The objective of this article is to help Christians discern between the two basic views of the Kingdom, the one is the Kingdom of the Gospel of the grace of God in Jesus Christ which is the everlasting gospel of the cross and the other is the contradictory interpretation of the temporal Kingdom of the Gospel of glory or Crown, the fading glory of man. This teaching places these views under the light of Scriptural truth in order for the unenlightened to make a judicious decision for the absolute Truth regarding eschatology. (End Times)
As an alternative for the theological name for eschatological views I will use lay language in order for people to be able to recognize in which gospel they are trusting. For Dispensationists or Premillennialists I will use the name Rapturists. For Postmillennialists I will use the name Kingdom Now followers and for the Amillinnialists I will use the name Spiritual Israel. For more elaborated definitions see: In Afrikaans: http://www.reformedtruth.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=132:christelike-woordeboek-of-woordelys-van-terme&catid=5:afrikaans&Itemid=8
What is the great task of the defender of the gospel of faith? It is to expose false and another gospels that create unconventional means of attaining salvation rather than the only way which is by grace; namely through the purity of the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Throughout his letters Paul defends the absolute Sovereignty and the absolute dominion of God over His creation simply by the proclamation of the Truth. For the Post-modern Christian, it is no longer the case; God is not sovereign because man attempts to contribute towards his salvation, Jesus plus something. For others; they give Satan such glory and power on Gods earth that they almost make the Devil their god.
Man, totally Corrupt
The redemption of depraved, unregenerated, uncircumcised, spiritually dead, fleshly man in spiritual darkness, destitute in his death row situation; was God’s priority in His historical dealings with man to restore Paradise. All the glory to God alone for this salvation by His merciful mediation to obviate the total destruction of all His creation that has been corrupted by sin will be God’s Alone. Soli Deo Gloria. This was as Reformers understood man’s status: “outward pollution, and an evidence of spiritual death.” (Commentary on Colossians)
Any other gospel that does not proclaim the regeneration of a remnant out of the entire human race, without exception, is another gospel and not the mandate of the almighty King.
God progressively revealed His promised restoration of Paradise in His Council of the historic redemption of fallen man, (Gen 3:15) with images, signs, shadows, types, symbols, figures and allegories that He hid in parables for spiritual man only. See short introduction to spiritual understanding. www.reformedtruth.co.za
1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
The question is: can regenerated man be in the natural and wrongly understand spiritual things to be physical and worldly things? My answer is a convinced, yes!
The spiritual man interprets and comprehends; the things on earth that God uses in Scripture, as signs of the heavenly things in God’s spiritual language or tongues which, to the natural man seem foolish or sound like gibberish (Not the Charismatic phenomenon but Words spiritually understood.) The gospel of the cross is foolishness to natural man, but life eternal to the redeemed. Paul would rather speak words spiritually understood. To repeat the question: is regenerate man free from delusions and fleshly interpretations? Scripture clearly teaches that it is crucial to build on foundations laid by the Apostles and the cornerstone Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. 3:15. Paul clearly warns of certain consequences to those that teach another gospel contrary to that of; by grace alone, by faith alone and in Jesus Christ alone to the glory of God alone according to scriptural Truth alone. Other gospel foundations, different to that laid in the life of the disciples harm the temple of God because these false foundation stones are spiritually harmful to the body of Christ. It is not the smoking of cigars that harm the temple but other gospel teachings.
There are basically only two Gospels of which only one could be the Truth
1. The gospel of a future glory of Rapturists and Kingdom-Now followers
The gospel of glory belongs to natural man, earthly riches and worldly kingdoms and secular Triumphs. This was the same type of King that the Jews and the Apostles expected, to redeem them from the yoke of Rome, and the Apostles from the bondage of the Pharisees and not from the yoke of sin. They expected a Kingdom of the Crown and not the Cross. It was only after the resurrection that the disciples of Jesus understood the real Good News of the Gospel, only after the veil had been taken away by the Holy Spirit when the Light shone in their darkness and they realized it
“Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1.6).
Prof Scott Clark in his article the Israel of God mentions; that there was indeed a widespread rabbinic and popular notion that the Messiah should be a powerful politico-military figure of Davidic strength and skill—”David has slain his tens of thousands” (1 Sam 18.7).
John 6:15 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone. John 6,14-15 records
This was not the Missio Dei and God never intended nor Counselled an earthly Kingdom of any worldly kind in the future.
The veil taken away in that Mountain. Is 25:7
This was sadly the literal Pharisaic interpretation that brought on misconceptions of the Kingdom of God/Heaven and today it is still the situation. Do those that are literalists still then wear a veil, has the veil not been rent from top to bottom for them?
2Co 3:13 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
2Co 3:14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
“Until this day”, that, unfortunately, is still the expectation of a specific group of Christians. This was not the expected King since He rode on a donkey and not a horse a symbol of power; that is why they crucified Him:
“Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt” (John 12:15; Isa 40.9; Zech 9.9).
Will they crucify Jesus again in the thousand year reign? They will have to if anyone is to be saved, or repent of their fallacy and destroy the ceremonies and temple, because the blood of beasts cannot save eternally and forgive sin. Classic Dispensationalism (Rapturists) has long held that the Pharisees had the right method of interpreting the Bible; but that they simply reached the wrong conclusions. (literalistic or Pharisaic interpretation, still reach the wrong assumption.)
We are still sinners, “non posse non peccare”, not able not to sin and can be led astray. Is it possible, that some even to this day, can have such a Veil that they cannot see spiritual fulfilments from past and passing shadows? Dick Harris rightly labels this “The Dawkins Delusion”. Is the Arminian; who trusts in subtle works of determining his destiny not clouded in his understanding of the True Gospel because with the “wrong conclusion”, they steal some of Gods glory because they always have to have made some contribution to their redemption?
We must urgently expose and demolish this matter of the two kingdoms.
The Rapturists erroneously expect a Restoration of the kingdom of Israel between the first coming of Christ and the return of the King for the White Throne Judgment. They anticipate an interlude of a thousand years of earthly reign after the Church disappears before a time of greater tribulation.
The physical battle of Armageddon will inaugurate the literal Davidic Kingdom of Israel for a period of a thousand years.
The “physical” battle of Armageddon will be followed by theocratic rule with Old Testament ceremonies restored, including temple sacrifices with the Devil bound during this earthly thousand year reign. This kingdom will be one where the Ten Commandments will be the rule of the Kingdom with the fulfilment of the Davidic Covenant with the manifestation of the righteousness of God in human affairs.
Today we have Mandela day, the saviour of the oppressed, it will not be surprising if during the Davidic Kingdom of the thousand years they will have a Moses day, where immortal Moses will re-enact the giving of the Law and come down Mount Zion with the Ten Commandment clay tablets with a display of fireworks. This is a funny remark, but maybe it will help to bring the point across.
The other false gospel, The Kingdom Now followers however, will similarly have an earthly rule not unlike the Rapturist but with the distinction that they will personally inaugurate the earthly Kingdom rule with a theocratic government. They will achieve this by overcoming Satan with spiritual warfare and signs and wonders superior to even what Jesus could accomplish. Both these are analogous in that both expect an earthy triumphant kingdom.
The Kingdom Now Triumphant earthly Kingdom will be inaugurated by super-Apostles and Prophets and so-called Joel’s Army to take the earthly potentates and devils by physical and spiritual force and subject all nations under a theocratic rule.
The Rapturist will have the rule of law and the restoration of Old Testament ceremonies in the kingdom and in that kingdom the Cross of Jesus Christ will be archaic and of no avail for those in the thousand year reign, in fact it will not be the way people come to Christ but with the manifestation of the righteousness of God in mortal human affairs. According to the Rapturists, God was so committed to creating such an earthly, national people that this was the primary reason for the incarnation, birth and ministry of Christ. Had they accepted His offer of an earthly kingdom, Jesus would not have died. In this scheme, Jesus’ saving death on the cross is a blissful by-product of God’s plan for national Israel. If Jesus, as they proclaim, did not go the Cross to die for our sin and to overcome Satan, we would still be in our sin, Satan would still be in control, for salvation we would have to keep the law and for our sin we would still need to use the blood of beasts to COVER our sins. There would be no eternal destination in their false gospel. WHAT A MONGROL OF THINGS.
However, the Kingdom Now proponents will see the work of Christ as insufficient during the Church age, and the super new age Apostles and super Prophets that will be raised will accomplished what Jesus did not because according to them, the Devil is Lord of this world and God cannot do anything without men being gods as they proclaim. They will establish a Triumphal theocratic Kingdom Now where Paul, they actually decree, will shake the hands of these gods (Rick Joyner, Benny Hinn, Copeland) to congratulate them on what they have accomplished. It is as sad day to see Angus Buchan (not surprisingly so) stand on the same pulpit as Rick Joyner and commit pulpit crimes. There are great resemblances between these two other gospels, and it also tends to lean towards Romish dogma of purgatory (other forms of salvation) and State and Church and substitute reign.
2. The Gospel of the Grace of God, the Gospel of the Cross of Spiritual Israel, the Israel of God, the Church.
Let us look at Col 2
Col 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; Col 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Col 2:14 en die skuldbrief teen ons, wat met sy insettinge ons vyandig was, uitgedelg en weggeruim het deur dit aan die kruis vas te nael, Col 2:15 nadat Hy die owerhede en magte uitgeklee en hulle in die openbaar tentoongestel en daardeur oor hulle getriomfeer het.
“In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine, a wondrous beauty I see, for ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died, to pardon and sanctify me”.
The Old Rugged Cross, how sweet the sound of those words to the Redeemed. These Words and their meaning will not be savoured in the Rapturists millennial reign and the Kingdom Now proponents will expect a standing ovation when they say, “Jesus can return, we have triumphed.” For a more enlightening exposure of the three eschatological views allegory style see the following link:
The Real Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is; that our sins have been blotted out, that God’s wrath towards the sinner was turned away because man’s death penalty for his transgressions was placed on the Son of God. Jesus became the propitiation for our sin from the wrath of God; our righteous God had to punish, and would not, could not, just forgive sins, but had to punish sins in order to remain just. The handwriting of ordinances that was against us was fastened to the cross and blotted out. By Grace Alone alone, we were justified, He died in our stead, our sin imputed to Him and His righteousness imputed to us, so we can stand pure before Holy God and will be eternally in his presence.
All nations, and each individual of God’s Created Human Family, can only be redeemed from their totally “status corruptionus”, by accepting Jesus Christ as their only Saviour; by no other name or way can we be saved. Not by keeping the law, not by our Nationality, nor our Citizenship, our Heritage, or any other future earthly kingdom. The only requisite for some to inherit the kingdom of heaven is by admitting to being a sinner from the race of one Human Family from Adam and Eve; our ancestors and by begging God for His mercy. The time for anyone to be redeemed is now and now only and not as a mass conversion, or as a nation during a great tribulation or during a Romish type of purgatory in an imaginary thousand year reign.
Luk 13:35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Jerusalem and the temple are left desolate. For the Jews the temple became an idol and Christ withdraws from those who reject Him. He did not postpone His withdrawal as the Rapturists say but unbelieving Israel will be left desolate. Only individual believers will see Him. For unbelieving Israel it will be too late when the Messiah comes to Judge the living and the dead. “Ye shall not see me” No sight of Christ coming for a so called Rapture, but He will come only once more and that is to judge the living and the dead. It was FINISHED which designated that all was fulfilled and ended on the Cross of Calvary. There will be no more delay in these last days and no more earthly reign. Those that have ears to hear, hear.
One Created Human Family
Our first ancestors were created mature adults, with created human DNA genetically different from the rest of Creation. It had to be so and still has to be that all humans born into this world are potentially fully mature created individuals and not evolutionary beings.
Gal 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
Why? Because it is only from such a nature, this Specific Seed Jesus could have blotted out our sins that no evolutionary animal could have done. There is no such thing as vertical creation and horizontal evolution. It was only fully man with inherited DNA and fully God who could have been the second Adam, to take away the sin of man. In Gods Son Israel and in Him only can man be saved. No other plan of salvation is good enough, only one plan from God’s historical Redemption strategy with sinful man. Redemption does not come from the first fleshly Israel, the type of the Spiritual Israel, but from God’s Israel, his Son Jesus Christ.
Hos 11:1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.
Note, Those whom God loves he calls out of the bondage of sin and Satan into the glorious liberty of his children. These words are said to have been fulfilled in Christ, when, upon the death of Herod, He and his parents were called out of Egypt (Mat_2:15), so that the words have a double aspect, speaking historically of the calling of Israel out of Egypt and prophetically of the bringing of Christ thence; and the former was a type of the latter, and a pledge and earnest of the many and great favours God had in reserve for that people, especially the sending of His Son into the world, and the bringing Him again into the land of Israel when they had unkindly driven him out, and He might justly never have returned. The calling of Christ out of Egypt was a figure of the calling of all that are His, through Him, out of spiritual slavery. (M. Henry Commentary)
Jesus is the fulfilment of literal Israel, which is now spiritual Israel. Jesus is the only Saviour in the Old, as in the New Covenant. Christ preached in the Spirit to Abraham and they were saved by faith and not works, believing in the Covenant and thereby being spiritually circumcised.
Gal 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
Joh 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
The physical temple was the figure or shadow of the spiritual temple fulfilled in Jesus Christ the spiritual temple. By the resurrection of Jesus the temple was made obsolete forever. Any attempt, as is now happening, to rebuild and restore this temple would be gross disobedience and an utterly sinful and worthless exercise. The old has been destroyed never to be raised again, those that have ears to hear, hear. (never to be restored again). Spiritual Israel, has always been God’s, the Israel of God. It has never replaced physical Israel or Israel in the flesh, as some falsely say because physical Israel is merely the shadow of the True Israel. The dispenstionalists are blinded to the truth of God’s Israel and therefore they are the ones who should be called “Replacementists”. The simple fact is; that there is not going to be an earthly kingdom, with Jesus reigning from the Temple in Jerusalem. The coming of Jesus to die on the cross and His sending of the Holy Spirit has inaugurated the Kingdom of God for the reign of Christ in the Church for the Millennium, which is the symbolic time of the Church. Christ has purchased His only Bride. He bought His Bride with His precious blood. No other Bride, nor Flock, nor People will be at the marriage supper of the Lamb but only those bought with the Blood of Jesus Christ. Spiritually the marriage supper of the lamb has already come and is taking place for each and every one redeemed, when we are wedded to Christ, when we are born again. We used to be married to the Law, but now to Christ.
The Battle of Michael the Archangel inaugurated the Church Age, that was the battle on the Cross, resulting in the spiritual Millennial reign of Christ.
The promised Holy Spirit came, the inauguration of the fulfilment of the promises, the Covenant with Abraham’s offspring Isaac, the free son and not the son of the slave, the law. The slaves son will never inherit what is the Free Son’s. The Son of grace is the one that inherits according to God’s Council. The coming of the Kingdom came when Jesus came, it is not a new future coming Kingdom; it is the continuation of the children of God by faith only, in the promises, even from Gen 3:15, yes, even from Creation!
2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
From Genesis God commanded: “Let there be Light” and this points to Christ, the Light shine in our darkness, in our “status corruptionus”so that we can see Christ and be made alive in Him. Jesus the Cross bearing Saviour was before the Cross and is now this side of the Cross, Redemption knows no dispensations, no timeline, but I AM, is, was, and is to come.
Before Moses, the Abrahamic covenant was made by God with man. The Seed was the One to restore Paradise Lost. In that Seed, God redeemed man. Only in that Seed, is there Salvation for the children of the Promise, the Covenant. The earthly kingdom of Israel was a type, a shadow of the spiritual heavenly Kingdom, the spiritual Israel with people filled with the Holy Spirit and regenerated and spiritually circumcised. What God intended was not a material, earthly political or nation-state, but a Body of believers, a Flock, a remnant of every tongue and nation of spiritually regenerate man, a heavenly kingdom of an immortal holy nation.
Jesus was the second Adam as He was the second Israel. We cannot be saved in the first Israel nor in a physical millennial reign, but only in Jesus. Only God knows the duration of the spiritual millennial reign. Since the Cross individuals in national Israel are saved like anyone else but the expectancy of Israel to be saved and blessed as a genealogical nation is obsolete. National Israel is not the apple of God’s eye, it is not the anointed of God that should not be touched, it is the Church, the Israel of God and Woe to those that blaspheme the Body of Christ by replacing it with another body. The True Body is one of suffering that will go through tribulation and will not be saved with a false rapture. The false body is the one of physical triumph and not the cross, which is one of spiritual triumph.
The Reason for Persecution and Suffering
Php 1:29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
Two precious gifts are given to the Church, Faith is a gift, (the gift of revelation what Jesus has done) and to suffer is a valuable gift, it is a great honour and a great advantage; for we may be very serviceable to the glory of God, which is the end purpose of our creation, and perseverance of faith and suffering encourages and confirms the faith of others. Our temporary suffering encourages us to look up towards our eternal salvation to be, when we reign with Christ, which is our great spiritual reward. Our reward of eternal redemption is great in heaven; we are not rewarded because we suffer.
Blessed are you when men shall persecute you, for great is your reward in heaven, Mat_5:11, Mat_5:12. And, if we suffer with him, we shall also reign with him, 2Ti_2:12.
“Keep this thought in mind”; our eternal destination is our great reward. If we suffer reproach and loss for Christ, we are to reckon it a great gift, and prize it accordingly, always providing we behave properly under our sufferings with the mind of Christ, martyrs and confessors.
Lo and behold; this suffering is not in the scheme of the Rapturists during greater tribulation. The Zionists Christians and Judaizers will leave their Jewish brothers in greater tribulation and secretly escape by disappearing to heavenly places. The Great Chicken Run.
In the Rapturists kingdom there will be no mortals that will need to be regenerated, born again, there will be no evil, because according to this view, the devil will be in chains and consequently man can reach his full potential, become holy men without any satanic influences on their shoulders to whisper evil in their ears. The devil will be bound, but what about the flesh, is that still alive, the worldly greed, is that still alive for sinful man during the kingdom of a thousand years? The survivors of the great tribulation and the battle of Armageddon will not be able to come to Christ, because there will be no grace, but law. At the end of this Kingdom, according to their delusion, the devil will be loosed and so again men will be corrupted and rebel against God.
What in heaven’s name then is the purpose of the thousand year reign? It is not to save; it is to rule, to live for a time in an Utopia, not unlike the Kingdom Now people, because people will have longevity, like the evolutionists believe science will one day be able to create. Is their system not based on natural man’s earthly desires to have immortality? The Dawkins Delusion?
Oswald T. Allis in The Evangelical Quarterly, January 1936 said that Dispensationalism shares with Higher Criticism (evolutionists) its fundamental error. It is divisive and holds a doctrine of Scripture which tends to be and is in many respects as destructive of that high view of Scripture which its advocates assert as it is disastrous to some of the doctrines most precious to the hearts of those that hold it. In a word, despite all their differences Higher Criticism and Dispensationalism are in this one respect strikingly similar. Higher Criticism divides Scripture up into Documents which differ from or contradict one another. Dispensationalism divides the Bible up into dispensations which differ from or even contradict one another; and so radical is this difference as viewed by the extremist that the Christian of today who accepts the Dispensational view finds his Bible (the part directly intended for him) shrunk to the compass of the Imprisonment Epistles.
This (the thousand year reign), is the same Kingdom that the Jews expected, and still expect; a Crown of a Glorious Kingdom where David will be raised immortally and reign with Jesus in this earthly Kingdom. This Kingdom will be for the Jews only; the Church will be hanging around in the heavens. This is the “two salvation” plan, one for political Israel, the Kingdom of the crown and a separate plan for the nations through the cross of Jesus Christ, the Church. In this Kingdom of the Rapturists, the sacrificial altar will be restored, sheep will be raised for sacrifices for mortals in this thousand year reign, a new temple will be built in the place of Jesus who is the True spiritual temple, and the Levitical priests will be trained to perform ceremonial duties in the stead of the ultimate Priest, Jesus Christ. Beasts will replace Jesus for the blood offerings, while Jesus, the God of the universe oversees such blasphemy; this deception, this delusion according to Rapturists proponents. Scott Clark: “Therefore, the promise that God’s intent has been to establish a permanent or millennial, national, Jewish people have it exactly backwards. Our Dispensationalist brothers confuse what is temporary with what is permanent, and what is permanent with what is temporary.”
God’s Redemption plan in the Seed Jesus is thwarted by a Millennial reign of Resurrected Immortal David
David will not reign with Jesus, he is a sinner and saved by faith, no crown will he wear. For 4000 years God has protected the Seed, established a Jewish nation, establish an earthly kingdom of Israel in order that eventually the Messiah was to be born a Jew. This Jew was rejected as the Messiah, as the King of God and Heaven; He died for all nations including a remnant of Jews. Now, the Rapturists have the false perception; that because the Jews rejected Jesus as the Messiah, God had to go to His “Plan B” and delay the expected earthly reign of the Kingdom for another time, the time of an imaginary millennial reign between the Cross and the Judgment day of the White Throne. This is the so called Postponement of the Kingdom that the fathers of the Rapturists (Darby, Scofield, Walvoord,) invented and their disciples preach. In that fictional earthly reign, the sacrifice on the Cross will be archaic as a salvation plan for the Jews and mean nothing, because God has a separate redemption strategy for the Jews, they proclaim, one that does not depend upon the sacrifice of Jesus but on Satan being taken out of the way so that they can achieve a salvation of works through the law, (according to Scofield). In this so called earthly reign, they spurn the Cross of Jesus Christ not unlike the clergy of the Jews spurned the True and only Messiah and only means of attaining eternal life and redemption of sins, they spurned the Lamb of God. They want a Kingdom Now.
I do not say that the Rapturists spurn the Cross of Christ for anyone who wants to come to Jesus but because of their dogma regarding the Jewish nation and for their thousand year reign they do. They do have biblical truths that we all hold dear to, but it only takes one drop of poison to pollute The Truth.
When you restore ancient ceremonies that cannot redeem, do you not then reject such a salvation for the very people that Christ died for? Now and now only is the time for the Jewish people to be saved. They will not all be saved as a nation when they see their Redeemer in some future tribulation time; they already have seen him and rejected Him.
Joh 19:37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced,
This scripture is fulfilled at Pentecost and is fulfilled every time someone comes to the Lord, it is not for a future national Israel’s redemption, but for each individual wherever and whenever the wind of the Spirit goes.
According to the Rapturists; during the Kingdom Reign the Law of God will reign, the shadows reinstated, the temple sacrifices, all those things that gave the devil power and permission to bring man into bondage, to reinstate Hagar the slave woman, not understanding who the free woman and her children are. The children of promise according to them have been raptured, the church, those first Jews that came to Christ, the Church was mainly made up of Jews that came to Christ. What heavenly use is the eternal sacrifice of the Son in the thousand year reign? None, they have made the Cross of no avail, of no power and the sacrifice of no profit during that dispensation.
Satan they say; is bound in the Millennium of the Rapturist. The question is: how can Satan be bound when the Law is re-established, even sacrifices for sin and the Levitical rituals and the Temple? Why? According to them; Satan is no longer there, why do they need all the ceremonies and rituals for sin then? How lucky can you get, we were born at a wrong place and at a wrong time. No, their dogma actually set Satan loose because he can stand in front of The King now and bring accusations against mortal man directly to Jesus as Jesus is within walking distance of the Devil to accuse the uncircumcised. The power of sin is the Law.
The Truth is; Satan is bound in Spiritual Israel’s Millennium, the age of the Church in order that his goods can be spoilt. (The gospel can be preached and light can shine in darkness to take those predestined for rebirth out of the clutches of a Satan that can no longer hold them in darkness). The Light has come and now shines in the darkness, the darkness flees and there is an eternal separation. God is light and in Him there is no darkness.
The Rapturists have another view of the devil bound; they incorrectly think that during their thousand year reign the devil will be completely immobilized without any influence whatsoever. This is the antithesis of what Spiritual Israel understands as we shall see later. What an excuse for those burning in hell, they will strike and say “the Devil made me do it, it is unfair because in the Rapturists millennium God bound the devil in such a way that it is easy then to live a holy life”. Will these be judged by their works only?, if they, as the only mortals on the planet eventually die, will their sin be covered by the sacrifices, which we know cannot take away sin, but cover it? This view is a mongrel of things and raises unanswerable questions.
The Rapturists make the wondrous Cross of no power, the precious blood of the Lamb is not available for man during their reign of Kingdom David’s Crown and King Jesus because the blood of beasts have replaced it. This is the real Replacement theology of the Rapturists, they are the ones who are replacing Israel in the spirit with Israel in the flesh. They are in fact the replacementists, the accusers who falsely label the Israel of God as replacementists. This theology is such a misconception that it can only be a strong delusion. The Muslim delusion is as strong and powerful as that of the Rapturists, both have the Pharisaical interpretation of scripture and to be saved out of those deceptions can only be by the grace of God.
In actual fact, those who survive the Rapturists tribulation will find themselves in a position of having no free choice in a millennium reign where Satan is bound; they will only bow to the earthly King and follow the Law, bondage of free will. They have to keep the law and come to Jerusalem by force, even when the Saviour of the Church is overseeing the animal sacrifices, the ultimate fulfilment of Sacrifice for sin.
If Jesus died for all as they teach, why then are those in the millennial reign not included?
True heavenly peace.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” True peace has come in the City from above, the one Abraham saw from afar; Jesus is that peace and it has been fulfilled. Not peace on earth, there will never be such a peace according to Scripture, but only peace with God, reconciliation with man and between man spiritually as we read the following Scriptures.
Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Eph 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
Eph 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
These verses speak about the reconciliation between the Jews as a nation that has fulfilled its task to bring forth the Messiah to save some of the Jews and some out of the Human Family. There is no more Jew, or Greek, or slave or freeman or barbarian, cannibal, neither man nor woman. No more earthly shadow of literal Israel but spiritual Israel. Prof Clark http://rscottclark.org/ says: “Who is to say that we should focus on the Israeli state? Perhaps we should focus on the plight of Palestinian Christians who have suffered gravely at the hands of Jews and Muslims, especially since the formation of Modern day Israel?” This according to the Rapturists; is an anti-Semitic statement, but this accusation is far from the truth as will be explained.
The abolishment, the abrogation of ceremonies
All types and shadows have been fulfilled in Jesus Christ. The Tree of Life, Zion, Jerusalem, the Blood on the Doorpost, the Lamb, the Cloud and Pillar of Fire, the Crossing of the sea, the Burning Bush, the Manna, Israel, the Crossing of the Jordan to the Promised land, the Altar, the Kingdoms and the Temple and all pointed to Jesus and to eternal things and had spiritual connotations.
Heb 8:13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
Jesus was revealed as the fulfilment of the Lamb, the Cross the Altar and the Temple. He fulfilled the Priestly office. Jesus replaced and fulfilled all the ceremonies and feasts which were made old by virtue of the New Covenant and were abolished, never to be reinstated.
Let us go back to Colossians 2:
14:Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us,
Let us go back to what reformers said after light shone in the darkness of Rome: These ceremonies (ordinances) have been abolished, we have been freed from condemnation, even the hand-writing is blotted out, that no remembrances of it might remain. The debtor is set free. Hence it follows, that all those who still urge the observance of ceremonies, detract from the grace of Christ, as though absolution were not procured for us through him; for they restore to the hand-writing its freshness, so as to hold us still under obligation.
There are two things to be considered in the ancient ceremonies—that they were suited to the time, and that they led men forward to the kingdom of Christ. Whatever was done at that time showed in itself nothing but obligation. Grace was in a manner suspended until the advent of Christ—not that the Fathers were excluded from it, (Grace was always there, for everyone since creation, but fulfilled only in Christ, in our lives, suspended until we became born again) but they had not a present manifestation of it in their ceremonies. For they saw nothing in the sacrifices but the blood of beasts, and in their washings nothing but water therefore condemnation remains; nay more, the ceremonies themselves sealed the condemnation. The whole of Hebrews places Christ in direct opposition to ceremonies. But how is it now? The Son of God has not only by His death delivered us from the condemnation of death, but in order that absolution might be made more certain, He abrogated those ceremonies, that no remembrance of obligation might remain. Although the law is abolished Christ took it away, Christ fulfilled it.
Mat 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Once these shadows and types were fulfilled in the Son of God, He abrogated those ceremonies that no remembrance of them might remain. It is therefore foolishness for Rapturists, and not true to the message of the Bible, to expect a restoration in antithesis towards abrogated ceremonies the likes of circumcision, sacrifices of blood of beasts, in a temple built with hands. It does not honour Christ, does not glorify Him, and does not give Him ALONE all the glory ALONE.
They want to bring God down to rule over this cursed earth and unregenerate man. After the glorification of Jesus Christ, man will be not being able to stand in His presence when He comes for the last time to judge from His White Throne. He is not coming again before the judgement for a preposterous earthly rule, temporary things and the unbelievers will not survive such a holy sight.
Col 2: Fastening to the cross bound them on the cross the bondage of the law
The bondage of the law, all curses, our sins, our punishment due to us, have also been fastened, bound on the Cross.
Col 2, Spoiling Principalities
These are the devils that during Job’s and our lifetime, before we were born again, could accuse us before God for not keeping the ordinances of the law. Now that the Devil is disarmed, naked and disrobed, he cannot bring any accusation against us, because our guilt has been forgiven. Now, the writer expressly adds this with a view to showing, that the victory of Christ over Satan, which He has procured for Himself and us, is distorted by the false apostles, who deprive the Church of the fruit of it by restoring the ancient ceremonies. For if our liberty is the spoil which Christ has taken from the devil, would we not then be brought back into bondage by those, who are restoring to Satan the spoils which he had been stripped bare of?
Satan the created servant of God
Satan was created to serve God, how evil started is not clear but that it exists is true. God almighty has Satan under his control, Satan brought man to a fall, it was man’s lot but also his fault, man had to fail, a mystery, but Satan has indeed been bound from the beginning. He has been humbled and limited in his capacity and environment in Gen 3:14. On the Cross Satan was further restricted, Gen 3:15, in fact he was cast down like lightning, he was bound and his house spoiled of his past, present and future children of the devil who have come out of darkness into the Light by Satan being disempowered to hold them captive. Satan was always bound in the spiritual sense, and will always be restricted or permitted, whatever strategy is in God’s Council.
It is God’s prerogative to limit Satan’s influence or to give him free reign whenever it suits Gods purpose in the redemption of man.
Let us briefly look at the word bind as we read it in the Bible.
Bound does not mean to immobilize, rendering totally helpless. In context it means to compel, to restrict, to prohibit. (The Greek-English Lexicon base on Semantic Domains, Louw and Nida) During the days of Christ in the tomb, Jesus was not dormant but Michael our Archangel who fought the Battle in the heavenly realm to expel Satan from his place in the heavenlies where he could accuse the brethren with the power of the Law. Of course it was not a battle fought with weapons but a spiritual battle, the same as the end time spiritual battle of Armageddon when the King comes back to Judge on the White Throne. An instantaneous triumph over the Devil and his followers.
Compel, restrict, prohibit by God sovereign rule. That does not mean he does not go about as a roaring lion, but Satan is God’s servant and can only roar when God allows him to roar. After the Cross his roar is worse than his bite. No teeth anymore, no fangs anymore and no fire out of the dragons mouth any longer, Jesus has: Gen 3:15…..her seed; it shall bruise thy head. Thus has this prophetic scripture has been fulfilled by Jesus Christ.
Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, Bound at the battle of the Cross for the gospel period of the Church, the Church millennium.
Mat 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you
Jesus exhibited His authority and credentials over the devil by showing what will happen on the Cross and in the next verse confirms what will happen to redeemed man. This has the same meaning as when Jesus sends out the disciples to proclaim the Year of the Lord and His disciples came back rejoicing that spirits were in submission to them. Jesus gave the figure of Satan falling as lightning does from the sky giving a future sign of what happens when the Gen. 3:15 prophecy was to be fulfilled. This is similar to when Jesus drove a legion of devils out of the demoniac and permitted them to enter into the pigs, which threw themselves into the sea. This is a sign of the world being cast out of the children of God.
Mat 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
Col 2, showing the victory of Christ over Satan
Mathew Henry rightly comments: The Cross can be compared to a signal trophy of show of triumph, in which Christ led about his enemies, so He now also compares it to a triumphal car. There is no tribunal so magnificent, not throne so stately, no show of triumph so distinguished, no chariot so elevate, as is the gibbet on which Christ has subdued death and the devil, the prince of death; nay more, has utterly trodden them under His feet. Never had the devil’s kingdom such a mortal blow given to it as was given by the Lord Jesus. He tied them to his chariot-wheels, and rode forth conquering and to conquer – alluding to the custom of a general’s triumph, who returned victorious. – Triumphing over them in it; that is, either in His cross and by his death; or, as some read it, in Himself, by His own power; for He trod the wine-press alone, and of the people there was none with Him.
What a terrible thought, once our spiritual eyes have been opened, to think that after the wondrous cross, FOR HE TROD THE WINE-PRESS ALONE, Is 63;3 that the Rapturists want to go back to restoring ancient ceremonies and in so doing, depriving the Israel of God of the fruit of the work of Christ. We must not be tempted to go back to shadows that have all been fulfilled.
Our liberty is the Spoiling of the strong man who has been bound on the Cross. Satan has been bound in the millennium of the Gospel age, and will not be bound in a so called future physical reign of Christ. Christ reigns from heaven and we are seated with Him in heavenly places. The Gospel of God is being preached to the Jews as well and a remnant of the Jews are included without differing between Jews and Gentiles in the Kingdom of heaven, God has not forsaken the Jews, they are saved in the same manner as the people of other nations and so all Israel (Jews and Gentile believers) will be saved.
The symbolic number of the 144000, the symbolic meaning of all, similar to the same number that cannot be counted, which is a perfect number of the redeemed. The twenty four elders are symbolic of the 12 patriarchs and the 12 Apostles, indicating the unity of the Old and the New Testament Church who cast their crowns before the Throne of God while saying Glory to God and to the Lamb. The Old Testament assembly is represented by the twelve tribes who can only be saved by the Blood of the Lamb which Christ preached was to come. He was then looking forward to the Cross and we now look back to His finished word on the Cross. No one in the past from National Israel was saved by keeping the Law. It was only by faith and no one in the future will be saved by the “Plan B” of the Rapturists.
This is the real Kingdom of God; the literal Spiritual interpretation is the reality, Jesus is the literal Truth. The literal things of the literalists – dispensationalists – are all shadows of Jesus Christ crucified. It is the literalists who are anti-Semitic because they leave the Jews in their unregenerate state. It is the literalists that are Replacement theologians; they replace the Church with an earthly Kingdom of Israel. It is the literalists that replace the Blood of the Lamb in their Kingdom with the blood of beasts.
God has offered up His only Son; so that we can live eternally. Jesus did not let the Cup go by, He drank the Cup of suffering, we drink from that Holy Fountain and we drink the Blood of the Lamb He is the Bread of Life, which we eat. Jesus became the Manna; He fulfilled the Priestly office, the King of Kings. THE WOODEN CROSS OF CALVARY is His throne; the WOODEN CROWN His glorious enthronement. He reigned in ancient times, He reigned then, and He is reigning now and will not come to reign on an earthly throne. Jesus never came down to reign on an earthly throne and He never will. He is seated on the heavenly throne, he humbled Himself to come down to die and never to reign on a deteriorating and cursed earthly throne to rule over sinful men, but only to rule over regenerated men who are Kings and Priests of the Great King. Next time He comes it will be with a Sword out of His mouth to destroy the wicked and to cast Satan and his hordes into eternal damnation.
Woe to you Rapturists who scorn the Cross of Jesus Christ during the Rapturists reign. It is you who take it away from man, to prevent people from looking unto Jesus high and lifted up. To restore ceremonies and types and shadows is to go back to the past and so commit the terrible sin of using the name of Jesus in vain by spurning the finished work of the cross which is the spiritual fulfilment of the Kingdom of grace, the kingdom of the Cross for all nations.
Woe to you Kingdom Now, who lead people astray causing them to see the cross as insufficient and therefore causing them to think that they have contribute to the work of Jesus which is the blasphemous illusion of these super apostles and prophets. You will not get a standing ovation when the King comes back, your crowns will be burned with your works.
Woe to you who call yourselves Spiritual Israel, and are not proclaiming the Gospel Truth and are compromising with Post Modern Christianity with its liberalism, pragmatism, literalism, universalism, relativism, mythologies, evolutionism and new reformism with the rejection of Christ’s historical resurrection. We should not have a reformation which continuously ”reforms”; to adjust to culture and political agendas the likes of the BELHAR Confession, (nothing to do with faith). True reformation is rather to go back to the Reformational principles which include One Human Family of equal value without partiality.