Part XII The Lord of the Scroll – God has made everything fit beautifully in its appropriate time

The King of Kings – the Lord Jesus Christ – looked upon his bride (i.e., the church) with love, the same love that had compelled Him to die for her as she came down the aisle of the Temple in Heaven for The Royal Wedding!

No one has greater love than this—that one lays down his life for his friends. (John 15:13 NET)
For the love of Christ controls us, since we have concluded this, that Christ died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised. (2 Corinthians 5:14–15 NET)
Let us rejoice and exult and give him glory, because the wedding celebration of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. (Revelation 19:7 NET)

She was dressed in a beautiful, brilliant white flowing gown – both spotless and wrinkleless. For this gown is woven of the good works (1) of the righteous saints, washed spotless in the Word of God, dried and purified by the fire of affliction, and pressed wrinkle-free by the weight of hardship

She was permitted to be dressed in bright, clean, fine linen” (for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints). (Revelation 19:8 NET)
Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her to sanctify her by cleansing her with the washing of the water by the word, so that he may present the church to himself as glorious—not having a stain or wrinkle, or any such blemish, but holy and blameless.In the same way husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one has ever hated his own body but he feeds it and takes care of it, just as Christ also does the church, for we are members of his body.For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.This mystery is great—but I am actually speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Nevertheless, each one of you must also love his own wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. (Ephesians 5:25–33 NET)
Look, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have purified you in the furnace of misery. (Isaiah 48:10 NET)
We are experiencing trouble on every side, but are not crushed; we are perplexed, but not driven to despair; we are persecuted, but not abandoned; we are knocked down, but not destroyed, always carrying around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our body. For we who are alive are constantly being handed over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our mortal body. (2 Corinthians 4:10–11 NET)
The Bride of Christ

She is to Him beautiful, and to her, He is the one that makes the concept of submission sacredly desirable and empowering (cf. Esther 2:15-17).

My heart is stirred by a beautiful song. I say, “I have composed this special song for the king; my tongue is as skilled as the stylus of an experienced scribe.” You are the most handsome of all men! You speak in an impressive and fitting manner! For this reason God grants you continual blessings. Strap your sword to your thigh, O warrior! Appear in your majestic splendor! Appear in your majesty and be victorious! Ride forth for the sake of what is right, on behalf of justice! Then your right hand will accomplish mighty acts! Your arrows are sharp and penetrate the hearts of the king’s enemies. Nations fall at your feet. Your throne, O God, is permanent. The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of justice. You love justice and hate evil. For this reason God, your God has anointed you with the oil of joy, elevating you above your companions. All your garments are perfumed with myrrh, aloes, and cassia. From the luxurious palaces comes the music of stringed instruments that makes you happy. Princesses are among your honored guests, your bride stands at your right hand, wearing jewelry made with gold from Ophir. Listen, O princess! Observe and pay attention! Forget your homeland and your family! Then the king will be attracted by your beauty. After all, he is your master! Submit to him! Rich people from Tyre will seek your favor by bringing a gift. The princess looks absolutely magnificent, decked out in pearls and clothed in a brocade trimmed with gold. In embroidered robes she is escorted to the king. Her attendants, the maidens of honor who follow her, are led before you. They are bubbling with joy as they walk in procession and enter the royal palace. Your sons will carry on the dynasty of your ancestors; you will make them princes throughout the land. I will proclaim your greatness through the coming years, then the nations will praise you forever. (Psalm 45:1–17 NET)

He describes her (Song of Songs 1:9-11. Song of Songs 1:15. Song of Songs 2:2. Song of Songs 4:1-15. Song of Songs 7:1-9).

She responds to Him in return (Song of Songs 1:2-4. Song of Songs 1:13-14. Song of Songs 2:1-13. Song of Songs 4:16. Song of Songs 7:10-13).

Yes, she was the joy that carried Him through the cruel torture and shame of the cross.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set out for him he endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1,2 NET)

It was never good for Man or God to be alone (1), and now they (i.e., the God-Man Jesus and all Christians) will never be alone forever.

God created humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27 NET)
The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a companion for him who corresponds to him.” (Genesis 2:18 NET)

The BRIDE of Christ has become the WIFE of Christ, with a wedding banquet to follow!

Then I heard what sounded like the voice of a vast throng, like the roar of many waters and like loud crashes of thunder. They were shouting: “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the All-Powerful, reigns! Let us rejoice and exult and give him glory, because the wedding celebration of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. She was permitted to be dressed in bright, clean, fine linen” (for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints). Then the angel said to me, “Write the following: Blessed are those who are invited to the banquet at the wedding celebration of the Lamb!” He also said to me, “These are the true words of God.”  
(Revelation 19:6–9 NET)
Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven final plagues came and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb!” (Revelation 21:9 NET)

For the honeymoon, Jesus leads His wife and the angelic armies of Heaven to Earth, where all the enemies of God are slain, and Satan is captured and then placed in the Abyss of Hades for 1000 Earth years (i.e., one heaven day) (1).

Now Enoch, the seventh in descent beginning with Adam, even prophesied of them, saying, “Look! The Lord is coming with thousands and thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgment on all, and to convict every person of all their thoroughly ungodly deeds that they have committed, and of all the harsh words that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” (Jude 1:14–15 NET)
Then I saw heaven opened and here came a white horse! The one riding it was called “Faithful” and “True,” and with justice he judges and goes to war. His eyes are like a fiery flame and there are many diadem crowns on his head. He has a name written that no one knows except himself. He is dressed in clothing dipped in blood, and he is called the Word of God. The armies that are in heaven, dressed in white, clean, fine linen, were following him on white horses. From his mouth extends a sharp sword, so that with it he can strike the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod, and he stomps the winepress of the furious wrath of God, the All-Powerful. He has a name written on his clothing and on his thigh: “King of kings and Lord of lords.” Then I saw one angel standing in the sun, and he shouted in a loud voice to all the birds flying high in the sky: “Come, gather around for the great banquet of God, to eat your fill of the flesh of kings, the flesh of generals, the flesh of powerful people, the flesh of horses and those who ride them, and the flesh of all people, both free and slave, and small and great!” Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to do battle with the one who rode the horse and with his army. Now the beast was seized, and along with him the false prophet who had performed the signs on his behalf—signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. Both of them were thrown alive into the lake of fire burning with sulfur. The others were killed by the sword that extended from the mouth of the one who rode the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves with their flesh. (Revelation 19:11–21 NET)

The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, will move from Heaven, a planet, to enter a geosynchronous orbit above Jerusalem, Israel.

But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. (Galatians 4:26 NET) 
So he took me away in the Spirit to a huge, majestic mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. The city possesses the glory of God; its brilliance is like a precious jewel, like a stone of crystal-clear jasper. It has a massive, high wall with twelve gates, with twelve angels at the gates, and the names of the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel are written on the gates. There are three gates on the east side, three gates on the north side, three gates on the south side and three gates on the west side. The wall of the city has twelve foundations, and on them are the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. The angel who spoke to me had a golden measuring rod with which to measure the city and its foundation stones and wall. Now the city is laid out as a square, its length and width the same. He measured the city with the measuring rod at fourteen hundred miles (its length and width and height are equal). He also measured its wall, one hundred forty-four cubits according to human measurement, which is also the angel’s. The city’s wall is made of jasper and the city is pure gold, like transparent glass. The foundations of the city’s wall are decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation is jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. And the twelve gates are twelve pearls—each one of the gates is made from just one pearl! The main street of the city is pure gold, like transparent glass. Now I saw no temple in the city, because the Lord God—the All-Powerful—and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, because the glory of God lights it up, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light and the kings of the earth will bring their grandeur into it. Its gates will never be closed during the day (and there will be no night there). They will bring the grandeur and the wealth of the nations into it, but nothing ritually unclean will ever enter into it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or practices falsehood, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Revelation 21:10–27 NET)

From the New Jerusalem, Jesus and all Christians will rule with servant leadership those who were not enemies of God and remain alive on Earth (i.e., those living on Earth will not have glorified bodies but will be ordinary humans). During these one thousand years, Jesus will demonstrate to His wife (i.e., the Christians) how Earth was intended to be operated before the fall of man. It is a time of learning at the feet of the Master. This time allows Christians who did not choose to mature earlier on Earth to reach full maturity. However, the more mature Christians (i.e., Level V) (1) will start this age with higher responsibility, authority, and service levels.

Therefore stay alert, because you do not know the day or the hour. “For it is like a man going on a journey, who summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The one who had received five talents went off right away and put his money to work and gained five more. In the same way, the one who had two gained two more. But the one who had received one talent went out and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money in it. After a long time, the master of those slaves came and settled his accounts with them. The one who had received the five talents came and brought five more, saying, ‘Sir, you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ His master answered, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful in a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’ The one with the two talents also came and said, ‘Sir, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more.’ His master answered, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’ Then the one who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Sir, I knew that you were a hard man, harvesting where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered, ‘Evil and lazy slave! So you knew that I harvest where I didn’t sow and gather where I didn’t scatter? Then you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received my money back with interest!Therefore take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten.For the one who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough. But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.And throw that worthless slave into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ (Matthew 25:13–30 NET)

It is an age of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit!

For the kingdom of God does not consist of food and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14:17 NET)

After this time of peace, Satan will be released to fulfill the balance of the terms of the Scroll of Authority (1) and allow a final separation of the chaff from the wheat. That is, likely, there will be children born during the 1000-year reign on Earth from those that were not enemies of God and remained alive after the tribulation (i.e., humans without glorified bodies), and they must choose Jesus as well to be saved. In addition, this may include children who died before the age of accountability, including aborted babies, who went to Paradise in Heaven for safekeeping until they are also required to choose Jesus to be their personal Savior. After the terms of the scroll are fulfilled, Satan will be thrown into the Lake of Fire for eternity (i.e., forever).

Now when the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to bring them together for the battle. They are as numerous as the grains of sand in the sea.They went up on the broad plain of the earth and encircled the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and devoured them completely. And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet are too, and they will be tormented there day and night forever and ever. (Revelation 20:7–10 NET)

Our ever-expanding universe will collapse into a nuclear fire destroying Earth (3).

Jesus said,

“I have come to bring fire on the earth—and how I wish it were already kindled! (Luke 12:49 NET)

Peter said,

But by the same word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, by being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. Now, dear friends, do not let this one thing escape your notice, that a single day is like a thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years are like a single day. The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because he does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; when it comes, the heavens will disappear with a horrific noise, and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze, and the earth and every deed done on it will be laid bare. Since all these things are to melt away in this manner, what sort of people must we be, conducting our lives in holiness and godliness, while waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God? Because of this day, the heavens will be burned up and dissolve, and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze! But, according to his promise, we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness truly resides. (2 Peter 3:7-13 NET)

John said,

Then I saw a large white throne and the one who was seated on it; the earth and the heaven fled from his presence, and no place was found for them. (Revelation 20:11 NET)

Still, we will be safe aboard the New Jerusalem. Recall Christians received a glorified body invulnerable and not limited by time and space at the catching away (1).

Then the Great White Throne Judgment will take place as all non-Christians from the beginning of man until the present are resurrected, and the trial will take place in New Jerusalem (recall Christians earlier went to the Judgment Seat of Christ (1) and will NOT go to the Great White Throne of Judgment). Their works will be reviewed, but the failure to accept Jesus as Savior and Lord will doom all that appear at the Great White Throne to the Lake of Fire forever.

And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. Then books were opened, and another book was opened—the book of life. So the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each one was judged according to his deeds. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death—the lake of fire. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, that person was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:12–15 NET)
He will reward each one according to his works:eternal life to those who by perseverance in good works seek glory and honor and immortality, but wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition and do not obey the truth but follow unrighteousness. There will be affliction and distress on everyone who does evil, on the Jew first and also the Greek,but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, for the Jew first and also the Greek. For there is no partiality with God. For all who have sinned apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous before God, but those who do the law will be declared righteous.For whenever the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature the things required by the law, these who do not have the law are a law to themselves. They show that the work of the law is written in their hearts, as their conscience bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or else defend them,on the day when God will judge the secrets of human hearts, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus. (Romans 2:6–16 NET)
God has made everything fit beautifully in its appropriate time, but he has also placed ignorance in the human heart so that people cannot discover what God has ordained, from the beginning to the end of their lives. (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NET)

Remember, we can never be saved by our works but only by the completed work of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8,9. John 3:16-18. John 6:37).

For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8–9 NET)
For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him. The one who believes in him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God. (John 3:16–18 NET)
Everyone whom the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never send away. (John 6:37 NET)

Then Jesus takes His wife with His right hand and says, behold, I make all things new! At the speed of light, a new universe (1) expands into being without evil, pain, sorrow, or remorse.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist, and the sea existed no more. And I saw the holy city—the new Jerusalem—descending out of heaven from God, made ready like a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Look! The residence of God is among human beings. He will live among them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist any more—or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.” And the one seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then he said to me, “Write it down, because these words are reliable and true.” He also said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water free of charge from the spring of the water of life. The one who conquers will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
(Revelation 21:1–7 NET)

And We live joyfully forever after… Amen

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star!” And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say: “Come!” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wants it take the water of life free of charge. I testify to the one who hears the words of the prophecy contained in this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book. The one who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. (Revelation 22:16–21 NET)

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Dear friend, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul. 
(3 John 1:2 NET)

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(2) Ever had a computer that acted so improperly that the only solution was to reboot it? To reboot means to turn off the computer and then let it restart and restore or reload the proper operating system or program.

Well, that has been God’s way of dealing with issues from the very beginning. When God saw that man did not have a helpmate, Adam was put to sleep (turned off), and Eve was created from his body, then Adam was brought back to life. When Adam and Eve chose to disobey God, resulting in mankind’s fall, the solution declared by Jesus was to be born again. Today Jesus might say it this way – you must be rebooted! Is that not what Baptism (1) represents? Identifying with Jesus’ death going into the water and His life as we are raised to a new life! Paul went on to say that after we are “rebooted,” then it is our responsibility to change the way we think by changing the operating system loaded in our souls from that of the world to the Word (the word WORLD is WORD with an “L” added representing the LIES of Satan corrupting the truth like yeast corrupts dough). Well, God never changes. From our safe vantage point of the Heavenly City, the New Jerusalem, we will witness our ever-expanding universe collapse into a nuclear fire! Then our God Jesus will create a new universe without sin. Glory to God, for His Mercy is FOREVER!

Hal has been teaching the Bible for over three decades. Presently, He desires to honor Jesus Christ through this Internet teaching ministry, thereby glorifying the Heavenly Father in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. He believes, second to cultivating his relationship with God that raising his family unto the Lord is the most significant task for him while on Earth. Furthermore, Hal believes that being a successful leader in the church or workplace is no substitute for failing to be a successful leader at home. Doulos Hal's Topical Index

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