The Church; the Final Transition


Where is the Church today in the flow of Scripture and the flow of history?  Is the Church in her final transition? If so, what does that mean?

The passing of age-to-age; epoch-to-epoch is marked by unequaled,   transformational events. These are “the divine method of action as major dispensational changes have been wrought—such changes [that] inaugurate and necessitate a whole new order and relationship between God and man.”[ii]

Recall that God took seven days to create the cosmos. There were seven features to the Noahic Covenant, seven attributes to the Abrahamic Covenant, seven features to the Palestinian (Land) Covenant, seven features to the Davidic covenant.

The last three of these covenants secure God’s eternal, unconditional promised “blessing for Israel through all time and eternity.”[iii]

“Seven stupendous age-transforming events [which] serve as a cleavage between the Mosaic age of law to “the present age of grace.”[iv] Nothing could be the same after them.

  1. The death of Christ
  2. The resurrection of Christ
  3. The ascension of Christ
  4. The advent of the Spirit at Pentecost
  5. The revelation of a new divine age and purpose (birth of the Church)
  6. The Jews and Gentiles equal entities of divine grace
  7. The dispersion of Israel over the earth.

There are also seven titanic, transcendent world-transforming prosecutions which progress through, and separate the intercalary age[v] or age of grace, and bring the age of the Gentiles to a final horrific end. These are:

  1. Christ’s taking the Church home to himself
  2. Seven years of tribulation
  3. The glorious jesusonwhitehorsereturn of Christ as Conqueror, Judge, and King
  4. The judgment of Israel
  5. Israel established in the Promised Land and the new covenant
  6. The judgement of the nations
  7. Satan bound during the 1,000 years of the Millennial Kingdom

There are yet another group of seven. These mark the transition between the Millennial Kingdom and eternity:

  1. Satan released from the abyss for the final battle
  2. The final rebellion of the nations with Satan leading
  3. The passing away of the old heaven and earth
  4. The Great White Throne judgment of the nations
  5. Creation of the New Heaven and a New Earth
  6. The descent of the New Jerusalem from heaven
  7. Christ’s surrenders his role as corporeal (earthly) intercessor

History is at an end.

Christ surrenders His intercessory earthly rule and is inaugurated into His eternal role as King of kings and Lord of lords—the Alpha and Omega.

[i] This article is excerpted from Lewis Sperry Chafer’s Systematic Theology, Vols. 7 &8, “The Eternal Kingdom of Christ Incarnate” (Grand Rapids; Kregel Publications/Dallas Theological Seminary).

[ii] Ibid., 350.

[iii] Ibid.,

[iv] Ibid.

[v] Church age

Simon & Garfunkel-Prophetic?

simon-and-garfunkel-sound-of-silence-live-playbuttonSimon & Garfunkel wrote and performed some great music.  One of the greatest was Simon’s song The Sounds of Silence, written in 1964.515ladnqpfl-_sx309_bo1204203200_

I referenced this song in my book Before the Final Trump where I chronicled this:

The hauntingly beautiful and popular folk song The Sounds of Silence seems to embodied the mind set of many that grew up in the 60’s.  Those of us that grew up in that era were influenced by its music to varying degrees.  It was the era of rock and folk groups with surrealistic names like the Beatles, the Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas and the Papas, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Cream and others.

Paul Simon himself reportedly described this song as, “as a societal view of the lack of communication.”[1]  That assessment is even more accurate in our milieu.

For all the “information” transmitted and available today little substantive truth is communicated.  The main stream media who should be relaying “truth” to us, but spin stories illuminating their radical left, elitist agenda.

Note the dark images painted by Simon.  The darkness is my old friend—not light.  His “vision” is a creeping vision and what was this vision planted in Simon’s brain?  In his dream he walks down cold, dark, damp, narrow streets.  A flashing neon light hurts his eyes, yet there is nothing . . . nothing but silence.

Nevertheless he is not alone—nor is there any silence.  Simon’s lyrics go on to tell us there is no warmth, but the hard, piercing coldness as from a foggy night.  Then our “protagonist” sees a mob of 10,000 people—all talking at once, but saying nothing—which, as it turns out, is okay because no one is listening anyway!

The Simon tells us it is going to get worse [italics added] for he then penned these words: “‘Fools’, said I, ‘You do not know silence like a cancer grows.  Hear my words that I might teach you . . . But my words, like silent raindrops fell And echoed In the wells of silence.’”

So the “silence” is not silence, rather a lack of hearing.  The antithesis of Simon’s sound of silence is given to us in the Bible, “a wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel. . . .” (Proverbs. 1:5).

The Echoes of Simon’s Silence

Simon really was quite prophetic, possibly in a different way than he imagined.  The mounting echoes of silence are found in the Church and in America.  It is emblematic of where we are today.  People don’t really want to hear or know the truth unless it corresponds to their presuppositions or viewpoint.

Take a listen–enjoy.

It was prophetic—though in a somewhat different way than Simon meant when he wrote it in 1964.

Caiaphas, the high priest of Israel over Jesus’ “trial” unknowingly prophesied of Jesus, “that it is expedient for you [the Jews] that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish” (John 11:50).

Of course it was beneficial for the world that Jesus conclude his mission and die sacrificially for the sins of the world. However that was not what Caiaphas meant.

Such was Simon’s prophetic song.

[1] Rich Kent, The Simon and Garfunkel Homepage,

How to be a Muslim-Brought to You by the D.O.E.

Ablin252520mo252520leading252520blind252520-252520false252520prophet_thumb25255b125255ds I just posited in my most recent CrossChek post “Islam is Satan’s magnum opus of false religions.”

The creeping political correctness of the past seventy years has softened up the American cultural values so that our guiding principles are being stood on their heads.

While the upper echelons of academia are virtually totally corrupted, I am somewhat dismayed at the extent K-12 is exposed.

Exemplar of this cultural vicissitudinous degradation is the Islamic propaganda being fed our children through the public school systems in the name of tolerance.

What are these teacher thinking??


The Staunton VA work sheet is especially troubling. To become a Muslim one has only to recite the Shahada. This work sheet gets the student writing it in Arabic.

Can there be anyone on this planet who think “Islam is a religion of peace” after watching the news night, after night?  I guess so.

As Blaise Pascual wrote

There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ.

The Seven Hebraic Feasts and their Relationship to Prophecy

In Leviticus 23, we find that the Festivals of the Lord were appointed times established as yearly rehearsals that taught both historically and prophetically the whole plan of God concerning the coming of the Messiah and the redemption of Israel and the Church.

The first four feasts have been fulfilled and the Jewish community celebrates them historically.  They are Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits and the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost.  These four Spring Feasts are considered to be an interrelated whole where Pentecost is the completion of the process begun at Passover.

  • Passover – pictures the death of Jesus Christ
  • Feast of Unleavened Bread – pictures the burial of Jesus Christ
  • Feast of First Fruits – pictures the resurrection of Christ
  • Pentecost – pictures the descent of the Holy Spirit & the birth of the Church


While the first four Festivals occur in close proximity, an entire season passes before the Fall Feasts begin.  This long period represents the dispensation of grace that we now live in.  The last three feasts (Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles) are celebrated in the Fall season and are yet to be fulfilled so they remain prophetic in nature.

  • Feast of the Trumpets – pictures the Rapture of the Church
  • Feast of Atonement – pictures the Second Coming of Jesus Christ
  • Feast of Tabernacles – pictures the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ

The final three feasts are also known as Rosh HaShanah (Feast of the Trumpets), Yom Kippur (Feast of Atonement), and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles).
The Feast of Trumpets may soon find its prophetic fulfillment.  Here are some reasons why the Rapture may occur during this Festival:

  • All the Spring Feasts were fulfilled at Christ’s first coming, and on the exact day of the feast.  All the Fall Feasts picture the Second Advent, and the Feast of Trumpets is the first of the fall feasts, picturing the Rapture.
  • The Feast of Trumpets is when the “last trump” of the Rapture of 1st Corinthians 15:52 is blown (also see 1 Thess. 4:16).
  • The Feast of Trumpets is known as the Wedding of the Messiah, and the Church is the Bride of Christ, and the Rapture is when the Church is caught up to heaven to be wed with Christ.
  • The Feast of Trumpets happens on the “new moon”, which is 29.5 days after the last one, meaning it might occur on the 29th or 30th day, nobody knows for sure.  “Of that day or hour no man knows” is an expression referring to this feast, and thus, the Rapture.
  • “Of that day or hour no man knows, but my Father only” is an expression used by a groom when asked when his wedding will be.  He says this because it is his Father that will tell him when his preparations on the bridal chamber are completed and it is time.  Again, the wedding pictures the Rapture.
  • The “Open Door” of the Rapture is a symbol of the Feast of Trumpets.  “Thus says the Lord GOD: The gate of the inner court that faces east shall be shut on the six working days; but on the Sabbath day it shall be opened and on the day of the new moon it shall be opened”.
  • There are seven days of awe in between the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement.  These picture the seven years of Tribulation.  Atonement pictures Satan being defeated and cast away at the end of the Tribulation.  If you add the two-day Trumpets feast, and the Day of Atonement, the 7 days of awe are “ten days of tribulation” which might be referred to in Revelation 2:10.
  • In the Jewish Wedding, the groom comes for his bride “like a thief in the night” to take (seize / Rapture) her away and into the bridal chamber for the bridal week at his father’s house.
  • The Feast of Trumpets is also known as the coronation of the Messiah, when He will start reigning as king, thus the beginning of the “Day of the Lord”, which includes the Tribulation.

Israel Targeted

The following is an excerpt from my soon to be released book Collision Course: Abraham’s Dual Lineage; Legacy to a Fallen World.

Israel is a tiny egalitarian island in the midst of a sea of murderous, tyrannical, and barbarous Islamic pagans.  Their singular aim is to rule the entire world by first annihilating all those of Hebrew descent, then Christians or anyone failing to embrace Islam.

Why is this so?  Where did this stated hatred of Jews and anyone non-Muslim come from?  Did this hate begin with the man Muhammad or from elsewhere?  Why has Islam been able to reignite itself so powerfully?  Why now?

A Voyage Through Time                                                       

Americans under the Obama regime were unarguably living under the most corrupt government in our nation’s history.

Globally despotic governments are flexing their muscles—China, North Korea, Russia, and Iran.  The institution laughingly called the United Nations is quiet except for its unanimous anti-Semitic rants against Israel.  “Despite the massive number of tragic deaths and collapse of rule of law in countries such as Syria, Iraq Sudan, and Libya, only Israel is obsessively indicted again and again and again, always with the assumption that the Jews are to blame for everything.”[i]

The Middle Eastern countries are on fire with a ruthless hatred of Jews and Christians with Iran and ISIS thugs the lead arsonists.  All over the globe Islam, despite its lawless atrocities, is given a virtual pass on honor killings, rapes, murders, and terrorisms.

What in the world is going on?!

Transcendent Conflicting Forces

We recognize there are two transcendent, conflicting authorities in this world.  They are evidenced by good and bad.  We see them every day of our earthly lives, the virtuous versus the evil, wickedness in opposition to righteousness, betrayal as opposed to loyalty, truth contrasted with deceit, the divine compared to the demonic, and Godliness versus the Satanic.

God is The Transcendent Divine Being who created all things (Isaiah 40:21-22).  The opposing evil authority is Satan, a created spirit being who has no power over God.  Satan chose from the beginning to rebel against God, yet from before creation was defeated at the Cross (Colossians 2:14-15).

We see these antithetical, superior powers looking back through history.  Most importantly for us in the here and the now we see them in current events.  The real question is, “Do we merely “see” daily pedestrian events or are we aware enough to comprehend their direction toward God’s divine goal?”

Here’s what I mean.  I don’t mean to sound heartless, but some tragedies are all too familiar events.  For example a man kills several people in a hold-up.  This is tragic, heartbreaking; but it is not an earthshaking event and its impact is confined to a “small locale.”

A second example is similar.  Again a man kills multiple victims.  But this man is flying a plane into a building.  Both the people in the plane and the building die.  Even so if it involved only one small plane and one building perhaps it is an accident and nothing exceptional.  But flying two jet liners into the World Trade Center, killing thousands becomes something that is not a commonplace mundane killing.

As we now know that event on September 11, 2001 was the reigniting of a volcano lying more or less dormant with only relatively small eruptions since the defeat of the Mohammedans in the fifteenth century.  What we then see is the Mohammedan religion or Islam against the rest of the world—Islam versus the “Jew pigs,” infidel Christians, and all non-Muslim people.

This is a divine collision course instituted in the Bible—surely you saw it?  No?  Not to worry.  We are going on a voyage that will hopefully illuminate the links in the chain of scripture alongside the links of temporal history and the events prophesied to finish out time.

Man Rejects the Garden Path

It is impossible for us to envision the elation, joy, and ecstasy Adam and Eve must have enjoyed communing with God one-on-one, actually walking with the God of Creation, seeing Him every day.  Can you imagine seeing the face of God and experiencing Him in a one-on-one relationship, literally walking and talking with Him face-to-face?  It is unfathomable to us that name the name of Christ.  It is an unimaginable event, virtually incomprehensible for us living in the fallen world of today.

In spite of God’s perfect Creation and man’s ability to daily communion with God and the indescribable beauty of the New Creation, man chose his own way and rebelled against God. Man’s Original Sin in the Garden set the course of man irreversibly and was the beginning of an ever-widening breach between God’s Way and man’s way, between faith-fulness and faith-lessness, and ultimately between life and death.

Some years back Don Francisco released Adam Where Are You which musically proclaims the genesis, the beginning—and the Fall; the beginning of the end:

Rulers of a kingdom, full of joy — never marred by any pain,
The morning all around them seems to celebrate the life they’ve just begun;
And in the majesty of innocence the king and queen come walking in the sun
But the master of deception now begins with his dissection of the Word

And with all of his craft and subtly the serpent twists the simple truths they’ve heard,
While hanging in the balance is a world that has been placed at their command
And all their unborn children die as both of them bow down to Satan’s hand. . . .

It will be evident as our voyage continues that this is the way of God and the way of man.  God magnanimously extends His bountiful grace and man choses his own way.

Inevitably compelling questions flow from the account of man’s fall.  “Was God unable to stop Adam and Eve from rebelling?”  “Is Satan more powerful than God?” The Westminister Confession of Faith’s eloquent response asserts that “God was pleased, according to his wise and holy counsel, to permit, having purposed to order it to his own glory.”[ii]  Genesis begins with the New Creation, hope, and life.  But the over-arching précis of God’s sovereign plan is encompassed in the words of Joseph to his brothers; you meant it for evil, but God meant it for good (viz. Gen. 50:20).

In Genesis 3: 15 we discover the first Messianic prophecy regarding the seed of Woman and the coming Redeemer and Messiah.  The word seed in the original language is both masculine and singular.  Nevertheless the word seed is multifaceted and in the original Hebrew text it is zerá:

The term in Gen. 3:15 has enormous implications. It is clearly singular, not plural, indicating that the entire line of descendants from our first parents is being treated as a unit. The word is flexible enough to mean one person (Christ), who represents the entire human race, mankind in general (italics mine).[iii]

The import of this is not restricted to only the Old Testament discourse.  Paul speaks of it to the Galatian church when he declared:

Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ. This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void. For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise (3: 16-18; italics mine).

God’s curse promised enmity as well.  That is, a deep seated animosity between the woman and her tempter; the seed of the woman and the seed of the tempter; the collective descendants of humanity and the followers of Satan.  But it is also the case that the meaning of seed refers to specific individual descendants of the woman.  In the prophetic oath known as the Adamic Covenant God declared:

And I will put enmity between you and the woman [between Satan and God’s creation, man], And between your seed [Satan’s] and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.” [Satan will ultimately be crushed by Christ, but Satan will injure and mar God’s Son corporeally and His Creation] (Gen. 3: 15; NASB).

The animosity prophesied in chapter three catapults into reality in chapter four with the murder of Abel by his brother Cain—Cain the wicked seed and Abel archetypical of the righteous seed.  The offspring of Satan are those people who reject God by faith.  I think the case can be made that the word “seed” is also a general referent to the “offspring of evil” and the “offspring of good.” God created all things perfectly; however creation since the Fall has been allowed to deteriorate under Satan’s curse.  “The Lord’s curse turns its direction from the serpent to the evil power that animated it”[iv]—Satan.

Additionally Sir Robert Anderson tells us, “Genesis introduces us to the dramatis personæ of the sacred volume, and gives us insight into its plot and purpose.  There we have the record of the Creation and the Fall, the judgments of the Flood, the apostasy and scattering of the descendants of Noah, the call of Abraham, and the . . . promise of the ‘seed of woman,’ and in the typology of the book we have the prophecy and the pledge of Redemption.”[v]

[i] Joseph Klein, “Israel Braces for Propaganda Assault by the U.N.” (Frontpage Mag, June 16, 2015).

[ii] Westminister Confession of Faith, 26.

[iii] Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible, NASB, exec. ed. Spiros Zodhiates, “Lexical Aids to the Old Testament,” Strongs # 2233, 1723.

[iv] Michael Rydelnik, The Messianic Hope (Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2010), 139.

[v] Sir Robert Anderson, The Coming Prince, 80.

The Replacement Theology Bait & Switch

Since the creation of the world, God’s Word has been distorted and twisted.  As one line in Don Francisco’s song Adam, Where are You proclaims, “But the master of deception now begins with his dissection of the Word”

This is a re-post from a pastor friend, Steve Meyer.  His blog is Reaching Higher With Meyer

If you saw the word “Israel” in a sentence, but then someone tells you to replace the word with the word “church” in your mind every time you see it, isn’t that an attempt to change the meaning of the sentence?

Here’s a simple example:

“I am going to Israel on Sunday.”

If I wrote this straightforward sentence and you did the word replacement in your mind like I described above (Israel –> church), do you think the intended meaning would change?  Am I going to travel to the nation of Israel on Sunday, or actually am I just going to church on Sunday?

Wouldn’t confusion be the result of allegorizing literally written words?  Why would I write the statement one way and then subsequently make you change what it means in your mind…actually overriding the written words?  And if I am the writer of the sentence and I didn’t want you to do this replacement, but someone else came along and told you to do it anyway, you think intended meaning would potentially get messed up?

Remember, the Lord is ultimately the writer of the Bible…so it’s written perfectly!

So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.  But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” (2 Pet 19-21)

Thus does Replacement theology (also called Supersessionism, Fulfillment or Expansion Theology)…a false teaching running rampant in “Christian” circles today.  Amillennialism, Postmillennialism, Preterism, Dominion Theology, Kingdom Now Theology fall into this camp as well…that is, dispensing of God’s literal future promises to Israel.

Look at the New Covenant for example – who is this covenant made with?  What do you do with this passage…perhaps replace some words?  If you think Israel is not part of God’s future and glorious plan – that is exactly what you wrongly do with it.

Look at the actual text:

Behold, days are coming, says the Lord, When I will effect a new covenant with the house of Israel [bold mine] and with the house of Judah; not like the covenant which I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; for they did not continue in My covenant, and I did not care for them, says the Lord.

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days [bold ed.], says the Lord: I will put My laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. “And they shall not teach everyone his fellow citizen, and everyone his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all will know Me, from the least to the greatest of them. “For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more (Jer 31:31-34; Heb 8:8-12).

By the way, for those who think the fulfillment of this happened in the past with Israel…can you tell me exactly when it literally occurred?  It never did!  It is dishonest to even try to say that it did.

Israel only became a nation again in 1948.  It would have had to be fulfilled post that date, May 14, 1948, because it was not previous to the Babylonian destruction of Israel in 586 B.C.  The OT writers make that crystal clear, post-destruction, that they are awaiting the fulfillment of the New Covenant which God made with His people in Jeremiah 31:31-34 (see the book of Daniel chapter 9 for details, written somewhere between 540 and 530 B.C.).

Additionally, the nation NEVER possessed the full allotment of land promised to her by the Lord (Gen 15:18-21), as per the Abrahamic Covenant.  The Abrahamic Covenant and the New Covenant will be fulfilled simultaneously (see Rev 20).  Look at a map and plainly see that Israel NEVER possessed her Promised Land…

If you attempt to assert the New Covenant is already fulfilled, you are proving the point of this post.  You are spiritualizing words in order to assert a position that the biblical text does not support.
[Furthermore] you are going against the literal words and promise of God.  And that goes directly against another strong and literal promise made to Israel by the Lord in Deuteronomy 7:9, “Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments.”

Be very careful how you handle God’s Word. Your eternity is on the line!  Don’t get duped like many do in a bait-and-switch scenario.  The Lord would never play this game with us…NEVER!  Can you imagine if God did that with our Savior; gave us One and then swapped Him out with another?  May it never be…and it will NOT occur!!!

Deuteronomy 4:2
“You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it”

Proverbs 30:6, Rev 22:15
“Do not add to His words or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.” “Outside [of the New Heaven and Earth] are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.”

Revelation 22:18-19
“I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.”

So you might ask…how does the Church fit into the New Covenant then? Great question!  Ephesians 1:13-14 has the perfect answer…

Ephesians 1:13-14
In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

Those saved in the Church Age have a down payment.  They are partaking in advance of blessings to come upon the future fulfillment of the New Covenant.  True Christ-follower’s have a guaranteed pledge of our inheritance, with a view towards the complete redemption of God’s own possession.  This is based on the authority of the full canon of Scripture.

The literal fulfillment of the New Covenant will occur at the 2nd Coming of Christ, when His Kingdom will literally be set up on earth (see Rev 20).  “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne” (Matt 25:41).

Now, to the extent of the Holy Spirit ruling and reigning in the Church Age saints’ personal temple…that is a spiritual blessing beyond comprehension.  But to set up God’s Kingdom in a mystical sense and forgo a literal one, this based conceptually on the Spirit’s indwelling, especially when both the Old and New Testaments promise a literal Kingdom on earth.

And the true Christ-follower should be wrestling with this, as this is one of the specific roles of the Holy Spirit (John 16:13-14) with whom he or she is indwelled.  True children of God are actually sealed by the Spirit of God for the day of the Lord’s redemption (Eph 4:30); which is actually when the New Covenant will be fulfilled.

Add in this fact: every single promise about Christ’s 1st coming was literally fulfilled.  So why then would a person spiritualize any of God’s promises about His 2nd Coming and allegorize a literally described future Kingdom to come on earth?  On what basis would you even do it?  And honestly, why would you do such a thing, and by what authority?

Spiritualizing Scripture is very dangerous, with catastrophic results if you are doing so in error.  The last exhortation in God’s Word warns specifically against this.  Please be very, very careful!

And lastly, and maybe most importantly, this is what God directly says about this matter, through very possibly the greatest Christian that ever lived.  By the way, the apostle Paul was also Jewish…

Israel Is Not Cast Away (Rom 11:1-27)
I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He?  May it never be!  For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.  God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew.  Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel?  “Lord, they have killed Your prophets, they have torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they are seeking my life.”  But what is the divine response to him?  “I have kept for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”  In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice.  But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.

What then?  What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened; just as it is written,

“God gave them a spirit of stupor,
Eyes to see not and ears to hear not,
Down to this very day.”
And David says,

“Let their table become a snare and a trap,
And a stumbling block and a retribution to them.
“Let their eyes be darkened to see not,
And bend their backs forever.”

I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they?  May it never be!  But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous.  Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be!  But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them.  For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?  If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too.

But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you.  You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”  Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear; for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either.  Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off.  And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.  For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree?

For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written,

“The Deliverer will come from Zion,
He will remove ungodliness from Jacob.”
“This is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.”

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Biblical “Last Days” Timetable

Bodily Resurrections & Judgments (Grk. anastasis-to make to stand, or rise up; érerseōs-to wake up, reanimation from the dead; exanástasis-to rise up)

The resurrection of Christ is the ultimate salvific doctrine of Christianity (1 Cor. 15:3, 13-19). It is the basis of our salvation and our hope for time and eternity. The resurrections and judgments are necessarily essentially concomitant.

Christ’s resurrection is both a necessary and sufficient condition for our resurrection for seven reasons:[1]

  1. Because of Who He Is
  2. Fulfills the Covenants (Abrahamic & Davidic)
  3. The source of resurrection life
  4. The source of resurrection power
  5. Makes Christ Head over all things to the Church
  6. By justification (only the justified are resurrected with Him)
  7. Christ was the First-fruits

The following table shows the variant views of the timing of the resurrections:



The most biblically sound is the Dispensational Premil. view. The rapture is inclusive of the resurrection of the Church age saints in this paradigm. The rapture and the resurrection of the “dead in Christ” are virtually, if not actually, simultaneous (1 Thss. 4:16)[3].

last-days-timelineThe Church, both the dead and the living, have already been taken up with Christ. What is called the first resurrection is the resurrection of the tribulation saints—those that died or were martyred during the tribulation. There will be no other kingdoms are left on earth at this time—only the Millennial Kingdom exists.


At the rapture Christ will judge His Church for their sanctified works. This is the Bema Seat judgment, a judgment of rewards, not punishment.

At the Lord’s Second Coming (“The First Resurrection”)[ii] three judgments take place.

  1. The judgment of the Gentiles
    1. Those who made it through the tribulation alive
      1. The righteous (sheep), in their earthly bodies will go into the Millennial Kingdom
      2. The unbelieving will go into eternal punishment.
    2. The judgment of Israel
      1. Those who made it through the tribulation alive
        1. The righteous in their earthly bodies will enter the Millennial Kingdom
        2. The secular/rebellious “will be cut off.”
      2. The judgment of Old Testament and tribulation “saints”
        1. Those who “lived by faith” and died prior to the “new covenant in Christ”
        2. Those saints who died during the tribulation either naturally or were martyred.

At the conclusion of the Christ’s reign He will preside over three post Millennial judgments.

  1. Satan and his demonic minions[iii]
    1. Judged by Christ and Christ’s Church
  2. The judgment of all creation
  3. The passing away of the cursed creation
  4. The Great White Throne Judgment
  5. All the unsaved from all ages

All are thrown into the Lake of Fire

[1] Lewis Sperry Chafer, ST vol.5, v, vi.

[2] Paul Enns, The Moody Handbook of Theology, adapted, 383.

[3]  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

[4] Adapted from Paul Benware’s, Understanding End Times Prophecy (Revised), (Moody Publishers, 2006).

[5] The First Resurrection is exclusive of the rapture/resurrection of the Church. All involved in the “First Resurrection” are believers, but not part of the Church.

[6] Benware calls this a staged judgment. At the mid-point of the tribulation Satan and his demons are barred from the heavenlies and confined to earth. At the start of the Millennium the Devil and his toadies are chained and imprisoned in the Abyss. Lastly after the post Millennial he joins the already exiled Antichrist and the false prophet in eternal banishment to the Lake of Fire.