What's Next?  Another New Era?

If the embryo theory proves to be a way of predicting what will happen in the future, then what is going to happen after the 1000 years of rest (assuming this is a literal 1000 years) should be well known well before the 1000 years are over!  Of course, there are likely to be some surprises along the way!!   "...then I saw all that God has done.  No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun.  Despite all his efforts to search it out, man cannot discover its meaning.  Even if a wise man claims he knows, he cannot really comprehend it." (Ecclesiastes 8:17-18).

An Abbreviated Bible Overview

Addendum September 2007: The first New Era described in this Bible Overview is assumed to be the 1000 year Millennium described in Revelation chapter 20. If the era from Adam to Christ was the era of the Father, and the 2000 years after the birth of Christ was the era of the Son, then one has to assume that the Millennium is the era of the Holy Spirit--as stated by some theologians for nearly 2000 years. 

If the Embryo Theory aids in understanding, then the Holy Spirit is like the nervous system in a human body that connects the head (the Father) to the rest of the body (all of creation). A little sliver (problem) in any part of the body is immediately felt by sending a signal through the nervous system to the head. The head sends signals (through the nervous system) to other parts of the body, such as the arms and fingers, to do something about the problem. Consider the Internet, which connects people around the world to one another, as a crude, early prototype of the nervous system in all of God's creation to be developed during the era of the Holy Spirit.

God created the heavens and the earth; so one could assume that God could easily recreate whatever He wanted, whenever He wanted. But the Bible clearly shows that God has chosen to give human kind dominion over God's creation. Everything worked perfectly as long as human kind followed God's instructions. When they didn't follow God's instructions and did not take responsibility for their actions (repent), they were no longer in direct communication with God. As a result all of creation started to decay and no longer worked as God intended.

Things got so bad that God decided to destroy all life on earth, but Noah listened to God and did everything just as God commanded. As a result Noah, his three sons, and their wives survived to start anew. Abraham listened to God, obeyed, and went to the Promised Land "even though he did not know where he was going." Moses listened to God and lead God's people out of Egypt toward the Promised Land.  (Hebrews chapter 11.)

Jesus Christ is God in human form to take sin (disobedience) from the world (John chapter 1). Throughout the Epistles Paul talks of people who listen to God and live according to God's Word as being recreated into the Body of Christ. They are set free to serve one another. God works through people to restore all of creation-so it will work again as God originally intended.

Much of the technology we take for granted today was pure science fiction less than two centuries ago (in some cases much less), such as: automobiles, airplanes, space craft, electrical appliances, radio, television, the Internet and thousands of other items we use every day! Therefore it stands to reason that things that seem to be science fiction today may be commonplace a thousand years from now, such as: a recreated heaven & earth, a very large space station, life with God, peace, resurrection of the dead, eternal life, etc. 

So we look forward, equipped to serve, as did the saints of old (Hebrews chapter 11). By working together, prepared to tell others the reason for our hope, we walk as Jesus did, without distractions, because we are looking forward to the new (restored) heaven and earth

Information about the transition to a new era was sent to churches nearly 2000 years ago. God's Word is unsealed though spirituality, terrorism, famine, death, yearning for justice, nuclear war, people serving God, and silence. God's people are separated as trumpets call God's people to a place prepared for them

The trumpet calls are in the form of a series of calamities that; kill vegetation, destroy creatures & ships in the ocean, kill people through polluted water, darken the sky, torture people, and kill a third of mankind. During the trumpet calls: a series of Woes are called out; a scroll is presented proclaiming that the mystery of God will be accomplished with the seventh trumpet; and, two witnesses prophesy for 1260 days. During the seventh trumpet call God's temple in heaven is opened.

At this point in the transition it appears that the Philadelphia-type of people are no longer on earth. The Smyrna-type of people are busy on earth helping others overcome while the dragon, leopard beast and lamb beast are on the earth leading people astray.  Those who have overcome are on Mount Zion, which maybe the forerunner of the New Jerusalem.

Three angles proclaim the gospel then the earth is harvested with a sharp sickle destroying disobedience through God's wrath. The abominations of the earth have been destroyed. Hallelujah

A new era, free of disobedience, begins. It is a time to concentrate on God's Word, the rules by which we live, and our function in God's creation. Remember, at creation God gave us dominion over all He created, we are to subdue it, fill it and take care of it. We are all in this together; each has an important part to play.  

The Next New Era--Revelation 20:7-15 and chapters 21 & 22
When the thousand years are over, Satan (disobedience) will be released to deceive the nations, but he will be overcome. Then everyone will be judged according to what he had done.  It is quite possible the transition into the era of the new (renewed) heaven and earth will be somewhat similar to the transition to the Millennium; with seals, trumpets and harvest. It is quite possible that at least the forerunner of the New Jerusalem is built by God's people during the transition to the Millennium era.  Be careful!  Listen, obey and do--Hebrews chapter 11.

For an understanding of what people may be doing on the restored heaven and earth, read the book "Heaven" (by Randy Alcorn, Tyndale House Publishers, 2004). 

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