THE WORD OF TRUTH MINISTRY
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Otis Q. Sellers, Founder David R. Hettema, Director
Volume 2, No. 37 Jane Sellers Hancock, Editor December 2005
Thoughts from the Editor Jane S. Hancock
The Bible is a complex book to study. Many people have translated God’s inspired words from the original Hebrew and Greek texts into modern languages. In all translations biases exist, based upon previous beliefs, culture, and yes, even religion.
People who find our little group or our web site might feel like they are entering a graduate Bible-study course in the middle of the semester without having taken any of the prerequisites. I have been sitting “on the front row” all my life, and I still feel that way. I still have questions. And as I study, more questions arise.
For example the terms Kingdom of God, Day of God, Day of the Lord, Day of Christ, the Millennium, the New Heavens and New Earth. Which ones are synonyms? To what do they actually refer and in what context? So what follows is a little primer of those terms—those “days”— when each day comes and what characteristics each one has. And as you read, remember that my stand is that the Earth, the planet I live on now, is my future home for all the days to come.
The Day of Man
We are living in “the Day of Man,” a time divided into two parts-before Acts 28:28 and after Acts 28:28. The Day of Man started with Noah, a time when “human government became a reality upon the earth.” During this time and up until Acts 28:28, God communicated with man through prophets, angels, apostles. It contained the Acts Period, which was a brief time of miracles. The Day of Man took on a different look after Acts 28:28, a time we call “the Dispensation of Grace,” a time when God is silent, a time when God is establishing a record of His Grace that can be recalled later, a time of no judgment or no punishment for sin, a time when people die. Satan appears to be the prince of this Earth. Above all there is no human mediator between God and man.
For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Tim. 2:5).
The Day of Jesus Christ
God’s next move is to bring in “the Day of Jesus Christ,” also called “the Kingdom of God,” also called “the King-
dom of Heaven.” This is the time when all people are enlightened with the knowledge of who Jesus Christ is, a time when all curses that began with Adam are removed, a time when righteousness reigns instead of evil, and life reigns instead of death. Satan is still around—restrained at first, then released near the end and fighting for control; hence the parable of the tares among the wheat. This approximately 500-year period is what Jesus proclaimed in every city and village He visited, the subject of all His parables recorded in the Gospels; it is what the Lord told us to pray for. “Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” It is a time when God sets things right—a time of justice.
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it (Isa. 40:5).
The Day of the Lord
Following “the Kingdom” comes “the Millennium,” the 1000-year time period called “the Day of the Lord,” which is heparousia of Jesus Christ, the time when He reigns on Earth. Parousia means “a personal presence,” a presence because of who a person is and what a person does. The Day of Jesus Christ becomes the Day of the Lord when God imposes a time of testing called “the Great Tribulation.” It comes without announcement, suddenly like a “thief in the night.” This is a righteous time when at the close of the testing Christ returns to Earth to accomplish His purposes, again in the form of a man.