Dover Assembly of God
11.1.2020 | Heaven - Week 9
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    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
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Weekly Bulletin
November 1, 2020

Welcome to Dover Assembly!
We are so glad you have chosen to attend Dover Assembly this morning. It is not by accident that you are here. We believe that God has allowed you to be here so that you might receive all that He has for you. We pray you are blessed as you allow the Lord to work in your life.


9:00 am ~ Coffee & Donut Fellowship Time
9:30 am ~ Sunday School
10:30 am ~ Worship Service
10:30 am ~ R.O.C.K. Children’s Ministry
1:00 pm ~ Spanish Service

7:00 pm ~ Deacon Board Meeting

Election Day

Wednesday ~ Pastor Jeff's Birthday
~ Adult Bible Video Series: “Demonology”

8:00 am ~ Men’s Breakfast
6:30 pm ~ Spanish Service


WOP "Reclaim" Conference
This year's annual District Women of Purpose Conference is being offered virtual on Sat., Nov. 14, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. We are able to watch the live stream right from the comfort of our own church sanctuary! If you are interested please sign up in the upper foyer. The Registration cost has been lowered: $20.00 per person and there are several ladies already signed up to watch it in the sanctuary!

Women's Christmas Dinner
This year’s dinner will be held here at the church. We will have it catered by Olive Garden. We are asking for a $5.00 donation to cover the cost of the food and a $10 Fill-A-Christmas-Stocking-Gift exchange. If the cost is a hardship, please see Anna. We want every lady to attend our celebration of the birth of our savior! Please sign up in the upper foyer.

Men's Breakfast
The men will be going to Lyndon Diner on Saturday, Nov 7 at 8:00 am to enjoy a good meal and great fellowship. Please sign up in the lower foyer and bring a friend!


Special Thanks!
To Keith Miller for painting and refurbishing our mailboxes. They look pretty awesome now! The Christmas list will be out shortly, so start getting those cards and gifts ready!

Thank you to all who donated food for New Hope Ministries! We had a van full of food to help our community! Pastor dropped everything off to New Hope and they were grateful

To Tyler Landis and Jennifer Messner on their recent wedding. The couple tied the knot on Saturday, Oct. 24 at a beautiful scenic farm! Happy and proud parents are Angel & Chad Landis, and grandma Judy Landis. Praying for a great and blessed future!

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~ Gladys J.
~ Beulah S.
~ Olga K.
~ Marian T.
~ Rose K.
~ Cindy D. (Angel’s mom)
~ Betty Ness

Nov 2 ~ Bobbi Jo Blanchard
Nov 3 ~ Dick Sweitzer
Nov 4 ~ Pastor Jeff
Nov 13 ~ Erikah Nunez
Nov 14 ~ Bonita Miller
Nov 21 ~ Marlene Kroft
Nov 23 ~ Carl Dobbins
Nov 25 ~ Travis Luckenbaugh
Nov 28 ~ Thel Chaney
Nov 7 ~ Jason & Juliet Johnson
Nov 25 ~ Keith & Lynette Miller

Sat., Nov 7 ~ Men’s Breakfast
Sat., Nov 14 ~ WOP Virtual Conference
Wed., Nov. 25 ~ Thanksgiving Eve Service; all departments meet in sanctuary
Thurs., Nov. 26 ~ Thanksgiving Day
Fri., Dec. 11 ~ WOP Christmas Dinner, to be held at the church - 6:00 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 12 ~ Christmas Carol Rehearsal, 9:00am – Noon, lunch provided
Sun., Dec. 13 ~ Christmas Carols
Wed., Dec. 23 ~ NO Service
Thurs., Dec. 24 ~ Christmas Eve Service, Candlelight Service
Fri., Dec. 25 ~ Merry Christmas! Happy Birthday Jesus!
Wed., Dec. 30 ~ No New Year’s Eve service

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Week 9 - November 1, 2020 - Pastor Jeff Bender

Today we’re going to look at something that is a precursor to heaven.

Last week we looked at the new heavens and new earth.

We showed how God will burn the existing earth back to it’s initial or original foundation--eliminating all death decay and corruption and starting with a clean slate.

Today, however, we’re going to look at what happens just before the new heavens and new earth.
Remember, last week we touched on the time line of events leading up to the end.

1) Rapture of the church
This is when all believers vanish from the earth.

2) The Great Tribulation
This is the 7 years right after the rapture. The anti-Christ appears and the first 3.5 years will be relatively peaceful. He breaks his own treaty and the last 3.5 years will be horrible.

3) The War of Armageddon
This is at the end of the tribulation.

4) The Return (2nd Coming) of Christ
He ends the war, defeats the anti-Christ and sets up the Millennial Reign or the Millennium.

And that is what we’re talking about today.

The Millennium.
Three theories of the Millennium

This teaches that there is no timed 1000 years. They believe that since the death of Christ, we have been living in a symbolic millennium. The 2nd coming and last judgment will happen at the same time.

The promises made in the Old Testament to Israel about future grandeur, they believe is happening now.

Again, most believe the 1000 years is figurative and not literal. That we are living in that time right now.

They also believe that the church and the gospel will make the world better, eventually ushering the return of Christ.

That what we are seeing in the advances in science and technology and peace and health are being brought about by the gospel.

But I think the society we see now is not any better than before and the church is not having the impact it used to have.

This teaches that it is a real 1000 years, not figurative or spiritual.

This is what we believe and that is what we’re going to talk about today.

What is it, what happens during it, what happens after it?
The chain and the bottomless pit is what happens when Christ defeats the devil at the Battle of Armageddon.

If you have been here on Wednesday nights, we have been learning about the names and titles of Satan.

Here the name or title “dragon or serpent” means hideous monster-cruelty-viciousness.

The 1000 years is a time in which we will live on this existing earth.

It’s before the fire brings the new earth.

It’s also a time where many Old Testament prophecies are fulfilled.
So why do we need the 1000 years? Why not jump to the new heavens and new earth?

What else happens during this time?

Both of these say “at his coming”.

Not in heaven. So when Christ comes to end the battle and step foot on the earth again, this is when he deals out the rewards.

The rapture, Jesus never touches the earth. We meet him in the air.

The 2nd coming, he does.

Part of our reward is to rule over the earth during the 1000 years.
Did you know that the Christmas song, “Joy to the World” was not originally meant as a Christmas song?

If you read the lyrics, you’ll see that it was written to describe the joy found in the 1000 years.

Joy to the world, the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And Heaven and nature sing

Did his first arrival show him as king? No, as suffering servant.

It’s the 2nd coming that hails him as king.

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove

Joy to the world! the Saviour reigns;
Let men their songs employ;

Did he rule, or reign when he was born or during his 33 years? Nope.

Did he make the nations do anything? Nope.

There won’t be judging in heaven, but during the 1000 years, people will still be people.

Those who are alive when it starts will be saved. All the rest will be destroyed at the end of the Battle of Armageddon.

But people will be born during this time and they will have to make the choice like we all have to serve Christ or not.

Remember the 3 categories of sin: The world, the flesh and the devil.
The world will be at peace, the devil is restrained, but the people born during that time will still have their fleshly nature.

Death will still exist, but it will be rare. Sin will sometimes occur and be possible.

The ones still alive at this time have not received a new transformed body like we will have.

And to put the icing on the cake to prove how bad we are, God lets the devil out at the end of the 1000 years.
These people live in a peaceful world.

No devil to tempt them, no death or sin to speak of, (but it still happens).

Jesus is the king, us as raptured saints will rule with him, the lion lays with the lamb, kids can play with snakes.

The world has never seen such peace.
This is the only time there will be a real peace treaty.

Not only peace but abundant prosperity. And yet, people are still wicked.

Because when the devil is let out, many people will be quick to follow him.
Think about this, it will be a time of unbridled prosperity, peace and longevity. We will live a lot longer.
The planet will almost be perfect. There won’t be much sickness and people will live longer.

What excuse will they have for not following God?

I equate that to what is happening today. We live the most prosperous country, except for what is happening now, we are at peace at home.

We are getting rockets launched at us like the middle east. We’re not starving like Ethiopia or other similar countries. We don’t have a dictator that can order the deaths of our own people.

But yet, people’s sinful nature rises up and they hate this.

Just like people will rise up when the devil is loosed after the 1000 years.

So at the end of the 1000 years, he goes about tempting every nation and people groups.
So at the end of the 1000 years, we have the devil set free to test those who were born during that time.

Armageddon is not the last battle, there is still one more.

It appears that many will follow Satan when he is freed and rebel against the Christians. They will surround them in attempt to kill them.

But God intervenes before it even starts.
Then the devil is defeated for good.
The 1000 years has ended, now come the final judgment for all those who didn’t trust Christ.
As believers who are alive today, we won’t be the ones who either live thru the tribulation or the millennium.

We will be the rulers during that time with Jesus.

Just like we mentioned last week that the beauty of Earth is a small sample of what the New earth will be like.

So the millennium is a small sample of what heaven will be like.

Ae you ready?

Does all this sound like something mystical or a bit of SciFi? Well it shouldn’t. God didn’t give us all this info just to store it on a back shelf in your mind.

It is designed to illicit a response from us. Next week, we’ll see what that is.

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