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 [...]

Who Will Wipe the Tears From God’s Eyes?
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“ ‘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).

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As I read the key verse in this week’s SS lesson, I pause and ask myself, who will wipe the tears from God’s eyes? People say there will be no crying in heaven, but obviously [...]

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 [...]

Further Study: Last Things: Jesus and the Saved
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“The intercession of Christ in man’s behalf in the sanctuary above is as essential to the plan of salvation as was His death upon the cross.

By His death He began that work which after His resurrection He ascended to complete in heaven. We must by faith enter within the veil, ‘whither the forerunner is for us entered.’ Hebrews 6:20. There the light from the cross of Calvary is reflected. There we may gain a clearer insight into the mysteries of redemption. [...]

Inside Story: Free Indeed!
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Esther* slipped across the North Korean border into China.

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But she still wasn’t free. She knew that if she was caught, she would be sent back to North Korea and imprisoned or even killed. While in China, she met an Adventist woman who befriended her. The woman offered Esther a place to stay and introduced her to Jesus.

One day Esther was stopped by security police. Without a Chinese passport, Esther was arrested and sent to [...]

Paid In Full
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I have had a rough couple of months when it comes to driving – I’ve gotten three tickets! One was because I didn’t “stop” when I was turning right on a red light, and the other two were for speeding. All three were my fault. I couldn’t say the red light camera didn’t actually have a picture of my car failing to stop before I turned right. On the other two, I couldn’t say the policeman’s radar wasn’t correct. I [...]

12: Last Things: Jesus and the Saved – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Last Things: Jesus and the Saved December 19, 2012]

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1. Pivot point: The cross. How were people saved before the cross? Or were they? Is the cross symbolic? If so, what does it symbolize? What does it mean? What is the reality behind the symbol? When in human history did God begin offering the promise of redemption? If Satan was defeated at the cross, why does he keep tempting us?

2. Heavenly sanctuary. [...]

Thursday: Death and Resurrection
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In the New Testament, one of the events connected with the second coming of Christ is the resurrection of those who died believing in Him.

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In fact, as far as most believers are concerned, that is the most important part of the Second Coming, because most of Christ’s followers will be dead when He returns.

What do the following texts teach us about the resurrection of the dead at the time of Christ’s return? 1 Thess. 4:13-16

1 Cor. [...]

Wednesday: Awaiting the Advent
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Read 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11.

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What is the message here, and why is it so relevant to us today, living when we do? How can we take these words and apply them in the practical moments of day-to-day living?

So much exists in those verses, but one point should stand out so clearly, and that is the hope that those Christians awaiting the return of Christ should have. Certainly, we need to be watchful and sober so that [...]