The account of the initial curse is recorded in Genesis 3:14-19. From this account we find that (1) God cursed the serpent; (2) He put a curse on child birth, that women would have pain in childbirth; and (3) He cursed the ground.
In Romans 8:20 we have another account of the curse, but here Paul calls it a “subjection of the creation to futility.” And in this account we are told plainly why God brought the curse. We read that God subjected the entire physical universe “in hope”; that is, He did it so that man in his sinful state would have hope in better things, hope that he and all of creation would one day find redemption and deliverance.
Now it seems to me, from these two accounts, that the Genesis account is just the beginning of the curse; and the Romans account is a broader and…
In the millennium Christ the King will break the staff of the wicked who have continually persecuted and oppressed Israel; and He will give them rest for a thousand years (Isa. 14:3-6). And all during that long period the Lord Christ will be their refuge and stronghold (Joel 3:16). And He will camp around them, and the oppressor will no longer come near them (Zech. 9:8). And the beasts of the earth will not devour them; but they will live securely, and no one will make them afraid” (Ezek. 34:28).
So it seems that in the millennium God will bring comfort to all those who have been oppressed (Isa. 61:2); but He will bring a special comfort to Israel. They will receive “a double portion.” Here are a few passages that describe this.
Isaiah 51:3Indeed, the Lord will comfort Zion;He will comfort all her waste places.And…
We have been talking about what will go on on earth in the millennial kingdom of God. Things will be very different then than they are now. God’s people the Jews will be totally in charge and, strangely, you will see worship somewhat like it was back in Old Testament times. And the Jews (and some Gentiles) in Jerusalem will worship in the millennial temple. There are several items that have always been in the former temples and that were part of the Mosaic system of worship that will no longer be used in the millennial temple and system of worship. And this is understandable, for some of the former things such as the ark and the veil were designed to shut out people and protect them from the wrath of God against sins; but now (and forever), since we are under the new covenant, we may approach the throne of…
The government in the millennium will be a theocracy—a government ruled by God. But as with all things on the earth, God the Father delegates His rulership to God the Son. Daniel 7:13-14 shows us this delegation.
“I kept looking in the night visions,And behold, with the clouds of heavenOne like a Son of Man was coming,And He came up to the Ancient of DaysAnd was presented before Him.14 “And to Him was given dominion,Glory and a kingdom,That all the peoples, nations, and men of every languageMight serve Him.His dominion is an everlasting dominionWhich will not pass away;And His kingdom is oneWhich will not be destroyed.
Whether Jesus Christ will actually occupy a throne on the earth in Palestine, some believe that, though Christ will reign over the earth as our King, the resurrected and glorified…
I’m not sure exactly what I expected in terms of sales for my books. I thought that I would get some sales, at least for my e-books that I was selling on the Lulu website for just two or three dollars. But nothing! —for months and months. Finely, I decided to make them free. That way at least people wouldn’t have the excuse of not being able to afford them. Well, right away people were starting to order the free e-books. And I felt better, because now the books were at least getting out there.
I know there is a lot more I could do to sell my books, but I hate that part of it—the marketing part, which takes money, something I don’t have. But maybe someday. In the meantime, I will just keep writing. My first project was to rewrite, or edit my prayer books. After reading a few chapters I realized there was so many things I could improve on—ways to make the writing better, clearer. My mom told me that I repeat myself a lot. She was right. My roommate James also mentioned that I use the words thus, therefore and hence far too much. He was right too. Then I found a book by William Zinsser entitled On Writing Well. I learned so much from his book about how not to be so wordy, to say things in less words. So anyway, I went over my book (and that also included my six smaller books), and in just about every paragraph I found something to change. Basically, the content remained the same, I just did some editing that made it read better. It took about a year.
After that I was eager to move on to my next project. I chose the subject of bible prophecy. That entire field has intrigued me for many years, and I really wanted to write a book about it, particularly on the subject of the rapture of the church. I have been a big proponent of the pre-tribulation rapture, and I was ready to lay out the biblical evidence for that view. Even before doing any work on the subject I decided that the title of the book would be, Biblical Evidence of a Pre-tribulation Rapture.
The book was outlined in four parts. In part one, in four chapters I lay out the ground work for the rapture. I describe it from key Scripture passages, including from Daniel 9:24-27. I also talk about Israel and the church, particularly the false teaching of replacement theology.
In part two, I decided to take a detour from the rapture study and look briefly at the kingdom of God—the Millennium. I thought it would be good for the reader to get the big picture of what God would be doing in the future, especially for the Jews. That was a great study. In fact, I got so into it that I decided to make a separate book from it, which I entitled The Coming Millennial Kingdom. Wow! What a detour that was. So, what I did for part two was to just write an abbreviated version of that book.
Part three is basically a bible study of all the Scripture verses of both the rapture and the second coming, which I refer to as two phases of His coming. The first phase is the rapture, and the second phase is His second coming to the earth to set up His kingdom. I concluded from the study that there are 29 verses that refer to the rapture, and 34 verses that refer to the second coming. I also found 16 characteristics of the rapture and 16 characteristics of the second coming. I remember that I thought it was so profound to find 16 characteristics for each phase of His coming.
In part four I show why the rapture must come before the tribulation. First, I give 19 reasons why the pre-tribulation view is the correct view. Then in the last chapter I look at four conflicting views and offer my rebuttal. The four views are: the partial rapture theory, the mid-tribulation rapture theory, the pre-wrath rapture theory, and the post-tribulation rapture theory.
At first, I admit that I was a little afraid of doing this study, thinking that my view in my mind would be weakened. But the reverse was true. I was able to very easily bring a good rebuttal to each and every point. None of their views hold any water. I found that the only view that is biblically correct is the Pre-Tribulation view.
What we are mainly considering here is those of the church who have been rewarded at the bema judgment. As I have previously written about, our main reward in the Millennial kingdom will be the obtaining of responsibilities of service and rulership in God’s kingdom, in which we will reign and rule with Christ. Some will have great responsibilities, by which they will rule over many; and some will have few responsibilities, by which they will rule over a few.
Now the question before us is, how will our responsibilities of rulership change after the millennium, when we will enter the eternal state of the new heaven and the new earth?
First of all, it must be clear that the second we all are raptured, we will go into the eternal state—because, to have a raptured or resurrection body is being in the eternal state. And where is that?…