A New Creation

Posted in: 2015
By Tom L. Ballinger
Apr 6, 2015 - 9:41:21 AM

Plainer Words since 1968
March 30, 2015
No. 392
The Church over which Christ Jesus is the Head (Eph.1:22-23) will have been on station ever since the manifestation of the Blessed Hope, that being “the Appearing of the Glory of the Great God and Savior—Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). Our Blessed Hope takes place before the “Epiphaneia” of His Kingdom.
We, as members of the Mystery Church, have a prior resurrection, or change before the manifestation of the universal Kingdom of Christ (2 Tim. 4:1). This is familiar to those of you who remember a previous Plainer Words--“Is the Resurrection of Today’s Calling Unique.” (see www.plainerwords.com).
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at His Appearing [Epiphaneia] and His Kingdom” (2 Tim. 4:1).
Some believe the above verse speaks of two events; one, His Appearing, and two, His Kingdom. At times, I spoke about His “Appearing” as if it was the event itself. Even though it is rather “late in the game” to clarify what is meant, I will point out the literal meaning. But, first, the word, “Appearing,” is the Greek word—Epiphaneia. According to Strong’s definition, the meaning is “a manifestation.” Paul is charging Timothy, in the presence of God, that is to say, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who shall judge the quick and the dead at the manifestation of His Kingdom.
The event that puts us “on station” will be the “Ex-Anastasis,” which is to say, “a prior resurrection” according to Philippians 3:11. That is to say, the resurrection of the Church over which Christ Jesus is the Head will take place before the “Every-Man-In-His-Own-Order” resurrection (1 Cor. 15:23).  We will, already, have been raised and ready to begin “our good works” (Eph. 2:10).
“That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection [anastasis], and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection [Ex-anastasis] [from] the dead” (Phil. 3:10-11).
As members of Christ Jesus’ Mystery Church, we will witness the Resurrection/or Change of all who are raised according to 2 Timothy 4:1. These will live during the next Dispensation ─ the Day of Christ. This will be the dispensation that God promised ever since the world began through all of His Holy Prophets (Acts 3:21).
In B.C. 698, Isaiah wrote about the Pre-Millennial Kingdom of God. He was, perhaps, the most prolific writer of prophecy regarding the Pre-Millennial Kingdom. In Isaiah 65:17-18, he wrote about the New Creation that the Apostle Peter called THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS (Acts 3:21).
“For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former [the Six Creation Days] shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy” (Isa. 65:17-18).
Here in Chapter 65, Isaiah looked directly into the Day of Christ. Verses 17-25 are not a prophetic view of the Millennium [Day of the LORD], or of “the new heavens and new earth” as found in Revelation 21:1- 2—the Day of God.
1. The Firmament – Perhaps, one of the first features restored will the “The Firmament”—which is to say, the Canopy. Ever since the Flood waters abated at the end of Noah’s Day and ever since, 75% of the earth’s surface has been water. These waters are made up, mostly, of oceans and seas. These waters will be brought into the heavens, probably, in the form of water vapor to the point of eleven miles above the earth’s surface—where the “heat-sink” will be. There and then, the vapors will be changed to liquid and, immediately, will be frozen solid into thin sheets of ice as it was, originally, when created on the Second Day of the beginning of the Creation.
2. Ideal Climate World-Wide—the Firmament in place causes a temperate climate from the North Pole to the South Pole and the rest of the earth’s atmosphere. This climate will be conducive for the production of crops year-around.
“Behold, the days come [the Day of Christ], saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt” (Amos 9:13).
This verse is, clearly, a Hyperbole, which is to say; more is said than is literally meant. What is meant is the food stuffs grow so profusely, it’s as if the plowman will almost run into the pickers, and the pickers of grapes are about to overtake the sowers of grape seed.
The Hyperbole in the second part of the verse is saying, in plainer words; “the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and the hills will flow with the wine.
3. Earth’s Surface Expanded—the ocean and sea beds, as well as deep gorges, ravines, and canyons, will be elevated to a level plane The mountains, world-wide, will gradually be leveled.
“Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:” (Isaiah 40:4).
Making all depressions level and heights level causes the earth to have 75% more space for agriculture, native vegetation, and living space to accommodate a more infinite number of human beings than the earth had ever provided for.  This re-arrangement of the earth’s surface will be accomplished without one person being hurt. None of God’s creatures will suffer, or lose its life as the earth is re-configured to being as it was in the beginning.                                             
4. The Enlightenment of Mankind—every human being who is raised from the dead, or  who will be alive at this time, will be ushered into the new world’s environment. They will be given a new body to go along with the New Creation. Everyone will be enlightened concerning all spiritual matters, including knowing who Jesus Christ is. He will be known as the God of all Creation, the God of the universe, and the Ruler of the heavens and the earth. Consider what is written in the Psalms.
“The voice of Thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened [enlightened] the world: the earth trembled and shook” (Psalm 77:18).
“His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled” (Psalm 97:4).
Twice in the Bible, we read “that I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh.” Once it is found in the Old Testament. The next is found in the New Testament:
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out My Spirit” (Joel 2:28-29).
The Apostle Peter quotes Joel in “The Acts of The Apostles:”
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy” (Acts 2:17-28).
Paul, the Great Apostle of the Grace of God, also revealed in one of His Epistles the enlightenment of the World during the Day of Christ.
“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11).
He will speak, and all of mankind will hear Him speak at the same time. At times, He will speak to an individual, or to a church, or to a tribe, or to a nation.
“And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it” (Isaiah 40:4-5).
“I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right” (Isaiah 45:19).
5. Prayers will be answered immediately. This, certainly, is not Present Truth. Ever since “The Acts of the Apostles” came to an end, so did the miraculous Pentecostal Dispensation. Signs, wonders, and miracles prevailed during that era. The Dispensation of the Grace of God was ushered in about the year 63 or 64 A.D. For 1950 plus years, the Lord has worked in secret. Since then, His actions are only works of Grace. If He can’t act in Grace; He doesn’t act at all.
But, when the Day of Christ becomes manifest, He will sit on Heaven’s Throne, Directing and Ruling the world. But, He will take the time to do marvelous things for the earth’s inhabitants.
The Lord Jesus Christ, as Yahweh, spoke to Isaiah when He dictated to the prophet as he was writing the 65th Chapter of his book. The Lord was quoted as saying:
“And it shall come to pass [in the Day of Christ], that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24).
This is not to say the Lord doesn’t take time, today, to hear our prayer; He just doesn’t answer our petition swiftly. He answers only as Grace presents itself. (I can’t explain this). But, the contrast is startling by comparison. This has reference to thoughts and prayers that meet spiritual standards for the Day of Christ. In that Day, before a prayer is requested—He will answer! A person’s thought will be “telegraphed” to the Lord, and He will produce a result as if the person had made the prayer request.
6. No Wars During the Day of Christ.  The world will enjoy universal peace. The Pre-Millennial Kingdom of God will bring about hundreds of years of universal peace. God declared, in Daniel 9:24, that Seventy Weeks are to be decreed upon Israel and Jerusalem. This is to say, that 490 years of peace will prevail during the Day of Christ.  In the latter years, peace will start slipping away. As this slippage happens, the Adversary becomes active in the Mid-East. He stirs up trouble. Wars are talked about—hence, rumors of wars. Then, war begins with the idea of getting the nation of Israel involved.
“And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Isaiah 2:3).
Micah, one of the Minor Prophets, basically said the same as Isaiah. His prophecy reads as follows:
“And He shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” (Micah 4:3).
The War Colleges will not be in existence. The art of warfare is not taught anymore. Peace is taught! All nations will fear God and will be satisfied with their state of affairs. For hundreds of years, there will be no wars, nor will there be any rumors of wars. The story behind this story will be the fact that for hundreds of years, there will be no corrupt politicians. I remember reading a profound truth that Robert E. Lee wrote in one of his letters in which he said---“Politicians make war.”
After approximately 600 or 700 years of peace during the Day of Jesus Christ, an agent of Satan shows up on the world scene. This Satanically driven politician turns out to be the Antichrist.
7. Mankind acquires knowledge. One of the great lessons the world will learn is that of acquiring knowledge. The Lord teaches this, verbally, and by observing the glory taught by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Amos 5:24
But let judgment [i.e., justice] run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”
Habakkuk 2:14
“For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”
Numbers 14:21
“But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.”
Psalm 72:19 – This will be one of David’s prayers as the Day of Christ dawns.
“And blessed be His glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with His glory; Amen, and Amen.”
Isaiah 6:3
“And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.”
Isaiah 40:5
“And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.”
Isaiah 60:1-3
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising”
Matthew 11:25
“At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”
Matthew 21:16
“And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?”
Psalm 8:1-2
“You have taught the little children to praise you perfectly. May their example shame and silence your enemies!” (The Living Bible).
8  Human Longevity Restored: The Restoration of the Firmament will contribute, greatly, in restoring long life. This will be aided by the fact that the inhabitants of the new earth will not say, “I am sick” (Isaiah 33:24). There will be no sickness. The NIV will be quoted since it is so precise and clear.
“Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; he who dies at a hundred  will be thought a mere youth; he who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed” (Isaiah 65:20). NIV.
No longer will the parents build homes, and their kids will not live in them. The children will build, or buy their own homes. Children will not be doomed to misfortune. During the Day of Christ, parents will not lose a child in “still births.” No child will be born deformed, or mentally damaged. Mothers will not suffer miscarriages. The parents will live to the ripe old age of a great tree. No one will be harmed by wild animals.
“They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of My people; My chosen ones will long enjoy
the works of their hands.  They will not toil in vain or bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the LORD, they and their descendants with them. Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.  The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, but dust will be the serpent's food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all My Holy Mountain,"
says the LORD” (Isaiah 65:21-25). NIV
9. Divine Direction will be provided. The Lord will be man’s Divine Guide. He will direct man in the right way to live. The Lord will speak to individuals instructing them how to do the righteous thing.
“And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left” (Isaiah 30:21).
Men will have the free will not to follow the Lord’s direction. Man will not need the written Word of God because a Divine Voice will direct his steps. After five or six centuries, the Lord Jesus begins to limit His directions. He, also, relaxes Divine restraints on sin which He imposed upon mankind with the manifestation of the Pre-Millennial Kingdom of God. This divine relaxation becomes Satan’s opportunity to begin to exercise his will upon men. Judgment will begin with the House of God, or said another way; judgment begins with the restored House of Israel. This is Tribulation Truth. The Day of Christ gives way to the Tribulation—the Day of the LORD.
“For the time is come [the Tribulation period has arrived] 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?” (1Peter 4:17).
10. Infirmities will disappear during the Day of Christ.
“Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.” (Isaiah 35:5-6).
11. The Animal Kingdom becomes tame.
“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid [goat]; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:6-9).
It must be said that four-hundred and ninety years are determined [decreed] upon Israel (Daniel 9:24), to wit, Seventy Weeks.  These weeks of years were the Lord’s decision. Their fulfillment will be found in the coming dispensation of the Pre-Millennial Kingdom of God. Not one single day of these “seventy weeks” have, yet, to take place.
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