The Meaning of the Day

by Jon Bowles
16th October 2014 - Last Great Day

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Well good afternoon everyone, and good morning everyone, both sides of the pond. It's incredible that we are at the Last Great Day already, it seems we just basically got here.

It is interesting that 'Poem,' the first time I ever heard that was on the Feast film by Mr Armstrong. I remember thinking, that is what we have on our introductory music as the countdown goes on. It is Mr Armstrong actually playing on that introductory music. I had never heard it before. It is a beautiful piece. It always summed up to me, it summed up all the struggle that he's had throughout all these various years. There is a note of sadness in it, and yet it is also positive as well. That's how it comes across to me anyway. It is a beautiful, beautiful piece, it really is.

You know, I was talking to the Kauffman's from Arizona and they were wondering why anybody would like to have Welsh weather. I can't quite understand why they gravitate towards ninety-five degrees with a zero percent humidity, but apparently some people do. I hear that over in Pwllheli, over in Wales they have been having glorious sunshine. Now I don't really understand that - because it says that the sun shines on the righteous! I can't quite figure it out with Mr Pippy being over there. Suddenly it twigged in on exactly what is going on - Mrs. Pippy is over there as well.

You know when we were going through the Chicago Airport, there was an African lady there with a child on her back. You know how the Africans basically do it. How they actually do it and keep the child the child on, I'm not quite sure, but they do it with a shawl. They tie it in a certain way around the front. I won't do a demonstration up here. But you lean forward and balance the child on your vertebrae on the back. I say you, the ladies do, and they are able to actually tie the shawl around. She was there with a child on her back, and we got to talking to her. She came from Abuja. She had just flown from Abuja in Nigeria, but she actually came from the northern part of Nigeria, near Jos in the northern site, with Boko Haram.

I asked her what were the troubles like there, and she said, basically, she had been in a church at one time and Boko Haram suicide bomber had driven up to the front of the church and crashed through the barriers and managed to get into the foyer part of the church and exploded the bomb there. She said it was only by God's grace, as she put it, and that it was a miracle that nobody was killed but one. One person was killed. She was in the church at the time. Several were injured. That was the thing she was actually involved in. She had actually gone back to spend some time with her family who were living in that area.

I asked her what she was doing over here in America, and it was her husband that was over here, and he had been in Kentucky for a year, and was attending a seminary. He was therefore becoming a pastor. He had done one year, and had another two years to do. Then they were going back to the northern area of Nigeria to serve as a pastor in that area.

You can't help but admire the courage and dedication involved with somebody that does that, because, quite frankly, a missionary going back into that area, with Boko Haram as they are, is not the kind of thing that most people would want to do. Yet she was quite adamant that, that was what they were going to do. That was how they were going to conduct themselves. It was necessary to do that to save souls for Christ. She was very adamant about that. The reason for doing it, if you turn over to John 14:5, because they read scriptures like this, but they read them without understanding God's plan: and here in John 14:5:

"Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:5-6)

So, if you want to gain access to the Father, you have to do it in conjunction with Jesus Christ. So Boko Haram doesn't have access to the Father, doesn't have access to God at all in their book. Therefore, they are out there saving souls for Christ. Another scripture they turn to is Acts 4:11. Really, it is to do with this day that we find ourselves in today. They don't understand the meaning of this day, and they don't really appreciate what in fact this day is all about. Therefore, they put themselves in harms way. They are very diligent and very courageous quite frankly. Here in Acts 4:11:

"This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner [quoting a scripture in Psalm 118:22]. Neither is there salvation in any other [any other name in other words]: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:11-12)

There is no other name. So, if you read that in the light of the world, all the people up to the point of Christ are all lost, all missed out, because they didn't know the name of Christ, did they? All the people who are not actually part of a Christian church have missed out. The thing that the missionaries have got to do is go out there, and make sure they hear the name of Christ. That is what they've been doing.

When you look at it, and it's come from the west. It has come from the so called Christian believing nations, and they have got to send missionaries out. The British send missionaries out to Africa. Dr Livingstone was a missionary. That is what he was there for, he was trying to save souls for Christ, because of this verse, and because of the lack of understanding of this day and for the plan of God. That is what he was actually doing. When you think of this, you have God wringing His hands, quite frankly, in frustration, that not more people are out there trying to save souls for Christ. Trying to make sure that name is put into the ears of as many people as possible.

From here in America, you send people down to the jungles of the Amazon. You have dedicated people going down there, braving the diseases that are there, trying to find remote tribes, just so they can get the name. Because of this verse, and because of the lack of understanding that is there.

Yet you know, when you think of it, it is blasphemous. It's blasphemous, because, quite frankly, there is a battle going on between Satan and God, in their view, and Satan is actually winning. What we've got today, is that we've got the missionaries who have gone down to Africa, and now the Africans are sending missionaries back to the UK. We need it more than anyone else, quite frankly, we're a godless lot. That is absolutely true, we are a godless lot. They don't believe in God at all, so the Africans are actually coming back into Britain trying to convert the British, you have this absurd situation going on.

But you know you have this battle going on between God and Satan and God is losing and Satan is winning. As I say, it is blasphemous. The God of scripture isn't like that at all. In fact if you turn over to Ezekiel 36 which we have read before on the opening night and another sermon also, here in Ezekiel 36:20, just notice what it actually says:

"And when they entered unto the [nations] heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the [Eternal], and are gone forth out of his land." (Ezekiel 36:20)

We don't really tend to feel that missionaries are profaning the name of God, but that is exactly what is happening. Yet, they are doing it in perfectly good faith. I have admiration for this lady. We met her husband as we landed. We met her husband and he had another child with him and there was an obvious love between the two of them, which if you understand anything about African marriages, is unusual, because it is more of a contractual arrangement in many, many cases. Where did they get that from? Well, they got it out of this book, but they read it without the light of the Holy Days, without the light of this particular Day. Here in Ezekiel 36, it says in verse 20:

"And when they entered unto the [nations] heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name,when they said to them, These are the people of the [Eternal], and are gone forth out of his land. But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went." (Ezekiel 36:20-21)

Saying there is a battle between Satan and God and that Satan is winning, which he clearly is, if that was the case, is a form of blasphemy. All you have to do is read the book of Job to see how Satan is presented before God. The created sons of God come before God, and Satan is among them. He then gives his spiel and God says, "Okay, you can go down, you can deal with Job, but you do not lay a finger on him." Therefore within that barrier, he is able to go out and operate, and then he comes back again, and again, he comes before God and God says: "Okay, you can touch him, but you spare his life." So he is able to do that again.

Again when Christ had these two men in Gergesenes, the demon-possessed individuals, they asked him: "Can we go into the swine?" He said: "Yes you may" (Matthew 8:28). Again, only as far as He would allow them. They were only able to operate as far as He would allow. So there is no contest between God and Satan. That is not going on. Satan is allowed to operate for a specific reason within God's plan. Here in Ezekiel 36:22 it says:

"Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the [Eternal] Lord; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the [nations], whither ye went. And I will sanctify my great name [notice how He basically laid down the law, this is Jesus Christ speaking], which was profaned among the [nations], which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the [nations] shall know that I am the [Eternal], saith the Lord [Eternal], when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the [nations], and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land [is this the language of somebody who is having a battle with Satan and losing? This isn't the language of an individual like that. He's got it all together, clearly the missionary idea is wrong]. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh." (Ezekiel 36:22-26)

All you have to do is put the emphasis in the right place. You see a Being who has no contest with Satan. Satan is allowed to operate under the direct control of God. He will go no further than God allows him to go for a plan, for a purpose, for a reason. I know we keep it every year. We come to the Last Great Day, and we celebrate it every year. Do we realize just what priceless information we have been given, and how priceless that is? Because it is utterly priceless information. The world is blinded. The world doesn't know that. They are sincere in many cases and yet have no idea as to what is really going on within this incredible world that we find ourselves in. Ezekiel 36:27:

"And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God [He lays it absolutely on the line, in verse 35]. And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become [clipped or] fenced, and are inhabited. Then the [nations] that are left round about you shall know that I the [Eternal] build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the [Eternal] have spoken it, and I will do it." (Ezekiel 36:27-28,35-36)

That is exactly what He will do. He will make sure that the idea of profaning His name and that Holy name, is simply not going to happen, because God's got a plan. He has a plan for all mankind, absolutely all mankind. That plan is fully on track. There is no deviation whatsoever within it.

It's on track now even with the shattering of the church, it's on track. It didn't catch God on the hop. The fact that we are just a small number here and elsewhere, it didn't catch God on the hop. We had better not go down the missionary idea, the profaning God's name and thinking "Oh, poor God, or Oh, poor Christ," He is somehow caught by the way it's turned out within the church. That is not the case. We are being evaluated, we are being tested, you find that over in Revelation 11:1, the temple is measured, and we are being measured whether in fact we are fitting or not. Whether we are fit to be part of that temple yet or we need some further correction and instruction, which will occur.

So this is something that explains the "...none other name..." (Acts 4:12). It is depicted by The Last Great Day, the fact that it is fully on track, The Last Great Day has everything to say. The areas I would like to cover today:

1) Talk about the plan in the Holy Days - Go through the plan very briefly in the Holy Days.

2) Talk about how it is on schedule.

3) How it destroys the work of Satan - It will in fact go ahead and destroy the work of Satan.

4) A case for all mankind - ALL mankind. It's not just us, not just a few here, a few there, but all mankind are involved.

5) God's final goal - That final goal is to make sons and daughters of God. He is reproducing Himself. Look at the natural world. It's going to be big. Remember the film 'The Meaning of Life'. You look at the inner workings of the cell. That meaning has got to be big. Even though the ones producing that video did not understand it. Certainly did not understand anywhere near the scope of what in fact is the truth.

The Plan in the Holy Days (PLAY FROM 19:25)

Turn over to I Corinthians, chapter two. We have got to understand something when we are looking at the plan in the Holy Days, that this information did not come by our own efforts. It just simply didn't come that way. I remember seeing a web site one time put out by an evangelist and on that particular web site, it gave the impression that this information was discovered by intense study. I thought, what a load of bunkum. It was not discovered by intense study. Yes, intense study was required, intense study was done, but that's not where it came from, because of what it says here in I Corinthians 2:9:

"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man [regardless of what intense study has been done], the things which God hath prepared for them that love him [God's plan is about what He has prepared for them that love Him]. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit [they have got to be revealed, and that is the only way it is actually understood]: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God." (I Corinthians 2:9-10)

It is only that way that we understand the things that we understand. Yes, there is a certain amount of intense study necessary, but I tell you what, it wasn't just the intense study, it was the fact that Mr Armstrong was obedient, when he didn't really understand. That was the real criteria. The fact that he was willing to obey God, the way Abraham obeyed God, in faith, keeping the Holy Days and doing what was right, not really understanding, not knowing where he went, as it happened with Abraham. That was the thing that made the defining difference. After seven years, he then had some other people join him. Another seven years and he began to understand what he was actually keeping.

Well let's turn over to Leviticus 23, we go through it every year, we go through it seven times a year, quite frankly. But in Leviticus 23:1 it says:

"And the [Eternal] spake unto Moses, saying [this Eternal was Jesus Christ, He is the One that actually became Jesus Christ], Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the [Eternal], which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations [holy gatherings], even these are my feasts [first one]. Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the [Eternal] in all your dwellings." (Leviticus 23:1-3)

That forms the foundation of God's plan. Six thousand years followed by the Sabbath or Millennial rule. It is six thousand years which is the day of man, or the day of Satan followed by the Millennial rule that begins The Day of The Lord. The Day of The Lord actually begins with the wrath of God. It then carries on right the way through the Millennium. It carries right into the Great White Throne Judgment and out into eternity because it is the Day of God. That Day of God is what we are depicting as we gather here in Kentucky and over in Pwllheli, and elsewhere, down in Owerri and South Africa, and all of you that are hearing my voice right now, and all of God's people that are being led by the Spirit of God, that are elsewhere as well. It is not just limited to us. It is those that are led by the Spirit of God. They are the sons of God, they are the ones God is going to be working with.

My feasts, as He says, it begins with the Sabbath. That is foundational. The first law that you find within all scripture is the Sabbath, isn't it? Is there anything else? I don't think of anything else apart from I suppose that God is the Creator. The first law that you find in scripture is the Sabbath. It gives us the definition of the very plan of God Himself. He goes on and says, Leviticus 23:4:

"These are the feasts of the [Eternal], even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons." (Leviticus 23:4)

These are harvest seasons. Keep a hand in here, and turn over to James 5:7:

"Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold [look, and regard, and just make a note of], the husbandman [farmer] waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain." (James 5:7)

This is the harvest seasons. It is built around the early and the latter rain. What is rain a symbol of? Well the fluid nature of the very Holy Spirit itself. You've got the early rain, which is coming on you and I, as the firstfruits, and poured into our minds. That is a small harvest. You get the latter rain, the latter fluid, the latter harvest, the latter spirit being poured out. James 5:8:

"Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh." (James 5:8)

It is coming. We know it will come. So when we come back here to Leviticus 23:4 and we see that:

"These are the feasts of the [Eternal], even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons." (Leviticus 23:4)

It is the seasons that have the early and the latter rain. That early and latter rain pictures the very coming of the Holy Spirit. Early for the firstfruits, and latter for the days that we have been picturing these last seven days and now in the eighth day as well. Before anything can actually begin, it says in Leviticus 23:5:

"In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the [Eternal]'s passover." (Leviticus 23:5)

Before anything can actually start you have got to have the Passover. Now the Passover begins God's plan. But it begins God's plan. What happens in the world outside, that is blinded by Satan, that believes in missionaries? Well, Easter ends the plan of God, it starts with Christmas and ends with Easter. All focused on the person, the physical individual that was Jesus Christ. It misses the point, completely, totally misses the point. So, what you are looking at is the Passover on the fourteenth day. It is not even a Holy Day. It is certainly not a Feast Day. Mr Armstrong gives a definition - the Passover is a vital stage, it is the first stage and must be there before the actual Feast's of the Eternal, the convocations can begin. Leviticus 23:7:

"In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein [here is the Feast Day, the First Day of Unleavened Bread]...in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein." (Leviticus 23:7-8)

So you get the seventh Day of Unleavened Bread. The bread pictures the very body of Christ, that we take inside us and we eat. That body of Christ has got to live. That body of the living Word of God. We take that Word inside us. It is not just putting away sin. It is the fact that we put something in there as well. You have the Body of Christ, the living Word of God that we have got to become like. We have got to become the brothers and sisters of. It starts with that living Word. Then in Leviticus 23:21:

"And ye shall proclaim on the selfsame day, that it may be an holy convocation unto you: ye shall do no servile work therein: it shall be a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your generations." (Leviticus 23:21)

You are looking at the Day of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit. The giving of the Law, as well. The fact is we keep God's law in the Spirit. We administer it according to the spirit and not the letter. We keep the letter of the law, yes. But we administer it according to it's intent. We don't administer it according to it's letter. If we did, we would be like a Pharisee. We would only be a Pharisee. It doesn't mean to say we don't keep it, but we administer it according to its intent. That is the way Mr Armstrong certainly taught us. Leviticus 23:24:

"Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the [Eternal]." (Leviticus 23:24-25)

Again, you find the last trump being mentioned. It is also interesting that the Jews will have the responsibility for the calendar. The way the calendar is actually structured, it revolves around this day. It revolves around the Day of Trumpets. If the Day of Trumpets moves, then the Holy Days on both sides move with it. So if the return of Christ is delayed all the other bits and pieces are delayed. If the return of Christ is moved in another direction, all the other bits are moved in another direction.

That decision, as to when that Day of Trumpets will occur, when the return of Christ will actually take place, is the Fathers', and the Fathers' only. He will make the decision. He will make the decision based on basically whether in fact people are ready, the maximum number that have been trained by the aversion therapy that we find within the world today. That aversion therapy is because of the next Holy Day in Leviticus 23:27:

"Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the [Eternal]. And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the [Eternal] your God." (Leviticus 23:27-28)

Now to us, it is very much the putting away Satan. Getting him out of the way so the Millennium can begin. In the Jews case though, we are looking at very much like the Days of Unleavened Bread as far as we are concerned. The Jews use it as Atonement. The ten days from Trumpets to Atonement are days of repentance. They are going to go through the repentance stage at that time. Just as we will look forward to the Day of Atonement as the locking away of Satan. They look on it as the Atonement, the repentance stage that will take place. Leviticus 23:34:

"Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the [Eternal]. On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein." (Leviticus 23:34-35)

Those days of tabernacles, days of temporary dwellings. I don't know about you, but I always think, when we leave the home to come to the Feast of Tabernacles, I always think, one of these days I will close the door on this home and never go back, never, ever go back. Because, when the Church flees, we will close the door on our homes and we will leave it and never return. From that point you are looking at the actual beginning of the Kingdom of God. One of these days, it is going to occur. One of these days, it will actually take place.

Even as we leave the Feast this time, whether you are leaving tomorrow or leaving on Sunday or whenever it may be. When you leave the condo, you close the door. Just as you close that door, just think and consider that one of these days, you will close that door on the days of temporary dwellings, and then you will have an eternity of a permanent dwelling; a permanent dwelling in the very new Jerusalem that will descend. That day will come, that day will come.

As I say, most times when we leave the house to come to the Feast, I think of the fact that it is a temporary dwelling. We've got it for a little while. It serves its purpose, it does its job, it keeps us dry and warm. It needs maintenance too, but it does its temporary dwelling work. Eventually it will pass and we will no longer need it. Eventually this body of mine will wear out, and it will be no longer needed.

Certainly the temporary nature of everything - you consider the Millennial rule and all the work we will put into that. Then come to the hundred year period. All the work that will come into that. What happens to it? It is burned. The whole lot is burned, completely destroyed. There is nothing physical that is going to remain exactly as it is. Everything physical is going to change. It talks about the changing, that even the very heavens themselves, the physical world as we have it now cannot exist. The star systems are moving, the galaxies are flying away from each other. They can't exist as they are now. There is something that is going to have to happen. It will be changed. Bowles' speculation - I think it has something to do with the actual dimensions, but that is pure speculation. I have no idea, I can't even get my mind around three or four dimensions. Leviticus 23:36 says:

"Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the [Eternal]: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation [a holy gathering] unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the [Eternal]: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein." (Leviticus 23:36)

The Last Great Day is a separate Feast, and it certainly is profound.

The Plan is on Schedule (PLAY FROM 36:11)

When we look at the plan that God has, when we look at Christ and the early apostles, they weren't missionaries. You don't find them desperately trying to save souls for Christ. You find the instruction over in Acts 18, how the Spirit said to Paul: that: "...I have got much people in this city. (Acts 18:10). In the City of Corinth. It was the last place he wanted to be. It really was. It was the Lagos, the Swansea of the Greek world. It was a dump, quite frankly. It was a port city. It was the last place he wanted to be. God said: "No, I have much people in this city. You have to therefore stay and do the work that is necessary." The work that was necessary of the ones that God had called. If we turn over to Matthew 13:10 We find again something that counters the commonly held view:

"And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given [I don't want to teach them, I want to just tell them stories that they will think are profound and have no concept at all as to what they are all about]. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of [Isaiah], which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:" (Matthew 13:10-14)

He didn't want them to understand. That goes against everything, what is He doing talking in parables deliberately to deceive? He has a plan and it is not their time yet. It is simply not their time. Matthew 10:34:

"All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable [He didn't speak] unto them:" (Matthew 13:34)

So it was deliberate. It wasn't their time. God must have a plan. There is no question of that. If you turn over to John 6:44, Mr Armstrong goes to it over, and over, and over again:

"No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:44)

The last day of this present age. The last day of Satan's day. That is when He will raise him up. That is the only group that will apply to, the group of firstfruits. That group of firstfruits will be raised up at the last day. But none of the others are going to be able to come to Christ, they simply can't. The Father has got to do the calling. John 6:64:

"But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him [Christ knew who was and who wasn't with Him]. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life [it is the words of eternal life that have got to live within each one of us and within each one of them]. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a [a demon, a slanderer]?" (John 6:64-70)

He chose the twelve specifically. He went and prayed all night. You can go and look at the account. He prayed all night to select the twelve, including Judas Iscariot. He had to chose the one that was going to betray Him. He specifically prayed towards that end. Again, it was all part of the plan, and in John 7:2:

"Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand [so we are here at this particular time of year, verse 17]. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." (John 7:2,17)

In other words, we are looking at doing the actual will of God. The only ones able to do God's will are the ones actually called by God, and who have got the Spirit of God, that applies to us now, at this time of firstfruits. In John 7:37:

"In the last day, that great day of the feast [which is the day we are in today], Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink [it is not saying of that time, He is actually prophesying what will happen on that Last Great Day, on this Last Great Day]. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water [the very pouring out of God's Spirit]. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy [Spirit] was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)" (John 7:37-39)

It is the case that if any man as it says in Revelation 21:6 "...I will give to him that athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely" (Revelation 21:6). At this time, the Spirit of God will be poured out on all flesh, and the entirety of the world will know.

Let's turn over to I Corinthians 15 and fill in a few of the gaps there. This is the good news. This is the gospel. This is the fact that God is reproducing Himself. It is the gospel which is hidden from the world. The world doesn't know. The world cannot see. The little bits that they do know, they know the name by which men can be saved and because they don't understand this, it causes an enormous amount of problems for them. As I say, you cannot help but admire the dedication. You can't help but admire the bravery, quite frankly, in the face of such odds as Boko Haram over in northern Nigeria, as the couple I mentioned in the beginning. Here in I Corinthians 15:1:

"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain [it is talking about the whole subject of I Corinthians 15, the whole subject of the resurrection]. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;" (I Corinthians 15:1-3)

That kicks off the subject. It then goes on into the subject of the resurrection. In that subject of the resurrection, I Corinthians 15:19 says:

"If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable [if that is all you have, if this is the present reality we are of all men most miserable, but that is not the case]. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the [firstfruit, 'firstfruit' singular, they have added an 's' on the end of it, it is not there in the original] of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead." (I Corinthians 15:19-21)

It is through the resurrection. What did Paul say? "...I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called into question" (Acts 23:6). That is the key, it is through a series of resurrections that the plan of God can take place. I Corinthians 15:22:

"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive [Mr Armstrong keeps pointing out, it is the same all, they all die and they all are made alive, the same all]. But every man in his own order..." (I Corinthians 15:22-23)

Again, the early and the latter rain. We go to the Holy Days in their seasons and it is when this Spirit is poured out. When does the understanding come in? Where does the revelation come from? "...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" (I Corinthians 2:9). But God has revealed them through the Spirit. So when are they going to understand? When is the world going to know? I Corinthians 15:23:

"But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruit [that's the first occasion]; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming [that is the first human resurrection of firstfruits, it is depicted by the Day of Pentecost, but is also depicted as far as the church age is concerned, by the Day of Trumpets]. Then cometh the end [or the end ones], when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." (I Corinthians 15:23-26)

So everyone in their own order. There is a certain plan with a certain set order that we find there. If you turn over to I Timothy 2:3 it says:

"For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved [how do people in the world put these verses together without understanding the resurrections, without understanding the judgments?], and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." (I Timothy 2:3-4)

Now, if He is going to have all men to be saved and come into the knowledge of the truth, yet there is no other name under heaven except Jesus Christ by which they can be saved, you have got to have a resurrection. You have got to have a resurrection to physical life. That is what we are looking at in this day. There is no other way of doing it. I Timothy 2:5:

ALL, including those who never heard His name at this time, He is the ransom, He is the One that actually pays the penalty], to be testified in due time." (I Timothy 2:5-6)

His due time, and that is what we are looking at today. The plan is on schedule. As it says in John 1:9 "[Jesus Christ] lighteth every man that cometh into the world." Every man, what about all these people that believed in the cows reincarnation in India and that died? How do you fit that together? It simply doesn't fit. It does not fit the way the traditional Christianity is constructed.

How God's Plan Will Destroy the Works of Satan (PLAY FROM 49:17)

The one who is really behind all of what we see, and the deception that is there, is Satan himself. If we turn over to I John 3:1 we find that the purpose of God in doing this, in having His plan, in doing what He is about to do, and has done so far, is to actually defeat the works, and destroy the works of Satan. I John 3:1:

"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God [in embryo], and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." (I John 3:1-2)

Does it involve different dimensions? Is there another dimension to the ones that we've got during this present time? We can speculate. All we know is that we have been given an analogy, a vivid analogy and that is of a child in the womb. We are in the womb now. We are going to be born.

How much do you remember what you were like in the womb? How much did you know of this present world from the womb? One lady was saying one of the children, prior to birth, was distressed and she started singing and quieted it down. The sound of the voice obviously transmitted through the womb. How much do you remember of that? We really don't remember anything. Yet, that is what we are looking at. I John 3:2:

"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is [see Him in the full glory]. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he [that is Christ] is pure." (I John 3:2-3)

We are going through the same process of human life. Living life as the Word of God in the flesh. That is what we should be, we should be the Word of God in the flesh, the same as Christ was the Word of God in the flesh, because that reflects the mind and thinking of God. I John 3:4:

"Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law [as it says in Romans 7:14 "...the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin." That spiritual law is reflected in the ten commandments] And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: [does not habitually sin] whosoever [habitually] sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him." (I John 3:4-6)

In other words, if we are habitually sinning, if we are going down that route with no regard, no compunction. If we are struggling, that is one thing, that is what we should be doing. But if we are habitually sinning and just totally disregarding it, then we've got major problems. I John 3:7:

"Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." (I John 3:7-8)

So Christ is manifested, and as we've seen, the Passover begins the plan of God. All the rest of the days, the whole kit and caboodle is to do with destroying the works of Satan. It talks about how he has power over death and is to destroy that power over death, in Hebrews 2:14. Turn over to Revelation 20:1:

"And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the [abyss] and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years [so that is part of the destruction of the works of the devil, part of that destruction, or part of the removal of him is the time of the Millennium], And cast him into the [abyss], and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season." (Revelation 20:1-3)

Why is he released? What is the purpose of the release? Well again, if you've got a world that has lived with the Spirit of God being poured out for a thousand years and you've got a bunch of people, a bunch of individuals who have never seen the effect of the attitude of mind of Satan. Yet these individuals are going to have to deal with people that have lived all their lives.

What are these people going to be like? These people are going to come up, and be people that died in the wars. The whistle blows, you get up over the top and you march towards the line of the German army and the machine gun mows you down. One of these individuals was my grandfather. Now he didn't die on the battlefield. What actually happened was he was an officer, he was a Captain in the British army. He foolishly gave his gas mask away to somebody else to save them from a court martial, because the guy had lost his gas mask. It just so happened that the gas then came across, and he got gassed. He got mustard gas poisoning. It was eight years later that he died and it was my mother who found him. She was age eight. She had been conceived when he came home on recuperation.

It gets kind of personal. All these individuals, my uncle who died on the Burma Railway. You personally must have instances like this. All these individuals that will live again. My uncle that died on the Burma Railway, died of malnutrition and diarrhoea. He died of that, whereas my grandfather died of mustard gas poisoning. Coughed his lungs out basically.

People living in the world like that, then are resurrected, and they are going to be looked at by people who have lived in the Millennium a thousand years. How are they going to possibly know what they have gone through? How can they possibly understand? Except, Satan is released for a short period of time.

Mr Halsted and I were speculating about this.{1} He brought up the thought that at the end of the millennium there will probably be a single group of individuals who are still not quite ready to be changed. They still have not fully accepted God and His way of life. And this will be the only group who will be affected when Satan is released – the only ones the broadcast will affect. But it is done for a reason – to ram the lesson home. Reinforcing the lesson of aversion therapy which is what it is all about. Revelation 20:4....

"And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection." (Revelation 20:4-5)

This initial resurrection is the first resurrection. So the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished is the second resurrection. That's how we label the resurrections. But the idea is that Satan and his way of life, and his mindset is to be totally removed.

God's Plan is for ALL Mankind (PLAY FROM 58:58)

Turn over to Matthew 10:15:

"Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city." (Matthew 10:15)

And it goes on into Matthew 11:21:

"Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you." (Matthew 11:21-22)

So there is a day of judgment. Judgment is now on the household of God as it says in I Peter 4:17. There are other judgments as well. In Matthew 12:41 it says:

"The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. The Queen of the South shall rise up in the judgment with this generation..." (Mathew 12:41-42)

So the men of Nineveh were a different timing than the Queen of the South. A different timing again with the people he was dealing with at that time. So they are all going to come up together. Imagine, when you think of them all coming up together, you are looking at billions and billions of individuals. When you are looking at the Millennium, with no wars, with no population cap, you are looking at probably five hundred billion. Do the maths, and you are looking at probably five hundred billion, which will give you a one on one relationship.

You will need a one on one. When Hitler comes up, he is going to need about five on one probably. But it is a case that it's not just Satan that will be removed, it is Satan's attitude of mind that will be removed. All mankind is involved with this process.

I remember my wife and I one time were visiting her mother down in North Devon and we went to Woolacombe, which is a large expansive sandy beach and we happened to be going along the tops of the cliffs and on the top of the cliffs, we came across a plaque. It was very moving quite frankly. It said: "David Stephen Smith, age seven and a half, much loved and loving son and brother lost off these rocks." You know, how parents go through something like that is beyond me. That was the 18th of April, 1992. That would make him about thirty today. These things happen. It's a tragic world. Underneath was a poem about a seagull with meaningless words, with no hope for the future at all. It was just a meaningless sentiment that was there. The world has nothing else. There is nothing else there.

During this sermon, ten thousand have died. Ten thousand have died so far since I started speaking, within this world. As Mr Armstrong said on one of his campaigns, he said, "I will teach you today what religion doesn't teach, what education doesn't know, and what science cannot discover." That is absolutely true.

Romans 11, the tragedy of this world, the people of the Millennium are going to have to understand what these people that are about to be resurrected have gone through to some degree. The only reason I can see to allow Satan loose for a little season, is they have got to know, they have to understand a little bit. They have to see the attitude of mind in their fellow human beings, whether these people have been resurrected or whether they haven't been resurrected at that time. They have got to be able to see that actual effect of a frame of mind so that it will never, ever, ever surface again. That is what He is looking for. Christ came, He did what He did, He died the way He died. He is looking forward to the fact that He defeats and completely removes the work of Satan. That is what we are looking for. Romans 11:1:

"I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin [verse 7]. What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded [it is all part of the plan, the rest were blinded]. (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them [you look at the missionaries, and it is, even though they are dedicated, you have to admire them, they are actually taking the name of God in vain, because they are saying Satan is winning]: Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway. I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?" (Romans 11:1,7-12)

If you are going to have a fullness, it is after death. It has got to be a resurrection. You can't have it any other way. There has got to be a resurrection there. Romans 11:25:

"For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery [it is a mystery, to the world, they have no clue, but it has been revealed by the Spirit of God, and only by the Spirit of God. It is not by intense study, intense study may have been involved, but that is not where it came from], lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved..." (Romans 11:25-26)

You have got to have a resurrection. You have got to have a resurrection to judgment. You put it together with the scriptures that we've read about Tyre and Sidon will arise and the judgment with this generation. The Queen of the South, with this generation. Sodom and Gomorrah with this generation. You have got to have a judgment period and judgment is now on the household of God. Well fine, but there is going to have to be a judgment period. It therefore has to be a physical resurrection that takes place. Romans 11:26:

"And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins [and I shall take away their sins]. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance [He hasn't made a mistake, the plan is right on schedule]. For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy [so the firstfruits may be able to teach, they may be able to instruct and give the mercy, and show them the way]. For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all." (Romans 11:26-32)

ALL, they are not going to be lost. They are not going to be consigned to hell forever because they haven't heard the name of Christ. That is ridiculous. That is a travesty of the true God. It is a blasphemy of the true God. Romans 11:33:

"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments [plural, I always remember Mr Armstrong pointing this out, and saying the judgments plural, and the different judgments. I thought, well he is really stretching the point there. I thought surely it is just the way he judges things. But you look at the context of that verse, that is exactly what it means, it is within the context of the entire subject matter], and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. [So be it]." (Romans 11:33-36)

That plan of God will, in fact, take place regardless of man, regardless of our understanding, or not. If you turn over to Ezekiel 37:5 one of the depictions of the Last Great Day is here:

"Thus saith the Lord [Eternal] unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the [Eternal]." (Ezekiel 37:5-6)

I am the One True God, the only God, The only family of God beings there will be at that time. And down in Ezekiel 37:11:

"Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel [when we see the rise of the judgment with this generation, so Israel will actually be with Tyre and Sidon, it will be with the Queen of the South, everybody will be resurrected together]: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts [the whistle went, they went over the top, and were mown down]. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord [Eternal]; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel [this will take place, it is pictured by this day]. And ye shall know that I am the [Eternal], when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the [Eternal] have spoken it, and performed it, saith the [Eternal]." (Ezekiel 37:11-14)

When He speaks that is what will happen. He will perform. He will do what He says. If we look in Ezekiel 38, we find it is a reverse prophecy because the focus is on this time when the actual second resurrection will occur. The focus is on Ezekiel 37 and therefore looking backwards you come to Ezekiel 38:8:

"After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them." (Ezekiel 38:8)

So you are seeing Israel dwell in safety. So it is actually at the end of the Millennium. In Ezekiel 38, you are looking backwards from the Great White Throne Judgment period. You are looking backwards to the time when Gog and Magog will come against Jerusalem after Satan has been released for a little season, for a short space of time. In Ezekiel 38:11:

"And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates," (Ezekiel 38:11)

So you are looking at the end of the Millennium. You are looking back to the Great White Throne Judgment. You are looking backwards. What you see initially is the end of the Millennium. In Ezekiel 38:19 you find the fire that is actually coming down. That is what you find in Revelation 20:6-9, the fire came down and devoured Gog and Magog.

You then go into Ezekiel 39:7 you are now looking back even further in time. You are looking back from the Great White Throne Judgment back initially to the end of the Millennium, and now you are looking to the beginning of the Millennium, when they first come into the land, and how Gog and Magog will come to fight against Christ on His return. Ezekiel 39:7:

"So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the [nations] shall know that I am the [Eternal], the Holy One in Israel [so He has just returned, as I say, it is a backwards prophecy, verse 22]. So the house of Israel shall know that I am the [Eternal] their God from that day and forward. And the [nations] shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity..." (Ezekiel 39:7,22-23)

Again, it looks at the return of Christ at that time. So we are looking at when the Great White Throne Judgment period occurs and begins, we are looking at a time right at the end of the Millennium. The Millennium will have produced something like five hundred billion. It will be virtually a one on one relationship between those that come up and those that have been begotten and born during the Millennium.

God's Final Goal (PLAY FROM 1:14:21)

You therefore come to God's final goal. Turn over to Revelation 22:1:

"And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb." (Revelation 22:1)

Those that are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. We have a down payment, an earnest of the Spirit at the moment. Eventually it will be like air. We breathe air at the moment. I breathe in, I breathe out, my words are therefore conveyed to you. At that time the energy and the very life itself will be spirit. Will it pour through us? Will it flow through us? However it will be, we will be energized by it. Revelation 22:2:

"And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it [the riverbed of it], and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing [or restoration] of the nations." (Revelation 22:2)

Now it is describing something out of the womb. It is like somebody came to you, when you were in the womb, and said, "Right, I'm going to describe the room your mother is currently in." Would it understand? Does it have any reference? Could it possibly wrap your mind around that? Yet this is what they were looking at here. Revelation 22:3:

"And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever [this is the ultimate, this is what we are looking for]. And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. (Revelation 22:3-6)

Revelation 21:1 says:

"And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle [or the dwelling] of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away [this is at the end of the whole plan of God, it is just drawing to its close]. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new [the physical world we have now has got to be made new to survive]. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely [the Spirit of God will pour through us and in doing so will energize us, the same way as we breathe the air at the present time, the air goes in, the air expires]. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son." (Revelation 21:1-7)

It says in Philippians 3:21 how our bodies will be transformed to be likened unto His glorious body. The working whereby He subdues all things to Himself. We will be creators. We will actually be out in the very universe itself. Let's turn over to Isaiah 51:1, a couple of scriptures now in closing:

"Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness [let's hope that we all do, because that is what is needed, that is what is required, that is what the entire plan of God is about, a world in which righteousness dwells as it says in Peter], ye that seek the [Eternal]: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. Look unto Abraham...[verse 7] Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings." (Isaiah 51:1-2,7)

Isaiah 51:10:

"Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over? Therefore the redeemed of the [Eternal] shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away [it will be a time of incredible joy and will go out into eternity, verse 15]. But I am the [Eternal] thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The [Eternal] of hosts is his name. And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens [that is our ultimate destination as Sons of God, to plant the heavens, to be the creators, with the Father, with the Son for eternity, that is the destination], and lay the foundations of the earth [that will be done during the Millennium and the Great White Throne Judgment, again, that is our destination], and say unto Zion, Thou art my people." (Isaiah 51:10-11,15-16)

That is what we are doing now. That is what our web sites are doing now. Again, it is a reverse prophecy. Final scripture, one we have read several times, Romans 8:14:

"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God [we have a down payment at the moment]. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of [sonship], whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the [creation]..." (Romans 8:14-19)

When you look at the creation, it is a huge plan. It's got to be a huge plan. You don't get the machines that are just beginning to be understood now. Our bodies are composed in a way that we understand today in a way that is astounding, absolutely astounding. The detail that has gone into it. You don't do that without having a plan that is as equally astounding. The understanding of this day, and the fact that God is out to save ALL mankind. Only those that are incorrigibly wicked will, in fact, be destroyed by the second death. Romans 8:20:

"For the [creation] was made subject to [chewing], not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the [creation] itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God." Romans 8:20-21

That is just merely the first stage, Romans 8:28:

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose [called as firstfruits]. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren [so Christ is the firstborn among many brethren, we are the firstborn among many brethren as well]. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified [that will be true of the Great White Throne Judgment, it will be true of the Millennium, the entire plan of God. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all [for us all, including the people outside as well, including the African lady that we talked to, including her husband and their children], how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us." (Romans 8:28-34)

He is currently saving us, rescuing us. He will eventually be using us as teachers to rescue those in the Millennium and using them as teachers to rescue those that died in the Great White Throne Judgment. Romans 8:35:

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come [the entire spirit realm - nothing]. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature [or any other part of creation], shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:35-39)

That basically is true not only of us, but for all mankind, in God's glorious plan, of which this is the crowning pinnacle of The Last Great Day.


{1} Footnote: paragraph reworked to clarify the point discussed