The only grounds upon which God will accept a sinner is repentance from the heart for the sins which he has committed. "...a broken and contrite heart, oh God, thou will not despise.." Psalm 51:17. John preached repentance, Jesus proclaimed it, and before his ascension, he commanded that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name, beginning at Jersualem (Luke 24: 47). Peter fulfilled this command on the day of Pentecost. See Acts 2:38.
Paul declared that all our fathers were under the cloud and all passed through the sea and were baptiszed unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and did all eaat the same spiritual meat. 1 Cor. 10:1-3.
As God had one way for Israel and they all had to observe it and had to do as Moses commanded them, so we must observe and do all as was commended us of Jesus through the Apostles. God has given us one way and an example that we should do as he has done. Jesus declared: "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdowm of God." John 3:5. Therefore, we believe that men must be baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ, according to Acts 2:38 and they must receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost speaking in other tongues. We must earnestly contend for God's standard of salvation. In the word of God we can find nothing short of a Holy Spirit-filled life with signs following as on the day of Pentecost. Mark 16:16-17; Acts 2:4-8, 14-17, 9:17-18, 10:44-48, 19:1-6. See Romans 12:1-2, Hebrews 12:14; Matthew 5:48; 1 Peter 1:15-16.
The pre-millennium coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in person, is a doctrine clearly set forth by the Apostles who believe it; the saints expect it. See Matthew 24th Chapter; Acts 1:11; 3:19-21; 1 Corinthians 1:7-8; 11:26; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17; Titus 2:13-14; and Luke 21:36.
We believe that the time draweth near for the coming of the Lord to make a change in the present order of things. The dead in christ shall rise first. Those that remain shall be cauht up to meet the Lord in the air. The righteous and wicked dead shall not rise until the thousand years are expired, which will be the white throne judgement, and whosoever is not found written in the book of life shall be cast into the lake of fire. Rev. 20th Chapter; Matthew 24:36-41; Luke 17:20-27; 1 Cor. 15;51-54; 1 Thes. 4:13-17.
Christ having come for his saints in the translation, 1 Thessalonioans 4:17, shall after the tribulation period, return with them and reign on earth for a thousand years. There shall be peace on earth and good will toward all men, after which there shall take a second resurrection and the White Throne Judgement. "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection. On such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with Him a thousand years."
Morever, we believe that the distress upon the earth is the "beginning of sorrows" and will become more intense until there "Shall be a time of trouble, such as there never was since there was a nation even to this present time," Matthew 24:3-8; Daniel 12:1, and that period of "tribulation" will be followed by the dawn of a better day on earth; and that for one thousand years, there shall be "peace on earth and good will toward men." Revelation 20:3; Isaiah 65:17-25; Matthew 5:5.
When the thousand years are finished, there shall be a general resurrection of the dead, who shall be summoned before the Great White Throne for their final judgement, and all whose names are not found written in the book of life shall be cast into the lake of fire, burning with brimstone, which is the second death that God hath prepared for the devil and his angels and all the wicked who serve him, Satan being cast in first. Revelation 20:7-15, 21:8; Matthew 25:41-46.