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!
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.
I disagree; The total destruction of the earth comes after the millennium, when:
Rev. 21: " 22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 25And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 26And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 27And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life."
and previous to that:
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. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."
During the Millennial 1000 years, people will live and die in that period.
Isaiah 65: "
17 ¶ For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.g 18But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. 19And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. 20There 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. 21And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. 22They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.h 23They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. 24And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. 25The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD."
After the Devil and the deceived people war against God in the final battle, then they are all destroyed by fire, then their judgment and thrown in the Lake of Fire, and then the Kingdom of God will be complete and eternal. No evil, no death, no disease or war.
Indeed James God's mercy and salvation are and were available to every dispensation, that newer changes. Because God is the same today as He was when He created the earth.
What you seem to differ from the SDA theology is that you throw in a second chance, we believe every single human being that ever was and is will have their chance at salvation, and as long as they are alive that chance does exist for them. But when they are dead the chance is gone, should they not have committed to the Lord.
Now concerning the Two Witnesses, I am not sure how you understand who they are?
I’m going to disagree with this statement. I do agree that God’s mercy has been visible to every dispensation, but salvation has not.
God’s plan of salvation for humanity has been forever since Adam’s fall.
Gen.3:15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
But salvation had not been given to the world until the coming of Jesus into the world. Jesus began his ministry proclaiming the good news by saying;
…The time is fulfilled,” He said, “and the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe in the gospel!”…
The coming of Jesus fulfilled the time in God’s plan of salvation, because Jesus is the door for salvation, Jesus is the only way to salvation.
Jn. 14:6 Jesus saith to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me.
Was there another Jesus before this period? If not, what you’re suggesting cannot be true.
Gal. 4:4 says,
4But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, 5to redeem those under the Law, that we might receive our adoption as sons.…
Salvation has always been a vision of God, but how is God saving the world. How will God save those who were not called as Abraham?