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Statement of faith

HOLY SCRIPTURE


1. The Scriptures (Bible) - the Word of God, written by holy people of God under the guidance of the Holy Spirit (2 Pet. 1:19-21, Rom. 1:2, 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:16 - 17). It consists of the 66 canonical books of the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament.

2. Scripture is the revelation of God to man, and the true source of knowledge of God (Psalm 118:130, John. 17:17; Open. 1:1). It is completely inerrant and infallible in the original source, equally inspired in every word, a complete, all-sufficient and protected by God (Deut. 4:2, Jer. 1:12; Prov. 30:5, 6; Matt. 5:17-19, Gal . 1:8, Rev. 22:18-19).

3. There is only one true meaning of the text of Scripture, which is determined by the grammatical-historical method of interpretation under the guidance of the Holy Spirit (Ez. 7:10; Jn. 16:13, Acts. 17:11, 2 Pet. 1:19-21 , 1 Cor. 2:12-13).

4. Sacred Scripture is the sole source of saving faith and the absolute standard for the practice of the Christian life (Joshua. 1:7-8, Ps. 18:8-9, John. 8:31-32, 20:31, 1 Pet. 2:2, Rom. 10:17, 2 Tim. 3:14-17, Heb. 4:12).


GOD


1. God is Spirit, perfect in all His attributes, one in His nature and exists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (Is. 48:16; Matt. 5:16-17, 28:19; John. 4:24; 2 Cor. 13:13). All Persons of the Trinity have equal natural and moral Divine attributes, open the Scriptures (John 10:30, 1 Pet. 1:2, 1 Cor. 12:4-6).

2. There is only one living, eternal and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4, 32:39, Isa. 44:6, Jer. 10:10, Jn. 17:3), who is the Creator and Sustainer of all things (Gen. 1:1-31, Acts. 17:24-28). He created the world in six literal days (Ex. 31:17). God is absolutely sovereign in creation, providence, and redemption (Psalm 102:19; Rom. 11:36).

3. All Persons of the Divine Trinity are one in all his actions, but at the same time have their functional differences. Scripture shows us a special role in the creation of God the Father, God the Son and God in the salvation of the Holy Spirit in the creation of the Church (Ex. 20:11; Luke. 2:10-11, Eph. 2:19-22).

4. Holy and righteous God is not the author and the source of sin (Is. 6:3; Jam. 1:13, 1 John. 2:16, 3:8). God hates sin, and exacts from those who commit it (Ps. 5:5-7; Jude. 1:5-6, Rev. 20:11-13, 22:12). Only God has the power to forgive sins (Isaiah 43:25; Matt. 6:14-15, Lk. 23:34).

5. One true God worthy of the honor, glory and worship (Ex. 20:4-5, Isa. 42:8, Rev. 4:9-11). He demands worship only for Himself (Ex. 34:14, Deut. 6:6, 13-15; Matt. 4:10; Rev. 22:8-9).


GOD THE FATHER


1. God the Father is one of the Divine Persons of the Trinity. He is the Creator and Lord of all things. Father God does things according to His sovereign will and for His good purposes, in unity with the other persons of the Trinity (Gen. 1:1, 26; Matt. 3:16-17, 28:19, Ps. 134:6, 1 Cor. 8:6, Eph. 1:9-11).

2. Fatherhood of God the Father determined by its position, functions and relationships within the Trinity (John 15:26, 1 Pet. 1:3). For all mankind God the Father is the Creator (Gen. 1:27, Acts. 17:26; Jas. 1:17), and to the believers, and even spiritual Father (John 1:12, Rom. 8:14-17; 2 Cor. 6:18).

3. God the Father loves His creation and cares about him (Ps. 103:27-28; Matt. 5:45). His great love for mankind was revealed in Jesus Christ, whom he sent to earth for the salvation of men (John 3:16, 1 John. 4:9-10, Rom. 5:8, Eph. 2:4-5).

4. God the Father has appointed a day in which he was by his beloved Son Jesus Christ will judge angels and men, living and dead, the whole world (John 5:20-23, Acts. 17:31; Jude. 1:6, Rom . 2:16, Rev. 20:11-15).


SON OF GOD


1. The Son of God, Jesus Christ, is one of the Divine Persons of the Trinity. Jesus Christ possesses all the qualities of the Divine, as the Father, having the same with him the divine and eternal nature (John 1:1-3, 14; 10:30, 1 Jn. 5:20; Rom. 9:5; Num. 1:15-17, Heb. 1:2). Jesus Christ is worthy of worship is equal with God the Father (John 5:23; Phil. 2:10, Rev. 5:13-14).

2. Eternal Son of God became incarnate in the conception of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, forever uniting in himself the fullness of the divine nature and the fullness of a sinless human nature (Is. 9:6, Micah. 5:2-3, Matt. 1: 20, Luke. 1:35, Col. 2:9, 1 Tim. 2:5; 3:16).

3. At the time of the earthly life Jesus Christ voluntarily limited His divine privileges, but has lost none of His divine nature (Phil. 2:5-8, Col. 2:9). Jesus Christ is the sinless person actually lived on earth (Matt. 1, Luke. 2-3, 1 Pet. 2:22, 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15).

4. Jesus Christ was predestined from all eternity by God as a propitiatory sacrifice for the redemption of the human race. He accomplished our redemption through the shedding of His sacrificial blood, died on the cross and became a substitution and atoning sacrifice (Is. 53:4-6, 1 Pet. 1:18-20, John. 19:30, 1 Jn. 2:2; Rom. 5:8, 2 Cor. 5:15).

5. On the third day after his death on the cross, Jesus Christ rose from the dead (Matt. 28:6). Resurrected in a glorified body, he appeared to His disciples for forty days and ascended into heaven in glory, where is seating from the right hand of God (Acts 1:9, 22; 1 Cor. 15:3-4, 5-8, 1 Tim. 3: 16).

6. Jesus Christ is the founder and head of the church (Matt. 16:18; Eph. 1:22; 5:23, Col. 1:18). He is the Mediator and High Priest before God the Father for believers (1 Jn. 2:1 , Rom. 8:34; Heb. 4:14-16).

7. Jesus Christ will come again to rapture His Church, to establish the millennium, to judge the living and the dead (Acts 1:11, 17:31, 1 Thess. 4:13-18, Rev. 19:11-16, 20: 11-15).


GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT


1. God the Holy Spirit is one of the Divine Persons of the Trinity. He has all the qualities of personality and attributes of God, and that He is equal with God the Father and God the Son, having the same with Them divine and eternal nature (Matt. 28:19, Acts. 5:3-4, 1 Cor. 12:4 - 6, 2 Cor. 13:13).

2. Scripture says about the participation of the Holy Spirit in Creation (Genesis 1:2), in the incarnation of the Son of God (Matt. 1:18), in the ministry of the prophets and the writing of the Bible (2 Pet. 1:20-21), in actually convicting and salvation (John 3:5-7, 16:8-11; Tit. 3:5-7).

3. Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Church is characterized by the testimony of Christ (John 15:26), the glorification of Christ (John 16:14), building up the Church, delivered the ministers and the endowment of spiritual gifts of believers (Acts 20:28, 1 Cor. 12 :4-11; Eph. 2:21-22).

4. Action of the Holy Spirit in the Christian manifests itself in the revival (John 3:5-6), baptism into the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13), sealing (Eph. 1:13), sanctification (1 Pet. 1:2 , 1 Cor. 6:11), instruction (John 14:26), the performance of the power (Acts 1:8, Eph. 5:18).

5. The Scriptures says about the gifts of the Holy Spirit for the edification of the Church (1 Pet. 4:10-11, Rom. 12:7-8, 1 Cor. 12:7-10, 28; Eph. 4:11-12) .

a. Gifts of the Holy Spirit, relating to the gifts of revelation (apostleship, prophecy, discerning of spirits, supernatural word of wisdom and word of knowledge) and the gifts of the signs (miracles, healing, tongues, interpretation of tongues, supernatural faith), have ceased to operate due to the end of Apostolic time (2 Cor. 12:12) and the appearance of the completed Scriptures (2 Pet. 1:19; 1 Cor. 13:9-10).

b. gift of speaking in tongues should be understood as an uncanny ability to speak a foreign language (Acts 2:5-11). This gift belongs to the Apostolic time. Today, all the manifestations of speaking in "tongues" are fake this divine gift, because it does not correspond to the nature of human speech and conditions specified in the Scriptures (1 Cor. 14:22-23, 27-28).

c. Currently, there are gifts of speech (ministry, evangelism, teaching, exhortation) and the gifts of service (charity will, control, helps) (1 Pet. 4:10-11, Rom. 12:7-8).

6. Currently, rebirth, redemption, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit is received by faith on the basis of Scripture (Rom. 10:17, 2 Cor. 5:7) and are not accompanied by signs or other supernatural manifestations (Matt. 12:39, John. 20 29).

7. The sin against the Holy Spirit are: offense (Eph. 4:30), extinction (1 Thess. 5:19), lie (Acts 5:3-4) and resistance (Acts 7:51) and blasphemy (Matt. 12:31-32). The sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is called unforgivable, but sorrow for sin and repentance in it are evidence of the Holy Spirit in man and suggest that he didn’t blaspheme the Holy Spirit.


MAN


1. Man - is the highest earthly creation, created by God in His image and likeness (Gen. 1:26-27, Ps. 8:6-9, Matt. 19:4).

2. God created man (male and female), eternal, perfect, endowed with intellect, feelings, free will and moral responsibility to God (Gen. 2:16-17, Deut. 30:19; Joshua. 24:15; Ecc . 11:9, Rom. 2:14-15, 14:12). Man has the tangible and intangible components (Gen. 1:31; Ecc. 7:29, 2 Cor. 4:16) including the spirit, soul and body (1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 4:12).

3. Man was created for fellowship with God (Gen. 3:8-10, Acts. 17:26-28, Rev. 21:3), for the glory of God (Ps. 116; 148:11-13, 150, Rev. 19:5), and His will (Deut. 10:12, Micah. 6:8; Jas. 1:22-25, Matt. 7:24-27, Eph. 5:17). Man is made as to the continuation of the human race and rule over the world around them (Gen. 1:26-28, Ps. 8:7-9).


SIN


1. Sin - is any conscious or unconscious disobedience and non-conformity to God's laws and standards exhibited by a fallen nature, thoughts, feelings, desires, words, and actions of any person (Gen 6:5, Ps. 18:34-37, Matt. 12:34-37; Jas. 1:14-15, 1 Jn. 3:4, Eph. 2:3).

2. Sin   entered the world through the devil (1 John. 3:8), who drew away the part of the angels (2 Pet. 2:4; Jude. 6, Rev. 12:4), and tempted the first humans (Gen. 3:1-7 ).

3. As a result of the Fall, Adam and Eve lost their original innocence (Genesis 3:7). The man was the target of the wrath of God (Ps. 89:7-9, Rom. 1:18; Eph. 2:3) and subjected to the penalty of spiritual and physical death (Genesis 2:16-17, 5:5, Rom. 6:23, 1 Cor. 15:21-22), and the eternal destruction (2 Thes. 1:8-9).

a. spiritual death - the separation between man and God (Is. 59:2, Eph. 2:1-3). All human beings are born after the fall of Adam spiritually dead (Rom. 5:12, Col. 2:13).

b. physical death - the separation of soul and body, at which time the body returns to dust, and the soul returns to God (Gen. 3:19; Ecc. 12:7). Souls of the dead are in a state of consciousness (Matt. 22:32, Rev. 6:9-10, 7:9-10). They look forward to the resurrection: the righteous - to eternal bliss with Christ, sinners - to eternal punishment (Dan.l 12:2; Jn. 5:28-29, Rev. 20:12-13).

с. eternal destruction or the second death - is the ultimate rejection of the sinner from God's glory and eternal torment in the lake of fire (Matt. 18:8-9, 25:41, 46, 2 Thess. 1:6-10, Rev. 20 :14-15).

4. Every man is a sinner by nature inherited from Adam and due to his own personal sins and transgressions (Ps. 13:1-3, Jer. 17:9, Rom. 3:10-12, 23; 5:12, 15-19 , Eph. 2:1, 5). The person is not able to return to the path of righteousness, as a slave to sin (Jer. 13:23, Rom. 6:17-18), and therefore in need of God.


SALVATION


Salvation - it is an act of love of God to man, frees man from the bondage of sin, death and hell for eternal life (John 3:16, Rom. 5:8-10, 6:17-20, 1 Cor. 15:55 - 57, Col. 1:13-14).

Scripture says in regard to salvation as God's sovereign action, and human responsibility in decision-making about his salvation (Isaiah 43:11, 2 Cor. 7:1, Eph. 2:8-9; Phil. 2:12 -13).

Salvation is granted to man by God's grace through repentance and faith in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ (John 14:6, Acts. 4:12; Rom. 10:9-10, Gal. 2:16; Phil. 3:4 - 9), and not by human works or merit (Rom. 3:20, 28; Eph. 2:8-9, Titus. 3:4-7). Good works are the result and evidence of saving, living faith (James 2:14-26, Eph. 2:10).

1. Foreknowledge, election and predestination

a. Foreknowledge, election and predestination - is the act of Almighty God, committed to the creation of the world, when He, by His grace in Christ chose men for their salvation and His glory (Matt. 22:14, Rom. 8:28-30, Eph. 1: 4-6, 2 Thes. 2:13).

b. God's foreknowledge, election and predestination, presented in the Bible, does not contradict the fact that people have a responsibility in making decisions about repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior (John 1:11-13, 3:18-19 , 36, Acts. 13:46).

2. Redemption

a. Atonement - is a complete and sufficient payment holy God for the sins of humanity that Jesus Christ has made a voluntary sacrifice on the cross of Calvary to satisfy the righteous wrath of God (Matt. 20:28; 1 Pet. 1:18-19, 1 John . 2:2, Rom. 3:24-25, Gal. 3:13, Eph. 1:7).

b. The sacrifice of Christ accomplished on the cross for all people and therefore is the only Redeemer and Mediator between God and man (Is. 53:4-6, John. 1:29, 14:6, Rom. 3:24, 1 Tim. 2:5-6).

3. Faith and repentance

a. According to Scripture, faith is the substance of things hoped for things not seen. Faith implies the unconditional acceptance of the truth revealed by God and complete trust in Him and His Word (Heb. 11:1-6). This belief leads to the acceptance of Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord (Acts 16:31, Rom. 10:14-17). Faith must be regarded as a gift of God (1 Cor. 3:5; Eph. 2:8) and as a human response to the gospel call (Mark 1:15; Jn. 3:16, 36).

b. Repentance - this man's consciousness of his depravity, sorrow for sin and confession. Repentance is a result of the grace of God in man through the Word of God, and leads him to the treatment of the sinful way of life to a life of obedience to God (Ezra 10:10-11, Proverbs. 28:13, Lk. 15:17-21, Acts . 2:37-38, 26:20, 2 Cor. 7:10 Tit. 2:11-12).

c. Faith and repentance - the will of God for all people and a prerequisite for salvation and eternal life (Mark 1:14-15, Luke. 8:12; Jn. 3:16; 6:47; Acts. 17:30; 1 Pet. 1:9, 2 Pet. 3:9, 1 John. 5:13 Heb. 11:6). Disbelief and lack of repentance - a sin which brings the wrath of God on the human and eternal damnation (Luke 13:2-5, John. 3:18, 36).

d. The signs of living faith and true repentance is the confession of Jesus Christ as God and Lord (John 20:28-31, Rom. 10:9), and the fruits of the changed and godly lives (Matt. 3:8; Lk. 19:8-9 , Jam. 2:14-26, 2 Pet. 1:5-9).

4. Birth from above

a. Birth from above - this is a spiritual birth, committed supernatural act of God in human life believer, resulting in a person receives a new nature and spiritual life (John 1:12-13, 3:3-6; Jam. 1:18). The new birth occurs in a person under the influence of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God and faith in Jesus Christ (1 Pet. 1:23; Tit. 3:5).

b. birth from above leads to a change in lifestyle to a victory over sin and for renewal in righteousness and holiness of the image of God (1 Pet. 2:1-3, 1 Jn. 2:29, 3:9, 5:4, 18 ).

5. Baptism in the Holy Spirit and performance

a. Baptism in the Holy Spirit - is regenerated man dive into the Body of Christ which is the Church. Baptism in the Holy Spirit is only one action committed by the Lord Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit in every believer at the moment of salvation (Luke 3:16, Rom. 6:3, 1 Cor. 12:13, 27-28; Gal. 3:27 -28).

b. Filling with the Holy Spirit - is the subordination of the Christian life guidance of the Holy Spirit through the knowledge and performance of the Scriptures. Every Christian should be filled by the Holy Spirit, throughout his earthly life (Acts 7:55, 11:24, Gal. 5:16-25, Eph. 5:17-21).

6. Justification

a. Justification - an act of God, by whom they believed the man charged with the righteousness of Christ (Isaiah 53:11, Rom. 4:25). As a result, justify all those who believe in Christ receive peace with God, proclaimed righteous and innocent, and is exempt from condemnation of sin (Rom. 4:5; 5:1, 1 Cor. 1:30, 6:11, 2 Cor. 5:21).

b. the basis of justification is the Calvary sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the sins and iniquities of the people that satisfied the righteous wrath of God (Rom. 5:1, 9; 8:32-34, 1 Cor. 6:11; Gal. 2:16).

c. justification is given as a gift by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ and not on human affairs and the merits (Rom. 3:21-28; Phil. 3:4-9).

7. Adoption

Adoption - an acceptance of God's people restored to the members of his family (John 1:12-13, 1 Jn. 3:1-2, Rom. 8:15-16, Gal. 3:26, Eph. 1:5, 2 19). It entitles the believer to pray to God as our Heavenly Father, and makes him the heir of God (1 Pet. 1:4, Rom. 8:17; Gal. 4:4-7, Eph. 1:11; Tit. 3:7 ).

8. Sanctification

a. Sanctification - an act of God, directed for the separation of man from sin by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, for a new and holy life in God (1 Pet. 1:2, 14-16, Rom. 6:22, 1 Cor. 1 30; Eph. 1:4 Heb. 13:12).

b. Sanctification is to separate the believer from all ties with religious apostasy and worldly affairs of sinners (1 Jn. 2:15-17, 2 John. 1:9-11, Rom. 12:1-2, 1 Cor. 5: 9-13, 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1).

c. Sanctification involves three aspects: on the Status of sanctification, sanctification as a process and the final consecration (glorification).

1) Blessing on the position - is the separation of the renewed man to God and liberation from slavery and the power of sin. It is God’s one time action which comes at a time of repentance and being born again (Rom. 1:7, 1 Cor. 1:2, 6:11; Heb. 10:10).

2) Blessing as a process, or spiritual growth - is the release of the born again man from the power of sin and his transformation into the image of Christ. It is accomplish by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit and the Word of God and by man throughout his earthly life. Sanctification - this is God's will for every Christian (John 17:17-19, 2 Pet. 3:18; 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 4:22-24, Col. 1:9-11; 1 Thess. 4 :3-8, Rev. 22:11).

3) The final consecration - is the complete liberation of the born again man from the presence of sin and change into the likeness of Jesus Christ. It is accomplished during our transformation at the meeting with the Lord (1 Jn. 3:2, 1 Thess. 4:16-17, 5:23).

9. The security of the salvation

Scripture teaches that every born-again Christian has every reason to be confident in God's salvation (John 5:24, 6:37-40, 10:27-30, Rom. 5:9-10, 8:31-39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8 Heb. 7:25, 1 Pet. 1:5 Jude 1:24). However, a person who considers himself a born-again, but does not show the fruits of repentance and works of faith, or was never saved (Matt. 3:8; 7:21; Jam. 2:17-26, 1 John. 2:19) or deliberately rejected God's gift of salvation (Heb. 6:4-6, 10:26-29).


CHURCH


1. The church - is a unique spiritual organism, established by Jesus Christ and consists of born-again people (Matt. 16:18, Acts. 20:28; 1 Cor. 12:27, Col. 1:24). The church is not the new Israel and has no social, racial, ethnic and other differences in the matter of salvation (Gal. 3:28, Col. 3:10-11).

2. Unified Church of Jesus Christ is presented in Scripture as the Ecumenical and Local.

a. universal church is composed of born-again people of all nations and all generations from Pentecost until the rapture of the Church, which unites one Lord, one faith and one baptism (Acts 2; Gal. 3:28, Eph. 2:11-13 , 4:4-6, 1 Thess. 4:13-18).

b. local church - this apparent revival meetings of people in one place and under the general ministry (Acts 13:1, 1 Cor. 1:2, Gal. 1:2, Rev. 2-3). The local church is an integral part of the universal Church, so every Christian must be a member of a local church (Acts 2:41-42, Heb. 10:25, 1 Jn. 1:7).

3. The founder and head of the Church is Jesus Christ (Matt. 16:18; Eph. 1:22; Max. 1:18). He leads the Church and cares for her, protects and blesses her by the Holy Spirit (John 10:28, Eph. 4:11-12, 5:25-29).

4. Purpose of the church is to glorify God, perfection of the believers and preaching of the gospel to the lost world (Matt. 28:19-20, Acts. 2:41-42, 46-47; Eph. 3:20-21, 4:11-16; 1 Tim. 3:15).

5. Lord Jesus Christ gave the Church two special commands that have a symbolic meaning, which are binding on every believer: baptism and the Lord's Supper (Matt. 28:19, 1 Cor. 11:28-32).

a. Baptism is an expression of personal faith and union with Christ. It symbolizes death to sin and resurrection to a new life in obedience to God (Rom. 6:3-8). Water baptism is received in the age of reason by complete immersion in water (Acts 8:36, 1 Pet. 3:21). Faith, not water baptism is necessary for salvation (John 3:16, 18, 36, 6:47).

b. the Lord's Supper (communion, sacrament) is a memory and the proclamation of the death of Jesus Christ (Matt. 26:26-29). The bread and wine on the Lord's Supper are the only symbols of the body and blood of Christ (1 Cor. 10:16-17). In the Lord's Supper should be involved Christians which were baptized, members of the local church and being at peace with God and man (Matt. 5:23, Acts. 2:46-47, 1 Cor. 11:23-32, Heb. 12 14).

6. Principles of church leadership, ministry and church discipline established by Christ and described in the Scriptures. Guide the local church should be the servants of the male that fit the biblical requirements for ministers who are called by God and recognized by members of the church through the election and ordination. Priests need to be accountable to God and the church congregation (Acts 6:3-6, 14:23, 20:28; 1 Pet. 5:1-5, 1 Tim. 3:1-13, Titus. 1:5 - 9).

7. Mentioned in the Bible include the ministers of the church: apostles, prophets, priests, pastors, bishops, teachers, evangelists and deacons (Eph. 4:11-12).

a. apostles and prophets fulfilled their ministry at the foundation of the Church, so we don’t have such ministers in the Church now (Acts 1:21-22, 2 Cor. 12:12; Eph. 2:20-22).

b. terms "elder", "shepherd", "bishop" describe the same ministry in the Bible are used as synonyms (Acts 20:28; Tit. 1:5-7, 1 Pet. 5:1-5) .

8. Each member of a local church called to active service to carry and apply the spiritual gifts given to him by God (1 Pet. 4:10; Rom. 12:5-8). A member of the church is responsible for the submission to the Word of God and the servants of the church. In case of disobedience or violation of God's Word to the sinner member of the church, disciplinary sanctions must be applied (1 Sam. 15:23; Matt. 18:15-18, 1 Cor. 5:9-13, 2 Thess. 3:14; Heb. 13: 17).

9. Local church autonomy in spiritual and practical issues of its activity and thus it saves interchurch unity, communication and mutual support (Acts 15:1-34, 1 Pet. 2:17; Open. 2-3). Separation of church and state, but at the same time, members of the church, as citizens, are subject to state laws and may participate in all spheres of public life, unless it is contrary to the Scriptures (Matt. 22:21, Acts. 5:29, Rom. 13 :1-7).


ANGELS


1. The Angels - is spiritual, incorporeal, immortal beings who have personality traits and having supernatural powers (Job 38:7, Ps. 102:20; Dan. 8:16-17, Matt. 22:30 28:2, 5, Luke. 15:10, 20:34-36, 2 Pet. 2:11; Jude. 1:9, Heb. 1:14). Usually angels are invisible, but when the angels take the phenomenon of people male face (Gen. 18:2, 4 Sam. 6:17; Luke. 24:4, Acts. 1:10 Num. 1:16).

2. Angels were created by God, the saints for ministry and worship Him, they are ministering spirits and messengers of God (Ps. 148:2; Matt. 25:31, Mark. 1:13; Lk. 2:10 Heb. 1:6 -7, Rev. 5:11-14, 14:6).

3. Very large number of angels (Matt. 26:53, Heb. 12:22, Rev. 5:11). There are different categories and hierarchies of angels (Gen. 3:24; Isa. 6:1-7, Jude. 1:9, Col. 1:16; 1 Thess. 4:16; Rev. 4:7-8).

4. As a result of the fall of Satan and the angels of the angelic world was divided into saints and the fallen angels (Matt. 25:41; March. 8:38, 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude. 1:6, 14; Rev. 12:4 ,7).

a. Saint angels are the inhabitants of heaven and live at the throne of God (Rev. 5:11, 7:11).

b Fallen angels live in areas of high places (Eph. 6:12), in the abyss (Rev. 9:1-11), in the darkness (2 Pet. 2:4; Jude. 1:6), and may be in people ( Matt. 12:43-45, Mark. 9:14-29).

5. Satan - the head of the fallen angels and the prince of the sinful world (John 12:31; Eph. 2:2). He is the enemy of God and man, because he rebelled against God and brought mankind into sin through the temptation of Adam and Eve, and continues its destructive work to date (Gen. 3:1-7, Jn. 8:44, 1 Pet. 5:8, 1 Thess. 3:5, Rev. 12:10). Satan was defeated by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and be subject to eternal punishment with the fallen angels (Gen. 3:15, Matt. 25:41, Heb. 2:14-15, Rev. 20:10).

6. Scripture forbids a man to pray and worship angels (Rev. 19:10, 22:8-9). Scripture does not teach prohibit and command the evil demons and cast them out, except for the period of the ministry of Jesus Christ and His Apostles (Acts 19:13-16, 2 Pet. 2:10-11; Jude. 1:8-10) . Born-again person can not be possessed with demon (Matt. 12:25-26, 33; 1 Jn. 4:4, 1 Cor. 12:2, 2 Cor. 6:15, Col. 1:13 2:15 ). The Bible does not teach renunciation of Satan.


LAST EVENTS


The last events include: the Rapture, Judgment Seat of Christ, the Marriage of the Lamb, the Great Tribulation, the Second Coming of Christ, the first resurrection, the millennium, the second resurrection, the Court at the Great White Throne judgment and eternity.

1. Rapture

a. Rapture of the Church - it's supernatural, instantaneous rapture of the Church of Transfiguration of the living and the dead resurrected in the new glorified bodies to meet the Lord Jesus Christ in the air and perpetual stay with Him (1 Cor. 15:51-52; Phil. 3:20 -21, 1 Thess. 4:13-18).

b. Scripture does not give the exact time of the Rapture of the Church, but points out that it will be sudden and take place before the Tribulation (Gen. 18:25; Matt. 24:36, 42-44, Acts. 1:6-7; 1 Thess. 1:10; 5:1-11, Rev. 3:10).

2. Judgment Seat of Christ - God is the assessment of the earthly life of the rescued people to get rewards (Rom. 14:10, 1 Cor. 3:11-15, 2 Cor. 5:10). Judgment Seat of Christ is to be distinguished from the Court at the Great White Throne, where people of faith do not come (John 5:24).

3. Marriage of the Lamb - a triumph of Christ and the glorified Church (Eph. 5:22-32, Rev.. 19:7-9).

4. Tribulation

a. The Great Tribulation - this is a righteous judgment of God, that will be in the land of the sinful humanity after the rapture of the Church. This period will last for seven years and, according to Bible prophecy, will have a direct relation to Israel (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 9:24-27, Matt. 24:21, Rev.. 6-19, 6:16 -17).

b. Tribulation in Scripture is also called the Day of the Lord (Zep. 1:14-17; Joel. 2:10-11, 1 Thess. 5:2-3), the day of wrath (Rev. 6:17), time of adversity for Jacob (Jer. 30:7), etc.

c. During the Great Tribulation will be the salvation possible for those who believe in Jesus Christ, but it would entail suffering and often martyrdom (Matt. 24:21-22, Rev. 6:9-11, 7:13 - 14; 14:6-7).

5. Second coming of Jesus Christ - is the bodily, visible for all the Lord's return with the Church to establish the millennial kingdom (Matt. 24:27, Acts. 1:11; Rev. 19:11-16). During the Second Coming of Christ will defeat the rebels committed people, the beast and the false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire (Zech. 14:3-4, Rev. 19:19-21), and the devil will be bound for a thousand years (Revelation 20:1 -3).

6. First Resurrection - a "resurrection of life" of the Old Testament saints and the Tribulation saints in new, glorified bodies. It will take place before the Millennial Kingdom (Job 19:25-26; Dan. 12:2-3, John. 5:29, Acts. 24:15, Rev. 20:4-6).

7. Millennial Kingdom

a. millennial kingdom - this time, the visible reign of Christ on earth for a thousand years, according to the promises given to Israel (2 Sam. 7:12-16; Eze. 34:23-25, 37:21-28; Zech. 8: 1-17, Luke. 1:32-33, Revelation. 20:4).

b. Together with Christ in the Millennial Kingdom will rule the Church, the Old Testament saints resurrected and saved from the Great Tribulation (Dan. 7:13-14, 27; Rev. 20:1-6).

c. millennial kingdom will be characterized by harmony, peace and justice on the earth (Is. 2:2-4, 11:6-10, 65:17-25, Jer. 23:5-6).

In the end of the kingdom for a short time Satan will be released, and some of the people will rise up against Christ (Rev. 20:3, 7). The rebels nations will be amazed by the Lord, and the devil will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:9-10).

8. Second resurrection - a "resurrection of damnation" unsaved people to the Court of Great White Throne (John 5:29, Rev. 20:11-14).

9. Court at the Great White Throne - this is the final judgment of God over all the unwritten book of life in men (2 Pet. 2:9, Rev. 20:11-15). Unsaved people will be judged according to their works and, together with the devil, death and hell will be cast into the lake of fire (Matt. 25:41, Rev. 20:13-15). The children of God would not be present at the judgment at the great white throne (John 3:18, 5:24).

10. Eternity

a. Eternity - a completely new, infinite, perfect state of being which comes after the Court at the Great White Throne judgment and destruction of existing universe (2 Pet. 3:10-13, Heb. 10:12, Rev. 21:1).

b. Scripture speaks of two states eternity eternal life and eternal death.

1) Eternal life - a state of infinite blissful stay of the holy angels and of those saved in the presence of God. Eternal life in the Word of God is called: a paradise, the kingdom of God, the kingdom of heaven, heaven, eternal abode, and others (Matt. 7:21; Mark. 9:47, Lk. 23:43; 1 Cor. 15:51-53; 2 Cor. 5:1; Phil. 3:20-21, Rev. 21:3).

2) The eternal perdition - a state of endless conscious torment the devil, fallen angels and unsaved people. Eternal destruction of the Word of God is called: the outer darkness, the eternal fire, the lake of fire, a place of torment, etc. (Matt. 22:13, 25:41-46, 2 Thess. 1:9, Rev. 14:9-11, 20 :14-15).

c. Scripture teaches that salvation and the forgiveness of sins, or the transition from a state of eternal damnation in the state of eternal life after physical death is not possible, so the state of eternal bliss and the state of eternal torment are the same (Matt. 25:46, Lk. 16:26). Concepts such as prayers for the dead and purgatory, have no biblical foundation.

d. The Holy Scripture calls believers to live in expectation of meeting with the Lord Jesus Christ to dwell with Him in eternity. witness is saying, yes, I am coming soon! Amen. Yes, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen (Rev. 22:20-21)