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After the Munich Conference, on Sept. 30, 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain stepped off a plane and waved a printed statement before a waiting world. It read:

“We, the German Führer and Chancellor, and the British Prime Minister, have had a further meeting today and are agreed in recognizing that the question of Anglo-German relations is of the first importance for our two countries and for Europe.

“We regard the agreement signed last night and the Anglo-German Naval Agreement as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again. We are resolved that the method of consultation shall be the method adopted to deal with any other questions that may concern our two countries, and we are determined to continue our efforts to remove possible sources of difference, and thus to contribute to assure the peace of Europe.”

After reading this statement at 10 Downing Street, Chamberlain said this: “My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time . . . Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.

In the world’s eyes, Neville Chamberlain went down in history as someone lacking fundamental discernment of geopolitics and human nature. His naiveté played a role in Adolf Hitler launching World War II and his plan to murder millions of innocent people. His “peace for our time” proved to be a monumentally dangerous delusion.

Is true peace possible?

Today we see violent upheaval in Muslim nations of the Middle East. We see Iran pursuing nuclear weapons, and dangerous players like North Korea already in possession of them, along with politically unstable Pakistan. We see China and Russia aggressively modernizing their military forces. What does it all mean? Will we see continued war, or could world peace come in our time? Is there a way to know?

The world accepts the meaning of peace as a time when there is no war. But Jesus Christ’s definition of peace is not like this world’s peace. Jesus told His disciples, “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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True peace is embodied in the Ten Commandments in their full, spiritual intent—realized when people, out of their hearts and minds, willingly and actively honor and obey God’s laws of love, producing peaceful relationships (1 John 5:3 1 John 5:3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
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; 4:20-21; James 3:18 James 3:18And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
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Baruch Spinoza was a notable Dutch philosopher, raised in a Dutch Jewish community (1632-1677). He gave this definition of peace: “Peace is not an absence of war; it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.”

Spinoza’s concept of peace was perceptive. It is remarkably close to what God says about peace. And God does show how true peace will come the earth—through events pictured by His annual festivals revealed in the Bible.

Four festivals point us to world peace

How will God bring lasting peace to humankind? He reveals how it will happen in His holy festivals found in the Bible. First let’s address the backstory of the overall purpose of God’s festivals.

All seven of God’s annual festivals reveal the dispensational salvation of all humankind. They are, in order, Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost (also called the Feast of Weeks or Firstfruits), the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, the Feast of Tabernacles and the Eighth Day (immediately following the seven-day Feast of Tabernacles). You’ll find all of these listed in Leviticus 23.

Each of these festivals depicts a highly important part of God’s overall plan to offer salvation to mankind. Each also shows the active role and involvement of Jesus Christ in carrying out that plan here on earth—including how He, as the Prince of Peace, will eventually bring lasting peace to the earth.

The last four depict Christ’s return to establish His Kingdom of peace and prosperity and events that will follow. (You can find the meanings of all seven festivals in our free booklet God’s Holy Day Plan: The Promise of Hope for All Mankind .)

The Feast of Trumpets

The first of the last four of God’s festivals and Holy Days, the Feast of Trumpets, symbolizes a time of blowing of trumpets, warning of impending war and subsequent judgment. In Old Testament times, sentries or watchmen were placed in strategic places to sound the alarm when an enemy approached. They typically blew on a ram’s horn, a shofar, which gave out a piercing and ominous sound.

The Feast of Trumpets prefigures the blowing of a final trumpet at Christ’s return (1 Corinthians 15:52 1 Corinthians 15:52In 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 4:16 1 Thessalonians 4:16For 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:
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) as well as a series of significant trumpet calls leading up to it (Revelation 8:6 Revelation 8:6And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
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These trumpets, as well as the festival, are in part a warning about the final battle of “that great day of God Almighty” (Revelation 16:14 Revelation 16:14For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
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; see Zechariah 14:3 Zechariah 14:3Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
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). Jesus will fight a final battle against a new end-time superpower the Bible calls “the Beast” as well as against massive armies from beyond the Euphrates River.

These forces will have first converged northwest of Jerusalem near the hill of Megiddo, which is written in the original Greek of the New Testament as Armageddon (Revelation 16:16 Revelation 16:16And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
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; compare Revelation 19:11-21 Revelation 19:11-21 11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he does judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a clothing dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him on white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And 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. 16 And he has on his clothing and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. 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. 19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that worked miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat on the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
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Specifically, then, the Feast of Trumpets represents on one hand a final war between Jesus Christ and the human tyrants overseeing these end-time geopolitical powers. Christ dispatches them dramatically and decisively (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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On the other hand, the Feast of Trumpets also represents the resurrection of God’s faithful saints who have died through the ages and the transformation of those saints still alive at Christ’s return. As the apostle Paul wrote: “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (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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; compare 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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The Day of Atonement

Jesus Christ will dispatch the human tyrants who wage war against Him as He descends to Jerusalem. Then He will turn His attention to removing the tyrants in the spirit realm around us—Satan and the demons.

The Day of Atonement symbolizes the time that shortly follows the fulfillment of the Feast of Trumpets. At that time, God will remove and incarcerate Satan and the demons from their positions of power on earth (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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The Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles follow one another closely. Christ quickly sets His hand to remove those who have come perilously close to exterminating humankind. He had earlier said of this period of crisis, “If that time of troubles were not cut short, no living thing could 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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Christ then removes this very powerful spiritual interloper, Satan the devil, so human beings can at last become reconciled—at one—with their God. “At one” is at the root of the word atonement , or “at-one-ment.” With Satan’s deceptive influence removed, human beings can now be reconciled and restored to a right relationship with their Creator.

One aspect of this day is that God’s people are to obey His command to fast on it (“afflict your souls,” as it is translated in Leviticus 23:27-29 Leviticus 23:27-29 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.
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), for fasting emphasizes the hunger that we should feel for God and our reliance on Him. It also points forward to the fact that at a future time we will no longer need physical sustenance at all once we’re given the gift of eternal life.

Fasting also provides spiritual strength. Jesus was at His spiritual strongest after He fasted 40 days and nights (Matthew 4:1-11 Matthew 4:1-11 1 Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. 3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If you be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. 5 Then the devil takes him up into the holy city, and sets him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6 And said to him, If you be the Son of God, cast yourself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning you: and in their hands they shall bear you up, lest at any time you dash your foot against a stone. 7 Jesus said to him, It is written again, You shall not tempt the Lord your God. 8 Again, the devil takes him up into an exceeding high mountain, and shows him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And said to him, All these things will I give you, if you will fall down and worship me. 10 Then said Jesus to him, Get you hence, Satan: for it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve. 11 Then the devil leaves him, and, behold, angels came and ministered to him.
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). Jesus also instructed His disciples that fasting gives us spiritual strength to confront the reality of this evil spirit world, telling them that “this kind [of demon] 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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). And this day foreshadows the banishment of Satan and His demons.

Fasting helps us break the bonds of wickedness, undo the heavy burdens of worry, fear and anxieties, free the oppressed, break every yoke of sinful bondage and live an exemplary life. It is an important practice in self-denial for God’s purposes. After a productive fast, God will hear our prayers (Isaiah 58:6-11 Isaiah 58:6-11 6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? 7 Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the poor that are cast out to your house? when you see the naked, that you cover him; and that you hide not yourself from your own flesh? 8 Then shall your light break forth as the morning, and your health shall spring forth speedily: and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. 9 Then shall you call, and the LORD shall answer; you shall cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If you take away from the middle of you the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; 10 And if you draw out your soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall your light rise in obscurity, and your darkness be as the noon day: 11 And the LORD shall guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and make fat your bones: and you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
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God will intervene in the horrendous affairs of humankind to save us from ourselves. As depicted by the Day of Atonement, He will remove and bind Satan and the demons so they can no longer lead mankind into sin, deceit and rebellion. Then, and only then, can peace break out, with all people on earth at last having the knowledge of and opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

The Feast of Tabernacles

After this period of turmoil on the world scene comes a time of great peace, symbolized by the Feast of Tabernacles. This great festival represents the 1,000-year reign on earth of the Prince of Peace (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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; 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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The Bible is full of positive prophecies about the millennial reign of Christ, characterized by peace and prosperity (Acts 3:19-21 Acts 3:19-21 19 Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. 20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached to you: 21 Whom 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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). It will be an international Garden of Eden, beginning in Jerusalem and extending throughout the Holy Land and the entire world.

At the commencement of the millennial reign of Christ, people who come to Jerusalem will notice the beauty of the land. “So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate [as a result of the wars and destruction leading up to this time] 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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; compare 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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The prophet Isaiah describes the glorious 1,000-year peaceful reign of Jesus on earth:

“There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of [King David’s father] Jesse, and a Branch [Christ] shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. His delight is in the fear of the Lord, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears; but with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth . . . Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waist.

“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” (Isaiah 11:1-9 Isaiah 11:1-9 1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; 3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. 6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatted calf together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. 9 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.
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On the heels of true peace, prosperity also breaks out: “ ‘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. I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; they shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them’ ” (Amos 9:13-14 Amos 9:13-14 13 Behold, 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. 14 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
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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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further tells us, “The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose.”

The Eighth Day

Immediately following the Feast of Tabernacles, which lasts for seven days, there is another great and separate feast referred to simply as “the eighth day” (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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). The meaning of this Holy Day is explained in more detail in the article “The Great White Throne Judgment: A Biblical Mystery Explained”.

The phrase “Great White Throne Judgment” is derived from 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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: “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books [ biblion , from which we get the word Bible ] were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life.

“And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books [of the Bible]. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.”

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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, which contains a detailed narrative of this event as it pertains to millions of long-dead Israelites, describes what this resurrection of vast numbers of people will be like.

In this resurrection, in this case to physical life, many billions of human beings will have their glorious time of salvation. Paul tells us that God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4 1 Timothy 2:4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
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The Eighth Day represents the great resurrection of billions of people to physical life who never had their day of salvation. This happens shortly after the 1,000-year reign of Christ. He continues His reign during this time in which He will judge all in righteousness and with true justice.

Will permanent peace come in our time?

Deceived by Hitler, Neville Chamberlain badly miscalculated peace in his time. God is not a man; He doesn’t make mistakes. Only God knows the hour and day when He will send Christ Jesus to the earth to save humanity from itself (Mark 13:32 Mark 13:32But of that day and that hour knows no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
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Will we see permanent peace in our time? A sober look at the world around us indicates that we are living in the latter days. And in the end, some will survive the terrifying events to come and will indeed live to see ongoing peace. But terrible events must unfold first, events that will shake the world to its core.

What about you? God offers you peace and protection in this life and something far greater in the world to come, but it depends on you (see Luke 21:34-36 Luke 21:34-36 34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come on you unawares. 35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
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). If you are willing to commit yourself to God the Father and Jesus Christ and begin to observe God’s annual festivals, you can come to understand His great plan of salvation for all humankind. His peace and prosperity are waiting for you!