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The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi, where are You staying?” “Come,” He replied, “and you will see.”

To all who will follow Jesus… you will find that He is not a leader who keeps secrets from you, but a Leader who will always make it plain to all His followers, especially His disciples, exactly what He is going to do and intends to do. It is only to those who are not prepared to listen to Him and follow Him that the words, plans and intentions of Jesus are shrouded in ‘mystery’ so that any mysteries perpetrated by so-called disciples of Christ are because they themselves have not listened, not followed, not practised, and worse still, are in truth not real disciples of Christ at all, but are those whom Paul described as servants of Satan masquerading as disciples of Christ.

For to two men who did not really know Him who wanted to see where He was staying, He said, “Come and you will see.” So it is this invitation that He has extended to all believers who desire to be disciples… “Come and you will see.” However, to take up that invitation one must follow Him, and sadly, many believe Him but do not follow Him. Even the eleven who knew Him came to a place where they did not follow Him. They did not follow Him to Galilee for the angel’s message to the women in Matthew 28.7 was: “Then go quickly and tell His disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him.’ ” If He had gone ahead, then surely anyone who went to Galilee was following Him.

There is no secret of the Kingdom of Heaven or the Kingdom of God that is not available to a disciple. The problem is… there are not many disciples in the church, just many believers who bear the name of Christians, for their prime aim is to enter Heaven through faith in Jesus… not to enter eternal life through knowing Jesus. Indeed, immortality is what most who call themselves “Christian” are after – a life after death lived in paradise forever. Eternal life is not what many seek… for eternal life lets you come to know the One true God and Jesus Christ whom He sent, but not everyone wants to know God. Many are happy to just believe that there is a God or believe in God by their understanding, but to know Him, that’s different. It is like many people of a nation like to believe their leader and know they have a leader… but to really get to know that leader? No thanks. However, dear reader, as I have reminded you many times through the years, God said, “… let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on Earth, for in these I delight.”

So rejoice that before you need to learn about anything else of the Lord’s conduct of war, He lets you come to know Him first, and not only that, He lets His enemies know what He intends to do as well… which is why in the days of Moses, God let pharaoh know exactly what would happen next before it happened.

You see, God is the Lord God Almighty… eternal, invincible, invisible, and no one can match Him in power, wisdom, understanding and knowledge… so that when God declares His will to do something, His enemies can do nothing… absolutely nothing, to stop Him. That is why God said in Isaiah, “Remember this, fix it in mind, take it to heart, you rebels. Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.”

Thus, those who want to follow Him and take up His invitation, “Come and you will see,” have been shown where Jesus lives, which is written plainly in Revelation 21 and 22 as John recorded: I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, and The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him. So it should not surprise you that before the Lord returns to wage the war against ungrateful men… the end of the war has been made known from the beginning.

This is how this war will end: After the last battle is fought and won outside of the camp of God’s people, outside of Jerusalem, both Earth and all the present Heavens will be destroyed and any human being will be killed and raised up for the great white throne judgement. Those who had placed their faith in Christ but were not eligible for the first resurrection will be raised and given the right to enter the Holy City, New Jerusalem, together with those of the first resurrection. From there they will continue their eternal life and come to know God and Jesus, except they will always know Jesus less than those who were raised at the first resurrection. For, those who were raised at the first resurrection will know Him as the King of kings and Lord of lords whom they served. Those who are of the second resurrection will know Him as John the Baptist introduced Him: “the Lamb of God…” as it is written: “the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him.”

You see, Revelation 21 and 22 make known the end that awaits those humans who will be His people and who will be His servants. However to those who are His sons, Revelations 21 and 22 describe their inheritance: What God has given them, not what they will make of it.

You see, in Revelation 21.7 God said, “He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be My son.” However, an inheritance is given to coheirs so that they make use of it for their future. As such, the future prepared for those who are sons is not made known… only the future of those who are the people and servants is known.

As for those who are the enemies of God, against whom this war has been waged and are taken prisoner, held in death and Hades, even their fate is made plain for them from the beginning. For God has clearly said, “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practise magic arts, the idolaters, and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulphur. This is the second death” – to join the false prophet, the beast and Satan who had already been cast there as well as death and Hades.

However, the fact that there will be a reprieve for some of those eight who are condemned to join the first five in the lake of sulphur is also already written, for in Revelation 22 Jesus said, “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the Tree of Life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practise magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practises falsehood. God condemned eight in Revelation 21.8 but Jesus gives reprieve to five of them in Revelation 22.15. Such is the mercy and grace of God through Jesus, His Son, that even those who are condemned can find reprieve in the words of Jesus. If the condemned can find reprieve in the words of Jesus… how much more so the repentant?

I say reprieve, for the five of Revelation 22.15 are not saved, that is, they do not receive the salvation of their souls… hence they are referred to as “the dogs”. For the livestock have a spirit and a flesh, but no soul. For God has a soul and only His image, man, has what God has in full – spirit, soul and flesh – whereas the angelics have spirit and soul, but no flesh. Without salvation of their souls, those humans who are the ‘dogs’ are given the reprieve of living out an immortal life of having flesh and spirit, like a dog. Remember these are those who were condemned already, so rejoice for God’s mercy to the condemned.

However, three of the eight – “the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile” – are given no reprieve and are also thrown into the lake of sulphur to join the other five – the false prophet, the beast, the devil, death and Hades – to make eight who will be in the second death. So that for Satan… he will have his new beginning just as God will be having His new beginning on the New Earth with His eight – Father, Son, Holy Spirit, angels, elect, disciples, believers and New Jerusalem. As such, God has given Satan his desire… as he had declared in Isaiah 14.14: “I will make myself like the Most High.”

So indeed, he has been made like the Most High with a three person ‘god’ head of himself, the beast and the false prophet – their own personages of authority, flesh and power – like the Father, Son and Holy Spirit… with spirituals and sons (the vile, cowardly, and unbelieving) and a ‘bride’, Hades, like Jesus has His bride, the city of New Jerusalem.

Seven personages and a place… that is what God has prepared for Himself and so He has given His enemies seven personages and a place, and in between, as it were… the dogs.

Now, all these are very interesting, and for those who do not know the Scriptures or the power of God but worst of all, do not know God – for no one who does not know the Scriptures or the power of God can come to know God, inclusive from the moment Scriptures were given – such things are speculative. If anyone considers this speculative, they have not disbelieved the writer, but disbelieved God who spoke the judgement and Jesus who spoke the reprieve. So then, they are judged by their own ignorance.

For those who are the elect… see and understand your King… for God who condemned eight types of people – “the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practise magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulphur. This is the second death” – is the One who can give reprieve to those condemned by God… and so He changed the sentence for the five… “Outside are the dogs, those who practise magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practises falsehood.”

Knowing and understanding that the King you are following is the One who can reprieve even those condemned by God, will gird you in the days of distress that are promised, for as He has and will give reprieve to the condemned, so shall anyone who has faith in Him. Indeed, one of the roles of the elect is to give reprieve to the condemned even before Jesus arrives, and that is to the sons of Satan who will be weeded out by the angels and thrown into the fire reserved for them and their father. It is our ability to do what Jesus does (for those who know what we are speaking of) that will divide the sons of Satan from their father and fulfil these words of Jesus: “From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other… father against son and son against father…” It is this reprieve by those who truly have faith in Jesus that will bring down Satan’s house, leaving him no choice but to hand over his authority to the false prophet for his ability to do miraculous signs and wonders to deceive the people.

You see… you serve a King who will keep no secrets from you and make known to you the end from the beginning so that this war begins from the end.

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