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May 13, 2022 12:00 am
Many people reject God today because of the problem of evil. They say they can't believe in a God who allows suffering and evil throughout the world. But what will be their excuse when God sets the world right?
Conditions of the garden of Eden, Adam and Eve rebelled and sinned against God. Time is coming in the future when something very similar will happen. Imagine hearing a perfect society with pristine living conditions in prosperous health and and and plenty of resources mankind by the aliens will be ready to follow the downfall rather than worship Christ. This is the garden.
David part two follower of Jesus Christ saved in the tribulation will enter directly into the kingdom.
However, from that time on, there will be people who will be born during the kingdom. And those people will need to respond to the gospel and be saved. Unfortunately, many won't so at the end of that. Satan will lead one final rebellion against God. This is wisdom for the heart. Today Stephen continues through his series on the millennial kingdom. This lesson called the final rebellion conventions were held different places around the world under the direction of the global peace Festival delegates converged on Taiwan were elaborate ceremonies were held. That would have reminded you.
From what I saw of the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.
Speeches were delivered and dignitaries from around the globe attended the ceremonies took place simultaneously in different locations.
In many countries. In fact, peace initiative will hold ceremonies this coming year and doesn't countries, including our own preaching a message that global peace can come if we commit ourselves to three things to the family to acts of service and to interfaith dialogue, which is of course the politically correct way of saying one religion should not try to evangelize another were all the same anyway. Let's leave everybody alone, which is exactly what the apostle Paul did not do when he visited Athens and saw that deeply idolatrous nation worshiping God. After God and even at a monument to the unknown god and Paul gathered a hearing and said let me introduce to you this unknown God is in his name and he is by the way, the creator of everything and he's coming back to judge the world.
So you need to repent. So much for interfaith dialogue. I did a little research I learned that the global peace Festival flies under the banner. In fact, these are the big banners one family under God sounds good doesn't it.
That's their motto.
However, one leader in the movement on record as saying that God in that motto can be interpreted to mean any God you desire. The important thing I guess is that you have one. I dug a little deeper and in order to protect you should you hear about this found the underpinnings of the global peace Festival is in fact the Unification Church of Rev. Sun Young moon whose son now heads it and yet this is gathering incredible momentum incorporating nation after nation, one family under God is really interpreted to mean one family under any God, but the Bible's God for Christianity becomes the problem Christianity's core belief is that Christ is the only true and living resurrected and soon to be raining God. There are not many faith. There's one phase 1 Lord, one baptism, and all the others are hopeless, speculations, and because of that we are involved in global evangelization introduced to them is pulled into Athens who this true and living God is global peace will finally arrive on the heels of the Prince of peace that will so I think I quoted a couple of maybe a year ago from the 80s. It won't be all booted to sit in on the throne member will be old Mohammed is calling us home will be higher. Christian is playing the trumpet tune because were going to see the sun not Rev. Moon a great way to learn how to sing that.
Be good. Maybe in the new hymnal. Not sure you check S the growth of peace movements capture the imagination of mankind on thing something in the heart as we been studying the heart of mankind along for world peace. This golden age and we discovered a court of the word of God. It will come, the last following the return of Christ, who comes with his beloved terrain upon the planet for a thousand years. The apostle John is Artie revealed that much to us in Revelation chapter 20 turned back there. Revelation chapter 20 verse six sort of summarizes it all in raises up to where we are.today he writes blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. Why does God even introduce a 1000 year reign, why not move directly from the tribulation into the eternal state of a new heaven and new earth. Why pushoff heaven for a thousand years. Why bother with the millennial kingdom. A thousand year reign. Well let me give you five reasons quickly first to fulfill God's promises to restore Israel to their land. This is his promise and he will keep his promise.
Genesis 15 Jeremiah 30 many other passages in this by the way, the kingdom will be that time when the desert will blossom. This is when that deadline and will will flourish when the reconstituted nation of Israel will occupy the land without disturbance for 1000 years God will fulfill his promise to restore Israel to their land as a redeemed nation literally physically. Secondly, the millennial kingdom will also fulfill Christ's promises to the church. The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians of their future that they would one day judge the world, the eternal state has no world in need of judgment. This is the world this kingdom over which we will reign rule and judge Christ as promised the church in Revelation 321 that she would reign with him on his glorious throne and he will keep his promise. Third, the kingdom will fulfill the promises of God the father to God the son song to the father has appointed his son terrain and is already promised to give them the nations as his inheritance. You remember Satan tempted Christ by offering him these kingdoms. The kingdoms of the world.
If Christ would only certain event that that the cross and the suffering he could have it now. Christ knew that Satan's promises were nothing but sawdust and saying, the kingdom of the world would be his inheritance, according to divine plan and that will, and it will be the divine display and vindication of Christ's glory. Fourth, the literal millennial kingdom will occur to provide an answer to the prayers of the saints have been looking for a city constructed not by hands as Abraham did, but made by God, whose architect and builder is God. And we have since that point, up to this point and will continue to pray as we been taught the high kingdom. What come, it will literally come will physically come millennial kingdom is going to come in order to answer the prayers of the saints of all ages will come to display the glory of Christ will come to fulfill the promises of God to Israel and to the church one more. The millennial kingdom will exist to ultimately demonstrate beyond any doubt in any denial that mankind is utterly sinful and without excuse. Apart from the grace of God. Man will choose to listen to the serpent and eat the forbidden fruit and he will do it over and over and over again mankind is naturally in rebellion against God until it is broken, repentance toward God and our last study. Satan was incarcerated in the Savior was chlorinated in this golden age had begun and it began with the saints, returning with Christ to set up the kingdom that would include you church is believing in Christ Old Testament saints. It would include tribulation martyrs. We make up the immortals. The glorified co-regents who reign with Christ.
Of those who survive the tribulation.
There will be millions of people, by the way, who do who have also believe the gospel of Christ.
They live, and they've survived in the Christ is, including by the way, the nation Israel, who will look and see the one coming, whom they pierced and there will be a national Israeli revival Zechariah chapter 12 verse 10 and they will be converted to Christ as Messiah. All of them as mortals will then enter the kingdom.
The kingdom comes in there alive, so only the redeemed Christ followers are allowed to enter the kingdom at the beginning of the kingdom. Everyone is a believer in their mortal bodies, and of course reign over by immortal the church Old Testament saints and tribulation martyrs. Matthew 25 informs us that those who do not believe in Christ when he comes, will be judged and sent to await their final judgment is will study as the chapter comes to an end. None of these tribulation believers. Although converted will still have their sin nature and are not glorified yet they're not they are redeemed they are secure they don't have to worry over this period of time if if if they're going to get kicked out of the kingdom anymore than you have to worry about being kicked out of the body of Christ.
You are a son or daughter of God through faith in Christ you didn't get it by being good, you can lose it by big.
We live good lives because we are going to have a not so we can as the religions of this world offer hope.
Just try to be better well. The issue here before us is that these were deemed subjects of the kingdom who have their sin nature as mortals will pass along their sin nature to their children and their children, just as it has been passed along since Adam's fall in each successive generation will need to hear and respond to the gospel of salvation through Christ of the plan of salvation has never changed. It is either the saints looking toward the Redeemer who will come we look back or the millennial subjects you can look at Jerusalem and see him raining and hear the gospel of his death, burial and resurrection. What a great time kingdom will offer for evangelism the millennial Temple will hold annual sacrifices as memorials to the Lamb of God, they will be expiratory that they won't take away sins or simply memorial just as communion is observed by the New Testament church and take anybody's sin away.
It doesn't dispense grace.
It's a memorial where we remember the body and blood of our Lord given for us in in the kingdom. Both will be taking place. In fact, our Lord told the church his apostles and then the church that he would not drink of the fruit of the spine until he drank it new with us in the what kingdom so evidently these are going to be visual aids for the gospel sacrifices held annually in Jerusalem the picture. Christ's sacrifice for sin. The communion cup and read illustrating the memorial of the New Testament church.
We don't know how it's to be observed and how often.
But understand we are introducing people and is immortals strategizing with the believing mortals to the gospel to the world. Imagine we can introduce people to no longer an invisible God, but there is believing them to be a great time to be involved in evangelism. You can see the glory was thrown. I agree with evangelical scholars and say that these annual sacrifices will be opportunities for the nations to come and see Jesus Christ personally and physically probably leading in some way. In fact, nations are required to come with her delegates. Look at that in just a moment, but what a time to be alive. What what a wonderful type weather. Weather is a glorified immortal or immortal. What a wonderful season ethic era. This will be an amazing kingdom. Maybe several aspects. First, there will be a perfect government, no bribery, no corruption, no greed, no dishonesty from from local officials all the way to the top the parliaments and an descendents of our world. No immorality, no go self-serving among government officials.
There will be no elections. By the way, either magic for the glorified saints will occupy the positions of authority around the world as co-regents with Christ. Revelation 510. Not only is there a perfect government there will be a pristine environment, Christ returns and changes. Not everything, but many things back to even like systems. Pollution becomes a problem of the past, natural resources will revert back to the purity of early creation, although rain will be abundant. Isaiah 30 land will reflect the abundance of God's glory and creative power. Isaiah 35. All of the animals will be changed back to herbivores once again as they were in the garden of Eden. Isaiah the prophet wrote these amazing words and and I read them before already living read them again, perhaps with new understanding.
He speaks of the kingdom and says in the wall full, dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the goats to get along. The calf and the young lion will feed together out on each other but together and a little boy will lead seven hours ago these playmates be fun. I think it be great to have a young lion. Well nevermind.
Isaiah goes on.
Also the cow and the bear will graze. Note that the young will lie down together and the lion will eat straw like the ox preclear. The curse is not entirely lifted, but partially it were given a glimpse of the eternal state. There will still be death among the mortals over the livelong times will see animals will still die factor will be animal sacrifices in the temple and those sacrifices will also be eaten by the priest, implying that that we will still be able to enjoy meeting and and you will still be able to enjoy vegetables. The animals will no longer be a threat that they will be for the sheer enjoyment and pleasure in exploration and discovery along with creation of the population of earth including us, to demonstrate the creativity and glory of God. We do know that animals will no longer be predators and I believe we have every reason to believe if you just look at the prophets in the descriptions and all the references animals that every species will be represented.
They will however be tame domicile enough to play with. From the dinosaur to the leopard to the cobra. There will be a perfect government there will be a pristine environment. Third, there will be a prolonged lifespan. Mortals who are born and lived during the kingdom will live such a long lives. Isaiah 65 is Artie told us that a man at the age of hundred will be considered a very young man begin the millennial kingdom will reflect many of the conditions of early creation as he go to Genesis 5 and read about it Adam living in a 930 years, and Keenan living 910 years in the thalamic living 777.
All of this implies a return to the protective climates and conditions of life in and around in following the garden to be there will be all along that same line. Fourthly, pronounced health improvements for the mortals will be glorified. We will never be diseased again, but for all of the mortals who lived during the king of the prophets revealed that the subjects of the kingdom will never say I am sick as a says in chapter 33 verse 24. Those mortals who enter into the kingdom with disabilities and sicknesses will be immediately healed. Isaiah 3324. Isaiah writes of this glorious moment as the kingdom begins in chapter 35. He says there's the eyes of the blind will be opened. The ears of the deaf and be unstopped. The lame will leap like a deer in the tong of the mutable shout for joy perfect government pristine environment, prolonged lifespan for mortals pronounced health improvements and fifth profuse resources and I'm almost done with atopy's okay.
Profuse resources, the kingdom, the listen will be a time of unparalleled abundance and prosperity. Everything the prosperity preachers and teachers are misinterpreting in our age are intended for that age Joel to Amos nine and others for this age there misinterpretations of the health and end abundance and prosperity of that age is causing untold sorrow and confusion, not to mention more bad theology and so many people today believe they they just don't have enough know this is the era of health and Ballantine in peace and dominion, and righteousness, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
Habakkuk 214 principal rulers. Six ways confirmed mortals no longer struggling with our sin nature that is gone forever. We will rule and reign without any double mindedness without any temptation to sin with perfect justice and perfect balance, and wisdom, and godly principle.
The final aspect of refer to is first and foremost, and its importance.
I just save the best for last, this there is the present perceptible Savior.
In other words, we will have the ability to serve not as we do now an invisible Lord, we struggle to follow in our flesh in our minds we struggle to understand and that next step often is to us in the dark. But there will be face-to-face communication. Face-to-face orders and obedience face-to-face devotion face-to-face appreciation. Imagine you would be able to say to him by the waist want to thank you Lord for that. Imagine him saying to you what.
Want to thank you for what you just did the thing I appreciate yesterday. Imagine face-to-face adoration. This is the world peace Festival for real will last a thousand years under the banner of this family under the one true and living God.
Surely the world the mortals that are borne by the billions over a period of time of such great health. When everything is flourishing when there's justice and righteousness when you have the visual demonstrations of of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and yet the memorial sacrifices and and you have immortals raining with him surrounding the globe. Surely the world will believe and and under these conditions follow after such a benevolent ruler. No doubt, billions well the promised millennial kingdom comes to a close with this significant event notice for seven Revelation 20 and when the thousand years are completed. Note they finish the completed, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations no wait, wait just a second. Satan you'll notice in the text does not escape from his prison, Satan will be what released why in the world would God let Satan loose lock him up and throw away the key, why, why in the world open that Salvador God intends to prove the man has not changed from the garden to the kingdom of God intends to reveal that mankind is ever ready to rebel.
They only need an excuse and they only need a leader you think about it. How quickly in our own country. Our own country has turned its back on biblical morals. The beliefs of our founding fathers. Imagine how quickly it's happened that the belief that all men were created. Say the word with me, created by God now is nationally disavowed now in less than 250 years. Just seven generations.
Our national education system promotes the absolute absence of a creator, and anything having to do with the God of the Bible. Imagine what could be happening in the minds and hearts of people over a thousand. Even in these conditions.
Human nature has not changed from the garden to the kingdom and everybody who might say to God, my conditions were only such that disallowed me from ever believing he will say good perfect conditions and it did not change her nature and your rebellion.
The prophets tell us the rebels during the kingdom of face with judgment, implying what there will be rebels in the kingdom were told by the prophet Zechariah the nations who refuse to come to Jerusalem for the annual worship of Christ will not receive reign upon their land, implying there will be nations who, as time progresses will stop sending delegates to honor Christ that Zechariah chapter 14 implies that Egypt is a nation will refuse over time to worship Christ and there will be a famine in their land. Mankind will simply love his autonomy is self deceived on time. He will love his sooner rather than the Savior. Imagine hearing a perfect society with pristine living conditions in prosperous health and and and plenty of resources mankind by the billions will be ready to follow the devil rather than worship Christ. This is the garden of Eden parts to your listening to wisdom for the heart Stephen Davey.
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