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God’s Plan for the Future
“As truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with
the Glory of the Lord”
(Numbers 14:21)
“For thus saith the Lord…God himself that formed
the earth…he created it not in vain, he formed it to
be inhabited”
(Isaiah 45:18)
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“The heaven, even the heaven’s are the Lord’s:
but the earth hath he given to the children of
men”.
Psalm 115:16
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Elpis Israel
“Revolving upon its own axis, and describing an
ample circuit through the boundless fields of space,
is a planet of the solar system bearing upon its
surface a population of over a thousand millions
subject to sin, disease and death. This orb of the
starry heavens shines with a glory similar to that of
its kindred spheres. Viewed from them, it is seen
sparkling “like a diamond in the sky”; and with the
rest of the heavens, declares the glory of God, and
shows forth the handiwork of Him that did create it.
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This celestial orb, which is a world or system of
itself, is styled THE EARTH. It is the habitation of
races of animals which graze its fields, lurk in its
forests, soar through its atmosphere, and pass
through the paths of its seas. At the head of all
these is a creature like themselves, animal, sensual
and mortal. He is called MAN. He has replenished
the earth and subdued it, and filled it with his own
renown. His crimes, however, rather than his
virtues have illustrated and distinguished him with
an unhappy pre-eminence above all other created
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things. His heart is evil; and, left to its uncontrolled
impulses, he becomes licentious, merciless, and
more cruel than the fiercest beast of prey.
Such is the being that claims the independent
sovereignty of the globe. He has founded
dominions, principalities and powers; he has built
great cities, and vaunted himself in the works of his
hands, saying “Are not these by the might of my
power, and for the honour of my majesty?” He
repudiates all lordship over him, and claims the
inalienable right of self-government, and of
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establishing whatever civil and ecclesiastical
institutions are best suited to his sensuality and
caprice. Hence, at successive periods, the earth
has become the arena of fierce and pandemoniac
conflicts; its tragedies have baptised its soil in
blood, and the mingled cries of the oppressor and
the victim have ascended to the throne of the Most
High.
Skilled in the wisdom which comes from
beneath, he is by nature ignorant of that which is
“first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be
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entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without
partiality and without hypocrisy.” This is a
disposition to which the animal man under the
guidance of his fleshly mind has no affinity. His
propensity is to obey the lust of his nature; and to
do its evil works, “which are adultery, fornication,
uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft,
hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife,
seditions, sects, envying, murders, drunkenness,
revellings, and such like”. All these make up the
character of the world, “the lust of the flesh, the lust
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the eye, and the pride of life”, upon which is
enstamped the seal of God’s eternal reprobation.
“They who do such things shall not inherit the
Kingdom of God,” but “they shall die”.
Such is the world of human kind! The great
and impious enemy of God upon the earth. Its mind
is not subject to His law, neither indeed can it be.
What shall we say to these things? Is the world as
we behold it a finality?
To the Bible, then, all must come at last if
they would be truly wise in Spiritual things!
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1. More of the same – he revels in darkness
2. War and famine have characterised the last
6,000 years – hostility between nations based on
man-made religion
3. No matter how advanced man has become, he
has not altered even the basic laws of nature –
through advances in medicine, life expectancy
may have increased a little, but man is still
subject to disease and death. Man has no
control over the basic elements, rain, wind etc
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The Scriptures tell us: “O LORD, I know that the
way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that
walketh to direct his steps”. (Jeremiah 10:23)
“…the whole world lieth in wickedness…” (1 John
5:19)
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Basic Statistics:
 Between a third and one half of the world’s
population today is starving (those starving are mainly in
Africa and India)
 90 million children are suffering from a chronic lack
of food and are on the brink of starving to death. One
out of three lives in India.
 270 million children have no one to take care of their
basic or complex medical needs. In India, 2.2 million
die every year to preventable childhood disease.
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Basic Statistics:
 640 million homeless children will go to bed tonight
sleeping against walls and in the streets.
 500 million children do not have access to proper
sanitation while another 400 million have no safe water.
 440 million children do not have access to education
while 190 million women in India remain illiterate
 143 million orphans fend for themselves without care
or supervision, whilst 211 million children work in labour
markets where they are exploited, they suffer and are
abused
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“The earth also was corrupt before God, and the
earth was filled with violence. And he looked
upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for
all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
(Genesis 6:11-12)
“For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
and gross darkness the people …” (Isaiah 60:2)
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Hope of a Brighter Future around the Hope of Israel
Israel
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ISRAEL
“Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of
Babylon. For thus saith the Lord of hosts; after the glory
hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he
that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye”. Zechariah
2:7-8
Israel’s Restoration
“When they therefore were come together, they asked of him,
saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore the Kingdom to
Israel?” (Acts 1:6)
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The Promises to Abraham
o Abraham was asked to leave his country and
enter a country which God would shew him
(Genesis 12:1)
o He would be made a great nation, he would be
blessed, and his name would be made great
(Genesis 12:2)
o All families are to be blessed in Abraham and in
his seed (Christ Jesus) (Genesis 12:3)
o The Land of Israel was to be given to him as an
everlasting possession (Genesis 12:7)
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The Promises to Abraham
o He would become a father of many nations, kings
shall come out of him (Genesis 17:4,6)
o World was promised to him and his seed for ever
(Romans 4:13)
o His seed in number to be compared with the
stars of heaven and the sand upon the sea shore
(Genesis 22:17)
o Abraham’s seed to possess the gate of his
enemies (Genesis 22:18)
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The Promises to Abraham
o Promises repeated to Isaac (Genesis 26:4)
o We are told the reason why Abraham was to be
blessed in this way:
-Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my
commandments, my statutes and my laws (Genesis 26:5)
o The gospel message summed up in a sentence:
“all nations to be blessed in Abraham and his seed
(Christ Jesus)”. (Galatians 3:8)
o Galatians tells us that we can become partakers
of the promises through baptism into Christ (3:2629)
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The Promises to Abraham
o Promises repeated to Jacob (Genesis 28:14)
o Jesus Christ presently sits in the heavens at his
Father’s right hand, but the promise is that he will
return to establish the ancient Kingdom of Israel.
o “And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before
was preached unto you: whom the heavens must
receive until the times of restitution of all things,
which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy
prophets since the world began …
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The Promises to Abraham
… Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the
covenant which God made with our fathers, saying
unto Abraham, and in thy seed shall all the kindreds
of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God, having
raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in
turning away every one of you from his iniquities.”
(Acts 3:20,21,25,26)
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Five Elements of a
Kingdom
1. Land
Israel (Capital: Jerusalem)
2. King
Jesus Christ
3. Law
God’s Law Re-introduced
4. Rulers
The faithful of the ages
5. Subjects
The Nation of Israel
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Land
The land of Canaan (Israel) promised to Abraham and his
seed for ever (Genesis 12 v 7)
Zechariah tells us “And the Lord shall inherit Judah his
portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again”.
(2:12)
Ezekiel says: “Thus saith the Lord GOD: In the day that I
shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also
cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be
builded. And 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”.
(35:33-35)
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King = Jesus Christ
Daniel tells us: “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one
like the son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came
to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a
kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve
him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not
pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be
destroyed.” (7:13-14)
John tells us in Revelation: “And he hath on his vesture and
on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD
OF LORDS (19:16)
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Laws
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain
of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the
mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all
nations shall flow unto it.
And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up
to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob;
and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his
paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of
the LORD from Jerusalem”. (Isaiah 2:2-3)
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Rulers
Daniel also supplies us with the rulers or the aristocracy of
God’s Kingdom:
“…the saints of the most High shall take the Kingdom, and
possess the Kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.” (7:18)
“And the Kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the
Kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the
people of the saints of the most High, whose Kingdom is an
everlasting Kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey
him.” (7:27)
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Subjects = The Jews
Who will be the King’s subjects?
“For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the
LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto
himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.”
(Deuteronomy 7:6)
“Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to
pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the
nations, even shall take hold out of all languages of the
nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew,
saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is
with you.” (Zechariah 8:23)
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House of Prayer for All Nations
“Is it not written, My house shall be called a house of prayer
for all nations?” (Mark 11:19) RV
“The strangers that join themselves to the Lord…even them
will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my
house of prayer…for my house shall be called a house of
prayer for all people.” (Isaiah 56:6-8)
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“…they shall
beat their swords
into plowshares,
and their spears
into
pruninghooks:
nation shall not
lift up sword
against nation,
neither shall they
learn war any
more” Isaiah 2:4
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“And suddenly
there was with
the angel a
multitude of the
heavenly host
praising God, and
saying, Glory to
God in the
highest, and on
earth peace, good
will toward men”
Luke 2:13-14
“…they shall
beat their swords
into plowshares,
and their spears
into
pruninghooks:
nation shall not
lift up sword
against nation,
neither shall they
learn war any
more” Isaiah 2:4
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God’s plan is to bless all nations when they are righteous and
respectful to God’s laws and ways.
God will setup a Kingdom which shall not be left to other
people and he will rule the nations with a rod of iron. All
dominions shall serve and obey him.
The impending changes to the constitution of the world is such
that the new order is described as “new heavens and a new
earth wherein dwelleth righteousness”.
“For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the
former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind”. (Isaiah
65:17)
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“But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for,
behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy”.
“And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and
the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the
voice of crying”. (Isaiah 65:18)
“Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in
heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-13)
“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him,
and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth
shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” (Revelation 1:7)
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The Book of Daniel shows the two constitutions: Kingdom of
Men and Kingdom of God.
The main elements are that the Most High Ruleth in the
Kingdoms of men and is intent on destroying every dominion
that will not bow the knee and submit to His son’s iron rule.
In Daniel 2 we see five universal empires, the first four of
which are crushed by succeeding powers, the final one to be
victorious at the hands of the King of Kings!
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“He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest:
and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father
David:
And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his
kingdom there shall be no end”. (Luke 1:32-33)
“Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor
destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls
Salvation, and thy gates Praise.” (Isaiah 60:18)
“Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will
dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called
a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the
holy mountain.” (Zechariah 8:3)
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“…Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount
Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.”
(Psalm 48:2)
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ALL NATIONS SHALL BE BLESSED
1. The nations will become righteous, knowing of God - if
they stray, they will hear a voice behind them “this is the
way walk ye in it”. Children will be taught the Law.
2. No more war – implements to become farming utensils
3. No more famine – plenty of food for all
4. Life expectancy will increase significantly
5. Israel to be exalted
6. People will not be afraid – doors will be left unlocked
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ALL NATIONS SHALL BE BLESSED
7. The commercial world as we know it will cease – no more
plastic factories, no more sweat shops, no more child
labour or unjust exploitation of the vulnerable
8. Desserts are to blossom and water will flow freely
9. Most of the world’s cities which are commonly
characterised by sin will be cleansed and subsequently
rebuilt, around the principles of righteousness and for the
purpose of giving Glory to God
10. The kings and queens will lay their crowns before Christ –
there will be no more tyrants. Human rights will be
crushed as the nations serve God and not themselves
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SALVATION
How do we become partakers of the promises of Salvation?
God’s plan requires man “to put off the old man”, the man
who serves sin, in the association of baptism, and God
requires that we “put on Christ” and emulate Christ’s actions
and thoughts in our lives.
Paul points out that only in death is man free of sin (Romans
6:7). He shows symbolically that man dies in baptism and
comes forth to a “newness of life” (Romans 6:9) in Christ
Jesus.
In this we have hope of everlasting life and being one of
Christ’s brethren who will rule the nations for a thousand
years.
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SALVATION
Commitment Required
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to
come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to
separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our
Lord”. (Romans 8:38-39)
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