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A World Without End?

A World Without End?

©copyright 2007 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C.

—excerpt from Bind Up the Testimony, Seal the Law, a spiritual interpretation of The Revelation together with all related Old and New Testament prophecies: available by order from any local or online bookstore, lowest pricing at Amazon.com

  

Many are familiar with Drs. Jack and Rexella Van Impe, a husband and wife television evangelistic team, who make it a point to state they have doctorate degrees in Biblical theology: our first clue that they have attended man’s seminaries, where they were taught “man’s commandments and traditions” as well as man’s worldly interpretation of The Revelation and related prophecies, as opposed to spiritual interpretations. As one might suppose, this treatise is about the end days in which we live— Laodicea in the midst of Armageddon ongoing— and, more specifically, about what happens when Christ returns.

 

Sunday, 21 January 2007: Dr. Van Impe spoke of Christ’s return to earth, fiercely telling about instruction by some unnamed Christian denominations purportedly teaching that earth will end; utterly destroyed— become asteroids and comets floating about space— and, eventually, a new planet earth will be created apart from this original one. Not! In fact, TSaS does not know of any denomination teaching the end in this manner; though the majority do teach it with many other errors.

 

Van Impe then pointed to Papal Rome and other specific yet unidentified Christian sects he claims speak truth, that teach this world as without end. He even quoted various Old and New Testament verses to support his perception that this present earth will never be destroyed. Based on that perspective, Van Impe said Christ’s millennial reign MUST happen on this old earth; as opposed to heaven. Van Impe is both right and wrong.

 

According to Van Impe, we the people will not go to heaven for even a few days—in previous broadcasts, Van Impe has taught that only “pastors, preachers and theologians will go to heaven when Christ comes in the clouds in either 2007 or 2008, their stay in heaven for period of just seven years in preparation for coming back with Jesus to help Him teach us God’s truth again;” a principle based on claims that the 70-weeks/490-years prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27 has 7 years left to be fulfilled as well as supposedly to fulfill the “prophesy again” admonition of Revelation 10:11. Unfortunately, Van Impe and his associates failed to recognize that the “teaching again” was fulfilled in the Philadelphia church age, as set out in Revelation 3:7-8.

 

Van Impe states that, through the Bible’s secret code, each of those pastors, preachers and theologians are actually named. All of this is wholly without Biblical merit, for there is no such thing as a secret code that is found much like working a letter-by-letter word puzzle; choosing a series of letters horizontally, vertically, up and down, and even diagonally and backwards, throughout various books of the Old Testament. While the Bible does reveal God’s “secrets and mysteries,” it does so in plain sight, yet are perceived only by studying the Bible in the manner God prescribed and under the tutelage of the Holy Spirit: topically.

 

Nevertheless, Van Impe concluded his current argument by saying earth cannot be both totally destroyed and lived on at the same time, adamantly directing his next words to everyone believing otherwise, “You cannot have it both ways!” Van Impe is right and wrong. Being both right and wrong is a very dangerous place to be when Christ returns.

 

Earth IS a planet without end, intended to be forever populated with humans, as Van Impe quoted from Ecclesiastes 1:4, but he carefully avoided reciting all relevant scriptures clearly denying his claims for Christ spending Revelation’s 1000 years on this defiled orb; such verses rendering the above Christian organizations and Van Impe’s premise wholly illogical. This lack of logic found in church leaders taught by man, instead of the Holy Spirit, leads people down a path of destruction ending in God’s pit of fire and brimstone. We must remember Paul’s admonition, “Do not be surprised that Satan can manifest himself as an angel of light, and that his ministers can do the same.”

 

Examine God’s perfect logic for Christ and His sheep spending 1000 years in heaven:

 ONE: Since the entire 490 years of Daniel’s prophecy was completely fulfilled— by virtue of Christ’s ministry having been the first 3-1/2 years of the prophecy’s last 7 years and the remaining 3-1/2 years of it meant to end with minister Stephen’s death in 36 AD, as a sign of the prophetic “Time of the Gentiles” beginning, which occurred— then we first need to understand what the Bible means by “earth’s end.” It was obvious in Noah’s day that earth was destroyed by floods, only Noah and his family saved because the people did not listen to Noah’s warnings given over a period of 100 years.

The flood was earth’s first destruction followed by renewal. II Peter 3:5-7 continues from the great flood to say that, since the flood, earth is reserved to perish by fire, fire from heaven— this denies man’s teachings that it will be from nuclear bombs and other of man’s weaponry, which is to render a worldly interpretation of “fire from heaven”— fire is the only way to purify earth of man’s spilled blood and permeating wickedness.

God and only God will effect final destruction; He does not need man’s puny weapons. The Philadelphia age served like Noah’s warning, except the warning of earth’s end by fire was given over a period of 147 years, for Philadelphia ended in 1991; yet, the warning continues even in this Laodicea age. At an appointed time after our redemption, earth will be restored yet again: although, earth’s second restoration will be permanent and forevermore without evil.

It should be clear: while earth is a permanent world, life in and on it perished once and will again for a final time. This latter, however, will be for 1000 years as opposed to the 40 days and nights in Noah’s day, plus the five months it took for the floods to recede. Thus, we review the manner of Christ’s return, for this too will disprove Christ reigning 1000-years on this grossly defiled planet.

TWO: According to Mark 14:62, Jesus will be seen coming “in the clouds of heaven.” I Thessalonians 4:16-17, further states, “Christ comes in the clouds [of heaven] and gathers up His sheep, both the dead and living, to bring them together in the clouds [of heaven] to meet Him in the air; where we shall ever be.” The use of ever, in this case, denotes a long period of time, to-wit: 1000 years. To a finite mind this would seem like forever. “To ever be in the air” clearly means we will be located in the heavens, not on earth.

Additionally, Matthew 24:27 describes Christ’s journey across our skies as beginning in the east like the sun rises and moves to the west where the sun sets: fire preceding Him and the seventh plague of Revelation 16:17-21 following behind Him. Jesus said in John 14:2-3, “I go to prepare a mansion for you in my Father’s house. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again to take you where I am, that you may be there also.”

Considering the fire preceding Jesus and the seventh plague pouring out in His wake, the combined scriptures from Revelation 14:9-11, Psalm 37:20; 114:3-8; Isaiah 26:14, 31:30,33; 33:14; 34:9-10; Habakkuk 3:3-6,11-15; Zephaniah 1:2-3, 3:6; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; II Peter 3:7 and Mark 13:31 reveal the condition of this earth once we are gone (paraphrased): “Earth’s streams are turned into pitch and its dust into fiery stone. The land has become burning tar. Wicked nations have been removed, leaving no living inhabitants, their streets waste and cities destroyed. And, the fires shall not go out night or day, and the smoke and torment of those who worshipped the beast and his image and whosoever bore the mark of his name shall go up for a thousand years, and from generation to generation the earth shall lay a wasteland. No creature, man nor beast, shall pass through it during the thousand years of earth’s Sabbath. For the old heavens and the earth now are reserved for consuming fire on the day of execution and perdition of ungodly men. Then, God will utterly purge all things from off the bloodied land: man and beast, birds and fish, and the stumbling blocks of the wicked.”

Does this sound like what happened to Israel? Indeed, it did; but, as God said, “What was in the beginning is now, and what is now will be, and what will be was in the beginning.” What happened to Israel was to show us what happens when God brings wickedness to an eternal end; for He did say, “There must be an end.” To say the wicked are tormented forever is to allude to Revelation’s 1000 years.

If we are to remain on defiled earth for the next 1000 years, where is the logic in taking us up into “the clouds of heaven” or to have prepared a heavenly mansion for us? Why would Jesus remain in the clouds taking up His sheep across the world from east to west; and, why would we be traveling with Him in the clouds, IF He and we are to remain on earth for this purported reign? Why would Christ or we be staying in the midst of fire and smoke and rotting bodies? God tells us why Christ and we will not be staying here.

THREE: We are advised in II Thessalonians 2:7-10 that the wicked immediately die at the brightness of Christ’s return, and Revelation 20:4-6 states they will not live again for 1000 years; for they have part only in the second resurrection to a second death. Now we have a problem with those dead bodies, what to do with them if Jesus and we are staying on earth. How do so few sheep bury billions of rotting bodies?

Both science and the Bible confirm that, after only a few days, the stench would be unbearable; as noted about Lazarus before Christ resurrected him. Dead bodies also become extremely toxic to the environment and air we breathe. We have seen such decomposition cause all manner of diseases every time there has been a catastrophic event: such as the Indian Ocean tsunami that left over 250,000 dead bodies decomposing. There is no doubt our Lord could speak and all those bodies instantly would disappear; but, this is not what God says will happen.

FOUR: The Lord declares in Jeremiah 25:32-33, that the wicked He slays shall lie dead from one end of earth to the other end and they shall neither be grieved over nor gathered up to bury; in as much as they shall be like dung upon the ground. This being the case, there is no way we or Christ would remain on this old earth, for Jesus is to claim a purified earthly kingdom and Revelation 20:4-6 already rendered the understanding of how long they will lie dead on earth’s surface: 1000 years.

What is the purpose of leaving the wicked dead like dung? Fact: decomposing material, plant or animal or human, and even waste from these life forms, actually enriches soil. There is another requirement, however, adding to the replenishing of earth that she may once again support life. 

FIVE: In order to keep the land healthy, rich and fertile, fully capable of sustaining life, God instructed in both Exodus 23:10-11 and Leviticus 25:2-7, that the land was to have a Sabbath rest every seventh year; which should clarify that earth is a living entity. Leviticus 26:35 and Joshua 14:15 tells us why this planet shall have its seventh thousand years as a Sabbath rest: because it was not given its Sabbath rest while man lived upon it. Man justified not letting the land lie fallow every seventh year by claiming it will not become depleted of nutrients if rotating crops timely. Untrue!

Despite rotation, our land is now so depleted that testing reveals all produce and grains very low in nutrients. Greed was and is motive for not giving earth rest. Thus, between rotting material, ashes from the fire preceding Christ as He crosses our skies, and earth resting for 1000 years, while healing from its wounds of wars, the soil will be totally restored by the time we return from heaven with Christ. All that would remain to be done will be to reduce the resurrected wicked to ashes, whereupon the righteous will walk, and the planet returned to its Eden-like state, then Christ begins His reign over God’s earthly kingdom.

SIX: Further proof of our stay in heaven for 1000 years, instead of earth, is the fact that earth will be at rest therefore producing nothing to sustain mankind. She will lie fallow and unable to support life. This is where the first phase of Satan’s and wicked man’s punishment begins. Revelation 20:1-3 metaphorically describes Satan bound with chains to the bottomless pit of earth. Genesis 1:2 describes earth’s beginning as a void in darkness, which is the same state in which she shall have her Sabbath rest. Therefore, earth becomes a bottomless pit for Satan by virtue of no life upon it.

How apropos that he should be bound to earth with nothing more than the stench of decaying bodies for 1000 years; not one living soul to tempt and torment with his utter cruelty and lies. However, the wicked dead do not sleep, as do those dead in Christ slept before resurrection; instead, the wicked’s spirit beings are conscious and “weeping and wailing and grinding their teeth,” because they know a second death is coming.

All Satan has to look forward to is a short release to tempt again the resurrected wicked, yet three months later he and they will be utterly destroyed: so completely that even the smoke of their ashes will disappear, that God never again be reminded of him and his followers. At this time of our return, we temporarily will be camped at Old Jerusalem with Christ. Now, the final reason Christ’s 1000-years reign with us will be in heaven.

SEVEN: A beautiful description of New Jerusalem’s construction is given in Revelation c.2l; however, we find in Zechariah 6:13,15 that Jesus will build New Jerusalem— God’s temple as it were— and that the sheep will be helping to build it: “they that are far off” refers to the heathens/Gentiles, who before had not known God yet came to accept God and Christ thus forsook their many false gods. Therefore, New Jerusalem becomes the world’s capital from which Christ and God will rule.

It stands to reason that New Jerusalem is built in heaven, because once all wickedness is destroyed upon our return to earth, then Christ makes earth and the heavens new: this is the time where Revelation 21:1-2 reveals New Jerusalem coming down from heaven, adorned like a bride for her Groom: complete in every way and completely pure. Based on the Holy City’s size, it becomes realistic that we will be very busy building it; a feat that will take hundreds of years: following the wedding and great wedding feast.

Once again, God’s truth has concluded with His perfect number seven; seven very sound reasons why neither Christ nor His sheep will remain on earth for the millennial reign. Would you want to remain here under the circumstances God has described? Or, would you prefer the pure heavenly bliss of God’s files being revealed to us, that we understand His judgment, participating in the great wedding, then dining with our Lord, listening to Him speak and, finally, helping Him build New Jerusalem? Indeed, we shall be very busy; and, as for this house, we choose heaven any day and, like Apostle John, we pray that Christ’s return be quickly: for the wicked and filthy grow only worse and worse.

The results herein turn Jack Van Impe’s words back onto him, “You can’t have it both ways.” Van Impe’s way, and those whom he supports, leaves their followers unprepared for Christ’s return; for their teachings pave the wide, wide road to utter destruction.

~end Article

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  2. Hi Bonnie

    Speaking as a fellow Bible teacher, it’s always an honor to share what God reveals to each other.

    I read your short biography with great interest and frankly some concern. I hope you will visit my website and maybe request a free copy of my book about Miraculous Healing, a hugely derided and abused subject.

    Being entirely Bible-based, it may bring you some comfort and assist you in comforting others.

    Sincerely in Christ,

    James

    Comment by JAMES GLOVER | 6 May 2010 | Reply

    • It would have been nice, James, if your comments had appeared on the article “Are Christians Guaranteed Healing” of the flesh. Some years back, the Holy Spirit gave the answers to that question and even provided examples from the Bible of the seven reasons why a person might not be healed in the flesh: any one or all 7 reasons might apply.

      https://bonnieq.wordpress.com/2006/08/20/is-healing-of-our-body-a-given/

      Much love in Christ,
      BonnieQ

      Comment by bonnieq | 7 May 2010 | Reply

  3. God says we shouldn’t hate, yet he hates. God says to love thy neighbor yet if they don’t worship him he sends them to hell. I guess the question I am trying to ask is why god is “do as I say and not as I do”? Could someone explain this to me?

    Comment by Harold | 30 June 2007 | Reply

  4. Thank you, Joe, for stopping by and leaving such encouraging comments. I totally agree that when Christ returns, to take us up, He arrives with the sentencing penalty; for the trial has already ended, some sealed as innocent and the majority marked as guilty. Carrying out the penalty, of course, will not occur until we return with Him for the second resurrection: those slated to die a second time.

    I find that on the rare occasions when I’ve watched the Van Impes, I did not find it entertaining; mostly they tend to stir my righteous anger over the lies they spew to pave the road to utter destruction. And, I find it exceedingly sad that so many people buy into all the lies, not only the Van Impes and those like them but also coming from the myriad denominational pulpits.

    Thus, I find the Truth only through the Holy Spirit’s guidance through only God’s Holy Word. Another interesting lie that is being put out there is that Revelation deals only with these end days and that it is written chronologically: wrong on both accounts, for it is a series of flash backs, forward, present and around again, and it covers a period of 3000 years. So, the only way the likes of the Van Impes can interpret that convoluted book is to apply worldly perspectives to it: as opposed to a spiritual interpretation. As you said, even the numbers are prophetic and Daniel gave us many clues as to the proper meaning of those numbers.

    Again, thank you so much for stopping by. 🙂 I hope to see you here again soon.

    Much love in Christ,
    BonnieQ

    Comment by bonnieq | 13 February 2007 | Reply

  5. First of all, I love watching the Van Impes at work. They are very entertaining, and it’s always fun to see how they will try to hammer today’s events into some ridiculous statement of prediction in the Bible. “There was a flood in China last week. This is predicted in Revelation…”

    Um, no it isn’t. At least not specifically. Revelation is not written in today’s language, for one thing, and has multiple layers of meaning to it, including a prophetic meaning. But it’s fun to watch the Van Impes at work.

    As a Catholic, I can say that the Van Impes have the Catholic meaning of “World Without End” a little confused. They are pulling this from a traditional Catholic Prayer: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.”

    This prayer is actually a poorly translated one from the original Latin. A more accurate rendition is simply “is now and ever shall be forever, Amen.”

    I am not here for debate, and will refrain from much discussion of Catholic understanding regarding the End Times. I will point out that the idea of a 1000 year reign of Christ on earth is rejected in Catholic theology. Revelation is very largely symbolic in many ways, including the meaning of numbers. (3, 7, 10, etc.) In a nutshell, we believe that when Christ returns, that is the final judgment, because it will be the end of time. To get into a deep discussion on that point is not appropriate here, but it’s a point worth noting.

    Thanks for pointing out your blog to me. At some point, I plan on delving into the Catholic theology on the end times with my blog.

    Joe
    http://www.digitaldiatribes.wordpress.com

    Comment by Diatribical Idiot | 13 February 2007 | Reply

  6. Hi Steve! It’s sooo good to see you. And, thank you so much for your support as well as encouragement and wisdom. 🙂

    The Mayan calendar: it plays no part whatsoever in Biblical prophecy. The only one that could is the Hebrew calendar. So, 2012 is about as useless a date as Christendom’s vague claim of 2007 or 2008. As for denominations either teaching the prophecies in error or ignoring them, either way the people are not prepared for Christ’s return; and, we know that by not being prepared, they will be left behind very dead. OH! How I wish the people would listen and heed.

    If we are looking for specifics, we can know the approximate year based on the signs of the times; which indicate that Christ’s arrival is very, very soon. And, while we cannot know the day and hour of His return, we certainly know the season based on the three Jewish harvest festivals: which begin in September and each of which symbolize birth, death, and resurrection; this final festival occurring around November 10th, which further symbolizes Christ harvesting His small flocks according to Revelation.

    Thank you so much for inquiring about my health. I have my good days, then there are those bad days when Satan is determined to shut my mouth forever. He hates the Truth that I put out there for our Father and Christ. 🙂 Nevertheless, I will not shut up until God says it is time. 🙂 And, I hope you and your family are doing well!

    Much love and hugs,
    BonnieQ

    Comment by bonnieq | 4 February 2007 | Reply

  7. Great article Bonnie!

    You do a great job in bringing clarity to this very important subject often clouded with mis-interpretations. This article will surely be of great help to many seeking the truth about end-time prophesies. In a world where some Christian denominations distort the truth about the end and where others choose not to speak of the end at all, you’re article serves as a much needed corrective warning to the world.

    The Mayan calendar is said to end on December 21st, 2012. What are your thoughts on this?

    I hope you’re doing well. Thank you for your prayers, and thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting!

    Steve.

    Comment by Steve | 4 February 2007 | Reply


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