THE APPEARANCE OF CHRIST’S KINGDOM (Luke 19:11) SHALL TERMINATE “THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES” (Luke 21:24)

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SHALL TERMINATE “THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES” (Luke 21:24)

Since the fall of humanity and the beginning of civilization, Gentile nations controlled by Satan have dominated the earth. The Antichrist reign shall be the worst and last phase of the “Times of the Gentiles” (Luk 21:24; Rev 11:2). Soon, when Christ comes again in glory to reign on the earth, the Times of the Gentile shall be terminated and the whole earth taken over by Christ’s Kingdom (Dan 7:13-28). Then, all eyes of all nations shall see the coming Christ appear to resurrect/rapture together as one undivided Church and Bride, all His Elect Saints from among all nations and all generations (Mat 24:25-31; Rev 1:7; 14:14-16), to reign from His heavenly New Jerusalem with them as His priests and kings over all the earth in the Millennium (Rev 3:12; 5:10; 20:1-6), until Final Judgment and final rest in Eternal Felicity.

 

Formerly, Amillennialists theorized their delete-and-paste “Replacement Theology” which denies Israel it nationality by replacing the natural national Israel with the visible Church of Christ, but they forgot to also deny other nations their nationalities and that universally sovereign Spiritual and heavenly Israel of Jesus (which includes the saints from Israel nation and all Gentile nations) does not replace the locally sovereign Natural and national Israel of Jacob (Rom 9:6; Gal 3:29). Recently, Dispensationalists have theorized their cut-and-paste “Partition Theology” which denies the visible Church its international unity by partitioning it into “pre-tribulation” Gentile Church to be raptured separately apart from their often speculated “left-behind” tribulation Israel Church, but they forget that Christ will do only one gathering for His One Church from all nations (Mat 24:29-31; 2Thes 2:1-7; 2Pet 3:11-17). To be sure, every generation of Saints must have their own Tribulation to overcome but the Saints of the Antichrist Tribulation are not “left-behind” by any imagined or postulated secret rapture or resurrection prior to Christ’s Second Coming but are last batch remnant of faithful Church who would still be alive to overcome during that final generation of the Times of the Gentiles (Rev 12:11, 17).

The Dispensationalist theory was predicated on the argument that eschatological prophecies for national Israel are difficult to coexist (by their perception) with eschatological prophecies for the universal Church, so the Church has to give way somehow, hence the secret rapture theory. They forgot that the “Stone cut without hands” was revealed and surely interpreted to come and grow into a mountain “in the days of these kings” of iron and clay era (Dan 2:33-34, 44-45). The danger of these rationalized dispensationalist theories is that they doubt the Scriptures and do not allow any Scriptural text to speak by itself in its context.

The truth as found in contextually plain Scriptures is that the visible Church of Christ is one Body without partition (John 10:16; Rom 9:23-26; Eph 2:14) and does not replace any nation but unites all believers of all nations who shall together be gathered only once as one Bride when Christ comes again in glory. Then shall the one glorious Church reign with Christ over Israel nation (Ezek 37:24-27; Joel 3:16-31) and all Gentile nations (1Cor 15:24-28).

 

Remember, the Scriptures are plainly consistent that there shall be only one second coming of Christ, only one last trumpet call and only one first resurrection with rapture of only one unpartitioned Church. Therefore, all modern popular Dispensationalist theories of twisted multiple second comings, multiple last trumpets, multiple raptures and multiple first resurrections of multiple partitioned Churches are humanly devised schemes should be disregarded as unscriptural. These dangerous theoretical schemes are capable of weakening the Church in the day of the Lord so that many would fall away to follow the Antichrist during the time of toughest trial of our faith. True saints love the truth and believe only the truth and determine to overcome unto the very last end! Beware of the abominable deception that would cause the desolating apostasy (2Thes 2:7-13), when civility and morality are taken out of the way by the licentious world, and the verity of divine truth is rejected by the licentious Church (2Tim 3:1-13).

 

Take note of this prophetic admonition from the Apostles of Christ:

2 Thessalonians 2:1-13

(1)  NOW CONCERNING THE COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND OUR BEING GATHERED TOGETHER TO HIM, WE ASK YOU, BROTHERS,

(2)  not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.

(3)  LET NO ONE DECEIVE YOU IN ANY WAY. FOR THAT DAY WILL NOT COME, UNLESS THE REBELLION COMES FIRST, AND THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS IS REVEALED, THE SON OF DESTRUCTION,

(4)  who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.

(5)  Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?

(6)  And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time.

(7)  For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.

(8)  And then THE LAWLESS ONE WILL BE REVEALED, WHOM THE LORD JESUS WILL KILL with the breath of his mouth AND BRING TO NOTHING BY THE APPEARANCE OF HIS COMING.

(9)  The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,

(10)  and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, BECAUSE THEY REFUSED TO LOVE THE TRUTH AND SO BE SAVED.

(11)  Therefore GOD SENDS THEM A STRONG DELUSION, SO THAT THEY MAY BELIEVE WHAT IS FALSE,

(12)  in order that ALL MAY BE CONDEMNED WHO DID NOT BELIEVE THE TRUTH but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

(13)  But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and BELIEF IN THE TRUTH.

 

 

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This is the Salvation offered through the Gospel of Christ.

Three Tenses of Salvation

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Have you embraced the Full Gospel?

SALVATION FROM SIN is

SALVATION FROM SIN is:
IN Christ alone;
BY Grace alone;
THROUGH Faith alone;
UNTO Good Works alone;
INTO True Worship alone.

EPHESIANS 2:8

(8)  For by GRACE are you SAVED through FAITH; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

1 TIMOTHY 1:14

(14)  And the GRACE of our Lord was exceedingly abundant with FAITH and love which is in CHRIST Jesus.

TITUS 2:14

(14)  Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a people for His own, zealous of GOOD WORKS.

JOHN 4:24

(24)  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH.

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THE MYSTERY OF DIVINE PROTOCOL IN THE N.T. CHURCH

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THE MYSTERY OF DIVINE PROTOCOL IN THE N.T. CHURCH

THE MYSTERY OF DIVINE PROTOCOL IN THE N.T. CHURCH
Covering dignifies Women before men and angels
From 1Corinthians 11:1-16, the Apostolic Scriptures reveal that there is a great mystery about ORDER OF DIVINE PROTOCOL – in accordance with the nature of the Godhead and because of circumstances at the origins and creation of male and female humans – which has now been revealed to the Apostles (1Cor 11:3). Every community or culture, parliament or gathering has its symbols and protocols of honour, even the Church!
The Church is the gathering and guild for prophesying or praying Saints where God is present with His Angels also in attendance to minister (worship the exalted God and serve the ordered Saints) according to a protocol mystery; so for maximum benefits, Christian Saints should conduct themselves according to this protocol mystery and not be ignorant of such spiritual order and decorum.
It is already common knowledge that God’s Spirit dwells in believers’ hearts and bears witness with the Saints at all times in relation with faith and power, sin and sanctity. This Scripture wants us to know, not about faith and power or sin and sanctity but further into the divine protocol mystery about ORDER OF DECORUM on dignity and disgrace or glory and shame appointed by God and respected by Angels in Christian Church gatherings (1Cor 11:1-3).
Whenever Christians gather in Christ’s Name, God has appointed that His Angels do not regard or respect believers by their faces but by the order of dignity attributed to their heads. So what is this order of dignity which God and His Angels regard on our heads whenever we gather as His Church and He is in our midst? Does He follow our cultural protocol and order or does God have His own angelic protocol and spiritual culture for the Church?
Whenever Angelic Beings (Angels and Demons) look at male Christians prophesying or praying with unveiled heads (like Greek and Roman men did in their culture) they see DIGNIFIED divine glory; but if those prophesying or praying male humans cover their heads with veil (like Jewish men did in their culture), such angelic beings see DISGRACEFUL human glory. Also, when Angels (or demons?) look at female Christians prophesying or praying with unveiled heads (like Greek women did in their culture) they see DISGRACEFUL human glory; but if those prophesying or praying female Christians cover their heads with veil (like Jewish and Roman women did in their culture), such angelic beings see DIGNIFIED divine glory (1Cor 11:4-12)!
In the spirit or angelic realm therefore, the worship veil of female humans becomes their powerful MANTLE OF DIGNITY and authority before Angels (Angels are spiritual Church ushers 1Cor 11:10; Heb 1:13-14) NOT A SYMBOL OF SUBJUGATION to men as many assume; similarly, in the physical or social realm long hair of female humans which is their natural glory usually serves as fashionable mantle of aesthetics (1Cor 11:13-15).
We cannot alter Divine Truth, though we could choose to neglect or reject, ignore or abhor the Truth or even attempt to modify and revise it to suit our cultures but to our unavoidable detriment!

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Since we still have our maleness/femaleness for now, our sexually distinguishable heads carry certain distinguishable worship or liturgical symbols:

♦ The Man’s head symbolizes Christ’s Glory (1Cor 11:3, 7), so should be left unveiled;

♦ The Woman’s bald head symbolizes Man’s glory (1Cor 11:7), so should be veiled;

♦ The Woman’s long hair symbolizes Woman’s glory (1Cor 11:15), so should be veiled;

♦ The Woman’s worship veil symbolizes not only prophetic mantle but also mantle of dignity which covers the indignity of all that symbolize human glories (i.e. Woman’s head and long hair) and also serves as token of dignity or symbol ofauthority before the Angels (1Cor 11:10).

Notice that the veil does not subject her under the authority of her husband as many hastily assume without the context saying so. Otherwise her long hair should also symbolise subjection to her husband rather than good aesthetics. The veil dignifies her head in a way that God accepts and authorises her head in a way that Angels respect.

 https://www.scribd.com/document/28479877/WOMEN-S-WORSHIP-VEIL-FASHION-AND-THE-SCRIPTURE
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JUSTIFICATION and SALVATION: What they are under the Law vs under Grace?

JUSTIFICATION and SALVATION: What they are under the Law vs under Grace?

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JUSTIFICATION is any form of temporal or eternal cancellation of guilty records by penal reparation or judicial acquittal from wrongdoings. Justification acquits sin and thereby imputes righteousness – legally/morally, outwardly/inwardly or temporarily/eternally.

SALVATION in Christ is not only ETERNAL Justification from damnation of sin and guilt, but also COMPLETE Redemption from demonic and depraved bondage, as well as INWARD Regeneration to partake in the Divine Nature of HEAVENLY Sonship through Christ for ETERNAL Inheritance in glory. Therefore, Eternal Salvation offered in the New Testament by the Blood of Christ supersedes temporal salvation offered in the Old Testament by the cleansing rituals of the Law and its priestly mediations. The offer of this uttermost super-salvation which is in Christ alone (Heb 7:25) is the message of the Gospel of Christ!

The finished Messianically mediated cleansing Works on the Cross superseded and outdated the repetitive Priestly mediated cleansing Works of the Law. But such greater salvation puts greater responsibility on those who are thus saved. They are now to exceed the righteous Pharisaic good works of carnal righteousness because they are now empowered by the Holy Spirit to do good works as the Fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Titus 2:14
(14) Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a people for his own, zealous of good works. 

Titus 3:7-8
(7) That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
(8) This is a faithful saying, and these things I desire that you affirm constantly, that they who have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.

Titus 3:14
(14) And let our own also learn to maintain good works for urgent needs, that they not be unfruitful.  

PENAL/RITUAL WORKS THAT ATONE are not same as GOOD WORKS THAT APPROVE! The Church often muddles up these two categories of works.

A guilty man is not counted righteous by GOOD WORKS of righteousness even under the Law or any culture. A guilty man is accounted righteous or acquitted by PENAL WORKS of paying a ransom and suffering a penalty or by RITUAL WORKS of mediated cleansing done by a priest. This always holds true under the Jewish Law as well as Gentile cultures. Even if you do righteous works they will never atone your unrighteousness but only approve you in your righteousness.

Christ did not sin but suffered the penalty acceptably and adequately, paid the acceptable and adequate ransom and performed the acceptable and adequate works of cleansing for all human sins.

WORKS that SAVE the guilty or sinner are not really about good works of righteousness (RIGHTEOUS WORKS) but actually about redeeming works of penalty, ransom and cleansing (REDEMPTIVE WORKS).

Works of the Law and the finished Work on the Cross are PENAL WORKS. These atone for sins.
Works of Righteousness and Fruit of the Spirit are GOOD WORKS. These don’t atone for sins.

The RITUAL works/ceremonies of the Law performed by the Priests on Israelites with blood, sacrifices, water, hyssop and other rites/observances of the Law, were provided by God as TEMPORARY means to ritually work OUTWARD sacerdotal atonement for wrongdoings until Christ comes (Heb 9:1-15). This Old deficiently symbolic and intermittent priesthood under the Law was to ensure Israel’s corruptible inheritance of the temporal Promised Land while this life and the earth last, but NOT for incorruptible inheritance of Heaven (1Pet 1:3-5) when this life and the earth pass away. Only under the New efficaciously substantive Priesthood of Christ is Heavenly Eternity graciously offered to all humanity through Faith in Christ.

Hebrews 7:22-28
(22)  By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better covenant.
(23)  And they truly were many priests, because they were not allowed to continue by reason of death:
(24)  But this man, because he continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.
(25)  Therefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them.
(26)  For such a high priest was befitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
(27)  Who needs not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
(28)  For the law makes men high priests who have weakness; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, makes the Son, who is consecrated forevermore.

Before, during and after, within or without the Law, God always requires MORAL goodworks or works of righteousness from all persons and peoples, but such FADING righteousness does not and cannot cancel guilt or acquit records of wrongdoings, therefore they remain FILTHY because of such uncancelled sins (Isa 64:6). Only by the blood of Christ are such fading and filthiness effectively propitiated by grace for whosoever believes in Christ. To be sure, every righteous work sown by anyone (under or outside the Law) always reaps guaranteed TEMPORAL reward (Psa 1; Prov 11:18; 15:6), but ETERNAL reward is only for righteous works done by those already saved through Christ. This exceedingly great and precious provision in Christ (2Pet 1:3-4) is the Goodnews we preach!

After one is saved in Christ, MORAL goodworks or works of righteousness done through the enabling Grace of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, (without any need for all the RITUAL works/ceremonies of the Law mediated by its priests) become worthy to fully please God (Col 1:10) and be rewarded eternally (Rev 22:11-14). This is God’s purpose for saving us and endowing us with Grace through Christ and indwelling us by the Holy Spirit (Eph 2:10). Whatever we think Gospel Salvation in Christ to mean or meant for is not important except the Scriptures say so.

Simply put:

  • It is God, not ourselves, Who in His mercy saves us BY the power of His grace THROUGH our faith in Christ.
  • Our salvation is not possible to be OF works (whether PENAL WORKS, GOOD WORKS and RIGHTEOUS WORKS of the Law) but is meant to be UNTO goodworks of GRACE, FAITH and FRUIT in Christ.
  • This is God’s intention and purpose for saving us.

Ephesians 2:8-10
(8)  For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
(9)  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
(10)  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.

Believers saved by Grace must be stirred up to diligently ensure that their Faith and God’s Grace in them produce the Spiritual Fruit of goodworks (2Pet 1:5-13) and never to disappoint God (Heb 10:26-31) or disdain “so great a salvation”! (Php 2:12-13; Heb 2:1-3). Believers must always remember that using Grace to sin is forbidden (Rom 6:14-15) and any Faith that lacks goodworks is dead (Jas 2:17-20).

In summary, these are spiritual means to various degrees of blessings:

  1. OUR WORKS of righteousness: This, whenever sowed by whosoever, reaps temporal reward but cannot cleanse sins or attain eternal salvation. Nevertheless, the Goodworks of the believer done through the Fruit of the Spirit and Christ’s enabling Grace are rewarded with eternal crowns.
  2. OUR FAITH in God and in His Christ: Through this alone could we receive imputed righteousness and eternal salvation.
  3. The ritual WORKS OF THE LAW: This has temporal and external cleansing power but lacks inward and eternal saving power.
  4. The saving GRACE OF CHRIST: By this alone are we granted inward and eternal salvation, but this also favours us with temporal blessings, though it puts greater responsibility on us too.

 

 

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TRIBULATION SAINTS ARE NOT UNRAPTURED UNREADY SAINTS BUT FAITHFUL REMNANT OF MILITANT LIVING SAINTS.

TRIBULATION SAINTS ARE NOT UNRAPTURED UNREADY SAINTS BUT FAITHFUL REMNANT OF MILITANT LIVING SAINTS.

The Saints on earth during the Great Tribulation are not unraptured unready Saints but faithful Militant Church of enduring or living Saints still occupying in Christ.
The Souls in heaven during the Great Tribulation are not faithful raptured Saints but faithful Triumphant Church of departed or dead Souls already blessed in Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:8-9
(8)  Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
(9)  So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.

 Philippians 1:21-24
(21)  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
(22)  If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.
(23)  I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.
(24)  But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.

 Revelation 6:9-11
(9)  When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne.
(10)  They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”
(11)  Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.

Dispensationalists speculate their MODERN THEORY of “rapture” before the Second Comings of Christ, or ?double? or ?split?? Second Coming(s) first for a pretribulation Escapist “first flight” rapture of the faithful mainly partitioned Gentile Church and secondly for the final “second chance” resurrection of the unfaithful mainly partitioned Jewish Saints. This is conjectural hypothesis of human logic and not contextual exegesis of the Divine Logos. A concept of Rapture without Second Coming of Christ for Resurrection of the all His redeemed is strange to the Scriptures and the Church for 1900 years but suddenly true to Dispensationalists since modern and postmodern times.

Dispensationalists theoretically presume that the Souls in heaven found in the Book of Revelation are saints raptured before the Tribulation, but these souls are departed Triumphant Saints who would already be dead in Christ but yet to resurrect meanwhile (Rev 6:9-11; 14:12-13). The modern explanation speculated by Dispensationalists about the Tribulation Saints in the Book of Revelation is that they are unready saints “left behind” to weather the Tribulation storm “with their own blood in absence of the Holy Spirit”! They postulate that the Holy Spirit would have been taken out of the way during their purported pretribulation rapture of some faithful saints of the mainly Gentile Church! This speculative theory lacks any biblical basis because Christ and His Apostles are emphatically explicit that the Coming of Christ and the First ever Resurrection of His Saints will never take place before the Final Great Tribulation (Mat 24:29-31; 1Cor 15:20-26; 2Thes 2:1-4; Rev 20:4-6).

To substantiate their double Church and double Coming theory, Dispensationalists claim that the grammatical usage “KEEP FROM” in Rev 3:10 means the TAKING AWAY of the Church from the world but they forget that the same grammatical usage “KEEP FROM” in John 17:15 is clearly said by Christ not to mean TAKING AWAY from the world! Dispensationalists also claim that the “RESTRAINT” or “RESTRAINER” to be TAKEN OUT OF THE WAY before the REVELATION OF THE MAN OF SIN in 2Thes 2:6-7 is the raptured Church and/or the withdrawn Holy Spirit, but they forget that the context shows that the Church is never to be gathered to Christ until after the revelation of the Man of Sin mentioned in 2Thes 2:1-4, who would be destroyed when Christ comes to gather His Church in 2Thes 2:8.

Therefore, it is not biblically true that Tribulation Saints are unfaithful Christians “left behind” by any modern theorized or speculated pretribulation rapture (2Thes 2:1-3). The Historic Biblical position of the Apostolic and Patriarchal Churches was rather that Tribulation Saints are simply those faithful Christians who would still be living in Christ as the Militant Church by the time of antichristian lawlessness reign. The persecution of the Church under the Antichrist shall precede the only ever FIRST RESURRECTION of any Church saints (Rev 20:1-6); but this shall be more worldwide than similar persecutions found in ancient pre-Constantine Roman Empire, or in former communist Soviet Union USSR and in today’s terrorist Islamic State ISIS territory.

Disregarding every conjectured hypothesis and standing only on contextual biblical exegesis, the sequence of eschatological programme of God for the Church and the world is thus:

OUR WAITING (Our occupying/His redeeming till we overcome at His coming) →→
HIS COMING (the First Resurrection and destruction of the Antichrist) →→
HIS REIGN (the Millennium Reign with the risen Saints) →→
THE END (the Final Conflagration and Judgment) →→
THE ETERNITY (the Eternal Destinies of torment or glory).

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WHATEVER THE CASE, Are you ready to persevere until the coming of the Lord? 

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