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News Review - 23 Sep 2022
Uncertain And Changing Times

Covid… war in Ukraine… Taiwan crisis… energy crisis… droughts… floods… inflation… we live in

Uncertain And Changing Times


“As the humanist philosopher Elbert Hubbard said, ‘Nothing is permanent but change.’ Matter does not remain as it is, unchanged, permanently. But it continues changing permanently. Perhaps stone or iron is as unchanging as any element. But after a few thousand years, the giant stones in the wall around Jerusalem, for instance, have lost all their newness and show their age. Whatever you see now on this earth in time will CHANGE.” (The INCREDIBLE Human Potential - Chapter 7)

Trafalgar And Nelson’s Death

One area where change is obvious is the news. Let’s take the news of the death of Admiral Lord Nelson and the victory at Trafalgar just over 200 years ago. It took 2 weeks for the news to get back to England!

“News of the battle, which took place on 21 October 1805, didn’t reach the Admiralty until 6 November.

Admiral Collingwood’s victory dispatch covering Trafalgar and Nelson’s death was dated the following day, 22 October 1805, but severe storms prevented it leaving the fleet until 26 October. Lieutenant John Lapenotiere of the schooner Pickle then carried it more than a thousand miles, transferring to a post-chaise in Falmouth on 4 November and reaching the Admiralty two days later.

Despite bad weather he had made reasonable time, considering that news in those days travelled only as fast as ships and horses could carry it.” (historyextra.com)

70 Years Ago

We have witnessed a huge change in technology. Back in 1953, I sat in a neighbour’s house watching the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on a tiny 9 inch TV screen – looking at a very grainy black and white picture – which at that time was state of the art technology. This week, we witnessed the funeral of the Queen – live, in colour, from every angle possible, on a choice of networks – on a 50 inch screen.

Events That Changed Today’s World

COVID

“January 2020 - The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020 and a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of 20 September 2022, the pandemic had caused more than 612 million cases and 6.52 million confirmed deaths, making it one of the deadliest in history.” (wikipedia.org)

Life In Lockdown

Lockdown measures were first introduced on 23 March 2020 and this created huge changes and uncertainty for many - people found the situation difficult to deal with.

Uncertainty ahead. No vaccine ready. Not being able to go out with the kids to do basic things such as the park, cinema, or walk around.”

Levels of anxiety and happiness saw the greatest change when lockdown was introduced, compared with pre-pandemic levels.”

Worry about the future was the most common factor impacting people’s well-being during the pandemic.”

I still don’t feel safe when I go outside, not everyone keeps their distance.”

I now have shopping delivered, because I DON’T want to wear a mask.” (ons.gov.uk)

Change In An Uncertain World

With the world slowly coming to terms with the Covid crisis, on 24 February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine in a major escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War that began in 2014. This war has caused major changes to today’s world. The US/NATO imposed sanctions on Russia in an effort to destroy the nation economically. These have largely backfired, leaving Europe dangerously low on gas right before winter, while Russia is selling their gas to other nations and apparently prospering economically.

With German industrial might threatened, suddenly Germany starts to upgrade its military – to “protect the nation”! Are we witnessing the foundations being laid for WWIII?

Forty Years Ago – The Warning Did Go Out!

“Now one of the great things that is urging Europe on, and perhaps the greatest thing that will cause them to hurry and get together on this, is their fear of what’s going on in the Kremlin and the Soviet Union [Russia]. And Andropov [now Putin] is frightening them, and that is going to rush them. They are losing confidence in the United States as having a military umbrella over them to protect them, and they want their own military force to protect themselves. That’s the way they feel over there. Now that is a chief incentive to unite them and that is taking place …this whole United States of Europe, when it goes together, is going to trigger nuclear World War III.” (US OF EUROPE IS COMING - 27 November 1982)

Growing Moral Degeneracy

“Truly we have come to the time warned of by the apostle Paul, in II Timothy 3: ‘This know also, that IN THE LAST DAYS perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof… ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth’ (verses 1-5, 7).

This is a prophecy, as it plainly states, for the last days. When I was a little boy, ninety years ago, those conditions were not true or escalating as they have been within the last twenty or thirty years.” (The Plain Truth – March 1986)

Wild Weather

“In Europe, this summer’s drought may be the worst the continent has experienced in 500 years, according to the EU’s environmental programme Copernicus. The Rhine, a major river and cargo route, dropped to critically low levels this summer, causing shipping disruption.

This summer, China experienced an extended period of high temperatures that lasted more than two months, the longest since records began in the 1960s, according to China’s Meteorological Administration. Despite large areas in southern China struggling with drought, heavy rains in northern areas led to flooding.

Drought conditions in eastern Ethiopia, northern Kenya and Somalia have led the UN to warn that some 22 million people could be at risk of starvation. ‘We are now in the third year of very low rainfall coupled with high temperatures in that part of the continent,’ according to Oxfam.

Drought conditions in the western US have become the norm, with the region experiencing years of drier and hotter weather. In a report published in February, scientists said the last two decades had seen the most extreme drought conditions in 1,200 years in the American west.” (bbc.co.uk)

The Earth Shakes

“Taiwan has been hit by earthquakes for the second day in row, with the magnitude of Sunday’s tremor estimated at 6.9 by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The tremors caused the collapse of a low-rise building housing a convenience store, leaving several people trapped under the rubble, according to local media. The Taiwan Railway Administration said a train derailed in the affected area, leading to the evacuation of some 20 passengers. Videos online have shown a road bridge that appears to have collapsed due to the shaking.” (rt.com)

In just the last few weeks, several earthquakes have been reported from around the world. Last week, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea with many homes buried and destroyed. (rt.com)

A volcano in Iceland erupted about 20 miles south of Iceland’s capital and nearby the Keflavik airport. (adnamerica.com)

In the US, 88 earthquakes rattled Mount St Helens in the last 30 days. Mount St Helens is preparing for the next eruption. (strangesounds.org)

A few weeks ago, Afghanistan was struck by the deadliest earthquake in 2 decades. Over 1000 people were killed. (dw.com)

It’s All Happening - Now!

We have always had problems and disasters – but now they are happening all at once!

Huge changes in technology
A pandemic killing 6 million people
Russia and Ukraine at war
Taiwan under threat
New power groups forming
A push towards one world government
A worldwide energy crisis
Growing moral degeneracy in the West
Droughts and floods worldwide
Earthquakes and volcanoes in “divers places”.

And now what is possibly the greatest threat of all –

A Worldwide Financial Collapse!

A Former Swiss Banker Warns…

“The era of fake money is gone: Egon von Greyerz (EvG) is a former Swiss banker and financial expert that says massive money printing and huge amounts of unpayable debt will lead to a monster financial meltdown soon.

The world is going to see a collapse that it has never seen before in history, and there is absolutely no remedy for that. You will have an implosion of values, I expect 90% plus. Stocks crashed in 1929 to 1932 by 90%. The risk back then and the magnitude of the problems then were nothing compared to what we have today. Remember, today it’s global, and it’s every single country in the world… It’s everywhere, and no one can escape what’s coming.(zerohedge.com)

The Bow Group Warning

“The Bow Group has long warned that the Government has been ignoring a very simple economic truth – that you cannot bring, borrow and spend to excess without eventually facing dire economic consequences. ‘The cost of merely paying the interest on the debt is now one of the largest areas of government expenditure’.” (express.co.uk)

Back In 1984, This Warning Went Out!

“…I can see now the event that is going to trigger the formation of reunification in Europe; the resurrection of the Medieval Holy Roman Empire that we’ve been looking forward to that is prophesied to come.

…I believe that some event is going to happen suddenly just like out of a blue sky that is going to shock the whole world and is going to cause the nations of Europe to realize they must unite.

Well, now I think I can see what may be the very event that is going to trigger it and that is the economic situation in the world.

…NOW WHEN THE FINANCIAL STRUCTURE BREAKS DOWN, ALL CIVILIZATION IS GOING TO BREAK DOWN. I just wanted to say that much - maybe you can begin to see how serious this thing can become!” (Prophecy Part 1 - 7 July 1984 )

“True Christians Must Be Ready For The End Of This Age!”

Mr Armstrong left the Church this warning:

“NEVER BEFORE IN HUMAN HISTORY has the world been in a perilous state like the one in which we now find ourselves. Man has created enough weapons of mass destruction to wipe all life off the earth, and the nations seem bent on doing just that. Both world events and occurrences in the Church indicate we are in the time mentioned in Daniel 12. TRUE CHRISTIANS MUST BE READY FOR THE END OF THIS AGE!” (The Good News – January 1980)

This World’s Attitude…

Here are the thoughts of a leading New Testament scholar…

“Theologians have dismissed the idea that the latest apocalyptic episodes have ‘theological significance’. John P Meier, a New Testament scholar and professor at Notre Dame in Indiana, told ABC News: ‘Only wild-eyed fundamentalists would think that recent weather phenomena have any theological significance. The Earth has seen and will see much worse in recorded history.’ Either way, the end of the world – as told in the Bible – is likely not near.” (express.co.uk )

The End Time Attitude Revealed In The Bible

“But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase.” (Daniel 12:4, NLT throughout)

…but they won’t understand what’s happening!

“When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day.

In those days, the people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat and the flood came and destroyed them all.

“And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business — eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building — until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.

Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the day when the Son of Man is revealed.” (Luke 17:26-30)

A Final Message From The Apostle Paul To The Endtime Church

“Now concerning how and when all this will happen, dear brothers and sisters, we don’t really need to write you. For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.

When people are saying, ‘Everything is peaceful and secure,’ then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape.

But you aren’t in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief. For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night.

So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded. Night is the time when people sleep and drinkers get drunk.

But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.

For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us.

Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever.

So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.(I Thessalonians 5:1–11)

TRUE CHRISTIANS MUST BE READY FOR THE END OF THIS AGE!

Pastor’s Report - 16 Sep 2022
Waiting to be King

Waiting to be King

"And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: ...and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years." (Revelation 20:4)

King Charles III

"The Queen is dead, long live the King" is the traditional proclamation made following the accession of a new monarch – a phrase that has been used for the first time here in the UK in over seventy years at the death of Queen Elizabeth II, earlier this month. During those seventy years our current sovereign – King Charles III – has been patiently waiting to succeed his mother. And now, at the age of 73, he becomes the oldest person ever to assume the throne. Those seventy years of waiting however, have not been entirely wasted. During those seven decades he has been painstakingly preparing for his eventual role.

Even from the age of 3 when his mother became Queen, his parents put a great deal of thought into his education, knowing that as heir apparent, he would need more than a purely academic education but rather something far more broad-based – something to round him out as an individual for his future role as king, when he would be rubbing shoulders with people from all walks of life. Initially home-schooled with a governess, he later attended a local day school near the Palace, but at age 13 was sent to an independent boarding school with a somewhat spartan regime in a remote area of northern Scotland. Aged 17 he apparently thoroughly enjoyed two terms at Timbertop – a "progressive" boarding school set in hundreds of acres in the state of Victoria, Australia. He later finished his formal education at Cambridge University in the UK. In addition, realising one of his future roles was to be Prince of Wales, he studied the Welsh language, history and literature at the University College of Wales at Aberystwyth. He was then able to address his future Welsh subjects in their own language at a spectacular ceremony at Caernarvon Castle on July 1, 1969. He has also spent 7 years in the military – the RAF and also the Royal Navy.

Kings of Another World

But King Charles has not been the only one patiently waiting to take the role of sovereign. Jesus Christ has been in that position for two thousand years – waiting to be ruler of the entire earth. Likewise king David – the sovereign over Israel (Jeremiah 30:8,9) - and each of the 12 apostles, sovereign over their specific tribe (Luke 22;30) ... and each of us in the church, through the ages, wait for the promised position – that royal position – that we are individually being prepared for. And that really is the point. We are not "heir apparent" to any royal family of this world! As Paul brought out to the church in Galatia:

  • And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
  • Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. (Galatians 4:6,7)

The key thing to keep in mind is that this is not our age, and we must constantly focus forward to the royal family into which we are destined to be born. God's governmental system is neither right-wing nor left-wing, communist, capitalist, Tory, labour, republican nor democrat – it is the KINGDOM of God. It requires God's Way of Life, a totally different Mindset that will replace all that goes before! Daniel was shown how "the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth." (Daniel 2:35)

When Jesus Christ appeared before Pilate He also conveyed this God-plane view. He showed a perspective entirely above the petty areas of politics that Pilate was dealing with. Instead He replied, "My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence." (John 18:36) In saying this it was not just that His followers would not physically take up arms, but that they would not take sides in politics either. They would move above the turmoil of this world, this age – looking forward instead to God's solution – the return of Shiloh, whose right it is to take over this earth. (Genesis 49:10) This is clearly implied in James 5:

  • Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you ...
  • ... Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
  • Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.
  • Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
  • Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. (James 5:1,5-8)
Day of Trumpets

On Monday 26th September we will once again begin the autumn festivals with the Feast of Trumpets. These days, wrapped around the second harvest, truly are "axial" festivals, because of what they depict: The return of Jesus Christ to this earth, met by His firstfruits as Spirit-born Sons of God; The removal of Satan as the god of this world and making mankind "at-one" with his Creator instead; A 1,000 year Millennium of peace and abundance in which to build a true utopia across this earth; And the resurrection of all who have ever lived to witness the result – to see the vast contrast between the twisted mind of Satan, and the loving Mind of God. A true axial period between two ages – the kingdom of Satan into the Kingdom of God – the governments of this evil age and the Government of Almighty God. As Mr. Armstrong commented on the last Trumpets sermon he gave:

Well, brethren, we are gathered here today on a very solemn Sabbath day. I doubt if we fully realize just how serious and how solemn it is. I hope I can make that a little more plain and simple to you this afternoon. We are here to be reminded of a day that is a foreshadow of the most tremendous event that has ever happened in the history, not of mankind, not of this earth, but the most important event that has ever happened in the entire universe. And I don't think you have ever realized that full scope before. I want you to realize it this afternoon.

The event we are here to celebrate in one sense is the greatest event that has ever happened in the history of the entire universe.... (Trumpets - 16 September 1985)

Integral to this solemn festival – which recognises Jesus Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords on His return to this earth – are the kingly positions reserved for the firstfruits at that time within the very kingdom of God. The vast majority of those God calls are in the category of "not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble ... the foolish, weak and base things ... (I Corinthians 1:26-28) Most of us probably have no claim to royal blood in our lineage, but are rather "commoners" ... one reason being that "no flesh should glory in his presence". (I Corinthians 1: 29) Therefore if we are to take up our royal positions of rulership, We too must be trained, as was King Charles III.

Many times, if not most of the time, we don't understand why we go through certain difficulties, trials and heartaches in this life, but if we are to be the compassionate and understanding teachers God requires, our present physical life contains our syllabus – it's our "course of study", our curriculum and it can vary greatly between each individual. An office of responsibility is currently being prepared for us ... and we are in the meantime being prepared for it!

  • Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
  • In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
  • And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14:1-13)
A King's Curriculum

Godly character is vital for righteous rulership and the curriculum needed to achieve that can be found in Deuteronomy 17. This passage was almost certainly added as part of the canon by Samuel at the time Israel demanded a king (I Samuel 10:25). It specifies the responsibility and obligation of monarchs – God also knowing that it was something we would all need in the future. It provides the basic and essential fundamentals of the process – which has at its core the need for daily Bible study and a heartfelt respect and fear of the Eternal – as we simultaneously develop a close relationship through prayer.

  • And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites:
  • And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:
  • That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:18-20)

As future kings and priests – brethren of the High Priest and King of kings, Jesus Christ – it would be to our advantage to take careful notice of what God deems important in those that are to bear rule over His people. Note these vital points:

  • To DO what God says
  • Humility
  • Avoid Heresy
  • The Result
To DO What God says
  • "to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:" (Deuteronomy 17:19)

The main reason for Bible study isn't just to improve our historical or even prophetical understanding, but to allow God to speak to us – personally. And by attentively listening to what He is saying to us individually, and putting that into action, we become more and more like Him. It's very much part of being a living sacrifice, as Paul points out:

  • I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
  • And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:1,2)

The Greek for "prove" in the above scripture carries with it action, not merely thinking things through. It comes from the root "dokimos" which was the name given to moneychangers of integrity who would accept no counterfeit money – i.e. coins that had been shaved. They put only genuine, full-weighted money into circulation. The word therefore carries the additional meaning of putting that good, acceptable and perfect will of God to the test by living it (Romans 2:13). It's not enough to academically agree with what God says – or even to teach it to others, unless we ourselves are also LIVING it, as the apostle Paul was well aware of:

  • Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!
  • All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.
  • So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.
  • I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified. (I Corinthians 9:24-27 NLT)
Humility
  • That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, (Deuteronomy 17:20)

It's hard to remain self-satisfied if we're studying the Bible to see how we match up against our Elder Brother (I Corinthians 10:12). This principle of humility is part of God's requirement for all human beings – whatever their physical station in life – just as Jesus Christ Himself, "being found in fashion as a man he humbled himself" (Philippians 2:8)

  • Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
  • For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is [humble] and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. (Isaiah 66:1,2)
  • He hath shewed thee, O man, [including kings and potential kings] what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Micah 6:8)

Even in the few hours before He died, Christ took the opportunity in Luke 22 to point out to the apostles, who He'd appointed to be rulers over the 12 tribes of Israel, that even kings must conduct themselves with humility and the attitude of a servant. And when the sons of Zebedee encouraged their mother to ask for high positions of rulership for them in His Kingdom, Christ replied:

  • But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
  • But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
  • And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: (Matthew 20:25-27)

If there was one overriding quality of our late Queen, it was an attitude of service. In what has become called the "Queen's Promise" – made on her 21st birthday – she said: "I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong." And a mere 48 hours before her death, she was still performing one of her royal duties – that of asking Ms. Liz Truss to form a new government for the UK.

Heresy
  • and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: (Deuteronomy 17:20)

The righteous king would be able to mull over the words of scripture he would read each day of his life, carrying them with him in his mind throughout his daily activities, pointing the way through the maze of decisions a king must make. This is also true of us today as potential kings – as it was with Timothy to whom Paul wrote the following words of wisdom:

  • All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
  • so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
  • In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge:
  • Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
  • For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
  • T hey will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. (II Timothy 3:16 - 4:4 NIV)

But to have the correct answer in every circumstance requires not merely the application of the rigid verses of scripture but the spirit-led principle in every case. As brought out in verse 16 -"all scripture is God-breathed" . So it is the very Mind of God we see in the pages of our Bible! And it is that Mind that is required within His sons as potential kings. Faithfully applying the principle – possible only through Bible study, meditation and prayer – is the only way God's word can be correctly applied in every circumstance, as Mr. Armstrong brings out:

THERE IS ONE great difference between the law of God and the laws made by human government. God has given us His law in form of general principles to be applied in various cases, whereas in national laws, state laws and city ordinances, MAN tries to make multiple thousands of laws, “spelling out” every little detail in a separate law. It is made clear for us in the third chapter of II Corinthians. ”[God] also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit” (verse 6).

God’s law is given in one single word – LOVE. God is love, His law is love – that word sums up God’s CHARACTER. The law then is amplified into the two Great Laws, love toward God, and love toward neighbor. God amplifies it a little further in the Ten Commandments – the first four giving the broad principles of how to love God and the last six how to love neighbor. But God intended us to understand the PRINCIPLE involved and apply it honestly... (Spelling out the official doctrine on D & R – GN October/November 1979)

The Result
  • to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:20)

To Old Testament Israel – God's church in the wilderness – He did not promise them anything more than physical blessings in THIS life. Nothing was mentioned about an eternal future in another realm of existence. But to those God has called to be joint-heirs with Christ in His Kingdom, we have this amazing promise, which not only "prolongs our days" but also those of our children:

  • And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children. (Isaiah 54:13)
  • And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.
  • As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever. (Isaiah 59:20,21)

On leaving Egypt the Israelites were sustained physically each morning by gathering manna. More important is the spiritual lesson for us – clearly brought out in both Old and New Testaments – that manna was given very much to teach us that if WE want real life, then we have to live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4) . This equates to the spiritual sustenance of regular daily Bible study and is amplified even more by Jesus Christ as the Living Word of God – in John 6:

  • I am that bread of life.
  • Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
  • This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die ...
  • ... As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
  • This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever ...
  • ... It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life (John 6:48-50,57,58,63)
  • Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. (Revelation 22:14)
A Royal Future

As each day passes, we witness more and more instability, division and chaos in the world. No one can say for certain what the immediate future will hold. No one is looking to scripture for advice – at least not in any kind of public way, unlike the call to prayer during World War II. The principles found in the Bible are designed amongst other things, to solve personal relationships – and that would also include issues with other nations. But with the "veil" still over the faces of the vast majority of mankind, it's totally impossible to fix the problems of the world now. Instead we are experiencing "aversion therapy" as we see the stumbling efforts of man's feeble and misguided, Godless efforts to rule himself.

What we need to discern is what God requires of any king; the understanding that no government – whether human or even angelic, is from any king down, but from God down. And as potential kings it is probably the greatest lesson we need to learn – a genuine fear and respect for the Eternal, coupled with active listening to what He has to say. If applied in its full spiritual intent, this approach would sort out the current problems in any country that is facing governmental upheaval. And our solid hope and understanding is that it will indeed change the whole fabric of society across the world in the near future when Christ returns to this earth, the Kingdom of God is set up and the spirit of God is made freely available to all mankind. Chaos and confusion, heartache and misery will be a thing of the past, as the effect will be LIFE (John 10:10) and abiding peace for eternity.

Yes, we're currently waiting for our coronation – as did the men and women of old that God dealt with over the millennia. Abraham, Moses, David, the cloud of witnesses of Hebrews 11- none of whom received their reward in this life. But they – as heirs apparent for a future throne, led God-fearing lives and hung on to that sure promise, that "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." (II Timothy 4:8)

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David:

  • The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
  • Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.
  • For thou [meet] him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.
  • He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.
  • His glory is great in thy salvation: honour and majesty hast thou laid upon him.
  • For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance.
  • For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved. (Psalm 21:1-7)
Transcript - 31 May 2022

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