Has “The Restoration of Israel” Been Fulfilled
Or is it Yet Future Like the 70th Week of Daniel
According to Man’s Eschatology???!!!
February 12, 2021
Almost ALL of Christendom today -- and especially those of us who are Evangelical Christians -- would agree that Christ came in the fulness of time and at the EXACT POINT in Human History when it was God’s DIVINE PLAN to begin the evangelization of the World. And no doubt almost EVERY Christian would agree that Christ came as the Redeemer of His people who before the Cross were just a handful of Hebrew people who were later called JEWS in the LITERAL Nation of Israel with the term “Jew” being derived from the name of Jacob’s 4th son named “Judah.”
But after the Cross the word “Jew” took on a whole new meaning -- and the terms “Jew” and “Israelite” were -- and still are today -- used synonymously for ALL the people of God who have been saved by His GRACE – regardless of RACE!!! That’s WHY Christ had Paul so write who in His eyes He considered a TRUE JEW. For it just can’t be reiterated enough that the CRYPTIC SPIRITUAL MESSAGE of Salvation that Christ wanted us to understand -- is that Salvation does NOT focus on RACE but on His GRACE. And clearly Christ is “no respecter of persons” – and that means that ALL of the people who are saved by Christ are saved by His GRACE REGARDLESS OF THEIR RACE when we read:
“For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.” (Romans 2:28-29)
CLEARLY -- in Christ’s Salvation Plan the unconditional promises made to Israel have been fulfilled in Abraham’s Seed – and NOT in the seeds as of many -- but of only ONE Seed who is Christ Himself as Paul wrote from the Lord: “Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of ONE, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ.” (Galatians 3:16)
This verse is one of the most important verses in the Bible – for it REVEALS THE TRUTH about who the True Spiritual Israel of God is. For this promise made to Abraham was NOT a promise made to “seeds” which is plural and meant to represent JUST the LITERAL Nation of Israel in the Middle East today as Man’s False Eschatology often teaches -- but refers to the True Seed of Israel -- who is Christ Himself!!! In other words -- this verse from Christ through Paul is alerting us to the extremely important TRUTH of Christ’s True Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven that the promise of Eternal Life was NOT just made to one LITERAL NATION -- but was a promise to “One” – that through this ONE SEED who was CHRIST ISRAEL -- ALL the Nations of the World would be Blessed!!!
This is the unconditional promise to the True Spiritual Israel of God that is now Christ’s True Eternal Universal Church on Earth today. And it was an unconditional promise because if Christ chose to save us then we cease from our works -- being justified by His work. In other words – CHRIST is the Seed in whom all the Nations have NOW been Blessed. And it was NOT a Blessing of a literal land – but a very important Prophecy of the spiritual inheritance of the “Promised Land” that one inherits by being saved IN CHRIST. And clearly that is an inheritance that is far greater than any hallowed ground in the Middle East today!!! And that is WHY Paul wrote from Christ that we
were justified by Faith when we read:
“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:26-29)
Paul was declaring from Christ that a TRUE JEW was one “chosen” by Christ and IN CHRIST whether they were Jewish or Greek or Black or White or French or German – that whosoever Christ had “chosen” to save has put on Christ and therefore is a TRUE JEW of the Spirit – one who is saved and an inheritor of the Promises made to Abraham concerning especially the inheritance of Eternal life!!! In other words -- to qualify as a TRUE JEW in the sight of God we have to be circumcised in the heart by Christ Himself as Paul wrote in Romans 2:28-29 – NOT just the flesh. And we would have to be of the Seed of Isaac -- who is Jacob. And clearly – CHRIST ALONE redeemed Jacob on the cross -- making us 1/3 Remnant that He REVEALED to Zechariah would be saved –
all THE TRUE SONS OF GOD!!!!
In this Great Truth we can also get a better understanding of the prophecy of Salvation when we read: “Jacob have I loved, and Esau have I hated.” For Jacob represents the Kingdom of Christ who IS ISRAEL and the Election whom God loved and sent His Son to die for. And that’s WHY all “the saved Jews of the Spirit” are truly “Jacobs” in the eyes of Christ. And it also explains WHY Christ hated Esau because he represented the Kingdom of Satan who are “the unsaved Jews of the Flesh” that Christ DID NOT give His life to save but who are ANTI-CHRIST from birth to death belonging to Satan’s “Evil Generation.” And it’s also WHY we read Christ telling Isaac and Rebecca: “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.” For Jacob is the Seed Israel who is also the seed of Christ in whom all the Nations of the world would be Blessed. In other words – “Israel” was the son of Isaac --
a “type” of Christ -- the Israel of God.
CLEARLY – Christ used the story of “Jacob and Esau” to explain His True Gospel of Salvation which is “Election and Predestination” when we read that before Jacob and Esau were born to Isaac – that they struggled against each other in the womb. And it’s WHY Christ told Rebecca that two nations were in her womb. And that those two nations symbolized the Kingdom of Heaven represented by “Jacob” being “chosen” -- and the Kingdom of this world which was Satan’s Kingdom represented by “Esau” NOT being “Elected and Chosen” by Christ to be saved. And that’s WHY they have been forever at enmity with each other. For one is ruled by their prince who was SATAN – and the other is ruled by the Prince of Peace who is the Prince of all of us in THE ONE TRUE BODY OF CHRIST that have been justified and saved by Christ’s GRACE.
This struggle in the womb between Jacob and Esau paints a CRYPTIC SPIRITUAL PICTURE of the struggle between Good vs. Evil and Truth vs. Lies that has gone on since the Garden of Eden and is clearly coming to its CLIMAX TODAY!!! And clearly -- EVERYONE who has ever lived on this Earth has been in this SPIRITUAL WARFARE which will NOT END until Christ Returns to END IT
on the LAST DAY of this Human Race.
In other words -- everyone in this Human Race has either existed in their unsaved soul existence in the SPIRITUAL CITY of Satan that Christ had John call by the name “Babylon the Great” in the Book of Revelation -- or we have been Blessed to be saved by Christ’s GRACE and have existed in our saved soul existence in the SPIRITUAL CITY of “Heavenly Jerusalem.” And rest assured that still holds true TODAY – for EVERYONE is in Bible Prophecy today because EVERYONE is either in one of these 2 Spiritual Cities and Spiritual Kingdoms which are now in the Final Spiritual Battle of Good vs. Evil and Truth vs. Lies. And NO ONE is getting Raptured until the LAST DAY of this prophesied Great Tribulation according to “The Rapture Truth” REVEALED in Christ’s True Eschatology!!!
Did John See The World Ending in His 7th Vision
Or Did He see the Restoration of Judaism
And The World Going on For Another 1000 Years???!!!
HONESTLY -- today a good question to ask those who have accepted Man’s ever-so-popular Eschatology of Christ Coming again to save the WHOLE NATION of Israel En-Masse -- is do they really think that Christ’s DIVINE PLAN of Salvation includes the restoration of Judaism and the reinstating of the Old Order of Ceremonial Worship that the Old Covenant demanded in the 1st Century to take place again now in the 21st Century???!!! In other words – will there ever be a restoration of JUDAISM in order to bring about “the restoration of all things” as the Disciples asked Christ when they asked: “Lord, are You at this time going to restore the Kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6)
In all due respect -- one should also ask those who believe Man’s Eschatology which teaches that Christ has 2 Bodies of people within His Kingdom which Dispensationalists say are: 1) The Nation of Israel – and 2) The New Testament Church – if they think that the religion of Judaism today has changed from the Christ-REJECTING Religion and False Gospel that the Pharisees and the Sadducees taught???!!! Because if it hasn’t – then WHY would Christ ever have as part of His DIVINE PLAN of Salvation a plan to restore a False Religion for ANY of His “Elect”???!!! I mean – isn’t the term Judeo-Christian really an OXYMORON to begin with???!!! For how can a “Christ-REJECTING” Religion such as Judaism ever be part of the “Christ-ACCEPTING” Gospel Truth of Christianity that Christ taught which has Christ Himself at the Center – NOT the Nation of Israel???!!! I’m just saying!!!
Yet we see almost all of Christian Broadcasting and most of those who have Christian Websites waiting breathlessly for the 3rd Temple to be restored to its former Glory in the Middle Eastern City of Jerusalem so that Christ can reign on the Throne of David for a Temporary 1000 years when so many Professed Christians think that Judaism will be restored along with the Old Order of Ceremonial Worship. REALLY???!!! Is that what “The Rapture Truth” REVEALED in Christ’s True Eschatology teaches – that He is Coming Back to Earth to set up a LITERAL PHYSICAL KINGDOM like the Kingdoms of Man for a Future Temporary 1000 years – or is His Kingdom Spiritual and ETERNAL????!!!
I mean – did Christ teach that He will LITERALLY and PHYSICALLY reign from the LITERAL PHYSICAL THRONE of David on Earth in the City of Jerusalem which Dispensationalists believe MUST happen for prophecy to be fulfilled???!!! And will the Jews then restore their Old Order of Ceremonial Worship as part of the fulfillment of prophecy also – I’m confused???!!! Because doesn’t “The Rapture Truth” REVEALED in Christ’s True Eschatology teach that Christ came to Earth to do away with the Old Covenant and the Old Order of animal sacrifice and ceremonial worship to establish the New Covenant and the New Order of SPIRITUAL WORSHIP when we read:
“Therefore, when Christ came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for Me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am -- it is written about Me in the scroll -- I have come to do your will, my God.’” . . . . He sets aside the first (Covenant which was the Old Covenant!!!) to establish the second (Covenant of Grace!!!). And by that will, we have been made Holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:5-10)
Don’t those verses REVEAL that God has taken away the Old Covenant and has replaced it with a New Covenant of Grace that was strengthened and confirmed by Christ’s shed Blood for our sins???!!! I mean -- will Christ Himself ever revert back to the Old Covenant of animal sacrifice for sin???!!! Is that REALLY His DIVINE PLAN and DIVINE WILL for THE JEWS in restoring the Nation of Israel???!!! Was that what He meant by “the restoration of Israel” when we read:
“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom Heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His Holy prophets since the world began”???!!! (Acts 3:19-21)
HONESTLY -- I was only being facetious when I said that I was CONFUSED!!! For I have been studying “The Rapture Truth” REVEALED in Christ’s True Eschatology for over 20 years now and I’m NOT CONFUSED about what Christ meant by “the restoration of all things” AT ALL -- REALLY!!! For there are a plethora of reasons WHY the restoration of Judaism is NOT NOW – nor ever was part of Christ’s DIVINE PLAN to bring about the “restoration of ALL THINGS” to the Nation of Israel in the Middle East -- HARDLY!!! First of all – Christ’s Kingdom is SPIRITUAL – NOT a Political Physical Nation like the Kingdoms of Men!!! Or else He was LYING when He said to Pilate that His Kingdom was SPIRITUAL and NOT of this World when we read:
“My Kingdom is NOT of this world. If it were, My servants would fight to prevent My arrest by the Jewish Leaders. But now My Kingdom is from another place.” (and that place of course is HEAVEN!!!) Then Pilate sarcastically retorted: “You are a KING, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a KING. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to Me.” (John 18:36-37)
And 2nd of all – not ALL the Jews of the Nation of Israel -- or around the World for that matter -- were ever meant to be saved at any time in Human History. But only A REMNANT of both Jews and Gentiles were ever meant to be part of the only ONE True Holy Nation that Christ has ever had. CLEARLY -- the greatest dilemma of Christendom today is the lack of acceptance of Christ’s Word as TRUTH. For what Christ says that has ALREADY been FULFILLED has more often than NOT been rejected as fulfilled prophecy – REALLY!!! And THAT is at the root of almost all ERROR today when it comes to the Gospel. Which means that we are living in the TIMES OF THE SIGNS of Fulfillment when Christ prophesied that SPIRITUAL DECLENSION and a “falling away” from the truth and the faith of His True Gospel would be the #1 SIGN that would be the precursor of His 2nd Coming – AND WE ARE THERE!!!
That’s WHY I pray that I can explain from “The Rapture Truth” REVEALED in Christ’s True Eschatology in this Commentary what Christ meant by “the restoration of all things.” That Christ doesn’t have to Return to the LITERAL Nation of Israel to reign for a LITERAL 1000 years to bring about “the restoration of all things” when His True Eschatology explicitly teaches that His Millennial Kingdom was RESTORED to its rightful heirs at the Cross. And that those “rightful heirs” of His Holy Nation were “CHOSEN” by Christ even before the foundation of the World. And according to Christ’s True Eschatology -- once all of those in His Book of Life have been saved – THEN THE END OF THE WORLD WILL COME – which is right on the Horizon now!!!
What Does Christ’s True Eschatology Teach About The Restoration of All Things???!!!
CLEARLY -- The Kingdom of God has been present with us all throughout Church History and really all throughout Human History since the True Eternal Church was started with Noah and his family. In other words – Noah and his family represent the 1/3 Remnant and “Chosen Generation” that Christ intended before the foundation of the world to save and has been in the process of DELIVERING from Satan and his “Evil Generation” since the Antediluvians in Noah’s Day. For clearly – Noah and the Great Flood marked the BEGINNING of the SPIRITUAL Kingdom of Christ. And that Spiritual Kingdom after the Flood extended to the entire world as part of the fulfillment of God’s cause of sending His Son into this World to DELIVER and SAVE a 1/3 Remnant of the people of this sin-cursed World by paying for our sins on the Cross.
But Man’s False Eschatology teaches relentlessly that Christ’s Kingdom is yet to be RESTORED and INAUGURATED and that Daniel’s 70th Week is yet Future and only for THE JEWS. And certainly TODAY THE JEWS are endeavoring to restore their Temple and their Priesthood along with their Old Order of Ceremonial Worship as I type this Commentary. And Dispensationalists are in agreement with them in doing all of that because they think that it is part of Christ’s True Eschatology for the Jewish Nation. But have these Professed Christians who believe the ever-so-popular Eschatology of Man that Christ is coming back to finish saving the whole Nation of Israel and to restore the Kingdom to the Nation of Israel -- been teaching that the Kingdom of Heaven has a KING who does NOT have a RESTORED KINGDOM yet???!!! For as far as I understand it – Dispensationalists teach that every Christians’ “rebirth” is tied to the Nation of Israel and it’s Future restoration. That Christ’s 2ndComing to the Nation of Israel is for one purpose only -- to bring about “the restoration of all things” -- REALLY??!!!
AGAIN – I say this in all due respect – if Dispensationalists DENY that we reign in the present Restored Kingdom of Christ NOW – and if they teach that Christ will come in the Future as the King of His restored Kingdom – wouldn’t that be DENYING that Christ is ALREADY a King???!!! I mean – doesn’t there have to be a Kingdom in order for there to be a King – I’m just saying???!!!
And how is teaching a King WITHOUT A KINGDOM considered to be the GOOD NEWS of the Gospel???!!! How could a King even reign in a Kingdom that has not yet been inaugurated???!!! Or are we in THE ONE TRUE BODY OF CHRIST supposed to wait until the END OF THE WORLD to be translated into a Kingdom where we will FINALLY get to reign with Christ because that is what Man’s Eschatology teaches???!!!
This is WHY the acceptance of Christ’s Word as TRUTH is so critical to one’s SALVATION!!! I mean – think about it – either Christ has gone to the Cross and has ALREADY redeemed AND RESTORED His Kingdom of Heaven which is called “The True Israel of God” – or He hasn’t???!!! And if He hasn’t -- then He is not reigning now in both Heaven and Earth because a King needs a Kingdom in which to reign and servants in that Kingdom who serve Him!!!
In all due respect to Dispensationalists who teach that “the restoration of all things” is yet Future -- wasn’t it THE CAUSE OF CHRIST and the whole reason of His Coming to Earth to RESTORE a Remnant of the Nation of Israel to God and to bring the Good News that Christ’s KINGDOM HAD COME to a Remnant of the Gentiles in all the Nations of the World BEFORE the END OF THE WORLD would come???!!! Didn’t Christ send His Disciples into the World with the GOOD NEWS that He as “the Messiah the Prince” of Daniel’s 70th Week Prophecy HAD COME to reconcile both Jews and Gentiles together into THE ONE TRUE BODY OF CHRIST???!!! Or am I missing something???!!!
I mean -- hasn’t Christ ALREADY FULFILLED all the “types and shadows” of the Law – not to mention all of the Old Testament Feasts and Festival Days by His Death and resurrection???!!!! Didn’t His Death put an END to Temple Worship forever by the New Covenant of Grace which instituted the NEW ORDER OF SPIRITUAL WORSHIP as we read in Hebrew 10:1-22 – or was that ALL A LIE because NONE of it has been FULFILLED YET???!!! Or has the Old Order of Ceremonial Worship only been done away with for THE CHURCH and NOT for THE JEWS in the Nation of Israel yet???!! With Christ’s 2nd Coming so near – these questions really should be answered – for one is NOT saved by Faith and justified if they do NOT believe in the True Gospel of Christ – THINK ABOUT IT!!!
CLEARLY -- the veil in the Temple split from top to bottom at the very moment of Christ’s Death. And didn’t that mean that a NEW WAY and a NEW ORDER of SPIRITUAL WORSHIP had replaced the OLD ORDER of CEREMONIAL WORSHIP where only the Temple Priests and the High Priest himself could offer animal sacrifice to atone for sin???!!! Didn’t Christ’s Blood put an end to the Old Covenant along with the Old Order of Ceremonial Worship????!!! So WHY on Earth would it be part of Christ’s Salvation Plan to restore the Old Covenant and the Old Order of Ceremonial Worship for THE JEWS???!!!
CLEARLY – “The Rapture TRUTH” REVEALED in Christ’s True Eschatology REVEALS that Christ’s Blood – His Priesthood – His entrance into Heaven and His exaltation to the Throne of David in Heaven are ALL the effectual ACCOMPLISHMENTS of not only the Salvation of the WHOLE 1/3 Remnant that He REVEALED to Zechariah that would be saved out of this Human Race – but that Salvation Program was also the FULFILLMENT of Daniel’s 70th Week Prophecy which was Christ’s ETERNAL PURPOSE AND CAUSE of
even coming to Earth!!!
That’s WHY the GOOD NEWS THAT CHRIST TAUGHT is that He was “the Messiah the Prince” in Daniel’s 70th Week Prophecy who CAME to save the 1/3 Remnant out of this World’s population that He has been in the process of DELIVERING since the Days of Noah!!! And with that saving and DELIVERING of His “Chosen Generation” the Kingdom of Heaven was RESTORED to those Christ had Chosen to be in His Kingdom of Heaven even before the foundation of the World. And CLEARLY -- that means that the restoration of His Kingdom took place at the CROSS!!!
The Disciples did NOT fully understand this when they asked Christ: “Lord, will You at this time restore the Kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6) For they still didn’t fully understand that the Gentiles were an integral part of Christ’s Salvation Program. But Christ’s Holy Spirit REVEALED to them what we now KNOW to be THE TRUTH which He had them write in The Bible. That Christ’s Kingdom was restored and inaugurated at the Cross when the souls of His “Elect” -- which included BOTH Jews and Gentiles -- were risen with Him when He rose from the Dead!!! And that when we rose with Christ our sins were purged from us!!! He’s NOT coming back to purge the sins of the Jews of this 21stCentury a “different way” – HARDLY!!! Everyone who was ever saved was saved by Christ’s death on the Cross – there’s NO OTHER WAY of Salvation. THINK ABOUT IT – if Christ’s Kingdom has NOT been restored yet – then NO ONE’S SINS have been purged yet!!! GOD FORBID!!!
Again -- that is WHY it is so important to accept Christ’s FULFILLED prophecies!!! And it also explains WHY there will NEVER be a restoration of Judaism as a “restoration of all things” – REALLY!!! For if ever Christ should again receive the sacrifices of Jewish Ceremonial Worship from the hands of men upon a material Altar in a rebuilt 3rd Temple by reinstating in the Nation of Israel the Old Covenant and the Old Order of Ceremonial Worship – then it would mean that THE CHRIST that we worship is AN IMPOSTER. That the Blood that He shed for our sins was USELESS. And that The Good News of the Gospel is NOT REALLY GOOD NEWS AT ALL!!! And worst of all -- that we are STILL IN OUR SINS!!! GOD FORBID!!!
That’s WHY I PRAY that in the rest of this Commentary that I can give enough evidence from Christ’s Unadulterated Word and His True Gospel that His Kingdom has ALREADY BEEN RESTORED and that He is reigning NOW as King of His Restored Millennial Kingdom that was inaugurated at the Cross!!! That the GOOD NEWS is that Christ went to the Cross with the SINS of both the Old and New Testament Saints of His “Chosen Generation” that make up the 1/3 Remnant of this World which include BOTH Jews and Gentiles that He decided would be saved – and when He rose from the DEAD the sins of us 1/3 Remnant were purged by His Death and Resurrection.
That is what John prophesied that Christ REVEALED to him in his 7th vision that is recorded in Revelation Chapter 20. For John wrote that he saw the SAVED SOULS of those reigning in Heaven and on Earth which Christ had John prophesy is the 1st Resurrection. In other words -- Christ is the “First” Resurrection and those of us “Elect” and “Chosen” that He determined in the 1/3 Remnant of this World that would be saved have ALREADY taken part in the 1st Resurrection which took place at the Cross for ALL True Believers written in Christ’s Book of Life.
And that means that the 2ndResurrection is at the 2nd Coming of Christ when “The Rapture Truth” REVEALED in Christ’s True Eschatology prophesies everyone who was justified and given a New Resurrected Soul at the Cross at the time of Christ’s 1st Coming -- will receive a New Resurrected Body to match our resurrected soul at the time of Christ’s 2ndComing. And rest assured that NO ONE will be Raptured without 1sthaving a resurrected soul that they received at the Cross!!!
What ”The Regeneration” Of The Nation of Israel Truly Means
CLEARLY – the word “regeneration” means to renew or restore something. And one will never understand WHEN “the regeneration and restoration” of the True Israel of God took place until they understand just WHAT the “regeneration” of the Kingdom of Israel means. And that includes believing that the only Nation that Christ has ever had is THE ONE TRUE BODY OF CHRIST made up of a 1/3 Remnant of this World that Christ chose to save before the foundation of the World.
And what needs to be understood is that the word “regeneration” is the Greek word [paliggenesia] that is taken from the root words [palin] meaning to “repeat” and the word [genesis] which means “a birth or nativity.” And simply put – it means to “be born again” – where one is made new by the Holy Spirit indwelling them. And it is at the “regeneration” that Christ told the Apostles that they would reign with Him and sit on thrones with Him to rule His Holy Nation of the Spiritual Israel of God. I mean -- THINK ABOUT IT – that CLEARLY became a REALITY when they became “born-again” in their own lifetimes by Christ justifying them by His Grace. Which means that they began their reign with Christ in His Kingdom of Heaven at the moment of their justification on Earth when Christ declared them righteous. It is NOT a Future Event!!!
And if Dispensationalists teach that the time that Christ will restore the Kingdom to the Nation of Israel is after what they claim is a 7 year Tribulation Period based on the Future fulfillment of Daniel’s 70th Week Prophecy – then they CLEARLY haven’t thought the meaning of the restoration and “regeneration” of Israel through very carefully. For if the 70th Week Prophecy is yet Future along with the time that Dispensationalists believe Christ will restore the Kingdom – then what about the Disciples and those of us who have followed Christ – haven’t we been “re-born” yet and aren’t we reigning now with Christ???!!! And isn’t Christ’s True Holy Nation the SPIRITUAL ISRAEL OF GOD – NOT the LITERAL Nation in the Middle East where most of the Jews are “the unsaved
Jews of the Flesh”???!!!
THINK ABOUT IT – didn’t the Disciples become Kings and Priests unto God to sit and rule with Him when they were raised up with Christ by the Holy Spirit at His resurrection along with all the rest of us 1/3 Remnant that Christ chose to save out of this World at the CROSS???!!!! I mean – isn’t that what the Gospel of Christ teaches – that when He saves each of us in our own lifetimes that we have been “born-again” and are reigning with Him in His Kingdom from that moment forward???!!! For if the Disciples really thought that they had to wait until the END OF THE WORLD for the Lord to restore the Kingdom to Israel – then that meant that they would NOT be reigning with Christ until THE END OF THE WORLD -- and neither would any of us!!! And that’s NOT what they taught AT ALL!!!
CLEARLY – what Dispensationalists are teaching today – that the Restoration of the Kingdom to the Nation of Israel is yet FUTURE – is NOT the GOOD NEWS of the Kingdom of Heaven that Christ sent the disciples out into all the Nations of the World to teach – THINK ABOUT IT!!! For HONESTLY – who would have wanted to be a Christian if it meant waiting until THE END OF THE WORLD to reign and rule with Christ in His “restored Kingdom”???!!! People would have lost interest right out of the starting gate and Christianity would have been SHORT LIVED to say the least if that was the Gospel the Disciples were teaching!!! THANKFULLY it was NOT!!!
Rest assured that Christ gave John his 7th vision recorded in Revelation Chapter 20 to REVEAL to us that those who had died were reigning on Thrones with Christ in Heaven as well as us on Earth. And Christ CONFIRMED that TRUTH when He had Paul prophesy that when we are saved and “born-again” – then we have ALREADY been raised up to sit in Heavenly places with Christ just as John saw in his 7th vision when we read:
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us ALIVE together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the Heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:4-9)
And not only did Christ have Paul prophesy that our saved souls have ALREADY been raised up at the Cross where we were given Eternal Life – but that we ALREADY sit with Christ in HEAVEN being delivered from Satan’s Spiritual Kingdom of Darkness. In other words -- Paul prophesied that we have ALREADY been translated into Christ’s SPIRITUAL CITY of “Heavenly Jerusalem” on Earth where we exist in our saved soul existence as soon as we are saved. And that means that the Kingdom has ALREADY been restored to us at the time of our Salvation when we read:
“For he has rescued us from the Dominion of Darkness
and brought us into the Kingdom of the Son he loves” (Col. 1:13)
CLEARLY – this very important TRUTH that the Apostles were ALREADY regenerated – which is being “born again” through Christ’s Holy Spirit from above – was CONFIMRED by John’s 7th vision recorded in Revelation Chapter 20. For John saw all those who had died ALIVE and raised up IN CHRIST sitting and ruling on Thrones with Christ in Heaven. And that not only applies to those who had died -- for John also saw ALL of us 1/3 Remnant that Christ REVEALED to Zechariah recorded in Zechariah 13:8-9 that He had come to Earth to save either reigning in Heaven or on Earth in the SPIRITUAL CITY of “Heavenly Jerusalem” in our saved soul existence!!!
In other words -- when Jesus Christ ascended to the Throne of David to rule in the Kingdom -- this FULFILLED the prophesy of “the restoration of the Kingdom of David” and also the prophecy of Christ sitting on that Throne of Glory when we read:
"So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the Throne of His Glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” (this is NOT a Future Event but a Glorious Event that has ALREADY TAKEN PLACE or else NONE of us would be born-again and reigning with Christ NOW which is what the True Gospel of Christ teaches!!!) (Matthew 19:28)
The Prophesy written in Acts 2:29-33 did NOT speak of an Earthly reign on the LITERAL PHYSICAL Throne of David – HARDLY!!! – it prophesied the resurrection of Christ to sit on the Throne of David which is in Heaven!!! And it clearly also prophesied that the Apostles and all of us 1/3 Remnant that Christ had decided before the foundation of the world that would be saved by Him – would also be raised up with Christ
to reign with Him in Heaven.
Christ’s True Gospel Teaches that “The Restoration of Israel” Has Already Taken Place!!!
CLEARLY -- “The Restoration of the Kingdom of God” which the Apostles asked about was accomplished IN CHRIST. For He is the SEED in which those of us in THE ONE BODY OF CHRIST have been justified by faith through His GRACE. We 1/3 Remnant who Christ has NOW SAVED make up the “One True Spiritual Israel of God” which is the only Holy Nation that Christ has ever had. For rest assured that His Kingdom is NOT still separated between Jews and Gentiles now that the Middle Wall of Separation was torn down at the Cross when Paul prophesied from the Lord:
For He Himself is our peace, who has made both ONE (BODY!!!), and has broken down the Middle Wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in ONE BODY (NOT 2!!!) through the Cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.”
CLEARLY – there is only THE ONE TRUE BODY OF CHRIST -- NOT 2 BODIES as Man’s False Eschatology teaches!!! And that ONE TRUE BODY OF CHRIST was restored and regenerated at the Cross. In other words – the restoring of the Lion of the tribe of Judah was accomplished AND FULFILLED by Christ’s death – resurrection -- and ascension to the Throne of David in Heaven. And the prophecy of “the Messiah the Prince” in Daniel’s 70th Week Prophecy was CHRIST who CAME to fulfill the prophesy of restoring the Kingdom of Israel. It’s NOT a Future Prophecy of the LITERAL Israelites lost in some foreign land being restored to their Homeland – A MILLION TIMES NO!!! -- but a Spiritual Israel lost and being brought home and restored when the Kingdom was restored to the TRUE rightful heirs of the Israel of God by “the Messiah the Prince” who CAME to justify us
by His GRACE!!!
This is also seen in what the Angel speaking to Mary prophesied of Christ’s purpose and His reign when we read: “ And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the Throne of His father David. And He will reign over the House of Jacob forever, and of His Kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1:31-33)
This prophesy speaks of the resurrection of Christ ascending into Heaven to sit on the Throne of David. And that reign is not a 1000 year earthly reign in the FUTURE – HARDLY!!! It was prophesied to be a reign that began with the birth of Christ that would last FOREVER. And only a “Spiritual regeneration” of Christ’s Kingdom qualifies – for His Kingdom has never been like the physical Kingdoms of Men. Which means that the Millennial Kingdom of Christ that was inaugurated at the Cross is the ONLY KINGDOM in which “there will be no end.” THINK ABOUT IT – that is the prophecy of “the restoration of Israel” that has ALREADY taken place – it’s NOT FUTURE!!!
For Christ was the true Son “Israel” called out of Egypt. And the Nation of Israel being called out of Egypt merely prefigured Christ when we read: “And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called My Son.” (Matthew 2:15) Dispensationalist choose to disregard this important Scripture – when it REVEALS the fundamental truth about Israel -- its captivity – deliverance -- and how this was a “type” of how God’s people were delivered from bondage IN CHRIST who IS THE REAL TRUE ISRAEL OF GOD!!!
Why it’s Important to Understand WHEN the 1st Resurrection Took Place
In Order to Understand Who Will Be Raptured and WHEN!!!
There’s just no denying that Man’s Eschatology teaches that Christ is ready to Return soon to save the WHOLE NATION of Israel EN-MASSE. And that after He has done that – MOST of Christendom who has accepted the Eschatology of Man based on Dispensational Pre-Millennialism -- think that Christ will THEN RESTORE the Nation of Israel by reinstating the Old Covenant along with the restoration of Judaism. And that He will then reign on Earth with the Jewish Nation as His “Elect” and “Chosen Nation” for a LITERAL 1000 YEARS from a rebuilt 3rdTemple in Jerusalem.
And because it will be David’s Throne – Dispensationalists believe prophecy will finally be fulfilled. But I’m not sure if even those who have accepted this popular Eschatology of Man even realize that it also teaches that the SPIRIT –SOUL – and BODY are reunited with the Lord to be glorified forever at the RAPTURE. In other words – in Dispensational Pre-Millennial Theology THE SOUL is NOT resurrected until THE RAPTURE. And they also teach 3 Comings of Christ. The 1stComing of Christ Dispensationalists teach was of course at His Birth – while the 2nd Coming of Christ will then be at the “supposed” Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church which hasn’t happened yet. And then the 3rd Coming of Christ is when He will gather all of His “Elect” AFTER the 1000 year Millennium in the Future before He Judges the World. But here’s the problem with that teaching – there is NOTHING prophesied in “The Rapture Truth” REVEALED in Christ’s True Eschatology that teaches 3 COMINGS OF CHRIST – REALLY!!!
This idea of 3 Comings of Christ is just NOT Biblically validated AT ALL – REALLY!!! For there was the Coming of Christ to confirm or make strong and strengthen the New Covenant of Christ when He came the 1st Time -- after which He ascended to Heaven to Reign in the Kingdom as prophesied. And then there is the return of Christ to both Rapture the Church and Judge the wicked at the completion of that New Covenant period which is the 2nd Half of Daniel’s 70th Week Prophecy that we are living in RIGHT NOW TODAY!!! This second advent is what Matthew Chapter 24 prophesies -- NOT a 3rd Coming AFTER He “supposedly” comes for the Church before the 7 Year Tribulation Period. In other words -- Matthew Chapter 24 is prophesying the 2nd and LAST COMING OF CHRIST!!!
And we KNOW it is the LAST COMING because the LAST TRUMPET is sounded recorded in Matthew 24:31. And this is obviously THE END OF THE WORLD AND THE LAST DAY when Christ prophesies that He will Rapture us “Elect” on Earth who are still ALIVE. I mean – think about it -- Christ is not the author of confusion. The word “last” means LAST – that there are no more Trumpets after the LAST ONE and no more days after the LAST DAY!!! Christ’s Word is NOT like Bill Clinton saying “It depends on what the meaning of “is” IS – HARDLY!!! It’s a matter of humbly receiving that what is written is THE TRUTH!!!
Dispensationalists teach that the 1st Great resurrection of the Church will occur at the time of THE RAPTURE. That ALL those who have placed their trust in Jesus Christ during the Church Age -- and have died before Jesus returns -- will be resurrected at THE RAPTURE.
In all due respect – I’m confused???!!! I mean -- which part of them goes to Heaven when they die if their souls won’t be resurrected until their bodies are resurrected at the Rapture???!!! HONESTLY – this Eschatology even though tremendously popular -- is also so complicated that in its Doctrine of Salvation there are 2 BODIES of people in the Kingdom of God – 7 Dispensations – 8 Covenants – 3 Comings of Christ – 3-4 resurrections and 4 Judgments – REALLY???!!!
Of course there is not time enough to dispute all of these Doctrines in this short Commentary -- but here are some BIBLICAL FACTS that will prove Man’s Eschatology FALSE about the Physical 1000 year reign of Christ on the Earth in the Future. And hopefully this short explanation will suffice in giving enough evidence that demands a verdict that the 1st resurrection of the soul happened at the Cross – NOT that it will take place AT THE RAPTURE. For if the soul isn’t resurrected until THE RAPTURE then John was WRONG when he prophesied that he saw “THE SOULS” of those who had died in Heaven in his 7th vision when we read:
“And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and Judgment was committed to them. Then I saw THE SOULS of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped THE BEAST or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:4)
These aren’t ACTUAL BODIES of men living on Earth for a Future 1000 years – NO!!! – John saw “THE SOULS” of the saved and unsaved in this 7th vision. And they were either living and reigning with Christ for the CRYPTIC LENGTH of a 1000 years that is the CRYPTIC NUMBER of years that the Gospel Era lasted. Or they were lying silently in their graves waiting for the CONSUMMATION of Christ’s restored Kingdom which will take place when the resurrection of the Body and THE RAPTURE will also take – ALL ON THE LAST DAY of this present Age of Human History!!!
The 1000 Years is a CRYPTIC NUMBER!!!
The Greek word for a 1000 is [chilioi] – and it is plural and can mean an uncertain length of time or number. And that is the way that it is used in Revelation Chapter 20 to explain the LENGTH of the Gospel Era that Satan has been BOUND – which of course is to illustrate an unspecified length of time. For CLEARLY – Christ was NOT interested in notifying the UNSAVED 2/3 Remnant of this world of the precise actual length of time which
Satan would be bound!!!
I mean – think about it – Christ’s Word implies that it is to be a MYSTERY to the unsaved when Christ LOOSES SATAN to fight this Final Spiritual Battle -- for Christ prophesied that the 2/3 Remnant who are NOT SAVED will be eating and drinking – and marrying and giving in marriage going on with life as usual unaware that Satan is even LOOSED. And that is WHY Christ prophesied that they will be “taken by surprise” when He final does part the very Heavens and steps back into Man’s Dimension again to Rapture us “Elect”!!! The 1000 is a CRYPTIC NUMBER that is meant to convey “the fulness of time.” And that is WHY in John’s 7th vision recorded in Revelations Chapter 20 the context is a CRYPTIC SPIRITUAL PICTURE of the time that Satan is bound – for it indicates the fullness of time.
In other words -- from the time that he is bound by Christ at the cross -- to the time that he is LOOSED to fight TODAY’S Final Spiritual Battle -- is the fullness of time which is the fulfillment of Daniel’s 70th Week Prophecy or the whole Gospel Era that Christ has been calling and drawing and saving and “sealing” His “Elect” in the Eternal Universal Church. And whatever literal amount of time that this CRYPTIC NUMBER of 1000 was meant to represent is not for us to know – EXCEPT that Christ said that when “the fulness of the Gentiles has come in” – THEN all the Spiritual Israel of God will have been saved by the “Deliverer” who is “the Messiah the Prince” in Daniel 9:27 who CAME – who is ALSO CHRIST!!! And THEN the End of the World will come.
Yet it’s JUST AMAZING how Christ spoke over and over and over again about His Kingdom on Earth being SPIRITUAL and yet said not one single solitary word about His alleged Future Kingdom or reign on Earth at His second coming for a LITERAL 1000 years reigning from the Physical Literal City of Jerusalem in the Middle East– EXCEPT a few verses that John prophesies in his 7th vision???!!! If that doesn't tell us something -- then I don’t know what does????!!!
I mean – think about it – you would think that something as significant as Christ physically descending to Earth again to rule from Jerusalem for a LITERAL 1000 years is pretty SIGNIFICANT and one would expect to read VOLUMES about it all throughout the Bible – REALLY!!! But not only don’t we read about it -- all we have is man’s personal interpretation that Christ is Coming back to reign from the LITERAL CITY of Jerusalem when Christ didn’t say that AT ALL!!!
There is much more that needs to be written about the 1st and 2nd Resurrection and the 1000 years -- which I will save until my next Commentary. But just know that having a New Covenant Relationship with Christ is a prerequisite to Entering Heaven which is what we received at the 1st Resurrection when Christ was resurrected at the Cross. And that 1st Resurrection was of our saved souls. But if the soul hasn’t been resurrected yet until THE RAPTURE as Dispensationalists teach – then no one has a New Covenant Relationship with Christ that takes away our sins!!! And that’s serious – for without a resurrected soul NO ONE gets a resurrected Body on the LAST DAY at Christ’s 2nd Coming –
THINK ABOUT IT!!! Mary Sullivan