Three Giant Leaps to Global Peace

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General William Tecumseh Sherman, a famous Union general of the American Civil War, spoke out against the travesty of war in an 1879 speech at the Michigan Military Academy. He punctuated his warning with his now-famous quote “War is hell!”

Why is it that mankind still engages in wars to arrive at peace? We want peace, but we just can’t seem to find it. As long as people continue to solve differences through arguments and war, we will continue to fail.

Yet your Bible tells us that international peace is in sight, revealed through three major steps or great leaps forward that will play out on the world scene—maybe in your lifetime!

Game-changer for peace

God is a game-changer for good because He gets good things done perfectly. Try as we might, our human efforts just can’t compare to what God is able to plan and do: “ ‘My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the Lord. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

“The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. You will live in joy and peace’ ” (Isaiah 55:8-12 Isaiah 55:8-12 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, said the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. 12 For you shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
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, New Living Translation, emphasis added throughout). God’s promised global peace is based on the return of the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6-7 Isaiah 9:6-7 6 For 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. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David, and on his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from now on even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
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), Jesus Christ.

The conventional wisdom of human beings is seldom based on God’s will. It’s based on faulty human reasoning with often selfish intent.

God wants us to instead learn His way of peace today, something we can’t do without His Spirit. “ They don’t know where to find peace or what it means to be just and good. They have mapped out crooked roads, and no one who follows them knows a moment’s peace” (Isaiah 59:8 Isaiah 59:8The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whoever goes therein shall not know peace.
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, NLT). Yet global peace is only three giant steps away.

Three feasts that show the way

You can know the mystery to personal and global peace now, a great mystery kept hidden from humanity for nearly 6,000 years (Matthew 13:10-11 Matthew 13:10-11 10 And the disciples came, and said to him, Why speak you to them in parables? 11 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
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). Three biblical festivals that occur in the autumn in Israel and the rest of the northern hemisphere reveal this otherwise hidden secret—the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles. How can these festivals help you find peace? God’s Spirit unlocks the grand mystery to global peace, given to those who obey Him (Acts 5:32 Acts 5:32And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God has given to them that obey him.
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The first momentous future step to global peace will be God’s removal of human misrule. The second step will be His removal of evil spirits now busily at work on earth to wrongly influence mankind (Job 1:6-7 Job 1:6-7 6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. 7 And the LORD said to Satan, From where come you? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
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; 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 third step will be the establishment of uncontested governance over the earth by the Messiah, the Prince of Peace. God’s peace will then come to pervade the entire earth.

Let’s take a look at each of these huge steps in more detail and talk about the biblical festivals that picture them.

The Feast of Trumpets: overthrowing of wrong human rule

One key to understanding the Feast of Trumpets (Leviticus 23:23-25 Leviticus 23:23-25 23 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 24 Speak 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. 25 You shall do no servile work therein: but you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD.
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) is discovering what trumpet blasts represent throughout the Bible. In biblical times a trumpet blast was often used as an alarm of war.

But it was also used in times of celebration.

The book of Revelation foretells that seven trumpets will sound in sequence in the end time. Each one will herald cataclysmic events that will deeply affect hard-hearted human beings leading up to the Messiah’s glorious return at the seventh and final trumpet.

This will be a time of jubilation at the proclamation of Jesus Christ as King (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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) and the resurrection of His followers at the last trumpet (1 Corinthians 15:51-52 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 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.
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; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain to the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 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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). But, again, it will also be a time of catastrophe and great war, the nations even attempting to fight Christ Himself. 

Where does the urge to fight and destroy ultimately come from? Satan is its author. Initially an archangel of God, he brought about the first war when he rebelled against God and attacked to overthrow Him (Isaiah 14:13-14 Isaiah 14:13-14 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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). God and His angelic forces defeated Satan and cast him to earth (Luke 10:18 Luke 10:18And he said to them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
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This powerful being had gone rogue: “You were blameless in all you did from the day you were created until the day evil was found in you” (Ezekiel 28:15 Ezekiel 28:15You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, till iniquity was found in you.
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, NLT). When God later created human beings, Satan was aware of God’s plan for us to become God’s children (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 rule over angels (1 Corinthians 6:3 1 Corinthians 6:3Know you not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
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Since Satan could not overcome God, he made it his goal to destroy humanity. How does he accomplish this? One of his methods is by influencing us to destroy ourselves through ongoing wars (James 4:1 James 4:1From where come wars and fights among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
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; Isaiah 14:6 Isaiah 14:6He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hinders.
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, 17). Satan is ultimately to blame for conflict leading to war and the lack of godly peace.

God is opposed to people determining to destroy one another in warfare (James 4:1-6 James 4:1-6 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. 3 You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it on your lusts. 4 You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5 Do you think that the scripture said in vain, The spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy? 6 But he gives more grace. Why he said, God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
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). This is among the reasons God the Father will send Jesus Christ to intervene in human affairs at the end of the age. After waging war Himself to defeat those who oppose Him, He will at last bring an end to war. 

God the Father will send Jesus back to save us from ourselves: “For then there will be great tribulation … and unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved [alive]; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened” (Matthew 24:21-22 Matthew 24:21-22 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And 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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). For a period of time before Christ’s return, divine judgment through great upheaval will devastate human governments. Then Christ will come at the last trumpet as the world’s rightful Ruler and, at the end of a series of final plagues, will dispatch a great gathering of human tyrants and their armies at Jerusalem (Revelation 19:15 Revelation 19:15And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treads the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
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, Revelation 19:17-18 Revelation 19:17-18 17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the middle of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together to the supper of the great God; 18 That you may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
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; Revelaton 14:20).

But ending human tyranny is not enough, as it would return if the cause behind it were not removed. This brings us to the next great step.

The Day of Atonement: removal of evil spiritual influence

Just like the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement is another of God’s annual Holy Days (Leviticus 23:26-32 Leviticus 23:26-32 26 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 27 Also 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. 28 And you shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God. 29 For whatever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. 30 And whatever soul it be that does any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. 31 You shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It shall be to you a sabbath of rest, and you shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even to even, shall you celebrate your sabbath.
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). It depicts the time when Christ will remove Satan and his demons from their evil influence and rule over mankind (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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On this special spiritual day, God commands us to afflict ourselves for 24 hours, referred elsewhere in Scripture to fasting or going without food and water (assuming one doesn’t have a health condition that prevents it). This is the only one of God’s Holy Days observed this way. Fasting on Atonement reminds us that human flesh can’t overcome Satan and the demons without God’s help. Fasting with prayer draws us closer to God (Matthew 17:21 Matthew 17:21However, this kind goes not out but by prayer and fasting.
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The Day of Atonement also presages the day humanity as a whole is brought near to God in a time of deprivation to at last repent and truly receive Christ. It further looks forward to complete oneness with God when we won’t have need of physical nourishment. God’s resurrected children will exist as divine spirit, just like the resurrected Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:49-54 1 Corinthians 15:49-54 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50 Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. 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.
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; 1 John 3:1-3 1 John 3:1-3 1 Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him not. 2 Beloved, 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. 3 And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.
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God’s Day of Atonement, representing the removal of Satan and the demons and the offering of reconciliation with God through Christ to all peoples, fits between the Feast of Trumpets, representing the time of judgment on despotic human rule, and the Feast of Tabernacles, prefiguring the time when global peace will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea (see 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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Notice what will happen at Jesus Christ’s return: “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished” (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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After Satan’s removal, global peace can at last begin to be established—symbolized by the next feast, as just mentioned.

The Feast of Tabernacles: Jesus Christ reigns on earth!

Portraying the third great step or leap ahead in God’s plan to bring peace to the earth, the Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:33-43 Leviticus 23:33-43 33 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 34 Speak 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. 35 On the first day shall be an holy convocation: you shall do no servile work therein. 36 Seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation to you; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and you shall do no servile work therein. 37 These are the feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire to the LORD, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing on his day: 38 Beside the sabbaths of the LORD, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which you give to the LORD. 39 Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep a feast to the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath. 40 And you shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days. 41 And you shall keep it a feast to the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: you shall celebrate it in the seventh month. 42 You shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: 43 That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
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) embodies God’s peace. It boldly proclaims and rejoices in God’s lasting peace that will follow Christ’s second coming (Isaiah 9:6-7 Isaiah 9:6-7 6 For 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. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David, and on his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from now on even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
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)—when all nations will be led to observe it (Zechariah 14:16-19 Zechariah 14:16-19 16 And 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. 17 And it shall be, that whoever will not come up of all the families of the earth to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even on them shall be no rain. 18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, with which the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. 19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
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During the 1,000-year period of Christ’s peaceful reign (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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), humankind will enjoy an international Garden of Eden: “So they will say, ‘ This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited’ ” (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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; see also Isaiah 51:3 Isaiah 51:3For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
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Isaiah says of this time in a verse cited earlier: “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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). In that day, God’s truth will be understood and obeyed on a global scale (Hebrews 8:10-11 Hebrews 8:10-11 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.
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And there is yet another feast—the day following the Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:36 Leviticus 23:36Seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation to you; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and you shall do no servile work therein.
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, 39)—which in its meaning extends the blessings of peace to those who have died without a proper understanding of God and His ways. They will be resurrected after the 1,000-year reign of Christ and given the opportunity for eternal peace in God’s Kingdom (see Revelation 20:5 Revelation 20:5But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
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, 11-12 and “God’s Plan as Revealed Through the Resurrections” beginning on the next page.)

Global peace is coming

Jesus promised His peace: “Peace 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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). God’s plan of peace is symbolized by and embedded in these festivals and their awesome fulfillments to come.

Jesus, His apostles, and the early Church all observed these feasts. You can observe them too! “Blessed are those who do His commandments [including the observance of God’s annual festivals], that they may have the right to the tree of life [eternal life], and may enter through the gates into the city [the New Jerusalem to come down from heaven]” (Revelation 22:14 Revelation 22:14Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
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Observing God’s festivals are small steps to take personally each year, but these signify giant leaps forward for all mankind. May God give you His peace now so you can help others enjoy it forever!

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