B. God’s 7 Kingdoms; after Christ’s Atoning Grace on the Cross – Edited 5/21/19
All 8 Diagrams in a row without individual verses after each one
Begin at Earth 8. then go down; verses by number below
Faithful; those who followed God before Christ’s death - Believers; those who loved Jesus after His death
First Kingdom: 3rd Heaven; God’s New Heaven - New Earth - New Jerusalem
God’s new Heaven and Earth will be created after the White Throne Judgment
Paul, later John; saw the New Jerusalem when they were taken into the 3rd Heaven
Second Kingdom: 2nd Heaven; Kingdom of God/Heaven/Paradise
No one came into 2nd Heaven until Jesus died on the cross for our sins. The spiritual beings of faithful
who died before Christ’s death, were kept in God’s Rest/Abraham’s Bosom; taken here after Christ died.
Third Kingdom: 1st Heaven around earth; satan prince over this heaven
God’s rest; Abraham’s Bosom God’s Court
When O.C. faithful died their spiritual beings Lord’s Angel is the advocate for the faithful against satan’s
came here; until Jesus died for their sins. accusations; so their spiritual beings could enter God’s Rest.
Enoch + Elijah never died, live here; will Angels are the jury, judge human spiritual beings, angelic
return as the 2 Prophets/witnesses spiritual beings; including those who become demons
Fourth Kingdom: Earth; satan prince over earth
8. Jesus was the first fruits, first to receive indwelling of the Holy Spirit, when anointed by His Father
after John’s baptism; first while living on earth, to have His human spiritual being enter Kingdom of God
9. Jesus was crucified Nisan 14 30AD; His body died on cross as all the world’s sins were laid upon Him.
For no human body can die unless sinful; His body was buried in tomb before the day ended at sundown.
10. Because Jesus’ human spiritual being now carried our sins; He descended to the torment of Hades v
Spiritual chasm between Abraham’s Bosom and Hades; separating them
Bottomless Pit in Earth
Fifth Kingdom: Hades
Any who die rejecting God; their spiritual being comes here to torment; till the White Throne Judgment
11. Jesus human spiritual being punished until God accepted His sacrifice; then descended to Tartarus v
Sixth Kingdom: Abyss
Disruptive demonic spirits (angelic beings who sinned); held in severe torment till White Throne Judgment
Tartarus/Prison in Abyss
azazel, angels who followed him, became demons when they married human women. God chained them
here in the deepest part of the Abyss, the worst torment possible; to await the White Throne Judgment
12. Jesus was the Scapegoat, brought the world’s sins He carried to azazel, other demons in Tartarus,
the prison of the Abyss; depositing all the world’s sins in the most solitary, uninhabited land there is.
Seventh Kingdom: Hell/Lake of Fire: created after Christ comes, defeats beast/antichrist/ man of sin
B. God’s 7 Kingdoms; after Christ’s Atoning Grace on the Cross
All verses in this section help explain events in other sections of this series
Faithful; those who followed God before Christ’s death - Believers; those who loved Jesus after His death
8. Jesus was the first fruits, first to receive indwelling of the Holy Spirit, when anointed by His Father after John’s baptism; first while living on earth, to have His human spiritual being enter the Kingdom of God.
Jesus was born on the Day of Atonement Tishri 10, 5 BC, began His ministry about 30 years later in 26 AD (add year for crossing 0). Jesus could not begin His ministry under the Old Covenant ceremonial law until He was washed with water by a priest, to make Him ceremonially righteous. Jesus asked John the Baptizer, a priest in God’s Temple in Jerusalem, to ceremonially wash, baptize Him with water; so He could begin His ministry.
*Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, Lk 3:23 NIV+
*Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Matt 3:13-15 ESV
When Jesus came up out of the water of the Jordan River, He was anointed by the Holy Spirit; as the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus in bodily form, like a dove, so all who were watching would know what had happened. Jesus was the first fruits, the first to be given the indwelling of the Holy Spirit by His Father; after which Jesus was given the gifts of the Spirit to do His Father’s work. With these gifts of the Spirit the Father had prepared Jesus to be tested in the wilderness by satan/devil; then after overcoming this adversary Jesus was prepared to begin His 3½ year ministry on earth.
*and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." Lk 3:22 NIV+
*And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness Lk 4:1 ESV+
*Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time. Lk 4:13 NKJV+
Only Jesus could have received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit at this time; for at this time He alone was holy, so the Holy Spirit could dwell, live in His human spiritual being. All the faithful, the believers had to wait until Jesus atoned for our sins on the cross before our spiritual being could be made holy and the Holy Spirit could dwell in them.
*To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth." 1Pe 2:21-22 NIV+
Jesus returned to Galilee and the surrounding area to minister there in the power of the Holy Spirit; continued to minister with the power of the Holy Spirit until He was crucified.
And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. Lk 4:14-15 ESV+
Jesus did not have any spiritual power other than a normal man; for He was also the Son of Man. Jesus received all of His power through the Holy Spirit, who now lived in His human spiritual being.
*how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. Ac 10:38 NIV+
*“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, Lk 4:18 ESV+
9. Jesus was crucified Nisan 14 30AD; His body died on cross as all the world’s sins were laid upon Him. For no human body can die unless sinful; His body was buried in tomb before the day ended at sundown.
Jesus would minister for 3½ years, then on Friday Passover/Preparation Day Nisan 14 (March/April) 30 AD, Jesus gave His life on the cross to redeem us from our sins; by allowing the Roman governor Pontius Pilate to crucify Him.
*But Jesus said to him, "Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?" Matt 26:52-54 NKJV+
*and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross , so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. 1Pe 2:24 NASB+
Jesus was nailed to the cross between 9-12 AM on Passover Day; His sacrificial blood, death on the cross, and torment in Hades was the only sacrifice our Father would accept for sin; which replaced the need for any other sacrifices for sin, including the daily and Passover lambs which would be sacrificed on this day.
*so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. Heb 9:28 NIV+
*By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Heb 10:10 NKJV+
*For by one offering has perfected for all time those who are sanctified Heb 10:14 NASB+
Jesus symbolized and would replace the 2nd sacrificial goat of the Day of Atonement; the goat of removal, the scapegoat. Like the scapegoat Jesus would have all the sins of the faithful, then all the sins believers would ever commit; laid upon Him on the cross. God would only accept Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, not the blood of animals; as a permanent once for all, one time atonement for all the sins which had been committed, for all the sins which will be committed forever by those who love our God above all things.
*Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, confess over it all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, concerning all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and shall send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a suitable man. Lev 16:21 NKJV+
*because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: "Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; Heb 10:4-5 NIV+
*Then he said, "Here I am, I have come to do your will." He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Heb 10:9 NIV+
Jesus’ physical being (body and mind) could not die until the faithful and believers’ sins were placed on Him; for sin is what causes our physical being to die. Jesus was sinless, yet He willingly hung on a tree, was crucified in our place, endured the curse all sinners would have to face; the torment of Hades. So He could forgive the sins of all who would love Him, so our spiritual beings could become holy, and we could become children of God.
*Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned— Ro 5:12 NASB+
*For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2Co 5:21 NKJV+
*Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree "— Gal 3:13 NASB+
Jesus physical body and mind would be buried in a tomb before the day ended at sundown; for He could not remain on the cross on the Sabbath. Jesus also had to be buried before the Sabbath Day began; for no one could do any work on a Sabbath.
*Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Jn 19:31 NKJV+
* Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. Therefore because of the Jewish day of preparation, since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there. Jn 19:41-42 NASB+
10. Because Jesus’ human spiritual being now carried our sins; He descended to the torment of Hades
At the ninth hour (3 PM), Jesus had to endure the greatest torment and punishment of all; when our sins were placed on Him and He was now forsaken, cursed by His Father.
*And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which is translated, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" 15:34 NKJV+
When Jesus then said “It is finished”; He was referring to the pain and anguish His physical body had endured, which was now to end. And Jesus gave His spiritual being into the hands of His Father; and His human body and mind died.
*When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. Jn 19:30 ESV+
*Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. Lk 23:46 ESV+
Jesus was the Son of God, yet also the Son of Man; He had a physical being and spiritual being like we have. When one’s physical body dies and their sins have not been forgiven; their eternal spiritual being (soul + spirit) is also sinful, goes to the torment of Hades. Because Jesus’ spiritual being was still carrying the sins of the faithful and believers which were laid upon Him at the cross, His human spiritual being was sinful, and descended into Hades.
*For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption. Ac 2:27 ESV+
11. Jesus human spiritual being punished until God accepted His sacrifice; then descended to Tartarus
Jesus human spiritual being would have to suffer the torment of Hades in our place, to redeem us from our sins; so when believers die their spiritual beings will not have to go Hades. Jesus was symbolized as the Passover lamb, which had to be roasted over flames; the same flames in Hades Jesus had to endure. The same flames the rich man had to endure in Hades for not loving God, His neighbor as himself.
*Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire--its head with its legs and its entrails. Ex 12:9 NKJV+
*And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. Lk 16:24 KJV
Jesus died around 3pm, there would only be 2-3 hours left before Passover Day ended at sundown (around 6pm); then He would be in Heaven greeting the criminal He promised to take to Paradise. This means Jesus could not have suffered in Hades more than 3 hours in our time. Remembering there is no time in the eternal world; in either Heaven or Hades, a day is like a 1,000 years (2Pe 3:8); making our hour over 40 years. So we really do not know how long Jesus had to suffer in Hades, until His Father accepted His sacrifice for our sins
In Hades our Heavenly Father would accept Jesus’ blood sacrifice on the cross, His spiritual suffering in Hades as atonement; for the sins of all who would become children of God. Jesus would then take all these sins, iniquities, and transgressions which His Father had forgiven, with His spiritual being to Tartarus, a prison in the Abyss.
*Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. Isa 53:10 NKJV+
*[He will see the results of the suffering of his soul] and be satisfied; by [knowledge of him] my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Is 53:11 NIV+
12. Jesus was the Scapegoat, brought the world’s sins He carried to Azazel, other demons in Tartarus, the prison of the Abyss; depositing all the world’s sins in the most solitary, uninhabited land there is.
We must first understand that in Hebrew there are no capital letters, so we cannot determine which of the 2 meanings of this obscure Hebrew word “azazel or Azazel” are being used. Strong’s Hebrew definition of azazel (without a capital) refers to the 2nd goat as a “goat of removal” or a scapegoat; who would have all of Israel’s sins placed upon them, so they could be removed from those who followed God. Azazel with a capital refers to a guardian angel; who left his post, led other angels to marry woman and have children with in the time of Noah. And all these angels became demons for disobeying God.
They have now found a reference to Azazel within the Dead Sea Scrolls 4Q 180, 1:8; which shows Azazel as the leader of the angels who sinned when they left their posts in Gen 6:1-4 and became demons. This supports the Book of 1 Enoch 8:1, which is not part of the Bible but has been used as resource to the Bible; where Azazel is likewise referred to as a demonic leader.
See The Day of Atonement in Leviticus 16: A Goat for Azazel
We believe when one uses the context of God’s Word, the Day of Atonement was not only the day Jesus was born (see 8. above), but symbolized Jesus as the Scapegoat who would have the all sins of the faithful and believers laid upon Him (see 9. above); and He took these sins to Azazel in the prison at Tartarus in the Abyss.
*"Then Aaron shall lay both of his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the sons of Israel and all their transgressions in regard to all their sins; and he shall lay them on the head of the goat and send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who stands in readiness. Lev 16:21 NASB+
There were 2 goats over which lots were cast on the Day of Atonement. The 1st goat would be for the Lord, and the 2nd goat for Azazel.
*And Aaron shall cast lots over the two goats, one lot for the Lord and the other lot for Azazel [The meaning of Azazel is uncertain; possibly the name of a place or demon, traditionally a scapegoat]. And Aaron shall present the goat on which the lot fell for the Lord and use it as a sin offering, Lev 16:8-9 ESV+
The Day of Atonement was the only day God came down to His Temple in Jerusalem to be with His people; and was also the day Jesus was symbolized as the Scapegoat who was born (see 8. 1st par) and was presented alive to His Father as our Savior who came into this world to make atonement for our sins. Jesus would be sent into the wilderness to begin His ministry of 3½ years (see 8. 2nd par).
*"But the goat on which the lot for the scapegoat [Lit goat of removal or else a name: Azazel] fell shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make atonement upon it, to send it into the wilderness as the scapegoat [Lit goat of removal or else a name: Azazel]. Lev 16:10 NASB+
Pontius Pilate was symbolize as the man who would let the scapegoat, Jesus go to Azazel; so Jesus spiritual being would bring the sins of all the faithful and believers to Azazel in Tartarus. Then Pilate would try to wash his hands to be clean again, like the man washed his clothes to try to get clean enough to come back to the camp (was the custom for the man to kill the goat so it would not wander back).
*And he who lets the goat go to Azazel shall wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and afterward he may come into the camp. Lev 16:26 ESV+
*When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "It is your responsibility!" Matt 27:14 NIV+
Paul clearly tells us Jesus’ spiritual being descended into the Abyss.
*But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down) or “Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). Ro 10:7 ESV+
Peter clearly tells us after Jesus physical body died on the cross, His human spiritual being (spirit refers to His soul and spirit) went to the spirits, angels who disobeyed God, sinned and became demons during the days of Noah; and were now in Tartarus, the prison in the Abyss.
*For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water 1Pe 3:18-20 NASB+
Tartarus is used only once in the Bible, we believe it refers to a special prison in the deepest part of the Abyss, where these demons who were once angels are now chained; this is the 1st death for them. Hell refers to the 2nd death, when at the White Throne Judgment the demonic beings in the Abyss, and the human spiritual beings in Hades which is above the Abyss, will be thrown into Hell, the Lake of Fire forever. The NASB+ are correct in their use of Hades, Abyss (bottomless pit, prison, etc.), and Hell; we only differ with them when they define Tartarus as Hell, which we believe is a special word for a prison in the Abyss; as defined by Peter above. See Hades, Abyss, Tartarus, Hell
Jude tells us these demons held in Tartarus were the angels who did not stay within their position of authority, but left their proper dwelling place in Heaven and came to earth.
*And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day— Jude 1:6 ESV+
The angels who sinned becoming demons probably refers to guardian angels; who saw the daughters of men on earth, which were beautiful to them. They took these women for their wives, had children with them, who were giants and called the Nephilim; they were mighty fighters, who were widely known, talked about.
*Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. Gen 6:1-2 NKJV+
*The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. Gen 6:4 ESV+
We believe that there human like physical bodies angels in the 2nd Heaven use to come to earth; which even eats manna, angel food to exist. These human like physical bodies were possessed by these angel spirits (now demons for disobeying God) so they could marry these women, have children with them. Because the Holy Spirit creates our eternal spiritual being, these demons could only use these physical bodies to reproduce a physical body and mind like animals have. Without a spiritual being with a heart as a moral compass, the Nephilim (demons children) would never follow God’s moral laws; and when they died they would be no more, the physical bodies would just turn to dust, like all other animals do. This is why God had to flood the world, to get children who would follow Him, who had an eternal spiritual being so Jesus atoning grace could save them.
*Yet He had commanded the clouds above, And opened the doors of heaven, Had rained down manna on them to eat, And given them of the bread of heaven. Men ate angels' food; He sent them food to the full. Ps 78:23-25 NKJV+
*Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Heb 13:2 NIV+
We should just remember Jesus’ spiritual being deposited all the faithful and believers sins; to the most solitary place there is, the deepest part of the pit in the earth, to Tartarus the prison in the Abyss. A place where we will never see our forgiven sins again, for we will never be in the prison in the deepest part of the Abyss; and when God creates His New Heaven and Earth, the old heavens and earth will be no more, Tartarus will be no more, and likewise our sins will be no more.
*Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. Rev 9:1-2 NKJV+
*that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, Phil 2:10 NKJV+
*Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Rev 21:1 NKJV+
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