… Becomes the perfect beginning!
Tomorrow morn we drive to Steamboat Springs, Colorado! We hope some of the aspen trees on highway 9 will still be showing off their golden glory!
It’s a Millennial double portion celebration because a weekly Sabbath pictures the seventh 1,000-year day rest. But this one leads into
This Sunday night Oct. 16-23
More than 300 of us will celebrate God’s Feast of Tabernacles in Steamboat. This will be my family’s fourth time in this beautiful place. We had a choice of 65 sites around the world which will be enjoyed by about 12,000 brethren. There are many more Feast sites than those happily keeping God’s “appointment” (Lev. 23:2). What a joy to show up!
We will foreshadow the earth experiencing “the restitution of all things” (Acts 3:19). This 1,000 year utopia on earth will be the start of the fall bigger harvest because all people who live into the Millennium and who are born in it will have their opportunity for salvation.
The Eighth Day—you just might go round more than once!
This Holy Day immediately following the Feast (Oct. 24) pictures the second resurrection—to physical life of all people who have ever lived and never had their opportunity for salvation (Rev. 20:5). Dry bones are going to rattle and stand on their feet and breathe (Ezek. 37)!
Aborted babies. Stillborns. People who never even heard the name of Jesus Christ or those who swore it, the only name through which we can be saved (Acts 4:12). The unchurched. The “lost.”
People who could not come to God because the Master Timer knew it wasn’t the best time for them to be shown His way.
This Great Throne White Judgment period (Rev. 20:11-14) is when all people who never had their opportunity for salvation are going to be John 6:44’d! God means it that He desires all to be saved (1 Tim. 2:4)!
This judgment has nothing to do with the false idea of a quick appearance before a stern Ancient of Days judge for an eternal abode verdict. This will be a physical life judged from the books (Greek biblia—the Bible) just as we are today (1 Pet. 4:17).
One reason the first resurrection is the better one is that I wouldn’t want to have to come back as a physical being again. The only consolation would be that I would probably heed what Erma Bombeck wrote that she would eat more ice cream!
Probably the major mission of the Millennium will be to prepare the battered earth for the instantaneous arrival of anywhere from 50 to 130 billion people during the Eighth Day!
One meaning of the number eight is
The perfect beginning
When these milestone events have finished, the earth will be purged by the Lake of Fire of all material, flesh and sin. God will create a new heavens and earth. And God the Father will come down to live in the New Jerusalem.
The only thing left: the God Family. That’s what it’s all been about!
Consider all that God and the Word planned before the foundation of the world to make all this happen. Consider how much God worked with mankind and guided history to bring the grand finale.
Have God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son planned any less for what the God Family is going to do for all eternity!!
The Bible gives only a few hints: Plant the heavens (Isa. 51:16). “All the hosts of heaven … which the Lord your God has given to all the peoples under the whole heaven as a heritage” (Deut. 4:19). “All things”—the universe—under the dominion of the saints (Heb. 2:8). “Pleasures forevermore” (Psa. 16:11). “Life forevermore” (Psa. 133:3).
How will you show God that you would like to be a part of all this!
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