Based on Col 2:9 NIV, the entity consisting of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit could be called the Deity. Or if you are a KJV-only enthusiast, the Godhead.  Some interpret this entity as a “Being” and some a “divine quality.”  If you read Col 2:9 in either KJV or NIV, it is also used as an adjective referring to the qualities (New World Translation calls it “divine quality” and Revised English Version calls it “what God is”).  This makes sense that Jesus proclaims the Father as True God (John 17:1-3, John 20:17), that the Father is greater than the Son (John 10:29, John 14:28), that the Father is a spirit (John 4:24) and not man (Hosea 11:9), that Jesus is a man in state of being (John 8:40, Luke 24:39, 1 Tim 2:5) and divine (John 1:1 REV and Moffatt) and the Son of God (John 20:31) ,and that the Holy Spirit is sent by God and Jesus (1 Peter 1:12 being among the verses) and teaches (Luke 12:12, 1 Cor 2:13) and appoints bishops/overseers (Acts 20:28) . 1 John 5:7 King James Version (KJV)  For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one (Jesus also said in John 10:30 I and my Father are one and it could refer to unity; as read previously, NIV and some others omit the part after “heaven” in 1 John 5:7).  Food for thought: 1 John 5:7 did not say one Being. The Trinitarian doctrine, like it or not, was created in 325 AD (declared an article of faith that Jesus was God) and 381 AD (declared an article of faith that the Holy Spirit was also God).  Whether or not your belief is Unitarian, Armstrongist, Trinitarian, Apostolic Oneness or hierarchical Godhead is biblical interpretation; the problem is each one of the belief systems states the remainder will burn in the lake of fire and they support the systems with verse. 

The name of God is YHWH in the Old Testament and it appears 5822 times.  In the Revised English Version it is called Yahweh.  American Standard calls it Jehovah (the common English name was coined by a Catholic monk named Raymundus Martini in 1278 AD by combining YHWH and the vowels of Adonai and Elohim).  Jesus calls Him Father (John 17:1-3, John 20:17 and Matt 6:9).  The Almighty calls Himself God in Hosea 11:9.  There are some that say if you don’t address Him as Jehovah you are doomed and some say that this address is blasphemy.  You can’t go wrong by addressing Him as Father or by title Lord God.

Jesus existed in the beginning as the Word (John 1:1; some believe it is God’s thought) and it can be deduced, based on Eccl 12:7 and Matt 27:50, that the spirit exists with God; Christian Churches of God (www.ccg.org), a form of Biblical Unitarianism believes Jesus pre existed in spirit form.  Jesus Himself even stated in John 17:5 that His glory existed with God before the world was. God’s plan John 3:16 was manifested in Matt 1:18 and Gal 4:4-5.  Jesus’ state of being from birth through resurrection was flesh and bone (Heb 13:8)  with no blood (John 20:27), transformed from an earthly body to glorious (Phil 3:20-21 and those who have eternal life will have it); this does not contradict 1 cor 15:50 (and verses 50-58 describe our transformation from a mortal body to one worthy of the kingdom of heaven; it does not say we become spirit beings) .  1 Cor 8:6 says things come from God and through Jesus. He came from God and even said so (John 8:42) and does nothing of Himself (John 8:28).  God said let us make man in our own image (Genesis 1:26).  Heb 1:10-12 also indicates Jesus existed from the beginning. Colossians 1:15 New International Version (NIV) says  The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  He did not magically appear at birth like some extreme Unitarianism believes.  Even if one follows Phil 2:6-11, it would indicate Jesus was a spirit in the beginning, transformed to flesh and bone, and was resurrected and that God commanded He be worshipped.

To be saved one must enter Christ (John 10:9).  Christ is the head of the body, the church (Matt 16:18, Eph 5:23, Col 1:18).  It is called church of Christ (Rom 16:16, Acts 20:28 ASV and Lamsa).  Salvation is in no other name (Acts 4:10-12).  He is Lord (Acts 20:28 ASV, Mark 16:19, Matt 17:4, Matt 20:30-33), worshipped (Heb 1:6, Matt 28:9, Rev 5:13-14).   Nobody comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5).  He tells us to forgive others (Matt 18:21-22, Matt 6:14-15).  He tells us how to pray (Matt 6:9-13). There are a number that claim to be the true church of Christ (even Catholicism) but do they pass the “church of Christ” checklist in another post?  What do you as a person have to do to be saved?  WHAT REALLY MATTERS IS ENTERING IN CHRIST.

The Salvation Timeline is 2 Peter 3:7-13.  The day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night and is 1000 years long.  Fire is reserved for ungodly men.  There is a new heaven and earth.  Rev 21:1-4 the Holy City comes down from heaven to the new Jerusalem and entrance is only for those in the book of life (Rev 21:27).  Jesus does not know the hour of His coming (Matt 24:36)

  1. The first resurrection is 1 Thess 4:16-17.  Rev 20:4-5 defines part of the dead in Christ.  Rev 7:14-17 defines the alive that meet in the clouds. Some religions believe in a pre-Tribulation rapture for the dead in Christ and post for those that survive it; the majority (both Trinitarian and non-Trinitarian) believe in a post-Tribulation rapture of both the dead and alive in Christ.
  2. The 2nd resurrection is 1000 years later (Rev 20:5-6).  Satan is imprisoned during the Millenium (Rev 20:1) and is released at the end to deceive (Rev 20:7).   Those that are deceived are consumed by fire (Rev 20:7-9).  The final judgment is Rev 20:12-15. Jesus even says in Matt 25:41 the goats are sent to everlasting fire reserved for the devil and his angels.
  3. Satan, the beast and the false prophets are tormented forever in the lake of fire (Rev 20:10) and those with the mark of the beast are tormented day and night with no rest and the smoke rises forever (Rev 14:10-11); furthermore, Rev 19:20 states the beast and false prophets are thrown alive into the lake of fire. This group is guaranteed eternal torment. Matter of fact, in Rev 20:10 the beast and false prophets are waiting for Satan.
    1. Here’s something to think about:  Satan is not thrown into the Abyss until Judgment Day (Rev 20:1).  It would appear the beast and false prophets are thrown into Tartarus (“chains of darkness”) along with Satan’s fallen angels (2 Peter 2:1-4) and that could possibly be Judgment Day.  They are demon spirit beings that do not die a physical death like humans do, so it would make sense that they are tormented forever since there would not be a second death.
    2. Those with the mark of the beast DO die a first death and, based on Luke 16:22-24, it is possible they would receive a pre-Judgment torment (most likely during the millennium) in that part of Hades overseen by God’s angels (read Rev 14:10-11 closely and one sees they are tormented in the presence of the Lamb and the angels).
    3. Here is an interesting blog about “fallen angels” – https://messiahsbride.live/2016/11/10/fallen-angels/#_The_Abyss_and
  4. Death and Hades are cast in the lake of fire (Rev 20:14) and that is the 2nd death; since these are not individuals, they are destroyed.  Those not found in the book of life are also cast in the lake of fire (Rev 20:15); whether or not they go “poof” only God knows.
  5. The gray area is the Millenium (1000 years between Christ’s 2nd coming and the final judgment).  One extreme is that some religions that originate from the 7DA believe that the 2nd resurrection is in Rev 20:8-9 and all are destroyed or sent to the lake of fire for eternal torment and that begs the question whether Rev 20:12-15 is chronological or in parallel.  The other extreme is only a certain group survive Armageddon and live forever on a paradise earth (only 144,000 go to heaven); for them, all others are destroyed at Armageddon (begs too many questions and would negate Rev 20:8-9 and possibly Rev 20:12-15).  The group in the middle (Armstrongism and Biblical Unitarianism) believes there is a paradise earth during the millennium but that eternal life is only after the final judgment in Rev 20:12-5; to them, people are still mortal during the time frame, Rev 20:7-10 and Rev 20:12-15 (which includes those alive during the millennium) can occur in sequence.  What really is the state of the earth during the Millenium and who, if any, will survive?  Only God knows but we don’t want to be left behind.
    1. One thought that has emerged, based on Rev 19:20, whether or not the earth is void of life , and that the lake of fire does not exist until the end of the millenium is that the 2nd resurrection can occur in 2 parts (and this coincides with 7DA teaching):
      1. The beast, the false prophets and those with the mark of the beast are those resurrected in Rev 20:8-9 and consumed by fire. They do not go to the Final Judgment.
      2. The remaining dead are resurrected in Rev 20:12-13 and are judged according to their works; this is the general resurrection.  This includes those that may be alive during the millennium not consumed by fire.  What would happen to a person who died before God’s wrath and was not exposed to Christianity?  Some will say “why would a perfectly good human burn in the lake of fire if he or she is not a Christian?” Only God knows this. Another thing to think about is Daniel 7:10 where “thousand thousands ministered and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him” and does this indicate that only 100 million will appear in the White Throne Judgment and one million of them would be religious leaders?
  6. So if we go on the assumption that there are some left in the Millenium, that is 3 chances for salvation: the first resurrection, redeeming oneself during the Millenium and not being deceived (sorry, if you are dead before Christ’s 2nd coming and aren’t in the first resurrection, you wait 1000 years and that’s written) or the final judgment.  Those that die during the Millenium will face the final judgment when resurrected but still have a chance.  If they are consumed by fire, then they are tormented for eternity or go poof (7DA teaching).
    1. Anyone that died before God’s wrath would have to wait 1000 years to be resurrected.
    2. The JW and Biblical Unitarians were taught of a paradise earth during that time and the Armstrongists were taught some would be resurrected for repentence.  Assume that some these people led a Christian life.  What they would be presented is a wasteland. Biblically, “paradise earth” would be possible at the end of the millennium AFTER the final judgment since the Holy City came down from heaven.
    3. It is quite possible those not exposed to Christianity in remote locations would be part of this group.
    4. Rev 14:12-20 indicates a possibility of survivors during the millennium.
  7. So how can one be given eternal life at the final Judgment? Rom 2:14-16 says we are judged according to the law.  1 Cor 5:12-13 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you” (keep in mind that the previous verses apply to the truly evil who practice immorality, including those that claim to be brothers or sisters). Rev 20:12 says we are judged according to our works.  Not being exposed is one thing (such as where Christianity is forbidden by law or the person is incapacitated) but being offered the opportunity and rejecting is another (even prisoners are offered the opportunity because some religions are missionizing inside jails); the two opportunities that exist are before Christ’s 2nd coming and during the millennium (IF anyone survives; remember that only 8 humans and pairs of each animal survived the great flood at the time of Noah).  If you do not forgive others but maintain a so-called “Christian” lifestyle it is about certain you will not have eternal life (Matt 6:14-15); do not hold a grudge. 
  8. The bottom line is if you are part of the first resurrection the 2nd death has no power.  Otherwise you take your chances.  Do not be left behind!

Go investigate the links in the “about” section.  Attend bible studies and worship services.  Ask DIFFICULT questions.  Pray to God for guidance.

In regards to the Deity/Godhead mentioned in Paragraph 1:

1.Total Unitarianism (believing the three Beings are completely independent) makes no sense because Jesus said certain things (like He can do nothing of himself).  Let’s use the analogy of a Local Area Network and workstations.  The server is the controlling element and the workstations are connected via cables.  One can download files from the shared hard disk and the system has virus and malicious website scanning software for protection and control; the analogy is the Father has control of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and Jesus also sends the Holy Spirt, plus there are no flaws (such as sin).  One could take his or her laptop workstation and connect it to the home router and it could be infected with viruses or malicious software; use this analogy on humans (who can be tempted by Satan). The other flaw is the Radical Unitarian belief that Jesus magically appeared at birth is erroneous based on Genesis 1:26.

2. Total Trinitarianism could be in error because Jesus SPECIFICALLY says “the Father is above all” in John 10:29 and that the Father is greater than He (John 14:28). The Trinitarian argument, of course, is Phil 2:6 King James Version (KJV)

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Notice Jesus only THOUGHT; he did not say it specifically. Along this line, when Thomas said what he said in John 2o:28, Jesus did not confirm nor deny. Also in Matt 28:9 the apostles fell to Jesus’ feet and worshipped him.  Sometimes neither confirming nor denying is the correct choice.  Of course,  it was shown that Jesus existed in spirit form at the beginning based on Eccl 12:7, Matt 27:50, Gen 1:26, Heb 1:10-12.  There is not a word of “incarnation” in any of these.

3. Armstrongism believes God is a family consisting of Father and Son (Binitarianism) and the Holy Spirit is a force; however a force does not teach (Luke 12:12) or appoint (Acts 20:28).  The MCGI belief of God being 3 hierarchical Beings is half correct because of what Jesus said.  The Christian Churches of God is Unitarian but believes the Holy Spirit is a force; however, a force does not teach or appoint.  In both cases, assigning the name “God” as a noun to the entity called Deity/Godhead (which is biblical based on Col 2:9) is an interpretation; Jesus SPECIFICALLY said “I return to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God” in John 20:17. A reminder of specific assignment of names is contained in Isaiah 46:11 MSG that SPECIFICALLY calls out Cyrus as the bird of prey; the flaw with this bible is it is a paraphrase and most of the passages are not recognizable vs any other common bibles.

More specifically, even Jesus recognizes the Holy Spirit as a person/Being:

John 16:13-14New International Version (NIV)

13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.

4.  Apostolic/Pentecostal Oneness believes God is a spirit that manifests itself in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  The flaw is one spirit is not 3 separate Beings.

4. The analysis of the Deity/Godhead is contained in “The Divinity of Jesus” https://religiousrealist.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/the-divinity-of-jesus/ to avoid redundancy.  It could be an entity as opposed to a Being.  Christian Churches of God (www.ccg.org), a Unitarian organization, recognizes this and that Jesus originally existed in spirit form.

Remember, as in all the posts, this is live and constantly updated.  We are humans and not perfect and that is why we interpret the bible different. The worst thing a Christian can say is “you are wrong!” We should not be getting wrapped around the axle about the divinity of Jesus or whether or not God has a name.

A majority of practicing Christians believe the “rapture” (1 Thess 4:16-17) is post-Trib because of the simplicity.  Pre-Trib or mid-Trib is a bit complicated.  “Trib” is the 7 year Tribulation Period.

https://religiousrealist.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/pre-trib-or-post-trib-rapture/

The 1000 year period: https://religiousrealist.wordpress.com/2016/06/23/the-1000-year-period/

The bottom line: ultimately, the church of Christ is those in the first resurrection and are guaranteed salvation.  The first sentence of 1 Cor 5:13 states “God judges those outside”; some religions use this verse when reading names of expelled members but one needs to read the preceding verses (indicating the wicked are those with vices). Those with the mark of the beast, the Beast, the False Prophets and Satan and  are guaranteed doom.  The remainder have two outcomes: 1. Those not in the book of life are cast in the lake of fire.  2. Those found in the book of life are admitted to the Holy City and have eternal life.  IT’S YOUR CHOICE!

The sign of the 2nd coming of Christ is contained in Matt 24:29-30 signaled by the end of the Great Tribulation.

 

 

 

 

 

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