The Holy Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice (2 Tim. 3:16). The King James Version of the Bible is the inspired and preserved word of God for the English-speaking people. It is translated directly from Hebrew Masoretic Text (The Old Testament) and Greek Textus Receptus (The New Testament). By contrast, all contemporary versions are translated from corrupted Septuagint (The Old Testament) and corrupted Greek Alexandrian manuscripts (2 Pet. 3:16). They attack the true Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and the deity of our Saviour. Furthermore, they remove the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and question His virgin birth.
Salvation of man’s soul is the gift of God (Eph. 2:8-9), provided to mankind through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who repent and believe in the true Gospel: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: (1 Cor. 15:3-4) receive from God a full remission of sins and go to heaven when they die. Those who do not repent and reject this Gospel are bound to spend eternity in the lake of fire (Rev. 21:8). No number of good works can make us righteous before God (Galatians 3:10-14). Only the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, shed for the sins of the world on the cross, cleanses us from all sins (1 John 1:7). Salvation has always been by grace through faith (Romans 4:1-8) and it will always be by grace through faith (Romans 3:20).
The God of the Holy Bible
The God of the Holy Bible is one God revealed in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost (1 John 5:7). God is the Creator of our entire universe (John 1:1-3) and at the same time the Saviour of sinners (John 1:14), since He purchased His church with His own blood (Acts 20:28). God is in a complete control of everything that happens in the universe (Eph. 1:11). He does not allow anybody or anything to be worshipped in His place (Isa. 42:8).
God created this world (Gen. 1:1) about 6 000 years ago in literal 24-hour long days (Exo. 20:11). Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Himself testifies that the Book of Genesis is a genuine history of the beginnings of our world (Matt. 19:4). Evolution theory is an antichristian religious worldview which has nothing to do with science: knowledge derived from observation and study (1 Tim. 6:20). The Worldwide Flood is a historical event which took place about 4 400 years ago. Only eight people, that is Noah, his wife, their three sons: Japheth, Shem, Ham, and their three wives, survived that cataclysm which completely destroyed the Preflood World (2 Pet. 3:5-6). They, in turn, became the parents of all people who live on Earth today (Gen. 10:1-32).
God made a unique, unconditional twofold covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their physical descendants: the Abrahamic Covenant and the Land Covenant. The Abrahamic Covenant guarantees the Jews a permanent existence as a nation. It also says that those who bless them will experience blessings and that those who curse them will experience curses (Genesis 12:1-3). The Land Covenant guarantees the Jews a permanent ownership of the land from the river Nile to the river Euphrates (Gen. 15:18-21). The Holy Bible teaches that although Israel as a people rejected its Messiah, God still has a plan for the nation of Israel (Jer. 30:7-11) and that they will one day repent and be reconciled to the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 11:25-28).
Once a man is saved by the grace of God, he cannot lose his salvation in the present church age (Eph. 4:30). The Lord Jesus Christ confirms this truth when He explains that all true born-again Christians are kept saved by God’s power (John 10:27-30). However, it does not mean that after we receive from our Creator a free gift of salvation, we can do whatever we want, because God can punish us for our disobedience (Rom. 8:11-13). By contrast, we can lose a few crowns, promised for saved people, for example: the crown of righteousness for those who love the appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 4:8), the crown of glory for those who teach other Christians sound doctrine (1 Pet. 5:2-4), the crown of life for those who die as martyrs (Rev. 2:10).
The Rapture of the church
Israel and the church are two different entities. Hence, the rapture of the church and the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ are two different events. The rapture of the church is a purifying hope of every Bible-believing Christian who longs to be with the Lord (Tit. 2:13). This event takes place prior to the 70th week of Daniel (Rom. 11:25). Its purpose is to unite the bride of Christ with her bridegroom (Eph. 1:10) and to remove the New Testament church before the Holy God once again deals with Israel (Dan. 9:27). During the rapture the bodies of all New Testament saints, both the living and the dead, shall be resurrected (1 Cor. 15:51-52). Our Saviour does not come back to the Earth, the church meets Him in the air (1 Thes. 4:16-17).
The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ shall one day return on Earth (Matt. 24:29-31) with His bride – the church. He will stand at the mount of Olives (Zech. 14:1-3), a place from which he ascended to heaven after His glorious resurrection (Acts 1:9-12). Our Saviour will rescue the nation of Israel from the armies of the entire world that will try to annihilate God’s chosen people (Zech. 12:8-9). The Lord Jesus Christ will cause the nation of Israel to be ultimately reconciled unto Him (Zech. 12:10). During His First Coming He came as a humble servant. By contrast, during His Second Coming He will come as a conquering King of Kings, and Lord of Lords (Rev. 19:11-16).
Immediately after His Second Coming the Lord Jesus Christ will establish His Millennial reign, in which we will be ruling the Earth for a literal one thousand years (Rev. 20:4-6). Our Saviour will sit on His throne of David in Jerusalem, from which He will administer His reign over the entire world (Isa. 2:1-4). The nation of Israel will be restored to its former glory. All the nations of the Earth will have to take a pilgrimage to Jerusalem once a year to worship the Lord Jesus Christ there (Zech. 14:15-19). The preflood climate will be restored in that the people will once again live over 900 years (Isa. 65:20) and all animals will once again become docile (Isa. 11:6-9).
Dispensation means a certain age or period of time in which God deals with people in a specific way. That is why the God of the Bible commands us to rightly divine His word (2. Tim. 2:15). Not all Scripture applies to the church – the body of Christ – doctrinally. The major distinction that one ought to bear in mind while studying the Holy Bible is the one that exists between the physical Israel of the Old Testament, namely the Jews, and the spiritual Israel of the New Testament, that is the church (Romans 2:28-29), since these two bodies have a different origin, a different purpose and a different destiny.