The Rapture Will Take Place on The Second Resurrection
NOT The First Resurrection Which is What Christ Explained
To Mary and Martha When He Raised Lazarus!!!
April 10, 2022
HONESTLY – if anyone tries to tell you that the First Resurrection hasn’t happened yet or that it will take place at THE RAPTURE like Dispensationalists teach – they clearly do NOT understand what Christ taught about the 1st and 2nd resurrections. But THANKULLY we “Elect” living today have the explanation of the Resurrection that Christ taught to Mary and Martha when their Brother Lazarus had died and Christ raised him from the DEAD. And of course what Christ taught to those witnessing Lazarus’ resurrection was really an explanation of His own Resurrection which was soon to follow with Christ’s Resurrection being the FIRSTBORN from the DEAD along with the SOULS of us “ELECT” that were raised to life with Him.
And as Christ taught at the raising of Lazarus -- the 1st Resurrection was a FORESHADOW of His own resurrection when we “Elect” would have our SOULS raised to Eternal Life when Christ rose from the DEAD. And what is so awesome about John’s 7th vision recorded in Revelation Chapter 20 – is that Christ REVEALED to John that all of the SOULS of those who He had saved throughout Human History were ALIVE and reigning on Thrones with Christ as Kings and Priests of a ROYAL PRIESTHOOD in both Heaven and on Earth. And THANKULLY we also have these awesome verses to explain the 1st Resurrection of the SOUL which Christ had Paul write when we read:
“In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were RAISED WITH HIM through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made ALIVE together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses.” (and that is what John saw in his 7thvision recorded in Revelation Chaper 20 – the resurrected SOULS of all of us “Elect” that Christ had saved in THE ONE TRUE BODY OF CHRIST ALIVE and reigning with Christ!!!) (Col. 2:11-13)
And Christ also had Paul prophesy this very important TRUTH about the 1st Resurrection of THE SOUL when we read: “Even when we were dead in trespasses, (His dying for our sins) made us (SPIRITUALLY) 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.” (so if one has died they reign in Heaven with Christ as John was shown in his 7th vison -- and if we are ALIVE today we reign on Earth with Christ in the SPIRITUAL CITY of “Heavenly Jerusalem” -- but all of us “Elect” are REIGNING with Christ NOW!!!) ((Ephesians 2:5-6)
And with Easter only a week away and the 2nd Coming of Christ at THE RAPTURE on the LAST DAY right on the Horizon now – we “Elect” need to know what Christ taught in “The Rapture Truth” REVEALED in Christ’s True Eschatology about the 1st and 2nd Resurrections. And so in this Commentary below I pray through Christ’s Holy Spirit and His Word that I can explain what Christ taught about resurrection when He raised Lazarus from the dead almost 2000 years ago now!!! And how the RAISING of the SAVED SOULS of us “Elect” was so awesomely confirmed by John seeing THE SOULS of those who had died in his 7th vision ALIVE and reigning with Christ!!!
Christ Said to Martha: “I Am The Resurrection and the Life” – “Do You Believe This”???!!!
And He is Still Asking Us Today if We Believe This Very Important Truth
The Story of Lazarus is recorded in John 11 where we read that Christ knew that Lazarus had already died and had been in the grave for 4 days already when He said to the Disciples: “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.” Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.” However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about (Lazarus) taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.” (and CLEARLY Christ used Lazarus’ Death to teach us about resurrection!!!) (John 11:11-15)
And as the story goes when Martha saw Christ and the Disciples approaching she went out to meet them. And she said to Christ that if only He had just been there that Lazarus would NOT have died. Christ’s reply is one of the most important teachings of resurrection that He taught that day almost 2000 years ago now when He said: “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the Last Day.” (which was the teaching of the Jewish people -- that the resurrection would take place at the END OF THE WORLD!!!) (John 11:23-24)
But what Christ taught that Day when He raised Lazarus from the dead and throughout the rest of His Ministry in His Gospel -- was that the LAST DAY would indeed be the Day of His 2nd Coming and THE RAPTURE. But that it would also be the time of the 2nd Resurrection – NOT the 1st Resurrection!!! For the 1st Resurrection was IN HIM!!! And Christ made this very IMPORTANT TRUTH clear to Martha when He said to her: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall NEVER DIE. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25)
That question is EXTREMELY important. And it is a question that Christ is still asking us TODAY. For He wants to know if we believe in the resurrection that He taught or that the Pharisees and the Sadducees taught which is what the Dispensationalists are STILL teaching in this 21st Century. But what they are teaching about resurrection is NOT what Christ taught the Day Lazarus was raised from the DEAD and throughout His Ministry. And that’s what I pray
that I can show in this Commentary!!!
Of course Martha eventually understood what Christ was trying to teach
AFTER He ACTUALLY raised Lazarus back to life after being in the grave for 4 days. And no doubt that was confirmed even further after Christ was resurrected after being in the grave for 3 days much like Lazarus!!! But SADLY -- the popular Eschatology of Man TODAY based on Dispensationalism teaches something altogether different about resurrection than what Christ taught. For Dispensationalists teach and believe that the 1st Resurrection takes place at THE RAPTURE. And that is a direct CONTRADICTION and DENIAL of what Christ taught. For He was telling Martha that the 1st Resurrection unto Life was IN HIM who was STANDING THERE RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM when Christ said “I am the Resurrection”!!!! And He EXPLICITY taught that whoever believed in Him -- and of course that also implies that they were “CHOSEN by Him to be saved” –
would NEVER DIE!!!
Since that day – every human being has died a physical death -- so suffice it to say that Christ was NOT teaching that the BODY would never die!!! Christ was teaching something NEW that had NOT been taught before. And that was that neither Lazarus nor Mary and Martha or the Disciples there that day had to wait until THE END OF THE WORLD to have ETERNAL LIFE. In fact – Christ was saying that if you anyone believed that they had to wait until the END OF THE WORLD to be resurrected and to receive Eternal Life like the Pharisees were teaching -- that they were NOT SAVED. For being resurrected meant being “born-again” as we read in John 3 which was what Christ told Nicodemus. And clearly – what Christ was teaching was that the resurrection of THE SOUL was a prerequisite to Entering the Kingdom of Heaven.
In other words -- that one had to be born of the Spirit and had to have a resurrected SAVED SOUL by Christ dying on the Cross for our sins to be saved!!! CLEARLY – what Christ was explicitly teaching all of us in His True Gospel was that He was the First Resurrection and the Firstborn from the DEAD – and that we had to be IN HIM to be saved!!! And that if we didn’t believe that very important TRUTH that we had to be “born-again” by His Holy Spirit which is what He told Nicodemus – then we would be subject to the 2nd Death which is being thrown into HELL for unforgiven sins. And Christ certainly implied that if anyone stayed BLINDED in their disbelief about the 1st Resurrection being the resurrection of THE SOUL like the Pharisees and the Sadducees were doing – then they would surely die in their sins and would suffer the 2nd Death at the General resurrection on the LAST DAY. But that if anyone was born-again and had part in the First Resurrection which was IN CHRIST – then the 2nd Death had no power over them and their SOULS would from the time of their Salvation live forever.
CLEARLY -- Christ’s True Gospel teaches that the First Death is the Spiritual Death which took place in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned and the Human Race was from that point forward in time a FALLEN RACE!!! An while they did NOT die physically when Adam and Eve disobeyed Christ – they both died SPIRITUALLY. And that’s WHY since the Fall everyone on Earth has been born in sin with SPIRITUALLY DEAD SOULS. And it’s also WHY Christ taught in His True Gospel that the 1st Resurrection from the dead is NOT physical but SPIRITUAL. And that our SOULS had to be “born again” to Enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
And just as Christ told Nicodemus – the rebirth of THE SOUL is the 1st Resurrection or being “born again.” For since our SOULS were born SPIRITUALLY DEAD – Christ was teaching that to be saved one had to have a NEW BORN-AGAIN SOUL. And that’s WHY Christ’s Resurrection is so very important to understand. For if Christ chose to save us – then just as He taught OUR SOULS were raised to Eternal Life while we still remained in these bodies of SIN. And that while our SAVED SOULS would live forever – our bodies of “Flesh and Blood” would remain in a sinful state until the time of the 2ndResurrection. And that it would be on the LAST DAY at Christ’s 2nd Coming when He will give us “Elect” who have resurrected SOULS new resurrected bodies.
In other words -- OUR SOULS were raised to Eternal Life before the foundation of the World in Christ’s Time which is ETERNAL – but in Man’s time at the Cross when the sacrifice of Christ’s Life was given to save our souls. And then it became a reality when Christ saved each of us in our own lifetimes. And at the time of our Salvation is WHEN Christ translated our saved soul into the SPIRITUAL CITY of “Heavenly Jerusalem” where we would reign on Earth with Him until we died. And for us “Elect” who are ALIVE on Earth today we will reign with Christ until THE RAPTURE on the LAST DAY when the 2nd Resurrection of the BODY will take place at Christ’s 2ND Coming. Paul prophesied that Christ must REIGN with us “Elect” reigning with Him in His Kingdom of Heaven until He has put ALL of His Enemies under His feet which certainly includes SATAN and those who are of the SEED OF SATAN. But as Paul also prophesied the LAST ENEMY is DEATH. For Paul wrote that:
“If there is a natural body, (then) there is also a spiritual body. . . . . that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed -- in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the Last trumpet. For (on the LAST DAY!!!) the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” (and this LAST DAY is when THE RAPTURE takes place and we “Elect” who have resurrected SOULS will then be given resurrected BODIES like Christ’s Body so that we can step into the New Heavens and the New Earth and live FOR ALL ETERNITY with Him!!!) (1st Cor. 15)
That’s WHY having a resurrected saved soul is a prerequisite to being RAPTURED or for entering Heaven when one dies. For just as Christ had Paul prophesy -- only those IN HIM who was the Firstborn from THE DEAD can receive Eternal Life. Which we “Elect” did in fact RECEIVE when Christ rose from the DEAD!!! For when He went to the Cross -- Christ had the sins of us “Elect” who He had chosen to save out of this Human Race before the foundation of the World on Him. And when He rose from the DEAD our sins were purged by His Death and RESURRECTION. And our SOULS were then raised with Him to ETERNAL LIFE which was the 1st Resurrection!!!
Augustine Taught That When Christ Ascended to The Throne of David in Heaven
That His Restored Millennial Kingdom Reign on Earth Began Because Amillennialism is What Christ Taught – NOT Dispensationalism!!!
History reveals that Chiliasm -- which later became known as Judaism and what has TODAY become known as Dispensational Pre-Millennialism -- was simply a rebirth or offshoot of the Old Testament Judaic Kingdom beliefs cloaked in New Testament apparel. And just as Martha told Christ that she believed that the resurrection would take place on the LAST DAY – that is what she was taught by the Pharisees and the Temple Priests during the 1st Century. And here we are TODAY now in the 21st Century and Dispensationalists are still teaching that the resurrection takes place at the END OF THE WORLD – UNBELIEVABLE!!!
In other words – Dispensationalists teach that the 1st Resurrection will take place at THE RAPTURE because this ever so popular Eschatology is simply a modification and a continuation of the very same erroneous Doctrines and misconceptions about the Messiah that Daniel’s 70th Week Prophecy teaches was Christ. And sadly – it is WHY their teaching about resurrection is NOT AT ALL
what Christ taught!!!
And just to reiterate -- Christ’s teachings on resurrection and the Kingdom of Heaven WERE NEW. For He taught that He was the resurrection and the way to Eternal Life and that He came to restore His Kingdom to its rightful heirs that He had chosen to save out of every race and Nation even before the foundation of the World. That of course did NOT sit too well with most of the JEWS and they REFUSED to believe that he was fulfilling Daniel’s 70th Week Prophecy and in particular Daniel 9:27. When THE TRUTH is that Christ’s Kingdom REALLY began when He walked down the Banks of the Jordan River
and was Baptized by John.
And today when Dispensationalists teach that Revelation Chapter 20 teaches the PHYSICAL return of Christ to set up His Kingdom when He will reign on Earth for a 1000 years – what they are really doing is blending Old Testament Judaic Traditions with some of the teachings of Christ that are found in the New Testament. And in doing so they have created an Eschatology which may be popular today – but is DEFINITELY NOT “The Rapture Truth” REVEALED in Christ’s True Eschatology AT ALL!!!
For Dispensationalism is the belief in a coming Earthly Messiah who will in the very near FUTURE Return to establish a political Government on Earth and will reign from a newly rebuilt 3rd Temple in Jerusalem for a 1000 years. That after the Pre-Trib Rapture and 7 years of Tribulation is when THE JEWS and the Nation of Israel will be restored because the now 15.2 Million JEWS in the Nation of Israel and around the World will at that time accept Christ as their Messiah. And that will fulfill Daniel’s 70th Week Prophecy by Christ reigning from the PHYSICAL THRONE of David ruling on the Earth for a 1000 years. REALLY???!!! Is that what Christ taught???!!!
In all due respect -- the Biblical TRUTH is that the Jews who REFUSED to accept Christ’s NEW TEACHING on being “born-again” and the SPIRITUAL NATURE of His Kingdom along with their REFUSING to believe that the SOULS who were resurrected when He rose from the Dead at the 1st Resurrection were the ones that Christ had come to SAVE – FORESHADOWS what Dispensationalists still sadly believe and teach TODAY!!! For Dispensationalists have remained in the CHRIST REJECTING RELIGION of Chiliasm or Judaism which is now the Eschatology called Pre-Millennialism.
And in the 6th Century Augustine and other devout Christians considered the Chiliast doctrine so FALSE that they fought against this False Eschatology and promoted instead Christ’s True Eschatology which has today been called Amillennialism. CLEARLY -- Augustine taught that the Church should return to the sound Biblical principles which characterized the Reformation in later days in the 16th Century. For after Augustine – the Church again fell into unsound Biblical Doctrines and Martin Luther was known for being a German “Augustinian” who like Augustine wanted the Christians of his day to return to the TRUE GOSPEL and Teachings of Christ. And those TRUE DOCTRINES included the teaching that Christ’s Millennial Kingdom BEGAN at the Cross. And that Christ was reigning as King in His Restored Millennial Kingdom from His Ascension on with the SAVED SOULS of those who were resurrected at the 1st Resurrection when Christ Himself was resurrected at the Cross.
CLEARLY -- the teaching that Christ was most certainly the “First Resurrected” from the dead was NOT based on Augustine’s words but on CHRIST’S WORDS!!! For it is Christ’s Gospel that taught that we “Elect” that He chose to save even before the foundation of the World reign with Him in His Kingdom now according to His unadulterated Word – and Augustine and then Martin Luther were just defending Christ’s Words and True Eschatology. And if what Christ taught about THE SOUL being resurrected at the Cross is NOT TRUE – then our SAVED SOULS have NOT been redeemed yet and we are NOT part of a Royal Priesthood and reign as Kings as Christ had Peter teach in 1stPeter 2:9 – GOD FORBID!!! And certainly if the 1st Resurrection takes place at THE RAPTURE as Dispensationalists teach -- then Acts 26:23 is A LIE when we read:
“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the Heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:6) CLEARLY – the part of us that has been raised up is OUR SOUL!!! And as we also read and NOW KNOW: “Christ would suffer, that He would be the first to rise from the dead, and would proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.” (whose SAVED SOULS were raised up with Him when He was resurrected!!!) (Acts 26:23)
CLEARLY – “The Rapture Truth” REVEALED in Christ’s True Eschatology is “Amillennialism” – NOT DISPENSATIONALISM. For Amillennialism teaches us that in our soul we have been raised up with Christ -- but in our bodies we reign on the Earth as Kings and Priests unto God as prophesied which fulfilled Exodus 19:6 – 1st Peter 2:9 -- Rev. 1:5-6 and 5:9-10 because Christ redeemed us to God by His blood and raised us to sit in His Kingdom with Him. Therefore are we Kings and priests unto God and BEGAN reigning on Earth as soon as He saved each of us “Elect” in our own lifetimes when He translated our SAVED SOULS into the SPIRITUAL CITY of “Heavenly Jerusalem” on Earth. And it’s in this SPIRITUAL CITY of “Heavenly Jerusalem” that we exist in our saved soul existence on this Earth now TODAY while we wait for the 2nd Resurrection of the Body which will take place AT THE RAPTURE and the 2nd Coming of Christ on the LAST DAY.
Do Dispensationalists Really Know What The Eschatology of Pre-Millennialism
Even Teaches About The 1st and 2nd Resurrections???!!!
HONESTLY – not to be disrespectful -- but the Eschatology of Dispensationalists when it comes to the 1st and 2nd Resurrections is VERY CONFUSING to say the least!!! For they teach that the First Great resurrection of the Church will occur at the time of THE RAPTURE – and that the 1st Resurrection takes place in various stages. 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. But because they believe that there are 2 BODIES that Christ is working with which are: 1) The Nation of Israel – and 2) The New Testament Church – Dispensationalists believe that the Old Testament believers such as Noah – Abraham -- David and those at the time of Christ’s ministry like John the Baptist along with of course the Disciples -- will be resurrected at THE END of the 1000 year Millennium when those who become believers during the FUTURE 7 years of Tribulation after the Pre-Trib Rapture of the Church will also be resurrected.
REALLY???!!! I’m confused!!! No wonder Christ asked Martha after saying this about resurrection: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall NEVER DIE.” – “Do you believe this???!!!” – for it appears that Dispensationalists while they say they believe in Resurrection have their own version of it which is a whole lot different than what Christ taught!!! THINK ABOUT IT!!!
Christ CLEARLY taught during His Ministry and throughout the New Testament Period that there are 2 resurrections with the 1st Resurrection being IN HIM as we read in John 11:25 and Ephesians 2:5 which I quoted above. In other words -- Christ called the 1st Resurrection the resurrection of THE SOUL of His “Elect” who were ALL resurrected when He was resurrected at THE CROSS. But Christ taught that there would be another resurrection at the LAST DAY as we read in John 11:24 and 1st Corinthians 15:52.
And here’s what is so important to understand – if Christ said that He was the RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE and that if we “Elect” were raised to Eternal Life and now sit with Him in “Heavenly places” as we read in Ephesians 2:5-6 – THEN the 1st Resurrection can NOT take place at THE RAPTURE at the END OF THE WORLD as Dispensationalists teach!!! ONLY ONE resurrection can be the 1st Resurrection because there are NOT two 1st Resurrections – that would be UNBIBLICAL!!! In other words – there cannot be two separate events both called the 1st Resurrection. That’s confusion -- and Christ is not the author of confusion!!!
Christ gave John his 7th vision recorded in Revelation 20:5 to show us “Elect” that the First Resurrection had ALREADY taken place at the Cross-- for THE SOULS that John saw who had died were LIVING AND REIGNING with Christ both in Heaven if they had died -- and on Earth if they had NOT yet died. While the souls of those who were unsaved did NOT go to live and reign with Christ after their DEATH -- NOR were they reigning on Earth with Christ in their unsaved soul existence.
In other words -- John explicitly taught from Christ that the unsaved who had died “lived not again" until the 2ndResurrection when they must be raised from death to stand for Judgment before the throne of God. So what this awesome 7th vision given to John and recorded in Chapter 20 in the Book of Revelation is doing --is contrasting THE SOULS of the saved who have died with the souls of the “rest of the dead” who have died WHO ARE THE UNSAVED who DO NOT live again until the 2nd Resurrection. And Christ makes it EXPLICITLY CLEAR through what He taught with the raising of Lazarus and this 7thvision given to John -- that the ones who reign with Him on Earth and after death are those who have had part in the 1st Resurrection whose SOULS were raised to Eternal Life at the Cross!!!
For the expression “the 1st Resurrection” clearly refers to the souls of the saints that are raised first– as opposed from the raising of the unsaved or “the rest of the dead” that occurs after the Gospel Era and this present Millennial Reign of Christ who are raised at the 2ndResurrection. And it is at the END of this now almost 2000 years of Christ’s Millennium reign of His Restored Spiritual Kingdom of Heaven -- that He had Daniel prophesy in the 70thWeek Prophecy of Daniel that the CONSUMMATION of His Kingdom would take place at His 2nd Coming. And this TRUE TEACHING about resurrection is what is taught in the Eschatology of Amillennialism – NOT in the Eschatology of Dispensational Pre-Millennialism.
THINK ABOUT IT – when Dispensationalists teach that Christ has NO KINGDOM yet until AFTER the Pre-Trib Rapture and the 7 years of Tribulation – and when they also teach that the 1st Resurrection takes place at THE RAPTURE – then ALL of us “Elect” still have reason to FEAR the 2nd Death which is HELL. For if our souls haven’t been resurrected to Eternal Life yet – and won’t be until THE RAPTURE -- then the 2nd Death still DEFINITELY HAS POWER over all of the “Elect” who have died until TODAY!!! And GOD FORBID that is THE TRUTH – which it ISN’T TRUE and proves that their Eschatology is FALSE!!! For John saw THE SOULS of every “Elect” who had died up until the time that he was writing the Book of Revelation for Christ until THE LAST DAY --ALIVE and reigning with Christ.
HONESTLY -- it must have been EXTREMELY DIFFICULT for John to see in his 7 visions so much EVIL on Earth taking place until he saw Christ DEFEAT SATAN in this Final Spiritual Battle of TODAY BEFORE THE RAPTURE and the LAST DAY when the World would finally END!!! But just imagine how filled with UNSPEAKABLE JOY that John must have felt when he saw the other Disciples and all of Christ’s “Elect” still ALIVE and reigning with Him on Thrones in Heaven in his 7th vision recorded in Revelation Chapter 20!!! And while CLEARLY John believed in the 1st Resurrection of the soul when he saw Christ raise Lazarus from the DEAD -- and when he saw the empty tomb and Christ in His resurrected body – to actually SEE in this 7th vision the SOULS of those “Elect” who had died ALIVE and reigning on Thrones with Christ must have been the most awesome day of his life!!!!!!
Christ Taught That Being Born-Again is a Prerequisite to Being Raptured
Which is also What The 1st Resurrection Means!!!
CLEARLY – Christ was teaching that the 1st Resurrection of THE SOUL in Revelation Chapter 20 was IN HIM just as He told Mary and Martha when He raised Lazarus from the dead!!! For Christ’s true Gospel teaches that when a believer dies – our saved souls which were resurrected with Christ at the Cross -- leave our body and we go to live and reign with Christ forever which is symbolized by the number 1000 years in John’s 7th vision in Revelation Chapter 20. For just as Christ taught at the raising of Lazarus -- He is the Resurrection and anyone IN HIM would never die. And that had to have meant OUR SOULS because everyone has died a physical death since that day.
And that’s WHY it’s hard to believe that Tim LaHaye could convince so many of the over 80 MILLION people who bought his “Left Behind” Book Series– that the 1st Resurrection takes place at THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE – and that Christ won’t be King until AFTER the Pre-Trib Rapture of THE CHURCH and AFTER the Great Tribulation when THEN He will inaugurate His Millennial Kingdom. REALLY???!!!
For Christ OBVIOUSLY taught that He was “the Messiah the Prince” of His Millennial Kingdom who had come to reign in His Millennial Kingdom which began at His Ascension. And He REVEALED to Daniel the perspective of the inheritance that we will receive after THE CONSUMMATION prophesied in Daniel 9:27. That the Kingdom of God that we are of NOW will eventually be delivered up to God to its Final state. And this Final state is the Kingdom that “flesh and blood” cannot inherit as Christ had Paul prophesy recorded in 1st Corinthians 15. And the GOOD NEWS of the Gospel that Christ REVEALED to John – is that the “Elect” who had DIED were already in Heaven and reigning with Christ. And so clearly we see that the Kingdom is both now -- and it is also the Final state which we will be in after this Earthly life.
And we learn from Christ’s True Gospel that “flesh and blood” cannot inherit the Coming Future Kingdom in the New Age which is WHY these sin-cursed bodies of us “Elect” must be resurrected at the 2nd Resurrection to be able to step into the New Heavens and the New Earth where there IS NO SIN. And that is yet another direct contradiction to the teaching of Pre-Millennialism concerning God’s coming Kingdom.
CLEARLY – Christ taught that the future Kingdom in the New Heavens and the New Earth in the Age to Come is THE CONSUMMATION of what has already been established on earth. And the CRYPTIC SPIRITUAL PICTURE that Christ paints for us is a Bride who is already married -- but hasn’t yet consummated the marriage. AND SO IT GOES with the Kingdom of Christ!!! For THE CONSUMMATION of Christ’s Kingdom on the LAST DAY is the actual taking physical possession of an inheritance that is already legally ours as Christ has made us “Elect” His heirs by choosing to save us. Which means that we “Elect” are reigning in The Kingdom NOW. And the Consummated Kingdom is our Final Estate.
In other words -- we “Elect” are positionally ALREADY saved when Christ raised our SOULS at the Cross when He rose from the Dead -- and yet we will be saved from Hell at Christ’s 2ndComing on the LAST DAY. And just as we have already been redeemed – yet we “Elect” will also be redeemed at Christ’s return. For THE CONSUMMATION recorded in Daniel 9:27 which will take place soon to fulfill the 2nd Half of Daniel’s 70th Week Prophecy that we are living in NOW – is the bringing to "completion" the realized Restored Millennial Kingdom of Christ that was inaugurated at the Cross. CLEARLY -- Christ’s resurrection from the dead when the SAVED SOULS of us “Elect” were resurrected -- is what made the Kingdom of Christ a reality. And His coming again
is what will consummate it!!!
To DENY That We Reign in Christ’s Millennial Kingdom Now
Or to DENY That Daniel’s 70th Week Prophecy is Being Fulfilled Today
is To Be AT WAR With Christ and His True Gospel
While Dispensationalists teach that the Resurrection takes place in various stages -- it is quite evident from Scripture that THE SOULS of us “Elect” were resurrected at the Cross and that is WHY we are reigning in Christ’s Millennial Kingdom both now in this Present Age of Humanity and in the Kingdom to come in the New Age which as Paul prophesied “flesh and blood cannot inherit.” And reigning with Christ in this present Kingdom does not in any way contradict the Future Consummation or the coming of the Kingdom of God in the New Age which will begin at THE RAPTURE on the LAST DAY.
But to deny that we reign in a present Kingdom like the Dispensationalists do --
is to deny the Word of God!!!
For Christ clearly had Paul prophesy: “For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (which is PAST TENSE!!!) (Col. 1:13-14) And we read of the Final state of the Eternal Kingdom in 1st Corinthians 15:50 which "flesh and blood” cannot inherit that obviously hasn’t taken place yet. But there is not one single word in all of Scripture about an “in-between” Kingdom that will be established upon this Earth as Dispensationalists teach when Christ comes back to rule in Israel. And HONESTLY – it’s NOT insignificant that in Christ’s True Gospel it only explicitly declares this Present Age -- and the Kingdom of in the New Age which “flesh and blood cannot inherit.”
And that’s WHY Amillennialism triumphs Biblically in declaring Christ’s True Gospel because it obviously is the witness of “The Rapture Truth” REVEALED in Christ’s True Eschatology” when Christ taught that His Kingdom is both now and will continue on in the Age to Come. And it’s WHY I fight so hard to stand up for Christ’s True Eschatology which maintains that He presently reigns as King in His ALREADY RESTORED MILLENNIAL KINGDOM NOW -- which is what Christ REVEALED to John recorded in Revelation 20:4. For what John actually saw in his 7th vision was that Christ’s Millennial Kingdom Reign BEGAN with Christ’s Ascension to the Throne of David in Heaven and that we “Elect” have been reigning in His Millennial Kingdom ever since!!!
And that BEFORE Christ’s 2nd Coming Satan would be LOOSED to fight one LAST SPIRITUAL BATTLE that John called “Armageddon” and the “Gog and Magog” Battle. And that this Final Spiritual Battle that goes by these CRYPTIC NAMES stands for SATAN and those in his Army that are AGAINST CHRIST and His Word and those of us “Elect” coming with His True Gospel TODAY!!! In other words – this Final Spiritual Battle is MAN AT WAR against Christ and His Gospel Truth about His 2ndComing which is FORESHADOWED by the Pharisees and the Sadducees being AT WAR with Christ and His Teaching about His 1st Coming.
And a very important part of Christ’s TRUE GOSPEL has been the FULFILLMENT of the 1st Half of Daniel’s 70th Week Prophecy. For all of Christ’s Disciple taught that He was “the Messiah the Prince” who CAME to inaugurate His Kingdom. In other words -- they didn’t DENY that “The Rapture Truth” REVEALED in Christ’s True Eschatology taught that Daniel’s 70thWeek Prophecy started at the Cross and Christ’s Ascension and would be fully realized and manifested in Heaven at His 2nd Coming like Dispensationalists do today. They taught and BELIEVED that Daniel 9:27 was a prophesy about CHRIST being “the Messiah and Prince” who CAME which is EXACTLY what Amillennialism teaches!!!
For Amillennialism teaches that there is a Millennial reign of Christ -- just NOT on a temporal physical Throne when Christ will reign upon this sin cursed earth in the Future for a LITERAL 1000 years. But that the Messiah has come to reign upon the Throne of David in the Kingdom of Heaven which is SPIRITUAL. That’s WHY it just can’t be reiterated enough that Amillennialism teaches that the present reign of Christ recorded in Revelation 20:4 BEGAN with Christ’s ascension to the Throne of God in Heaven. And that this is what the apostle Peter was speaking about in Acts 2:30-32 – that Christ instituted His Kingdom reign by His death – resurrection -- and ascension to the throne of David which won’t be fully realized and manifested in Heaven until we “Elect” receive our resurrected bodies which is the 2nd Resurrection that takes place at His 2nd Coming.
CLEARLY – Christ taught that He ALREADY had a Kingdom which He had come to inaugurate when He walked down the Banks of the Jordan River and was Baptised by John. But He also taught that unlike the Kingdoms of MAN -- His Kingdom was a SPIRITUAL Kingdom that was WITHIN those of us “Elect” REMNANT that Christ REVEALED to Zechariah would be the 1/3 Remnant of this World that would be saved as we read in Zechariah 13:8-9. That He had come to indwell us “Elect” with His Holy Spirit and that we would exist in the SPIRITUAL CITY of “Heavenly Jerusalem” on Earth reigning with Him until His 2nd Coming. That’s WHY Christ told Pilate that His Kingdom was an EVERLASTING ETERNAL KINGDOM – NOT like the Kingdoms of Man.
While the term “Pre-Millennialism” which is really Chiliasm that is the CHRIST REJECTING FALSE RELIGION of Judaism -- identifies the Eschatology which teaches that the 1000 year reign spoken of in Revelation Chapter 20 is an Earthly Kingdom like the Kingdoms of Man. For Dispensationalists teach that what they call the Millennial Age is separate from what they call the Church Age.
For Dispensationalists teach that the Millennial Age is when Christ LITERALLY returns to Earth to reign PHYSICALLY as King and to set up a temporary Kingdom where THE JEWS who are His True “Chosen People” will rule with Him physically and LITEALLY ruling from a rebuilt 3rd Temple in Jerusalem. That Christ ruling from the LITERAL Earthly Throne of David for a 1000 years AFTER the Pre-Trib Rapture of THE CHURCH is what will fulfill the prophecy given to David. That’s WHY it can’t be reiterated enough that the word “Pre-millennial” means “before the millennium” -- or that Christ will RETURN BEFORE His 1000year reign on Earth -- which is just NOT what Christ taught AT ALL!!!
And this ever so popular Eschatology that Tim LaHaye and so many Dispensationalists have promoted -- teaches that the 7 years of Tribulation which they say is just for the Jews is called “Jacob’s Trouble.” And that during this time of “trouble” that Daniel 9:24 prophesies six things that have to happen BEFORE the Millennial Kingdom canbegin which are: 1) that Christ had to finish the transgression – and 2) to make an end of sin for THE JEWS who are his “true chosen people” -- and 3) to make reconciliation for the iniquity of THE JEWS -- 4) which will bring in everlasting righteousness – and 5) to seal up the vision and prophecy -- and 6) to anoint the most Holy. And that the time of “Jacob’s Trouble” is when Christ has set aside this 7 years after the Pre-Trib Rapture of THE CHURCH that He will FULFILL the 70thWeek Prophecy which Dispensationalists teach is just for THE JEWS.
But THINK ABOUT IT -- Christ is TODAY asking what we believe – the Eschatology of Dispensationalism that Tim LaHaye taught that teaches that the 1st Resurrection takes place at the Pre-Trib Rapture -- or the Eschatology that Christ taught which is Amillennialism that teaches that HE IS THE RESURRECTION and the Life and that THE SOULS of us “Elect” were resurrected at the Cross???!!!
What Christ Taught About This Time of “Jacob’s Trouble”
And How It Relates to The Efficacy of His Sacrifice on the Cross
CLEARLY – there are 2 main reasons WHY the World of Christendom which is enamored by the teaching of Dispensational Pre-Millennialism that Tim LaHaye taught doesn’t think that we are TODAY living in THE GREAT TRIBULATION which are:– 1) the Pre-Trib Rapture of THE CHURCH and the Resurrection hasn’t taken place yet -- and 2) the 70th Week Prophecy is the “time of Jacob’s Trouble” that is meant only for THE JEWS. For AGAIN -- Dispensationalists teach that Daniel’s 70th Week Prophecy is referring to the last 7 years on Earth before Christ’s 2nd Coming to Earth to begin His Millennial Kingdom. And that this period of time is known as THE GREAT TRIBULATION which begins at the Midpoint of the 7 years which numerous Old Testament Prophets they say referred to as “The Day of the Lord.” REALLY???!!!
Careful study in “The Rapture Truth” REVEALED in Christ’s True Eschatology teaches us “Elect” that what Christ had Paul prophesy in Romans 9:6-13 that “not all Israel is of the Nation of Israel” originated in Genesis when we read that in Christ’s SEED “all the nations of this World will be blessed.” In other words -- “the seed of Isaac” represented the Seed of Christ which all of us “Elect” would be of -- if Christ chose to save us. For clearly -- the seed of Isaac is The True Israel of God and the “Jacob’s” in Christ’s Holy Nation that HE LOVES. For the only other alternative is the seed Esau. And we know that cannot be true because Christ told Rebecca and Isaac that He hated Esau but loved Jacob before these twin sons were even born to do anything good or evil.
And so if we are being true to the word of Christ and His Salvation of “Election and Predestination” – then to qualify as a TRUE JEW in the sight of Christ we have to be circumcised not in the flesh but in the heart and we have to have been “born-again” by having our SAVED SOULS resurrected when Christ was resurrected after His crucifixion. And what Christ taught about SALVATION was that He ALONE redeemed the “Jacob’s” that He Loved at the Cross -- making us 1/3 Remnant and His “Elect” that He REVEALED to Zechariah would be saved – all THE TRUE SONS OF GOD!!!!
CLEARLY --“Jacob” represents us “Elect” from Noah to TODAY that Christ chose to be in The Kingdom of Heaven – which is the Holy Nation of the True Spiritual Israel of God that Christ came as “the Messiah the Prince” prophesied in Daniel 9:27 to die for. While “Esau” represents the Kingdom of Satan – or the reprobate 2/3 Remnant of this World that are “the unsaved Jews of the Flesh” that Christ told Zechariah would NOT BE SAVED as we read in Zechariah 13:8-9. And clearly – it is “Jacob” in whom all the Nations of the world HAVE BEEN Blessed because “Jacob” was Isaac’s son who was a “type” of Christ –
the TRUE ISRAEL OF GOD!!!
And that’s WHY before Jacob and Esau were born to Isaac that they struggled against each other in Rebecca’s womb and Christ told Rebecca that two Nations were in her womb. And that these two Nations symbolized the Kingdom of Heaven which Jacob represented -- and the Kingdom of this world and of SATAN which Esau represented. And that these two SEEDS would be at ENMITY with each other until the very LAST DAY of this Present Age of Humanity. And that the SEED OF JACOB would be ruled over by “the Messiah the Prince” of Daniel’s 70th Week Prophecy who CAME WHO WAS CHRIST. While the SEED OF ESAU would be ruled over by SATAN – who is “the prince of this World” and NOW the King of Babylon who has been LOOSED to rule the WHOLE WORLD and to lead the Esau’s that Christ HATES in this Final Spiritual Battle coming against the Jacob’s that He LOVES!!!
This struggle in the womb between Jacob and Esau painted a CRYPTIC SPIRITUAL PICTURE of the struggle between GOOD AND EVIL and TRUTH AND LIES that has gone on since the Garden of Eden. And EVERYONE has been in this SPIRITUAL WARFARE -- for we are either of this world -- or we are not of this world belonging to one or the other of these 2 Spiritual Kingdoms of this Human Race!!! And CLEARLY -- all of the SIGNS convey that the men and women on Earth of these 2 Spiritual Kingdoms are fighting the FINAL SPIRITUAL BATTLE TODAY ALL AROUND THE GLOBE!!! And that “Jacob’s Trouble” is really this GREAT TRIBULATION that Christ prophesied all of us “Elect” living TODAY would be fighting in BEFORE He Raptured us on the LAST DAY!!!
And in closing – what we need to understand is that when Dispensationalists separate the Old Testament “Elect” from the New Testament “Elect” they are DENYING the EFFICACY of Christ's Sacrifice on the Cross. For clearly – Christ’s True Gospel teaches that there is only ONE TRUE BODY OF CHRIST and that we were all saved the same way – by Christ taking our place and paying for our sins at the Cross. In other words – the EFFICACY of the Cross reaches all the way back to Abel just as it reaches all the way forward to us living today in this 21st Century. For Salvation has ALWAYS been in the Blood of Christ – NEVER in the keeping of the LAW which no human could ever do having been born with a sin Nature and still living in these bodies of Flesh until Christ gives us “Elect” a new resurrected body on the LAST DAY to match our SAVED SOULS that were resurrected at the
1st Resurrection at the Cross.
And the awesome TRUTH about Resurrection – is that the EFFICACY of Christ’s Sacrifice is NOT limited by time because the moment the Blood of Christ was proposed to cover the sins of us 1/3 Remnant “Elect” out of this World – our redemption was as good as an ACCOMPLISHED ACT!!! That’s WHY from before the foundation of the World the Election of us “Elect” has been secure in Christ’s eyes since He is from everlasting to everlasting TIMELESS!!! In other words – Christ is INFINITE – so though time must unfold for man in our dimension of time – Christ being OMNISCIENT AND OMNIPRESENT sees things as COMPLETED because He is outside of Man’s time!!!
So on this Easter Sunday we celebrate that the SAVED SOULS of us “Elect” have taken part in the 1st Resurrection and that THE GREAT TRIBULATION that Christ also called “Jacob’s Trouble” will not last much longer because Christ is coming back soon to DELIVER us “Jacobs” that He Loves at THE RAPTURE when Christ taught that the 2nd Resurrection of the Body will take place!!! And with our New Resurrected Bodies ALONG with our Resurrected SOULS we will be able to step into Christ’s dimension where He has the New Heavens and the New Earth waiting for us NOW!!!
Happy 1st Resurrection Day!!! And just know that the 2nd Resurrection Day is Coming SOON!!!