Millennials Will Reshape the World

millennialsThose born after 1984, aged 18-30, are called millennials.
Researchers rave that they have unparalleled opportunity
to influence the future.

This will be especially so for those God calls
to be a leader of His Millennium.
Are you—whatever your age—
becoming one of Christ’s “Millennials”?

The generation that turned adults in 2000—beginning the next 1,000 years—have been dubbed millennials.

God the Father is calling adults to become His leaders when Jesus Christ returns to this earth and sets up His Millennial reign of 1,000 years (Rev. 20:3-4).

MillenniumIf you permit me to dub these leaders “Millennials,” you don’t have to be born after 1984 to be one of these resurrected to spirit beings at the seventh trumpet to become kings, priests and judges.  Or those who will live into the Millennium and become princes and princesses (Psa. 45:16) serving under the God rulers.

If you think millennials have power to reshape the world, can you even begin to fathom

The power Millennials will have!

kingdom comeTalk about a ground-floor opportunity to have a big part in building the Family/Kingdom of God!  The sound of that really reverberates with this Boomer!

Some recent Facebook posts argue that the glorious message of the Bible needs to be retold in some special way just so it will appeal to millennials.  Good on you if you have some special knack for that!  But God wrote the same glorious words to inspire all His children.  Child, whatever age you are, this is exciting future!  This is the Force that is really going to be with you!

Not only will a lion lie down with a lamb, but more transforming, the nature of man will be changed to stop hurting and destroying as the earth becomes “full of the knowledge of the Lord” (Isa. 11:9).  Whatever climate changes really are needed, they will be changed.  Those reigning will provide rain in due season.  Family life restored!  Economic prosperity!   Meaningful education!  The end of war!

How’s that for idealistic purpose and desiring to make an impact!

In 2009 21% of millennials were married, which is important in shaping a strong society.   God’s Millennials in the first resurrection will marry Jesus Christ (Rev. 19:7) and then have the privilege of parenting all the sons and daughters to come.  To be part of Christ’s bride is one of the chief reasons why the first resurrection is “better” (Heb. 11:35) and a double portion for the firstborn (Deut. 21:17).  Again, to this Boomer, that spells special don’t-miss-out O-P-P-O-R-T-U-N-I-T-Y!

In 2009 millennials made up 62% of the labor force.  Those who want to be Millennials must be actively doing the Work of God individually and collectively worldwide.  Jesus said “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matt. 24:14).  And “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:19-20).   Yes, a tall order, but God guarantees the preaching of His gospel and the preparing of His people “will be” accomplished by His Millennials!  That is today’s mission that must drive us, whatever our age.

“For you, Lord, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of your hand,” exclaimed the psalmist (probably David) nearly three millennia ago.

When Jesus comes, He  must find would-be Millennials

“So doing” (Matt. 24:46)

One Barna Group survey said “Millennials seem to be overconfident in their self-assessment of Bible knowledge compared to what they actually know.”  This could be because in a survey of February 2015, 33% of millennials admitted to never reading the Bible!  Only 17% believe the Bible is the literal Word of God.

“The good news is that, while more millennials are turning skeptical toward the Bible, we still see them reaching out to God during times of difficulty and to feel closer to God…” said Drew Hood, managing director of communications at American Bible Society.  If that’s what it takes, difficulty is coming.  But why should the wise wait!

toolboxBible study is one of the four tools in a Millennial’s toolbox.   Don’t kid ourselves, anybody who wants to become part of God’s Millennials will have to become “diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15).

Millennials, you are respected for being steered by strong values.   Here’s your calling:  If you really want to reshape not only this world but the universe, resolve now to become one of God’s Millennials.  Since a day is as a 1,000 years in God’s sight, let’s start today!

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Imagine That! You Could Talk to God Right Now

Yes, you can. 
 
prayingOn knees is good to help you be humble and teachable,
but if you can’t, don’t let that stop you from being humble and teachable.

Talk to God from the heart.
Start with thanks and praise.  He doesn’t need to hear it,
but you need to appreciate who you are privileged to talk to.
How does God do that!  Listen to prayers 24/7 nonstop?
I have no idea.  And still He likes to hear my ideas!

BibleOpen your Bible if you have it available.
Ask Him to direct your eyes and thoughts to the passages He wants to say to you.

God can hear your thoughts but you probably feel more like you’re talking to God if you talk out loud.

It’s probably best if you go to some private place so it won’t look like you’re talking to yourself.  And so you won’t be distracted or feel self-conscious.

No need to speak in tongues with affected lingo like “We do just this and that” and “Thees” and “Thous.”  Save the “hail Marys” for the next Broncos game.   No need to say “Father” every sentence.    If you don’t forget who you’re talking to, God won’t either!

God gave the Lord’s Prayer as an outline for how to organize a prayer, not as a handy way to speak vain repetition which He asked us not to do.

God wants us to just talk.  Like in the “Oh God” movie when George Burns, as He was walking away into vanishment, assured John Denver, “You talk, I’ll listen.”

But you also want to

Hear what God wants to say back to you

The best way is to open a Bible and ask God to guide you to what He wants you to hear.   Ask God for wisdom and use it so you don’t act stupidly like “And Judas went out and hanged himself” and “Go thou and do likewise.”  With the Bible context is vital.

prayer-changes-thingsYou could pray everything nonstop.  Then read.  But why not back and forth like in normal conversation.   Make a point or plea and then pause a bit and be still, actively listening for God’s response.   God knows that answered prayer is a powerful proof of His existence.  Know the thrill of an answer!

Prayer changes things.  It changes you.

Go to the places in the Bible

Where God speaks directly to the reader

This includes all the red-letter words in the News Testament which are directly spoken by Jesus Christ.  This includes places in the Old Testament where Jesus Christ, as the God of the Old Testament, spoke directly.  Of course, “All scripture is inspired by God” (2 Tim. 3:16).  But reading direct words from God really feels special.

Hey,

You are special!

You get to talk to the Power of the Universe who wants to be Daddy to you.  So Abba, blabba do!

Excuse me, I’ve got to go talk to Somebody.

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Relativity & Quantum Leaps Thanks to Revelation

theory-of-relativityIn Seven Brief Lessons on Physics,
“These lessons were written for those who know little or nothing
about modern science,”
wrote author Carlo Rovelli.

That would be me.   But I like to try.  It didn’t help that my physics teacher in high school was a football coach who spent the entire class talking about quantum leaps of the goal line instead of the universe.

perfect reflectionRovelli writes about how Einstein’s Theory of Relativity means that “in the mountains time passes faster than at sea level” (p. 46).

This is why Rocky Mountain people should not feel faulted for being older and wiser than Californians and New Yorkers and why the electoral college should not be changed.   Pardon my fun.

I’m actually not political. My kingdom is not of this world (Php. 3:20). My King says He chose who would be President (Dan. 4:17), and I enjoyed watching Him befuddle everybody including me!

And to keep us Rocky Mountain folk humble, hard to fathom as that is, there is somebody living higher who is rightly the Ancient of Days and the source of Wisdom.

Wise men have never needed to understand the Theory of Relativity to know that God is our Father and Jesus Christ our Brother.   Time may pass faster up in the third heaven, because I’m sure God has more fun than any human, but the reason God is eternal has to do with Spirit.  How will we ever fathom God having no beginning until we are changed to Spirit in the resurrection and feel from the depths of our being what it means to have no end.

“About interactive relationships”

quantum-leapRovelli writes that quantum theory is learning that space consists of loops or rings linked to one another, “forming a network of relations that weaves the texture of space, like the rings of a finely woven, immense chain mail.” The upshot is that “Once again, the world seems to be … about interactive relationships” (p.43).

That’s why we know from revelation that what matters is first we must love God (first four Commandments) and second, our fellow man (last six Commandments) (Matt. 22:37-40). On these two hang all the law and prophets—thus the Bible and life itself. After the Lake of Fire has cleansed the earth of all sin, matter and humans who did not participate in the desired spiritual transformation, the only life left are Gods in the God Family—for all eternity. Revelation says what matters is relationships.

quantum-leap-2How utterly pitiful when scientists like Richard Lewontin admit their unscientific bias:  “We cannot allow a divine foot in the door.”   They will remain in ignorance until that Divinity opens their minds and one day grants them a complete spirit body to enter the door of the Family Kingdom!

Most of Rocelli’s physics book I can’t comprehend. But he is the brilliant one who is left to write eloquently about man’s frustrating search for the purpose of human life. “What are we, in this boundless and glowing world? I cannot even imagine attempting to really answer such a question in these simple pages” (p. 66).

Acts 2Funny that lesser luminaries like you and me can (1 Cor. 1:26-27) if only God the Master Timer decides it’s time to open our minds to understand that we have a spirit in man that sets us apart from animals so that we can understand the things of a man, but it’s the Holy Spirit uniting with our human spirit that enables us to understand the things of God through His revelation (1 Cor. 2:11-12).

That’s the one great unifying principle that Stephen Hawking seeks!

If that’s happening to you, keep making the quantum leap to set your mind on the things of God (Col. 3:1).

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What Do the Minor Prophets Mean to You?

The 12 Minor Prophets will have major impact on our day.
Much of their prophecies are dual,
with an initial fulfillment and also end-time fulfillment.
Five of  the Minor Prophets make pronouncements about the Day of the Lord
which doesn’t seem that far away.

Why pay close attention to the Minor Prophets?
“Now all these things happened to them as examples,
and they were written for our admonition,
upon whom the ends of the ages have come” (1 Cor. 10:11).

The difference between the 12 Minor Prophets and major prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel has nothing to do with lowering the third.  They are called minor because they are shorter in length, ranging from one to 14 chapters.   Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament.

The 12 Minor Prophets were pretty much ordinary men called by God to prophesy, and that should encourage us in trying to serve the Great God.  One exception was Zephaniah, a prince of the royal house of Judah, a descendant of Hezekiah.

widows-son-raisedAnd Jewish tradition says Jonah was the son of the Shunammite woman whom Elisha raised from the dead (2 Kings 4:35) and a statesman under Jeroboam II (2 Kings 14:25).  None of the Minor Prophets were trained in seminary or a school of the prophets, though Jonah may have been a disciple of Elisha.

In many cases not much is known about them except their name.  Hosea=”Salvation”;  Joel=”Jehovah is my God”;  Amos=”Burden”;  Obadiah=”Servant of Jehovah”; Jonah=”Dove”;  Micah=”Who is like the Lord?”; Nahum=”Comfort”; Habakkuk=”Embrace”; Zephaniah=”The Lord hides”; Haggai=”My feast”; Zechariah=”Jehovah remembers”; and Malachi=”My messenger.”

Imagine for interest that God chooses you to write a book of the Bible.  What would your name mean?   Would it be a name perfectly appropriate for the book and its message?  Did God find somebody with the right name and make him an author?  Or see to it that the author He wanted was given the right name?  How incredible and miraculous is it that “All scripture is inspired by God” (2 Tim. 3:16)!

Chronology of the Minor Prophets (roughly 400 year period with dates that various sources disagree about, but below seems to be the concensus)

Assyrian Age:
To Israel:  Amos (763-750 BC) and Hosea (755-715 BC)
To Judah:  Micah:  (737-690 BC)
To Ninevah:  Jonah (770-750 BC)

Babylonian Age:
To Judah:  Haabakkuk (630-605 BC) and Zephaniah (640-609 BC)
To Ninevah:  Nahum (663-615 BC)

Persian Age:
To Judah:  Haggai (520 BC), Zechariah (520-518 BC), Joel (835-796 BC) and Malachi (433 BC)

BibleJesus verified the right order of the Old Testament in Luke 24:44:  Law of Moses (Torah=instruction, teaching), the Prophets (Nevi’im) and the Psalms (Ketuvim=writings).  The 12 Minor Prophets are considered one book and the last of the Nevi’im in the Hebrew Old Testament.

The Minor Prophets involved three major falls:  Jerusalem to the Babylonians (586 BC), Israel to the Assyrians (722 BC) and Ninevah to the Medes and Babylonians (612 BC).

The Minor Prophets, especially Amos and Haggai, called people out for loving prosperity and pleasure instead of being rich toward God and obeying Him.  How true of our day!

The Minor Prophets proclaim judgment for sin, the reason why all great empires have fallen.

God’s judgment is never in hot haste; He always gives patient time to repent.  Nahum followed up about 150 years after Ninevah, after Jonah’s warning, fasted and repented from the king on down to the animals.

Main Message of Each Minor Prophet:
Hosea:  Unfaithfulness
Joel:  Day of the Lord
Amos:  Call to return, arouse people to the danger
Obadiah:  Righteous judgment—Day of the Lord
Jonah:  God’s grace to all people
Micah:  Divine judgment
Nahum:  Consolation—Day of the Lord
Habakkuk:  Submission to God’s plan & timing—trusting a sovereign God
Zephaniah:  Restoration of remnant—Day of the Lord
Haggai:  Rebuilding temple
Zachariah:  God’s deliverance—Day of the Lord
Malachi:  Purification to come

So five of the 12 Minor Prophets (Joel, Obadiah, Nahum, Zephaniah and Zachariah) directly address the Day of the Lord!

Powerful themes of the Minor Prophets:

♥   National punishment for idolatry, rebellion and  neglect (Amos, Haggai)
♥   Glorious future in the Kingdom on earth (Hosea, Joel, Zephaniah)
♥   Revive Israel and Judah (Hosea)—wake up, arouse, stir to action!
♥   Repentance, restoration and salvation
♥   Pour out Holy Spirit on all flesh (Joel)
♥   Rugged frankness in delivering message, even before kings
♥   God sets up kingdoms & brings down—can’t withstand God—God’s sovereignty
♥   God’s faithfulness, mercy, unfailing love (Hosea, Jonah)
♥   Social justice (Amos)
♥   Faith (Habukkah)
♥   Priorities (Haggai)
♥   Israel’s unfaithfulness (Malachi)

With the above overview of the Minor Prophets, it would really help you to study these

One-hour video presentations

So far four of the 12 Minor Prophets have been presented.  Great programs!  So much so that I plan to go watch them over again after having prepared this overview background material.  Now I can appreciate  them even more!

Hosea:  A Tragic but Hopeful Love Story
https://www.ucg.org/beyond-today/beyond-today-bible-study/the-minor-prophets-hosea-a-tragic-but-hopeful-love-story

Joel:  A Call to Action!
https://www.ucg.org/beyond-today/beyond-today-bible-study/the-minor-prophets-joel-a-call-to-action

Amos:  Ancient Message for a Modern World
https://www.ucg.org/beyond-today/beyond-today-bible-study/the-minor-prophets-amos-ancient-message-for-a-modern-world

Haggai:  Straight  Talk to the Church of God
https://www.ucg.org/beyond-today/beyond-today-bible-study/the-minor-prophets-haggai-straight-talk-to-the-church-of-god

The message for us today

The time is now!  Repent!  Return!  Recognize the danger and act now to submit to God, obey and build our personal relationship with Him.

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Shall We Go Another Year?

Who’da thought:  Two years as a blog!

It makes you think when you ring in another year with a blog.  Hope it won’t be the terrible 2’s?  After 171 posts, is there anything left to say?  I see some bloggers I like posting less and less.

I hope we can say laughingly of ourselves, “I ought to be committed!”

My new inspiration is a beautiful and perceptive lyric from

“Shades of You” by Shannon Wexelburg:

potter-clay“You are the writer, and I am your song.”

Such a beautiful song in its music and lyrics, praising our Master Potter who is shaping us into His sons and daughters for glory!   As the picture portrays, it can get kind of messy on the way to glorious production!

I still feel like singing about God’s way and hope you join the chorus until we lift voices around the whole earth glorifying the returning King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

Shall we go another year?  You, as a cherished reader, have a big say in that!

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Is There a Pride You Can Have & Still Be Humble?

parent-pride“We tell our kids we’re proud of them
yet teach them that pride is wrong,”
asks a puzzled parent.

“Is there a good pride?”

A statement in James 4:6 answers most questions of pride:  “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

prideFrom cover to cover the Bible makes it plain that pride is wrong when the meaning is haughty, arrogant, conceited, vain, puffed  up, boasting, quarreling, braggart, patting self on back, lofty, high-minded or putting oneself above others.

All of those bad attitudes can be summed up as self-exaltation, and Prov. 10:32 states that exalting self is foolish.   What could be more foolish than doing something that makes God oppose you!

Other Proverbs decry that pride brings shame, breeds quarrels and goes before destruction.

Vines’s Complete  Expository Dictionary of Old & New Testament Words says The majority of the uses of gaon are negative in that they connote human ‘pride’ as an antonym for humility.”

So is there

A good pride?

Is there a pride you can have & still be humble?  Let’s look at principles from the Bible & then we’ll have to apply them to specific situations.

Pride = satisfaction for doing your best

Vines also says:  “In a positive sense gaon … signifies ‘excellence’ or ‘majesty.’”  God’s majesty.

Paul said, “Let everyone be sure that he is doing his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work well done” (Gal. 6:4 Living Bible).

Right about now do you find yourself singing lyrics by Montgomery Gentry:  “And if all you ever really do is the best you can, well, you did it man!  That’s something to be proud of.”

mcgrawOr lyrics from the recent hit single by Tim McGraw:  “When the dreams you’re dreaming come to you, when the work you put in is realized, let yourself feel the pride, but always stay humble and kind.

Ecc. 3:22 chimes in:  “So I perceived that nothing is better than that a man should rejoice in his own works.”  Satisfaction over what accomplished!

Let another praise you and not yourself (Prov. 27:2) 

Paul supported this principle in 2 Cor. 1:14:  “we are your boast as you also are ours.”  Paul boasted about his children in the Lord & rejoiced that they returned the esteem.

seventh trumpet“Do not lift your horn up on high,” agrees Psa. 75:5.  Well, businesses would argue that it pays to toot, at least in a tasteful way.  Because a small restaurant in Waterton National Park claimed to have “world-famous  fried chicken,”  I ordered it instead of my usual proclivity for beef.  OK, wasn’t bad, but the Colonel still has the only world-famous one!

Then there’s resumes where you’ve got to say why you’re the one they should hire.  How to do that without “praising yourself”?   Resumes avoid personal pronouns like “I” and “me.”  Specific accomplishments & awards should be presented instead of “I’m wonderful” statements.  And references are critical.

braggingA psychology professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Dr. Susan Krauss Whitbourne, wrote that of seven types of bragging, six are unacceptable & one is risky, maybe working only under certain conditions.  She says you’ll never be faulted for just being happy for accomplishment.  McGraw nailed it with “let yourself feel the pride.”

This would keep you from “OK, I don’t mean to brag but I just finished a puzzle in one hour that said 2-4.”

“A proud man is always looking down on things and people,”  observed C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity);  “and, of course, as long as you’re looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”

Give God the credit!

This is one way we should be high-minded!

A proud son lauded his late Dad:  “He only boasted about God.”

Paul said in Rom. 15:17 (Living Bible):  “So it is right for me to be a little proud of all Christ Jesus has done through me … He has used me to win the Gentiles.  Acts 15:12 has similar:  “Barnabus and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentles.”

Remember the classic story about how the great Scottish runner Eric Liddell said “God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.”

thJAM30TMFSurely the most heroic story of all time is David vs. Goliath.  David’s oldest brother Eliab foolishly judged him:  “I know your pride” (1 Sam. 17:28).  Yet David called himself “your servant” when talking to King Saul, & he had to talk confident in order for the king to consent to him being Israel’s representative in the do-or-die situation for the whole army.

The Bible notes David at first stating that he killed a lion & a bear. But later he plainly says “the Lord who delivered me” from both beasts.

David didn’t exalt himself; he warned Goliath about his foolishness in defying the armies of God!

From the example of David’s brother Eliab, we see that we shouldn’t judge others.  We might find it puzzling enough to judge ourselves!

   Pride in your work? Are you talking about satisfaction for doing your best, for striving for excellence?

   Letting another praise you, not your own mouth? Not trying to exalt self?

   Pride in your family? What they are & do pleases you?  May God say of you “This is my beloved son [daughter] in whom I am well pleased.”

If you follow these Bible principles & always give God the glory and credit in your life & stay humble & kind, you’ll have something to be proud of.

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What the Beatitudes Match up with

beatitudesJesus chose with great care
which attitudes and in which order.

The Beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-12) are the basic foundational principles and attitudes of the Kingdom of God. The Festivals of God (Lev. 23) reveal the plan of salvation for becoming part of the Family in the Kingdom of God.

Lo and behold, the Beatitudes match up with God’s Festivals in perfect order. And most likely each particular attitude is the one most needed for what that Festival foreshadows.

Poor in Spirit … theirs is the kingdom of heaven = Passover

Bible lingo is sometimes “Greek to me” and results in just skipping the whole idea. “Suffer the children?” Why would Jesus want children to suffer? “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Why wouldn’t David want Him?

That’s why I would pass the Beatitudes by, without really intending to: Why would anyone want to be poor in spirit? Wouldn’t we want to have oodles of the Holy Spirit!

Yes, and to have that we need a broken and contrite heart, where we are not only sorry for what we have done against God and man but also sorry for what we are in rotten human nature that rebels against God. God will be near to any who have such a repentant attitude (Psa. 34:18, Isa. 66:2).

Poor in spirit is better expressed as “realize their need for” (New Living Translation). These will not be like Laodicea, the last of the Seven Churches of Revelation which, unfortunately, is so characteristic of our day. They deceive themselves by boasting “I am rich … and have need of nothing” (Rev. 3:17). Little do they know spiritually they are really “wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked”!

Passover represents repenting and receiving forgiveness through the shed blood of the Lamb of God and being healed by His stripes.  It’s the first attitude and first Festival on the way to becoming Family in the Kingdom of God.

Mourn … comforted = Days of Unleavened Bread

matzoMourn because you have to eat matzos?

No, we must mourn because of sin. “Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up”  (James 4:9-10).

We must be sighing and crying for all the abominations abounding (Ezek. 9:4). Today that could make for very morose brethren!   It really seems that people look into the Bible to see what God says is an abomination to Him—and then go deliberately do that!

Jesus promises to comfort those who mourn for self, others or nation. The Comforter is the Holy Spirit (John 14:26).

The Days of Unleavened Bread picture Jesus Christ, the sinless Bread of Life, living in us—through the Holy Spirit—to put away the old man of sin and put on the new man of sincerity and truth (1 Cor. 5:8).

Sin, which causes mourning, is too comfortable. The Holy Spirit brings true comfort.

Meek … inherit the earth = Pentecost

“What on earth!  Then we’d better not be meek!  I don’t want to go down but I do want to go up.”

Have you ever considered who it was who wanted to go to heaven and knock God off His throne (Isa. 14:13)? Whose reward for his rebellion will be gehenna hell fire for eternity.  Should that be a red flag if you believe traditional ideas about the our eternal destiny!

And meekness gets discredited by passing it off as weakness.   Meekness means submissive to God and teachable by Him.

lippizaner-stallionsIn Psa. 26:2 David asked God to try his reins. Think of the world-famous white Lipizzaner stallions which are powerful beasts but are so one with their riders that they instantly respond. Does God have to yank us? Hopefully just some gentle nudges, we so eager to do His will!

Pentecost pictures God’s plan to so far only call a small harvest of people—His first fruits—to be His leaders in His Kingdom which will be on this earth.   If you are reading and understanding this, you are being called to this mission. Hope you’ll meekly comply!

Hunger & Thirst after Righteousness … filled = Feast of Trumpets

God reserves the right to define righteousness that we are to passionately pursue (Psa. 119:172). His 10 Commandments and His law will be the standard for His Kingdom on earth that you can inherit. The only thing done away would be us if we don’t love and obey His law from the heart!

“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?” (Psa. 42:2).

That will take place at the seventh trumpet when the first fruits are resurrected and changed to be filled 100% with all the fullness of Christ! (Eph. 4:13).

Merciful … mercy = Day of Atonement

Every year on the Day of Atonement the High Priest appeared before the mercy seat and God granted mercy to the nation.

“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy… For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him” (Psa. 103:8, 11).

At the beginning of the Millennium, likely 10 days in on the first Day of Atonement, the deceiver of the whole earth will be put away. Those of us who received personal mercy through Christ’s sacrifice and His living in us through the Comforter will then bring mercy to the masses of the whole earth!

Pure … shall see God = Feast of Tabernacles

Pure can be defined as clean, without false ingredients, and free from discord.

David cried out to God, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psa. 51:10). The heart represents the center of one’s being including emotions, will and mind.

Hopefully you yearn to help Jesus Christ purify and clean the earth and restore all things! (Acts 3:17).  “Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 John 3:3).

MillenniumBeginning with the Millennium, all will see God—Jesus Christ ruling as King of kings and Lord of lords, and you can be one of the kings and lords!—one of the teachers (Isa. 30:20-21)!


Peacemakers … sons of God = Eighth Day

The Eighth Day pictures the Great White Throne Judgment following the Millennium when all people who have ever lived without receiving their opportunity for salvation will be resurrected back to physical life. They will have a lifetime to have the books (the Bible) opened to them and be judged by it.

Imagine the challenge of having all those people suddenly resurrected back to physical life! The Hatfields and McCoys. Hitler and all the Jews he burned. Divorcees and resulting family members affected.  People who thought they’d never run into each other again.  Ordinary people facing people they’ve rubbed shoulders with during their life.

You get the idea!  Sparks could fly!  It’s pretty obvious that the number one attitude needed will be: “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men” (Rom. 12:18). All 50 to 140 billion of them!

And when the Eighth Day is done, what will be the result of all the peace-making: untold sons and daughters of God!

That should put you in one fine beautiful attitude!  But wait,

You might wonder:

Why are there one or two more Beatitudes about persecution, that don’t match up with God’s festivals? Does that negate this idea that the Beatitudes match up with God’s Festivals?

Commentators note that the two warnings about persecution are different from the first seven blessings. Secondly, the reward for persecution is also the kingdom of heaven, tying right back into the first Beatitude and completing the package.   Some Christians note that the six-month time between the Eighth Day and the next year’s Passover, when Holy Day keepers tend to most examine themselves—can be a very trying time and sometimes seems like satan has the whole world coming at you.

And we must remember: Beatitudes are more than just beautiful attitudes. They must

Beactions!

Jesus personally spoke the second and sixth of the seven Beatitudes of Revelation. He commanded action (16:15 and 22:7)

kingdom comeAs Jesus told His disciples He had just called, the Kingdom is at hand!

URGENT—the time is NOW!

Those in His Kingdom and Family will live these beautiful attitudes forever!

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Robert Curry

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