20. Rapture, Millennium, and the End; by Jesus Christ

"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India
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Declaration

Rapture is that the dead in Christ shall rise first and then the living in Christ shall be caught up in the air to be with Christ. Millennium is that Jesus Christ will come with his saints and reign in the promised land for a thousand years. Earth and heaven (solar system) will pass away at the end. Christ will judge the world. The righteous will inherit new earth or new heavens. The evil will be cast in the lake of fire. 

Explanation

Second coming of Jesus Christ are four, but not one.

In the previous segment, we saw that the general statement 'the second coming” is not one incident, but they are four. And, the first second coming has happened already. And so, Jesus Christ is already here on earth, surprisingly visiting his believers and workers one by one, either accepting them or rejecting them. The next three second comings are, rapture, millennium, and the end of the world. Let us see them one by one.

Jesus Christ will come to raise and rapture his people.

"1 Thessalonians 4:14 them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 16 the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then, we which are alive and remain shall be caught up with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:" So, Jesus Christ will raise and rapture them who are in him. But, the tragedy is, most Christians are taught to say that they are in Jesus Christ, while they are in sin. But no sin can enter Jesus Christ in heavenly places. If we are in sin, we are not in Jesus Christ. It is a deception to say we are in Jesus Christ while we are in sin. However he is doing his work in his people now. Ephesians 5:27 says Jesus Christ "might present to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." So, Jesus Christ is converting them to be holy, spotless, without any blemish for himself. Ephesians 2:6 he "hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:" That is, Jesus Christ pulls them out of sin and has their spirits seated in himself in heaven. As they die, they will sleep in him. Jesus Christ has been doing this---work for the last 2000 years.

In the second coming of Jesus, the first thing that our churches teach is the rapture. Churches teach it in such a way that almost all Christians will be taken in the rapture. They say that the righteous people, who were dead, will be resurrected first and Jesus Christ will rapture (catch away) the living saints to him in the air. Then they will reign on the earth a thousand years, which is the Millennium. So far everything is good. But, the sad part is that the churches give confidence to Christians that they all will be taken in the rapture. It is not what the word of God says. Jesus Christ is sinless. No sin can enter into him. If you have sin in your life, neither you can enter into him, nor will he enter into you. Our preachers are either ignorant or they are filthy liars. They deceive people. However, let us see it with Scriptures.

Jesus Christ will come to raise and rapture his people. "1 Thessalonians 4:14 them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 16 the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then, we which are alive and remain shall be caught up with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:" So, Jesus Christ will raise and rapture them who were in him. But, the tragedy is that most Christians are taught to say that they are in Jesus Christ, while they are in sin. But no sin can enter Jesus Christ in heavenly places. If we are in sin, we are not in Jesus Christ. It is deception to say we are in Jesus Christ while we are in sin.

Jesus Christ will establish the Millennium reign.

Jews were attacked so many times and challenged even now that they will be eradicated from the face of the earth. Millennium is not the end time, however it will not be in the near future. But, in about 300 years, Jews will go through the great tribulation and will be crushed almost to non existence. At that time they will realize that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and repent for what the Jews have done to him. They will call Jesus Christ to save them, since he is their Messiah. "Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn." At that time Jesus Christ will come and reign as their Messiah for a thousand years. This is called the Millennium reign.

Jesus Christ will bring his saints after the great tribulation, to reign in the Promised Land for a thousand years, which is the Millennium. Usually our teachers in the church say that Jesus Christ, with his saints, will rule the entire world. Symbolically, he will sit at the throne of David to rule. David's rule was just in Israel. At the millennium reign, there will be perfect peace in the land as in Isaiah 2:3-5. There are many things to write about the millennium reign, etc. In that period of time, Satan and the evil spirits will be locked in the bottomless pit, and will be released after the thousand years are over. In that time, there will be no army, no war, and people will live in peace. "Revelation 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season." After a thousand years Satan will be loosed from prison, and he will go around the world and bring a big army against the Lord. So, we can see that Jesus Christ was not ruling the entire world. Fire from heaven will destroy that army. His people will flourish with peace in the Millennium. People do not have to fight against the army, but the fire from heaven will take care of them.

The fourth and the last event of the Second Coming is the end of the world.

Satan will be bound in the bottomless pit for 1000 years and he will be loosed as in Revelation 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison. With his influence, the 7 heads and 10 horns will begin to rule. Most Bible teachers say that the 7 heads ruler is Pope and the Catholic Church. No, it is not. The rule will not even start until Satan comes out of the bottomless pit. Almost 800 years into their reign, Jesus Christ will destroy this world and make all things new. Jesus Christ will destroy this world in total surprise. "2 Peter 3:10 the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless." Our earth and heaven are going to be destroyed, and God will replace them with new earth and new heavens. New heavens (plural) and they are for the Sons of God. God's righteousness, peace and joy will fill the new earth and the new heavens. "Isaiah 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. 1 John 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; .." The heavens we now have refer to the solar system, that is, sun, moon, few stars, planets, etc,. They all will be burned into a ball of fire, which will be the lake of fire. New earth, new heavens, and mount Sion, will be known as the general name of heaven. The righteous people will inherit heaven.

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