Further Study: When All Things Become New
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“In the typical service the high priest, having made the atonement for Israel, came forth and blessed the congregation. So Christ, at the close of His work as mediator, will appear, ‘without sin unto salvation’ (Hebrews 9:28), to bless His waiting people with eternal life. As the priest, in removing the sins from the sanctuary, confessed them upon the head of the scapegoat, so Christ will place all these sins upon Satan, the originator and instigator of sin. The scapegoat, […]

13: When All Things Become New – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for When All Things Become New December 17, 2012]

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1. What is utopia? Does the word ‘utopia” remind you of an ideal world where you would like to live? Or is the thought you associate most with “utopia” an unrealistic dream of a never-ever land? What about the millennium? Will that be utopia? What is a “year” in heaven? How long is a thousand years? Do you think we’ll sit idly on a grassy slope, […]

Inside Story: God Provides a Way
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Moïse drove taxi in Cameroon to earn a living.

He was single and lived with his mother. An Adventist friend often talked about the Bible. As Moïse began to understand the importance of the Sabbath, he quit driving his taxi on Saturdays.

Moïse’s Aunt Paulette saw Moïse’s interest in God and invited him to church and evangelistic meetings, sitting with him to help him find the Bible texts. Moïse gave his life to Christ.

“Nonsense,” Moïse’s mother said when she learned her son […]

Thursday: Life in the New Earth
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Read Revelation 21:3.

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In what way will this stupendous fact alter the life experiences of the inhabitants of the new earth?

Perhaps there isn’t another awe-inspiring vision throughout the Bible comparable to the one that John the Revelator describes here; the new earth will not only be home to human creatures but also to God. The holy, transcendent Creator of the universe will grace the community of the redeemed with His presence. Of course, God will forever […]

Wednesday: The New Earth
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Revelation 20 ends with the elimination of Satan and his hosts.

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Revelation 21 opens with a vision of a new heaven and a new earth.

Revelation 21:1-5 carries the promise that God is making all things new. In what ways does this reflect the Genesis creation account? (Genesis 1-2). What are the differences?

The word translated as “new” in Revelation 21:1 emphasizes something that is new in form or quality rather than new, as in a “new” event in time. God’s […]

13: When All Things Become New – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : In the end, the righteous will be saved, review God’s judgments, see the final sentence upon evil, and dwell in a new heaven and earth in peace and joy.

[Teaching plan for When All Things Become New December 24, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Revelation 20:1-5.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What’s this bottomless pit that Satan is cast into and what is this […]

Tuesday: Events at the End of the Millennium
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Read Revelation 20:7-9.

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What event marks the close of the millennium, and what opportunity does it provide Satan?

Reversal of the circumstances of Satan marks his being ‘released’. This event is linked with the resurrection of the rest of the dead who “did not live again until the thousand years were finished” (vs. 5, NKJV). The phrase “Gog and Magog” is used figuratively, as in Ezekiel 38:2, to describe those whom Satan will succeed in deceiving – the wicked […]

Monday: In The Midst of the Millennium
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Read Revelation 20:4-6 again.

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What evidence there shows us that the millennium unfolds in heaven (at least for the saved)?

A specific segment of the group who will participate in the millennium are described as “the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands” (NKJV). As Seventh-day Adventists, we understand […]

Sunday: Events Inaugurating the Millennium
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If the millennium marks the beginning of God’s ‘utopia’ for His people, it is only natural for us to try to know when it will begin and what it will be like.

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The millennium, as a concept, appears in Revelation 20, where it is mentioned six times between verses 2-7. In order to know the time of the millennium, the place of Revelation 20 in the overall flow of the book of Revelation needs to […]

Sabbath: When All Things Become New
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Read for This Week’s Study: 1 Thess. 4:16-18, Revelation 20, 1 Cor. 4:5, Rom. 8:20-22, Rev. 21:11-22:5, Rev. 21:3.

Memory Text: “ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away’ ” (Revelation 21:4, NKJV).

Key Thought: What is the millennium, when does it happen, and to what does it lead?

Sir Thomas More (1478-1535) was an English author who coined the word utopia in order to depict […]