Thursday, August 14
Man has dominated man to his injury.—Eccl. 8:9.
"During 6,000 years of human history, self-determination and self-rule have brought a tragic abundance of pain and suffering to mankind. What do we see today? Aside from wars and uprisings, there are the devastating problems of poverty, disease, destruction of the environment, climate change, and more. Government officials have warned that if we do not change our business-as-usual attitude, the outcome will be disastrous. Under the Messianic King Jesus Christ and his 144,000 corulers, God’s Kingdom will take progressive steps to undo all the damage done to humans and their home, the planet Earth. The Thousand Year Reign will bring about the fulfillment of the heartwarming promise by Jehovah God: “I am creating new heavens and a new earth; and the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart.”—Isa. 65:17. "
This is what we are praying for when we say The Lord's Prayer - for God's Kingdom to come, and for His will to be done upon the earth.
And its odd how the Day of Judgement, the thousand year reign of Jesus and the Saints, is so often pictured as something terrible. Yet it is something to be longed for. It is when the earth is restored to Paradise, and obedient humankind to perfection.
All who come into the Day of Judgement, be they "the great crowd" that is protected through Armageddon, or the resurrected dead - both "the righteous and the unrighteous" - will have a completely fresh start. They will not be judged for anything they have done before.
As the Christian Greek Scriptures famously tell us "The wages sin pays is death." (Romans 6:23) And therefore, "the one who has died has been acquitted from his sin". He has paid the wages of his sin, his imperfection. (Romans 6:7)
Hence the urgency of the Christian preaching work, as all of us on the earth now are facing Armageddon with the wages of our sin unpaid.
Today, we have had beautiful light brought to us via Big Bertha, I assume. Intense sunlight with ominous dark clouds all around - a brief shower while I was shopping this morning. I took the Butterfly Memberships, plus a Report someone had requested to the Post Office, and posted the card and present to the bride and groom. Oh and also a copy of "Old Playgrounds" to Krysia.
I hope she will enjoy it.