Why Christians have a fervent desire for the promised future
NKJV (John 3:16) 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
In the previous article we talked about the judgment and the Millennial Kingdom, the New Jerusalem that will descend and the New Temple that will be built.
Jerusalem will become the center of the world, the center of worship.
Joyful, peaceful and happy times await us, but first we have to endure the current period in faithfulness. The pressure on Christians will become considerably higher.
Our Christian youth in particular must be protected because we see the power of the (demonic) influence increasing;
Outside the Christian family – at the schools – our Christian youth are pressured with a mandatory visit and ritual acts in mosques.
The internet entertainment industry and social media occupy many young people completely.
State schools in Scotland ‘will be required’ to teach pupils about the history of LGBTI equalities and movements (LGBTI = Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex).
There will be no exemptions or opt-outs to the ‘gender-neutral’ policy. https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/nov/09/scotland-first-country-approve-lgbti-school-lessons
The latter is clearly ‘Frankfurter Schule’ influence with their ‘critical theory’, by having criticism on every alleged repression or discrimination, rightly or wrongly.
Especially Christian principles and interests are undermined.
Because of this, from 1960, the sexual revolution came into being as an answer to stand up against the Christian monogamous way of life, to ‘liberate’ themselves from sexual oppression.
Christians accept all people, even if they have different feelings (Luke 6: 31-32).
But by this kind of ‘required’ education, Christian principles are violated:
NKJV (Matthew 19: 5-6) 5…… For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.
Christianity is based on justice and mercy.
Christians have voluntary love for their neighbors, out of their hearts, but do not love the wicked behavior of this world:
NKJV (1John 2: 15-16) 15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not of the Father but is of the world.
The theme of this article is the final attack, the total destruction of Satan with his angels and the everlasting blessings and peace on the new earth.
- 1 The new land Israel with the new temple
After about 1000 years of living in heaven, the earth will again be fit for habitation and the New Jerusalem of God will descend to earth. (Rev. 21: 1-4).
In the New Jerusalem are the King Jesus, the saints (the bride) and the great crowd. All come back to the Promised Land after about 1000 years.
NKJV (Revelation 21:27) 27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
When Jesus has built the new temple, God’s glory will come into the temple. In the vision of Ezekiel, God (YHWH) speaks to him, a Man stands beside him, most likely Jesus:
NKJV (Ezekiel 43: 4-7) 4 And the glory of the Lord came into the temple by way of the gate which faces toward the east. 5 The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the temple. 6 Then I heard Him speaking to me from the temple, while a Man stood beside me. 7 And He said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever….
The temple in the New Jerusalem will be the place of the throne of YHWH and will reside forever among His people. The holy prophets will reside around God’s throne. (Rev. 4: 4)
God is then with the people and will wipe away all tears from their eyes and death will be no more:
NKJV (Isaiah 25: 8) 8 He (YHWH) will swallow up death forever, And the Lord God (YHWH) will wipe away tears from all faces; The rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; For the Lord has spoken. (see also Revelation 21: 4)
By ‘death’ is meant here, the ‘natural death’ by age or sickness, for all who are in Christ. (Gal 3:26-28)
From the ‘Gentiles’ or ‘non-Jews’ some will be appointed as ‘priests’, as saints, as priests and kings together with Jesus: (see also Revelation 1: 6, 5: 10, 20: 6)
NKJV (Isaiah 66: 21-22) 21 And I will also take some of them for priests and Levites,” says the Lord. 22 “For as the new heavens and the new earth Which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the Lord, “So shall your descendants and your name remain.
In Ezekiel chapter 47 and 48 the division of the new land of Israel is described.
Those who will be ‘in Christ’ from the Gentiles will also reside in Israel, as ‘strangers’:
NKJV (Ezekiel 47: 13-14, 22) 13 Thus says the Lord God: “These are the borders by which you shall divide the land as an inheritance among the twelve tribes of Israel. Joseph shall have two portions.14 You shall inherit it equally with one another; for I raised My hand in an oath to give it to your fathers, and this land shall fall to you as your inheritance….. 22 It shall be that you will divide it by lot as an inheritance for yourselves, and for the strangers who dwell among you and who bear children among you. They shall be to you as native-born among the children of Israel; they shall have an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.
NKJV (Ezekiel 48: 20-21) 20 The entire district shall be twenty-five thousand cubits by twenty-five thousand cubits, foursquare. You shall set apart the holy district with the property of the city. 21 “The rest shall belong to the prince, on one side and on the other of the holy district and of the city’s property, next to the twenty-five thousand cubits of the holy district as far as the eastern border, and westward next to the twenty-five thousand as far as the western border, adjacent to the tribal portions; it shall belong to the prince. It shall be the holy district, and the sanctuary of the temple shall be in the center.
NKJV (Psalms 69: 35-36) 35 For God will save Zion And build the cities of Judah, That they may dwell there and possess it. 36 Also, the descendants of His servants shall inherit it, And those who love His name shall dwell in it.
NKJV (Isaiah 57: 13) 13 When you cry out, Let your collection of idols deliver you. But the wind will carry them all away, A breath will take them. But he who puts his trust in Me shall possess the land, And shall inherit My holy mountain.
The holy area is about 13 km square. The temple is in the middle.
The servants from the newly divided land of Israel will serve in the temple:
NKJV (Revelation 22: 3) 3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.
NKJV (Ezekiel 20:40) 40 For on My holy mountain, on the mountain height of Israel,” says the Lord God, “there all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, shall serve Me; there I will accept them, and there I will require your offerings and the firstfruits of your sacrifices, together with all your holy things.
NKJV (Isaiah 61: 5-7) 5 Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, And the sons of the foreigner Shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. 6 But you shall be named the priests of the Lord, They shall call you the servants of our God. You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, And in their glory you shall boast. 7 Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs.
The ‘holy mountain’ is the name for the exalted place of God’s temple, the New Jerusalem.
All altar services are assigned to the sons of the faithful Levite Zadok:
NKJV (Ezekiel 40:46) 46 The chamber which faces north is for the priests who have charge of the altar; these are the sons of Zadok, from the sons of Levi, who come near the Lord to minister to Him.”
Everything what the prophets have written will be fulfilled, or as Jesus said:
NKJV (Matthew 5:17) 17 Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
On the New Earth, many peoples will set forth to the New Jerusalem to be taught by the word of YHWH, to hear the eternal fruits of truth there.
The holy mountain or Jerusalem will be the place of education for all nations, who want to be taught:
NKJV (Micah 4: 1-2) 1 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the Lord’s house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And peoples shall flow to it. 2 Many nations shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion the law shall go forth, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
NKJV (Zechariah 8: 3) 3 “Thus says the Lord: ‘I will return to Zion, And dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, The Mountain of the Lord of hosts, The Holy Mountain.’
NKJV (Nahum 1:15) 15 Behold, on the mountains The feet of him who brings good tidings, Who proclaims peace! O Judah, keep your appointed feasts, Perform your vows. For the wicked one shall no more pass through you; He is utterly cut off.
NKJV (Isaiah 54: 13-14) 13 All your children shall be taught by the Lord, And great shall be the peace of your children. 14 In righteousness you shall be established; You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; And from terror, for it shall not come near you.
NKJV (Zechariah 2: 10-11) 10 “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the Lord. 11 Many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and they shall become My people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you.
The Priest-King Jesus and the 144,000 saints will be judges:
NKJV (Isaiah 1:26) 26 I will restore your judges as at the first, And your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.”
NKJV (Luke 22:30) 30 that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
The saints will rule together with the Sprout or Branch (Jesus) in righteousness:
NKJV (Isaiah 32: 1-3) 1 Behold, a King will reign in righteousness, And princes will rule with justice. 2 A Man will be as a hiding place from the wind, And a cover from the tempest, As rivers of water in a dry place, As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. 3 The eyes of those who see will not be dim, And the ears of those who hear will listen.
NKJV (Jeremiah 33:15) 15 ‘In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David A Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
There will no longer be thought of which tribulations have all preceded it:
ESV (Isaiah 65: 17-20) 17 For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. 18 But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people to be a gladness. 19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in my people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress. 20 No more shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days, for the young man shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed.
Isaiah 65:20 is clear, dark clouds still once gather.
Not all on the new earth will live forever.
- 2 the last attack of the rebels
After the thousand years Satan will be released for a short period and he will deceive many and he will succeed partly:
NKJV (Revelation 20: 7-8) 7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea.
Gog and Magog are indications for opponents of God’s people on the new earth.
Many persons – who were written in the book of life – will degenerate into wicked behavior and then yet be erased from the book of life.
Then they will be denied access to the New Jerusalem and thus the access to the tree of life (Rev. 21: 27) with their leaves for healing. (Rev. 22: 2, 14)
These ‘new’ wicked ones have evil thoughts in their hearts and want to rob the new land Israel of God’s people, a people that lives carefree, without bars and gates:
NKJV (Ezekiel 38: 10-12) 10 ‘Thus says the Lord God: “On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan: 11 You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’– 12 to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land.
They even want to invade the New Jerusalem:
NKJV (Ezekiel 38: 14-15, 22) 14 “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “On that day when My people Israel dwell safely, will you not know it? 15 Then you will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army…. 22 And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone….
NKJV (Ezekiel 39: 1-6) 1 “And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal; 2 and I will turn you around and lead you on, bringing you up from the far north, and bring you against the mountains of Israel. 3 Then I will knock the bow out of your left hand, and cause the arrows to fall out of your right hand. 4 You shall fall upon the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops and the peoples who are with you; I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. 5 You shall fall on the open field; for I have spoken,” says the Lord God. 6 And I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in security in the coastlands. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.
NKJV (Revelation 20: 9) 9 They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.
NKJV (Psalms 46: 9) 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.
YHWH will no longer allow His people to be attacked and will miraculously save His people:
NKJV (Zechariah 14: 3-5) 3 Then the Lord will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle. 4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, Making a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south. 5 Then you shall flee through My mountain valley, For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall flee As you fled from the earthquake In the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Thus the Lord my God will come, And all the saints with You.
The horrifically sight of the dead rebels will become an eternal sight to the nations:
NKJV (Isaiah 66: 18, 23-24) 18 “For I know their works and their thoughts. It shall be that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see My glory….. 23 And it shall come to pass That from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the Lord. 24 “And they shall go forth and look Upon the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, And their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”
For their worm does not die and their fire is not quenched, a punishment that will never be ended and forgotten. This means the second death.
(For second death see also: 5. New Jerusalem, part 2 https://www.dojc.nl/?p=3330&lang=en)
For seven years, they can make fires with the weapons:
NKJV (Ezekiel 39: 8-10) 8 Surely it is coming, and it shall be done,” says the Lord God. “This is the day of which I have spoken. 9 “Then those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go out and set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and bucklers, the bows and arrows, the javelins and spears; and they will make fires with them for seven years. 10 They will not take wood from the field nor cut down any from the forests, because they will make fires with the weapons; and they will plunder those who plundered them, and pillage those who pillaged them,” says the Lord God.
After this final rebellion and attack, Satan will be completely erased:
NKJV (Revelation 20:10) 10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are……
No one will still learn the war, and all peoples want to learn the truth and knowledge of the true God:
NKJV (Micah 4: 3-5) 3 ….Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore. 4 But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, And no one shall make them afraid; For the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken. 5 For all people walk each in the name of his god, But we will walk in the name of the Lord our God Forever and ever.
NKJV (Zephaniah 3: 14-15) 14 Sing, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! 15 The Lord has taken away your judgments, He has cast out your enemy. The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; You shall see disaster no more.
No more there will be seen violence and evil in the new Israel:
NKJV (Isaiah 60: 18-21) 18 Violence shall no longer be heard in your land, Neither wasting nor destruction within your borders; But you shall call your walls Salvation, And your gates Praise. 19 “The sun shall no longer be your light by day, Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; But the Lord will be to you an everlasting light, And your God your glory. 20 Your sun shall no longer go down, Nor shall your moon withdraw itself; For the Lord will be your everlasting light, And the days of your mourning shall be ended. 21 Also your people shall all be righteous; They shall inherit the land forever, The branch of My planting, The work of My hands, That I may be glorified.
NKJV (Isaiah 60: 12, 14, 21) 12 For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish, And those nations shall be utterly ruined…. 14 Also the sons of those who afflicted you Shall come bowing to you, And all those who despised you shall fall prostrate at the soles of your feet; And they shall call you The City of the Lord, Zion of the Holy One of Israel….. 21 Also your people shall all be righteous; They shall inherit the land forever….
After this last intervention by God, peace will become abundant:
NKJV (Zechariah 14:16) 16 And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.
NKJV (Isaiah 26: 1-2) 1 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: “We have a strong city; God will appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks. 2 Open the gates, That the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in.
- 3 YHWH takes the total Kingship on Himself
And after the last enemy – the natural death – is destroyed, the Messiah will give all power to the rightful Ruler, the heavenly Father YHWH:
NKJV (Revelation 20:14) 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
NKJV (1 Corinthians 15: 24-26) 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.
NKJV (Zechariah 14: 7-9) 7 It shall be one day Which is known to the Lord– Neither day nor night. But at evening time it shall happen That it will be light. 8 And in that day it shall be That living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, Half of them toward the eastern sea And half of them toward the western sea; In both summer and winter it shall occur. 9 And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be– “The Lord is one,” And His name one.
NKJV (Psalms 22: 27-31) 27 All the ends of the world Shall remember and turn to the Lord, And all the families of the nations Shall worship before You. 28 For the kingdom is the Lord’s, And He rules over the nations. 29 All the prosperous of the earth Shall eat and worship; All those who go down to the dust Shall bow before Him, Even he who cannot keep himself alive. 30 A posterity shall serve Him. It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation, 31 They will come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born, That He has done this.
NKJV (Obadiah 1: 21) 21 Then saviors shall come to Mount Zion To judge the mountains of Esau, And the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.
And that is the moment whereupon the original paradise is restored and God’s people is allowed to live in love and peace to eternity, in pure worship to the only true God YHWH.
- 4 Eternal blessings and peace on the new earth
After God (YHWH) has taken the total Kingship upon Himself, Jesus (called – My servant David) will forever remain Prince or Viceroy:
NKJV (Ezekiel 37:25) 25 Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children’s children, forever; and My servant David shall be their Prince forever.
The temple will last forever in their midst:
NKJV (Ezekiel 37: 26-28) 26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. 27 My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 28 The nations also will know that I, the Lord, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.
Jesus will have a close relationship with His Father as King / High Priest in the new temple:
NKJV (Zechariah 6: 12-13) 12 Then speak to him, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, saying: “Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH! From His place He shall branch out, And He shall build the temple of the Lord; 13 Yes, He shall build the temple of the Lord. He shall bear the glory, And shall sit and rule on His throne; So He shall be a priest on His throne, And the counsel of peace shall be between them Both.
The earth will be a place of peace and pleasantness, also with regard to the animals:
NKJV (Ezekiel 34: 23-25) 23 I will establish one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them–My servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24 And I, the Lord, will be their God, and My servant David a prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken. 25 “I will make a covenant of peace with them, and cause wild beasts to cease from the land; and they will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods.
NKJV (Isaiah 11: 6-10) 6 “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. 7 The cow and the bear shall graze; Their young ones shall lie down together; And the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s 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. 10 “And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the Gentiles shall seek Him, And His resting place shall be glorious.”
NKJV (Isaiah 65:25) 25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, The lion shall eat straw like the ox, And dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,” Says the Lord.
NKJV (Isaiah 35: 5-10) 5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 6 Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert. 7 The parched ground shall become a pool, And the thirsty land springs of water; In the habitation of jackals, where each lay, There shall be grass with reeds and rushes. 8 A highway shall be there, and a road, And it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, But it shall be for others. Whoever walks the road, although a fool, Shall not go astray. 9 No lion shall be there, Nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it; It shall not be found there. But the redeemed shall walk there, 10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, And sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Everyone will be taught and the nations will serve our Father YHWH with one accord:
NKJV (Zephaniah 3: 9) 9 For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, That they all may call on the name of the Lord, To serve Him with one accord.
Whatever someone has harvested or has built, it will be for himself:
NKJV (Isaiah 62: 8-9) 8 The Lord has sworn by His right hand And by the arm of His strength: “Surely I will no longer give your grain As food for your enemies; And the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your new wine, For which you have labored. 9 But those who have gathered it shall eat it, And praise the Lord; Those who have brought it together shall drink it in My holy courts.”
NKJV (Isaiah 65: 21-24) 21 They shall build houses and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 22 They shall not build and another inhabit; They shall not plant and another eat; For as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people, And My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. 23 They shall not labor in vain, Nor bring forth children for trouble; For they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the Lord, And their offspring with them. 24 “It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear.
The nations will change, on the whole earth the Christian way of life will become general:
NKJV (Ezekiel 11: 19-20) 19 Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, 20 that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.
There will be intense joy on the whole earth:
NKJV (Jeremiah 31: 4, 12-13) 4 Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel! You shall again be adorned with your tambourines, And shall go forth in the dances of those who rejoice….. 12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, Streaming to the goodness of the Lord– For wheat and new wine and oil, For the young of the flock and the herd; Their souls shall be like a well-watered garden, And they shall sorrow no more at all. 13 “Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, And the young men and the old, together; For I will turn their mourning to joy, Will comfort them, And make them rejoice rather than sorrow.
The miraculous water that flows out of the temple will be eternally ‘living’ water:
NKJV (Ezekiel 47: 1-2,7-9,12) 1 Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. 2 He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side…. 7 When I had returned, I saw a very large number of trees along both sides of the riverbank. 8 He said to me, “This water flows out to the eastern region and goes down to the Arabah. When it enters the sea, the sea of foul water, the water [of the sea] becomes fresh. 9 Every [kind of] living creature that swarms will live wherever the river flows, and there will be a huge number of fish because this water goes there. Since the water will become fresh, there will be life everywhere the river goes….. .12 Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine. (see also Revelation 22: 2)
It is a huge privilege to be allowed to live on this new earth and to be allowed to be happy there.
In the introduction we spoke about the great pressure towards our young people.
Parents, pray to the almighty Father YHWH and ask for strength and protection especially for these vulnerable Christian youth. Do your best to discuss these issues with the precious young people in your area and have a patient ear. Tell them that repetition and brainwashing of demonic teachings are devastating:
NKJV (1 Timothy 4: 1-2) 1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,
NKJV (1 Timothy 5: 8) 8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
Tell them how precious they are in God’s eyes.
Jesus spoke about love for young people and about the promised eternal joy and peace:
NKJV (Matthew 18: 3-5) 3 … unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.
NKJV (Luke 9:48) 48 and said to them, “Whoever receives this little child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. For he who is least among you all will be great.”
Have an unshakable confidence and be steadfast in the faith in Christ, now that it will become difficult.