You speak a lot about the Millennial Kingdom and what takes place there, but what happens after the Millennium?

q   You speak a lot about the Millennial Kingdom and what takes place there, but what happens after the Millennium?

aIn the Book of Revelation Yahweh details events that follow the Millennium. The White Throne judgment will immediately follow the Millennium. At that time Satan, the man of sin, and death are all destroyed in the lake of fire, Revelation 20:7-15. Then Yahweh will come to earth in the New Jerusalem, characteristics of that holy city are:

There will be no more sorrow (21:4).

All things will be made new (21:5).

Overcomers will inherit all things (21:7).

The wicked will be destroyed in the lake of fire (21:8).

The 21st chapter should begin in verse 9, with the forementioned verses a continuation of chapter 20. The Greek text did not have chapter divisions, which were developed by Stephen Langton, an Archbishop of Canterbury around C.E. 1227. The Wycliffe English Bible of 1382 was the first Bible to use this chapter pattern.

Revelation 21:9-22:7 describes the New Jerusalem, with Yahweh dwelling on earth.

The Tree of Life shown in Genesis reappears at that time, bearing fruit each month and producing leaves that will heal (22:2). We find it significant that a majority of pharmaceuticals today are plant-based.

Yahweh’s Name will be in the foreheads of the people (22:4), just as it was on the miter of the high priest, Exodus 28:36-38.

Only those who keep Yahweh’s laws will have right to the Tree of Life and can enter the holy city (22:14).

The latter parts of Ezekiel chapters 37 and 48 also discuss post-Millennial Jerusalem.

What happens when we die?

q    After reading many articles, I have two questions. “To be absent from the body is to be present with the L-rd” and “today you will be with me in paradise” both passages seem to indicate that something follows death besides sleep or the end of existence (prior to the resurrections). What do you take as the meaning of those two scriptures?

aWhen Paul stated in 2Corinthians 5:8, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Master,” he was simply saying that he would prefer to be with the Master, not that he was or could. He was not even sure of his own salvation, 1Cor. 9:27. The common misquotation of the passage is, “To be absent from the body IS to be present with the Master.” The two are not symbiotic. Being without a body following death is not the same as being with Yahshua, as the misquotation suggests. Besides, not everyone without a body (in death) will receive salvation.

When Yahshua stated in Luke 23:43, “Verily I say unto thee, today shall you be with me in paradise,” we understand He was saying, “I say to you today, you shall be with me in paradise.” It was an emphatic statement and the Greek did not have punctuation to bring that out. Yahshua was assuring the thief that very day that upon His return that the thief would be with Him in paradise or the kingdom.” We use the same terminology when we say, “I’m telling you right now…” Punctuation was added by English translators based on their understanding of the context. We know that the common misquotation of the verse is in error because Yahshua never went to paradise that day. He was in the tomb three days and nights before He resurrected from death.

Will we see Yahweh in eternity?

q    Will we see Yahweh in eternity?

aThe resurrected saints will definitely see Yahweh as they serve Him in His Kingdom. Note the following:

In Psalm 17:15 David wrote, “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.” In Matthew 5:8 Yahshua said, “Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see Elohim.” Revelation 22:3-4 tells us: “And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of Yahweh and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name [shall be] in their foreheads.”

Some have said that the Kingdom is only for those men who have served as ministers now and that women and members do not have any part of it until the second resurrection. Could this be true?

q    Some have said that the Kingdom is only for those men who have served as ministers now and that women and members do not have any part of it until the second resurrection. Could this be true?

aThe Sadducees came to Yahshua in Luke 20 and asked Him whose husband a woman would be if she remarried seven times with seven brothers after each had died. He answered in verse 35: “They which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of Elohim, being the children of the resurrection.”

His answer tells us these truths: He raised the point of marriage, which occurs only between a man and woman. The woman (any righteous woman) was therefore included in the first resurrection. This is clearly the first resurrection because those in it will not die any more, while those in the second resurrection, which is a resurrection to physical life, can be killed in the lake of fire if they prove unworthy, Revelation 20:15. Indeed, 1Thessalonians 4:16-17 makes no distinction between sexes in the first resurrection.

We further read in Galatians 3:28: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Messiah Yahshua.” If righteous women are considered one in Messiah along with righteous men — and in fact those of any race who have been called — how can any one of them be excluded from the first resurrection?

Do you believe that all who are written in the Book of Life will be in heaven?

q    Do you believe that all who are written in the Book of Life will be in heaven?

aYahweh’s Word does not promise heaven to anyone. Yahshua in John 3:13 said no one had gone to heaven, not even after 4,000 years of human life and death on earth. All who are written in the book of life will be in the Kingdom on earth, however.

Revelation 21:27 reads, “And there shall in no wise enter into it [the Kingdom] any thing that defiles, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

Contrarily, those who are not in the book of life will be the ones worshiping the beast. “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world,” Revelation 13:8

The Bible says in John 3:13 that no one has ever gone to heaven, but I read in2Kings 2:11 that Eliyah was taken up to Heaven. Please explain

q    The Bible says in John 3:13 that no one has ever gone to heaven, but I read in2Kings 2:11 that Eliyah was taken up to Heaven. Please explain

aThe account of EliYah in 2Kings 2:11 is often used to justify that man goes to heaven after death. With careful study, however, one will find that EliYah never traveled to heaven. One reason we know is the fact that King Jehoram received a letter from EliYah after this incident (2Chron. 21:12).

We believe that the chariot of fire and whirlwind described in this passage were likely manifestations of Yahweh’s Spirit (compare with 2Kings 6:17) and the reference to heaven simply refers to the “first heaven,” which by definition in Strong’s Concordance is “the visible arch in which the clouds move.” Three heavens are spoken of in Scripture.

No conflict exists between John 3:13 and 2Kings 2:11. Yahshua, our authority on heaven, stated that no man had gone to heaven except for himself who also descended from heaven. Additional understanding can be gleaned in the Biblical concept of death and the resurrection. Scripture clearly states that upon death that one loses all thought (Ps. 146:4) and is only awakened to consciousness at the resurrection (Dan. 2:12, 1Thess. 4:13-16).

Could you explain Rev. 14:11 in regard to everlasting torment of the wicked?

q    Could you explain Rev. 14:11 in regard to everlasting torment of the wicked?

aThe passage reads, “And the smoke of their torment ascended up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receive the mark of his name.” Some interpret this passage to say that the wicked burn in hellfire forever.  First, notice that it is “smoke” of their torment, not the fires, that lasts forever. Smoke results from something burned. This indicates that they were consumed and all that remains is smoke. Jude 7 speaks of the “vengeance of eternal fire” that burned Sodom and Gomorrah. But these cities are not still burning. They are an everlasting reminder, however, of Yahweh’s wrath.