What about loved ones you care most about who you worry died unsaved? What about all the people who have never heard the name of Jesus Christ, the only “name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12)? What about the millions of babies whose lives have been aborted [58 million since Roe Vs. Wade in 1973]?
Are so many lost forever?
The joyous answer is NO! All of your loved ones will have their opportunity. You will have yours if you don’t become a firstfruit or live into the Millennium!
The last Holy Day, the Eighth Day (Lev. 23:36), immediately follows the seven-day Feast of Tabernacles just as the Great White Throne Judgment comes right after the Millennium. You won’t find anybody other than the spiritual Church of God, thanks to keeping this Feast Day (Psa. 111:10), who understands the astounding truth about this.
The Second Resurrection
“The rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished” (Rev. 20:5). All who ever lived and never had their opportunity for salvation will be resurrected back to PHYSICAL life to have it with no Satan around!
So much for “you only go around once”!
Dry bones will rattle and receive sinew, flesh and breath and stand on their feet (Ezek. 37:1-14). This “exceedingly great army” is the whole House of Israel but also represents what will occur for the estimated 140 billion people who have died since Adam and Eve and will suddenly populate the earth! It would seem like about half of those would be babies and children.
You’d have to think they resume right where they left off. Ponder that thought and you can see what a challenge it’s going to be to serve all these people! For example, if the person is still beset with the same dilemma that led them to commit suicide? Many resurrected will have to be healed so they can respond to their opportunity for salvation.
Since life begins at conception, stillborn and aborted will apparently be resurrected. What a shock for so many! New sons and daughters, brothers and sisters! How is God planning to care of them? How ironic if the women who thought their bodies were their own find themselves back with child! Yes, but what about a woman who had multiple abortions? What about a baby whose mother is now a God Being! It’s interesting to speculate but a just God has it figured out.
The Great White Throne Judgment
“And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened” [biblios]—the Bible. And they were judged “by the things which were written in the books” (Rev. 20:11-12). For the first time for these people, God removes the “veil” (2 Cor. 3:16) and opens their minds to understand and choose His Way (Luke 24:45). His prodigal sons and daughters “come to themselves” (Luke 15:17).
The Beatitude “peacemakers” matches up with this GWTJ because what could be more necessary when you bring together the Hatfields and McCoys, Hitler and the Jews he gassed, divorcees and their lawyers and scads of others who couldn’t get along!
This has been called the Last Great Day (John 7:37). The Holy Spirit will be flowing with rivers of living water that was pictured by the water ceremony. Jesus will be the light that was portrayed each night of the Feast in the Court of the Women. To all the people resurrected, Jesus will say “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin not more” (John 8:11).
This is the time when Jesus said it would be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorra (Matt. 10:15), Ninevah and the Queen of Sheba than for cities like Capernaum that didn’t listen to Him.
This is the great fall harvest pictured by the Holy Days. This is when two God Beings become billions!
How long will it last? The Bible may hint at it lasting 100 years (Isa. 65:20), bringing back memories of Monte Markham in the ’67-’68 CBS sitcom “The Second Hundred Years.”
We must be there to find out!
You’d have to think the God Beings will have the privilege and joy of participating in the resurrection of those special to us, and in working closely with them and others whom we rubbed shoulders with in this life. “Mom, you showed me the truth, and if only you would’ve had the courage to pursue it for yourself. Now you can!”
The Book of Life will be opened for these billions (Rev. 20:12) and names are added at baptism and receiving the Holy Spirit.
After the GWTJ, “Anyone not found written in the Book of Life [will be] cast into the Lake of Fire” along with death and Hades [the grave].
The third resurrection
This is necessary so that all wicked experience “the second death” in the Lake of Fire. Pity the Beast and False Prophet who already got incinerated once before the Millennium! God is so merciful but He is also just. Unforgiven sin always demanded the penalty of eternal death (Rom. 6:23).
Tragically, the comparative few who snub their noses at God and His Way and commit the Unpardonable Sin, will be mercifully and quickly burned up in this Gehenna Fire. This Greek word refers to the Valley of Hinnom where Jerusalem trash was burned up. I’ve been to Hell and back twice on visits to Jerusalem! This will be eternal punishment not punishing. Thank God the supreme power of the universe is love not sadistic! If you worry that you might have committed the Unpardonable Sin, you haven’t!
The Lake of Fire purges the earth of all things physical, material and sinful. The only thing left is all spirit—God Beings!
It’s time for
The new heaven and new earth (Rev. 21:1)
And with sin gone that separates man from God (Isa. 59:2), it’s time for God the Father to come make His home on the earth. No wonder it was always privileged with such a worthy tenant coming!
Thinking back to the great innumerable multitude, John saw them in vision “standing before the throne and before the Lamb” (Rev. 7:9)—where God the Father, the Lamb, “the elders and the four living creatures are” (v. 11). “They are before the throne of God [the Father since this God is distinguished from the Lamb] and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them” (v. 15). “The Lamb … will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters” (v. 17).
When will this occur? Not likely before the Seven Trumpets begin because the first resurrection does not occur until the Seventh Trumpet (11:15). This could certainly apply to when the Father comes down to dwell with men on the new earth (21:3). “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (7:17) matches with 21:4.
The Holy City, New Jerusalem—prepared as a bride for her husband Jesus Christ—will be the eternal home of the saints. God paves His city (1,500 miles long, wide and high) in gold! Read all the exciting details in Rev. 21-22! The Bible ends as it began—God offering access to the Tree of Life (Rev. 22:2) to “those who do His commandments” (v. 14).
Canonization of the New Testament
While the Old Testament was canonized in five steps, God canonized His New Testament in two remaining steps (for a complete and perfect seven) through His Apostles. Near the end of his life, Peter like Paul came to see that Christ wouldn’t be returning in their lifetime. “I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease” (2 Pet. 1:15). Evidently he had Paul collect “the books, especially the parchments” (2 Tim. 4:13, Acts 16:4).
Then God used the last of the Apostles, John, to conclude the canonization about 95 A.D. by warning don’t add to or take away from these words (Rev. 22:18-19). Now “all scripture” was inspired (2 Tim. 3:16-17) and “truth” (John 17:17)!
Two God Beings have increased their Family and Kingdom by billions of God Beings. You’ll be there … won’t you … what a shame if your loved ones are … without you!
That ends the Bible but what’s next?
Chapter 44: What Comes After the End of the Bible?
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