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God's Blueprint for Peace on Earth

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When a mighty angel announced the birth of Jesus Christ to shepherds watching over their flocks, a multitude of angels joined in praise to God and expressing God’s desire for peace among human beings: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men” (Luke 2:14 Luke 2:14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
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This far-reaching angelic proclamation provides an incredible promise of permanent peace on planet earth. But how will it come about?

The sad reality of this world is that the history of humankind is a chronicle of wars. Some researchers have concluded that in all of recorded human history, the world has experienced only about 30 years of “peace” when no war was being waged. But as the famous 17th-century Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza insightfully observed, peace is not just the absence of war. At such times, dissatisfaction and hatreds still afflict people, leading to more conflict.

Your Bible, in James 4:1-2 James 4:1-2 1 From where come wars and fights among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2 You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war, yet you have not, because you ask not.
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, reveals where human conflicts begin: “What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Isn’t it the whole army of evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous for what others have, and you can’t possess it, so you fight and quarrel to take it away from them” (Holman Christian Standard Bible).

But this is only part of the story. In addition to the greed, jealousy and selfishness inevitably leading to conflict between human beings, an invisible interloper constantly incites human warfare. Jesus Christ described this evil being, Satan the devil, as “a murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44 John 8:44You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and stayed not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
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This influence and the selfish, carnal hearts of human beings is why Jesus Christ foretold that humanity would continue to experience increasing wars and rumors of wars (Matthew 24:6-7 Matthew 24:6-7 6 And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
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Today the world is still beset by war, in Afghanistan and Syria for instance, and rumors of coming war, as with North Korea and Iran. And matters will get far worse, culminating in the time when humanity will come to the very brink of extermination. In Jesus’ words, “Unless that time of calamity is shortened [cut short from running its course], not a single person will survive …” (Matthew 24:22 Matthew 24:22And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
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Thankfully, there’s good news on the horizon! That time will be cut short (same verse). And God has ultimately promised permanent peace for all humanity, never to be withdrawn or contested, through Christ Jesus.

The way His eternal peace will be brought to earth remains hidden from much of the world, though it is revealed throughout Scripture and in four little-understood biblical festivals—the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, the Feast of Tabernacles and the final Eighth Day, sometimes called the Last Great Day.

These four festivals are sometimes referred to collectively as the Feast of Tabernacles season—the last of three harvest seasons, falling in the autumn of the year in the northern hemisphere (which includes the Holy Land). God’s eternal peace is guaranteed through Christ in the symbolic meanings of these festivals, which embody God’s coming peace on earth and good will toward men.

Trumpets announces peace

This festival season begins with the Feast of Trumpets, which proclaims the return of Christ to at last establish His reign over the entire earth.

God used the sound of a blown trumpet to signal His Feast of Trumpets: “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month [of the Hebrew calendar, overlapping September and October on our modern calendars], on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation’ ” (Leviticus 23:24 Leviticus 23:24Speak to the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall you have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.
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This loud noise was used to herald imminent war (Amos 3:6 Amos 3:6Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD has not done it?
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). Older American movie “westerns” often depicted 19th-century U.S. cavalry soldiers charging their enemies to the sound of a bugle. This blaring sound is a rousing call to arms.

The intervention of Christ in world affairs will begin not with peace but with terrible calamity and war. Revelation 8–9 and 11 presents the blowing of seven trumpets during the Day of the Lord, in which disasters and war will come on a scale never before seen.

With the last trumpet will come a wonderful announcement: “Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever’ ” (Revelation 11:15 Revelation 11:15And 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.
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It will also be proclaimed then in praising God: “The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints” (verse 18). Indeed, it is at the last trumpet that the servants of God from this age will be resurrected and changed into immortal beings, crowned then to reign under Christ over the world (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 16 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: 17 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.
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; Revelation 5:10 Revelation 5:10And have made us to our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
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; 20:4, 6).

It is because of the reign of Jesus Christ and His saints that peace will be able to come to the earth. Moreover, the last trumpet further announces Christ coming in righteous warfare against those who oppose Him. And unlike past wars, this one will lead to the snuffing out of human warfare and the threat of human annihilation.

The Feast of Trumpets thus begins the orderly and speedy countdown to God’s permanent peace.

Atonement secures peace

People on earth will need a great display of power and judgment from Jesus Christ to cease from the destructive course they are on. And this will happen as Christ wages righteous war against the massed armies surrounding Jerusalem, dispatching them like grapes in a winepress (Zechariah 14:1-3 Zechariah 14:1-3 1 Behold, the day of the LORD comes, and your spoil shall be divided in the middle of you. 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.
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; Revelation 14:14-20 Revelation 14:14-20 14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and on the cloud one sat like to the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in your sickle, and reap: for the time is come for you to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. 16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. 17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in your sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. 19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great wine press of the wrath of God. 20 And the wine press was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the wine press, even to the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
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; 19:11-21).

Yet stopping humankind from going to war is not enough. God must also stop the unseen source of human wars operating behind the scenes—Satan the devil, the adversary or enemy of humankind (1 Peter 5:8 1 Peter 5:8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:
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). The Day of Atonement pictures Christ incarcerating Satan and the demons for 1,000 years, a time known as the Millennium (Revelation 20:1-3 Revelation 20:1-3 1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
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Satan, the great deceiver of mankind from whom emanates the perverted thinking that leads to conflict and violence, the interloper who palms himself off as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14 2 Corinthians 11:14And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
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Satan knows the ultimate rewards God intends for human beings, and he hates us because of that. He knows God promises us the gift of eternal life, to be made divine, as God’s very sons and daughters (2 Corinthians 6:18 2 Corinthians 6:18And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, said the Lord Almighty.
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; Hebrews 2:10 Hebrews 2:10For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
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), and to judge both human beings and angels (1 Corinthians 6:2-3 1 Corinthians 6:2-3 2 Do you not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Know you not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
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Envious and hateful of God, Satan as the destroyer opposes God, attempting to thwart His plan to make human beings divine (compare Isaiah 14:12-14 Isaiah 14:12-14 12 How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also on the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
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; 1 Corinthians 15:49 1 Corinthians 15:49And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
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; Hebrews 2:10 Hebrews 2:10For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
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; 1 John 3:2 1 John 3:2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
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; Jude 6).

God gave detailed instructions for the Day of Atonement in Leviticus 16 and 23:27-32. In Israel’s physical tabernacle and temple worship system it involved two goats to symbolically bear sins in judgment—one sacrificed in representation of Christ’s sacrifice and the other driven into an uninhabited wilderness in representation of the devil being at last banished.

The word atonement can be broken down as at-one-ment. Jesus’ last prayer to the Father was all about human beings becoming at one with God the Father and Christ Jesus (John 17:21-23 John 17:21-23 21 That they all may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 And the glory which you gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that you have sent me, and have loved them, as you have loved me.
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), both in this life and the next. This will be accomplished for the world at large after Christ’s return—when people at last accept Him as Savior, receiving His atoning sacrifice, and when Satan and his demons are locked away.

As commanded in Leviticus, the observance of this Holy Day requires a total fast, going without food or drink, for 24 hours.

Fasting is effectively a gift from God—a method that enables human beings to humbly draw closer to Him and, in the right frame of mind, seek His intervention in breaking the influence of Satan over us. Jesus’ disciples asked Him why they couldn’t remove demonic influence from someone on a particular occasion. He answered, “This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting” (Matthew 17:21 Matthew 17:21However, this kind goes not out but by prayer and fasting.
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Fasting in this sense and the Day of Atonement look forward to the judgment of Satan and the demons—as it relates to their incarceration for 1,000 years and as a foreshadowing of their final judgment and removal after the 1,000-year period, immediately before the White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:10 Revelation 20:10And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
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The prophet Isaiah shows how Christ’s permanent peace follows immediately after Satan’s incarceration on earth: “ ‘How the oppressor has ceased … !’ The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked … He who struck the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he who ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted and no one hinders. The whole earth is [now] at rest and quiet” (Isaiah 14:4-7 Isaiah 14:4-7 4 That you shall take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How has the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! 5 The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, and the scepter of the rulers. 6 He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hinders. 7 The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing.
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The Day of Atonement prophetically marks the time when Jesus Christ begins to establish His glorious and permanent peace throughout the earth, with absolutely no opposition from evil spirits.

Tabernacles is peace

The Feast of Tabernacles, which follows a few days later, depicts and reflects the unprecedented peace and unparalleled prosperity humanity will one day experience.

God codified this great feast of peace, as He did all His annual festivals, in Leviticus 23 (see verses 33-43). The Feast of Tabernacles lasts for seven days, a number in the Bible that relates to completion and perfection. Christ will for 1,000 years teach and transform human beings, lovingly judging them and leading them to perfection or maturity so they can receive God’s gift of eternal life (Hebrews 8:10-12 Hebrews 8:10-12 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, said the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
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The pervasiveness of God’s peace will rapidly promote unparalleled prosperity, as spelled out in scriptures like the following:

•  “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain [His global realm], 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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•  “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid” (Micah 4:3-4 Micah 4:3-4 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. 4 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 has spoken it.
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•  “The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose” (Isaiah 35:1 Isaiah 35:1The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
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•  “ ‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; the mountains shall drip with sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it’ ” (Amos 9:13 Amos 9:13Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that sows seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
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•  “So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden’ ” (Ezekiel 36:35 Ezekiel 36:35And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited.
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•  “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” (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.
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Here the Feast of Tabernacles is as the Feast of Peace—all humanity coming to keep this great feast specifically depicting God’s coming peace on earth.

The fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles will fulfill God’s promise to humankind heralded by the angels at Jesus’ birth: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will to men.”

At the end of this glorious time, Satan will be released for a brief period to deceive the nations anew—and, sadly, he will succeed in leading a great multitude into mounting a final battle against Christ and His saints. But this, the final attempt at war, will be short-lived as God swiftly sends fire to consume those involved in the assault. Satan and his demons will be taken out of the picture for good (Revelation 20:7-10 Revelation 20:7-10 7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
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The Eighth Day continues peace

The glorious peaceful setting of the Millennium won’t end with this satanic rebellion. There’s one more annual festival that projects even greater news beyond what the Feast of Tabernacles represents!

God has planned a much greater harvest of human beings beyond the Millennium, referred to in your Bible as the time of “the rest of the dead” (a second resurrection following the first resurrection of the saints at Christ’s return) as well as the White Throne Judgment (see Revelation 20:4-6 Revelation 20:4-6 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark on their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
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; 11-13). It correlates with a festival immediately following the seven-day Feast of Tabernacles called simply the Eighth Day.

According to Leviticus 23, we are to observe “the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the Lord … On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation … It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it … You shall keep the feast of the Lord for seven days; on the first day there shall be a sabbath-rest, and on the eighth day a sabbath-rest” (verses 34, 36, 39).

This Eighth Day, a separate festival from the Feast of Tabernacles, symbolizes the ultimate gathering in of the greatest harvest of human lives, including all who have ever lived and died from the time of Adam to Christ’s return.

God reveals aspects of the fulfillment of this Holy Day in Ezekiel 37:1-14 Ezekiel 37:1-14 1 The hand of the LORD was on me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the middle of the valley which was full of bones, 2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, see, they were very dry. 3 And he said to me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, you know. 4 Again he said to me, Prophesy on these bones, and say to them, O you dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 5 Thus said the Lord GOD to these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live: 6 And I will lay sinews on you, and will bring up flesh on you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the LORD. 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. 8 And when I beheld, see, the sinews and the flesh came up on them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them. 9 Then said he to me, Prophesy to the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus said the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live. 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up on their feet, an exceeding great army. 11 Then he said to me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, Thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13 And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, 14 And shall put my spirit in you, and you shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall you know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, said the LORD.
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, describing ancient Israel’s resurrection to physical existence, and Revelation 20:11-13 Revelation 20:11-13 11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
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, which shows that they, along with those resurrected of all nations, will be judged from God’s Word. At long last, these vast numbers of people who never understood God’s truth will have the opportunity to learn it and make the choice as to whether or not to follow Christ and be saved.

Jesus Christ’s 1,000-year reign and His White Throne Judgment reign are equally set in great beauty, peace and prosperity. The setting is the same, yet the people are different—now including all the others who have ever lived.

As all learn to follow God’s ways and, for those who remain faithful, are ultimately transformed into Christ’s divine likeness, this wonderful day to come continues God’s peace on earth, His will toward mankind.

God’s will is to share His peace

God is all about peace. He is the “God of peace” (Romans 15:33 Romans 15:33Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
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; Philippians 4:9 Philippians 4:9Those things, which you have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
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). Jesus Christ is the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6 Isaiah 9:6For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
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I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you” (John 14:27 John 14:27Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
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). And God offers His peace still today: “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7 Philippians 4:7And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
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You too can enjoy and exhibit God’s peace on earth by learning about and keeping all of God’s holy festivals, including the festivals that portray the wonderful and exciting world that is coming. Why not join us in observing the Feast of Tabernacles? His Feast of Peace portrays the promise of the ages—the promise of a world at peace.