by Epiphany Bible Students

The thousand-year reign of Christ, “whose right it is,” will be the most marked and eventful “day” in the history of the human race – a Mil­lennium “day” to be especially remembered through­out the ages to follow.

For more than six thousand years death has been swallowing up the race almost as fast as it has come into existence. The elements of deter­ioration and decay, physical, mental, and moral, are at work at the very conception of a new human life. But the seventh thousand-year day shall witness the revers­ing of this order and the undoing of all the work of sin and destruction. So thorough will be its work that when this New Day closes, no force or governmental power will be necessary to secure obedience to God’s will; for his will shall be “done on earth” as completely “as it is done in heaven.” (Matt. 6:10)

The great work to be accomplished by the Messiah during this Millennial Age is Resurrection and Restoration. It is not presumable that we shall be able to fully comprehend the philosophy of the resur­­rection or the re-creation. The work of creating a living, intelligent being is a work beyond our comprehension.

We can much less comprehend the re‑creation of a being who has been completely destroyed, and as the same person, brought back so that he will remember himself as having lived before, and that others will recognize as the same individual whom they previously knew. But when we remember that God created the first man, Adam, out of the dust of the ground “Why should it be thought a thing incredible that God should raise the dead?” (Acts 26:8)

The awakening from death will be one of the events of this Millennial Day though not the only, nor the first event. The dead will be awakened, probably in reverse order, after surrounding circum­stances are favorable to their return. The exception to this will be the Worthies who were reckoned perfect through their faith before Christ opened the door to the High Calling and after he closed it at the end of the “times of the Gentiles” when the prescribed number of His Bride had been selected.

For some of the names of the Ancients of before the Door was opened see Chapter 11 of Hebrews. These two worthy classes will come forth, already restored to perfection before the unbelieving world at the last of the “day of his preparation” (Nahum 2:3), which will have made the living nations ready to accept his Kingdom and righteous authority. The chief among these living nations, the Bible informs us, will be Israel restored to glory and prominence, exalted above all other nations – “the joy of the whole earth.” (Psa. 48:2) “For the Lord shall yet choose Jerusalem.” (Zech. 1:17) And next in position of favor will come other living nations in proportion as they appreciate and conform to the law of the reign of earth’s New Ruler.

Christ “day of preparation” will first consist of “a time of trouble” (Dan. 12:1) unlike any that has been since the beginning of the world (Matt. 24:21). He must first bind the strong man (Matt. 12:29), the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4), “this present evil world.” (Gal. 1:4) The binding of this usurper and his minions both spiritual and fleshly will be by The Christ, who’s right it is by God’s anointment. The ensuing of the Time of Trouble is likened in Scripture to the travail of pregnancy with waves of pain, growing in intensity until the child (the New Kingdom) is delivered. The ferociousness at the end of this Time of Trouble will be such that all with even the slightest sympathy toward the existence of the empires of Satan will be removed. Those left at that time will be the sincerely willing for the new Kingdom to come when Christ will say “peace, be still.” (Mark 4:39) No one should presume that the dead would be brought back to be subjected to the same old environment, temptations and snares that made shipwrecks of him or her before. Satan will be bound, and there will be no licensed evils and no allurements to vice. All lines of business, which tempt humanity by seducing them through the weaknesses of their fallen nature and the un­balance of their mental and moral qualities, will be stopped. All greed inspiring, time killing and character depraving businesses will be eliminated. Moral reforms will be instituted along all lines, and financial, social and religious questions will be recast in harmony with both justice and love. Judgment will be “laid to the line and righteousness to the plummet.” (Isa. 28:17) All of earth’s affairs will be squared and plumbed and brought into strict conformity with righteous­ness. The nations will be ruled by irresistible force until a righteous order is established by a general submission, for “every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess.” (Rom. 14:11) Divine power and authority; and outward obedience will be compulsory. It is declared, “He shall rule the nations with a rod of iron.” (Rev. 19:15) The rod and power rule will continue throughout the Millennial Age, for he must reign until all opposition is “put under his feet.” As the personification of wisdom power and authority in the Millennial Age, the prophet, speaking for the New Ruler, declares: “Counsel is mine and sound wisdom; I am understanding; I have strength. By me kings’ reign and princes decree justice. By me princes rule and nobles even all the judges of the earth. I love them that love me; and they that seek me early [in the New Day] shall find me. Riches and honor are with me; yea, durable riches and right­eousness. My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. I lead in the way of righteousness in the midst of the paths of judgment, that I may cause those that love me to inherit [the earth] a lasting possession; and their treasuries will I fill... he who findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favor of the Lord, but he that sin­neth against me wrongeth his own soul; all they that hate me love death.” (Prov. 8:14‑21,35,36)

It might be with serious apprehension that we would contemplate the establishment of the most autocratic government the world has ever known, in which the lives, property and every interest of mankind will rest absolutely in the hands of the King, without appeal, were it not that we have the most absolute and convincing proof that every regulation and arrange­ment of the Kingdom is designed for the benefit of its subjects. The King of that Mediatorial Kingdom so loved those over whom he is to reign that he gave his life to secure for them the right of an individual trial for everlasting life; and the very object of his Millennial reign is to assist them in that trial. As the Redeemer of man, it is he “whose right it is” to control that which he pur­chased with his own blood. When the living nations learn to be still and to know that Christ is Lord (Psa. 46:10), then the “preparation” work will be accomplished, and the glorious work of Resur­rection and Restoration “spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets” will begin, which work will consist in restoring mankind back to their “former estate” of human perfection and God’s image.

The awakening from death, as well as the restoration to health of those who are not completely dead, is the beginning of restoration, which work will not be entirely complete until the original perfection of body and mind, lost for the race by Adam, shall have been fully restored to all who are willing to accept the favor of God through the merit of his Son’s Atonement. An illustration of how a sick man may be restored to health is given in the book of Job (33:19-26):

“He [man] is chastened with pain upon his bed and the multitude of his bones with strong pain so that his life abhorreth bread and his soul dainty meat [choice food]. His flesh is consumed away that it cannot be seen [being so emaciated], and his bones that were not [originally] seen, stick out. Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave [death] and his life to the destroyers [decay and corruption]. If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter [to explain the Atonement] one among a thousand [it is not many who believe in the logic of the Great Atonement to show unto man what is right for him then he [God] is gracious unto him [the man] and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit [the grave], I [God] have found [recognized] a ransom [for him]. His [the man’s] flesh shall be[come] fresher than a child’s, he shall return to the days of his youth. He shall pray unto God and he [God] will be favorable unto him, and he [the man] shall see his [own, youthful] face with joy, for he [God] will render unto man his righteousness.”

The Bible declares, “all these things are written for our instruction upon whom the ends of the ages are come,” “for whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning... that we might have hope.” (1 Cor. 10:11; Rom. 15:14)

The awakening from the sleep of death will find a man the same kind of person morally and intellectually as he was when his existence terminated; hence the raising to perfection will be gradual and will require training, education and discipline, and we are told that Christ must “reign until he has put all enemies under his feet [subdued all opposition].” (1 Cor. 15:25) When sickness and pain are no more; when all sorrow and sighing and tears are forever banished; when death is completely blotted out; when man is restored to the image of his Maker; then and not until then will the object of the Messiah’s reign be accomplished. And after accomplishing the “restoration of all things,” Christ will deliver up the restored empire to “God, even the Father.” (1 Cor. 15:24) And we are assured that the time limit for this restoration work is one thousand years (Rev. 20:1‑4). It follows then, that the Millen­nium, the thousand years of Christ’s reign, shall complete the great work of salvation beyond which there is no probation.

Any person who gains full light and knowledge, either now or after death and resurrection, and who spurns the favor of God extended through his Son, shall be deemed worthy of the “second death.” The Apostle Paul declares “the last enemy to be destroyed is [Adamic] death.” (1 Cor. 15:26) The “second death” is not an enemy, but becomes a servant of righteousness inasmuch as it effects the permanent removal from earth’s society of all those who oppose a righteous govern­ment. Then Christ, at the end of his reign, shall present his finished restoration work to the Father, a work which will make manifest the wisdom, power, justice and love of God to all his intelligent creatures, and which will lead men to honor the Son who executed the plan, even as they honor the Father whose wisdom arranged it. Then the language written in every perfect human heart shall be, “I delight to do thy will, O God; thy law is written in my heart.” (Psa. 40:8)

Thus it is declared that the righteous Ruler “shall not fail nor be discouraged; he shall set judgment in the earth, and the isles shall wait for his law.” (Isa. 42: 4) “All the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.” (Isa. 52:10) “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all kindreds of the nations shall worship before him, for the Kingdom is the Lord’s and he is the Governor among the nations.” (Psa. 22:27‑28) “And when thy judgments are in the earth the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.” (Isa. 26:9) These are but a sample of the many prophetic utterances in the Old Testament concerning restoration, and the New Testament takes up the strain and carries it forward to its final consummation – “And there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away.” (Rev. 21:4)

Thus we see that the reign of Christ over the affairs of earth is for a limited time, the Millennial Age, and for a particular purpose, Restoration, and it will terminate with the accomplish­ment of that purpose. Man as we have seen, through rebellion, forfeited his God‑given rights – among others, self‑government in harmony with God’s perfect law. Jesus’ Atonement sacrifice redeemed all those rights and secured the right for man not only to return personally to his “former estate” mentally, morally, and physically, but also to return to his former office as king of earth. The human race is a race of ransomed beings against whom Justice has no claim, who may be restored to life at the will and pleasure of the Redeemer who proclaimed that in due time, all in their graves would hear his voice and come forth.

Earth’s New Monarch, Christ Jesus, figuratively the second Adam or second Lifegiver, is the “everlasting Father” inasmuch as the life he gives will last forever (Isa. 9:6). And when man has been fully restored to the mental and moral image of God, and to his original dominion of earth, every animal and creature under man will instinctively recognize him as its ruler and master, and thus will be complete the great work of redemption and restoration planned and purposed from the beginning of the world, com­menced at the First Advent of Jesus and finished with the close of his Millennial reign. This is God’s plan not only as evidenced by every statement of the Scriptures, but it is the reasonable and logical conclusion to be drawn by the giving of an Atonement‑sacrifice for original sin. Moses records the first dim ray of hope of redemption and restoration for mankind in the first book of the Old Testament (Gen. 3: 15) – “The seed of the woman shall bruise the serpent’s head.”

In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul tells us who the “seed of the woman” is, in the words, “God sent forth his son made of a woman.” (Gal. 4:4) And the Apostle John tells us who the serpent is – “That old serpent which is the devil.” (Rev. 20:2) So, then, Jesus, the Son of God, “made of the woman,” will bruise the serpent’s head – will “destroy him that hath power of death, that is the Devil.” (Heb. 2:14)

Jesus having given himself a “ransom for all” and abolished the legality of the curse of death, his next work is to take to himself his great power and reign and abolish it in fact. But to bring man back to mental, moral, and physical perfec­tion, as God designs, in the way best suited to impress the lesson of present experience, he will require man to put forth an effort toward his own recovery, and this will require a “rod of iron rule,” a strong and an exacting government. And the honor of completing man’s recovery, the right to which he died to secure, is conferred upon Jesus Christ; and thus “the gov­ernment shall be upon his shoulder.” (Isa. 9:6) When all opposition is completely subdued; when all willful rejecters of Divine grace shall have been destroyed, the re­mainder of the redeemed race shall then be turned over to the heavenly Father, perfect and complete, fully restored to his own image and likeness. The Bible expresses the matter in these words: “Then cometh the end [of Christ’s reign] when he shall have delivered up [surrendered] the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he [Christ] shall have put down all [opposing] rule, power and authority; for he must reign until he hath put all enemies under his feet.” (1 Cor. 15:24‑25)

Thus the great work of restoration will be finished. It will then be a world where thrones have crumbled; where the aristocracy of idleness has perished from the earth, a world without a slave; a world at peace adorned with every form of art, with music, while lips are full of words of love and truth, a world in which no exile sighs, no prisoner mourns; where the shadow of death does not fall; where effort reaps its full reward; a world without the beggar’s outstretched palm, without the miser’s stony stare; without the piteous wail of want, without the livid lips of lies, without the cruel eyes of scorn; without disease of body; a world where joy ever deepens, where love canopies the whole earth; where God’s will is done on earth as it is done in heaven.

All who understand the doctrine of restoration can readily discern the necessity for the Atonement; that there can be no restoration and blessing of mankind except by bringing them into absolute harmony with their Creator; and that such a restoration necessitated first of all redemption of the sinner – a payment of his penalty. Although Jesus paid the penalty, and “gave himself a ransom for all,” “all” gives no criterion by which we may judge the number who will by heart‑loyalty return to atonement with the Father. And there is neither suggestion on God’s part, nor any ground for supposition on man’s part, that Divine favor and life everlasting will ever be attained by any except those who come into full heart‑harmony with right­eousness. We rejoice, however, that oppor­tunities for salvation, far better than are now recognized by Christendom, shall, in God’s due time, be extended to every creature.

The Messiah, after having accomplished his mission as regards the restoration of all the willing and obedient, will abdicate the throne of earth and deliver the Kingdom to the Father, and mankind will deal directly, as at the first, with God, the mediation and Atonement of Christ Jesus having accomplished fully and completely its appointed and predestined work of restoration and reconciliation. The Kingdom, when delivered up to the Father, will still be the Kingdom of God on earth, and the laws of righteous­ness and obedience will always be the same. All mankind, then perfectly restored, will be capable of rendering perfect obedience in letter as well as in spirit.

When, in the end of his reign on earth, Christ delivers up the Kingdom to the Father, he does so by delivering it to mankind as the Father’s repre­sentatives who were designed from the first to have this honor. And so it is declared, “Then shall the King say, Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. (Matt. 25:34) From the very beginning of the world, God prepared the earth for man, and thus we read, “The earth hath he given to the children of men.” (Psa. 115:16)

Although God was glorified in all his original works on earth, in every creature, however insig­nificant, even though some of them could not render him thanks, appreciate him or even know him, we know that the great Divine purpose from the beginning was preparing the earth for man who was intended to be the masterpiece of his earthly creation. It was not said of man as of the lower earthly animals, “Let the earth bring forth,” nor as with the sea creatures, “Let the seas swarm,” but it is recorded, on the contrary, that man was a special creation by his Maker, “made in his image and likeness.” We are not to understand this “image” to be one of physical shape; but rather, a mental, moral and intellectual image of the great God, fashioned appropriately to earthly conditions and nature. And as for the “likeness,” it relates to man’s dominion; he was to be king of earth and its teeming creatures, like God is King of the great universe – “Let us make man in our likeness and let him have dominion. (Gen. 1:28) Here is the battleground between God’s Word and so‑called Modern Science. The Gentile world, especially the leaders of thought in theological seminaries, and the ministers in prominent pulpits, are bowing down to the false god called “Evolution.” The two theories are squarely at issue: If the Evolution theory regarding man be true, the entire Bible is false from Genesis to Revelation. If the Bible is true, the Evolution theory is utterly false in all its deductions as respect man.

It is not alone the Genesis account of man’s creation in the Divine image that must determine the matter; the entire theory of the Bible supports the Genesis record, and stands or falls with it. For, if man was created otherwise than pure and perfect and mentally well endowed, he could not, truthfully, have been called an “image” of God; nor could his Creator have placed him on trial in Eden to test his fitness for everlasting life; nor could his disobedience have been accounted sin and punishable by a death sentence; nor would it have been necessary to have redeemed him from that sentence by an Atonement. And the result and outcome of the Atonement, the Bible informs us, will be a restoration to man’s “former estate” (Ezek. 16:55). But if the evolution theory were true, a restoration to a “former estate,” so far from being a blessing to the race, would be a curse and a crime against it. For, if by blind force or other evolutionary processes, man has been climbing up by tedious endeavor and laborious efforts, from protoplasm to oyster, and from oyster to fish, and from fish to reptile, and from reptile to monkey, and from monkey to lowest man, and from lowest man to what we are today, then it would be a fearful injury to the race for God to restore it to what it was in the beginning, or possibly to force the restoration further back – to protoplasm. There is no middle ground on this question. Men are so intent upon excluding God from the sovereignty of the universe; they degrade man and defraud him of the dignity of his origin.

To prove the existence of an intelligent God, one needs only to study the history of Israel. Analyzing the Chosen People, we find that among the relics of antiquity that have come down through the centuries to this day, there is no object of so great interest as the Jewish people. Searchers after ancient lore have untiringly questioned every inani­mate object that could give a mite of historic or scientific information in order to learn all that is possible to know of human origin, history and destiny. But the most interesting relic and the one whose history can be the most easily deciphered and understood is Israel. In them the world has a monument of antiquity of inestimable value upon which is recorded the origin, progress, and final destiny of the whole human race. They are the true Jehovah’s witnesses, living and intelligent witnes­ses of the gradual outworking of a purpose in human affairs in exact conformity with the predictions of their Divinely inspired prophets. God, having sent to them his prophets and committed unto them his oracles, led them up step by step from being a nation of slaves to be, as in the time of Solomon, a people distinguished and honored among the nations, attracting the wonder and admiration of the world. Then, because of their disobedience and offenses against him, he withdrew his favor and permitted them to be scattered, homeless, destitute and persecuted. Because of the evidence of Divine power over them, God, himself, declares, “Ye are my witnesses that I am God. (Isa. 43:12)

Thus, an earnest study of the Jewish people will convince any sincere seeker for truth that there exists an intelligent Creator, one who is orderly in his dealings in behalf of humanity and most definite in the shaping of the destiny of his Chosen People. An earnest study will also reveal that Jesus Christ, the Messiah, is now taking unto himself his great power to reign over them, for the “set time” to return of favor to Zion is come. “Thou shalt arise and have mercy upon Zion, for the time to favor her; yea the set time is come.” (Psa. 102:13) It was at the time of Jerusalem’s destruction by the Babylonians that Gentiles began their long domination of the earth and especially the Jewish homeland. This domi­nation was by Divine permission, and it was decre­ed to end at a “set time,” for no Gentile power ever was designated as “the Kingdom of God” or assured perpetuity of rule. Gentile powers were permitted to dominate the earth for a fixed and definite term as a punishment to Israel for unfaithfulness. At the appointed time, their rule will terminate, and the prophet Isaiah declares that forthwith God will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the Four Corners of the earth (Isa. 11:12). Then God’s original purpose for Israel will be resumed, and once more Israel’s opportunity to represent righteousness in the earth will return to them under the reign of their King who shall eventually have “dominion from sea to sea and from the river unto the ends of the earth” (Psa. 72:8); for “the uttermost parts of the earth shall be his possession.” (Psa. 2:7‑8)

Restoration cannot fail. It has the backing of the great Atonement‑sacrifice of Jesus and the promise of Almighty God. Those of Israel who are unsympathetic and unwilling to help in the rebuilding of the Jewish homeland do not have the faith of Abraham; they do not possess Jacob’s appreciation of God’s promises; but like Esau, they prefer the things of momentary comfort rather than claim their Divinely intended birthright.

We have evidence today that we are entering into the Millennial Reign of Christ. The things, which the Lord through the prophets, declares, will transpire in that day evidence this. The Lord, through the prophets, speaks of the Millennial Day in various terms; sometimes he describes it as “The Day of the Lord,” and sometimes he calls it “The Day of Judgment,” and often he refers to it as simply “That Day.” So, if we can discern the fulfillment of prophecy relating to the things, which the Lord said would happen “in that day,” we can then see that we are in the Millennium.

The Lord, speaking of the Millennial Day through the prophet, declares: “In that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and I will close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up the ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old. And I will bring again the captivity of my people, 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. And I will plant them upon their own land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord God.” (Amos 9:11,14,15)

Thus, the Lord, through the prophet declares that the re‑establish­ment of Israel is one of the events to be expected “in that day,” and this we see fulfilled. And, note the prophecy cannot be inter-preted in any spiritual or symbolic sense. It is not a land in heaven to which Israel will be returned, for the Lord declares that they are to be planted upon their “own land,” the land which he has “given them;” and this is the land which he promised to Abraham, saying, “Lift up now thine eyes and look from the place where thou art, northward, southward, eastward and westward, for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever... arise, walk through the land, in the length of it and in the breadth of it, for I will give it unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger all the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession.” (Gen. 13:14‑17; 17:8)

The Promised Land is usually thought of as being the comparatively small tract of territory known as Palestine, but in truth and in fact it is a much larger area. In Genesis 15:18 we read: “In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abraham, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river Euphrates.” This larger area forms a substantial part of what is commonly referred to today as “The Middle East.”

That “in that day” Israel would be established in their “own land” is a prophecy fulfilled today, therefore we are now in “that day.” It is also prophetically declared by one, speaking for the Lord Jesus, “I will return and will build again the tabernacle of David [the old Jewish polity] that has fallen down, and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up...” We see this today; therefore we are in the Millennium. (Acts 15:16; Luke 1:32; Ezek. 37:24)

Notice the literalness of the promised return of Israel to their “own land,” for, the Lord says the city shall be rebuilt upon her “own heap.” (Jer. 30:18) That Jerusalem is rebuilt upon her “own heap” cannot be questioned. A hundred other evidences might be cited as proof that we are in the Millennium, but what stronger evidence can we cite than the fact that “in that day” – the Millennial day, God, through the Prophet, declares, “I will bring again my people, Israel, to their own land, and I will build the taber­nacle of David, and they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them.” (Amos 9:11,14, 15) The waste cities are being rebuilt; the Jews inhabit them. Again the prophet declares, “And they shall plant vineyards.” According to an authority, one of the largest grape vineyards in the world is located in Israel.

When we reflect that the Jewish nation, and its polity, its political economy and regime was com­pletely overthrown, and has, for centuries, lain in the dust, its inhabitants scattered to the four winds of the earth, we see then that we are living in “that day” spoken of by the holy prophets, when the regath-ering of Israel and the replanting of them in their “own land” has taken place. It is evident that David and his throne, re‑established in the nation of Israel, will represent God’s earthly Kingdom. We have the Old Testament prophecy which declares, “I will raise up the tabernacle of David that has fallen down” (Amos 9:11, 14, 15), and we have in the New Testament a prophetic quotation of Jesus’ words, “I will return and will build again the tabernacle of David.” (Acts 15:16, Ezek. 37:24) David will be one of the “princes” to whom the Lord will entrust the physical operation of the earthly Kingdom (Psa. 45: 16).

The promised restoration of old Jerusalem implies not merely the reconstruction of the city and buildings, but a city in prophecy is also a symbol or representative of a government. Hence the promised reconstruc­tion of Jerusalem upon her “own heap,” upon her old foundations, implies a national reorganization of Israel upon a basis similar to that which it formerly enjoyed. The establishment and operation of God’s Kingdom on earth is the fulfillment of that prayer: “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth.”

The coming of Messiah’s Kingdom is gradual and not sudden. It is coming now into being, and as a result we see the re‑establishment of old Jerusalem – the Jewish polity “raised up.” The Lord declares, In that day I will raise it [Jerusalem] up; I will raise up the ruins, and I will build it as in days of old.” (Amos 9:11; Acts 15:16) This does not refer to some kind of spiritual Jerusalem, for how a spiritual Jerusalem could lay in “ruins” and how could it be rebuilt as in “days of old”? Notice, the Prophet, speaking of the Millennium, declares, “At that time [in the Millennium] they shall call Jerusalem the Throne of the Lord.” (Jer. 3:17)

While we admit that the meaning of some Scriptures is not obvious, we contend that even if the prophecies couched in figurative and symbolic language be excluded, there still remains a broad
residue of Scripture in plain and unmistakable terms, the substance and effect of which is: that God has a plan for the world in which, of all nations, the Jews will play a most important part and that that part will be the sequel to the rejection of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, by Israel in AD 33. Prophecy examined point by point will show that we are now living “at that time;” in that day” – in the Millennium, when God’s favor returns to Israel; when he literally plants them in their “own land” and they will be rebuilt as a great nation according to God’s multiplied promises to that effect.

Thus saith the Lord, behold I will bring again the captivity of Jacob’s tents and have mercy on his dwelling places; and the city [Old Jerusalem] shall be built upon her own heap, and the palace [the temple] shall remain after the manner thereof. Their children also shall be as aforetime and their congregations shall be established before me and I will punish all who oppose them, and their nobles shall be of themselves [of their own kin] and their governor shall proceed from among them. And I will bring them from the North Country [Germany and Russia] and I will gather them from the coasts of the earth... Hear the word of the Lord, O ye [Gentile] nations, and declare it in the isles afar off and say, He that scattered Israel will gather them as a shepherd doth his flock; for the Lord hath ransomed them from the hand of them that was stronger than they. Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion... and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all.” (Jer. 30:18,20,21; 31:8‑12)

An interesting aspect of this Kingdom is that the Jews – the Israelites will become Christian – followers of Christ, their Messiah, Lord and Master; and the Christians will become Israelites indeed, and the Kingdom of God, both spiritual and earthly will become one common union – communion.