We believe God will culminate history as we know it, or conclude the end of the age
Matthew Chapter 13
1 - "That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea.
2 - And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach.
3 - And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow.
4 - And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.
5 - Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil,
6 - but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away.
7 - Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.
8 - Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
9 - He who has ears, let him hear.”
10 - Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?”
11 - And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
12 - For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
13 - This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
14 - Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:
“‘“You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
15 - For this people's heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.’
16 - But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.
17 - For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
18 - “Hear then the parable of the sower:
19 - When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.
20 - As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy,
21 - yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.
22 - As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
23 - As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
24 - He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field,
25 - but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away.
26 - So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also.
27 - And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’
28 - He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’
29 - But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them.
30 - Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”
31 - He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field.
32 - It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
33 - He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.”
34 - All these things Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed, he said nothing to them without a parable.
35 - This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet:
“I will open my mouth in parables;
I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.”
36 - Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.”
37 - He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.
38 - The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one,
39 - and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels.
40 - Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age.
41 - The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers,
42 - and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
43 - Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
44 - “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
45 - “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls,
46 - who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
47 - “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind.
48 - When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad.
49 - So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous
50 - and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51 - “Have you understood all these things?” They said to him, “Yes.”
52 - And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”
53 - And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there,
54 - and coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works?
55 - Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?
56 - And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?”
57 - And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.”
58 - And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief."
when Jesus Christ returns imminently, personally and visibly in glory to the earth. At that time, the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness.
Jesus will reign as King and Lord of the earth in a literal millennial reign, to be succeeded by the great white throne judgment which will put down the final rebellion of Satan and all those that have rejected Him as Lord and Savior
"And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,"
"Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire."
After which time, the destruction of this present earth and heaven will take place
10 - "But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed."
12 - "waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!"
-2 Peter 3:10, 12
and the creation will be redeemed with a new heavens and earth for eternity and the righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will dwell and fellowship forever in Heaven with the Lord
Revelation Chapter 21
The New Heaven and the New Earth
1 - "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
2 - And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 - And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.
4 - He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
5 - And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
6 - And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.
7 - The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
8 - But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
The New Jerusalem
9 - Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
10 - And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God,
11 - having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.
12 - It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed—
13 - on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates.
14 - And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 - And the one who spoke with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls.
16 - The city lies foursquare, its length the same as its width. And he measured the city with his rod, 12,000 stadia. Its length and width and height are equal.
17 - He also measured its wall, 144 cubits by human measurement, which is also an angel's measurement.
18 - The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, like clear glass.
19 - The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald,
20 - the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst.
21 - And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
22 - And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.
23 - And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.
24 - By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it,
25 - and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there.
26 - They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations.
27 - But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life."