All Things New

Behold, I Make All Things New

Site update: Words cannot express how much your comments here and on Facebook, and your emails have meant to me this past week. From the beginning, the Lord has brought us the most amazing and supportive readers. And I am so very grateful for you all.

We began this ministry by modeling it after George Muller. He opened and ran orphanages, and supported missionaries by mentioning his needs to the Lord only. The main purpose was not in giving, though that was extreme and generous,  it was in proving that the God we serve is real, that He cares for us, and that He answers our prayers.

We celebrated our tenth anniversary as missionaries in Mexico this past September. And in these ten years we have seen the Lord do amazing things through this ministry, while staying true to our goal to show that it is the Lord only who provides all these things. We never advertised, or fundraised. We never asked for donations, so we knew that everything we received was what and how the Lord desired. And it has been an absolute joy to be the channel through which the blessings of the Lord have flowed. From the Lord, through you, through this ministry, to bless the lives of countless others. Consistently, we would pray about a need we would see, and the Lord would respond, “you do it.” And new donations would arrive, in just the right amounts. It is a privilege and an honor to serve the living God, and to partner with you, the Body of Christ.

Jack had a special gifting to help all of us know and experience the grace and mercy and love of our Creator. To simplify what seemed complicated, and clarify what seemed confusing. I am so grateful for this site, not just for you who have supported and prayed and cried with us, but for this place to come and read Jack’s words anew and feel encouraged and a little less alone.

I don’t know what the Lord has in mind for me, our missionary work, or for this website. I do know that He has always been faithful. And I know that I will keep Jack’s words up indefinitely. As a dear friend told me, the Lord gave us this ministry and we won’t allow the devil to take it away. We’ve never done anything without seeking the Lord, and waiting for His provision. I will continue to live by the faith that it is our job to seek the Lord first and His righteousness, and it’s His job to provide all of our needs, even when we don’t know what that looks like.

While I wait on the Lord and seek His face, I ask for your prayers for clarity and an open heart, not clouded by grief but in celebrating both what was and what is to come… which can’t be far off. I’ll post the Prophecy in the Headlines each day. And I’ll be going through the huge body of work on this site and through Jack’s unpublished writings at home and putting them up fresh on the site for those, like me, who would like to remember. (He was writing some amazing Christmas devotional posts that I’m particularly excited about.) I’m reposting this article below so we can all focus on what is to come. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!


A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

And He that sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” (Rev. 21:5)

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him” (I Cor 2:9).

The Greek word translated new in Rev 21:5 can also mean renewed or restored, and includes circumstances and conditions along with appearance.  It’s the same word used in Rev 21:1 referring to a new heaven and a new earth.  And Rev. 21:1 is a reference to  Isaiah 65:17 where new heavens and a new earth are also mentioned, along with one of the better descriptions of life in Israel during the Millennium. The Hebrew word for new in Isaiah 65:17 comes from a root meaning to rebuild, renew, or repair.

Since Jesus described His 2nd Coming as the renewal of all things (Matt. 19:28), it’s reasonable to interpret Rev. 21 as describing Heaven and Earth being restored to the condition they were in before the fall; refreshed, renewed, repaired and rebuilt for Messiah’s Kingdom.  It will be like God hit the reset button to put everything back the way it was at the beginning, giving the Creation a fresh start for the Millennium.

The context of Rev. 20 also supports this interpretation since Rev. 20:7-15 is actually a parenthetical explanation of the ultimate destinies of Satan and the unbelieving world.  John was simply bringing his subject to its conclusion before returning to the beginning of the Millennium to describe the New Jerusalem.  We know this because John skipped forward to the end of the Millennium in Rev. 20:7 and then returned to open both Rev. 21 (Isaiah 65:17) and Rev. 22 (Ezekiel 47:12) with millennial quotes from the Old Testament.

Israel And The Church In The Millennium

Have you noticed that there’s a lot more information about the nature of the coming Kingdom in the Old Testament than in the New? That’s because even though Christians talk more about the Millennium than Jews do, the fact is that the 1000 year Kingdom of the Messiah is intended for Israel not the Church, and for Earth not Heaven.

Major glimpses of life in the Millennium are found throughout Isaiah (2, 4, 35, 54, 55, 60, 61, 65, 66) Ezekiel (40-48) Joel (3) Amos (9) Micah (4) and Zechariah (14) with other smatterings through out the Old Testament. All we know from the New Testament is found in Rev. 20-22, and even there, portions referring to New Jerusalem describe only our physical surroundings, not our life style.

In the rest of the New Testament, we find only a couple of hints, such as Matthew 19:28 and Acts 3:21, because the New Testament concerns Christian life in phase one of the Kingdom of Heaven (before the rapture), not phase two (after it). So we can read much more about life on Earth during the Millennium, than we can about life in New Jerusalem. Those passages are important because they describe the fulfillment of God’s promise to Israel, a promise that includes peace (finally) prosperity, land of their own and long happy life with God in their midst, but they’re not written for us.

So What About Us?

Descriptions of life in New Jerusalem are limited; no more death, or mourning, or crying, or pain (Rev 21:4). Sounds great, but what do we do all day? On Earth folks will be building houses, bearing children, planting vineyards, tending sheep and otherwise enjoying the works of their hands (Isa 65:17-25). Do we just spend our time in some endless worship service?  Though it’s not likely, no one knows for sure what we’ll be doing.  But even though the Bible doesn’t answer our questions about our everyday  activities, it does speak of our state of mind.

Become As Little Children

Jesus said that in order to enter the Kingdom, we would have to change and become like little children (Matt. 18:3).  What does that mean?  Behavioral Scientists have determined that the average child is much happier than the average adult, partly because children spend most of their time learning and doing new things, and partly because they haven’t yet acquired the fears and worries of adult life. By the way, Science has also discovered that while for all practical purposes the creative potential of the human brain is limitless, the average adult uses a mere fraction of that potential working toward and achieving life goals.

A reasonably successful life in the US has always been beyond the wildest dream of most non-Americans, but even that can be reduced to such a predictable routine that once learned it’s quite possible to “live the good life” without much mental effort at all. Most people  invest more of their creativity in hobbies and leisure activities than in career goals.

In short, our Creator has endowed us with limitless creative potential (Deut 8:18), but since very little of that potential is needed to live successfully, we become bored and unhappy, searching for something to stimulate our creativity and get us excited again. Such is life, at least on Earth.

What’s The Alternative?

But suppose we were suddenly thrust into an environment filled with endless opportunities for exploration and the acquisition of new experience and knowledge without any fears or worries, just like being kids again.  Suppose each of us would see this environment as if it was created especially for us, to stimulate our unique blend of talent and creative ability, even to the extent of being designed around our favorite shapes and colors. Suppose it was a dynamic environment, growing as we grow, to provide endless opportunity for discovery without any possibility of defeat, disappointment or failure.

And suppose we were gifted with boundless energy, always feeling better than our best day on Earth, without a hint of fatigue, sickness, accident or injury. Ever.

Ever notice how curious kids are, asking all kinds of questions about what we’re doing and why?  Suppose we were given full use of the dimension of time, able to observe all of history first hand and understand how everything came to be and why it happened the way it did.

Suppose we had been divested of all fear, hatred, jealousy, envy, greed and worry, our minds filled instead with happiness, gratitude, joy and satisfaction for self and others. Suppose there were no more misunderstandings, arguments, or betrayals, and that everyone around us was just as concerned for our well being as we were for theirs.  Perhaps this is what the Lord meant by becoming as little children.

Billy Graham was once asked if there would be golf courses in heaven. “If they’re necessary for our happiness,” he replied “they’ll be there.” I believe everything necessary for our happiness has been created and installed in the New Jerusalem, and that even with our supernatural abilities we’ll live endless lives of exploration and realization, joy and happiness.  This is what the Millennium will be like for us.

So why doesn’t the Bible go into more detail about it?  Well,  the Bible was written to and for Earth bound humankind in our natural state.  Even if there was a detailed description of what awaits us, it would be so different from what we’re used to that our limited minds couldn’t comprehend very much of it.  And what little we could understand would make us so miserable here that we’d do anything possible to hasten our departure. In short it would make our lives here intolerable.

As it is written “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Cor. 2:9).  I think we’re supposed to read that literally.  10-16-10

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  • JoseLuis Breton

    MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOUR MINISTERING. MUCHA GRACIAS por todo que an hechos y que Dios los vendige.

  • jipzy8

    Thank you. Jack was one of the finest teachers I ever had–I cannot wait to meet him in our Father’s house.

  • tgartner

    Praying the Lord’s comfort, direction, and provision for you, Samantha. Although I’ve never met you or your darling Jack, I feel as though you are both truly my sister and brother. We will surely meet in the New Jerusalem one day…soon.

  • Col46

    We too are missionaries in Mexico, on the mainland a little further south. When we are faced with difficult or seemingly impossible situations we ask the inevitable, what are we going to do? And the answer is always, we’ll just have to trust the Lord! And as you know, He is always faithful to guide and direct our steps according to His perfect plan! Keep doing what you are doing until He tells you otherwise!

  • zelma

    Thank you and God bless you.

    • cj

      I am so thankful that Jack left us with clarity in his studies and there is no telling how many seeds that have been or will continue to be sown for the Savior. I am glad you will leave his works for us and my heart prays with yours for the soon coming. As the song says,” I am thankful for this life and all the blessings, but I just want to go home… I long to really hear those footsteps of the Savior….. Blessings and peace, always!

  • rich1hart

    Samantha, I am glad you have decided to post Jack’s unpublished wrings. I know I can still learn and be encouraged by them. I too will pray for God to give you the wisdom and guidance on a direction to go when you have exhausted these treasures. I am certain that the Lord still has a need for you right up to the day He calls us up to meet Him in the air. I am looking forward to meeting you both there. May God continue to bless you and give you comfort on those days you miss Jack.
    In case you check, I have used my name, richard.l.hart, and the alias, rebornfool, in correspondence with Jack.

  • 1971

    It’s wonderful to hear from you after this most terrible of weeks for you. Thank you for thinking of us at a time when your only consideration has to be for yourself and your family, we are all very grateful indeed. You have the prayers you asked for and our Lord will show you the way. After all, you just know Jack is in His ear already badgering Him to look out for his flock! Stay strong, and may the Lord comfort you and guide you in all things.

  • Gary Diana

    I always pray for you and Jack. Jack really helped me as a new re-born Christian and has helped me ever since. I know you two will be together again soon, soon as in relation to eternity where you’ll be together forever. I can hardly wait to meet Jesus and the Father. God Bless you and know you will always be in my prayers.

  • Arthur Pazo

    Over the past few years it was a privilege to receive Pastor Jack’s guidance on passages in God’s Word that I failed to comprehend through personal emails. As for the Bible studies and the series of audio lectures, I haven’t come across any other gospel site that delivers explanations with so much clarity along with so much authority backed by solid research, proof and logic. Pastor Jack is a truly admirable servant of the LORD who really put in his best for the Master! Samantha, the strength in faith to bear the loss of your life partner in that this separation is only temporary. God bless you and everyone else in the GTF ministry.

  • Ddenney1

    So happy you are continuing the work of the LORD!!! Thank you!

  • Monica Donaghue

    Thank you Samantha for encouraging us in such a difficult time. Jack was blessed to have you as his wife. May the Lord bless and strengthen you and your family in the days ahead. Looking forward to reading more of Jack’s past teachings and encouraged for the ones you are going to put up for Christmas. Also looking forward to the Lord’s return. Bye for now.

  • Austin Morris

    Dear Samantha, Our Lord is tenderly holding your heart in his hands. Such is manifested or evidenced as and in truth, as you convey your thoughts in love. We are your family in Christ, what a joy it is to share in that love too.

  • Tova

    Samantha, you are in my prayers. May God comfort you and replace every void and need for the companionship you have lost with His deep and abiding presence. I am praying He will give you all the clarity and wisdom you need in the days ahead and that you will know deep rest in this difficult time.
    May God Bless!

  • Freddie Enslin

    Hello Samantha,
    Thanks for your wonderful update. We know The LORD will hold you and you’ll be the pillar of this site and mission ! I have mentioned on disqus and facebook that we will visit every day , keep on praying for you , and share this with others ! I am 64 and HIS child since 14, and after 1000’s of preaching and teaching I’ve never seen what I seen , learned or experienced on this site ! Well done faithful servants ! Please say many thanks to the children and the team ! We boast in THE LORD and we’re listening for the footsteps of THE MASTER !

  • Midnight Sun

    My family and I will definitely put all of this in prayer and seek clarity on direction. In the meanwhile we will continue to support your ministry and site in honor of all both you and Jack have given and accomplished. Thank you Samantha!

  • Sue M.

    I’m very thankful to see today update! Thank you, Samantha, for bringing Jack’s messages to us! This site was one I looked forward to each day. Jack’s answers to questions and his studies brought me greater knowledge of God’s word. I look forward to seeing what the Christmas devotions will bring! I will continue to pray for you, what the future holds and the direction God leads you. May God bring you peace during this difficult time.

    Sue M.

  • Betty Womble

    My prayers are with you. My thanks to you and to Jack for all the wonderful teachings I have received. You are sheltered under His wings and He has you in His everlasting arm. Soon and very soon you will see Jack again and I look forward to meeting you both with Jesus!!! Blessings to you and all who loved Jack.

  • Mary N.

    Dear Mrs. Kelley: We are so grateful to hear from you as we all care so very much about you and your family. Jack was such a comforting, wise counselor and pastor in these confusing and sometimes frightening days. Please don’t hesitate to post your prayer needs or needs for the ministry as you begin this journey into the unknown. You are not alone, we are all here for you and want to offer our love and support. We have such a faithful and wonderful God and Savior. May you experience His presence and comfort each day.

  • Lee Schaeffer

    Samantha, you are our beloved and dear sister in CHRIST JESUS! Thank you for standing up to continue Jack’s great ministry to us, your friends. We appreciate you and all your family! Jack has been a great inspiration to me each day since I located his website years ago. I know for sure that we will see Jack soon in the Holy New Jerusalem! What a time of rejoicing that will be for everyone! That upcoming reunion is one that give me great hope to continue on here to do what the HOLY SPIRIT WILLS.Our Holy FATHER GOD, thank YOU for comforting Samantha and her family in these days of mourning the passing of our friend and pastor, Jack Kelley! Thank YOU for providing for her and her family’s needs in JESUS’ NAME! Thank YOU for guiding her and her family in the Everlasting Way in JESUS’ NAME! MARANATHA! AMEN!

  • Dotty

    I am a relatively new subscriber to GRACETHRUFAITH, and am very sorry to learn of Mr. Kelly’s death (but am happy for him that he is in the Lord’s presence in Heaven, as I would be for every believer who the Lord calls Home). I will look forward to continuing to read his blogs of wisdom and teaching, and pray for the Lord’s continuing blessing to you, his wife and partner.

  • Rebekah Smith

    Thank You for this nice update.I just wanted to say how much I loved your husband as a teacher and how much I looked forward to reading his words everyday.It will be great to meet him in Heaven one day:) God Bless you ..You are in my prayers..Love in Jesus..Rebekah

  • Glenda Dobbs

    Samantha, I was so heartbroken when I read about Jack that I couldn’t respond before now. I have so depended on Jack’s knowledge and guidance since 2003. It’s hard to explain, but Jack could bring together so many different scriptures that they would come full circle in understanding to tell the story with such easy interpretation. I have learned so much from him and understand scriptures so much better because of the manner in which he taught. My deepest condolences and prayers go out to you. We have all been blessed because of both of you. Thank you for keeping his works online for now because I intend to go back and do the full studies again on certain books in the Bible, especially those that deal with end time prophecies. BTW, I mailed my unsaved brother a copy of his book, “The Redeemer”, before he died last December. He commented to his wife that the book was so good and he was so glad he got to read it and told her to read it, too. I believe he made his peace with HIS Creator before his death. Blessings and Maranatha! Jack, I will soon be meeting you.

  • Irene C – StormViewLIVE

    You will be in my prayers as you search for clarity from the Holy Spirit. The grief we feel as believers is real, however we also have the hope of seeing our loved ones again. And, as Jack believed, I believe it will be soon. Thank you for continuing this ministry, because even us old fogies need constant correction and I am always amazed when I learn something new. Maranatha

  • Anne

    Thank you Samantha for the update..My husband and I love the way God our Father used Jack..his teachings and insight are refreshing and easy to understand. I carry you and yours in my heart and prayers..

  • Crazy Cat Lady

    God bless you, Mrs. Kelley. Your husband was a kind man and a wonderful teacher, and his work has been, and will continue to be, a great blessing to me and to countless others.

    “…….weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

  • Mamamia

    Blessings and strength you are a precious gift to Gods people the body of Christ

    Thank you for your obedient and humble example Samantha

    May you receive the crown of righteousness before the throne🍞🍷

  • Joan Harris Brown

    Dearest Samantha. It is so comforting to read your thoughts, feelings & experiences.
    You & Jack were certainly an outstanding pair working together as servants for God.
    Jack helped so many people understand & appreciate God’s words in the Bible. He
    drew us into a closer (more grateful) relationship with our beloved Creator. It was so
    hard to understand why God would allow Jack to be taken when he was so needed
    here on earth during these last days. But I believe God had a more important purpose
    for Jack in Heaven to prepare us for the Rapture. It feels to me like he “paved the way
    for the rest of us to soon follow.”

    Blessings to You & “Sweet Dreams.” I am looking forward to knowing you & Jack in
    Heaven one day soon. Keep Looking Up For Your Redemption Draweth Nigh.

  • Just Dee

    I discovered Jack’s writings through Rapture Ready, and for the last few years his articles have always been the first I’ve read. His wisdom and teaching and his plain old common sense have helped me learn ever so much. Thank you for keeping this site up – his words have so many more people to reach!

    May God comfort you in these difficult days.

  • Jeff Preuss

    Thank you for continuing with this web site. I’ll be praying for you and your family!

  • Lonnie Meade

    Thank you for keeping this going it will remain indispensable to the cause of Christ i believe right up to the end of the 70th week.

    • tkbsr

      Dear Samantha,
      Grace and peace to you in the Lord Jesus Christ! God is good and good all the time! Romans 8:28 was written to help us know that trial and tribulation, life or death’s experience, is no surprise to our God who works everything for our good and His ultimate glory. While I was sadden and heart broken that the Lord took Jack home so early in life, His grace is always sufficient in our time of distress. I hope that as time moves past the many letters and words of encouragement, our savior will uphold you with courage and strenght to give you joy. I know by the words of wisdom you have written, you have the proper teaching to guide you through these most difficult times. Know that your ministry was vital to so many believers, including myself. Jack’s writings were so unique and eloquent, demanding a joyous smile when truth illuminated the soul and rest was found with the comfort of warm thoughts and visual cues of eureka! A nugget of truth filling the heart and mind with clarity. The pearl of the word of life expounded upon from the word of God, what a treasure to cherish. Jack brought us to the thrown of grace daily and for this I am truly greatful.
      Know this also, you have been in my thoughts and prayers since Jack’s passing, and I will continue to pray for your guidance for the Lord’s work. Maranatha and grace be with you…

  • Carolyn

    Thank you so much, I wanted to share with you how I found this site. I was sitting at work on a prayer line praying for people after the results of our last election. People were discouraged and fearful. I asked the Lord how do I pray for them because I am discouraged too! He led me to your site, I knew it was Him, and because I felt I had a personal endorsement from God, I have spent some time on your site, which has always led me into clarity. It was through you that I learned about the rapture. Just recently I finished up learning (through you also) how replacement theology and dispensationalism relate to the whole rapture debate, (at least those things that were the very things that had led to my confusion). You are a blessing, praying peace and comfort over all of you.

  • Debbie

    Mrs. Kelly, Thank yo so very much for continuing this site. It has and will continue to be a major blessing for me and so many others. I know God will bless you for your efforts.

  • Elizabeth Salvatore

    Praying for you Samantha, and your family. Praying God’s wonderful strength and peace and comfort for you and your family.
    Will miss Mr. Jack, and pray God will lead you where He needs you. Knowing we are all praying that it is to carry on Jack’s work, he did not do this on his own, no man is an island.
    Thanks so much for all you have done and will do.
    God bless you.

  • Beatrice Muigah

    Thanks for the update and may our Good Lord continue to strengthen you. I loved my bible teacher Jack and followed him since 2006. I have learned so much through him and I am forever grateful to God. Beatrice from Nairobi, Kenya.

  • Richard Haag

    I miss him so much. I have not missed a Sunday message from Jack in 10 years. I know I will get to hang out with him some day hopefully soon! God bless you. I know God will show you what to do

  • Pauline

    Dear sister Samantha, may God bless you with His nearness and love, may He Himself comfort you. Brother Jack’s teaching on has been such a blessing in my life. Surely one day we’ll meet in heaven so l can tell you and him personally as well. May God strengthen and guide you, showing you His way for your future life. May the Lord give you inner peace and comfort even when missing your dear husband Jack.