What We Believe…

Christianity
Christianity is a religious system centered (1 Corinthians 3:11; Hebrews 10:7) on the life (John 21:25; Romans 5:6-11), teaching (Matthew 13:34-35), and most importantly  the atoning death (Romans 5:8-12;  2 Corinthians 5:18; 5:19; Romans 3:25), of Jesus of Nazareth, a historical individual presented in the New Testament.

Therefore, it is the New Testament Bible (Latin: biblia sacra = “holy book”) that is the founding document upon which Christianity stands or falls (1 Corinthians 2:13; 14:37; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20; 1 Thessalonians 2:4, 14).

And according to the overt teachings of the New Testament, which is established upon the foundation of the Old Testament (Matthew 5:17; Luke 24:27) Scriptures (Hebrew: Tenach or Tanakh = The Hebrew Scriptures; in Greek, “The Pentateuch”), fulfilling those things that God has uttered since the foundation of the earth (1 Peter 1:18-20; Hebrews 1:1-3) to humanity, following the choice of God to interact with a man named Abraham (Genesis 12:2-3; 15:1-6; 17:1-8), a Hebrew (“crossed over ~ [“the river”?]), then by prophetic extension through Abraham’s descendents (Genesis 21:12; Hebrews 11:18; Romans 9:7; Genesis 22:17; 26:2-5) who became a nation known as Israel (Isaiah 43:1).

God promised a divine anointed deliverer (“anointed” = Psalm 2:2, Daniel 9:25-26) referred to as the Messiah (“anointed ~ [“One”]), revealed to be Jesus Christ of Nazareth; who by the shedding of His blood became the atonement (Romans 5:11; “covering“: Exodus 30:10) for man’s sin (During His First Coming).

God utilized the Holy Spirit to lay the foundation of the church (Greek: ecclesia = “out of,” “a calling” “assembly“; Greek: kuriakos = “the Lord’s), and to inspire the apostles to communicate the fullness of the gospel (“Good News“) of Jesus Christ, known as the New Testament, and so working within humanity by indwelling believers, God fulfills the mystery of His Will until the completion of all things (Matthew 13:35; 1 Peter 1:18-23).

The Word of God
The Bible is the sole (OT = Deuteronomy 4:2; NT = Revelation 22:18-19) document for which Christianity is to be based, and is complete and without need of addition (Jude 1:3 “…once [for all ~ completely and singularly] delivered to the saints“).

The Bible (“Word of God”) is the complete and only authority of God’s revelation to man.

We believe in… 

Biblical Inspiration, which is the doctrine in Christian theology (Greek: theo = “god,” logy = “study or science” ~ “the study of God“) which teaches the divine origin of the Bible.  The Bible teaches its own divine inspiration (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).

Plenary Verbal Inspiration, which asserts that God inspired the complete (“Plenary” means: “full” or “complete“) text of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, including both historical and doctrinal details.  The word verbal affirms the idea that the inspiration extends to the very words the writers chose (Acts 20:27; 1:16).

Biblical Inerrancy, which is the doctrinal position that in its original form, the Bible is totally without errors; neither errors of fact (Material errors), nor internal contradictions (formal errors), both of which refer to the complete accuracy of Scripture (Hebrews 4:12).

Biblical Infallibility, which is the doctrinal position concerning the subjective consequences of divine inspiration; that is, the Bible is reliable and trustworthy to all who turn to it in search of God’s truth.  Biblical inerrancy and infallibility may be distinguished, but not separated (Hebrews 4:13).

Imperfect Transmission, inerrancy is generally attributed only to the original autographs, and recognizes the attention of imperfections inherent in their transmission: copying, translations (Such as, a cult’s intentional mistranslations in order to produce their own bibles that say what they wanted to say as opposed to what was originally written), et al., and the potential cultural, historical, and rhetorical gaps between the writer and the reader (Misunderstanding due to a lack of insight into Hebraic, Greek, and Aramaic idioms, nomenclature, and rhetorical devices), due to a misunderstanding of the idioms used (an example ~ 1 Corinthians 9:20).

The Godhead
There is One God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11), Creator of all things (Isaiah 42:5; 45:12), infinitely perfect and eternally existing (Psalm 41:13; 90:2) in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).

The term “Trinity” and “persons,” as related to the Godhead, while not found in the Scriptures are words in harmony with the Scripture, whereby we convey to others our immediate understanding of the doctrine of Christ respecting the being of God, as distinguished from “gods many and Lords many.”

We therefore may speak with propriety of the Lord our God, who is one Lord, as a Trinity or as One Being of three persons, and still be absolutely Scriptural (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

But we acknowledge that a finite man should have trouble defining an infinite God and are humbled in the attempt.

Christ taught a distinction of persons in the Godhead which He expressed in specific terms of relationship, yet as to its mode is inscrutable and incomprehensible (Luke 1:35; 1 Corinthians 1:24; Matthew 11:25-27; 28:19; 1 John 1:1-3).

There is unity of the One Being of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Accordingly, there is that in the Son which constitutes Him the Son and not the Father; and there is that in the Holy Ghost which constitutes Him the Holy Ghost and not either the Father or the Son.

Wherefore the Father is the Begetter, the Son is the Begotten; the Holy Ghost is the One proceeding from the Father and the Son.

Therefore, because these three persons in the Godhead are in a state of unity, there is but one Lord God Almighty (John 1:18; 15:26; 17:11, 21) and His name is One (Zechariah 14:9).

There is identity and cooperation in the Godhead.

The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are never identical as to personage; nor is there confusion as to relationship; nor is there division in respect to the Godhead; nor opposition as to cooperation.

Concerning the relationship of the Father and Son:

• The Son is with the Father and the Father is in the Son, as to relationship.
• The Son is with the Father and the Father is with the Son, as to fellowship.
• The Father is not from the Son, but the Son is from the Father, as to authority. 

Hence, neither one of these Persons of the Godhead either exist or works separately or independently of each other (John 5:17-37; John 8:17-19), nor is there division or opposition concerning the Holy Spirit (yet there is less information provided about the Holy Spirit, which is in subjection to God’s Will in regards to the anonymity He holds).

We believe…

The Father
God the Father is faithful (Deuteronomy 7:9; Psalms 40:10;1 John 1:9), pure (Psalm 12:6) and true (Psalm 119:160); while also merciful (Nehemiah 9:31; Psalm 103:8) and forgiving to His own (Psalm 103:17), yet righteous and just (Psalm 11:7; 19:9), beyond human understanding (Romans 11:34); all present (Psalm 139:8), all-powerful (Isaiah 40:26) and all-knowing (Acts 1518; Romans 11:33); beyond compare or contrast.

The Son
Jesus Christ is preeminent in the Bible (John 5:39), which presents Him as God incarnate (John 1:1-3), Messiah of Israel (Daniel 9:26), and Savior of the world (Luke 2:11; 2 Timothy 1:10), who according to God’s Will (Acts 2:22-24) was crucified for our sins (1 John 4:10) making atonement for mankind (Romans 5:11; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21); was buried, and bodily resurrected (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39.

That Jesus was conceived of the Holy Ghost (Luke 3:22) and born of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:27), was predicted in over 300 Old Testament passages (Hebrews 10:7) as the deliverer (Romans 11:26) of mankind, sinless (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Jesus is presently seated with His Father, on His Father’s Throne (Hebrews 8:1; 12:2), and will return to establish His Kingdom on the Planet Earth where He will rule on His own throne (Luke 1:21; Revelation 3:21) for a thousand years (Revelation 20:6).

The Biblical doctrine of preeminence belongs solely to Jesus Christ, and is seen in the following areas:

The title, “Lord Jesus Christ
The appellation, “Lord Jesus Christ,” is a proper name (found over 116 times).  In the New Testament it is never applied to either the Holy Spirit or the Father, and therefore belongs exclusively to Jesus of Nazareth (Romans 1:1-3, 7; 2 John 1:3).

The Lord Jesus Christ, “God with Us
The Lord Jesus Christ, as to His divine and eternal nature, is the proper and only begotten of the Father, but as to His human nature, He is the proper “Son of Man.”  He is, therefore, acknowledged to be both totally God and totally man (Beyond human understanding, because to do so would lower Him to our level); who because He is God and man is “Emmanuel,” meaning: “God with us(Matthew 1:23;1 John 4:2, 10, 14; Revelation 1:13, 17-18).

The title, “Son of God
Since the name “Emmanuel” embraces both God and man in the One Person, the Lord Jesus Christ, it follows that the title “Son of Man,” describes His proper humanity, wherein the “Son of God” refers to His deity.

Therefore, the title, “Son of God,” belongs to the order of eternity, and the title the “Son of Man” to the order of time (Hebrews 1:1-13; Matthew 1:21-23; 2 John 1:3; 1 John 3:8; Hebrews 7: 3).

Wherefore, since the Father has delivered all judgment unto the Son, it is not only the express duty of all in heaven and on earth to bow the knee, but it is an unspeakable joy in the Holy Ghost to ascribe unto the Son all the attributes of deity, and to give Him all the honor and glory contained in all the names and titles of the Godhead (Except those which express relationship as noted above) and thus honor the Son even as we honor the Father (John 5:22-23; 1 Peter 1:8; Revelation 5:6-14; Philippians 2:8-9; Revelation 4:8-11; 7:9-10).

And…

Transgression of the Doctrine of Christ
Wherefore, it is a transgression of the Doctrine of Christ to say that Jesus Christ derived the title, “Son of God” solely from the fact of the incarnation, or because of His relation to the economy of redemption.

Therefore, to deny that the Son is a real and eternal Son, is to deny that the Father is a real and eternal Father, and therein a denial of the distinction and relationship in the Being of God; and a displacement of the truth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh (2 John 1:9; John 1:1-2, 14, 18, 29, 49; 1 John 2:22-23, 4:1-5; Hebrews 12:2).

Exaltation of Jesus Christ as Lord
The Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, having by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; angels and principalities and powers (Ranking entities created by God mainly known as Angels: “messengers” – Romans 8:38; Ephesians 3:10; 6:12; Colossians 2:15) having been made subject under Him (Colossians 1:16; Titus 3:1).

And having been made both Lord and Christ, He sent the Holy Ghost that we, in the name of Jesus, might bow our knees and confess Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father until the end, when the Son shall make everything become subject to the Father, that God may be all in all (Hebrews 1:3; 1 Peter 3:22; Acts 2:32-36; Romans 14:11; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28).

Equal honor to the Father and to the Son
Wherefore, since the Father has delivered all judgment unto the Son, it is not only the express duty of all in heaven and on earth to bow the knee, but it is an unspeakable joy in the Holy Ghost to ascribe unto the Son all the attributes of deity, and to give Him all the honor and glory contained in all the names and titles of the Godhead (Except those which express relationship as noted above) and thus honor the Son even as we honor the Father (John 5:22-23; 1 Peter 1:8; Revelation 5:6-14; Philippians 2:8-9; Revelation 4:8-11; 7:9-10).

The Holy Ghost
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 5:7), an individual whose ministry is to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ in anonymity (John 16:13-14), to convict men of sin (“reprove” ~ John 16:8), regenerate the believing sinner (Titus 3:5), and indwell (John 3:5; 14:17), guide and instruct (John 14:26), and empower believers (Luke 24:49), equipping the Saints (Greek: hagios = “set apart ones“) for the work of the ministry (Greek: diakonua = “service“) of the church (Ephesians 4:11-12).

Man
Man was originally created in the image of God (Adam alone was created in God’s Holy image: Genesis 1:26-27; ~ You & I are created in the image of fallen man, who was originally created in God’s Holy image), and given a free will; freely chose to disobey God (Romans 5:12-19) by refusing to display trust in God and His ability to deal with the sin (Greek: hamartia = “missing the mark“) of the woman Eve and so became a fallen or sinful creature.

Therefore, as the lineage of man flows from Adam after the fall and whereby having sin introduced into humanity: “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God(Romans 3:23).

Salvation
Salvation is by grace through faith, and faith alone (Ephesians 2:8), which is complete reliance upon God (in the shed blood of Jesus Christ ~ Luke 22:20); referred to as the gospel, (“good news” is defined in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4) concerning God’s propitiation (“appeasing God’s wrath” that we would be reconciled to Him ~ Romans 3:25; 1 John 2:2; 4:10) for sin (Greek: hamartia = “missing the mark“) in the form of the sacrificial and atoning (taking our place by covering our sins and paying the price for them) death of His Son Jesus Christ (John 14:6) in order to impute (declare it legally acquitted) onto man undeserved forgiveness (“mercy” ~ 1 Peter 1:3; 2:10; Romans 11:30-32).

Faith gives man what man did not deserve (“grace” ~ Hebrews 4:16; 1 Peter 4:10; Titus 2:11; 3:7) by being adopted as sons and daughters (Ephesians 1:5; Galatians 4:5), sealed with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:23; 4:30), and that this faith (Greek: Písteuo? = “to believe to the point that behavior is changed based upon that belief” ~ Hebrews 10:38; Galatians 3:11;- better yet Hebrews 11:1-40) which is the foundation of a relationship with God, culminates in repentance of sin (“to change one’s mind” = “to put one’s trust in God and to believe Him as opposed to perdition” ~ Mark 1:15; [REPENTANCE IS NOT A MERE VERBAL CONFESSION – IT IS A CHANGING OF A PERSON’S MINDSET – TRANSFORMING FROM MAN’S SINFUL SELF RELIANCE & PRIDE TO TRUSTING SOLEY UPON & IN GOD, AS ACCORDING TO HIS WORD],  it is far more than stopping a particular sin – it is life changing because a person’s whole belief system changes), which is a synonym for Biblical faith (in that believing what the Gospel says about sin and changing a person’s direction from going their own way to God’s way concerning sin and salvation is repentance), which displays a full committed reliance upon God (Matthew 6:8; 6:25-34), not based upon human (Proverbs 3:5) perceptions (2 Corinthians 5:7), nor contingent upon human effort (Ephesians 2:9), but fully and completely grounded in faith alone (Hebrews 11:6) wherein God chooses to make us right with Himself (Romans 3:24).

Faith is more than mere belief, which is cognitive (James 2:19), and is always seen in behaviors which display (James 2:17-18) this trust (Psalms 23:4), yet never presumptuous concerning (1 Thessalonians 5:17) petition (1 John 5:14:”… according to His will”), used as a tool to attempt to manipulate God simply to receive self-serving desires (James 4:3), it is the vehicle by which Christ lives in our hearts (Ephesians 3:17; 1 Peter 3:15).

Faith is a lifestyle (Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:39), commonly referred to as a walk (Romans 4:12), which is seen in habitual behaviors displaying this reliance (1 Peter 5:6-7) upon God (James 2: 14) as opposed to self (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Biblical Faith
Biblical faith is found in God’s word because of the consistency of witnessing miracle after miracle exhibited in God’s word, with the end result being that truly this book could not have been authored by man, but must have been offered by He who can see the ending from the beginning – God Himself, wherein this book deserves our greatest attention as God’s revelation to man.  Biblical faith is to be primarily based upon an interaction with God’s word, as is declared in Romans 10:17, which states:

Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God

The Source of Biblical Faith
Biblical faith is created and grown wherein as a person reads the Bible, and the Holy Spirit opens their spiritual eyes to perceive that which is laid out, it is a logical reasonable process of coming to the conclusion that this book could not have been written by mortal man (2 Timothy 3:16), because:

1) There are prophecies given in Old Testament, that are fulfilled in the New Testament.
2) There are prophecies given within the Bible as a whole, which are fulfilled since it’s closing.
3) There are scientific and natural insights presented in the Bible, which were once considered completely false; in time, science has caught up with the Bible proving that it was correct in the first place, and that it is beyond human insight.
4) There is deep wisdom that is written between its pages, which are far beyond the capacity of a human being to create.
5) There are internal evidences found in the Bible when it is crossed-referenced within itself in such a way that it is obvious that 40 different men could not have utilized the exact same type of “Figures of Speech,” including: typology, such as seen in metaphorsimilesmodels; along with prophetic symbols as seen in even the use of numberscolorseventsmaterial and substancesdatesmathematicsnamesroles, and even people’s personality and lives; all done to portray a shadow of things to come rather in heaven, or in the particular case of Jesus, the fulfillment of the Messiah; as witnessed in His First and Second coming – as well as Last Days events – all done in such a way that the only explanation is that God orchestrated the creation of this Book.

All leading to the conclusion that this book was not written by man, but by a God that is outside of our time domain, who can see the ending from the beginning (Isaiah 46:9-10); who is all-powerful, and in total control of His creation (Isaiah 45:5-7), and therefore worthy of our complete trust and faith in what He has said and what He will do (Isaiah 46; Jeremiah 29:11).

While experience may add to faith, if a person’s faith is based solely or even mainly upon experience (Which can be common these days), then it is based upon human senses (The word experience mandates the use of the five senses ~ human senses), which are inconsistent and this is opposed in Scripture (“for we walk by faith, not by sight” 2 Cor. 5:7)

Experience can be misunderstood, deceitful, and inconsistent; yet God’s Word is none of these.

Experience is subjective at its best, and misleading at its worst.  It is only when experience is based solely upon God’s Word and not human interpretation or intuition that experience can be utilized rationally.

It is this author’s primary presupposition that by analyzing God’s Word and identifying the internal inexplicable, enigmatic, unfathomable, and incomprehensible insights that are found in and below the text, that the only conceivable explanation is that this book could not have been engineered by human contrivance.

Therefore, the only rational conclusion is that the Bible is divinely designed and authored by God (Men were the scribes, using their own words that were engrafted by the Holy Spirit, something only God could do), and that if God wrote a book this proves His existence.

And that due to the infallibility of this book – it is solely worthy as the only guide for our daily walk.

And based on this infallible “Word of God;” faith (Faith – there is no other virtue known to man that pleases God [Heb. 11:6], therefore, it is faith that deserves our unending attention in learning how to please God more and more) is achieved by reading and studying it (salvation starts with God’s Word [“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever” ~ 1 Peter 1:23] and grows with God’s Word).

Romans 10:17 states:

Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by [through] the Word of God.

Water Baptism
Water Baptism is by water immersion, which is biblically commanded (Acts 10:48) as an outward expression (“declaration“) of our personal understanding of being saved by Jesus’ sacrifice and of being united in God’s family (baptism: “being immersed / combined with” ~ in God), and understood to be a sacrament of the Church (Matthew 28:19).

The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is an outward expression (1 Corinthians 11:24) of the believer celebrating Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection in place of the sinner until Christ’s return.

This is to be observed until Christ returns, and is understood to be a sacrament of the Church (Matthew 26:26-30; 1 Corinthians 11:24-27).

The Church
The Church of God is the “body of Christ;” composed of those individuals who through personal faith in Jesus Christ have been indwelt (John 1417), regenerated (Titus 3:5), sanctified (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Ephesians 5:26; Hebrews 13:12), empowered (Acts 1:8), and equipped by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:11); in order to fulfill the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12) as ordained by Jesus Christ until the day in which He gathers the church, those “out called ones(“belonging to the Lord“) to Himself.

The Rapture
The Rapture (Greek: harpazo = “caught up,” to be “snatched away by force” ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:17) is the imminent (“soon…, and without warning“), return of Jesus Christ in the clouds (Acts 1:9 ~ Luke 21:27), not to the Earth, yet to the atmosphere to draw the believers to Himself (1 Thessalonians 4:17) to take back with Him to heaven until all is fulfilled and He returns with His Saints to the Earth itself.

If the doctrine of the Rapture is a myth, then by necessity, after His first coming to die for the sins of the world, Christ would only return one other time, which we call “the 2nd Coming of Christ” – it would be a one-time occurrence.

Therefore, if they are our descriptions of 2 quite different events concerning Christ’s returning to earth (once only to the air / clouds [1 Thess. 4:17]; and the other to touch His feet upon the ground [Luke 17:30] ~ ), then by necessity one of those must be the Rapture.

It needs to be remembered that the 2nd coming is with Jesus touching upon the Earth, whereas the Rapture is  Jesus’ only coming in the air and collecting His own to take back with Him to heaven prior the seven-year period referred to as the Tribulation.

The  tribulation is a 7 year period of time in which there is a distinction between the first 3 and a half years in the second 3 and half years.

During the first 3 and a half years, the Antichrist sets up his rulership, and makes a 7 year covenant, most likely referred to as a treaty with Israel.

Halfway through the treaty, 3 and a half years after the start of the tribulation is when he reveals his true identity because of the behaviors which the Bible attributes to the individual we refer to as the Antichrist.

This last half of the tribulation  (3 1/2 of the years) which is the time referred in the OT as:  “Jacob’s Trouble’s (Jer. 30:7 ~ Matt. 24:3, Mk. 13:3) is a time in which Great Tribulation is normally recognized due to the severity of events and is a time so terrible which has never been known before upon the earth, nor never after (Matt. 24:21)

In considering the doctrine of the Rapture, perhaps the best tool of examination of this doctrine is that of comparison and contrast. 

Rapture                                               Second Coming
Translation of believers                     No translation
Translated saints go to heaven         Translated Saints return to earth
Earth is not judged                             Earth is judged
Eminent – any moment                    Follows defined predicted signs
Sign-less                                               Has Signs
Not in the Old Testament                 Predicted in the Old Testament
Affects believers only                         Affects all men
Before the day of wrath                     Concludes the day of wrath
No reference to Satan                        Satan is bound
Jesus comes for His own                  Jesus comes with His own
Jesus comes to the air (Clouds)      Jesus comes in clouds
……………………………………..             then to earth (Mount of Olives)
Jesus comes to claim His bride      Jesus comes with His bride
Only His own see Him                      Every eye shall see Him
Great tribulation begins                   Millennium begins
Church believers only                       Old Testament saved raised later

The following Scriptures reference support the Rapture:

John 14:1-3; 1 Thess.  4:13-15; 1 Thess.  4:16-17; 1 Cor. 15:52; 1 Thess. 5:1-5-9; 2 Thess. 2:3-5; 2 Thess. 2:1-2; 2 Thess. 2:6-8; 2 Thess. 2:9-11; Jude 1:14 (the only explanation for Christ coming with His Saints at His second coming, is that the Saints were are ready caught up with Him prior to this event).

The following Scriptures display the differences between the Rapture & the Second Coming: 

The Rapture                        The  Second Coming
John 14:1-3                                 Daniel 2:44-45
Romans 8:19                               Daniel 7:9-14
1 Cor 1:7-8                                   Daniel 12:1-3
1 Cor 15:1-53                              Zech 14:1-15
1 Cor 16:22                                  Matt 13:41
Phil 3:20-21                                Matt 24:15-31
Col 3:4                                           Matt 26:64
1 Thess 1:10                                Mark 13:14-27
1 Thess 2:19                                Mark 14:62
1 Thess 4:13-18                         Luke 21:25-28
1 Thess 5:9                                  Acts 1:9-11
1 Thess 5:23                               Acts 3:19-21
2 Thess 2:1, (3?)                       1 Thess 3:13
1 Tim 6:14                                   2 Thess 1:6-10
2 Tim 4:1                                     2 Thess 2:8
Titus 2:13                                    2 Peter 3:1-14
Heb 9:28                                     Jude 14-15
James 5:7-9                              Rev 1:7
1 Peter 1:7, 13                          Rev 19:11-20:6
1 John 2:28-3:2                       Rev 22:7, 12, 20
Jude 21
Rev 2:25
Rev 3:10

Eschatological Timeline
1.         The Rapture (1 Thess. 4:17)
2.         The Judgment Seat (“Bema Seat”) of Christ (Rom. 14:10; 2 Cor. 5:10)
3.         The Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19:7)
4.         The Second Coming of Christ (Luke 17:30)
5.         The Judgment of the Nations – Sheep & Goats (Matthew 25:31-46)
6.         Satan Bound for 1000 Years (Rev. 20:3)
7.         The Final Judgment – White Throne (Rev. 20:11)
8.         The New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:2)

The Second Coming of Christ
The Second Coming of Christ is the personal return of Jesus Christ (Revelation 19:11) to and on the Earth to fulfill all prophecies concerning God’s Will in judging the world and establishing His millennial (Greek: chilliasm “thousand”) kingdom.

Every eye shall see Him (Matthew 24:30; Revelation 1:7, Revelation 19:11-21).

The Millennium
The Millennial Kingdom of Christ is 1000 year period (Revelation 20:4) in which Jesus will literally fulfill (Luke 1:21; Revelation 3:21) those predictions that the Messiah would rule over Israel upon David’s throne.

A time at which Christ and those chosen believers will rule (Revelation 20:6) on Earth from Jerusalem, where Satan will be bound (Revelation 20:2) and then loosed at the end (Revelation 20:3), and will culminate in the white throne judgment of unbelievers (Revelation 20:5).

The Great Resurrection
The Great Resurrection of the dead (And those alive as well) to either everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; or to the White Throne Judgment of the unbeliever to eternal and everlasting conscious punishment in hell (1 Corinthians 15:42; Revelation 20:5; Hebrews 6:2; Philippians 3:11).

 

6 comments

  1. Kathy Fisher · ·

    What a tremendous presentation of your doctrinal statement, which is 100% consistent with my own beliefs, based upon the truths presented clearly in God’s Word. Thank you, Brent, for choosing this media format, to share the truths of the Bible, and the insights that the Holy Spirit has given you. I look forward each time to reading your latest writings.

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  2. Kathy,
    Thank you very much for your kind and encouraging words.

    It is very rare that I hear from people, yet I am reminded that it is not for the ears of the many that I speak, but for an audience of one.

    Years ago, I used to love to speak in front of large audiences concerning God and his precious word, and the insights that the Holy Spirit opens up to us especially whenever we diligently seek to understand the original language that he chose to use to speak to us.

    To watch people sit on the edge of their seats, or to express that what they just heard is something new and amazing, is a blessing beyond compare for those that would attempt to teach God’s word.

    Then came a time where I felt like God was speaking to my heart, asking if it was the people that I spoke, as well as my own sense of fulfillment; or was it for him alone.

    The introspection of this drove me to a place of seeking to speak to one person at a time.

    In fact the environment was quite amazing that this all took place. I was doing rounds as a volunteer chaplain when I felt God speaking to me about this issue.

    I had no idea what was going to take place.

    The way that I perceive this was to see myself on the stage of a large auditorium, yet of the hundreds of seats there was only one attendee, I knew that this was one of the most important presentations I’ve ever done, because the single attendee was God.

    This should be our motivation for everything we do.

    I’ve come to learn that due to the corruption of our fallen nature everything that we would ever do to SEEMS to benefit others, and APPEARS to be a holy and sacrificial work for others, can and many times is done for ourselves, for our own benefits – we can and do corrupt everything.

    You see even if no one sees another believers acts of kindness toward someone else, yet they feel a sense of purpose and fulfillment which many others never recognize is their motivation; self-fulfillment is an amazingly deceiving part of being a fallen human.

    I’ve known many people that don’t realize that they do things solely for themselves and how they see others watching them – for other men’s eyes.

    Anyway back to the story.

    As I was making rounds dealing with this in praying for God’s discernment, a lady walked up to me and asked if I was a chaplain.

    I said yes, and could I help her.

    She stated that she was a born-again believer, and her employer who was in a coma at the hospital was a Catholic, and she was looking for a Catholic priest to speak to him, and that she was afraid he was dying.

    I offered to get a Catholic priest for her, and also to speak to him myself if she wanted.

    Many years ago in my youth and arrogance I would’ve presumptuously just said let me talk to them.

    Yet I found out that you must “do the right things the right way.”

    And offering to get a Catholic priest for a Catholic was the right thing, yet I knew that God was in control and if he wanted me to speak to this man, he would arrange it, and I would not need to manipulate or take advantage of the situation.

    Her answer was, she really didn’t need a priest if I would come and speak to them.

    Now here I was speaking to a man in a coma, who we know that individuals in comas are normally aware of their situation around them and can hear and understand what is said to them, a single individual who didn’t know Jesus Christ is Lord.

    I spent a couple of hours starting with Isaiah 52 and the suffering servant, the Messiah; and how Jesus fulfilled over 100 prophecies, proving the authenticity and authority of the word of God, presenting the gospel based on faith not presumption, offering this man salvation from God’s word.

    I learned from this point on, that you do what God wants you to do, that speaking to one person at a time, by discipling one person at a time; you fulfill God’s will perhaps more in line with the New Testament model, then anything else that you or I can do as believers.

    This means that many times you may spend untold hours as I have on this website, and very rarely hear from people – yet I feel the Holy Spirit reaffirming what he did years ago that we all are on a stage in life, that the things that happened to us are of less importance, than the way we respond to them while in front of an audience of one, God.

    Yet the reason I’m saying these words to you (and myself as well) is daily we have the ability to serve God one-on-one with a hurting world, many times giving a cup of cold water, weeping with those that weep (I am now on paid staff as a lead chaplain of a regional hospital, and this is what I find myself doing most of the time – words don’t help when you lose somebody that is close to you, yet even when they see a stranger gently weeping [in a corner, out of care, not acting], this validates the love and the worth of the person they just lost, while also demonstrating the love of Christ); for it is not in the big deeds in life that display our faith and trust in God.

    It is in the small things where obedience based on faith many times pleases our Father (Heb. 11:6).

    So, again thank you Kathy for your words of encouragement.

    And may we find opportunities daily not only to speak the gospel to people, but to wash feet, give cups of cold water, and display sacrificial love in silence; because we know that it is for our audience of one that we act in obedience and faith. Brent

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  3. debd46 · ·

    Brent, I came across your blog when doing some research on soul, heart and mind. I was so impressed with what you have written that I wanted to know what you believed. I am no less impressed by what I have read here.

    I believe there is a purpose for this connection and count it a privilege to reap from the many hours of your life that have been poured out on this platform. I also count it a privilege to journey a spell with you…blessings ~ Debra

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  4. Debra,
    Thank you very much for your kind words.

    I too believe that there are no true accidents in life when it comes to the connections we make in our spiritual journey. As you probably know, in the Hebrew language, the language which God instructed his people, there is no word for “coincidence,” they have no concept of the idea that something is an accident with no purpose.

    This is not to say there are not many situations both pleasant and tragic which we do not know the purpose that our Lord and Savior has allowed these in our lives.

    But this does fulfill Romans 8:28, where it does NOT say all things that happen to us are good, but with great assurance it does say that all things work together for good.

    “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8:28)

    The Greek word that is translated into the English “for’ is eis, and is a primary preposition which carries the idea of motion towards something that is anticipated, it holds the idea of purpose.

    Some might say that it follows the same line of thought as a definite article in the English, indicating that it is a particular “good” that is spoken of, not something general or generic in nature, but specific full of hope, promise, and fulfillment of great blessing.

    I believe that Isaiah 64:4 references this (Paul quotes this passage in first Corinthians 2:9-10)

    For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.”

    The word “wait” here holds the idea of exercising faith, trust that God will take care of us, as opposed to us running around like chickens with their heads cut off, reacting to the things that occur in the world.

    In the Old Testament he that waited upon the Lord displayed a trust and faith in the Lord, that He was in control and there was no reason to go forward until God instructed one to do so, and that in the interlude, because of God’s love and power we are always secure – this is the blessing of faith in our God on this side of deaths door; and the Isaiah and Roman passages pronounce that we have no concept or ability to understand what awaits us on the other side of deaths door, in His presence, secure with Him throughout eternity.

    Thanks again for your kind words. Brent

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  5. Excellent very well organized.

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  6. Thanks, Randolph. Brent

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