Day of Christ

The Day of Christ begins with the appearing (the epiphaneia) and kingdom (basileia ) of Jesus Christ (2 Tim.4:1) and the blazing forth of the glory of the great God, even our Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13). This is when the hope of the calling of the Mystery is realized. This is when our faith gives way to sight. This is the next event on God's prophetic clock. This is when Christ Jesus, in His role as the Head of the high calling, convenes [calls into session] His Ecclesia (Church) which is His Body. As the Great Convoker, He, alone, calls His Ecclesia into session. This marks His assumption of sovereignty over the nations. Those who have been memberd into “the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” will either be raised out from among the dead, or will be changed from mortal to immortal, and will take their place, or station, in His Government. Concurrently with the many events taking place when Christ Jesus assumes sovereignty over mankind and the nations, the Holy Spirit (the Comforter) will actively and aggressively restrain evil (John 16:7-13). People who sin will die for their own sin (Jer. 31:30). The Spirit will hinder transgressions because man’s conscience will have been quickened (made alive). The Day of Christ is synonymous with all of the above, including the Kingdom of God, and comes before the tribulation and the second coming (Parousia) of Christ. During the Day of Christ, heaven and earth will be governed by Christ Jesus from His heavenly Throne. This dispensation is set in contrast to the Millennium or the Day of the Lord. To say the two are the same is to say that “one-plus-one equals one.” Most all Christians realize that the Day of the Lord (i.e. the Tribulation and the Millennium) begins with revolution, bloodshed and violence which will be an unprecedented event in all of human history. The Old Testament has a lot to say about this Day—the Day of the LORD. Isaiah speaks about the Lord's imposition upon the world of His Millennial Rule; “For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with His chariots like a whirlwind, to render His anger with wrath, and His rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by His sword will the Lord plead with all flesh: and the slain of the Lord will be many” (Isa. 66:15-16). Psalm 50:3 says; "Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: A fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about Him." Psalm 97:3; “A fire goeth before Him, and burneth up His enemies round about.” These verses relate to Jesus Christ Personally returning to earth to put an end to the nation’s revolt against His Rule from heaven (2 Thess. 2:1-12). When the Kingdom of God comes to Israel, it comes silently, “without observation” (Lu.17:22). It will not come suddenly or dramatically. Its’ coming is likened; “as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear” (Mk. 4:26-28). When the Kingdom comes, it comes without calamity with no harm being done to anyone. Notice a much overlooked passage; “He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear His voice in the streets. A bruised reed shall He not break, and smoking flax shall He not quench, till He send forth judgment unto victory” (Matt.12:19-20). Matthew quotes from Isaiah 42:1-4 which informs us that the Kingdom (i.e God’s Government) begins with the Gentile nations. Israel will not be a nation at this time. They will still be scattered, or dispersed, among the nations. While ruling over the nations, the Lord begins His work of re-gathering the Jews. Over time, He leads them back to the Promised Land ─as believers. No unbelieving Jew will be brought back to Palestine; no, not one! The unbelieving will remain scattered among the nations. [This brings up the question; ‘What about the Israel that now is?’ All we’ll say for now is; the present Israel is not of God’s doing. When He brings them back, there will be no disputes regarding borders or whose land it is]. “And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the LORD” (Ezk.20:38). If words have any meaning, then we must conclude that something begins silently, mysteriously, without observation, without strife, without Christ being heard, and without damage being inflicted. On the other hand, something else begins (i.e. the Lord’s Day) with a colossal display of vengeance, wrath, and cataclysmic punishment which will be openly displayed. It is a contradiction to insist that the two descriptions relate to the beginning of the same event. In plainer words, the Prophetic Word informs us that there is coming the Day of Christ which is another term for the coming Kingdom of God. We are met with a non-Scriptural term, The Millennium, which relates to the 1000 year reign of Christ upon the earth. The Biblical term for this is the Day of the Lord. It is essential to distinguish between the two. The Holy Spirit does. We should do so, also. If we force all truths connected to the Day of Christ into the Day of the Lord, the result is utter confusion. Not only that, but we rob the Lord Jesus Christ of His Day of Exaltation. During the Day of Christ, He will draw, or compel, all men unto Himself. He will be exalted from the earth as every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that He is Lord to the Glory of God the Father. His Day begins with His “appearing and Kingdom,” and He begins to judge the quick and the dead. (2 Tim.4:1). This is when the glory of the great God, even Jesus Christ our Savior, blazes forth (Titus 2:13). Isaiah speaks of this event in 40:5; “And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together” and at the same time. What is seen is the glory of the LORD, not the LORD descending from Heaven; to this, Numbers 14:21 agrees; “But truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.” When the Kingdom comes, “the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters covers the sea” (Hab.2:14). The Psalmist says; “And blessed be His glorious Name forever: and let the whole earth be filled with His glory” (72:19). The world will experience the revealing of His Glory without Christ Jesus leaving His Heavenly Throne. The shining forth of the glory of God takes place before the Day of the LORD. It is noted in Isaiah's vision that the seraphim see Christ's Day and say; “Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of Hosts: the earth is full of His glory.” During the Day of Christ, the “times of refreshing comes from the presence of the LORD.” All things are rejuvenated while the Heavens retain Christ (Acts 3:19-21). The pristine, pre-Noah flood conditions will be re-created (Isa. 65:17; 66:22). When the Day of Christ begins, all of mankind will be enlightened by the Holy Spirit and realize that Jesus Christ is LORD! Christ will begin His benevolent rule of the world. Then, He will begin converting His ancient people, Israel. Read Ezekiel 20:23-33, and notice how the Lord begins a work in their hearts and will lead them back into the Holy Land as a Christ-believing people. As the Day of Christ draws to a close, the restraints of the Spirit are gradually withdrawn.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Does The Believer Go Directly To Heaven At Death?

THE DYING MALEFACTOR - The Interpretation of Luke 23:43

In order to conform to the accuracy of Scripture, this study has been given the title of "The Dying Malefactor," and not "The Dying Thief" as he is commonly designated in song and sermon. There are very good Biblical reasons for believing that five men died at Calvary on the day our Lord was crucified: two thieves, two malefactors, and the man Christ Jesus. Medieval painters did not want to crowd their pictures, so two were eliminated from the crucifixion scene, and this more than anything else has led to the view that only two others were crucified with our Lord. However, if any should disagree and think that only two others died that day, I will not press my view. I will simply warn them that there are numerous discrepancies and difficulties to be faced if they hold to the traditional theory. The Companion Bible (Bullinger) deals with this matter in a masterful way in Appendix No. 164. I refer all objectors to this excellent treatise.

Since the number who died at Calvary is not the subject of this study we can pass over this question for now. The deaths of the others, whether two or four, have no direct relationship to us, but the death of One did. We know and believe "that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures" (1 Cor. 15:3). But we must not ignore the fact that a certain important dialogue took place on that day when one of the malefactors turned to the Lord Jesus and said: "Lord remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom," and to this request he received the assuring answer: "Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise" (Luke 23:43).

The reader is asked to note that the passage above has been quoted and punctuated exactly as it appears in the King James Version. Throughout the history of Christendom millions have come upon this passage, done some rough and ready reckoning in regard to this statement, then come to the crude conclusion that the Lord told this dying malefactor that on that very day he would be with Him in heaven. Following this line of thought these conclusions are projected and enlarged to make them say that when a forgiven one dies he is instantly ushered into the presence of God in the place called heaven. However, this deduction is reached without any consideration at all being given to plain and forceful statements made in Scripture which would flatly contradict and set aside such a conclusion.

For example, the Lord Jesus emphatically declared: "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." (Matt. 12:40). Since it is my firm belief, and I judge that most believers will agree, that this prophecy was fulfilled to the letter in the time between the Lord’s death and His resurrection from the state of death, then for three days and three nights He was "in the heart of the earth" and not in paradise or in heaven. Therefore, if one believes the fact declared in Matt. 12:40, he cannot believe that our Lord at the moment of His death "took the malefactor by the hand and led him into the presence of God in heaven," as some are inclined to describe it.

The plain declaration of Scripture forces me to believe that our Lord was in "the heart of the earth" from the moment of His death until the moment when God raised Him from the dead. However, we must not think of "the heart of the earth" as being a place somewhere inside of this planet. "In the heart of" is in Scripture a figure of speech, an idiom, which means to be one with a thing, a part of it, the same as it, or identified with it. In fact this is what happens to anyone that dies. It is even as the Lord said to Adam: "For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return" (Gen. 3:19). Therefore, when we read in Scripture that Christ died, that He was buried, and that He rose again on the third day, let us stand ready to believe this without hesitation (1 Cor. 15:3).

It should also be noted that after His resurrection the Lord Jesus declared to Mary Magdalene that He had not yet ascended to His Father (John 20:17). Then she was told to go to His brethren and say to them: "I ascend unto My Father, and to your Father; and to My God, and your God." And yet if we accept the reading as it stands in the KJV, He would be with His Father that day "in the paradise." The definite article is in the Greek.

Facts such as these which are pertinent and plain demand that the careful student who has a love for the truth should explore every possible facet and seek diligently for the true meaning of the promise made by our Lord to the dying malefactor. And if the search is honest, we must admit the possibility that the Lord did not say and did not mean that the malefactor would be in "the paradise" with Him on that very day.

In response to the above statement, some are sure to cry out: "But, how can these words have any other meaning?" Those who ask this question fail to realize that in the Greek language in which the New Testament was written there were no punctuation marks — no periods, no commas, no question marks, or any other such sign that are so familiar and important in all that we write today. Therefore all punctuation marks in the Bible must be inserted by the translator and thus they are a matter of interpretation and not of translation. In the passage we are considering the meaning of our Lord’s promise depends entirely on the placement of the comma. If it is placed before the words "today" it can only mean that the Lord and the malefactor would be present together in "the paradise" on that day. But if we place it after the words "today" it means that the words were spoken on that day, but no definite time is set as to when they would be together.

Of course there are those who declare that our Lord would not have said, "I say unto you today;" for if the Lord said anything at all it was evident to all who heard that He was saying it then and there, on that day, and they did not need to be told this. My personal friend Harry A. Ironside belabored this point to the extreme and found much pleasure in laying it upon any who suggested that the comma belonged after the words "today." I do not believe he ever considered how the words "this day" or "today" were used throughout the Old Testament. These words were a Hebraism which were used regularly on occasions when the matter declared was exceedingly solemn and important. Here we have one Hebrew, the Lord Jesus, speaking to another Hebrew, using an idiom that was common to both. We will consider some pertinent examples.

"Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart" Deu.4:39.
"Thou shalt keep therefore His statutes, and His commandments which I command thee this day." Deu. 4:40.
"Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, which I command thee this day, to do them." Deu. 7:11.
"All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe and do" Deu. 8:1.
"I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish" Deu. 8:19.
"Which I command thee this day." Deu. 10:13.
"Behold I set before you this day a blessing and a curse." Deu.11:26.
"Therefore I command thee this thing today" Deu. 15:15.
"Wherefore I take you to record this day" Acts 20:26.
"I shall answer for myself this day." Acts 26:2.
It is vain therefore for men to argue that our Lord would not have said, "Verily I say unto you today," and have been speaking of the day on which the words were spoken. The same idiom is found too many times in the inspired Old Testament for anyone to say that our Lord would have been using "a vain and foolish platitude" as a recent writer has declared. This idiom has its parallel in almost every language. I recently heard one man say to another: "I am telling you right now that you will regret it if you take this step."

It has not been my purpose in this study to deal with the meaning of paradise. The word means a garden in the sense of a formal garden, a park. When the Lord caused the dry land to appear as recorded in Gen. 1:9-12 it seems that the land mass was designated as Eden in contrast with the planet which was called Earth. In Genesis 2:8 we are told that the Lord God planted a garden (a paradise) eastward in Eden and there He put the man whom He had formed. In Gen. 2:15 we are further told that "The Lord God took the man, and put him in the garden (paradise) of Eden to dress it and keep it." Many centuries later we are told: "For the Lord shall comfort Zion: He will comfort all her waste places; and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden (paradise) of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody" (Isa.51:3).

The word paradise has numerous applications. It is applied to the new earth which follows the Kingdom of God and the thousand years of Christ’s personal presence. This is the paradise to which Paul was caught away and which he equated with the third heaven, which are:-

the heavens of old,
the heavens which are now, and
the new heavens (2 Peter 3:5-13).
However, the context of Luke 23:43 relates the paradise promised there to the kingdom of Christ. The request of the malefactor was: "Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom." And in answer the Lord promised him a place with Him in the paradise of His kingdom, the one spoken of in Isa. 51:3, even the land of Israel, in that day when the joy of the whole earth will be mount Zion.

Let us ever remember that on the blackest day the universe has ever known, on the day when even His beloved disciples had forsaken Him, when one had betrayed Him and another had denied Him three times with an oath, yet on that day one man had faith enough in Him to make a request in regard to the future. Yes, on that black day, the darkest the world had ever known, our Lord said to the malefactor:

Verily, I say unto you TODAY, thou shalt be with Me in paradise."

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Faith For Today

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Tom L. Ballinger
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If I were asked to give the meaning, in plainer words, to the Biblical word, “Faith,” I would have to say that, “Faith believes the words which come from God.” Faith believes God has spoken. Faith embraces what He has spoken. Faith believes the inspired words spoken by His Prophets.  And, Faith believes that God has spoken through His written Word.
This, also, includes that God has spoken through the prisoner of Jesus Christ for the Gentiles (Eph. 3:1). The “prisoner of the Lord” (Eph. 4:1) was the Apostle Paul. The last seven epistles he wrote, he did so under inspiration. These are commonly referred to as “The Prison Epistles.” This cluster of inspired writings was the last Communiqué from God. It concerns the doctrine Paul called “The Mystery.”
 “Mystery” in the Biblical sense means, “a hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the understanding. A hidden purpose, a secret will.” It can, also, denote a mystic sense. In Paul’s doctrine of “The Mystery,” it has been made manifest to the saints. The secret has been made known. “The Mystery” that was revealed after Acts 28 can be summed up in the following verses:
“Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; Even the Mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but NOW is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this Mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:” (Col. 1:25-27).
Those who have believed the Latest Report from God are those who have been saved by grace. This salvation is taken hold of by faith.
Those who fail to believe this late report cannot be saved into this calling because it is apprehended by faith (Phil 3:12-13). The Lord acknowledges that the only medium of exchange is FAITH. Failure to believe God’s Present Purpose, when it has been committed to writing, leaves individuals minus an excuse for not understanding the Sacred Secret Paul revealed. “The Mystery” was made known by the Prisoner of the Lord about 62 or 63 A.D, according to the standard orthodox dating. However, some suggest that the Colossians and Ephesians Epistles could have been written by Paul from Asia Minor in the 80’s or 90’s—perhaps, even from Ephesus.
The important point is that the Revelation of the Mystery was made known AFTER “The Acts of the Apostles” concluded at Acts 28:31. Many Pentecostal Truths are not brought forward into the Dispensation of the Grace of God. To do so is to transport Truths belonging to a Past Dispensation into the Present Dispensation in which they do not belong.
Those who fail to believe the Latest Report from God cannot be saved into the Present Calling because it is only joined by FAITH—that is, to believe Truth revealed in “The Mystery.” Failure to believe God’s Present Purpose results in a Christian missing this Calling. God’s Revelation of the Mystery was written in ink on papyrus sheets and circulated among believers throughout the Roman Empire. It was written in the language spoken by the average man of that time. There was no excuse for a believer failing to believe the Latest Report from God—found in Colossians, Ephesians, Philippians,         1st  and 2nd Timothy, Titus, and Philemon.
“The Mystery” is NOW made manifest to the saints (Col.1:26). It had been “hid from ages and generations” (Col.1:26). This Truth was Holy Spirit inspired, given exclusively to the Apostle Paul. Upon Paul receiving the revelation, he taught it to the new set of apostles and prophets (Eph. 3:5). When “The Mystery” was committed to writing and placed in circulation, it became the STANDARD Christian doctrine for Present Truth.  Paul’s Letters (his Epistles) were copied over-and-over again, and circulated throughout parts of Europe and Asia Minor. With this happening, Present Truth was “now made manifest to the saints” (Col.1:26).
Those who read Plainer Words Bible Studies on a rather regular basis have no need in me pointing out the following, but for new readers, please take note − none of the Prison Epistles were written to the lost. They were written to “the saints.” This Truth was for Christians in order that they may move from New Testament Faith to Mystery Faith. Failure of any saint “to see what is the Dispensation of the Mystery” (Eph. 3:9) results in missing the mark of becoming fully mature and “attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:13).  This lofty goal is attained, only, through FAITH—in believing the latest Communiqué from God.
It was pointed out in Part 5 of this study that those who were simply “saved,” and know it, do not necessarily become members of the Church [Ekklesia] whether it was the Church of God or is the Church, which is His Body. Officials of both entities were called to salvation and, subsequently, chosen to become Members of the Government of God.
Notice the pool of believers who followed Christ during His earthly ministry. It was usually multitudes, numbering at times, 5,000.
“And it came to pass in those days, that He went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called unto Him His disciples (perhaps the multitude): and of them (the multitude) He chose twelve, whom also He named apostles” (Luke 6:12-13).
 He chose twelve men—no women. There were a number of women of faith. Could He, for example, have chosen Martha or Mary, the sisters of Lazarus? But no, He chose all men. Women were not even considered. This is not to say that women played no part in advancing the Christian faith. They certainly did. Paul named some for prosperity But  they were to hold no Official leadership.
“Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church” (1 Cor. 14:34-35. cf. 1 Tim. 2:11-12).
In this day and time, I know of no church, or churches that qualify as an Ekklesia. The Apostle Paul may have tried to setup local “mini-states” with Theocratic rule and regulations after he received the revelation of the Mystery. Paul was divinely supplied with special men, according to Ephesians 4:11. These special men were for the perfecting of the saints, and the redirecting of the body of Christ into Present Truth, till they all came into the unity of the faith. Believers were to come to the full knowledge of the Son of God, unto the measure of the fullness of Christ (Eph. 4:12-13).
Sadly, this never materialized. 2 Timothy explains that the Doctrine which Paul taught as Present Truth was scoffed at. He was treated as an “evil doer.” Close associates, like Demas, forsook him and declared that Paul was out of the will of God. He was imprisoned.
Notice a significant truth found in Acts Chapter 2 Verses 12 to 14:
“And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch. And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them. And believers were the more added to the Lord [not to the “Ekklesia”], multitudes both of men and women”
A very poignant revelation is made in Verse Fourteen where it is recorded that “multitudes both of men and women” were added. The Bible student who has been given the Spirit of Illumination detects that being “added to the Lord” does not mean they were added to the Church. Consider the, “Why is that so?”
The “eyes of [our] understanding” immediately fixated on “multitudes both of men and women.” Women were NOT admitted to the Church, which is to say, the “Ekklesia.” Women who were believers during the Acts Period did not become Ministers in the “Ekklesia of God.” If we think the church, or churches during “The Acts of the Apostles” are mirrored by local churches, today, we are gravely mistaken. Why? Because, in the Biblical sense, the English translation of “Ekklesia” is “church,” and it is the Governing Body who ruled over the Christians during the Book of Acts. In plainer words, not all believers were members of the “Ekklesia.” The Ministers of the Church [Ekklesia] of God were special men, not women, whom God chose to be the rulers—Apostles, Elders, Deacons, and Bishops. He chose them through His designated ones of who Paul was the Chief.
It should, also, be understood that during the Acts Period, saved Gentiles were not allowed to be officials in the “Ekklesia.” Not only that, but Gentiles were not authorized to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. The Gentile position was changed with the announcement of Acts 28:28:
“Be it known therefore unto you [the Jews], that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.”
(A thought I have had, for quite awhile, concerning a “What if phenomenon?” The Apostle was a very unique agent of Christ. He was God’s Pattern-man. He enumerates just a few of his credentials which highlights his extraordinary Apostleship in 2 Corinthians 11:23-28. Paul’s inimitable Apostleship leads me to wonder--while Paul was in prison, after Acts 28, did he have a Heavenly Visitor? —Who no one saw. Only Paul did. If so, the Apostle saw Him clearly, with his Spiritual eyes. His Visitor was the Lord Jesus Christ. It could be that the Apostle Paul took Personal dictation from Christ Himself.  The Lord made special appearances publicly during His earthly ministry. During this Visit to the prison’s the dungeon, Paul penned Colossians and Ephesians).
While Paul was in bonds in prison, he learned that the Word of God cannot be bound (2 Tim. 2:9). While Paul was “in bonds,” the Word of God was not! The epistles he wrote, as a Prisoner of Jesus Christ, after Acts 28:31 was in circulation throughout the Roman Empire and parts beyond.
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Saturday, January 5, 2013

That Blessed Hope

That Blessed Hope

In Titus 2:11,12 the people of God are exhorted to live "looking for that blessed hope." This forces upon us the task of finding out with certainty what "that blessed hope" is. Some say that it is a pre-tribulation rapture, and others say it is the second coming of Christ. Statements such as these are easily made, and they do not seem to reveal any real exercise of heart and mind to discover what our blessed hope is from Biblical truth. 
The very passage that exhorts us to live looking for it declares that the blessed hope is "the shining forth of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ." This is a literal translation of the original language. The Greek here is quite simple and no problem to translate. The two statements are appositional, one defines the other; "that blessed hope" is "the shining forth of the story of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ." 
This is not a new truth which was suddenly declared to Paul by Titus. It is a restatement by the Holy Spirit of a prophecy which was spoken long before by Isaiah: 
And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.Isa.40:5  
The word glory here has to do with the esteem in which one is held by another. We constantly hear what men think about Christ, His enemies as well as His friends. However, the all important thing is what God thinks of Christ, the esteem in which the Father holds the Son. And, according to God's Word there is to be a miraculous act of divine intervention in which God's truth concerning Jesus Christ will be forced upon the mind of all flesh — every man, woman and child living upon this earth. Yes, even the babes will utter praise to Him. (Matt. 21:16). 
The Greek word in Titus 2:13 which in the King James Version is translated "appearing," and which I have rendered "shining forth," is epiphaneia. This same word is found in 2 Tim. 4:1 in another appositional setting which reads literally: 
I charge you before God, even the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall determine what is right in regard to the living and the dead in harmony with His shining forth, even His kingdom. 
His "shining forth" is the event that introduces the kingdom, God's own government upon this earth. It will have a continuing effect that will give the character to the time when He governs. It is the initial event when God assumes sovereignty, takes the reins of government into His hands and the kingdom of God becomes a manifest reality upon the earth. This is our blessed hope. This is what we are looking for.
Otis Q. Sellers