- Appendix 8 -
Good news! is the meaning of the Greek word, euaggelion, translated “gospel” in the Bible. So far, much of the stuff that has been shared on this site has been pretty negative, hasn’t it? - mankind wallowing in sin, phony “Christianity,” the annihilation of Babylon, horrible times to come on the whole world. But, we have to understand what is really happening in the world before we can fully appreciate what I am going to share with you now. And I am really glad that you have come to this page, because now I get to tell you the end of the story. And it’s fantastic! - far beyond what you or I have ever imagined. It is even more wonderful than any fantasy-world movie we have ever seen, book we have ever read, or story we have ever heard or imagined, because, according to Yehovah's ("God's") "sure word of prophecy” (2 Peter 1:19), the Bible, it is absolutely true!
In The Beginning
As I trust is clear by now, to fully understand the present and the future, we must first understand the past. So, let us once again go back to the beginning - to Yahuah's original plan for his creation, particularly man (the Bible’s generic term for human beings).
In the beginning (of creation) Yehovah created the world (the whole cosmos - universe), all that is in it, and man in His own image (Genesis 1:27). Now, what do you think that means - created in the image of Yehovah? How does that make man different from the rest of Yehovah’s creation - plants, animals, and inanimate matter? The Bible gives us some clues. It states, “[Yehovah] is spirit” (John 4:24). It also states, “[Yehovah] is love” (1 John 4:8). And Yeshua (Jesus) said that God (Elohim) is good (Mark 10:18). So, man was created a good, loving, spiritual being, in the image of God. “Well, how does that make man any different from my pet dog - a good, loving, spirited animal?” someone might ask. The difference is that, in the core of his being - his spirit - man was created to commune with and, indeed, to be united with the Spirit of God forever. The Bible says that, “He who is united with the Lord is one spirit with Him.” (1 Corinthians 6:17) One spirit with God - that’s an amazing reality to try to comprehend, isn’t it? But, that’s the way it was in the Garden of Eden: Adam and Eve walked with God and talked with God, in perfect spiritual union with Him. But, they blew it by sinning against God and thus separated themselves from His life-giving Spirit, bringing immediate spiritual death and eventual physical death on themselves and physical death on every other living thing (cf. Genesis 3:22). Death is simply separation from God, who is the source of all life. So, although our physical bodies die and decay (cease to exist), our souls (including our spirits) will continue to exist forever, after the rest of creation, including the plants and animals of this present world (which are not spiritual beings), have ceased to exist altogether (cf. Revelation 20:11; 21:1). Also, the goodness and love of God, which, in union with Him, man was created to manifest, are drastically and categorically different from the “goodness” and “love” of animals. Pet dogs, for example, just act out of instinct in natural affection for and loyalty to their owners. But, we probably won’t see a dog voluntarily giving its life to save someone who has abused it or someone it perceives as a threat or an enemy, will we? Yet, isn’t that what Yeshua did? Isn’t that what we would do if we were united with God in His love? Wouldn’t we, if we had God’s special goodness in our hearts, be kind to someone we saw in need and hurting, even if they had been hateful and cruel to us? See the difference between the totally unselfish God-kind of love and the “love” and “goodness” of those who are not one with God, which are no different from the “goodness” and the natural affection of animals?
So, in the beginning, God created man in His own image - categorically different from and transcending the rest of His creation. He also placed man in a position of benevolent dominion over His creation. Man was given the job of naming all the animals and taking care of the creation (cf. Genesis 1:28)! Now imagine that, if you can: what knowledge! what intelligence! what wisdom! what skill! what power! man must have had to be assigned a perfect, beautiful, wonderful creation to care for! What a fantastic life!
But, tragically, Adam and Eve believed the Lie of the Devil, who told them, “You shall be as gods.” (Genesis 3:6) In other words, Satan was implying that Adam and Eve could do on their own, apart from Yehovah’s Spirit in union with their’s (as “gods” themselves), the superhuman job that Yehovah had given them to do. They also believed that they could get away with doing as they pleased (eat the forbidden fruit), regardless of what Yehovah had said. But what a terrible mistake, because it allowed Satan to get a foothold in Yehovah’s creation and immediately take Adam’s place as the prince (ruler) of this World (John 12:31)! And it has been downhill for all of Yehovah’s creation, including man, since that time; the whole creation has been subject to futility, corruption, and decay (cf. Ecclesiates 2:17); which will continue until Yehovah destroys the present deteriorating world and its inhabitants who oppose Him. And, so far, that’s what most of this book has been about.
But, that’s not the end of the story; there’s incredible Good News! God’s original plan for man has not changed, except that it is even more fantastic now than it was in the beginning! Grasp, if you can, what Yehovah’s Word tells us:
Acts 3:19-21 states that Yahuah will send Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah (Christ) when it comes time (after the seven years of tribulation and the Wrath of God) to restore all things to their Edenic state. The period of time when conditions on Earth will again be wonderful beyond our comprehension was foretold numerous times by BCE prophets (Isaiah 65, Jeremiah 23, Joel 2, et al.). It will begin when the Lord returns with the armies of Heaven to destroy the armies of Antimessiah (Revelation 19:11-21). He will then establish His kingdom on the renewed Earth, and will rule over the nations of people who are on Earth at that time (Revelation 19:15), maintaining perfect peace as the “last Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45) during His millennial reign (Revelation 20).
But, that’s just the beginning of the Good News! All those who belong to the Lord Yeshua - who have trusted Him as their Savior and God and are united in the Spirit with Him - will get to reign with Him, not just on Earth, but over His entire earthly and heavenly creation, including the angels! The Lord Yeshua said, speaking of His faithful followers,
To him who wins the victory and does what I want until the goal is reached, I will give him authority over the nations . . . just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give him the morning star (meaning Himself - cf. Revelation 22:16). (Revelation 2:26-27)
And the apostle Paul asked his fellow Believers, “Don’t you know that we are to judge angels?” (1 Corinthians 6:3) To me, that sounds like we Believers in the Lord Yeshua the Messiah, are going to be totally indwelled by Him, one with Him, having exactly the same power and authority He has to reign with Him, in Him, and He in us over His creation - with even more power and authority than the first Adam had (over just the Earth) in the beginning. Try to wrap your mind around that!
To more fully appreciate how wonderful it will be to be a child of God in His Millennial Kingdom, read the following astonishing statement from His Word (paraphrased):
It was in keeping with His pleasure and purpose, for His own praise and glory, that [Yehovah] determined before the creation of the universe that through His Son, [Yeshua the Messiah], we would be His spiritual children. In [the Messiah], [Yehovah] our Father chose us in love in advance to be spiritually pure, without defect, in His presence. In union with [the Messiah], through His sacrifice on the cross, we are set free - our sins are forgiven. And in union with Him, commensurate with His grace which the Lord has lavished on us, we were given an inheritance: the Lord has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Heaven. His ultimate plan, which was a secret until it was revealed by and in the [Messiah], is to place everything in Heaven and on Earth under [the Messiah’s] headship. And we, the children of [Yehovah], are to reign with our Lord and [Messiah] over all creation. This is the Lord’s will, purpose, and pleasure for our lives. (Ephesians 1:3-14; Revelation 20:4)
So, there it is, my friend - Yehovah’s ultimate purpose for your life. Incomprehensibly wonderful, isn’t it? Please, please, please, don’t miss out by believing Satan’s Lie (“You shall be as gods.”), by putting any stock in the things of this world, by following a false messiah, or by denying your Lord and Savior before His return. Stay faithful until The End and you will receive your awesome, glorious, eternal inheritance in The World to Come! I hope to see you there.
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