RAPTURE: THE DAMASCUS CONNECTION

RAPTURE: THE DAMASCUS CONNECTION

The Age of Grace began with a spectacular “event” in Damascus (Acts 9: 1-18). Doesn’t it stand to reason that the Age of Grace will also end with an equally spectacular “event” in Damascus, from where it all started, just prior to its destruction (Isaiah 17:1)?
On the road to Damascus (Acts 9: 1-18), Paul saw a light and was struck blind for 3 days. He was then taken to Damascus where the veil was lifted from his eyes, and the Age of Grace began. When Damascus will be destroyed and cease to be a city (Isaiah 17:1), the road leading to and out of Damascus will also be destroyed and cease to exist. This will leave us no exit road out – our only exit will be up.
This very road which led to GRACE, WILL ALSO CEASE. Paul knew of a time when this Age of Grace would be “complete” and “come to an end” when he stated, “until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in” (Romans 11:25). This reference means that when the last member of the mostly “Gentile” Body of Christ will be accounted for, this scripture will be fulfilled.
Similarly to Paul, will not the veil over our carnal eyes be lifted when Damascus is destroyed? Will we not meet and see our Lord spiritually in all His splendid light and glory in the clouds?
At the end of this Age of Grace, it’s the rapture of the Body of Christ. Will our departure be the catalyst used to set in motion this event, (the destruction of Damascus)? And will this event be the trigger to make the very first domino to fall which will topple the rest of the dominos already set in place, to usher in the tribulation and the Anti-Christ? Will this event end the Age of Grace and abruptly resume God’s prophetic program for Israel?
We, the Body of Christ, are children of the Light (Eph.5:8, Philp.2:15, 1Thess.5:5). We are the only light that is left to illuminate this world. We, the Body, will be taken out of harm’s way, snatched away, caught up, to be joined with our Head, our Lord. At this momentous joining, we’ll form one single entity. The world will no longer have light – darkness will reign. The Anti-Christ will be introduced and Jacob’s trouble will begin.
This is surely the time to look up and contemplate our redemption – it’s at hand.
LET THAT SINK IN FOR A MOMENT.

This is a maranatha “come soon” moment. Rejoice!

Also to consider – God insisted that the story about Paul’s “road-to-Damascus” experience be recounted 3 times, (in the same book no less). See the following;
(Acts 9:1-18, then Acts 22:1-18, and again in Acts 26:1-18)
THREE (3) is a very significant number to God. To my knowledge, Acts is the only book in the Bible that has THE SAME STORY recounted 3 times within it.
Why would the limited pages of the Bible use up so much precious real-estate in just one book? This is not happenstance. It was intentioned by God Himself, for a specific reason.
Concerning the number 3, it was E.W. Bullinger that so aptly noted that, “three marks Divine completeness and perfection of testimony”.
And to reaffirm how significant the number 3 truly is, also consider the story of Peter and his 3-fold vision of unclean meats, wherein Christ tells him to eat thereof, and his 3-fold refusal to eat as Christ had commanded. Remember, this whole story revolves around the “unclean Gentiles, made clean”. (Acts 10-11).

SPECIAL NOTE: We are told that after Peter’s refusal to eat of the “unclean” food (representing God cleansing the Gentiles, rendering them clean and acceptable), that these “unclean” foods (Gentiles), laying upon the 4 corners of the sheet were all immediately taken away to heaven. This is reminiscent of the mainly “Gentile” Body of Christ being taken away (raptured) from the 4 corners of the earth. (Acts 10: 11&16).

Also to consider – Methuselah was the oldest recorded person in the whole bible. His name in Hebrew/Aramaic prophetically means “destruction will come” or “his death shall bring” or something to that effect.
It is widely accepted that Damascus may be the oldest known inhabited city in the world. Is it possible that just as Methuselah’s death was foretelling the punishment of the world in Noah’s day, that the destruction of Damascus might also be foretelling of the coming punishment that God is about to bring on this present world?
AS A SIDE NOTE: “…As in the days of Lot…”, the only other cities to be completely destroyed like Damascus is Sodom & Gomorrah. They also ceased being cities by becoming “ruinous heaps” (of ashes), by fire and brimstone – just like the fire and brimstone that God will rain down on the armies of Gog from Magog (Ezek.38:22).
When the alliance of armies coming from the north, marching towards the south, for the spoils (Ezk.38:12) in the Golan Heights (oil, gas & gold), they must, geographically speaking, go through Damascus.
God can fulfill 2 prophecies at the same time, both; a) the destruction of Damascus (within 12 hours) AND b) the destruction of the attacking allied armies at the same time (also within 12 hours) – and He can do so by means of fire & brimstone, as He did with Sodom & Gomorrah.
God claims that “they (and the whole world) will know that I am God”.
Ezk.38: 22-23 – “With pestilence and bloodshed I will enter into judgment with him; and I will rain upon him and his hordes and the many peoples that are with him, torrential rains and hailstones, fire and brimstone. 23 So I will show my greatness and my holiness and make myself known in the eyes of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”
If fire & brimstone falls from the sky, everyone will inevitably see the hand of God. If Damascus and the attacking allied armies (Russia, Iran, Turkey) are destroyed by a nuclear bomb (as some have erroneously suggested), then the world would not have a reason to believe that God Himself intervened. Think about this for a moment.

ONLY GOD KNOWS THE BEGINNING FROM THE END.
This is worth repeating,
The Age of Grace began with a spectacular “event” in Damascus (Acts 9: 1-18). Doesn’t it stand to reason that the Age of Grace will also end with an equally spectacular “event” in Damascus, from where it all started, just prior to its destruction (Isaiah 17:1)?

WHEN GOD INVOKES A NAME CHANGE, IT SIGNIFICANTLY CHANGES HISTORY

The Bright Morning Star, Day Star, the Star of Dawn, (a.k.a Lucifer), had his name changed to HaSatan (Heb.: Adversary). This is where the Father introduced Adversity (evil) into the universe through His Word, thus affecting our world also.
Abraham and Sarah also had their names changed. Because of their seed, Messiah would later be introduced to reconcile mankind to the Father. First for Israel and later for the Gentiles, so that God could be All in all.
Jacob also had his name changed to Israel. From this change, God reserved a people and a holy land unto Himself, forever more. The world was introduced to a Holy people that nations worldwide could be blessed by.
Paul was the last recorded person to have had his name changed. From his “road-to-Damascus” experience, his mission also changed. He was to preach the gospel of the uncircumcision to the Gentiles. Grace was introduced. At the destruction of Damascus, God’s prophetic program for Israel will have resumed, tribulation will ensue, followed by the millennium, thus changing history once again.
Is Damascus the key to lock up the Age of Grace, and unlock the Kingdom program so that God’s prophetic plan can resume? How near are we to the “fullness of the Gentiles about to be come in?”

Study to show yourself approved (you said so yourself!) Olam, aion, and aionios OFTEN do not mean eternal, forever, or everlasting. I can prove it using the bible.

From Brother Alan Azargushasb

Lets talk about the eternity/forever/everlasting in the bible (English  translations). When you see eternal forever or everlasting, usually they come from the Greek words Aion, and its adjective form Aionios, as well as the Hebrew word Olam. Aion and Olam mean an age. Aionios is the adjective form of an age, so it can be translated as age-lasting or age abiding or agely or age-like. The reason they are translated as eternal forever or everlasting is because mainstream theology dictates that these words must mean eternal forever or everlasting. If the bible were translated accurately most of the denominations would collapse. In English we have various words for time. Minute, Hour, Day, Week, Month, Year, Century, Millennia. When you transfer them over to the adjective form they do not become forever but become, Minutely, Hourly, Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Yearly, Centennial, Millennial.The adjective form is limited by the noun its based on. America is a noun, American is the adjective form of the noun, something that is American has the characteristics of something pertaining to America. Same goes for China and Chinese, France and French, Germany and German. Another example of the noun and adjective form is Spice and Spicy. Spice is a noun, Spicy is the adjective. Sponge is the noun, Spongy is the adjective, Salt is the noun, Salty is the adjective. Sugar is the noun, sweet is the adjective. Wood is a noun, wooden is the adjective. Rubber is the noun, Rubbery is the adjective. An age is period of time, it can last a few days to hundreds/thousands of years, but it comes to an end. Agely would be the adjective form of an age. Since there is no word in the English language  or you can say age-abiding, or age pertaining.

The Septuagint is the Greek translation of the Old Testament and was the Bible of the early church. The word aion occurs in it about four hundred times in every variety of combination. The adjective aionios derived from it, is used over one hundred times. Aion denoted an age, great or small, so the adjective aionios expressed the idea pertaining to or belonging to the aion, whether great or small. But in every case this adjective derives its character and duration from the aion to which it refers.

In the Septuagint the Greek word, aion, is used to translate the Hebrew word olam. Thus, if we want to get a sense of the N.T. meaning of aion, we need to understand the meaning of olam in the O.T. Numerous passages referring to olam show clearly it cannot mean “never-ending” in those texts. Note these few:

¨ Jonah was in the fish forever [olam , aionios-plural in LXX]. But only until he left three days later (Jon. 1:17; 2:6).

¨ Sodom’s fiery judgment is eternal [olam, aionios-singular in LXX ]. But only until God returns them to their former state (Ez. 16:53-55; Ju. 1:7 -aionios singular). The “eternal” fire in went out, nor did it last forever

¨ A Moabite is forbidden to enter the Lord’s congregation forever [olam, aion-singular in LXX ]. But only until the 10th generation. (De. 23:3).

¨ Hills are everlasting [olam]. But only until made low and the earth is burned up (Ge. 49:26 (olam) ; De. 33:15 (olam); Is. 40:4; 2Pe. 3:10).

¨ Mountains are everlasting [olam aionios plural  in LXX ]. But only until they are scattered (Hab. 3:6 ).

¨ A slave serves his master forever [olam -aion singular in LXX ]. But only until death ends his servitude (Ex. 21:6).

¨ The Mosaic covenant is everlasting [olam aionios singular in LXX]. But only until it vanishes away (Le. 24:8; He. 8:7-13).

¨ The Aaronic priesthood is everlasting [olam]. But only until the likeness of Melchizedek arises (Ex. 40:15 olam, aion-singular in LXX ; Nu. 25:13 olam , aionios singular in LXX ; He. 7:14-22 aion singular first instance and second instance).

¨ These “stones” are to be a memorial forever [olam, aion singular in LXX ]. Where are they now ? The memorial did not last forever. (Jos. 4:7)

¨ The leprosy of Naaman shall cling forever [olam, aion singular in LXX ]. But only until his death, of course (2K. 5:27).

¨ God dwells in Solomon’s temple forever [olam]. But only until it is destroyed (2Ch. 7:16 aion singular in LXX ; 1K 8:13; 9:3 aion singular in LXX ).

¨ Animal sacrifices were to be offered forever [olam]. But only until ended by the work of Christ (2Ch. 2:4 aion singular in LXX ; He. 7:11-10:18).

¨ Circumcision was an everlasting [olam] covenant. But only until the new covenant (Ge. 17:9-13 aionios singular in LXX ; 1Co. 7:19; Ga. 5:6).

¨ Israel’s judgment lasts forever [olam aion singular  in LXX ]. But only until the Spirit is poured out and God restores it (Is. 32:13-15 aion singular in LXX ).

¨ I will make you an eternal [olam aionios singular in LXX ] excellence. But only until many generations (Is. 60:15).
..Every Sabbath Aaron sets frankincense before the Lord by an [olam aiōnios singular in LXX ] covenant. (Le 24:7-8) but only until the new covenant. (Lu 16:16; He 8:6-13; 9:15 aionios singular, for context ch 7-9)
¨ Ruins, old waste places, are [olam  aiōnios plural in LXX ]  but only until they are rebuilt  Is 58:12 Olam did not last for eternity but for until the ruins were rebuilt. 
¨ The field of the Levites is their olam, aiōnios  singular in LXX ] possession… (Le25:34 )but only until the New Covenant ends their priesthood. Lu 16:16; He 8:6-13; 9:15  aionios singular, for context ch 7-9 )

¨ Aaron lights lamps ” continually

[olam, aionios singular]

: it shall be a statute for ever in your generations. ” olam lasted to the end of their generations.  (Le 24:3 aionios singular in LXX ;Ex 27:21 aionios singular in LXX)
¨ Aaron blows the trumpet forever [olam, aionios singular in LXX ] throughout their generations (Nu10:8) until Christ brings a new priesthood or generations cease. (Lu 16:16; He 8:6-13; 9:15 aionios singular; Ch7-9*)
¨ Aaron eating bread is a perpetual [olam aionios singular in LXX ] statute (Lev 24:9) but only until the end of the law in Christ. (Lu 16:16; Ro 10:4; He Ch7-9*)
¨ God gave Phinehas an [olam aionios singular in LXX ] priesthood ( Nu 25: 11-13) but only until the new covenant (He 8:7-8,13; 9:15 aionios singular; Ch 7-9*)

¨ One law or ordinance shall be in the land forever [olam, aionios singular in LXX] for both the hebrew and the gentile (Nu 15:15) but only until generations cease or its law is annulled.  (Lu 16:16 ; Ro10:4 ; He 8:6-13; 9:15 aionios singular, for context ch 7-9 )
¨ Priest make atonement for everyone once a year and this shall be a statute forever [olam, aionios in LXX ]  (Lev 16:32-34), until Jesus provides atonement ONCE for for all  (Lu 16:16; He 7:27; 1 Jn 2:2)
¨ Asaph considered the days of old [olam aionios plural in LXX ] (Ps77:5, Is 63:11) Eternal cannot be pluralized or measured in years.Also these days (yom) of old (olam) are in the past, so the olam, aionios plural, lasted for day, multiple of which have past.

¨ In Israel the ancient high places are olam (ancient) [olam, aionios plural in LXX ]  Ez36:1-2 but only until made low and the earth is burned up. (Is 40:4; 2 Pe 3:10)

¨ God’s people stumbled from the ancient (olam aiōnios plural in LXX ) paths…. Jer18:15, for this God will curse them perpetually (olam aionios singular ) Jer 18:16 until God undoes the curse later on 

¨ God gives all Canaan to Abram as an everlasting [olam aionios singular in LXX ] possession ( Ge 17:8, Ge 48:4 olam, aionios singular in LXX ; 1 Chr 16:17 olam aionios singular in LXX ,  Ps 105:10 olam aionios singular in LXX ) but only until at most, the passing of the earth. (Mk 13:31)

¨ (Again) Ruins are olam aiōnios plural in LXX (Is 61:4) but only until they are rebuilt
As we can see, olam does not mean “eternal” though it can last a very long time. Also, “forever and ever” is not an accurate translation. How can you add “ever” to “forever?” Whaat is the diference between the first forever and the second forever. In the case of aion what is the diferecne between a singular aion and a plural aion if they both mean forever? The literal translation is “for the eon [olam] and further.” This makes sense. The Concordant Version Old Testament is consistent here. Consider two examples:

¨ He [David] asked life from You; You will give it to him: Length of days for an eon [olam aiong singular, aion singular LXX] and further (Ps. 21:4 CVOT).

¨ He has founded the earth on its bases. It shall never slip for the eon [olam aion singular, aion singular in LXX] and further (Ps. 104:5 CVOT).

Even passages that do not use the word olam, but signify unchanging, are not so when God is involved. Nothing can deter Him from achieving His purposes. For example:

¨ Israel’s affliction is incurable. But only until the Lord restores health and heals her wounds (Jer. 30:12, 17).

¨ Samaria’s wounds are incurable. But only until the Lord brings them back and restores them (Mic. 1:9; Ez. 16:53).

¨ Egypt and Elam will rise no more. But only until the Lord brings back their captives (Jer. 25:27; 49:39; Ez. 29:14).

¨ Moab is destroyed. But only until the Lord brings back the captives of Moab (Jer. 48:4, 42, 47).

New Testament

Consider the N. T. use of aion. Does “eternity” make any sense in the following passages? To make my point unmistakable, I have translated the Greek word aion with the English word “eternity.”

¨ What will be the sign…of the end of the eternity (Mt. 24:3 aion singular)?

¨ I am with you…to the end of the eternity (Mt. 28:20 aion singular).

¨ The sons of this eternity are more shrewd (Lu. 16:8 aion singular).

¨ The sons of this eternity marry (Lu. 20:34 aion singular).

¨ Worthy to attain that eternity (Lu. 20:35 aion singular).

¨ Since the eternity began (Jn. 9:32 aion singular; Ac. 3:21 aion singular).

¨ Conformed to this eternity (Ro. 12:2 aion singular).

¨ Mystery kept secret since the eternity began but now made manifest (Ro. 16:25-26 aionios plural, aionios plural).

¨ Where is the disputer of this eternity (1Co. 1:20 aion singular)?

¨ Wisdom of this eternity, nor of the rulers of this eternity…ordained before the eternities…which none of the rulers of this eternity… (1Co. 2:6-8 aion singular, aion singular, aion plural,  aion singular)

¨ Wise in this eternity (1Co. 3:18 aion singular).

¨ Upon whom the ends of the eternities have come. (1Co. 10:11 aion plural)

¨ God of this eternity has blinded (2Co. 4:4 aion singular).

¨ Deliver us from this present evil eternity (Ga. 1:4 aion singular).

¨ Not only in this eternity but also in that which is to come (Ep. 1:21 aion singular).

¨ Walked according to the eternity of this world (Ep. 2:2 aion singular).

¨ In the eternities to come (Ep. 2:7 aion plural).

¨ From the beginnings of the eternities (Ep. 3:9 aion plural).

¨ Hidden from eternities…but now…revealed (Col. 1:26 aion plural).

¨ Loved this present eternity (2Ti. 4:10 aion singular).

¨ Receive him for eternity (Philemon.1:15 aionios singular). Does this mean forever or only until Onesimus dies?

¨ Powers of the eternity to come (He. 6:5 aion singular).

¨ At the end of the eternities (He. 9:26 aion plural).

¨ We understand the eternities have been prepared by a saying of God (He. 11:3 aion plural).

How can we say…

¨ “Before eternity” or “eternity began”? Eternity has no beginning (Jn. 9:32 aion singular; Ac. 3:21 aion singular; 1Co. 2:7 aion plural; Ep. 3:9 aion plural).

¨ “Present eternity,” “eternity to come,” and “end of eternity?” Eternity transcends time. Only God is eternal (Mt. 24:3 aion singular; 28:20 aion singular; 1Co. 10:11 aion plural; 2Ti. 4:10 aion singular; He. 6:5 aion singular ; 9:26 aion plural).

¨ “This eternity,” “that eternity,” or “eternities”? There is only one eternity (Lu. 16:8 aion singular; 20:34-35 aion singular aion singular; Ro. 12:2 aion singular; 1Co. 1:20 aion singular; 2:6-8 aion singular aion singular ; 3:18 aion singular ; 10:11 aion plurl ; 2Co. 4:4 aion singular ; Ga. 1:4 aion singular ; Ep. 1:21 aion singular; 2:2 aion singular, 7 aion plural; 3:9 aion plural; Col. 1:26 aion plural; 2Ti. 4:10 aion singular; He. 11:3 aion plural).

¨ “Eternal secret” if the secret is revealed? (Ro. 16:25-26 aionios plural; Col. 1:26 aionios singular). It is no longer a “secret” at that point.

¨ Onesimus will be Philemon’s slave for eternity? Is he still his slave (Phil. 1:15 aionios singular)?

The word most translations translate as eternal when int he phrase eternal life or eternal punishment is the word aionios.

Aionios life and aionios punishment

¨ Jesus warned of hell fire and its punishment as aiōnios singular( Matthew 25:46 )
but said it was “until” the last cent was paid. Mt 5:22-26 who is the judge? its Jesus, what is the prison? Gehenna fire; 18:8-9  aionios singular, 18:23-35 pay attention to verses 32*35) Thus in Jesus’ first mention of hell He clearly affirmed that aiōnios punishment is not eternal but until the last penny is paid. .
¨ God’s grace was given us in Christ before aiōnios… but we know eternity has no beginning. It is timeless. 2 Ti 1:9(aionios plural)

¨ God promised aiōnios life before time aiōnios ever began! (Tit 1:2 aionios singular first instance then aionios plural second instance)  How can something precede what is not supposed to have a beginning? NRSV, RSV, ESV state before the ages began; NASB: long ages ago; YLT: before times of ages Note how these respected translations equate aiōnios with the word age, which is limited in duration.

The KJV translates rev 20:10 like this

Revelation 20:10 King James Version
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
that word for forever is aion in the plural form,
that word ever is also aion in the plural form
thier is no and in the text, kai is the greek word for and
inbetween the first aion and the second aion is the greek word “ton” which means “the”
the first aion is acustive the second aion is dative
so the text should read
ages of the ages

and what do you know there are some translations that do translate this properly

Revelation 20:10
CLV(i) 10 And the Adversary who is deceiving them was cast into the lake of fire and sulphur, where the wild beast and where the false prophet are also. And they shall be tormented day and night for the eons of the eons.”

Revelation 20:10
YLT(i) 10 and the Devil, who is leading them astray, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where are the beast and the false prophet, and they shall be tormented day and night—to the ages of the ages.

Revelation 20:10
Rotherham(i) 10 and, the Adversary that had been deceiving them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where [were] both the wild-beast and the false-prophet; and they shall be tormented, day and night, unto the ages of ages.
The lake of fire is real, and it lasts for the ages of the ages. Once the ages of the ages end, Jesus abolishes death (1 Cor 15:26 which death is this?) and God will ALL IN ALL(1 Cor 15:28)

1 Corinthians 15:22-28
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
27 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.
28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

>For as in Adam all die [that’s everyone you believe this]
>even so in Christ shall all be made alive [you do not believe this, its the same everyone that died in Adam]

The same all that died in Adam, are the same all that are made alive in Christ (v22)! To be made alive is to be made immortal, and they are made immortal in Christ, if you are in Christ you are a Christian.

Lets talk about that word subdued/ subject in verse28, its the same word in the greek.  

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Strongs Number: G5293

Orig: from 5259 and 5021; to subordinate; reflexively, to obey:–be under obedience (obedient), put under, subdue unto, (be, make) subject (to, unto), be (put) in subjection (to, under), submit self unto. G5259

It means:

    1) to arrange under, to subordinate
    2) to subject, put in subjection
    3) to subject one’s self, obey
    4) to submit to one’s control
    5) to yield to one’s admonition or advice
    6) to obey, be subject

Everything that is put in subjection unto Jesus, OBEYS JESUS. Jesus is their Lord. They are his slaves. Everyone will eventually be Jesus slave. If you are a slave of Jesus, you are a christian (see Romans 1:1, Paul is a slave of Jesus  and James 1:1, James a slave of God and of Jesus)

> that God may be all in all.

God is going to be all in all, which all? The same all that died in Adam! God is not all in all that is left, no God is all in all, all in all the humans he created. God created mankind to be a temple for him to dwell in, believers have the holy spirit of God, God is in them, God dwells in them. For God to be all in all, everyone would have to be a believer! Right now only some people have the holy spirit, but the day will come when everyone will repent and believe the gospel. And notice who is being subjected to Jesus? The enemies! The enemies are subjected unto Jesus, and God is all in all the enemies Jesus subjects!

Scores of passages demonstrate that aion is of limited duration.
You might ask if olam aion mean age and aionios means age like or age abiding why has no one translated the bible as such? They have! These translations are obscure though and not popular. If you were to rightly translate the scriptures people would think you are messing with the word of God when it is the exact oppisite.

Punishment of the Ages Weymouth NT in Modern Speech (1978) Kregel
Age-abiding correction Rotherham Emphasized Bible (1902)
Punishment age during Young’s Literal Translation (1898)
Chastening eonian Concordant Literal Translation (1976 6th Ed)
Eonian correction Clementson’s The NT (1938)
Aionian cutting-off Wilson’s Emphatic Diaglott (1942)
Long correction Fenton’s The Holy Bible in Modern Eng. (1903)
An age of chastening The Gospel (1975)
Age-abiding correction The Restoration of Original Sacred Name Bible (1976)
Age-continuing correction The People’s New Covenant (N.T.) Arthur Overbury (1925)
Rehabilitation for a setperiod of time The Source NT A. Nyland (2004)
Unconditional-being correction Etymological NT, An Ultra Literal Tran., by J.M. Wine (2011)
Punishment of the Last Age The Christian Bible, Christian Bible Society (1995)
Will begin to serve a new period of suffering The NT A New Translation by J Greber (1980)
Eonian discipline The Writ, Dabhar Translation Art Kerber (2005)
Age-continuing punishment A Critical Paraphrase of the NT Vincent Roth (1960)
Agelasting cutting-off The N.T. of our Lord and Savior Jesus Anointed (1958)
Age-long punishment 2001 Translation —An American English Bible [LXX based] (2001)
Eonian pruning Jonathan Mitchell Translation (2010)
Aeonian punishment Twentieth Century NT (1900)
Aeonian chastisement Hanson’s The New Covenant (1884)
Aionian punishment The NT Abner Kneeland (1823)
Aeonian punishment Scarlett’sNT (1792)

Proof that hell is not forever, the reason it says so in most bibles is a mistranslation of the words olam, aion, aionios. (start here)
https://www.hopebeyondhell.net/articles/further-study/eternity/
https://goodnewsgospel.info/Studies/EHC/The%20Ages.html
https://www.iswasandwillbe.com/what-is-aionios-life/
https://makepeacewithjesus.org/7-the-septuagint-part-2
http://thathappyexpectation.blogspot.com/2019/03/the-meaning-of-aion-in-new-testament.html
http://thathappyexpectation.blogspot.com/2019/03/the-translational-inaccuracy-of-forever_11.html
http://www.askelm.com/doctrine/d041101.htm
http://www.askelm.com/doctrine/d041201.htm
http://www.askelm.com/doctrine/d050101.htm
https://www.tentmaker.org/Quotes/churchfathersquotes.htm
http://thathappyexpectation.blogspot.com/2020/07/they-will-not-tolerate-sound-teaching.html
http://thathappyexpectation.blogspot.com/2020/07/they-will-not-tolerate-sound-teaching_2.html
http://thathappyexpectation.blogspot.com/2019/12/1-timothy-410-vs-christian-doctrine-of.html
http://thathappyexpectation.blogspot.com/2019/12/1-timothy-410-vs-christian-doctrine-of_17.html
http://www.biblestudentsnotebook.com/bsn852.pdf [the pages are out of order]
https://youtu.be/p77xXIZyP34
https://youtu.be/_kfKQJfT0C8
https://youtu.be/JT4sc721DxE
https://youtu.be/rKltgdiC3WU?t=485
https://youtu.be/rt4HT6diBYwhttps://youtu.be/Qv_FAnanow4https://youtu.be/Ps7FiIntSCw

What happens to us when we die (we cease to exist, dead people are not conscious whatsoever) (then go here)

https://bible-truths.com/lake16-A.html
https://bible-truths.com/lake16-B.html
http://www.askelm.com/essentials/ess022a.htm
https://godsplanforall.com/free-online-book/part-iii/chapter-23-do-we-have-an-immortal-soul/
https://godskingdom.org/studies/tracts/how-death-affects-your-body-soul-and-spirit
http://thathappyexpectation.blogspot.com/2015/05/pauls-gospel-and-death-denying.html
https://bible-truths.com/death.htm
http://thathappyexpectation.blogspot.com/2014/06/life-after-death-part-1-nature-of-man.html
https://youtu.be/xVoZ_UUUapw

the Rich Man and Lazarus is a parable, here is an explanation of the parable (then go here)
https://bible-truths.com/lazarus.html
https://godsplanforall.com/free-online-book/part-ii/chapter-19-the-rich-man-and-lazarus/
http://thathappyexpectation.blogspot.com/2020/06/the-parable-of-rich-man-and-lazarus.html
https://godskingdom.org/studies/tracts/gods-marvelous-plan-for-creation-part-3-the-rich-man-and-lazarus
http://www.askelm.com/doctrine/d030602.htmhttp://thathappyexpectation.blogspot.com/2020/06/the-parable-of-rich-man-and-lazarus.html
http://thathappyexpectation.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-parable-of-lazarus-and-rich-man.html

Why certain doctrines contradict the gospel (trinity, free will, eternal torment, going to heaven/hell immediately after you die instead of waiting for the resurrection, the immortality of the soul )
http://thathappyexpectation.blogspot.com/2015/05/pauls-gospel-and-death-denying.html
http://martinzender.com/ZWTF/ZWTF4.29.pdf

predestination, free will, and the problem of evil (we have no free will, God is in control of our wills, God created evil, however evil will not last forever, once evil has served its job it will be done away with, the good it produces will last forever)

https://youtu.be/yR2BZP4d9mY
https://youtu.be/YrHoDmT2Adg
https://youtu.be/x2rJHdahSGM
https://youtu.be/7yM7dwyPCRw
https://youtu.be/PaamZ8wojIU
https://bible-truths.com/lake2.html
https://bible-truths.com/lake15.html
https://www.iswasandwillbe.com/is-evil-good/
https://www.iswasandwillbe.com/ecc_1_12_18/
https://www.iswasandwillbe.com/prophecy-of-isaiah-isa-451-7-i-make-peace-and-create-evil-i-the-lord-do-all-these-things/
https://godskingdom.org/studies/books/the-problem-of-evil/chapter-1-the-problem-with-free-will
https://godsplanforall.com/free-online-book/part-iii/chapter-25-why-god-allows-evil-and-suffering/
http://www.martinzender.com/ZWTF/ZWTF2.6.pdf
http://www.askelm.com/doctrine/d950101.htm
http://askelm.com/doctrine/d031002.htm

the eventual destiny of humanity, we all all become God’s children and live with him forever, check out the byte show interviews and audios
http://www.askelm.com/essentials/ess033.htm
http://www.askelm.com/essentials/ess035.htm
http://www.askelm.com/essentials/ess036.htm
http://www.askelm.com/doctrine/d040101.htm
http://www.askelm.com/doctrine/d920501.pdf
http://www.askelm.com/abc/abc002.asp
http://www.askelm.com/abc/abc003.asp

other general links

The guys below teach the 2 gospels truth (I can be wrong about this, but this is what I currently believe, then go here)
http://www.theheraldofgodsgrace.org/authors_frames.htm
https://goodnewsgospel.info/
http://thathappyexpectation.blogspot.com/
https://www.concordant.org/
http://www.gracetruth.co.uk/
http://martinzender.com/https://www.concordantgospel.com/https://christianheretic.com/nochurch/
http://www.biblestudentsnotebook.com/
http://www.studyshelf.com/videos/

The guys below mix the two gospel into one gospel, but their is much truth here, I learned alot from these websites
https://bible-truths.com/
http://www.askelm.com/
http://saviourofall.org/
http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/
https://godskingdom.org/
https://godsplanforall.com/
https://tentmaker.org/
https://makepeacewithjesus.org/

Save the links to notepad documents and bookmark them for further reading.

This is a summery of what I believe.
JESUS SAVES EVERYONE IN THE END. THE LAKE OF FIRE IS NOT FOREVER. DEATH IS REAL. Those that die have no consciousness whatsoever, there is no afterlife Ecc 9:4-10

However, 2000 years ago a man named Jesus was born, he was the son of God. God, who always existed, begat Jesus, Jesus did not always exist. First there was the Father, God,  then came his son. Jesus really is Gods son.
Jesus lived a perfect life, and died on the cross as a substitute for you and all the bad deeds you have committed in your life, these bad deeds are called sins, we are all sinners, and the wages of sin is to suffer and eventually die.

3 days Later after being totally dead (he ceased to exist and was in a lifeless corpse) God raised him back to life and Jesus ascended into heaven.

Thanks to this he defeated death and sin once and for all for everyone. Since he was sinless he could die in your place.  

Thanks to this, everyone will one day attain immortality and enter into the Kingdom of God, hell exists for some but it is not forever. In the end Jesus saves all. The cross grantees the salvation of everyone who ever lived. We have no free will. God gives faith to anyone he chooses. In the end he will give faith to all.

POST SCRIPT: (FROM ALAN)

hey ace, that study primarily came from the first 2 articles

https://www.hopebeyondhell.net/articles/further-study/eternity/
https://www.hopebeyondhell.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/UPDATE-Hope-Beyond-Hell-Chapter-1-AION1.pdf
i just combined the 2 and added the LXX where it applied and its tense

…make sure to give him the credit as well.

The Ballad Of Martin Zender.

THE GOSPEL OF MARTIN ZENDER
SEEN THROUGH THE PRISM OF PAUL
HE ANNOYS THE WORKS PROFESSORS
BY TEACHING FROM GOD IS ALL
YES, THE JAMES GANG HATE HIM
BUT REDNECKS FROM ANTIOCH DON’T
WE SURROUND HIM WITH LINEBACKERS
“GIVE AN INCH” NO WE WON’T.
IT’S A GRACE THING HE GIVE US.
NOT A WORKS CONSTRUCTION.
AN EONION CONCLUSION WHERE GOD IS ALL.
NOT ETERNAL DESTRUCTION OF THOSE OUTSIDE THE WALL.
IT’S THE GOSPEL OF MARTIN ZENDER.
A THRILLING ITINERARY OF PEACE.
IT’LL DRAG ALL ALONG WITH LAUGHTER AND SONGS
AND FINISH THE UNIVERSE-COMPLETE WITH EASE.
THE GOSPEL OF MARTIN ZENDER STARTS AT THE CROSS AND ENDS THERE TOO.
HE MIGHT STRAY OFF TOPIC FROM TIME TO TIME, BUT QUICKLY RETURNS, FOR IN HIM BURNS THE MESSAGE THAT FINDS WHERE EVERY HEART TURNS
THAT CHRIST PRESENTS HIMSELF ALIVE AND EVERY KNEE WILL BOW
EVERY MIND WILL CLEAR AND EVERY HEART WILL MELT
IT’LL ALL MAKE SENSE THEN AS THE EONS END AND LIFE REALLY BEGINS
AND WE ALL GOT A PEAK FROM THE MESSAGES RENDERED BY OUR FAVORITE BIBLE TEACHER THEY CALL MARTIN ZENDER.

Martin’s website: http://martinzender.com/

Martin’s youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsw1xK5-g3H7ksQ3sYJ-ByA

FREEWILL DESTROYED IN ACTS CHAPTER 3

There is a lot going on in the opening chapters of the book of Acts. Christ had just been sacrificed on the bloody cross. Three days later, he presents Himself alive to the disciples. He spends 40 days with them, making sure they know it’s Him, and telling them things concerning the Kingdom of God.
Finally, He’s taken up from them and as He’s leaving He tells them to wait for Holy Spirit.
And they wait in the upper room.
Well, as they are praying some big things start happening, left and right. The whole town is aware that Christ’s disciples have something going on. And even the invalid man, who was always laying on the street pestering everyone — begging for handouts — is totally healed by Peter’s command.
Talk about a commotion. Now the whole town is atwitter.
Now… Peter’s got their attention.
Guess what he tell them?
He tells them —
YOU KILLED “THE INAUGURATOR OF LIFE”
He tells them —
YOU DISOWNED THE HOLY AND JUST ONE.
He tells them —
YOU GIVE UP ON GOD’S BOY, JESUS.

Then, Peter really lays down the law…
He tells them —
YOU DID IT IN IGNORANCE.
AND YOUR LEADERS WERE IGNORANT TOO.

And, as if they weren’t confused enough…
Next… Peter tells them…
THE WHOLE THING WAS STAGED BY GOD… WHO ANNOUNCED IT ALL BY THE MOUTH OF THE PROPHETS LONG AGO.

Can anyone really argue that we all have “a freewill”… if most of what we all do, we do in “ignorance?”

The teaching that humans have a totally freewill is a dirty trick really. We don’t have a freewill. Our will is very much influenced by many things.
Our will is not free of influences at all.
Causality — it’s a big concept.
AND — if our will is influenced by IGNORANCE — We most certainly must bow down and trust God’s operations.
We have no other “choice”.
Who are we to think we contribute one whit to God’s great purpose and plan? (Eph 3:11)
All is of God says Romans 11:36.
Human pride is based on nothing, really.
What do we have that we did not receive?
The freewiller’s message that “if you go to hell you can only blame yourself” — seems utterly silly when you factor in that we all disowned the Holy and Just one. That we all killed the Inaugurator of Life. And that the prophets told us it was all going to happen.

Yet, God raises His Boy from the dead. And thus, we can now see the outcome of this great battle.
Christ’s resurrection is the great foreshadowing of the final chapter in creation’s long story.
We win. God wins. Christ wins. Every knee will bow at that time. Every tongue will acclaim, “Oh my”.
What a site to behold on that day.
The glory of the Father will illumine every corner of the universe. And every heart. Wow.

Just thinkin’
Ace.

FROM ACTS, CHAPTER 3….

Peter answers the people: “Men! Israelites! Why are you marveling at this? Or why at us are you looking so intently, as if by our own power or devoutness we had made him walk?
13 The God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorifies His Boy Jesus, Whom you, indeed, give up and disown before the face of Pilate, when he decides to release Him.
14 Now you disown the holy and just One, and request a man, a murderer, to be surrendered to you as a favor.
15 Yet the Inaugurator of Life you kill, Whom God rouses from among the dead, of which we are witnesses.
16 And in the faith of His name, His name gives stability to this man whom you are beholding, with whom, also, you are acquainted, and the faith which is through Him, gives him this unimpaired soundness in front of you all.
17 “And now, brethren, I am aware that in ignorance you commit it, even as your chiefs also. (FREEWILL?)
18 Yet what God announces before through the mouth of all the prophets — the suffering of His Christ — He thus fulfills. (FREEWILL?)
19 Repent, then, and turn about for the erasure of your sins, so that seasons of refreshing should be coming from the face of the Lord,
20 and He should dispatch the One fixed upon before for you, Christ Jesus,
21 Whom heaven must indeed receive until the times of restoration of all which God speaks through the mouth of His holy prophets who are from the eon.
22 “Moses, indeed, said that: A Prophet will the Lord your God, be raising up to you from among your brethren, as me. Him you shall hear,

GOD GIVES FAITH TO SOME BUT NOT TO ALL.

“FOR NOT FOR ALL IS THE FAITH”
GOD GIVES FAITH TO SOME
BUT NOT TO ALL.

PAUL TO THE THESSALONIANS (2)
Chapter 3
1 Furthermore, pray, brethren, concerning us, that the word of the Lord may race and be glorified, according as it is with you also,
2 and that we should be rescued from abnormal and wicked men, for not for all is the faith.
3 Yet faithful is the Lord, Who will be establishing you and guarding you from the wicked one.

How To Start A “Church” In Your Area

How To Start A “Church” In Your Area

Paul gave us the ultimate “church starter” kit.
He gave us thirteen letters.

So… if you want to move beyond the lonely existence of being a sole-believer in your little town, I might recommend the following:

  1. Invite people over for “A Public Reading Of The Book Of Ephesians.”
  2. Let them know there will be something of a pot luck supper afterwards.
  3. Announce the next meeting will be “A Public Reading Of The Book Of I Corinthians” or one of the other letters of Paul. Maybe even a reading of the book of Acts. But for sure, don’t go beyond Paul’s letters. Not yet. Not until your group is established in the truth of the evangel.
  4. Keep repeating this formula and magic will happen.
  5. The reading and the pot luck suppers afterwards, will create a dynamic growth all on it’s own.
  6. Paul told Timothy “Till I come GIVE HEED TO THE READING.”
  7. Paul recommended pot luck suppers in I Corinthians chapter 11.
  8. You may have heard of “book clubs” from time to time. They are usually middle-class to upper middle-class ladies (sometimes men) who get together to read and discuss some novel or highbrow piece of literature.
  9. Well, why should they have all the fun?
  10. You don’t need to be a “teacher” to get this thing started. If you just get together to read Paul’s letters, and have a pot luck dinner afterwards, the ecclesia will take a shape of it’s own.
  11. As you go along, of course you’ll stumble on something Paul says that’s mind-blowing. So, you’ll want to discuss it. Perhaps even use a concordance to clarify that you’re thinking clearly. But, right before your eyes, many dynamics will play out.
  12. Your pot luck suppers will consist of discussions about neighbors, politics, how to fix a broken toilet, who’s sweet on who, and the deeper meaning of Romans 11:36.
  13. Before you know it, there’s a house in your neighborhood for sale or rent, and one of the members of The Reading will move in and so-called “church life” will begin.
  14. Of course as you go along, you’ll have your share of trouble makers. The ecclesia in Corinth certainly did. Drunks, false teachers, divisive a-holes. But they’re not much trouble, compared to the joy of seeing the ecclesia grow into something of a gemstone to God.
  15. And don’t expect this ecclesia of yours to be a permanent institution. Apparently, from the book of Acts, it’s important for the ecclesia of God to be scattered from time to time.
  16. If you do try to become permanent, you’ll have to buy land, build a building and get a 501-C3, and you’l end up teaching all the same crap as regular christianity, “freewill” “eternal rewards for us but not for you”, “immortal soul” “twinity” (do you like my spelling?). Etc.
  17. Most likely, if you follow this formula, you’ll never end up like a Joel Osteen Mega Church. Thank God for that. Your gathering will be 15 to 30 folks who are quite devoted to the project. And another 100 or so max who join you from time to time.
  18. If you have to choose a name for your little operation, just call it THE READING. Picking a name is kind of dangerous. In that it tends towards that “us vs them” mentality. For sure don’t call yourself “The Antioch Baptist Church” or something pretentious like “The Lord’s Recovery”. Lord knows, we’ve got enough of those guys out there.
  19. By doing this, not only will you and your pals learn more about God’s purpose and the evangel of Christ… but you’ll have a network of folks to help you in normal, day-to-day, life matters — kind of like the Mennonites or the Amish help each other.
  20. After all, Paul said “No man is an island.” (Not the Paul of the Bible, I’m talking Paul Jensen, the french fry cook.)
  21. Now remember… I TIM 4:10 says God is the savior of all.
  22. The next verse says TEACH THIS.
  23. The next verse says, even if you’re young you can do this.
  24. Finally, verse 13 says GIVE HEED TO THE READING.

Anyway… I hope this helps.
Grace to you.
Ace.

i TIMOTHY 4:13 Till I come, give heed to the reading, to the entreaty, to the teaching.

He is not a “good luck” charm, He is the Firstborn Of All Creation.

It’s funny how “christianity” has basically turned Jesus into something of a good luck charm. Whereas the REAL TRUTH is that He is the Firstborn of all, and as such He is responsible to make sure the whole family is doing well. As the Firstborn, it’s not hard to imagine that the Father looks to Him (Jesus) to guide and lead the rest of the family. And as Tony shows, to rescue anyone in the family who gets into trouble.
Jesus Christ, is so much more than our personal “good luck charm”… we all hide behind His tunic as it were… at the slightest threat and unknown.
He is the firstborn of all creation (COL 1:16) and is the kinsman redeemer of all (see I Timothy, first chapter.)

THE FOUR-WORD PRAYER THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

THE FOUR-WORD PRAYER
THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

ACTS Chapter 9
1 Now Saul, still breathing out threatening and murder against the disciples of the Lord, approaching the chief priest,
2 requests from him letters for Damascus to the synagogues, so that, if he should be finding any who are of the way, both men and women, he may be leading them bound to Jerusalem.
3 Now in his going he came to be nearing Damascus. Suddenly a light out of heaven flashes about him.
4 And falling on the earth, he hears a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
5 Yet he said,


“Who art Thou, Lord?”


Yet he said,


“I am Jesus Whom you are persecuting.”


6 “Nevertheless, rise and enter the city, and it will be spoken to you what you must be doing.”
7 Now the men who are journeying with him stood dumbfounded, hearing, indeed, the sound, yet beholding no one.
8 Now Saul was raised from the earth, yet, his eyes being open, he observed nothing. Now, leading him by the hand, they led him into Damascus,
9 and he was three days not observing aught, and he neither ate nor drank.
10 Now there was a certain disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias!” Now he said, “Lo! it is I, Lord!”
11 Now the Lord to him, “Rise! Go to the street called ‘Straight,’ and seek in the house of Judas for a Tarsian named Saul, for lo! he is praying.
12 And he perceived in a vision a man named Ananias entering and placing his hands on him so that he should be receiving sight.”
13 Yet Ananias answered, “Lord, I hear from many about this man, how much evil he does to Thy saints in Jerusalem.
14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who are invoking Thy name.”
15 Yet the Lord said to him “Go, for he is a choice instrument of Mine, to bear My name before both the nations and kings, besides the sons of Israel,
16 for I shall be intimating to him how much he must be suffering for My name’s sake.”

AN OPEN LETTER TO MICHAEL THUNDER ABOUT “THE JAMES GANG” (They seek to establish their own righteousness.)

 @michael Thunder  I know the Bible as well as most folks ’round here. And I certainly know the bible better than most typical christians… and get this… for the past few years my favorite verse has been “AND CERTAIN MEN CAME FROM JAMES”
(GALATIANS 2.)
Now, why would I pick up on that verse? It’s because it shows a dynamic that went on in Paul’s day… with Paul’s work… and those who would destroy his work.
The fundamentalists tell us to “love God’s word” and that “IT’S ALL INSPIRED” and such…. well… what about AND CERTAIN MEN CAME FROM JAMES???
That little verse packs quite a punch.
It should strike fear into our hearts about the poison that a PRIDE MESSAGE can contain.
If you check out Galatians two… “they came to spy out our freedom”… and the rough and tumble brawl Paul got into with Peter and those dudes from James…. something was going down there that I NEVER heard discussed in all my years of “going to church”.
Why? Why did not one preacher ever, ever, ever bring up the FIST FIGHT revealed in Galatians two??? It’s because it would reveal their ruse.
When I hear The James Gang tell me “YOU MUST DO THIS” or “YOU MUST DO THAT”… it sounds a lot like the serpent telling Eve, “YOU WON’T REALLY DIE.”
Both messages start with the word “YOU”… And thus, they take their eyes off God and God’s purpose, plan, promises and word.
“you”, “you”, “you”,
The word YOU, I, ME, and MINE are the Freewiller’s wet dream word.
Remember Paul says we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against spiritual wickedness, etc. ???
To me The James Gang is all about “flesh and blood” — like what you can see… and what you can “prove”… like the Pharisee who stands in public to pray… so he can be seen and adored by the crowds.
“Everyone can see that I prayed.”
(Prayed what, the so-called “sinners’ prayer?”)
Paul says they should whack their own weener.
Strong language.
Proof that this is a serious problem.
Years ago, I knew a brother named Will Powell… whose son committed suicide due to these James Gang christians who infected his mind with a NO WIN situation.
“You MUST please God, but you can NEVER please God.” — type of thing.
Brother Powell was really hurt over losing his son.
The James Gang will never accept responsibility for the bull shit chaos they sling at us like monkeys with poo.
And you have to know, that Will Powell’s son is not the only one who could not see his way out of that mess.
In fact… Paul… in the first two chapters of Romans has The James Gang’s number… when he says… “you command to not steal, yet YOU are stealing” and “You say NOT to commit adultery yet YOU are committing adultery”… and “YOU are a teacher of minors”.
A teacher of minors? Wow, what an insult to the pushers of law and works. Would that they cut themselves off.
The verse “AND CERTAIN MEN CAME FROM JAMES” should give anyone the freedom to despise the James Gang. Bunch of meddling busy-bodies, and stinking of self-righteousness.
Grace to you Michael.
The favor granted to those who do not/ can not/ dare not earn it.

Ace.
P.S. The other day I posted a video about that Calvary Chapel dude from Canada who said “GOD OFFERS GRACE” — About how ridiculous it is to suggest that “GRACE” is offered… You see, if it’s “offered” you must meet the qualification of the “offer” to get the grace. And if you meet the qualifications… grace ceases to be grace. It becomes something earned, merited, and deserved.
God operates in grace.
But…
God does not “offer” grace.
Our message is about God.
God’s work. God’s purpose. God’s glory in His Boy.
Their message is all about man and what man must do the take up the slack in God’s operations of grace.
They’re nuts.
May they cut themselves off.
GALATIANS 5:
12 Would that those who are raising you to insurrection struck themselves off also!