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Pamphlet 1883 Rev. kc 38-2

Yes, there will be preaching and teaching during the Millennium.

Rev. 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

The Word of God is eternal, it is forever. And yes, there will be preaching and teaching during the Millennium. It is also documented in the closing chapters of Ezekiel. Begin with chapter 44 and read on.
[7] Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
It is time to pay up! There will be judgment when Christ returns, both good and bad, so give glory and honor and reverence to God. We will read of some of this judgment in this chapter.
[8] And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
It ALL GONE! The walls have come tumbling down!

And if you know the history of that first great city, Babylon, founded by the "seed" (offspring  of the serpent), who was Cain sent forth into the land of Nod, who is also known as Sargon the Magnificent in secular history, then you know how perverse and idolatrous the first world empire was at the beginning. So shall it be at the end.

Do you recall in Daniel chapter 2 the image that Nebuchadnezzar saw, with Babylon as the first "one world political system", the head of gold? Well, the last "one world political system", is the "beast" we just studied in Rev. 13:1, the one with the 10 "crowns", i.e. kings, remember? It is the same as the fourth kingdom of iron in Nebuchadnezzar's image, the one with the 10 "toes" identified as "kings" in verse 44 of Dan. 2, and it is smashed by Jesus Christ at his return. Then the angel of Rev. 14:8 will say "Babylon is fallen, is fallen."

Isn't it amazing how we've seen all of this before in the Word of God?  The scripture so rings true as it is recorded in Eccles. 1:9 "... there is no new thing under the sun."

Here's the account in Daniel:

Daniel 2:40
And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.

[42] And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

[43] And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

[44] And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

The whole Babylonian system is GONE, smashed to pieces, when Christ returns! Including that great city, the Babylon of the end times, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt (Rev. 11:8), where also our Lord was crucified, where the son of perdition sat with his angels and deceived the whole world. It's gone! Remember its portion was measured in Rev. 11:1? Did Christ not tell His disciples concerning the temple, which was included in the measuring, that not one stone would be left standing upon another? He meant smashed!
[9] And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
[10] The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
Now I don't know about you, but I sometimes have difficulty with the way they spoke in 1611 England. The revisers help a little bit, but my brain isn't so formal and it has to put verses like these into words I can better relate to:
"And the 3rd angel followed the other 2 angels and said loud enough so everyone could hear him, 'If anyone participates with Satan's activities in any way shape or form, he's really going to 'get it' from our Father according to His Word, who will give it to him with the fire and brimstone paddle, right in front of everyone in total anguishing humiliation!"
Got it? Because if you want to make it more difficult than that, then you don't understand the simplicity of what is being said.

And by the way, the "cup of His indignation" is the same cup that Jesus desired could pass from Him in the garden. It was the cup of wrath to be poured out, not a cup of fear. Christ was never afraid to pay the price! He came for that express purpose.

11] And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
Wow, could we ever make Dante's Inferno come alive with this verse. Go ahead, but let me ask you, are we actually talking about "smoke", which is the by-product of something that has been consumed by fire (which we just read they get from our Father in vs. 10, because He is a consuming fire, Heb. 12:29) and smoke does go up for ever and ever, or is it an analogy, a figure of speech? (Some of you probably get so hot and angry with me that smoke pours out of your ears.)

Anyway, here's verse 11 with some updated figures of speech:

"The aftermath of their punishment will reach to high heaven and they are going work their butts off (during the whole period of the Millennium.)"
Now think about it. This is the return of Jesus at His second advent, not the great white throne judgment and the second death which occurs AFTER the Millennium. We are now only at the very first day of the Millennium! And we just read in Rev. 14:6 that the "everlasting gospel" will be preached unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.  Well, part of that everlasting gospel is the love of God which entails not only chastisement but discipline as well. Yes, they will work their butts off during the Millennium and we will see when we get to chapter 20 that their judgment will be of their works and not of grace which we are afforded in this dispensation of flesh, which requires it!  They will be in spiritual bodies which don't have the lust and pulls of flesh.
Rev. 20:12
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

We're talking about the spiritually dead here! Yes, the unsaved from this flesh age. Judged according to their works, during the Millennium. Note: Those who do not partake of the first resurrection, who enter the Millennium with spiritual bodies (which everyone will have (1 Cor. 15) but still have mortal souls, meaning they could still perish in the lake of fire at the end of the Millennium, are referred to as "the dead", not dead as corpses but spiritually dead. You'll need to understand the Greek words translated "dead" in the Bible in order to rightly divide the subjects of resurrections and judgments. If you don't want to take the time to do it then you can simply remain confused. Appendix 139 in the Companion Bible titled "DEAD" AND "THE DEAD" will assist you with this study. If you don't have one, then at least get a Strong's Concordance and do some work now "whilst thou still havest time." (Hey, I can speak 1611 English!)

Rev. 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Though we keep the commandments and the faith of Jesus because we deeply love Him, knowing the rewards of the first resurrection inspires our patience to wait on Him.
Rev. 14:13
And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
Again, if you are not familiar with the Greek words translated "dead" in the New Testament (see appendix 139 in the Companion Bible), then just read "those" for "the dead", i.e. "Blessed are those which die in the Lord from henceforth".

Why? Yea, saith the spirit, they get to rest during the Millennium, the day of rest. Who? Those who die in the Lord during this flesh age and are part of the first resurrection, instead of having to work their butts off day and night while awaiting the great white throne judgment and the hope of the second resurrection like those who are dead in the spirit/the spiritually dead! Yes, those who did not accept Christ as their personal savior while here in the flesh. So you see, your works do follow you, don't they?

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.

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