In Matthew 13:41, Jesus said that He would send forth His Angels to gather out of His kingdom, all of the stumbling blocks.
These stumbling blocks are the corruptions to His kingdom, which were created when the Church departed from the truth of the Apostles.
In Revelation 14, we can see that three Angels are sent out to announce the hour of God’s judgment.
The First Angel has the everlasting gospel to preach, the gospel that is accompanied by the Holy Spirit. This is the meaning of “springs of water” in Revelation 14:7 (compare to Rev 10:6, which excludes the springs of water).
Those who obey “another gospel” will now be judged, as Paul tell us in Galatians 1:8. Once the Spirit of truth reveals the true gospel, men will be without excuse.
The Second Angel brings the revelation that Babylon is fallen. Babylon has been judged. When men understand the meaning of Mystery Babylon, and who the beast is, Babylon will be judged.
The Third Angel announces that men are without excuse, who worship the beast, his image, and receive his mark. Even though men understand the truth, they continue to observe these great blasphemies, and so they drink of the cup of the wine of God’s wrath. Meaning they no longer remember the cup of the Lord’s death in a worthy manner, and are made guilty of the body and blood of Christ.
The third Angel announces the judgment of God, saying,
If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name. (Revelation 14:9-11).
While this may seem severe to some, this is not the only passage that tells us those who do not really “know God” will not inherit eternal life.
Jesus, praying to the Father, said, “Father . . . this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
The Apostle Paul said that when the Lord returns, flaming fire would be poured out on those who do not know God: “in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thess 1:7-8).
There are two conditions to receiving God’s salvation: we have to know God, and we must obey the salvation teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Some might find this strict warning difficult to accept. But, in fact, it is false Christian teachings that prevent the unity of believers that Christ prayed for. This unity is necessary so that the world will believe, as Christ said.
False doctrines keep people from receiving salvation; they cannot follow a false god, which was created by human imagination. The Trinity doctrine caused the Arab people to reject Christ as their Lord, because they could not believe in a man-made three-person god. As a result, there are now 1.6 billion Muslims today, who choose to follow Muhamad, rather than Christ.
We need to preach the truth of the Bible in order to bring God’s salvation to mankind. So let us be fully convinced of the Bible’s explanation of Christ and God.
|The Firstborn of creation||Christ was the firstborn of creation. He is not self-existing. There is only one true God, the Father.
There is absolutely no evidence in the Bible that the expression “firstborn” is ever used with the meaning of rank. This applies to Psalms 89:27 and so on. Those who established the Trinity did not dispute the Bible’s assertion that Christ (the Spirit of Christ) was born of the Father. They only tried to argue that no time could be established when Christ was born, since the stars and seasons that measure time had not yet been created. They agreed with the Bible to say that Christ was “begotten before all ages” of human history, or “begotten before all worlds.”
The issue of “when” Christ (the Spirit of Christ) was born is irrelevant in establishing whether Christ is self-existing. No can be born of their own will. The existence of a Spirit begins at birth. Jesus said, “I came out of the Father,” meaning that He was not always in existence. God is the one true God and “Father of all” who created all of us in the womb, as both the Psalmist and Isaiah said. So John called Christ “the Beginning of the Creation of God.”
|The image of the invisible God||The oneness of Christ and God is emphasized through the Bible’s explanation of the Spirit of Christ as the “image of the invisible God,” and as “the Word.”
This oneness was communicated so strongly through the statement “YHVH our ELOHIM (I), YHVH (and the Father), ECHAD (are one).”
It is really the confusion about this concept that led to the creation of Tertullian’s homoiousia theory, and the earliest form of the Trinity doctrine.
The Spirit of Christ was God’s “face” to Cain, Adam, Moses, and Abraham. This oneness of Christ with God surpasses our oneness with God, expressed by Jesus’ statement, “may they be one in Us.”
It was this unique relationship that led to the idea that Christ was “coessential with the Father.” But, while we stand in awe of the relationship between Christ and God, we always need to remember that the invisible God is the Almighty God; He did not really need Christ’s help to carry out His plan of salvation, any more than He needs our help. Christ shares in God’s glory because of His submission, just as we will also share in His glory. But in fact, it is only God who has allowed us to share in His glory. He is the true creator and architect of all things.
The identification of Christ as a Spirit of God can be confusing, but in Zechariah we learned that there are many Spirits of God, which include the seven Spirits of God before His throne.
|The Only Begotten God||Jesus Christ told us that the word ELOHIM, or god, could even be used for the sons of God. Through this, He signified that He was not equal to the one true God.
Christ was born as a separate spiritual being. Christ and God do not form one God. Jesus Christ Himself said, “I came out of the Father.” He was the ELOHIM in the Old Testament who appeared in Genesis 1: in the beginning God was the Word. The phrase “only begotten God” explains this very clearly.
Through our study, we found several instances where God called Christ ELOHIM in the Old Testament. ELOHIM was not a multi-person God, as proved through the use of singular verbs and adjectives. Christ and God are two separate beings. But Christ acts as the image of the invisible God.
As the only begotten God, He was not the one true God. The Bible clearly tells us that God counsels with no one. The Spirit of Christ simply spoke the words of God, as “the Word.”
|Who was manifest in the flesh||It is important to understand the difference between the Biblical concept of “manifest in the flesh” and the pagan idea of incarnation. Incarnation imagines that a spirit being becomes a person. However, the Bible teaches us that the Spirit of Christ was only revealed or “found in appearance” as a man. The Book of Revelation demonstrated how the Spirit of Christ was able to appear as the Son of man and the image of the invisible God and the Angel of God, all at the same time.|
|The only Begotten Son||The writer of Hebrews told us that Angels are only ministering spirits, sent for the purpose of our salvation. However, the Spirit of Christ became as much greater than the Angels, when Christ resurrected and became the first Son of God.|
|The Lord||Because of Christ’s obedience, God highly exalted Him and made Him our Lord. Today, we worship Him as our Lord.
However, on the LORD’s Day, Christ will submit to God that God will be all in all. This was dramatically illustrated for us in Revelation 19 and 22 when the Spirit of Christ, as the Angel of God, told John not to worship Him. He called Himself John’s brother, being the first “of the brethren” as the Male Child.
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God,
be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 1:17