What was Jesus Gospel?
The gospel of Jesus, one in which he preached himself, was not a message about him, but a message about the Father's own vision.
And after that John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15And saying: The time is accomplished, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent, and believe the gospel.
Repent and believe the good news about the coming kingdom of God. This is the same kingdom he admonished his disciple to pray for.
So then, this is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, 10Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Jesus message is the good news of God's coming kingdom. God’s Will, will be done on earth as it is done now in heaven.
Surely this is good news! It’s not about human being going to heaven, it’s about the kingdom of God administering the Will of God in earth so all the world can see.
Human being need this, it will be the greatest news ever! But how will the kingdom of God be administered, and who will administer it? The book of Daniel gives us some insight on this and says,
And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
The greatness of the kingdoms under all of heaven (not in heaven) will be delivered to the people of the holy ones of the Most High.
When the kingdom of God comes, at the second coming, the holy ones of the Most High will administer the will of God in all the earth, for all the kingdoms under all of heaven will be delivered to the people of the holy ones of the Most High.
Satan is the god of this world now, but Jesus has prophesied his future.
Now judgment is upon this world; now the prince of this world will be cast out.
This hasn’t happened yet, but Jesus say when it does the prince of this world will be cast out. It will happen when Jesus come.
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fullness thereof.12Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice 13Before the LORD: for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.
The whole creation understands the gospel of Jesus, so should we!
The time is accomplished, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent, and believe the gospel!
Thanks for your question Gene. Reasoning and Jason have answered your Question better than I ever could, I hope you will understand what they have posted. Because sadly your understanding of salvation is going to lead you into Perdition.
I must say I’m dumbfounded by your lack of response to this question of what is a chance. You my friend has accused me numerous of times of advocating such a theory of second chance, yet you can’t even explain what it is you’re talking about. Maybe you can answer this question, I’ve asked several people but have gotten no response.
Why are the righteous saved?
Thanks for your reply Gene I have nothing to add to what Jason and Reasoning have posted as I said before they have answered better than I ever could.
What if God wasn't, saving everyone now as believed; would the second coming, and those living under the 1000 year reign constitute a first chance or second chance?
Heb. 3:7 says,
Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today if you hear His voice, 8do not harden your hearts, as you did in the rebellion, in the time of testing in the wilderness...
Obviously, you believe everyone hears his voice today. Those who do, and have harden their hearts in rebellion, as the wicked ones, just as Lucifer will go the way of Lucifer.
You falsely believe that everyone can hear, everyone cannot hear which why we are told that at Christ coming this will change.
1Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the Abyss, holding in his hand a great chain. 2He seized the dragon, the ancient serpent who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.
3And he threw him into the Abyss, shut it, and sealed it over him, so that he could not deceive the nations until the thousand years were complete.
There's no more chances... there's no human on earth during the 1000 years.
Reasoning do you really believe that salvation of the world hangs on a chance? Beliefs' are sociological and cultural driven. If one is of another cultural, let say Islam, there's a 50/50 chance, maybe that one is going to believe in Jesus the way you do, if at all. And if one doesn't per chance believe in Jesus as so, are you telling me it over for them?
God must have a better plan than that.
Those who are called; the church, the elect of God is be saved by faith, and are called blessed and holy. Other will be by knowing and seeing with their eyes.
Is. 41:19"I will put the cedar in the wilderness (earth wilderness), The acacia and the myrtle and the olive tree; I will place the juniper in the desert (earth desert) Together with the box tree and the cypress, 20That they may see and recognize, And consider and gain insight as well, That the hand of the LORD has done this, And the Holy One of Israel has created it.
When they (those living under the kingdom of God) see, recognize and consider, they will know that the hand of the LORD has done this. This will be their judgment, now they know.
Jer. 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
These things will happen during the 1000 years, it will be a time of judgment.
Jn 3:17 17“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
The world will be judged at the second coming, during the 1000 years.
Ps 96:13…for he comes to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.
He comes to judge the world.
You have read to many "Left Behind" novels, James. And they are based on pure fiction. The Temple you talk about as Ezekiel describes will not be built by men. Some men hope it will be built so their second Chance Gospel may come true. But it is just so much fantasy.
The Antichrist you are talking about is already here and sits in the temple of God. What is that temple? You may ask, It is God's people who will constitute the Temple as Living Stones!
1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
1Pe 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
Elijah, you attack as always, I have not read such novels and do not believe in their premise. Again you make assumptions. You have not addressed or answered my questions as to the sanctuary in Ezekiel, as to when, to whom and what is the significance of that sanctuary? It is a physical structure, with measurements and layout etc., not referring to a spiritual temple.
What about those humans that will be deceived? If I understand your religion correctly, those are supposedly the wicked who are raised from the dead in the resurrection of the unjust?
"The millennium is the thousand-year reign of Christ with His saints in heaven between the first and second resurrections. During this time the wicked dead will be judged; the earth will be utterly desolate, without living human inhabitants, but occupied by Satan and his angels. At its close, Christ with His saints and the Holy City will descend from heaven to earth. The unrighteous dead will then be resurrected, and with Satan and his angels will surround the city; but fire from God will consume them and cleanse the earth. The universe will thus be freed of sin and sinners forever. (Rev. 20; 1 Cor. 6:2, 3; Jer. 4:23-26; Rev. 21:1-5; Mal. 4:1; Eze. 28:18, 19.)" From official SDA site.
If that is so, why would God raise up them if they are already dead before the great last battle? There is no indication of these things in scripture rightly divided, nor does it make sense as there is 1000 years between the first resurrection of the just, and that of the unjust. After the last wicked persons are killed, then the resurrection of the unjust would occur, to judge the wicked and then cast them into the Lake of Fire.
Revelation 20;"1And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. 4And 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. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 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. 7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. 11And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
There is only two resurrections; of the just first, and then the unjust at the end of the 1000 years after the Devil is released and deceives "The nations." That word nations means tribes, people, races. The Ezekiel sanctuary will stand and there will be people ministering there taking care of the duties and sanctuary, both Jews and Gentiles will be priests and keepers of the sanctuary, unlike the historical temples which only had Levites in the two temples.
James, you are forgetting yourself you said you do not want to speak with me. Well, it may be as it may.
I see you ask questions about the wicked dead. I wish I had an answer to this, but God does not reveal all his plans to us. In fact, there is some who will have to die 3 times did you know? Those who pierced Christ on the cross. So they will die the first time of old age. The second time when Christ comes for His saints. The third time when the wicked surrounds the Holy City in Rev. 20. How do we understand a Loving God doing such things? So we see there are just some things God will not explain to us feeble human beings. Talk about groundhog day.
There are only two deaths, the physical death, and the spiritual death, meaning not having eternal life. There are only two resurrections, of the just and the unjust, other than temporarily made alive like Lazareth, who eventually died a normal death after he was resurrected by Jesus. No one dies three times, unless you count that can happen in a hospital, with flat lining, but revived. But I think you mean totally dead, no one totally dies three times.