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THE RAPTURE AND ISRAEL

By William West
THE PREMILLENNIAL VIEW OF CHRIST
ISRAEL RESTORED
THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON
THE PREMILLENNIAL THOUSAND-YEARS
THE THRONE OF DAVID
DANIEL'S 70 WEEKS AND THE "GAP"
THE "ANTICHRIST" AND "MAN OF SIN"
THE FIRST RESURRECTION AND THE SECOND DEATH TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: Premillennialism, a multitude of divisions and confusions

 

Chapter 2: The nature of Christ.

The nature of Christ before He became flesh
(1) Jesus Christ, the God who made all things and us
Chapter 3: Christ as reviled in the Old Testament
Chapter 4: Christ as reviled in the New Testament

1. Jesus in the New Testament
2. Jesus as reviled in John's gospel. The person who came from God and returned to God
3. Jesus as reviled in Hebrews

Chapter 5: Jesus Christ, the God who became a man

 

The nature of Christ while He was flesh and dwelled among us [John 1:14] (1) Jesus Christ, the God who became a man

 

(2) Jesus Christ, the God who died my death for my sin

The nature of Christ now and for all eternity
(1) Jesus Christ, the God who lives
(2) Jesus in John's Gospel: Came from Heaven, sent by God, will return to God

Chapter 6: The nature of mankind

 

(1) The nature of mankind from creation to the resurrection

The nature of mankind before the first sin
The nature of mankind after Adam's sin
From birth to death
From death to the resurrection
(2) The nature of mankind for all eternity after the resurrection

Chapter 7: The day of the Lord

 

On the day of the Lord - The second coming of Christ

On the day of the Lord - The resurrection and judgment of the righteous On the day of the Lord - The resurrection and judgment of the wicked On the day of the Lord - The final judgment

On the day of the Lord - The total destruction of the earth and the heavens which were made from nothing and will return to nothing

On the day of the Lord - The total destruction of the lost
On the day of the Lord - The second death
On the day of the Lord - Death will be abolished
On the day of the Lord - The saved forever with the Lord
On the day of the Lord - The kingdom will be delivered up to God

On the day of the Lord - Christ will bring the lawless one to an end by the appearance of His coming

 

On the day of the Lord - "Wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God"

Chapter 8: Was the death and resurrection of Christ foreknown by God?
Chapter 9: Kingdom of Heaven or kingdom of God?
Chapter 10: Was the church planned by God or just an afterthought?

If both God and Christ had not failed
Chapter 11: Back to the temple made with hands
From the blood of Christ back to the blood of animals

From Christ our High Priest back to the Old Testament priesthood
From the substance back to the shadow
From the better New Covenant back to the Old Covenant
From that which makes alive back to that which kills
From free back to bondage

Chapter 12: Old Testament passages used by Millennialists to teach Christ would set up a kingdom and rule the world from Jerusalem
Chapter 13: New Testament passages used by Millennialists

(1) Matthew 24 is regarded by many Millennialists as being their strongest proof of the Millennium. Scriptures about the destruction of Israel

 

(2) 1 Thessalonians 4:17, Will the second coming of Christ be Premillennial? Will there be an invisible return of Christ?

 

(3) Revelation 20, The Thousand years

 

(4) Other New Testament passages used by Millennialists. The first resurrection and the second death. Is there one resurrection, or two, or more then two resurrections?

Chapter 14: The "last days" passages
Chapter 15: What is the Great Tribulation?
Chapter 16: What is Armageddon?
Chapter 17: Who is John's "Antichrist"? Who is Paul's "man of sin"?
Chapter 18: The Premillennial views of "Hell"
Chapter 19: Well-known Millennium predictions that failed
Chapter 20: The throne of David

(1) The Jewish earthly kingdom of Israel

 

(2) The Millennium earthly kingdom of Israel

 

Chapter 21: Is the Gospel "The power of God to salvation"?

 

Chapter 22: Israel, is it still God's chosen people?

 

The two-fold promise

 

The land promise

The seed promise
God's Israel of today

Chapter 23: The Thirteenth Tribe
Summary: The Millennium was not known about by God, Daniel or any others of the Old Testament prophets

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Note: this book is now being written and more is being added to this from time to time. It has not yet been proofread, and with my typing I am sure it has many typing errs in it.

 

FOREWORD

 

WHAT IS PREMILLENNIALISM?

For the most part Premillennialism is a revival of the beliefs of the Jews in the time of Christ. Israel was looking for an earthly king who would drive Rome out, conquer other nations, and restore the Kingdom as it was in the time of David. Premillennialism says this is what Christ came to do but that God did not foresee the Jews rejecting and killing Christ, but because they did, the restoring of the kingdom was put off and the church age is an unforeseen substitute, which begin at the death of Christ and will last only unto He comes back, then the unforeseen church age (the "gap") will end, Israel and the Law of the Old Testament will be restored. Christ, who most Millennialists believe to be a created being and did not exist before His birth, will literally sit on the throne of David in Jerusalem and rule the world. Premillennialism makes God and Christ to have failed in their plan to setup the kingdom of Heaven because of the rejection of Christ by the Jews; and His death, resurrection, or the "church age" which they call the gap was not foreseen by God. To this basis teaching, different Millennialists add a seven-year rapture, some before the Millennium and some after it, and many other contradictory variations of beliefs. In the Millennium Satan will be bound for a thousand years, but will be loosed for a "little season." He and his angels will make war on Christ in Jerusalem and all but overcome Him (the battle of Armageddon), but God will save Him. Satan, his angels, and the lost will come to their end in Gehenna just south of Jerusalem, which will have been restored. Most believe Christ and the saved will live forever on this earth and no person will ever go to Heaven. IN BRIEF, PREMILLENNIALISM IS A COMPLETE REWRITE OF THE BIBLE.

As David Brown puts it, "Premillennialism is no barren speculation--useless though true, or innocuous though false. It is a school of Scripture interpretation; it impinges upon and affects some of the most commanding points of the Christian faith; and when suffered to work its unimpeded way, it stops not till it has pervaded with its own genius the entire system of one's theology, and the whole tone of spiritual character, constructing, I had almost said, a world of its own; so that, holding the same faith, and cherishing the same fundamental hopes as other Christen, he yet sees things through a medium of his own, and finds everything instinct with the life which this doctrine has generated within him" Page 8, and "That the fleshly and sublunary state is not to terminated with the second coming of Christ, but to be then set up in a new form; when with His glorified saints, the Redeemer will reign in person on the throne of David at Jerusalem for a thousand years, over a world of men yet in the flesh, eating and drinking, planting and building, marrying and giving in marriage, under this mysterious way." Page 6, Christ's Second Coming: Will It Be Premillennial, 1858, T. and T. Clark, Edinburgh.

The Messiah Israel looked for was a person who would restore Israel as a nation and make them supreme to all other nations as it was in the time of David. In the restored nation they looked for, there would have been birth, life and death for all just as there was in the time of David. No one thought they would have eternal life. It was not something they looked for. Eternal life was something new to the teaching of Christ.

Israel looked for a messiah that was just as David was, a men that would live and die just as David did, a person that was just a human as all other persons were. Not a Messiah that would be God. The belief of Millennialists is that Christ was going to set up the earthly kingdom of Israel and that the death and resurrection of Christ was not in the plan of God. This view is basic to all the versions of the Millennium. Without it the Millennium would be totally destroyed. With it, salvation through the death and resurrection of Christ is totally destroyed. There is no way both can be true. Many versions of Premillennialism destroys life after death for all and replaces it with only a lifetime on this earth with no evil, but one that still has death at the end of this lifetime. At the end of the Millennium no one would have been saved from the wages of sin, death, for the Jews would not have crucified Christ and He would hot have shed His blood to give us life in place of death. No one, Jew or Gentile, would ever have eternal life without the death of Christ. There would be no life after death [1 Corinthians 15:13-19].

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Chapter 1

 

Premillennialism, a multitude of divisions and confusions

 

After the Judgment where will we spend eternity?

When I begin to research for this book, I was surprised and shocked to learn how many there are who say they believe the Bible but do not believe in the deity and the preexistence of Christ, but believe that He did not existence before His birth. Even more surprised to learn that many believe that the sacrifice of Christ will be put aside and go back to the Old Testament sacrifices of animal; back from the substance to the shadow [Hebrews 8:5ff; 10:1-24]; and that the New Covenant is just an afterthought. Satan is doing his work well.

But, I have been just as surprised at how many there are that say they are Christians, members of the church Christ give His life for that does not know that this kind of teaching is going on in the religious world, often even in the congregation they attend, and they do not seem to care. When I first became a Christian in the fifty, most Christians know the Bible and would do all they could to teach any person that was in err; now it often does not seem to be so.

PREMILLENNIALISM IS A SYSTEM(S) OF INTERPRETATION, WHICH INVOLVES MEANING AND SIGNIFICANCE OF THE WHOLE BIBLE, AND DETERMINES THE PRESENT PURPOSE OF GOD. Premillennialism makes God and Christ to have failed in their plan to setup the kingdom because of the rejection of Christ by the Jews. It makes the church to be something God set up as a substitution. It makes two resurrections, one of the just, which is most often said to be at the second coming of Christ; and a second resurrection of the lost a thousand years later. Some versions of Premillennialism make Christ be nothing more than a glorified man. Some versions make Christ and all the saved to live on earth for all eternity with a body much as we now have. In short, it is a system of faith that has little in common with the New Testament. PREMILLENNIALISM IS BASED ON THE BELIEF THAT GOD CAN AND DID FAIL TO ACCOMPLISH HIS WILL. If both God and Christ did not fail, Premillennialism is completely destroyed.

1. The Scofield Bible says God failed.
2. Hal Lindsey in "There's A New World Coming" says God failed.
3. Charles Ryrie in "The Basis of the Premillennial Faith" says God and Christ failed.

The doctrine of Premillennialism affects the interpretation of the covenant with Abraham by making it not yet be fulfilled, but still to be fulfilled at some future time.
It affects the interpretation of God's promise to David that his descendants would rule over Israel forever. Changes Christ now ruling in His kingdom, the church, to Christ literally ruling on this earth at some time in the future.
It affects the interpretation of the Old Testament prophecies of the kingdom by making the kingdom be a combination of church and state on this earth, the earthly kingdom of the Old Testament.

THERE ARE MANY DIVISIONS IN PREMILLENNIALISM, AN ASTOUNDING LACK OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THEMSELVES. In fact, there are so many different variations of the Millennium theories that it would be impossible to accurately define what is meant by Premillennial. That which one person believes and calls Premillennialism will be completely alien to that which another person believes and calls Premillennialism. One book on Premillennialism will have only a few similarity and many disagreements with another book on Premillennialism.

Most Premillennialists believe it was prophesied that Christ was to set up an earthly kingdom on the throne of David and reign from Jerusalem, but because the Jews rejected Him the establishment of the kingdom was put off unto after His second coming and the church was established instead, but only as a temporary substitution. The Jews will be restored, and the temple rebuilt.
Some Premillennialists tell us that God planned for Christ to set up the kingdom of Heaven when He came, but His rejection by the Jews was a surprise to God, therefore, He set up the church as a substitution and at that time made plains to set up the kingdom of Heaven at the second coming of Christ. But, other Premillennialists give us many passages to show that God foretold of the kingdom to be set up at the second coming of Christ. HOW COULD GOD HAVE NOT KNOWN THAT THE KINGDOM WOULD NOT BE SET UP UNTO THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST AND AT THE SAME TIME FORETOLD IT? This view of Premillennialism makes Christ a failure. He failed to set up the kingdom He came to set up. DO NOT BELIEVE THIS FOR CHRIST DID WHAT HE CAME TO DO. HE CAME TO FULFILL THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS, WHICH INCLUDED SETTING UP THE KINGDOM, AND HE DID. MOST PREMILLENNIALISTS BELIEVE CHRIST DID NOT EXIST UNTO HIS BIRTH.

A few Premillennialists believe CHRIST EXISTED EQUAL WITH GOD BEFORE HIS BIRTH, but He was raised a man and He is now a man at the right hand of God and will be a man when He returns to rule the earth and will forever be a man; that Christ gave up deity to be a man.

Some Premillennialists believe Christ, who they do not call Christ, but "God's Messiah" will return with the same earthly body He had and rule the earth from Jerusalem on the throne of David, and that the body we now have will live forever on this earth. Some believe that it will be the body that we now have but that it will be changed in such a way that it is not really the body we now have, and the earth will be changed in such a way that it will not really be the earth that we now live on but a completely new us will live on a completely new earth.

To many, to put this body off and put on a new "spiritual body," and move from the earth that they know, to a place they know nothing about what it is like is a scaring and frightening thing.

This version of Premillennialism says you can keep the body you now have, but it will be greatly improved. It will not have any of the bad things that many bodies now have, and it will live forever on this earth that you know, but it will be a greatly improved earth. Satan says you can have all this. All you have to do is to believe Christ is just a man, greater than any other man, but still just a man. That He had no preexistence before His birth. YOU CANNOT BELIEVE IN THE PREEXISTENCE AND DEITY OF CHRIST AND BELIEVE IN MOST VERSIONS OF PREMILLENNIALISM. YOU MUST DENY THAT CHRIST IS NOW OR EVER HAVE BEEN EQUAL WITH GOD. YOU MUST DENY THAT CHRIST HAD ANY PART IN MAKING THE EARTH AND MAN, AND YOU MUST BELIEVE HE WAS CREATED BY GOD JUST AS ALL MANKIND WERE. Not only must the preexistence and deity of Christ be denied, but Premillennialism is also dependence on the earthly body being raised and existing forever. "Flesh and blood" must inherit the kingdom of God.

Some Premillennialists changes the body and the earth. They say the body will be changed to such an extent that no one now would know their own body and will not know the changed earth that the changed body will forever live on, yet they say this body we now have must be raised and live forever in the kingdom of God on this earth. With some, the change of the body or the earth does not seem to be as great as it is with others, BUT IT MUST BE THIS EARTHLY BODY RAISED TO LIVE ON THIS EARTH EITHER FOR A THOUSAND YEARS OR FOREVER; HOWEVER MUCH OR LITTLE IT IS TO BE CHANGED FOR WITHOUT IT PREMILLENNIALISM FALLS. What body we will have in the resurrection is discussed in chapter one of my book, "Unconditional Immortality Or Resurrection Of The Dead" ISBN: 0-7414-4620-0.

If you believe that Christ did not preexist before His birth, as most Millennialists do, Satan has won the victory. It is unimportant that you believe any other part of the Bible for Satan has won. You would have denied Christ.
APOCALYPTIC OR EARLY MILLENNIUM BELIEFS: There were much Apocalyptic writing in the time between the Testaments and in the first century, which were believed by many Jews and the early Christians were influenced by it. The early Millennium beliefs were that there was a dualistic world of both good and evil but the good would in time over come the evil. Apocalyptic Premillennialism again became somewhat popular in the nineteenth century. MEDIEVAL ALLEGORICAL OR HISTORIC PREMILLENNIALISM: Satan was lord over the world and Christ over the Church. There was an ongoing battle between the two but the battle has already been won through the cross and eventually what domain was left to Satan would be taken from him. The church will stay on earth and go through the tribulation period. Augustine's allegorical view was the view of many in middle ages and the reformation, and it is still believed by some today. It was the official belief of the medieval church. However there were groups of Apocalyptic Millennialists after the Medieval Age, mostly under charismatic leaders and were often associated with radicalism and counterculture groups.
DISPENSATIONAL OR LITERAL PREMILLENNIALISTS

CLASSICAL OR UNMODIFIED DISPENSATIONALISM is a radical division of the Apocalyptic Premillennialists, which teach there are seven distinct periods and God deals with man according to different principles in each of the periods. This view was first taught by John Nelson Darby about 1800 to 1880 and became well know when Scofield, for the most part, put Darby's views in the Scofield Reference Bible. Belief in Premillennialism goes back to about the third century. Belief in Dispensationalism begin with John Darby. WHEN A DOCTRINE IS KNOWN TO HAVE AN ORIGIN EIGHTEEN CENTURIES AFTER THE NEW TESTAMENT, SHOULD NOT ALL KNOW IT COULD NOT BE FROM THE BIBLE? In the past, Dispensationalism was taught mostly by Pentecostal and Holiness churches but has now become wider spread. It seems to have become the most accepted version of Premillennialism and has now spread to many churches.

Some of the basic views of Dispensationalism.

 

Israel will be restored, the temple rebuild, and the animal sacrifices of the Old Testament restored.

There will be three resurrections (1) One resurrection at the rapture of both the dead saints and the living saints who will be changed (2) One before the millennium (3) A third resurrection at the end of the millennium of the wicked and believers who died during the millennium.

Dispensationalism divides the history of mankind into seven dispensations.
1. Mankind innocent, from creation to the fall.
2. Mankind under conscience, from the fall to the flood.
3. Mankind with authority over the earth, from the flood to Abraham.
4. Mankind under promise, from Abraham to the Law of Moses.
5. Mankind under the Law, from the Law of Moses to Christ
6. From the death of Christ to His second coming.
7. From the second coming to the end of the Millennium.
Dispensationalism believes:

1. There will be a second coming of Christ to set up His kingdom after the seven-year Tribulation.

 

2. There will be a resurrection of the just before the millennium and a resurrection of the unjust after the millennium.

 

3. The Jews will repent and receive the land forever that was promised to Abraham, which they say was unconditional and have not been fulfilled.

4. The "Kingdom of Heaven" is the kingdom of David that was postponed when the Jews rejected Christ and He failed to establish an earthly kingdom with Israel, which He came to establish, but it will be restored for Israel. That the land promise was unconditional and was unfulfilled; therefore, Israel must be restored.

5. The "Kingdom of God" is God's universal kingdom that will be worldwide. It seems that many Dispensationalists believe the Kingdom of Heaven will be God's kingdom on earth of Jews, and the Kingdom of God will be God's kingdom in Heaven of Gentiles. Instead of 144,000 Jews being the only ones in Heaven, as many Premillennialists believe, many Dispensationalists have no Jews and all Gentiles in Heaven. [Note: This is Dispensationalism as it is set forth in the Scofield Bible but this or no other belief seems to be universal among Premillennialists or Dispensationalists so do not be surprised if one says "that is not what I believe." Many do but some do not.] Dispensationalists are divided on where the church will be both during the rapture and during the millennium. Some teach it will be in Heaven or will dwell in the New Jerusalem hovering above the earth unto the millennium is over, others say the church will return to earth when seven-years are over and the millennium begins.

PROGRESS OR MODIFIED DISPENSATIONAL PREMILLENNIALISTS have called in question and abandoned some of the teaching of classical dispensationalism.
POSTMILLENNIALISTS believe the thousand years, like many things in Revelation, is not to be taken literally, but symbolical of a long period of time. Unlike many Premillennialists, most post Millennialists do not believe there will be a literally thousand years. Christ is now ruling as King and Priest [Hebrews 7] in the church, and eventually, the whole world will become Christians, and there will be a long period of peace. Christ will return after this time of peace. Postmillennialism was the dominant view among Protestants from the Reformation unto after the publication of the Scofield Reference Bible in 1909.
Premillennialists or Postmillennialists

Most Premillennialists believe every word of the Bible is to be taken literally - most, if not all Postmillennialists believe much of the Bible is symbolic and not to be taken literally.

Most Premillennialists believe the thousand years of Revelation 20 is to be a literal thousand years - Most Postmillennialists believe that the thousand years is symbolic for a long period of time of peace before the second coming of Christ.

Most Premillennialists believe in a rapture - most Postmillennialists do not. Most Premillennialists believe in a tribulation period - most Postmillennialists do not.

Most Premillennialists believe Israel will be restored as God's chosen people - most Postmillennialists do not.

 

Most Premillennialists believe the Old Testament animal sacrifices will be restored - most Postmillennialists do not.

That both uses the name "Millennium" is one of the few things they have in common although both use it to mean two difference things. The Postmillennialists Millennium have (1) no rapture, (2) no tribulation period, (3) no literal thousand years, (4) no restored Israel, (5) no 144,000, (6) no animal sacrifices restored, (7) no coming of Christ before His second coming at the end of the earth, (8) no 100% literal interpretation of the Bible; it is most definitely not the same Millennium of the Premillennialists.

Note: The above is the base view of these groups although it sometimes seems that there is no base view. There are many variations of beliefs in each view. For example: Two writers who both say they are Postmillennialists will have many differences and a third writer will teach some things that the other two do not believe. Many writers seem to believe a mixture of Postmillennialism and Dispensational Premillennialism.
THE RAPTURE: But which rapture?

1. "PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE" This view of the rapture is believed by many Dispensationalists. In this view the rapture will occur before the period of persecution, before the tribulation period begin. The rapture and an invisible second coming will take place before the seven-year tribulation. After the seven-year rapture Jesus will return to earth. Some, who believes this view, believe that there will be one coming of Christ, some two, and some three or more. This view may be believed by more Premillennialists than by all the others. The pre-tribulation rapture was not taught before about 1830 by anyone and only became well known after the Scofield Reference Bible was published in 1909. Dave MacPherson says, "We have seen that a young Scottish lassie named Margaret Macdonald had a private revelation in Port Glasgow, Scotland, in the early part of 1830 that a select group of Christians would be caught up to meet Christ in the air before the days of Antichrist. An eye-and-ear witness, Robert Norton M.D., preserved her handwritten account of her pre-trib rapture revelation in two of his books, and said it was the first time anyone ever split the second coming into two distinct parts or stages. His writings, along with much other Catholic Apostolic Church literature, have been hidden many decades from the mainstream of Evangelical thought and only recently surfaced. Margaret's views were well-known to those who visited her home, among them John Darby of the Brethren. Within a few months her distinctive prophetic outlook was mirrored in the September, 1830 issue of The Morning Watch and the early Brethren assembly at Plymouth, England. Early disciples of the pre-trib interpretation often called it a new doctrine." "The Incredible Cover-Up: The True Story of the Pre-Trib Rapture" 1975, Page 93.

2. "MID-TRIBULATION RAPTURE " This view is that the church will be raptured away during the middle of the tribulation.

 

3. "POST-TRIBULATION RAPTURE" This view is that the rapture will occur after the seven-year tribulation.

4. "PARTIAL-RAPTURE" Only certain believers will be raptured. They do not agree with each other on whom or how they will be chosen or why only some of the saved will be raptured. This view is somewhat like the Pre-tribulation rapture, which believes the church is composed of true Christians and those who only make a profession of being a Christian. The true Christians will be raptured away and not go into the tribulation but those who only make a profession of being a Christian will be left on earth and be in the tribulation.

5. "PREWRATH RAPTURE" Believers will escape the wrath by being removed from the earth before it begins.

6. "MANY MINI-RAPTURES" This view is that there will not be just one rapture but many mini-raptures at different times. They do not agree with each other on (1) how many there will be, (2) if any are all are passed, (3) if any are all of the mini-raptures are yet to be.

7. "ALREADY PAST RAPTURE" Or the A. D. 70 rapture. If you are living today, you have been "left behind." This view, like the above views, crosses denominational lines and is found in many of them.

8. "SECRET RAPTURE" In many of their books of fictions there is a secret rapture? Secret from whom? If it were secret where did they find anything about it? When they tell about it in their books, how can it be secret? If all Christians were suddenly absent from the earth, how could there be anything "secret" about it?

9. "FIRST AND SECOND STAGES" R. H. Boll's view is that Christ will come in two states. In the first stage the saints will be removed from the earth for a time; then the "real second coming" will be when Christ returns after the first stage.
"COVENANT THEOLOGY" is that God covenant of grace remains the same in all the seven dispensations throughout the Old and New Testaments as opposed to the different purposes for each of the seven dispensations in Dispensationalism, especially Israel and the church are under the same covenant of grace as opposed to both being under different covenants of grace as Dispensational Premillennialists believe them to be.
PRETERITISM (full) view is that the second coming of Christ has already taken place along with the great tribulation, the rapture and the final judgment occurred in A. D. 70 when Jerusalem was destroyed and no second coming of Christ, no resurrection, no tribulation is yet to come, and the old heavens and earth completely passed away and now we are living in the new heavens and earth; the Great Commission has been completely fulfilled. The A. D. 70 theory called "Realized Eschatology" seems to be a renewal of Preteritism under a new name. Realized Eschatology teaches that Christ came in A. D. 70, all prophecies were fulfilled at that time, the Old Testament saints were resurrected, and all that are in Christ go to be with Christ (supposedly in Heaven) at the moment of their death.
PRETERITISM (partial) view is that Christ did come in judgment on Israel in A. D. 70 and came in judgment on others nations, but the judgment of all at the second coming of Christ is yet to come.
AMILLENNIALISM believes the thousand years (ten time ten times ten, a full or complete period of time; ten in the Bible denotes a fullness, a thousand denotes a large indefinite number, God owns the cattle on a thousand hills Psalms 50:10) are symbolic of a long period of time, which begin with the establishment of the kingdom of God or Heaven (the church) in A. D. 30 and will last unto the return of Christ when the kingdom will be delivered up to God [1 Corinthians 15:24]. Amillennialism believe the "signs of the times" (tribulation, apostasy, the spirit of the antichrist, etc.) to be marks of this present time, and there will not be a "golden age of unprecedented gospel victory over all the earth before His return. The symbolism of the binding of Satan in Revelation 20 refers to Satan being limited when Christ came and preached the Gospel.
JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES view of Premillennialism is that 144,000 will be chosen to go to Heaven and with Christ rule over all others who will be on earth. Also, all will be given a second chance in the Millennium.
SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST view of Premillennialism is that the Millennium will be in Heaven. During the thousand years the saints will be in Heaven, and at the end of the Millennium a Holy City will descend from Heaven and the saved will live a wonderful life in it forever. Their Heaven will be on this earth. The resurrection and destruction of the wicked will be at the end of the Millennium. They believe that at the second coming of Christ the unrighteous will be kill, the righteous will be taken back to Heaven for a thousand years. During the thousand years only Satan and his angels will inhabit the earth. At the end of the thousand years Christ will return to earth with the saved and the unrighteous will be raised for judgment. Satan gathers his angels and with the help of the resurrected unrighteous will attempt to interfere with the judgment. They will be destroyed. No seven-year rapture.
LATTER-DAY SAINTS (Mormons) view of Premillennialism is that Christ will destroy the wicked at His coming and the earth will be transformed to a terrestrial glory, as they believe it was before Adam's sin. During the thousand years, life on earth will be about as it is now but without sin, poverty, or crime. They will have children, build houses, and in all ways go about life as now. With their "new revelations" they add many more details, to many to list in the space I have. After the Millennium, they have three degrees of glory. The highest will be the celestial glory that will be on this earth, which will have the things the earth now has, cities, rivers, animals, etc. The Terrestrial and Celestial glories will not be on earth, but I have not found where they tell where these two glories will be. All that are not Mormons will be in one of the two. Only the few who were Mormons and fell away will be cast in outer darkness where there is no glory, but what happens to them seems not to have been made known at this time; or just not made known to those who are not Mormons; they keep much of their beliefs from those who are not Mormons. THE TEN LOST TRIBES ARE ENGLAND, WHICH IS THE REAL ISRAEL TODAY! I found it difficult to believe, and I think many will find this just as difficult to believe as I did; yet there is a rather large group within Premillennialism that believe that the Anglo-Saxons Race is the true Israel. Richard Brothers was the originator, and it was later spread by Piazzi Smyth. There are books both pro and con on this theory. Perhaps the best book in defense of this theory is by Professor E. Odlum, "God's Covenant Man: British Israel," and was taught by Herbert W. Armstrong of the Church of God. For those who would like to know more of this theory, Foy E. Wallace, Jr. in "God's Prophetic Word" Pages 386-450 is good. That the Anglo-Saxon race is the ten tribes of Israel is completely contrary to the history of the origin of that race. The Mormons make a similar claim, that the Americans Indians are the lost ten tribes.

1. SOME PREMILLENNIALISTS BELIEVE CHRIST WILL GO BACK TO HEAVEN WITH THE SAVED AFTER THE THOUSAND YEARS, SOME AFTER A THOUSAND AND SEVEN YEARS. They believe the judgment will be after the Millennium, after the thousand years of the kingdom on earth, and the believers will go to Heaven and the lost will go to Hell.

2. THERE ARE SOME PREMILLENNIALISTS THAT BELIEVE CHRIST WILL RULE FROM

HEAVEN, BUT THE KINGDOM OF GOD WILL BE ON THIS EARTH.
"THAT THE FLESHLY AND SUBLUNARY STATE IS NOT TO TERMINATE WITH THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST, BUT TO BE THEN SET UP IN A NEW FORM; WHEN, WITH HIS GLORIFIED SAINTS, THE REDEEMER WILL REIGN IN PERSON ON THE THRONE OF DAVID AT JERUSALEM FOR A THOUSAND YEARS, OVER A WORLD OF MEN YET IN THE FLESH, EATING AND DRINKING, PLANTING AND BUILDING, MARRYING AND GIVING IN MARRIAGE, UNDER THIS MYSTERIOUS SWAY. This is Premillennialism, or - as the early fathers, and after them the reformers and our elder divines, termed it - Chiliasm...I have said, for example, that they expect the saints, in glorified bodies, to be associated with Christ in his Millennial reign; but what saints, is not agreed. The early chiliasts - so far as I have been able to gather their views - thought that those whom Christ will find alive at his coming would be left below during the thousand years, and only such as had died before his coming would appear with him in glory. A few in modern times are of the same opinion, postponing the change of the living saints till the end of the Millennium. But, the great majority of modern Premillennialists hold that the saints of both classes - the dead by resurrection, and the living in instantaneous transformation - will appear with Christ in glory at the beginning of the Millennium. Again, I have said they look for a reign over a world of men in flesh and blood; but what men, is not agreed. The moderns, for the most part, expect the restoration of the Jews to Palestine, and their supremacy over the nations of the earth: while the early chilants appear to have agreed with their opponents, that Christianity had forever abolished Jewish peculiarities; and though they were termed Judaizers, this was not, so far as I can observe, because they contended for any Millennial supremacy of Jew over Gentiles, but because their system Judaized Christianity itself. In a word, I have said they expect a reign upon earth of Christ and his glorified saints; but whether actually upon the earth, or only over and hovering above it, in the air, and whether visibly or invisibly - whether the ruled will see their rulers, and, if so, to what extent, whether fully or but partially, whether always or only at time - is by no means agreed." David Brown, "Christ's Second Coming: Will It Be Premillennial?" Pages 6-7, 1858.

But, other Premillennialists believe Christ will rule from Heaven but the kingdom of God will be on this earth. Some Premillennialists believe Christ will go back to Heaven with the saved after the thousand years. They believe the judgment will be after the Millennium, after the thousand years of the kingdom on earth, and the believers will go to Heaven and the lost will either go to Hell or be totally destroyed.

Many believe there will be a rapture in which the dead saints will be resurrected and both the living saints and the resurrected saints will be taken from the earth to be with Christ for seven years before the beginning of the thousand years.

Some believe after the thousand years Satan will be loosed "for a little season." I have never known of one that gives a real reason why he will be loosed or why there is "a little season" after the Millennium reign of Christ and before the judgment.

Some Premillennialists believe Christ and the saved will go back to Heaven after the thousand years
Some Premillennialists believe Christ and the saved will go back to Heaven after a thousand and seven years
Some Premillennialists believe Christ and the saved will forever be on this earth, never in Heaven. Some Premillennialists believe the earth will end after the thousand years.
Some Premillennialists do not believe the earth will ever end but will be restored. Some Premillennialists believe it is not the purpose or the work of "the church age," which they call the time we are now in, to convert the world.
Some Premillennialists believe that during the Millennium the temple in Jerusalem will be rebuilt, the feasts of the Old Testament restored and the priesthood and sacrificial system of animals will be restored.
Some believe Hell will be on this earth, that the Lake of Fire will be south of Jerusalem, some that it will be in Edom, which will become a land of burning pitch and is pictured in Isaiah 66. Johnson says, "I believe the Lake of Fire is a literal lake of fire that will appear on the new earth after the Judgment (En 67:13). The Lake of Fire is the same thing as Gehenna...I believe the Lake of Fire is literal because I believe our bodies are literally raised from the dead (Rom 8:11) and those damned at the Judgment have both body and soul literally cast into hell...The prophecies concerning Gehenna have not yet been fulfilled but will be fulfilled at the Judgment. I believe that the region south of Jerusalem extending down on into Edom (Jer 49:17, Isa 34:6, 10-11) will be the location of the literal Lake of Fire, Gehenna. The literal Valley of Hinnom in ancient days served as a type of the Lake of Fire (as so many of the things of the Jews did - Col 22:16-17) that will literally come to pass at the end of days. The location of the present day Valley of Hinnom will serve as the northern edge of the Lake of Fire, and when Jesus speaks of casting into Gehenna, He means just that. Gehenna will be bigger in those days, but it will be basically in the same place (cp. Isa 66:24) but changed to a lake of fire."
Some Premillennialists believe the saved will forever be able to go out from Jerusalem and view the lost being tormented in a literal Lake of Fire.
Some Premillennialists believe, "Then the pit of torment shall appear, and opposite it shall be the place of rest; and the furnace of hell shall be disclosed, and opposite it the paradise of delight." The Lake of Fire will appear to the south of Jerusalem at the same time the New that Jerusalem comes down from heaven. James Johnson and others taught this view.
Some Premillennialists believe many will become believers in the Millennium that did not believe in their lifetime before the Millennium, and they will be saved from "Hell" and given eternal life, but they will not receive access to God or adoption as sons. "Johnson Dozier Debate" Some believe during the thousand years the righteous will live and reign with Christ in Heaven, and the earth will have no one living on it. Isaiah 24:103 is used to teach the wicked will be dead upon the earth. It seems that most Millennialists believe the lake of fire will be the end of the wicked, that there will be no eternal Hell.
Some even believe God will forever leave Heaven and live on earth with men. Dr. Charles Stanley in "Eternal Security" pages 110-111, and others advocated this view.
Some Premillennialists believe there will be two, three, or more resurrections. They use resurrections in the plural repeatedly although it is never used in the plural in the Bible. Some Premillennialists believe the church, which is the bride of Christ, his body, will end [die] at the beginning of the thousand years.
Some Premillennialists believe that the Law of Moses will be reset up in the Millennium with its animal sacrifices.
Many Premillennialists believe the second coming of Christ will take place at the beginning of the thousand years, but Postmillennialists say no the second coming it will be at the end of the thousand years.
1914 A. D. is a very significant year to some Millennialists but not to all.

MANY BELIEVES THERE WILL BE A SEVEN-YEAR RAPTURE in which the dead saints will be resurrected and both, the living saints, and those who would have been resurrected will be taken from the earth to be with Christ for seven years. After reading many pages by those who believe in the "rapture," I am thoroughly convinced that on this they are the in the company of the most divided and confused people on earth. I think it would be difficult to find any two that believe the same thing. Below is a list of some of the major versions of the rapture, but within each of these versions most have their own view that is different in one or more ways then any of the others who say they believe the same view. The incompatibility of the many versions of the Millennium doctrines is, to say the least, amazing.

SOME OF THE SEVEN-YEAR RAPTURE VERSIONS

Some Premillennialists believe the rapture will be at the second coming of Christ and will end seven years later at His third coming at the beginning of the Millennium reign.
Some Premillennialists believe the rapture will be at the beginning of the seven-year tribulation. Some Premillennialists believe the rapture will be in the middle of the seven-year tribulation; the church will go through 3 and 1/2 years of the tribulation before it is "caught away." Some Premillennialists don't believe there will be a rapture.
Some Premillennialists believe Israel will be restored including annual sacrifice. The restoring of Israel is something that must happen before most of the Premillennialists views could become a reality.
Some believe Jews will be converted to Christ and the 144,000 in Revelation 7 are Jews in the rapture that will have been converted and will be the world greatest evangelist. They will convert most or all the world to Christ in the seven-year rapture when the church has been caught away to Heaven. When Christ and the church return to earth after the rapture there will be a thousand years of peace before the second resurrection and judgment of the wicked. Note: It is unclear to me what Millennialists believe they will be converted to, converted to Christ or converted to the Law of Moses for many believe the New Covenant and the church were just an afterthought and will end when the Millennium begins.
Some Premillennialists believe after the thousand years Satan will be loosed "for a little season." I have never known of one that gives a real reason why he will be loosed or why there is "a little season" after the Millennium reign of Christ and before the judgment.
Some Premillennialists believe only 144,000 Jews will be in the Millennial kingdom and the 144,000 are all Jewish preachers and the Millennial kingdom will be made of only the 144,000 Jewish preachers. This view is preached by Dr. David Jeremiah, president of Christian Heritage College in San Diego, in a series of messages "Signs Of The Second Coming" which is reviewed in "Dispensational Premillennialism Refuted, Again!" By B. R. Curd. Dr. Jeremiah also teaches the Temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem and animal sacrifices will be restored. Many Millennialists agree with him, but there are some that do not.
Some believe etc. etc. There seem to be no end to the variations of beliefs.

THE TRIBULATION PERIOD. Most think it is the 70th week of Daniel's 70 weeks in Daniel 9. From all that I have read, there is little or no unity of teaching on what will happen in this "week." About all that most do agree on is that it will be a bad time to be on earth. Many see the nations that exist today, the U. S., Russia and others being in the tribulation. For years in the recent past Russia was seen to have a large part it in the tribulation, but now few see Russia in it. Every uprising or war and every natural disaster is seen as a sure sign that the Millennium is near only to be replaced by new ones when they become past history.

AFTER THE MILLENNIUM. Most, but not all, Millennialists believe Christ will forever be on earth and will rule in the "new Jerusalem." The earth will be restored to be as it was before Adam sinned. It seems few Millennialists believe anyone will be in Heaven, but at their funerals most have gone to Heaven to be with the others that have gone before them. Others believe mankind will forever be on the earth and no person will ever be in Heaven, but Christ will rule the earth from Heaven.

The basic views (in general) of Premillennialists.

Both God and Christ failed. God foretold that the Christ would come and restore the kingdom to Israel, and Christ would rule on the throne of David.
It was not foreseen by God that the Jews would reject Christ as their king.
The death of Christ was not in the plan of God and Christ would not have given His life for us if He had not been rejected. In the Millennium theory there is no place for the death and resurrection of Christ for if the kingdom had been restored to Israel and Christ has at that time sit on the literal throne of David and ruled the world from Jerusalem, there would have been no death or resurrection of Christ.
The church and the kingdom are not the same. The church is just a substitute; an afterthought unto the kingdom can be setup. It could not have be foreseen or told about in any of the Old Testament prophets for not even God foreseen it.
Christ is coming a second time to do what He failed to do the first time, to restore Israel and the throne of David.
Animal sacrifices will be restored.
On the Rapture, the Tribulation and the thousand years and what will happen to the kingdom after the thousand years there seem to be no one basic view.

THROUGH OUT THIS ARTICLE, WHEN I SAY, "Millennialists believe" IT WILL BE SOMETHING THAT MANY OF THEM DO BELIEVE, BUT ALSO SOMETHING THAT SOME OF THEM MAY NOT BELIEVE. THERE IS A SUCH DISAGREEMENT AMONG THEM THAT NOTHING I SAY THEY BELIEVE WILL BE BELIEVED BY ALL.

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CHAPTER 2

THE NATURE OF CHRIST

"We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see His just as He is" [1 John 3:2]. Christ now, while He is at the right hand of God in Heaven has a spiritual body and this is how we will see Him when He returns. Not the nature He had when He had for about 33 years when He was in the image of Adam (an earthly body as Adam), but the nature He has now while He is at the right hand of God in Heaven. What Christ is like now is what He will be like "when He appears." The body He now has and will have at that time is basis to understand what we shall be after the resurrection.

THE NATURE OF CHRIST BEFORE HE BECAME FLESH, the God who made us and all things. "Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image" [Genesis 1:26].

"IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD [CHRIST], AND THE WORD [CHRIST] WAS WITH GOD, AND THE WORD [CHRIST] WAS GOD. HE [CHRIST] WAS IN THE BEGINNING WITH GOD. ALL THINGS CAME INTO BEING BY HIM [CHRIST], AND APART FROM HIM NOTHING CAME INTO BEING THAT HAS COME INTO BEING. IN HIM WAS LIFE, AND THE LIFE WAS THE LIGHT OF MEN...HE WAS IN THE WORLD AND THE WORLD WAS MADE THROUGH HIM...AND THE WORD [CHRIST] BECAME FLESH, AND DWELLED AMONG US" [JOHN 1:1-14].

John states three facts in such a simple way that a child could understand them.

(1) "In the beginning was the Word" [John 1:14; 1 John 1:1; Revelation 19:3]. (2) "And the Word was with God"
(3) "And the Word was God."

Then he restates it so that no one could misunderstand what he had said.

(4) "The same was in the beginning with God"
(5) "All things were made through him"
(6) "And without him was not anything made that has been made."

"AND THE WORD BECAME FLESH, AND DWELLED AMONG US" [John 1:14]. "Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily I say unto you, BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS BORN, I AM" [John 8:58]. In John 8 Jesus claims to be one with God about 12 times. "Christ: for in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily" [Colossians 2:9]. "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might become rich" [2 Corinthians 8:9].

"For God did not SEND THE SON INTO THE WORLD to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him" [John 3:17]. "FOR I HAVE COME DOWN FROM HEAVEN, not to do My own will, but the will of HIM WHO SENT ME" [John 6:38].

"Not that any man has seen the Father, ACCEPT THE ONE WHO IS FROM GOD; HE HAS SEEN THE FATHER" [John 6:46]. If, as some Premillennialists teach, that Jesus did not exist before His birth, He had not seen the Father. If Premillennialists were right, that Jesus did not exist before His birth, then Jesus lied.
"And no one has ascended into heaven, BUT HE THAT DESCENDED OUT OF HEAVEN, even the Son of man" [John 3:13].
"Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, AND THAT HE CAME FORTH FROM GOD, AND WAS GOING BACK TO GOD" [John 13:3].
"And have believed that I CAME FORTH FROM THE FATHER. I CAME FORTH FROM THE FATHER, AND HAVE COME INTO THE WORLD; I AM LEAVING THE WORLD AGAIN, AND GOING TO THE FATHER" [John 16:27-28].
"For this cause; therefore, the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only brake the Sabbath, but also called God his own father, MAKING HIMSELF EQUAL WITH GOD" [John 5:18].
"Who, existing in the form of God, counted not the BEING ON AN EQUALITY WITH GOD a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant" [Philippians 2:6-7]. "When the fullness of time came, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman" [Galatians 4:4]. See Matthew 1:19-25; 20:28; Luke 1:26-38; 19:10.

This proves beyond any doubt that Christ preexisted with the Father in Heaven before He came to earth, in the same form and equal with the Father.

His claim to being equal with God was even acknowledged by His enemies, but they called it blasphemy [John 5:17; 5:18; 8:58-59; 10:33-36]. If, as some Premillennialists tell us that Christ did not exist unto His birth, it would have been blasphemy and a sin to make Himself equal with God. Therefore, if He did not exist before His birth, He did blaspheme and He was a sinner just as we are and His death did not save us from our sins. But, some Premillennialists tell us that Christ did not exist unto His birth!!! Is there anyway God's word could say "the word" preexisted that they would believe? "The word" existed before time began.

1. "And now, glorify Me together with Yourself, Father, with the glory WHICH I HAD WITH YOU BEFORE THE WORLD WAS" [John 17:5]. Christ existed with God before the world was made, long before He became a man.

2. And again Christ says, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, THE ALMIGHTY" [Revelation 1:8]. Jesus clearly says He is "THE ALMIGHTY."

3. "For by Him [Christ] all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers and authorities--all thing have been created by Him and for Him. AND HE IS BEFORE ALL THING, and in Him all things hold together" [Colossians 1:16-17].

Jesus Christ is the Creator of the universe. Three things are here stated.

 

1. "For in Him were all things created"

All things "in the havens and upon the earth"
"Things visible and thing invisible"
"Whether thrones or dominions or principalities or power"
"All things have been created through Him, and for Him"

2. "And He is before all things"

 

3. "And in Him all things hold together"

4. Christ said, "I AND THE FATHER ARE ONE. The Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, 'Many good works have I showed you from the Father; for which of those works do you stone Me'? The Jews answered him, 'For a good work we stone you not, but for blasphemy; and because that you, being a man, MAKE YOURSELF GOD'" [John 10:30-33]. If Christ is not God, He is an impostor and a liar. The Jews did not understand Christ to be saying He was God's chosen one, as many Premillennialists say. Without any doubt, they understood Him to be saying He was God.

5. "A virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call his name IMMANUEL" [Isaiah 7:14]. Immanuel means "God with us." Matthew says, "Now all this is come to pass, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel: which is, being interpreted, God with us" [Matthew 1:22-23].

6. "Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of OUR GREAT GOD AND SAVIOR, CHRIST JESUS: who gave Himself for us" [Titus 2:13-14].
7. "Of our GOD AND SAVIOR, CHRIST JESUS" [2 Peter 1:1 New American Standard Version].
8. "But of the Son he says 'YOUR THRONE, O GOD, is forever and ever'" [Hebrews 1:8].
9. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever" [Hebrews 13:8; also Hebrews 1:12; Psalms 102:25-27].
10. "Christ Jesus who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on AN EQUALITY WITH GOD a thing to be grasped" [Philippians 2:5-6].
11. Also, Revelation 10:6 and 14:6-7

Jesus built all things [John 1:1-3; 1:10; Acts 14:15; Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11; 10:6].
God built all things [Hebrews 3:4].
Therefore, Jesus and God are one God. "I and the Father are one" [John 10:30].

ONLY GOD IS TO BE WORSHIPED. NO MAN OR ANGEL IS TO BE WORSHIPED, BUT CHRIST IS WORSHIPED. [Isaiah 45:21-23; Matthew 2:1; 14:33; 28:9; 28:17; Luke 24:51-52; John 9:37-38; Acts 7:59; 1 Corinthians 16:22; Philippians 2:11-11; 1 Timothy 1:12; Revelation 1:17; 5:8-14; many more]. IF CHRIST WERE NOT GOD BUT ACCEPTED OR ALLOWED HIMSELF TO BE WORSHIPED, HE WOULD BE PUTTING HIMSELF IN THE PLACE OF GOD WHEN HE WAS ONLY A MAN. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BLASPHEMING AS THE JEWS FREQUENTLY ACCUSED HIM OF DOING [Mark 2:6-8; John 5:18].

JESUS IS THE "I AM"
"Before Abraham was born, I AM" [John 8:58].

"But he said unto them, I AM, be not afraid" [John 6:20; Matthew 14:27; Mark 6:50]. "It is I" in many English translations, but "I AM" in the Greek. See Alfred Marshall "Parallel New Testament In Greek And English," Page 46.

Barnes Notes on the New Testament, Colossians 1:16. "He does not declare that he created all things in the spiritual kingdom of God, or that he arranged the events of the gospel dispensation...but that everything was created by him...There could not possibly be a more explicit declaration, the universe was created by Christ, than this. As if the simple declaration in the most comprehensive terms were not enough, the apostle goes into a specification of things existing in heaven and earth, and so varies the statement as if to prevent the possibility of mistake...There could not be a more positive declaration than this, that Albert the universe was created by Christ; and if so, he is Divine. The work of creation is the exertion of the highest power to which we can form a conception, and is often appealed to in the Scriptures by God to prove that he is Divine, in contradistinction from idols...The assertion is, the 'creative' power of Christ was exerted on 'all things.' It is not in reference to angels only, or to man, or to Jews, or to Gentiles; it is in relation to 'everything in heaven and on earth.'"
Adam Clarke Commentary on Colossians 1:15-16. "Verse 15. Who is the image of the invisible God. The counterpart of God Almighty, and if the image of the invisible God, consequently, nothing that appeared in him could be that image; for if it could be visible in the Son, it could also be visible in the Father; but if the Father be invisible, consequently, his image in the Son must be invisible also. This is that form of God of which he divested himself; the ineffable glory in which he not only did not appear, as to its splendor and accompaniments, but concealed also its essential nature; that inaccessible light which no man, no created being, can possibly see. This was that Divine nature, the fullness of the Godhead bodily, which dwelled in him. The first-born of every creature. I suppose this phrase to mean the same as that, Philippians 2:9: God has given him a name which is above every name; he is as man at the head of all the creation of God; nor can he with any propriety be considered as a creature, having himself created all things, and existed before anything was made. If it be said that God created him first, and that he, by a delegated power from God, created all things, this is most flatly contradicted by the apostle's reasoning in the 16th and 17th verses. Colossians 1:16,17 As the Jews term Jehovah becoro shel olam, the first-born of all the world, or of all the creation, to signify his having created or produced all things; (see Wolfius in loc.) so Christ is here termed, and the words which follow in the 16th and 17th Colossians 1:16,17 verses are the proof of this. The phraseology is Jewish; and as they apply it to the supreme Being merely to denote his eternal preexistence, and to point him out as the cause of all things; it is most evident that St. Paul uses it in the same way, and illustrates his meaning in the following words, which would be absolutely absurd if we could suppose that by the former he intended to convey any idea of the inferiority of Jesus Christ. Verse 16. For by him were all things created, two verses contain parts of the same subject. I shall endeavor to distinguish the statements of the apostle, and reason from them in such a way as the premises shall appear to justify, without appealing to any other scripture in proof of the doctrine, which I suppose these verses to vindicate. Four things are here asserted: 1. That Jesus Christ is the Creator of the universe; of all things visible and invisible; of all things that had a beginning, whether they exist in time or in eternity. 2. That whatsoever was created was created FOR himself; that he was the sole end of his own work. 3. That he was prior to all creation, to all beings, whether in the visible or invisible world. 4. That he is the preserver and governor of all things; for by him all things consist. Now, allowing St. Paul to have understood the terms which he used, he must have considered Jesus Christ as being truly and properly God. I. Creation is the proper work of an infinite, unlimited, and unoriginated Being; possessed of all perfection's in their highest degrees; capable of knowing, willing, and working infinitely, unlimitedly, and without control: and as creation signifies the production of being where all was absolute nonentity, so it necessarily implies that the Creator acted of and from himself; for as, previously to this creation, there was no being, consequently he could not be actuated by any motive, reason, or impulse, without himself; which would argue there was some being to produce the motive or impulse, or to give the reason. Creation, therefore, is the work of him who is unoriginated, infinite, unlimited, and eternal. But Jesus Christ is the Creator of all things, therefore, Jesus Christ must be, according to the plain construction of the apostle's words, truly and properly GOD. II. As, previously to creation, there was no being but God, consequently the great First Cause must, in the exertion of his creative energy, have respect to himself alone; for he could no more have respect to that which had no existence, than he could be moved by nonexistence, to produce existence or creation. The Creator, therefore, must make every thing FOR himself. Should it be objected that Christ created officially or by delegation, I answer: This is impossible; for, as creation requires absolute and unlimited power, or omnipotence, there can be but one Creator; because it is impossible that there can be two or more Omnipotents, Infinities, or Eternals. It is therefore, evident that creation cannot be effected officially, or by delegation, for this would imply a Being conferring the office, and delegating such power; and that the Being to whom it was delegated was a dependent Being; consequently, not unoriginated and eternal; but this the nature of creation proves to be absurd. 1. The thing being impossible in itself, because no limited being could produce a work that necessarily requires omnipotence. 2. It is impossible, because, if omnipotence be delegated, he to whom it is delegated had it not before, and he who delegates it ceases to have it, and consequently ceases to be GOD; and the other to whom it was delegated becomes God, because such attributes as those with which he is supposed to be invested are essential to the nature of God. On this supposition God ceases to exist, though infinite and eternal, and another not naturally infinite and eternal becomes such; and thus, an infinite and eternal Being ceases to exist, and another infinite and eternal Being is produced in time, and has a beginning, which is absurd. Therefore, as Christ is the Creator, he did not create by delegation, or in any official way. Again, if he had created by delegation or officially, it would have been for that Being who gave him that office, and delegated to him the requisite power; but the text says that all things were made BY him and FOR him, which is a demonstration that the apostle understood Jesus Christ to be truly and essentially God. III. As all creation necessarily exists in time, and had a commencement, and there was an infinite duration in which it did not exist, whatever was before or prior to that must be no part of creation; and the Being who existed prior to creation, and before all things-all existence of every kind, must be the unoriginated and eternal God: but St. Paul says, Jesus Christ was before all things; ergo, the apostle conceived Jesus Christ to be truly and essentially God. IV. As every effect depends upon its cause, and cannot exist without it; so creation, which is an effect of the power and skill of the Creator, can only exist and be preserved by a continuance of that energy that first gave it being. Hence, God, as the Preserver, is as necessary to the continuance of all things, as God the Creator was to their original production. But this preserving or continuing power is here ascribed to Christ, for the apostle says, And by him do all things consist; for as all being was derived from him as its cause, so all being must subsist by him, as the effect subsists by and through its cause. This is another proof that the apostle considered Jesus Christ to be truly and properly God, as he attributes to him the preservation of all created things, which property of preservation belongs to God alone; ergo, Jesus Christ is, according to the plain obvious meaning of every expression in this text, truly, properly, independently, and essentially God. Such are the reasonings to which the simple letter of these two verses necessarily leads me. I own it is possible that I may have misapprehended this awful subject, for humanum est errare et nescire; but I am not conscious of the slightest intentional flaw in the argument. Taking, therefore, the apostle as an uninspired man, giving his own view of the Author of the Christian religion, it appears, beyond all controversy, that himself believed Christ Jesus to be God; but considering him as writing under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, then we have, from the plain grammatical meaning of the words which he has used, the fullest demonstration (for the Spirit of God cannot lie) that he who died for our sins and rose again for our justification, and in whose blood we have redemption, was GOD over all. And as God alone can give salvation to men, and God only can remit sin; hence with the strictest propriety we are commanded to believe on the Lord Jesus, with the assurance that we shall be saved. Glory be to God for this unspeakable gift!"

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CHAPTER 3

 

CHRIST IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

Luke 24:46: "And He said unto them, THUS, IT IS WRITTEN, THAT THE CHRIST SHOULD SUFFER AND RISE AGAIN FROM THE DEAD THE THIRD DAY." HOW COULD THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF CHRIST ON THE THIRD DAY BE WRITTEN WHEN PREMILLENNIALISTS TELL US THAT NOT EVEN GOD KNEW ABOUT THE REJECTION AND DEAD OF CHRIST? YET, CHRIST SPEAKS OF IT REPEATEDLY AND REPEATEDLY SAYS IT WAS WRITTEN. GOD, CHRIST AND THE PROPHETS DID KNOW, WHICH MAKES NOT POSSIBLE THE CLAIM OF PREMILLENNIALISTS THAT GOD DID INTEND TO RESTORE THE KINGDOM TO ISRAEL AT THE FIRST COMING OF CHRIST BUT AGAINST HIS WILL GOD HAD TO PUT IT OFF BECAUSE THE JEWS REJECTED HIM AND PUT HIM TO DEATH. There are many prophecies about Christ in the Old Testament. Prophecies about:

1. The birth of Christ. Genesis 3:15; Galatians 4:4
2. The lineage of Christ. Genesis 49:10; Luke 3:33
3. Christ was the prophet to come. Deuteronomy 18:15-19; Acts 3:20-22
4. The betrayal of Christ. Psalms 41:9; Luke 22:47-48
5. Christ being sold for thirty pieces of silver. Zechariah 11:11-12; Matthew 26:15; 27:1-10
6. The death of Christ. Zechariah 12:10; John 10:27
7. The resurrection of Christ. Psalms 16:10; Luke 14:7 Acts 2:25-28
8. Christ would be a priest and king to the church, not to Israel. Psalms 110:4; Hebrews 5:5-6

"The Son of man goes, EVEN AS IT IS WRITTEN of him" [Matthew 26:24; Mark 14:21]. "Then said Jesus unto them, 'All you shall be offended in me this night: FOR IT IS WRITTEN, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad'" [Matthew 26:31; Mark 14:27].
"And he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, 'Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE WRITTEN THROUGH THE PROPHETS shall be accomplished unto the Son of man. For he shall be delivered up unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and shamefully treated, and spit upon: and they shall scourge and kill him: and the third day he shall rise again'" [Luke 18:31-33]. How could all this be written through the prophets when the Premillennialists tell us no one, not even God, know about it?
"But he looked upon them, and said, WHAT THEN IS THIS THAT IS WRITTEN, the stone which the builders rejected, the same was made the head of the corner?" [Luke 20:27] "For these are days of vengeance, THAT ALL THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN MAY BE FULFILLED" [Luke 21:22].
"For I say unto you, THAT THIS WHICH IS WRITTEN must be fulfilled in me, 'And he was reckoned with transgressors:' FOR THAT WHICH CONCERNS ME HAS FULFILLMENT" [Luke 22:27].
"And beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, HE INTERPRETED TO THEM IN ALL THE SCRIPTURES THE THINGS CONCERNING HIMSELF" [Luke 24:27]. "These are my words which I spoke unto you, while I was yet with you, THAT ALL THINGS MUST NEEDS BE FULFILLED, WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THE LAW OF MOSES, AND THE PROPHETS, AND THE PSALMS, CONCERNING ME" [Luke 24:44].
For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; FOR HE WROTE OF ME" [John 5:46]. "FOR IT IS WRITTEN in the book of Psalms...his office let another take" [Acts 1:20]. "Him being delivered up by the DETERMINATE COUNSEL AND FOREKNOWLEDGE GOD" [Acts 2:23]. If Jesus being delivered up was in the foreknowledge of God, how do Millennialists say God did not know it was going to happen? No matter how clear God says he foreknow of the rejection and death of Christ at the hands of the Jews, Millennialists must deny that God did know for if He did know there could be no Millennium.
"AND WHEN THEY HAD FULFILLED ALL THINGS THAT WERE WRITTEN OF HIM, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a tomb. But, God raised him from the dead" [Acts 13:29].
"God has fulfilled the same unto our children, in that he raised up Jesus; AS ALSO IT WRITTEN IN THE SECOND PSALM, You are my Son, this day have I begotten you" [Acts 13:33]. "Brethren, hear me: Symeon has rehearsed how first God visited the Gentiles, TO TAKE OUT OF THEM A PEOPLE FOR HIS NAME, AND TO HIS AGREE THE WORDS OF THE PROPHETS; AS IT IS WRITTEN" [Acts 15:14-15]. Also Acts 24:14; Hebrews 1:7. It is the church that is being spoken of as "a people for his name."
"Concerning which salvation THE PROPHETS SOUGHT AND SEARCHED DILIGENTLY, WHO PROPHESIED OF THE GRACE THAT SHOULD COME UNTO YOU searching what time or what manner of the Spirit of Christ which was in them did point unto, WHEN IT TESTIFIED BEFOREHAND THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST, AND THE GLORIES THAT SHOULD FOLLOW THEM" [1 Peter 1;10-11]. The church and the Gospel bringing salvation to all nations are a part of "the glories that should follow" the sufferings of Christ. "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believes may in him have eternal life" [John 5:14-15]. The lifting up of the serpent by Moses was a foreshadow of the death of Christ. From the beginning Christ knew He would be rejected by the Jews and be lifted up on the cross. If He had not been, there would be no salvation for anyone; not for Jew, Gentile, not even for Israel if Christ had restored Israel and not have been lifted up and His blood had not been shed, yet Millennialists tell up that His being lifted up was not the plain of God and was unknown by God. The blood of animals cannot save. Without the death and resurrection of Jesus THERE WOULD BE NO SALVATION FOR ANYONE, NOT EVEN FOR ISRAEL IF CHRIST HAD RESTORED IT AND NOT HAVE SHED HIS BLOOD AND NOT EVEN IN THE MILLENNIUM. Yet, Millennialists tell us His death was not known about or planned by God. If Christ had restored the earthly kingdom of Israel, the Jews who would have had a part in it would still have been mortal and would all have died of old age. There would have been no eternal life in the earthly kingdom the Jews were looking for, and they did not think anyone in the restored kingdom would live beyond their normal lifetime just as Jews did not live beyond a normal lifetime when David was the king of Israel. Yet, Millennialists tell us an earthly kingdom of Israel restored to be just as it was in the time of David was the kind of kingdom God was going to set up and this earthly kingdom of Israel would have been much better then the church which was just a substitute to last only unto Christ comes back the restores the kingdom to Israel.

It is repeatedly said the prophesies knew beforehand and wrote of the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ, yet Millennialists say not so, not God or the prophets knew. "For I delivered unto your first of all that which also I received: THAT CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES; AND THAT HE WAS BURIED; AND THAT HE HAS BEEN RAISED ON THE THIRD DAY ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES" [1 Corinthians 15:3-4]. The scriptures Paul was speaking of were the Old Testament scriptures. How was the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus "according to the scriptures" if not even God foreknow about it?

Psalms 22:1; 16-18: "My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?...They pierced My hands and My feet...They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots." Psalms 69:21: "They also give Me gall for My food, and for My thirst they give Me vinegar to drink."

Psalms 2: "Why do the nations rage, and the peoples meditate a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against Jehovah, and against his anointed, saying, let us break their bonds asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sits in the heavens will laugh: The Lord will have them in derision. Then will he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure: yet I have set my king Upon my holy hill of Zion. I will tell of the decree: Jehovah said unto me, You are my son; This day have I begotten you. Ask of me, and I will give you the nations (foot note: Gentiles) for your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession."

Acts 4:24-25 quotes this Psalm and applied it to the first coming of Christ. Acts 13:33 applied it to the resurrection of Christ, not to His second coming and the Millennium. Hebrews 1:5 and Hebrews 5:5 both quote verse 7 as having been fulfilled. Verse 8 shows the world-wide nature of the Kingdom of Heaven, all who will believe.

Isaiah 7:14: "Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name IMMANUEL (God with us)." "Now all this is come to pass, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name IMMANUEL (God with us)" [Matthew 2:22-23: Luke 1:26-35].

Isaiah 9:6-7: "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with righteousness from henceforth, even forever."

Isaiah 53: "Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of Jehovah been revealed? For he grew up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he has no form nor comeliness; and when we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised, and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and as one from whom men hide their face he was despised; and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and Jehovah has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he opened not his mouth; as a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearer is dumb, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who among them considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due? And they made his grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in his death; although he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet, it pleased Jehovah to bruise him; he has put him to grief: when you shall make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of Jehovah shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by the knowledge of himself shall my righteous servant justify many; and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out his soul unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors: yet he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors." THIS CHAPTER OF ISAIAH IS A DEATH BLOW TO THE MILLENNIUM TEACHING THAT CHRIST WAS TO RESTORE THE KINGDOM TO ISRAEL, BUT BECAUSE THE JEWS REJECTED CHRIST AND PUT HIM TO DEATH, RESTORING ISRAEL AND THE KINGDOM WAS PUT OFF UNTO THE SECOND COMING. It is quoted and applied to Jesus as being fulfilled in Christ by six people in the New Testament.

1. By the apostle John in John 12:38
2. By the apostle Paul in Romans 10:16
3. By the apostle Matthew in Matthew 8:17
4. By the apostle Peter in 1 Peter 2:22
5. By Philip in Acts 8:32-38
6. By Luke in Luke 22:37

Millennialists tell us that Christ came to establish a temporal kingdom of Israel but did not establish it because He was rejected by the Jew, but will establish it when He comes a second time. YET, THEY TELL US CHRIST WAS REJECTED BECAUSE HE DID NOT ESTABLISH THE TEMPORAL KINGDOM OF ISRAEL HE CAME TO ESTABLISH, WHICH WAS THE VERY KIND OF KINGDOM THE JEWS WERE LOOKING FOR. Which way was it? It could not be both ways. According to Millennialists, He came to establish the kind of kingdom they were looking for and wanted, but they rejected Him because of it. If He came to establish the kingdom of Israel the Jews were looking for, why did they reject Him? Premillennialists now teach the same error the Jews believed, that the Christ was to set up an earthly kingdom of Jews. If Christ were just a man, as many Millennialists tell us he was, would the kingdom He set up of Jews have lasted any longer then the kingdom David set up? What would have happened to the kingdom after His death? The Jews would have had an earthly kingdom, but what would have happened to each Jew after his or her death? IF THE JEWS HAD NOT REJECTED CHRIST, HE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN PUT TO DEATH. IF CHRIST HAD NOT BE RESURRECTED, THERE WOULD BE NO RESURRECTION FOR ANYONE, JEW ARE GENTILE. DID SALVATION COME BECAUSE OF SOMETHING GOD DID NOT FORESEE?

1 Corinthians 10:3-4: "And did all eat the same spiritual food; and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drink of a spiritual rock that followed them: AND THE ROCK WAS CHRIST." "The Christ" footnote in American Standard Version. "The Anointed One" in the Christian Bible. Or as most Premillennialists would say, "The Messiah." The point Paul was making is that the Corinthians thought that the relationship they had with God was guaranteed because they believed Christ and He would look out for them, but he points out to them that the Jews had the very same privileges, that Christ was looking out for them, but many of them fell in the wilderness for God was not pleased with them. This clearly shows the preexistence of "the Messiah," and that the Messiah (Christ) accompanied the Jews all through the forty years in the wilderness. "WE MUST NOT PUT CHRIST TO THE TEST, AS SOME OF THEM DID, and were destroyed by serpents" [1 Corinthians 10:9 New Revised Standard Version]." NOR LET US TEMPT CHRIST, AS SOME OF THEM ALSO TEMPTED" [New King James Version]. Verse 9. Neither let us tempt Christ.

Adam Clarke "Christ: this was the Rock that followed them, and ministered to them; and this view of the subject is rendered more probable by what is said 1 Corinthians 10:9, that they tempted Christ, and were destroyed by serpents...that Christ is intended by the spiritual rock that followed them: and that it was he, not the rock, that did follow or accompany the Israelites in the wilderness. This was the angel of God's presence who was with the Church in the wilderness, to whom our fathers would not obey, as St. Stephen says, Acts 7:38,39...And this affords no mean proof that the person who is called Yehovah in the Old Testament, is called Christ in the New. By tempting Christ is meant disbelieving the providence and goodness of God; and presuming to prescribe to him how he should send them the necessary supplies, and of what kind they should be." Notes on 1 Corinthians 10:1-9.

Isaiah 6:1-10; John 12:41 "Jesus" in John 12:41 is the "Jehovah" of Isaiah 6:1-10. Albert Barnes says, "In the prophecy, Isaiah is said expressly to have seen JEHOVAH, Ver. 1, and in ver. 5: 'Mine eyes have seen the king, JEHOVAH of hosts.' By his glory is meant the manifestation of him, the shechinah, or visible cloud that was a representation to God, and that rested over the mercy-seat. This was regarded as equivalent to seeing God; and John here expressly applies this to the Lord Jesus Christ. For he is not affirming that the people did not believe in God, but is assigning the reason why they believe not on Jesus Christ as the Messiah. The whole discourse and illustration has respect to the Lord Jesus, and the natural construction of the passage requires us to refer it to him. John affirms that it was the glory of Messiah that Isaiah saw, and yet Isaiah affirms that it was JEHOVAH. And from this, the inference if irresistible that John regarded Jesus as the Jehovah, whom Isaiah saw. The name Jehovah is never in the Scriptures applied to a man, or an angel, or to any creature. It is the peculiar, incommunicable name of God. So great was the reverence of the Jews for that name that they would not even pronounce it. This passage is, therefore, conclusive proof that Christ is equal with the Father." Barnes' Notes on John 12:41. Adam Clarke says, "It appears evident from this passage, that the glory which the prophet saw was the glory of Jehovah; John, therefore, saying here that it was the glory of Jesus, shows that he considered Jesus to be Jehovah."

Isaiah 11:10: "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the root of Jesse that stands for an ensign of the people, UNTO HIM SHALL THE GENTILES SEEK; and his resting place shall be glorious." Romans 15:12: "And again, Isaiah says, 'There shall be the root of Jesse, and he that arises to rule over the Gentiles; on him shall the Gentiles hope.'" It is now that Isaiah said the Gentiles shall seek Him, therefore, God knew long before about both the rejection of Christ and about the church.

Isaiah 40:3: "The voice of one that cries, 'Prepare you in the wilderness the way of JEHOVAH; make level in the desert a highway for our GOD.'" In both Matthew 3:3 and Mark 1:3, John the Baptist says this was spoken of Jesus; therefore, JESUS is the JEHOVAH and GOD of Isaiah 40:3.

Psalms 45:6; Psalms 102 - Hebrews 1:6-12: "And let all the angels of God worship HIM...but of the Son he says 'Your throne, O GOD, is for ever and ever.'" Would God commanded the angels to worship someone who was just a man, just a created being, when throughout the Bible we are taught not to worship a man or any created being or thing? THE FACT THAT GOD SAID WORSHIP HIM AND HE IS CALLED "GOD" IN BOTH THE GREEK AND THE HEBREW (PSALMS 45:6) PROVE THAT HE IS NOT A CREATED BEING. But, the writer of Hebrews does not stop. Speaking of Jesus he says, "You Lord, in the beginning did lay the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of your hand: they shall perish; but you continue: and they all shall wax old a does a garment: and as a mantle shall you roll them up, as a garment, and they shall be changed; but you are the same, and your years shall not fail" (A quotation from Psalms 102:25-27). A clear statement that Christ made everything that has been made, and that He is eternal. PSALMS 102 IS A PRAYER TO GOD. IN IT GOD IS PRAISED (see verse one). It is addressed to Jehovah.. "BUT YOU, O JEHOVAH, WILL ABIDE FOREVER; And Your memorial name to all generations" [102:12 American Standard Version]. "For He has looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did JEHOVAH behold the earth" [102:19]. "I said, O MY GOD, take me not away in the midst of my days: your years are throughout all generations. Of old you did lay the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the work of your hands. They shall perish, but you shall endure; Yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a garment shall you change them, and they shall be changed: but you are the same, and your years shall have no end" [Psalms 102:24-27]. The earth came from nothing and will go back to nothing, but God remains the same. We learn from the writer of Hebrews that this is speaking of the Lord Jesus. He is speaking of Jesus the Son of the Father [Hebrews 1:1-14]. In Hebrews 1:10-12 he quotes Psalms 102:25-27 and applied it to Christ. "And You, LORD, in the beginning did lay the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of your hands: they shall perish; but you continues: and they all shall wax old as does a garment: and as a mantle shall you roll them up, as a garment, and they shall be changed: but you are the same, and your years shall not fail" [Hebrews 1:10-12]. The Hebrew writer takes this prayer, which is to God and applied it to Christ. If Christ were just a created being, this would be blasphemy.

Psalms 110 - Matthew 22:43-44: "What think you of the Christ? Whose son is he? They say unto him, the son of David. He said unto them, How then does David in the spirit call him Lord, saying, 'The Lord said unto my Lord, set you on my right hand, till I put your enemies underneath your feet?" The question is how can the Christ be both David's Lord and David's son. They believed the Christ would be born of the seed of David and reign over them. How then could He be David's Lord when He would be born long after the death of David? They could not answer Him. Neither can any that believe Christ did not preexist before His birth.

Isaiah 40:3 "A voice is calling, 'Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness; make smooth in the desert a highway for our GOD.'" Both Matthew and Mark says this was spoken about John the Baptist who came to prepare the way for Jesus ("a highway for our God") [Matthew 3:3; Mark 1:3].

Micah 5:2 "From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, FROM THE DAYS OF ETERNITY" New American Standard Bible. ["Have been from of old, FROM EVERLASTING" King James Version]. Christ existed from eternity, not as Millennialists say, "Only from His birth."

"THE ANGEL OF JEHOVAH"

"THE ANGEL OF JEHOVAH" appeared frequently in the Old Testament, and is called, "angel of Jehovah," "Jehovah," and "God." He possesses characteristics that can only belong to deity, and he accepted worship, which created angels did not [Revelation 22:8-9]. He is called "God" or "Jehovah" a number of times. See Genesis 16:7-13, 22:11-18; 31:13; 48:14; Exodus 3:2-22; [Joshua 5:13-15 and Judges 6:13-24] Judges 2:1-3; Zechariah 3:11; [Genesis 32:30 and Hosea 12:4-5].

The Angel of Jehovah appeared to Hagar:

Genesis 16:7-13 Before the birth of Ishmael. Moses, speaking by inspiration said, "And THE ANGEL OF JEHOVAH found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. And HE said, Hagar, Sarai's handmaid, whence come you? And where do you go? And she said, I am fleeing from the face of my mistress Sarai. And THE ANGEL OF JEHOVAH said unto her, return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hands. And THE ANGEL OF JEHOVAH said unto her, I will greatly multiply your seed, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. And THE ANGEL OF JEHOVAH said unto her, Behold, you are with child, and shall bear a son; and you shall call his name Ishmael, because JEHOVAH has heard your affliction...And she called the name of JEHOVAH THAT SPOKE UNTO HER, 'YOU ARE A GOD THAT SEES.'" In this passage Moses used three names referring to the same person (1) Jehovah (2) angel of Jehovah (3) God.
Genesis 21:16-20 After the birth of Ishmael. "Then she went and sat down opposite him, about a bow shot away, for she said, 'Do not let me see the boy die.' And she sat opposite him and lifted up her voice and wept. And God heard the lad crying; and THE ANGEL OF GOD called to Hager from heaven, and said to her, 'What is the matter with you Hagar? do not fear, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him by the hand; for I will make a great nation of him.'"

The Angel of Jehovah appeared to Abraham:

Genesis 18:1-21 about the birth of Isaac and the destruction of Sodom. It was "The angel of Jehovah" that spoke to Abraham and stopped him from offering his son [Genesis 22:11-18], and it was this same "angel of Jehovah" that said, "You has not withheld your son, your only son, FROM ME." Verse 14 in the Septuagint reads, "And Abraham called the name of that place, The Lord has seen; that they might say to-day, in the mount the Lord was seen."
"The angel of Jehovah called to Abraham from heaven, and said, 'BY MYSELF I HAVE SWORN, DECLARES JEHOVAH'" [Genesis 22:16]. THE ANGEL OF JEHOVAH called Himself "Jehovah." "By myself have I sworn, says Jehovah." The writer of Hebrews says, "For when God made promise to Abraham, since he could swear by none greater, he swore by himself...Wherein God, being minded to show more abundantly unto the heirs of the promise the immutability of his counsel, interposed with an oath; that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie" [Hebrews 6:13-18]. The angel of Jehovah calls himself "Jehovah" and the writer of Hebrews calls Him "God."

The Angel of Jehovah appeared to Jacob:

"And, behold, JEHOVAH stood above it, and said, I am Jehovah, the GOD of Abraham...And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head, and set it up for a pillar...And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of the city was Luz at the first" [Genesis 28:13-19]. "THE ANGEL OF GOD" SPOKE UNTO JACOB [GENESIS 31:11] AND SAYS "I AM THE GOD OF BETHEL, where you anointed a pillar" [Genesis 31:13]. In Genesis 28:11-17 where Jacob anointed a pillar, it was "JEHOVAH...the GOD of Abraham" that spoke to him. IN GENESIS 48:3 JACOB SAYS THIS "ANGEL OF GOD" THAT APPEARED TO HIM AT LUZ AND BLESSED HIM WAS "GOD ALMIGHTY."
"Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed; he wept, and made supplication unto HIM [the angel]: he found HIM [the angel] at Bethel, and there HE [the angel] spoke with us, even JEHOVAH, the GOD of hosts; JEHOVAH is his memorial name" [Hosea 12:4-5] "THE ANGEL" IS CALLED BY THE NAME OF "JEHOVAH" and "THE GOD OF HOSTS."

The Angel of Jehovah appeared to Moses:

"And THE ANGEL OF JEHOVAH appeared unto him [Moses] in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush...And when JEHOVAH saw that he turned aside to see, GOD called unto him out of the midst of the bush...put off your shoes from off your feet, for the place whereon you stand is holy ground." [Exodus 3:1-4]. Then in verse 6 the "ANGEL OF JEHOVAH" says, "I am the GOD of your father, the GOD of Abraham, the GOD if Isaac, and the GOD of Jacob." Moses was still speaking to "the ANGEL OF JEHOVAH" but in verse 13 says Moses was speaking to God, "And Moses said unto GOD."
Moses, still in the same conversation with "THE ANGEL OF JEHOVAH," "I will send you unto Pharaoh, that you may bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt" [Exodus 3:10]. Also, still in the same conversation with "THE ANGEL OF JEHOVAH," "And they shall say to me, 'What is his name? What shall I say unto them'? And GOD said unto Moses, 'I AM THAT I AM'; and he said, 'Thus shall you say unto the children of Israel, I AM has sent me unto you...this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.'" [Exodus 3:13-15]. Jesus said He is "I AM" [John 8:58]. [See Revelation 1:8; 4:8].
Stephen said, "AN ANGEL APPEARED TO HIM [MOSES]...IN A FLAME OF FIRE IN A BUSH...THERE CAME A VOICE OF THE LORD, I AM THE GOD OF YOUR FATHERS, THE GOD OF ABRAHAM...him [Moses] has God sent to be both a ruler and a deliverer with the hand of the angel that appeared to him [Moses] in the bush" [Acts 7:30-34]. "I AM JEHOVAH YOUR GOD, WHO BROUGHT YOU OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT" [Exodus 20:2]. "AND THE ANGEL OF JEHOVAH...SAID, I MADE YOU TO GO UP OUT OF EGYPT" [JUDGES 2:1]. The three persons in the Godhead are one God. The angel of Jehovah is one of the Godhead, but not the Father. "WHO, EXISTING IN THE FORM OF GOD, COUNTED NOT THE BEING ON AN EQUALITY WITH GOD A THING TO BE GRASPED." [Philippians 2:6].
Also Exodus 23:20-23

The Angel of Jehovah appeared to Joshua:

"And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood A MAN over against him with his sword drawn in his hand; and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Are you for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but AS PRINCE OF THE HOST OF JEHOVAH AM I NOW COME. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What say my lord unto his servant? And the prince of Jehovah's host said unto Joshua, Put off the shoe from off your foot; for the place whereon you stand is holy. And Joshua did so. Now Jericho was tightly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. And JEHOVAH said unto Joshua" [Joshua 5:13-15]. He is called (1) a man (2) the prince of Jehovah's host (3) Jehovah. The "angel of Jehovah" and "the prince of the host of Jehovah" said the ground near them was holy. No common angel would say the ground He was standing on was holy. Only one of the Godhead.

The Angel of Jehovah appeared to Judah when under the leadership of Joshua:

"And THE ANGEL OF JEHOVAH came up from Gilgal to Bochim. And he said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sworn unto your fathers; and said, I will never break my covenant with you: and you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall break down their altars. But, you have not hearkened unto my voice: why have you done this? Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you. And it came to pass, when THE ANGEL OF JEHOVAH spoke these words unto all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voice, and wept. And they called the name of that place Bochim; and they sacrificed there unto JEHOVAH" [Judges 2:1-5]. THREE POINTS:

1. "THE ANGEL OF JEHOVAH...said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I swore unto your fathers." Exodus 20:2 says, "I AM JEHOVAH YOUR GOD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt."

2. "THE ANGEL OF JEHOVAH...said... I will never break my covenant with you." In Leviticus 26:44-45 it is JEHOVAH who said He will never break HIS covenant He made with their ancestors.

3. THE ANGEL OF JEHOVAH said, "I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you." But in Joshua 23:13 it was JEHOVAH that said He would not drive them out and they would be a snare and a thorn to them.

4. "I AM JEHOVAH YOUR GOD, WHO BROUGHT YOU OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT" [Exodus 20:2]. "AND THE ANGEL OF JEHOVAH...SAID, I MADE YOU TO GO UP OUT OF EGYPT" [JUDGES 2:1]. The three persons in the Godhead are one God. The "ANGEL OF JEHOVAH" is one of the Godhead, therefore, is God.

The Angel of Jehovah appeared to Gideon:

"And the ANGEL OF JEHOVAH came, and sat under the oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites. And the ANGEL OF JEHOVAH appeared unto him, and said unto him, Jehovah is with you, you mighty man of valor. And Gideon said unto him, Oh, my lord, if Jehovah is with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where are all his wondrous works which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not Jehovah bring us up from Egypt? but now Jehovah has cast us off, and delivered us into the hand of Midian. And JEHOVAH looked upon him, and said, Go in this your might, and save Israel from the hand of Midian: have not I sent you? And he said unto him, Oh, Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is the poorest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house. And JEHOVAH said unto him, Surely I will be with you, and you shall smite the Midianites as one man. And he said unto him, If now I have found favor in your sight, then show me a sign that it is you that talks with me. Depart not hence, I pray you, until I come unto you, and bring forth my present, and lay it before you. And he said, I will tarry until you come again. And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of meal: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented it. And the ANGEL OF GOD said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so. Then the ANGEL OF JEHOVAH put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there went up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and the ANGEL OF JEHOVAH departed out of his sight. And Gideon saw that he was the ANGEL OF JEHOVAH; and Gideon said, Alas, O Lord Jehovah! for as much as I have seen the ANGEL OF JEHOVAH face to face. And Jehovah said unto him, Peace be unto you; fear not: you shall not die. Then Gideon built an altar there unto Jehovah, and called it Jehovah-shalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites." [Judges 6:11-24]. In his DUD, "God, And His Messiah" Eddie K. Garrett says when Christ is called "Lord" it is used in the same way we use "Mr." and "Sir," and is not saying Christ is deity. In English "Lord" is used both as a title as we use "Mr." and in speaking of God as being God. In the Hebrew different words are used. The way Gideon changes words shows a progress in how he perceived whom he was speaking to.

In Judges 6:13 "Lord" is from the Hebrew "assign," which is used of men much as we use "Mr." "And Gideon said unto him Oh, my lord (assign)."

 

In Judges 6:15 "Lord" is from the Hebrew "Adonai" which is a name for God.

In Judges 6:22 "Lord" is from the Hebrew "Jehovah." "Then the angel of the Lord vanished from his sight. When Gideon saw that he was the angel of the Lord, he said, 'Alas, O Lord God! For now I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face.'" [New American Standard Version].

The Angel of Jehovah appeared to Muons wife:

In Judges 13:3 it was "THE ANGEL OF THE LORD" that appeared to her. In Judges 13:9 it was "THE ANGEL OF GOD." In Judges 13:22 Mooney called this angel "GOD." "We shall surely die, for we have seen GOD." Both Gideon and Muons wife saw the Angel of God and thought they would die for they had seen God.

The New King James Version capitalized "Angel" in these passages when they considered it to be a "theophany" an appearance of God in a form that can be seen.

Jesus said, "Before Abraham was born, I AM" [John 8:58]. "The origin and meaning of the name Jehovah are especially brought out in relation to Israel. When Moses at the burning bush says to God: 'Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The Elm of your fathers has sent me unto you; and they shall say unto me, What is his name? What shall I say unto them?' And the Lord said to Moses, 'I am that I am.' The words could be rendered, 'I will be that I will be,' and often the word is used in that sense, 'I will be with thee.' Its origin is exactly the same as that of Jehovah--being, existence--and certainly denotes the One who will always be: personal, continuous, absolute existence." Nathan J. Stone "Names of God" Page 20. In Exodus 3:13-15 "The angel of Jehovah" says he is "I am that I am." MOST CONSERVATIVE BIBLE SCHOLARS AGREE THAT THE ANGEL OF JEHOVAH THAT IS USED OFTEN IN THE OLD TESTAMENT IS CHRIST.
There are other passage where the Angel of Jehovah is found, but these are more than enough to show Christ was working throughout the Old Testament. See Judges 13:1-22; Genesis 48:15-16; 32:28; 32;24; Exodus 23:20-21; 32:34; Isaiah 63:8-9. The angel of Jehovah is God, but He is distinguished from God the father, yet they are one God.

WHO IS TO BE WORSHIPPED?

THE BIBLE CLEARLY TEACHES THAT IDOLATRY IS A SIN. IT MAY BE THE MOST CONDEMNED SIN IN THE BIBLE. The word of God is clear that only God is to be worshiped. Not other gods, idols, nothing in His creation, images, saints, angels, or Satan [Matthew 4:10]. Yet the Angel of Jehovah accepted worship, which created angels did not [Revelation 22:8-9]. Christ is WORSHIPPED through out the New Testament by many with no rebuked.

The wise men WORSHIPPED Christ [Matthew 2:2; 2:11].
A leper WORSHIPPED Christ [Matthew 8:2].
"There came a certain ruler, and WORSHIPPED Him" [Matthew 9:18].
"They that were in the boat WORSHIPPED him [Matthew 14:33].
His disciples WORSHIPPED Him [Matthew 28:9].
From a Canaanite woman [Matthew 15:22-28].
From the mother of the sons of Zebedee [Matthew 20:20].
"And when they saw Him, they WORSHIPPED Him" [Matthew 28:17].
The man from the tombs, "But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and WORSHIPPED Him" [Mark 5:6].
"He was parted from them, and carried up into heaven, and they WORSHIPPED Him" [Luke 24:51].
The man born blind said, "Lord, I believe. And he WORSHIPED him" [John 9:38]. Thomas WORSHIPED Jesus [John 20:38].
"He (God) says, 'And let all the angels of God WORSHIP Him'" [Hebrews 1:6; Psalms 148:2]. "Worthy is the Lamb that has been slain to receive the power, and riches, and wisdom, and might and honor, and glory, and blessing. And every created thing which is in the heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and on the sea, and all things are in them, heard I saying, Unto him that sits on the throne, and unto the Lamb, be the blessing, and the honor, and the glory, and the dominion, for ever and ever. And the four living creatures said, Amen. And the elders fell down and WORSHIPPED " [Revelation 5:12-14].

The Bible is clear in it's teaching that only God is to be worshipped [Exodus 34:14; Psalms 81:9; 97:7; Isaiah 42:8; 48:11; Matthew 4:10; Luke 4:8; Revelation 19:10]. Jesus is worshipped. If He is not deity, to worship Him would be a sin and His accepting worship would make Him a sinner. If Millennialists were right when they teach He is not deity, the New Testament must be thrown out for it is a fraud, and Christ must be completely rejected. "Thus says JEHOVAH, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, JEHOVAH of hosts; I am the first, and the last; and besides me there is no God." Isaiah 44:6 is quoted and applied to Christ in Revelation 1:17.

THE OLD AND NEW COVENANTS

"Behold, the days come, SAYS JEHOVAH, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt...But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after these days, SAYS JEHOVAH: I will put my law in their inward parts, and in their heart will I write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people: and they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know Jehovah: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, says Jehovah: for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin will I remember no more" [Jeremiah 31:31-34]. It was Jehovah that said He would take away the first. The writer of Hebrews applied this to Christ. "Then said I. Lo, I am come (In the roll of the book it is written of me) To do your will, O God. Saying above, Sacrifices and offering and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you would not, neither had pleasure therein (the which are offered according to the law), then has HE [Christ] said, Lo, I am come to do your will. HE [Christ] takes away the first, that HE [Christ] may establish the second. By which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all" [Hebrews 9:7-18]. It was Christ that took away the first covenant. A man could not take away a covenant made by God. "We have such a high priest, [Christ]...But now has he [Christ] obtained a ministry the more excellent, by so much as HE [Christ] is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted upon better promises. For if the first covenant had been faultless, then would no place have been sought for a second. For finding fault with them, HE [Christ] says, behold, the days come, says the Lord, that I [Christ] will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah; not according to the covenant that I [Christ] made with their fathers in the day that I [Christ] took them by the hand to lead them forth out of the land of Egypt; for they continued not in my covenant, and I [Christ] regarded them not, says the Lord. For this is the covenant that I [Christ] will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord; I [Christ] will put my laws into their mind, and on their heart also will I [Christ] write them: and I [Christ] WILL BE TO THEM A GOD, and they shall be to me a people" [Hebrews 8:1-13]. "For where a testament (covenant) is, there must of necessity be the death of him that made it" [Hebrews 9:16]. It was by His death that the Lord made the covenant we are now under. "Lo, I [Christ] am come to do your will. HE [Christ] takes away the first, that he [Christ] may establish the second. By which will [covenant] we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest indeed stands day by day ministering and offering often times the same sacrifices, the which can never take away sins; but HE [Christ], when HE [Christ] had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God" [Hebrews 10:9-13]. It was Christ (called "Jehovah" in Jeremiah 31:31-34) that took away the first covenant and made a new covenant. No man or angel could have taken the first covenant away, and no man of angel could make a new covenant for us. Jesus and God are one God. "I and the Father are one" [John 10:30]. "That they may be one, even as we are...that they may all be one; even as you, father, are in me, and I in you...that they may be one, even as we are one" [John 17:11-22]. We may not be able to understand the mystery of how one God is made up of three persons, but the Bible clearly teaches that the three are one. Nor can we understand the great mystery of how a husband and wife are one flesh [Ephesians 5:31-32].

TWO JEHOVAH'S IN ONE VERSE

"Thus says (first) JEHOVAH, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, (second) JEHOVAH of Hosts; I am the first, and the last; AND BESIDES ME THERE IS NO GOD (first and second Jehovah together)" [Isaiah 44:6]. "And besides me there is no God" is applied to both Jehovah's.

First Jehovah: "Thus says JEHOVAH, the King of Israel"
Second Jehovah: "And his Redeemer, JEHOVAH of Hosts"
First and second Jehovah together say: "I am the first, and the last; AND BESIDES ME THERE IS NO GOD"

BOTH SAY, "I AM THE FIRST AND THE LAST, AND BESIDES ME THERE IS NO GOD." The name Jehovah means to be a being that is self-existent, therefore, can be applied to both the Father and the Son, also the Holy Spirit.
In the New Testament, God the Father calls the Son "God." "But of the Son [Christ] He [God the Farther] says, YOUR THRONE, O GOD [Christ], is for ever and ever" [Hebrews 1:8; Psalms 45:6]. In this passage, God the Father calls Christ "God."

A FEW PREMILLENNIALISTS MAY BELIEVE IN THE PREEXISTENCE AND DEITY OF CHRIST, BUT THE PREDOMINATE BELIEF AMONG THEM IS THAN HE DID NOT EXIST BEFORE HIS BIRTH. THEY HAVE DENIED THAT CHRIST IS NOW OR EVER HAVE BEEN EQUAL WITH GOD AND DENIED THAT CHRIST HAD ANY PART IN MAKING THE EARTH AND MAN. With them, Satan has won. They have denied Christ.

1. If Jesus is not God, all that worship Him are idolaters.
2. If Jesus is God, all that say He was just a good man, just the man that was chosen by God over all other man, have they not denied the Christ? Is Premillennialism not antichrist? Either # 1 any person who worships a man as if He were God, is an idolater and blasphemer

Or # 2 any person who denies the Christ is antichrist [1 John 2:22-23].

Is not one or the other a sin that will bring death to those who believe and teach it? Is there anyway that the one that is such a sin as one of the two would be, to be acceptable to God?

If one person can believe Christ is God and another person believes Christ to be only a man, a created being, and both are acceptable to God; is there anything that any person can believe and not be acceptable to God; or is there anything that a person does not believe that will make him or her not be acceptable to God?

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CHAPTER 4

 

CHRIST AS REVILED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

 

"Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which translated means, 'God with us'" [Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6].

"And Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, your sins are forgiven. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why does this man thus speak? He blasphemes: who can forgive sins but one, even God?" [Mark 2:5-7].

"For this cause; therefore, the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only brake the Sabbath, but also called God his own father, making Himself equal with God" [John 5:18].

"But the man from whom the demons were gone out prayed him that he might be with him: but he sent him away, saying, Return to your house, and declare how great things GOD has done for you. And he went his way, publishing throughout the whole city how great things JESUS had done for him" [Luke 8:28-39].

" Christ Jesus: who , existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of man; and being found in fashion as a man. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross"" [Philippians 2:5-8].

"Looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ" [Titus 2:13].

" But of the Son he says Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever" [Hebrews 1:8]. "By the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ" [2 Peter 1:1].

Jesus said unto John, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is a thirst of the fountain of water of life freely. He that over comes shall inherit these thing: and I will be his God, and he shall be my son" [Revelation 21:6-7].

"And He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities; all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together" [Colossians 1:15-17]. This passage tells up four things about Jesus.

[1] JESUS IS ONE WITH THE FATHER. "And He is the image of the invisible God." Also Hebrews 1:3.
[2] JESUS CREATED ALL THINGS IN THE HEAVENS AND ON EARTH. "For BY HIM ALL THINGS WERE CREATED, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities; ALL THINGS HAVE BEEN CREATED BY HIM AND FOR HIM." "By faith we understand that the worlds have been framed BY THE WORD OF GOD so that what is seen has not been made out of things which appear" [Hebrews 11:3]. Also, Psalms 33:9; 148:5.
[3] JESUS WAS BEFORE ALL THINGS IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH. "And He is before all things."
[4] JESUS UPHOLDS THE UNIVERSE. "In Him all things hold together." Jesus is "upholding all things by the word of his power" [Hebrews 1:3].

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JESUS AS REVILED IN JOHN'S GOSPEL
THE PERSON WHO CAME FROM GOD AND RETURNED TO GOD

The theme of John's Gospel is Jesus who is God, was with God before the world was, came from God, made eternal life available to man, and went back to God. One cannot believe this Gospel and believe the view of many Millennialists that Jesus was just a man and did not exist before His birth.

JESUS THE WORD WAS IN THE BEGINNING WITH GOD - JESUS, THE WORD, WAS GOD- HE MADE ALL THING

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and THE WORD WAS GOD. He was in the beginning with God. ALL THINGS COME INTO BEING BY HIM, and apart from Him nothing came into being that came into being" [John 1:1-2].
"He was in the world, and THE WORLD WAS MADE THROUGH HIM" [John 1:10]. "And the Word became flesh, and dwelled among us, and we beheld His glory as the only begotten from the Father" [John 1:14].
That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we beheld, and our hands handled, concerning the Word of life (and the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare unto you the life, the eternal life, WHICH WAS WITH THE FATHER, and was manifested unto us)" [1 John 1:1-2].

"In the beginning was the Word" [John 1:l].

 

"That which was from the beginning" [1 John 1:1].

 

EXISTED BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS BORN

 

"Jesus said to them, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am'" [John 8:58]. EQUAL WITH GOD - ONE WITH GOD

"For this cause, therefore, the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God" [John 5:18].
"I and the Father are one" [John 10:30].

JESUS IS THE ONLY BEGOTTEN GOD

 

"No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him" [John 1:18].

 

JESUS MADE HIMSELF OUT TO BE GOD

 

"The Jews answered Him, 'For a good word we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God" [John 10:30-34].

 

JESUS HAS LIFE IN HIMSELF

 

"For just as the Father his life in Himself, even so, He give to the Son also to have life in Himself" [John 5:26].

 

JESUS THE BREAD OF LIFE-THE POWER TO GIVE AND SUSTAIN LIFE AND RAISE THE DEAD

As bread sustains physical life, believing in Christ sustains eternal life and the person that believes has this bread of life. Christ has the power and will raise him or her from the dead [John 6:47-63]. The water of life [John 4:14]. If Jesus has been just a man, He would not have the power to give life or raise the dead.

JESUS WAS SENT BY GOD FROM HEAVEN - HAS SEEN GOD

"For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him" [John 3:17].
"That the father has sent Me. And the Father who sent Me, He has borne witness of Me" [John 5:36-37].
"Jesus said to them; 'My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me'" [John 4:34]. "He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him" [John 5:23]. "He who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life" [John 5:24]. "My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me" [John 5:30].
"The very works that I do, bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. And the Father who sent Me, He has borne witness of Me" [John 5:36-37].
"This is the work of God that you believe in Him whom He has sent" [John 6:29]. "As the living Father sent Me" [John 6:57].
"Not that any man has seen the Father, except the One who is from God" [John 6:46]. "And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone" [John 8:29].
"Do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world" [John 10:36]. "But the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me commandment" [John 12:49]. "He who receives Me receives Him who sent Me" [John 13:20].
"But now I am going to Him who sent Me" [John 16:5].
"For the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth for You, and they believed that You did send Me" [John 17:8]. "As You did send Me into the world" [John 17:18].
"That the world may believe that You did send Me" [John 17:21].
"That the world may believe that You did send Me" [John 17"23].
"And these have known that You did send Me" [John 17:25].

JESUS CAME DOWN OUT OF HEAVEN - DESCENDED FROM HEAVEN

"And no one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven, even the Son of Man" [John 3:13].
"For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world...The Jews therefore were grumbling about Him, because He said, I am the bread that came down out of heaven'...How does He now say, 'I have come down out of heaven'?...I am the living bread that came down out of heaven" [John 6:32-51].
"This is the bread which came down out of heaven" [John 6:58].
"For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world" [John 18:37].

JESUS ASCENDING BACK TO HEAVEN WHERE HE WAS BEFORE

"What then if you should behold the Son of Man ascending where He was before" [John 6:62]. "For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from the Father. I come forth from the Father, and have come into the world; I am leaving the world again, and going to the Father" [John 16:27-28].

JESUS GOING TO HEAVEN TO PREPARE A PLACE OF US IN HEAVEN

"In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also" [John 14:2-3].
"I go to the Father" [John 14:12].
"If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced, because I go to the Father" [John 14:28]. "Jesus knowing that His hour came that He should depart out of this world to the Father" [John 13:1].

JESUS ONE WITH GOD

"That they may be one, even as We are" [John 17:11].
"That they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You" [John 17:21]. Just as believes are one, but not one person; so also is God and Christ one, but not one person.

GOD LOVED JESUS BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD

"For You did love me before the foundation of the world" [John 17:24].
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JESUS AS REVILED IN HEBREWS
"God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through [through Christ] whom also He made the world. And He [Christ] is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power...You, Lord, (Jesus) in the beginning did lay the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of Your hands; they will perish, but You remain; and they all will become old as a garment, and as a mantle, You will roll them up; as a garment they will also be changed. But, You are the same, and Your years will not come to an end" [Hebrews 1:1-12].

It is clear that the writer of Hebrews thought Christ was more than just a man. In Hebrews Christ is:

1. Greater than the angels [Hebrews 1:7].
2. His throne (kingdom) is forever and ever [Hebrews 1:8].
3. Christ made the earth and the heavens [Hebrews 1:10; Psalms 102:25-27].
4. The earth and the heavens shall come to an end, but Christ will continue [Hebrews 1:11-12].
5. Christ upholds all things by the power of His word [Hebrews 1:3].
6. Christ is the very image of God's substance [Hebrews 1:3].
7. Brought the power of the devil to nothing by His death [Hebrews 2:4].
8. Christ is over His house, and we (the church) are His house [Hebrews 3:6].
9. He is our great high priest who has passed through the heavens [Hebrews 4:14]. 10. He is the author of eternal salvation to all that obeys Him [Hebrews 5:9].
11. He is a priest "after the power of an endless life" [Hebrews 7:16].
12. He "abides forever" and is able to save them that come to Him [Hebrews 7:25-26]. 13. He is the mediator of a better covenant [Hebrews 8:6].
14. He is high priest of the good thing to come, a greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with man's hands, not of this creation (not of this earth) [Hebrews 9:11].
15. He entered into Heaven [Hebrews 9:24].
16. Through Christ we receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken [Hebrews 12:28]. 17. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and for ever" [Hebrews 13:8].

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CHAPTER 5
THE NATURE OF CHRIST
WHILE HE WAS FLESH AND DWELLED AMONG US [John 1:14]

(1) Jesus Christ, the God who became man

"WHO, EXISTING IN THE FORM OF GOD, COUNTED NOT THE BEING ON AN EQUALITY WITH GOD A THING TO BE GRASPED, BUT EMPTIED HIMSELF, TAKING THE FORM OF A SERVANT, BEING MADE IN THE LIKENESS OF MAN; (in the image of Adam) and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death, yea, the death of the cross. Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and gave unto him the name which is above every name; that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, OF THING IN HEAVEN and things on earth and under the earth" [Philippians 2:6-11]. Is there anyone who cannot see that Christ existed with God BEFORE HE EMPTIED HIMSELF, BEFORE HE WAS MADE IN THE LIKENESS OF MAN; THEREFORE, HE EXISTED BEFORE HIS BIRTH. Only those who do not want to see will not see, and nothing could be said that would make them believe.
"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich" [2 Corinthians 8:9]. He was never rich when He was on this earth. See Luke 9:"58. He was rich before He came to earth. He was rich in Heaven before He "emptied himself, taking the form of a servant."
AND THE WORD BECAME FLESH, AND DWELLED AMONG US" [John 1:14] "Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people" [Hebrews 2:17].

(2) Jesus Christ, the God who died my death for my sin

"But now once at the end of the ages he has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself" [Hebrews 9:26].
"BUT WE BEHOLD HIM WHO HAS BEEN MADE A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS, EVEN JESUS, BECAUSE OF THE SUFFERING OF DEATH, CROWNED WITH GLORY AND HONOR, THAT BY THE GRACE OF GOD HE SHOULD TASTE OF DEATH FOR EVERY MAN. For it became him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the author of their salvation perfect through sufferings" [Hebrews 2:9-10]. "Since then the children are sharers in flesh and blood, he also himself in like manner partook of the same; that through death he might bring to naught (nothing) him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and might deliver all them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage" [Hebrews 2:14-15]. When He preexisted equal with God, He could not die. Only by emptying Himself and becoming a man could He die our death for our sins and deliver us from the power of death.
"For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him" [John 3:17].
"BUT, WE DO SEE JESUS, WHO, FOR A LITTLE WHILE WAS MADE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS, NOW CROWNED WITH GLORY AND HONOR because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone" [Hebrews 2:5-8 New Revised Standard Version]

THE NATURE OF CHRIST NOW AND FOR ALL ETERNITY

 

(1) Jesus Christ, the God who lives

The nature of Jesus now, while He is in Heaven at the right hand of God, and the nature He will have after the judgment is the nature we will have. "WHEN HE APPEARS, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM, BECAUSE WE SHALL SEE HIS JUST AS HE IS" [1 John 3:2]. Is Jesus now a flesh and blood being in Heaven as He was when He was on earth? Some believe He will be when he comes back and will forever live on earth with a human body. They believe our resurrected body will look like the resurrected body of Jesus before He was received up; that our resurrected body will look just as He looked after His resurrection before He was received up, we will look and have the same kind of body He had, the same body we now have but restored to be like Adam before he ate of the tree. Do they think that Jesus is now an earthly being and eating earthly food while He is in Heaven? But John tells us, no, you will not look as you do now, we know that Jesus looked like a man while He was on earth, but it has not been made known to us what we will be. "Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM, BECAUSE WE SHALL SEE HIS JUST AS HE IS" [1 John 3:2].
"Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you INTO HEAVEN, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go INTO HEAVEN" [Acts 1:11]. "And to wait for His Son FROM HEAVEN" [1 Thessalonians 1:10]. The Christ that descended (from Heaven) is the Christ that ascended (back to Heaven) "When he ASCENDED ON HIGH, (When did He ascend on high - Heaven? Fifty days after His resurrection Acts 1:9-11) he led captivity captive, AND GAVE GIFTS UNTO MEN." What are the gifts He gave unto men and when did He give them? It was the apostles, prophets, evangelists, etc. that He gave to the early church. "He that descended (from Heaven) is the same that ASCENDED FAR ABOVE ALL THE HEAVENS (Probably the sky, far above all the stars. The same one that descended from Heaven is the same one that ascended back "on high" Heaven, which is far above all the stars). And he give some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; (When did He give these gifts unto man? After He ascended back to Heaven from which He had descended) for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ" Ephesians 4:8-16. "Even though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now we know him so no more" [2 Corinthians 5:16].

THE CHRIST JOHN SAW. In Revelation 1:12-18 John sees a vision of Christ. John, who had been with Christ for three and a half years, saw "The Lord of Glory." The glory, the awesomeness of the grandeur was so overpowering that John was so awe struck by His glory that John "fell at His feet as a dead man." John saw Christ in His glory as He is now, not as John had seen Him when He was "like His brethren in all things" [Hebrews 2:17].

1. John had seen Him on earth when He was "like His brethren in all things" [Hebrews 2:17]. 2. John sees a vision of Christ in the grandeur He now has in Heaven [Revelation 1:12-18]. WHAT KIND OF BODY DOES CHRIST NOW HAVE? "The first man was of earth, formed from dust, the second is from heaven" [1 Corinthians 15:47 The New American Bible].

 

"The first man Adam became A LIVING SOUL (psukee)" [1 Corinthians 15:45]. Nehphesh in Old Testament, psukee in New Testament. A living breathing being of this earth.

 

Adam was "that which is natural" Verse 46.

 

Adam was "of the earth, earthy" Verse 47.

 

"As we have borne the image of the earthy" Verse 49 Which is "A natural body" Verse 44.

 

"The last Adam became A LIFE-GIVING SPIRIT" [1 Corinthians 15:45].

 

Christ is "that which is spiritual" Verse 46.

 

Christ is "of heaven" Verse 47.

 

"We shall also bear the image of the heavenly" Verse 49 Which is a "spiritual body" Verse 44.

Ephesians 1:20-23 "Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and made him to sit his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named."

A RED WARNING FLAG: In the thousands of web pages and the many books I have read, I have found that most who use "God's Messiah," "God's anointed one," "Yahweh," or some of the other names they use in the place of Christ Jesus most always give Him a lower place than "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in he beginning with God. All things were made through Him; and without Him was not anything made that has been made" [John 1:1-3]. Some make Him be not much more than a glorified man. Many make Him be a created being, not the creator. A few teach that Satan was at one time God's number one created being, but when he sinned and was cast out of Heaven, Christ took his place. Most make Him be something more than a men as he is now but less than God. THERE ARE SOME WHO USE NAMES LIKE "GOD'S MESSIAH" TO MAKE CHRIST BE LESS THAN HE "WHO, EXISTING IN THE FORM OF GOD, COUNTED NOT THE BEING ON AN EQUALITY WITH GOD A THING TO BE GRASPED " [Philippians 2:6-11]. Much of the writing by Premillennialism writers are unclear and hard to understand, most likely because there are many versions of Premillennialism, but if I understand them, many of them do not believe Christ has always existed or that He is equal with God. They seem to be saying that He came into being at His birth and is now only temporary in Heaven, and that when He returns to earth, He will always be on earth with a body of this earth.

NOTE: "Messiah" is a Biblical name. Christ is the Greek translation of Messiah [John 1:41], but look out when something like "God's anointed one," "Yahweh," or "God's Messiah" is used. This writer believes Premillennialism is one of, if not the most Antichrist teaching in the world, but their Antichrist teaching is being done in the name of God and in a way that will make many believe they are hearing the truth about Christ; that He is not God, but just a man. Satan does not care if you believe Christ is the greatest man that ever lived and that He is the most chosen man by God, JUST AS LONG AS YOU BELIEVE HE IS JUST A MAN FOR THEN YOU HAVE DENIED THE CHRIST, THEREFORE, YOU BELONG TO SATAN, NOT TO GOD. Those who believe this Antichrist teaching cannot obey the gospel, they have rejected Jesus and made Him into a man. No man could save us from the wages of our sin, death. To deny Christ is to take away all hope of eternal life.

Paul often used "Lord" ["Kurios" in the Greek is translated from "Yahweh - Jehovah" in the Hebrew]. In the Old Testament Yahweh - Jehovah was one who had no beginning, one who has always existed.

"Premillennialism is no barren speculation - useless though true, and innocuous though false. It is a school of Scripture interpretation; in impinges upon and affects some of the most commanding points of the Christian faith; and, when suffered to work its unimpeded way, it stops not till it has pervaded with it own genius the entire system of one's theology, and the whole tone of his spiritual character, constructing, I had almost said, a world of its own...he yet sees things through a medium of his own, and finds every thing instinct with the life which this doctrine has generated with him" David Brown, "Christ's Second Coming" Page 8, 1858.

PREMILLENNIALISM: FROM GOD OR SATAN? THE PREMILLENNIAL TEACHING ABOUT CHRIST.

There are divisions in Premillennialism. Most Premillennialists believe it was prophesied that Christ was to set up an earthly kingdom on the throne of David and reign from Jerusalem, but because the Jews rejected Him the establishment of the kingdom was put off unto after His second coming and the church was established instead. They believe the Jews will be restored, and the temple rebuilt and temple worship restored.

Some Premillennialists believe Christ did not exist unto His birth. Other Premillennialists believe Christ existed equal with God before His birth, but He was raised a man and He is now a man at the right hand of God and will be a man when He returns to rule the earth and will forever be a man. Some Premillennialists believe Christ, who they do not call Christ, but "God's Messiah" will rule the earth from Jerusalem on the throne of David, and that the body we now have will live forever on this earth, and some that we will have the same the body that we now have but that it will be changed in such a way that it is not really the body we now have and the earth will not really be the earth that we now live on but a new earth.

To many, to put this body off and put on a new "spiritual body," and move from the earth that they know, to a place they know nothing about what it is like is a scaring and frightening thing. This version of Premillennialism says no, you can keep the body you now have but it will be greatly improved. It will not have any of the bad things that many bodies now have, and it will live forever on this earth that you know, but it will be a greatly improved earth. Satan says you can have all this. All you have to do is to believe Christ is just a man, greater than any other man, but still just a man. That He had no preexistence before His birth.

YOU CANNOT BELIEVE THE VIEW OF MANY MILLENNIALISTS ON THE PREEXISTENCE AND DEITY OF CHRIST. THEY DENY THAT CHRIST IS NOW OR EVER HAVE BEEN EQUAL WITH GOD. MANY DENY THAT CHRIST HAD ANY PART IN MAKING THE EARTH AND MAN. Not only must the preexistence and deity of Christ be denied, but many versions of Premillennialism are also dependence of the earthly body being raised and existing forever. "Flesh and blood" must inherit the kingdom of God. Though some Premillennialists changes the body and also changes the earth they say the earthly body that will be resurrected will be changed to such an extent that no one now would know their own body and the earth changed to such an extent that no one would know it to be the same earth, yet they say this body we now have must be raised and live forever in the kingdom of God on this earth. With some, the change of the body or the change of the earth does not seem to be as great as it is with others, BUT IT MUST BE THIS EARTHLY BODY OF FLESH AND BLOOD. WITHOUT IT, THE WHOLE OF PREMILLENNIALISM FALLS. What body we will have in the resurrection is discussed in "Unconditional Immortality Or Resurrection Of The Dead" by William Robert West, ISBN: 0-7414-4620-0.

If you believe the view of Christ which many Premillennialists have, Satan has won the victory. It does not matter that you believe any other part of the Bible for Satan has won. You will have denied Christ. "But there arose false prophets also among the people, AS AMONG YOU ALSO THERE SHALL BE FALSE TEACHERS, WHO SHALL PRIVILY BRING IN DESTRUCTIVE HERESIES, DENYING EVEN THE MASTER THAT BOUGHT THEM, BRINGING UPON THEMSELVES SWIFT DESTRUCTION" [2 Peter 2:1]. Premillennialists make the Christ that bought them with His blood that they may have life to be only a man.

What a person thinks about Jesus affects: (1)Whether or not they should worship Him as God, whether they should trust and obey Him. (2) Whether or not a person who does not believe in the divinity of Jesus is a Christian or not a Christian. "What we think about Jesus Christ affects not only questions surrounding the subsistence of the Godhead, but it also delves into entirely relevant issues, such as whether or not one should trust, obey and worship Christ as God, the nature and efficacy of His atoning offices, as well as what constitutes a Church and what are its rites. He who believes in the divinity Jesus Christ is Christian; he who does not, (whatever his profession), is a mere Desist. Without the Divinity, the Bible is, 'the drama of Hamlet, with the part of Hamlet omitted.'"

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Chapter 6

 

THE NATURE OF MAN (1) THE NATURE OF MAN FROM CREATION TO THE RESURRECTION

The nature of man before the first sin. "The first man Adam became a living soul" [1 Corinthians 15:45]. See my book, "Unconditional Immortality Or Resurrection Of The Dead" by William Robert West. ISBN 0-7414-4620-0 for a discussion on what a "living soul" is. The nature of man after Adam's sin.

The nature of man from birth to death. He now has a "natural body" that is in the image of Adam [1 Corinthians 15:44-49].

 

The nature of man from death to the resurrection. Also discussed in the above book and is not the subject of this book.

 

(2) THE NATURE OF MAN [THOSE WHO ARE NOT IN CHRIST] AFTER THE JUDGMENT. This is discussed in another chapter of this book on "The Second Death."

(3) THE NATURE OF MAN [THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST] FOR ALL ETERNITY AFTER THE RESURRECTION "For our citizenship is in heaven, from which (from Heaven) also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state (This earthly body of flesh and blood, which "cannot inherit the kingdom of God" will not be an earthly body) into conformity with the body of His glory" (It will be transformed into conformity with the body Jesus now has in Heaven) [Philippians 3:20-21]. Just as we now have the right bodies for this earth, we will have the right bodies for Heaven. The bodies we now have will be transformed to be like His glorious body now is. The resurrected body Christ had for the forty days He was on earth after His resurrection is sometime read into this passage, but it says nothing about Christ in the forty days before His ascension, but Christ now in Heaven where our citizenship is, that we will be transformed from this earthly body, "the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory," the glory Christ now has in Heaven, the glory He had before He became a man, the glory Christ was speaking of in John 17:5 "And now, Father, glorify me with your own self with the glory which I had with you before the world was."

One of the favorite questions of those who do not believe the saved will be in Heaven is, "An eternity in heaven doing what?" Turn this question around and it is, "An eternity on earth doing what?" We are not told what we will be doing in Heaven, therefore, cannot know. The God that could make both Heaven and earth will have something for us to do. We may ask, "What are the angles doing and what will they be doing for all eternity?" Heaven is much greater then the earth, therefore, there will be much more to do in Heaven than on earth. Though it is asked often, there is no point to the question. What do they think they are proving by it? This ("An eternity in heaven doing what?") is an argument that is made when the person making it has no scriptural argument. It is an argument made entirely from human wisdom, not from the Bible.

A NEW BODY, NOT THE SAME BODY THAT WAS PUT INTO THE EARTH AT DEATH, NOT A RENEWED OR RESTORED EARTHLY BODY LIKE ADAM. "But someone will say, 'How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?' You fool! That you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But, God gives it a body just as He wished...So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory, it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body" [1 Corinthians 15:35-44]. The body of Adam was a natural body from the day God made him. He had a body made from the earth and for life on earth, not a spiritual body. Now in this lifetime we are like Adam, a natural body made from this earth. We are now in the image of Adam, an earthly being, "a living soul." "If there is a natural body (A body of this earth in the image of Adam), there is also a spiritual body (A body not of this earth, not in the image of Adam before or after he sinned)" [1 Corinthians 15:44]. "So also it is written, 'The first man, Adam, became a living soul.'" (Adam became "a living soul" with his first breath, not after his sin. He was "a living soul" from his first breath unto his last breath. His sin did not change his being "a living soul." "So also it is written" in Genesis 2:7 where "soul" is from "nehphesh" and is used four times in chapter one where it is speaking of animals being living souls before the same word is applied to Adam.) The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly. And just as we have borne the image of the earthy, (Adam) we shall also bear the image of the heavenly (Christ). JUST AS WE NOW BEAR THE IMAGE OF ADAM, NOW HAVE A NATURAL BODY (A BODY OF FLESH AND BLOOD), WE SHALL BEAR THE IMAGE OF THE HEAVENLY (CHRIST
- A SPIRITUAL BODY). MOST THAT BELIEVE IN ANY OF THE MANY VARIATIONS OF PREMILLENNIALISM BELIEVE CHRIST WILL HAVE A FLESH AND BLOOD BODY AND THAT HE WILL ESTABLISH THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN ON THIS EARTH AND RULE THE WORLD FROM JERUSALEM. THEY BELIEVE BOTH CHRIST AND ALL THE SAVED WILL BE ON THIS EARTH FOR ALL ETERNITY AND WILL HAVE A FLESH AND BLOOD BODY IN THE IMAGE OF ADAM, WHICH WILL BE RESTORED TO BE LIKE ADAM BEFORE HE SINNED. HOW COULD GOD HAVE SAID ANY CLEARER THAT WE WILL NOT HAVE A NATURAL (EARTHLY, FLESH AND BLOOD) BODY IN THE IMAGE OF ADAM, BUT THAT WE WILL HAVE A SPIRITUAL BODY IN THE IMAGE OF THE HEAVENLY. IF, AS PREMILLENNIALISM TEACHES, CHRIST WILL HAVE THE SAME BODY ADAM HAD BEFORE HE SINNED, WHY WILL THE IMAGE OF ONE (ADAM) THAT WE NOW HAVE BE CHANGED TO THE IMAGE OF THE OTHER (CHRIST)? HOW CAN THOSE WHO BELIEVE PREMILLENNIALISM BELIEVE THIS PASSAGE. Do they "wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction"? [2 Peter 3:16]. Will Christ say to them, "But in vain do they worship me, teaching as their doctrines the precepts of men"? [Matthew 15:9]. "Now I say this, brethren, THAT FLESH AND BLOOD CANNOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD: (Adam was flesh and blood "a living soul" both before and after he sinned. If we were restored to be "a living soul" like Adam before he sinned, we would be flesh and blood and not be able to inherit the kingdom of God if it were on this earth or if it were in Heaven) nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. (This earthly body is the perishable that shall not inherit the imperishable). Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, (The perishable image of Adam "a living soul" will be changed to the imperishable image of Christ, a "spiritual body") in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed (not restored). For this perishable ("a living soul") must put on the imperishable, and this mortal (another way of saying the same thing that this mortal "a living soul" which is the image of Adam from his first breath to his last, from the day he was created a flesh and blood being, from before he sinned unto his death) must put on immortality" [1 Corinthians 15:45-54]. THIS MORTAL FLESH AND BLOOD PERISHABLE "LIVING BEING" THAT IS THE IMAGE OF ADAM MUST BE CHANGED TO AN IMMORTAL IMPERISHABLE SPIRITUAL BODY IN THE IMAGE OF CHRIST. How could this one passage not be a death blow to Premillennialism?

"HOW ARE THE DEAD RAISED? AND WITH WHAT MANNER OF BODY DO THEY COME?" Six comparisons that shows clearly and beyond any doubt that the resurrection body, the body that will come out of the grave, will be "changed" to a spiritual body and will not be this earthly body which we now have.

1. The body (in the image of Adam) is but a bare grain of the body that shall be (the image of the heavenly) [1 Corinthians 15:36-37].
2. "It is sown in corruption; (The body that turns back to dust) it is raised in incorruption" [1 Corinthians 15:42].
3. "It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in power" [1 Corinthians 15:43].
4. "IT IS SOWN A NATURAL BODY (the earthly image of Adam), IT IS RAISED A SPIRITUAL BODY" [1 Corinthians 15:44]. "IF THERE IS A NATURAL BODY, THERE IS ALSO A SPIRITUAL BODY." Two bodies, one a natural body of this earth, a flesh and blood body in the image of Adam that we have now, the other a spiritual body that we will have. The spiritual body is not the natural body restored to be like Adam was. "AND AS WE HAVE BORNE THE IMAGE OF THE EARTHLY (THE IMAGE OF ADAM) WE SHALL ALSO BEAR THE IMAGE OF THE HEAVENLY." WE WILL NOT HAVE THE SAME KIND OF BODY ADAM HAD BEFORE HE SINNED? Many Premillennialists say we will have a flesh and blood body like the body of Adam before he sinned. PAUL SPEAKS OF TWO BODIES. He says the natural body is put into the ground; the spiritual body is the one body that is raised. THERE IS NO PLACE IN PREMILLENNIALISM FOR TWO BODIES. THEY WORK HARD TO SHOW THAT THE SPIRITUAL BODY IS THE NATURAL BODY. Adam did not have immortality. He was MORTAL. "AND AS WE HAVE BORNE THE IMAGE OF THE EARTHLY" HIS MORTAL IMAGE, AN EARTHLY BODY "WE SHALL ALSO BEAR THE IMAGE OF THE HEAVENLY." A SPIRITUAL BODY "this mortal must put on immortality." Paul says, "We all shall not sleep, but We Shall All Be Changed." Changed from the image of Adam, this earthly mortal body we now bear to a "spiritual body" [1 Corinthians 15:51-52]. John says it this way, "Beloved, now we are children of God, AND IT HAS NOT APPEARED AS YET WHAT WE SHALL BE. WE KNOW THAT, WHEN HE APPEARS, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM, because we shall see His just as He is" (1 John 3:2).
NOTE: Premillennialists sometimes try to get around this by saying that all that are in Christ must now be spiritual. It is clear that the "spiritual body" in 1 Corinthians 15:44 is something that this earthly body will be "changed" to at the resurrection, not something that those in Christ have now. No one now has a "spiritual body" no matter how faithful or "spiritual" they are.

WHICH BODY? Some writers say the saved will have the body that Christ had in the forty days He was on earth after His resurrection. A body that could appear in a room with closed doors and could appear or disappear. A body that they say could eat if the person wanted to like Christ eat the fish, but they would not have to eat if they did not want to. But, the same writer will say in the same book that the saved will have a body like Adam before he sinned. THE TWO BODIES ARE NOT THE SAME. The natural perishable body of flesh is not spiritual unperishable body.

Premillennialists make the "spiritual body" be the "natural body" improved, but still a "natural body," still in the earthly image of Adam, which is suitable for life on this earth, but not suitable for life in Heaven. "The image of the heavenly" is made to be the same as "the image of the earthly" for they believe both Adam and Christ are men. They believe Christ has been glorified above all other men, but He is still a man in their view, and will be after He returns to earth, and He will forever be only a man on this earth.

Therefore, the image of both Adam and Christ must both be the same, both Adam and Christ much be made to be the earthly image of Adam.

 

Therefore, "spiritual body" and the "natural body" MUST both be made to be the same "natural body," a body of this natural earth.