A Completely New Beginning for This World
We’ve now come to the time and the event that will completely change the world. This will bring about a completely new beginning for all of humankind.
Nearly 2,000 years ago, Christ died for the sins of all of humankind, as our Savior.
As the Creator (John 1:1-5, Col. 1:12-19, Heb. 1:1-2), we realize His life was and is of greater value than the sum-total of all human lives throughout all of history.
As the Creator, He alone could atone for the sins of all humankind through His own singular sacrifice—taking the horrific penalty for all of our sins upon Himself.
But He doesn’t stop there . . .
As God, He not only has taken responsibility for the sins of humankind (His Creation) by paying the horrific penalty for our sins by dying in our place . . .
He has also taken on the responsibility to make things right for all of humankind, and to directly govern to assist humankind in learning to live the way of life that He has ordained from the beginning (Isa. 2:2-5, Ezek. 47:1-10, Micah 4:1-5).
Humankind will learn the right way of life and living: where blessings ensue, where peace and our welfare are at the core of all that is enacted (Isa. 29:24).
And He will utilize the called, chosen and now resurrected saints—Firstfruits—to assist in the governing of the new world going forward (1 Thes. 3:14, Rev 5:10).
Christ will Rule as King of kings and Lord of lords (Isa. 2:2-4, Mic. 4:1-4, Rev. 17:14).
The kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever (Rev. 11:15; 1:6; 5:10).
All of creation will finally experience freedom from death, to life, through His dominion with the saints (Eze. 47:9, Isa. 11:4-9; 35:1-10, Rom 8:21-23, Jude 1:14).
The Age of Immanuel will unfold for this weary, sin worn and war ravaged world.
King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Christ will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Kingdoms of this world will have become the Kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ (Rev. 11:15). The Kingdom of God on the earth will take shape, with Christ—the First of the Firstfruits—as the ultimate King (Rev. 19:16), and with the resurrected Saints—the whole Firstfruits—reigning under Christ over the whole earth (Mat. 19:28, Rev. 1:6; 5:10).
While it is true that ultimately the Kingdom of God is spiritual, it is also true that God governs the earth—and now “the kingdoms of the world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ” (Rev. 11:15). God takes responsibility for the kingdoms of this world, and as King of kings and Lord of lords, these kingdoms have now become part of His Kingdom.
He is the ultimate ruler of the earth during the millennium. It is at His return, depicted by this Feast of Trumpets, that “the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11:15).
The purpose of this life, as a training or proving ground for those who will grow and overcome to be accounted worthy to inherit eternal life (Luke 20:25-26; 21:36), will continue throughout the millennium. And as it has been throughout human history, for those called there is opportunity for success, or failure. To make the tree good, or make the tree evil (Mat. 12:33). To bear good fruit, or become a tare (Mat. 13:24-43, John 15:8). The majority will overcome (Mat. 9:37-38, Luke 10:2).
Christ’s return—establishment of His Government—will take place; nothing can stop it from coming into fulfillment (Luke 22:18). God’s holy plan, architected from the beginning (Acts 15:18, 1 Pe. 1:20), will now begin dispensing the latter rain (James 5:7), and the harvest of the ingathering (Mat. 9:37-38), will begin subsequent to Christs’ triumphant return (Psalm 110:1, Heb. 1:13).
The Seventh Trump is Christ’s Return
“. . . In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an Holy Convocation. Ye shall do no servile work therein” (Lev. 23:24-25).
Here is pictured the time, in God’s redemptive Plan, when Christ shall come again, in clouds, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God (I Thes. 4:14-17). It shall be “at the last trump, for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (I Cor. 15:52).
Unless Christ returns to resurrect the dead we would never gain eternal life—if there is no resurrection “then also those fallen asleep in Christ have perished” (I Cor. 15:18).
Christ directly intervenes in world affairs at this seventh—this last—trump (Rev. 11:15-19). A trumpet is a symbol of war. Christ returns at a time of world-wide war, when the nations are angry (Rev. 11:18).
As soon as the work of gathering in the Firstfruits (pictured by pentecost) is completed at the end of this present age, then Christ will begin to set up again the tabernacle of David (Acts 15:16)—to set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people (Isa. 11:11)—to search out and to find His lost sheep (Ezek. 34:1-14).
Notice exactly when this takes place! “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they [Israel] shall come which were ready to perish . . . and shall worship the Eternal in the holy mount at Jerusalem” (Isa. 27:13).
When will Israel be regathered? At the sound of the trumpet—at the second coming of Christ. Because so many have not understood the Feast of Trumpets, many think that the return of some Jews to Palestine now is fulfillment of this prophecy.
Yet, it is Christ’s direct intervention in the entire world’s affairs that will be the next great event in the Plan of Redemption.
If precedent applies, the second coming will happen, in whatever year it will be, on this very day of the Feast of Trumpets (though we should remember that it is only the Father that knows the day or the hour—Mat. 24:36; 25:13, Mark 13:32-33).
The crucifixion was on the Passover Day. The Holy Spirit came (beginning the selecting of the Firstfruits of salvation) on the very day of the Feast of Firstfruits. Had not those 120 disciples been keeping this annual Sabbath—had they not been assembled there in holy convocation—could they have received the blessing of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit?
Repeatedly Jesus has warned us to watch regarding His second coming. Is it possible that unless we are keeping the Feast of Trumpets as the first century Church was keeping the Feast of Firstfruits we will not be caught up to meet Him (1 Thes. 4:16-17)?
Trumpets is a day of rejoicing, and, like the weekly Sabbath, is holy unto the Lord (Neh. 8:2, 9-12). The Levites blew the trumpet (Num. 10:8), but we do not do so today as that was a temporary duty of the Levitical priesthood (Heb. 9:10; 7:12).
The Gospel of The Kingdom
“Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:14-15).
The very Gospel is the message about the Good News of this soon coming world ruling Kingdom of God!
Through dozens of parables and teachings on the Kingdom of God Christ foretold of the coming Kingdom and what would happen to bring it about. Yet few—even of those who heard Christ speak—have understood the mystery of the Kingdom of God.
“And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive and hearing they may hear, and not understand lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them” (Mark 4:11-12, Isa. 6:9-10, Jer. 5:21).
He also said: ”Who hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Mat. 13:9, 43). For those who do hear and understand, He said: ”The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it (Luke 16:16).
The Establishment of The Kingdom
This is finally, the beginning of the fulfillment, of God’s holistic plan for all of humankind, for the entire world.
It has come at a heartrending cost of 6,000 years of human experience—culminating in the most tragic, most intense sorrow and suffering of all in all of human history (Dan. 12:1).
Yet God intends on rebuilding all of human society—rebuilding all of the Kingdoms of this world—so that humankind will begin to truly, at large, have the opportunity to fulfill the purpose for life and to live the full abundant life that God always has intended for humankind and for our intended future.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jer. 29:11).
“They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:9).
Yet what will it take, what will be required, to transition from this present evil world (Gal. 1:4)—to the glorious world tomorrow (Isa. 9:7)?
The Most Intense Heartbreak the World will Ever See
As His Plan outlines, God is still allowing humankind to be “self-governing” in the sense that most of humankind does whatever is right in their own eyes—similar to the darkest days of Israel’s history as recorded for us: “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17: 6; 21:25).
The Outcome of human self will, will be global war (Mat. 24:7-8, Rev. 11:18), famine and pestilences (Mat. 24:7, Mar. 13:8, Luke 21:11), betrayal (Mat. 24::9-10, Mark 13:8-13, Luke 21:11), and deception (Mat. 24:11, Luke 21:16-17).
There are two things at work here… two primary factors that will have contributed to the utter destruction of the world:
- Human nature is corrupt and depraved (Gen. 6:11-13, Luke 17:26, Jer. 17:9, Prov. 14:12; 15:11; 16:25, Gal. 5:19-21).
- And Satan is the temporary “god of this world” who is blinding and deceiving humankind (2 Co. 4:3-4, Eph. 2:2-3).
But both of those problems will begin to be dealt with on a global scale when Christ returns and establishes His reign.
Humankind will essentially become repentant through the tragic heartbreak and realization of their terrible sin and horrific mistakes. “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power” (Psalm 110:3).
Even a cursory reading the Prophets tells us that humankind will have suffered tragic suffering and death by the end, when Christ returns. Those who survive through this horrific time will be willing to obey God.
Chrit will deal with the warfare at that time “…it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn” (Zec. 12:8-10).
The “house of David,” the Jews, will be completely repentant when “the spirit of grace and supplications” is poured out upon them. They will realize they have been wrong about Christ. They will fully realize that He was, and is, their Messiah.
Through all of the dreadful heartache and sorrow and loss—will come a new beginning, the true hope with the core cause of mankind’s problems being dealt with.
Human nature will be set on the path of repentance—and the adversary will be dealt with by the next action Christ will take.
The Resolution Will Be Worth it All
The earthshaking events leading up to the return of Christ—the Lamb who is able to remove the seals—the trumpet calls— and all of the events outlined in Rev. 6-11; 13-14; 16-19 ultimately speak of events leading up through the return of Christ.
“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand” (Rev. 1:3). “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Rev. 22:18-19).
Let us remember that “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7).
We read earlier in this series, that “…since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him” (Isa 64:4, 1 Co. 2:9).
The outcome, the reversal of all of the human suffering and woe, will be more than worth it in the end. The lessons written in human grief and blood will have been necessary, but God will render the hearbreak and sorrow like unto a dream that is past—for the former things will be forgotten.
“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert” (Isa. 43:18-19; 35:1-10).
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Rev. 21:4).
The return of Christ will be the beginning of setting everything right—for all of humankind. He will finally rule and reign over human civilization, and though mankind will still have many lessons to learn, the process will have begun, and the saints, the Firstfruits, will be there to assist:
“Now this I say brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (1 Cor. 15:50-52).
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thes. 4:16-17).
“And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left” (Isa. 30:20-21).
“But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
“And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
“And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
“But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it….and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever” (Mic. 4:1-5, Isa. 2:2-4).
Anticipating Christ’s Glorious Return
“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify unto himself a peculiar people zealous of good works” (Tit. 2:13-14).
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith…our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience…our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Heb. 10:22-25).
“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 14:1-3).
“Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20).