The Rev310 blogsite is a continuation of articles written primarily by Pete Garcia. My intent is to continue what I began with the Omega Letter back in 2011, and continue until the Lord Jesus Christ returns (whenever that may be). My focus is primarily centered around Christ, and how current events point to the nearness of His soon return.
- There is one God, and I’m not Him
- God is one Being (one divine essence), who exists in three distinct, co-equal, and co-eternal Persons- The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is known as the Trinity. These are not three separate Gods, but one God in three separate Persons. Think about it this way: Correct: 1 x 1 x 1 = 1 (Triune Monotheism), Incorrect: 1 + 1 + 1 = 3 (Polytheism)
- Israel is not the Church, nor is the Church Israel. The Church did not exist until Pentecost, and yet, Israel (as a people and a nation) had already been in existence for thousands of years. We err greatly, when we confuse this point.
- Although God never changes, how He has dealt with man, has. The Bible teaches that man has existed through differing dispensations (oikonomia). A good (not perfect) analogy to think about it is how we raise our children. You do not have the same rules you have for your toddler that you have for your preteen. Nor do you have the same rules for your preteen that you have for your teenager. Yet, you love them the same, but you have different expectations and boundaries for them, based on their maturity level.
- The Bible is infallible and inerrant, and is flawless in its architecture and delivery, perfectly providing mankind what they need to know in order to have a relationship with Him. However, there is a responsibility of the reader/preacher/teacher, to rightly divide (2 Tim. 2:15) the word of truth. This only comes from maintaining a literal, historical, and grammatical interpretation. We must adhere to the “Golden Rule of Interpretation.”
“When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense; therefore, take every word at its primary, ordinary, usual, literal meaning unless the facts of the immediate context, studied in the light of related passages and axiomatic and fundamental truths, indicate clearly otherwise.” –Dr. David L. Cooper (1886-1965)http://www.messianicassociation.org/ezine19-dc.hermeneutics.htm
- There is no other name by which one can call on to be saved, than Jesus Christ. Salvation is by God’s grace, through our faith and belief on the finished and perfect work of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except by Me.” (John 14:6)
- Salvation does not come by baptism, communion, tithing, good works, nor anything else we can do in our own efforts. Salvation only comes by calling on the name of Jesus Christ to be saved. We must believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, and confess with our mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, and you will be saved (Romans 10:9-13)
- Salvation has three tenses: Justification, Sanctification, and glorification.
- Justification is the past tense and occurs when you are called and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ-this determines your eternal destination (heaven or hell), and comes by way of predestination (God already knows) and justification (trading your sinful state for the righteousness of God) apart from any works we can do or not do. We cannot lose our salvation once we have been made a new creation in Christ (Romans 8:28-30, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21)
- Sanctification is the present tense of our salvation. Not only have you been saved when you first believed, but then God seals us with the Holy Spirit as a guarantee (or earnest) until the day of our redemption (at the Rapture). Sanctification is the process by which God (through the Holy Spirit) works on us to conform our nature toward His (Ephesians 1:11-14, 4:30). These works (not our sins) will be judged at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Cor. 3:9-15, 2 Cor. 5:9-11)
- Glorification will not occur until the Rapture (this is the birth) of the Church, when we trade our mortality for immortality, and our corruption for incorruption (1 Cor. 15:42-56). The church was not born at Pentecost (Acts 2) as many believe, but rather, we were conceived. Just as Mary did not immediately deliver Jesus when the Holy Spirit overshadowed her, neither was the Church born when the Holy Spirit was given. The body of Christ (the singular, multi-membered, universal body of believers) will continue to grow and mature, until our birth at the Rapture (Romans 8:28-30, 11:25-27, Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30, 1 Thess. 4:13-18, 1 Cor. 15:51-56)
- Jesus Christ is returning again. First for His Church at the Rapture, and secondly, at the Second Coming with His Church. Those who remain after the Rapture, will endure the most horrifying time mankind has ever known (Daniel 9:27, Matt. 24:21-22, Rev. 19:6-14)
- After Christ returns at the Second Coming, He will conquer His foes, cast the devil into the abyss, and perfectly reign upon the earth for 1,000 years. After this, the devil is loosed for a “short season,” upon which, he stirs up one last rebellion. This is quickly and definitively destroyed, and the devil is cast into the Lake of fire where he joins the antichrist and the false prophet. Then comes the Great White Throne Judgment, where God judges all who were not judged at the Bema Seat. Then comes the eternal state, where God and man are again joined in perfect union and harmony forever.