For Better or For Worse
this lesson as in all that I write, I will try to be personal and walk the reader through the evidence as if we were talking
one on one. It is quite unnecessary to document what some one else says about
the issue, only what God says is important. Therefore come let us study together
as we enter an investigation into the evidences which are to accompany the second appearing
of Christ, as is taught in religion today according to today’s popular teaching.
The evidences are:
1. To bring salvation
to the Jews!
2. To rebuild the Temple!
3. To cause the rapture
4. To begin the white
5. To begin the thousand
6. THE END OF THE WORLD!
Now that the year 2001 has arrived,
we all remember the chaos the world went through recently with all the Y2K hysteria and “end of the world” predictions. Well, the world didn’t end, did it. Perhaps,
just perhaps, I may be able to bring a better understanding of the above subjects than some of the more popular teachers who
made false and irresponsible predictions.
I will furnish Biblical evidence, if the reader will furnish Biblical consideration of the evidence submitted.
First we must consider a systematic
study with Biblical time frames wherein the subjects are spoken of.
1. To bring salvation
to the Jews!
Joel 2:27-32, here God speaks to His
people Israel and promises salvation
to this people. God further gives signs which will precede this great and wonderful
day of salvation, then after having received salvation there is that great and terrible day of the Lord which follows that
day of joy and salvation, Malachi 4:5, God will send Elijah before that great and terrible day of the Lord. So in Matt. 11:12-14, Jesus makes the statement that John the Baptist was Elijah who was to come, and who
did come, and who was John the Baptist. Now all the things that Joel and Malachi
spoke of must begin with John the Baptist and end with the great and terrible day of the Lord.
The great day of the Lord is spoken of by Jesus, Himself in Matthew chapter 24 and Luke chapter 21, thus relating to
the destruction of Jerusalem.
So where in this time frame do the
Jews receive salvation? Acts 2:4-11 says there were Jews at Jerusalem from every known country of the world. Then
beginning in Acts 2:14, Peter first corrected the false notion of the Jews in regards to their charge that the Apostles were
drunk on new wine. Peter further informs them in verse 16, that this is what
Joel the Prophet said would happen in the Last Days. Acts 2:37-41, then the Jews
cried out saying what shall we do to be saved? The reply came from Peter, saying
repent and be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Verse 41, so
then those who had received his word were baptized about three thousand souls. Acts
4:1-5, the same apostle which taught the saving gospel to Jews on Pentecost are seen here in another setting, yet with the
same nationality of people, and about five thousand believed. To say that God
was angry with the people because they rejected His Son, and therefore He withheld the kingdom and salvation from the Jews
until such time as they would accept Him is quite nebulous.
Some months later in chapter 4, five
thousand is saved and no mention of God changing His mind. And so for some eight
years after the Pentecost Jews continued to be saved and added to the assembly of the Lord wherein they were subjects of the
kingdom of Heaven. Thus the time frame began on Pentecost and ended AD 70. Dan.
12:6,7, Luke 21:20.
I have shown evidence to support the
fact that the Jewish nation received salvation in the first century, and in the first century the kingdom was taken from them
because of sin and given to a nation who would produce fruit of it. Matt. 21:43.
Their loss was not predicated alone on their rejection of Christ but of continued sin.
For Christ now two thousand years later to come back and bring salvation to a people who at the death of Christ cried
out against Him, and cry out to this day, would be no more than forcing them to accept Him.
Absurd! Every day since the death of Christ, to this present time the
Jew has had the chance to receive Christ, and they have refused. Taking the kingdom
of Christ and giving it to the Gentiles in no way keeps the Jew out of it; but he must enter just like the Gentile.
Think, and use common sense, if the
Jews could have changed God’s mind two thousand years ago what would keep them from doing it again? They as well as everyone could say since the mind of God is so easily changed we cannot trust Him for salvation! The case for Christ appearing anytime in our future to bring salvation is a ridiculous
teaching, the subject merits no further study.
2. To rebuild the fallen
To rebuild something that has been
removed from existence (the Temple) would be to nullify the covenant made to Isaac in the long ago. Make
void the death of Christ, take out of place the gospel of Christ. Gal. 1:1-6.
Restore the Hadean world, take Christ out of office as administrator of Heaven and earth, and restore Satan to his place in
power. Seem absurd? It is indeed.
The physical covenant made to Ishmael
according to Paul, Gal. 4:20-31. Represents the law given to the Jews at Sinai, and accordingly represented the present day
Jerusalem and its temple in the first century. Therefore, it was the physical law, and the covenant to Ishmael which demanded the rise of the tabernacle
and then of the temple. The law was esteemed and loved among the Jews. Psalms 119, 2 Cor. 3:1-18. The old covenant was glorious so says Paul; but the ministry of righteousness
and its glory surpasses the glory of the old.
The trouble is that while the law was
perfect for its given purpose, its given purpose was not to produce perfection. As
Paul said; if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness
would have been by the law. Gal. 3:21.
To restore the temple is nothing short
of restoring the law, and Judaism; and all conditions which existed under the law. Spiritual
death. Spiritual death was under the law.
Spiritual death was the separation of the spirit from God and held in bondage by Satan.
Heb. 2:14,15. Jesus destroyed Satan destroying death, and death being replaced by life. 2 Tim. 1:10. We could on this
subject write a large book, however, by using a degree of common sense no one would be willing to go back under law, the Jew
especially, the Jew wants the temple with both Judaism and Christianity. That
cannot be. If the temple were rebuilt it would survive on. Christianity would be taken away leaving the Gentile world without salvation, and because of this, God
spoke in Isa. 25:1-5 of the final destruction of Israel. Verse 2, “a palace of strangers is a city no more it will never be rebuilt.” The most important element in the consideration of the temple being rebuilt is found
in 1 Cor. 3:16, 17. “Do you not know that you are a temple
of God, and that the spirit dwells in you?” Verse 17, “If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple
of God is Holy, and that is what you are.” See also 1 Cor. 6:19,20. It seems very unlikely that God would have two systems of temples, it would be
like having two presidents of this country, or two kings over the kingdom
of Christ. Based upon the
above evidence there will never be a time when God allows the physical temple to be rebuilt.
We accept God’s plan as it is, or like the Jews, simply reject it!
3. To cause the rapture
(resurrection) to begin!
a wonderful thought. To imagine being lifted up with the Lord. However, we can realize that the great event of resurrection has long ago had its fulfillment and yet share
the joy and bliss of those who have gone on before, awaiting the time when Jesus will also receive us into His glory. And so our investigation regarding this subject, and its time of fulfillment within
the time frame so specified by our Lord, is at hand. Hosea 6:2 “He will
revive us after two days.” 1 Pet. 3:19, informs us that on day two that
Christ preached to departed Spirits, This fulfills the phrase above. “He
will raise us up on the third day.” On the third day Christ was raised
from the dead. Matt. 27:50-53. Dan. 12:2, “And many of those who sleep
in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.” This refers to the same resurrection of Hosea 6:2. Now within the limits of time frame
prophecy we have a need to find in Daniel when this event will occur. We look
now at Daniel 12:6,7. Here the angels are in conservation with each other, one asks the other; “How long will it be
until the end of these wonders?” And the other angel said in verse 7, “for
a time, times and half a times, and as soon as they Finished shattering the power of the Holy people, all these events will
be completed.” “Time, times, and half time,” represents the
3 1/2 years war between Rome and Israel, “and when they,” Rome finished destroying
Israel, then all things will be fulfilled. So the time frame for the (rapture) resurrection began on the third day of Christ’s
death and was fulfilled no later than Sept. 10, 70 AD, when Jerusalem was destroyed, this also fulfilled, Daniel 12:6,7. See
also Luke 21:20.
regarding a time frame is very important so what does the New Testament say? Matt.
27:50-53, “and the tombs were opened and many of the Saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the
tombs after His (Christ) resurrection they entered the Holy
City.” This confirms
the statement made by Hosea 6:1-2. Acts 24:15, “having a hope in God, which these men cherish themselves, that there
is about to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.” In
verse 15, the word “shall” is not used in the Greek text, but rather “mello” which means “about
to be.” 1 Cor. 15:16
if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised.” The phrase,
“Not even Christ has been raised,” confirms that the dead in the graves were raised. Verse 23, “Each in his own order: Christ the first fruits,
after that those who are Christ’s at His coming.” Common sense says,
nothing could be more clear. Eph. 4:8, “When He ascended on high, He led
captive a host of captives.” Compare with 1 Thes. 4:14-17; Rev. 20:5 and
Heb. 2:14,15. The power of Satan to hold departed Spirits was destroyed. The
captives were released. They were raised.
Verse 15, Christ delivers them up. Rom. 8:18-23—captives even from the period of creation. Adam and Eve waited eagerly to be set free, all in the time frame from the resurrection of Christ. Matt. 27:50-53. Until the power of the
Holy people were destroyed. Dan. 12:6,7; Luke 21:20.
have shown evidence where prophecy was made in regards to the resurrection (rapture) the New Testament confirms the fulfillment,
Matt. 5:17, Luke 24:44, Rev. 21:6. Now where is the Biblical evidence of the
“rapture” in the year two thousand? Especially since the word rapture
is not to be found in scripture.
4. To begin the white
We hear much today in regards to a
general white throne judgment upon the arrival of Christ when He appears the second time.
This teaching is very real in the minds of those who hold this doctrine, yet I suggest that the old crutch which is
called tradition is responsible for such emotional lessons as we hear from the pulpit, radio, TV and papers of all sorts. Therefore, I will attempt to prove the time of this subject and the period in which
it took place is far in our past. To do that I ask the reader to again consider
the Biblical time frame in which it took place. And to consider the implications
which accompany unfilled prophecy.
The Phrase “White Throne,”
is first used in Dan. 7:9, “I kept looking until thrones were set up,” thrones, plural, not a throne. Several thrones were set up. “And the ancient of days
took His seat: His vesture was like white snow and the hair of His head like
pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, its wheels were a burning fire.” The reader will notice that plural thrones were first set up, then God took His throne. Verse 10, “The court sat, and the books were opened.” Now we ask the question where is the time frame for the fulfillment of this event? First, Dan. 7:3, in a vision Daniel saw four great beast coming up out of the sea, each following the other. Verse, 4 the first beast represented the kingdom
of Babylon. Verse 5, the
second beast represented Medo Persia.
Verse 6 the third beast represented Greece. Verse 7, the fourth beast was Rome,
different from the others, and it had ten horns. Verse 8, and yet another horn
came up, making eleven horns in all. Now to follow this vision verse 9, and ten
would take place during the period of the fourth beast and the eleven horns. Notice
verse 15, Daniel is troubled his mind kept alarming him verse 16, Daniel approaches one of the angels and ask him the exact
meaning of all this, and the angel made known to Daniel the interpretation of the thing’s Daniel has seen. Verse 17, the four beasts were four Kings, or kingdoms which will arise from the earth. Verse 20, three horns would arise within the fourth kingdom then the eleventh horn would subdue three little
horns, that is the 11th horn would be responsible for the demise of three horns which took the rule of Rome by force, namely
Galba June 68 to Jan. 69. Otho Jan. 69 to April 69. Vitellius April 69 to Dec. 69. When Vespasian the 11th horn took the rule
of Rome, leaving his son Titus in Jerusalem
to pursue the war against Israel.
Vespasian reigned from 69 AD to 79
AD. Accordingly all things spoken of in Daniel would have its end fulfillment
be Sep. 10, 70 AD. Dan. 12:6,7. During
this period Satan also would be judged, and Christ would take His bride. Look
at Rev. 20:4. Thrones were set up, plural thrones, and they sat upon them, this is the beginning of what is termed the “Great
white throne judgment.” But we must inquire who is it that sets upon the
plural thrones? The question is answered in Matt. 19:28, “and Jesus said
to them, truly I say you, that you who have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious
throne, you also shall sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” Notice now how that Rev. 20:11 fits so nicely with Dan. 7:9,10, and Matt. 19:28. Since
the white throne judgment pertained to Israel, Matt 19:28, and Daniel
see Israel judged. In all his visions we must accept the statement of the angel in Dan. 12:5-7. All these things would be
fulfilled when the power of the Holy people was shattered verse 7. This had its
accomplishment on Sep. 10, AD 70, the time frame was from the beginning of the fourth beast (Rome), and during the reign of the eleventh horn Vespasian who reigned from 69 to 79 AD. Another event proven to be out of the Biblical timeframe, and thus becomes man’s
5. To begin the thousand
There is an old saying among the American
Indians which has its place in every generation: “White man speak with
forked tongue,” which is to say that man speaks one thing from one side of his mouth, then something different from
the opposite side, whichever suits the occasion best. So it is with the teaching
in respect to a thousand year reign with Christ on earth where 144,000 men, women and children will be selected to reign with
Him. It is very true the Bible speaks of both a thousand years and that of the
selection of 144,000 who will reign with Him. On face value this really sounds
great, however, before we get too excited we have need of Biblical evidence. I
have already stated what man teaches, now the proper thing to do is to see what God teaches.
Rev. 1:1, “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond servant, the things which must
shortly take place.” The various languages which I have consulted all render
a thing which is shortly to take place, as an event in progress. No delay is
possible, so the things which John writes about is in progress of being fulfilled at the time of writing.
Rev. 1:3, “Blessed is he who
reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and those who heed the thing’s which are written in it, the time
is at hand.” Here we see a double exposure to time frame prophecy being
at hand. “John to the seven churches in Asia.” Rev. 1:4. To the churches which this
prophecy would affect. The geographical area in the world which would be affected
by this information. No other churches in Asia. Since the book of Revelation speaks of the impending doom of Israel
it was naturally sent to Jewish churches in Asia.
Jesus spoke to Jerusalem in Matt. 23:35-39, Matt. 24, and Luke 21. Thus John is shown visions in symbolic
language which the Jews understood, and to which Daniel the prophet also spoke. And
so we come to Rev. 20:1-6, where the phrase “thousand years” is mentioned.
It is very clear from verse 4 that the phrase “thousand years” pertained to the time of judgment. This judgment was the judgment upon Israel as I have already covered under the title “The
white throne judgment.” If you notice closely Satan was bound during the
period of verse 4 judgment, it was only after this period that he was released for a short period to deceive the nations. The judgment here is rendered by the 12 apostles.
Matt. 19:28. And it is Israel
that has been selected first for judgment. So the “thousand years”
is simply a quiet time when Israel is
being judged. The 12 apostles are those of verse 4 who came alive and reigned, past tense, a thousand years. It is Christ who also sat
upon His glorious throne. Matt. 19:28, Rev. 20:11. The rest of the dead of v. 5 were raised. Hos. 6:1,2, Dan.
12:2, Matt. 27:50-53, Heb. 2:15. But, there is no mention of the rest of the
dead being judged. Admittedly the 144,000 were Jews, in fact Jewish men only
Rev. 14:3-5, and so they were not included in Rev. 20:4, and its time frame. The
144,000 needed no judgment, only their reward. So now we ask, where did the judgment
of Rev. 20:4 take place, in Heaven, or on earth? We all know the answer–Heaven. If in Heaven, then the reign mentioned was also in Heaven, which biblically denies
the teaching of an earthly reign. And both the thousand year, and the judgment
of Rev. 20:4 occurred prior to the fall of Jerusalem. Rev. 20:7-10, compare with Luke 21:20. Both
set forth the destruction of Israel. Conclusion: the subject is denied as
Biblical, and falls on its own merit.
6. The end of the world!
Certainly this event has for many years
been misunderstood and abused. However, I said that, not God. Again we must examine the written word, and then make our final conclusion.
It is taught by some that this event of the end will follow the second appearing of Christ, and will take place after
the thousand year reign of Christ on David’s throne in Jerusalem! By others it is said that the second appearing will take place without warning. Then following that will come the general resurrection and judgment, after which will
come the annihilation of earth by fire. Keep in mind we have only to prove one
part of this teaching as being in error, the rest falls.
Ask yourself this question: what was, or what is the purpose Biblically of the second appearing?
When we find scripturally this purpose then we will have proven the will of God.
Rom. 12:2. To begin, I ask does the Gentile world have salvation in 2000? Second question: For how long have Gentiles
had salvation? It seems that most of the world practices salvation, and yet teach
a second appearing, which does not seem consistent in the least. In brief if
the second appearing was an event of the past, we have salvation. However, if
the second appearing is yet future the Gentiles are still in a lost state according to scripture which deals with this issue. Please read with me Heb. 9:28, “So Christ also, having been offered once to
bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time, not to bear sin, to those who eagerly await Him, for salvation.”
Indeed this is the only passage in
the Holy Bible which speaks to the point of a second appearing and in the same context explain the purpose for a second appearing
especially since the Jewish world in acts chapter 2 had already received salvation.
Acts chapters 9, and 10, informs the reader that Gentiles had been accepted, from this information arises several important
Who awaited Christ for salvation?
Was this salvation to save soul or body?
answer these questions we must research the Greek text to determine the use and meaning of three words which appear in the
English version. They are: “appear,”
“salvation” and “end.” Since this passage, Heb. 9:28,
has been misrepresented as an event which will take place in a period called the “end of the world,” which to
most people is believed to be the period after earth is annihilated, we need to look more carefully at it.
1. “Appear” Heb. 9:28, Greek “ophthesetai,” manifestation of
power and of His future appearance for or in behalf of His Saints (e.g. 1 Thess. 5:8,9, 2 Thess. 2:1-10). Vine’s, p. 65, Wigram’s
Lexicon, p. 290, Thayer’s, p. 450.
2. “Salvation” Greek “soteria,” of the future deliverance of
believers at the appearing of Christ for or in behalf of His Saints, a salvation which is the object of their confident hope,
e.g. Rom. 13:11, 1 Thes. 5:8,9, 2 Thes. 1:1-10. Where salvation is assured to
them as being deliverance from their enemies and the wrath of God destined to be executed upon the ungodly at the end of the
age, e.g. 1 Thes. 1:10, 1 Peter 1:5, 2 Peter 3:15, inclusively. Vine’s, p. 316, Thayer’s, p. 162.
3. “end” (Heb. 9:26) Greek “sunteleia.” Brought to conclusion, fully accomplished, fully developed, fully realized, fulfilled, as opposed to what
is partial and limited. e.g. Matt. 5:17, Luke 21:20-32, Luke 24:44. The phrase
“last times” is used in 1 Peter 1:5 as “a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” For sure the phrase cannot mean the last hour of time for the universe, and mean totally different events
in another place, especially when the same Greek word is used. So we compare
1 Peter 1:5, with 1 Peter 1:20, “For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you.” So
this phrase is destined to show a period from the birth of Christ to the fulfillment of Heb. 9:28, in the destruction of Jerusalem. After which
Christ would become administrator of both Heaven and earth, when He would become King of Kings, and His name the only name. Zech. 14:9, Acts 4:12. When He
would take His Bride. Rev. 19:7, Rev. 21:2,3. Thus all things would be brought
to fulfillment, the promise of Heb. 9:28, 1 Peter 1:5, 1 Peter 1:13, would be complete as the Greek Text indicates. See Luke
Therefore, I have shown scripturally that the second
appearing, has been and is to this day misrepresented and Heb. 9:26-28 explains the questions asked by the apostles in Matt.
24:3, “Tell us when shall the end of the world [or age] be.” The
present day teaching falls for lacking of Biblical support.