material now available is worthless. This lesson presents a system of study and belief, a system, not the details. Important points have been hammered home again and again from many angles. These are the frame work of the system.

I have laid hard upon the seven Churches of Asia. The book of Revelation is altogether fulfilled. It was written about things which would take place SHORTLY after its writing. Rev. 1:1-3. Here is a special task, for you. It was John who wrote the revelation, and said the events were SHORTLY to come to pass. Look at what the same John said in 1 John 2:17-18, “The world is passing away, and also its lust; but the one who does the Will of God abides forever. CHILDREN, it is the LAST HOUR; and just as you heard that. antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen; from this we know that it is the last hour”. Revelation is Shortly. 1 John 18, “It is the last hour”. John wrote this after he had finished the Revelation on the isle of Patmos and had gone to the seven churches in Asia to preach and encourage them. John survived the destruction. So that there be no argument about John living through the destruction period, NOTICE, John 21:21-23. “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? “The last hour,  deals with the persecution of believers under Judaism and Rome, and predicts God’s judgment upon these enemies of the Church. Its purpose, therefore, is to strengthen and encourage believers in time of trials. This is an important fact from the homiletic viewpoint. The Kingdom of God was set up in the days of the Roman empire, and through preaching the Gospel of Christ, broke the latter ( Roman kingdom) in pieces. The Roman kingdom was the fourth kingdom promised by Daniel Which the Kingdom of Christ would destroy.
This is coextensive with the time of the world- wide Kingdom of Christ which replaced the world-kingdom of Satan, Dan. 7:13-14; Hebrews 2:14.

CONCLUSION:   I offer my only opinion of this lesson. Over 62 years in His service I have seen changes in the Evangelicals year after year I have seen Evangelicals attack the general idea of the world getting better and better by their method of preaching, rather than to make methodological distinctions between Old Testament Eschatology and what they call New Testament Eschatology. Here I make my opinion. When he goes in the pulpit and begins to teach Eschatology immediately the audience zeros in on future Eschatology of the world today! Eschatology today is nothing more than SCARE TACTICS. It is my opinion that God in His Word does not give any Eschatology for the world today. Eschatology was of the Old Testament regarding last things of the Old Testament; those things was Scripturally fulfilled with the New Covenant of Christ. But to gain popularity with his Church he lays the hammer down on last things, and the audience believes him. I teach Eschatology; but with a different outcome. I will make the methodological distinctions so that my audience will understand that I am talking about the last things of the Old Testament. Not last things of the new. I have asked many times show me Scripture which clearly illustrates New Testament Eschatology. I get replies they are 2 Pet. 3:10, James 5:1-9! 

Consider a metaphor; If Jerusalem today were bombed by some nation of the world, some Bible expert would come along and quote this passage in ISAIAH 31:5, and declare it to be a prophecy predicting the soon return of Jesus Christ! We must not only see the context of any prophecies in the Bible, but we must also understand the time-factor involved. Let us emphasize together and join wholeheartedly with the Apostle Paul in his famous doxology--”Unto him be glory in His Church through Jesus Christ throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” (Ephesians 3:21).


At the close of this lesson I offer A 29  page supplement, And twenty two different Christians writers of the first through fourth century Christian writers who also taught the New Testament Gospel. Enclosed is an attachment which demonstrates the doctrines of the Church and what was taught by the early Christians and clearly confirms all Old Testament Prophecy (Mysteries) having its total fulfillment in 70 A. D. when Christ returned with the New Covenant, Heb. 8:1-13, And His Kingdom. Matt. 16:28; Luke 19: 12-15. A. D. 70.


Jessie Grey Wolf Mills, D.M, PH. D. 

International School of Biblical Research.

P. O. Box 734, Bonifay, Fl, 32425.


 

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