The porch of the New Heaven and the New Jerusalem
Who will NOT inhabit the earth, when the Lord is establishing the Millennium?
In the Millennium there will be no repenting sinners
There often is a wrong idea about this coming feast on earth. Let us look at the subject on the basis of God’s Word, then we will have a Scriptural idea of what God has prepared in the Millennium for those who love Him.
Let us first determine that our time of grace will not last forever. This period will be closed. There comes a time that the door of grace will close. God does not give grace to man for ever. We shall first read a few texts, starting with Luke 13:24-28
“Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.”
Here one sees that the door of mercy is closed, while there is still life on earth. Thus it is not the ending of earthly life. The earth will continue on, but there comes a time when the Lord says: “Stop, now it is finished!” Then no one will come in anymore. And thus that period will come, when grace unto new repentance will be given no longer, after that He has risen and has closed the door.
Then they will say: “We have eaten and drunk in Your presence”. These are the people who come to the congregation, but have not repented; for there are also unrepentant souls in the church. The congregation is not the Body of Christ, but the Body of Christ must be build from it. Therefore there are people in the congregation, who are hangers-on; they listen, but they do not let the Word work in their heart and deep inside them. To them He says: “Go away from Me, I do not know you.”
This door that is closed, however, is not the same door as the one in Matthew 25. That is the door to the Marriage, a totally different door, for there it concerns the separation between the wise and the foolish virgins. The wise virgins will go in, for they are prepared, ready. And being prepared for the Marriage means having undergone complete sanctification. They have gone in into the Holy of holies; spotless, without a wrinkle, unblemished is the Bride of Christ! We can read this in Ephesians 5. When the Bride will have gone unto the Marriage, a great revival will follow.
Hence this is not the same door as the one in Luke 13.
When this door is closed, it means this is the absolute end of mercy. Those that are pardoned, who have repented, but are not yet fully sanctified, will be further sanctified in the Great Tribulation. This door of grace is closed at the beginning of the Great Tribulation. This is not clearly seen immediately, but we will notice from the consequences of the Great Tribulation that this is true.
We can also see this on the basis of the image Noah’s ark gives. The door of Noah’s ark was closed by God just before the great Flood came, prior to the great judgments of God. The Flood is an image of the great judgments of God that will bring destruction over the earth. So also the judgments that follow, the remaining trumpet judgments and vial judgments, will be deadly and destructive. It is a clearing away, just as the people in Noah’s time were cleared away. All life was annihilated, only Noah’s family remained.
Hence this door of Noah’s ark is a typical image of the door of grace. When that was closed, people came to pound on it and said: “Let us in!” But Noah was not able to open the door himself, for God had closed the door. And when God has closed the door, no person can open it anymore. In Amos 8:11-14 we read:
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it. In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst. They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O Dan, liveth; and, The manner of Beersheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again.”
Pay heed: they shall not find it, for the door is closed. There comes a hunger for the spiritual, and they shall not be satisfied. It so often happens, that when something is offered, there is no market for it; but when it is all gone, then they suddenly all ask for it. But then there is nothing anymore; so it is with the Gospel: when the door is closed, they suddenly go and look for it (the Gospel), but they will not find it.
These people swear by the sin of Samaria. The sin is Samaria is disobedience.
Jerobeam, namely, received ten out of the twelve tribes of Israel; the other two tribes remained with the son of Solomon, and those two are Jerusalem, of which God says: “You must worship in Jerusalem“. Jerobeam, however, feared that the ten tribes would eventually be added unto the two other tribes. God said: “Do My will and I will bless you as king, and your descendants”.
But he (Jerobeam) was disobedient and said: “No, do not go to Jerusalem, but rather go to Bethel”. In Bethel he made a holy place with two gold calves, and said: “Here is your god!” This is separation and disobedience to the will of God, which is idolatry. This is Jerobeam’s fault.
They also swore by the god of Dan. And what is that god of Dan? In one of the last prophecies about Dan it is said, that Dan is a serpent. This is an indicator of the end time. This serpent, namely, is the antichrist.
Now the manner of Beersheba: this is the road where Hagar heard the voice of God. Thus, Beersheba refers to prophecy, and in this case to the false prophet of the end time.
Here the antichrist and the false prophet are covertly put forward. Thus, these people believe in the antichrist and in the false prophet. Whatever the case, in this period they do not receive grace. This period is marked by the Great Tribulation, wherein is total disobedience, and worship of the god of Dan and the following of the false prophet: the manner of Beersheba.
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By E. van den Worm
“…but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13b-14)
If we only believe that we are saved and go to heaven, but have no idea of what will be waiting for us in heaven, then we cannot look forward to it with joy and hope for it.
We can only greatly hope for what lies before us, when we know what it is. We can only hunt with all our might for the white, if we know what that white involves.
This is why I can fully recommend this biblestudy. It gives us a clear vision of what is to happen. You might not be fully agreeable to what it says, and you might see things differently, yet I think, that anyone who reads this will have a clearer and more complete idea of what is to happen; in the Millennium as well as in the new heaven and the new earth.
It also, although a biblestudy, is easily readable and it is not necessary to look up bible verses, as these are mentioned in the text, in a small letter.
I do hope that you will be as blessed when reading this as I was when typing this bible study.