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!


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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     


The Rock

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."



Peacemaking

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 



Spiritual Retreat


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.

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My husband came home ill. There were appointments to cancel Plans to rearrange.


The mailman brought two disturbing lettersA 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