Thursday, November 16, 2017

THE 3:16 VERSES OF THE BIBLE, PART 18: "1000 YEARS IN JERUSALEM"

15 “Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding. 16 It shall be in those days when you are multiplied and increased in the land,” declares the Lord, “they will no longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ And it will not come to mind, nor will they remember it, nor will they miss it, nor will it be made again. 17 At that time they will call Jerusalem ‘The Throne of the Lord,’ and all the nations will be gathered to it, to Jerusalem, for the name of the Lord; nor will they walk anymore after the stubbornness of their evil heart. (Jeremiah 3:15-17)
The old Gospel song has a great line “Every day with Jesus, is sweeter than the day before”. Every day with Jesus also brings us one day closer to the Return of the King and the Millennial Kingdom or the 1000 years Reign of Jesus Christ on earth. Yes, God Who became man and dwelt among us will be returning to the Creation He gave His life for, but not as the sweet baby born in a manger over 2000 years ago, but as He is. His Eyes will be full of fire and Judgment will be in His Hands. However, more importantly, He will be coming back – just as He promised.

Most of the concepts and mind pictures we have of the Coming Millennial Reign of Christ, come directly from the Old Testament and the major prophets (Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and others) are the chief proclaimers of the Truth of the Coming King, to a lost a perishing world.  Jeremiah is one of those major prophets and his words from Chapter 3, directly from the Throne Room of God, predicting an event 2600 years ago, which is yet to come!

Most casual Bible readers know a little of the coming 1000 year reign of the Son of God directly from the rebuilt new Jerusalem in the Holy Land, on Mount Zion. Whether they believe it or not, reflects on their level of biblical discernment. What humans believe really has no bearing on The Eternal God’s plans and purposes. What is going to happen, is going to happen. 

Scripture explains Scripture. The Bible is an unbroken thread written by over 40 authors, over a period of 1500 plus years, under the inspiration of God. Most of these men never knew each other, yet the Bible has one theme, one narrative and one account with many sidebars of the same One God and His Son, Jesus Christ. We all know the King was born in a cold dark stable in Bethlehem to a poor couple, lived thirty three years, ministered and taught for three and then gave His life as a ransom for all the world (John 3:16).

After Jesus, the Son of God was crucified, died, Resurrected and seen all around Jerusalem before He ascended into the clouds, the Apostle John wrote of His Second Coming.  Jeremiah 3:16 and its surrounding in-context verses above, do not specifically describe THIS Second Coming which immediately precedes the 1000 year reign of Christ in Jerusalem after He has destroyed the kings, leaders and armies of the unsaved world of all the other “religions”. What Jeremiah chapter 3 does give a glimpse of are facts on the ground AFTER Jesus has returned, at the End of the Age. Here is the scene of the actual descent from Heaven and Return of the King:

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. 16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in mid-heaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.” 19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. (Revelation 19:11-19)

This is the actual visual evidence of an event which is coming so fast, you can feel the winds of change blowing. Verse 14 above describes the "armies in Heaven in fine white shiny linen". Expect the following Bible heroes to be riding in the Celestial Cavalry:  King David, Uriah the Hittite, Joshua (God’s General), Benaiah among many other recognizable names!  This is the final battle scene of ALL HISTORY! Let this soak in for a minute, then let us return to our original text: Jeremiah 3:16.

What Jeremiah 3:16 says in point is:
Old things are passed away. We don’t need relics which have long since served its appointed purposes  Just as God says in the verse that Israel did not need the Ark of the Covenant again, there is also no need for communion, church buildings, church staff, Christian TV or this very blog you’re reading! Why? Because Jesus is Lord and is live and alive in person in the same air as we are breathing in our supernatural bodies, and the paradigm has shifted. We are now in the Kingdom we were preaching about during the Church age, and those particular books are closed.

- Jerusalem will be the Capitol of the Kingdom. Jesus’ Throne will be there and there will be no question about it. There will be no temple mount problems….no conflict over which “religion” owns which spot on the Hill where God’s Temple sits. The new golden Jerusalem will not put up with any…and that means absolutely NONE of the garbage you see today. There will be one Faith only – Jesus and Jesus alone. Everything else will have gone up in smoke.

- All nations will be recognize just WHO is sitting on the Throne Jerusalem and all eyes will always be on Israel. Zechariah   tells us that believe it or not, there will be rebels who will refuse to go up and honor Jesus each year at the Feast of the Tabernacles as required. How, you ask, can this still happen? Well, even in the Millennial kingdom, babies will be born in our local hospitals who will not have Faith yet, and grow up to be against God Himself, even though He is right here on earth! They will be dealt with as rain will be withheld which will adversely affect their crops and food supply. At the Final Judgment (Revelation  )Jesus will complete the transition of His people into the Heavenly realm, while all rebels will be cast into a fate they will regret forever – the Lake of Fire.

The facts are this – first of all, Jesus is set to return and each day is one day closer. Secondly, if anyone reading this is on the ground of planet Earth when the eastern sky cuts open and the White Horse leaves Heaven with an army of Bible heroes in white fighting gear, it is going to be too late. 

Thirdly, in light of this and knowing this is going to happen, regardless of what any human believes, don’t you think it is encumbent upon each soul to make 100% sure that they are right with God, and Jesus is the Lord and Master of their lives? There is no mulligan and no middle way. It is Jesus plus Nothing. It is Jesus MINUS nothing. It is all Jesus or you are eternally lost and in huge danger should you be sitting watching Netflix and eating pizza and drinking beer, when the Lord puts a stop EVERYTHING on earth. Do not incorrectly assume "everything will work out in the end". Everything WILL work out in the End, as God planned it in general. For the soul who has lived an unforgiven, rebellious life with these incorrect assumptions - big trouble ahead. DO NOT LEAVE THIS TO CHANCE!.

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