In grade school we studied Nebraska and U.S. history. In High School we studied Ancient History, World History and U. S. History. Everything was neatly divided up and we were enlightened. In just the same way, Biblical scholars have divided the Bible into eras of time, PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE. The eternal, omniscient God has made very clear to us what will happen in the FUTURE. Isaiah 46:9-10, Rememberthe former things long past (Ancient History), For I AM God, and there is no other; I AM God, and there is NO ONE like me, vs 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times (man's perspective)things which HAVE NOT BEEN DONE, Saying, MY purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all MY good pleasure." The accuracy of Bible Prophecy is well established, with close to 900 prophecies all fulfilled to the minutest detail. Therefore, we can expect the remaining prophecies to be fulfilled in the same way. vs 11b "Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it."
Past eras include INNOCENCE, a very short period of time....since no children were born before Adam and Eve sinned. Then began the era of CONSCIENCE which lasted until Noah's Ark landed on Mt. Ararat. HUMAN GOVERNMENT is the next era and lasted until Abraham. From Abraham to the birth of Christ Jesus was known as the LAW, when God gave Moses the 10 commandments......and many others too, a period of 2000 years. Four thousand years of human history is already past. The very next era is known as the CHURCH AGE or AGE OF GRACE.....another 2000 years, which will culminate with the Rapture of the CHURCH which is made up of all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. The next era will be the seven year TRIBULATION. The final era will be the MILLENNIUM......the thousand year reign of Jesus Christ on planet earth, which will begin with the return of Jesus Christ to earth with "ten thousands of His saints"...."THE SECOND COMING," who will rule and reign with Him over all the earth.This era will culminate with the resurrection and judgment of the wicked dead. This judgment is known as THE GREAT WHITE THRONE judgment, Rev. 19:1-20:15 and the wicked will be thrown into THE LAKE OF FIRE. What an ignominious and terrible end. To avoid such an end, pray, "Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save me so I can go to Heaven and be with you forever. I believe You are coming anytime now and I truly don't want to be cast into the Lake of Fire. Amen!"
OF THE WORLD
After the Great White Throne judgment, God Himself will set the world on fire. II Peter 3:10-12, "But the DAY OF THE LORD will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with INTENSE HEAT, and the earth and its works will be burned up. vs 11 Since all these are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness (a sobering thought), vs 12 Looking for and hastening the coming day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with FERVENT HEAT."
A NEW EARTH
II Peter 3:13, But according to His promise, we are looking for New heavens and a New Earth, in which righteousness dwells." Isaiah 65:17a "For behold I create new Heavens and a new Earth." 66:22 "For just as the new Heavens and the new earth, Which I will make will endure before Me," declares the Lord, So your (Israel's) offspring and your name will endure." Rev. 21:1 "Then I saw a new Heaven and a new earth; for the first Heaven and the first Earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea." Our Heavenly Father has it all planned and will soon execute His plan for the Rapture. Next week, I will begin a new series on How Close Are We (to the Rapture). Happy New Year!
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