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Bibliology

The Doctrine of the Bible

 

We believe that holy men of God wrote as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. The scriptures are perfect, holy, and true to the very joy and tittle, having no admixture of error.

The scriptures are our only infallible rule of faith and practice, and we strive to bring every deed, doctrine, and thought into conformity to them. They are the inspired, complete, final revelation of God to man, and they shall be preserved until heaven and earth have passed away.

A. By the “Holy Scriptures” we mean that collection of sixty-six books from Genesis to Revelation, which not only contain and convey the Word of God, but IS the very Word of God.

B. By “Inspiration” we mean that the books were supernaturally and verbally given by God.

                    C. By “Preservation” we mean that God has promised not one jot or tittle of the Holy Scriptures shall pass or be lost.

In spite of the recent flood of translations, we accept the Authorized 1611 version of the Bible as God’s fulfillment of His promise of preservation to us as English speaking Christians.

We believe this version to be an accurate translation of the pure line of manuscripts, these manuscripts being the Masorectic Hebrew of the Old Testament and the Byzantine (Textus Receptus, Majority Text) manuscripts of the Greek New Testament.

REFERENCES: II Tim. 3:15-17; Rom. 15:4; II Pet. 1:24, 25; Isa. 8:20; II Pet. 1:19-21;

Acts 28:23; Jer. 8:9; Luke 16:29; II Tim. 3:16; Matt. 22:29; Jer. 23:29; Heb. 1:1; Heb. 4:12; Ps. 12:6, 7;

Matt. 24:35; Luke 24:27; I Jn. 5:11; Ps. 138:2; II Cor. 2:17; Rom. 3:2, 10; Gal. 1:8, 9; Isa. 40:7, 8;

Rev. 3:10; Pro. 30:5, 6; Ps. 119:89; Ps. 119:9; Ps 119:105; Rev. 22:18, 19.

 

Theology/Christology/Pneumatology

The Doctrine of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit

A. The Essence of God: God is the most pure spirit, invisible, without body parts, or passions. He subsists in and of Himself and is dependent upon none other.

B. The Unity of God: We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God whose name is Jehovah. He is the God of creation and the only God to be worshiped, honored and loved. He is the great “I AM” of eternity and beside Him there is none other.

C. The Holy Trinity: We believe that in this divine and infinite being or unity of the Godhead, there are three persons –the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. They are one being, power, and entity. These three divine persons are equal in every divine perfection executing distinct, but  harmonious, office in the great work of redemption.

1. We believe God the Father is of none, neither being begotten, nor proceeding of , nor from any other. He is the eternal Father, having begotten Christ in eternity. He is the loving Father of all who, by faith in Jesus Christ, are adopted into His family.

2. We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God. He is the Son, by eternal generation, begotten in eternity. We believe in His incarnation, sinless life and substitutionary death.

We believe He is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father, having all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. As a son, He is in perfect submission to the Father in the great work of redemption, though their wills are eternally undivided.

THE INCARNATION

The Son of God, in the fullness of time, took upon himself man’s nature with all the properties and infirmities. Yet without sin, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the virgin Mary. Both the divine and human nature are inseparably joined in the person of Christ. These natures remain unmixed, and without confusion – which is very God and very man, yet one – Jesus Christ, the only mediation between God and man.

REFERENCES: Gal. 4:4; Deut. 18:15; Isa. 9:6, 7; Jn. 16:28; Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14; John 13:3; John 17:18; Lk. 1:31; Heb 1:10-12; I Tim. 2:5; Jn 1:14; Matt. 1:20; Jn. 5:20; I Tim. 3:16.

3. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person eternally proceeding from God the  Father and God the Son. He is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son, being of the same divine essence. Being God, He is a personality and not just and influence. Those attributes of personality and self determination are shown in the scriptures, having His part in the creation and the great work of redemption.

REFERENCES: Essence—Ps. 19:1; Acts 14:16; Rom. 1:20, 21; Rom. 2:14, 15; Jas. 2:19; Ps. 14:1; Rom. 1:28; Isa. 53:11; I Kings 8:27; Jn. 4:24; Jn. 1:18. Unity—Col. 2:9; Isa. 45:7-12; Isa. 43:10, 11, 15; Gen. 1:1. Trinity—Col. 2:9; Matt. 28:19; Gen. 1:26; Isa. 6:8; Col. 1:15; Matt. 3:16, 17; Gen. 11:7; II Cor. 13:14; Gen. 3:22.

D. GOD’S MORAL & NATURAL ATTRIBUTES

Although God is a being absolutely removed from any shadow of composition, He is represented in scripture as possessed of diverse attributes which, though seemingly different from His essence, are in reality constitutive of His nature.

God is eternal, infinite, immutable, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, perfectly wise, holy, righteous, good, and just. He has life of and in Himself. He is the all sufficient and blessed God in whom all perfection lies.

REFERENCES: Job 22:21; Jer. 9:23, 24; Dan. 11:32; I Cor. 1:21; Job 23:13; Eph. 3:20; Job 11:7; II Pet. 3:8; Dan. 7:13; Isa. 43:10; Ps. 102:27; Rom. 1:20; Eph. 3:11; Ps. 83:18; Heb. 1:3;  Isa. 66:1; Ps. 139:23, 24; Rom. 11:36; I Tim. 1:11; Heb. 13:20; Ps. 17:15; Deut. 3:24.

E. CREATION

We believe in one God “who worketh all in all.” Him we confess as the creator of all things, visible and invisible, who in six days created and prepared “heaven and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein.” We further believe that this God still governs and preserves the same, together with all His works, through His wisdom, His might, and the “work of His power.” When He had ordained and prepared each of them, they were right and good according to their nature, being, and quality. The Genesis account of creation is to be taken literally and not allegorically or figuratively. Man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of created kings or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms. All animal and vegetable life was made directly; with God’s established law and they should bring forth only “after their kind.” Beside the laws written in their hearts, Adam and Eve received a command not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil; and while this was kept they were in happy communion with their creator.

REFERENCES: I Jn. 1:1-3; Heb. 1:2; Rom. 1:20; Col. 1:16; Gen. 2:1, 2; Gen. 1:26-28; Gen. 2:7; Ecc. 7:29; Heb. 11:3; Gen. 1:1-31.

 

 

Angelology

The Doctrine of Angels

 

A. Heavenly Host: We believe that the angels of the Lord are ministering spirits, sent forth for the good of those that shall be the heirs of salvation. Those non-elect angels, being left to their own free will, chose to follow Lucifer (the cherub that covereth); therefore, they are to face impending damnation along with Satan at a time appointed by God. Angels are to bring glory unto God as His creatures, which is clearly set forth in scriptures.

REFERENCES: Ex. 23:20; Lk. 1:13; Lk. 2:10; Acts 27:23; Matt. 13:40, 41; Acts 10:7; I Tim. 5:21; I Pet. 1:12; II Pet. 2:4; Lk. 16:22; Heb. 1:14; Jude 6; Heb. 13:2; Rev. 12:4, 9.

B. Satan: We believe that Satan was an angel, and enjoyed heavenly honors. Through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, he fell and drew one third of the angelic host with him. He is now the malignant prince and power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man’s great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religion, and the chief power behind the present apostasy, the Lord of the anti-Christ, the great dragon, and the old serpent called the devil. He is to be resisted by all those who name the name of Christ, resolving not to give place to him. His final defeat will be by the hands of God’s Son, with the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.

REFERENCES: Ps. 78:49; Jude 6; Matt. 8:28; Rev. 12:9, 10; Jn. 14:30; Eph. 2:2; I Pet. 5:8; Matt. 13:39; Jn. 8:44; Eph. 4:27; Eph. 6:12; Heb. 2:14; Matt. 25:41; Isa. 14:12-20; II Cor. 4:4;  Ez. 28: 12-17; Rev. 20:7-10; Rom. 16:20.

C. Fallen Angels: We believe that at that time when Lucifer sought to be the Most High, one third of the angels also sought to follow Lucifer. Of those angels that God removed from heaven we now refer to as demons. Demons have a specific job in assisting Satan as god of this world. We do believe that a believer may be oppressed by Satan and his forces but can not be possessed by demons. (Luke 11:24; Mark 1:24; James 2:19)

 

Anthropology

The Doctrine of Man

 

A. The Fall: We believe that in the beginning God made all things of nothing into good, and He created man after His own image and likeness in righteousness and holiness of truth. Man did not long abide in this honor because Satan used the subtlety of the serpent to seduce and deceive Eve. She then invited Adam, who without any compulsion, did willfully transgress and disobey the Word of God, which was to abstain and shun the forbidden fruit. God (in His holy and wise counsel) permitted the fall having purposed it to His own glory. All mankind fell and became altogether dead in sin and subject to the eternal wrath of God; both by original and actual corruption, and wholly defiled in all the faculties, in should and body, is set forth in Holy Writ. Therefore, mankind is conceived in sin, being by nature the children of wrath, the servants of sin, and the subjects of spiritual, temporal and eternal death, except the Lord Jesus Christ sets them free. Man’s total depravity is not only seen in degree, but extent. The natural man is not depraved in spots, but the whole of his being is depraved. The carnal mind is enmity against God, and the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.

By “inability” we mean that man is not able to come to Christ or believe in Christ of or in himself. Also, that the will is subject to the mind and the heart and is free only in the sense that it does what it desires, which is an aversion to God. We believe that because of man’s lifeless condition, he is unable to approach God or change his position (unregenerate) with God, as the Ethiopian cannot change his skin.

By “responsibility” we mean that man is responsible in regards to personal repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Mankind is commanded to repent and believe the Gospel. Mankind is invited to approach Christ and permission to come is given to whosoever will let Him come. Man’s inability to come to Christ is not frustrated by his responsibility, because God did not author nor promote mans’ sinful nature, therefore, man cannot blame God for his own willful rejection of Jesus Christ.

REFERENCES: Gen. 1; Col. 1:16; Heb. 11:13; Eph. 4:24; Ecc. 7:29; Gen. 3:1-5; II Cor. 11:3; Jn. 8:44; I Tim. 2:14; Gal 3:22; Rom. 3:10; Rom. 3:23; Rom. 5:12, 18, 19; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3; Ps. 51:5; Job 14:4; Jas. 1:14, 15; Rom. 8:7; Jer. 17:9; Matt. 15:19; Jer. 13:23; Jer. 10:23; Jn. 1:13;  Rom. 9:16; Jn. 6:44, 65; Mark 16:16; Acts 17:30; Rev. 22:17.

B. Civil Government We believe and confess that God has instituted civil government for the punishment of the wicked and the protection of the pious, and further, for the purpose of governing the world, countries, and cities—to preserve its subjects in good order and under good regulations

Civil Magistrates being set up by God, with the laws and regulations that are prescribed, ought to be obeyed by us, in the Lord; not only for punishment, but for conscience sake. Prayers and supplications ought to be lifted up for those in authority that we may live a quiet and peaceful like in all godliness and honest.

If and when the government, a law adopted, or a magistrate is in variance to the Word of God, then we are to obey God rather than man.

REFERENCES: Rom. 13:1-7; Tit. 3:1; I Pet. 2:13-15, 17; II Sam. 23:3; Ps. 82:3, 4; Lk. 3:14; I Tim. 2:1, 2; Acts 5:29; Acts 5:40, 42; Num. 35:31.

C. Marriage and the Home: We believe in the honorable state of matrimony between two believers of different sex, as God first instituted in paradise between Adam and Eve.

Man shall have his one and only wife and woman shall have her one and only husband—adultery being the only way that divorce is permissible.

It is lawful for all sorts of people to marry; yet, it is the duty of Christians to marry in the Lord, Therefore, such as profess true salvation should not marry with unbelievers only to be unequally yoked.

The wife is to hold her husband in reverence and to be in submission to him in the Lord. The husband is to love his wife and dwell with her according to knowledge.

If one party to such a marriage is an unbeliever, the other should not leave the unbelieving party, but should pray so that the Lord would also lead that person to salvation. That is, marriage built on love, trust, and faith in God is accepted, remembering to be forgiving, affectionate and preferring one another, that your prayers be not hindered.

Concerning the children, (who are gifts from God our Father), we believe parents are to be held responsible for the child’s physical, social, and spiritual welfare. Teaching and training them by admonishing, by encouraging, by being an example, by not provoking, and by chastising.

Children are commanded to honor and obey their parents in the Lord that they may live long on the earth.

REFERENCES: (Marriage) Gen. 2:18, 24; Mal. 2:15; Matt. 19:5-9; Gen. 1:28; I Cor. 7:1-40; Heb. 13:4; I Tim 4:1-3; Neh. 13:23-27; Lev. 18:22; I Pet. 3:1-9; Eph. 5:22-33; Matt. 5:31, 32; Tit. 2:4, 5; I Tim. 5:14; Pro. 12:4; Gen. 24:3; Gen. 28:6; Est. 1:21; Pro. 21:19; Pro. 31:10.

(Children) Matt. 18:6; Col. 3:20, 21; Eph. 6:1-3; Gen. 28:8, 9; Pro. 21:13, 14; Pro. 22: 6, 15; Pro. 19:18; Pro. 13:24; Pro. 30:17; Pro. 20:20; Deut. 6:7; Heb. 12:9, 10; II Tim. 1:5.

 

Soteriology

The Doctrine of Salvation

 

A. Grace: We believe that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves the sinner; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, God’s purpose comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that grace is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that grace utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of His free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; and that it is the foundation of Christian assurance.

REFERENCES: II Tim. 1:8, 9; II Thess. 2:13, 14; Ex. 33:18, 19; II Tim. 2:10; II Pet. 1:10, 11.

B. Salvation: We believe in the great necessity of salvation. The sin of Adam did not only affect Adam himself but it affected the entire universe, thus placing all mankind in need of redemption. God in His infinite wisdom had already made a plan of salvation for mankind. It is of intense importance that man does not “put off’ salvation because he has no guarantee of tomorrow nor does he have guarantee of another opportunity for salvation. (Rev. 21:1; II Cor. 6:2; Luke 12:20)

C. Repentance and Faith: These are two very important ingredients of salvation. Repentance is not simply acknowledging ones lost condition but rather it is turning from sin to God. Faith is the confidence in the promise and ability of God to do in spite of visual stimulus. Repentance and faith must exist together for as one turns from sin he turns to God. Although faith does not include works it should result in good works before men. (I Thess. 1:9; Acts 2:37,38; II Cor. 7:9,10)

D. Justification: This is the judicial act of God whereby He declares the guilty sinner to be righteous and free from guilt and punishment. Because it was God who was sinned against; it is God’s right to prescribe the method of justification. Because of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross we are justified by faith in His work and the robe of Christ’s righteousness is placed over the unrighteousness of man thus allowing man to be justified in the sight of God. (Rom. 4:5; I Jn. 2:1; Is. 64:6)

E. Sanctification: We believe that sanctification is being set apart from the world and unto God’s service. Sanctification is both an immediate action as well as a continuing process for the believer. At salvation God sets man apart for eternal life yet at the same time begins a process that continues throughout the life of the believer unto ultimate sanctification – “glorification”. (Heb. 10:10; I Thess. 3:12; Rom. 8:23)

F. Adoption: Adoption is the act of God whereby He places His own child in the position of an adult son. Our final adoption will take place when we are totally conformed to the image of His son. (Gal. 4:1-5; Eph.1:5,6; Rom. 8:15-23)

 

Ecclesiology

The Doctrine of the Church

 

We believe that the true Church of Christ is a visible congregation of baptized believers, associated by a covenant in faith and fellowship of the gospel. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations and that the one and only head is Christ, through the Holy Spirit, We believe that the Church (ecclesia) is a called out assembly (being local and visible).

Jesus Christ is the rock (not Peter) upon which the true New Testament Church is built upon. This church is to be identified by its characteristic features rather than by name, for a name can be adopted by a heretical and false church. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Founder, the Foundation, the Head, the Vine, the Bridegroom, the Spouse and the Chief Cornerstone. The Lord Jesus Christ loves His church, and gave Himself for the church, purchasing it with His own blood. It will be presented to Him a chaste bride without spot or wrinkle.

REFERENCES: Gen. 28:17; Col 1:18; Eph. 1:22, 23; I Cor. 1:2; Acts 11:26; Rev. 2 & 3; Rev. 17:5, 6; Acts 1:22; Matt. 16:18, 18:17; Acts 20:28; Acts 19:32; Rom. 16:32; I Cor. 12:12-27; Rev. 21:9; Eph. 3:21; Eph. 5:23-27, 32; Heb. 12:23.

A. The Ordinances: We believe in the two ordinances, instituted by Christ, and perpetuated till He comes again.

1. Baptism: We confess that all penitent believers, who through faith, the new birth and renewal of the Holy Ghost – have become united with God. The names of these believers are recorded in heaven, and must on such scriptural confession of their faith, according to the command and doctrine of Christ and the example of the apostles, be baptized with water in the ever adorable name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. This ordinance is not to be performed on infants or wicked persons. Baptism does not possess any saving efficacy neither does it seal or secure salvation, this being a work of the Holy Spirit. Immersion in water is the scriptural mode of baptism – all other modes are viewed as heretical. Not only is baptism strictly symbolic, but it is invalid unless it is performed by the proper authority. This authority is the Lord’s New Testament Church preserved through the ages. Baptism, when followed by a believer whereby he becomes a member, is a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ; it is a picture of the believers’ death to sin, it is a picture of a future resurrection, and baptism is the answer of a good conscience toward God.

REFERENCES: Matt. 28:19; Rom 6:3-5; Col. 2:12; Gal 3:27; Mark 1:4; Acts 2:38; Mk 16:16; Acts 8: 36-38; Acts 9:18; Acts 2:41; Matt. 3:16; Jn 3:23; Acts 18:8; Acts 19:4, 5; Acts 22:16; I Pet. 3:21; I Cor. 1:14; Acts 16:31-33

2. Lord’s Supper: It was instituted by Him the same night wherein He was betrayed, to be observed in His churches unto the end of the world for the perpetual remembrance, and to show forth the sacrifice in His death. The elements are unleavened bread, typifying our Lord’s broken body and the fruit of the vine typifying our Lord’s shed blood remitting our sins.The Lord’s Supper is a church ordinance, to be observed by those who believe in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, the members of the local church. Therefore, let every believer – before they partake of it, examine themselves and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup as oft as it is observed by the church till He comes.

REFERENCES: Lk. 22:15-18; I Cor. 11:24-30; I Cor. 10:16, 17, 21; I Cor. 5:11; Acts 2:46; Matt. 26:26-30; Ex. 12:48.

B. The Officers: This we believe and contend that God in His infinite wisdom and mercy chooses a man who is regenerated, scripturally baptized, ordained, and genuinely called into the gospel ministry to lead and feed the flock which God has given him. The assembly according to its ability is instructed to support its ministers and its families. The Pastor is to feed the Flock, care for the Flock, exhort, rebuke, and he is to give an account to God for the Flock. The Pastor is to do the work of an evangelist, while fulfilling the Great Commission, leading the church by his example. The deacon is to be chosen by the church to be a help to the Pastor and a service to the church, As the Pastor is given to prayer and the ministry of the word, the deacons are responsible for those areas that are material and necessary. Like the Pastor, they must be blameless, the husband of one wife, sober, vigilant, not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre and one that ruleth his own house having his children in subjection. If and when the deacon concludes that he cannot fulfill his office in good conscience, then he is to remove himself that all things may be decent.

REFERENCES: I Cor. 9:27; I Thes. 5:12, 13; Ex. 18:21-24; Acts 20:28; I Pet. 5:1-4; Eph. 4:11; I Tim. 3:1-7; II Tim 4:1-3; I Cor. 14 – 18; I Tim. 3:8-13; Acts 6:1-8; Jn. 21:15-17; I Tim. 5:22;  I Tim. 4:16; II Tim. 2:15; Matt. 28:19, 20; Acts 13:1-3; II Cor. 8:19; Heb. 13:7, 17; Ex. 17:11, 12;  I Tim. 5:17, 18.

 

Eschatology

The Doctrine of Last Things

 

A. The Present State of the Dead: The bodies of men after death return to dust to see corruption, but their souls and their spirits (which are neither annihilated nor sleeping) having immortal subsistence, immediately enter a prepared place called Heaven, or a place prepared for the devil and his angels, called Hell. Those in heaven, created in holiness are with Christ and behold the face of God in light and glory waiting for the full redemption of their bodies. The wicked that are in Hell remain in fiery torment and utter darkness reserved unto the judgment of the Great Day.

REFERENCES: Gen. 35:18; Gen. 3:19; Ecc. 12:7; Acts 13:36; Lk. 23:43; II Cor. 5:1-9; Jas. 2:26; Phil. 1:21-23; I Pet. 3:19; I Cor. 15:49; Job 14:10; I Thes. 4:13, 14; Acts 7:59, 60; II Pet. 1:13, 14;  II Tim. 4:6, 7; Heb. 12:23; Jn 14:1-3; Rom. 8:18; Tit. 1:2; Eph. 2:6, 19; Heb. 11:10, 12-16; I Pet. 2:11;  Matt. 22:13; Matt. 23:33; Mk. 9:44, 46, 48; Jude 13; II Pet.

 

B. The Second Coming of Christ: The Second Coming of our Lord is in two phases. The first phase is those who have died in Christ and have preceded the living having their bodies on that grand day (commonly called The Rapture) raised incorruptible. When the trump of God shall sound, we which are still living shall be changed in a moment – in the twinkling of an eye and this mortal shall put on immortality. We shall then be translated from this old vile world to be with our Lord and Saviour and inhabit the place He has prepared for us. This coming is believed to be very soon, yet no man knoweth the day or the hour. Therefore, we are to be patient, watching and waiting till He comes for us. This translation of saints precedes the Great Tribulation, which is followed by the Millenium. Christ’s coming is a literal one, and not to be confused with the second phase which is at the closing of the Great Tribulation.

REFERENCES: I Jn. 2:28; Job 19:25, 26; Rev. 4:1; I Thess. 4:13-18; I Thess. 5:9, 10; Jas. 5:7, 8; Jn. 14:3; Eph. 4:30; I Jn. 3:1-3; Tit. 2:13; Rom. 13:11; I Cor. 15:50-57; Rom. 8:22-25; II Pet. 3:3, 4; Song of Sol. 2:10-13; Gen. 19:22; Matt. 14:25; Mk. 13:35-37; II Thess. 2:1; Rev. 22:7, 20, 21; Heb. 9:28; II Tim. 4:8.

The second phase is at the close of the Great Tribulation in which the battle Armageddon will be terminated; the Lord and King Jesus Christ will come with His saints following and riding upon white horses to take fiery vengeance upon the Anti-Christ, the false prophet and all unbelievers. This terrible coming will bring the fury and the fierceness of the Almighty’s wrath as He shall stand upon the Mount of Olives and every eye shall see Him. They shall cry for the mountains and the rocks to fall upon them and hide them from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.

REFERENCES: Acts 1:11; Matt. 24:27-33; Jude 14; Matt. 24:36-41; I Thess. 5:1-4; I Thess. 3:13; Zech. 14:4, 5; II Thes. 1:7-10; II Thes. 2:10-12; Rev. 19:11-21; Rev. 6:12-17; Rev. 14:18-20; Rev. 16:16;  II Thess. 2:3; Isa. 63:2, 3; Mal. 4:1, 2; Mic. 1:4; Zeph. 1:7.

C. The Bema Seat of Christ: This is not a judgment which determines the mortals destination, nor is it a judgment concerning the sins and transgressions committed on the earth. The blood of the Lord Jesus Christ washes away every sin that His chose people commit. Therefore, the redeemed do not suffer the wrath of God, for they were judged in Christ Jesus due to His finished work of redemption. This particular judgment is to test what every individual Christian did for their Lord, and to reveal their motives that we may be rewarded. Therefore, let us ever be abounding in the work of the Lord, remembering that God is not unrighteous to forget our work and labor of love, in order that we may not be ashamed before Him at His coming, and that we may receive a full reward.

REFERENCES: II Jn 8; Matt. 6:19-21; Heb. 12:7, 8; I Cor. 11:32; Isa. 1:18; Isa. 53:10; II Cor. 5:10; I Cor. 3:11-15; I Cor. 15:58; Heb. 6:10; Rev. 22:12; I Cor. 4:5; I Jn. 2:28; Rev. 3:11; Job 26:1-4; Rom. 14:10-12; I Cor. 9:25; I Thess. 2:19; II Tim. 4:8; Rev. 2:10; I Pet. 5:4.

D. The Great Tribulation: “For then shall be great tribulation, such as hath not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days had been shortened, no flesh would have been saved; but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” This time of Jacob’s trouble follows the event known as the Rapture and is terminated by the Lord’s Coming during the battle of Armageddon. The span of time is approximately seven years, divided in the middle (called the Abomination of Desolation) making the last three and one half years many times more vile and devastating than the first. This is a time of terrible judgment upon Israel and the inhabitants of the earth, who have not been blessed to be part of the Rapture. As time of famine, pestilence, privation, war, increased demon activity, one world church, one world economy, a time of earthquakes, signs in the heavens, and a time of such fearful unrest that men will yearn for death. After the translation and resurrection of true believers, strong delusion and God’s decree will determine that unbelievers which heard the gospel will believe a lie, and will surely be damned.

REFERENCES: Dan. 9:24-27; I Thess. 5:3-10; II Thess. 2:7,8; Rev. 6:1-8; Zeph. 1:14, 18; Rev. 7:14; Rev. 13:16-18; Matt. 24:3-39; Lk. 21:24-26; I Thess. 1:8,9; Rev. 8:13; Rev. 9:1-6; Rev. 11:18; Rev. 12:12; Rev. 14:10, 11; Rev. 17:1-7; Lk. 17:26-30; Mk. 13:14-22.

1. Of the Anti-Christ: This man of sin (also called the son of perdition) is an idol shepherd who will lead an organized rebellion against our Lord Jesus Christ. He will be a powerful individual with much charisma and with divers miracles. He will control the world’s Religious system called the Mother of Harlots. This vile person shall blaspheme God, and set himself up to be God, putting to death all who refuse to take the mark and worship him. His reign will last seven years until the battle of Armageddon when the King of Kings will destroy him and the false prophet, and cast them into the lake of fire.

REFERENCES: Rev. 6:1-8; Rev. 13:1-18; Rev. 17:1-18; Rev. 19:20, 21; Dan. 7:23-26; Dan. 9:26, 27; Zech. 11:13-17; Rev. 16:13, 14; Ps. 10:2-4; Isa. 14:2; Jer. 6:26; Dan. 7:8; Dan. 11:21; Dan. 11:36-38; Isa. 28:1-10; Jn. 5:43; I Jn. 2:18.

2. Of the Battle of Armageddon: This terrible battle shall take place at the end of the Great Tribulation. The location will be just north of Jerusalem and south west from the Sea of Galilee, in the valley of Megiddo (also called Jezreel and the Valley of Jehosophaphat). In this valley the Anti-Christ, his confederate nations and the King of the east will come to take prey upon Israel and to vainly imagine to overthrow the Lord and His armies of Heaven. The Lord Omnipotent will roar out of Zion and will tread the winepress of God’s wrath until the blood of all the wicked flows up to the horses bridle.

REFERENCES: Joel 3:2; Zech. 14:1-12; Zech. 1:7; Rev. 19:11-21; Rev. 16:12-21; Rev. 14:17-20; Rev. 6:14-17; II Thess. 2:8; II Thess. 1:7-10; Lk. 21:27, 28; Joel 3:11-16; Mal. 4:1-3; Zeph. 3:8; Isa. 26:21; Isa. 34:2-10; Isa. 12:6.

E. The Thousand Year Reign of Our Lord: We believe and contend that the Lord’s reign is literal, universal, and physical. It shall follow the second advent and the Battle of Armageddon. Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is King of Kings, shall sit on the throne of David and shall rule with a rod of iron dashing His enemies into pieces. Satan shall be bound for a thousand years by a strong angel and a strong chain. God will let him lose for a short season, that he may be glorified by destroying Satan when he confronts the Holy City. The thousand year sabbath shall be enjoyed by every Christian as we will be in our glorified bodies reigning with Christ. The Lord God Omnipotent shall establish and maintain peace, so that the Lion shall eat straw like an ox, and the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, a sucking child shall play on the hole of an asp, and all people will come to God’s Holy Mountain to worship in His millennial temple. Therefore let us be faithful, praying, “thy Kingdom come, they will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven.”

REFERENCES: Ps. 2:6-12; Ps. 72:7-11; Rev. 11:15; Dan. 7:13, 14; Dan. 7:18, 22, 27; Matt. 19:28-30; Isa. 2:2-4, 20-22; Isa. 11:1-10, 15, 16; I Cor. 6:2, 3; I Cor. 9:25; Rev. 5:10; Lk. 22:18-30; Lk. 19:16-19; Rev. 3:21; Rev. 20:1-10; Matt. 8:11.

F. Purgation of the Universe: We believe that God is going to make all things new. God will cause this earth, with its many pollutions, and the pollutions of the universe to burn up with a fervent heat, purifying it unto His holiness, and making a new heaven and a new earth for His elect to enjoy.

REFERENCES: II Pet. 3:12-14; Isa. 66: 22-24; Rev. 21:1.

G. The Great White Throne Judgment: God hath appointed a day wherein He will judge the world in righteousness, by Jesus Christ to whom all power and judgment is given of the Father. In that Day not only the apostate angels, but likewise all those who died in their sins, shall appear before the Tribunal of Christ. Of this great and terrible day, the Almighty God shall judge, shall reveal men’s hearts, and shall weigh every soul only to find that they are altogether too light. Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Every poor soul will be made to see their own wretchedness, every poor soul will be made to see the absence of their name in the Book of Life, and those souls (both small and great) will hear those terrible words, “Depart from me, I never new you.”

REFERENCES: Ps. 37:12, 13; Pro. 16:2; Rev. 22:11; Matt. 7:22, 23; John 5:22; Rev. 20:11-15; Heb. 12:29; Heb. 9:27; Heb. 10:31; Heb. 2:3; Phil. 2:8-11; Acts 17:31; I Cor. 11:32; I Cor. 6:3; Ecc. 11:9, 12:14; Matt. 12:36, 37; Deut. 7:10; Rom. 2:4, 5.

H. Final State of the Wicked: After the Great White Throne Judgment the Holy Bible says that “whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” This second death is eternal separation from God. The Lake which burneth with fire and brimstone is the final abode of Satan, the Anti-Christ, the False Prophet and all those who died without the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. Forever consigned to eternal torment and darkness, without a glimmer of hope, reprieve or mercy from God.

REFERENCES: Rev. 20:14, 15; Rev. 19:20; Rev. 20:10; Rev. 21:8; Rev. 14:10, 11; Jude 13; II Pet. 2:17; Rev. 20:6; Job 20:26-29; Dan. 12:2.

I. The Final State of the Righteous: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” We that are redeemed look for a New Heaven and a New Earth, “for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” God shall wipe away all tears from our eyes and with our glorified bodies we shall walk on streets of pure gold. New Jerusalem, a foursquare city, where there is no need of the sun, neither of the moon, has the glory of God and the Lamb to lighten it. A city where the pearly gates will remain open all the day, with no fear of any intruders only those that have been written in the Lambs book of Life.  Therefore, let us rejoice and labor diligently in the vineyard of our King until He comes. That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness towards us through Christ Jesus. “Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.” “Amen. Even so come Lord Jesus!”

REFERENCES: Rev. 21:1-27; Rev. 22:1-7; Rev. 22:20; Heb. 11:10-16; Heb. 12:28; Eph. 3:21; I Jn. 3:1, 2; Eph. 2:7; I Cor. 2:9; Jn. 14:1-3; Isa. 66:22; Eph. 5:16; Rom. 13:11, 12; Rom. 8:18; Rev. 22:11;  II Cor. 4:16-18; Dan. 12: 2, 3.

 

 

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