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A Holy Nation Pictured

“Happy the people that fare thus! Happy the people whose God is Jehovah” Psa. 14:1-5

At the time God accepted Israel to be His people He entered into a Covenant or agreement with them. He gave them the Law, represented in the Ten Commandments, as the basis of the Covenant which Moses mediated. Israel agreed to be faithful to God, and to keep those commandments perfectly. And God agreed that in that event He would bless them. They should be His people and by doing the things contained in the Law should live everlastingly-not die. Not only so, but He promised to bless them in all the temporal affairs of life; in their homes, in their families, in their flocks and herds and fields they should be prospered.

Israel failed to get these blessings, for the same reason that any other people would have failed; namely, because God’s Law is perfect, the measure of a perfect man’s ability: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, mind, being and strength; and thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Hence, the Israelites continued to die, as their fathers had done, and as all mankind die not being able to keep the Divine Law perfectly. For the same reason Israel experienced wars, famines, pestilences and droughts in proportion as they were negligent of the terms of their Covenant. Leviticus 26:14-33.

HAPPY IS THAT PEOPLE

In the text above the Prophet David pictures the holy, happy, blessed nation of the Lord. It is a picture of the future and not of the past. It is an ideal picture. It will be realized when Messiah’s Kingdom shall have been established amongst men when Satan’s power shall be restrained, when he shall be bound, when the blessings of Restitution shall have uplifted mankind from sin and degradation and shall have brought them back to the image and likeness of God lost in Eden, but re-acquired for our race through the sacrifice of our Lord on Calvary.

But that happy nation will acquire, additionally, a happy home and world-wide Paradise. Even human perfection would not bring happiness if cyclones, tornadoes, blizzards, tidal waves, earthquakes, famines and pestilences continued. Thank God, the Bible’s assurances are that the blessing of the Lord shall be, not only upon mankind, but upon all their earthly home. The earth shall yield her increase. The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad and blossom as the rose. The Lord will make His footstool glorious. Acts 3:19-21; Isa. 11:9; 65:25; Ezek. 37; Isa. 35:1; 60:13.

PARTICULARS GIVEN BY THE PROPHET

Incidental to the blessed condition of the holy nation of the future, the Prophet David mentions a deliverance from strange children: “Rid me and deliver me from the hands of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and whose right hand is the right hand of falsehood.” Psa. 144:11.

In the Church of the present Age there are some whom the Apostle styles “bastards,” or strange children. All may make the same profession and confession, but “the Lord knoweth them that are His,” and in His due time shall separate the false or strange children from the true and will glorify the saintly ones as members of the great Messiah, The Christ. Then will come the time for dealing with humanity in general the time described in our text, when humanity in general, under the Messianic Kingdom, will be privileged to become the holy and happy people of God when Satan and sin will be banished and righteousness and Truth will flourish and the knowledge of the glory of the Lord will fill the whole earth.

The great Messiah undertakes to be the world’s Life-Giver, Father, Regenerator. All mankind will be awakened from the tomb and have the opportunity for regeneration and full attainment of human perfection and God-likeness. However, for quite a time there will be strange children amongst men those who will experience the blessings of that glorious time without giving proper heart responses. Not until the world shall have been rid of these, by their dying the Second Death, will the fullness of happiness prevail amongst the children of men. With the wrong spirit they utter vanity, foolishness, and their right hand, their best powers, prove disloyal to the King of kings, of whom King David was merely a type.

TIMES OF REFRESHING SHALL COME, AND HE SHALL SEND JESUS CHRIST

“Then you sons will be like plants, grown up in their youth; your daughters like corner-pillars, sculptured in the model of a palace.” The grace and beauty of the children of Messiah, partakers of human Restitution blessings (Acts 3:19-21), will be marvelous. They will attain to more than Adamic perfection, for they will have an increase of knowledge.

Then the garners will be full, furnishing all manner of provisions. Then your sheep will bring forth thousands and tens of thousands in your open pastures. The earth shall yield her increase under the blessings of Messiah’s Kingdom.

Then the oxen will be strong to labor. Then there shall be no breach no rupture of the happy relationships. Even death shall be destroyed.

Then there will be no migration no further seeking for better or more happifying conditions. Then there will be no complaining in our streets. Discontent is now rapidly increasing with every added blessing of our wonderful day. The difficulty lies in the fact that sin and selfishness are reigning in the hearts and minds of men. Under the wonderfully changed conditions of Messiah’s Kingdom, peace, happiness, contentment will take the place of selfishness and discontent.

No wonder the Prophet declares that happy will be the people who fare thus happy are the people whose God is Jehovah. We need to correct our ideas, our theologies. God does not acknowledge Himself the God of the wicked and He declines to treat evil-doers except as rebels, aliens, foreigners, strangers, as respects His promises and favors. Our entire race was originally thus estranged. But Divine grace provided a “Savior and a great One.” This Savior is already reconciling a saintly, faithful Church, who will be His associates in the Heavenly Kingdom. Shortly He will apply of the merit of His sacrifice on behalf of all mankind.

The Scriptures assure us that this will be fully acceptable to the Heavenly Father, who will enter into a New Covenant with Israel, of which Messiah will be the great Mediator, the antitype of Moses. (Jer. 31:31). Under that New Covenant all mankind will be privileged and assisted to come back to Divine favor under the processes of Restitution, in connection with the judgments and disciplines of that Messianic Kingdom. The result of the thousand years of that reign of righteousness will be the development of mankind as one holy nation or people, whose happiness will be complete and everlasting. There shall be no more sighing, no more crying, no more dying; for all the former things shall have passed away, and He upon the Throne shall have made all things new. Rev. 21:1-5.

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  1. The following are some further thoughts on the foregoing article specifically in regards to Psa 144:12-14.

    “Then your sons will be like plants, grown up in their youth; your daughters like corner-pillars, sculptured in the model of a palace.” The grace and beauty of the children of Messiah, partakers of human Restitution blessings (Acts 3:19-21), will be marvelous. They will attain to more than Adamic perfection, for they will have an increase of knowledge.”

    One can only imagine what a perfect human being resembles, character wise yes, we have the example of our Lord when in the flesh, but physically wise we have no true example upon which to relate. Even if you were to consider the finest specimen of mankind, both male and female still our conception would fall far short of what the perfect man (or women) resembles.

    The scriptures here determine to stoke the imagination viz., sons like young plants in their youth, full of vigor and strength, daughters like the marbled sculptured beauties found in ancient Grecian and Roman edifices, these and more cannot contend with actual human perfection, for both are but the imaginings and perceptions of fallible men.

    Although the increase of knowledge here spoken of most likely relates primarily to a knowledge of the truth, mankind’s capacity for future growth in knowledge in all subjects, art, music, science, literature and etc. will likewise be greatly increased as time goes by.

    Recall to mind that at one time (even in his fallen estate) mankind working as one worked together attempting to build a tower reaching to heaven (Gen 11:1-6). And what were the Lord’s remarks of such, “And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now NOTHING THAT THEY PROPOSE TO DO WILL BE WITHHELD FROM THEM”.

    If in his fallen estate mankind was capable of attempting such feats, what could a nation (world) of perfect men working together as one not accomplish if they put their minds to it?

    “Then the garners will be full, furnishing all manner of provisions. Then your sheep will bring forth thousands and tens of thousands in your open pastures. The earth shall yield her increase under the blessings of Messiah’s Kingdom.”

    The garners will be full, that is to say there will be no more hunger, no more poverty or starvation for the earth (all the earth) shall yield her increase even the solitary places, all mankind will be provided for, equally.

    Some however take the foregoing as well as other similar text to imply that mankind is to fall back on simpler times (horse and buggy), that we will be a world of farmers tending crops and sheep. Now naturally these professions will be needed, but this in no way implies that everyone will be occupied in these same particular fields of work, there will still be a need of other professions necessary to the happiness and lively hood of all.

    We believe the Lord here was attempting to presents affairs in terms which were comprehensible to those living then and now.

    “Then the oxen will be strong to labor.”

    Not only will mankind be restored to perfection, but the lower creation will likewise reap the rewards from the restoration process, this is not to imply that the lower creation will experience eternal life, but perfection of organism is still a distinct possibility. In the beginning of the new age it might prove necessary to utilize animal labor to perform many of the tasks which we now employ machinery to do, this only because following the destruction of the Day of the Lord (Armageddon) much of that machinery may have been destroyed.

    The lower creation was created for man’s benefit, to aid him in his work, for companionship, for food, for clothing (as noted in the reference above concerning the thousands of sheep). No we don’t all believe as some that we will be a world of vegetarians. Even our Lord as a perfect man ate both fish and lamb.

    “Then there shall be no breach no rupture of the happy relationships. Even death shall be destroyed.”

    No more sorrow, no more crying for lost loved ones, both friend and family.

    “Then there will be no migration no further seeking for better or more happifying conditions. Then there will be no complaining in our streets.”

    The primary thought here we believe is this, there will be no more hungering or complaining for better times or conditions, for a golden age, for the golden age will have been reached with the establishment of God’s will on earth even as it is in heaven.

    Another thought is that it will no longer be necessary for anyone to migrate in the typical sense for all the earth will yield its increase, all the earth will be made glorious, there will be no place uninhabitable or undesirable. As far as… immigrating goes no necessity for this either, for all mankind will be one, one family, one people, the people of God.

    And one last thought with respects to the thought of “no migration”. This does not imply that at some time far in the distant future that some may migrate to other worlds likewise created in the image of the restored and perfect earth, paradises, filled with new life created by THE Christ head and body. These new civilizations having never experienced the permission of evil and its painful consequences as we have will nevertheless need to be made aware of what a course contrary to the divine law would entail.

    Since both Satan and all evil doers will have been done away with by that time there will be no opportunity for these people to learn the lesson of good and evil as we have (through experience) nor to learn it as most of the angelic host have (through observation), and since intuitive knowledge is reserved only to God this leaves but one other way and that is through some kind of possible recorded testimony, howbeit the best testimony would be that of those who actually experienced it, so who better than representatives from earth to share this knowledge.

    Just some thoughts

    1. Thank you for these added thoughts

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