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The Final Feast of Salvation

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The Final Feast of Salvation

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The Final Feast of Salvation

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There is a resurrection for the "rest of the dead" who are not in Christ at His return - the final step in God's plan to bring many sons to glorious everlasting life.


The Final Festival of Salvation

Billions of people have lived and died without hearing the true proclamation of the coming kingdom of God. Neither have they heard the path to personal salvation as marked out by the Creator of all things. They have never had access to the bible which contains all that important information. Nor have they had anyone to teach them.

Some have heard or read the words contained in scripture but have not understood. They have many teachers yet they teach without understanding. They have knowledge of language, history, and human reasoning... but the truth is not with them.

What is to become of all these people?

Are they condemned and doomed, to either an eternity of torment, or destruction in a lake of fire? Some people say yes... that's exactly what God intends to do. Others hear that and reject the God of the bible as mean and unfair. It is not a satisfying answer... people can point to certain scriptures to try and prove it... but their interpretation is without understanding.

God has given us His word in a way that allows humans to hear and read the plain truth but not understand it.

A Fundamental Truth Hidden in Plain Sight

There is a resurrection for the rest of the dead who are not in Christ at His return. They rise again to life following  the 1,000 year rule of Christ on earth.  So we also have a final holy day following the 7 day Feast of Tabernacles... the eighth day... the final feast... the final step in God's plan to bring many children to glorious everlasting life.

Leviticus 23:34-36 Leviticus 23:34-36 [34] Speak to the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days to the LORD. [35] On the first day shall be an holy convocation: you shall do no servile work therein. [36] Seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation to you; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and you shall do no servile work therein.
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, 39 the final biblical festival comes immediately after the 7 day festival... there is no gap between the two. You could easily think of the eighth day as simply the conclusion of the feast of tabernacles... but it signifies a unique event that comes after the FOT is complete.

Revelation 20:5 Revelation 20:5But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
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 those who were not raised at Christ's return are raised to life after the 1,000 years. They are the "rest of the dead".

Revelation 20:11-13 Revelation 20:11-13 [11] And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. [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. [13] And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
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 following the 1,000 years of God's rule on earth there is a time of judgment. This cannot include those who were raised at Christ's return. Those people have already been judged resurrected and given their reward. So, judgment does not happen all at once as so many false prophets teach.

Matthew 11:21-24 Matthew 11:21-24 [21] Woe to you, Chorazin! woe to you, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. [22] But I say to you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. [23] And you, Capernaum, which are exalted to heaven, shall be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in you, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. [24] But I say to you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you.
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, 12:41-42 Jesus is referring to this time of judgment that takes place after the 1,000 years. The resurrection of the “rest of the dead”… those who never received the enlightenment that leads to repentance.

The people of Tyre, Ninepin, Ethiopia, Sodom are used to indicate that all people of all epochs of history and various races will rise. From babies who died after only a few hours to people who lived to a ripe old age.

People of the past rise at the same time as people of the present. They are not judged immediately following their physical death. They remain dead and rise up for judgment only at this future time.

People from out of these nations would have responded to God's calling... but they did not... because they did not have opportunity to hear the truth.... God never sent Jesus to them.

The simple Jews of Chorazin and the learned Pharisees and scribes… indicate all those who had God’s truth in their hands but did not understand it will rise up at that time as well

Consider what Jesus said to the people of Capernum and the Pharisees... "it will be more tolerable for the evil people of Sodom in the resurrection than it will be for you" [because they rejected and opposed Jesus when He was standing right in front of them]... there will be people in the second resurrection who considered themselves as workers of Christ who vehemently opposed the teaching of the truth...

To many the Sabbath, the holy days, Christ's coming rule on earth, the mortality of the soul are heresy... people who in ignorance oppose the truth could have a more difficult time in the resurrection and judgment than those who never even had that option.

What Will They Experience When Resurrected?

Raised to Flesh & Blood

Ezekiel 16:53-58 Ezekiel 16:53-58 [53] When I shall bring again their captivity, the captivity of Sodom and her daughters, and the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, then will I bring again the captivity of your captives in the middle of them: [54] That you may bear your own shame, and may be confounded in all that you have done, in that you are a comfort to them. [55] When your sisters, Sodom and her daughters, shall return to their former estate, and Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former estate, then you and your daughters shall return to your former estate. [56] For your sister Sodom was not mentioned by your mouth in the day of your pride, [57] Before your wickedness was discovered, as at the time of your reproach of the daughters of Syria, and all that are round about her, the daughters of the Philistines, which despise you round about. [58] You have borne your lewdness and your abominations, said the LORD.
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 a) Israel and Sodom will rise together [at the same time] b) they will be restored to their former state [flesh and blood] c) Israel will be especially ashamed of themselves because [unlike Sodom] they had God's word of truth but did not understand it.

Ezekiel 37:1-14 Ezekiel 37:1-14 [1] The hand of the LORD was on me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the middle of the valley which was full of bones, [2] And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, see, they were very dry. [3] And he said to me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, you know. [4] Again he said to me, Prophesy on these bones, and say to them, O you dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. [5] Thus said the Lord GOD to these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live: [6] And I will lay sinews on you, and will bring up flesh on you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the LORD. [7] So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. [8] And when I beheld, see, the sinews and the flesh came up on them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them. [9] Then said he to me, Prophesy to the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus said the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live. [10] So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up on their feet, an exceeding great army. [11] Then he said to me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. [12] Therefore prophesy and say to them, Thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. [13] And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, [14] And shall put my spirit in you, and you shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall you know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, said the LORD.
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 using Israel as an example scripture indicates that: a) there will be a resurrection back to physical life in bodies made of flesh and bone. b) people resurrected to flesh and blood will be given the vital missing ingredient -  the holy spirit of God.

Remembrance of Their Past

Those who rise up at that time will have a lot of baggage... bad habits, bad attitudes, horrible memories. They will retain thought patterns will be based on dead end philosophies, false religious ideas... otherwise, how could it be harder for one group than another? Many people will be very surprised to learn that most of what they thought was true was a deception. BUT, now the shroud of blindness will be lifted.

A New World

The rule of God on earth will have been in place 1,000 years. The results will be amazing, it will have been a 1,000 year long demonstration of how God's laws, statutes, and regulations were designed to work.

They will be able to compare what life was like when humanity was allowed to make up their own rules with the results of the millennium.

They will be able to compare what life was like when Satan operated and the prince of the world to the results of Christs rule.

Access to Truth

The books will be opened... they will have the help of the holy spirit which imparts understanding of God's word... they will have righteous spiritual guidance from Christ Himself and the resurrected saints [who they will be able to see and hear].

It's at this time, and under these circumstances… the “rest of the dead” will enter into judgment with God.

How Does God Judge?

The best model for how God judges is the example of the Church 1 Peter 4:17 1 Peter 4:17For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
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We are judged now in this flesh and blood life… the verdict on  us is made known when Christ returns. We are already judged and not subject to the judgment following the 1,000 years.

God judges His Church by how they live compared to His revealed word. He gives them every tools they need to succeed: 1) information [the scriptures] 2) the holy spirit [to cut through the cloud of deception and give understanding] 3) instruction [through appointed and trained teachers] 4) encouragement and fellowship of fellow believers [to provide living examples and strength of solidarity].

Judgment is a process that requires a lifetime... Godliness is learned step-by-step... knowledge--> application --> error --> repentance --> greater knowledge... then the cycle repeats.

The rest of the dead will be judged the same way. They will have access to God's word that was never available for most [the books will be opened]... they will receive the holy spirit that imparts understanding and cuts through the fog of deception they have been in all their lives... they will have spirit born teachers whom they can see and interact with and be encouraged by.

Many will have negative thought patterns they need to overcome...

But, those who are raised with the rest of the dead will be given time to grow... they will be given time to prove that they want to live God's way. The book of life will be opened so their name can be written in it... until that time the book of life had been closed to them.

As part of their judgment they will have to: 1) be convicted of sin 2) repent 3) die to the flesh and receive the seed of eternal life [that's baptism!] 4) grow in Godly character [act on what they now know] 5) those who choose God's way will receive the gift of everlasting life and be changed from mortal to immortal.

This will be their time of salvation... just as your time is now. Judgment takes place in the flesh not upon resurrected spirits.

They Will Receive Righteous Judgment

John 5:21-23 John 5:21-23 [21] For as the Father raises up the dead, and vivifies them; even so the Son vivifies whom he will. [22] For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment to the Son: [23] That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honors not the Son honors not the Father which has sent him.
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 the judge who sits upon that throne is the resurrected Christ Himself.

Daniel 7:9-10 Daniel 7:9-10 [9] I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. [10] A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered to him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
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 Christ is the head of the court... but there are others with Him

1 Corinthians 6:2-3 1 Corinthians 6:2-3 [2] Do you not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? [3] Know you not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
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 those who were part of the first resurrection will be seated with Christ... we sit with Him as kings/rulers, priests/teachers, and as judges.

Jesus life in the flesh helped him to be an even better judge… who is merciful… since He knows what fleshly life is like. You too are being prepared to judge through what you suffered in the flesh when tempted [Heb 2].

God Wants All People to Be Saved

1 Timothy 2:4 1 Timothy 2:4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
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 God wants all people to be saved through hearing and understanding the truth.

2 Peter 3:9 2 Peter 3:9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
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 God wants everyone to be saved through coming to repentance

John 3:16-17 John 3:16-17 [16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. [17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
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 God wants everyone to be saved through accepting Christ's sacrifice for their sins

Many people think they are doing this... but they are not… because they disobey and do not repent. They are like the spiritually blinded Israel of old. Hearing the words but not understanding them because God has allowed a cloud of deception to cover their eyes.

Romans 11:25-27 Romans 11:25-27 [25] For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. [26] And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: [27] For this is my covenant to them, when I shall take away their sins.
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Israel were spiritually blinded but Paul know they had a future!

This is the resurrection of the "rest of the dead" that comes after the millennium. This is the last great day of the biblical festival cycle... which comes after the feast of tabernacles.

John 7:37-39 John 7:37-39 [37] In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come to me, and drink. [38] He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. [39] (But this spoke he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
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It is God's fervent desire that all people be saved... but By God's decree there is an order 1 Corinthians 15:22-24 1 Corinthians 15:22-24 [22] For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. [23] But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. [24] Then comes the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
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... as all have died all can be made alive through Christ... Christ is raised... then the saints... then the rest of the dead... and then the end when death is no more.

At that point people will have come to know Christ... with no veil of deception covering their eyes... with full access to the power of the holy spirit. All will have made their fully informed decision: to choose life everlasting... or death everlasting.