Why did time start, and when does it end?
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Time started when sin entered, because sin ends in the Lake of Fire where time also ends when the Fire finally goes out.
The word "eternal" means it never started and never ends.
Nothing in our three dimensional (3-D) physical universe is eternal and nothing is infinite.
Life, which can also be called spirit, is not physical and thus it comes from 'outside' our physical universe.
Time cannot be seen. We do not know what time is. We cannot even measure time. We measure the movement of a pointer across a watch face. We do not measure time. We associate the watch with time passing.
We can travel back and forth in 3-D space, but we cannot travel back in time.
Anything that is invisible and cannot be understood by us must be placed in a higher dimension. So we call "time" the fourth dimension. This fourth dimension must also be home to the invisible spirit world of good and evil
Demonic spirits from the invisible fourth dimension are cleverer than us humans, and rule the very selfish political world. That is why there are continual wars, hatreds, and unrests. We cannot find a 3-D cure for the world’s political problems when they are caused by 4-D demons. That is why Jesus never got involved in politics. Nor did saint Paul, even though he lived and was killed during the reign of the emperor Nero, who was perhaps one of the most corrupt, murderous, and evil dictators of all time.
MATTHEW 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Satan could not have offered Jesus all the kingdoms of this world unless he owned them. So Satan, from the higher fourth dimension, is a lot cleverer than us humans and he rules our politics.
One of the biggest mistakes of the Christian church over the ages was to get involved in politics.
Speaking of Lucifer:
ISAIAH 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!......
:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
Satan is brilliant. He tries hard to compete with God. He exalts his throne above the stars or children of God. That means he is much cleverer than us. He has far more intelligence than what we have. Our only safety is to quote what is written in the Bible. Just like Jesus kept saying, "It is written…". That defeated Satan.
God said to Abram, who later became Abraham:
GENESIS 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
The stars represent the seed of Abraham -- the Jews. But Jesus was the main Seed of Abraham.
Born again of the Spirit of Christ, Christians become the spiritual seed of Abraham.
God's promise to Abraham was that over the ages there would be many believers in God's Word who would shine like stars amidst the darkness of deep space that surrounds the world. This symbolizes the darkness (or lack of Scripture) that Satan has produced in the unbelief of the fourth dimension that surrounds us.
Lucifer rebelled, and God cast him down from Heaven into the pit of hell, where he now rules. He was downgraded from being the top angel to being the Devil, but he never lost his cleverness. He knows how to fool you and me.
We live in three dimensional (3-D) space. The fourth dimension of time acts as a "wall" that stops us seeing into the future, as well as stopping us from seeing into the spiritual world of good and evil that is all around us. That is the realm of demonology where unsaved souls go to. We call it the pit of hell.
II SAMUEL 22:30 …. by my God have I leaped over a wall.
This is the wall between the natural and the supernatural. Basically, this is the wall of time. Demonology is supernatural. Being fourth dimensional, demons are stronger than what we are in our three dimensional state.
MARK 5:2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
:3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
:4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
A demon possessed person had supernatural strength to break chains.
Then there must also be a higher dimension of good spirits, which we call Heaven.
That is where saved souls go to. Heaven is above the fourth dimension because it is outside of time. (Eternal Life means it will continue even if time ends.) Let us call Heaven the sixth dimension.
Above Heaven is God Himself.
I KINGS 8:27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?
Solomon, the son of David, could not build a Temple that could fully contain God.
But Jesus, the Son of David in the spiritual sense, had a Human Body that could fully contain God.
COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Thus no man, however great or gifted, can even begin to compare with Jesus.
Scientists claim that our galaxies of stars are surrounded by dark matter that is invisible. That is an illustration of the dark world of demonology that surrounds our 3-D lives with invisible 4-D influences.
Dark matter reflects no light. Demonology never reflects the Word of God. It always changes, contradicts, or ignores the written Word of God.
In Old Testament days the sides of the pit had two "caves". Isaiah 14:15 quoted above refers to "the sides of the pit"
One "cave" was the Old Testament Paradise from which the spirits of the dead believers in the Jewish God would be delivered, after Jesus died and rose in the resurrection. He would grant them resurrected bodies in which they could too rise from the dead.
MATTHEW 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
:53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
The other "cave" was a prison where the spirits of dead unbelievers waited for their impending judgement.
EZEKIEL 32:23 Whose graves are set in the sides of the pit, and her company is round about her grave: all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which caused terror in the land of the living.
So how did this time dimension come into being?
In the beginning there was no time.
"Time" means that changes occur, which will eventually lead to decay and death.
Plant life dies and becomes the fertilizer for new plants, which initially grow and get stronger, but then reach a limit where decay sets in for them. This is the time cycle.
Eternity means changes occur that never lead to decay or death.
God is a Spirit. We can think of an infinite Spirit as being an infinite Mind.
In His Mind the invisible God was thinking about His plan to create mankind.
Humans had to have free will, to put them above animals that live by instinct.
But free will means the freedom to choose between different options. So humans would always be curious as they weighed up the different ideas. If sin entered they would be curious, and fall for sin sometime. That would wreck eternity.
God’s children always were a thought in His Mind, and that is how we were always part of eternity.
He saw us humans obsessed with selfishness, arrogance, and pride.
How could God free us from these negative characteristics and harden us against sin? By letting us be born in sin and seeing its awful consequences. By letting us fail and learning humility the hard way.
So God had to think up enemies to mould us, humble us, and test us. When we realized that we could not save ourselves because perfection was too high a standard for us, we would turn to God as our Saviour. Compared to Him, our pride would crumble and our arrogance would disintegrate.
JOHN 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time;
GENESIS 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
God is above everything. We cannot describe Him.
Then He created Heaven as a spiritual dimension to be a home for good spirits. These first spirits were angels, and He had to give them spirit bodies to dwell in.
Then He created a three dimensional physical universe. Deep space, that was full of stars and planets, as well as our Sun and Moon, was referred to as a physical heaven.
He created the Earth and covered it with water. Far from the Sun the water froze until Earth looked like a snowball -- the first ice age. Then God moved the Earth closer to the Sun, and the ice melted. As huge icebergs moved around, they shaped the Earth’s surface. Then the ice melted, covering the Earth in water.
The Bible does not say how long this creation took. It may have taken billions of years.
62-0318 THE SPOKEN WORD IS THE ORIGINAL SEED.1
If you'll notice, God telling Moses about the Bible, He said, "In the beginning God created the heavens and earth." Period! How long it took, that's none of our business. Then He goes ahead and begins to bring in His time of putting seed in the earth.
But, "In the beginning," might have been hundreds of billions of trillions of years, aeons of time,
That is how long it would have taken in our time.
But at the beginning there was no time, because nothing that was created was going to decay. It all emerged from God’s Mind as part of His eternal plan. God spoke His words, which expressed the creative thoughts that were in His mind.
Because there was no time at the beginning, God mentions no time for His creative works. He simply created them.
Then time seems to start when He began to put life on Earth, because suddenly the Bible speaks of Days.
Where did the time come from?
All was fine at the beginning, until the top angel Lucifer decided to rebel. God changed him into the Devil, and all the angels that followed him were turned into demons. God threw them out of Heaven, but then had to create a fourth dimension as a prison for them. This prison for doomed spirits was called 'time'. This was like an invisible cage that isolated demonology from Heaven. But time will ultimately run out, and all of Satan and his demons will be consumed in the Lake of Fire. Then this invisible cage of time that held the spirits of good and evil will cease to exist, even if time lasts "forever and ever".
"Forever" is an interval of time that lasts until the vanishing point. "Ever" has a similar meaning. "Forever and ever" is an incredibly long time period, but it eventually ends. This is the longest time that we humans can think of. This is different from "eternal" that is outside of time.
Eternity never began, and will never end. So eternity is much longer. We limited humans cannot understand eternity, so the longest time we can think of is "forever and ever". Billions of years.
ISAIAH 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
LUKE 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
Satan fell from Heaven to the lower fourth dimension of time, that is home to good and evil spirits. We also call it the pit of hell.
Do not think that demonology is just evil. They can also do good works to impress people. They can look charming and friendly as they abuse, corrupt, and destroy. Think of doctors who heal the sick for years while molesting young athletes. Vibrant, charismatic leaders who give to the poor, and later encourage their followers to commit suicide.
Demons have taken over politics, and their ultimate aim is to take over and deceive the church.
Satan only achieved his ends when he entered Judas Iscariot, a disciple.
JOHN 13:2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;
LUKE 22:3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
Involvement in money making and politics has made the church unaware of how deceived they are.
Seven church ages are described in the Book of Revelation. The seventh church Laodicea, is characteristic of the last church age. Laodicea means people's rights.
And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;
REVELATION 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
This letter is written to the church. And Jesus stands outside the church door. Thus no church allows the full Word of God into the church. They believe certain parts of Scripture, but not all.
Heaven is outside of time
The three dimensional universe that contained the Earth did not have time when God was putting life on the Earth. There was no process of decay. No possibility of death. Only the fourth spiritual dimension that housed the demons or fallen angels had time ticking away until it ultimately ends in the Lake of Fire.
So God proceeded to put life on planet earth.
Knowing that man would sin, and thus the Earth would plunge into the 4-D cage of time and doomed spirits, God began allocating time to the process of making the Earth fit for humans to live on. There were no humans around so He did not have to use human days of 24 hours each. God used His own Days. Each Day was the equivalent of a 1000 human years.
II PETER 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Heaven and Earth were outside of time. There was no process of decay. No final death in the Lake of Fire.
But time was ticking by in the fourth dimension. Demonology had started its countdown towards the Lake of Fire.
Six Days of God passed by as God put life on the Earth that He had created. God modified the created Earth to make it a suitable home for man. He removed the clouds that formed above the water so that sunlight could strike the earth. He made an atmosphere that was called 'heaven'. He brought the land up above the water of the sea. The seeds of plant life sprouted. He made the Sun to rule the day by placing the Earth at the right distance from the Sun, and making the Earth to spin around its axis at just the right speed. Spin too slow and it would get too hot at midday. Spin too fast and it would not get hot enough.
He made the Moon rule the night by reflecting the sunlight. He took the stars that He had created at the beginning and placed them at different positions in deep space so that they would make groups or constellations that would rise and fall at different times of the year, and thus be signs to indicate the different seasons. He filled the earth with animal life.
Having created the Earth and the universe at the beginning, God had now begun to modify and alter Earth so that man could live on it. In the following six Days God modified His creation and made the earth, sea, sky, and space into a home that would be suitable for man to dwell in. Then He created man as His crowning creative achievement. If we look back, those 6 Days would be equivalent to 6000 of our modern human years. But time was not ticking away for the Earth. There were no changes that would cause decay. Time was only ticking away in the fourth dimension of demonology.
Then on the seventh Day of God (as human time had not yet started) He left the son of God, Adam, and his bride to rule the Earth for that Day. Today we look back and regard that Day as being one thousand of our years.
While God rested, Adam and his bride were put to the test. God had told them what to do, and more importantly, what not to do. But they never served God for the complete Day of 1000 years. Somewhere along the line the Devil sneaked in.
Did they listen to God? The woman did not.
A woman is a symbol of the church. Does any church stay strictly with Scripture and just listen to God? No. Each church follows its human leaders and its unscriptural traditions. There are 45,000 different types of denominational and non-denominational churches. All different, and all claiming to be right. Something is obviously wrong.
Each church obeys Scripture on certain issues, and then happily deviates from the Bible to use unscriptural words to establish other beliefs.
Look at this well-known parable of the ten virgins. A woman symbolizes a church because the true church is the Bride of Christ.
MATTHEW 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
:3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
Christians all seem to classify themselves as the wise virgins that are filled with the oil that symbolizes the Holy Spirit, and thus believe that they are on fire and are wide awake as they serve God.
But they all miss the key verse. All the wise virgins are fast asleep.
So even if you are Spirit filled, you are not wide awake but are actually fast asleep, which means you are unaware of what is going on. So denominational organization has taken over the churches, subjecting the people to church leaders and church traditions. The modern day churches are just as fooled as what Eve was.
They believe Eve ate a fruit, and then was punished in childbirth. This lack of logic indicates their complete ignorance about original sin. All fruit trees were declared good on the third Day. Jesus said that nothing a man eats can defile him.
MARK 7:18 And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him;
Eating something cannot defile a man or be a sin.
MATTHEW 15:16 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?
:17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?
:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
Food going into the mouth cannot be a sin as it cannot defile. But error coming out of the mouth can defile a man because that is false doctrine.
Eating a physical fruit was no sin and no cause for God to kill everyone. Every tree was declared good. So God could not declare an unforgivable sin to be the act of eating a good fruit. This would be an extremely petty rule to test obedience.
God said to Adam, "Because ….." and explained what his sin was.
GENESIS 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife....
Adam was able to understand what he had done wrong.
God said to the serpent, who was higher than a monkey and could reason, "Because …" and thus explained what the serpent had done wrong.
GENESIS 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle....
Even the serpent could understand the sinful error.
But God never explained to Eve what she had done wrong. When He sentenced her He never said, "Because...".
GENESIS 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
No "because" was mentioned. She had been so totally fooled that she did not believe that she had sinned. God never even tried to explain to her what her sin was. Thus original sin was a far more complex issue.
It would have been very easy for God to say, "I told you not to eat that fruit (apple)". Eve could have understood that.
But punished in childbirth? That has nothing to do with eating apples.
Eden is the only time when God never told the people to repent so that their sin could be wiped away, and then things could have carried on as before. So they had committed a sin which could not be undone. God could later forgive them, but even He could not undo the harm that they had done.
We have free will to do what we choose, but we are not free from the consequences of our choice.
Forgiving them for eating an apple would have been an easy act, as no real harm was done. Apples do not defile anyone.
But the churches preach this error because they are fast asleep and thus unaware of what went on in Eden.
This wrong interpretation of original sin is a sign of the church’s ignorance of Scripture. They preach this error and cannot believe that they could be wrong. Which merely shows that the Devil has fooled the church, like he fooled Eve.
We go back to Eden:
So the Devil entered the serpent, the topmost animal who was the link between ape and man. God later cursed the serpent, and it was turned into a snake. That is why there is a "missing link" between man and ape that scientists cannot find.
When God cursed Lucifer, the top angel, and turned him into the Devil, then God created the fourth dimension of time -- as a prison (or cage) for Satan and his fallen angels.
When God cursed the serpent and turned it into a snake, then God placed the whole of the physical creation -- the universe -- into the cage of time. The Earth became subject to the time limits of the fourth dimension, which already contained the doomed spirit world.
Earth, and the physical universe, were now also captive inside the 4-D prison of time and unbelief, subject to the changes of decay that eventually produce death. Time changes us from young and stong, to old and weak, until we die.
Time produces changes that ultimately lead to deterioration. Empires rise and look strong, but then fall and vanish.
Since the fall of Adam during the seventh Day, the Earth has been trapped in time physically and spiritually -- trapped in the Satanic unbelief of Scripture. The Devil endlessly changes, contradicts, and ignores Bible verses. Verses that he cannot explain or does not want to believe are dismissed as irrelevant or unimportant.
PROVERBS 30:5 Every word of God is pure:
It is fatal to reject or ignore any Scripture.
Adam had to rule the Earth with his Bride for 1000 years, but somewhere during that time they forgot to believe the Word of God just the way that God had spoken it. They were impressed with clever arguments that contradicted the Word of God. The Devil outwitted and trapped them.
Never underestimate the cleverness of the Devil, as he was in a much higher dimension than what we are. So our only safety is to quote Scripture, and not come up with clever ideas on how to serve God. If we deviate from Scripture, the Devil will deceive us. He has very clever ideas. Just like he fooled Eve.
Our world is now surrounded by the fourth dimension of time. Human education has developed unnatural man-made atom bombs and poisons ,which are cracking the walls of this fourth dimension and releasing 4-D diseases like AIDS, for which we can find no effective cure in our 3-D world. We humans can now destroy ourselves, because we have been educated above our intelligence.
Sin caused mankind to be trapped in time, but those who believed God were saved from the pit of hell when they died, as God took their spirits to the Old Testament Paradise, which was a special place in the fourth dimension. There they would stay until Jesus rescued them after He had died.
Enoch was taken straight to heaven without dying. So was Elijah. They showed the power of God who will catch up the living saints to Heaven at His second Coming.
Moses died, but then his body was taken up to Heaven, and he appeared about 1500 years later on mount Transfiguration, with Elijah.
JUDE 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
But those who did not believe God died, and their spirits (or ghosts) went down to prison in the Devil’s pit. There they wait in a spiritual torment for their future judgement. They have no hope.
The fifth dimension can be seen as an insulation between Heaven and the evil of the fourth dimension.
Then Jesus came down from Heaven as a Baby, so that He could share our earthly experience.
He died and His Holy Spirit went down to hell to defeat Satan and take the keys of death and hell from him.
REVELATION 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death
Then He visited and preached to the lost souls in prison who had rejected any attempt to make them believe in God during the Old Testament. Jesus was preaching to the totally lost, confirming their condemnation.
ISAIAH 24:22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.
Speaking of Jesus after He had died on the cross, Peter says:
I PETER 3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
On the way up to the Earth Jesus went past the Old Testament Paradise, and resurrected them just after His own resurrection. He then took these Old Testament saints up to Heaven with Himself as a cloud of witnesses on the day of Ascension.
PSALM 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive:
That means the Old Testament Paradise, where the dead Old Testament saints were once held captive, is now empty and can be occupied by the Holy Spirit. So the Holy Spirit indwells the hearts of His believers, as well as being our next door Neighbour, because the Holy Spirit is the only good Person in the fourth dimension. The only Person there Who we can pray to.
The fourth dimension is the home of the spirits (or ghosts) of the unsaved dead people. (In Scripture a ghost is referred to as the spirit of a dead person. When we die, our spirits leave our physical bodies. In the English used by the King James Bible we therefore have two words for spirits, indicating whether they are still in a body, or have left the body.)
The benefits of the new covenant that started with the death of Jesus is that the spirits of the saved Christians can now go straight to heaven when they die.
II CORINTHIANS 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
The unsaved, sadly, still go down to prison when they die.
Now consider the events at the end of church history. The 2000 years of church history have been divided up into seven church ages. The end time events get a little more complicated, and are easily misunderstood by Christians.
Always remember. At the end-time we are fast asleep, and we deal with a Devil who is far cleverer than we are.
LUKE 16:8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
Satan's only aim is to fool us. He wants to be like Jesus and take His place.
Jesus is the Head of the church.
EPHESIANS 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church:
So Satan wants to fool Christians into setting up a denominational (unscriptural word) church system that is subject to human leaders, each of whom is the 'head of a church'. This is wrong as Jesus is the only Head of any church.
With all the churches having human heads, then Satan can move in and take control as the ultimate head of all the denominational church organizations. Satan easily outwits us humans when we are in an unscriptural position.
The Roman empire collapsed, but revived as the Roman Catholic church denomination with its man made commandments. Now this denominational zeal of human leadership with their traditions and opinions has spread to the Protestant churches.
The last church age is characterized by deception, or 'Fake News'.
The Roman Catholic church is now uniting with the other churches as a religious power and a money power. Their military power will come in the future from ten dictators. Russia is a 'dictatorship' under Putin. Russia kills ex spies with vicious poisons, gives Putin at least 22 years of power, and then pretends to be a democracy. Power corrupts.
When asked about the end times, Jesus made his opening statement as a warning against deception.
MATTHEW 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Things are not as they seem to be.
There are flood tides of invisible demonic spirits that have been unleashed in both the political and the church realms.
The last church age, the seventh church of the Laodiceans, is described as blind but does not know it. We are thus living in a delusional age. Frighteningly God says the modern church of Laodicea is vomit in His mouth. This is quite terrifying when all the different denominations and churches are all so convinced that they are serving God in truth.
REVELATION 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;
REVELATION 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
REVELATION 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Christians refuse to wake up to the fact that all the churches are in a bad way, because no exceptions are mentioned in the Bible. The seventh church age is condemned, and Jesus only appeals to individuals -- not to the church. He stands outside every church door and knocks, appealing for any individual who may have the courage to disagree with the church pastor.
REVELATION 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
But there will not be many of those.
LUKE 18:8 Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
Jesus was not optimistic about finding much Bible faith on Earth when He returns.
Church leaders have splintered the church into 45,000 different denominations and non-denominations. Each one says that they (only) are right.
God promised a messenger (angel) in the seventh church age to finish revealing the mystery of the Bible, so that we can be restored to the beliefs of the early church of the New Testament.
REVELATION 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
MATTHEW 17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
John the Baptist was already dead. John had restored nothing. Jewish Temple worship was about to be destroyed. John brought in a brand new water baptism for repentance. Then John did something that was totally unique: he introduced Messiah to the Jews.
So this Elijah, who was still to come sometime in the future, will restore the end time church back to the way the apostolic fathers believed in the New Testament. To do this he would have to finish revealing the mystery of Scripture that the reformers had only been partially successful in doing. The truth had been lost in the Dark Ages, and the reformers restored the church back to salvation, living holy, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. But the churches still had a woeful ignorance of so much Scripture that they could not understand.
Ask Christians why Jesus twice wrote in the ground with His finger, and they look blank and ignore the issue. It means nothing to them. They just cannot see that event as a deep lesson in the futility of the Law to make people into better people. So this Elijah must be the seventh angel (messenger) who finishes the mystery of the Word, and enables us to understand the Bible. Then only will we be able to prepare for the second Coming of Jesus.
The vast majority of the churches reject or ignore this end time prophet. They think they will get to God their way, despite their ignorance of Scripture, and despite the fact that they contradict certain Scriptures. They feel that they know it all, and do not need this prophet's help. Being fast asleep, they are blissfully unaware that help has been sent.
"And knowest not": The modern church, like Eve, does not realize that they do not know.
The vast majority of those who actually do accept the end time prophet that Jesus spoke of, then proceed to replace Scripture with their interpretations of his quotes. They do not want to be strictly Scriptural because they rely on his quotes. They too stare blankly at all too many Scripture verses, without any clue as to what they actually mean. For example, why do Matthew and Mark see one angel in the empty tomb, while Luke and John saw two angels? What is the significance of this difference?
Thus fewer and fewer Christians strive for the original faith that the first church had.
But one day the mighty Angel of Revelation Chapter 10 will descend with the voice of the archangel to raise the dead New Testament saints from the seven church ages. Their spirits will be pulled down from Heaven, and put into glorified human bodies on earth.
Then seven mysterious Thunders will utter to show the living Bride how to change their bodies and be caught up with the resurrected saints, to meet the Lord in the air at His second Coming. Their glorified bodies will be outside of time. They meet the Lord outside of the fourth dimension. This is symbolized by meeting Him in the air, not on the earth.
In their glorified bodies, the Bride steps out of time. They can never grow old, never get sick, and never die. The Bride from seven ages now goes up to Heaven for the three and a half years of the Wedding Supper.
REVELATION 19:7 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.
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.
:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.
No changes that occur to the saints in their new bodies can ever cause decay, deterioration, or death. Thus the Bride of Christ are finally free from the bondage of time with its inevitable deterioration. They are also free from the bondage of the influences of demonology.
Then Jesus leaves the Wedding Supper in Heaven to come down to meet the 144,000 Jews that Moses and Elijah preached to during the Tribulation.
When the Wedding Supper in Heaven is over, after three and a half years, then Jesus and all of the New Testament and Old Testament saints return to Earth for the battle of Armageddon. This is the third Coming of Jesus.
The beast and the false prophet are then thrown into the Lake of Fire.
This is the first mention of the Lake of Fire, which is the last stage of the fourth dimension, which involved both time and the doomed spirits of mankind and demonology.
The beast is the spirit of denominational religion which fooled people into worshipping God according to human traditions and opinions. The false prophet is the spirit of human leadership in the church, which proclaims or prophesies that the leader will lead the people to get ready for the return of Jesus. The leader is thus the prophet of a false religion, which is basically a delusion that people want to believe. People have been brain washed to believe that their church is the right one and their church leader is God’s man for the hour. This spirit infects the leader of each church, and the most exalted leader or false prophet is thus the Pope.
Satan is now bound by a chain of circumstances for 1000 years.
The survivors of Armageddon are the people that are ruled for the 1000 years of peace. Jerusalem is the headquarters of the world.
Jesus, the Son of God and His Bride (the true church) will rule on Earth for 1000 years. This fulfills the seventh Day that was not completed in Eden.
The people who survived the battle of Armageddon and are ruled in the Millennium (1000 years of peace) are still in time. They are still liable to aging, and die as time rolls by.
But the Old Testament saints and the New Testament saints will be in immortal resurrection bodies and as such they are outside of time.
At the end of the thousand years, Satan is released from the chain of circumstances that bound him. He inspires a revolt amongst all the people against Jesus, which is crushed at the battle of Gog and Magog. Although they had all benefited from the 1000 years of peace, the people will still rebel in their multitudes against Jesus. Human nature just does not want to accept the will of God.
REVELATION 20:8 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.
Satan always relied on a majority in order to win. But the Truth prevails over him, whatever advantage he has in numbers.
Then comes Judgement Day.
The unsaved are removed from their spiritual prison and thrown into the Lake of Fire.
The sleeping virgins who were saved, but not serving God in Spirit and in truth, can now emerge from the "dead in Christ" and find their place in the Lord’s plan.
JOHN 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
They will be given glorified bodies which enables them to step out of time and into eternity. There will be no Devil around to fool them. So they will be safe.
The Bride were the only ones that God could trust with Himself during the 1000 years, because He knew that they would stay with Scripture and not be fooled by clever ideas.
That is a big part of the chain of circumstances that binds the Devil in the Millennium of 1000 years. People will have to be strictly Scriptural, otherwise they will not be tolerated there.
God today is looking for a Bride that believes and understands Scripture. Only those people can block the Devil in the Millennium, and thus chain him up by never believing him because they only believe the Bible.
Then there is a colossal explosion as the sea explodes. This rips the surface off the Earth and destroys all germs and sickness. It obliterates all evidence of human civilization. There will be no more sea.
REVELATION 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.
REVELATION 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
A mighty pyramid-shaped city descends onto the New Earth. This is New Jerusalem. The Light of the world, Jesus, will have His throne on top of the Pyramid. All the sides of the Pyramid city will be in His Light.
The New Heaven and the New Earth somehow merge together.
The only place where there is time is in the Lake of Fire, where sinners serve out their sentence in time. The burning bush was an example of a bush burning without being consumed. The sinners burn, without being consumed, until their sentence is up.
But when their sentence has been served, then they will be consumed both root and branch. Time ends for them.
MALACHI 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
The last survivor in the Lake of Fire is Satan. However long he burns it cannot be for eternity. Only a person with eternal life can live for eternity. Satan will not have eternal life.
And everyone who was cleansed by the sacrifice of Jesus and accepted eternal life (which is the Holy Spirit) is in Heaven. Eternal life was the way to escape the Lake of Fire.
So once Satan is burned up, then the fourth dimension will cease to exist. All evil has been burned up.
There is no further need of time because everything will be perfect. There will be no more decay.
When Satan is finally consumed in the Lake of Fire, then time finally ends.
God’s sentence is eternal. Once unrepentant sinners have been condemned, nobody will feel sorry for them later. Such is God’s hatred of sin.
JUDE 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
Fire does not take vengeance on people. Vengeance is something that comes from a person’s mind. So who is this person taking vengeance? It must be God.
DEUTERONOMY 4:24 For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
Thus the vengeance of God against sin is eternal. Once God rejects an unrepentant sinner, there is no way back for that sinner who refused to repent of his or her sins. The verdict of God against sin is eternal. He will never change His mind.
We have no comprehension of just how much God hates sin.
The "eternal fire" is God Who takes vengeance against sin. Eternal means that God will never withdraw His condemnation of sin. Thus the unrepentant sinner is doomed. God will never feel sorry for him.
The "lake of fire" is described as "everlasting" fire. It will last for ever. That is a long time. A very long time. But "for ever" means it eventually has a vanishing point.
MATTHEW 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
MARK 9:48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
REVELATION 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
"for ever and ever" is an unimaginably long time period, but it will ultimately end.
We humans cannot imagine eternity.
We tend to see for ever and ever as the longest possible time. But in the New Heaven and the New Earth we will have a far superior new brain and a much better insight. Then we will be more able to grasp the concept of eternity.
ISAIAH 66:22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.
This is the 1000 years of peace on the Earth. It is not the new Earth which is eternal. It is as the new Earth. It is like the new Earth because 1000 years is a very long time. By far the longest time of peace that the world has ever enjoyed.
:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.
New moons and sabbaths form part of the worship of the heathen nations and others who survived the battle of Armageddon. They regularly have to go to Jerusalem to worship Jesus Who is ruling as King of the Earth, during that 1000 years.
:24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.
"men". Two of them -- the beast and the false prophet were thrown into the newly created Lake of Fire. Their torments will be visible to all the people who survived Armageddon. This will be a public warning to everyone about the terrible consequences of sin.
The people will benefit from the love and peace of the rulership of Jesus. And they will graphically see the awful torments of doomed sinners.
Then they must make their choice. When the 1000 years is over, Satan is released, and the vast majority will follow him. This just shows how we humans are just hopelessly in bondage to sin. Just like all the Jews who yelled for Jesus to be crucified, and all He had ever done was do them good.
"their fire cannot be quenched" means there is no way of putting out the Lake of Fire. Every unrepentant sinner has to serve out the time of their sentence. There is no reprieve. No lessening of the suffering. Their only escape is when they are totally burnt up at the end of their sentence and cease to exist.
When the last unrepentant sinner (Satan) has served out the time of his sentence, however unimaginably long that takes, then he too will be totally annihilated. Then the fire which could not be put out by any person will have no more purpose and it also will cease to exist.
'the worm" refers to the skin worms and maggots that destroy the bodies of the dead. But those in the lake of fire will be given bodies to burn and suffer in that cannot be destroyed in any way, until the time of their sentence has been served. Then only will that body be annihilated. But until their sentences have been served, there is no way for the condemned to destroy their own bodies and thus shorten their sentences. There is no suicide possible in the lake of fire. Although all will long to do that.
REVELATION 19:19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
These were the armies of the enemy that gathered for the battle of Armageddon.
REVELATION 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
These two, the beast and the false prophet, are the first two to be thrown into the lake of fire. There they will serve as a grim warning to all the people who survived the battle of Armageddon.
This is the final fate of an unrepentant sinner.
After that, no one will have any excuse if they oppose Jesus in any way.