The Mystery of Man
God Enters the Picture
Earth's Face in Devastation
Man in God's Image
The Purpose of Man on Earth
The Soul Is Mortal
How Human Mind Functions
What Is the Real Value of
a Human Life?
The Soul Can Die
Man's Creation Not Yet Completed
Life After Death
Only God Reveals
World Cut Off from God
The Two Symbolic Trees
Immortal Life Offered
A World Held Captive
Rejecting God's Law and Government
Adam's World Sentenced
Origin of Self-Reliance
Salvation Closed Off
Salvation Through Resurrection
Satan's First Lie
Will We Each Live Again?
Humans, Cut Off from God?
God Not Unfair
Is Now the Only Day of Salvation?
Why the Second Adam?
Every Human Shall be Called
IT SEEMS incredible indeed! Higher education teaches
technical courses in human physiology, anatomy, anthropology and psychology.
The universities take man apart and study him minutely inch by inch. They
study every facet and phase of man. They take the human brain apart and
study it, yet the human mind remains a total mystery to even the most advanced
psychologists. They do not know WHAT man is or WHY he came to be! That
is the great Mystery Number 3 that has never been understood by humanity.
Is he merely the highest animal species, descended
by resident forces, with no intelligent planning or designing, by the process
of evolution? Why does man have the thinking and reasoning ability and
possess all the human fund of knowledge that is impossible for animals
to have? Is he an immortal soul? Is he human flesh and blood with an immortal
soul within him? Just what IS a human person, after all?
Why is mankind here on the earth? Did we simply
happen? Or was there DESIGN and PURPOSE?
We say there is a CAUSE for every effect. The effect,
here, is man. Man is here. How--WHY did he come to be here? Was he put
here, or did he just happen by blind, senseless, unintelligent processes
We ought to want to know!
This is a mystery that has baffled higher education.
Higher education during the twentieth century has
come, with virtual unanimity, to accept the evolutionary theory. It no
longer even considers the possibility of a designed and planned creation
by a God of supreme mind, perfect intelligence, and limitless power. But
the evolutionary theory cannot in any degree explain a paradoxical world
of awesome accomplishment that is at the same time utterly helpless to
solve its problems of mounting and continually escalating evils. It can
give no purpose for human existence. Higher education contemptuously ignores,
without any consideration whatsoever, the biblical truths revealing man's
presence on the earth and the causes of the present state of civilization.
Education in the civilized world today has become entirely materialistic.
Education has become a combination of the agnosticism of evolution, the
politics and economics of Karl Marx and the morals and social patterns
of Sigmund Freud. Higher education remains in utter ignorance of the mystery
of mankind and of human civilization.
But higher education does not know. And it doesn't
want to know! When we invade the questions of WHAT and WHY, the intellectuals--the
custodians of KNOWLEDGE--shy away or stand up and fight. Of the questions
WHAT and WHY is man, they are willingly ignorant!
So, education shuts its mind, and its mouth in tight
silence. Science doesn't know. Religion does not reveal, for it also doesn't
Yes, incredible--but TRUE!
God Enters the Picture
WHY this willful ignorance? Because GOD is involved. Satan
is hostile against God. Satan sits on the throne of this earth and has
blinded the minds of the intellectuals as well as all other levels of society.Consider,
for a moment, the most highly trained mind with several letters of advanced
degrees following his name. He is highly trained in certain specific areas
in which he has extensive, complicated and intricate knowledge. But ask
him about some area of knowledge outside his specialized field and he is
as much in ignorance as those who are lacking in the more advanced labyrinths
The primary divisions of this world's civilization--government,
religion, education and science, technology, industry--all shy away from
GOD. They want GOD to keep his nose out of their affairs! The mention of
God embarrasses them.
This ignorance cannot be explained except by the
invisible and unaware influence of the supernatural evil power of Satan
the devil and the unseen demoniacal spirit beings. When we read in Revelation
12:9 that all the world has been deceived by Satan, it does not exclude
those of advanced intellect. Jesus Christ thanked God that the real truths
are hidden from the wise and prudent and revealed to those who are babes
in materialistic knowledge.
In the first chapter of this book we have covered
the questions of WHO and WHAT is GOD. And we find God is quite REAL. God
is the supreme divine family--he is the Creator of all that is, and he
has an ultimate PURPOSE--the creation of perfect, holy, righteous and spiritual
CHARACTER, in MAN made immortal, to become part of that God family.
So the presence of MAN on the earth must have a
definite relation to the PURPOSE of GOD the Creator.
With these basically important questions and statements
we must ask, WHY all the evils in today's sick and chaotic world? This
world now faces, with no solution, its number one problem--the question
of HUMAN SURVIVAL! Can human life on earth survive even through the short
remainder of this twentieth century? Can humanity survive both the population
explosion and the nuclear power his mind has produced that can annihilate
that entire population?
Consider now what has been covered about God's
PURPOSE for the angels that sinned on earth. For that angelic rebellion
leads directly to God's PURPOSE for MAN--to our question of WHAT and WHY
Earth's Face in Devastation
Instead of improving, beautifying, completing earth's
creation, the sinning angels brought it to desolation and ruin.
Come now to Genesis 1:1-2: "In the beginning God
created the heavens [RSV] and the earth. And the earth was without form,
and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep...."
The original Hebrew for "without form, and void"
is tohu and bohu--meaning "waste, desolate, deteriorated." The word was
is also translated "became." Thus possibly after millions of years, all
had come to be oceanic surface--and light had been by angelic lawlessness
turned into darkness.
Let me here interject a biblical principle within
the immediate context. There is this instruction in Isaiah: "Whom shall
he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine?...precept
must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line;
here a little, and there a little" (Isa. 28:9-10). But most who try to
apply this principle in biblical understanding take each "little" verse
out of its context, to "interpret" their own ideas into it.
The Holy Bible is unique among all books ever written.
The very fact that its truths are revealed here a little, there a little
means it is a coded book, not to be understood until our present time of
the end as explained elsewhere in this volume. Those who have tried to
read the Bible directly and continuously from the beginning have been bewildered.
Many have simply thrown up their hands and said, as I myself did once,
"I just can't understand the Bible." That is why Bruce Barton said the
Bible is the book nobody knows. As I have explained elsewhere the Bible
is like a jigsaw puzzle. Until the various pieces of a jigsaw puzzle are
put properly together, the true picture does not emerge.
Much, directly concerned with what is in Genesis
1, is filled in by other passages of Scripture in other parts of the Bible.
So now, let's UNDERSTAND the background. Genesis
1:1: God created the heavens and the earth. We have already seen, in chapter
2, that the heavens (or the universe) and the earth were created after
the angels. Earth's angels had not completed the creation of the earth
by improvement, development and beautification. Rather, they had brought
it to desolation and ruin. The GOVERNMENT OF GOD had been nullified on
And now of all living beings in the universe, ONLY
GOD could be certainly relied upon never to depart from the way of his
law. No higher, more perfect being could be created than the cherub, Lucifer,
who rebelled. Character cannot be automatically created by fiat. Godly
spiritual character is the habitual action and conduct of the person or
created entity to come to a knowledge of the true ways of God, and to exercise
the will to follow those ways even against opposition, temptation or self-desire
to the contrary. Character must be developed with the assent, will and
action of the separately created entity. It is imparted by God and must
be willingly received by that entity. So God now determined, or had predetermined,
to accomplish the SUPREME creative feat--by reproducing himself! That was
to be accomplished through MAN! God knew this must be brought about through
Man in God's Image
To prepare the earth for the creation of man, God renewed
the face of the earth. This is explained in Psalm 104:30: "Thou sendest
forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth."
Now back to Genesis 1:2: The earth had come to
be in a state of ruin. "...And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of
The first thing God did was turn darkness back
into LIGHT as originally made. God said, "Let there be light: and there
was light" (Gen. 1:3).
So in six days God RENEWED THE FACE OF THE EARTH
(this renewing was not its original creation, but restoring it to the condition
of its original creation) preparing it for the creation of MAN!
God separated the dry land from the oceans. He
created then the plant life on the land, then the sea life in the water,
the animal life. In the Hebrew in which Moses wrote, the vertebrates are
called nephesh in verses 20, 21, 24. The translators correctly rendered
nephesh in these three verses into the English words "living creatures."
Yet in Genesis 2:7, speaking of man, the same word nephesh was translated
"soul" because the translators falsely thought that only humans are souls.
The word nephesh literally means "life of animals," referring to physical
life and not spirit.
Once again the earth was a perfect, but as yet
unfinished, creation--lacking the finishing touches.
As was written earlier, God creates in dual stages.
This might be compared to baking a cake. First the basic cake comes from
the oven. But it is not complete until the second stage is added--the icing
on the cake. This beautifies, enriches and completes the cake.
God placed Lucifer and his angels on the earth.
But he intended them to complete the creation by putting on, as it were,
the finishing touches to beautify, improve and enrich the earth. But the
angels sinned, resulting in bringing chaos, confusion and darkness to this
Now God renewed the face of the earth for MAN,
made to become in the character image of God and also in the likeness or
form and shape of God. And God intended man to complete the finishing touches
by improving and beautifying the earth--putting, as it were, the icing
on the cake, to have man's part in the final creation of the earth. Instead,
man has ruined, polluted, defiled, deteriorated almost every portion of
the earth his hands have touched or acted upon.
The Purpose of Man on Earth
WHY did the Creator God put MAN on the earth? For God's
ultimate supreme purpose of reproducing himself--of recreating himself,
as it were, by the supreme objective of creating the righteous divine character
ultimately in millions unnumbered begotten and born children who shall
become God beings, members of the God family.
Man was to improve the physical earth as God gave
it to him, finishing its creation (which sinning angels had deliberately
refused to do) and, in so doing, to RESTORE the GOVERNMENT OF GOD, with
God's WAY of life; and further, in this very process FINISHING THE CREATION
OF MAN by the development of God's holy, righteous CHARACTER, with man's
Once this perfect and righteous character is instilled
in man, and man converted from mortal flesh to immortal spirit, then is
to come the INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL--man being BORN INTO the divine
FAMILY of God, restoring the government of God to the earth, and then participating
in the completion of the CREATION over the entire endless expanse of the
UNIVERSE! That incredible potential of man will be fully explained in the
pages that follow in this volume. God shall have reproduced HIMSELF untold
millions of times over!
So, on the sixth day of that re-creation week,
God (Elohim) said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" (Gen.
Man was made to have (with his assent) a special
relationship with his Maker! He was made in the form and shape of God.
He was given a spirit (essence in form) to make the relationship possible.
Much more of that a little later.
The Soul Is Mortal
But God made MAN of MATTER! This was necessary for the
supreme accomplishment God willed.
"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the
ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath [air] of life; and man
became a living soul" (Gen. 2:7). Man, formed from material dust of the
ground, upon breathing air, BECAME a living soul. It does not say man is,
or has, an immortal soul. What was formed from material ground BECAME a
The word "soul" is translated from the Hebrew in
which Moses wrote, from the word nephesh. The Hebrew nephesh merely means
a breathing animal. Three times in the first chapter of Genesis animals
are called nephesh: Gen. 1:20, "moving creature" (Hebrew, nephesh); Gen.
1:21, "great whales, and every living creature" (Hebrew, nephesh); The
translators in translating into the English language used the English word
"creature," but in Genesis 2:7 they translated the same nephesh into the
English word "soul"--man became a "living soul" (nephesh).
Therefore the SOUL is physical, composed of matter,
and can die. This is a TRUTH believed by very few denominations, and probably
by no other religions--another PROOF that identifies the one true Church
How Human Mind Functions
Now we come to another truth, so far as I know, exclusive
to the one true Church.
Did you ever wonder about the vast difference between
human mind and animal brain? This, incidentally, is another PROOF of the
falsity of the theory of evolution!
The physical brain of the higher vertebrates in
the animal kingdom is essentially the same in physical form, design, constituency,
as human brain. The brains of whales, elephants, dolphins are larger--and
chimp almost as large. Yet the output of the human brain is indescribably
greater. Few indeed know WHY!
Many passages of Scripture show that there is a
spirit in man. Spirit is not matter, and man is matter. To distinguish
it from God's Holy Spirit, I designate it as the "human" spirit. Nevertheless,
it is spirit and not matter.
This "human" spirit imparts the power of intellect,
to the human physical brain. The spirit cannot see, hear, taste, smell
or feel. The brain sees through the eye, hears through the ear, etc. The
"human" spirit cannot of itself think. The physical brain thinks.
What, then, is the function of this "human" spirit?
It is NOT a "soul." But, 1) it imparts the power of intellect--of thinking,
and of MIND power, to the human brain; and 2) it is the very means God
has instilled, making possible a personal relationship between human MAN
and diving GOD.
What Is the Real Value of a Human
Philosophers, humanists, speak loftily of human worth
as of supreme value in itself. They speak of the "god" within you--of tapping
the innate hidden resources within yourself. They teach SELF-reliance,
They are smugly ignorant and unaware of the TRUE
VALUES and the incredible but real human potential.
Human life is at once of infinitesimally less value
than they suppose, and at the same time of supremely greater potential
than they know.
Real truth is revealed. Unless revealed it remains
a mystery, utterly unknown to the deceived and vain intellectuals. I repeat,
Jesus said in prayer: "I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and revealed
them unto babes" (Matt. 11:25).
What is the real truth concerning human worth?
What is the real value of a human life? It is grossly overestimated in
its own reality, and astoundingly undervalued in its supreme potential.
The truth indeed is staggering.
You look upon a sweet, innocent babe a few hours
old, or upon a life-fulfilled elderly person of 80 and ask yourself, "Just
how valuable is that life?--one just beginning, the other already spent."
Could you supply the correct answer?
Let's UNDERSTAND! Right here is the point of difficulty.
Right here is the jumping off point where the world's educated jump the
track. Science and advanced education today almost universally assume nothing
exists but matter. They deny the existence of spirit. Which is to say,
whether admitted or not, they deny the existence of God.
We come to the modern science of brain research.
We learn that the human brain exercises many functions impossible in animal
brain, yet we learn there is virtually no significant difference, physically.
The animal cannot think, reason, study, make decisions apart from instinct.
It cannot know what the human knows. It does not have attitudes of judgment,
wisdom, love, kindness, cooperation, nor is it aware of competition, conspiracy,
envy, jealousy, resentment. It has no spiritual qualities or characteristics.
Yet science and higher education insist the faculty of intellect in humans
is solely physical.
I had to PROVE to myself rationally that God exists
and is in fact more REAL than matter. I had to PROVE that the Holy Bible
is in fact the authoritative word of God, by which he communicates to man,
reveals truth otherwise inaccessible to man. And I found revealed PURPOSE,
DESIGN, MEANING that is hidden from the self-professed scholarly. I found
revealed the reason for mounting evils in a progressive world.
Can the human, who has been designed, created and
made, say to his Maker, "WHY did you make me thus?--and for what PURPOSE?"
And can he instruct his Maker? Should he not, rather, open his mind, and
listen when his Maker reveals to him the very reason for his being?
The Creator reveals and instructs in a highly coded
book, the Holy Bible. Its profound message is opened to human understanding
through the presence and in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit injected into the
human mind that has surrendered and yielded completely to the revelation
in belief and obedience. To such a one the TRUTH is made plain--wonderful
But mark well this question! Think on this! If
man had only the physical brain, like the dumb vertebrates, how could the
great Spirit God inject into the animal brain these marvelous spiritual
truths? The answer is plain. God does not. The dumb animals have no awareness
of God or of spiritual knowledge.
But the human spirit in mortal man makes possible
a direct contact from the great Spirit God. There is no direct channel
of communication between the dumb animal brain and the mind of the Supreme
Meditate on this. We humans sometimes speak of
how wonderfully God made man, with his brain and the marvelous physical
components of his body all functioning together. But without this spirit,
imparting the power of intellect to the brain and also opening a channel
of direct communication with the mind of the Great God, man would be no
more than the dumb brutes. But with the spirit in man, man's creation becomes
all the more awesome to contemplate. It is this human spirit in man that
makes it possible for man to be united with God, so that man may be begotten
of God by God's Spirit uniting with the human spirit, thus impregnating
the human person as a child of the Supreme Creator God.
The real value of a human life, then, lies solely
within the human spirit combined with the human brain. It should be stated
at once that this human spirit is not perceived by the most highly educated
psychologists, yet it is the very essence of the human MIND.
The Soul Can Die
The Creator's book reveals, contrary to fallible humanist
teaching, that man was made from the dust of the ground, and this dust
thus becomes soul, mortal--like all vertebrates. Man has continued to accept
the first lie in human history--Satan's lie to mother Eve that man is immortal
and cannot die.
The soul is merely the breathing animal. All animals
are biblically called "souls"--in Hebrew, nephesh. Therefore, if man is
a soul as in Genesis 2:7, so also are the dumb animals. But there is a
human spirit in the human soul.
This human spirit does not impart human life. Human
life, like that of all vertebrates, comes from blood circulation, oxidized
by the breath of air. But God reveals there is a spirit within every human.
This spirit is not present in animals. The human spirit empowers the human
brain with intellect--with ability to acquire knowledge, to think, reason,
make decisions, produce attitudes of good or evil.
Human and animal brain are alike. Human mind superiority
comes not from superior brain, but from the presence of human spirit within
the human brain. Animal brain is supplied with instinct, not intellect.
It may seem shockingly strange, because it is a
dimension in knowledge hitherto untaught, but the real value of a human
life lies solely in the human spirit, as it works in combination with the
God formed man of matter, but after his own image
and likeness as to form and shape.
But the brute animal and man have the same breath,
the same source of life. They die the same death. Human life is animal
existence, but in the form and shape of God, and with the human spirit
added to the brain.
Man was created to have a relationship with him
Maker. Therefore he was made in his Maker's form and shape, with contact
and relationship made possible by the presence within him of the human
Man's Creation Not Yet Completed
But man's creation was not completed. He was made mentally
and spiritually only "half there." He needed the addition of God's Spirit
to unite with his spirit, begetting him as a child of God--uniting him
with God--ultimately enabling him to be born into the very GOD FAMILY.
Pause here a moment. Notice once again the duality
in God's creative process. The first man Adam was a physical creation with
the human spirit added. When man's creation is finally complete, he will
be a spiritual creation, formed wholly of Spirit.
When man receives the Holy Spirit of God the very
Spirit and mind of the immortal God is injected into him. It joins with
his human spirit. The Spirit of God cannot be received by, or injected
into, the brute animal because the animal has no spirit within itself with
which the Spirit of God could combine.
At this point, let me inject a truth that, at the
time this is being written, is probably the most controversial question
at issue among the Western world's population--the question of abortion.
The human spirit enters the human embryo at conception.
It is this spirit that may, upon adult conversion, be united with the Holy
Spirit from the great Creator God, impregnating that human with God-life
as a child of the living God, in a state of gestation, though as yet unborn.
To destroy an embryo or a fetus in a mother's uterus is to MURDER a potential
future God Being.
Therefore, abortion is murder.
Now back to our original question: "What is the
only real value of a human life?"
Human life is animal existence but with human spirit
empowering the brain with intellect. The human spirit in man makes possible
the union with the Holy Spirit and mind and immortality of God. When mortal
man dies, the body reverts to dust, and the spirit returns to God.
Life After Death
The departed human spirit at death is in fact a spiritual
mold, of itself unconscious, yet in the resurrection bringing into the
resurrected body all the memory, knowledge and character as well as form
and shape of the person before death. The human spirit of itself cannot
see, hear, think or know. The only real LIFE, inherent and self-containing,
lies in the Holy Spirit of God, united with the human spirit. The value
of a human life lies in the human spirit and its potential of being united
with God's Spirit--which is God-mind and God-life.
Philosophers think of human worth as of supreme
value in itself alone. They speak of "human dignity." They speak of the
innate "god" powers within each human. They advocate SELF-confidence, self-glorification.
They make mortal man to think of himself as immortal God.
Much to the contrary, the sole value of human life
lies in the human spirit and the potential of being begotten of God, later
to be born VERY GOD, a child in the GOD FAMILY.
Man is not "god" within himself, but only mortal
flesh and blood with a brain empowered with intellect by the human spirit.
Therefore, man of himself is infinitesimally of
less value than the self-professed wise of this world suppose. But, once
begotten by the Supreme God through the very LIFE and Spirit of the living
God dwelling in him, a human being's potential is of infinitely greater
value than the world has understood.
God creates, as previously explained, by the principle
of DUALITY. So it is with the creation of MAN. It is accomplished in TWO
STAGES: 1) the physical phase, which began with the first man, Adam; and
2) the spiritual state, which begins with the "second Adam" Jesus Christ
(I Cor. 15:45-46).
So also, man was made from his creation (and birth)
with the one "human" spirit that became an integral part of man. But he
is mentally and spiritually INCOMPLETE; he was made to need another Spirit--the
HOLY SPIRIT of God--and when that gift of God is received, God's "Spirit
itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God"
(Rom. 8:16)--in the begotten (or first stage) of man's spiritual creation.
This is most clearly explained in I Corinthians
"...Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have
entered into the hearth [mind] of man, the things which God hath prepared
for them that love him" (verse 9)--spiritual knowledge.
The natural mind can receive knowledge of material
and physical things. Also it can have a sense of morality, ethics, art,
culture not possessed by the dumb animals. But in the realm of good and
evil it can know and perform what is good only on the human level, made
possible by the human spirit within man. But this sense and performance
of good is limited to the human level of the human spirit that is innately
selfish. It can possess and express love on the human level, but without
the Holy Spirit of God it cannot possess or express love on the God level,
nor can it acquire knowledge of that which is spiritual, as revealed in
I Corinthians 2.
Only God Reveals
"But God hath revealed them [spiritual things] unto us
by his Spirit..." (verse 10). Notice particularly spiritual knowledge is
not revealed by a Person called the Holy Spirit. It is revealed by God,
and to us today through God's Spirit, which may be received only as God's
gift through his mercy and grace. God is the revealer. The Holy Spirit
is the instrumentality by which we may comprehend that which only God can
"For what man knoweth the things of a man, save
the spirit of man which is in him?..." (verse 11). If the Holy Spirit is
the third Person of a Trinity, then is not the spirit in man also another
man? A cow, sheep or dog cannot know the things a MAN knows--and neither
could a man, except by the spirit of man that is in him. For example, such
knowledge as chemistry, physics and technological and scientific knowledge.
Likewise, the natural man with this one spirit is limited--"even so the
things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God."
ONLY when the Holy Spirit enters, combining with
the "human" spirit, can a man come to really comprehend that which is spiritual--"But
the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they
are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually
discerned: (verse 14).
The most highly educated view all things through
the eyeglasses of evolutionary theory. Evolution is concerned solely with
material life and development. It knows and teaches nothing about spiritual
life and problems, and all the evils in the world are spiritual in nature.
That is WHY the most highly educated are, overall,
the most ignorant--they are confined to knowledge of the material, and
to "good" on the self-centered level. Knowledge of God and the things of
God are foolishness to them. But, of course, God says, "The wisdom of this
world is foolishness with God" (I Cor. 3:19).
World Cut Off from God
Now back to the first human, Adam.
Remember God's PURPOSE in creating man on the earth:
1) to restore the GOVERNMENT OF GOD on earth, and by regulating human life
through that GOVERNMENT, a) complete the physical creation of earth
where angels turned it to ruin, and b) in the process complete the creation
of MAN by developing righteous spiritual CHARACTER; and 2) to establish
the KINGDOM OF GOD, and eventually the incredible human potential of finishing
the creation of the vast UNIVERSE!
This supreme PURPOSE required: 1) that MAN reject
Satan's WAY, embracing GOD'S WAY OF LOVE, based on God's spiritual law;
and 2) that man be made first of matter so the, if he was led into Satan's
way of "GET," he could be CHANGED, converted to GOD'S WAY OF LOVE, or if
he refused to change, his life would be blotted out without further
or continuous suffering just as if he had never been.
Spirit beings, once a finished creation (as were
the one third of the angels who became evil characters), could not be changed!
Spirit, once its creation is completed, is constant and eternal--not subject
to change. But physical matter is constantly changing.
Through God's master plan for his spiritual creation,
to be covered later, it had been master-planned by God and the Word that
the Word would divest himself of his supreme glory, and in due time take
on him the likeness of human flesh, as Jesus Christ, making possible the
spiritual phase of the creation of MAN--God REPRODUCING HIMSELF! What a
MASTER PLAN for the extreme ULTIMATE in creative accomplishment! How GREAT
is our God, in mind, purpose, planning, designing, as well as CREATING--from
the tiniest germ or insect to the most huge sun, dwarfing our own great
sun to insignificance!
And the incredible human potential is that the
GREAT MAJESTIC GOD is, in MAN, reproducing himself--man can be born into
the GOD FAMILY!
The first human, Adam, was created with the potential
of qualifying to replace Satan, the former Lucifer, on earth's throne,
restoring the GOVERNMENT OF GOD.
But it was necessary that he resist, and reject
Satan's "GET" way, which was the foundation of Satan's evil government,
and choose GOD'S WAY of his law--the way of LOVE (GIVE), the basis of God's
His Maker talked first to Adam and Eve--instructed
them in the GOVERNMENT and Spiritual LAW of God--though in Genesis 2 only
the most condensed summary of God's instruction to them is revealed. Satan
was restrained from any contact with them until god first had taught them.
The Two Symbolic Trees
In the gloriously beautiful garden of Eden is which God
placed them were two very special symbolic trees. Little has been heard
about these trees and their tremendous significance, except what most people
have heard about "Adam's apple." The forbidden tree, however, probably
was not an apple tree.
The real significance of these two symbolic trees
explains the very foundation of the world. In them is the answer to the
great mystery of our time in this modern twentieth century. Today we live
in a world of awesome progress and advancement, yet paradoxically of appalling
evils. The baffling question today is, Why cannot the minds that can learn
to fly to the moon and back, transplant hearts, produce computers and technological
marvels, solve their own problems? Why no peace in the world?
We cannot understand the mystery of today's events
and conditions unless we go back to the very foundation of the world, and
learn what developed from its origin to the pulsating, confused present.
The world began at the time of these two special
trees. We hear virtually nothing in the biblical misteaching of today about
the tree of life, and almost nothing about the forbidden tree.
But now consider. God had created a man out of
the dust of the ground. But God creates in dual stages. The man was not
yet physically complete. God wanted him to "multiply and replenish the
earth." But the man could not do that because he was not yet physically
complete. So God put him into a deep sleep (anesthesia) and performed an
operation, removing a rib and forming a woman from it. They became one
family. the physical creation of man was completed. They could reproduce
But the man God created was mortal. He had only
a temporary physicochemical existence kept alive by circulation of blood,
oxidized by the breath of air, and fueled by food and water from the ground.
He did not have LIFE inherent--self-containing life. But he did have a
human spirit that, united with God's Holy Spirit, could beget him with
Immortal Life Offered
But God offered to him immortal LIFE through this symbolic
tree of LIFE. God did not urge or compel him to take it--he merely made
it freely accessible. Adam could eat of all the trees of the garden except
the one forbidden tree, of "the knowledge of good and evil."
What if Adam had taken of the tree of LIFE? You
probably never heard that question answered. That symbolic tree is offered
today to those called and drawn by God to Jesus Christ. There is one difference
between the original Adam and the called Christian. Adam had not yet sinned
and no repentance was necessary if he had chosen the tree of life. Otherwise
the repentant and believing Spirit-begotten Christian is in the same position
Adam would have been had he taken of the tree of life.
Adam would have received the Holy Spirit of the
immortal God to join with his human spirit. Of course, since Adam was required
to make a choice, he would have rejected the way of Satan by taking the
tree of life.
But again, what would have happened, had Adam taken
the tree of life?
He would have received the Holy Spirit of God to
unite with his human spirit. The man was not mentally or spiritually complete
until receiving the Spirit of God. This would have united him, mentally
and spiritually, with God. He would have been begotten as a child of God,
just as is the converted Spirit-begotten Christian.
He would have received the Holy Spirit of God to
join with his human spirit, begetting him as a son of God, imparting to
him the earnest of immortal life, and making him at one with God.
As in the case of the Spirit-begotten Christian
today, where "Christ in [us is] the hope of glory" (Col. 1:27). And again,
the mind of Christ is in us (Phil. 2:5), so the very mind of the Eternal
would have been in Adam. But instead the mind and attitude of Satan entered
into him and worked in him, even as it has in all his children that have
composed this whole world. We read in Ephesians 2:2, that Satan, as prince
of the power of the air, does indeed actually work within humans.
At this juncture, we explain a point that might
be misunderstood. In the temptation by Satan, Eve was deceived, but Adam
was not (I Tim. 2:13-14). Adam disobeyed God and sinned deliberately. But
even though he was not deceived in this original temptation, his deliberate
disobedience of God's explicit command cut him off from God, producing
a state of mental perversion and opening his mind to the deceptions of
Satan. From that moment, Adam and all his children after him were receptive
to the sway of Satan. Satan began to work in the mind of Adam, even as
God would have worked in his mind had he taken of the tree of life.
A World Held Captive
Thus, from that moment, Satan had spiritually kidnapped
Adam, and all his human family has ever since been held captive by Satan.
God would have revealed to Adam God's way of life--which
is God's spiritual law. That law is the way of outflowing love--but it
would have been "the love of God...shed abroad in [human] hearts by the
Holy [Spirit]" (Rom. 5:5). Human natural carnal love cannot fulfill God's
But, even as a human embryo has been begotten by
human parents, and just as the embryo must develop through the process
of gestation before being born, so is the Spirit-led Christian, and so
would have been Adam.
But he would have experienced a direct connection
and contact with God.
I like to compare this to the umbilical cord connecting
the newborn baby with its mother. Its human life and physical nourishment
has been supplied during gestation from the mother to the child. God's
spirit LIFE is imparted to the Christian through the Holy Spirit. Also,
spiritual knowledge is imparted by God but through the indwelling of the
Holy Spirit (I Cor. 2:10). Full comprehension of God's LAW (his way of
life) is imparted by God through the Holy Spirit. But the law of God requires
action and performance, and LOVE is the fulfilling of God's law (Rom. 13:10),
and it can be fulfilled only by the love of and from God (Rom. 5:5).
So Adam would have had the in-depth spiritual knowledge
to live God's way, and also would have been supplied with the divine love
that, only, can fulfill that perfect law of love and put it into action.
He would also have received by the Spirit of God
the very FAITH of God. He would have received knowledge, guidance and help
from God. He would have had reliance on God to intervene in matters beyond
his control. In such matters God supernaturally does for us what we are
unable to do for ourselves. In other words, God fights our battles for
Rejecting God's Law and Government
But instead Adam chose a different kind of knowledge--he
took TO HIMSELF the knowledge of good as well as evil. He relied wholly
on himself--both for the KNOWLEDGE as well as power of performance of good
as well as evil. He REJECTED reliance on God and chose the course of SELF-reliance.
The only righteousness he could acquired was SELF-righteousness, which
to God is like filthy rags.
Adam and Even took of the tree of "the knowledge
of good and evil." Taking of its fruit was taking to themselves the knowledge
of what is good, and what is evil--deciding for themselves what is right
and what is sin. This, of course, meant rejection of GOD'S LAW, which defined
for them the right and the wrong.
The glorious archangel Lucifer, as God originally
created him, was the pinnacle of God's creative power in a single being.
Few today remotely realize the great power now turned to cunning deception,
possessed by Satan. Apparently Adam completely underestimated him.
The wily Satan got to Adam through his wife Eve.
He did not say, "CHOOSE MY WAY!" He appeared as a subtle serpent. He cleverly
He put DOUBTS in her mind about God's veracity.
He put a sense of injustice and resentment within her. He deceived her
into believing God had been unfair--selfish. He subtilely injected vanity
of mind. He misled her into thinking it was right to take of the forbidden
Adam, not deceived, nevertheless went along with
his wife. With her, he took to himself the determination of what is right
and what is wrong--thus DISBELIEVING what his Maker had said, REJECTING
God as Savior and Ruler--rejecting God as the source of revealed BASIC
KNOWLEDGE. He believed and followed Satan's WAY!
Adam's World Sentenced
When God "drove out the man" from the Garden of Eden,
and barred reentrance--lest he go back and receive eternal life in
sin (Gen. 3:22-24)--God PRONOUNCED SENTENCE!
God said, in effect: "You have made the decision
for yourself and the world that shall spring from you. You have rejected
me as the basic source of knowledge--you have rejected power from me through
my Spirit to live the righteous way--you have rebelled against my command
and my government--you have chosen the 'GETTING,' 'TAKING' way of Satan.
Therefore I sentence you and the world you shall beget to 6,000 years of
being cut off from access to me and my Spirit--except for the exceedingly
FEW I shall specially call. And that FEW shall be called for special service
preparatory for the kingdom of God. They shall be required to do what you
have failed to do--reject, resist and overcome Satan and his WAYS, and
follow the ways of my spiritual LAW.
"Go, therefore, Adam, and all your progeny that
shall form the world, produce your own fund of knowledge. Decide for yourself
what is good and what is evil. Produce your own educational systems and
means of disseminating knowledge, as you god Satan shall mislead you. Form
you own concepts of what is god, your own religions, your own governments,
your own life-styles and forms of society and civilization. In all this
Satan will deceive your world with his attitude of SELF-centeredness--with
vanity, lust and greed, jealousy and envy, competition and strife and violence
and wars, rebellion against me and my law of LOVE.
"After the world of your descendants has written
the lesson in 6,000 years of human suffering, anguish, frustration, defeat
and death--after the world that shall spring from you shall have been brought
to confess the utter hopelessness of the way of life you have chosen--I
will supernaturally intervene. By supernatural divine power I shall then
take over the government of the whole world. With reeducation, I will produce
a happy world of PEACE. And on repentance, I shall then offer eternal salvation
to all. After a thousand years of that happy world to come, I will resurrect
from death to mortal life all who have died uncalled during this present
6,000 years. Their judgment shall then come. And on repentance and faith,
eternal life shall be offered them.
"During this 6,000 years, when I myself shall cut
them off from me, they shall not be eternally judged. Only, as they sow
during their lifetimes, they shall reap. But when I open eternal salvation
to them, there shall be no Satan to hinder or deceive them--no Satan for
them to overcome. Those few called during this first 6,000 years shall
have to reject and resist Satan's pulls and overcome. But those who overcome
shall sit with me in my throne, and have power under me to rule all nations
under my Supreme Rule."
Origin of Self-Reliance
What does all this mean?
Adam the first human rejected knowledge from and
reliance on God. He chose to rely on his own knowledge and abilities.
The modern world, developed from Adam, relies wholly
on human self-reliance. The psychology taught in our day is self-reliance.
Rely on the innate powers within you, they teach. An atmosphere of self-reliant
professionalism pervades most modern university campuses. It is the spirit
of vanity. The university student is induced to think of himself as becoming
a professional--that is, he considers himself elevated above those who
have not had his brand of education. Through the basic concept of the evolutionary
theory, he feels himself completely above those who believe in God and
the Lord Jesus Christ. He regards them with disdain.
Salvation Closed Off
Upon Adam's making this fateful and fatal decision, God
CLOSED OFF THE TREE OF LIFE (Gen. 3:22-24) from the world sired by Adam,
for 6,000 years. That is, except in the case of chosen prophets for the
writing of the Bible, and of the Church called out of this world by Jesus
Christ. But even Jesus said plainly: "No man can come to me, except the
Father which hath sent me draw him" (John 6:44).
God thereupon, at the very foundation of this world
laid out a 7,000-year master plan for accomplishing his purpose.
It was Satan who deceived Eve. Adam then sinned
deliberately in partaking of the forbidden fruit. The whole world since
has been deceived (Rev. 12:9).
Let us pause here momentarily. Let us realize this
was the very foundation of the world in which we still live. At this point,
Satan must have gloated. He must have believed God was defeated--that God
through Adam had failed to overthrow Satan's rule on the throne of the
But God says, "My purpose shall stand."
God's 7,000-year plan will accomplish God's purpose
in overwhelming and magnificent glory.
Understand this point, which has been a mystery
to the world. When God closed off the tree of life, he closed off the redemption
and salvation of mankind for 6,000 years, until the second Adam, Jesus
Christ, after 6,000 years should return to earth in supreme power and glory
to unseat Satan from his throne and to rule all nations of mankind.
The first man Adam had been given the opportunity
to choose God's government, to restore that government to the earth, and
to unseat Satan from the throne of the earth. Since he jailed, salvation
cannot be opened to humanity generally, until Jesus Christ, the second
Adam, has accomplished what the first Adam failed to do--namely, to unseat
Satan and to sit on the throne of the earth, restoring the government of
God to this earth.
The closing of the tree of life from the human
family marked the foundation of the present world still ruled invisibly
by Satan. How, then, was God going to accomplish his purpose? At that very
foundation of this world it was determined by God that the Word would be
born on earth as the sacrificial lamb of God to redeem mankind from the
rule of Satan the kidnapper (Rev. 13:8).
But how, then, was God ever to accomplish his purpose
of reproducing himself through the humans to be born during that next 6,000
Salvation Through Resurrection
At that very foundation of Satan's world it was also decreed
(Heb. 9:27) that God had appointed that all humans should die once, and
after that, by resurrection from the dead, would come the judgment. Meanwhile
mankind as a whole would not as yet be brought to judgment--neither condemned
nor saved. It was at that time decided that as in Adam all humans should
die, so in Christ the same "all" should be brought back to life by a resurrection
to judgment (I Cor. 15:22). This very resurrection of all who died in Adam
has been a mystery to the whole world deceived by Satan. Even today traditional
Christianity celebrates the resurrection of Jesus on the pagan Easter every
spring, but says nothing about the future resurrection of the billions
who have died in Adam. That resurrection will be explained later in this
Meanwhile, when Christ should come as humanity's
sinbearer, he would found the Church of God. The purpose and function of
the Church will be fully covered in Chapter 6 of this book.
Pause right here! Understand what Satan has blinded
the entire world from seeing. Realize what a deceived traditional Christianity
has not understood. This is of supreme importance!
The world of traditional Christianity has been
deceived into supposed Christian teaching of the immortality of the soul,
of those who "profess Jesus" going immediately upon death into a heaven
of eternal idleness, freedom from responsibility and bliss in ease and
laziness; in those who fail to "accept Jesus" going at death to a definite
place of eternal continuous burning fire called hell where they shriek
and scream in indescribable pain and agony forever and ever without hope.
The teaching has been that man is an immortal soul
and already has eternal life. It denies (Rom. 6:23) that the penalty for
sin is death and that man can have eternal life only as the gift of God.
The false traditional Christianity teaching might be compared to taking
a one-way railroad trip. This trip is your life's journey. At the end of
the line a switch is automatically set that will send you straight to a
lasting burning hell of indescribable pain and torture. But if, at any
time during life's journey, you profess to "accept Christ," the switch
at the end of the line, at that point, is turned to shoot you straight
Much supposed "Christian" teaching has been that
God created the first man a perfect immortal being, but that when God was
not looking Satan stole in and wrecked this wonderful handiwork of God.
Salvation is then pictured as God's effort to repair the damage, and to
restore mankind back to a condition as good as when God first created him.
In doctrine after doctrine they have believed and
taught the diametric opposite of the truths plainly revealed in the Bible.
Satan's First Lie
They have taught Satan's first lie that man is an immortal
soul. This teaching, when one stops to give it thought, is that "saved
mothers" who have died and gone to heaven are continually conscious of
their lost sons who are shrieking and screaming in indescribable torture
of hell fire.
But what is the real truth of God's holy Word?
Do the dead know what the living are doing? My wife told me shortly after
our marriage that after her mother died, when she was only 12 years of
age, she thought her mother in heaven was seeing everything that she did.
I quote now from an article in The Plain Truth
March 1985: "Scripture plainly reveals that when you die you are dead.
According to the Bible, the dead don't hear anything, see anything, think
anything or know anything. The dead have absolutely now awareness of any
kind: `For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any
thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished...'"
The Bible's message is clear on this point. Death
is death beyond any shadow of doubt. The apostle Paul wrote that "the wages
of sin is death" (Rom. 6:23). Death, by definition, is the absence of life--not
just separation from God.
Scripture even warns us to make the most of life
now while we have the opportunity: "Whatever your hand finds to do, do
it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom
in the grave where you are going" (Eccl. 9:10, Revised Authorized Version).
It couldn't be more plain. But what about those
who want to cling to the cherished belief in floating off to heaven after
death if good, or sinking to hell if bad?
Listen to the apostle Peter's response. If anyone
deserved to go to heaven, it would certainly be someone after God's own
heart, wouldn't it? David was such a person (Acts 13:22). But Peter was
inspired by God to say, David is "both dead and buried, and his tomb is
with us to this day" (Acts 2:29 RAV), and further, "David did not ascend
into the heavens" (Acts 2:34).
Jesus himself also said that "no man hath ascended
up to heaven," where God's throne is (John 3:13).
Will We Each Live Again?
But there is more to this life than living for the present
life. The Great God put humans here on this earth for a marvelous, eternal
purpose, not even understood by this world's humanly devised religions.
We are on this earth for a wonderful reason. It
involves the answer to why we humans were made mortal and suffer through
the gamut of emotions and troubles, or experience the good times of human
Even though when we die we are dead, we will not
remain dead forever. The dead in their graves will live again! Read what
Jesus says: "Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all
who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth--those who have
done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to
the resurrection of [Judgment]" (John 5:28-29, RAV).
There is an accounting for our behavior in this
life! Every human being who has ever lived will ultimately give an accounting
and be in a resurrection.
I have explained earlier that the spirit in man
of itself does not see, cannot hear, cannot think. The brain sees through
the eye, hears through the ear, and thinks as it is empowered by the spirit.
At death, "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit
shall return unto God who gave it" (Eccl. 12:7).
The spirit is the depository of memory and character.
The spirit is like a mold. It retains even the human form and shape of
the deceased, so that in the resurrection to judgment those who have died
shall look as they did in life, retain whatever character they established
in life, remember everything that was stored in their memory. But in the
meantime, in death, there is no consciousness--they "know not any thing"
The most universal false teaching, believed by
virtually all churches called Christianity, except the one and only true
and original Church of God, is that ALL are automatically "lost" unless
they profess Jesus Christ as Savior--and that now is the only day of "salvation."
But the truth is that those cut off from God are
NOT YET JUDGED!
Few UNDERSTAND this basic master plan of God. The
reader cannot possibly be more surprised at the truth revealed in this
volume than was the author, more than 58 years ago. The WHOLE WORLD has
been deceived, as God's Word foretold! One deceived is not aware of the
deception! Don't underestimate Satan!
Humans, Cut Off from God?
One, reviewing the multiplied evils in the world today,
might think MAN has cut himself off from God. But it is GOD who cut off
mankind from him. And WHY?
Does that seem to make God appear unfair? Quite
Let us make that point clear. Adam, by choosing
to take of the forbidden tree, cut off himself and his family after him
from God. Yet because all humans born from Adam have sinned, each human
has in fact cut himself off from God (Isa. 59:1-2).
The Person in the God family who spoke with Adam
was the Logos or "Word" who was later born as Jesus Christ. Adam had no
contact with God the Father. When the WORD closed the tree of life, all
mankind was cut off from God the Father until Christ would come to earth
in supreme power and glory to take from Satan the throne of the earth and
to restore the government of God over the entire earth. Meanwhile Christ,
the second Adam, came at his first appearing to reveal the existence of
God the Father (Luke 10:22). Until that time, the world had no knowledge
of the existence of God the Father. That is one reason the religion of
Judaism had believed that God consists of ONE PERSON ONLY. That is the
reason theologians have lost, or rather never possessed, knowledge of the
fact GOD is a FAMILY into which we may be born as part of that very God
family. That, also, explains why, on reading in the New Testament of God
the Father, and also of Jesus being God, they came up with the false theory
of the Holy Spirit being a "Ghost," or third Person of a Trinity, thus
blaspheming the Holy Spirit and LIMITING God and doing away with all knowledge
that converted humans can become members of the very divine God FAMILY.
Thus Satan blinded "Christianity" from the truth and purpose of the gospel
of Jesus Christ.
They have overlooked a most important truth: the
resurrection from the dead.
They celebrate a pagan Easter acknowledging the
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. But they overlook entirely
the plain biblical teaching that all who ever lived are to be resurrected
from the dead, although in the time order of three distinctly different
resurrections. The only hope the Holy Bible gives for the vast humanity
of this dying world is the hope of a resurrection from the dead, but that
is a positively sure hope. All this will be completely covered and the
full scriptures given in the chapters to follow.
What a tragedy that, as plainly stated in Revelation
12:9, this whole world has been deceived and blinded from the truth by
Satan the devil, still sitting on the throne of the entire earth.
The real truth is startling, but you will find
it plainly revealed in your own Bible. Follow it as you carefully read
Consider! When God drove Adam and Eve out from
the Garden of Eden, He set angels to bar mankind from reentering. Suppose
the Eternal had left the gate into Eden open. Man had already taken of
the forbidden tree. Man had already turned to sin. What would have happened?
Probably the whole of sinning mankind would have surged back in to take
of that tree of LIFE! Without any repentance--without even FAITH in God
or in Christ--mankind would have helped himself to RECEIVING ETERNAL LIFE.
THINK a moment!
God Not Unfair
How UNfair would God have been, had he allowed that! Man,
with all his sins--and sin has a habit of increasing in the one who indulges
in it--would have become immortal--living forever while suffering the pains,
mental, physical and spiritual, that sin would bring on him!
Man does not seem to realize that he now is the
SLAVE of sin. Sin has cut him off from God the Father. Few understand that
we are not saved by the death of Christ. We are reconciled to God the Father
by Jesus' death. We are saved by his life (Rom. 5:10). Man does not realize
that only a real repentance--turning from sin--and the living FAITH of
Jesus Christ can FREE him from that penalty! Sin enslaves! It punishes!
It brings sorrow, remorse, anguish. It inflicts physical injury, sickness
and disease. It produces frustration and hopelessness.
The most UNfair, UNkind, cruel thing God could
have done once Adam and Eve had taken the forbidden tree would have been
to leave the way open into the garden, with free access to all comers to
the tree of LIFE--symbolic of the gift of ETERNAL LIFE!
But what did God do? He drove out the man and the
woman. He barred reentrance.
He, however, made salvation and eternal life in
extreme happiness and bliss become available to ALL the human family. But,
with godly wisdom, he set a time-order and conditions! For the first 6,000
years--now almost completed--all but the predestined FEW were cut off.
On this point the entire world of traditional Christianity
has been deceived. Here is a most important truth: Satan sitting on earth's
throne tried to kill the Christ child. He then tried to tempt and disqualify
Jesus just before the Christ started his earthly ministry (Matt. 4). Satan
caused the martyrdom of most of the apostles. He caused intensive persecution
against the Church. He caused a violent controversy to flare up in the
early months and years of the Church disputing whether the gospel to be
proclaimed was the gospel OF Christ, or man's gospel ABOUT Christ. Satan
caused the latter to win out, and in less than 20 years a false and counterfeit
gospel ABOUT Christ was being proclaimed by all but the persecuted FEW
who loyally remained as the small and persecuted true original Church of
Is Now the Only Day of Salvation?
These deceived "Christians" taught, and still teach, that
now is the ONLY day of salvation, and that their counterfeit salvation
of just "accepting" Jesus Christ, without the repentance of turning from
sin and the obeying of God's law, would send people as "immortal souls"
immediately to heaven upon death.
Satan has blinded the minds of those of "traditional
Christianity" to the fact that God closed off the tree of life until the
glorified Jesus Christ comes in supreme power and glory to restore the
government of God over the whole earth. It was decreed, I repeat, that
it was appointed to humans once to die, and after death is to come the
resurrection to judgment (Heb. 9:27). Meanwhile the world of Adam is not
being judged, though in the final judgment all shall be held to account
for their sins.
But, meanwhile, God has made certain exceptions
for a definite purpose. God raised up prophets for the very purpose of
being part of the foundation of the Church. Jesus called disciples OUT
OF THIS WORLD to be taught to teach others and in the coming millennium
of the restored kingdom of God, to rule and teach under King of kings Jesus,
when the tree of life will be opened to all flesh.
The Church was called to be trained to become rulers
and teachers in the kingdom of God WHEN the tree of life shall be opened.
Meanwhile the Holy Spirit has been closed to all but the prophets and the
called-out-ones of the true Church. The prophet Joel foretold it shall
come to pass afterward--after the 6,000 years of this world of Satan, that
God will pour out of his Spirit upon all flesh (Joel 2:28).
Meanwhile it was necessary for God's purpose that
the Holy Spirit be given to the prophets and those specially called out
for training to become rulers and teachers under Christ, when the government
of God is restored to the earth over all nations.
In calling out the Church, Jesus said plainly,
"No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him..."
(John 6:44). The Church is merely the "first-fruits" of salvation. The
entire truth will be made more clear in Chapter 6.
Why the Second Adam?
To review: Approximately 4,000 years from Adam, God sent
Jesus Christ to live a perfect life, overcoming Satan, qualifying where
the first Adam failed, to replace Satan as RULER on the throne of the whole
earth. Those who (as "called," that is), will sit with Christ in his throne
when he comes to set up THE KINGDOM OF GOD and to restore the GOVERNMENT
OF GOD, which the former Lucifer rejected and ceased to administer!
Those very few called, beginning with "righteous
Abel" up to now and on to Christ's return to earth, have had to do what
Adam refused to do--REJECT THE WAY OF SATAN, who rebelled against the GOVERNMENT
Who, then, is a real Christian? Only those who
have been, and are being, led by the Holy Spirit of God (Rom. 8:9, 11,
14). And none can receive the Holy Spirit until that person 1) REPENTS--of
his sins, his transgressions of God's law; and 2) has complete faith in
Jesus Christ--relying on Christ-which includes BELIEVING Jesus Christ.
I mean, believing what he says--his WORD the Holy Bible!
Thus, the called-out-ones after real repentance
and belief Christ reconciles to God the Father and we receive the Holy
Spirit impregnating us as children of God.
At this point let us clear up another question.
Why could not Cain, Abel and Seth, the firstborn children of Adam, have
repented and purely on that repentance have received the Spirit and life
of God? God's law could not be a law except there be a penalty for its
infraction. Adam had sinned. All his children had sinned and incurred on
them the death penalty. They and no person after them could be freed from
the penalty of that law until Christ, their very Maker, had paid that death
penalty in their stead. Therefore, no salvation was possible until the
crucifixion of Christ. Only Jesus' atonement could reconcile any human
to God the Father.
Now, what of these and all the others--the THOUSANDS
OF MILLIONS? Up to now, unless called and drawn by God, they simply have
not yet been judged! I do not mean they shall not have to give account
for their sins. They shall indeed! But their judgment is COMING. Judgment
has begun in the true Church of God (I Pet. 4:17). Jesus said, "No man
can come to me, except the Father...draw him..." (John 6:44). No MAN CAN
come to Christ otherwise! But the Church is merely the FIRST harvest.
In Satan's deceived world many have come to a counterfeit
Christ who is supposed to have done away with his Father's commandments.
They even worship Christ. But Jesus himself said plainly: "Howbeit in vain
do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men....
And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that
ye may keep your own tradition.... Making the word of God of none effect
through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things
do ye" (Mark 7:7, 9, 13).
Deceived millions do not realize that they are
worshiping Christ in vain. They have been deceived into worshiping "another
Every Human Shall be Called
When Christ comes as KING OF KINGS and LORD of lords,
he will reign for the next thousand years. EVERYBODY living from his coming
will be called.
After that thousand years shall occur the "Great
White Throne Judgment" of Revelation 20:11-12. All who ever lived from
Adam on, who were uncalled by God, shall be resurrected MORTAL in human
flesh and blood as they were in their first life. Then they shall give
account for the sins of their former life. The penalty of those sins is
death. They shall then learn that Jesus Christ had paid that death penalty
in their stead. But on real repentance and faith they shall be forgiven
and receive God's Holy Spirit, begetting them to ETERNAL LIFE.
GOD'S WONDERFUL MASTER PLAN WILL CALL EVERYONE
WHO EVER LIVED TO RECEIVE ETERNAL SALVATION, but on real repentance and
belief of God's truth. But, there is a time-order in resurrections (I Cor.
15:22-23). "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made
alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward..."
(two other resurrections revealed in Revelation 20:11-13 are not covered
in I Corinthians 15).
Those called in the millennium, and those in the
Great White Throne resurrection and judgment, shall NOT have Satan, then,
HOW WONDERFUL are God's ways--even though hidden
now from most of humanity bringing so much suffering on themselves! As
the apostle Paul exclaimed: "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom
and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways
past finding out!" (Rom. 11:33).
In MAN, God is reproducing himself! The word for
God in Genesis 1:1 is Elohim in the original Hebrew. It is a name, like
church or family or group. God said, "Let US"--not ME-- "make man in OUR
image." God truly is a family into which we, literally, may be born!
WHAT, then, is man? He is a living being made from
the dust of the ground. He is CLAY, and GOD is the Master Potter, molding,
shaping, forming our CHARACTER--if we respond when he calls and draws us
to him. With our willingness he is infusing into us HIS VERY OWN SPIRITUAL
HOLY, RIGHTEOUS and PERFECT CHARACTER!
WHY is man? God created man on the earth to build
in us what the sinning angels refused to let God build in them--his perfect
CHARACTER! He is, in his time-order and way, developing us to become VERY
GOD--each of us--and to finish to creation of the unfinished UNIVERSE!
But, for NOW, we still live in this deceived world led by Satan.