VERY IMPORTANT PROPHECIES

Lesson 2

            “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” (Jude 14, 15)  Enoch, the seventh from Adam, was a prophet who prophesied about the coming of the Lord Jesus, Who will come soon with ten thousands of His saints.  Enoch was in fellowship with God, Who taught him, and he walked with God at least three hundred years.  “And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.” (Genesis 5:22)  At the end of three hundred years Enoch no longer existed on earth because God took him.  “And Enoch walked with God: and was not; for God took him.” (Genesis 5:24)  Enoch was the first human being who did not die, whom God took to be present with Him.  Enoch was not able to ascend up to God but the Omnipotent is able to take a human being from this earth to Heaven, where the angels worship and serve God. 

            Enoch is the first prophet about whom it was written, “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:5, 6)  The prophet Enoch pleased God with his faith because without faith it is impossible to please God.  Enoch, led by the Spirit of God, prophesied about the coming of the Lord.  “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (II Peter 1:21) 

            The first prophecy was about the Lord Jesus Christ, Who by His death bruised the head of the old serpent, which is Satan.  And now we see the second prophecy which is about the coming of “the Lord…with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against them.” (Jude 14b, 15) Enoch walked with God, so that by the Spirit of God he knew the mysteries of God; he knew things the normal human being does not know.  The Spirit of God led Enoch to speak of that great day that Paul declared by saying, “To the end he many stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.” (I Thessalonians 3:13)  Enoch, who lived more than three thousand years before Paul the apostle, prophesied as Paul prophesied, being led by the Spirit; he wrote about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.

This prophecy has not yet been fulfilled because it is impossible for the saints to come with Christ when some of them are still alive on earth while others are dead in their graves.  The prophecy of rapture must be fulfilled before the prophecy of the coming of Christ that Paul the apostle recorded: “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (I Thessalonians 4:16, 17)  The dead in Christ are the saints who died like the apostles, the disciples and all who have been born again.  These (the dead saints) will rise first, followed by the living saints. 

            The living are those who have been born again and sanctified by the blood of Christ.  That is what Peter the apostle taught: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.” (I Peter 1:3, 4) 

            All who have been sanctified by faith in the blood of Christ Who died on the cross will rise to Heaven on the day of rapture.  “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:10).  Only those who have been born again will meet the Lord Jesus on the day of rapture.  In other words, they have a portion in the first resurrection, that is, the resurrection of the righteous.  Blessed be all who will have this portion. 

You might ask me, “I do not believe in Jesus, that He is the Son of God; and I do not believe that He died on the cross; do I have a portion in this resurrection?”  The answer is no.  However, you will have a portion in the second resurrection.  You will stand before the throne of God and He will open the books and judge you out of those books.  “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15)

            How does the work of the second birth, or the new birth, take place?

            First – Every person who desires to be born again needs to confess his sins before God.  He needs to confess that he is going to hell because of his sins and confess that he is a sinner who does not deserve Heaven according to his works.  There is not one person who has lived or will live on this earth who has committed no sin.  “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Jesus also said that there is none righteous but God;  this means that all are sinners but God.  Jesus is the Son of God who did not know sin; He did not commit any sin but was righteous and perfect. 

 Second – The person asks God to forgive and pardon him. 

         Third – The person needs to seek the new birth by believing that Jesus is the only One able to give him eternal life.  Peter said, led by the Holy Spirit, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) Jesus is the only One able to forgive sins.  “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)  Everyone who desires to be born again needs to believe on Jesus Christ, that He is the only way to Heaven, and that nobody is able to see the Father but by believing on Jesus Christ.  Every one who accepts this belief will rise in the first resurrection and will thereby be one of the thousands of saints who will come with the Lord Jesus on that amazing and glorious day. 

          Fourth – How is the process of the new birth carried out?  “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10: 9, 10)  In order to receive salvation you need to believe in your heart on the Lord Jesus.  If you believe that He is Lord, then He needs to rule over your life.  You need to confess before people that He is the One that gave you eternal life by presenting it to you by His grace and by your acceptance of it by faith.  “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8, 9)  If you believe and confess that Jesus is your Savior before people, then you have eternal life and a portion in the first resurrection. 

            What happens after the first resurrection?  All who are born again become “in Christ.”  “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (II Corinthians 5:17)  Every person in Christ will appear “before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” (II Corinthians 5:10)  Those who are born again will not stand before the great white throne of God to be held accountable for sin.  Paul in his epistle to the Romans says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)  The verse emphasizes no condemnation; that is, all who are in Christ Jesus by faith in Him, believing that He is the only sacrifice that was given for the forgiveness of sins, will be in Christ through this faith.  They will not go to hell (the lake of fire and brimstone), but will have a place in Heaven and eternal life to spend eternity in God’s presence.  After the first resurrection believers will appear before the seat of Christ to receive according to the deeds of the body, good or bad.  After that they will come with Jesus and will be counted among the thousands of the saints. 

            How much time will pass between the first resurrection and the coming of Jesus with the saints?  Some believe that the time between the first resurrection and the coming of Jesus with the saints will be three years and a half, but this opinion is false, because the Bible says that seven years will pass between the first resurrection and the coming of Jesus with his saints.  During this period of time believers will stand before Christ to receive what prizes/rewards they deserve.  At the same time there will be on earth a great tribulation that will afflict all the inhabitants of the earth, one the like which has never been seen since the establishment of the world.  You might ask, “When will the rapture take place?”  It is not known when the rapture will take place; furthermore, nobody in the whole world can know that time.  Jesus Himself said, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (Matthew 24:36)  We really cannot know the day or the hour, but from another prophecy we can know how close we are to that time.  The first resurrection could take place any moment.  I do not know the year, the month, the day nor the hour, but I do know that the day is getting very close, and the rapture could take place any day or night.  Are you ready?

The Place of the Lord’s Second Coming in the Bible

            If one were to peruse the Bible he would be amazed when he sees that there are many more verses and expressions about Jesus’ second coming than about any other subject, as is shown by the following figures:

Blood is mentioned 513 times in the Bible;

Death, 300 times;

Baptism, 80 times. 

You may be surprised to find out that the Lord’s second coming is mentioned 1527 times in the Old Testament and 318 times in the New Testament; that is 1845 times in the Bible; that is 1/17 of the number of verses in the Bible; 25 times the number of references to the cross, and 15 times the number of times resurrection is referred to.  Samuel Chadwick said, “Belief in the second coming of the Lord fills every corner of the New Testament.”

             Please answer the following questions and send your answers to us for correction, and we will return them to you with the next lesson.    

 Questions:

1.   Who prophesied the second prophecy?

2.   Who is the first prophet?

3.   How long did this prophet walk with God?

4.   Does Enoch’s prophecy contradict the apostle Paul’s?

5.   Did Enoch die?  What happened to him?

6.   Before the coming of the Lord with thousands of His saints, what will happen?

7.   Who has any rights in the first resurrection?

8.   Where will those who have believed in Christ appear?

9.   Will those who have been born again stand before the throne of God for judgment?

10.  Is there any condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk after the Spirit?

11.  How does a human being become a saint?

12.  What does God specify about the time of the rapture?

13.  How much time will elapse between the rapture and the coming of the Lord with thousands of His saints?

14.  A friend asks you, “I want to have a portion in the first resurrection; what do I do?”  Explain what he needs to do. 

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