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NM 15: Thousand Years and Beyond



Sabbath Patterns

Baptism Patterns

Great Last Day Patterns

Atonement Patterns

Eighth Day of Festivals & Rituals

1000 Year Judgment of God

Seven Times of Nubuchadnezzar

Notes: More info on when Spirit given



NM15 Abstract

In the Bible there is a reoccurring cycle of seven units of time or activity followed by an eighth one in which atonement is given. In many of these seven unit patterns there is a rest period during the seventh unit. In this paper we are going to learn the higher meaning of these patterns and in so doing we will understand more about the meaning of the millennium rest period and the time period after it when atonement will be given. This paper should be read in conjunction with NM16, which adds to the meaning of this paper.

Patterns and the Thousand Years

nm451 >> There are patterns in the Bible. There is a physical meaning and there is a spiritual meaning to scripture throughout the Bible. We learned something about these patterns in the Premises of this book (see also NM16) and in the previous parts of this book. Moses was told to make a tabernacle according to the pattern (Ex 25:8-9; NM16). Paul wrote about scripture foreshadowing the Spiritual things in his letters.

nm452 >> The Bible shows us something about a millennium period of time in the book of Revelation. An utopian society will be set up at that time and continue for 1000 years (Rev 20:4 ff). Concerning these 1000 years we need some more information. Also after these 1000 years we need to know what will happen. We will find some not so obvious things about the millennium by examining various patterns in the Bible. For example, we have learned in earlier parts of this book that before the millennium Christians receive the good Spirit that enables them to eventually be resurrected and live in the millennium, but will people born during the 1000 years receive the good Spirit or is there some reason for them not to receive it then? By looking at the various patterns in the Bible we will find the answer to this question.

Sabbath Patterns

nm453 >> There is a great pattern in the Bible. This pattern is a cycle of seven units of time, or seven units of action. But in many of these cycles, the seventh unit of time or action is different from the other six units. For example, six days were for working and the seventh day was for resting. Six years were for sowing the fields and the seventh was for resting the land. These and other cycles of seven were not mentioned in the Bible for no reason. Rituals and ceremonies in the Bible have a higher meaning. The pattern of the cycles of seven units also has a higher meaning.

Sabbath of Rest

nm454 >> "For if Jesus had given them rest [physical or Spiritual Israel], then would he not afterward have spoken of another day [7th millennium]. There remains therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest [7th millennium] he also has ceased from his own works; as God did from his" (Heb 4:8-10; see, Heb 4:4-5).

nm455 >> The seven day week with its Sabbath prefigured the true week or the seven millenniums with its millennial Sabbath. As there is a rest day at the end of the week, on the seventh day, so too with the antitypical week, there is a rest period in the seventh millennium.

nm456 >> "And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it [set it apart]: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made" (Gen 2:3).

nm457 >> "Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord: whosoever does any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death" (Ex 31:15).

nm458 >> The Bible is dual, the prefigure and the true figure (type and antitype) or physical and spiritual. There are seven physical days and seven spiritual days or seven millennia (2Pet 3:8). Satan, the spiritual enemy, has been busy sowing his spirit and word in the world for six spiritual millenniums; while God has sowed his Spiritual seed only in a few called/chosen by God the Father, who were chosen at the foundations of the world (see Mat 13:38-39). The seventh millennium day of rest is closing in upon us, when Satan will have to be bound and chained from any spiritual work during the seventh millennium (Rev 20:1-3).

nm459 >> During the seventh millennium Satan will be prevented from spiritually sowing souls with his spiritual seed (note Mat 13:38-39; NM16), and God during this seventh millennium will not sow souls with His Spiritual seed. The cycles of seven in the Bible indicate in their higher meaning that the seventh millennium, the Spiritual Sabbath, will be different from the previous six millenniums. There will be spiritual rest for mankind.

nm460 >> Weekly Sabbath. "Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; in plowing time and in harvest you shall rest" (Ex 34:21). As there is no harvest on a physical Sabbath so too will it be on the Spiritual Sabbath. God says the physical is a type or shadow of the real in God's plan (Rom 1:20; Heb 8:5; 9:23-24; 10:1). God tells us to look at the higher meaning (Phil 3:19; Col 3:2; John 6:63; 4:24; see "Duality Paper").

nm461 >> Land's Sabbath. "Six years you shall sow your field and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather the fruit thereof; but in the seventh year shall be a Sabbath of rest unto the land, a Sabbath for the Lord: you shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard. That which grows of its own accord of your harvest you shall not reap, neither gather the grapes of your vine undressed; for it is a year of rest unto the land" (Lev 25:3-5). There will not be a Spiritual harvest during the Spiritual Sabbath, for none will be sowed with the Spirit during this period.

nm462 >> Manna. Concerning the manna given to the children of Israel in the wilderness, Moses relayed the law of the Lord to the people: "six days you shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, in it there shall be none" (Ex 16:26). As there was no manna given on the typical seventh day, so too on the antitypical seventh day, the Spirit will not be given to man (note John 6:32, 35, 63).

nm463 >> Dual Meaning. When one understands that the Old Testament laws apply to both the physical and Spiritual units of time, then he will understand what is wrong with saying God will sow his Spirit in the seventh millennium. The land is dealt with in a seven-unit cycle. In Matthew 13:38-39, we see the land or field being compared with the world, and the good seed that is planted is God's Spirit as opposed to the evil seed of the devil.

nm464 >> "And six years [or millennia] you shall sow your land [sowing of the good and evil spirits], and shall gather in the fruits thereof [the evil seed produced the tares in Matthew 13:40 which 'are gathered and burned in the fire' at the end of this age as opposed to the good seed which are the first fruits in Revelation 14:4 and in Matthew 13:30]: But the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie still; that the poor of your people may eat" (Ex 23:10-11). The "poor" are those that are to inherit the kingdom of God (Mat 5:3). Thus the Spiritual poor must be those with the New Mind or the Spirit of God.

Sabbath of Purifying

nm465 >> Not only is the seventh unit of time for resting from work, and resting the land, and so forth; but also the seventh unit of time or activity is for purifying and cleansing:

Baptism Patterns

nm466 >> These physical cleansing ceremonies were foreshadows of the Christians Spiritual baptism (Eph 5:26-27; Titus 3:5; 1John 1:7, 9) which makes possible the Spiritual washing away of sin instead of filth in the typical ceremonies. These old ceremonies happened on the seventh unit of time. Therefore baptism can be said to be a seventh unit ceremony.

nm467 >> But as we know baptism is representative of a death (Rom 6:4; Col 2:12; 3:3). And as with the old ceremonies so too with their higher meaning. The seventh 1000 year period will be for purifying or cleansing: the fire baptism for the enemy angels (see later in this paper); and the death for mankind who lived in the first six millenniums without the Spirit. This is man's aeonian death. Thus, this 1000 year period is a baptism in a sense, for the earth will be cleansed of sin because the transgressors will be dead, or as good as dead in the case of the enemy angels. The Spiritual Sabbath or the seventh Spiritual day does both the things that baptism does: (1) it cleanses away sin; and (2) it destroys sin because sin and the sinner are dead. Hence, we can call the seventh millennium a baptismal period.

nm468 >> During this time period while the transgressors are being purified either by death or fire, the kingdom of God will be renewing the face of the earth (Psa 104:29-30). The earth itself will be cleansed after 6,000 years of misuse by man and Satan.

nm469 >> With the exception of the set-apart people, everyone during the seventh millennium period will be made ready for the atonement or unity with God. Ever since the garden of Eden when it was said, "man is become as one out of us, to know good and evil" (Gen 3:22), man has been away from the way of love, that is, away from the good God's way.

Sin And Satan Put Away

nm470 >> During the seventh millennium all human beings (5) living will be without either God's Spirit or Satan's spiritual influence. Satan's spiritual influence will be locked up or sent away (Zech 13:2; Rev 20:1-3). This is the Spiritual Sabbath, a time of spiritual rest. No working of spirit or spirits will be allowed to form man's mind during the Spiritual Sabbath. The proof of this is the physical Sabbath which is a type or shadow of the Spiritual and real Sabbath - the seventh millennium. Since it can be proven that the other-mind's influence (satanic influence) is the cause of sin, then when this influence is sent away to the pit we know there will be no willful sin.

nm471 >> Now when one is baptized it is "for the remission of sins" (Acts 2:38). This word translated "remission" in the KJV comes from a Greek word that means: sending away. When one is baptized, sin is sent away. This same Greek word is translated in the KJV as "remission" (Acts 2:38); "forgiven" (Col 1:14; Acts 13:38; etc). The same is true during the world's baptism - the seventh millennium. Since sin and Satan are metonymical terms in that Satan is the cause ("father," John 8:44) of sin, and in that a satanic spirit in man causes sin (see, the "Other Mind Paper" [NM 21]); then in the Spiritual baptism Satan and sin are also sent away into the bottomless pit (Zech 13:2; Rev 20:1-3, 10), for their fire baptism.

Fire Baptism

nm472 >> At Christ's return to the physical dimension there will be the Last War. And because of this war many people alive at that time will die (see "Last War and God's Wrath" paper [PR5]). At the same time one-third of the angels will also "die" (note Rev 12:4). This death will be their fire baptism of 1000 years in the lake of fire. This fire baptism will help to purify the evil spirits. This is the fire baptism mentioned in the Bible (Mat 3:9-12; Luke 3:16, 17). Notice carefully "every tree which brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire" (Mat 3:10). And again "he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire" (v. 12). Study the context carefully. Now compare it with Malachi 4:1 and Matthew 13:30, 39-43 which proves this fire baptism begins at Christ's return. This is an aeonian fire "prepared for the devil and his angels" (Mat 25:41). ("Everlasting" should be "aeonian" in this verse since "everlasting" is translated from a Greek word that means aeonian.) The fire lasts for 1000 years, or the time period that the angels will be in this pit of fire. While the peace goes on above, in this pit Satan and his demons will be kept in a fire for 1000 years. This is the fire baptism Christ spoke about.

nm473 >> Now baptism is a Biblical type which indicates washing away of the dirt of sin from the person (Eph 5:26-27; Titus 3:5). In other words, baptism represents the washing away of sins or of purifying one's self. What baptism does for humans, so does fire baptism do for spirits like Satan.

nm474 >> Notice: "Only the gold, and the silver, the brass, the iron, the tin, and the lead, Every thing that may abide the fire, you shall make it go through the fire, and it shall be clean: nevertheless it shall be purified with the water of separation: and all that abides not the fire you shall make go through the water" (Num 31:22-23). Notice that these two verses were an "ordinance of the law which the Lord commanded Moses" (Num 31:21). As you are seeing all the apparently non-important ceremonies are representative of higher meanings. The basic patterns of these ceremonies are of a great significance in finding out God's plan.

nm475 >> Notice that anything that can abide in fire shall be made to go through this fire to be cleansed. Now flesh and blood can't abide in fire, for it burns up. But spirit can abide in fire, for spirit can't die (Luke 20:36). Further, the Bible makes comparisons between spiritual things and the metals described in Numbers 31:22. For example, see the symbolic image of Satan's spiritual kingdoms in Daniel 2:31-40. The metals described in Numbers 31:22 are used to describe the make-up of the image in Daniel 2:31-40. During the 1000 years this fire baptism will purify the satanic spirits of their spiritual impurity. This is their judgement.

nm476 >> The satanic spirits are in the dark Spiritually about God's plan (Jude 6). These spirit beings do not know their fate. They think God will come to permanently destroy them (Mark 1:23-24; Luke 4:33-34). Jude 6, 2Peter 2:4, and 1Corinthians 2:7-8 prove they do not know their true and final end. They too will be freed from their evil ways like all of mankind (see "All Saved Paper" [NM 13]). They do not know that this trial of fire is a fire baptism that will purify them. They do not understand God gives repentance or the changed mind (2Tim 2:25). They do not understand that they are tools of the spiritual creation. They are helping to build knowledge in man (Rom 9:17, the Pharaoh as a shadow of Satan, cf Isa 14:12, 17-18; Ezek 28:17-18; 31:18). Thus, during the 1000 year utopia Satan and his angels will be refined in the lake of fire, in their fire baptism.

Great Last Day Patterns

nm477 >> What happens after one goes through baptism? As shown in the "Baptism Paper" [NM 4] after one is baptized, one receives the Spirit of God, which is the New Mind. The same is true after the seventh millennium baptism. After the seventh millennium the world as a whole will receive the Spirit (John 7:37-39). And that age after the 1000 years is called the Great Last Day.

nm478 >> God has set aside a great day of Spiritual atonement for mankind which we call The Great Last Day. This is a Spiritual day when all will be in Spiritual unity with God. This great last day is the first day after seven units of time, or after the seven millenniums. This Spiritual Great Last Day has been pictured in the Bible as the eighth day of the Feast of Tabernacles (Lev 23:34-42; John 7:37-39). The first seven days of this festival represents the first seven millenniums (see God's Appointed Times). The eighth day of the festival represents the eighth Spiritual day of the Spiritual creation.

nm479 >> At the beginning of this eighth spiritual day, which is after the 1000 years, all the dead will be resurrected to human life (Rev 20:4-5, 13; Ezek 37:1-13). This will fulfill the verse "through man came also the resurrection of the dead" (1Cor 15:21). After mankind is resurrected, then they will receive the Spirit (Ezek 37:14). After mankind has gone through a cycle of seven 1000 years, then they are atoned to God by the medium of God's Spirit. At the beginning of the eighth spiritual day man is atoned to God by the Spirit of God. When mankind receives the Spirit in the Great Last Day, it will fulfill the typical day of atonement which always came on the eighth day. In the Old Testament, atonement was always after seven units of time or activity. This atonement represents or typifies the true atonement of man to God in the Great Last Day.

nm480 >> Hereafter, in an outline form, we will show you that atonement comes on the eighth unit of time or after seven units of time or activity. We will show you this, for we want to reconcile what the Bible calls atonement with the Great Last Day and the giving of the Spirit of God to ALL of mankind on that day.

Atonement Patterns

Atonement Is on The 8th Day or After 7 Units of Time:

nm481 >>

  • cleansing on the 7th day [Num 6:9]
  • 8th day is for offering [Num 6:10] and 8th day for atonement Num 6:11]
  • 7th day is to prepare offerings [Ezek 43:25]
  • 7 days for purifying the altar [Ezek 43:26]
  • after these days (on the 8th) God will accept, God will atone [Ezek 43:27]
  • 7th day is to cleanse [Lev 15:28]
  • 8th day offering is made [Lev 15:29] for atonement [Lev 15:30]
  • 7 days for cleansing [Lev 15:13]
  • 8th day is for offering to [Lev 15:14] make atonement [Lev 15:15]
  • 7th day is for cleansing [Lev 14:9]
  • 8th day is for offering for [Lev 14:10-17] atonement [Lev 14:18]
  • 7 days for consecration of priests [Lev 8:33]
  • 8th day is for offering for [Lev 9:1-6] atonement [Lev 9:7]
  • 7 days the sheep are with their mother [Ex 22:30]
  • 8th day they are given to God [Ex 22:30; see Lev 22:27]
  • at the end of 7 years a release [Deut 15:1 (31:10) is called the Lord's release [Deut 15:2] a release from debt [Deut 15:2]

["Debt" indicates sin, compare Matthew 6:12 with Luke 11:4 and with Matthew 18:21-35. Thus, this is a release from sin or the cause of sin, which is Satan.]

The set-apart people are released from Satan after six units of time, at the beginning of the seventh millennium (Deut 15:12, 18).

Atonement Is After 7 Units of Activity

nm482 >>

  • 7 units of activity (sprinkling blood 7 times) [Lev 4:17]
  • after this comes atonement [Lev 4:20]
  • 7 times sprinkling blood [Lev 8:11] for reconciliation (atonement) [Lev 8:15]
  • 7 times sprinkling blood [Lev 14:16]
  • after this comes atonement [Lev 14:18]
  • 7 times sprinkling blood [Lev 14:27]
  • after this comes atonement [Lev 14:29]
  • 7 times sprinkling of blood [Lev 14:51]
  • after this comes atonement [Lev 14:53]
  • 7 times sprinkling of blood [Lev 16:14]
  • after this comes atonement [Lev 16:16]
  • 7 times sprinkling of blood [Lev 16:19]
  • after this comes reconciliation (atonement) [Lev 16:20]

nm483 >> All these atonement rituals in their higher meaning represent or prefigure the future when all mankind is to be atoned to God on the Great Last Spiritual Day of Creation.

Eighth Day of Festivals or Rituals

nm484 >> Eighth Day of Festival. Another proof that the Spirit will be given on the eighth day to the rest of mankind is John 7:37-39. Christ is pictured on the great last day of the feast of tabernacles. The great last day of this Biblical festival was the eighth and last day of the festival. On that day, Christ said, "if any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this he spoke of the Spirit" (John 7:37-39). By the living waters, Christ meant his Spirit would be given. What day will he give his Spirit? The Great Last Day. This is the day after seven days of the Biblical feast of tabernacles (Lev 23:34-42). This feast is symbolic of the whole creation. The first seven days represents the first seven Spiritual days of creation. The last day represents the unity of man to God through the medium of God's Spirit - the living water of Christ (John 7:38-39; Rev 21:6).

Pentecost

nm485 >> Pentecost. Still another proof that God's Spirit will be given out in the period after the seventh millennium is the feast of Pentecost. The Pentecost is a Biblical feast or appointed time after seven units of time (seven weeks of weeks, Deut 16:9; Lev 23:15-16). The day after these seven units of time is the Pentecost. The Pentecost is at the beginning of the eighth cycle of weeks. It was on the Pentecost that the New Testament Church first received its Spirit (Acts 2:1-41). The pattern of the Pentecost proves further that the Spirit will be given on the eighth Spiritual day or time period of creation.

Circumcision

nm486 >> Circumcision. Also circumcision points to the 8th Spiritual day of creation. Circumcision was done always on the 8th day after birth (Gen 21:4; Lev 12:3; Luke 2:21). A circumcised person represents the Spiritual person (Col 2:11-13; Phil 3:3). A Spiritual person is a person with a circumcised heart as opposed to an uncircumcised heart which one can have even if he is physically circumcised (Jer 4:4; 9:26; Rom 2:28-29). Since the physical circumcision happens on the 8th physical day, then the Spiritual circumcision will happen on the 8th Spiritual day.

nm487 >> Therefore the 8th Spiritual day of creation will be a period where man will be with God in Spirit. It will come after a 1000 year death of sin, a fire baptism. It is the great last day of the Spiritual creation, just before the creation of the new heaven and earth.

Jubilee

nm488 >> Jubilee. The year of the jubilee is a type of this 8th Spiritual day of creation. The jubilee year was every fiftieth year after seven weeks of years (Lev 25:8, 10), or thus after seven seven of years (49 years). Notice the jubilee came at the beginning of the 8th cycle of seven years, or after seven units of time (7 units of 7 years).

nm489 >> "That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee year for you ... and in the year of jubilee each man of you shall go back to his own property" (Lev 25:11, 13 - Moffatt). The year of jubilee for Israel was a year when everyone was released from slavery, debts, and so forth, and "when every man of you" (Israel) goes back to his own property and family (Lev 25:10 - Moffatt). Chapter 25 of Leviticus explains the year of jubilee.

nm490 >> The jubilee thus represents the Great Last Day, wherein everyone will be released from Satan's misrule, and released from the 1000 year baptismal death. The Great Last Day is the age when everyone will return to life and to his own property: "O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel" (Ezek 37:12). Ezekiel 16:53-55 also indicates that at this same time when Israel will be resurrected and brought back to their land of Israel, so too will the other nations be returned to their property: "I will restore their fortunes, the fortunes of Sodom and her daughters, and your fortunes along with theirs ... When Sodom and Samaria, your sisters, and their daughters, regain their former state [at the resurrection of the dead, after the millennium, in the beginning of the atonement age], you and your daughters also shall regain your former state" (Ezek 16:53-55 - Moffatt).

nm491 >> If God's Spirit, which is the New Mind, is one of joy, happiness, and so forth, then the Great Last Day will prove this absolutely. The Great Last Day will be even more joyous than the millennium, for during the millennium no one except those born of God at, or by the time of, the physical return of Christ, will have God's Spirit. The millennium will be great because of the lack of Satan's ways. Man during the millennium will be led physically by the resurrected who will rule this age period. But the Great Last Day will be an exceptionally beautiful age of joy much better than the great last day in the feast of tabernacles. Now let's show the references of Satan coming into the atonement period. Satan will be atoned to God in the Great Last Day. But first we must know something else about the 7th millennium.

1000 Year Judgment of God

nm492 >> Not only is the 7th millennium like a baptismal, a cleansing, and/or a death period for mankind and/or the satanic spirits who lived during the first six thousand years; but, also, it is the judgment period. "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, and with [#3326] this the judgment" (Heb 9:27).

nm493 >> The judgment for sin is death (Ezek 18:11-13; Gen 2:17; Rom 6:23). This judgment is an aeonian punishment or death (Mat 25:46). It is a death judgment of an "aeonian destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power [in the seventh millennium]" (2Thes 1:9).

nm494 >> This 1000 year judgment begins at Christ's return (see Mat 25:31-33, 41, 46; Rom 2:5; Joel 3:12, 14; 2Pet 3:7; Rev 11:18; Dan 7:10, 26). At that time the saints are resurrected to judge-down the way of man/Satan (Rev 11:18; 1Cor 6:2-3).

nm495 >> Satan and his angels are now in Spiritual darkness because of their rebellion, and are being reserved for the day of judgment (2Pet 2:4; Jude 6). The day of judgment is the day of wrath when Christ returns (Acts 17:31). Also the day of judgment is the antitypical 1000 year day of judgment, the aeonian judgment, or the aeonian death of the way of man/Satan.

nm496 >> This judgment is the sending away of sin. The sentence for this judgment is given at Christ's return. The judicial sentence is for the 1000 years during the millennium. This is pictured in Revelation 20:1-3 where Satan's power is put in chains (prison) for 1000 years.

nm497 >> This is also pictured typically by baptism which is the Christians' judicial sentence (note 2Cor 1:9). And because of this "death," sin is sent away (Acts 2:38).

Azazel - Removal of Sin And Satan

nm498 >> That the real judgment of God is the sending away or destruction of sin is further proven by the once-a-year ritual on the Day of Atonement mentioned in Leviticus 16. Here the second goat was brought before Aaron (v. 21) who confesses the sins of Israel over the goat's head. In other words, he put the sins of the people on the head of the goat, and then sends it away "by the hand of a fit man" (v. 21). This pictures the sending away of sin, or the remission of sin by Aaron (a type of Christ). This goat is let go "for the entire removal" (Lev 16:26). The Hebrew word "Azazel" translated "scapegoat" in the KJV means according to Brown Driver Briggs Gesenius Hebrew Lexicon (p. 736) - "entire removal." And in the Greek text it means - "for the dismissal." Thus, the sending away of the goat pictures the entire removal of sin because the goat had all the sins on its head.

nm499 >> There were two "twin" (6) goats in this ritual, so they cast lots to find out which goat was for the LORD and which goat was for Azazel (Lev 16:8). The first goat was killed or offered and had its blood sprinkled on the mercy seat for a sin offering for the people and the Holy Place without the priest laying his hands on its head (Lev 16:9,15-16,20). After the first goat was killed and its blood sprinkled on the mercy seat, the second goat had the sins of Israel confessed over his head and was let go or sent away for Azazel or for an "entire removal" into the wilderness (Lev 16:21). The first goat and the offering of that goat signified Christ's sacrifice (Isa 53:10; Heb 9:11-14,23-25). The second goat (sent away after the first goat was killed) signifies Satan being sent away with his sins into the 1000 years of separation (Rev 20:1-4; 2Thes 1:9). As the second goat was sent away after the first one died, other scriptures show that Satan will be sent away two millenniums after Christ died (see NM16 & Prophecy Papers). Even though Christ died for sin (Rom 5:6; 6:10; 8:3,34; 1Cor 15:3; 1Pet 3:18), and even though he was accounted with the transgressors and bore their sins (Isa 53:11-12), he had no sin (2Cor 5:21; 1Pet 2:21-22), thus sin in the truest sense could not be placed on his head, but had to be placed on the head of the second goat. It is the true or antitypical scapegoat (Azazel) that bears the real blame for sin, because it is Satan and his "other-mind" that put sin in the world (see NM20). In order to understand more on this subject, you must read and understand the scriptures on the right and left side of God. In the God Papers we discuss this.

Satan Let Loose

nm500 >> Satan and his angels are judged for 1000 years (Rev 20:1-3; Isa 24:22). And after this 1000 year period they will be let loose out of their prison (Rev 20:7; Isa 24:22). They will be let loose for atonement to God's way, not to wage war again as Revelation 20:8 seems to indicate.

nm501 >> First Revelation is in parts generally sequential, but it has insert or qualifier verses and chapters throughout the book. Second, Revelation reiterates in many cases the same events in sightly different words (see "Last War and God's Wrath" paper [PR5]). And third, always remember that there is no authority as to where the punctuation ought to be in the Bible. The original text had no punctuation. Translators have added punctuation where they felt the punctuation should be placed in the sentence structure. After Revelation 20:7 should be a period; and verses 8 to 10 should be in parentheses for they indicate what Satan did before he was cast into the pit. Verses 8 to 10 are simply telling the reader that this one that is to be let loose, will go out at some time and gather the nations together. But it does not say when. It does not say that after he is let loose out of the prison that he will gather the nations. It merely tells us he is the one who will gather the nations, but it does not say when. We find out when he gathers the nations from other verses in Revelation and other books in the Bible.

nm502 >> Let's prove that Satan will not gather the nations again once the kingdom of God is set up on earth. Remember if Satan does gather the nations to make war after he is let loose from the pit, he would be doing wrong in God's kingdom. But once God's kingdom is set up there will be no evil.

nm503 >> If we can prove that there will be no more war or wrong behavior after the kingdom of God is set up, then we prove that verses 8 to 10 are not speaking about Satan misleading the nations after God's kingdom is set up, but before it is set up. Verses 8 to 10 do not say that after he is released he will go out to gather the nations, for these verses are vague in their original language as to when he will gather the nations to fight.

nm504 >> Revelation 20:8-10 is at the time of Christ's physical return, not after Satan is released. The proof is in Isaiah 2:4. The verses around this one describe Christ at his return. Note in verse 4 it speaks of nations not learning war again. Micah 4:3 says the same thing! And in speaking about God's return to earth: "He makes wars to cease unto the end of the earth" (Psa 46:9). And again speaking about his return: "but with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies. What do you imagine against the Lord? he will make an utter end: AFFLICTION SHALL NOT RISE UP THE SECOND TIME" (Nah 1:8-9).

nm505 >> So Satan can not bring Gog and Ma Gog against the saints camp a second time. By comparing scriptures we can see that Revelation 20:8-10 is speaking about the gathering against the Saint's camp at Christ's return. Compare Revelation 20:8, 9 with Revelation 16:16; Isaiah 54:15; Ezekiel 38:8, 16; Joel 3:11-12, 14. Now for Revelation 20:10 compare it with Ezekiel 28:12-19 (especially Ezek28:17, 19); Isaiah 27:1, 4; Isaiah 14:11-12, 18-20; Ezekiel 31:18, 14 (Pharaoh as a type of Satan; the "tree of Eden" as a type of Satan's kingdom). You can now see that verse 10 is an amplification of Revelation 19:20-21. And these latter verses can be compared with Ezekiel 38:22; 39:11; 32:26; etc, which are all amplification of Revelation 16:21 (see "God's Wrath, An Outline" PR6).

nm506 >> Thus, Satan is set loose on the Great Last Day of atonement and will not make war. The Great Last Day of creation will prove once and for all that God's way of Love is the best and only way. Everyone will be resurrected to human life into this Great Last Day except of course those who are already born of God. Those resurrected in the Great Last Day are those of the "resurrection of the dead" (Acts 24:15; 1Cor 15:21). Those resurrected into the Great Last Day as humans will then be begotten of God's Spirit and will live as Spiritually begotten children of God. But then comes the true end (1Cor 15:24) of creation after the atonement period and then all will be born of God (see "Begotten, Born Paper" [NM 5]; see "God's Appointed Times Paper" [NM 16]).

Seven Times of Nebuchadnezzar

nm507 >> In Daniel, chapter 4, Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon had a dream, "thus were the visions of mine head in my bed; I saw, and behold a tree in the midst of the earth, and the height thereof was great. The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of earth" (Dan 4:10-11).

nm508 >> But then a watcher and a holy one came down from heaven; He cried aloud, and said:

  • cut the tree down and destroy it (V. 23), scatter the fruit, and cut down the branches of the tree (Dan 4:14).


  • but leave the stump of the roots with a band of iron and brass (Dan 4:15)


  • change the tree's heart from a man's to a beast's heart, (Dan 4:16)


  • and let SEVEN TIMES pass over him.. Why?


  • to show who rules in the kingdom of men (Dan 4:17) God gave Daniel power through the spirit in him (Dan 4:9) to interpret dreams (Dan 1:17). Daniel interprets the dream (Dan 4:19)


  • the TREE represents the KING (Dan 4:20-22)


  • and SEVEN TIMES will pass over the KING until he knows that the most High rules in the kingdom of men (Dan 4:25).


  • the king's kingdom will be sure to the king after he learns who rules in the kingdom of men. Thus, it would be sure to him after the SEVEN TIMES (Verse 25) (Dan 4:26).

  • a warning is given to the king (Dan 4:27-28)


  • But after 12 months the king lifted up his heart and spoke proud words about himself alone building the great kingdom which he controlled (Dan 4:28-30).


  • While these words were in his heart, a voice out of heaven spoke: "The kingdom is departed from you" (Dan 4:31).


Seven Times as a Mad Man

nm509 >> The kingdom departed from the king, and the king was to dwell with the beasts of the field until SEVEN TIMES should pass over the king so that the king would learn who really rules in the kingdom of men (Dan 4:32).

nm510 >> Nebuchadnezzar "was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like EAGLES' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws" (Dan 4:33). But at the end of the seven times, the king's understanding or reasoning was returned to him (Dan 4:34, 36).

nm511 >> Now for SEVEN TIMES the king was given the mind or reasoning of a beast, "let his heart be changed from man's, and let a beast's heart be given unto him" (Dan 4:16). The king for SEVEN TIMES or seven years was given a beast's mind, he acted like a beast, like an animal. But after the seven times a man's mind was again given to him.

Now what is the meaning of these seven times?

Duality

nm512 >> The Bible is dual. this is the consistent pattern of the Bible. Duality: type and antitype. God works in twos. He created male and female throughout His creation. He created the spiritual and physical dimensions. But further He created the Bible through inspiration to be dual in meaning (note Heb, chaps. 8, 9, 10). The old and new covenant, and the physical Passover and the Spiritual Passover are examples. If you read the "Duality Paper" you may see duality throughout God's plan, and the duality throughout the Bible. Prophecy is also dual. Genesis has a dual or antitypical meaning. Revelation has a dual meaning. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John have a dual meaning. Not every word has a dual meaning, but every complete thought in the Bible, or every event pictured has a dual meaning. Everything prophesied about will be fulfilled in duality. The antitypical fulfillment is its truest sense.

nm513 >> The duality of the Bible can't be overemphasized. It is because the Jews did not comprehend the duality of the Bible that they did not accept Christ. They did not understand that the Messiah was to come twice: once physically to die and be ridiculed, and the second time to rule the earth for 1000 years.

nm514 >> Moses was warned to make the earthly tabernacle according to the pattern shown him in mount Sinai (Heb 8:5). Hebrews, chapters 8, 9, and 10 project that this pattern is one where the physical or type is a shadow of the heavenly or Spiritual or antitype.

nm515 >> With this understanding of duality, is the only way one can comprehend the seven times. If one does not understand the duality of the Bible we suggest he read our "Duality Paper" or other papers we have written to begin to see the duality of the Bible. In fact if you do not understand the duality, or believe in the duality of the Bible, then you can't possibly believe the content of this paper. For the premise of this paper is the fact of duality. From now on we will take it for granted that the content of Daniel 4 has a dual significance.

Seven Times Higher Meaning

nm516 >> Now the king was punished for SEVEN TIMES (years) for his false pride (Dan 4:30-31; 5:18-21). Why?, "a high look, and a proud heart ... is sin" (Prov 21:4). It is sin because everything a man has, or is, was given to him (1Cor 4:7). To say that one has glory because of himself, like Nebuchadnezzar did (Dan 4:30), is a lie, for it is the Lord who grants everything (Dan 5:18-19). And to lie, is to sin, for to lie is to transgress the law of Truth.

nm517 >> So because of the king's sin, he was punished SEVEN TIMES or years. During these seven years he was given a mind of a beast (Dan 4:16). And after these seven years he was given back the mind or reasoning of a man (Dan 4:34, 36). But since the Bible is dual, and the king also represents an antitypical or Spiritual truth.

nm518 >> Note Nebuchadnezzar during the seven years was given a beast's mind, and "his hairs were grown like EAGLES' feathers" (Dan 4:33). Now notice Daniel 7:4, the first beast. This first beast represents Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom (see "Beast-Man Paper" [PR2]). Notice what Daniel 7:4 says about the king's KINGDOM, "the first was like a lion, and had EAGLE's wings [eagle wings are made of feathers]: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it [the kingdom] was lifted up from the earth, and made to stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it."

nm519 >> Notice the parallel between the KING Nebuchadnezzar and his KINGDOM (1). Both had eagle wings or feathers (Dan 4:33; 7:4). (2). Both had their reasoning returned to them so that they could think like a man instead of a beast (Dan 4:34, 36; 7:4). Further we know in Daniel he uses "king" and "kingdom" interchangeably (Dan 7:17, 23). Because the king was punished SEVEN TIMES, the kingdom also would be punished seven times.

nm520 >> Also in speaking about the tree, which signified the king and the kingdom, the scripture said that the kingdom would be cut down, and seven times would pass over it before the kingdom would know who ruled in the kingdom of men (Dan 4:23-25). Now the king was cut down and made to dwell among the beasts (Dan 4:32-33), and after seven times (years) he knew who ruled on earth (Dan 4:34-35). The seven times that affected the physical king and kingdom of Babylon was seven years. The seven times that affect the spiritual king (Satan) and kingdom (Satan's kingdom) is seven spiritual days, or seven thousand years. The book of Genesis showed the start of the kingdom of Satan. Ever since the beginning of this kingdom, its leaders have acted beast-like. After 7000 years a clear mind will be given to Satan and his kingdom, they will be resurrected and given the New Mind in the Great Last Day, the short period after the 1000 year period.




Notes

More on when the Spirit will be Given by God

nm521 >> Now we have shown that the millennium will be a rest from spiritual work. Let's note other verses about the Spirit not being given out in the seventh millennium but in the period after it. In Isaiah 55:1, 3, 6 we read:

nm522 >> "Every one that thirsts, come you to the waters ... incline your ear, and come to me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an aeonian covenant with you ... Seek you the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near."

nm523 >> Compare the above with John 4:13: "whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into aeonian life."

nm524 >> Notice the similarities in these verses. By studying the context of these verses from Isaiah and John we see it is talking about a future salvation, in an aeonian covenant or life, through the waters that are now being poured out through the Church. These running waters represents God's Spirit being poured out (John 7:37-39).

nm525 >> Also Revelation 21:6 denotes the physical waters that will pour out of Jerusalem at Christ's coming (Zech 13:1; Ezek 47:2, 8-9), as well as denoting the Spiritual water being poured out in the Great Last Spiritual Day.

nm526 >> Note that Isaiah 32:15 has no time element. We ask the question when will the Spirit be poured down? This verse does not say, but we've shown you when it will be poured down.

nm527 >> We ask the same question about Isaiah 44:3. When will it be poured down? Now Zechariah 12:10 is dual. It speaks about people looking on Jesus "whom they have pierced." This happened while Jesus was on the cross. It will also happen when Christ returns (Rev 1:7). The world will look upon Christ who was pierced by the old age. (This is not to say that Christ at His return will have pierced marks on Him, for Christ was resurrected with a new perfect body.) This verse also says God will pour down his Spirit on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. This happened typically on the Pentecost (Acts 2:1-41). Antitypically this will happen at God's return, when he sends his Spirit (his angels) to resurrect New Jerusalem, the true Christians. See the paper on New Jerusalem [NM 18] where it equates real Christians, when born of God, with the New Jerusalem described in Revelation. Thus, God sends his Spirit, his angels, to the inhabitants of the antitypical Jerusalem, which is the New Jerusalem.

nm528 >> Now turn to Joel 2:27-28: "and my people shall not aeonian be ashamed" (v. 27). Notice the correct translation is: "not aeonian" as against "never." The translation of "never" is incorrect. From the Hebrew it should read, "not aeonian." In the Greek translation (Septuagint) it should read, "not into the age" instead of "never." This aeonian period is proven to be the seventh millennium (see the "Reward Paper" [NM 11]). Thus Joel 2:27 speaks about God's people ("my people") not being ashamed during the seventh millennium. Notice Joel 2:28: "and it shall come to pass afterward [after the millennium, v. 27], that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and daughters shall prophesy" (Joel 2:28). This is one more proof that the Spirit will be given after the millennium.




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