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The Servants of God will be working with people for 1000 years as priests of God. Explaining to them the plan of God. How to live. How to love. How to be. Think about what it is going to be like for those people, especially at the beginning of this thousand-year period. They will have just experienced the most devastating time in human history. Man will have been at the brink of annihilation and they'll have been fighting against God without realizing it. And here they are alive. What are they going to need?

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Wandering Through the Millennium by Craig Clark, November 5, 2022, Freeland, Michigan - December 18, 2022, Gaylord, Michigan

So the last time I spoke. I talked about beginnings, particularly “A New Beginning”, as represented by the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles. In that message I talked a little bit about our role during what we call the Millennium, the thousand-year rule of Jesus Christ.

We will be working with people for 1000 years as priests of God. Explaining to them the plan of God. How to live. How to love. How to be. Think about what it is going to be like for those people, especially at the beginning of this thousand-year period. They will have just experienced the most devastating time in human history. Man will have been at the brink of annihilation and they'll have been fighting against God without realizing it. And here they are alive. What are they going to need? I had mentioned, I think, that they're going to need some reassurance; that the worst is over; that the enemy has been removed; and we can have peace on this earth.

They will need to understand how we got here and what the future holds. They will need to know who and what God is. Who and what man is. Why was man created? They will need to know and understand what God's plan is all about. As priests of God these are the things that we will need to teach them. Priests are to teach people about God and about God's way of life.

Now, today we're going to explore a bit more about what it is going to be like during the Millennium. Now, I think we all understand, at least at the beginning, the world is going to be a mess. There were wars, there was famine, there was pestilence, not to mention God’s wrath on the people of the world, that follows. Everything… it will have been devastating for those who are still alive. It will be our responsibility to help all of those who are left understand it all. We will have to explain God's plan and way of life to them, as I mentioned.

Now I'm sure that it will take some time before people will be able to really move forward and rebuild their lives and a society in this new world under this new government. How long that will take? I have no idea. Now I would also say that I don't think we often think about all of those things so much. What we tend to focus on especially during the Feast of Tabernacles are all the good things that will be the result. Things like what we read about in Isaiah Chapter 11.

So, let's turn there and read a few verses. These are things that we. I could almost guarantee that you are going to hear more than once during the Feast of Tabernacles in the messages that are given.

Isaiah 11:6-9 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; Their young ones shall lie down together; And the lion shall eat straw like the ox.  The nursing child shall play by the cobra's hole, And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper's den. 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.

What a beautiful picture that is. I mean, we've focused so much on that aspect of the Millennium. That, at least for most of us, you'll remember that the seal of our church used to picture that specific scene.

Let's take a few moments and look at a couple of other passages that we turn to often during the Feast of Tabernacles, let's turn back a page or so to Isaiah Chapter 2. I want to read verses two and three.

Isaiah 2:2-3 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the LORD's house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 

It sounds wonderful, doesn't it? But I want you to notice something in this passage. I want to take a closer look at verse 3 for just a moment. It says many people shall come and say... It doesn't say ALL, many people shall come. The implication being that some will not come and NOT say let us go up t the mountain of the Lord.”

Things are not always going to be perfect.

Let's go forward in the Book of Isaiah, but Isaiah Chapter 30. I found it interesting that in Gatlinburg this year we heard a message. By Greg Thomas where he touched on the sacrifices that are prescribed. For the Feast of Tabernacles.

And these are found in Numbers 29. We're not going to turn there today, but you might want to note it and look at it sometime. But part of the sacrifices that are given during the Feast of Tabernacles. Include a number of bulls, in fact over the course of the Feast there are 70 bulls that are sacrificed. On the first day, 13 bulles are sacrificed. And each day one less until on the 7th day. The sacrifice includes 7 bulls. The implication, he said being that. The overall …I don't know… “sin level” … I don't know what we what we might call it, but that it will be going down throughout that time. It would also indicate that things will not be perfect especially at the beginning of the Millennium. I guess by way of contrast if I remember right,  on the Eighth Day,  one bull is sacrificed. It was just an interesting thing that he brought up in that implication there.

Let's read what it says here in Isaiah Chapter 30 and we're going to read verses 19 through 21 (Isa 30:19-21). For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; You shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; When He hears it, He will answer you. And though the Lord gives you The bread of adversity and the water of affliction, Yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore, But your eyes shall see your teachers. Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it," Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.

I think this in some ways shows part of what our role will be. We will be those teachers. We will be there to help them to see when they are going astray. I think it also shows part of what God's role is in helping to ensure that they are learning and growing. They will be tested. And though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction.”  Right?

How well are we doing? We're all being tested today. We should understand that there will be tests in the future too, for these people.

Let's look at one more passage in regard to all of this, and that's found in Zachariah Chapter 14. Another passage that we often look at during the Feast of Tabernacles. A millennial prophecy, so to speak.

Zachariah 14:16-19  And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, on them there will be no rain. If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the LORD strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

I know we've read these things before. And I think that maybe for the most part we assume that this must be at the beginning of the Millennium. After all, Jesus Christ will be King of kings. He will bring peace and prosperity to the entire world. Everything will be restored to the way that God intended it to be. The whole world will be like the Garden of Eden before Adam and Eve made that terrible decision, to decide for themselves what is right and what is wrong.

But is that an accurate picture? A complete picture? Is there anywhere in the Bible that we can go to and see if this might be true? Is there anywhere in the Bible where God was King? And gave His people everything that they could ever need? Is there anywhere that we can go to see what the Millennium might look like? I think there is.

When the children of Israel left Egypt who was leading them? Now you could say Moses. But was he really? Everyone knew that Moses was only doing what God told him to do. Let's turn to Exodus chapter 13. There's something written here that, well, at the beginning of their journey that I want to read.

Exodus 13 Beginning in verse 17 (Ex 13:17-18) Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, "Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt. So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt.

And then down in verses 21 and 22 (Ex 13:21-22) it says, And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people. 

God was everything to them. He was their king. Their protector. Their guide. He had performed Miracle after Miracle after Miracle, getting them to this point. They could not deny that God was the one watching over and leading them.

Turn to Exodus chapter 15. So how did things go after this? Now I know you all know the story, but we're going to rehearse a few things here.

Exodus 15:22-27 God LED them out of Egypt. He led them through the sea. He destroyed the Egyptian army along the way. And here we are.

Exodus 15:22-27   So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea; then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur. And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water. Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people complained against Moses, saying, "What shall we drink?" So he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, and said, "If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you. Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters.

So God took care of them. Right?  The water they couldn't drink. God fixed it. Allowed them to quench their thirst. And He told them that you need to obey my ways, do what I tell you to do, and I will take care of you. And I will protect you. And it says he tested them. And we see that they were tested along the way, and I think we can expect to see that there will be tests along the way throughout that thousand-year reign.

Let's go to Exodus 16:1-3   And they journeyed from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came to the Wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they departed from the land of Egypt. Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. And the children of Israel said to them, "Oh, that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.

…oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt. When we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full… Life was wonderful, wasn't it when we were slaves in Egypt? This was kind of an odd perspective; we think from here at least. It goes on to say:  For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.

And so God provided them with manna. And for the next 40 years they ate food that God sent them every day, until they entered the promised land.

Exodus 17, beginning in verse one again (Exodus 17:1-6 ) Then all the congregation of the children of Israel set out on their journey from the Wilderness of Sin, according to the commandment of the LORD, and camped in Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to drink. 

Another test! Will you trust me? Will you believe that I can care for you?

Verse two, Therefore the people contended with Moses, and said, "Give us water, that we may drink." So Moses said to them, "Why do you contend with me? Why do you tempt the LORD?" And the people thirsted there for water, and the people complained against Moses, and said, "Why is it you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?" And the people thirsted there for water, and the people complained against Moses, and said, "Why is it you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?" And the LORD said to Moses, "Go on before the people, and take with you some of the elders of Israel. Also take in your hand your rod with which you struck the river, and go. Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink." And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. 

So again, they were thirsty. They complained. But God provided for them. Right? Bad water.  God fixes it. No food God ends food from heaven. No water God brings water out of a rock.

Later in this chapter the Amalekites attack and God protects them in a way that they all know that it was God who saved them. There was no doubt. And then they come to Sinai. And God makes a covenant with them if they will obey Him, He will take care of them. And He has. Proven, over and over that He can do that in every way. And they agree. And God gives them laws and instructions to live by.

Moses goes up the mountain to learn more from God and while there. Well, the people start to. Worry, don't they? Well, Moses went away and he hasn't come back. And they build a golden calf to worship. And so God sends Moses back down to deal with it, and afterward he goes back up the mountain. More laws, more instructions and guidance are provided. All in all, the children of Israel spend about a year and a half. In that area of Sinai. And we're not going to look at every instance there were problems? But let me summarize a few things.

Shortly after leaving Sinai, the people complain about the manna. They're not happy with it. Yes, you're feeding us, but we're sick and tired of this manna! I guess you can get sick and tired of anything. If that's all you eat, because when you read what it tasted like, it sounds pretty good, doesn’t it. But they want meat to eat and so God provides quails. But this also leads to more problems because they didn't handle it properly.

And then Moses himself complains. That there's too much on him, and so God tells him to choose 70 elders to help out. And this also leads to problems because, well, let's face it. Not all of those that were chosen were as faithful and righteous as Moses, were they? And then Aaron and Miriam. Complain about Moses. And Miriam ends up with leprosy. For a time. Well then they come to Kadish Barnea. To cross the river into the promised land for the first time. And they decide to send out spies to see what it's all like. At this point, they are about two years away from when they left Egypt. They have seen everything that God has done for them. Every day they see the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire. Every day they eat the food that God has given to them. He destroyed the Egyptians. He protected them from the Amalikites he provided water. He provided food. He took care of them in every way. So, when the spies come back from looking at everything in the land. They tell them what a wonderful place that it is  but there are giants in the land and we can't… We can't do that. We cannot defeat them. So what do they do? Well, they complain. And they don't trust that God will take care of them.

So God tells them that they are now going to wander in the wilderness for 40 years. Until all of those who are of an age of responsibility die off and their children whom they were worried about, right?  because “our children will die if we go into the land”,  would be allowed to enter into the promised land.

And we're going to pause here for just a moment. And then look at how this all might equate to the Millennium. So, we're going to begin with a few calculations. If the 40 years In the wilderness equates to a 1000 years of rule under Jesus Christ. That means that each year of wandering equates to about 25 years. At this point, as I mentioned, we're two years in. Which is about 50 years into the Millennium. Still relatively new, isn't it’ when you consider 1000 year period?

And those things that we talked about earlier would still seem to be applicable. People are still learning o trust God, it takes time. Especially after what they've have gone through. It takes time to overcome our past, doesn't it?

How long have you been in the church? How perfect are you? Certainly, I can say the same thing about me. Right? If we look forward to the next 36 to 38 years or so, there are not a lot of details.  I'm talking about the children of Israel wandering, again. There really aren't a lot of details about that time. Sporadically, we see that there are some problems. But for the most part it seems at least from what we can see, relatively calm.

Now there is a man who was stoned for working on Sabbath. Korah and his cronies rebelled and God dealt with them. The Levite's complained that that Aaron and his sons were. Well, “they were the special ones, and what about us?” that kind of thing, right?

God clearly showed that He had chosen Aaron and his sons. His rod budded.

So there were certainly a few problems along the way, and I think that that may again equate to some of the things that we read about, like in Isaiah 30.

 So I want to go back there and just read a couple of those verses again. Isaiah 30:20- 21. Says and though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction.

Those tests that the Israelites went through. I mean, this is very consistent. With that right? Bread equating to the hunger and the water equating to the thirst. The bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore. But your eyes shall see your teachers. Your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, this is the way walk in it. Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.

Again, we will be there and we're going to teach them, and we're going to help them and show them the right way to go. Now you might be wondering, if Satan is put away and God's spirit has been poured out, unlike what we saw with the Israelites, why is there still sin?

So, I guess I have a question. Think about your life, can you honestly say that the only reason there is sin in your life is because of Satan? I can’t [honestly say that.]

Consider what James says in James chapter one. We're going to read James 1:12-15. James is one of those guys that he just….Right?  He's not fluffy about anything.  He just comes right to the point, doesn't he?

So James 1:12 he says blessed it is the man who endures temptation. For when he has been approved, he will receive the Crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted. I am tempted by God. For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he himself tempt anyone.

But each one, each one of us you could say, is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.

I hate to say it, but that's absolutely true in my life.  Vs 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin and sin. When it is full grown brings forth death.

That's what we're trying to prevent, isn't it? That this is not a way of life for us anymore.

So like we should, we would hope that the people during the millennial reign will grow over time and sin less. But the reality is that we all still sin at times and so will they, too.

Let's go back to the users like Israelites again. We're going to pick up the story in Numbers 20. And this is close to the end of their time wandering in the wilderness. Now at the beginning of this chapter, we read about Miriam's death. That's in verse one. We're going to start in verse 2. And here we read that again, there was no water. And the people complained. So here we are in nearly 40 years, of God taking care of them, providing their every need every day they get manna from heaven, every day they see the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire that is leading them. For 40 years their feet didn't swell or hurt. Their shoes didn't wear out. How many of you would like 40 years of no pain, while you're wandering around the desert for all that time.

Verse 2-5 Now there was no water for the congregation; so they gathered together against Moses and Aaron. And the people contended with Moses and spoke, saying: "If only we had died when our brethren died before the LORD! And why have you made us come up out of Egypt, to bring us to this evil place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates; nor is there any water to drink. And why have you made us come up out of Egypt, to bring us to this evil place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates; nor is there any water to drink.

40 years of God protecting them. 40 years of miracles. Yet they still do not believe that God will take care of them.

Verse 6-8 So Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and they fell on their faces. And the glory of the LORD appeared to them.. Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, take the rod, "Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals." 

So, as he had so many other times, God tells Moses what he should do. And what he should say, Take your rod. And your brother with you, gather the congregation and speak to the rock.

Verse 9-11. So Moses took the rod from before the Lord as he commanded him, and Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them “Hear now you rebels, must we bring water for you, out of this rock?” Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod, and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank.

So here we are, after 40 years, nearly, snd even Moses makes a mistake, doesn't he?

He does not fulfill his responsibilities as he was supposed to do. He let his anger get in the way of doing what God told him to do.

In verse 12, then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron because you did not believe me. To hallow (make holy) me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.

Moses made it that close. But he didn't make it into the Promised Land because of his sin.

In the next chapter we again see the children of Israel complaining. They spoke against God and Moses. So God sent serpents that bit the people and many died. And then when the people came to Moses and they acknowledged their sin and asked him to pray to God. He did so. And God then provided them with a means to survive. If they were bit. They had to do what he told them to do, and if they did that, they'd be OK.

There's one more thing that I want to look at. It takes place a little bit later, toward the end of their wandering in the wilderness.

The story actually begins in Numbers 22, but we're going to skip to the end of the story in Numbers Chapter 25. This is the story of king Balak and the Midianites.

Now the Midianites were afraid of the children of Israel, so. Their king Balak asks Balaam to come and curse the children of Israel. God would not allow him to do so. So instead, God ensures that he blesses the children of Israel. Balak was not happy. And it appears that Balaam himself really wanted to do it because he'd been promised riches.

And at the end of Chapter 24. We see that Balaam and Balak part ways and head home. However, there seems to be more to the story than what we read here. When we read what it says in Micah Chapter 6. And in 2 Peter chapter 2. We learned that while Balaam does not curse the children of Israel, and he does bless them as God made sure that he did, he also told Balak what to do to cause God’s anger to come upon the children of Israel. And that's what we get to in Chapter 25.

Numbers 25. Beginning in verse one. (Num 25:1) Says now Israel remained in Acacia Grove,,

And this is where they were when Balaam and Balak were looking down on them, and Balak wanted Balaam to curse them.

Now Israel remained in Acacia Grove, and the people began to commit harlotry with the women of Moab. They invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods. So Israel was joined to Baal of Peor, and the anger of the LORD was aroused against Israel.

And it seems that this is what Balaam had instructed the Midianites to do. So again, here we are after nearly 40 years of wandering, 40 years of God watching over them and protecting them, 40 years of miracles. Manna, water, the pillar of cloud the pillar of fire, and NOW they turn their backs on God and bow down and worship other gods.

Now I should note that not everyone did that, right? Not everyone turned away from God. However, this rebellion is put down quickly and forcefully.

Let's read about that beginning at verse 4. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Take all the leaders of the people and hang the offenders before the LORD, out in the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may turn away from Israel."

So Moses said to the judges of Israel, "Every one of you kill his men who were joined to Baal of Peor." And indeed, one of the children of Israel came and presented to his brethren a Midianite woman in the sight of Moses and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. 

Now when Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose from among the congregation and took a javelin in his hand;, and he went after the man of Israel into the tent and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her body. So the plague was stopped among the children of Israel., and the woman through her body. So the plague was stopped among the children of Israel. And those who died in the plague were twenty-four thousand. 

That is not an insignificant number of people, is it? 24,000 people died. And there may have been more that were that had sinned, but this is the number that died before it was stopped by Phineas in what he did.

Now at the beginning of the message, I said that I wanted to talk about what life in the Millennium was going to be like. Will it be paradise? Will it be filled with righteousness, peace? And prosperity? On the balance, I would say yes, for the most part. It is not going to be perfect if we consider what it was like for the children of Israel after leaving Egypt.

I think we do get a glimpse of what it might be like during the Millennium. It might be rough at the beginning. People will be devastated. They will need to learn how God's ways work. They will need to repent and change from the way that they had lived their lives previously. And it will take time because change i not easy, is it? It's difficult.

Some of us here have been in the church for 50 years or more. And we still struggle at times, don't we? Even with God's Spirit we struggle.

Certainly they will have help. Jesus Christ will be King. He will rule with righteousness and we will be there to help. They will have God's Spirit available. We're going to help them through the difficult times. We will teach them about God. We will teach them about His ways. We will teach them and point them in the right direction when they go astray. But they will stray. Just as we stray today. It is not going to be perfect. And especially I would say at the beginning. But as I also mentioned, we would hope and expect that things will get better. Much better.

But what about what we just read about at the end of the 40 years of wandering, 40 years of God taking care of Israel? What about that? Rebellion at the end.

Will we see anything like that? Turn to Revelation 20. In this chapter we see a glimpse of this time. The thousand-year reign of Jesus Christ when Satan will be put away and we will be there as kings and priests to reign with Jesus Christ. Let's drop down to verse 7. And read what is described there. Rev 20:7 now when the 1000 years have expired Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations. Which are in the four corners of the Earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle. Whose number is as the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the Saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.

Yes, at the end of the Millennium. There will be a rebellion. It's hard to believe sometimes that such a thing can happen. But what look what it says? The number of those who rebel is as of the sand of the sea.

This will not be a small, insignificant rebellion. And just like the one we read about at Acacia Grove, this one too, will be put down quickly and forcefully.

So why is all of this? Important for us to consider and understand?  I think first and foremost so that we're not disappointed. See if we head into something and we expect it to be perfect, and it's not, when reality does not match our expectations, it is easy to become discouraged. Think about what we feel like when what we pray for doesn't happen the way we want it to. I think we've all experienced that, right?

Why doesn't God answer me? When we're disappointed or discouraged from something like that, it is very difficult for us to do what we're supposed to do, isn't it? And we have a job to do.

So that's Part 2 or the second thing because we want to do the very best job we can possibly do. We will be working with people for 1000 years. Priests of God. Teaching them about the plan of God. Helping them to understand. How to live. How to love. How to be. That's the job that we hav to do during the Millennium. What will it feel like if the people you have been working with their entire lives, join that rebellion at the end?

We will have used everything that we can to help them to understand. We know what it's like to live in a world that is ruled by Satan. We know his ways as opposed to God's ways. We understand the difference. And we'll need to explain that and help them to understand those things. We'll use our own examples. There is probably things that you have never told anyone in your life about but maybe that's what we need to help somebody. Talk about it. To explain how we finally overcame with God's help. We're told that we're the weak of the world and we will be there. And we know what it's like for them. So that's the last part of all of this: We need to be prepared for what's ahead. Everything we do today, is to not just get us there but to prepare us to do God's work when we are there.

That's what it's all about. God wants everybody in his family and it's our job jo help Him. to get everybody there that we can possibly. Help them get there. So, we need to be prepared.

I think there's a lot of things that we can look at in the lives of the Israelites, and in our own lives that will help us to understand what we need to be able to do to prepare us for what that Millennial Reign is all about.