THE GREATEST HOPE IS THAT CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN!

THE GREATEST HOPE IS THAT CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN!

Are you sure to partake of this glorious Hope?

The Scriptures teach that when Christ comes again to conquer death for us in the same way He had conquered death in His life, there shall be RESURRECTION with immortal bodies (for those who died in Christ) while there shall be CHANGE to immortality (for those still living in Christ 1Cor 15:52) and RAPTURE together (for both those Raised in Christ and those Changed in Christ 1Thes 4:17).

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
(51)  Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
(52)  in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, AT THE LAST TRUMPET. FOR THE TRUMPET WILL SOUND, and the DEAD WILL BE RAISED imperishable, and WE SHALL BE CHANGED.
(53)  For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and THIS MORTAL BODY MUST PUT ON IMMORTALITY.
(54)  When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17
(15)  For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until THE COMING OF THE LORD will by no means precede those who have died.
(16)  With a shout of command, with the archangel’s call, and with the SOUND OF GOD’S TRUMPET, the Lord himself will come down from heaven, and THE DEAD IN CHRIST WILL RISE FIRST.
(17)  Then WE WHO ARE ALIVE AND REMAIN WILL BE CAUGHT UP in the clouds together with them to MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR. And so we will BE WITH THE LORD FOREVER.

NOTICE from these Scriptures that we shall not all die before the resurrection because true Christians who shall still be alive at Christ’s Second Coming and the Last Trumpet sound shall be changed without dying.
NOTICE also that the dead in Christ shall first be resurrected, then those living in Christ shall next be changed to be raptured together with the risen dead.

Christ shall Come Again with His Holy Angels (2Thes 1:7) to gather His Elect Saints into glory (2Thes 2:10) and destroy the Antichrist setup (2Thes 2:8-9).

2 Thessalonians 1:6-10
(6)  Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
(7)  And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be REVEALED from heaven WITH HIS MIGHTY ANGELS,
(8)  In flaming fire TAKING VENGEANCE ON THEM THAT KNOW NOT GOD, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
(9)  Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the PRESENCE of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
(10)  WHEN HE SHALL COME TO BE GLORIFIED IN HIS SAINTS, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

At His Second Coming, Christ would descend from the third heaven, shake the space constellations in the second heaven and come down to appear in the atmospheric sky of the first heaven. Then:

  1. The LAST TRUMPET shall sound – by the Archangel.
  2. The dead in Christ (Church Triumphant) shall first be RESURRECTED to immortality.
  3. The living in Christ (Church Militant) shall then be CHANGED to immortality.
  4. The raised Triumphant Saints and changed Militant Saints shall together be RAPTURED and gathered to MEET and welcome the coming Lord in the atmospheric air.
  5. These raptured immortal Saints shall forever be with the Lord to REIGN with Him in the Millennium and REST with Him in the Eternity.

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When would this Second Coming of Christ, the last Trumpet, Resurrection, Rapture, etc be?

  1. Christ said it WILL BE AT THE END OF THE GREAT TRIBULATION (Matt 24:29-31).
  2. The Apostles wrote it WOULD NOT BE TILL AFTER THE ANTICHRIST LAWLESS REIGN AND THE TRIBULATION (1Cor 15:20-26; 2Thes 2:1-4; Rev 20:4-6).
  3. Some Christians in recent times think that it SHOULD BEGIN BEFORE THE ANTICHRIST AND THE TRIBULATION (due to some recent Dispensationalist and Escapist considerations).

Matthew 24:29-31
(29)  “IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
(30)  Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
(31)  AND HE WILL SEND OUT HIS ANGELS WITH A LOUD TRUMPET CALL, AND THEY WILL GATHER HIS ELECT FROM THE FOUR WINDS, FROM ONE END OF HEAVEN TO THE OTHER.

1 Corinthians 15:20-26
(20)  But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
(21)  For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
(22)  For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
(23)  BUT EACH IN HIS OWN ORDER: CHRIST THE FIRSTFRUITS, THEN AT HIS COMING THOSE WHO BELONG TO CHRIST.
(24)  Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.
(25)  For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
(26)  The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4
(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.

Revelation 20:4-6
(4)  Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. THEY CAME TO LIFE AND REIGNED WITH CHRIST FOR A THOUSAND YEARS.
(5)  THE REST OF THE DEAD DID NOT COME TO LIFE UNTIL THE THOUSAND YEARS WERE ENDED. THIS IS THE FIRST RESURRECTION.
(6)  BLESSED AND HOLY IS THE ONE WHO SHARES IN THE FIRST RESURRECTION! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years. 

Whatever shall be the case, ARE YOUR READY FOR THE LORD?

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PROPHECY OF COMING EVENTS

PROPHECY OF COMING EVENTS
The Church is already FALLING AWAY into APOSTASY which in the NT Church is as defiling as an idolatrous ABOMINATION in the OT Temple such that both lead to destruction and desolation (Mat 24:15; 1Cor 3:17).
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The events of the End Times which are best sequenced together by Christ in Mat 24:1-31 and Rev 20:1-21:8 clearly contradict many disjointed cut-and-paste sequences by Dispensationalists, Escapist and other theoretical eschatologists, which are popularised these days mainly by American Christians.
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Also helpful in getting the right sequence of End Times events are Dan 12:1-3; Acts 3:19-21; 1Cor 15:20-26, 2Thes 2:1-3, and Tit 2:11-13, as shown below:
• ♦Dan 12:1-3. (Times of Trouble→ Resurrection of life→ Resurrection of contempt).
• ♦Matt 24. (The Travail Tribulation Mat_24:3-14; [→ The Temple Desolation Mat_24:15-20;] → The Great Tribulation-The Cataclysm Mat_24:21-29; → The Coming-The Resurrection Mat_24:30-31; Mat_24:36-44; → The Reign [-The End of the Age-] → The Judgement Mat_24:45-51; Mat 25).
• ♦Acts 3:19-21. (Times of Refreshing→ Second Coming of Christ→ Time of Restoration of all things).
• ♦1Co_15:20-26. (After Christ’s Resurrection as the Firstfruits: NEXT is The Saints’ Resurrection at Christ’s Second Coming→ then Christ’s Reign for universal subjugation→ then The End→ then The Judgment of even death itself→ and finally The Handover to the Father for eternal worship).
• ♦2Thes 2:1-3. (The Apostate Falling Away→ Revelation of the Man of Sin and Perdition→ The Day of the Lord‘s Coming for our Gathering to be with Christ).
• ♦Tit_2:11-13. (Grace HAS Appeared→ Godliness/Hope for the Present→ Glory WILL Appear).
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WHAT COMES NEXT?
Summarising all the above Scriptures, what we expect regardless of any modern theories, are as follows:
1. ♦OUR WAITING (Our occupying/His redeeming till we overcome at His coming) →→
2. ♦HIS COMING (the First Resurrection and destruction of the Antichrist) →→
3. ♦HIS REIGN (the Millennium Reign with the risen Saints) →→
4. ♦THE END (the Final Conflagration and Judgment) →→
5. ♦THE ETERNITY (the Eternal Destinies of torment or glory).
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Historic Premillennialist Bibkical Eschatology

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Seven Mysteries about Children of Covenant Households

Here are some SEVEN MYSTERIES gleaned from the Scripture about CHILDREN OF DIVINE COVENANT HOUSEHOLDS.

  1. TOGETHER WITH ALL HUMANITY, THEY ARE NATURALLY CONCEIVED AND BORN IN SIN (Psa_51:5; Rom_3:23; Rom_5:12; Gal_3:22; Eph_2:3); but as children belonging to New Covenant parents (unlike pagan children (Exo_20:5-6; Luk_7:33), they are clean and holy (Rom_11:16 b; 1Co_7:14) by covenant (ritual/spiritual) grace not by personal (moral/rational) merit. Such children should therefore partake with their parents in all covenant rites and promises (Gen_17:7-14; Act_2:38-39) as well as covenant rallies and fellowships (Deu_29:10-13; Joe_2:16; Act_21:5) despite their social discretional incapacity.
  1. AS COVENANT OFFSPRING, (WHETHER CHILDREN, YOUNG CHILDREN, LITTLE ONES, SUCKLING BABES OR EVEN BABES IN THE WOMB), THEY SHOULD NOT BE DESPISED, because God regards them to be great in His Kingdom (Mat_18:2-6; Mar_10:13-16) and they are constantly represented by their Angels (without the help of adults) before God (Mat_18:10); and even in the womb, they could be filled with the Holy Spirit (Luk_1:15, 44) or be divinely ordained to be prophets (Jer_1:5).
  1. DESPITE THEIR LACK OF COMMUNICABLE DISCRETION, THEY ARE EXPLICITLY DECLARED BY CHRIST’S WARNING TO BE ‘BELIEVERS’ AS THEIR PARENTS ARE (Mat_18:6-7), and of ‘GREAT’ regard in His Kingdom (Mat_18:2-4); so also were the Apostles persuaded about believers’ children (2Ti_1:5; Act_16:31).
  1. THEIR SOCIAL DEFICIENCY IN COGNITIVE CULTURAL COMMUNICATION DOES NOT IMPLY SPIRITUAL IRRELEVANCE, EXCLUSION OR DISADVANTAGE (Psa_8:2; Mat_11:25; Mat_21:15-16). Human Cultural incapacity of little children does not automatically result in Divine Covenant inadequacy for all little children of the New Covenant (Mat_18:1-6, 10; Mar_10:13-16).
  1. THEIR BELIEVING PARENTS SHOULD NOT FAIL OR BE FORBIDDEN TO BRING THEM FOR FULL COVENANTING AND CONSECRATION TO GOD (Gen_17:14; Exo_4:24-26; Mar_10:13-14), while the Church should not refuse to receive them for every ministrations, ordinances and rites of the New Covenant (e.g. baptismal initiation, benedictory dedication, instructive and intercessory impartations) done in Christ’s Name (Mat_18:5; Mar_10:15-16; Act_2:38-39).
  1. Through MINISTRATION in the power of the Holy Spirit, the Church should (by covenant ritual/spiritual grace) bring them to
  • be outwardly baptized/initiated (i.e. ‘COVENANTED’ or ‘born’) with Water (Eze_36:25-27; Mat_3:11; Joh_3:5; Joh_13:7-10; Act_2:38-39; Tit_3:5; 1Pe_3:21) and
  • be outwardly dedicated/blessed with prayer (Mar_10:15-16);

Also through prayerful and exemplary INSTRUCTION, they should thereafter be cleansed (washed or sanctified) by the Spirit and Truth with the Word (Joh_6:63; Joh_15:3; Joh_17:17; Eph_5:26; Heb_4:12) until they (by personal moral commitment)

  • become inwardly reborn from above (‘CONVERTED’ or recreated) of the Holy Spirit and by the Word (Joh_3:6-8; Tit_3:5; 1Pe_1:22-23) and
  • still continue subsequently to be cleansed and equipped to grow by the Word unto maturity (Eph_4:11-14; Eph_5:26-27; 2Ti_3:15-17; 1Pe_2:2).

 

  1. AS THEY ARE REARED TO GROW UP IN STATURE AND WISDOM, THEY SHOULD ALSO BE EQUIPPED TO MATURE IN THE FAITH, by the Word and by the Holy Spirit while with diligence, they consciously work out their salvation which God graciously works in them (Php_2:12-13; 2Pe_1:10).

Follow this link to listen to the Audio of detailed teaching on this matter.

Mysteries About Spiritual Status of New Covenant Children

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GRACE versus GLORY

GRACE is the gift of God which equips the believer to press toward the prize of GLORY.
Don’t let God’s Saving Grace be in vain in your life, but press, labour and race with its enabling power till you reach Glory..

1Co 15:10
(10) But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

2Co 6:1
(1) We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that you receive not the grace of God in vain.

 

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Subjective existentialism has destroyed the world of this generation!

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DO YOU KNOW what comes after THIS TIME and THIS LIFE?

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Why Christmas on 25th December?

WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF THE DATES FOR CELEBRATING CHRIST’S NATIVITY AND EPIPHANY OF TODAY’S CHRISTMASTIDE?
By Venerable Dr I. U. Ibeme
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Due to persecution by Rome, and calendar confusion and complexities of the ancient world, several ancient Churches could only mention and commemorate Christ’s conception, birth and death as often as they would independently and irregularly. They could not arrive at a fixed annual date to hold open unified annual celebration. According to a known writing of Bishop Clement of Alexandria, the Egyptian Church had started their open unified celebration of Epiphany before 215 AD. The Roman Church remained underground or persecuted till toleration Edict of Milan in 318 AD.
1. We know Christ died around the shifting lunar date of the Passover but fixed solar date of Vernal Equinox.
2. We believe Christ’s perfection implies that He took up flesh on the same fixed date He put off flesh.
3. If we accurately calculate the date of His death, we easily extrapolate the date of His conception and birth.
4. Egyptian Church calculated the Spring Equinox of His death to be on April 6 by their Macedonian calendar, so he must have been conceived April 6 to be born on January 6 Winter Solstice.
5. Roman Church calculated the Spring Equinox of His death to be on March 25 by their Julian calendar, so He must have been conceived on March 25 to be born on December 25 Winter Solstice.
6. Inter-calendar margin of error between December 25 and January 6 gives rise to the Twelve Days of Christmas.
7. The Christmas Twelve Days has had other feasts celebrated by Roman pagans especially January 1 New Year from the time of Julius Caesar in 45 BC and later Unconquered Sun introduce by Caesar Aurelius in 271 AD. (The coincidence of the new pagan feast of Unconquered Sun with older feast of Christ’s Nativity was actually surprising to some Church Fathers.)
8. As the Church’s Christmas season has grown in scope and significance over the years, so more and more pagan ways of celebration and culture have sought to contaminate, commercialize or even compete with Christmas.
9. Christmas has no pagan origin as many erroneously conjecture today, but originated from the Herald Heavenly Angels and the Star-guided Eastern Wisemen as the Gospel records show. Pagan contamination is not same as pagan origination.
10. In the past the Church passed several decrees banning several pagan encroachments into Christmas over the centuries, but till today more and more heathenish elements are still being innovated and introduced into the Church – these must be continuously resisted for the devil must be fought without fainting till the last day.
 
Have a MERRY biblical CHRISTMAS commemorations!
Christ’s birth demands that you speak and live for Christ alone.
 

 

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