The Ransom of Jesus Christ
the only rescue for the mankind
The human drama began in the Paradise, when first parents, in spite of knowledge of fatal results, violated the Divine prohibition and reached out for a forbidden fruit. In this way they brought the death sentence on themselves and their offspring. The punishment seems to be drastic, disproportionately high to the transgression. We have to take however into consideration the absolute human perfection of our parents. We are only the shreds of the such intellect, the moral feeling and the physical beauty, which Adam and Eve fully possessed. God created Adam in his own image and the likeness, in a single act, and He described his work as "very good." The Scripture clearly declares that "Adam was not beguiled" (1 Tim. 2:14) therefore breaking the law by first man was deliberate act. The theory of evolution about gradual development of man from lower existence forms into higher makes the Apostles a fools, because they taught about restitution of mankind. "Restitution" is translated from two biblical Greek words: "apokatastasis” (Acts 3:21) and "paliggenesia." (Matt. 19:28.) They clearly assure us, that man will return to the primitive state. To what first condition would mankind have to return? One moment of reflection on this question is enough to point out the whole absurdity of the theory of evolution in regard to the man creation. This touchstone of Divine truth will quickly show that evolution is the opposite of the truth, because evolution denies the fall and all need for redemption from it..
The divine justice put Adam to prison of deaths (heb. sheol, gr. hades), or of a non-existence state. This state would be eternal, unless someone equally perfect like first man would be ready to receive his blame and death sentence on himself. The teaching about the necessity of paying a Ransom-price – a perfect man for a perfect man – gr. Antilutron – a corresponding price, it runs like red thread through entire Scripture, from description in Genesis how sin entered the world to description of removing this sin in Revelation.
Already in the Paradise, directly after the forbidden fruit was picked off, our first parents began to feel the shame. "They knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig-leaves together, and made themselves aprons," but the God replaced their aprons with "coats of skins." Blood of a typical lamb had to be shed to cover the nudity of the sin. It was suggestion of a future covering provided by the death of some unknown Redeemer – the seed of the woman. With the passing of time it was becoming more and more clearly that human ways of the justification before God by own acts (aprons with leafage) are futile.
After this event the son of Adam, Abel, as first man offered bloody sacrifice. Also many patriarchs and ancient men offered on the altars similar burnt-offerings with clean beasts. During the Jewish Age innumerable burnt-offerings were ordered by ceremonies of Mosaic Law. The apostle Paul invoked all these offerings and formulated the unambiguously Divine principle of the justification: "Apart from shedding of blood there is no remission." (Heb. 9:22.) Therefore, only the death of equivalent man could save the another man sentenced to death. Regulations of Mosaic Law concerning cleansing from the leprosy – horrendous disease which maybe the best illustrates sin and its results – they point out also on such necessity of the substitution. From two sparrows brought to the priest, one was killed, whereas second, after dip in the blood of the dead sparrow, was released to fly away. (Lev. 14:2-7).
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Blood of the paschal lamb in Egypt, that had been killed in the first month (Abib, Nisan), on the fourteenth day of the month, not only saved all the first-born of Israel, but it also led the entire Israeli nation out from Pharaoh bondage. From then on, every year the lamb blood was preparing Jews for the special day of Passover 14 Nisan 33.
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At last at the river Jordan John the Baptist, pointing out at the Lord Jesus, voiced an opinion on which through 4000 years waited subconsciously entire mankind: "The Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29).
It was already mentioned above, that during the night in Egypt all the first-born of Israel were saved first and then the same lamb blood paved the way to the freedom for the entire nation. According to this the Paul Apostle wrote: "Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us." (1 Cor. 5:7.) Jesus Christ, Lamb of God takes away the sin of the world, but His blood of the Ransom first justifies, protects and rescues the first-born class of Gospel age church. (Hebr. 12:23.) This church of the first-born, with the Christ as their head, is the spiritual seed of Abraham, by who "shall all the families of the earth be blessed." (Acts. 3:25.) All the first-born of Israel under Christ leadership ("Moses") will lead the entire mankind ("Israeli nation") to the longed-for Kingdom of God on the earth ("land of Canaan").
After Apostles death, prince of this world, Satan, began to lead God's people astray, directing them without larger obstacles from the path of the light to darkness. In this practice he used every weakness, negligence and ambition of many people from among the believers. They were adding error to error gradually until they quite obscured the truth of Redemption by blood of God's Lamb. The effect of such practice was that they created monstrous dogmatic system, which like the heap of litter covered Sanctuary of God, that is true God's people.
The most disgusting error which defiled God's Sanctuary was so-called Mass.
The Roman Catholic doctrine of the Mass is this: The death of Christ, they claim, canceled Adamic or original sin, but is not applicable for our daily shortcomings, weaknesses, sins and omissions; it is not a continual sacrifice, ever meritorious for all our sins, ever sufficient and efficacious to cover as a robe every sinner and every sin, so as to permit the contrite one to come back into union and fellowship with God. For such sins the Sacrifice of the Mass was instituted: it is esteemed by Papists as a further development of the Calvary sacrifice. Each time the Mass is offered in sacrifice it is, they claim, a fresh sacrifice of Christ, for the particular persons and sins to which the priest offering it mentally applies it. The Christ to be thus sacrificed afresh is first "created" from wheat-bread and wine by the officiating priest. They are ordinary bread and wine until laid upon the altar, when certain words of consecration, it is claimed, change the bread and wine into the actual flesh and blood of Christ. Then they are bread and wine no longer, though they still have such an appearance. This change is called transubstantiation – change of substance. The five magical Latin words which, it is claimed, effect this change of bread and wine into actual flesh and blood, are, "Hoc est autem corpus meum." It is claimed that any priest can thus create Christ in the flesh, afresh, to be sacrificed afresh. And having thus created Christ, a bell is sounded, and priests and people fall down and worship and adore the bread and wine, which now they recognize as the very Christ. This done, the bread (the real flesh of Christ, veiled from the senses, they say) is broken. Christ is thus slain or sacrificed afresh, repeatedly, for the special sins sought by this means to be canceled.
Thus Papacy has substituted a false or sham sacrifice, in the place of the one everlasting, complete and never-to-be-repeated sacrifice of Calvary, made once for all time. Thus it was that Papacy took away from Christ's work the merit of being rightly esteemed the Continual Sacrifice, by substituting in its stead a fraud, made by its own priests.
The prophecy declares, "It took away from him [Christ] the continual sacrifice," and then adds, "and the base of his Sanctuary was overthrown." (Dan. 8:11 KJ.) The base, or foundation-truth, upon which the truly consecrated or Sanctuary class is built, is that our Lord Jesus, by the sacrifice, of himself, has redeemed all, and will save to the uttermost all who come unto God by him, without any other mediator, without priest, or bishop, or pope, and without any other sacrifice – any other being an abomination in God's sight, as teaching by implication the insufficiency of Christ's great ransom-sacrifice. (Heb. 7:25; 10:14)
This doctrine of the ransom is the base of the Sanctuary or holy temple – the consecrated Church.
Book of Daniel contains two temporal prophecies connected with this subject and counted from the historical event: "from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem" (9:25). First of them points the time when our Savior would cause the typical sacrifices to cease, by making "his soul an offering for sin" (Dan. 9:27; Isa. 53:10-12). The second prophecy points the time, when the Sanctuary class would be cleaned from errors, and particularly from the Mass – blasphemous doctrine of Antichrist (8:14).
The same prophet, particularly pleasing to God for his looking into the future, he received several information relating to the time, when a "monstrous opinions in the Roman dunghill of decretals" (Luther), which are covering the base of God's Sanctuary (the fundamental truth), they will be dumped away. Such ultimate cleaning was to be done at the "time of the end," previous to the second presence of Christ. (Dan. 12:9)
Daniel prophecy (7:25) speaks also about a time, when "a little horn," papacy began to hold the secular power and wielded it triumphantly for 1260 years (a time, times and half a time – 3,5 x 360 = 1260). One should count this period since 539 A.D., when Justinian, Roman emperor defeated Ostrogoths. Then he recognized the bishop of Rome as the superior over others bishops and commanded to obey to the teaching of the Catholic church. The year 539 B.C., the date of official putting into practice of ceremony of the Mass or "the abomination that makes desolate," it is a base, from which two another prophetic periods should be measured – 1290 and 1335. Daniel wrote: "And from the time that the continual [burnt-offering] shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand and two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days." (12:11,12)
Throughout the long centuries of supremacy of papacy, the hideous errors of the Roman Catholic church multiplied without obstacles like heap of dirt in the Lord's Sanctuary. All the critics of this state were cruelly persecuted and exterminated. The situation changed in year 1799 fundamentally, when Napoleon imprisoned the pope, and, several years later, Protestants began in masses to print cheap Bibles. Great Reformation began the preliminary cleaning, but now, when the "rain of Bible" fell and personal studying of God's truth became possible, a thorough cleaning in the Sanctuary gathered momentum. In this process, special part played movement of William Miller (1829-1846) prophesied by Daniel. "As though God would arrange that thereafter there should always be a class representing his Sanctuary cleansed, kept separate from the various sects (...) the rubbish and defiling abominations were entirely removed in 1846." (C-119,120)
Another several dozen of years went by, when the place in Sanctuary, being cleansed from the various defilements of papacy, once again filled the gold vessels of the precious truths of God. The fervent spirit of the Sanctuary class looking for justifications and rescue from God was showed in a cry of John (5:4). This "crying" had turned into an inexpressible joy during the second presence of Lord, when was restored to Sanctuary its most valuable gem: "There is one God, one mediator also between God and men, [himself] man, Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all." (1 Tim. 2:5,6)
The necessary condition of the Salvation plan
Jesus Christ, "the Lamb, as though it had been slain", he became the only Being in the universe worthy of the highest honours of his Father. Our Lord deserved on such great elevation by his Father because of his perfect obedience to the paternal will. Being on the earth, He executed the most important part of the Divine plan of Salvation - "He poured out his soul unto death" (Isa. 53:12) as the ransom (equivalent price) for Adam, and, in him, for the entire mankind.
(1) And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the back, close sealed with seven seals.
Fifth chapter of Revelation provide us with a most beautiful picture of subject of the Atonement, illustrating the divine plan of man's redemption from sin and its curse. Heavenly Father is shown seated on the heavenly throne. The throne is a seat of divine power and authority for the universe, with angels as ministering spirits. In right hand of this Ancient of Days there is a scroll, representing the divine plan, with its times and seasons, which existed before the Bible was written. This plan of the Father, Jehovah himself, was kept in his own power – in his own hand – until some one should be proved worthy to know it, and become its executor as Jehovah's honored agent and representative.
A part of the plan was written on the outside of the scroll, and a part was written on the inside. Mysterious things, securely sealed, they could not earlier be understood by God's people as much as the Lamb will break these seals in the proper time. This proper time it was second coming of the Christ designed for realization of the Restitution work. The understanding of the prophecies, fulfilling during second presence of our Lord, would not be to the end possible without the opening of the seals of Revelation. Daniel similarly, he was told that the prophecies which he writes down had to be sealed up to the so-called time of the end. (Dan. 12:4,9)
It was not the Father's will also that his people in the past, nor down to the time the "seals" were broken should know the date of second coming of his Son (D605).
The writing on the outside is the promised redemption through the blood of Christ. It is the most essential truth, the bare promise of salvation through the seed of the woman, which our first parents heard in the Paradise. All the people, sincerely believing in the Scripture, they knew this promise from the very beginning. They were praising God continually, lived in the hope and looked forward for fulfilment of his plan.
(2) And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a great voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
The strong Angel symbolizes the Law, which, from the time of its deliverance through Moses, had been proclaiming as unworthy all ones, who sought to overcome by it. All the time, there lasted helpless expectation for someone who should be proved worthy to know this plan, and become its executor (to break seals).
(3) And no one in the heaven, or on the earth, or under the earth, was able to open the book, or to look thereon.
The symbolic picture proceeds to show that till the time our Lord Jesus suffered for us at Calvary, till He had given his life as man's redemption price, and till He died "the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God," no one had ever been found (proved) worthy to take up the divine purpose, to understand its contents, and to be the executor of this great plan.
(4) And I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open the book, or to look thereon: (5) and one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not; behold, the Lion that is of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath overcome to open the book and the seven seals thereof.
The apostle John represents God's people that waited faithfully throughout the Evangelical age on the arrival of Christ and introduction of his Kingdom. (John 21:23.) In the eve of second our Lord presence, that is in "time of the end" (1799), the power of the papacy was broken and, in the result of it, the Bible became generally accessible. The God's nation, class of John used these events immediately and began diligently to study the Holy Book to understand the essence of the principles of Redemption of the mankind.
After resurrection of our Lord, apostles asked Him in regard to the time and circumstances of realization of Salvation plan. The saints of the Most High God through entire Gospel age were overwhelmed by desire of acquiring of such knowledge, but this desire was aroused in the highest degree at the dawn of Christ second presence. Then, there was still relative obscurity in relation to the divine plan of Salvation and, at the same time, there was the special want of knowledge in regard to it. That is why symbolic John was presented as weeping.
Patriarch Jacob, being on his death-bed, when blessing his sons, he uttered such prophecy: "The sceptre [the right to rule] shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh [the Prince of Peace] come: And unto him [at the expiration of the Times of the Gentiles] shall the obedience of the peoples be." (Gen. 49:8-12.) That’s exactly "one of elders," or personified prophecy of Jacob.
Symbolical presenting our Lord as Lion refers to his strength and majesty – the strong one, the highly exalted spiritual creature, the Lord of glory.
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In symbolic language of Bible, a root signifies the origin, source of life. The first "root" or father of the human race, Adam, failed (because of disobedience to God) to bring forth his family in his own likeness, the image of God. He not only failed to give to his posterity everlasting life, but forfeited his own right to the same, and entailed upon his offspring a legacy, a heredity of sin, weakness, depravity, death.
Jesus Christ became the second "root," David's root, or father. When and how? Neither as the prehuman Logos, nor yet the man Jesus that was David's Lord and David's Root; but the resurrected Messiah. He became Giver of life (root) when He was made flesh, the man Jesus "a little lower than the angels," when he became related to Adam's race through his mother. (Heb. 2:9,14-18.) And in that relationship to the race and to David he was "branch," not "root." The mean, by which He become the "Root" there was his death, by which he purchased life-rights of Adam and all his race, including David's. When our Lord had been raised from the dead, then he was Adam's Redeemer, the race's Redeemer and hence David's Redeemer.
By this we understand, that the our Lord was not born with the right to open the scroll, but that he acquired it, when He had overcome. By his death He redeemed a condemned world of mankind, and merited the Father's confidence, that it might be entrusted to him every feature of the divine program of Salvation.
(6) And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, having seven horns, and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent forth into all the earth.
This verse pictures of our Lord during his self- sacrificing mission, lasting three years and a half. The beginning of this mission was at his consecration in Jordan, whereas the end of it at Calvary. It was the God's plan that our dear Redeemer should be tried, tested in his obedience even unto death, even the death of the cross, and proven worthy. Our Lord gave his life as man's redemption price. Because of his obedience "God highly exalted him, and gave unto him the name which is above every name; that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven and [things] on earth and [things] under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Fili. 2:9-11)
After his resurrection our Lord said: "All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth." At this moment, He knew already the divine plan completely. He gained knowledge of all past things, present and future (seven eyes) and unlimited power (seven horns), which He intended to use in the work of the restoration of human billions to the eternal life lost in Adam.
The order of the realization of God's Plan:
first the choice of the Church of Christ during Gospel age,
and then the Restitution of the mankind in the seventh Millenium
(7) And he came, and he taketh [it] out of the right hand of him that sat on the throne.
The Plan of Salvation of mankind was originally known only to Jehovah himself, because He was Author of it. The Mosaic Law defined requirement of the divine justice, as follows: "thou shalt give life [heb. nephesh – soul] for life [soul]" (Exod. 21:23.) God's Son, Jesus Christ, fulfilled this requirement, He died for sin of Adam and in the aftermath of it He received Plan of his Father to realization.
After his demonstration of faithfulness at Calvary and his ascension to Glory, He received the divine plan into his care, with the authority and power to execute all its provisions.
(8) And when he had taken the book, the four living creatures and the four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having each one a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
The verse quoted above, portrays in symbols a landmark in realization of Salvation plan. That plan was prepared ages ago by God Jehovah himself. The elders are the personification of prophecies related to God's Kingdom. Four creatures are the personification of God's attributes guaranteeing accurate realization of this plan. These symbolic creatures had a harps, ready to sound the miraculous melody of the salvation. They had a gold bowls filled with all features of God's plan, that is all this, what it was the object of longings and desires of all saints praying from the beginning, "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth" (the incense). The Divine justice however, still did not let to set a machine of salvation in motion. After the more than 4000 years the long-awaited moment has come. At the Jordan has arrived the Lamb of God, the Saviour of the world, Jesus Christ.
It was Son of God, man, Jesus Christ, who fulfilled an important part of the plan by redeeming the world with his own precious blood. He died and was raised to life, and sat down on the right hand of the throne of God. The realization of the plan of Salvation began. In the vision, the creatures and elders began to fall in homage before the Lamb. Four winged creatures represents attributes of God: Justice, Wisdom, Love and Power. Justice is the foundation of God's throne (Psa. 97:2). Neither Love nor Power could be exercised until Justice is satisfied. They were on the wing, ready, but waiting; looking toward Justice, to know when to move. From event at Calvary all four creature moved, to guard the fulfillments of prophecies in accordance with will of Most High God. New song and the melody of God's harps began to sound in the universe.
(9) And they sing a new song, saying, Worthy art thou to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou was slain, and didst purchase unto God with thy blood [men] of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation. (10) and madest them [to be] unto our God a kingdom and priests; and they reign upon earth.
The new song announces the new era in the history of the mankind. The earthly kingdom or dominion was intended and prepared for human, earthly being, and, though forfeited by man on account of disobedience, it will be restored, as taught by all God’s holy prophets. It is precious blood of Jesus Christ, in the reason of which this kingdom will be restored to mankind. His blood became the basis for the forgiveness of human sins, opened up the way to reconciliation. "It is the blood [sacrificed life] that maketh atonement for the soul." (Lev. 17:11.) The new song announces nearing establishment of the new heavens and new earth, an elements of organization of third happy world. The exalted Christ, Head and Body (Church) are spiritual powers of the new heaven. The new earth represents the future societies being organized in accord to the divine principles of justice and love. The new heaven class, so-called New Creation was prepared throughout Gospel age (Cor. 5:17). The Church of Christ, the spiritual offspring of Abraham in which shall all the families of the earth be blessed (Acts 3:25), first was recipient of the justificatory power of the blood of the Christ ransom.
After the resurrection of our Lord and his ascension the scroll was given into his hands with full authority to read, to understand and to fulfill its glorious prophecies. This scroll relates specially to the blessing of our race.
The preliminary process of restitution began together with the second coming of Christ. Already from the beginning of seventh millennium (1874), our Lord began the preparations to the establishing of his Kingdom. The era of enlightenment, skill and inventions started. The chosen nation of Israel was called on to return to the Holy Land. In the close future God will make the New Covenant with this nation and Ancient Worthies in the lead awaked from death condition. (Luke 13:28; Heb. 8:8-12). The initial work of Restitution include also our Lord’s preparation of his revolutionary army. This army make up all discontented and down-trodden people. This army is able to overthrow all despotic systems being base of power of the duke of this world, Satan.
The Scripture says: "Surely the Lord Jehovah will do nothing, except he reveal his secret unto his servants the prophets." (Amos 3:7.) This principle applies also to God's people living during the second presence of Christ. All things, which our Lord is doing are the secret for the world at present, but the same things are revealed to John class, when consecutive broken seals were disclosing the various features of the divine purposes. Last from seven seals, broken in 1967, has disclosed the last mysteries of Revelation.
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The Little Flock class were selected under the trying ordeal of sacrifice during the Gospel age to become spiritual beings – the Seed of Abraham, in which “shall all the families of the earth be blessed” (Acts 21:25.) Their experience with and victory over sin will well fit and prepare them to be patient and helpful toward the world. They will share in the first resurrection. God made this elect Church the Body of Christ and provided for her the honorable function of the Royal Priesthood. Their double office of the kings and priests was typified by Melchisedec, who was a priest upon a throne. (Heb. 5:6; 7:11.) As kings they will rule the world in righteousness, enforcing and establishing order and justice and truth; as priests they will teach the people.
They are to reign over the earth or over the world of mankind, who will have been awakened from the death. Throughout a thousand years they will put into practice great work of Restitution. (Rev. 20:6.) Because they "became partakers of the divine nature" (2 Pet. 1:4), as Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ, a literal human eyes can not to see them. They will be doing a good and powerful work on the spiritual plane. Then the faithful Ancient Worthies will be earthly representatives of these heavenly spiritual powers.
(11) And I saw, and I heard a voice of many angels round about the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; (12) saying with a great voice, Worthy is the Lamb that hath been slain to receive the power, and riches, and wisdom, and might and honor, and glory, and blessing.
Our Lord “because of his humility and complete submission and obedience to the Father's will he is proclaimed thenceforth the sharer of the Father's throne, and, by the Father's own arrangement, the proclamation was made throughout the heavenly hosts." (F37)
"Evidently the angels and all other spiritual beings, of which there are myriads upon myriads (Rev. 5:11), they are interested observers of the events transpiring upon this little globe of ours. What the race of mankind is learning by actual experience, the spiritual beings are learning by observation. As the poet has expressed the thought – 'All the world's a stage and men and women merely players.' The word 'spectacle,' in the marginal rendering of the Authorized Version, is theater. The Apostles were being made 'a show of' before the world, and angels, and men, because of their loyalty to the cause of Christ. Enduring all manner of hardships, bitter persecutions, and regarded as religious fanatics – 'fools' – because of their prominence in advocating the teachings of Christ, they were specially observed. Thus it was with the Master Himself; by His sufferings, His death, and His resurrection, He preached a powerful sermon in pantomime to the 'spirits in prison' (The fallen angels who disobeyed in the time of Noah. 2 Pet. 2:4; 1 Pet. 3:18-20)." (Q744)
(13) And every created thing which is in the heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and on the sea, and all things are in them, heard I saying, Unto him that sitteth on the throne, and unto the Lamb, [be] the blessing, and the honor, and the glory, and the dominion, for ever and ever. (14) And the four living creatures said, Amen. And the elders fell down and worshipped.
Every member of Adam's race shall through Christ be granted a full opportunity for return to the relationship of the sons of God. Eventually all shall learn righteousness and hate iniquity. At the close of the Messianic reign for the restoration of the Adamic race, all human imperfections and all willful sinners shall have been destroyed. With all sin eliminated, then the will of God will be done on earth, even as it is done in heaven. Thus the Lord will gather together all the faithful, both in heaven and on the earth, under the headship of Christ. Thanks the work of Restitution the Lord will have a clean universe. Then, all creatures in heaven and earth will be rejoicing together:
In the heaven – The Church, the Great Company (Rev. 7:9-17), the angels, the cherubim and seraphim.
On the earth – The all saved mankind
Under the earth – Those now in the tomb.
On the sea – "The sea gave up the dead that were in it; and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them" (Rev. 20:13). The great tribulation, which begins to overwhelm entire community of the world will turn nations to anarchistic sea soon. These people, that will survive anarchy, they were and they will be to some time considered as dead: "Jesus saith unto him, Follow me; and leave the dead to bury their own dead." (Matt. 8:22). That is why these survivors first will begin to return to human perfection and eternal life. Huge majority of mankind, turned to dust of the ground (gr. hades) as result of the death sentence (gr. thanatos), they will be awoken a little later. The symbolic sea of restless survivors will start to shrink gradually. It will still "to give up the dead" as much as it disappears quite, when the working of God's Kingdom soothes gradually all reasons of discontent and anger. (Rev. 21:1)
The condition of humanity at the close of Messiah's Kingdom will be so glorious that nothing ever dreamed will compare with it. No discordant note shall be heard throughout the universe of God. Nothing shall mar the harmony of it. No wonder indeed that there should be a jubilation in heaven and in earth when all of Jehovah's intelligent creatures shall thus behold the lengths, heights and breadths and depths, not only of God's love, but also of his justice and wisdom and power.
All creatures of universe shall honor both the Father (Jehovah sitting on the throne) and the Son (Jesus Christ – the Lamb). All they shall honor the exalted Son, even as they honor the Father who highly exalted him. (John 5:23.) Such the exaltation of our Lord Jesus Christ to glory and honor and power and dominion does not imply that the Heavenly Father abdicates the throne of heaven in his favor, nor that the Father and the Son are one in person, for both persons are recognized, the Father, as always, being given the first place in praise and honor.
Thus the time will come, when "There shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new." (Rev. 21:4-5.) This condition of happiness will to last forever.
The end of the Millennium age will show the absolute conformity of a final result of the reconciliation of the mankind with God and of the work of Restitution to the divine attributes, Justice, Power, Love and Wisdom (the four living creatures will say: Amen, what means – surely, so be it ).
The glorious work of the restoration the man to the rule over the earth, to the lost kingdom, it will also prove the exact fulfillment of the all these words, which God spoke from the beginning by all his holy prophets (the elders fell down and worshipped).
Added by: Andrzej