God Will Ultimately Save The Majority of Humanity!
The Last Great Day of the Feast of Tabernacles reveals God’s plan for the vast majority of humanity. Ten resurrections, each 100 years apart during "The Eighth Day" seems likely for all past generations. The number eight signifies a new beginning, which it would be, for these resurrected past generations. As God puts Israel first, it seems highly likely that He will resurrect the past generations of Israel in the first, or perhaps first few resurrections of “The Eighth Day” followed by resurrections of the past generations of the Gentiles, in subsequent restorations.
Acts 13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
However, the following verse tells us that after the first resurrection, which begins the seventh millennium, "the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished". This seems to prohibit any further resurrections during the first 1000 years of Christ’s rule on the earth. God rests from all His work on the seventh day the seventh 1000 years. Perhaps it is worthy to note again that the first resurrection is a better resurrection the resurrection of the Bride of Christ.
Revelation 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.
It is interesting to observe that the bible speaks of a "first resurrection"; however, one finds no mention of a "second resurrection". This leaves room for the speculation of a series of resurrections, during the White Throne Judgment, for the innumerable billions of people from past generations. The first resurrection is for the justified. Subsequent resurrections are of the unjustified whom God will give an opportunity for justification and there is a final resurrection of damnation for the incorrigible. This process would include 12 resurrections: The first and better resurrection, 10 resurrections during the White Throne Judgment and the final resurrection of damnation.
John 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
Some may object to this understanding based on the phrase "in that day" in Luke 10:12 and similar verses of scripture, where one notes that God will resurrect unjustified Israelites and Gentiles in the same "day" and give them hope of justification. However, the word "day" in Greek can refer to time in general; and Peter informs us that a "day" is 1000 years with God. Therefore, anyone whom God resurrects during the Last Great Day Millennium will have lived in the same day.
Note that Christ did not send the disciples to the cities of the Gentiles (Matthew 10:5), however, it would be more tolerable “in the day of judgment” for Gentile cities than it would be for the Israelite cities that rejected the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.
Luke 10:12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.
2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
In other words, "The Eighth Day" will probably cover 1000 years. If the first 7 days of God's plan encompass 1000 years each, why would "The Eighth Day" be of a different interval?
The following verse indicates that God will give each person in each group 100 years to either allow the creation of a divine mind through the indwelling of the holy spirit – following its lead rather than the drive of the Adamic mind – or perish.
Isaiah 65:20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner [being] an hundred years old shall be accursed.
The idea that prophecy predicts one general resurrection of past generations – referred to as the second resurrection – came from the preceding verse and the belief that “The Eighth Day” was 100 years in duration, among some in the Church of God. However, one should have suspected this in error based on 2Peter 3:8 and the clear record that the first 7 days of God’s plan were/will be 1000 years each.
Bishop Ussher’s Chronological System should not lead one astray. God does not give Ussher a position of infallibility. According to Ussher, we are now past the first six thousand years of humanity. However, according to God and the bible, some time still exists before the dawn of the seventh day of rest – the 7th millennium of the plan of salvation. We can rest assured that God is never late.
2Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
The truth is that the Christ will have to do an early intervention:
Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
Revelation 11:18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
From the foregoing, we can understand that Today is not the only Day of Salvation. However, the Psalmist prophecies that in a time yet future, All the people of the world will turn to YHWH and all the peoples of the nations will worship before Him. We will all agree that nothing like this has ever happened to this day.
Psalms 22:27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
We know that something like this will happen during the millennium reign of the Christ. However, according to the Christ, the city-state of Sodom will rise up and shame some of the Israelite cities of the day of His earthly ministry in turning to Him for salvation.
There is a yet future time when YHWH will rebuild the temple of David and call the remainder of men to earnestly seek Him. In other words, those not raised in the first resurrection will then have an opportunity for salvation.
Amos 9:11 In that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and will rebuild the ruins of it, and will set up the parts thereof that have been broken down, and will build it up as in the ancient days: 12 that the remnant of men, and all the Gentiles upon whom my name is called, may earnestly seek me, saith the Lord who does all these things.
God begins to fulfill this prophecy in The Last Great Day of His plan of salvation. Earlier we saw that God is currently selecting the firstfruits as Christ’s Bride. On the day, which represents the eighth 1000-year period in the process of salvation, the Christ cried out, “If any man thirst let him come to me and drink”. In other words, the Christ was teaching the meaning of the day they currently observed.
John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Observe that Ezekiel prophesied that God would bring Sodom, Samaria, and Israel back to their former estates. This takes place in the eighth day of God’s plan for man’s salvation.
Ezekiel 16:53 When I shall bring again their captivity, the captivity of Sodom and her daughters, and the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, then will I bring again the captivity of thy captives in the midst of them: 54 That thou mayest bear thine own shame, and mayest be confounded in all that thou hast done, in that thou art a comfort unto them. 55 When thy sisters, Sodom and her daughters, shall return to their former estate, and Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former estate, then thou and thy daughters shall return to your former estate.
During the eighth-millennium God resurrects all whom He does not raise in the first resurrection. At that time, God will cause accessibility to the books of the bible for all who did not understand in their previous lifetime; God will open the book of life – opportunity for eternal life – and those who were dead will receive judgment based on whether they embrace life or death for a lifetime of 100 years, after their resurrection.
Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Just as God judges us now, He will judge them during their lifetime in the eighth-millennium, for salvation. In other words, the Great White Throne Judgment is not a time of sentencing but a time of evaluation – judging according to one’s works. If they do not obey the gospel of God, they will incur the eternal wrath of God.
1Peter 4:17 For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God?
Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
God is fair but not gullible. God has an orderly process to bring everyone into eternal life. However, the incorrigible will die and cease to exist even in the minds of the parents who bore them!
1Corinthians 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
Isaiah 26:14 [They are] dead, they shall not live; [they are] deceased, they shall not rise: therefore, hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.
Do you want God to open eternal life to you?
Luke 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
You cannot reserve part of your life for yourself! You will find God when you search for Him with all your heart. Even if God does not call you in this lifetime, be assured that the effort to find Him is worth every minute of it and should He delay your call until the Great White Throne Judgment, you will be ahead of the crowd in the process of salvation.
Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: