Not all go to heaven, but ALL will be saved!

Not all go to heaven, but ALL will be saved!

Dear Friend, (An email response to a shocked, but confused friend)goodnewspostit

I just want to clarify what I believe as it is clear to me that many misunderstand me on an important point.  Let me clarify my belief with respect to who “goes to heaven”: because I do NOT believe that everyone “goes to Heaven”!

There is only one author, our apostle Paul, who writes anything about an expectation of “going to heaven”, or  to use a pattern of sound words “having a celestial allotment“.  It is important to note that there is a difference between the “Kingdom OF heaven” (A kingdom on earth) and the Kingdom IN heaven”. (A kingdom in the celestial realm)

Remember this:

“It will greatly help you to understand scripture if you note – no only what is spoken and written, but of whom and to whom, with what words, at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstances, considering what goes before and what follows.”
–Miles Coverdale

With the exception of Paul’s letters (Acts -Philemon) all scripture is addressed to Israel and all promises and expectations recorded in all scriptures outside of Paul’s letters are given to Israel ONLY. As members of the Body of Christ, we have no part in Israel’s promises, and we were never under Israel’s law.  This includes the Levitical as well as the Mosaic Law, which includes the 10 commandments. (Something to remember, all scripture is for us, not all scripture is addressed TO us!

Even so, the following is absolutely true:

“All scripture is inspired by God, and is beneficial for teaching, for exposure, for correction, for discipline in righteousness, that the man of God may be equipped, fitted out for every good act.” 2 Tim 3:16-17

I DO believe in God’s judgments , something that “universalists” do not. All sin and evil will be dealt with justly. But Gods justice will be delivered with love.  Gods judgments, even better than those of any loving earthly father, are remedial in nature, they are never punitive. Those whose names are not found in the book of life at the Great White Thrown Judgment are cast into the lake of fire, yes.  The Lake of Fire is described in scripture as “the second death“.  The dead know nothing, they are in “the unseen” until they are brought back to life by God. (Ecclesiastes 9:5) Also of note here, if you pay attention to Gods word as you read about the White Throne Judgment, you will see that those judged are judged by their acts, not their faith, or lack of it.

Now as to the confusion…

Heaven is not the end of Gods’ plan, there is so much more! “Heaven and earth shall pass away” (Matt 24:35, Mar 13:31, Luk 21:33) and after we have completed our service “in heaven”, at the “consummation“, death (including the second death) will be abolished. (1 Corinthians 15:21-28) Leaving all who were dead alive again and subject to Christ.  This happens right before He (Christ) hands those who have been subjected to him (all of creation) over to God the Father, who then will become “ALL-IN-ALL”.  The body of Christ “spends two entire ages (1,000 year millennial age, and then the age during the new heavens and earth) in “heaven” being Gods chosen instruments for reconciling celestial beings back to Christ.  All Israel will be saved, but their expectation is earthly, ours is celestial.  Those who were judged at the great WHITE thrown judgment and cast into the lake of fire do not live again until after heaven and earth have passed away.

Rightly dividing the word:

(2 Tim 2:15)   – “Study to shew thyself approved”

Paul was given a completely different gospel.  “My gospel“, he calls it, and the Gospel of our (the body of Christ) salvation was given to Paul alone, it was given to him by our risen and glorified Savior after the cross and is distinctly different than the gospel given during Christ’s earthly ministry when the law was still in effect. Up until that time (Paul’s separation in Acts on the road to Damascus) the old covenant gospel was still in effect.

Paul is the only one who did not know Christ after the flesh and he was given a different gospel for us, the body.  Paul’s gospel is a gospel of Grace, apart from works whereas the gospel given to the 12 apostles (as James writes) involves faith AND works. So much confusion comes from trying to mix things that should not be mixed.  Here is why Paul tells us we need to rightly divide the truth. Truth for Israel (the bride), and the truth for us (the body).

Paul tells us we are to “rightly divide the word of truth“, to have “a pattern of sound words“, and to “distinguish things that differ” but in systematic Christianity the opposite is true, all truth is mixed together, unsound worldly unscriptural terms are used, and there is no distinguishing the things that differ. I guess I would say that most of Christendom is mythtaken, to put it nicely.  I know what you believe, friend, I too once believed what you did.

It is my prayer that God may grant you a willingness to set aside what you have been taught and have accepted as truth in order that

the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him“. (Eph1:17)

Now, I will attempt to address your short list of scripture verses thoughtfully before giving you my short list.

Philippians 2:9-11 (ESV)

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

First of all, the Greek work translated to “confess” in this passage is ἐξομολογέω (exomologeō) and it means “to agree fully: – confess, profess, promise.  It is much more than just admitting or confessing but a sincere profession of belief!  Every knee will bow and every tongue will profess Christ as Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

These verses, 9-11 are pretty clear, with no need for any commentary by me or anyone else, it is only if one does not believe what God has written that one must attempt to explain these verses away.

This Confession is the Work of God’s Spirit.

“Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Spirit” (I Corinthians 12:3).

Every man will say (with joy) that Jesus is Lord and receive the Holy Spirit according to Phil 2:9-11.

Now to address verses often presented to limit the work of Christ to only a few:

John 1:12 

This was written to Israel, not us and has nothing to do with salvation but even if it did, on the day that is spoken of in Phil 2:9-11, the day every last tongue  has confessed Christ as Lord,  all will then be qualified anyway as Corinthians 12:3 affirms than none may confess Christ apart from the Holy spirit.

Romans 10:9

In the end, everyone will confess with their mouth and believe in Christ therefore they shall see salvation.  You will note that there is no time constraint here.  It is degenerate theology that teaches that this must happen during this lifetime.  In 1 Corinthians 15:23 it explains this, each in their own order or class.  We who believe in this lifetime are the first fruits and chosen to later help bring in the latter harvests.

1 John 5: 11 -12

The version quoted from is typically a paraphrase translation, not a literal translation and the word translated to eternal in this verse (αἰώνιος [aiōnios]) does not faithfully communicate what God has written in the inspired word.  This Greek word alone never means eternal or everlasting but a specific period of time with a beginning and an end.  In this case, “eonial life” refers to life during the two ages (eons) when Israel is ruling with Christ on earth, and we are “in heaven”.    I’ve spend countless hours studying this and could send you volumes of material in just this one word and how it is mistranslated in most (not all) English translations.  Most people are unwilling to go through the trouble of researching this, it takes a great deal of time and effort

More faithfully translated it reads:

“And this is the testimony that God gives us life eonian, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the [eonian] life; he who has not the Son of God has not the life.” (CLV)

This is true, but this is not the end.  If you do not have life, you are dead.  In the end (1 Corinthians 15:21-28) death will be abolished leaving nothing but life for those who missed out on “being in heaven”.  What happens after Heaven, when God is “all-in-all”?  Scripture does not tell us so we will just have to wait and see.  But one thing is for sure my friend, none of your friends or loved ones will be lost forever.  They may be lost for “the eons” that proceed this one, but in the end, all will be reconciled back to God the Father through the blood of our Savior.

Here is a very short list of scripture verses that clearly contradict what you have been taught by the christian religion: (May God be true, and every man a liar, especially those who have graduated from man-made seminary schools)

“And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:2, 3).

“All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee” (Psalm 22:27).

“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities” (Psalm 103:8-10).

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it” (Isaiah 2:2).

“Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; And all flesh shall see the salvation of God” (Luke 3:5,6).

“That was the true Light [Jesus Christ], which lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (John 1:9).

“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto Him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world“ (John 1:29).

“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me” (John 12:32).

“Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:21).

“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by One, Jesus Christ. Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of One the free gift cameupon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous”(Romans 5:17-19).

“For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen” (Romans 11:30-36).

“For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming. Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For He hath put all things under His feet. But when He saith all things are put under Him, it is manifest that He is excepted, which did put all things under Him. And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.” (I Corinthians 15:21-28).

“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead … To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation” (II Corinthians 5:14,19).

“And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven” (Colossians 1:20).

 

“Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (I Timothy 2:6).

“For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, Who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe” (I Timothy 4:10).

“And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (I John 2:2).

Regarding the teaching of eternal torment:

(God causing or allowing billions to suffer forever?  This verse alone disproves that doctrine of demons)

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away“ (Revelation 21:4).

 

Traditions of man say billions will cry out and be in pain (in ‘hell’) for all eternity, which clearly contradicts the above verse.

And I will leave you with this gem by our Apostle Paul:

“That in the dispensation of the fulness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him” (Ephesians 1:10).

In Christ,
– D H

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