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What is the True Word?

About Life, Death, Resurrrections, Salvation


Part Two

By John Leier


Please read Revelation 20:4-15, with careful consideration given
to verses 5 and 6. Note that there is a thousand years between
the first resurrection and the second resurrection. What follows
is a revelation from God. He reveals something that is strange to
those of us that were taught that only those in the first
resurrection are saved.

At the second resurrection, the whole world will be resurrected
and the books are opened including the book of life, and
whosoever is not found written in the book of life will be cast
into the lake of fire to be destroyed, that is to perish. Note
that those in the first resurrection are already judged, the book
of life had already been opened to them in the first
resurrection, and therefore, it will be opened again to those in
the second resurrection. Everyone will receive a just judgment
and a just reward, and the wicked will go to an everlasting
death. Those who then accept Jesus Christ at that time are
forgiven unto a righteous judgment unto everlasting joy.

"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the
books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book
of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were
written in the books, according to their works"
Revelation 20.12.

Note this is at the end of the thousand year reign of Jesus
Christ and His saints.


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God, Not of works, lest any man
should boast" Ephesians 2:8-9.

You can see the eternal wisdom of God, He knows the end from the
beginning, and God knows all who love and obey Him and keep His
commandnents, because they love Him and are worthy to be in the
kingdom of heaven. God knows who will be happy with Him as their
constant ruler. God knows the wicked ones who refuse to obey and
would be unhappy with Him as their constant ruler. Their evil
thoughts, their anguish, bitterness, and selfish ways, will come
to an end. They will be no more.

"For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not
any thing, neither have they any more a reward, for the memory of
them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their
envy, is now perished: neither have they any more a portion for
ever in any thing that is done under the sun" Ecclesiastes 9:5-6.

"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection:
on such the second death path no power, but they shall be priests
of God and of Christ. and shall reign with him a thousand years
Revelation 20:6.

And, in the end Satan will be destroyed, this is the only way
revealed in the Scriptures. See Ezekiel 28:13-19.
"All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at
thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more"
Ezekiel 28:19.

(Not so! No there is NO prove in the Bible that Satan will be
destroyed. This section in Ezekiel goes from type to anti-type,
the physical man back to Satan the Devil and visa-versa. Well I
go through the fate of Satan in-depth in a study on this website.
There is much more to it than the passage in Ezekiel - Keith


We find many mistranslated words that lead us to believe
differently, and we may have been brought up to believe a certain
way so when we come to the truth, it may be very difficult to
recognize. We may find it is a fearful thing to change our
thoughts to those of the truth. It comes to us, that if we should
believe something different than the way we were raised-up to
believe, we would burn for all eternity (as many pagan religions
believe). Is that not a religion of fear? Christianity however,
is a religion of love, joy, peace  -it is not a religion of fear.
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casted out fear:
because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in
love" I John 4:18.

It is total commitment to trust in God and our Savior, Jesus
Christ. Is it not written that we should not sorrow over the
death of a loved one, as those that are without hope?
"But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning
them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which
have no hope" I Thessalonians 4:13.

God is merciful. Death is a release of this cruel world of
mistrust in God; however, it remains an enemy because of our
human nature.


"Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man
can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be
honor and power everlasting. Amen" I Timothy 6:16.

Scripture tells us that only God has immortality. We are mortals
subject to death. Death is ceasing to live or to exist in a life
in another form or dimension. Scriptures reveal that those who
love God know the truth: and that they will be given life after
death, only in the resurrection. Read I Corinthians 15:42-54 and
then note that in verse 53 it states:

"For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal
must put on immortality."

To believe that we do not totally die, to cease to have life, is
to believe the lie that Satan told Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Believe what the Bible teaches, the Scriptures tell us that we
are mortal and only in the resurrection and transformation of the
saved shall we receive immortality. Remember also, and consider
that the Scriptures tell us that only God is immortal.
"Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only
Potentate, the King of kings, the Lord of lords; Who only hath
immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach
unto; whom no man bath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and
power everlasting. Amen" I Timothy 6:15-16.

Scripture reveals to us that only our Lord has immortality and
that man is yet to put on incorruption and immortality. We can
only conclude that man is a mortal being.


By revelation in the Holy Scriptures we are told that if someone
should not come to the knowledge of the truth by his or her own
free will and having turned back to the sinful way of life,
forsaking the grace of God, then he or she will not suffer for
all eternity, but for a short time, to reveal his or her shame.
"And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall
awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and
everlasting contempt' Daniel 12:2.

Scriptures are silent on the real length of the sufferings of the
wicked, or the reasons for the sufferings, however, it does say,
"forever and ever." Note: "Ever" means ages, and the true words
are, "for ages and ages" and an age does have an end.
God does not reveal to us the reasons for these sufferings of the
wicked; perhaps it is for a reminder to us of what we were saved
from. God's ways are above our way of thinking and it is by the
grace of God that we will not find ourselves in the state of the
unsaved. To see the mercy of the eternal God, consider what the
Scriptures say and let us reason together with God, as He reveals
Himself to us in the Holy Scriptures.

"Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are
forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the
same loveth little" Luke 7:47.

"Come now, let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your
sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they
be red like crimson, they shall be as wool" Isaiah 1:18.

Come now, let God reason with you through His revealed Word. If
when we die, a separate part of us goes either to heaven or hell,
as is the popular belief, then those in hell will not experience
any kind of peace for all eternity. The evil will remain with
them. If they should live in such horrendous torture, here on
earth, or, in the earth, then it could not be said that the earth
is in complete peace and harmony. Would not a large part of the
earth be assigned to hellfire? According to popular belief, most
people will end up in hell. Also, it is revealed to us in
Scripture that only a few will find the way that leads to eternal


"Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth
unto life, and few there be that find it" Matthew 7:14.
"And I saw a new heaven and anew earth: for the first heaven and
the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea"
Revelation 21:1.
"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.

God tells us there will be no more sorrow on earth. How beautiful
and wonderful that will be. All bitterness and sorrow will be
gone. Even those who were enemies of God will be no more for they
will not be suffering any longer. You can understand the love and
mercy of our eternal Father when one knows the true meaning of
death, which is that "ceasing to exist." Do not believe the lie
Satan told Eve in the Garden of Eden that she would not die.
God's word tells us that all shall die (perish), with the
exception of those who are in Christ and at His coming, they
shall be changed. This is speaking of the first resurrection.
"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we
shall be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the
last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be
raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed"
I Corinthians 15:51-52.

This is at the first resurrection.

There will be a second resurrection. That will be a resurrection
unto judgment, a true translation, (not a resurrection unto
condemnation as some would say). This judgment will bring
condemnation and eternal death to many, and eternal life to those
written in the book of life.


"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection.
on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests
of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years"
Revelation 20:6.

Consider this second resurrection different from the first
resurrection. These will be raised up to a physical nature,
subject to death. Remember that the word "destruction" and
"perish" are used along with death: destruction means to take
apart, and perish means to destroy.


Understanding the love and mercy of our eternal God goes beyond
our comprehension. There is a blindness that our creator God
takes full responsibility for, that helps us to understand the
second resurrection and the love of God for His creation.
"For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this
mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that
blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of
the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it
is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall
turn away ungodliness from Jacob" Romans 11:25-26.
"And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And
he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for
as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast
prevailed" Genesis 32:27-28.

Looking in the Hebrew Dictionary from Strongs Exhaustive
Concordance, looking at "endure" #3201, means, might, overcome,
have power, prevail. As a Christian, he or she "endures,
overcomes, prevails," in Christ Jesus. It is helpful for one to
know that when the Bible speaks of "all" it does not necessarily
mean 100 percent, Jacob was named Israel because he was a

"Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they
are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they
are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac
shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of
the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of
promise are counted for the seed" Romans 9:6-8.

Understand from this that those who call upon God are also called
of God and God will then have mercy on those who are held in
unbelief. The true judgments of God are from His infinite love
and mercy to those who desire to show their love of God by
keeping His commandments, by and through Jesus Christ. And there
is more. We read Romans chapter 11 and see that for those who
would believe, God will have mercy upon whom He will have 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' Romans 11:32-33.

After the first resurrection is accomplished, all those who are
in Christ, at His coming are changed to His likeness (immortal).
Remember this; it would be necessary for those in the first
resurrection to have already been judged righteous, through the
blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. They prevailed with God because
they believed in Jesus and what He did for us on the cross. Their
salvation is secure, in other words, they are not judged again.
We know this when the books are opened at the end of the thousand
year reign of the saints from the first resurrection. Those who
are judged are the resurrected in the second resurrection.
"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the
books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book
of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were
written in the books, according to their works" Revelation 20:12.

This resurrection is different from the first resurrection in
that those who are judged in the second resurrection are judged
of works. In the first resurrection those are being judged during
this time of the dispensation of grace, it is "now" that we are
judged by our faith and not of works. Whatever works we do is the
working of the Spirit of God in us through Jesus Christ, while in
the second resurrection they are judged according to their works.

(Well though we are saved by grace and not works, the fact is we
are judge with the word of God. It is the attitude of us that
gives the judgment. Upon accepting Jesus are our personal Savior,
repenting of sin, are we willing to walk in the light of God, the
truth of God, and Jesus said God's word was truth [John 17:17].
Jesus also taught that man was not to live by physical bread
alone but by every word that came from the mouth of God
[Mat.4:4]. So it is in that sense we are judged by God's word and
by our works - our attitude towards God's word; will we be
willing to live by it. It is not a case of working to earn more
good points than bad points. All this is fully explained in my
study called "Saved by Grace" on this website. But our attitude
of mind does in one sense translate into works - our attitude of
being willing to live by the Eternal's word. Hence our judgment
now - as Christians today - will be or is the same as the
judgment of those in the SECOND resurrection as they are given
their chance of salvation. Being saved into eternal life HAS
ALWAYS been the same for EVERYONE from the time of Adam and Eve,
and will remain the same unto the second resurrection - Keith


We can understand the second resurrection and the purpose for it,
you will see, there will be those who will be judged to receive
eternal life. At the time of the second resurrection the whole
earth will be included in the white throne judgment, that will
include all those who have ever lived since the beginning of

"And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from
whose face the earth and heaven fled away; and there was found no
place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before
God, and the books were opened; and another book was opened,
which is the book of life. and the dead were judged out of those
things which were written in the books, according to their works.
And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell
delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged
every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast
into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever
was not found written in. the book of life was cast into the lake
of fire" Revelation 20:11-15.

What it does not say is that ALL those in the second resurrection
are cast into the lake of fire. We do not know the mind of God
and His mercy. However, our Father does give us enough knowledge
to somewhat comprehend the magnitude of His glorious love for
each and every one of us to understand His nature. God's love is
an outgoing concern for His creation.

For any who are called now, we would not wish to wait for the
second resurrection. We shall serve our Father in heaven, through
our Lord, Jesus Christ, in spirit and in truth. Note this, there
is no life beyond for those in the second death.


To serve Jesus Christ and our Father is to keep His commandments,
which are not grievous in spirit.

"Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just,
and good" Romans 7:12.
"For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and
his commandments are not grievous" I John 5:3.
"And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear
that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people" Acts
"Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the
presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power"
2 Thessalonians 1:9.

Note: "Punished" here means "a sentence executed by destruction."
"Destruction" means "to take apart, extirpate, or completely
It is not continual punishing.

See Revelation 2:11: "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the
Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be
hurt of the second death."

Jesus Christ is our deliverer, the love and mercy of our eternal
Father in heaven will not permit suffering for all eternity, we
can see that God's desire is that not any should perish.

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count
slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any
should perish, but that all should come to repentance" 2 Peter
3:9. Remember that perish means ceasing to exist.

Also, consider that man was created by divine desire of God. Man
is not alive by his own initiative, nor did man ask to be created
or born. However, man was given a free choice and it is by this
choice that you will receive blessings or destruction, or a
curse. It is good also to remember that it is a final destruction
to those who do hear Him and do not respond to serving our Lord.
It is for those who never had a chance to hear Him, including
those that were allowed to be blinded by the god of this world,
so that God may have mercy on them. Take a good look at what the
apostle Paul is saying in Romans chapter 11, it reveals to us a
lesson that we need to take heed of. We should not be highminded
to think that God has only called us to salvation and that none
other will be saved; we can focus in on a better understanding of
the mercies of God, our Father.

"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" Romans 11:31-32.
"For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this
mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that
blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of
the gentiles be come in" Romans 11:25.

What a privilege and joy that we, mankind, who were created by
God, will be able to behold His sovereign glory for all eternity.
Man did not ask to be created, conceived or born; we are
conceived by the lust of the flesh.

"Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother
conceive me" Psalm 51:5.

Now wait a minute!

Didn't God create us with this passion? Yes, He did and God is
taking full responsibility. That is why the word of God became
flesh and dwelt among us. However, in it all we must choose, and
exercise our free will, to follow God our Father when we are
given an opportunity; such as when we hear the Word and when our
ears are opened.


The Son of God is revealed to us in the Bible, having become
flesh. He was made a little lower than the angels and He was
named Jesus. He was no longer in heaven, but He took on the form
of man; in other words, He gave up His abode in heaven and dwelt
among men. He gave up His glory with the Father in heaven.
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld
his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full
of grace and truth" John 1:14.
"For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast
crowned him with glory and honour" Psalm 8:5.
"But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels
for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that
he by the grace of God should taste death for every man" Hebrews
"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood,
he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through
death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is,
the devil" Hebrews 2:14.
"And now, O Father glorify thou me with thine own self with the
glory which 1 had with thee before the world was" John 7:5.

Note: Jesus is asking that His Father return the glory to Him
that He once had with His Father in heaven, Jesus knew who He was
and what His purpose was.

"And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not
that I must be about my Father's business" Luke 2:49.

Until this dispensation of time, salvation had not been open to
mankind, the sacrifice of animals was only a type of things to
come, it could never save, nor did God desire it. In His mercy,
even before the world was, there was the Word. The Son of God was
looking to the end from the beginning; the Son went willingly to
save man from their sins. Now that is real love!

"...although the works were finished from the foundation of the
world" Hebrews 4:3b.
"God having provided some better thing for us, that they without
us should not be made perfect" Hebrews 11:40.
"For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats
should take away sins" Hebrews 10:4.
If we read verses 4-6 we would also see that in verse 6 God had
"no pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices."
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and
the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God" John
"Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with
me where I am, that they may behold my glory, which thou hast
given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world"
John 17:24.
"For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the
will of him that sent me" John 6:38.
"Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world,
but was manifest in these last times for you" I Peter 1:20.
"Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me:
nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done" Luke 22:42.


You see that many of those in the world may live a rather
comfortable life, but when they seek after God in their lives and
receive the Spirit of God, Satan is right there to upset the way
of life that leads to eternal life. If Satan were to win you
over, you would suffer a great loss, however, Satan will gain
nothing because he and the ungodly will go into perdition, they
will lose and be cast away - they will cease to be.

( for Satan to be destroyed, you need to see my
study on the subject - Keith Hunt)

"And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or
sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands,
for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall
inherit everlasting life" Matthew 19:29.
"Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is
tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath
promised to them that love him" James 1:12.
"But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word
are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment
and perdition of ungodly men" 2 Peter 3:7.

Note: "ungodly" means, #765- impious or wicked; "perdition" means
#575-seperation, cessation, #576-disembark, #577-to lose: cast
away. These meanings are from the Greek Dictionary.

I reason with you to persevere and take hold unto eternal life
through Jesus Christ. Don't give way to the wiles of Satan, there
is too much to lose. The way towards God is to learn and seek the
mind of Christ. When you follow Jesus Christ with your whole
being, it will be worth it!

"For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct
him? But we have the mind of Christ" I Corinthians 2:16.


"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly
in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls" Matthew 11:29.

The following passages of Scripture illustrate how we gain
knowledge in reading the Scriptures that were written by holy men
of old and were inspired by God. We also learn by what had been
told by Jesus Christ to the Apostles, as they also wrote them
down. Through reading the Bible, the Spirit recalls to your
memory what you have read in the written word and as you read and
learn more about Jesus. I might further explain that anyone can
learn from creation that there is a God. However, we can only
learn from the written word that there is a Son of God and that
He is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is thoroughly proven
in the Scriptures the Spirit of God will make you free, God will
not forsake you.

"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your
children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy
Spirit to them that ask him?" Luke 11:13.
"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will
send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all
things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you" John
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have
peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good
cheer; I have overcome the world" John 16:33.
"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free"
John 8:32.
"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content
with such things as ye have. for he hath said, I will never leave
thee, nor forsake thee" Hebrews 13:5.
"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock,
and it shall be opened unto you" Matthew 7:7.
"Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep
my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him,
and make our abode with him" John 14:23.

These are instructions from Jesus, the Son of God. It is the
greatest gift to mankind, just reach out and receive it.

Remember, that even though God desires that all should come into
eternal life, He will not force you to love Him. It is through
the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ that we are saved, it is
because of His love for us and all who call upon Him, and desire
to do His will, which is to keep His Commandments.

"If ye love me, keep my commandments" John 14:15.
"If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I
have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love" John

Would you give your life to Jesus Christ and let Him have His way
with you? May the love of our Father and Jesus Christ, the Son of
God, abide in your hearts as you study this article.

Lord, Hear him who seeks You with all his being, and strengthen
those who are weak in faith.

John Leier resides in Cambridge, MN,

From the July/August 2011 edition of "Acts" published by the the
General Council of the Churches of God (Seventh Day), Meridian,
Idaho, USA.

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