THE SIGN, THE SEAL, AND THE SECRET
The Good News of the Reconciliation of All Things
by Craig Wm. Peters
Having made known unto us the secret of His will, according to His good pleasure which He has purposed in Himself: that in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in the Messiah, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him. Ephesians 1:9-10
Our study’s title originated with brother Ralph Ward, a dedicated believer of whom we will write more momentarily. “The Sign, the Seal, and the Secret,” is a phrase often used by Ralph to refer to the Seventh Day Shabbat (the Sign), to the Qadosh Name of (the Seal),1 and to the â€œReconciliation of All Thingsâ€ (the Secret).
The article itself is based on a personal, e-mail letter written to fellow Messianic believers in May 2005. While indications of a personal letter may still be seen in certain places, the document has now been edited throughout so as to address our current readers.
This study explains one, very important “secret” 2 which the apostle Shaâ€™ul stated has been hidden from the foundation of the world.3 When the Messiah came into the world, the heavenly messengers announced His birth as â€œgood tidings of great joy which shall be to all people.â€4 We will learn no person was excluded in the word â€œall.â€ All flesh will see the salvation of Elohim5 as fulfills His promise to bless all nations 6 through the
Messiah, the Seed of Abraham.
This document proves will, indeed, have mercy upon all 7 and that He will do so in a way which is exceedingly abundant beyond anything which most people have ever imagined.
â€¦ Shalom today and always. Thanks for the opportunity to share with you â€œthe secret of His will.â€8 I believe you will be edified by the viewpoint, and if studied over time, you will likely be amazed not only at how true it is (and at how many things in the Word to which it brings clarity), but also at how much peace and joy it will give9 as the truth of the Word builds your faith yet more and more in the unstoppable, absolutely sovereign plan of our loving Creator. Some things seen in my response to your inquiry may be repetitious (with the same Scriptures being quoted/cited more than once), but the attempt has been to show how various texts relate and how they often say the same thing in a slightly different way. We pray is magnified in by
The general answer to your question about my belief in Universal Salvation is, â€œYes, I believe everyone will eventually enter the Kingdom,â€ but as indicated previously, I do not
agree with certain teachings which are common among those who believe in the reconciliation of all things.10 We will visit those disagreements later. For the rest of this letter, â€œUniversal Salvationâ€ will be referred to using what I believe is a more accurate, scriptural term: â€œReconciliation.â€11 The Good News of
the Reconciliation of All Things really is good news!
While all of the Torah reveals important truths in which true believers are to be set
apart,12 three things appear to be of major importance for anyone who desires to enter into Life in the Messianic Age:
1. The Sign
2. The Seal
3. And the Secret
For those newly contemplating â€œThe Sign, the Seal, and the Secret,â€ the Word of informs us the Sign is the Shabbat13 â€¦ the Seal is His Name/Spirit14 â€¦ and the Secret is â€œthe secret of His will,â€ the secret of the reconciliation of all things: Having made known unto us the secret of His will, according to His good pleasure which He has purposed in Himself: that in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in the Messiah, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him. Ephesians 1:9-10
For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell; and, having made peace through the blood of His execution stake, by Him to reconcile all things to Himself; by Him, I say, whether they are things in earth, or thing in heaven. Colossians 1:19-20
The Good News is: the phrase â€œall thingsâ€ really does mean â€œall things!â€ In stating the above, Shaul was only confirming what had already said: â€œIf I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all unto Me.â€ John 12:32 With this statement, was indicating the love of to be revealed by His Offering on the tree: that Offering will eventually prevail in and over the life of every person who has ever lived!
To understand the reconciliation of all things, we simply need to grasp the Scriptures which the majority of believers have not understood in their fullest context. We also need to have a better understanding of just a few words which have been translated rather inaccurately. I will do my best to give testimony over how I came to this truth and will attempt to explain those Scriptures which, if improperly understood, seem to contradict the truth of Reconciliation.
For many years I corresponded with a brother in the faith named Ralph Ward; during
those years, he conveyed numerous thoughts on his belief in Reconciliation. The clear Scriptures he cited certainly made me think there was credence to the view, but I still could not get past a few, personal objections:
1. clearly said that few would enter into life: â€œEnter in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there are which go in through it: because narrow is the gate, and compressed is the way, which leads to life, and few there are who find it.â€ Matthew 7:13-14 On yet another occasion, He warned His followers with a similar set of sobering words: â€œStrive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.â€ Luke 13:24 Even Shaâ€™ul reflects his concern over this same, sobering teaching when stating he did not regard himself to have attained to the first resurrection (and that even he might fall short and be rejected)!15 Accordingly, spoke of those believers whose names would be blotted out of the Book of Life. Revelation 3:5 These will be those believers who sought to enter in, but who were unable. Matthew 22:11-14
2. Scripture is very clear: the Lake of Fire will be the punishment for those who do not believe and obey the Good News. When first making my lifetime commitment to follow (in the Fall of 1979), I understood the Lake of Fire punishment to be eternal and unending. Of course, while holding this view about the Lake of Fire, I went from believing in eternal torment to (some years later) simply thinking it would be eternal annihilation â€“ either one a terrible judgment for someone who loves life and who wants to live forever.
3. So not only was the Lake of Fire the clearly defined punishment for the unrepentant, how could â€œeternal damnationâ€ allow anyone to believe in Reconciliation? Daniel 12:2,
In light of the above considerations, I would find myself wondering many times:
â€œHow can Reconciliation be explained, or believed, in light of the Lake of Fire punishment?â€
Turning back the clock to a time which was many years prior to any correspondence with Ralph, profound spiritual changes started taking place after the Spirit began leading me to pray in the manner taught by .16 These things occurred over the period of time from the Fall of 1982 through the Spring of â€™83, and this earnest
praying continued into the Fall and Winter of 1983. Having earnestly and sincerely prayed,
â€œThy Kingdom Come,â€ by the Fall of 1983, I was soon led to a friend who the Spirit used to
reveal the truth of the Seventh Day Sabbath â€“ the special, weekly extension of His Kingdom in the earth. Very soon, the Spirit impressed me to begin observing Shabbat to the best of my ability. Not long after that, revealed His Qadosh Name in the late winter of 1984 (the worldâ€™s February). And had I not been praying â€œHallowed be Thy Name?â€ Matthew 6:9 And has He not promised: if we keep His Sabbaths we will also know He is who sets us apart? Exodus 31:12-1317 fulfilled that promise by revealing His Name after I began observing His Shabbat. Some ten months later, in late December of â€˜84, I was led to information about Messianic believers in Rocheport, Missouri and called to consult with them by phone. Not long hence, a second call was made, but this time it was to schedule an immersion for Passover in the Spring of 1985.
Of course, the earnest praying has only continued since those early days, and the Spirit has given many more blessings from the Word across the decades. One of those revelations has been the truth of Reconciliation. A few years after my first visit to Rocheport, I met brother Ralph Ward at the 1987 FOT18 in the same
locale. Afterwards, we began what would become many years of correspondence. During
those many years of letter writing with Ralph, I would read the Scriptures which had
â€œReconciliationâ€ written all over them, yet still could not settle into a view which dissolved the two, seeming contradictions indicated above.
For many years, I politely listened when Ralph spoke of Reconciliation â€¦ I wanted the view to be true, hoped it was true, but still could not get past certain Scriptures which appeared to disagree with the viewpoint. At the same time, I was unable to get around the numerous Scriptures which also so clearly stated would reconcile all things to Himself â€¦ While Ralph would write often about the matter, he was still never pushy. You might call his occasional mentions of the viewpoint â€œbeneficial prodding!â€ Most of the time I
encountered those Reconciliation-related Scriptures, it was not in letters from Ralph, but during my own, regular studies and readings of the Word. However, whenever I studied
Reconciliation texts across those years, that â€œhmmmmâ€ you get when you read something in the Word just kept getting stronger and stronger.
Proverbs 4:18 About three years ago (Fall 2002), Ralph was able to establish phone contact from Washington and I got some more prodding over the viewpoint. This pushed me to pray, seek, ponder, and study the view once more; this time, however, the Spirit was able to finally reveal the necessary Scriptures and impart the understanding for which I had long sought and waited. It was a blessing to at last be at peace with and joyfully accept the truth of Reconciliation. What peace I had when eventually realizing the ultimate plan of for mankind will not be thwarted by Satan, or by any man, or by any evil, or by any other created thing! Reconciliation really does show is Sovereign over all things! It was assuring to know we can truly take at His word when He said, â€œI will draw (i.e., drag!) all to Myself.â€19 The Spirit gives clear evidence (at
least as I see it) those who suffer â€œthe judgment of hellâ€20 will also emerge on the other side of the Lake of Fire punishment and still enter the Kingdom.
Further, it is not difficult to establish the word â€œforeverâ€ (in both Hebrew and Greek) means â€œage,â€ â€œage-abiding,â€ or â€œto the age.â€ Reconciliation finally came together as a viable tenant of faith over a period of a few months stretching from late 2002 to early 2003. This was after the Spirit revealed a bit more to the viewpoint â€¦ a bit more beyond what most who held to the belief had been teaching. Those things which were revealed and which helped me to better understand were:
1. The Word Translated â€œForeverâ€â€¦ Does It
2. On the Other Side of the Lake of Fire
3. Inheriting the Kingdom vs. Entering the
Kingdom (and its counterpart) â€¦
4. The Great Reward
5. The Narrow Way: Few Are They That Find It
Thoughts on these things will eventually appear in discussions below using the same headings (and sequence) as seen above.
During my sojourn to better understand the above issues, there was only one other book which gave a bit of a boost, spiritually speaking. That book was sent to me by Ralph and is entitled, â€œCreationâ€™s Jubilee,â€ by Stephen E. Jones. It was a most edifying book to read and, we are pleased to say, it is available at no cost through the Internet. Here is the web address to obtain/download the book,21 and you are invited
to read this work over time: http://www.godskingdomministries.org/CreationsJub/CJ_index.html
This fine publication explains many things about Reconciliation. However, I do feel it is deficient and watered-down on a few, key points which surround the truth of the matter. While the author does a great job on a number of fronts, he still fails to fully explain some critical issues. Reading the book, I found a great love for this man and know he has been called to give expression to the wonderful truth of Reconciliation. Mr. Jones explains a number of things very well and it seems clear the Spirit is with him in some special ways. He uses the Feasts and the Torah to explain many points of Reconciliation and also does such a fine job resolving the sovereignty of a good, loving Creator with the reality/existence of evil. While Names believers may not agree with some of his views concerning the Torah, brother Jones still has some solid understanding over certain, key
issues. His Chapter on â€œThe Two Covenantsâ€ may provide the best explanation of â€œLaw and Graceâ€ I have ever read. (However, I was/am unsettled by his view as to why people sin and the seeming lack of direction he gives for believers to overcome sin. The requirement of for believers is that we must overcome sin if we hope to partake in the first resurrection. Resurrection power for overcoming is available, and we fail to shepherd the sheep if we cannot direct them to it.22) Not only does Creationâ€™s Jubilee have great discussions on manâ€™s fall and the sovereignty of , it brings out evidence which shows early fathers in the True Faith also believed in Reconciliation.
The Gist of Reconciliation
Before we study the â€œobjectionsâ€ which initially kept me from seeing the truth of Reconciliation, letâ€™s look at a general overview of the topic. said:
â€œIf I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all unto Me.â€ John 12:32
Does â€œallâ€ really mean â€œall?â€ If so, this is really quite a statement! I believe we can take at His word when He says He will draw all to Himself â€¦ just as Shaâ€™ul wrote that would eventually bring about the gathering of all things into one.23 Yet this is far from the only place where such great things have been stated. In another place, Shaâ€™ul wrote this of Reconciliation:
For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell; and, having made peace through the blood of His execution stake, by Him to reconcile all things to Himself; by Him, I say, whether they are things in earth, or things in heaven. Colossians 1:19-20
Once more, we have an unqualified statement that will reconcile all things to Himself through the Messiah â€¦ a statement which we believe is simply a repeat of what our loving Messiah had already said:
â€œIf I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all unto Me.â€
did not just say He would draw â€œall men,â€ 24 He said He would draw â€œall (things)â€ meaning: all things in heaven and on earth, just as Shaâ€™ul wrote to the Colossians! (1:19-20)
This being true, we have much more meaning to the fact the Messiah is called â€œthe Prince of Peace.â€25
Creationâ€™s Jubilee does a fine job discussing various aspects of just what salvation is and how it all occurs â€¦ that text also shows the ultimate responsibility for manâ€™s fall is upon even though did not tempt man and even though He is personally absolved of any wrongdoing. However, it is also true He was quite sovereign and did see it coming: He could have easily stopped the whole process, yet chose not to do so. Why? We believe allowed the fall of man for many reasons which He, in His great wisdom, knew would lead to many hard lessons;26 yet it would also lead to our ultimate good and to His ultimate splendor. Author Jones explains quite well many of the issues surrounding the sovereignty of in the face of evil quite well.
The other pivotal point involves how anyone is saved and how this relates to the hot topic of â€œpredestination.â€ Just how are we â€œsaved?â€ Itis clear we cannot save ourselves, but can only come to / if He draws us.27 Actually, Scripture is clear we cannot come to in this age unless we have been predestined/chosen for such a thing.28 Many Scriptures indicate this is the case. Yet even though many people are unaware of the truth of reconciliation, they also cannot set with the claim made by so many believers: specifically, that has, in sovereignty, called/predestined some for eternal salvation while the majority will be eternally damned (not a pleasant thought, really, regardless of whether one believes damnation is eternal torment or eternal, unending annihilation/nonexistence). This is especially unpalatable to those who rightly understand the One who is Sovereign is also the One who holds the â€œsalvation strings,â€ so to speak. No one â€¦ no one can come to unless it is given from above. How many times have I heard people wrangling about â€œpredestination vs. free willâ€ because so many have been rightly perplexed at the thought of forever condemning those He did not choose/predestine for splendor?! Dr. Jones does an excellent job of explaining these issues, too, and rightly compares predestination in this age to an appointment to a political office: just as an appointee to a political office is called to serve others, so our appointment to the ministry of reconciliation is a call to serve our fellow man.28 Our appointment to represent does not make us any better than those around us just as a political figure is no better than his or her constituents. However, like political appointees, believers have had placed upon them the burden of responsibility and service to and our fellow man. To whom much is given, much is also required.
Creationâ€™s Jubilee gives historical evidence which shows a number of well-respected, early church fathers believed the Lake of Fire was correctional, or purgative, and that the unbelieving would emerge on the other side of this purgation being fully prepared to fulfill the original purpose for which had created them. I have come to agree with this view, wholeheartedly, based on the weight of clear, Scriptural reasons disclosed both above and below. And the Spirit has given further witness from the Word which the reconciliationists did not provide: Scripture itself will show the Lake of Fire is purgative and the Word gives evidence that souls will emerge on the other side of this purging to partake in the Kingdom. We will visit this evidence momentarily.
So reconciliationists generally believe will reconcile all things to Himself. John 12:32, Ephesians 1:9-10, Colossians 1:19-20 They do not believe death will be abolished until even abolishes the second death â€“ the death which He will bring upon those He must remand over to the Lake of Fire punishment. Revelation 21:8 As long as death reigns anywhere in the Universe (including the second death), we cannot say all enemies have been abolished. Yet we read, â€œThe last enemy to be abolished is death.â€ 1Corinthians 15:25-26
Before we consider another text which so clearly teaches us of Reconciliation, we must also ask the question: Did we ever do anything to deserve being born with the sin nature? Quite simply, the answer is, â€œNo, the sin nature was thrust upon us by no choice of our own.â€29 Just as sin came upon all people apart from any choice or doing of their own, so righteousness shall overtake us in apart from any choice or doing of our own! Of these two, contrasting realities, Shaâ€™ul wrote:
15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one, many are dead, much more the favor of Elohim, and the gift by favor, which is by one man, the Messiah, has abounded unto many. 16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. 17 For if by one manâ€™s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of favor and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by One, the Messiah.) 18 Therefore, as by the offence of one, judgment came upon all men to condemnation, even so, by the righteousness of One, the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19 For as by one manâ€™s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous. Romans 5:15-19
This Scripture shows us that as all died in Adam, so also shall all be made alive in the Messiah. 1Corinthians 15:22 The implication is clear and unavoidable: the work of on the tree will completely undo the terrible sin and evil which has overcome all of mankind! Shaâ€™ul is saying: â€œAs many as were made unrighteous through Adam, even so, that same number will also be made righteous through the Messiah.â€ said likewise. John 12:32 And the apostle John, too, wrote the very same thing:
My little children, these things write I to you, that you sin not. And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father: the Messiah, the Righteous. And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for that of the whole world. 1John 2:1-2
It will be just as Yochanan the Immerser said: , the Lamb of , will take away the sins of the world! John 1:29,36 The Last Adam will completely undo the mess which allowed in the earth through the First Adam.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so, in the Messiah shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Messiah the firstfruits; afterward they that are the Messiahâ€™s at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He shall have delivered up the Kingdom to , even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 1Corinthians 15:22-26
I believe the phrase â€œall shall be made aliveâ€ means â€œmade alive with life abundantly,â€ and not just resurrected so can then send them away to eternal damnation with unending torment in hell-fire. On the other side of the Lake of Fire, those who have been purged will truly be â€œmade aliveâ€ in the Messiah. We read that, one day, every knee will bow and every tongue will swear allegiance to . Isaiah 45:23, Romans 14:10-12, Philippians 2:9-11. Shaâ€™ul stated those who have borne the image of the first Adam, will also bear the image of the Last Adam ( the Messiah):
So also it is written, The first man Adam became a living soul, the Last Adam became a lifegiving Spirit. However, that is not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; then that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthly: the Second Man is of Heaven. As is the earthly, such are they also that are earthly: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthly, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 1Corinthians 15:45-49
This is another unqualified statement which shows will completely undo the fall of man which came upon the creation through the first Adam. All who have borne the sinful image of the first Adam (mind you, through no choice of their own), will also bear the image of the Second Adam (also through no choice of their own!30). Those who have borne the image of the earthly will also bear the image of the heavenly. This portion of Shaâ€™ulâ€™s teaching contains more great prophecies which show will someday be All in all: His great love will overcome all evil in the life of every person who has ever existed. Every knee will bow before and every tongue will swear allegiance to His Great Name.
We will now ponder the following topics:
â€¢ The Word Translated â€œForeverâ€â€¦ Does It
â€¢ On the Other Side of the Lake of Fire
â€¢ Inheriting the Kingdom vs. Entering the
Kingdom (and its counterpart):
â€¢ The Great Reward
â€¢ The Narrow Way: Few Are They That Find It
The Word Translated â€œForeverâ€â€¦ Does It Mean â€œEternal?â€
One reason I was not able to more readily accept Reconciliation was due to the implications of the word â€œforever.â€ (I should probably say, â€œDue to what I thought were the implications of the word â€˜forever.â€™â€) Did I not read of the wicked that â€œthe smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever?â€
â€œAnd the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name.â€ Revelation 14:11
And have we not been taught to contrast eternal life with eternal damnation?
“And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Daniel 12:2
However, the word â€œforeverâ€ in Hebrew and Greek connote â€œageâ€ and not â€œeternity.â€ The Hebrew word, â€œolamâ€ ( Mlwe ) means, â€œageabiding.â€ In Hebrew, â€œleâ€™olamâ€ means, â€œto the Ageâ€ and likely refers to the ultimate, prophesied, and long-awaited, Messianic Age â€“ the Age which shall commence with the 1000- year Millennium, the Sabbath Rest for the people of Elohim. Yet there is no rest for the wicked.31 The lawless and sinners will not partake in this great, historical Sabbath rest,32 a time which will see the earth filled with peace, joy, and abundance for 1000 years! The earth shall be filled with the knowledge of as the waters cover the seas! While the Messianic Age commences with the 1000-year Reign, we do not believe it will end with the Millennium: we do not know how much time passes after the Millennium before it can be said has put down â€œall rule and all authority and power.â€ 1Corinthians 15:24 The Messianic Age only begins with the Millennium.
Scripture shows us that â€œolamâ€ is not â€œforeverâ€ as we read many times in the Hebrew Scriptures: â€œleâ€™olam vaâ€™eyd,â€ meaning, â€¦ â€œto the Age and beyond.â€ If â€œolamâ€ is eternity, there can be nothing beyond it â€¦ eternity is endless:
“You have rebuked the heathen, You have destroyed the wicked, You have put out their name for ever and ever. Psalm 9:5
In the Hebrew of this particular text, â€œfor ever and everâ€ is, forever â€¢ â€œleâ€™olamâ€ means â€œto the Ageâ€ (Strongâ€™s 5769) and everâ€¢ â€œvaâ€™eydâ€ means â€œand beyondâ€ (Strongâ€™s 5703) So the psalm would be better read, â€œYou have put out their name to the Age and beyond.â€ Psalm 9:5
This shows the names of the wicked have been put out to the Messianic Age and beyond: they will not rise in the Millennium resurrection and beyond that, they will enter the second death which Scripture also shows is, indeed, beyond the 1000 years! Revelation 20:7-15 But nothing is said concerning the wicked after those ages! (Except that the upright will rule over them in the morning33 and that will draw all to Himself! After the wicked have had their names put out â€œto the Messianic Age and beyond,â€ at some point, they will be restored into the Kingdom as well. For other occurrences of â€œleâ€™olam vaâ€™eyd,â€ see: Psalm 10:16, 21:4, 45:6,17, 48:14, 52:8, 119:44, 145:1,2,21.
The Greek word translated â€œforeverâ€ is â€œaeonian,â€ and once again, this word relates to an age, or ages, of time. Scripture tells us created the ages of time by the Messiah. Hebrews 1:2 and 11:3 both indicate that created the ages by . (While the translation in these places often reads â€œworlds,â€ it should read â€œagesâ€ â€¦ or â€œeons,â€ Strongâ€™s 165.) If the ages of time are part of the creation itself, they cannot compose eternity.
Additional, clear evidence that the word translated â€œeternalâ€ does not mean â€œeternalâ€ but rather, â€œto the Ageâ€ (or age-abiding), is found in the words of the Great Teacher:
28 Amein, I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: 29 But he that shall blaspheme against Ruach haâ€™Qodesh never has forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation. Mark 3:28-29
Other Scripture will show this â€œeternal damnationâ€ â€“ deeply serious as it is in its nature â€“ is still only age-abiding; that is to say, the Greek word translated â€œeternalâ€ does not mean â€œeternal.â€ â€œEternalâ€ in the above text is Strongâ€™s 166, a word related to the ages of time which have been created within eternity and not composing â€œeternityâ€ itself. The truth of what we are saying becomes very clear when we read the same account in which says it all another way:
31 Therefore I say to you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against Ruach haQodesh shall not be forgiven unto men. 32 And whosoever speaks word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaks against Ruach haQodesh, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this age, neither in the one (i.e., age) to come. Matthew 12:31-32
For those who commit the unpardonable sin, the clear context shows there will not be forgiveness in this age, nor will there be forgiveness in the Messianic Age to come. â€œEternal damnationâ€ for this grave sin, then, does not mean an unending, eternal punishment. Yet those guilty of this extremely serious sin will most assuredly suffer the second death in the Lake of Fire. The writer to the Hebrews warns, â€œIt is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living Elohim.â€ Hebrews 10:31 However, as serious as this Lake of Fire punishment is, we still cannot overlook the fact that Himself declared this condemnation only extends through two ages: the current age and the Messianic Age to come. But what about the Age after that? What about the Age in which finally reconciles all things to Himself and becomes â€œAll in all?â€34 We can only conclude the phrase â€œeternal damnationâ€ is an erroneous translation; those guilty of the unpardonable sin will not be pardoned: they will be severely punished in the Lake of Fire. Only after the Spirit revealed the above thoughts on â€œforeverâ€ â€“ along with the following additional thoughts on the â€œLake of Fire,â€ â€œInheriting the Kingdom,â€ and the â€œGreat Rewardâ€ â€“ was I then able to grasp the great truth of Reconciliation. The Spirit used Stephen
Jonesâ€™ writings to reveal some profound thoughts on the word â€œforever,â€ but beyond that, I have never heard reconciliationists discuss these major hurdles to accepting the truth of the viewpoint. In addition to the truth regarding the word â€œforever,â€ there are other clear, scriptural indicators over which every reconciliationist should be fully informed. When better and more properly understood, there are many otherconsiderations which prove the truth of Reconciliation, and we will find great edification in pondering these marvelous things.
On the Other Side of the Lake of Fire
The general Christian view is that those who have rejected the Good News â€“ unbelieving
Jews, Moslems, Buddhists, Hindus, and billions of other heathen peoples â€“ will all be subjected to an eternity of burning in the Lake of Fire. This list also includes those who never even had the opportunity to hear of the Messiah, much less accept or reject Him! But does this naÃ¯ve, Scripture-contradicting view hold up under any amount of close scrutiny? We believe such falsehood denies the sovereignty of a loving and all-knowing Creator.
Do we have evidence those who are subjected to the Lake of Fire will yet emerge on the other side and enter the Kingdom?
I believe the answer to this question is, â€œAbsolutely!â€ said to the scribes and Pharisees:
â€œYou serpents! You generation of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?â€Matthew 23:33
The implied answer to the Messiahâ€™s question is, quite simply: they would not escape the condemnation of hell! John had already said very same thing to the religious leaders of Israel when they had come to him with a spirit of derision and unbelief (Matthew 21:24-25):
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his immersion, he said to them, O generation of vipers, who has warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits in keeping with repentance: 9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham as our father: for I say to you, that Elohim is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 10 And now also the axe is laid at the root of the trees: therefore every tree which does not bring forth good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire. Matthew 3:7-10
The religious hypocrites, especially those who had (or have) the truth of the Torah as a testimony for living, are also held to the highest degree of accountability. Should such persons live in inexcusable unrighteousness, while preferring their man-made religion above the Word of , it appears they will not be able to escape the condemnation of hell. Punishment in the Lake of Fire will be their lot. The condemnation of these religious leaders is further confirmed by the Saviorâ€™s chastisement seen in another segment of Matthew 23:
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, you make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. Matthew 23:15
Yet notice what said to the Pharisees in still another place. Speaking to the chief priests and the elders (including the Pharisees), said the following (and note His statement is totally unqualified):
Which of the two did the will of his father? They said unto Him The first. said unto them, Amein: I say unto you, that the publicans and the harlots go into the Kingdom of Eloim before you. Matthew 21:31,45, (23)
clearly stated these Pharisees who opposed and hated Him would most certainly enter the Kingdom! Yet while clearly stated they would enter the Kingdom, it would not be before the tax collectors and harlots â€“ and even most (if not all) of their disobedient number will first have to pass through the Lake of Fire (Galatians 5:19-21). Shaul solemnly warned: those who practice the deeds of the flesh (including harlots), will not inherit the Kingdom of ; they will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. Yet even these, stated, would eventually enter the Kingdom.36 On the other side of the Lake of Fire, those who have suffered such punishment will finally be ready to hear and to do the will of the Father. They will not enter the Kingdom until they have been cleansed by fire:
Yochanan answered, saying to them all, â€œI indeed wash you with water; but One mightier than I comes, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: He shall wash you with Ruach haâ€™Qodesh and with fire.â€ Luke 3:16
So we believe, we assert, even the Pharisees â€“ who opposed and murdered the Messiah â€“ will emerge at some point from the Lake of Fire and enter into the Kingdom. clearly stated this would be the case. In another place, the Messiah states those who break even the least of the Torah commandments will be in the Kingdom of , yet they will also be accounted as â€œthe least.â€ Matthew 5:19 Nothing says they will burn forever in hell: they will be â€œthe leastâ€ in the Kingdom since they enter last and without reward. We will see the Scriptures show those who inherit the Kingdom obtain a reward, while those who merely enter the Kingdom do so without a reward/inheritance.36 And why will such Pharisees, and those who follow in their steps, lose their reward?
1. Because they lived in disobedience to the Torah, and taught others to do likewise, they were also stumbling blocks. They had the word of at their fingertips, yet did not do it. Acts 7:51-53 The warning to stumbling blocks is a very somber and unpleasant warning, and it is one clearly connected to the Lake of Fire punishment. Matthew 18:6-9, Mark 9:42-50
The Lake of Fire is not a slap on the wrist or a walk in the park as many reconciliationists erroneously teach! The unbelieving are warned to flee from the wrath to come.
2. Because these disobedient Pharisees were blotted out of the Book of Life (Exodus 32:32- 33, Luke 10:20, Revelation 3:5), it will be necessary to take them through the Lake of Fire before they can enter the Kingdom. Being least in the Kingdom applies to those Pharisees who never repented of breaking the Torah commandments and who taught others to do likewise via their man-made traditions. Matthew 15:1-9, Mark 7:1-13 When told the Pharisees the publicans and the harlots would enter into the Kingdom of Elohim before them, He was clearly warning: many that are first shall be last, and the last shall be first. Luke 13:23-30 Let those take warning who sport religious pride and who use their faith to proudly exalt themselves over others. The proud in heart will not be unpunished.37
Inheriting the Kingdom
Entering the Kingdom
Strictly speaking, I do not believe in what many people call, â€œUniversal Salvation.â€ While everyone will enter the Kingdom, not everyone will be saved: Scripture shows there is a clear difference between inheriting the Kingdom and merely entering the Kingdom. This is a difference clearly recognized by and all the apostles:
â€¢ Believers who overcome sin now, in this life, will be saved in body, soul, and spirit.39 These are the followers of classified as â€œcalled and chosen and faithful:â€40 they are the commandment-keeping believers,41 and they are the only ones who will be accounted worthy of attaining to the first resurrection.42 These are the spiritual firstfruits.43 These are those who have obtained â€œthe crown of life:â€44 they will rule with as a kingdom of priests in the Messianic Age.45
â€¢ Believers can be saved, yet punished with â€œstripes few, or stripes many.â€46 While these people do not appear to number among the firstfruits, it does not seem they are cast into the Lake of Fire either.47
â€¢ Still other believers will have body and soul destroyed in hell,48 being saved yet not without passing through fire (the Lake of Fire).49 The Messiah declares their portion will be with the unbelievers.50 This is likely what referred to as being cast into â€œthe outer
darkness.â€51 After being purged in the fire, these people will enter the Kingdom without reward.52
â€¢ Elohim-fearing people who did not qualify as firstfruits, but who showed kindness to
followers of the Messiah, will not lose their reward!53 While we do not believe these people will partake in the first resurrection, we do believe their works place them in a special group of people who will not be cast into the Lake of Fire.54This group will be authentically surprised and humbled to learn they served the Savior! These are people who responded to the fruit of the Spirit which they saw in true believers and who subsequently treated those followers of the Messiah with love and kindness because they were His followers.55
â€¢ Disobedient peoples who live in open rebellion and who refuse to obey the Good News,56 will suffer the wrath of in the Lake of Fire.57 Here they will be purged until knows they are prepared to bow before Him. Then will that great day come when â€œall shall [have been] made alive in the Messiah:â€58 the knees of every person who has ever lived will bow before in reverence and worship.59 In that great day, will have filled â€œall in allâ€ through His Son, the Messiah!60
Returning to those who partake in the first resurrection, these are the believers who will inherit the Kingdom. Through a life of faithful service, they will have obtained an inheritance; they will rule; they will have ownership in the Kingdom. As Daniel stated, the reverent ones will possess the Kingdom.61 said likewise: the meek will inherit the earth.62 An inheritance implies ownership and authority.63 This means our entrance into the Kingdom can be abundant â€“ full of reward and splendor64 â€“ or it can be meager and shameful: we can be called â€œthe leastâ€ in the Kingdom.65
While the analogy is lacking, consider the poorest of the poor and the richest of the rich in this present world â€¦ all the pain and want which the poor man suffers in this life while the rich man lives in abundance â€¦ consider the mental anguish which the poor man feels being unable to provide good things for his wife and children â€¦ this only begins to set the contrast which will allow in His Kingdom between those in this life who truly served Him and those who forsook His ways, or who refused to walk in His paths. In the Kingdom, there will be great and painful differences which causes everyone to say: â€œVerily there is a reward for the righteous: verily He is an Elohim that judges in the earth.â€ Psalm 58:11
The unrighteous, however, will not inherit the Kingdom.66 Their unrepentant numbers will be cast into the Lake of Fire. Yet even these persons will emerge on the other side of the Lake of Fire and will enter the Kingdom. However, they will enter without reward or inheritance, and they will have suffered â€œtribulation and anguish of soulâ€67 in the Lake of Fire. If asked whether or not I believe everyone will be saved (per the Scriptural definition of salvation), the answer would be, â€œAbsolutely not!â€ If asked whether or not I believe everyone will eventually be made alive by and, at some point, enter the Kingdom, the answer would be, â€œAbsolutely!â€ Himself declared this would come to pass and that it would be His doing!68 When will the unrighteous emerge from the Lake of Fire? We are not told,69 but it will be at some unrevealed point in the ages to come. Ephesians 2:7
A Scripture text which reveals Reconciliation is seen in the Psalms; this passage shows the upright will rule over the wicked in the morning they emerge from the Lake of Fire:
Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling. Psalms 49:14
Simply put, one does not rule over those who have been forever decimated. The wicked will not inherit the Kingdom and Shaul warns they will suffer the wrath of .70 also warns no one in their right mind should want to suffer the condemnation of hell. Matthew 5:29-30 After they emerge from their â€œnightâ€ of punishment in darkness,71 the upright will rule over them in the morning. In the Kingdom, those who have walked in uprightness will bear rule over those who have not.
To better understand inheriting the Kingdom vs. entering the Kingdom, we must also understand the issues which surround â€œThe Great Reward.â€
The Great Reward
What is the â€œgreat reward?â€ King David was among the first to speak of it, and from the context, we see the Great Reward is clearly related to keeping the commandments of the Torah:
7 The Torah of is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of hwhy is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them is Your servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. Psalm 19:7-11
also spoke of the Great Reward, and in two instances, He directly relates it to keeping the commandments:
1. The Blessed Commandment Keepers
In what is commonly called, â€œThe Beatitudes,â€ spoke of the blessed, Torah observant commandment keepers who would enter the Kingdom with â€œgreat reward.â€
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:72 for they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the compassionate: for they shall obtain compassion. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see Elohim. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of Elohim. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousnessâ€™ sake: for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in Heaven: for so did they persecute the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:3-12, Luke 6:20-23,25
We see the Great Reward is bestowed upon the meek, commandment-keeping prophets of the Most High, the all-out followers of the Messiah. As we look at the words of the Messiah a few lines later, the clear context shows that these believers are the blessed ones who keep the commandments of and the testimony of .73 It is just as David had already said: the â€œgreat rewardâ€ will only be for those who keep His commandments:
17 Think not that I have come to destroy the Torah, or the Prophets: I have not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 18 For verily I say to you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no way pass from the Torah, till all is fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. 20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 5:17-20
2. â€œWhat Must I Do to Inherit Age-Abiding Lifeâ€ (or Life to the Messianic Age)?
In the second case, is asked, â€œGood Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have age-abiding life?â€ And said unto him, â€œWhy do you call Me good? There is none good but One, that is, Elohim: but if you will enter into life, keep the commandments.â€ Matthew 19:16-17
Once more, like David, the Messiah (the Son of David) stated it is only those who keep the commandments â€“ only those who are blessed and qadosh (set apart) â€“ who can enter into Life in the Messianic Age. We read of this in many other places, too:
Blessed and qadosh is he that has part in the first resurrection: over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of Elohim and of the Messiah, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. Revelation 20:6
Believers can clearly lose this Great Reward of Life to the Messianic Age74 and not be allowed to partake in the first resurrection.75 The chasidim76 who are faithful, however, will possess/inherit the Kingdom.77
How does describe those who will rise in the first resurrection? They are the blessed of whom the psalmist wrote in Tehillim One:
Blessed is the man that does not walk in the counsel of the lawless, and in the way of sinners does not stand, and in the seat of scoffers does not sit. But his delight is in the Torah of , and in His Torah he meditates by day and night. Psalm 1:1-2
These are the blessed, commandment-keeping believers spoken of by the Messiah in Matthew 5:3-20.78 And what did state of this group in Revelation?
â€œBlessed and qadosh (set apart) is he that has part in the first resurrection.â€ Revelation 20:6
But who will not rise in the first resurrection? The willfully lawless (heathen) and sinners amongst the people of will not rise to partake in the first resurrection:
â€œTherefore the lawless shall not arise in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.â€ Psalm 1:5
The Shabbat is a set apart convocation:79 only those set apart can assemble before at the first resurrection. This will be a 1000-year Shabbat unto and only those who are qadosh (i.e., set apart) may partake! So much for those who complain, â€œIf everyone is going to be saved what are we doing all this for?â€ (Meaning: â€œWhy are we suffering as believers and trying to follow if everyone is going to be saved anyway?â€) Below is our four-point response to this question:
Point 1: Everyone is not going to be â€œsaved.â€ Full salvation is â€œbody, soul, and spiritâ€ (1Thessalonians 5:23), but those cast into the Lake of Fire are not saved since indicates their body and soul are destroyed in hell.80 While these persons will still be drawn to , they will only enter the Kingdom following punishment (i.e., passing through fire) and they will enter without reward. The unbelieving will certainly see the salvation of , but not to the degree to be enjoyed by those who have sought and found on this side of the resurrection.
Point 2: Do you want to be there when the plowman overtakes the reaper,81 and the earth is filled with the knowledge of the splendor of during 1000 years of love, joy, peace, and abundance?82 I certainly do!! It is one of my greatest hopes!83 Or would you rather â€œopt outâ€ and miss this great time in history in exchange for what the writer to the Hebrews calls â€œthe passing pleasures of sin for a season?!â€84
Point 3: What believer would rather lose his/her reward and partake in a terrible period of tribulation in the Lake of Fire â€“ a most severe punishment over which has solemnly warned the unrepentant since the beginning of time?
Point 4: And even if there was no other reward, who would not want the Greatest Part of the Great Reward: Himself!85 In His Presence is fullness of joy! Psalm 16:11 Dwelling in the loving Presence of should be the ultimate desire/goal of every believer, both now and for the ages! Put another way: â€œWe love Him, because He first loved us.â€ 1John 4:19
The writer to the Hebrews also spoke of the â€œgreat reward,â€86 and if you believe Shaâ€™ul wrote Hebrews, he spoke of the great reward once again in Philippians. In that letter, Shaâ€™ul stated even he did not consider himself to have yet overcome and attained to the first resurrection! Put another way, he did not regard himself to be a â€œshoo-inâ€ â€¦ this great reward was not a certainty even for him. Philippians 3:11 Shaâ€™ul knew the sobering words of that many would seek to enter the Kingdom (in the first resurrection), but would not be able:87
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Messiah my Sovereign: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win the Messiah, 9 And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the Law, but that which is through the faith of Messiah, the righteousness which is of Elohim by faith: 10 that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; 11 If by any means I might attain to the resurrection (out-resurrection) of the dead. 12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of the Messiah . 13 Brothers, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of in the Messiah . Philippians 3:8-14
Shaâ€™ul knew it was a race to attain to the status of â€œcalled, and chosen, and faithful.â€ 1Corinthians 9:24-27, Revelation 17:14 And during his life, he never considered himself to have attained it, or to â€œhave it all wrapped up,â€ as we say. It does appear that, near the very end of his life, the Spirit gave Shaâ€™ul the assurance he had overcome and would inherit the â€œcrown of life,â€ meaning life to the Messianic Age. 2Timothy 4:6-8 Similar such assurance had also been given to Daniel. Daniel 12:9,13
Partaking in the first resurrection is what called â€œentering into life.â€88 Should a believer fail to do so, his/her reward is lost and such a one is blotted out of His Book.89 All such believers will fail to have attained to the first resurrection, but they will still be saved, yet as passing through fire.90 Not taking at His word, not understanding the inaccurately translated word â€œforever,â€ and not understanding the major issues which surround â€œthe great reward,â€ these are the sources of much confusion regarding Reconciliation and its related topics: predestination and election, reward and punishment, damnation and salvation.
The Narrow Way:
Few Are They That Find It
What about the grave words of ?
Enter in through the narrow gate! Because the gate is wide â€“ and the way is broad â€“ that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter in through it. Because the gate is narrow and the way is hard pressed which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13-14, ISRV
Can we interpret these words to mean: of the billions of people who have ever lived, a sad minority will live forever while the majority will be tormented for an endless eternity?
And just as weighty â€¦
Strive to enter in at the narrow gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. Luke 13:24
We agree with these words completely, but believe they apply to those who have been, or who are being, called to be followers of in this present age. The narrow way defined by the Torah and exemplified by the Messiah, once more, places great responsibility upon those who have been called to splendor by : believers are required to walk worthily of our calling and will not take â€œNoâ€ for an answer.
The narrow way that leads to life91 is the way of His commandments.92 Life to the Messianic Age is what King David called the â€œgreat rewardâ€93 â€“ the great reward which bestows upon those who keep His commandments. also called this a great reward94 and, like David, spoke of it in a context which surrounds keeping commandments of the Torah. Matthew 5:1-20
Reconciliation, then, explains how could speak of the road that leads to life saying, â€œFew there are who find it,â€ (Matthew 7:14) while on the other hand, promises Abraham his progeny will someday be as the dust of the earth, the stars of heaven, and the sand of the seashore for number!95
How can an extreme few be saved, on the one hand, while elsewhere promises to make the descendants of Abraham an innumerable host of what must be billions upon billions?!
A contradiction? Not at all, provided we understand â€œthe secret of His will.â€ Given the eventual reconciliation of all things, these things are not a contradiction in any way. While relatively few will enter into life for the 1000- year, Messianic Age, an innumerable multitude will eventually become sons of Abraham since will draw all to Himself: all will be made alive in the Messiah and it will be as though mankind never fell except for those hard lessons each of us will have learned after being shaped and molded by the Sovereign Hand of the Infallible Potter.
Other Scriptures Bring
Clarification Over Certain Issues/Statements
Although many explanations above are from what the Spirit revealed to supplement issues
which the reconciliationists were unable to elucidate, additional considerations are discussed below â€¦
Who is Really in Charge of the Lake of Fire?
The world always turns things around. How many times have we seen depictions of a horned Satan standing over the Lake of Fire and laughing with diabolical delight over those being tortured in hell? Who is really in charge of this â€œLake of Fire?â€ John the Immerser indicated the Messiah would be the one to baptize (i.e., immerse, or cleanse) with Ruach haâ€™Qodesh and fire:
I indeed wash you with water unto repentance: but He that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall wash you with Ruach haâ€™Qodesh, and with fire: Whose fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. Matthew 3:11-12
Many of those who do not allow the Spirit of to burn up the chaff within them in this life (Romans 8:13), will have to pass through the Lake of Fire. Hebrews 6:8 In Hebrew thought, baptism was washing and its intent was to cleanse.
Should we be surprised, then, to see it is who is standing over the lawless and the rebellious sinners as they are purged in the Lake of Fire?
Just as Yochanan the Immerser said: it will be the Messiah who baptizes/cleanses with fire!
9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of Elohim, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the qadosh angels, and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends up for the Age and beyond (leâ€™olam vaâ€™eyd): and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name. Revelation 14:9-11
It is not Satan who presides over the Lake of Fire;96 it is who presides over this arena of purging. It is the Lamb of who will baptize â€¦ cleanse â€¦ and remove the chaff of the wicked by fire! Matthew 3:11-12 This is how He will complete His task as the Lamb of who takes away the sins of the world! John 1:29,36
â€¢ If we accept the view that hell is total annihilation, then we see and His messengers wasting a good deal of time (to the Age and beyond) standing over veritable tons of unconscious, ashes â€“ smoking cinders which amount to nothing more than the wasted remains of the unconverted and unfaithful!
â€¢ On the other hand, if we accept the view that hell is eternal torment, then we see presiding over the Lake of Fire forever and ever! What sense would there be in such a thing?! Is this how He will see the travail of His soul:97 by watching those who never repented, or who never even heard the Good News, suffer for an eternity? And if this vain destiny is to be the Saviorâ€™s unending, eternal lot, will believers even get to spend any time with their Messiah in the eternal Kingdom?!
â€¢ However, if we realize the Lake of Fire is one of the final phases in the plan of to reconcile all things to Himself through the Messiah, then everything makes perfect sense: will draw all to Himself, and for many, the Lake of Fire will be a necessary part of that process! At the end of this purging in the Lake of Fire, those who have refused Him previously will now be ready to enter the Kingdom. will only see the travail of His soul after having made the many righteous.98 In his letter to the Romans, Shaâ€™ul was citing this very text from Isaiah when stating it was the Offering of which qualified Him to be the One to do the cleansing as He makes the many righteous!99 Nevertheless, we must point out these people will emerge from the Lake of Fire and enter the Kingdom, but they will by no means inherit it! This is an important point to realize for the sake of those who will erroneously object with the mistaken notion the wicked are still going to be â€œsaved.â€ The wicked are not going to be â€œsavedâ€ since being saved means: being saved from the wrath of 100 and entering the first resurrection with body, soul, and spirit. The wicked will be purged in the Lake of Fire and will someday see the salvation of : they will see the Messiah, and He will eventually draw them to Himself, yet they will not partake in the great reward101 bestowed only upon those who have overcome.
Daniel: the Perverted
Prophet of a Demented Deity?
The words of Daniel to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, were not only words of warning, they were also words of hope and reconciliation:
Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you, and break off your sins by righteousness, and your iniquities by showing kindness to the poor; perhaps there may be a lengthening of your tranquility. Daniel 4:27
If the king had absolutely no hope of ever entering the Kingdom, why did Daniel not just say something like: â€œGive it up Neb; you are not an Israelite, so you cannot even be saved in the first place?102 Donâ€™t even waste your time! Just throw in the towel. Go live like you want: slaughter the subjects of other kingdoms without mercy â€¦ be a glutton â€¦ eat, drink, and be merry â€¦ live it up!â€ Yet Daniel, being a prophet, advised just the opposite: he counseled the king to turn from iniquity and to walk
uprightly.103 What kind of perverted, twisted mindset would Daniel have possessed if he had told King Nebuchadnezzar to walk as uprightly
as possible when such a course would have merely been a waste of time, an exercise in vanity?! Why counsel the king to live uprightly if it was all going to be a useless effort anyway? And what kind of demented deity would provide counsel through His prophet, instructing Nebuchadnezzar to live uprightly, if such a course was only going to be a useless, futile effort?! When pondered for just a moment, the words of Daniel are pulsing with the truth of Reconciliation! How we conduct our lives does count, regardless of who we are or what our calling is in this life! How can we say this? Because, like everyone else, Nebuchadnezzar will be judged by his works;104 so what the king did, and what each of us do, is absolutely critical! This is why the authentic prophet, Daniel, counseled the king to break off his sins by righteousness and his iniquities by showing kindness to the poor! If Reconciliation is not true, Danielâ€™s words to Nebuchadnezzar would have simply been insane, empty babbling.
Where Many Reconciliationists Fail
and Where I Part Ways with the
Majority of Their Number
It is important for you to know I diverge from many who believe in Reconciliation over a
number of issues:
â€¢ â€œUniversal Salvationâ€ is erroneous terminology. Everyone will eventually enter the Kingdom, but not everyone will be â€œsaved.â€ stated few are â€œsaved.â€ As we have seen, salvation, or Life to the Messianic Age, is the â€œGreat Rewardâ€ which will only be given to those who keep His commandments. There will be many who enter the Kingdom at the end of the 1000 years even though they did not partake in the Millennial Reign: if anyoneâ€™s name is not found in the Book of Life at that time, he/she will be cast into the Lake of Fire. Revelation 20:11-15 The others will enter, as sees fit, after they have been cleansed in the Lake of Fire.
â€¢ Reconciliationists tend to make the Lake of Fire a â€œslap on the wristâ€ or a â€œwalk in the park.â€ Not so the Messiah and His apostles. They warned the wicked and hypocrites to flee from the wrath to come. There is promised punishment for a life of sin just as there is a promised reward for a life of righteousness. On this point, it appears most believers go from one extreme to the other. The one extreme is â€œeternal damnation,â€ in the case of erring Evangelicals. In the case of erring reconciliationists, the other extreme is the grand proclamation there will be nearly no punishment at all for sinners; many of this persuasion give their listeners the impression that just loves everyone so much the Lake of Fire will only be a little slap on the wrist. One reconciliationist is even reported to have said, â€œ is not angry any more.â€ Yet the Torah tells us He is angry every day. Psalm 7:11 And the Revelation warns us of His great and pending wrath upon an apostate, unrepentant world.105 The writer to the Hebrews warns, â€œIt is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living Elohim.â€ Hebrews 10:31 Some reconciliationists seem to have overlooked these many texts. In having done so, they take away from the word of Elohim. However, we will never gloss over the fact that has clearly warned sinners of His wrath: this grave warning has been given by many prophets, including the Messiah. The Lake of Fire is no â€œwalk in the parkâ€ and it is always referred to with extreme gravity.
â€¢ Some reconciliationists do not seem very big on teaching believers the requirement of for overcoming sin. and His apostles expect us, require us, to overcome if we hope to inherit the Kingdom. Believers who are disobedient have been solemnly warned they will not inherit the Kingdom of Elohim.106 As we have seen, these people will be saved by passing through the fire. If misinformed writers say we sin because we are mortal â€“ yet never lead readers to the power to overcome made available by the blood of â€“ we fear they will stumble many weak sheep. If we had only sinned but one time in our lives, we could never be perfect; yet all have fallen terribly short of the favor of sinning far more than just one time throughout their lives. However, as believers, we can spiritually progress to the point of being able to resist sin even at the threat of death, or bloodshed. Hebrews 12:3-4 This means the power to overcome sin is real and available. We are directed to turn away from any who claim otherwise, especially if their teachings are an open denial of the power of reverence. 2Timothy 3:5
â€¢ Many, though not all, reconciliationists are generally lawless: they reject the Torah, the Name, the Shabbat/Sabbath, and the other Feasts which have been declared to be â€œperpetual statutes.â€ A large part of this appears to stem from the antinomian deception so widely promulgated by the Evangelical world. Others reject the Name because they have become sealed in a false teaching which negates the Scriptures and which counters something that Himself has declared to be of great importance and of immense spiritual significance. These believers have some elements of the â€œThe Secret,â€ but they do not have â€œthe Signâ€ (the Sabbath) or â€œthe Sealâ€ (The Name of ). While we should be content to leave all judgment with , I personally doubt anyone can qualify as firstfruits apart from honoring His Name and His Sabbaths/Feasts. Matthew 5:19, 6:9 The firstfruit believers will be priests who qualify through obedience, and clearly expects His priests to observe the Torah and the Shabbat and to, thereby, defend the honor of His Word.107 Further, His Name will be on their foreheads!108 As the Name of appeared on the mitre of the High Priest â€“ so placing the memorial Name on the forehead109 â€“ even so, these who prayed, â€œQadosh be Your Name,â€110 during their lifetime, will also have proven their qualifications for the priesthood. Consequently, His Name will be seen on their foreheads and they will be exalted as priests of Elohim and of the Mashiach/Messiah and will reign with Him for a thousand years.111
If certain people believe in the Messiah, yet reject the need to honor the Name of , I certainly count them as fellow believers (and I will do anything I can to peaceably love and serve them); at the same time, we cannot countenance any views which clear Scriptures show forth to be the erroneous opinions of men.
â€¢ Many, though not all, reconciliationists are members of the Israel Identity Movement112 or are hostile to other races of people. We assert they oppose in this racial error since He has indicated those â€œfrom every tribe tongue, people, and nationâ€ will stand before His throne.113
â€¢ To my knowledge, no reconciliationist has ever shown Scripture evidence of those who will emerge from the Lake of Fire and enter the Kingdom. However, through His Word, has revealed this to everyone with ears to hear. If this point is not clear, see the sections above entitled: On the Other Side of the Lake of Fire, and, Who is Really in Charge of the Lake of Fire?
â€¢ Reconciliationists are not very big on differentiating between those who will inherit the Kingdom and those who will simply enter the Kingdom, without reward, on the other side of the Lake of Fire. This has led many to refer to Reconciliation as â€œUniversal Salvationâ€ while causing others to complain: â€œIf everyone is going to be â€˜savedâ€™ then why bother trying to live right?â€ The answer is to this objection is: â€œEveryone will not be saved!â€ Only those who are saved in body, soul, and spirit are â€œsavedâ€ according to the Scriptural definition.114 warns us: will destroy body and soul in hell for those who do not overcome sin. Such things are not part of what regards to be salvation.115 In what form such persons will emerge on the other side of hell, then, we cannot say. But we can assert all flesh will see the salvation of , including those who must taste the second death and be cleansed in the Lake of Fire. Isaiah 40:5, Luke 3:6
As far as seeking to live a life worthy of our calling, is it not written, â€œWe love because He first loved us?â€116 If our hearts our right, we should not have less desire to walk uprightly just because will eventually bring everyone into His Kingdom in the ages to come. Rather, since He will have mercy upon all,117 we should be more strongly encouraged to be like Him in showing kindness and in extending compassion and forgiveness to others.
Millions have lived and died without ever having heard the Good News: â€¦ in 2004, a little boy was killed crossing a street in Los Angeles: after seeing his dad on the other side of an intersection, the little boy ran toward the parent without looking, just wanting to give him a hug as he customarily did whenever he saw his father coming into view; thousands, if not millions of others have died unjust deaths at the hands of warring countries, carnal warlords, religious persecutors, and unrighteous, erroneous, death-sentence decrees in staged, or erring courtrooms which were a travesty of justice; others have been terribly scarred by this life and were left with no desire to live and no desire to even know ; and the list goes on and on: the heathen in Africa, scores of deceived Moslems, Buddhists, and billions of others who have died never having had an opportunity to see or live for the Messiah â€¦ While Evangelicals would have us believe these many billions will suffer the eternal torment of an endless hell, the Good News of the Reconciliation of All Things assures us the Sovereign will have His way in all of their lives: they will all someday bow in reverent allegiance before Him!118 All flesh will see the salvation of !119 In this age, is advancing His plan on a relatively small scale by selecting His firstfruits â€“ merciful kings and priests who have overcome in the Messiah. is choosing overcomers to partake in the next stage of His sovereign plan in the fast-approaching Millennium â€“ the start of the Messianic Age and a time filled with great peace and worldwide abundance.
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Before closing, we will discuss one of the main objections which many believers present when hearing of Reconciliation:
OBJECTION: If â€œhell-fireâ€ is not preached, and if we teach that everyone will eventually enter the Kingdom, unbelievers will have no â€œreasonâ€ to accept the truth; that is, they will intentionally walk in lawlessness in this present life having no fear of Elohim and having no impetus to repent.
OBJECTION OVERRULED: Here are the fallacies in the above reasoning:
â€¢ Evangelicals preach hell-fire now, and the world is still madly rushing away from the truth of and His moral standards. (Sad to say, Evangelicals are increasingly part of that mad rush, although many remain sincere and devoted, albeit, still erring in regard to â€œthe obedience of faithâ€ which is required of believers.120) The simple fact is: the threat of hell-fire is not going to avert the rebellion of those who do not even believe in the existence of the Almighty in the first place. Now, if a person is being called by , then hell-fire will surely be a sobering reality which â€œjoltsâ€ the sinner to repentance through a healthy fear and respect.
â€¢ However, it is the love and goodness of revealed in which ultimately deliver us from the wrath of Elohim in the Lake of Fire, and it is this love and goodness which He desires to use to lead us to true repentance.121â€¢ A true understanding of Reconciliation still warns hell-fire will most assuredly be the severe punishment for those who rebel against the Good News. Nothing should ever water down that warning! However, Fundamentalist Christians typically abuse this warning by wrongly pronouncing judgment upon individuals who oppose them. This judgment is usually made with hateful statements leveled against the unbeliever which go something like this: â€œYouâ€™re going to burn in hell!â€ Such crass, unwarranted statements are nothing more than idolatry and self-exaltation as only the Most High Judge has the authority to decree which individuals will, or will not, stand condemned and be relegated to the Lake of Fire. How do we know if someone is going to burn in hell?? What if calls them at some point in the future and they repent and turn to Him?
â€¢ The truth of Reconciliation and the Messiahâ€™s clear word that He will draw all to Himself are great truths which still stand regardless of manâ€™s flawed reasoning and insubstantial objections.
will one day prevail over all sin, evil, and injustice. He who ultimately created Satan and allowed sin to enter into the creation, also holds the ultimate responsibility for all the evil which has transpired following that tragic day which saw Adam fall. However, we emphatically state committed no sin in allowing manâ€™s fall, and that in Him is no unrighteousness. He whose sovereignty allowed evil to enter the world can also fully recompense all losses which resulted from that evil. How He will do this has yet to be revealed, but in the ages to come, all will see and all will witness His great and loving restoration of all things. Ephesians 2:7, Acts 3:20-21
The prophet Isaiah stated all flesh would see the salvation of ! said likewise that He would draw (really â€œdragâ€) all to Himself. John 12:32 One way or another, the Sovereign will wield His providential rule over all mankind! And so shall it one day be: He will have mercy upon all (Romans 11:32); will reconcile all things to Himself. Ephesians 1:9- 10, Colossians 1:19-20 All flesh will see His salvation.
Just as sin came upon all men apart from any choice or doing of our own, so righteousness shall overtake us apart from any choice or doing of our own. John 15:16, Romans 5:15-19 When â€œthe times of restitution of all thingsâ€ has been completely fulfilled (Acts 3:21), will be All in all. 1Corinthians 15:28 will have overcome all evil with His good, even as He has called us to do in this life. Romans 12:20-21
For Elohim has shut them all up in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon all. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of Elohim! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! Romans 11:32-33
will eventually have mercy upon all: all flesh will see the salvation of ! This mercy will not just be for those He is calling in this age, but it will be for all those who have ever been born into this world (and likely all those who never saw the light of day!).
The Good News of the Kingdom is: reigns!122 And His sovereignty will win the battle forever! He will reconcile all things to Himself. This is why we can (and must) love and serve all people â€¦ for and His ways will prevail in every life! will judge the wicked and the sinners: He will destroy them. Psalm 37:7-10,34-38, 73:1-28, 92:6-9 We need never water down this serious message. Hell is a reality and those who completely refuse will most likely suffer its condemnation. But we must let Him be the Judge of each individual in this regard: only can send a person to the Lake of Fire. On the other hand, there are so many others who would do the will of if they otherwise knew it: they are not willfully wicked and they are not intentionally against or His Messiah. Yet they may somehow be caught by their past circumstances which have left a scarred or crippled heart. We have to trust in knowing He will be a merciful Judge â€¦ there are many who will not partake in the â€œgreat rewardâ€ of the first resurrection, yet they also are not cast into the Lake of Fire. Revelation 20:14-15 And taught that anyone who gives even a drink of cold water to His followers (because they are His followers!) will not lose their reward. Matthew 10:42, Mark 9:41 has established many ways by which He will bless all nations through Abrahamâ€™s Seed!
Everyone we encounter needs the Good News of His great love and it is such a blessing to be able to give assurance to others that the plan of for their life will not fail … that they will someday be greatly blessed … and that will someday rectify all the wrongs and injustices they have ever suffered. It is an immense blessing to be able to share with others that we do not espouse an exclusive-club religion, but that will reconcile all things to Himself: will someday draw all people to Himself! During religious discussions, it is great to be able to look others in the eye and say to them: â€œ will have His way in your life!â€ â€¦ â€œOne way or another, you will someday be in the Kingdom!â€ This is a far cry from the condescending condemnation so often heard from angry, erring Protestants: â€œYouâ€™re going to hell!â€
I am not one of those who has any need to rope others into accepting what I have seen as truth: as you know, can teach each of us in His time. Philippians 3:14 Those Torahobservant, Messianic believers who most readily see the truth of Reconciliation are typically those who execute the weightier aspects of the Law: justice, mercy, and the love of .123 These are what Shaâ€™ul termed â€œvessels of mercyâ€ â€“ they have been recipients of the mercy of and they have learned to continually extend that mercy to others.124 Ralph is right, I believe, in his assessment of those who see, or who do not see, the truth of Reconciliation: it relates to being merciful. The unforgiving hearts,125 it seems, want the heathen to â€œget theirs,â€ and such hardhearted souls are unsettled at the thought of eventually bringing everyone into His Kingdom.126 It also relates, though, to seeing the purpose of punishment in the mind of , and Stephen Jones does a fine job in showing the Torahâ€™s intent: punishment in the mind of is to bring about restitution and restoration. To this thought I add: people are truly reformed if their hearts are inclined to make full, sincere restitution. The very process of making restitution also transforms us and brings about an inward change of heart.
Reconciliation explains so much and answers so many questions, but todayâ€™s general view of predestination and salvation not only leaves many deeply perplexing and unanswered questions, it absolutely contradicts clear, direct statements of Scripture and it outright denies the steadfast love and the sovereignty of .
While Reconciliation does not answer every question, it is the only viewpoint which brings light and clarity to so many obscure texts while also putting to rest many seemingly contradictory statements of Scripture.
These seeming contradictions are, otherwise, absolutely irreconcilable! The Scriptures effectively state is not only sovereign, but that His original plan will never be thwarted by the rebellion which He foresaw/foreknew and which He chose not to stop even though He could have easily done so.
Of course, I will be glad to continue adialogue among all those who are truly seeking over the subject of Reconciliation. However, please take some time to thoroughly study Creationâ€™s Jubilee and this letter before writing on the matter. If, at any point, you conclude this view is not right, I will certainly respect that, but I would like readers to understand that we must avoid all contention and debate over the matter. Your acceptance or rejection of these things certainly has not been my basis for anything else shared with you in the past, nor will it be a basis for anything shared in the future.
It is a joy to share â€œthe whole counsel of Elohimâ€127 as He reveals it and as the Spirit works openness in the hearts of the believers. Reconciliation is but one of many remarkable truths which reveal the greatness, love, and sovereignty of the Father.
We assert the power of righteousness in is far more powerful than the disobedience of man in Adam: will fully see the travail of His soul only after all those who have succumbed to unrighteousness in Adam have been subjected to His righteousness. Isaiah 53:11-12, Romans
There will surely come a day when â€œall will be made aliveâ€ in the Messiah and every knee shall bow in reverence before the Father.
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1 is the unchanging, memorial Name of the Most High Elohim, Creator of Heaven and Earth. Exodus 3:14-15, Numbers 6:22-27, Micah 6:9, Malachi 1:11, Matthew 6:9, John 17:6, 11-12, 26, Philippians 2:9, Hebrews 2:11- 12, Revelation 7:1-3, 11:18, 14:1, 15:4, 22:4 (Compare this last text with Numbers 6:22-27). While many scholars believe the Qadosh Name to be pronounced, â€œYahweh,â€ further scholarship in the Hebrew language
gives support to the three-syllable form, â€œYahuweh.â€ Although this great Name has been brought into disuse and ill-repute, the Word of stands unbroken: from the days of old to this very day, He has always preserved a remnant who calls upon and memorializes His Qadosh
(set apart) Name â€“ His memorial to all generations. Exodus 3:14-15 The short form of His great Name is â€œYAH,â€ and this form often appears in the widely known exclamation of praise, â€œHallelu-YAH!â€ as well as in various other places in Scripture (Psalm 68:4, for
instance). â€œHallelu-YAH!â€ is a world-renowned word which means, â€œPraise YAH!â€ Although this Hebrew word is almost always properly pronounced, it has, nevertheless, been terribly mistransliterated as â€œHallelu- Jah,â€ and â€œAlleluia.â€ We say this because there is
absolutely no â€œJâ€ sound in the Hebrew language. For more information regarding the Name which the Messiah commands us to set apart and honor, see: â€œThe Word â€˜Hallelu-YAHâ€™ and the Memorial Name.â€
2 â€œSecretâ€ is usually translated as â€œmystery.â€ And there are many! Many secrets surround the Kingdom of . Deuteronomy 29:29, Jeremiah 33:3, Matthew 13:11, been hidden from the foundation of the world. Mark 4:11, Luke 8:10, Romans 11:25, 16:25-27,
1Corinthians 2:7, 4:1, 15:51, Ephesians 1:9, 3:3,4,9; 5:32, 6:19, Colossians 1:26-27, 2:2, 4:3, 1Timothy 3:9,16, Revelation 1:20, 10:4-7
3 Romans 16:25-27, 1Corinthians 2:6-10, Ephesians 1:9-12, 3:3-9, Colossians 1:19-20, 25-27
4 Luke 2:10
5 Isaiah 40:3-5, Luke 3:4-6
6 Genesis 12:1-3, 18:17-18, 22:15-18
7 Romans 11:32-33
8 Ephesians 1:9-10
9 Isaiah 54:13
10 Ephesians 1:9-10, Colossians 1:19-20
11 â€œReconciliation,â€ will be a capitalized word when standing alone, but it will appear as lowercase when used in the phrase: â€œthe reconciliation of all things;â€ this phrase is based directly on a Scripture given by Shaâ€™ul haâ€™Shaliach in which he declares will reconcile all things to Himself. Colossians 1:20
12 John 17:17, Romans 7:12, Matthew 5:17-20, 2Timothy 3:16-17
13 Exodus 31:12-17, Ezekiel 20:12-26, 2Peter 1:3-4
14 Numbers 6:22-27, Ephesians 1:13-14, Revelation 7:3, 14:1, 22:4
15 1Corinthians 9:24-27, Philippians 3:8-16
16 Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 11:1-13
17 This is a promise the people of the Most High will know His Name! Isaiah 52:6 We will know He is (not â€œLORDâ€) who sets us apart by His Spirit. Those many Sabbath-keepers who have encountered His Name, , and who have subsequently rejected it, will never be able to say failed to keep His promise to reveal to them His Qadosh Memorial which He has preserved to all generations! Exodus 3:14-15, 31:12-13
18 FOT = Feast of Tabernacles, the Feast known as â€œSukkotâ€ in Hebrew. Leviticus 23:33-44, John 7:1-12, 14, 37, Revelation 22:16-17
19 John 12:32, Ephesians 1:9-10, Colossians 1:19-20
20 Matthew 23:23
21 The book may either be purchased (paperback) or downloaded (a pdf file) without cost from the website; see the bottom of the given web page.
22 We have not read all of Dr. Jonesâ€™ books and we suspect he may address overcoming sin elsewhere. In any case, for articles on the power to walk in victory, see the IAH website and the studies there on fasting and prayer: â€¢ â€œHumble Yourselves in the Sight of YHWHâ€
â€¢ â€œThe Thee-Day Fast: Living and Walking in Resurrection Power.â€
23 See Ephesians 1:9-10.
24 You will notice the word â€œmenâ€ is italicized in John 12:32. When a word is italicized in the King James Version, this means its equivalent is not part of the manuscript from which it was originally translated.
25 Isaiah 9:6-7
26 Acts 14:21-22, 1Peter 4:1
27 Matthew 11:27, Luke 10:22, John 6:44-45,65
28 John 15:16, Romans 8:28-30, Ephesians 1:4-6,11-12
29 1Corinthians 4:1, 2Corinthians 5:18-19
30 I do not fully agree with Stephen Jones on this point either; he seems to say we do not really have a sin nature, but that we sin because we are mortal.
31 John 15:16, Romans 8:28-30, Ephesians 1:5,11
32 Isaiah 48:20-22, 57:19-21, Revelation 14:11
33 Psalm 1:5. Like it or not, the first resurrection is a special reward â€“ the â€œGreat Rewardâ€ reserved only for those who have overcome: the lawless will not rise in this judgment, and they will not be allowed to stand in the congregation of the righteous. Revelation 20:5-6 As the writer to the Hebrews points out, the weekly Shabbat stands as a perpetual testimony of the 1000-year Sabbath rest for the people of Elohim! Hebrews 4:6-11
34 Psalm 49:12-14
35 John 12:32, 1Corinthians 15:28, Colossians 1:18-20
36 The Scriptures just cited show there is a difference between inheriting the Kingdom and merely entering the Kingdom. We will write more about this in a moment. Contrast those who receive no inheritance with the meek, Torah-observant commandment-keepers. The latter group will have a reward/inheritance in the earth. Psalm 37:11, 21-22, 27-34, Matthew 5:5, 17-20 These are the chasidim, the â€œreverent ones,â€ who Daniel states will â€œpossess the Kingdom.â€ Daniel 7:18,22,27
38 Proverbs 16:5
39 1Thessalonians 5:23-24
40 Revelation 17:14
41 Matthew 5:17-20, Romans 2:13, Revelation 12:17,
42 Luke 20:35-36, Philippians 3:11-13, Revelation 20:4-6,
43 James 1:18, Revelation 14:1-4
44 1Corinthians 9:24-27, 2Timothy 4:8, James 1:10,
45 Revelation 2:26-27, 20:4-6
46 Luke 12:47-48
47 Revelation 20:15
48 Matthew 5:27-30, 10:28, 25:41-46, 1Corinthians 3:15-17, Hebrews 6:6-7
49 Luke 12:45-46, 1Corinthians 3:15-17
50 Matthew 24:48-51, Luke 12:45-46
51 Matthew 8:12, 22:13, 25:30, Revelation 22:15
52 Matthew 5:19, 1Corinthians 3:15, Colossians 2:18,Hebrews 10:35, 2John 1:8, Revelation 3:11
53 Matthew 10:41-42
54 Matthew 25:31-40, Revelation 20:15
55 Mark 9:41
56 This implies they actually had an opportunity to hear the authentic Good News!
57 Romans 2:8-9, 2Thessalonians 1:6-9, Revelation 14:9-11
58 1Corinthians 15:22
59 Isaiah 45:23, Philippians 2:9-11
60 1Corinthians 15:27-28, Ephesians 1:19-23, 4:10
61 Daniel 7:18,22,27
62 Matthew 5:5
63 Luke 19:15-19, Revelation 1:6, 5:10, 20:6
64 2Peter 1:10-11
65 Matthew 5:19
66 1Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:19-21, Revelation 22:14-15
67 Romans 2:6-9
68 John 12:32, Romans 5:15-19, 1Corinthians 15:22-25
69 Deuteronomy 29:29
70 Romans 2:6-9, 1Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:19-21, Hebrews 6:7-8, 10:26-31, 12:28-29, 13:4
71 Matthew 8:12, 22:13, 25:30, 2Peter 2:17, Jude 1:13, Revelation 22:15
72 Psalm 119:172, Matthew 6:33, Psalm 119:2
73 In John 14:1, says: â€œBelieve in Elohim (i.e., keep His commandments), believe also in Me (i.e., keep My testimony)! This all-important connection to true obedience is revealed in many other locations: 1John 5:2- 5, Revelation 1:2,9, 12:17, 14:12, 20:6. The commandments of are only kept in Spirit and in truth if we also possess the testimony of by abiding in â€œthe doctrine of the Messiah.â€ 2John 2:6-9, John
15:7,10 The â€œdoctrine/teaching of the Messiahâ€ to which John referred was nothing less than the Torah/Teaching of His Father. Matthew 5:17-20, John 15:10-14
74 Luke 19:24-27, 1Corinthians 3:12-15, 9:24-27, Hebrews 6:8, 10:38-39
75 Revelation 3:2,5
76 i.e., reverent ones
77 Daniel 7:22,27
78 And in Revelation 12:17, 14:12, 22:14
79 Leviticus 23:1-3
80 Matthew 5:27-30, 10:28, 1Corinthians 3:11-17
81 Amos 9:13
82 Habakkuk 2:14, Isaiah 11:5-9, 2:1-5
83 Romans 8:24-25, Colossians 1:5, 23, Titus 1:2 (We hope to obtain Age-Abiding Life, or Life to the Messianic Age; no one is a shoo-in!), Hebrews 6:18-19, 1John 3:2-3.
84 Hebrews 11:24-25
85 Genesis 15:1, Psalm 119:2, Jeremiah 29:13
86 Hebrews 10:35, 11:24-27
87 Matthew 7:13-14, Luke 13:24
88 Matthew 18:8-9, 19:17, Revelation 22:14
89 Revelation 3:5
90 1Corinthians 3:12-15, 9:24-27, Hebrews 6:8, 10:38-39, Matthew 3:10-11
91 Meaning: the first resurrection and life in the Messianic Age.
92 Psalm 119:172, 2Timothy 3:16-17
93 Psalm 19:7-11
94 Matthew 5:11-12
95 Genesis 13:14-16, 15:4-6, Revelation 7:9-10
96 Which incidentally, Stephen Jones indicates is likely depicted by the bronze laver placed in the tabernacle and intended by for washing!
97 Isaiah 53:11
98 Isaiah 53:11
99 Compare Isaiah 53:11 and Romans 5:18-19
100 A terrible punishment indeed, Hebrews 10:31.
101 1Corinthians 2:9
102 This, alone, shows how off-base the viewpoint is which claims only physical Israelites can be saved!
103 Jeremiah 23:22
104 Psalm 62:11-12, Proverbs 24:12, Jeremiah 25:14, Matthew 16:27, Romans 2:6-11, 2Corinthians 11:15, 2Timothy 4:14, 1Peter 1:17, Revelation 2:23, 18:6, 20:12-13
105 Revelation 14:10,19, 15:1,7, 16:1,19, 19:15
106 1Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:19-21
107 Ezekiel 44:23-24, 22:8,26, 23:36-39, 20:12-13,16,20,21,24
108 Numbers 6:22-27, Revelation 7:2-4, 14:1-4, 22:3-4
109 Exodus 29:6, 39:30-31, Leviticus 8:9. This crown, we believe, ascribed to the attribute of being Qadosh (1Samuel 2:2, Leviticus 11:44-45, 19:2, 20:7, 26, Psalm 99:5,9, 1Peter 1:15-16), even as we are instructed by the Messiah to do in prayer. Matthew 6:9, 1Peter 3:15
110 Matthew 6:9
111 Revelation 5:9-10, 20:4-6
112 An odious, Scripture-denying theory which postulates only white, Anglo-Saxons are true Israelites and that only they may be saved.
113 Genesis 18:18, 22:18, 26:4, Psalm 22:27, 65:2, Revelation 7:9-10, Revelation 15:3-4
114 1Thessalonians 5:23
115 Hebrews 6:8-9
116 1John 4:10,19
117 Romans 11:32
118 Isaiah 45:23, Philippians 2:9-10
119 Isaiah 40:5, Luke 3:6
120 Matthew 5:17-20, Romans 2:13, 3:31
121 Romans 2:4, 5:8, 12:21, Luke 5:3-8, 1Thessalonians 1:9-10, 1John 4:17-19
122 Psalm 47:1-3,6-8, 96:10-13, 97:1,10-12, Isaiah 52:7, Nahum 1:15, Revelation 19:6
123 Matthew 23:23, Luke 11:42
124 Romans 9:23, Matthew 5:7, 9:13, 12:7
125 Mark 11:25-26
126 One further thought on those who cannot see the truth of the Scriptures: the lack of fasting-derived humility is the greatest hindrance to spiritual progress in the Body of believers. Those who lack poverty in spirit (Isaiah 57:15, 66:1-2, Matthew 5:3) also lack His Spirit/Presence; as a result, they cannot see truth of Scripture even when it is sitting directly before them on the written page. Consequently, we believe our studies on fasting to be the most important postings on the website. Please study each one and prayerfully distribute among all sincere, Messianic believers whose hearts are inclined to seek
â€¢ â€œHumble Yourselves in the Sight of YHWHâ€
â€¢ â€œThe Three-Day Fast: Living and Walking in
127 Acts 20:27