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Revelation chapter 19-22 Study.

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Brethren,

Here is the chart # 2, "Chart on the Millennium as Revealed in Revelation 20:4-6."

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Looking forward to any questions, comments, or thoughts. As with all of my material I post on OnLine Baptist, all of the charts are not copyrighted and may be used as lessons for all; including the internet is so desired. It is my hope that the charts will be a blessing to all.

Alan

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Hi Alan,

You have done an amazing job in the Lord to write in such detail. Now as I also do love God`s word and especially Revelation as it reveals the glorified exalted Lord Jesus Christ as He is known in the heavenly realms. There are a few details that I would like to discuss with you, (& others) however I will leave them for their own thread so as not to detract on the great work here.

regards, Marilyn.

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Alan,

Thank you for your dedication on providing us with a comprehensive bible study on the book of Revelation. Your notes and observations are above par than the normative expository preaching's or teachings of other expository teachers. The outlines and charts added has given me a leg up when it comes to contending for the truth against false teachers, as I gleaned plenty from them. I've also noticed how some Christians veer away from the book of Revelation because of the "Tribulation" and what takes place during that time in History. They find the judgments of Almighty God a bit daunting. Most of the major prophecies in the Bible have already been fulfilled, with the exception of Revelation . . . where we look to the future and the glorious return of Christ for His bride. Nothing to be afraid of when it comes to us as believers regarding the Book of Revelation. On the other hand: unbelievers need to repent of their sins and ask God for forgiveness and mercy. . . and for Jesus to be the Lord of their life.

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10 hours ago, Rosie said:

I've always been taught that the marriage supper of the Lamb was going to be in Heaven during the tribulation period, recent;y I heard its going to be on earth after the tribulation period.. Would someone please tell me the truth here please

Rosie,

I had discussed, and answered this question in my, "Revelation chapter 19-22 Study."

Below is the answer to your question.

On 3/7/2015 at 9:22 PM, Alan said:

Revelation 19: 7-10, “The Marriage Supper of the Lamb.”

Verse 7, “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

Verse 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Verse 9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

Verse 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow-servant, and of the brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

Very Important notes: At this point in our study of the prophetic events in the Book of Revelation we need to make sure of four key points in the interpretation, and order of events, of prophecy:

  1. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 All of the various religions, cults, false prophets, et al, can ‘divide’ the scriptures; but they do not have the spiritual discernment to ‘rightly’ divide the scriptures. “ 1 Corinthians 2:13 & 14, “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” The confusion concerning the fulfillment of the prophetic prophesies of the prophets is due to corrupt doctrine in the churches, denominational bias, and of evil influences. “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all of the saints.” 1 Corinthians 14:33

  2. “Give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:32. Concerning prophecy, there are specific promises and prophesies given to the elect sons of Israel; specific prophecies concerning the unbelieving Gentile nations, and specific promises to the elect in the church of God (believing Jews and Gentiles in the Church Age).

  3. “… for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Revelation 19:10 Amen!

  4. The prophetic prophecies by the prophets in the Old Testament concerning the restoration of Israel, the coming of the Messiah, and the times of ‘Jacob’s Trouble,’ (the Tribulation Period)and the prophesies of the Lord Jesus, particularly Matthew chapter 24 & 25, the prophecies of Paul, Peter and John are not always written in the order of sequence. The proper order of sequences of the prophecies is ‘revealed’ in the Book of Revelation. Because God is the God of order, “Let all things be done decently and in order.” 1 Corinthians 14:10, God gave us the proper order of prophetic events clearly delineated in the Book of Revelation.

“…the marriage of the Lamb is come…”

In the Old Testament the wife of Jehovah is the Jewish nation of Israel. In the Church Age the nation of Israel is pictured as an adulterous wife: Please study Jeremiah and Hosea.

The Lamb is the Lord Jesus Christ. “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29

In the New Testament the wife of the Lord Jesus is the church. I must add; the church is comprised of born again Jews and Gentiles who are saved, not those necessarily belonging to some, ‘church.’ The book of Ephesians gives us an in-depth description of the spiritual relationship between the church and the Saviour. Particularly: Ephesians 12:4, 22 & 23; 2:6 & 7, and 5:23-33

“…and his wife hath made herself ready.”

The ‘wife’ is the church. The reason why the church is not mentioned during the events of the Great Tribulation Period, or the ‘Times of Jacob’s trouble,’ is due to the fact that the church has been in heaven since Revelation 4:1. The church, during the Tribulation Period, Revelation chapter 6-18, has been being made ‘ready’ for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Almost without exception, every bride, in every country, in every age, is secretly taken away to be made ‘ready’ for her marriage. In Revelation 4:1 The church was secretly taken out of the world at the ‘Rapture,’ in order to be made ‘ready’ for her bridegroom.

This being made ‘ready’ is primarily a reference to the cleansing of heretical doctrine in the church and the giving of rewards to the Church Age saints at the, ‘Judgment Seat of Christ,’ as spoken by Paul in Romans 14:10-12, 1 Corinthians 3:8-15, and 2 Corinthians 5:10. Salvation and service are two different aspects in the Christian life.

Paul wrote this testimony shortly before his death, “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.” 2 Timothy 4:6

And, “That he [Christ] might sanctify and cleanse it [the church] with the washing by the word.” Ephesians 5:26. Brethren, please take this lesson as a friendly word of warning. If you are not going to be cleansed from your sins and from corrupt doctrine while you live on the earth by the word of God, the Lord Jesus will personally cleanse every Christian of the corrupt doctrines, corrupt Bibles, corrupt associations, and corrupt behavior, at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

The Lord Jesus performed one act at the Temple of God at the beginning of His earthly ministry and at the end of His earthly ministry that all of the saints need to take very careful heed. The Lord Jesus ‘cleansed’ the Temple of God. One day the Lord Jesus will again ‘cleanse’ the Temple of God. “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” 1 Corinthians 6:19

“…for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.”  

  1. Righteousness in Salvation. When a person believes on the Lord Jesus as Saviour he is made ‘righteous’ in the sight of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21

  2. Righteousness in Daily Holiness. In our daily walk with the Lord Jesus we need to be ‘righteous’ in our thoughts, our behavior, our companionship, and relationship with our fellow man. 2 Corinthians 6: 11-18, 2 Timothy 2:19-21, and the rest of the writings of the Apostles in the New Testament. 1 Peter1:16, “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” Some of the saints on God’s green earth are not holy and therefore, not ‘ready.’ All of us though will be made ‘ready,’ or ‘holy,’ in preparation for our marriage with the Lamb. Glory Hallelujah!

    The Lord Jesus wants a ‘chaste virgin’ for His bride: 2 Corinthians 11:2

“…which are called…”

Every person who has answered the, ‘call of salvation,’ will be ‘called,’ to the marriage supper of the Lamb. The ‘calling’ of the saints to the marriage supper was made when the Lord Jesus ‘called’ the saints into heaven. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16 & 17

“…See thou do it not…”

The Apostle John mistakenly fell down to worship this man of God. The man of God, as any true man of God, told him not to do it. If the Pope, the Cardinals, and the Priests of the Roman Catholic Church were true men of God (which they are not in any sense of the word), then they would not allow people to fall at their feet. It is Satanic for a man to allow another man to fall at his feet in worship and not to correct him for his error.

“…for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

All of the prophesies of the Old Testament, and, the prophesies of the New Testament, point to some aspect of the character, work, testimony, and person of the Lord Jesus as the Messiah.

 

Rosie,

The Marriage Supper of the Lamb takes place in heaven, after the rapture in Revelation 4, during the 7 Year Tribulation Period as prophesied in Revelation chapter 6-19:10.

Therefore, the marriage Supper of the Lamb takes place in heaven and not on the earth. And, it takes place during, the 7 Year Tribulation and not after. Immediately after the Marriage Supper of the Lamb the Lord Jesus returns to the earth as described in Revelation 19:11-21

If you have any further questions, or if I am not clear enough, please ask.

Alan

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Concerning the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

In Revelation 19:1 we read, "And after these things..." The "after these things" is a reference to the judgment of the Great Whore of Revelation Chapter 18. The Judgment of the Great whore in Revelation Chapter 18 does not end the Tribulation Period, or, more correctly as I previously brought out, the "Time of Jacobs' Trouble," and “the hour of temptation" brought on the the whole earth. The "Time of Jacobs Trouble," or the Tribulation Period, does not end until the conclusion of the war in Revelation 19:11-21.

In Revelation 19:2-6 the rejoicing is for the judgment on the Great Whore not on the end of the tribulation period.

Among independent Baptists, most of the errors concerning where the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, and the events of the Tribulation period, comes from the "New IFB" brethren: Pastor Steven Anderson and his disciples. Pastor Steven Anderson teaches, "Well the problem with that is, is that the Bible says that the "marriage of the lamb is come" in Revelation 19, which is AFTER the tribulation AND AFTER God has already poured out all His wrath! And the seven vials of His wrath have been poured out, he has already destroyed Babylon, and now here in chapter 19, he is saying "the marriage of the lamb is come".1 Pastor Anderson is incorrect."The events of Revelation 19:1-10 take place after the judgment of the Great Whore and not the tribulation period.

Also, Steven Anderson states that here is no reference in the Bible for a wedding feast, except for the, “Philistine Wedding feast,” that lasted seven days: Judges 14:10-20. Pastor Anderson states that this was a “Philistine” wedding feast. It may or may not be a Philistine wedding feast. I will not belabor that point. What I do want to mention is that Anderson states a half-truth in order to deceive. Anderson twists the scripture to say a “wedding feast.” In other words, he will only accept the wording that he wants. Anderson states, “This is a Philistine wedding practice of having a 7 day feast. That's the only place I see it. I don't see it in Leviticus, I don't see it in Numbers, I don't see it in Deuteronomy, I don't see God teaching this - I see the world doing this.”2 Evidently, Pastor Anderson has not read the book of Deuteronomy very closely, or he is deliberately ignoring it in order to deceive.

Steven Anderson ignores, or does not care for, or does not mention in order to deceive, the command of God as found in Deuteronomy 24:5, “When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken.” According to God Almighty, not according to a Jewish tradition, nor a Philistine tradition, when a Jewish male got married he was not to go to war, nor do any other type of business, for one year after the marriage was consummated.

The Lord Jesus is a Jewish male. The Lord Jesus, after His marriage to His bride the church, was not to go to war nor any other business, for one year. The home of the Bride of Christ is heaven. The Bride of Christ, the church, will stay with the Bride, the Lord Jesus, in heaven, until the events of the war as depicted in Revelation 19:11-21. As with the Jewish men in the Old Testament who followed this commandment in Deuteronomy 24:5, he will “cheer up his wife which he has taken.” The Lord Jesus is going to “take” up His bride, the church, secretly, as depicted in 1 Thessalonians 4:11-18 and “cheer” us up as the world is judged and the nation of Israel is saved.

 

1Anderson, Steven “Post-Tribulation Moment # 43 Marriage Supper of the Lamb”Faithful Word Baptist Church. Pastor Steven Anderson. N. D. page 1

2Anderson, Steven “Post-Tribulation Moment # 43 Marriage Supper of the Lamb”Faithful Word Baptist Church. Pastor Steven Anderson. N. D. page 1

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17 minutes ago, Alan said:

You may ask.

In connection with the (blue) statement, "Revelation 20:4 Beheaded souls - Reigned" in the (Yellow) statement, it said, "The reign of Christ on the earth is for a literal 1,000 Years. In fulfillment of Daniel 2:44 & 45; 7:9,10,13 & 14".

In charity (1 Cor. 13), having studied Daniel and Revelation in some detail, and knowing their super-structure, and parallels (which I may share as needful), I do not find that the 1,000 years reign of Christ Jesus with the saints will be on earth.

Would you be able to show me, in the mouth of two or three specific and explicit texts (witnesses) wherein the Bible teaches that the 1,000 Years reign of Christ Jesus and the saints will be on earth?

Thank you for considering my question/s.  I pray not to offend.

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45 minutes ago, EvangAlived said:

In connection with the (blue) statement, "Revelation 20:4 Beheaded souls - Reigned" in the (Yellow) statement, it said, "The reign of Christ on the earth is for a literal 1,000 Years. In fulfillment of Daniel 2:44 & 45; 7:9,10,13 & 14".

In charity (1 Cor. 13), having studied Daniel and Revelation in some detail, and knowing their super-structure, and parallels (which I may share as needful), I do not find that the 1,000 years reign of Christ Jesus with the saints will be on earth.

Would you be able to show me, in the mouth of two or three specific and explicit texts (witnesses) wherein the Bible teaches that the 1,000 Years reign of Christ Jesus and the saints will be on earth?

Thank you for considering my question/s.  I pray not to offend.

EvanAlived,

You have not offended one bit at all. I appreciate your question.

1. I fail to see how the subject of Charity, as written in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 has a direct bearing on whether or not the reign of Christ is a literal, or not literal, 1000 years on the the earth. A lot of people presume that God will, or will not, a lot things based on their own reasoning of how Charity is shown, or given, to others. A study on the relationship with 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 is a different subject that needs to be discussed in another forum.

2. Nor am I interested in studying the parallels, or super-structure, of Daniel and Revelation (the reason for this answer is found in my answer number 3).

3. Based on a complete study of Daniel and Revelation, and the other prophecies of the Old Testament prophets, it is very clear, may I repeat very clear, that the 1000 year millennial reign of Christ is literal and is upon the face of this current earth.

4. On the following study,  in order to go into more detail concerning the Millennium, I did an in-depth study on the prophecies of the Old Testament prophets on the literal 1000 Year Reign of Christ. Here is that link: https://onlinebaptist.com/forums/topic/23615-revelation-bible-study/?page=1

5. You asked for three references for a literal reign on the earth, on page 3 of this study, on Revelation 20:4-6, I listed at least 21 passages in the Old Testament that clearly state that the Kingdom of God, the 1000 Year Reign on the Earth, will take place as Revelation 20:3-6 states. Here is that link:

I noticed in your post that you did not reference any of these passages that I had previously mentioned on page 3, the lesson on Revelation 20:4-6. I would suggest that you do so.  On the Revelation Study thread I went into great detail on the 21 passages and numerous others. Here is that link again: https://onlinebaptist.com/forums/topic/23615-revelation-bible-study/?page=1

Now, can I ask you a question. It appears to me, by the questions that you asked, that your beliefs coincide with the beliefs of the Seventh Day Adventist religion. Are you a Seventh Day Adventist? Is so, please inform me so I can know how more properly answer you by scripture. If not, please inform us what church denomination that you affiliate yourself with?

Alan

 

P.S.

One last question.

You asked me if you could ask a question concerning the chart; but, you did not ask about any of the passages on the chart. On the chart on Revelation 20:4-6 I listed more than three passages but you did not reference any of these passages. I am wondering why.

Alan

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1 hour ago, Alan said:

1. I fail to see how the subject of Charity, as written in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 has a direct bearing on whether or not the reign of Christ is a literal, or not literal, 1000 years on the the earth. A lot of people presume that God will, or will not, a lot things based on their own reasoning of how Charity is shown, or given, to others. A study on the relationship with 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 is a different subject that needs to be discussed in another forum.

I asked in "charity" (1 Cor. 13), not to pick a fight, but to bring about discussion.

1 hour ago, Alan said:

2. Nor am I interested in studying the parallels, or super-structure, of Daniel and Revelation (the reason for this answer is found in my answer number 3).

Scripture says:

Pro 18:17  He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

Pro 18:13  He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

Are these words true?  Then, since they are, I would ask that you might indeed consider what I have to share before saying, "nor am I interested in studying the parallels, or super-structure, of Daniel and Revelation:".  If not, I cannot make anyone do anything.

I have read what you have to present.  As I have studied, in that which was mentioned, it disagrees with a 1000 year upon the earth, and thus my question, again in "charity" (1 Cor. 13).

1 hour ago, Alan said:

3. Based on a complete study of Daniel and Revelation, and the other prophecies of the Old Testament prophets, it is very clear, may I repeat very clear, that the 1000 year millennial reign of Christ is literal and is upon the face of this current earth.

I know that is that you believe, but my question specifically asked for the explicit evidence from scripture in the mouth of two or three witnesses.  What I received instead for reply was not conducive to a simple and explicit answer.  I only requested 2-3 simple KJB texts.  Perhaps you would attempt again for me?  Again I  ask in "charity" (1 Cor. 13).  Please.  I am only looking for 2-3 simple texts which explicitly state that the 1000 years reign will be on earth.  I know of no such text (not even one) in all of scripture (KJB), and thus my question, to see where you are presently drawing such a belief.  Therefore, brother Alan, if you would help by providing those 2-3 primary and explicit texts.  Sure, I would require a thus saith the Lord and it is written.

1 hour ago, Alan said:

4. On the following study,  in order to go into more detail concerning the Millennium, I did an in-depth study on the prophecies of the Old Testament prophets on the literal 1000 Year Reign of Christ. Here is that link: https://onlinebaptist.com/forums/topic/23615-revelation-bible-study/?page=1

Brother Alan, I did not ask for a 'link'.  I only asked for 2-3 KJB witnesses.  You desire me to read that, but will you still not be "interested" in the greater super-structure and parallels that I would present?  Very strange.  Brother, that is a one way street, and not discussion, surely.  Do you see, how I might take that?

However, being willing to not offend, and to give opportunity to you, I have considered your thread, and the material therein.  I see that you often cite Revelation 20:4-6 in regards the 1000 years.

Brother, wherein those texts, does it explicitly say that the 1,000 years reign will be on earth?  I do not read any such thing therein.

Rev 20:4  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Rev 20:5  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Where is the "reign on the earth" part?

In another place you state, "Lesson # 1: Isaiah 9:6 tells us there will be no end to the Kingdom. The Kingdom will continue throughout eternity."

Surely, I agree with both Revelation and Isaiah.  However, can you show me where Isaiah (even a single text) said that the "reign" would be on earth for "1,000 Years"?

What you just said, in regards Isaiah, is "continue throughout eternity".

Brother, that is a contradiction of terms.

[1] 1000 years (time limit) is not, and cannot be

[2] throughout eternity (eternal, having no end, or "for ever and ever").

The first is 'finite', and the second 'infinite'.

Thus when you stated, " 1. The 1000 Year reign of Christ as KING OF KING AND LORD OF LORDS take place in Revelation 20:4-6 "

Wherein those texts does it say that the reign of 1000 years is on earth?  Can you cite and highlight the place?

Hence my original question to you.

You stated, " "..a new earth..." is created in Revelation 22:1 immediately after the Great White Throne of Judgment. "

That is all well and good, but please consider the "time":

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

Rev 22:3  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
Rev 22:4  And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
Rev 22:5  And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

Rev_11:15  And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

The "reign" upon the "earth" (made new) is "for ever and ever" (eternal).

I presently know of no scripture (KJB), which states that the saints ever reign upon the sin-polluted, seven last plague-wracked and broken down earth for any amount of time, not 1000 years, neither for ever and ever.  For instance, at the 2nd Advent the very atmosphere is ripped apart, and the sun and moon are moved out of their places:

Joe_3:16  The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

Heb 12:26  Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

Heb_12:27  And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

Mat_24:29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
Mar_13:25  And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
Luk_21:26  Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

Rev_16:18  And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

Rev 6:14  And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

This was why I had asked you the question in "charity" (1 Cor. 13).

1 hour ago, Alan said:

5. You asked for three references for a literal reign on the earth, on page 3 of this study, on Revelation 20:4-6, I listed at least 21 passages in the Old Testament that clearly state that the Kingdom of God, the 1000 Year Reign on the Earth, will take place as Revelation 20:3-6 states. Here is that link: 

I noticed in your post that you did not reference any of these passages that I had previously mentioned on page 3, the lesson on Revelation 20:4-6. I would suggest that you do so.  On the Revelation Study thread I went into great detail on the 21 passages and numerous others. Here is that link again: https://onlinebaptist.com/forums/topic/23615-revelation-bible-study/?page=1

No brother Alan.  I did not ask for references for a literal reign upon the earth.  Allow me to here repeat my question to you, once again (without offense I pray):

2 hours ago, EvangAlived said:

In connection with the (blue) statement, "Revelation 20:4 Beheaded souls - Reigned" in the (Yellow) statement, it said, "The reign of Christ on the earth is for a literal 1,000 Years. In fulfillment of Daniel 2:44 & 45; 7:9,10,13 & 14".

In charity (1 Cor. 13), having studied Daniel and Revelation in some detail, and knowing their super-structure, and parallels (which I may share as needful), I do not find that the 1,000 years reign of Christ Jesus with the saints will be on earth.

Would you be able to show me, in the mouth of two or three specific and explicit texts (witnesses) wherein the Bible teaches that the 1,000 Years reign of Christ Jesus and the saints will be on earth?

Thank you for considering my question/s.  I pray not to offend. 

I pray you see the difference in the reply and in my question.  The passages cited do not say that the 1000 years reign is upon the earth, in any one of them.  If I have missed such a reference, please be clear to present that text or texts in reply to this thread and highlight the portion I may have missed.  I, again, am only looking, for 2-3 scriptural witnesses. and then I will be glad to accept them.  I, however, presently, know of no such text or texts.

1 hour ago, Alan said:

Now, can I ask you a question. It appears to me, by the questions that you asked, that your beliefs coincide with the beliefs of the Seventh Day Adventist religion. Are you a Seventh Day Adventist? Is so, please inform me so I can know how more properly answer you by scripture. If not, please inform us what church denomination that you affiliate yourself with?

Alan

As much as this line of questioning seems important to you, it is not so to me.  If you will look upon my profile, the Bible (KJB) is my final authority in all matters of faith and practice.  I pray you take me at this word, for my yea is yea.  The question is rather odd, and also is non-sequitur to my chartiable (1 Cor. 13) question, and non-sequitur to the thread itself.  It seems to be a sort of Ad-Hominem, though not really in my opinion, since I do not feel the same way about the SDA as some on this board may.

As stated in my introduction to the forums, I have been to many forums, and studied with many persons, and that includes Seventh-day Adventists (whom I do not see as you, or this board sees (this board has great misunderstanding in regards SDA, but I am not here to defend such atm).  I also have a few Seventh-day Adventist friends.  Yet, there were also Baptist friends, Catholic friends and so on.  Most of whom are online, though a few in RL.

If you desire to know more about me, please begin with the introduction thread.  Do you ask others who disagree with you the same (I am curious to know, but it is neither here nor there)?

Brother Alan, I do not see how this line of questioning has anything to do with what I originally asked.

If you desire to help me, in answering my original question to you, please cite the texts (just 2-3 would be fine).

1 hour ago, Alan said:

P.S.

One last question.

You asked me if you could ask a question concerning the chart; but, you did not ask about any of the passages on the chart. On the chart on Revelation 20:4-6 I listed more than three passages but you did not reference any of these passages. I am wondering why.

Alan

Brother Alan, none of the texts cited on the chart say that the 1,000 years reign is upon earth, not even Revelation 20:4-6.  This is why I had asked for 2-3 clear and explicit texts.

Would you please share those 2-3 texts, so that we may not be divided in thought?

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EvangAlived,

In my estimation, you are deliberately ignoring my previous posts and links in order to debate the question of whether or not Reign of Christ as depicted in Revelation 20:4-6 is literal or not. I have answered the question very clearly and adequately.

In my estimation, you are the one who is trying to engage in a debate on this subject as you are in complete disagreement with a literal reign of Christ on the earth as depicted in Revelation 20:4-6. I am not going to debate the issue, nor am I going to continue to discuss the issue with you, as you have already ignored my previous answer.

As for as charity, as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 is concerned. The apostle Paul stated that charity, "Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth." 1 Corinthians 13:6. In my estimation, you have rejected the truth of a literal reign on the earth as depicted in Revelation 20:4-6, and the previous passages that I mentioned in the chart and other places that I linked to. And, in my estimation, you have mis-applied the truths of charity as revealed in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 in order to promote your false teachings concerning prophecy on my Revelation chapter 19-22 Study. I feel this was dishonest and insincere.

Also, I think it is very important to know what church you affiliate yourself with.  I am not one bit surprised that you will not answer that question.

I would appreciate it if you would disengage yourself from this study.

Alan

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If I may reply here since Evangalived seems to be intent on misrepresenting Alan:

42 minutes ago, EvangAlived said:

Are these words true?  Then, since they are, I would ask that you might indeed consider what I have to share before saying, "nor am I interested in studying the parallels, or super-structure, of Daniel and Revelation:".  If not, I cannot make anyone do anything.

He did not say he was not interested in the parallels AT ALL - only that he was not interested in revisiting those parallels in this subject, particularly as he ahs already done so in other threads. It is certainly NOT very charitable of you to suggest that Alan is not interested in comparing Scripture with Scripture - HE MOST CERTAINLY IS, as has been clearly demonstrated time after time after time both in his studies presented here and also in his answers to other people's posts.

He linked those threads so that you can find his answers in them - to answer again in this thread would be to add confusion to the purpose OF THIS THREAD.

If you would bother to read the link which he has posted, you may very well find PRECISELY the answers you are looking for, but your answers seem to present Alan as being unwilling (or are you suggesting unable) to answer.

Finally, your church affiliation is actually a very important piece of information, for different groups define words differently. To know your affiliation gives an insight into the reasons for your questions and the ideology behind the way you make statements - it helps to avoid confusion. 

Also, the only reason someone would want to hide their affiliation is if they have something to hide...….

I understand someone not wanting to name their particular church, but the "brand" of church they attend is another thing entirely - it has no bearing on your personal safety or safeguarding your personal information, and there is no reason NOT to give that information - unless you are here for less than honest purposes.

I hate it when an author does not include his affiliation information: it makes it harder to know precisely what he means with certain statements. I have a book by a Presbyterian man which in general is a good book but when he mentions baptism, I know he is talking about infant baptism - because I know he is a Presbyterian. HE did not include that info in the sleeve of his book by the way - I had to find out for myself, and it made clear some statements that he made that were "a bit strange" until I knew of his predisposed views.

So tell us clearly - are you affiliated with the SDA's?

By the way, we have had people here who are not IFB and they manage to get on reasonably well with the rest of us - so this information will not be an automatic ejection.

 

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Dave,

I do want to take the time to thank you noticing  the method of comparing scripture with scripture in this study of Revelation chapter 19-22.  The words of Paul the apostle in 2 Timothy 2:15 is the only way of properly interpreting the prophecies of the book of Revelation. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15

Throughout this study I have maintained that the prophecy of the Old Testament prophets will be be literally fulfilled as written in the book of Revelation. So, it is our responsibility, if we are to be a good workman, to study, and to rightly divide the scriptures in order to arrive at the correct interpretation as God intended.

Also, I did link the answer to his questions as you mentioned in order not to cause confusion. I felt, and still am of the persuasion, that nothing new needed to be said that was not already available for study in the previous lessons. Nor did I feel the need to clarify any of my previous statements. As with the  question by Rosie on the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, sometimes there is need for clarification, or further study, and bring out passages in scriptures that I did not bring out earlier or to add some more information to keep the study up-to-date. With Rosie's question, I felt the need to bring out another passage and bring the study up-to-date.

I just wanted to thank you for your thoughts on why I handled the current situation as I did. I appreciate you very much.

Alan

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And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan (diabolos, i.e., "devil"), and bound him a thousand years, 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 (i.e., the Millennium) should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them (i.e., they sat in judgment): and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded (lit., "beheaded with an ax") for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection (i.e., that of all believers). Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death (i.e., condemnation on unbelievers) hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. (Revelation 20:1-6)

The Bible only has to say something once for it to be true. This passage alone says it THREE TIMES!  I don't see anything that says "this is only an allegory so pay no attention to it". This is not symbolic. When the Bible uses symbolism, it makes that very clear. There are no such indications here. There are no allegories here. Nothing represents Satan, e.g.; Satan IS Satan. Nothing represents Christ here. Christ IS Christ. The passage says what it means, means what it means, and is very clear about what it means. Those who disagree only reinforces what we already know. Namely, that lukewarm believers who have no real interest in knowing God's truth and what He wants us to know and to do abound. The fact that others want to ignore the very plain truth of the Bible is no reason for us to despair, however. We know very well that we will be rewarded for our own works, that is, everything we have thought, said and done. And the more we have thought, said and done for Jesus Christ in response to the truth of His Word, the greater that reward will be.

God Bless!
 

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15 hours ago, (Omega) said:

The Bible only has to say something once for it to be true.

Daniel,

Thank you very much pointing out this extremely important fact concerning the scriptures.

Alan

On 10/24/2018 at 8:29 AM, EvangAlived said:

I, again, am only looking, for 2-3 scriptural witnesses.

EvangAlived,

To a person who lives by faith, only one passage is sufficient. The passages that I listed, in Revelation 20:4-6, and the passages in the Old Testament that I referenced to the Kingdom of God on the earth, which you ignored, clearly prove that the 1000 years is literal and on the earth.

Alan

Brethren,

The questions that EvangAlived brought out is due to his belief in the erroneous teaching of the Seventh Day Adventist cult. The Seventh Day Adventist cult believes that the 1000 years mentioned in Revelation 20:4-6 is symbolic of the reign of Christ and His saints in heaven; not on the earth.

During the Revelation Chapter 19-22 Study I did not mention why the Seventh Day Adventist cult believes this (and the other erroneous teachings in Revelation Chapter 19-22). Due to help our understanding of why EvangAlived asked these leading questions, since he is gone, I am considering to briefly compare the two beliefs in a little more detail.

I did not do this previously with EvangAlived as I do not want to debate the issue, nor any issue, with a person who ignores previously stated truths, or if I feel is insincere and trying to bait me, nor with a cultist.

Honest, sincere, and reasonable, discussions I enjoy; debating I avoid.

Alan

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What troubled me the most is his treachery.  He claimed to "walk" in love, but everything about him proved just the opposite. I had to delete his PM's because the very thought of the words directed at me was filled with cunning arrogance and prejudice. I've noticed this sort of behavior when confronted with other SDA's -- and such behavior is antithetical to any sort of Christlike Spirit.  SDA's only love those who love them . . . and anyone outside their "cult" are  deemed "unworthy". This sort of behavior is worse than an "unbeliever". This is a telltale sign that this person has never been born of God. Just TELLING others that you love them and not SHOW them that you love them is utter hypocrisy; and Jesus said that we can identify those who are His disciples if they love others as He has loved them (in like manner); even those who despise us (Jn. 13:35). This man is only fooling himself (cf. 2 Tim. 3:13).  The day will come when God will send his reapers to separate the sheep from the goats into bundles -- as He will search the deepest recesses of their hearts and it will be revealed at THAT day -- and they will be WITHOUT excuse. I still pray daily for this man that perhaps -- if possible -- God will soften this mans heart and bring him to TRUE repentance; and that he will let go of his work-based salvation and to the PURE and undiluted Word of God (without mixture); which is Salvation by Grace through Faith.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW YOU: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:21-23)

God Bless!

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I also wanted to add this as it came across my mind today as I was studying Scripture. 

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. (2 Corinthians 11:14-15)

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. (2 Peter 2:1)

What I find interesting is that the false prophets in the bible wore shepherd robes made out of wool; but inwardly they were deceitful agents of Satan. EvangAlived's avatar depicted a shepherd (supposedly Jesus), and he crept into this cite attempting to "privily" espouse his damnable heresies. It is truly sad that there are those who have been victimized by such a man as him. 2 Cor 11:14-15 states that Satan's (HIS) ministers appear as ministers of righteousness (keeping the commandments to BE saved). They are HIS (possessive pronoun) agents of destruction, and are OWNED by him; and some of them are even demon possessed.


God Bless!

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Revelation 20:4-6 The literal Millennium & the Seventh Day Adventist Erroneous Beliefs

Revelation 20:4-6, “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”

The Errors of the Seventh Day Adventist and Revelation 20:4-6

The Seventh Day Adventist religion believes that the reign of Christ, and of those He has chosen to reign with Him as written in Revelation 20:4, is not literal, takes place in heaven and not on the earth.

The following quote is from the full doctrinal section of the Seventh Day Adventist, “During the Millennium,” statement from their website.

During the Millennium

 

From what we've already learned, we can draw several conclusions about what will happen during the millennium. Satan will be confined to this earth, where he can spend the time contemplating the terrible mess he's made of things. The bodies of the wicked will be strewn all over the earth.

The righteous, on the other hand, will be in heaven, and Revelation 20 says that they will be "given authority to judge. . . . They will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years" (verses 4, 6).

Other verses in the New Testament give us some idea of the nature of this judgment. Paul said that "the saints will judge the world" and "we will judge angels" (1 Corinthians 6:2, 3). Also, Jesus said that "when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel" (Matthew 19:28). In this verse, Jesus combined both the idea of reigning with Him and judging that John spoke about in Revelation 20:4.”

This article, before the Seventh Day Adventist uploaded in onto their official website, was written in the Seventh Day Adventist official publication, Signs of the Times magazine.” in the July 2011 issue.

 

Before I continue, I need to stress the following important items.
 

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1. The Seventh Day Adventist claim to be King James Version only, but, in their quotation of Matthew 19:28 it was not taken from the King James Version of the Bible nor did they give the version they quoted from. Here is the quotation from the King James Version, “And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” Matthew 19:28

The Seventh Day Adventist did not quote the entire words of the Lord Jesus in Matthew 19:28. The Seventh Day Adventist left out the most important phrase in the passage, “And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me, in the regeneration ...” The 1000 year reign of Christ is “… the regeneration ...” “The regeneration is the restoration of the nation of Israel in the land of Israel with the Lord Jesus sitting as KING on the throne of David as prophesied by Isaiah.

God is going to restore the land promised to Jacob to the sons of Israel, ‘forever.’ The prophet Isaiah prophesied in Isaiah 1:25-27 that the nation of Israel would be restored. “And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin: And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city. Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.” Isaiah 1:25-27 None of these promises given by the prophet Isaiah has been fulfilled; including after the return of the Jews after the Babylonian Captivity. The books of Nehemiah and Ezra is very clear that this prophecy of Isaiah was not fulfilled after the Captivity. Nor, has any of these promises been given to the church in a spiritual way. These specific promises given by God will be fulfilled to the nation of Israel during the millennial reign of Christ.

2. In the Seventh Day Adventist statement on the 1000 year of Christ they do not mention any of the Old Testament prophets. Except for some passages in Daniel, on most of the Seventh Day Adventist materials the Old Testament prophets are ignored. In the, “Methods of Bible Study” found on the official Seventh Day Adventist website, we can discover some, not all, or the reasons, why. The Seventh Day Adventists have 7 pages of “Presuppositions, Principles, and Methods.” listed. One of the “Presuppositions” that they list is:

“There are two general types of prophetic writings: nonapocalyptic prophecy as found in Isaiah and Jeremiah, and apocalyptic prophecy as found in Daniel and the Revelation. These differing types have different characteristics:

(a) Nonapocalyptic prophecy addresses God's people; apocalyptic is more universal in scope.

Apocalyptic prophecy is highly symbolic and should be interpreted accordingly. In interpreting symbols, the following methods may be used:”ii

The Seventh Day Adventists consider only the prophecies in Daniel are “apocalyptic” and thus are considered future prophesies fulfilled in the book of Revelation and they consider the prophecies of the other Old Testament prophets “nonapocalyptic prophecy” or prophecy that does not need to be considered when studying the Book of Revelation. This is one of, not all, the reasons why EvangAlive ignored my charts and Old Testament references (besides Isaiah 9:6).

The Seventh Day Adventist’s attitude, and the attitude of EvangAlive, the Reformed Theologian, the preterist, Philip Mauro, and Pastor Steven Anderson,, are similar. They consider the prophecies of the Old Testament prophets as for Israel in the past and have been fulfilled historically and not to be fulfilled as depicted in the Book of Revelation.

As a side note. I must also note that Pastor Steve Anderson on his study on Revelation 20:4-6iii does not include any references at all from the Old Testament that the Lord Jesus will reign as King in the restored nation of Israel. Anderson ignores the references to Christ as prophesied in passages as Zechariah 14:9, “And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.” And, Zechariah 14:16, “And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came up against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.”

 

As with the Seventh Day Adventist, Preterists, and others, Pastor Anderson will not mention the restored nation of Israel with Christ reigning as King.

 

3. The Seventh Day Adventist Church believes that the events of the book of Revelation are symbolic and not literal. As an example, the Seventh Day Adventist’s believe that the Second Coming of Christ to the earth in Revelation 19:11-21 is symbolic and not literal.

 

“Revelation 19:11-21 describes Christ riding out of heaven on a white horse, and He is followed by the armies of heaven, who are also riding white horses (verses 11, 14). Their purpose is to make war with the kings of the earth and their armies (verses 11, 19). Chapter 19 concludes with the enemies of Christ being defeated (verses 20, 21). This symbolic description of the second coming of Christ is immediately followed by the millennium in chapter 20. From this it's evident that Christ's second coming will occur at the beginning of the millennium.”i

 

Therefore, according to the Seventh Day Adventists, Christ did not literally come to the earth as written in Revelation 19:11-21 and He is still in heaven in Revelation 20:4-6

 

4. EvangAlive, as with the Seventh Day Adventists, adhere to the “Parallel” method of Bible study.

The Seventh Day Adventists state, “When parallel passages seem to indicate discrepancy or contradiction, look for underlying harmony.”ii

 

Due to EvangAlive, and the Seventh Day Adventist, adopting the parallel method of interpretation, and not the full body of scripture and ignoring the promises given to the Jews and different promises given to the saints in the Church Age, they confuse Matthew 24:21-35, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 1:7 and Revelation 19:11-21.

 

As a side note. The same mistake is made by new IFB Movement, Pastor Steven Anderson, and his disciples. The new IFB Movement ignores critical prophetical passages in the Old Testament of God’s specific, and literal, promises concerning the Jews, concerning the Second Coming of Christ and Matthew 24:21-35, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 1:7 and Revelation 19:11-21. As with the Seventh Day Adventist, when it comes to prophecy, the cannot, “rightly divide” the scriptures and ignore the Old Testament prophets when the prophesied the restoration of the nation of Israel.

 

 

As with the Seventh Day Adventist, Preterists, and others, Pastor Anderson will not mention the restored nation of Israel with Christ reigning as King.

 

 

 

“Revelation 19:11-21 describes Christ riding out of heaven on a white horse, and He is followed by the armies of heaven, who are also riding white horses (verses 11, 14). Their purpose is to make war with the kings of the earth and their armies (verses 11, 19). Chapter 19 concludes with the enemies of Christ being defeated (verses 20, 21). This symbolic description of the second coming of Christ is immediately followed by the millennium in chapter 20. From this it's evident that Christ's second coming will occur at the beginning of the millennium.”i

 

Therefore, according to the Seventh Day Adventists, Christ did not literally come to the earth as written in Revelation 19:11-21 and He is still in heaven in Revelation 20:4-6

 

 

ii Seventh Day Adventist, https://www.adventist.org/en/beliefs/restoration/the-millennium-and-the-end-of- sin/article/go/-/making-sense-of-the-millennium/ Page 6. Copied October 30, 2018

5. As with prophecy of the Roman Catholic Church, the Reformed theologian, the Replacement Theology theologian, Philip Mauro, Pastor Steven Anderson and the new IFB brethren, the Seventh Day Adventist believes that the church (the Seventh Day Adventist church), has spiritually replaced the nation of Israel and the promises given to them. The Seventh Day Adventists state, “In the New Testament application of Old Testament prophecies, some literal names become spiritual: for example, Israel represents the church, Babylon apostate religion, etc.”i

To summarize the belief of Revelation 20:4-6, according to the Seventh Day Adventist, Revelation 20:4-6 occurs in heaven, and not literal, the Old Testament prophets that promised a literal restoration of the nation of Israel is symbolic and are given to the church. The nonapocalyptic prophecy written by the major and minor prophets is historic and has no prophetic fulfillment as recoded in the book of Revelation. Furthermore, this includes the words of the Lord Jesus when He stated, “… in the regeneration ...” . As with prophecy of the Roman Catholic Church, the Reformed theologian, the Replacement Theology theologian, Philip Mauro, Pastor Steven Anderson and the new IFB brethren, the Seventh Day Adventist believes that the church (the Seventh Day Adventist church), has spiritually replaced the nation of Israel and the promises given to them. The Seventh Day Adventists state, “In the New Testament application of Old Testament prophecies, some literal names become spiritual: for example, Israel represents the church, Babylon apostate religion, etc.”ii

To summarize the belief of Revelation 20:4-6, according to the Seventh Day Adventist, Revelation 20:4-6 occurs in heaven, and not literal, the Old Testament prophets that promised a literal restoration of the nation of Israel is symbolic and are given to the church. The nonapocalyptic prophecy written by the major and minor prophets is historic and has no prophetic fulfillment as recoded in the book of Revelation. Furthermore, this includes the words of the Lord Jesus when He stated, “… in the regeneration ...”

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Scriptural Interpretation of Revelation 20:4-6

The Old Testament Covenants given to Abraham, then given to Isaac and Jacob and extended to King David, and the covenant given in Ezekiel 37:1-28, will be fulfilled literally as promised.

None of these covenants are annulled or in any way given to the church. The apostle Paul, twice, expressly states that the promises given to Abraham and his descendent's cannot be annulled or added to. “Galatians 3:15-18, “Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. 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. And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that is should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.The doctrine of Replacement Theology as practiced by the Seventh Day Adventist, believed by Philip Mauro, the Reformed Theologian, and Pastor Steven Anderson, is a false teaching.

The only time these covenants can, and will, be fulfilled is when the Lord Jesus sits as KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS on His throne in Jerusalem as Revelation 20:4-6 depicts.

 

  1. Abraham. Genesis 12:1-3; 13:14-18; chapter 15: 17:1-14. The resurrected Abraham, and his saved, descendants, will at this time inherit the land that God promised Abraham, “... and to thy seed for ever.” Genesis 15:18, “In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.”

     

  2. David. “And I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them

any more, as at the beginning.” 1 Chronicles 17:9 Please note that David is asleep and that there are no conditions of this Covenant. It will be fulfilled by God whether or not the children of Israel follow the Law or not. It is an un-conditional covenant: 1 Chronicles 17: 3-15

 

Ezekiel 34:20-31; verse 23, “And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. And I the LORD will be their God [this is a direct reference to the Lord Jesus Christ as God], and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it.” 2 Samuel 7:4-17 and Psalm 89:3 and 4


 

According to Acts 2:29 and 30 David the body of David is still in the grave. Therefore, only after his resurrection from the dead (all of the Old Testament saints were not raised from the dead in Matthew 27:52 and 53


 

  1. The Vision and the future Covenant of Peace given to the descendants of Jacob in Ezekiel 37. the covenant given to the descendant’s of Jacob is still future. This chapter gives the vision of the, ‘Dry Bones,’ (a picture of the future restoration of the nation of Israel in the Millennium), God gave this Covenant.

 

Ezekiel 37:24-26, “And David my servant shall be king over them; and they shall all have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be prince their prince for ever.”


 

Since the time of Ezekiel this Covenant of Peace has not been fulfilled in any sense of the word. The only time in the body of scripture that this Covenant of Peace will be fulfilled is during the reign of Christ on the earth as depicted in Revelation 20:4-6

 

In Ezekiel 37:28 we read these words, “And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.” In the New Heaven and the New Earth as depicted in Revelation 21:1-27 we fully understand that there will be no “heathen” and no “temple” or “Sanctuary.” Therefore, the Covenant of Peace has to start in the 1000 year reign of Christ as depicted in Revelation 20:4-6 and after the events of Revelation 20:7-15, the reign of Christ, with God Himself on the earth, will extend into eternity.


 

  1. Confirmed to the Nation of Israel. Deuteronomy chapter 4-32

  2. Confirmed by the Lord Jesus, as revealed to Paul the Apostle. “Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers.” Romans 15:8. This is a specific reference to Romans 9:4, “Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises.”

 

According to Paul the Apostle, these promises of the Covenants given to the Jews,were confirmed by the Lord Jesus Christ and thus so far unfulfilled. In

other words, these Covenants are still in effect and will one day, as depicted in Revelation 20:4-6, be fulfilled as promised.

All of the Covenants and promises of God to the Jews in the Old Testament are literal and will be fulfilled in the Millennium and, after the events of Revelation 20:7-15, extend into eternity. The Apostle Paul taught, “Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.” Romans 11:15 The nation of Israel is God’s elect. The church did not replace the Elect sons of Jacob nor do the promises to the Church in the New Testament negate the promises to Israel. The Lord Jesus confirmed all of the promises, which includes the covenants, as recorded by Paul the Apostle. “Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers.” Romans 15:8

 

We will briefly glance at some of these promises as prophesied by the prophets.

 

Isaiah 11:6, “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.” The animal kingdom will be changed.” The change in the behavior of the animal kingdom has not changed since Isaiah made this prophecy, nor can it be applied to the saints in the church age in any manner; spiritual or physical.

After the horrific happenings in the 7 Year Tribulation Period that Isaiah prophesied in Isaiah 24:122 we read in Isaiah 24:23, the, “... LORD of hosts shall reign in Mt Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.” Therefore, the reign of Christ in Revelation 20:4-6 is on the earth in Jerusalem.

Isaiah 30:18-26 tells us of many blessings that will be wonderful to behold. Included in the many physical blessings in Isaiah chapter 35, we read of this blessing, “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.” Isaiah 35:5

Isaiah chapter 60 tells us that the Lord will not only restore the nation of Israel but He will glorify the nation of Israel. Isaiah 60:12, “For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yes, those nations shall be utterly wasted.” May I at this juncture remind the saved Gentiles that the church did not, ‘replace,’ Israel, but the Saved Gentiles are, ‘grafted,’ into the nation of Israel. Romans 11:1425 The Apostle Paul taught in Romans 11:17, “And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree.”

 

Among numerous physical and spiritual blessings recorded in Isaiah chapter 65 we read this particular one, “There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.” Isaiah 65:20 The prophecy of Isaiah has to take place in the 1000 year on earth as written in Revelation 20:4-6 as during the New Heaven and New Earth, and New Jerusalem, as described in Revelation 21:1-27, there will be no “sinners” nor any “death.”

Zechariah 8:1-8 and Ezekiel chapter 47 tells us further great physical changes and blessings. In Hosea 3:5 we learn that King David will be raised from the dead and will be King over Israel. These great changes to the earth are all physical and literal. And, they cannot be a reference to the New Heaven and the New Earth as the land was not cleansed by fire.

In Micah 4:1-7 we learn that all the nations will come to the Millennial Temple. This is also a direct reference to Revelation 20:4-6 and not to Revelation 21:1-27 as the New Heaven and the New Earth will have no temple.

In Zechariah 3:1-10 and 6:9-15 the LORD will take away the filthy garments of the Joshua the High priest in order to serve, ‘... my servant the BRANCH.’ The, BRANCH,’ is the Lord Jesus as KING. As king, the Lord Jesus will “… sit on and rule upon his throne: ...” Zechariah 6:13 The 1000 reign of Christ, on the earth in Jerusalem, as depicted in Revelation 20:4-6, is the fulfilment of Zechariah’s prophecy.

The above verses are just a portion of the many physical and spiritual promises that will be fulfilled during 1000 Millennial reign of Christ in Revelation 20:4-6 as prophesied by the Old Testament prophets. The teaching of the Seventh Day Adventist’s is totally in error. The 1000 year reign of Christ as King will take place on the earth as described by the Old Testament prophets, confirmed by Christ and expressly taught by the apostle Paul, in Galatians 3:15, that they cannot be annulled nor added to: in other words the covenants and promises cannot be given to anyone else; including the church in a spiritual manner.

 

 

Edited by Alan
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