Understanding God's Plan of Universal Reconciliation for All
Understanding God's Plan of Universal Reconciliation for All
There are seven foundational biblical truths which are:
1. The truth of Father God
2. The truth of the Son of God
3. The truth of God’s Creation
4. The truth of Sin and God’s Judgement
5. The truth of Israel, God’s chosen nation
6. The truth of the Church, God’s chosen people
7. The truth of the Kingdom of God
Let us now consider each of these truths in turn.
1. THE TRUTH OF FATHER GOD
There is only one true God who is Father God as confirmed by the Son of God, Jesus Christ Himself.
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
Yes indeed, there is only one true God who is Father God. However, it must be clearly understood that when Jesus Christ says that His Father is the only true God, it does not mean that He, Jesus, is therefore a false God. The clear truth of the Bible is that there are two Gods in the one God Family of Father and Son, God the Father and God the Son. God the Father is always greater than God the Son, and the Son is always subordinate and obedient to His Father God. This is one important reason why Jesus Christ says that His Father is the only true God, whom Jesus Christ Himself worships, exalts and glorifies. Jesus is absolutely not co-equal to His Father God, as believed in the false unbiblical doctrine of the Trinity, which actually breaks the First Commandment, “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3). We shall soon cover the truth of the Son of God in great detail, but let us first continue to understand the truth of Father God.
Father God is Spirit and the only true God because He alone is truly eternal with no beginning. He is the Almighty (Revelation 21:22), the Most High God (Psalm 78:56, Hebrews 7:1). There is no other God like Him or beside Him (Isaiah 43:10, 44:6). He is the Father of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and He is the source of absolutely everything; all living and non-living things. Father God is Holy, Righteous, Love, Just, Gracious, Merciful and Forgiving. He is Omnipotent (all-powerful), Omnipresent (all-present) and Omniscient (all-knowing) through the presence and power of His Spirit.
Father God is Spirit, but He is also a Person; He is a Spirit Person. It is important to understand that Father God is an actual Person seated on His throne in heaven. He is not a formless, ethereal, impersonal spirit. God has created us in His own image; we are persons and God is also a Person. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible encourages us to have a personal relationship with our heavenly Father God, which is similar in ways to a child having a personal relationship with a loving earthly father.
The Personal Name of Father God
Just like all of us, Father God has His own personal name and so does the Son of God. The Bible challenges us to find out the names of Father God and His Son.
Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name, if you know?
We all know that the personal name of the Son of God is Jesus in English, which is Yeshua in Hebrew, but do we all know what the personal name of Father God is?
The personal name of Father God in Hebrew is the four-letter word YHWH, also spelt as YHVH, and referred to by the term Tetragrammaton because it does not contain any vowels; therefore, nobody knows its exact pronunciation. However, there are three recognised pronunciations and spellings, which are Yahweh, Yahveh and Jehovah. We do not believe that any one of these is more correct than the other two, however, our preferred pronunciation and spelling is Yahweh, and that is the one we have chosen to use in this book.
Nowhere does the Bible tell us, as orthodox Jews believe, to avoid calling upon the name of Father God just because nobody knows the exact pronunciation of YHWH or its other spelling YHVH. On the contrary, the Bible often encourages us to use the personal name of Father God.
The personal name of Father God, Yahweh, occurs over 6200 times in Hebrew Old Testament Scripture, yet very few people know that Father God has a personal name. This is because, without any justification, the personal name of Father God has been mistranslated to represent a title ‘the LORD’ in most popular English Bibles like the KJV, NKJV, NIV, NASB and RSV.
The Bible specifically says many times, over and over again, that Father God’s personal name is Yahweh.
I am the Lord (Yahweh), this is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images.
King David, a man after God’s own heart, knew the tremendous importance of knowing the personal name of Father God. In Psalms, King David urges us to love God’s name (Psalm 5:11), to sing praises unto His name (Psalm 7:17), to know His name (Psalm 9:10), to declare His name (Psalm 22:22), to exalt His name (Psalm 34:3) and to bless His name (Psalm 96:2).
The Family Name of Father God
God is a Family of Father and Son, not a Trinity. It is an extremely exciting truth of the Bible that Father God, through His only begotten Son, is in the process of increasing His Family to ultimately include all angels and all men, without a single exception, as created sons of God.
We have already seen that God’s Personal name is Yahweh, but what about His family name? It is very important to understand that the name God is not the personal name of Father God, but it is His family name. The name God is the translation of the Hebrew word Elohim and the Greek word Theos, and altogether they occur approximately 4400 times in the Bible. Most of these times, God refers to Father God, Yahweh God, who is the only true God. However, on a few occasions, the Bible also refers to the Son of God, Jesus Christ, as God. This is because the name God is the God family name representing either or both members of the one God Elohim family of Father and Son.
Let us prove the truth that God is a family name by looking at the very first verse of the Bible.
In the beginning God (Elohim in Hebrew), created the heavens and the earth.
Now, let us ask you a question. Who created the heavens and the earth? Which of the following five answers is correct?
14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.
This scripture confirms that the whole family in heaven and earth will bear the Family name of Father God, which is the name Elohim.
Hebrew 2:10-12 (NIV)
10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. 12 He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises.”
Yes, it is Father God’s purpose that through His Son’s sacrifice on the cross, He will bring many sons to glory by bringing them into His Family. Other scriptures confirm that many sons literally means the whole of humanity without a single exception.
In fact, it is the destiny of every human being and every angel to enter the Eternal Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth, as sons of God, and be part of the one huge Family of God; the Elohim Family of the one true Father God, Yahweh Elohim, and His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, Yeshua Elohim.
This is why the Bible refers to both angels and men, not only as sons of God but also as gods, elohims (Genesis 6:2, Psalm 82:1, Psalm 82:6, John 10:34). Of course, in this present fallen evil world, there are many strange foreign gods and pagan gods, elohims (Genesis 35:2, Exodus 12:12), but this will all change once the only true Elohim, Father God has reconciled to Himself absolutely all things on earth and in heaven having made peace through the shed blood of His Son on the cross (Colossians 1:15-20).
The most important and central truth of the Bible, without any doubt, is the truth of the only begotten Son of God because without accepting and believing in the true Jesus Christ, Yeshua Elohim, of the Bible, you are not able to come to believe in the only true Father God, Yahweh Elohim. As Jesus Christ says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). It is our hope and prayer that you will have the revelation of who the true Christ of the Bible is, as explained in the following section entitled, ‘The Truth of the Son of God’. However, before we discuss the truth of the Son of God, we need to make a brief comment about the Holy Spirit and the Trinity doctrine.
The Holy Spirit: The Bible never speaks about one triune God consisting of three co-equal Persons of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as taught in the illogical, contradictory and unbiblical doctrine of the Trinity. Many times, the Bible says that the Son sits at His Father’s right hand, but nowhere does it say that the Holy Spirit sits next to the Father or the Son because there is no third Person of God in heaven or on earth. The terms, ‘the Spirit of God’, ‘the Spirit of the Lord’ and ‘the Holy Spirit’, which occur approximately 120 times in the Bible, refer to the spiritual presence and power of God or to Father God Himself, who is Holy and Spirit. In Chapter 26, we give full details of why the Trinity is an unbiblical doctrine.
2. THE TRUTH OF THE SON OF GOD
The most powerful, central and glorious truth of the whole of the Bible is the truth that Jesus Christ is truly the Son of God by birth, His only begotten Son.
It is a shocking fact that the whole world of Christianity, as we know it today, denies the truth of the Bible that Jesus Christ is His Father God’s only begotten Son. All Christian denominations say they believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, but in reality what the Bible says and means and what they say and believe are two absolutely different things. Let us now clearly understand what the Bible means when it says that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:16 (NKJV)
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 is the most quoted verse in the whole of the Bible, but most Christians do not understand or realise that the doctrine of the Trinity totally contradicts this truth that Jesus Christ is indeed the only begotten Son of His Father God. So, let us now clearly understand from the Bible that there is no other Jesus Christ than the Jesus Christ who is the only begotten Son of God.
1 John 4:9
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten (monogenēs) Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
Yes indeed, Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God. It would have been impossible for Father God to send His only begotten Son into the world if He did not have a Son to send in the first place. So, this verse like many others clearly confirms that Jesus Christ pre-existed as the only begotten Son of God before He existed as the Son of Man through His virgin birth. The Bible is clear that the only begotten Son of God was born of His Father God before the world existed, before the heavens and the earth were created, and it was He who became flesh, in the womb of the Virgin Mary, to die on the cross for the sins of the whole world, and to save this whole fallen world of sinful men and sinful angels, without a single exception.
This is the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and the most important and central truth of the Bible, which must be understood and believed by everyone, and it will be understood and believed by all of humanity without a single exception, because it is God’s purpose that this will happen in His time and order. So, please take time to read and prayerfully study this life changing, God exalting truth expounded in detail below. Your very salvation depends upon understanding and believing in the true Son of God, Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world.
The Greek word for ‘only begotten’ is monogenēs. Let us now fully understand the huge significance of this God inspired Greek word.
Monogenēs is a compound word consisting of mono meaning only, and gennesis, meaning birth. Our study of this Greek word from various scholarly sources, including Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, clearly tells us that the monogenēs Son when referring to Jesus Christ means that He is the one and only Son begotten (birthed) by His Father God, and that the Son is absolutely unique in that He is of the same nature and kind as His Father. Above all, the Bible itself clearly and powerfully confirms that this is the true meaning of monogenēs as we fully demonstrate below. Any other meaning of this word brings contradiction into the Word of God.
Monogenēs is used nine times in the original Greek Manuscripts of the New Testament. Three times it refers to a single child born in a Jewish family (Luke 7:12, 8:42 and 9:38). A monogenēs child means that it is the one and only child (son or daughter) born into that family.
Four times monogenēs is used to emphasise the truth that Jesus Christ is the only begotten (born) Son of His Father God in John 1:14, John 3:16, 18 and 1 John 4:9. We have already quoted two of these verses, John 3:16 and 1 John 4:9 above. So, let us now give you the remaining two verses where the Bible says that Jesus Christ is only begotten (born) Son of His Father God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten (monogenēs) of the Father, full of grace and truth.
He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten (monogenēs) Son of God.
Father and Son make a family, not a Trinity. Jesus is a monogenēs Son, meaning that Jesus is the one and only Son born of Father God in the One God Family of Father and Son.
One time, in John 1:18, monogenēs is used to confirm the truth that Jesus Christ is the only begotten God, proving the truth that God the Father (Yahweh Elohim) gave birth to God the Son (Yeshua Elohim).
John 1:18 (NASB)
No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten (monogenēs) God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.
This is how the New American Standard Bible (NASB) correctly translates this verse in accordance with the oldest known Greek Manuscripts, P66 and P75. Most Bible versions reject the original inspired meaning and mistranslate it to say ‘the only begotten Son’ instead of ‘the only begotten God’.
Jesus Christ is both, the only begotten Son of God and the only begotten God. God the Father begot God the Son who is of the same nature and kind as His Father because He originated from His Father’s very Person (John 8:42). Spirit God the Father, Yahweh Elohim, birthed Spirit God the Son, Yeshua Elohim, before the world existed, before the creation of the heavens and the earth.
Some modern English translations of the New Testament like the NIV and RSV which support the doctrine of the Trinity, have downgraded the importance of the Greek word monogenēs. They mistranslate monogenēs to mean ‘the only Son’ instead of ‘the only begotten Son’. In fact, to call Jesus Christ ‘the only Son of God’ brings contradiction into the Word of God because the Bible refers to many sons of God. Both angels and men are also called sons of God in the Bible. The crucial difference is that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, whilst angels and men are all created sons of God.
Yes, Father God, the only true God actually gave birth to His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Here, we are talking about the Spirit birth of Jesus Christ before the creation of the world, and not His Human virgin birth approximately two thousand years ago. God the Father, who is Spirit, begot (birthed) God the Son, who is also Spirit. Spirit begot Spirit. The Spirit birth of Jesus Christ happened in the beginning, before the foundation of the world, before Father God created the universe and everything in it through His only begotten Son.
How could Father God, who has no wife, have begotten a Son who is also clearly referred to as God in the Bible? How could God have begotten God? Father God is Spirit and He did not need a wife to beget His Son. The truth of the Bible that Father God actually birthed His Son is a great stumbling block for most people to accept the Word of God at its face value. We shall soon explain this life changing and God exalting truth in greater detail.
Let us first understand the huge significance of why monogenēs is also used in the Bible, one more time, to refer to Isaac as the only begotten son of Abraham.
The Bible in Matthew 1:2 says ‘Abraham begot Isaac’. Of course, we know that it was actually Sarah who birthed Isaac. However, Scripture says that it was Abraham who begot Isaac because firstly, the seed of Isaac had to have been present in Abraham’s body before the birth of Isaac was possible. In the genealogy of Christ and elsewhere, the Bible speaks in terms of men rather than women begetting children.
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten (monogenēs) son, 18 of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.”
We know that Abraham had other sons besides Isaac. So, why is Isaac referred to as the only begotten son of Abraham?
It is because Isaac was the one and only son that God had promised to Abraham through his wife Sarah. The Bible says that Isaac was born ‘according to the Spirit’, unlike Ishmael who was born ‘according to the flesh’ (Galatians 4:29). Therefore, in Abraham and Isaac, we are given a picture of Father God and Jesus Christ.
Abraham begot his only promised son Isaac, whom He was willing to sacrifice at God’s command. Father God begot His only Son Jesus, whom He sent into the world to be sacrificed on the cross for the salvation of the whole world.
Just as Isaac was the only begotten son of his father Abraham, Jesus is the only begotten Son of His Father God. Just as the human seed of Isaac was in his father Abraham’s body, before Isaac could be born; the divine immortal Spirit Seed of Jesus was in His Father God’s Body before Jesus could be born. Just as Isaac had a beginning when he was born of his human father, Jesus Christ had a beginning when He was born of His Spirit Father God. Just as Isaac was subordinate to his father Abraham, Jesus is subordinate to His Father God. Of course, the glorious difference between these two births is that Isaac was born a mortal fleshly human son, whilst Jesus was born an immortal Divine Spirit Son.
Don’t confuse begetting with creating. Father God did not create His Son; Father God begot His Son, meaning He gave birth to Him. The Son was begotten, but everything else in the universe was created by Father God through the Son.
So, when did Father God beget His Son? The clear scriptural answer is ‘before the world existed’. Near the completion of Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry, before His death on the cross, He longed to have the glory back that He had with His Father before the world existed.
John 17:5 (ESV)
And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
This is a clear scripture that confirms the truth that Jesus Christ existed as His Father’s Son before the world existed. There was the most magnificent event in the past, before the world existed, before the creation of the heavens and the earth, when Father God, Yahweh Elohim begot (birthed) His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, Yeshua Elohim.
King David was inspired to write in Psalm 2:7, “You are my Son, Today I have begotten You”. This scripture is repeated three more times in the Bible, in Acts 13:33, Hebrews 1:5 and 5:5, emphasising its great importance. So, let us now understand why the Bible says that it was, “Today” when Father God begot His Son.
Time began when the heavens and the earth were created but Father God is Spirit and He lives outside of time constraints, not controlled by time. Father God is the great eternal I AM with no beginning and no end, and He lives in the eternal present, the eternal now, the eternal “Today”. So the scripture, “You are my Son, Today I have begotten You”, must be understood from God’s eternal perspective and not from our human earthly perspective.
So, yes indeed, Father God begot His Son, “Today” in eternity before time began, before the world existed, before the creation of the heavens and the earth in the beginning. In fact, the birth of the Son of God was the beginning of all beginnings.
In the beginning was the Word (God the Son), and the Word was with God (God the Father) and the Word was God (God the Son).
This scripture is greatly misinterpreted to support the false doctrine of the Trinity, but the fact is that it actually disproves the Trinity. When correctly understood John 1:1 supports the truth that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God and the only begotten God.
Please understand that the Bible would never ever say that in the beginning was Father God. Why not? Because Father God has no beginning. However, God the Son Jesus had a beginning, therefore, John 1:1 above says, “In the beginning was the Word”, which is Logos in Greek referring to God the Son, Jesus Christ.
This confirms the truth of the Bible that the Son had a beginning when Father God begot (birthed) Him in the beginning. The birth of the Son of God was the beginning of all beginnings, the most magnificent birth, which was the very first glorious event that happened before anything was created.
John 1:1 also says that the Word was God. Of course, Jesus is God because He is God the Son, and He belongs to the one Holy God Elohim family of Father and Son. However, God the Son Jesus (Yeshua) is not a co-equal God to His Father (Yahweh). They are two separate Persons of Father and Son, and the Father is always greater than the Son, as clearly stated many times in Scripture.
Jesus Christ is similar to His Father God in several respects. Just like His Father, Jesus Christ is a Spirit Person, uncreated, immortal, holy and righteous, yet He is a separate God, God the Son, who is always subordinate to His Father God and a willing Servant to Him (Mark 16:19, Colossians 1:16, 1 Corinthians 11:3, John 14:28).
The truth of the Bible that Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, was born of His Father before the world existed is also clearly stated in the book of Proverbs.
Proverbs 8:24-30 (NIV)
24 When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water; 25 before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth. 26 before he made the world or its fields or any of the dust of the earth. 27 I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep, 28 when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep, 29 when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth. 30 Then I was constantly at his (Father’s) side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence.
Although these verses speak about ‘the Wisdom of God’, they are actually referring to Jesus Christ. Apostle Paul says that Christ is the wisdom of God in 1 Corinthians 1:24. Proverbs 8:24-30 above is a clear scripture proving the truth of the Bible that Jesus Christ was birthed by His Father God before the world existed, before Father God created all things through His Son Jesus.
1 John 5:1
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God (Father God), and everyone who loves Him (Father God) who begot also loves him (Jesus Christ) who is begotten of Him (Father God).
Once again, the Bible emphasises the same truth that Father God begot His Son and the Son was begotten of His Father. Scripture abundantly confirms that the Spirit birth of Jesus Christ preceded His Human virgin birth, and that it was God the Son Jesus Christ who was actively present throughout the Old Testament.
The first chapter of Hebrews is an amazingly clear chapter about the unique relationship between Father God and His Son, between Yahweh Elohim and Yeshua Elohim, the Family of Father and Son.
Hebrews 1:2 says, “through whom also He made the worlds”, which confirms the truth that Father God created absolutely all things through His Son. This also confirms the truth that the Son is obedient and subordinate to His Father God.
Hebrews 1:3-4 says, “who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”
This scripture confirms the truth that the Son, who is the brightness of His Father’s glory and the express image of His Person, is indeed of the same nature and kind as His Father. This has to be so because the Son is born of His Father having originated from the very Person of His Father. Also, this scripture confirms the truth that Jesus Christ died to forgive our sins, meaning the sins of the whole world. Jesus now sits at His Father’s right hand which means that He is subordinate to His Father, but He cannot be compared to any angel because the Son is uncreated and much higher than the angels.
Hebrews 1:5 says, “For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”? And again: “I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son”?
This scripture confirms the truth that Father God begot His Son “Today” which, as we have explained previously, means that Father God begot (birthed) His Son before time began, before the creation of the heavens and the earth. This scripture also confirms the truth that the Father and Son are a Family, not a Trinity.
Hebrews 1:6 says, “And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”
This scripture confirms the truth that Jesus Christ is indeed His Father’s Firstborn, the first Person to be born before all creation, which agrees with Colossians 1:15. It also confirms that the Son can be worshipped too because He is the Divine offspring of His Father God.
Hebrews 1:8 says, “But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.”
Notice that Father God Himself calls His Son, ‘O God’, which absolutely and categorically proves that the Son is also God, God the Son. As previously discussed, there are two Gods in the one God Family of Father and Son, but the Son has always remained subordinate to His Father God, from when He was begotten, which was before the world was created.
Father God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son into the world to die on the cross for the sins of the whole world. This was approximately two thousand years ago. The only begotten Spirit Son of God, willingly and temporarily gave up His immortality to become mortal, to become flesh, to become Human in the womb of the Virgin Mary. Was Jesus Christ’s Humanity in any way tainted by the fallen sinful Adamic nature inherited by all human beings? Absolutely not! Let us now fully understand the true Humanity of Jesus Christ.
Understanding the true Humanity of Jesus Christ, the last Adam
The Bible refers to Jesus Christ as the last Adam and the second Man.
1 Corinthians 15: 45-47
45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being. “The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.
It is very important to understand that there were extremely important and radical differences between the humanity of the last Adam (Jesus Christ) and the humanity of the first Adam. So, let us now clearly understand these differences.
As the scripture above says, the first Adam was of the earth, made of dust; he was created a physical person from the dust of the ground and became alive when God breathed life into him, which was approximately 6-10 thousand years ago. In contrast, the last Adam or the second Man was uncreated, and He was the Lord from heaven, the Spirit Son of His Spirit Father God. Jesus Christ was indeed the immortal, uncreated, only begotten, Spirit Son of God who humbled Himself, coming from heaven to earth to become mortal flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary, which was approximately two thousand years ago.
The first Adam sinned and, as a consequence of his sin, he died an earthly death. He had a corruptible body which decomposed in the grave after his death and it returned to the dust from whence it came. The last Adam was sinless when He became flesh and He remained sinless, and He had a mortal yet incorruptible body that did not decay in the tomb, which was resurrected after three days and three nights.
Can we see that the Humanity of the last Adam, Jesus Christ, was radically different from the humanity of the first Adam and that there was absolutely no physical or biological link between them? Christ was not a descendent of Adam as all of us humans are. Yes, Jesus Christ was sent from heaven into the world by His Father in the likeness of sinful flesh to die for the sins of the whole world, but Christ did not have the sinful nature.
For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh.
Notice that Christ was sent by His Father God in the likeness of sinful flesh but not in the likeness of the sinful nature. Christ did not have the sinful nature that all humans are born with which we have inherited from the first Adam. Christ, who is the image of invisible Father God, had a righteous holy nature, and always has had, and this is why He was able to resist the temptations of sinful flesh and remained sinless. However, in order to be our Saviour, it was necessary for Christ to be clothed with similar, but not the same, flesh as fallen humanity in order to be tempted in every way as we humans are all tempted, yet He was without sin (Hebrews 4:15).
Since this is true, then why does the genealogy of Jesus Christ, as given in Luke, go the whole way back to the first Adam and the Bible also refers to Jesus Christ as the ‘son of David’? This is a valid question, but before we answer it, we need to first understand how Jesus was conceived in Mary’s womb and how an embryonic life develops in the womb of a mother. This will help us to know that Jesus did not have and could not have had any of Mary’s DNA nor was He related to Mary by blood or descent in any way whatsoever.
The Bible says that Father God prepared a body for His Son in order for His Son to come into the world.
Therefore, when He came into the world, He said, “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me”.
Father God prepared an embryonic body for His Son and planted this embryonic life in the womb of the Virgin Mary. Jesus Christ prior to becoming flesh, was the Spirit Son, the only begotten Son of His Spirit Father. The Son of God in Heaven at His Father’s side, fully cooperated with His Father’s wish so that He could be sent into the world. Therefore, the Son was transformed from His glorified immortal state to a lowly humble mortal state when His Spirit body became a fleshly body in the womb of the Virgin Mary in order to die for the sins of the whole world. We need to be very clear that Joseph’s sperm and Mary’s egg played absolutely no part whatsoever in the embryonic fleshly body of Jesus that was planted by Father God in the womb of the Virgin Mary.
The embryonic life of Jesus that was conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary was completely of the Holy Spirit (Matthews 1:20) and there was absolutely nothing from Joseph or Mary. Mary was in fact a ‘gestational’ surrogate mother for Jesus, and therefore, she was not his biological mother. Also, it is a biological fact that in a womb that carries a child, the mother and the child have their own completely independent circulatory systems and the mother’s blood does not in any way mix with the child’s (foetus’s) blood. So, we can be absolutely sure that Jesus did not have and could not have had any of Mary’s DNA and Jesus was not related to Mary by blood or descent in any way whatsoever. However, Mary was indeed a blessed, favoured and honoured woman above all women. God chose Mary so that Yeshua Elohim, Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son could become flesh in her womb and be born as a mortal Human Being in order to die on the cross for the salvation of the whole world.
The miraculous birth of Jesus via the Virgin Mary should not be confused with the Roman Catholic unbiblical teaching of ‘the immaculate conception’, which refers to the conception of Mary, not Jesus. It teaches that because of the merits of Jesus, God protected Mary from original sin and that she was sinless, which is totally unbiblical.
The Son of David?
Yes of course, from a human perspective, both Joseph and Mary were Jesus’s legal parents who were the direct descendants of King David and Abraham and ultimately of Adam. Therefore, this is why Jesus is referred to as the son of Joseph, and also the son of David, in the genealogies of Christ as given in Luke 3: 23-38 and in Matthew 1:16. However, it is important to note that Christ Himself rejects any idea that He had any biological connection with King David.
41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said to Him, “The Son of David.” 43 He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying: 44 ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make your enemies your footstool”’? 45 If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?” 46 And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.
The question that Jesus asked the Pharisees was how He, Jesus, could be a descendant of King David, when He had existed before King David and King David clearly knew and understood that Jesus Christ was indeed his Lord. Of course, no Pharisee was able to give an answer to Jesus.
The truth of the Bible is that the Son of God existed before Mary, before King David, before Abraham and before the first Adam. Therefore, Christ’s Humanity was radically different from the humanity of the first Adam. There was absolutely no physical, biological or genetic link between them? Christ simply was not a descendant of the first Adam, and therefore, He did not inherit the unrighteous sinful nature of the first Adam which all descendants of Adam inherit. Christ was born with the righteous holy nature which He inherited from His Father God when He was born of His Father before the world was created. This is why He was able to resist all the temptations of the flesh and remain sinless throughout His earthly life, and died to forgive the sins of the whole world.
Believing in the true Christ of the Bible
Christ says, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and who believes in Me shall never thirst”. Again Christ says, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life” (John 6:35, 47).
So, it becomes extremely important for everyone to believe in the true Christ of the Bible. The true Christ of the Bible is absolutely not a Trinitarian co-equal Christ of Traditional Christianity, and He is not a created Christ believed in by groups like Jehovah Witnesses. Let us further understand who exactly the true Christ of the Bible is.
The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the Firstborn three times with three different, yet very significant, meanings.
Firstly, Jesus is the Firstborn over all creation (Colossians 1:15), which refers to the Spirit birth of Jesus Christ when the immortal Spirit Father God begot His immortal Spirit Son, before all creation and before time began. This was the beginning of all beginnings (John 1:1).
Secondly, Jesus is the Firstborn of Mary (Matthew 1:25), which refers to Christ’s Human Virgin birth when the immortal Spirit Son became mortal flesh, transformed into an embryo in the womb of the Virgin Mary, approximately 2000 years ago, in order to be born out of Mary’s womb as a Human baby, the Son of Man, for the ultimate purpose of sacrificing His life on the cross for the sins of the whole world.
Thirdly, Jesus is the Firstborn from the dead (Colossians 1:18), which refers to Christ’s resurrection from the dead after three days and three nights in the grave. Christ is indeed the First Man to be resurrected from the dead, from mortal to immortal. Now, let us understand what exactly happened to Christ’s Spirit and His Body when He died on the cross for the sins of the whole world.
And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last.
Christ committed His Spirit to His Father just before He died. When Christ’s Spirit left His physical body at the cross, Christ breathed His last and He died. The Bible says that “the body without the spirit is dead” (James 2:26). So yes, Christ truly died when His Spirit left His body, but understand this that Christ’s body died, however, His Spirit did not die and cannot die. Christ’s Spirit went back to His Father God in an unconscious state for safe-keeping until Christ’s resurrection.
So, what exactly happened to Jesus Christ when He died physically? The whole of the Bible consistently teaches that when a person dies, he ‘sleeps’ with no consciousness until his resurrection. So, Jesus 'slept' with no consciousness for three days and three nights in His grave. Also, it is important to note that when Christ died, His physical body did not decay because He had a sinless incorruptible body with no Adamic ancestry, unlike our human sinful corruptible bodies, with Adamic ancestry, which came from the dust and will go back to the dust.
After three days and three nights in the grave, the Son of God Jesus Christ, Yeshua Elohim, was resurrected from the dead when His body received back His Spirit from His Father. This is when Christ’s fleshly dead mortal body was transformed into a living immortal, but still fleshly body. After being forty days on earth, Jesus Christ then ascended from the Mount of Olives to heaven, to return to His Father. This is when Christ received back His immortal glorified Spirit body, the same immortal Spirit body in which He was born in the beginning before all creation, but now with the added richness and experience of His Humanity.
So, Jesus Christ willingly endured a cycle of transformation of His immortal Spirit body in order to become our Saviour. Firstly, His immortal Spirit body was transformed to a fleshly mortal body in the womb of the Virgin Mary, approximately two thousand years ago. Secondly, on the cross, His fleshly mortal body died when Jesus committed His Spirit to His Father God and Jesus’s Spirit left His body. Thirdly, His fleshly mortal dead body lying in the grave was transformed, revived and resurrected to immortal fleshly life when Jesus’s body received back His Spirit from Father God after three days and nights in the grave. Fourthly, and finally, after forty days on earth, Jesus ascended to heaven from the Mount of Olives, when His fleshly immortal body was transformed back to His original immortal glorified Spirit body, described in Revelation 1:13-18; the same immortal Spirit glorified body in which He was born in the beginning before all creation, but now with the added richness and experience of His Humanity.
The only begotten Son of God Jesus Christ, Yeshua Elohim, currently sits on His heavenly throne at His Father’s, Yahweh Elohim’s, right hand. This is the Christ who will soon return in all His glory to establish the Millennial Kingdom of God on earth, and then finally the Eternal Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth. However, there are some significant prophesied events which will take place before both these phases of the Kingdom of God are established on earth. We give details of these prophesied events in the section ‘The Truth of the Kingdom of God’ at the end of this chapter.
Father God does absolutely everything through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ
The Bible from Genesis to Revelation speaks about Father God and His only begotten Son, and never about a triune God of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is very important to understand that Father God, Yahweh Elohim, is working out His plan of salvation for the whole world through His only begotten Son, Yeshua Elohim. Father God does everything, absolutely everything, through His Son Jesus Christ.
1. Father God creates everything through His Son
2. Father God makes Himself visible through His Son
3. Father God relates and speaks to men through His Son
4. Father God saves the world through His Son
Traditional Christianity has no revelation of this profound truth of the Bible that Father God does everything through His Son, Yeshua Elohim, Jesus Christ. This is one more reason, why it developed the unbiblical doctrine of the Trinity, which effectively makes God the Father and God the Son out to be one and the same Person of God, confusing the Person of Father God with the Son of God.
Let us now refer to the relevant scriptures proving each of the above four truths.
1. Father God creates everything through His Son
John 1:3 and Colossians 1:16 confirm the truth that Father God creates absolutely all things, living and non-living, through His Son Jesus Christ.
John 1:3 (KJV)
All things were made by him (Jesus); and without him was not anything made that was made.
For by Him (Jesus) all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
2. Father God makes Himself visible through His Son
The Bible says that Father God lives in unapproachable light whom no one has seen or can see (1 Timothy 6:16). However, Jesus came into the world to declare His invisible Father God.
No one has seen God (Father God) at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
Jesus Christ is the express image of His invisible Father God.
He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
Who (Jesus) being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
Yes indeed, Jesus Christ is the express image of His invisible Father God. This is true both in the Old and New Testaments. The Bible describes several visible manifestations of God in the Old Testament:
Genesis 18 says that one day God visited Abraham and Sarah in Person when they provided food for Him, talked and reasoned with Him.
Genesis 32:24-30 says that Jacob wrestled with God, and saw Him face to face.
Exodus 3:2-6 says that God appeared to Moses in a flame of fire from the midst of a burning bush.
Since Scripture clearly says that no man has ever seen or can see Father God, then all of these visible manifestations of God described in the Old Testament are in fact those of the Pre-Incarnate Son Jesus Christ, Yeshua Elohim, who represented His invisible Father God, Yahweh Elohim.
It was the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, who visibly walked with and talked to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, representing His invisible Father God, Yahweh God.
Apostle Paul was inspired to write that it was indeed the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who visibly related to Moses and the children of Israel during the Exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land (1 Corinthians 10:1-4).
The Angel of the Lord is referred to many times in the Old Testament such as in Genesis 16:10, Genesis 22:1, Exodus 3:3, Judges 13:3 and Psalm 34:7. The Angel of the Lord speaks to, or appears to, Abraham, Hagar, Moses, Manoah etc. These references clearly refer to the pre-incarnate Son of God, Yeshua Elohim, Jesus Christ.
It will only be at the creation of the Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth, when Father God comes down to this refined and cleansed earth to dwell with all men, that we will see Him face to face (Revelation 21:3, 22:4).
Let us now look at the third truth.
3. Father God relates and speaks to men through His Son
When Philip asked Jesus, ‘Lord show us the Father’, Jesus replied, ‘He who has seen Me has seen the Father’ (John 14:8-9).
Of course, Jesus was physically seen by many people during His life on earth and was followed by multitudes, but in this verse Jesus is not talking about those who saw Him physically, but those who saw Him spiritually through revelation, the gift of God given faith to see and understand who He was, the only begotten Son of God, the Saviour of the whole world.
In Matthew 13, after Jesus told the parable of the Sower, Jesus’s disciples asked Him why He spoke to the people in parables. Jesus replied:
Matthew 13:13, 16
13 Therefore I speak to them (the people) in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
16 But blessed are your eyes (believers’) for they see, and your ears for they hear
Only those who have the divine revelation from Father God of who the true Christ of the Bible is are able to spiritually see and understand who the true Father God is. We can only spiritually see and know Father God through spiritually seeing and knowing His only begotten Son. Jesus Christ is the only Way, the Truth and the Life and no one can come to the Father except through Jesus, as Jesus clearly confirms in John 14:6.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”
This is an absolutely profound truth. Just think about it! Jesus says that no one, absolutely no one, can come to the Father except through Him. This means that it is impossible for man to have direct access to Father God without first going through His Son. This is true in both the Old and New Testaments.
In the Old Testament, the full name of Father God, Yahweh Elohim, occurs hundreds of times, and it is translated as ‘the Lord God’ in most English versions of the Bible. Yahweh by itself occurs approximately 6500 times and Elohim by itself occurs approximately 2600 times. In almost all cases, these names refer to Father God Himself; Yahweh (the Lord) being His personal name and Elohim (God) His family name.
It is very important to understand that Father God, Yahweh Elohim, spoke to and visibly related to men only through His only begotten Son, the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ, throughout the Old Testament. People like Adam, Abel, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and the prophets of Israel did not have any direct access to Father God; however, they did have indirect access to Father God through God the Son who acted as His Father’s Spokesperson.
The Bible says that Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1). This means that Jesus is God’s (Father God’s) Spokesperson; Jesus speaks on behalf of His Father God. The phrases ‘the Word of God’ and ‘the Word of the Lord’ are mentioned 300 times in the Old Testament. So, when the Bible uses expressions like, ‘the Word of the Lord said’ or ‘the Lord said’, or ‘God said’, it was always God the Son, the Pre-incarnate Jesus Christ, the Father’s Spokesperson, who was actually doing the speaking and relating to men on behalf of His invisible Father God.
When the Bible says in Genesis 9:17, And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.” it was God the Son Jesus, the Word of God, God’s Spokesperson, who was actually saying these words on behalf of His invisible Father God, Yahweh Elohim.
When the Bible says in Exodus 20:22, Then the LORD (Yahweh) said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: You have seen that I have talked with you from heaven," again, it was Jesus, the Word of God, God’s Spokesperson, who was actually saying these words on behalf of His invisible Father God, Yahweh Elohim.
Let us now go on to understand Exodus 3:14 and John 8:58, which have been misused to support the false doctrine of the Trinity. When Moses asked God what His name was, God replied:
And God (Elohim) said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And He said, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'
Please understand that Father God, Yahweh Elohim, was relating and speaking to Moses through His only begotten Son, Jesus. It was the Son, the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ, who was actually doing the speaking and visibly relating to Moses on behalf of His invisible Father God. So, yes indeed Father God, the only true God, said to Moses that He was the Great I AM, but He said it through His Son, Jesus.
Throughout the Old Testament, Father God always related and spoke to the Children of Israel through His only begotten Son, the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ. But Father God did not choose to reveal this truth to the vast majority of the Israelites. Therefore, the Jews in the New Testament days could not accept Jesus’s claim that He was the Son of God and that He existed before Abraham was born. Now, let see what John 8:58 actually says.
John 8:58 (NIV)
"I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am (eimi)!"
Please note that Jesus is not saying that His name is ‘I AM’, and Jesus is not saying that He is the same I AM as His Father God. In this verse, Jesus is simply confirming that He existed before Abraham existed. This is the meaning of the Greek word eimi translated ‘am’, which is confirmed by Strong’s Concordance number G1510.
John 8:58 does not prove the doctrine of the Trinity. This verse simply proves that Jesus existed before Abraham existed.
As far as we know, there are only three unique occasions mentioned in the Bible when Father God Himself spoke directly to men from heaven. These occasions were at the time of Jesus’s baptism, transfiguration and crucifixion when Father God confirmed to the world that Jesus was His beloved Son who brought glory to His name (Matthew 3:17, Matthew 17:5 and John 12:28).
It was important for Father God to mightily and supernaturally support and confirm the earthly ministry of His beloved Son by speaking directly to the world from heaven.
Let us now go on to consider the fourth truth.
4. Father God saves the world through His Son
The most important thing that Father God does through His only begotten Son Jesus is to save the world; not a small part of the world, but the whole world. Yes indeed, God’s only begotten Son is the Saviour of the whole world. This is the really Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the atoning sacrifice not only for the sins of believers, but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). The sins of the whole world include the sins of all unbelievers and all fallen angels, as the key scripture Colossians 1:15-20 clearly says. A detailed commentary on this scripture is given in Chapter 4, Universal Reconciliation Scriptures – The Riches of Christ.
All of God’s creation, without exception, will be reconciled through the blood of the cross. This is the only way by which the full purpose of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ will ultimately be completely fulfilled, in God’s time and in His order. Anything less than the full reconciliation of all things would be tantamount to defeat and failure of what Jesus Christ accomplished through His sacrifice on the cross.
As we said previously, the most powerful, central and glorious truth of the whole of the Bible is the truth that Jesus Christ is truly the Son of God, His only begotten Son.
Jesus is the only begotten Son of the living God by birth, not through His human virgin birth, but through His Spirit birth. Yes indeed, Father God (Yahweh Elohim) Himself birthed His Son (Yeshua Elohim) before the world existed. God the Father who is Spirit begot God the Spirit Son, who is a separate and distinct God from His Father. God the Son always remains subordinate and a Servant to His Father God in the one God Elohim family of Father and Son.
It is our hope and prayer that your time has come to understand and believe this life changing and God exalting revelation about who the true Christ of the Bible is, the only true begotten Son of the only true Father God.
3. THE TRUTH OF GOD’S CREATION
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
15 He (the Son) is the image of the invisible God (the Father), the firstborn (the Son) over all creation. 16 For by Him (the Son) all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him (the Son) and for Him.
Father God, Yahweh Elohim, is the Almighty Creator who created everything, all living and non-living things, through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, Yeshua Elohim. When the God Family of Father and Son created the universe with the earth, this marked the beginning of time, the beginning of the ages.
The Bible is a book about ages, and in Chapter 5, The Seven Ages in God’s Plan for All, we show that there are seven distinct ages referred to in the Bible. All that is written from Genesis to Revelation is related to one or more of these ages. Everything that God has done, is doing and will do must be understood in the context of the ages, because God has a specific purpose for each age. It is essential to understand that God’s Grand Family Plan, which culminates in the creation of the Eternal Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth, is being worked out in ages by and through His Son Jesus Christ.
All of the angels sang together and shouted for joy over the creation of the earth (Job 38:4-7). Therefore, it is evident that the angels were created before the heavens and the earth. Also, it is clear that God must have created the earth in such a beautiful state for the angels to rejoice with singing and shouting for joy.
Man is the pinnacle of God’s creation. God created man in His own image (Genesis 1:27) for a family relationship with Him. Angels were created to be ministering spirits (Hebrews 1:14). God created the plant and animal kingdoms to bless men and for men to have a caring dominion over them.
The Bible supports ‘Old Earth Creationism’, also known as ‘The Gap Theory’. This is the belief that God created the earth many millions of years ago, as opposed to ‘Young Earth Creationism’, the belief that God created the earth only approximately six thousand years ago. We reject Young Earth Creationism because we have found it to be biblically untrue, illogical, scientifically nonsensical, and furthermore, it cannot be supported by earth’s geology and fossil record.
There are certain other beliefs in an Old Earth like ‘Theistic Evolution’, which tries to harmonise the false theory of Evolution into the Genesis creation account. As we reject Young Earth Creationism, we also completely reject Theistic Evolution as unbiblical.
In Chapter 24, The Biblical Truth of the Pre-Adamic Age, we give detailed answers to why Old Earth Creationism is biblical, scientifically valid and clearly supported by earth’s geology and fossil record.
4. THE TRUTH OF SIN AND GOD’S JUDGEMENT
Sin is transgression or disobedience of God’s Law and, above all, sin is unbelief in the true Christ of the Bible. Sin first entered the world through Lucifer, who became Satan, in the Pre-Adamic Age, and then later sin entered the world of man through Adam in the Adamic Age.
The sin of Lucifer and the sin of Adam did not take God by surprise because God is all knowing and He knows the end from the beginning. In fact, it was all within God’s Plan for angels and men to sin because He created angels and men with the potential to sin, and He knew that they would sin. However, God had worked out the solution for sin right from before the foundation of the world. The solution being the Saviour, His only begotten Son, who died on the cross to save and reconcile this whole world of fallen sinful men and fallen sinful angels.
Sin brings judgement, suffering, death, destruction and separation from God. God takes full and complete responsibility for the existence of sin and evil, as God is the creator of all things. Without God’s judgement, we would not understand good from evil, light from darkness and the righteousness of God from the unrighteousness of men and angels. Further details are given in Chapter 25, Why God allows Evil and Suffering.
God hates sin, but He still loves the sinner. This is a true biblical statement because Jesus Christ died for the ungodly and He died for the sins of the whole world. God’s love for sinners does not suddenly stop when a sinner dies.
Here is an important truth. All of God’s judgements are corrective and redemptive, no matter how horrific they may appear from man’s limited and temporary perspective. All of God’s judgements flow out of His love because God is love and He loves the whole world. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son to die on the cross for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2, 1 John 4:16, John 3:16). God’s judgements are designed to bring humility, repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, which leads to righteousness, reconciliation and salvation.
2 But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire And like launderers’ soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer to the LORD An offering in righteousness.
God is like a refiner’s fire that purges people like gold and silver in order to purify them and make them clean with His Righteousness, through the work of the cross. God’s future Lake of Fire Judgement for unbelievers will be a refining, purifying fire and it will not be a hell of eternal torment.
Nowhere in the Bible does it say that God punishes unbelievers or even Satan and his angels forever. Christians must understand that belief in eternal torture in hell is a pagan belief, which was embraced and christianised by Roman Catholicism, and incorporated through mistranslations into Scripture, in the early years of the history of Christianity.
Chapters 15-20 give complete and comprehensive answers to why the doctrine of hell is false and unbiblical.
Chapters 12 and 13, The Lake of Fire Judgement Age – Part 1 and Part 2 give a detailed explanation of God’s merciful and refining judgement of all unbelievers and all fallen angels.
5. THE TRUTH OF ISRAEL, GOD’S CHOSEN NATION
The Bible speaks about three groups of people, the nation of Israel, the Gentile nations and the Church, God’s Elect. These three groups of people are separate and distinct, and they should not be confused with each other.
It is important to understand that God has kept the Israelites a separate and distinct people from the Gentiles, racially through the descendants of Abraham from the line of Isaac and Jacob, and religiously through the Mosaic Law. Only God knows who all of the true Israelites (descendants of Abraham) are.
God changed the name of Jacob to Israel, and as a result, all of Jacob’s descendants took the collective nation name of Israel. The Bible also uses the name ‘Israel’ for the land of the Israelites. Scripture says again and again, hundreds of times over, that God is the God of Israel, and the Holy One of Israel. The word Israel is mentioned over 2500 times in the Bible.
We all need to grasp the tremendous importance of Israel in God’s Plan for All, and why and how God is using Israel to demonstrate His justice and His righteousness through the Seed of Abraham who is Jesus Christ Himself (Galatians 3:16).
Further details on this important subject are given in Chapters 6 and 7, God’s Purpose for Israel – Part 1 and Part 2.
6. THE TRUTH OF THE CHURCH, GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE
The people whom God chooses to be saved in this life, through His gift of faith to believe in the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, before they die and before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, are the Church, God’s Chosen People from the nation of Israel and the Gentile nations. In the Bible, they are also referred to by various other names such as God’s Elect, the Firstfruits and the Bride of Christ.
All people fall into one of two categories; Elect (believers) or non-Elect (unbelievers). However, the non-Elect unbelievers are not condemned to a hell of eternal torture, as believed by Calvinism. Ultimately, in God’s time and in His order, all people, without a single exception, are destined to be saved and reconciled to God, through the gift of faith to believe in the true Gospel of Christ.
It is very important to understand that God’s Elect believers, the Firstfruits, are very few in number. Christ says that many are called (many will hear the true Gospel) but few are chosen (few will respond), and that there are only a few who will be saved by faith, in this life before they die (Matthew 22:14, Luke 13:23-24).
How few are the few? The Bible clearly reveals that the Firstfruits, who will rise in the First Resurrection when Jesus Christ returns to establish His Millennial Kingdom on earth, are only 144,000. The glorious purpose of the Firstfruits, the Bride of Christ, is to bear more fruits of the Great Harvest. The union of the Bride of Christ with Jesus Christ (the Bridegroom) will bear multiple billions of spiritual children born into the Kingdom of God. These spiritual children are none other than the rest of humanity who will rise in the Second Resurrection. Ultimately, following God’s righteous judgement, all people without a single exception will enter into the Eternal Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth.
We allocate a whole chapter, Chapter 9, The Truth of God’s Elect – The Bride of Christ, to deal with this little understood and much misunderstood subject of Election.
7. THE TRUTH OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD
The Bible speaks of the Kingdom of God coming to earth in two phases, the Millennial Kingdom of God and the Eternal Kingdom of God. The first phase of the Millennial Kingdom of God starts at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It is followed by the Lake of Fire Judgement Age before the establishment of the final second phase of the Eternal Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth, the Kingdom that starts but never ends.
Many Christians are unaware of the two phases of the Kingdom of God. Let us now prove, from Scripture, that there are indeed two phases of the Kingdom of God.
It is important to understand that when Jesus Christ talked about the Kingdom of God, He was talking about a future literal Kingdom of God, which will come into existence on this earth. He did not talk about or promote a hazy idea of an ethereal kingdom in ‘heaven’ somewhere in the universe or a kingdom set up in the hearts of men. The Bible is very clear about this and it is unfortunate that many Christians do not understand this core message of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. Jesus Christ instructed His followers to pray for the coming of the literal Kingdom of God, to be established on this earth.
9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Jesus Christ will return to this earth immediately after the prophesied time called ‘the Great Tribulation’. The Bible says that the time of the Great Tribulation will be absolutely horrific and unprecedented. We cover this subject in Chapter 10, The Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ must firstly consume and destroy all of man’s ungodly worldly kingdoms before He establishes His Millennial Kingdom on this earth.
And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.
The point we must understand is that Jesus is returning to this earth and He is returning to set up God’s Kingdom on this earth, first the Millennial Kingdom and then later, the Eternal Kingdom of God.
Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
Notice that the kingdoms of this world will become the Kingdoms of Father God and His Son, Jesus Christ. The coming Millennial Kingdom of God was so central in the mind of Jesus that He even preached about it when He appeared to His disciples during the time between His resurrection and His ascension into heaven.
to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
This is why the disciples wondered whether He would restore the Kingdom of Israel when He appeared to them during the period of forty days following His resurrection. Jesus spoke of the restoration of the Kingdom of Israel as prophesied by the prophets in the Old Testament.
6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.”
Notice that Jesus agreed with His disciples that He would one day restore the Kingdom of Israel. However, Jesus said that the time for the restoration of the Kingdom of Israel lay in the future at an appointed time known to the Father. It will be the time when Jesus Christ returns to this earth to establish the Millennial Kingdom.
32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever (aion), and of His kingdom there will be no end.
When correctly understood, this scripture is speaking about both the Millennial Kingdom of God and the Eternal Kingdom of God.
Please note that the Greek word aion in verse 33 above, which is translated as ‘forever’ here in the NKJV, is a time-related word. In this context, its strict literal meaning is an age or ages as we explain in Chapter 17. The reign of Jesus Christ over Israel (the house of Jacob), when He sits on the throne of David in the Millennial Kingdom, will not last forever. It will last for an age of one thousand years only. The Millennial Kingdom of God will be followed later on by the Eternal Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth. So, as well as the Millennial Kingdom of God, the scripture above refers to the Eternal Kingdom of God when it says ‘of His Kingdom there will be no end’.
And they (the Elect, the Bride of Christ) lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
Yes, there will be the Millennial Kingdom of God when the resurrected Elect, the Spirit Bride of Christ, will reign with Christ for a thousand years. They will reign over all of the fleshly people who survive the Great Tribulation to enter the Millennial Age, and their descendants born during this thousand-year period. Jesus Christ will return to earth to restore the Kingdom of Israel, sitting on the throne of David, in God’s Millennial Kingdom.
Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison.
At the end of the thousand-year Millennial Age of the Kingdom of God, the earth will enter the next age when Satan is released from his prison of the bottomless pit. This next age will be the Sixth Age of the Lake of Fire Judgement. It is when all resurrected unbelievers and Satan, along with his fallen angels, will be judged in the Lake of Fire, and ultimately all will be reconciled to God. The Lake of Fire Judgement Age will be followed by the Eternal Seventh Age of the Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth, which is the age without end.
17 “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. 18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create.”
It will only be at the creation of the New Heaven and the New Earth that God’s Grand Family Plan will be fully accomplished. This is when Father God Himself comes down to this cleansed and renewed earth with its cleansed and renewed heaven (earth’s atmosphere) to dwell with men forever.
1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea……..
We have clearly shown from Scripture that the Bible speaks of the Kingdom of God coming in two phases. The first phase is the Millennial Kingdom of God, and the second phase is the Eternal Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth.
What about the scripture Luke 17:20-21, which some have interpreted to say that the Kingdom of God is entirely spiritual, something that is set up in our hearts only? Let us now examine this scripture in detail.
20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within (entos-meaning in the midst of) you.”
Please note that Jesus Christ was speaking to the unbelieving, self-righteous Pharisees, so, He did not mean that the Kingdom of God was within or in the hearts of these unbelieving Pharisees.
The Greek word entos translated to mean ‘within’ in a few versions of the Bible should have been translated as ‘in the midst of’ or ‘among’ you, as correctly translated in other versions of the Bible like the NIV, NASB, RSV and NLT. What Jesus Christ said to these unbelieving Pharisees was that the only way to enter into the future Kingdom of God was to believe in Him, who was standing in the midst of them, and who was the very personification of the future coming Kingdom of God.
The Kingdom of God has not come to earth yet. The Millennial Kingdom will be established on earth at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and the Eternal Kingdom will be established on earth following God’s Lake of Fire Judgement Age. There are a number of prophesied significant events that will happen relating to these two phases of God’s Kingdom on earth. We list below these prophesied events in their chronological order.
1. The true Gospel of the Kingdom of God will be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations before Jesus Christ returns.
2. The Great Tribulation will be the most horrific unprecedented time of God’s global judgement, just prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It will be followed immediately by massively cataclysmic events of shaking of the heavens, the sun being darkened, meteorites falling onto earth, a huge earthquake, and mountains being flattened, at the actual return of Jesus Christ.
3. Satan will be bound by an angel and put in prison ‘in a bottomless pit’ at the return of Jesus Christ to prevent him from deceiving the nations during the Millennial Kingdom.
4. The First Resurrection, described in the Bible as a better resurrection, occurs when all true believers, God’s Elect, the Bride of Christ, will rise as the Firstfruits to meet the returning Jesus Christ in the air.
5. The Second Coming of Jesus Christ to this earth occurs, which is the most glorious event prophesied in many scriptures.
6. The Millennial Age of the Kingdom of God begins on earth. This will be the wonderful thousand-year age when Jesus Christ, with His Bride, will rule and reign over the fleshly survivors of the Great Tribulation and their descendants.
7. Satan is released from his prison at the end of the thousand-year Millennial Age of the Kingdom of God.
8. The Second Resurrection of the rest of humanity also takes place at the end of the thousand-year Millennial Age of the Kingdom of God.
9. The Lake of Fire Judgement Age for the judgement of all unbelievers and all fallen angels begins and continues until Jesus has put an end to all rule, authority and power, and has put all His enemies under His feet. This means that Jesus will reconcile all things in heaven and all things on earth to Father God, having made peace through His blood shed on the cross.
10. The Eternal Age of the Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth begins when Jesus has reconciled all and delivers the Kingdom to His Father. God the Father Himself descends to this refined, cleansed and renewed earth with its refined, cleansed and renewed heaven (earth’s atmosphere) and dwells with men forever, being all in all. God will wipe away every tear; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things will have passed away.
We describe these ten prophesied events in detail with supporting relevant scriptures in Chapters 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14.
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