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UNDERSTANDING THE KINGDOM OF GOD
THE BOOK OF REVELATION - PART 31

John S. Torell

April 6, 2003

CHAPTER TWENTY Part 3
This chapter describes four events, the locking up of the Devil, the 1000 years kingdom with Jesus reigning out of Jerusalem, the last war on this earth, and the final judgment for all people, who did not make it to the Judgment Seat of Christ.

Born again Jews and Gentiles are the Church of JESUS CHRIST!
The prophet Isaiah tells us that the people of Israel (believers in Christ) shall be the prominent people on the earth at this time -
Isaiah 49:10-26 and that they shall assume leadership around the world - Isaiah 61:1-11

Jerusalem shall at this time be a praise in the earth - Isaiah 62:1-12
Sickness will be done away with -
Isaiah 33:24
No infants shall die, and if a person makes the choice to sin, he will die at the age of 100
Isaiah 65:17-25
No more sickness -
Isaiah 35:1-10
Young men shall no longer train for war -
Isaiah 2:1-5

Who will live during this time? If we add up all the Scriptures which speak on this matter, there will be the following groups of people:

A. All the believers in Christ coming back with Christ from heaven and the Judgment Seat of Christ. We will have our resurrected bodies and will not be able to reproduce children.

B. Those believers in Christ who were killed after the catching away, will be resurrected and also have resurrected bodies, and will not be able to reproduce children.

C. Believers in Christ who survived the tribulation period, will be used by God to repopulate the earth again.

Understand this: This will be the last resurrection of the dead, who are going to be with God forever in heaven. There will be one more resurrection of the dead, but it shall be THE RESURRECTION OF THE DAMNED! Daniel 12:1-2; Revelation 20:6

            WHICH RESURRECTION IS GOING TO BE YOURS?

Verses 7-8: These are among the saddest verses to be found in the Bible. The children who have been born during the 1000 years kingdom have lived on a perfect earth, full of beauty, all their needs have been met, there had been no sickness, nor grief and sorrow, no wars, just a grand life on this planet with Jesus Christ himself reigning out of Jerusalem. Now comes this loser, the Devil, he has nothing to offer except lies, and the masses of the population on the earth abandon God in a heartbeat and sign up with the Devil. If nothing else, this should once and for all tell us how powerful Satan is in deception, and how sinful man is. Jeremiah 17:9; 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12

The children who originally were born to parents, who survived the tribulation period and came in the flesh into the 1000 years kingdom, will not be able to accept or reject Christ during this period. They must be tested like the angels and all other humans, by having a choice to make. And unless Satan is loosed and able to give them his sale pitch, they cannot make a choice. However, they will have the Bible to read during their life time, and they will be able to read Revelation chapter 20 and know what is coming!

Verses 9-10: Once the people have made up their mind and chosen the Devil, God is not going to have this go on for a long time, it will be a swift judgment and the execution of billions of people. This will also be the end of freedom for the Devil. He is now going to start to serve his sentence of eternal punishment with no possibility of parole!

Verses 11-15: Now it is time for the final judgment for all people on the earth, who have not been born again. There will also be judgment for those people, who were born during the 1000 years kingdom, and rejected the Devil and stayed with Christ. They will receive their rewards here, and so will all the people who accepted Christ during the tribulation period, but missed the catching away.

The screaming, the wailing of the lost, as they stand before The Judge of the Earth, Jesus Christ is going to be beyond what a man can comprehend. As we shall see them lowered into the Lake of Fire, once they are judged, their screams for mercy will pierce our souls, especially if they are family or friends, and we will remember the time we either witnessed to them or missed it all together.

        THEN IT WILL BE TOO LATE TO DO ANYTHING!
  
             TODAY WE CAN STILL WITNESS AND TELL THEM ABOUT JESUS!

Do you have an ear to hear with?

To be continued...


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