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Creations Jubilee

  • Creations Jubilee by Dr Stephen E Jones
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  • Creations Jubilee pages 26 and 27
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Creation's Jubilee

by Dr. Stephen E. Jones. The Bible's teaching on God's ultimate grace toward mankind. New Expanded Edition 2000 with original color artwork cover. Large 8 x 11 inch size, 153 pages.

SUMMARY: This book tackles Biblical concepts such as the Millennium, the Lake of Fire, Predestination and Election. An interesting chapter explains the effects of Adam's sin on man's nature. The Sovereignty of God is explored, in conjuction with the Restoration of all things, which is God's overall purpose in history. It also gives little-known Church history showing how these vital teachings were lost in the fifth century. This study also explains the three resurrections of barley, wheat, and grape companies in a general overview. Beautiful full-color original art on cover. Highly recommended! (Note: This is the newer greatly expanded edition. The old smaller edition is also still available from us at a reduced price as an inexpensive way to introduce that friend or neighbor of yours to the Bible's teaching on ultimate grace. See separate listing.)

       The subject of this book is God’s judgment and justice, and an in-depth examination of sin and Divine punishment.

       The opening chapter on “The Millennium Question” discusses Israel’s three main feasts: Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. These holy-days are prophetic of three great eras in God’s prophetic plan, or as the author says, “They speak of three stages of development in the Kingdom of God on earth.” (page 1) The Old Testament period from Moses to Christ relates to the rituals of Passover, the present Church Age beginning on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2) relates to the feast of Pentecost, and the coming Millennial Age relates to the feast of Tabernacles.

       Following this discussion are two chapters on the fire of God, providing an understanding of its function and purpose. The New Testament speaks of this as well as the Old, for we read, “…our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29). This relates also to the prophesied “baptism of fire” (Luke 3:16), and the “lake of fire” (Revelation 20). The question debated among theologians today is whether this fire speaks of endless punishment, annihilation, or purification. Just what really is the Divine penalty for sin? Of course, everyone has a personal opinion about this matter. More importantly, what does the Bible say? God’s “torah” or moral law has much to say on sin and punishment, including the “Year of Jubilee” (Leviticus 25), a time-period in which all debts are cancelled. The author shows that God considers all sin to be a debt, all humanity to be subject to God’s judgment (2 Corinthians 5:10), and that a future Jubilee is promised in Scripture for the created order. It is interesting that a key passage dealing with the Jubilee is inscribed upon America’s “liberty bell.” It is Leviticus 25:10, and reads, “And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.” We have never heard a modern minister refer to this text, yet it was a guiding principle in Biblical law as well as in the foundation of the American standard of justice.

       In his chapter on the subject, “Does God Punish Endlessly?” the author shows that the term “everlasting” or “eternal” are translations of the Hebrew “olam” and Greek “aion” or “aionios.” From this original word, aion, has developed the English parallel word, “eon.” The author therefore shows that Scripture passages that seem to speak of God punishing endlessly are actually speaking of a specific, limited term of unknown duration, but not eternal. Does this apply to saved believers also? Yes, indeed, it does. As the author says, eternal life for believers means, “they would be given aionian life, ‘Age-abiding life’, or life pertaining specifically to the Tabernacles Age.” (page 36) There is much more here that we cannot cover in a short review.

       Chapter six discusses “God’s Three Harvest Festivals,” symbolized by the barley, wheat, and grapes. As mentioned above, they also relate to three broad eras in the plan of God. Yet Christians, few of whom are students of agriculture, do not understand the symbolism in these harvest fruits. The barley symbolizes overcomers, as the author says, “the first people to mature spiritually to bring forth the fruits of the kingdom that God requires. Barley also can survive drought, heat, and cold much more easily than can wheat.” (pages 54-55) Wheat matures later than barley, and so the word, “Pentecost,” from a Greek word meaning “fiftieth,” indicates in its name that this festival takes place fifty days after Passover. In the Old Testament, the High Priest offered to God “two loaves of wheat baked with leaven” to celebrate the Hebrew festival of Shavuot, or Pentecost. (ibid. page 55) Wheat therefore symbolizes the Church as a whole, which is composed of both saints and sinners. Tabernacles was the grape harvest, depicting the fruit being treaded down underfoot, symbolizing the unbelievers and their greater punishment for sin. The author goes into much Scriptural background and evidence in this chapter that is a revelation on the subject of sin and punishment in God’s design.

       A fascinating chapter deals with “The Effects of Adam’s Sin on Man’s Nature.” (page 85ff) The author states, “The question we must first deal with is this: Did Adam’s sin cause us to have sinful souls or mortal souls?” It is almost ubiquitous today to hear theologians speak of “inheriting Adam’s sin,” but the author proves from Scripture that we instead inherit mortal souls, and that mortality is the cause of more sinning. In other words, as the author says, “The only thing passed down [from Adam] is MORTALITY, or Death.” (page 85) This chapter goes on to discuss “the two types of death” and “the consequences of each viewpoint.” This is truly an important and well-researched chapter, which also traces the history of the incorrect view back to the Latin translator, Jerome, and his Latin Vulgate.

       The book’s other chapters are all good and relevant information as well, especially chapter 11 on the subject of “Predestination and Election.” This subject has divided Christianity for hundreds of years, but the author approaches it from a new viewpoint. Dr. Jones compares the Scriptural foundation of God’s Will (Greek, “Thelema”) and His Plan (Greek, “Boulema”). This chapter also discusses the interesting related subjects of “Law and Coercion,” and “The Paradox of Soul and Spirit.”

       The book concludes with several interesting appendices, including an examination of “the rich man and Lazarus” in the gospel of Luke chapter 16. You will really appreciate the information here if you have ever wondered what this passage in Luke was all about.

       This is a large format 8.5 by 11 inches, 158 pages (154+iv), with a full-color cover commissioned especially for this book by renowned artist, Keith Birdsong. We know that you will gain many new insights into Scripture from the information in this book! These are the last remaining copies of a 3,000 print-run, so order yours while they last.

Table Of Contents:

  1. The Millennium Question
  2. The Sun of Righteousness, or the Fire of God
  3. The Lake of Fire, or the Molten Sea
  4. Does God Punish Endlessly?
  5. The Restoration of All Things
  6. God’s Three Harvest Festivals
  7. The Law of Jubilee
  8. The Two Covenants
  9. The Effects of Adam’s Sin on Man’s Nature
  10. The Restoration of All Nations
  11. Predestination and Election
  12. Why Church Councils Condemned Restoration Teaching
  13. The Tension in Creation

Appendices:

  1. Augustine’s Argument on Duration of Punishment in The City Of God, XXI, xi
  2. The Return of the Holy Spirit
  3. Gregory of Nyassa (335-394 AD) Sermon on First Corinthians 15:28
  4. From the Introduction to Book XXI of Augustine’s “The City Of God”
  5. The Rich Man and Lazarus

 

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