From Atonement To Kingdom

Tonight begins the Feast of Tabernacles for many in the Church of God movement.  Some few may start on a different day due to calendar concerns, but the majority will celebrate it at the same time as the Jewish festival of Succoth (which basically means “booths” or “tabernacles”).

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Most of the articles the past week should lead you to one conclusion: There is a valid reason the Day of Atonement precedes the Feast of Tabernacles.

The meaning of the Day of Atonement is that Satan is put away for 1,000 years.  Finally, mankind will be able to have a spiritual rest as well as the physical blessings that come naturally through keeping God’s way of life.  Mankind will still have human nature to contend with, but with the enemy out of the way, it will be much easier to overcome.

Recent articles should also point to the fact that we in God’s Church are not immune from Satan’s influence.  Take King David as an example.  If Satan could tempt him to count the Children of Israel, then what makes us think we are immune?  Is all the bickering and dissension between and within groups accidental?  I think not!

The Feast of Tabernacles is 7 days long, a spiritual week.  It represents 1,000 years of Christ’s rule on the earth.  He will establish His Kingdom upon the earth.

This isn’t to be confused with the Kingdom of God, however.  This is only the beginning, the establishment of God’s rule upon the earth.

 50Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. (1 Corinthians 15:50, King James Version)

Only the saints will be resurrected and/or transformed into spirit beings at Christ’s return.  The rest of humanity that is left will still be flesh and blood.  Christ will rule over them for 1,000 years, but there is more to the story.

And, there is another holy day afterwards to help tell the next amazing part of God’s plan… The one portrayed 7 days from now.

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