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What about the thousand year peace on earth, (the golden age,) and Satan’s capture and release?
MUCH CONFUSION AND FALSE INTERPRETATION SURROUND THE BOOK OF REVELATION. HOW DO THE MILLENNIUM, (THE GOLDEN AGE,) GOD’S WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT “AFTER THE MILLENIUM APOSTASY,” AND THE CAPTURE, RELEASE, AND FINAL SENTENCE OF SATAN FIT INTO THE CONTEXT OF SCRIPTURE?
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All religions preach the concept of a ‘millennium’ or ‘golden age’ on earth. It originated from Greek mythology and became a pure masonic dogma. They teach five ages: silver, bronze, heroic, iron, (social decline,) and a golden age of peace and prosperity on a “restored,” ‘new paradise’ on earth. Christianity, just as Charles Russell, Jehovah’s Witness founder, taught the millennium; ruled by a “righteous system of equality.” Yet, God is not into ‘restoration’ but rebirth and transformation, (Jn. 3:3-5; 2 Pt. 3:5-14!) Hence, “conformation” to dogma cannot save anyone! (Rom. 12:1-2 KJV.)
The Book of Revelation focuses on the last of the Biblical end time, and can be confusing if it is not interpreted in the context of Jesus’ Gospel Truth and the Epistles. It was NOT written in “secret code” and numerology, but in apocalyptic, symbolic imagery, (Rev. 1:9-11.) As all God-given prophecies and visions, these analogies are mostly figures of speech and non-chronological metaphors. Although some have a multilevel fulfilment, they do not necessarily embody literal information and cannot be measured and analyzed in mere human terms without the Scriptural guidance of the Holy Spirit, (1 Cor. 2:14.)
E.g., John’s visions include angels with multiple wings and eyes everywhere, (Rev. 4:8; 16:13,) vultures, horses - some with lion’s heads, (9:17,) frogs, (16:13,) locusts with scorpion tails, (9:5-10,) dragons, etcetera. By literalising Scriptural symbolism, people brought so-called “new revelations” such as, “WHAT THE HORSE IN HEAVEN TOLD ME WILL SHOCK YOU!” And, “I MET ALL MY PETS IN HEAVEN!” Jesus warned against such hermeneutics when He said, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.” NO ONE comes back from heaven or hell with warnings, a gospel, or from meeting relations there, (Eccl. 9:5-6! Luke 16:19-31! Mt. 22:28-33! Heb. 1:1-3!) Paul claimed to have visited heaven, but he only heard “inexpressible words, which is not lawful for a man to utter,” (2 Cor. 12:2-4.)
What’s more, the imagery of the Book of Revelation seems to be based on the OUSTED, Old Testament Covenant importance of Israel, the old temple, and the Hebraic rule of priests and kings, (Heb. Chapters 7-9; 8:13! Acts 7:44-50!) Yet, Old Testament Scripture also contains imagery that can be interpreted as “peace in paradise on earth.” E.g., “The wolf, [it is written wolf not lion,] dwells with the lamb…” (Isa. 11:6-8.) However, Isaiah 11:9 is the context of this. It reads, “...For the earth will be full of the [true] knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea... ” Jesus prophesied in Matthew 24:12-14, “...And this Gospel… will be preached in ALL the world… and then the end will come.” A vital guideline to Scriptural interpretation is that Jesus focused on the spiritual Kingdom of heaven, the Kingdom of God “within” His true disciples, and His inward “peace [which] He left with [all true disciples… [not to be] troubled or afraid, [even under threat of wolves,]” (Jn. 14:27; 18:36; Mark 16:16-18! Luke 17:20-21, KJV! Mt. 16:19; 7:21!) So, let us remember that Jesus, by fully fulfilling the ceremonial law and the Moral Law at the cross, made all true believers spiritually “alive with Him, having forgiven all trespasses [by] wiping out [their sin and writing their names in the Book of Life, Rev. 20:11-15; 21:27.] He disarmed ALL principalities and powers and made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” (Col. 2:9-15!) Jesus completely won the war on Satan. We can add nothing to that. Our “battle” is now for our “minds,” (thoughts and beliefs,) which demons constantly attack with wiles, oppression, deception, and other hardship, (Eph. 6:11; 2 Cor. 10:3-5! Rom. 8:5-10 KJV.)
The only standard to “test” the concept of the millennium and everything else in the Book of Revelation, is Jesus’ declaration in John 12:48, “He who rejects Me and does not receive My words, has that which judges him - the Word that I have spoken will judge him in the Last Day.” Jesus made it clear throughout the Gospel and Epistles that His return is The Last Day as we know it, (Mt. 24:26-35! 2 Pt. 2:10-14!) When God became the Man Jesus Christ, it was His first appearing in this literal dimension. He came physically to bring the spiritual rebirth to humanity who died in sin, (Jn. 1:12-14; 3:3-5; Rom. 5:12!) Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things [pertaining to spiritual death] HAVE PASSED AWAY…” In Jesus, born again believers are spiritually “complete,” (Col. 2:9-10!) Yet, in this physical dimension, “We [humans still] know and prophesy in part… and see dimly…” (1 Cor. 13:9-12; Rom. 12:1-2.)
· However, with His second appearing on The Last Day, Jesus will deal completely with all evil to bring “PERFECTION, SO ALL WHICH IS IN PART WILL BE DONE AWAY…” (1 Cor. 13:9-13.) After that, nothing that defiles will touch God’s perfection ever again, (Rev. 21:27 KJV.) Once Jesus brings His perfection, according to Scriptural context, it cannot be added to, or changed. Throughout Scripture only two dimensions are mentioned: the literal and spiritual; the normal and paranormal; earth and heaven. Satan defiled and corrupted God’s perfection in the natural dimension. “Thus, we look for new [incorruptible atmospheric] heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells…” Hebrews 11:14-6 confirms that this is an eternal spiritual place. It reads, “[The faithful martyrs] declared plainly that they seek [an eternal] homeland… [So,] they desired one better [than the temporal earth:] a heavenly country. Therefore God… has prepared [an eternal] CITY for them… They have come to Mount Zion and to the CITY OF THE LIVING GOD, the HEAVENLY Jerusalem… to God the [ONLY] Judge of all… to Jesus the Mediator of the New Covenant… [Who eternally saves all TRUE believers at death or at His appearing, to live forever in heaven,]” (Heb. 12:22-24.) It is absurd to think true believers can be ‘plucked’ out of heaven, and be enticed again to sin once they entered God’s eternal, most holy presence.
It is to this heavenly perfection, the marriage feast, where Jesus will take His bride, (His only obedient wife,) on The Last Day at His appearing, (Mt. 24:26-35.) This is where literacy ends. Pure symbolism illustrates what happen after that.
· On That Last Day, the perfection of eternal heaven will substitute earth or everything tangible; even the literal and unseen universe that surround it, (2 Pt. 3:7-14; Rev. 19:5-9; Rom. 5:12.) That Glorious Day when God’s ENTIRE INNOCENT CREATION WILL BE TRANSFORMED INTO PERFECTION, is what true believers must live for and why they must be ready to meet Jesus on The Last Day! (Romans 8:22 KJV!) “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the [spiritual] Kingdom of God; [HEAVEN,] nor does [ANY] corruption inherit [or change into] incorruption. [What is corrupt will be judged and destroyed at Jesus’ return on that Last Day when He returns.] In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, AT THE LAST [SEVENTH] TRUMPET, “MORTAL PUTS ON IMMORTALITY,” THE [RIGHTEOUS] DEAD SHALL BE RAISED INCORRUPTIBLE,” AND DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY!” (Rev. 11:15; 1 Cor. 15:50-58.) After that, there will never be suffering and death ever again. Perfection will come in all fullness That Day at Jesus’ appearing. This is Jesus’ full Gospel Truth. There exists no other truth; no other way; no other life or light, (understanding.)
In the Book of Revelation, John’s vision of the multipart leopard-beast from the sea or political world, is the main vision that leads directly to the Last Day on earth, (Jn. 12:48 KJV; Rev. 13:1-10.) God connected this beast to the beast from the earth, (the religious world,) which has “horns like a lamb and a voice like a dragon,” (13:11-18.) Together, they have been functioning through humans to control everyone on earth, (13:12-18.) Revelation 16:14 clarifies, “These are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth, [religion,] AND OF THE WHOLE WORLD, [politics,] to gather them to the BATTLE OF THAT [LAST] GREAT DAY OF GOD ALMIGHTY…” But by turning the immaterial into the physical, the false Israeli Timeline dogma made this onslaught on humanity and God Himself into a literal battle at an actual place on earth. They sorely missed Revelation 16:15 right in the middle of this passage! It reads, “I AM COMING AS A THIEF, [not ‘secretly’ as in the rapture dogma but UNEXPECTEDLY on the clouds, as Luke 21:34 and Matthew 24:26-31 clearly state.] Blessed is he who watches… [Revelation 16:16,] AND THEY GATHERED TOGETHER AT THE PLACE CALLED ARMAGEDDON.
Armageddon is the last, universal battle AT JESUS’ “APPEARING” OR RETURN. It relates directly to those mighty entities that already govern the earth on both political and religious spheres, (13:1-18; 16:13-16.) Armageddon is not merely a physical battle on a literal battlefield as churches allege. On that LAST DAY OF EARTH when Jesus returns exactly in the sequence He described in Matthew 24:26-31, Luke 17:20-37; 21:7-28, and Mark 13:24-27, Revelation 19:11-16 describes what will happen in the spirit world on That Day. It states, “Riding a white horse, [the symbol of ultimate victory, Jesus] JUDGES AND WAGES [the final] WAR [against all evil.] He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, [this symbolizes His victory for the souls of man at the cross,] and His Name is The Word of God… Out of His mouth goes a sharp sword. [“The Word that I have spoken will judge you in the Last Day: Heb. 4:12; John 12:48!] And He treads the winepress of the fierceness and [final] wrath of Almighty God…”
· Paul explicitly explained Armageddon as “The Last Day” of Jesus’ reckoning with Satan. He wrote, “The mystery of lawlessness, [Satan and his demons working through demon infested people,] is already at work… WHOM THE LORD WILL CONSUME AND DESTROY WITH THE BREATH OF HIS MOUTH AND WITH THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS COMING…” (2 Ths. 2:7-12.) Revelation 20:9 concurs, “[As Satan and his demonic forces engage Jesus and His armies on the Last Day or at “Armageddon,”] FIRE COMES DOWN FROM HEAVEN AND DEVOUR THEM [as Paul prophesied.] The devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and false prophet are, and will be tormented… forever.” In this context, it is impossible that Jesus will devour Satan in flaming fire or cast him in the lake of fire a second or third time. Jesus deals with the devil and his demons at His coming on That Last Day, (2 Ths. 2:8.)
At Jesus’ appearing on earth there is no contest, (2 Ths. 2:6-12.) All evil from the spirit world and the earth will instantly be removed for all eternity. Revelation 11:15; 20:11-15, “Then the seventh [last trumpet] will sound [at Jesus’ return.] And loud voices in heaven will say, ‘All [political and religious power is destroyed as the] kingdoms of this world have become the [holy] kingdoms of our Lord Jesus Christ…”
Similarly, multiple judgments for humanity are recorded in Revelation, but no one will be judged twice. “It is given to men to die once – and after that the judgment,” (Heb. 9:27; Jn. 12:48 KJV.) Similarly, saints will not literally “sit on thrones in heaven to judge” sinners, (Mt. 19:28; Rev. 21:12.) Only God can send souls to hell, (Jn. 5:22 KJV.) This analogy is the judgement of Jesus, with Whom all saints on earth and in heaven fully agree, (Mt. 19:28-30; 1 Cor. 6:1-5,10! Rev. 20:4.) Jesus said to the man next to Him on the cross, “Today, [when we die,] you will be with Me in heaven,” (Lu. 23:43.) In the parable of Lazarus and the rich man, at the moment they died, Lazarus was taken to heaven and the rich man to hell, (Lu. 16:19-31.) Just as in death, at Jesus’ return, there will be no ‘second chances.’
· Thus, Paul wrote, “It is a righteous thing with God to repay… [all evil] WHEN the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, IN FLAMING FIRE, taking vengeance on those who do not know God AND ON THOSE WHO DO NOT OBEY THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. These shall be punished with EVERLASTING destruction… WHEN He comes in That Day…” (2 Ths. 1:6-12.) “The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout… and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first… to meet Him in the air… [as fully redeemed in Christ,]” (1 Ths. 4:15-18; 5:1-11.)
In spite of all these clear descriptions of Judgment Day at Jesus’ return, it seems as if the visions in Revelation differ from one another and from the rest of Scripture. However, there cannot be more than one universal judgment for Satan, demons, and humanity. Revelation 21:27 describes That Last Day of Judgment at Jesus’ return as follows, “The [heavenly] books [where sin was recorded] are opened, and the Book of Life [as well.]” Revelation 20:11-15, “All who were not recorded in This Book were cast into the lake of fire.” This is so because the dead, [the unrepentant without Christ] were judged according to their works… And Death and Hades [the grave] were cast into the fire. This is the second death [according to God’s judgment, which lasts forever.]” The first death was when man disobeyed God in the garden in Eden, (Gen. 2:16-17.) The second death will be for all those whose sins remain recorded in heaven on That Last Day when Jesus returns, (Rev. 20:15.)
The incredible cosmic consequences of Jesus’ appearing on That Last Day on planet earth, is humanly incomprehensible. Jesus Himself prophesied in Matthew 24:35, “The heavens and earth, [the universe as we know it,] will pass away, but My Words will not pass away.” As Jesus’ appearing will root out all evil in this dimension, His most holy dwelling place, heaven, cannot be included in this judgement. Peter clarifies in 2 Peter 3:7-10, “The [atmospheric] heavens and the earth are… reserved for fire until the Day of Judgment and perdition of ungodly men, [and the devil and demons… (2 Ths. 1:6-12; 2:8; Rev. 20:9,) which cannot be destroyed twice.] The Day of the Lord will come as [unexpectedly] as a thief in the night, in which the [atmospheric] heavens will pass away… and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works in it will be burned up…”
“[So, after Jesus brought perfection to His entire cosmos at His return,] John saw the holy city, the New Jerusalem, coming down from God... [because] the tabernacle of God is [now eternally] with [all righteous people in Christ Jesus.] And He will dwell with them, [as the Holy Spirit indwelt this perfectly sanctified, blood-cleansed body of believers before Jesus’ return: 1 Jn. 2:20, 27; Col. 2:9-10.] They shall be His people and He will be their God. He will wipe away every tear… as HE MAKES ALL THINGS NEW… He who overcame [through Jesus] inherit all things… but the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and ALL LIARS have their part in the lake of fire…” (Rev. 21:3-8.) These people too, will not be plucked out of eternal hell to get a ‘second’ chance or another hearing at God’s Judgment Throne. They made their choices. There is never turning back on our choices after death or on That Last Day when Jesus appears “in flaming fire…” (2 Ths. 2:6-12.)
In the words of Jesus, it is a fact that at the moment of death and/or at His return, heaven is real and forever for all sincere believers in Christ “who endured to the end,” (Mt. 28:18-20.) This was also symbolically finalized as described in Revelation 21:1-8, which speak of “a new heaven and a new earth [where] there was no more sea [or political world,]” (13:1-18.) Even the religious beast from the earth or the whore of all church and other religion was destroyed, (Chapters 17,18:4; 19:2!)
“THEN A NEW HEAVEN AND EARTH APPEAR, for the first earth had passed away, (2 Pt. 3:10-14.) THE HOLY CITY, THE NEW [SPIRITUAL] JERUSALEM, came down from heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. [THE GLORIFIED BRIDE OF CHRIST WHOM JESUS TOOK TO THE MARRIAGE FEAST IN HEAVEN] symbolizes heaven, the great and holy city, descending from God with the glory of God, (21:10-27.) She has a great, high wall with twelve gates… of pearl, (v. 21,) and a street of pure gold. BUT THERE IS NO TEMPLE IN [HER,] FOR THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY IS [HER] TEMPLE. NO SUN OR MOON SHINES IN [HER,] FOR THE LAMB IS [HER] LIGHT… [And as every vile demon and human were destroyed,] there enters nothing that defiles, causes abomination or lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.” Revelation 22:1-20, “[There] are [also] a pure, crystal clear river that flows from the throne of God and the Tree of Life… and [God’s blood-cleansed servants] serve Him [there for all eternity…]”
On that cataclysmic Last Day of Jesus’ return to earth, the marriage of the Lamb forever fuses Jesus and His bride together through the eternal righteousness that He attained for her at the cross, and through His death and resurrection, (Gal. 5:1-7.) Nothing will ever be able to change that perfection again. As a result, after His return, heaven will remain the completely flawless, indestructible spiritual dimension where His spotless bride IS “the heavenly city THAT WILL LAST FOREVER!” (Rev. 21:22-27.)
According to Jesus’ eternal New Testament Covenant, this is as far as His Gospel Truth takes His believing bride while she is still on earth. That which we do not understand in the rest of the Book of Revelation because it cannot fit into the “entire truth” of Scripture, should complement Jesus’ own Words in the end, as He Himself will fulfil everything in His True Word. In the meantime, I am not willing to force the Bible to speak masonic language and showcase strange, pagan perceptions like the ‘golden age,’ “Kingdom-Now” or “heaven-now” dogmas, as manmade dogmas only add to the multilevel deterioration in which the church system already finds herself, (Revelation Chapters 17-18; 18:4!)
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