Passage of the Day:
“And then I saw an angel descending from heaven, holding the key of the abyss (the bottomless pit) and a great chain was in his hand. And he overpowered and laid hold of the dragon, that old serpent [of primeval times], who is the devil and Satan, and bound him [securely] for a thousand years (a millennium); and the angel hurled him into the abyss, and closed it and sealed it above him [preventing his escape or rescue], so that he would no longer deceive and seduce the nations, until the thousand years were at an end. After these things he must be liberated for a short time.” (REVELATION 20:1-3 AMP)
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Did you know that the devil is not in hell, but he’s roaming about on earth and in outer space like a lion seeking whom he may devour?
But there will be a time in the future that he will be locked up for 1000 years in the bottomless pit, unable to go about tempting anybody.
This period of time is often called the Millennial Reign of Christ, an era of peace where Jesus will physically reign on earth for 1000 years and everyone will know that Jesus is God.
“And the LORD shall be king over all the earth; in that day the LORD shall be the only one [worshiped], and His name the only one.” (ZECHARIAH 14:9 AMP)
There will not be any other religions on earth because everyone will know that Jesus is the true God.
God will make major geographical changes on the earth.
The whole earth will become a flat plain with no more mountains or valleys:
““Every valley shall be raised, And every mountain and hill be made low; And let the rough ground become a plain, And the rugged places a broad valley. “And the glory and majesty and splendor of the LORD will be revealed, And all humanity shall see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken it.”” (ISAIAH 40:4-5 AMP)
Only one place will remain as elevated ground - the site of Jerusalem where Jesus reigns from:
“All the land will be changed into a plain from Geba to Rimmon, [the Rimmon that is] south of Jerusalem; but Jerusalem will rise and remain [lifted up] on its site from Benjamin’s Gate to the place of the First Gate to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s wine presses.” (ZECHARIAH 14:10 AMP)
Another place that proves this is the following passage, where it says that after the 1000 years are completed, the devil and his armies will swarm up over the “broad plain of the earth”:
“And when the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison (the abyss), and will come out to deceive and mislead the nations which are in the four corners of the earth--[including] Gog and Magog--to gather them together for the war; their number is like the sand of the seashore. And they swarmed up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints (God’s people) and the beloved city [ Jerusalem]; but fire came down from heaven and consumed them.” (REVELATION 20:7-9 AMP)
It is easy for God to make these geographical changes, but one thing that can’t be changed is the hardness and stubbornness of man’s hearts in rebellion towards God.
It really shocks and astounds me that there will still be people who reject Jesus as God and ignore His commandments during that time:
“Then everyone who is left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and celebrate the Feast of Booths (Tabernacles). And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them. If the family of Egypt does not go up [to Jerusalem] and present themselves, then no rain will fall on them. It will be the plague with which the LORD will strike the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths (Tabernacles). This will be the [consequent] punishment [for the sin] of Egypt, and the [consequent] punishment [for the sin] of all the nations that do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths (Tabernacles).” (ZECHARIAH 14:16-19 AMP)
How insanely dumb a person must be to say “No I don’t care if you’re God, I’m not going to obey a thing you say.” with his actions when God is visible to him with the naked eye!
Don’t you agree that man really deserves death when he uses his free will to constantly rebel against His Creator?
Truly our salvation is entirely by God’s grace.
Look, Man will still be sinning at that time:
“You shall do this on the seventh [day] of the month for everyone who goes astray [and sins through error or ignorance] and for him who is naive; so shall you make atonement for the temple (house).” (EZEKIEL 45:20 AMP)
So why does Israel go back to observing the Law during Jesus’ reign on earth and why is Jesus Himself (called “The Prince” in Ezekiel’s prophecy) acting as the King and High Priest of Israel who offers up the sacrifices to God?
This is one big question that I had and many people have.
It’s confusing because we have been saved by Grace, and yet God is seemingly allowing Israel to go back to the Law during the Millennial Reign of Christ.
As a side note, if you read the prophecy of Ezekiel, you will realize that there is no high priest of Israel mentioned.
The most honored human priests will be the sons of Zadok who will be privileged to serve God at His table, but there will not be a high priest among them.
This is because the High Priest of Israel will forever be Jesus, who is appointed by God according to the Order of Melchizedek:
“just as He also says in another place, “YOU ARE A PRIEST [appointed] FOREVER A CCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.” ...being designated by God as High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek.” (HEBREWS 5:6, 10 AMP)
I believe that the Millennial Reign of Christ is a test by God, to prove that man simply cannot be justified by the Law, even when all obstacles hindering him from keeping the Law is removed from his path.
Even when Jesus (God) is on earth - the greatest King and the greatest High Priest, and Satan is locked up in the bottomless pit - no longer tempting anyone on earth, man still carries on sinning.
Jesus will still have to make atonement for Israel through the sacrifices under the Law which means that man is still sinning:
“It shall be the prince’s responsibility to provide the burnt offerings, the grain offerings, and the drink offerings at the feasts, on the New Moons and on the Sabbaths, at all the appointed feasts of the house of Israel. He shall prepare and provide the sin offering, the grain offering, the burnt offering and the peace offerings, to make atonement for the house of Israel.”” (EZEKIEL 45:17 AMP)
This time they can’t blame that there is no proof that God exists or whether the Bible is telling the truth, and they can’t blame the devil for tempting them such that they had no choice but to sin.
It’s all on them and the sin nature in their flesh causing them to sin. No more room for excuses!
Man will be left speechless and be forced to admit that salvation is only possible through grace, which must be received as a gift by believing in Jesus as Lord and Savior - it is only by the finished work of the cross that man can be saved!
This is probably how all Israel at that time will be saved because God will lift their spiritual blindness and they will finally see that the Law is supposed to bring them to the end of themselves, and that Grace is the only way to salvation:
“I do not want you, believers, to be unaware of this mystery [God’s previously hidden plan]--so that you will not be wise in your own opinion--that a partial hardening has [temporarily] happened to Israel [to last] until the full number of the Gentiles has come in; and so [at that time] all Israel [that is, all Jews who have a personal faith in Jesus as Messiah] will be saved; just as it is written [in Scripture], “THE DELIVERER (Messiah) WILL COME FROM ZION, HE WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB.” “THIS IS MY COVENANT WITH THEM, WHEN I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS.”” (ROMANS 11:25-27 AMP)
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Abba Father, truly Grace is the only way that we can be saved. Let us always live by Grace and never go back to the bondage of the Law. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!
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