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The text of the Bible is the inerrant Word of God (Ps 12:6) in as far as it is faithful to the original autographs as they were penned by the men who were temporarily infallible only in the moments they were recording its God-breathed words (II Tim 3:16) in writing under the sovereign control of the Holy Ghost (I Pet 1:10; II Peter 1:21) as their human fallibility was momentarily suspended (Ps 12:6).  This gift of infallibility ceased at the close of the first-century when John the Beloved was translated and the writing of Scripture ceased (John 21:20-25; Heb 11:5).  This gift will be restored only at the rapture when that which is perfect is come (Job 37:19; I Cor 13:9-10).  (Among the differing versions of God’s word, whether in Greek, English, or some other language, some versions are closer to the actual autographs of the Word of God than are others, and we believe the King James Version, the New American Standard, the New International Version and the New Anointed Version to be among the most reliable through their Holy-Ghost-led interpretation and translation.)

The Holy Ghost is the Divine Personage of God (Acts 5:3-4) which, in times past (Hebrews 1:1), directed the revelation of God in creation (Ps 19) and in the 66 books of the Bible alone (Gen 46:26; Lev 12:5; II Tim 3:16) and which currently illumines the needed interpretation of the Bible (I Cor 2:13) through personal (Eph 3:3), prophetic illumination (II Peter 1:20) for the proper, God-directed application of the Scriptures on a personal (Phil 3:15), ecclesial (I Cor 14:30), and national level (II Chron 7:14).

God is the one omnipotent creator (Is 40:28) and Bible revealer (II Tim 3:16) consisting of three Divine personages (Is 48:16), namely, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost (Matt 28:19), revealed under one name into which believers are baptized (Matt 28:19; Acts 8:16), which is the name above every name (Phil 2:9) by which alone we must be saved (Acts 4:12), namely, the name of Jesus (Acts 19:5).

Jesus is the human manifestation of God Almighty within the robe of human flesh (Col 2:9), born of a virgin (Lk 1:27; Matt 1:25), ministering under the anointing through word and miraculous deed (Acts 10:38), suffering temporally in Gethsemane (Lk 22:44) and in the eternal fire of Hell (Acts 2:27; I Pet 3:19), and vicariously forsaken by God at Calvary (Matt 27:46; I Pet 3:18), causing a momentary rift of eternal magnitude in the unity of the Godhead (Lev 16:8-10; Hab 1:13), in order to pay the sin-debt (Ps 49:8; Mk 10:45; I Cor 1:30; I Tim 2:6; I Pet 1:20) of the elect (Rom 8:33; I Pet 1:2) and appease the eternal wrath of Jehovah, the Fatherly personage of God (Rom 3:25; 5:9; I Jn 2:2) so that those who are graciously enabled to believe might be saved (Jn 3:36; Eph 2:8-9).  Then, as testimony to this, he was resurrected (I Cor 15:4) and seated on the right hand of Power (Mk 14:62; Heb 1:3).

Hell, created for the Devil and his angels (Matt 25:41), is the temporal, intermediate state of the lost who have died in a state of unbelief (Luke 16:23) and who will ultimately be cast headlong, together with Hell itself, into everlasting Gehenna, which is the Lake of Fire created by God (Rev 20:14).  Though the Lake of Fire ignites the sulphurous incense of tormented sinners in the Presence of God and of the Lamb (Rev 14:11), it is, nevertheless, far removed from the Presence of the Omnipresent God (II Thess 1:9).  The only way of escaping the hopeless despair of this eternal damnation is by happening to be chosen for salvation through the predestinating foreknowledge of Divine Grace (II Thess 2:13) and being wooed into belief in the vicarious atonement (Jn 6:44; 12:32) prior to one’s decease (Heb 9:27).  Only through the irresistible calling of the Holy Spirit (Rom 11:29) and the Word’s terrifying threat of hellfire (Prov 16:6; Matt 10:28) is one able to dodge the inevitable pull of one’s depraved will (Eph 2:3), like a moth to the flame, toward the just judgment of God’s acquiescent demands of holiness (Acts 7:42; Rom 1:24, 26, 32; II Chron 30:7).  Hell & Gehenna are the natural consequences of an inborn, hell-bent nature (Eph 2:3), satisfying the eternal vindictiveness (Jude 7) and unforgiveness (Mk 3:29) of the righteous demands of God’s holiness (Ezek 18:20), in stark contrast with His loving side (I Jn 4:8) which saves the elect from their natural compulsion toward His righteous judgment (Rom 9:26) simply on the ineffable whim of His eternal counsel and predestinating grace (Acts 4:28; Rom 8:29; Eph 1:5, 11; II Thess 2:13; I Pet 1:2).

The Devil, Satan, the Adversary, is Lucifer, Son of the Morning (Is 14:12) and worship leader of the heavenly host (Ezek 28:13), who, on account of pride (Is 14:13), was cast down like lightning from the heights of heaven to planet earth (Lk 10:18) causing a cataclysm (Jer 4:23) requiring earth’s refurbishment to make it habitable once again (Gen 1).  Ever since then, he has laid claim to the godship of planet earth (II Cor 4:4), usurping the place of man, the rightful god of this world (Gen 1:26; Ps 82:6; Jn 10:34), and blinding the hearts of men (II Cor 4:4) lest they should be restored to their place of dominion over the affairs of the planet (Gen 1:28) by the exercise of the authority operational through faith confession (Prov 29:2; Dan 7:14, 27; Lk 9:1; II Cor 1:24; Eph 1:21-22; 5:24; Col 2:10; Heb 2:8; 4:14; 10:23; I Jn 5:4; Rev 2:27) and total forfeiture of the human mind (Is 40:13; Lk 9:33; Jn 10:20; Rom 8:6-7; I Cor 2:16; 14:14, 23), will (Matt 26:41; Heb 12:9; James 4:7), and emotions (Gal 5:24; I Pet 4:2) to the complete control of the Holy Ghost (Judg 6:34; 13:25; Matt 4:1; Lk 4:1; Acts 8:39; Rom 8:14; II Cor 6:16; Gal 5:18; Phil 2:13).  His ultimate end is to be consigned to everlasting damnation in the tormenting flames of sulphurous Gehenna (Rev 20:10) created by God for the purpose of inflicting endless anguish and suffering on Satan (and only incidentally on congenitally-depraved, non-elect humanity) unto the good pleasure of the Father  (Ex 30:8; Is 3:24; 48:14; Matt 25:41; Rev 14:11).

Salvation, or being born again (Jn 3:3; I Pet 1:23), is totally the work of God (Jn 1:13; Rom 5:6, 8; Tit 3:5), in which lost humankind can play no part because all humanity is totally depraved (Ps 53:3; Jer 17:9; Rom 3:10), void of the image of God (Eccl 7:29; Rom 1:23; 8:3; Phil 3:21), dead (Eph 2:1, 5; Col 2:13), and completely subject to the will of Satan (Jn 8:44; Eph 2:2; I Jn 5:19; Heb 2:14-15).  An unsaved human being has no “free will” (Rom 16:18; Gal 4:3, 8 )  but is a helpless slave to the world, the flesh, and the Devil (Rom 6:17-20; Tit 3:3; James 3:15) from the moment of conception (Ps 51:5), whose wretched lot is relentless anguish and suffering (Matt 3:7; Eph 2:3; 5:6; Col 3:6) in the sulphurous flames of Gehenna’s torment (Matt 25:41; Lk 16:23, 28; Rev 14:11).  But through the initiative and sovereign intervention of God’s merciful side (Rom 9:16; Tit 3:3-6), some are chosen to be saved (II Thess 2:13) through the irresistible wooings of the Holy Ghost (Rom 9:19; Phil 1:1) becoming spiritual automatons (Acts 2:18; Phil 2:13) as the Holy Ghost confesses Jesus as Lord (I Cor 12:3) through their deceitful mouth (Rom 3:13; 10:10) and forces their stubborn, hell-bent heart (Jer 17:9; Rom 3:10-18; 8:15; Gal 4:6) to believe that God hath raised him from the dead (Rom 10:10; Eph 2:8-9), thus resulting, initially, in their imputed justification (Rom 3:28; 4:6; 5:1; Gal 2:16), and a split second later in their regeneration (Tit 3:5) for which they cannot take one iota of credit (Eph 2:9).  The true-blue Christian, elect of God (Tit 1:1; I Pet 1:2), can only be certain of his or her own salvation (Rom 8:16; Heb 10:22; I Jn 4:13), but must have some element of doubt regarding the condition of other men’s souls no matter how much they claim to believe (Gal 4:11; Heb 12:15).  The true-blue Christian is obedient in preaching the Word to all (Acts 4:31; Rom 10:14; I Cor 9:16; Col 1:28; II Tim 4:2) because it is through this Word that God has elected to save His chosen ones (I Cor 1:18, 21), known only to Him (II Tim 2:19) and to themselves through the inner certainty of their salvation based on the Word (Jn 8:32; Rom 9:1; II Tim 1:12).

Full, infallible assurance of salvation (I Jn 4:13; 5:19-20) is given at the moment God injects faith into the faithless heart of the unbeliever (Jer 17:9; Eph 2:8-9) and hijacks his depraved, deceitful mouth (Rom 3:13) to confess Christ as Lord (I Cor 12:3).  This full assurance of salvation is the result of automatically believing the infallible testimony of Scripture (II Tim 3:16; I Jn 5:9) regarding the formulaic equation given in Romans 10:9, not by any human decision to do so, but rather through the irresistible compulsion of the Holy Spirit (Rom 9:19; Phil 2:13).  If both mouth-confession and heart-faith have ever been present even for one split second of time (Rom 10:9), all doubts and questionings of one’s salvation are a lie of the Devil (Jn 10:10) and should be resisted based on the infallible Word (Zech 3:2; I Pet 5:9; Rev 12:11).

Only the believer has a freed will with respect to his or her salvation (Rom 6:7, 18, 22; 8:2; II Cor 3:17; I Pet 2:24) and he or she may freely turn their back on God (Gal 5:13; I Pet 2:16; Heb 12:15) and return to an unregenerate state (II Cor 11:3; Phil 3:19; I Tim 4:1; II Tim 4:10; II Pet 3:17; Heb 3:12) once their will has been liberated from the bondage of sin (Gal 4:9; 5:1).  The Word of God gives no promise of return to those who have turned their back thusly on God (Heb 6:6; 10:26, 29; II Pet 2:21; I Jn 5:16), but, rather, warns of their eternal ruin (Jud 13).  In such a case, full, infallible Bible assurance of salvation is null and void (II Cor 13:5).  The genuineness of one’s salvation is seriously suspect if it turns out that the would-be believer is not in agreement with the essential truths of the Word of God (Is 8:20).  In addition, if the so-called believer is practicing sin (I Jn 3:6; 5:18) or not bringing forth the works of faith (Jam 2:17, 20, 26), it is highly unlikely that such an one was ever saved to begin with and, in fact, may well be an unfortunate son of perdition (Jn 17:12), hell-bent by nature (Jn 6:70; 8:44; Rom 9:22; Eph 2:3), deceiving himself (Gal 6:3; Jam 1:26), whose lot is to burn in the sulphurous flames (Rev 21:8) of outer darkness (Matt 8:12) where the worm dieth not (Mk 9:46, 48) and where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matt 25:30) unto the glory and praise of God (Prov 16:4; Rom 9:10-23).  So hell-bent is man’s sinful nature (Eph 2:3) that not even the threat of everlasting torment can dissuade him from his rebellion against God (Job 28:28; Ps 14:3; 36:1; Prov 1:24-32; 11:23; 13:19; 16:18, 25; 27:12; 29:1; Rom 3:18) that all the world may stand guilty before God (Rom 3:19) in order that He might, in His selective mercy (Prov 17:15; Tit 1:1), save some through the irresistible wooings (Rom 9:19) of His arbitrary, unmerited love (Rom 5:8; 8:29; 9:23) that He alone might receive the glory (Ps 106:8; Prov 16:4; Rom 9:22; I Cor 1:29; Eph 2:9).

Water baptism by immersion only (Rom 6:4; Col 2:12), communion consisting of bread or crackers and grapejuice (Matthew 26:26-28; Mk 14:22-25), not fermented wine (Prov 23:31), anointing with oil (Mk 6:13; James 5:14), laying on of hands (Acts 8:18; I Tim 4:14; 5:22; II Tim 1:6; Heb 6:2), spittle (Mk 7:33), clay (Jn 9:6), shadow healing (Acts 5:15), and blessed cloths (Matt 14:36; Acts 19:12) are some of the physical points of contact available in the church to those who have reached the age of accountability (Matt 19:14; Lk 1:15; 10:21).  These physical elements are void of any spiritual efficacy (II Kings 13:21; Jn 6:63), serving only as physical points of contact for the release of the believer’s faith (Matt 9:29; Gal 3:5) once his will has been freed through the initial robotic working of the Holy Ghost (I Cor 12:3; Phil 2:13) in the totally Divine and non-human work of salvation (Eph 2:9) by which he is born again (Jn 3:3-5) and liberated from total slavery to his depraved nature (Tit 3:3).

The Throne of Grace (Heb 4:12), foreshadowed by the Mercy Seat in the Old Testament (Ex 26:34; Lev 16:13), can be set up in our generation within each local church body (Ps 9:11; 22:3; Amos 9:11; Jer 17:25; Acts 15:16) as the Throne of the Lord on the earth bringing prosperity and subjugation of one’s enemies (I Chron 29:23)—that spiritual point of contact out of which proceed lightnings, voices, thunders (Rev 4:5), and the water of life (Rev 22:1) available to those who seat themselves upon it in faith believing (I Jn 5:4; Rev 3:21), thereby releasing the powerful force of their faith (Mk 11:22; Rom 3:3; 4:17; 5:17).

The Baptism in the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:5-8) with the primary proof of talking in tongues clearly delineated in Scripture (Acts 2:4; 10:45-56; 19:6; I Cor 14:2, 5), is one of the best kept secrets of the church age (Eph 3:4-5) and the hidden gateway (Acts 1:8) to all the various and sundry, supernatural manifestations of the Spirit mentioned in First Corinthians 12 and Mark 16, which signs are essential to the proclamation of the Word of God in its fulness (Mk 16:20; Jn 4:48; I Thess 1:5).  Apart from these signs, we have no claim to Immanuel, God with us (Matt 1:23), for it is through these signs and wonders that the Lord works with us (Mk 16:20; 10:38; 14:3; Jn 3:2), confirming the Word with signs following (Mark 16:20).

Tongues is the language of the redeemed spirit-man (I Cor 6:17; 14:14) which bypasses the rational faculties of the natural mind (I Cor 14:14), leaving it barren and unfruitful (I Cor 14:14), thus circumventing the natural limitations of the mind (Eph 3:20) and, so, allowing the Holy Ghost to have full reign (Matt 12:28; Rom 14:17), unleashing him to function free from the constraints of human logic (II Cor 4:20; 10:4; Col 2:8), in order to produce the demonstration of the Spirit and power (I Cor 2:4-5) that our faith might not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

All the signs mentioned in Mark 16, including the taking up of serpents and the drinking of poison (Mk 16:18; Lk 10:19), are the birthright of the believer and become operational through an exercise of the believer’s will (Mk 9:23; II Thess 1:11), freed from sin and anointed with the supernatural power of the Holy Ghost in faith believing (Gal 5:18; James 2:20).

Divine healing (Is 53:5; I Pet 2:24), divine health (Ex 15:26; 23:25; Deut 33:25), and a resurrection body free from corruption and death (Rom 8:11; Phil 3:21) are the birthright of the redeemed (Rom 8:23; I Pet 1:3-5; and are to be claimed by a free exercise of the will (Heb 11:5) in laying claim to these things through the full assurance of faith (Heb 2:15-16; 10:22; II Pet 1:4).

Divine prosperity is the inheritance of the righteous (Prov 13:21-22) and is acquired by faith in God’s prophets (Num 14:24; II Chron 20:20) through the exercise of the liberated will (Rom 6:7, 17, 18; 22) of the regenerate (Matt 19:28; Jn 3:3-7; Rom 5:17; Tit 3:5; I Pet 1:3, 23) in the act of giving of tithes (Neh 10:38; Mal 3:10), offerings (Mal 3:3), love gifts (II Cor 8:7; 9:13), and faith vows (Deut 23:21; Ps 22:25; 50:14; 56:12; 61:8; 66:13; 76:11; Is 19:21; Jer 44:25; Nah 1:15) envisioned as the sowing of a seed with a view to the reaping of a harvest of return (Matt 19:29; Lk 6:38; II Cor 9:10) according to the good pleasure of the Father (Lk 12:32) who wishes His children to prosper and be in health even as their soul prospereth (III Jn 1:2).

True praise and worship takes place in Spirit and in truth (Jn 4:23-24), in spontaneity (II Cor 3:17) and not in the oldness of the Letter (Rom 7:6) and the traditions of men (Is 29:13; Matt 15:9; Mk 7:8; Col 2:8, 22).  The liturgical worship described in the tabernacle and temple under the Old Covenant (Ex 25-31; 35-40; Leviticus; II Chron 24:14; Neh 13:14; Jer 36:9; Lk 1:8-11; Heb 5:1;7:5-10:30), though patterned after the worship in heaven (Ex 25:40; Num 8:4; Acts 7:44; Heb 8:5; Rev 1:12-13; 4:8-11; 5:8-14; 8:1-4), has no place in the freedom of the Spirit (Rom 8:14-15; Phil 3:3) for where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (II Cor 3:6, 17).  Spiritual songs (Eph 5:18-19; Col 3:16), singing in tongues (I Cor 14:14-15), and the prophetic Song of the Lord (I Sam 10:5-7; I Chron 25:7; II Chron 29:27; Ps 137:4) always take precedence and may, at any moment, freely interrupt non-spontaneous songs and hymns, but may not interrupt the proclamation of the Word which has preeminence (Is 8:20).  In order to keep in step with the Spirit (Gal 5:25), we must march or dance in spontaneity (II Sam 6:14; Lk 1:41) with a continual renovation of worship forms (Ps 33:3; 40:3; 96:1; 98:1; 144:9; 149:1; Is 42:10; Rev 5:9; 14:3), forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before (Phil 3:13) so that the music remains contemporary, in new wineskins, rather than old wineskins which inevitably crack and burst unable to retain the ever-new wine of the Spirit (Matt 9:17; Eph 5:18).

Full, Holy Ghost possession (I Cor 6:19-20; II Cor 6:16-7:1) is available to the believer who presses into it to yield to his full control, whereby the believer’s will is taken over by the Spirit (Judg 13:25; Hos 9:7) and God lives, moves, and acts automatically through the believer (Ezek 36:27; I Cor 12:6; 15:10; Heb 13:21) who has now become a vehicular automaton of His glory (Gal 2:20; Phil 2:13; Col 1:27).

The church is the invisible, non-physical Body of Christ (I Cor 12:27; Eph 5:30) washed in the immaterial Blood of Christ (I Cor 15:44-46; Rev 1:5) which is only accessible in the realm of the spirit, being touched, not physically, but in spirit only (Jn 6:53-57, 62-63), by one’s spirit-man (II Cor 4:16; Eph 3:16), through the release of faith (Matt 9;22; Mk 5:34; Lk 7:50; 8:48; 17:19).  The individual believer knows with complete certainty (Acts 11:12) he is a part of the church (I Cor 6:19) due to the full assurance of his salvation (Jn 8:32) promised by the infallible Word (Heb 10:23).  He can only be sure of his own membership in the church (II Tim 1:12), but must always have a legitimate element of doubt regarding the membership of all others since complete assurance is a certainty only of one’s own salvation, not of the salvation of others (II Cor 11:3; Gal 4:11).  God always has His remnant, be it the millions, or simply just one, true-blue believer (Zeph 3:13; Rom 11:4-5).

The work of the Holy Ghost is always immediate (Gal 1:15-l6), his mercies being new every morning (Lam 3:23), as he does a “new thing” in every generation (Is 43:19), and this work must never become tradition (Mk 7:8).  Rather than being corporate possessions to be passed on through tradition (Gal 1:14), the gifts and callings of God are given specifically to individuals for the edification of the Body (Rom 11:29; I Cor 12:27-28; 14:31; Gal 1:15-16; 2:2; Eph 3:1-10).  The governmental offices in the church (I Cor 12:28) and the five-fold ministries (Eph 4:11) cannot be passed on from one man to another except by a special, supernatural operation of the Holy Ghost (Acts 6:6; 13:3; 20:28; I Tim 4:14; II Tim 1:6).  Divine appointment to an authoritative office in the church comes usually directly from the Holy Ghost rather than through any human instrumentality (I Cor 14:30; Gal 1:12, 15-16; 2:2; Eph 3:3).  Once a genuine work of God becomes tradition, it is yesterday’s manna which now breeds worms (Ex 16:15-20).  The true work of God is always spontaneous and unpredictable (I Kings 18:12; I Chlor 6:3; Jn 3:8).

Messages from on high given through the revelatory working of the Holy Spirit (I Cor 14:30) through  prophesying or tongues and interpretation should be tested (I Cor 14:37; I Jn 4:1-6) and held fast when found to be good (I Thess 5:19-21) by being kept in the church archive and considered to be a word from the Lord (I Thess 2:13), second only to the Scriptures (II Thess 2:15; II Pet 1:19), until proven otherwise.  To do anything less than this, is to devalue the operation of the Holy Ghost (I Thess 4:8) who is promised to reveal things to come (Jn 16:13) and guide individual believers into all truth (Jn 16:13).

The rapture of the church (II Cor 12:2; I Thess 4:17) is the evacuation (I Thess 1:10; Rev 3:10) and elopement of the real church (Ps 45:13; Sg Sol 4:12; Joel 2:16; Jn 3:29; Rev 19:7) by the secret, invisible coming of Christ (Matt 24:43; I Thess 5:2) by which she is taken out of the world (Jn 17:15) prior to the seven-year tribulation (Rev 11:2; 13:5) mentioned in the books of Daniel (Dan 9:27) and Revelations (Rev 11:3; 12:6).  It is at this time that we shall know even as we are known (I Cor 13:12) and shall rejoice for the first three and a half years in the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Rev 19:9) and during the latter half of the Tribulation, the Great Tribulation, each receive praise from God (I Cor 4:5) at the Judgment Seat of Christ (Rom 14:10; II Cor 5:10).

The Anti-Church is the Great Harlot (Rev 17:1; 19:2), that Jezebel (Rev 2:20, 24) clothed in purple and scarlet (Prov 31:22; Rev 17:4; 18:16) who is companion of Balaam (Rev 2:14) and the Nicolaitans (Rev 2:6, 15) who lord it over the flock of God (Ex 9:17; Num 16:13; Zech 11:5; Mk 10:42; Lk 12:42; Acts 20:29) II Cor 1:24; I Pet 5:3; Jude 11), and is also handmaid of the Beast (Rev 17:3-8) who is that Anti-Christ (I Jn 2:18, 22)—that military commander (Dan 9:26) who breaks his covenant with the Jews midway through the tribulation period (Dan 9:27), sits in the holy of holies in the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem (Dan 11:31; 12:11; Matt 24:15; Mk 13:14), proclaiming himself as God (Is 14:14; Ezek 28:2; II Thess 2:4), and who leads the armies of the world to fight against the Lamb at the Battle of Armageddon (Rev 16:13-16).  The Harlot’s instrument for corrupting the world is wine (Hos 4:11; Rev 14:8; 17:2; 18:3) which she falsely claims to be the actual Blood of Christ through transubstantiation (Matt 26:28; Jn 6:53; I Cor 10:16, 18; 11:27, 29; Eph 5:29-32; II Pet 2:12; Jude 10), deceiving the souls of men into thinking they are saved simply through the outward, carnal acting of drinking wine exposed as false in the glorious Protestant Reformation (Jn 6:63; Heb 9:10).  The false prophet is an apostate Jew (Rev 13:11) who converts to the harlotry of the Great Whore and confirms her false dogmas through lying signs and wonders wrought through the power of Satan (II Thess 2:9; Rev 13:12-15), getting sinners drunk on natural, fermented wine rather than on the supernatural, new wine of the Holy Ghost (Job 8:21; 32:18-19; Ps 126:2; Is 28:7-12; Acts 2:4, 13-17; I Cor 14:23; Eph 5:18; I Thess 1:6).

The Israel of God (Gal 6:16) is the nation of Israel, reborn in 1948 (Mk 13:28), during the times of the restoration of the Church through the latter rain movement (Deut 11:14; II Chron 24:27; Ps 69:5; 102:16; Is 9:10; 58:12; 61:4; Jer 5:24; 33:7; Hos 6:3; Joel 2:23; Am 9:14; Matt 17:11; Acts 3:21; 15:16).  After the times of the Gentiles is fulfilled and the temple is rebuilt in Jerusalem (Is 63:18; Dan 8:13; Lk 21:24; Rom 11:25; Rev 11:2), the entirety of the nation State of Israel will be saved (Deut 33:29; Rom 11:26; Jude 5) during the latter half of the Seven-Year Tribulation (Rev 11:2) when the remaining 144,000 true-blue Jews (Rev 7:4; 14:1, 3) will be used by God to preach the everlasting gospel (Rev 14:6) and evangelize a great multitude that cannot be numbered (Rev 7:14) who will be saved through the shedding of their own blood through decapitation or starvation (Rev 2:10; 6:9) rather than surrender to the implantation of the digital Mark of the Beast and the worship of his image (Rev 13:15-18; 15:2).

The millenial reign is the 1,000 year period (Rev 20:1-6) inaugurated by the physical return of Christ (Zech 14:4; Acts 1:11), the re-building of the Jewish Temple (Zech 6:13; 14:8-11) destroyed in the Battle of Armageddon (Zech 14:1-7; Rev 11:13; 19:17-21), and the re-institution of animal sacrifices (Is 46:7; 66:20-23; Jer 33:18; Ezek 40:38-43, 46-47; 41:22; 42:13-14; 43:13-27; 44:15-16, 24, 29; 45:17, 25; 46:2, 4, 11-15, 23-24; 48:11, 22; Zech 14:16-21; Mal 3:3-4) as points of contact (Lev 1:4; 3:2, 8, 13; 4:4, 24, 29, 33) for the release of faith (Matt 9:21-22) to those mortals who remain alive and unraptured at his glorious Parousia when every eye shall see him whom they have pierced and all the tribes of the earth shall mourn (Rev 1:7).  These sacrifices cannot take away sin just as under the Old Covenant they could not take away sin (Heb 10:4), but will rather serve as an antidote to ceremonial uncleanness, memorials to the sacrifice of Cavalry (Ex 30:16; Lev 2:2, 9; 5:12; 6:15; 24:7; Num 5:15, 18, 26; I Cor 11:26) and points of contact for the release of one’s faith (Mk 6:56; Matt 14:36), without which they will suffer the effects of the nuclear fallout from the Battle of Armageddon (Ezek 38:18-39:16; Zech 14:6-7, 12-19).  During this thousand year period, the dragon, that old serpent, Leviathan, who is the Devil or Satan, is bound in the bottomless abyss of Honalee (Is 27:1; Matt 12:28-29; Rev 9:1-2, 11; 11:7; 17:8; 20:1-3), which in the Hebrew tongue means “Upper Substance,” referring to the darkness of outer space (Matt 25:30).  His binding allows peace to reign supreme (Is 2:2-4; Mic 4:1-8), the unraptured live to be very old (Is 65:20), and the wolf and the lamb frolic together (Is 11:6), until the end of the millenium when Satan is loosed to test and try the unraptured earth dwellers and bring those destined for Gehenna against the camp of the raptured saints in Jerusalem (Rev 20:7-9) prior to the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-15).  But fire will come down from heaven and devour the armies of Satan (Ps 11:6; Ezek 38:22; Rev 20:9-10).

The new heavens and the new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness (Is 65:17; 66:22; II Pet 3:13), without any temple because God and the Lamb are the Temple thereof (Rev 21:22), is the final destiny of the saved and will be brought forth after the fiery purgation of creation at the end of the millenium (II Pet 3:10-12; Rev 20:9-10) when Satan and all the unbelievers are cast into Gehenna (Rev 20:9-15) that the smoke of their torment may rise forever and ever (Rev 14:11) in the Presence of God and of the Lamb (Rev 14:10) as a pleasing, sulphurous incense in the nostrils (Lev 2:2; Deut 33:10; Is 45:23-24; Phil 2:11; Rev 21:8) of a righteous and holy God (Rom 1:32; 2:5; 3:4) because they believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness (Gen 19:5; Rom 1:25; II Thess 2:12; I Cor 7:9) due to the  helpless, congenital, total depravity of their sin nature (Ps 51:5; Is 9:17; 30:9; Rom 3:19, 23; Eph 2:2-3; 5:6; Col 3:6) and their deceitful, desperately wicked heart (Jer 17:9).  Who hath resisted God’s will (Rom 9:19)?  And who art thou, O Man, to reply against God (Rom 9:20)?  Amen.