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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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But NOW NOTICE! Verse 7: "And when the thousand years are
expired, Satan shall be loosed out of this prison, and shall go out
to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the
earth ... to gather them together to battle: the number ofwhom is
as the sand of the sea" (verses 7-8).
Grasp it! These are people at PEACE! They shall not be in–
oculated with the satanic NATURE we now call "human nature."
They shall have been living happily in PERFECT PEACE. Now Salan
once more BROADCASTS. Remember these nations are HUMAN.
Satan is INVISIBLE to them. But notice the CHANGE come over
them as soon as Salan is loosed and able again to sway humanity:
Verse 9: "And they [the human nations] went up on the
breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about,
and the beloved city...." Immediately "HUMAN NATURE" shall
have entered into them! Immediately they shall have been filled
with envy and jealousy against the saints of God, filled with wrath
and violence! But God will not allow them to destroy. They shall
have been
told-
have been warned about Salan. " ... and fire
carne down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the
devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brim–
stone ... and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever."
After this shall occur the Great White Throne Judgment -
the resurrection of
all humanity
from the time of Adam to Christ's
Second Coming who had not been in the first resurrection or
called by God. In thisjudgment is to be "the book oflife," mean–
ing many, perhaps most, shall then find spiritual salvation and
eternallife. In the time of their judgment, Satan will be GONE!
Up to now, God has called VERY FEW to spiritual salvation,
contrary to general tradition and opinion in the "Christian"
world!
From Adam to Noah we have the record of only Abel,
Enoch, and Noah- sorne 1,900 years! From Noah to Christ, there
was Abraham, Lot, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, prior to calling the
children of Israel out of Egypt. God NEVER offered spiritual salva–
tion (eternal life) to the Old Testament nation Israel, but only to
the prophets and those called to SPECIAL DUTY.
From Adam to Christ, NONE were called to spiritual salvation
except those called to perform a SPECIAL MISS/ON.