A SERMON I BROUGHT AT THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES 2018, AT COLLINGWOOD, ONTARIO, WITH THE CANADIAN CHURCH OF GOD.
PEACE TO COME!
THERE IS LITTLE PEACE IN THE WORLD TODAY; BUT PEACE, WORLD WIDE PEACE, IS FORETOLD TO COME UPON THIS EARTH IN THE PAGES OF THE BIBLE!
“AND IT SHALL COME TO TO PASS IN THE LAST DAYS, THAT THE MOUNTAIN [GOVERNMENT] OF THE LORD’S HOUSE SHALL BE ESTABLISHED IN THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAINS [GOVERNMENTS OF EARTH], AND SHALL BE EXALTED ABOVE THE HILLS [LOWER EARTHLY GOVERNMENTS]; AND ALL NATIONS SHALL FLOW UNTO IT. AND MANY PEOPLE SHALL GO AND SAY, COME YOU, AND LET US GO UP UNTO THE MOUNTAIN [GOVERNMENT] OF THE LORD, TO THE HOUSE OF THE GOD OF JACOB; AND HE WILL TEACH US OF HIS WAYS, AND WE WILL WALK IN HIS PATHS; FOR OUT OF ZION SHALL GO FORTH THE LAW, AND THE WORD OF THE LORD FROM JERUSALEM. AND HE SHALL JUDGE AMONG THE NATIONS, AND SHALL REBUKE MANY PEOPLE: AND THEY SHALL BEAT THEIR SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES, AND THEIR SPEARS INTO PRUNINGHOOKS: NATION SHALL NOT LIFT UP SWORD AGAINST NATIONS, NEITHER SHALL THEY LEARN WAR ANY MORE” [ISAIAH 2:2-4].
LEARNING WAR NO MORE…..WOW…..NO MORE ARMY SCHOOLS WHERE KILLING IS TAUGHT!
TURN TO CHAPTER 11 AND READ VERSES 1 TO 9.
ALL SCHOLARS OF ANY REPUTE IN BIBLE KNOPWLEDGE KNOW THIS IS A PROPHECY OF THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH JESUS CHRIST, BACK TO THIS EARTH AND THE THINGS THAT WILL TAKE PLACE AT, AND AFTER HIS RETURN.
“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” [VERSE 9].
O MY HOW GLORIOUS AND HOW WONDERFUL WILL BE THE AGE TO COME! IT IS HARD FOR THE HUMAN MIND TO FATHAM IT, FOR WE HAVE NEVER KNOWN SUCH A STATE FOR THE EARTH SINCE SIN CAME INTO THE WORLD.
THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD UPON ALL PEOPLES AS LIKE THE WATERS COVERING THE SEA BEDS!
MEDITATE ON THAT….. IT IS BEYOND WORDS TO DESCRIBE. IT LEAVES YOU SPEECHLESS IN WONDERMENT!
“AND IN THIS MOUNTAIN SHALL THE LORD OF HOST MAKE UNTO THE PEOPLE A FEAST OF FAT THINGS, A FEAST OF WINES ON THE LEES, OF FAT THINGS FULL OF MARROW, OF WINES ON THE LEES WELL REFINED. AND HE WILL DESTROY IN THIS MOUNTAIN THE FACE OF THE COVERING CAST OVER ALL PEOPLE, AND THE VAIL THAT IS SPREAD OVER ALL NATIONS. HE WILL SWALLOW UP DEATH IN VICTORY, AND THE LORD GOD WILL WIPE AWAY TEARS FROM OFF ALL FACES; AND THE REBUKE OF HIS PEOPLE SHALL BE TAKEN AWAY FROM OFF ALL THE EARTH: FOR THE LORD HAS SPOKEN IT. AND IT SHALL BE SAID IN THAT DAY, LO, THIS IS OUR GOD; WE HAVE WAITED FOR HIM, AND HE WILL SAVE US: THIS IS THE LORD, AND WE HAVE WAITED FOR HIM. WE WILL BE GLAD AND REJOICE IN HIS SALVATION” [IASIAH 25: 6-9].
SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS WILL BE WIPED AWAY; HIS PEOPLE ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED FROM THEIR CAPTIVITY [EVERYWHERE IN PROPHECY THE 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL ARE IN CAPTIVITY TO THEIR ENEMIES WHEN JESUS COMES TO DELIVER THEM AND RETURN THEM TO THE HOLY LAND]; THE WAITING FOR JESUS TO RETURN IS OVER, HE HAS COME! DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY BY THE RESURRECTION, AND BY THE PEACE JESUS WILL INTRODUCE AS LAW; THE NATIONS WILL IN TIME, REJOICE IN HIS SALVATION!
“IN THAT DAY SHALL THIS SONG BE SUNG IN THE LAND OF JUDAH: WE HAVE A STRONG CITY; SALVATION WILL GOD APPOINT FOR WALLS AND BULWALKS. OPEN YOU THE GATES, AND THE RIGHTEOUS NATION WHICH KEEPS THE TRUTH MAY ENTER IN. YOU WILL KEEP HIM IN PERFECT PEACE WHOSE MIND IS STAYED IN YOU” [CHAPTER 26:1-3].
TRUTH WILL BRING PEACE; AS JESUS SAID, “THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE” — THOSE WHO HAVE THEIR MIND ON GOD, WHICH EVENTUALLY ALL NATIONS WILL, SHALL BRING PEACE ON EARTH!
“SAY UNTO THEM THAT ARE OF A FEARFUL HEART, BE STRONG, FEAR NOT: BEHOLD YOUR GOD WILL COME [JESUS IS GOD, A MEMBER OF THE GODHEAD, AS I PROVE IN OTHER STUDIES] WITH VENGEANCE, EVEN GOD [JESUS] WITH A RECOMPENSE; HE WILL COME AND SAVE YOU [THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL AND OTHERS ALIVE AND LOOK FOR HIM TO COME]. THEN THE EYES OF THE BLIND SHALL BE OPENED, AND THE EARS OF THE DEAF SHALL BE UNSTOPPED. THEN SHALL THE LAME MAN LEAP AS A HART, AND THE TONGUE OF THE DUMB SING; FOR IN THE WILDERNESS SHALL WATERS BREAK OUT, AND STREAMS IN THE DESERT….. AND THE RANSOMED OF THE LORD SHALL RETURN, AND COME TO ZION WITH SONGS AND EVERLASTING JOY UPON THEIR HEADS: THEY SHALL OBTAIN JOY AND GLADNESS, AND SORROW AND SIGHING SHALL FLEE AWAY” [CHAPTER 35: 4-10].
IT IS ONLY WHEN YOU KNOW THE LORD, WHEN YOU HAVE HIM AS YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOR, WHEN YOU TRUST IN HIM, WHEN YOU FOLLOW HIS WAYS—— ONLY THEN CAN YOU HAVE REAL PEACE OF MIND AND HEART!
The time has come for me to reorganize my life, my peace—I cry out. I cannot adjust my life to secure any fruitful peace. Here I am at sixty-four, still seeking peace. It is a hopeless dream.
—H. G. Wells, quoted in Leroy Brownlow, Better Than Medicine
Washington has a large assortment of peace monuments. We build one after every war.
THE WORLD FINDS IT VERY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN REAL LASTING PEACE!
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace!
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
Oh, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life!
—Francis of Assisi
A ship was wrecked in a furious storm and the only survivor was a little boy who was swept by the waves onto a rock. He sat there all night long until, the next morning, he was spotted and rescued.
"Did you tremble while you were on the rock during the
night?" someone later asked him.
"Yes," said the boy. "I trembled all night—but the rock didn't."
When I was a teenager, our family took cross-country car trips each summer. To keep the peace, we each took a turn choosing a cassette to play in the car tape deck. No one was allowed to complain or comment about another's choice. My mother liked to listen to hymns. I chose contemporary Christian music. My younger brother preferred rock. And Dad? He always thought the best thing was a 90-minute tape that was still blank!
Sharon Fleming (Respect, Silence)
One of the indelible images from the Vietnam War is the photograph of a nine-year-old girl named Phan Thi Kim Phuc. During a battle between North and South Vietnamese hoops, an American commander ordered South Vietnamese "aircraft to drop napalm bombs on her tiny village. Two of her brothers were killed, and she was burned badly. Wearing no clothes, she fled up the road toward the cameraman. Because of the pain her arms are held out sideways, and her mouth is open in a cry of agony. According to Elaine Sciolino in the New York Times, Ms. Kim Phuc suffered third-degree bums over 50 percent of her body, but she lived. She endured fourteen months of painful rehabilitation and scores of skin grafts. "It was so painful to have her wounds washed and dressed that she lost consciousness whenever she was touched." Since then she has married, emigrated to Canada, and become a Christian who hopes someday to attend Bible college. Her burned skin lost sweat and oil glands, and she is still in much pain. Scars stretch up her arms to her chest and back. But despite her past and present suffering, in 1996 she accepted an invitation from several Vietnam veterans groups to join in Veterans Day ceremonies held at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where she laid a wreath and spoke words of forgiveness.
"I have suffered a lot from both physical and emotional pain," she told the audience of several thousand people, who greeted her with two standing ovations. "Sometimes I could not breathe. But God saved my life and gave me faith and hope. Even if I could talk face to face with the pilot who dropped the bombs, I would tell him, 'We cannot change history, but we should try to do good things for the present and for the future to promote peace.'" Those who suffer the most can be the greatest peacemakers.
Forgiveness, Mercy, Suffering
This was my calculated plan: I would set aside my usual schedule —
The menial tasks that wedge in routinely.
In the peace and quiet of my living room I would relax in Your glorious presence.
How joyfully I envisioned the hours — My personal spiritual retreat!
With Bible and notebook beside me I would study and meditate — I would intercede for the needy world.
But how differently it happened, Lord: Never has the phone rung so persistently. Sudden emergencies kept pouring in Like summer cloudbursts.
My husband came home ill. There were appointments to cancel Plans to rearrange.
The mailman brought two disturbing letters— A cousin whose name I couldn't remember Stopped by on her way through town.
My morning elation became drooping deflation.
And yet, dear Lord, You were with me in it all! I sense Your vital presence— Your sure and steady guidance.
Not once did you leave me stranded. Perhaps, in Your great wisdom You longed to teach me a practical truth:
When You are my Spiritual Retreat I need not be a spiritual recluse.
—Ruth Harms Calkin, Lord, You Love to Say Yes
Lord, keep me still, Though stormy waves may blow; And waves my little bark may overflow, Or even if in darkness I must go; Lord, keep me still.
The waves are in Thy hand, The roughest seas subside at Thy command.
Steer Thou my bark in safety to the land And keep me still, Keep me still.
—Author unknown, quoted in Al Bryant, Sourcebook of Poetry
Horatio Spafford, a businessman in Chicago, sent his wife and three daughters to Europe by ship while he remained back in the States, intending to join them later. En route there was a terrible storm and a shipwreck during which their three daughters drowned. Mrs. Spafford made it to safety and wired back saying, "All of our daughters have been lost. Only I have been saved." He took the next vessel. As they came near the place where his daughters drowned, the skipper of the ship pointed to the place where the other ship had gone down. It was there on the deck of the ship he wrote these stirring words:
“When peace like a river attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, "It is well, it is well with my soul.”
—John Haggai, How to Win over Worry
OH YES HOW WONDERFUL IS TRUE PEACE!
WHEN THE EARTH IS FULL OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD AS THE WATERS COVER THE SEAS, THEN THERE WILL BE PEACE FOR ALL PEOPLES, ALL NATIONS!
FOR TODAY TO EACH OF US——
“DEPART FROM EVIL, AND DO GOOD; SEEK PEACE AND PERSUE IT” [PSALM 34: 14].
FOR THE AGE TO COME——
“AND IN THAT DAY WILL I MAKE A COVENANT FOR THEM WITH THE BEASTS OF THE FIELD, AND WITH THE FOWLS OF HEAVEN, AND WITH THE CREEPING THINGS OF THE GROUND: AND I WILL BREAK THE BOW AND THE SWORD AND THE BATTLE OUT OF THE EARTH, AND WILL MAKE THEM TO LIE DOWN SAFELY” [HOSEA 2: 18].
THAT IS FOR THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL IN THE SPECIFIC BUT IT APPLIES TO ALL NATIONS EVENTUALLY, IN THAT AGE OF PEACE TO COME.
FOR CHRISTIANS TODAY——
“BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS; FOR THEY SHALL BE CALLED THE CHILDREN OF GOD” [MATTHEW 5: 9].
“FOR HE THAT WILL LOVE LIFE, AND SEE GOOD DAYS, LET HIM REFRAIN HIS TONGUE FROM EVIL, AND HIS LIPS THAT THEY SPEAK ON GUILE. LET HIM ENSHEW EVIL, AND DO GOOD; LET HIM SEEK PEACE AND ENSUE IT” [1 PETER 3: 10-11].
“FINALLY BRETHREN, FAREWELL. BE PERFECT [MATURE], BE OF GOOD COMFORT, BE OF ONE MIND, LIVE IN PEACE; AND THE GOD OF LOVE AND PEACE SHALL BE WITH YOU” [2 CORINTHIANS 13:11].
“AND THE FRUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS [PS. 119: 172] IS SOWN IN PEACE OF THEM THAT MAKE PEACE” [JAMES 3:18].
“IF IT BE POSSIBLE, AS MUCH AS LIES IN YOU, LIVE PEACEABLY WITH ALL MEN” [ROMANS 12: 18].
I HAVE AN ARTICLE ON THIS WEBSITE CALLED “BEING A PEACEMAKER”—— UNDER THE SECTION “CHRISTIAN LIVING” IN THE AREA OF STUDY #200.
Keith Hunt - November 3 - 2018