Universal Salvation: The Plan of God Part Three
THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS
Now we are about to look at what is going to come about in the future, and what is going to come about is Universal Salvation. Universal Salvation is a free gift from God to everyone. It does not matter who you are: you are all going to have eternal life, live forever in peace, and have all the wonderful things that God is going to share with you. No fighting or killing; the whole universe will live in peace. And this is going to be brought about for everyone who has ever lived and died. If it is going to be brought about, that means that someone else is going to do it. And that Someone is God, the Source of life. And He will do it through Jesus.
Acts 4:12, speaking of Jesus, says: "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." Look what it says: a name has been given by which we must be saved. By using the word "given" there, the implication is that salvation has its origin in God, and that a saviour for all had to be given by Him.
Acts 4:12 is one of the great Universal Salvation scriptures in the Bible.
"How is that?"
Just read it again: "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
Have you never spotted it before? Can you see it now?
It does not say: "…for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we can be saved, or ought to be saved."
It says "…by which we MUST be saved."
The Greek word there for "must" is dei, and it means, "must out of necessity".
God has appointed Jesus as Saviour of the world, and He must, out of necessity, save everyone. He has no option.
Everyone is going to have eternal life and live in eternal peace, with no want. It is coming.
Let us look at the Feast of Trumpets, and see what part Jesus has to play in the reality of it.
Leviticus 23:23-25 says: "23 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 24 'Speak to the children of Israel, saying: "In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. 25 You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. " ' "
Colossians 2:16,17 has this to say: "16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance (the reality as opposed to the shadow) is of Christ."
Since The Feast of Trumpets was also part of the shadow of things to come, it pointed to a future reality, as opposed to a shadow: a reality which would involve Jesus.
God said, at Numbers 10:9: "When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the LORD your God, and you will be saved from your enemies."
God said that the trumpet, among other things, was to sound an alarm at the time of war.
Is there an event in Holy Scripture which involves Jesus, a trumpet, and war?
The book of Revelation speaks of seven trumpets. It is the seventh, or last trumpet, that we are interested in.
Revelation 11:15-18 says this: "15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, 'The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!' 16 And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying: 'We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned. 18 The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth.' "
This is a battle cry. It is the return of our King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus.
Look what Revelation 19:11-16 says: "11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS."
Jesus is coming when the seventh, and last, trumpet sounds: this is all out war. He is coming to destroy those destroying the earth, and also to destroy those who are not worshipping day and night in His temple.
Satan is going to be removed. The demons are going to be removed. False teachers and false ministries are going to be removed. Non-believers are going to be removed. And all false religion is going to be removed. Therefore, it is time to take out a little insurance on your future.
Jesus is coming to take over the world. Do not stand in His way. When He returns, you will want to be on His side, and you will want Him to be on your side.
Another event that takes place upon the blowing of the seventh and last trumpet, is the resurrection and the changing of the firstfruits. Jesus will raise all those in the firstfruit harvest who have died, and will change all the firstfruits who are living, in the twinkling of an eye. 1 Corinthians 15:51,52 says: "15 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."
1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 says this: "14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord."
The firstfruits have to be taken to heaven to be offered to God. Do you not remember John 14:1-3, where Jesus said: "1 Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."?
However, the firstfruits do not stay in heaven, because they follow the Lamb wherever He goes, as Revelation 14:4 tells us: "…These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb."
And since He is going to rule upon the earth for a thousand years, they will return to the earth and rule with Him.
But an event that will not happen until the return of Jesus to the earth, is the pouring out of the seven last bowls, having the seven last plagues. Revelation 15:1 says: "Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete."
Remember what Revelation 11:18 said of God, at the return of Jesus? "…Your wrath has come…"
The seven last plagues, which are to be poured out in the presence of Jesus and the Holy angels, are to bring the wrath of God to a conclusion: which means that Jesus will return before the seven last plagues are poured out upon the earth. In fact, they will all have to be concluded before the one-thousand year reign of Jesus can begin.
So when the seventh and last trumpet blows, foreshadowed by the Feast of Trumpets, what do we now have?
- We have the return of Jesus, as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
- We have the resurrection of the firstfruit harvest, and also the change of the living firstfruits.
- We have seven angels which bring the seven last plagues, to complete the wrath of God.
You will no more want the seven last plagues to affect you, than you would have wanted to live at the time of the flood. In fact, the flood in the days of Noah would be preferable.
Watch for the living temple which is being built at this very time. Isaiah 2:2,3 says: "2 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the LORD's house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it. 3 Many people shall come and say, 'Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths…' "
This prophecy is going to be fulfilled in the not-too-distant future.
"Well, what is going to happen to Satan and his demons during the 1000 year reign of Jesus?"
Satan is going to be dead.
"Satan is going to be dead!"
Be sure to read next month's exciting article "Universal Salvation! The Plan of God Part Four: THE DAY OF ATONEMENT".