Refreshment in Refuge
by Gina Burgess
Matthew 5:18... Not one jot or tittle will pass away until all that is prophesied and ordained by God is fulfilled. The last thing that is written about in Revelation after Satan is thrown into the lake of fire, is the image of the New Jerusalem and the new heaven and new earth. In this verse, Jesus speaks of heaven and earth passing away...
Even though Jesus will be King of Kings on earth and reign in the Millennium, the Torah will still be in effect until the old heaven and the old earth pass away. Jesus came to fulfill the law not to abolish it.
I think the whole point of the 1000 years of peace with Satan and his minions bound.... Man is still sinful... Man cannot live a sin free life – not even with the Holy Spirit living within him and not even with Satan bound, not even with Jesus living among us.
Humanity is debased and cannot enter into God's presence. Flesh and blood caused sin to enter the world and Flesh and Blood paid the price as a scapegoat to cover that sin in the fleshly state. It is only the new glorified body that can enter into God's presence. That body is newly created by God Himself and is a gift of mercy.
This is why there won't be a new heaven or new earth until Satan meets his fate and man meets his. Only there be no more need for the Torah or the jot and tittle.
Adam and Eve communed with God, but did not have glorified bodies, but then sin had not yet entered the world. After pride and greed and desire and disobedience culminated in one tiny bite, sin became the legacy for mankind.
Since God does not allow sin in His presence, He ordained a way to come into contact with His creation. Sacrifices became that medium for cleansing, and consecration. The scapegoat was the medium of atonement in the Old Testament. However, the salvation came through faith. Abraham’s deep abiding faith was exhibited in his offering his only son, and that was accounted to him as righteousness. Faith exhibited by Obedience.
Just to hear God speak, the Israelites had to be consecrated, bathed and clothes washed. God would speak from the mountain top, yet they could not even touch the mountain’s feet. Today, we have the Blood of Jesus for our atonement, and it is permanent. However, in our flesh and blood, we cannot enter into God’s presence. (1 Corinthians 15). We are not in our glorified state.
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15 that the glorified body is righteous, sanctified and completely different than the natural body. The 1000 years of Peace proves that man will still sin even though Satan is bound... But after the 1000 years the Great White Throne judgment is where all who are not found in the Book of Life are thrown into the lake of fire... so, this says to me that there won't be any humankind left in the natural/physical state.
Therefore where do the "nations of those who are saved" in 21:24 come from if not the millennium humans? And those that are unsaved are judged at the Great White Throne so it doesn't follow that those in the nations around the city don't have their names written in the Book of Life, does it?
Why would God go to the trouble of telling us nothing unclean will enter into the city? I'm not sure unless it is His promise that He won't ever again allow another space of time when something evil like Satan is allowed to roam the New Heavens and New Earth. We will be perfectly in tune with Him, in perfect alignment with Him. Glory! How magnificent that will be.
This is why is it so necessary to possess Jesus as well as profess Him. God is searching our hearts, be sure He sees His Son.
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She is the author of several books including: When Christians Hurt Christians, The Crowns of the Believers and others available in online bookstores. She authors several columns, using her God-given talent to shine a light in a dark world. You can browse her blog at Refreshment In Refuge.
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