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The Master’s College 2015-2016 Catalog

8

THE COLLEGE

The Tribulation Period.

We teach that immediately

following the removal of the church from the earth

(John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) the righteous

judgments of God will be poured out upon an

unbelieving world (Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 9:27; 12:1;

2 Thessalonians 2:7-12; Revelation 16), and that

these judgments will be climaxed by the return of

Christ in glory to the earth (Matthew 24:27-31; 25:31-

46; 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12). At that time the Old

Testament and tribulation saints will be raised and

the living will be judged (Daniel 12:2-3; Revelation

20:4-6). This period includes the seventieth week of

Daniel’s prophecy (Daniel 9:24-27; Matthew 24:15-

31; 25:31-46).

The Second Coming and the Millennial Reign.

We teach that after the tribulation period, Christ

will come to earth to occupy the throne of David

(Matthew 25:31; Luke 1:31-33; Acts 1:10-11; 2:29-30)

and establish His messianic kingdom for a thousand

years on the earth (Revelation 20:1-7). During this

time the resurrected saints will reign with Him over

Israel and all the nations of the earth (Ezekiel 37:21-

28; Daniel 7:17-22; Revelation 19:11-16). This reign

will be preceded by the overthrow of the Antichrist

and the False Prophet, and by the removal of Satan

from the world (Daniel 7:17-27; Revelation 20:1-7).

We teach that the kingdom itself will be the

fulfillment of God’s promise to Israel (Isaiah 65:17-

25; Ezekiel 37:21-28; Zechariah 8:1-17) to restore

them to the land which they forfeited through their

disobedience (Deuteronomy 28:15-68). The result

of their disobedience was that Israel was temporarily

set aside (Matthew 21:43; Romans 11:1-26) but will

again be awakened through repentance to enter into

the land of blessing (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel

36:22-32; Romans 11:25-29).

We teach that this time of our Lord’s reign will

be characterized by harmony, justice, peace,

righteousness, and long life (Isaiah 11; 65:17-25;

Ezekiel 36:33-38), and will be brought to an end with

the release of Satan (Revelation 20:7).

The Judgment of the Lost.

We teach that following

the release of Satan after the thousand year reign

of Christ (Revelation 20:7), Satan will deceive the

nations of the earth and gather them to battle against

the saints and the beloved city, at which time Satan

and his army will be devoured by fire from heaven

(Revelation 20:9). Following this, Satan will be

thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone (Matthew

25:41; Revelation 20:10) whereupon Christ, who is

the Judge of all men (John 5:22), will resurrect and

judge the great and small at the Great White Throne

judgment.

We teach that this resurrection of the unsaved dead to

judgment will be a physical resurrection, whereupon

receiving their judgment (John 5:28-29), they will be

committed to an eternal, conscious punishment in

the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:11-15).

Eternity.

We teach that after the closing of the

millennium, the temporary release of Satan, and

the judgment of unbelievers (2 Thessalonians 1:9;

Revelation 20:7-15), the saved will enter the eternal

state of glory with God, after which the elements

of this earth are to be dissolved (2 Peter 3:10) and

replaced with a new earth wherein only righteousness

dwells (Ephesians 5:5; Revelation 20:15, 21-22).

Following this, the heavenly city will come down out

of heaven (Revelation 21:2) and will be the dwelling

place of the saints, where they will enjoy forever

fellowship with God and one another (John 17:3;

Revelation 21, 22). Our Lord Jesus Christ, having

fulfilled His redemptive mission, will then deliver

up the kingdom to God the Father (1 Corinthians

15:24-28) that in all spheres the triune God may reign

forever and ever (1 Corinthians 15:28).