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.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Hope: Which One Is Yours?Dan S...
Posted on May 18, 2012 by dsheridan
The Hope of Israel

The hope of Israel is to be resurrected and possess the land promised to their fathers. They were given circumcision, the law and ordinances that segregated them from the nations. There is nothing in the Old Testament about anyone going to heaven or having a hope in heaven. They have the “adoption” on earth – see Romans 9:1-5.

The Hope of the Church During Acts

The hope of the Church of God during Acts was to be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. Then they immediately come back with Him to the earth where He sets up His kingdom. This church was made up of both Jew and Gentile. The Jew had a priority. “The Jew first” was the order of that Church. There were two faiths and two gospels. The middle wall of partition was between them. They all observed baptism; but only the Jews observed the law and took part in the Passover. There is nothing in the Scriptures before Acts 28 about anyone going to heaven or having a hope in heaven. They have the “adoption” and look forward to the New Jerusalem – see Galatians 4 and Hebrews 12.

The Hope of the Body of Christ

The hope of the Church, which is His body, is to have an earlier resurrection. They will be manifested with Christ in the heavenly places where Christ now sits – Col. 3:1-4. This is the coronation of Christ as the King of kings and Lord of lords. This happens before both the hope of Israel and the hope of the Church of God in Acts. They have the “adoption” and will enjoy it in the heavenly places – See Ephesians 1.

What About Those Who Aren’t In Any Of These Groups?

The only people left are those among the nations from Adam onward who believe God. The malefactor, Naaman the Syrian, and the Syro-Phonecian woman are examples of those who are among this group. They will appear at the Great White Throne then enjoy the new earth. The malefactor asked for a place in the Lord’s kingdom. But the Lord promised him a place in paradise – see Luke 23:42-43. This Paradise is on the new earth. See Job 14:12 and Rev. 21:1, 24-26; 22:1-5

What About Unbelievers?

The first three groups listed above are partakers of a calling. The fourth group are people who have life but aren’t part of a special calling. But all four groups will be alive during the ages. Unbelievers however will not be made alive until Christ delivers up the kingdom to God. This takes place long after the new heavens and new earth have begun. How long? I have no clue. But why miss out? Believe in God’s Son as you Saviour and have life. Then, believe Paul’s letter to the Ephesians to take part of the highest calling God ever gave to people.

WHICH HOPE IS YOURS? It must be embraced by faith.

Some may wish for more “proof” of what I have written. Please be patient. I will develop this line of teaching in further audios and writings. Search and see. Please think about them before you judge.

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The Key To Scripture: Acts 28:28
Posted on May 16, 2012 by dsheridan
It was a long time before I realized what my hope was; I was confused; Why was the church in Acts so different from the church today?; The last trump resurrection vs. The manifestation in glory; The Key: Acts 28:28; Stealing from the Jews; When you blend truth you nullify truth; Ashamed; Disqualified like Moses; Believing God; You can’t believe God if you don’t know what God said; Do you believe God?; The Scriptures are complete so we don’t need any other sources to learn about God; Paul’s last seven letters.

1 comment:

  1. This little study by a brother...led to many more studies that answered many questions about the Body of Christ today and in the future....LOl