Do you feel sometimes as if watching the news can be detrimental to your health? Lawlessness seems to be flooding our world as prophesied in Isaiah 59:19. It shouldn’t surprise us because Romans 6:19 tells us that lawlessness breeds more lawlessness.
Thankfully, the Isaiah prophecy doesn’t stop there. “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.” That standard is God’s vengeance against evil at the start of the Day of the Lord, the 7th Day. Despite what things look like in the natural, God is still in control.
That is why we need not fear. Don’t let your heart be troubled by the lawlessness. It is Satan’s last-ditch effort because he knows his time is very short. We will be raptured before the Beast brings his mark and the Antichrist initiates WWIII.
When you feel your stress level rising, remember this: “You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness more than your companions” (Hebrews 1:9). The same Spirit that overcame the power of death and resurrected Jesus lives within every believer. The anointing is the Spirit-infused power of God.
It is the oil of gladness, not fear. How can we have gladness in the face of lawlessness? The Greek word for gladness means to have exultation and exceeding joy. And it means to welcome. We can have joy because we will soon be welcoming Jesus as He returns to gather us to Him and take us to Father’s House to reign as joint-heirs.
When we don’t acknowledge or understand the chronos timing of God’s great prophetic Week of 1,000-year Days, it is hard to be exulting and jumping for joy—what gladness literally means. We may sense His return is soon, but soon is a very vague word. That vagueness saps us of our expectancy. We don’t have to set an exact date. But we should know the timetable.
Jesus said His return would be as in the days of Noah. The society in Noah’s time wallowed in lawlessness. We can check that trait on the list. Scripture tells us that Noah knew the timing of the Flood. That knowledge enabled him to prepare an ark that would deliver the righteous from the impending wrath of God. Yet we’ve been mislead to believe that we can’t know the timing. Does that mean Jesus is a liar? Certainly not!
We need that same knowledge and expectancy so that we can focus our efforts on bringing as many people as possible into the Ark that is Jesus Christ, the Deliverer. For more on why we can know the timing and what Jesus meant by the unknown day and hour, check out our YouTube video, “Why You Can Know Like Noah” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkTWlbbOhaQ.
In the last blog we saw that Scripture says we reign over the earth during the millennial reign of Christ. But what about Revelation 19, where it says Christ and the armies of Heaven make war while riding on white horses? If you read the chapter carefully, it never says we actually come to earth. Verse 15 says that Christ strikes the nations with a sharp sword out of His mouth. This is the same “weapon” of heavenly declarations described in Psalm 149:6.
Do we really think that the second person of the Godhead would have to come to earth to fight on a literal horse with the weapons of mankind? As God the Father did at Creation, Christ simply speaks and God’s will happens. And we get to add our declarations of agreement right along with Him.
Consider the “four horsemen of the Apocalypse” described in Revelation 6. The scene recounts the opening of the first four seals of the heavenly scroll. In Matthew 24, Jesus tells us that these seals are part of the signs of this present age, and what He called the beginning of sorrows and the tribulation of those Days. He warned that the tribulation would come immediately after the Abomination of Desolation, which we now know was the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD.
The four horsemen have been during Satan’s bidding to steal, kill, and destroy during the Church Age. Have we seen literal horses during this time? Certainly not. So it makes sense that Jesus and His Warrior Bride would use the same method of spiritual war in the heavenlies.
So do we ever come back to earth in our glorified, immortal bodies? And if so, when? It’s quite reasonable to expect that individually we may come to earth and be seen just as angels do now. Jesus likewise can appear in some bodily form even though He is seated at the right hand of the Father in full glory.
Yet there is an appointed time when we do come back. But it is probably not in the way most believers think. First, we don’t come back to this earth as we know it. We come after God has created the new heavenlies and the new earth. We come back to Earth 2.0! Second, we come back with Christ in the form of the Heavenly City, the New Jerusalem.
John describes what he saw in the Revelation: Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God (Rev. 21:9-11a). The Church, the Bride, the Lamb’s wife, is a city!
In this unique setting, we reign as joint-heirs over the ever-expanding Kingdom of God. We live together with our Bridegroom for all eternity. As Psalm 23:6 prophetically declared, surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives, and we shall dwell in the House of the Lord forever!
Scripture calls the first 3½ years of the last Day (the 7th Day), the Wrath of that Day. It is when God’s vengeance is brought against evil. It is when the Antichrist and his coalition of armies coming against Israel are destroyed. The culminating event is known as the Great Supper of God (Revelation 19:17). The Antichrist and the False Prophet are thrown into the Lake of Fire. The spiritual force behind them, Satan, is thrown into the bottomless pit, a compartment of Hades (Hell).
Revelation 20:3 explains: “He [God] cast him [Satan] into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.” This happens near the end of the 1,000-year reign of Christ (the Day of the Lord), so that those born during Christ’s reign have one final opportunity to accept Christ or follow Satan.
People have asked us, “Why on earth would anyone choose to follow Satan when the perfect Son of Man is among them, ruling on the earth?” That’s a good question. It points out a common misunderstanding about Christ’s rule. The word translated as “on” the earth in Revelation 5:10 is the Greek preposition epi, which has several meanings. As with many of our English prepositions, the meaning is determined from the context. It can mean over, upon, on, and on behalf of. Looking at the context of Revelation 5, we can ask, “Is the revelation emphasizing the physical location or the fact that we are reigning with Christ?”
When in doubt, we go to other passages in the Bible to help us out. In Luke 19:12-24, Jesus likewise emphasized the fact that we will have authority over the earth. Psalm 23 confirms that we shall dwell in the House of the Lord, His Temple, forever. It is our prepared place with our Father that Jesus promised in John 14. Psalm 84 describes the blessing of dwelling in the House of God.
Yet here’s the clincher. Accepting Jesus as our Savior is an act of faith, trusting in the unseen risen Lord. If Christ is present on earth during His reign, faith is not required. Seeing is believing, and that is not faith. If Christ is still in Heaven during His reign, then faith is required.
Think about it for a moment. Satan is bound in the Pit. The hierarchy of the evil spiritual forces now influencing the earth in the heavenlies as described in Ephesians 6:12 has been cast down and replaced by us as the heavenly immortal government. The Bible says many turn to the Lord as a result of witnessing the rapture and the defeat of the one-world order. The only thing hindering people from accepting Christ then is their fallen nature and their own will.
In John 14, Jesus promises His disciples that He will never leave them or forsake them. Yet He then tells them He is leaving (His death and resurrection), which is for their own good. How is that possible? Because Jesus also tells them that He will send the Spirit to live in them. The Spirit is the power and anointing of the Godhead, of which Jesus is part. Jesus doesn’t have to be physically present on the earth during the two great Days of the Church because the Spirit is present with us.
The same Holy Spirit will still be present on the earth. The latter rain outpouring of the Spirit will come upon the Jews and the inhabitants of the earth during Christ’s reign.
That is how we know that we reign with Christ from above, from Father’s House. Now you know why Satan is released one last time. Not surprisingly, the fire of God squelches this rebellion instantly, and Satan is thrown into the Lake of Fire as part of the final judgment. Stay tuned to find out when we do come to the earth.
Genesis 1 opens with a seven-day account of creation: 6 days of work and 1 day of rest. Why 7 days? Why not 3 or 12—other significant numbers in Scripture? Or for that matter, since He is the Almighty One, why not in a nanosecond? And why did the all-powerful God need to rest? Psalm 121 tells us that God never slumbers.
The New Testament apostles understood this 7-day pattern was a prophetic shadow of the Days of mankind. They saw it as a great Week of seven prophetic 1,000-year great Days encompassing God’s plan of redemption.
Ancient writings from both the early Church leaders and Jewish commentators confirm this belief that God’s plan would cover 6 great Days, each lasting 1,000 years. Then Christ (the Messiah) would rule over the earth for the 7th great Day, which also will last 1,000 years. This is known as the Millennial Sabbath and the Day of the Lord.
What follows are a couple of these ancient quotes that prove that this was the common teaching of the Church during the first few centuries. That is, until false teachings crept in, compliments of the political forces of that day and the eroding impact of the so-called “enlightenment.” To see more of these vital ancient quotes, go to the Resources Tab on this website, and scroll down to the Quotes.
The Epistle of Barnabus (fellow apostle with Paul):
And God made in six days the works of His hands; and He finished them on the seventh day, and He rested on the seventh day and sanctified it. Consider, my children, what that signifies, He finished them in six days. The meaning of it is this: that in six thousand years the Lord God will bring all things to an end, for with Him, one day is as a thousand years; as Himself testifieth, saying behold this day shall be as a thousand years. Therefore children, in six days, that is, in six thousand years, shall all things be accomplished. And what is it that He saith, and He rested the seventh day? He meaneth this; That when His Son shall come and abolish the season of the wicked one, and judge the ungodly, and shall change the sun and the moon, and the stars, then he shall gloriously rest in that seventh day.
Lactantius, 300 AD:
Because all the works of God were finished in six days, it is necessary that the world should remain in this state six ages—that is six thousand years. Because having finished the works he rested on the seventh day and blessed it; it is necessary that at the end of the six thousandth year all wickedness should be abolished out of the earth and justice should reign for a thousand years.
Clearly, the Great Week is not a new revelation, but a restoration of truth once held by the foundational apostles of the Church. Why is this so important? It is because this great prophetic Week reveals the approximate time of Christ's return, enough to mark this present generation as the one that will witness the end of this present age.