EMA: don robert wrote:
Your comment on “salvation” by “batches”, I know you’ve talked about this in another thread. Can you elaborate on them again?
Certainly, in a nutshell.
God’s plan of salvation is implemented by group or batch:
1. In this age – The “few” (when compared to the vast majority in number) in this age whom God draws to Jesus Christ to be trained to be local government administrators (“kings”) and teachers (“priests”) during Christ’s 1,000-year reign on earth at his return.
Revelation 5:10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”
These are the persons who compose the Church (“house of God”) to undergo “judgment” in this age.
1 Peter 4:17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God;
They are indwelt with the Holy Spirit of God to help them overcome the tests and tribulations in this age.
Revelation 2:26 And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—
2. During the 1,000-year reign of Christ on this earth
Those who survive the great tribulation at the end of this age and their descendants will have their opportunity at that time. God will offer his Holy Spirit during this period when Satan is bound not only to Israel but to all men who will live during the period.
Jeremiah 31:33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
This situation Jeremiah describes will not happen in this age but during Christ’s millennial rule on earth which immediately follows this age.
3. The great white throne judgment period.
This is the period when all those who have since died and have not even heard of Jesus Christ will be physically revived.
Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God…13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them.
The bible (“books”) will be opened to them and they will be taught about God.
Revelation 20:12 and books were opened.
The men of all generations from Adam till Christ’s return who have not undergone the salvation process will live at the same time and meet. After knowing about the generation of Jews in Jesus’ day, some of them will even condemn that generation for not believing Christ himself who spoke to them in person.
Luke 11:31 The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.
After some period of teaching and their application of God’s word in their lives, their “works” will be judged.
Revelation 20:13 And they were judged, each one according to his works.