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Old 06-15-2010, 03:40 PM
 
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What does Acts 3:21 mean when it talks about the final restoration of all things? It will first be said that it doesn't have anything to do with Universalism's false doctrine of all men eventually being saved. Acts 3:21 is one of the bread and butter verses that the heretical teaching of Universalism is built on.

It's necessary to start back with Acts 3:17.


Acts 3:17 ''And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also. [18] ''But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ should suffer, He has thus fulfilled. [19] ''Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; [20] and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, [21] whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time. [22] Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers. You must obey him in everything he tells you. [23] Every person who does not obey that prophet will be destroyed and thus removed from the people.' [24] And all the prophets, from Samuel and those who followed him, have spoken about and announced these days. [25] You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed.’ [26] God raised up his servant and sent him first to you, to bless you by turning each one of you from your iniquities.”


The meaning of 'the restoration of all things' referred to in the passage has to do with the restoration of Israel during the Millennium. After Jesus' resurrection, He had instructed the apostles for forty days concernng the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. But one thing had not been mentioned. When He would restore the kingdom to Israel. And so, the apostles asked Him when the kingdom of Israel would be restored. Acts 1:6 And so when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, ''Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?'' The Lord's response was as follows. [7] He said to them, ''It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority;...

With regard to Acts 3:20-21, Dr. C. I. Scofield wrote...

1 (3:20) The appeal to repent and the promise of ''the times of refreshing'' refer to the O.T. prophecy that prior to the second advent of the Messiah the godly remmant of the nation Israel will repent and turn to God in preparation for the millennial blessing to follow the second advent (cp. Dt.30:1-3; Zech.12:10-14). The nation as a whole rejected Peter's entreaty and, though individuals believed in Christ and were saved, there was no fulfillment of the requirements of national repentance.

2 (3:21) The word ''restitution'' is rendered from the Greek noun apokatastasis meaning restoration to a former state (cp. Acts 1:6). The meaning is limited by the words: ''which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets.'' The prophets speak of the restoration of Israel to the land (see Israel, Gen.12:2-3; Rom. 11:26; also Palestinian Covenant, Dt.30:3, note); and of the restoration of the theocracy under David's Son (see Davidic Covenant, 2 Sam. 7:16, note; Kingdom [O.T.], Gen.1:26-28; Zech. 12:8, note). No prediction of the conversion and restoration of the wicked dead is found in the prophets or elsewhere. Cp. Rev.20:11-15. [Emphasis by bolding mine].

[New Scofield Reference Edition, footnotes for Acts 3:20-21, p.1166]

In preparing the way for the Lord, John the baptist had preached that the kingdom of heaven was at hand.

Matthew 3:2 ''Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.''

When Jesus began His public ministry, He preached the same message.

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, ''Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Mark 1:14 And after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, [15] and saying, ''The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.''

In Luke 17:20,21 Jesus was speaking to a group of unbelieving Pharisees about the kingdom of God.

[20] Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, ''The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; [21] nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or, 'there it is!' For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.''

Jesus did NOT say that the kingdom of God is 'within you.' That is an improper translation. Again, He was speaking to unbelieving Pharisees. The Greek word is 'ENTOS', and when used in conjunction with a plural noun, means ''among'' or ''in the midst of''. In Luke 17:21, ENTOS is used with ''you'', which is a pronoun.

Jesus is the king of the kingdom, and He was in their midst, offering the kingdom to Israel. But as He in His deity had always known they would, Israel rejected Jesus as the Messiah. Had Israel recognized Him as the Messiah, Jesus would have, after going to the Cross, immediately brought in the Millennium. Jesus had made the offer so that Israel could make the choice. When Israel as a whole manifested the fact that it was rejecting Him as the Messiah, He turned his attention away from Israel and started preaching about the coming of the church. It was at this time that Jesus began speaking in parables to Israel that they might not understand Him. The Millennial kingdom was postphoned until His Second Advent.

Jesus then made the following prophecy and lament reqarding Israel.

Matthew 23:37 ''O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. [38] ''Behold, your house is being left to you desolate! [39] ''For I say to you, from now on you shall not see Me until you say, 'BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!''

That time will come, as is made clear from Zec 2:10-13; Eze 37:23-28; 39:28, 29; Rom. 11:26.

The events, the judgments that come against Israel during the Tribulation will cause Israel to recognize and acknowledge that Jesus is the Messiah they had rejected. And at that time the Lord will return and rescue them from the the armies of the antichrist. He will bring an end to the Tribulation and bring in the Millennial kingdom.

Peter's entreaty in Acts 3:19 to ''Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; [20] and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time'., served to underscore Israel's unbelief.

The phrase 'that times of refreshing may come' is a reference to the Millennial kingdom of God. And the phrase 'the final restoration of all things' refers to the restoration of the kingdom to Israel.

For more on this, I present the following resource which among other things, has a comment from the Bible Knowledge Commentary which links the restoration mentioned in Acts 3:21 with the restoration mentioned in Acts 1:6 which concerns the restoration of the kingdom to Israel.

If Jews had accepted Christ as their Messiah would the earthly kingdom have been established then? | Bible.org - Worlds Largest Bible Study Site

Again, the 'restoration of all things' mentioned in Acts 3:21 in no way supports Universalism's unscriptural teaching of all men eventually being saved.

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Not all things according to scripture.
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Old 06-15-2010, 04:06 PM
 
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Not all things according to scripture.
God will not be all in all then.

He is not Lord of all then.

All things are not subject to Him then.

All flesh will not see His glory then.

He does not command all the host of heaven then.

All things were not made by Him, for Him, and unto Him.

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Old 06-15-2010, 04:14 PM
 
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Not all things according to scripture.

Which of these does not mean "all?"



For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.

Ephesians 1:9-10: And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, for the government of the world when the times are ripe for it------->>>>>> the purpose which He has cherished in His own mind of restoring the whole creation to find its one Head in Christ; yes, things in Heaven and things on earth, to find their one Head in Him.


Revelation 5:13: And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, "To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever."

It was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself,
having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.


Romans 11:32: For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.

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Old 06-15-2010, 04:31 PM
 
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The meaning of 'the restoration of all things' referred to in the passage has to do with the restoration of Israel during the Millennium. After Jesus' resurrection, He had instructed the apostles for forty days concernng the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. But one thing had not been mentioned. When He would restore the kingdom to Israel. And so, the apostles asked Him when the kingdom of Israel would be restored. Acts 1:6 And so when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, ''Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?'' The Lord's response was as follows. [7] He said to them, ''It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority;...

No prediction of the conversion and restoration of the wicked dead is found in the prophets or elsewhere. Cp. Rev.20:11-15. [Emphasis by bolding mine].


Jesus then made the following prophecy and lament reqarding Israel.


The phrase 'that times of refreshing may come' is a reference to the Millennial kingdom of God. And the phrase 'the final restoration of all things refers to the restoration of the kingdom to Israel.
It is NOT just about Israel! And it is NOT just about the Gentiles! It is about the UNIVERSE! Things in HEAVEN and EARTH!

The Jews were ONLY focused on themselves. The Gentiles have mostly been focused on themselves. They FORGET that the ENTIRE creation (ALL created things) are waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God. It is MUCH, MUCH bigger than just a couple of people here and there!!

Here are MANY Old Testament verses that hint at the mystery.

GENESIS 12:3 In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.


PSALM 102:19-21 The Lord looked down from his sanctuary on high, from heaven he viewed the earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners and release those condemned to death.

PSALM 68:18 When you ascended on high, you led captives in your train.

PSALM 86:9 All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, 0 Lord; they will bring glory to your name.


PSALM 66:10-12 For you, 0 God, have proved us; You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; You laid affliction on our backs. You have caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but You brought us out to rich fulfillment.

2 SAMUEL 14:14 For we will surely die and become like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away a life; but He devises means, so that His banished ones are not expelled from Him.

GENESIS 28:14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. (KJV)

PSALM 145:3-17 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. .I will meditate on your wonderful works. They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds. They will celebrate your abundant goodness ... The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. All you have made will praise you, 0 Lord ... They will tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all men may know of your mighty acts...Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. The Lord upholds all those who fall ... The Lord is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made.

ECCLESIASTES 3:14 Everything God does will endure forever.

ISAIAH 14:24, 27 The Lord Almighty has sworn, "Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand"... For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?

ISAIAH 45:22-24 "Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth. By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear. They will say of me, `In the Lord alone are righteousness and strength.'" All who have raged against him will come to him and be put to shame.


LAMENTATIONS 3:31-33 For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. (NIV) Though he may punish cruelly, yet he will have compassion in the fullness of his love; he does not willingly afflict or punish any mortal man.


HABAKKUK 2:14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

Revelation 5:13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!"

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God will not be all in all then. He sure will!

He is not Lord of all then. He sure is!

All things are not subject to Him then. They sure will be!

All flesh will not see His glory then. They sure will!

He does not command all the host of heaven then. He absolutely does!

All things were not made by Him, for Him, and unto Him. They sure were!

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God's Word is Truth....that's not what is in question here.
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Which of these does not mean "all?"


For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.

Ephesians 1:9-10: And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, for the government of the world when the times are ripe for it------->>>>>> the purpose which He has cherished in His own mind of restoring the whole creation to find its one Head in Christ; yes, things in Heaven and things on earth, to find their one Head in Him.


Revelation 5:13: And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, "To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever."

It was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.


Romans 11:32: For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.
I'm willing to explain the meaning of each separate verse for you herefornow...will it make any difference to you when I do?
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It is NOT just about Israel! And it is NOT just about the Gentiles! It is about the UNIVERSE! Things in HEAVEN and EARTH!

The Jews were ONLY focused on themselves. The Gentiles have mostly been focused on themselves. They FORGET that the ENTIRE creation (ALL created things) are waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God. It is MUCH, MUCH bigger than just a couple of people here and there!!

Here are MANY Old Testament verses that hint at the mystery.

GENESIS 12:3 In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.


PSALM 102:19-21 The Lord looked down from his sanctuary on high, from heaven he viewed the earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners and release those condemned to death.

PSALM 68:18 When you ascended on high, you led captives in your train.

PSALM 86:9 All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, 0 Lord; they will bring glory to your name.


PSALM 66:10-12 For you, 0 God, have proved us; You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; You laid affliction on our backs. You have caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but You brought us out to rich fulfillment.

2 SAMUEL 14:14 For we will surely die and become like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away a life; but He devises means, so that His banished ones are not expelled from Him.

GENESIS 28:14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. (KJV)

PSALM 145:3-17 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. .I will meditate on your wonderful works. They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds. They will celebrate your abundant goodness ... The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. All you have made will praise you, 0 Lord ... They will tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all men may know of your mighty acts...Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. The Lord upholds all those who fall ... The Lord is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made.

ECCLESIASTES 3:14 Everything God does will endure forever.

ISAIAH 14:24, 27 The Lord Almighty has sworn, "Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand"... For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?

ISAIAH 45:22-24 "Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth. By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear. They will say of me, `In the Lord alone are righteousness and strength.'" All who have raged against him will come to him and be put to shame.


LAMENTATIONS 3:31-33 For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. (NIV) Though he may punish cruelly, yet he will have compassion in the fullness of his love; he does not willingly afflict or punish any mortal man.


HABAKKUK 2:14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

Revelation 5:13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!"
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Old 06-15-2010, 04:54 PM
 
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I'm willing to explain the meaning of this entire Scripture for you herefornow...will it make any difference to you when I do?
If you can explain ALL the mysteries! Can you?

I know the commentary on INDIVIDUAL scriptures.

What I want is the BIG PICTURE! HARMONY of ALL scriptures. I want to hear them SING!

Front to Back, A to Z, Alpha to Omega, Aleph to Tav, etc.........
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