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, July 5, 2015

Resurrections Each In Their Own Order

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Tom L. Ballinger

Plainer Words since 1968

July 2, 2015

Issue # 397


For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind” (Isaiah 65:17).

The “new heavens and a new earth” is a reference to the Pre-Millennial Kingdom of God—The Day of Christ. This doesn’t refer to Revelation 21:1.

The great theme of the Day of Christ will be the Reign of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Sovereign of the Universe. On the New Earth, a new world order will be in existence. Also, the New Heavens will have new hierarchy. This new hierarchy in the heavens will be new, inasmuch as the Church, over which Christ Jesus is the Head will be superior to all of heavens’ rulers.

His Day will unveil on earth a new-world-condition in which everything is in its place and will be working properly. It will be an age that will last approximately 700 years. It will be a time in which the whole world will be divinely enlightened and Governed by Christ and His Grace Age Ecclesia [Church].

Everyone who is granted admittance to live during this Pre-Millennial Kingdom of God will be free from all corruption. The Day of Christ will have no forms of corruption—meaning, the world will be free from dishonesty, bribery, fraud, immorality, sleaze, depravity, theft, gossip, and all sinful acts. 

The official Inauguration of the Day of Christ begins when the Lord Jesus Christ begins to adjudicate who will be deemed worthy to live during His benevolent Reign as King of kings (2 Timothy 4:1 and Titus 2:13).  In His Government, we who have Christ as our Head will be “Highly Placed Leaders.” Our authority will be universal.  However, this study focuses mainly on the New Earth as the title suggests.  This bears repeating; these “Highly Placed Leaders” will be the Church over which Christ Jesus is the Head (Ephesians 1:22). This called-out body of believers from the Age of Grace will form an elite Cadre [*] to establish and train others to replicate their function all over the world. We will be a Cadre of “no-bodies.” We were selected and chosen to make-up His Cadre in the Day of Christ. Think about it! We were individuals who were “no-bodies” in the Grace Age. The Ecclesia of “no-bodies” will rank “far above all” the spiritual authorities as we were told in Ephesians 1:21. “Far above all” [huperano – greatly higher in place or rank] in rank fits the Cadre. The Scope of Ephesians Chapter 1 and 2 makes it clear that our rank is (or will be) greatly higher than the Principalities, and Powers, and the other authorities.
            [*] The use of the word, “Cadre,” is used in the non-military sense meaning, “a                  nucleus around which an expanded organization can be built.”  

This nucleus was called and chosen by Christ Jesus before the foundation of the new world was laid (Ephesians 1:4). Those during the Age of Grace who have had the “eyes of our understanding enlightened” make up this Cadre. I will refer to this Cadre as “we.”
We will establish and train an elite group to be leaders in Godly Governments throughout the world during the Day of Christ.

Members of the Church over which Christ is the Head are unknown in, or by, this world. We are outsiders in the Christian world. We are persona non grata. We have no function, now, except to walk worthy of our High Calling (Ephesians 4:1-7). Many of us were encouraged to leave the organized “church world” because of our stance for rightly dividing the Word of Truth. The Scriptural fact is, we ARE HID WITH CHRIST. Today’s world doesn’t even know we exist. This is, indeed, a hard saying. But, we can receive it, and we accept it as a fact! 

For ye [the Cadre] are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3).

Before the overall Theme of the Bible becomes a reality—THE DAY OF CHRIST—the Lord Jesus will call His far-above-all Church [His Ecclesia] into Session around the Heavenly Throne of the Lord Jesus. The High Calling of God in Christ Jesus is denominated as “the Church, which is His Body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all” (Ephesians 1:23). 


The Church over which Christ Jesus is the Head – will be called to assemble before Christ begins to “judge the quick and the dead.” Members of the Ecclesia over which Christ is the Head, who died during the  Dispensation of the Grace of God, will be raised (exanastasis) from the dead prior to all others (Philippians 3:11). We, the living members of this Ecclesia, will be divinely transformed into immortal beings in the likeness of the glorious body of Christ Jesus Himself (Philippians 3:21).

The two types of who will make-up the Ecclesia, which is His Body will be: (1). Those who will be raised (exanastasis) out from among the dead, and certainly, the Apostle Paul will be in this number. (2). Those who are alive will be “changed” from being a natural man to become a new man, “fashioned like unto” the Glorified Jesus Christ. 

We have been chosen to be the Highest Members of the Government of Jesus Christ. We will rank far above all of the ageless Principalities, and Powers, and Mights, and Dominions, and every name that is invoked in this age but, also, in the one to come (Ephesians 1:21). As the highest ranking members of His Universe-Wide Government, we will be assembled around His Throne in Heaven before His Glorious Appearing (Titus 2:13) and before He performs the actions of 2 Timothy 4:1. In this Pre-Government of God’s Cadre, we will be trained to assume our finely tuned positions when His Government becomes manifest.

Therefore, we will be completely prepared to assume our stations of service, whether in the New Heavens, or on the New Earth. It is believed our Headquarters during the Day of Christ will be in Heaven. During the Millennium, our Headquarters will be on Earth in the principal City of the Universe—Jerusalem

The Day of Christ will be the Dispensation in which a new mankind will populate the New Earth.


The order in which the resurrections will take place is to be determined by the Lord Jesus Christ who famously declared—I Am the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25). A wealth of Truth can be uncovered if one digs a little in 1 Corinthians 15:23:

But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.

(I show you what, and how, I uncovered the Truth of this verse in the study; “Plainer Words On…Every Man In His Own Order,” on our web site; It is not Christ being the firstfruits, but it is  “Christ’s firstfruits”).

1 Corinthians 15:23 informs the Bible student that the resurrections will involve multiple millions of the dead. The incalculable number of resurrections are staggering to the mind. However, the Lord Jesus assured Paul that the resurrections have already been planned, and it has been arranged in order; it is used metaphorically speaking. The word, “order” [tagma], is used in a military manner. To wit, the dead will be raised ranks, such as by a battalion, a company, a platoon, or as a squad. “Military manner” means no confusion but very precise.


Elijah- He will be raised from the dead at the beginning of the Day of Christ and be assigned the work of restoring man’s lost understanding of the divine idioms, signs, and figures of speech used throughout the Book of Revelation. The world will know what every word in Revelation means before anyone is called upon to face the things revealed in it (Malachi 4:5-6, Matthew 11:14 & 17:10-11).

Another one of Elijah’s first assignments is to set the boundaries for each Tribe in the Holy Land. The Biblical borders of the Tribes were not very precise. A look at most any Bible Atlas, and you will notice that the borders are not drawn as exact as they would be drawn today. Cartography was not a science in OT Times, or in Biblical NT Times.

Elijah will re-settle those who are bona fide Jews according to their Tribes. Therefore, the Twelve Tribes must have distinct borders. I would consider that the boundaries of the tribal nations should be as exact as possible. In Elijah’s time, boundaries were not exact. During the Pre-Millennial Dispensation, Cartography will be a fine art. He should have no problem finding quality map-makers. The Lord Jesus will give Elijah the direct boundary-lines for each Tribe. These will be given to the Cartographers. Elijah would not have been chosen by the Lord to do all of this restoration work had he not had the innate talent to direct all kinds of operations. 

Every Israelite who shows up in the Promised Land will be directed to the staging ground in “the wilderness of the people.” Elijah will be there and will be responsible for uniting the children to their fathers and restoring the families and the Tribes. It will be there that every child of Israel will find out who their fathers were, and what Tribe they belong to because the majority will have no idea what Tribe they belong to.

The Twelve Apostles – Will be resurrected and will plant their Tribe’s Flag within the Boundaries for each Tribe set by Elijah. They will be the Judge of their Tribe. They will be on site to receive the thousands of their tribesmen.

David the King of Israel – He, too, rises from among the dead as the Day of Christ begins. He awaits his countrymen to come marching up to Zion from their gathering point at Mount Sinai after their resurrection, or change. David will reign over Israel as their King, but his rule is subservient to Jesus Christ. Perhaps it can be said that during the Day of Christ, David is the Vice-Regent of the Lord Jesus Christ. David reigns for hundreds of years in resurrection.


This group perfectly fits as examples of those who heard God’s Word and believed God. Faith comes by hearing and hearing comes by the Word of God. 

Hebrews 11 explains how faith worked in 17 or 18 individual lives “and others.” I believe the best book ever written on the subject of “Faith” was E. W. Bullinger’s incomparable book—“THE  GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESSES.” It should be read by every Christian. 
In this study, I am not attempting to settle the question as who or what group is resurrected in what order, but rather, who will be living on the New Earth during the Day of Christ. Here is a listing of the names of “heroes” Dr. Bullinger examines in this work, “THE GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESSES:” Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Joseph, Moses’ parents, Moses,  Gideon, Rahab, Barak, Samson, Jephthae, Samuel, the prophets, “and others.”

 RESURRECTION will be the manner by which most of the New Earth’s inhabitants will appear. The Day of Christ can be characterized as the time when most all Resurrections will occur. This endeavor centers upon who, or what company gains entrance into the Pre-Millennial Kingdom of God. 


The next group to consider is what I call, “The Done Good People.” Among the living when the Day of Christ commences, there will be several different categories of mankind who will gain admittance to the Dispensation of the Pre-Millennial Kingdom of God. There will be people among the living who dwelled in the far-flung, out-of-the-way places of the world and had never heard of the Name of Jesus Christ. But, among these, there will be those who knew not Jesus Christ but have “done good in His sight.” They will inherit Kingdom life. Immortality will not be available to them until the 2nd Coming [the Parousia] of Christ. They will have natural bodies but no sin will be working in them. The curse of Adam’s sin has been removed. They are capable of having a life-span as that of a tree (Isaiah 65:22).

Who [Christ] will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life; ….  But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:” (Romans 2:6-7, 10).

In Acts 10, Peter had been divinely enlightened to deliver the Gospel to a Gentile, the Roman Centurion, Cornelius, and Peter extrapolated further by saying:

Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him” (Acts 10:34-35).

The living who do not qualify to enter the Pre-Millennial Kingdom of God, when it comes, will be cast into Hell Fire [Gehenna]; “And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life [Pre-Millennial Kingdom] with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire (Matthew 18:9). There, very well, may be Gehenna fires around the world when the new Earth is created as there will be the one S. E. of Jerusalem which has been there since antiquity. 

The dead, who do not qualify, remain in the state of death. The Lord ‘judges” everyone from Adam to the beginning of the Day of Christ—which is to say, Christ will “render to every man” (Romans 6:2), that is, EVERYONE beginning with Adam, the first man.


This is a company of Old Testament Jewish believers who were headed-up by the great Law Giver and Government Leader, the Prophet Moses. The Wilderness Government of the Israelites was called the “Kahall” in Hebrew. Moses chose the Kahall (see Exodus 18:21-22). Later, the LORD had Moses select seventy elders, and the LORD took the Spirit which was upon Moses and parceled-out the Spirit to the seventy elders. The elders evidently replaced the others who had been the Kahall.

The Wilderness Church [Kahall] will be raised in resurrection and find its place in the Pre-Millennial Kingdom. Along with them will be the “Body of Moses” (Jude 9). Moses’ Body were the Hebrews that left Egypt with Moses as their Leader, and they “were all baptized unto Moses in a cloud and in the sea” (1 Corinthians 10:2).


This company is made up of the Church [Ecclesia] who ruled over the believers during “The Acts of the Apostles.” The rulers would have been the Twelve Apostles. The Ecclesia of God and the Jewish believers, as well as, the saved Gentiles will find there place in the Kingdom also.


Husbands and wives will produce offspring during the Day of Christ. There will be no birth defects, still births, abortions, or unwanted children. The Adamic curse will be removed. I wonder will “Eve’s curse” on women also be removed?  That is to say, will childbearing be painless?

The Day of Christ will be a glorious age because the Lord Jesus Christ will have all Preeminence in all things. 


Copyright© 2015 by Thomas L. Ballinger 

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