Edition 37. April 19th 2010
In this edition:
●Our glorious future.
The glorious future that awaits us.
It would be very nice if we had eyes that could see well into the future, wouldn't it? Well, I'm now going to help you look deep into the future!
As you read this you may think I've lost my marbles (some of you may think that anyway), but read it all through before you jump to conclusions.
You are going to see some amazing and wonderful things as well as some horrific things for those who set themselves up as God's enemies. We will look back into distant history, well before the creation of Adam and look forward into the eternity of eternities!
So, come along with me on this most glorious of journeys. It's a drama to put a million Shakespeares to shame. Actually it's all very real and true and will involve you anyway!
The pre-Adamic period:
It's important to look far back in time, before we look into our glorious future. This gives us a greater understanding and perspective of God's eternal purpose. As a side offering it, it also answers many sceptics! It explains much in terms of science, geology, zoology, astronomy and creationism itself.
Genesis 1:1-2 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters."
There is a great gap of perhaps millions of years between Genesis 1:1 and verse 2. Verse one uses the original Hebrew word "tohu", which means "with form and order". This implies that God created the earth with form and order. Verse two: "The earth was without form and void and darkness was on the face of the deep..." In the original text the Hebrew word for "void" here is the word "bohu", which literally means "to become and empty, desolate wasteland". The word translated "without" is the original word "haya" which is a verb meaning "to become."
The presumption here is that God created the earth perfectly and it became a desolation. Verse two says that God was hovering over the face of the waters" This implies that the earth had been through a pre-Adamic flood and judgement. The next verse says "let there be light" The words used here are not creative but permissive, implying that light was already in existence, but now brought forth again.
So, we could accurately say then that God created the earth with form millions of years ago, it then went into a major destruction, and was re-created with form and order six thousand years ago, to become the home of modern man.
Now, when we come to Satan we see that when Adam and Eve were wondering around in the glorious garden of Eden, he had already been cast down to the earth and was no longer Lucifer, which means "light-bearer". So, when was Lucifer cast down? The answer is when he led a rebellion of other angels against the authority of God long before Adam.
Here is something very interesting. In Ezekiel 28:12- 18 we see the casting down of Lucifer."You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden the garden of God....You were perfect in your ways until iniquity was found in you...By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence and you sinned. Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty, you corrupted your wisdom and I cast you down to the ground and laid you before kings."
Again in Isaiah 14: 12-15 we see a similar thing." How you are fallen from heaven O Lucifer, son of the morning, how you are cut down to the ground. You who weakened the nations."
These verses all imply that there was a pre-Adamic world of people and nations with kings. We are told nothing about them. I've learnt that when God sheds no light on a subject, we should leave it alone. All we know is that there was a pre-Adamic world, which was judged and destroyed. That world could have lasted for millions of years and would perfectly explain the old-earth theory, including the extinction of the dinosaurs. It would also explain perfectly the fact that many dinosaur bones are found in the same sedimentary fields as fish species.
The pre-Adamic world would perfectly explain the scientific and geological theory that this earth is millions of years old. The chronology in the Bible from Adam to now is 6000 years. Many mistakenly believe that the earth is therefore only six thousand years old as well.
This also gives a lot of credence to creationism and not evolution. In fact evolution is a denial of the second law of thermodynamics, which states that everything, left on it's own runs down. Natural selection produces devolutionary chaos.
God's creation is one of glorious intelligent order. Before his fall, Lucifer was the demonstration of the glory of God. The pre-Adamic period was most probably a time of perfect order and glory, until Lucifer fell. There is also something to be said about the name Lucifer. It means "light bearer" Well, if he was a light bearer, who were the recipients. It couldn't have been nobody.
Lucifer was the bearer of light to the pre-Adamic world.
When we come to the garden of Eden, we know that it was perfect. Nature itself was full of the glory of God. Only after the sin of Adam did the curse come onto man and nature.
The reason for presenting this short discourse is to explain that this old world was once full of the glory of God. Its important to know that spiritual conflict with Satan has caused all the troubles in the world in times past and now and will for a short while still, until he is bound for a thousand years and then finally banished to hell forever.
The short nutshell story is this: After the second coming of our Messiah and the following judgement, He sets up the 1000-year reign. Satan is bound for this time and the earth is restored to the way it was before Adam's sin. The Bible sheds much light on this period of glory. If you think this sounds a bit like science fiction consider that the Bible says "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for them that love Him" (1Cor 2:9) In other words what's coming is beyond our wildest imagination!
There is a big difference in the scriptures between those in the millennium that have been previously resurrected and the living saints. Those that get saved during the tribulation will go through to the millennium in natural bodies, but with no effects of the Adamic curse in them.
There will be many people born during this time. They will have longevity restored to them, but they will be in normal bodies until the end of the millennium. They will give birth and marry and some will die in ripe old age.
The main characteristics of the millennium are:
It will be a time of full knowledge. We are told that "we will know as we are known".
It will be a time of worldwide purity, holiness, peace, joy, rest, comfort, abundance, justice and freedom. (with no taxes) These are found in: Revelation 14:13, 21:27, 21:4, 21:6.
It will be a time where the miraculous and supernatural will be normal.
There will be a universal language and no racial barriers or injustice.
There will be no democracy in the millennium. It will be a pure theocracy!
There will be a newly built millennium temple on the temple mount in Jerusalem. (Ezekiel 40-48) This is not the temple that will be built shortly. That is the tribulation temple from which the antichrist will proclaim himself god.
The curse placed on the earth at Adams fall will be lifted and nature itself will be perfected. The sun will shine more brightly as will the moon. (Isaiah 30:26 & 32:15-17) It will be a time of perfect weather. "The lion will lie down with the lamb" The hand of God will be over all of creation.
Romans 8:19-21 "The earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God...because the creation itself will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God."
Do pets go to heaven:
There is no doubt that the millennium and the future eternal state will be rich with animals of all sorts, but the Bible is not absolutely clear on our pets. If pets do go to heaven the amazing thing is that many of their owners will never see them again because they will go to hell! Animals do have an innocence to them and God most certainly does say plenty in favour of animals.
There are a number of verses where "all creation" is referred to as being liberated. This could mean pets as well. If it relates to resurrected pets...we will have to wait and see. The above verse (Romans 8) is one that is often used to indicate pets in heaven.
I must tell you that while I was writing these words, one of my beautiful dogs suddenly came in and started jumping up on me for no reason, with a funny look in her eyes!
Our eternal state and age:
Philippians 3:20-21 "Our citizenship is in heaven...He will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body."
The body of our Messiah and King is the prototype for us. After His resurrection, He was transformed into a new being. It was physical, but also had spiritual dimensions to it. He could eat, be seen and touched, and then just disappear. He could appear anywhere even through walls or locked doors.
His age at the time was about 32. Interestingly a recent study demonstrated that DNA (the fabric of our make up) reaches about 32 years and never ages beyond that. If we are going to live for eternity we will most likely be restored to around 32 or so, forever. The resurrection body will be perfect. There will be no deformities, sickness, or any such thing. We will be forever young and forever perfect! We will maintain recognisable form and character with no glitches.
1 Corinthians 15: 49 "We have borne the image of the man of dust (Adam), we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man" (Christ)
We will have important differences from each other:
We will reign with Christ but some will be given greater authority than others. (no communism here) Luke 19 presents a parable in which we are told that some will be given authority over ten cities and some over five etc.
Daniel 7:27 "Then the kingdom and dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom and all dominions shall serve and obey Him."
Daniel 7:18 "The saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever even forever and ever." Verse 22 "And the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom."
The above verses are spectacular to say the least! Can you see what they're saying? Verse 27 implies that there are many kingdoms under heaven. Perhaps this refers to other worlds in the universe. Our reign with Christ will be universal. How amazing is this?
We will all have certain rewards given to us that will be eternal, based on what we did in this life. The Bible declares that not even the smallest deed will go unrewarded! Rewards are also represented by five crowns. These are the crown of life, the incorruptible crown, the crown of rejoicing, the crown of righteousness and the crown of glory. These are different and given for different things and only to those who qualify for them. Rewards are also represented in the analogy of fire hitting wood, hay, stubble and gold, silver, precious stones. Obviously only the latter three endure. We all produce all six, but the key is to have very little of that which will go up in a puff of smoke and lots of what will endure!
What we do now sets our eternal state. There is no going back for a second chance! 1 Corinthians 3:13 "Each one's work will become manifest; for the Day will declare it...If anyone's work which he has built endures he will receive a reward; if anyone's work is burned he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved so as by fire."
Rewards relate to different positions of authority on this earth in the millennium and in the universe.
Daniel 12:3 "Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever."
2 Peter1:10-11 "Brethren, be even more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you do these things you will never fall; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom."
Travel in the millennium:
Aren't you sick of traffic jams, grounded flights or getting the 4x4 stuck in the mud? Don't you wish someone would come along and invent a magic carpet? Well, here comes something to put any magic carpet or supercharged Ferrari to absolute shame:
Our resurrection bodies will be able to transcend physical laws. We will be able to travel at the speed of thought! We will be able to travel throughout the universe, to visit different galaxies, solar systems, planets and stars.
Are there other life forms out there? I'm pretty sure there are. We will soon find out anyway. We do know that the Bible is full of weird, strange and wonderful creatures, so why wouldn't there be life out there?
How about Ezekiel 10, which speaks of cherubim (angle beings) with four faces and four wings and human hands which went in metallic wheels within wheels which travelled in four directions at great speed!
The eternity of eternities:
The curtain is only occasionally drawn back to give us only slight glimpses of eternity, but just enough to set us on fire with love, hope, encouragement and endurance.
The final enemy, death will be destroyed forever.
The eternal city is an eternal city of great glory. It's eternal! When all is said and done it descends to and joins somehow with the renewed, cleansed, pure earth.
It is highly likely that a new universe will be our 'playground' or domain.
We have three citizenships in our lives. These are the nation into which we were born, the nation of Israel and an eternal heavenly or kingdom citizenship.
In preparation for the eternity of eternities, just at the end of the millennium, Satan will be loosed for a short period to tempt those who've been alive in natural bodies. This makes it consistent in the sense that all people get their allegiances to our Lord tested at some point. It completes Satan's interference with mankind and sees him finally cast into hell forever. Hell was created for Satan, fallen angels and demons. It was never created for human beings, but all those who reject the salvation plan of God automatically align themselves with Satan and end up in hell too.
Hell has different degrees of punishment. Mathew 11:22 "It will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgement than for you. Luke 20: 46-47 "Beware of the scribes who desire to walk in long robes, love greetings in the marketplace, the best seats in the synagogues, who devour widows houses and for a pretence make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation."
There are many sections of scripture that describe hell and the suffering of those who are there. Some of the phrases used include: "A tongue on fire", "weeping and gnashing of teeth", "unquenchable fire" "place of torment"
Don't let anyone fool you, hell is real and eternal. There are more verses of scripture in the Bible speaking of and warning of hell than there are on heaven. It will be worse than worst prison.
Because churches today, don't preach on hell or even mention it, this doesn't mean it's all just going to go away.
What is absolutely staggering is just how glorious our incredible future is within our Messiah's kingdom. To miss it all and end up in hell forever is the greatest tragedy of all time.
It's very important to realise that each one of us were created for a purpose. In a sense we are all like a piece of a jig-saw puzzle that fits into God's grand, glorious, eternal big-picture. The unsaved have stolen their lives for themselves, with tragic future consequences. We who are born of the Spirit of God have a wonderful future. Paul knew this, which led him to say that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to come.
Seek our Lord and His truth:
The bride eyes not her garment,
but her dear bridegrooms face;
I will not gaze at glory, but on my King of Grace.
Not at the crown He gives,
But on His pierced hand.
The Lamb is all the glory
Of Immanuel's land.
Matthew 6:20 "Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven"
2 Timothy 2:12 "If we endure, we shall also reign with Him."
Heaven or hell:
I knew you well! I also know you've forsaken our Lord. How tragic! Soon we will enter a new world, where friendship with all wildlife will be normal, but only those who are His will participate in the coming glory. If you don't believe the central theme of this edition, that's fine, but please, please don't underestimate the gravity of the two eternal destinations that lie before us all. Don't fail to give your life to our Lord and never even consider taking it back for one second!
All nations and cultures will soon bow down to our glorious King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He will be King and Lord over all tribes in the millennium. Don't cling to what is not of God. His salvation is centred around pure un-corrupted truth. In our Messiah's kingdom we are now and forever will be one in Him.
In closing here is a wonderful painting by Maxfield Parrish entitled "Enchantment"
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!