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September 20, 2019

Friday Evening Adult Bible Study

Session 8 of the Highlighting our Heritage Series, "Doctrines Part 3," was led by Cheryl Downey. This covered several end-time events, beginning with Christ’s Second Coming and concluding with Eternal Heaven and Eternal Hell. Sister Cheryl stated that these Bible doctrines are well established in Scripture. She then read the key verse found in Romans 15:4, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” She explained that these doctrines are included in Scripture not only so we will know them, but also to help us remain patient while we wait for them to come to pass.

The Rapture: This event is the time when Jesus will call the Church to meet Him in the clouds–the dead in Christ will be raptured first, and then those who are living and saved will join them in the air. Sister Cheryl said this event will occur before the tribulation begins, and she reminded the audience that the Rapture is a "no signs" event, meaning that no other prophetic fulfillment is required to happen before the Rapture, so it could take place at any time.

The Tribulation: The tribulation will be the last seven years of human government before Jesus sets up His millennial reign. It will consist of twenty-one judgments: seven seal judgments, seven trumpet judgments, and then seven vial judgments, with each set increasing in intensity. During this time, there will be massive destruction due to the judgments, and up to three-fourths of the earth’s population will be killed. Sister Cheryl went on to describe each of the twenty-one judgments, which will conclude with the Battle of Armageddon. After Jesus defeats the armies there, Satan will be imprisoned in the bottomless pit for one thousand years. At that time, the Antichrist will be cast into the Lake of Fire, as will the false prophet.

Marriage Supper of the Lamb: This event will take place in Heaven during the tribulation period on earth. It will be a glorious celebration for Jesus (the Bridegroom), and the raptured Church (the Bride).

The Revelation of Christ: At the Battle of Armageddon, when it seems there is no hope for the Jews, Jesus will return with His saints to save Israel and destroy its enemies. His feet will stand upon the Mount of Olives, and the mountain will divide, creating a great valley. This will provide a way of escape for the Jews to flee from their enemies. Then Jesus will defeat the Antichrist and his armies.

The Millennial Reign: After the Battle of Armageddon, Jesus will rule the earth for one thousand years. The saints, in their glorified bodies, will rule with Jesus. The remnant of Jews who survived the tribulation and the Gentiles who did not take the Antichrist's mark will enter the millennial reign in their natural bodies. During this time, many aspects of the curse will be reversed, and the earth will be restored to Eden-like conditions.

The Final Rebellion: After one thousand years, Satan will be loosed from the bottomless pit. He will go throughout the world, and convince people to follow him, but fire will come out of Heaven and devour those who are deceived. Satan will then be cast into the Lake of Fire.

The Great White Throne Judgement: This event is only for those who were unsaved when they died. Those souls will be reunited with their bodies, punishment will be declared by God, and they will be cast into Hell. This is called the second death.

Hell: Also called the Lake of Fire, Hell was created for the devil and his angels (demons). All who have rejected God’s offer of salvation and whose names are not written in the Book of Life will go there. It is eternal torment and separation from God. In Hell, there are no more opportunities to repent and be saved.

The New Heaven and New Earth: The Bible doesn’t reveal much about the new earth, but John describes in detail the New Jerusalem that will descend from Heaven. It is a city in the shape of a cube, around fifteen thousand miles long in each direction, and made of all types of precious jewels. Revelation 21 gives a more complete description. It's gates will never be shut. There will be no need of a temple, for the Lord God and the Lamb are the temple of it. There will be no night there, and no need for a sun because the glory of God and the Lamb provide its light.

Sister Cheryl concluded by saying that the Bible is true; these things will come to pass. Furthermore, the world has entered the times described in the Bible as being the last days before these events happen. Therefore, believers must stay ready for Christ's return and do all they can to encourage the unsaved to yield their lives to God so they can escape the judgments to come.

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