THE SEVENTH TRUMPET

Jeffrey Bracken's E-Mail Newsletter

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"I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." Rev. 3:10

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THE WORDS OF A PROPHET ARE WRITTEN ON A SUBWAY WALL
Part 3

IN THIS ISSUE

OUR TEST IS NOT WHETHER WE SURVIVE THE POLE SHIFTS OR NOT !
DISPENSATIONALISTS INSIST THAT CHRIST FAILED COMPLETELY BECAUSE THE JEWS REFUSED HIS OFFER

JESUS’ OLIVET DISCOURSE FULFILLED IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION

IN WHAT SENSE DO THE SAINTS REIGN NOW?

WHEN DOES THE REIGN OF THE SAINTS BEGIN?

DO THE SAINTS REIGN IN HEAVEN OR UPON EARTH ?

THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS

OUR TEST IS NOT WHETHER WE SURVIVE THE POLE SHIFT OR NOT !

Our generation is being tested as only one other generation has ever been tested, and that was the one which heard the words of Jesus Christ and his Apostles.

Many were not prepared for that test and perished in a great holocaust.

Since we have received so many blessings, bought with the blood, sweat and tears of many great and noble men, how horrible will be our judgement for failing this TEST, which is coming "with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth."
- I Thess. 2: 10-12

In chapter 1 of Galatians, Paul warns of a CURSE for those who would preach or receive a different gospel than the one which he taught.

I do not know what this curse is, or will be, but it certainly will not be less than the one visited upon the unbelievers of Jesus generation, which saw many thousands killed by the sword and many thousands more, sold into terrible slavery.

Back in the 60’s, I began to observe a flurry of new ‘isms’ springing up, across the land. And the more I became aware of them, the more, I noticed, that, like spokes on a wheel,

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they seemed to originate from one hub - one central LIE, from which proceeded other false teachings.

Today’s dark delusion is dividing nations with such diabolical hatred and preparing the way for WORLD WAR III.

It is truly a hydra-headed serpent.

If you manage to kill one head or one false doctrine, there were still eight others, spewing their venomous poison.

The one I devoted a considerable amount of time and energy to exposing, back in the 60s and 70s was the false ‘gospel of the kingdom’, as preached by Herbert W. Armstrong, as he paved the way for the coming of THE ANTI-CHRIST.

Take note of this, from"Mystery of the Ages," by Herbert W. Armstrong,- "What is the one and only gospel of Jesus Christ? It has not been preached for 19 centuries, strange as that may seem. . .

It is necessary to believe that gospel to be saved! And how can you believe it, unless you know what it is? And for 1900 years, the world did not know.

That gospel was suppressed and replaced by man's gospel about Christ." (P. 295)

Even today, some teach that Paul was warning against receiving a gospel of "Christ crucified"other than the "true" message of a "coming kingdom."

But where do we find Paul saying this? We can see clearly, by the apostle's own words that he preached Christ crucified and resurrected as the gospel message.

Mel Gibson’s movie THE PASSION comes closer to the true gospel, than these false churches.
- "Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.

For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rearguard.

Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonished at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men."
- Isaiah 52: 11-14

DISPENSATIONALISTS INSIST THAT CHRIST FAILED COMPLETELY BECAUSE THE JEWS REFUSED HIS OFFER

Dispensationalists would have it that Jesus was a typical politician, who spoke out of both sides of his mouth, when he told Pilate, "My Kingdom is not of this world".

What he wanted to do, in actuality, was to drive the Romans out of Palestine, uproot the Roman empire and make every Gentile a slave to a Jew.

But, now, he just could not come right out and say that to Pilate, could he.!!!

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The ‘Church Age’, which has already lasted 2,000 years, was supposedly a total surprise to the Prophets of Israel.

In other words, God’s plan was interrupted because the majority of Jews refused Christ’s offer. The ‘church age’ was inserted as a ‘parenthesis’ into Daniel’s prophecy of ‘seventy weeks’.

Dispensationalists tell us that "the Kingdom of God " in its entirety, including "the gospel of the Kingdom" (Mat. 24:14; Acts 20:25; 28:31) has been transferred bodily from this present age, and "postponed" to an hypothetical and mythical "dispensation" yet to come.

Dispensationalists tell us that the Sermon on the Mount is "law and not grace" and pertains to a future "Jewish" kingdom.

We are told that "this gospel era was not in the view of the prophets at all."

Consequently, most Protestant churches are teaching people a mild form of piety, instead of true holiness and righteouness.

But what did Peter have to say about this? "All the prophets from Samuel, and those that follow after as many as have spoken, have likewise spoken OF THESE DAYS" (meaning his own time).
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Acts 3:24

And Paul declared that in all his preaching (which even the most extreme dispensationalists acknowledge as belonging to this era of grace) were "none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come"
- Acts 26:22

As for the events spoken of in the ‘Olivet Discourse Jesus spoke to the disciples, warning them ahead of time about what would happen to them (Mark 13:29). The Olivet Discourse clearly points to a Judean context in the first century, not our time.
- Matt 24:20; Mark 13:14, 15

Jesus, prophesied that the generation then living would see the fulfillment of those predictions. This phrase is repeated in Matt. 24:34 and Jesus links the fulfillment of his words to his credibility both in 23:36

("I tell you the truth, all this will come upon this generation") and in 24:34, 35 ("I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away").

JESUS’ OLIVET DISCOURSE FULFILLED IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION

In my book, FORBIDDEN TRUTHS REVEALED, which is a very extensive commentary on the symbols used in book of Revelation, I carefully demonstrate that when Jesus said that these were events that were to begin happening in the immediate future, he was talking about the lifetime of the Apostles.

The Revelation shows Jesus COMING within the events of History and his crushing of the kingdoms of mankind; right up to our very own time. To quickly give an example, we find the prophecies found in the Olivet Discourse, paralleling the events shown in the Seven Seals (which immediately follows the letters to the seven churches).

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Matthew 24:7-24 Revelation


"This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world"... 1st Seal "And when he had opened one of the Seals, I saw a white horse and he that sat upon him had a bow and to him was given a crown . . ."

"For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom... "2nd Seal "When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!" Then another horse came out, a fiery red one.

Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword. "

"and there shall be famines..." 3rd Seal - "When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand.

Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!"

"and pestilences..." 4th Seal - "When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him.

They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth."

"Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted and they shall kill you" 5th Seal "And when they had opened the fifth seal I saw under the Altar, whose who had been slain for the Word of God and for the testimony which they held.. . ."

"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

. . . ."(Matt. 24:29) 6th Seal "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. . . ."
- Rev. 6: 12, 13

As you can see, the book of Revelation takes up, right where the Olivet discourse left off and shows the history of the Church beginning with the Apostles.and continues right to our day, with no break in between. You can order this book via this website or by mail.

However, FORBIDDEN TRUTHS REVEALED goes much deeper into the events of history, using names and dates that are well known to historians.

Another thing I’ve been careful to do, is to use the Jewish symbols found in both the Old Testament and John’s book of Revelation to let them interpret themselves..

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But right here, we need to back up, so to speak and take up an issue which few commentaries deal with - in fact, I know of none that deal with it and that is the question of whether the saints, who were beheaded under the 5th Seal are alive right now and if so, how do they reign.

Are they in heaven or are they down here on Earth. And, when did their ‘reign’ of 1,000 years’ begin?

IN WHAT SENSE DO THE SAINTS REIGN NOW ?

Jesus tells us something quite interesting, in the 5th Seal, about these saints which should rivet out attention.

Listen to what he says: "And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled."
- Rev. 6:11

We again see these white robes in the 20th chapter: "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 [Gk. literally says ‘thousands’] years.

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be Priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years."
- Rev. 20: 4-6

"For the Son of man shall come in the GLORY of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom." (Matt. 16:27, 28)

Jesus is telling his disciples, in no uncertain terms that some of them will be alive, when he comes back (reveals himself to the Jewish authorities).

In other words they have already experienced the 1st Resurrection from the dead and so physical death (2nd Death) has no power over them. (To get a better understanding of this part; see my article entitled:

MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THE SECOND COMING & THE WEDDING FEAST

http://www.theseventhtrumpet.com/ppw/letter6.php )

Well, we believe that John, the Beloved was alive when Jesus returned with the angels.

because, "Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, "Lord, who is going to betray you?") When Peter saw him, he asked, "Lord, what about him?" Jesus answered, "If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me."
- John 21:20-22

When John’s tomb was opened up a week after he ‘died’, in Ephesus, his body was not there. It was gone.!!

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"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." (John 14:3) He does not mean 2,000 years from now or whenever.

Obviously, Jesus was not talking to them about a ‘second coming’, twenty Centuries in the future, but one in THEIR LIFETIME.

This coming happened after the death of Jesus mother, about the time of Jerusalem’s destruction by the Romans. (See the article entitled: THE APPEARANCE OF THE VIRGIN,

http://www.theseventhtrumpet.com/ppw/aotv.php )

Paul understood this well and tried to prepare the believers at Colosse, by telling them, that some of them would die but that they would also come back with Jesus.

In other words, many of them will be transformed and come back with Christ at the end of that Age, when the Temple was destroyed by the Romans. "When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory."
- Colossians 4:3

http://www.theseventhtrumpet.com/ppw/end.php )

In his prayer for the Apostles, Jesus asks: "Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me, may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My GLORY which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world."

(John 17: 24) This takes our breath away (or it should), for Jesus not only prays for His former glory but also asks that those who believe in him, be with Him to see that glory—the glory He had with the Father before the foundation of the world. ". . .Christ Jesus:

who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."
- Phil. 2: 6-8

Just before that Age came to end, with the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, Peter wrote to the brethren, saying: "Moreover I will endeavor that ye may be able after

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my decease to have these things always in remembrance. For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and COMING of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

For he received from God the Father HONOR and GLORY, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
- II Pet. 1: 5-17

"But you are come unto Mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the Festival Assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made Perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the New Covenant."
- Heb. 12:22-24

I realize, it’s the last part that is hard for most of us to conceptualize. Just because we cannot see this ‘vast crowd’ (camped around us) does not mean that they do not exist.

They are not ‘asleep’ (dead) as many would contend, but very much alive. It seems that there are many, who believe that our dear departed loved ones are simply dead and remain so until the resurrection.

Jesus opened the eyes of Peter, James and John so that they were able to see Moses and Elijah, on the Mount with him.

Let me ask you, friend, Is God the God of the Dead or the God of the Living??? "Now about the dead rising -- have you not read in the book of Moses, in the account of the bush, how God said to him, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.

He is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

You are badly mistaken!"
- Mark 12:26, 27

Is this not the ‘Communion of the Saints’, which our fathers believed in, consisting of both living and departed.?

Now, don’t accuse me of believing in necromancy. This is not the same thing, and I do not have space to tackle that issue, here.

DO THE SAINTS REIGN IN HEAVEN OR UPON EARTH ?

It seems to me, that Jesus answered the question of where the saints exercise their sovereignty, very definitively, in the book of Revelation, where he portrays the New Jerusalem as ‘descending to Earth. "And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband."
-Rev.21: 2

The mountain where the 144,000 reign, constitutes the ‘government’ of the new haven and earth.

"And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the Mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads."
- Rev. 14:1

He also explains in John’s Gospel, that we are not whisked away to Jupiter or some other world, but he and the Father come here and take up their abode with those who love

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Him. - "Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him."
- John 14:23

But having said this, I think it is important to remember that just as the human body has seven dimensions, so, likewise are there seven realms on Earth, each of which has its own denizens.

Most of us have not seen, elves, fairies, devas or elementals but that does not mean that they don’t exist. There are seven realms on Earth. Visible and Invisible.

There are other beings, who exist here and some of them, are just as concerned about nuclear war as ‘earthlings are. They do not want their ‘world’ injured or destroyed any more than we do.

For hundreds of years, mystics like Emmanuel Swedenborg have been sneered at and make fun of, because they claimed to have seen inhabitants on some of the planets in our Solar System.

(They certainly didn’t laugh, when he described London burning, in a vision.) No, those who have reported seeing these various realms are not your typical seizure-prone, stigmatic mystics, but scientists, Sufis, famous writers and etc.

In what I consider to be a foundational article, entitled: THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN & THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE DOCTRINE OF EMANATIONS, I pointed out something that has on more than one occasion, escaped the attention of more than a few Bible translators: "The Authorized Version of the New Testament in several places uses the phrase ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ , when in reality, it should have been translated ‘Kingdom of the Heavens or Realms’, for there are several heavenly realms. In the Hebrew, the word used, would be ‘shamayim’, which always means heavens in the plural."
- To read the entire article, go to:

http://www.theseventhtrumpet.com/key/12foundations/12part9.php

Jesus, according to the Gospel of Barnabus, (which was part of the Bible for two centuries), explained to his disciples, that there are nine heavens and there are nine planets. (And the Bhagavad-Gita has Krishna saying the exact same thing.) How did he know that, when modern astronomers only discovered this in our own lifetime?

Did not Paul tell us about the ‘fullness of time’ in which, He would gather together in one (body) all things, both which are in heaven and in earth.

To learn how this applies to us today, my reader may wish to check out what is meant by ‘his coming, is his presence’. (See my article entitled THE UNFALLEN ANGELS, However, in order to see this article -you will need to scroll half-way the page to Part B. -

http://www.theseventhtrumpet.com/key/mysteries/wih1n2.php )

WHEN DOES THE REIGN OF THE SAINTS BEGIN?

"In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the

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breaches of it; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old ...

And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink their wine; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.

And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, says the LORD, thy God.
- Amos 9:11,14,15:

This prophecy had already been fulfilled, indeed Jesus and the Apostles were living in the tail end of that fulfillment.

In the following passages, I have laid out a few of the prophecies which deal with the end of the Mosaic Age and the beginning of the new Kingdom Age.

And far from rewarding the Jews for their unbelief, we see the destruction of their sacred temple and the dispersion of the Jews through slavery.

We also see something else, which was unconceivable to most Jews, the incorporation of Gentile believers into the new economy.

When the "fullness" of the Gentile believers is brought in, we see the New Jerusalem which includes the believing Jews and Gentiles, who have been made "Perfect" and something else, even more startling than Gentiles reigning with the Jews - we see a "Festival Assembly" of "Elect Angels" fellowshipping with the conquering rulers.

So, now we have saints, who were ‘beheaded" for Christ, now reigning for two thousand years, so far .

Yet, the people of Israel were looking forward to an even greater Kingdom than the one, they had known.

"When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father has put in his own power."
- Acts 1: 6,7

I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought Him near before Him.

And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
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Daniel 7:13-14

Jesus told the disciples "...I appoint unto you a Kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; That you may eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
- Luke 22:29-30

Among other things, Daniel informs us that the kingdom (read that "reign") of Christ will

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be established during the days of the kings of the Roman Empire (Dan.2:40-44), that it will never be destroyed, never be left to another people, it will break and consume all kingdoms, and that "it shall stand forever."

Since that Age was coming to an end, the fulfillment had to await the next Age (the one we are now in).

The unbelievers do experience Annihilation, but not until after the Great Judgement. Until then, they ‘sleep’ or in other words, they are dead.

THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS

Firstly, very, very few people are familiar with the truth that there is a coming age which Paul calls the ‘Dispensation of the fullness of times’, In that ‘dispensation’ we are promised that "He will gather together in one, all things in Jesus Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth, even in Him.
Eph. 1: 10.

Encompassed within this dispensation, we find a ‘Restoration’, a ‘Restitution’, a ‘Reformation’, a ‘Redemption’, a ‘Reconciliation’, "Receiving" and a ‘Revival’ (or ‘Resurrection’). That’s a lot of R’s.

"The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make your enemies thy footstool."
- Psl. 110: 1

"For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet.

But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him" - I Cor. 15: 25-27

One thing is certain. The appearance of Jesus Christ created a division in Israel.

Many believed on him and became his church. Those who rejected him, saw their temple and holy city destroyed and their children sold into slavery, just as the angel told his mother, Mary.

"And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, 'Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.'" (Luke 2:34-35)

"And he called his ten servants, and delivered unto them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, [to the Emperor] saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.

And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, . . .

But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me."
- Lu. 19: 13-15, 27

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"And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled."
- Lu. 21:24

"And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplications; and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn."
- Zechariah 12:10

"How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote before in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the Mystery of Christ)

Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel."
- Eph. 3: 3-6

THE AGES [AEONS] TO COME

"That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace."
- Eph. 2:7

On this passage the following observation is made by Conybeare and Howson:---

"In the ages which are coming;" viz. the time of Christ’s perfect triumph over evil, always contemplated in the New Testament as near at hand.’

It would be perhaps be more proper to say that it refers to the approaching salvation of these Gentile believers, and their glorification with Christ; for this is the consummation always contemplated in the New Testament as near at hand
- Rom. 13. 11

"Has God cast away His people? God forbid . . . God has not cast away His people which He foreknew." - Rom. 11: 1-2.

Then by his pertinent question and its positive answer the Apostle explains the mystery of their being cast away, for he says, "If the casting away of them be the Reconciling of the world what shall the Receiving of them be, but life from the dead?"
Rom.11:15.

"And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of Restitution of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began." - Act 3:20, 21

"That the Lord may send Jesus, your long-decreed Christ, who must be kept in heaven till the period of the great Restoration.

Ages ago God spoke of this by the lips of His holy prophets." - Moffatt.

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"Heaven must receive Him until those times of which God has spoken from the earliest ages through the lips of His holy prophets - the times of the Restitution of all things." Weymouth

"He must remain in heaven till the time for the universal Reformation of which God told in ancient times by the lips of His holy prophets." - Goodspeed.

"Whom it behooves heaven, indeed, to receive till times of a Restitution of all things, which God spoke through the mouth of all His holy prophets from the age." Young's literal.

"Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heavens, not built by human hands.

Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed (ENDUO), we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life".
- II Corinthians 5: 1-4

In commenting on this passage, Adam Clarke says, "I do not think that he refers to the resurrection of the body, but to the resurrection of the soul in this life; to the regaining of the image which Adam lost."

And with that, I whole heartedly concur. We have come to the heavenly New Jerusalem NOW, - not someday.

"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
- Heb. 12:1, 2

Friends, I hope these thoughts have been a blessing to you.

Remember us in your thoughts and prayers.

- Jeffrey Brackeen

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