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How well I remember the report! During a severe drought in South Africa a distraught farmer nailed a bucket to a fence post beside the road. Above it he nailed a sign: “Donations accepted to buy God glasses so He can see what’s going on down here.”

Why does God allow evil things to happen? Why doesn’t He just end all the suffering and sorrow that we see all around us?

These questions have perplexed humanity since the beginning of our existence. Even the world’s greatest philosophers have struggled to find the answers.

Actually, the answer is clear and easy to understand—if we would only believe all that God explains about His great plan for solving this most troubling human problem. We find that plan explained in His written Word, the Bible.

Yes, God has a plan, an excellent plan. And His plan includes a permanent solution to evil. That solution will exceed our greatest hopes and dreams. But for it to succeed, God has made our willing participation a necessity. That is why each phase of His plan takes so long to complete.

God is now allowing us to experience fully the results of human vanity, pride and greed. When the time of His direct intervention to change how we think and behave arrives, He will be able to present us with a complete record of our failures.

Human failure started in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve had the opportunity to choose for mankind an easier path, one filled with direct contact and assistance from God. Instead, on behalf of themselves and their posterity, they chose to trust their own perceptions of good versus evil. That choice put the human family on a path of suffering, of having to endure all the evils we bring on ourselves. Man has walked that path ever since.

Will we learn to listen?

Through personal experience, God is allowing the human race to learn how destructive and deadly our bad choices can be. At the end of the day, the most important lesson God wants us to learn is to really listen to Him.

Collectively we have not learned that lesson. But we will! That is God’s promise! And that promise will be fulfilled because He plans to help us learn that lesson.

While revealing the right way to live to ancient Israel, God advised the people to choose carefully: “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20 Deuteronomy 30:19-20 19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live: 20 That you may love the LORD your God, and that you may obey his voice, and that you may hold to him: for he is your life, and the length of your days: that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
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, New International Version, emphasis added throughout).

For life to have real meaning, we must learn that lesson. Our human tendency is to use the freedom God gives us to make our own choices. Yet we complain about the terrible effects our foolish choices produce. We tend to blame God for those disturbing results—even suggesting He needs glasses to improve His vision so He can sympathize with our plight.

God sees our plight quite clearly. He wants to shower blessings on all who listen to Him!

Notice God’s promise when He freed the Israelites from slavery and began to form them into a nation: “If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit. Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land. I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid” (Leviticus 26:3-6 Leviticus 26:3-6 3 If you walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; 4 Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. 5 And your threshing shall reach to the vintage, and the vintage shall reach to the sowing time: and you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. 6 And I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.
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, NIV).

But God wants us to learn how much we need His help, then simply to understand and choose the right path. So His plan includes time for all of humanity to learn critical lessons from personal choices, both the good and the bad. That also is why He has not rushed to end the consequences of our many wrong choices.

God’s most important intervention into human affairs will be to change the leadership of every nation on earth. To completely remove the curse of evil that we have brought on ourselves, God will put in charge a righteous leader who clearly understands every distinction between good and evil.

But who will that be? Who is qualified to teach all of mankind about God’s way of life?

The only clear choice for that assignment is Jesus Christ. He alone has always understood and followed every right path. He alone is capable of leading the whole world down that same path.

As the apostle Paul explained, God has “made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment— to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ” (Ephesians 1:9-10 Ephesians 1:9-10 9 Having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
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, NIV).

Coming: a time of worldwide restoration

Concerning Jesus Christ’s present role, Peter explained that He “must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets” (Acts 3:21 Acts 3:21Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
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, NIV). Only then, during that future time of restoration, will Jesus begin to eliminate the evils and curses of sin throughout the whole earth.

Jesus has already cleared one gigantic hurdle for us. He has become our atonement (translated from the Hebrew word kaphar, meaning covering ) . By His sacrifice all the evils we foolishly have committed can be forgiven—covered by His blood. His sacrifice for us was essential in God’s plan to eliminate evil and bring righteousness to all nations.

As Hebrews 2:17 Hebrews 2:17Why in all things it behooved him to be made like to his brothers, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
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tells us concerning Jesus, “Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people” (New Revised Standard Version).

Our English word atone is a verb formed by joining two words— at and one. It means to become at one with or to be reconciled with another. Atonement means to be in a state of oneness or reconciliation with another.

Sin cuts human beings off from God. As Isaiah 59:2 Isaiah 59:2But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
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says, “Your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.” Only through Jesus Christ can humanity be reconciled to God again. But how will that happen?

On the biblical calendar used by the Jews, the Day of Atonement occurs five days before the commencement of the Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:27 Leviticus 23:27Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation to you; and you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the LORD.
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, Leviticus 23:34 Leviticus 23:34Speak to the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days to the LORD.
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). Both of these sacred occasions have an enormous symbolic meaning for the time of restoration the Bible foretells.

Many prophecies explaining how Jesus will reverse the worldwide ignorance of and resistance to God’s plan are scattered throughout the Scriptures. When that time of restoration is completed, those Scriptures tell us, “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” (Isaiah 11:9 Isaiah 11:9They 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.
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).

To ensure that this will happen, Jesus Christ, after returning to earth, will see to it that the nations will go up to Jerusalem “year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles”  (Zechariah 14:16 Zechariah 14:16And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
American King James Version×
, NIV).

The sacrifice of Jesus Christ as mankind’s atonement for sins is featured prominently throughout the Bible, though mostly symbolically through animal sacrifices in the Old Testament. To this day among the Jewish people the Day of Atonement ( Yom Kippur ) is their most sacred occasion. Yet, few of them now recognize Jesus as their atoning Sacrifice.

Let’s now examine prophecies that sketch a verbal picture of how Christ will bring peace and righteousness to all nations during His millennial reign. Let’s also see how knowledge and understanding of His atoning sacrifice is to be made available to all of humanity.

Christ’s administrative staff

Jesus plans to install competent administrators to help Him rule all the nations of the world effectively. And preparation for that administrative staff has long been underway.

For example, to His 12 apostles Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Matthew 19:28 Matthew 19:28And Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, That you which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, you also shall sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
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, NIV). “Judging” in this context refers to their appointment as decision makers over Israel.

Also, Jesus promises to His “called, chosen, and faithful” servants (Revelation 17:14 Revelation 17:14These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
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) of this present age, “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne” (Revelation 3:21 Revelation 3:21To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
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). This isn’t some promise of a nebulous future in heaven, as some suppose. It is a promise of literal rulership in Christ’s Kingdom!

And what will His chosen and faithful servants do in His Kingdom? Jesus’ answer is, “To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations” (Revelation 2:26 Revelation 2:26And he that overcomes, and keeps my works to the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
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, NIV). This is talking about the physical nations of the earth!

To enable His faithful followers to fulfill that awesome responsibility, God will first give them immortality (1 Corinthians 15:51-55 1 Corinthians 15:51-55 51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 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. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?
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). Then they will serve as Christ’s top administrative aides forever.

Yet even this staff won’t be large enough to accomplish all that is needed in God’s plan for righteous renewal. God intends to set up a model nation so that all other peoples will have a realistic, functioning example to copy.

The restoration of all Israel

God gave the ancient Israelites the opportunity to become the world’s model nation (Deuteronomy 4:5-8 Deuteronomy 4:5-8 5 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should do so in the land where you go to possess it. 6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. 7 For what nation is there so great, who has God so near to them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call on him for? 8 And what nation is there so great, that has statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
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). He also gave them choices, making their success conditional. But like Adam and Eve, they habitually failed to make the right choices.

Through later prophets, God revealed that at a future time—when the Kingdom of God has been firmly established under the rule of the promised Messiah—the 12 tribes of Israel will be restored as one people. Together they will become the model that the world needs of a truly righteous nation.

How will God, through the reign of Jesus Christ, accomplish this? Notice this biblical promise to the descendants of Israel at the time of Christ’s coming reign: “The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch [Christ], and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety …

“Therefore, the days are surely coming, says the Lord, when it shall no longer be said, ‘As the Lord lives who brought the people of Israel up out of the land of Egypt,’ but ‘As the Lord lives who brought out and led the offspring of the house of Israel out of the land of the north and out of all the lands where he had driven them.’ Then they shall live in their own land” (Jeremiah 23:5-8 Jeremiah 23:5-8 5 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will raise to David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. 6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. 7 Therefore, behold, the days come, said the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD lives, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; 8 But, The LORD lives, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries where I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.
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, NRSV).

Something remarkable will happen to the restored Israelites under Christ’s rule as He turns them into a truly righteous people. Here is the promise: “I will restore Israel … and at that time, says the Lord, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and none shall be found; for I will pardon the remnant that I have spared” (Jeremiah 50:19-20 Jeremiah 50:19-20 19 And I will bring Israel again to his habitation, and he shall feed on Carmel and Bashan, and his soul shall be satisfied on mount Ephraim and Gilead. 20 In those days, and in that time, said the LORD, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve.
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, NRSV).

This is describing the spiritual conversion of all surviving descendants of Israel—Jews included—by Jesus Christ following His return.

A time of reconciliation

The apostle Paul was enthusiastic about Israel’s future reconciliation to God. He wrote: “There is a divine secret here, my friends, which I want to share with you … the whole of Israel will be saved, in accordance with scripture: From Zion shall come the Deliverer [Jesus Christ]; he shall remove wickedness from Jacob.

“And this is the covenant I will grant them, when I take away their sins … Judged by his choice, they are dear to him for the sake of the patriarchs; for the gracious gifts of God and his calling are irrevocable” (Romans 11:25-29 Romans 11:25-29 25 For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. 26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 For this is my covenant to them, when I shall take away their sins. 28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes. 29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
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, Revised English Bible).

But before Jesus Christ can turn them to repentance they first must be humbled through a time of “great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21 Matthew 24:21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
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). Those who survive will be much more willing to listen than they have been in the past.

God has several reasons for allowing that time of global upheaval to occur, especially in reference to Jerusalem. He says: “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves” (Zechariah 12:1-3 Zechariah 12:1-3 1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, said the LORD, which stretches forth the heavens, and lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him. 2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling to all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
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, NIV).

Jerusalem has indeed become the center of global conflict, just as God foretold. And it will become even more so as Christ’s return draws nearer. The prophecy continues, “On that day I will set out to destroy [by destroying their armies] all the nations that attack Jerusalem” (verse 9, NIV). How will this come about?

God explains: “I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city.

“Then the Lord [Jesus Christ] will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley … The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name” (Zechariah 14:2-4 Zechariah 14:2-4 2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. 4 And his feet shall stand in that day on the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall split in the middle thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
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, Zechariah 14:9 Zechariah 14:9And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.
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, NIV).

Isaiah 58:1-4 Isaiah 58:1-4 1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. 2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. 3 Why have we fasted, say they, and you see not? why have we afflicted our soul, and you take no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, and exact all your labors. 4 Behold, you fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: you shall not fast as you do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.
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describes what Jesus Christ will make clear to them at that time: “Declare to my people their rebellion and to the house of Jacob their sins …

“They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them. ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?’ Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please … Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife … You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high” (NIV).

No doubt, the tenor of these verses will be included in the messages that Jesus Christ will give to the surviving Jews of Jerusalem after He returns. He will make sure that the survivors of all the tribes of Israel understand who He is. He also will explain to them the terms of the New Covenant and confirm it with them (Jeremiah 31:31-33 Jeremiah 31:31-33 31 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they broke, although I was an husband to them, said the LORD: 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, said the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
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).

God’s special purpose for restoring them as His people was foretold centuries ago in Ezekiel 36:24-28 Ezekiel 36:24-28 24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. 25 Then will I sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you shall keep my judgments, and do them. 28 And you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.
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: “I will take you from the nations and … I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your uncleanness and your idols. Also, I will teach you to respect me completely, and I will put a new way of thinking inside you.

“I will take out the stubborn hearts of stone from your bodies, and I will give you obedient hearts of flesh. I will put my Spirit inside you and help you live by my rules and carefully obey my laws . You will live in the land I gave to your ancestors, and you will be my people, and I will be your God” (New Century Version).

Jesus is accepted as Israel’s atonement

When the descendants of the Jews and the other tribes of Israel grasp that Jesus really is their Lord and Messiah, they then will sincerely repent.

Notice how the sudden realization of the enormity of their sinfulness will affect them. “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son” (Zechariah 12:10 Zechariah 12:10And I will pour on the house of David, and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look on me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
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, NIV).

God will take away their hardness of heart and blindness of mind so they can see their sins and turn to Him with their whole heart. This time of correction, repentance and forgiveness is what the Day of Atonement, which has always been a sacred day of fasting, has been pointing to since the days of Moses.

Notice what Hebrews 9:7-8 Hebrews 9:7-8 7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: 8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
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tells us: “But into the second part [of the temple, the Holy of Holies] the high priest went alone once a year [on the Day of Atonement], not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people’s sins committed in ignorance; the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing” (Hebrews 9:6-8 Hebrews 9:6-8 6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. 7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: 8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
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).

The blood taken into the holiest part of Israel’s tabernacle or temple on the Day of Atonement always represented the shed blood of Jesus Christ as the only possible covering for the sins of Israel committed in ignorance.

As part of the future fulfillment of the Day of Atonement, all the end-time survivors of the 12 tribes of Israel, including the Jews, will weep with repentance and be forgiven in the very presence of Jesus Christ. They will wholeheartedly acknowledge Him as their Savior and King. They will begin helping Him to reach out from Jerusalem to all other nations and peoples to repent.

Jerusalem as the city of truth

“This is what the Lord says: ‘I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth, and the mountain of the Lord Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain’ ” (Zechariah 8:3 Zechariah 8:3Thus said the LORD; I am returned to Zion, and will dwell in the middle of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.
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, NIV).

The impact on the rest of the world of a spiritually converted example nation, Israel, ruled by Jesus Christ from Jerusalem, will be enormous.

“Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: … When I have brought them back from the nations and have gathered them from the countries of their enemies, I will show myself holy through them in the sight of many nations … I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind. I will no longer hide my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit on the house of Israel” (Ezekiel 39:25-29 Ezekiel 39:25-29 25 Therefore thus said the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name; 26 After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelled safely in their land, and none made them afraid. 27 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; 28 Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them to their own land, and have left none of them any more there. 29 Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit on the house of Israel, said the Lord GOD.
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, NIV).

At that time, “many nations will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.’ The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore” (Micah 4:2-3 Micah 4:2-3 2 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. 3 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 pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
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, NIV).

The direct intervention in world affairs by Jesus Christ will begin and finish the process of defeating evil. God has never needed glasses to see the suffering we’ve brought on our world; He’s known it all along. The problem is that we have never had the eyes to see God’s plan for us and a heart willing to sincerely follow and obey Him.

Thankfully, God is working out His plan according to His timetable, and the time is fast approaching when mankind will at last be reconciled with Him. God speed that day! 

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