Saturday, December 19, 2009

daily text 12/19

Saturday, December 19th, 2009
"This is a proof of the righteous judgment of God." (2 Thessalonians 1:5)

How sobering it is to reflect on the fact that God has set a future judgment day for mankind! (Acts 17:30, 31) That judgment will be by the resurrected Jesus Christ and will mean either life or death. That Judgment Day will be 1,000 years long. Jesus will preside over it in Jehovah’s name as King of God’s Kingdom, but he will not be alone. Jehovah chooses others from among mankind to reign with Jesus and judge during that millennium-long day. (Compare Luke 22:29, 30.) Almost 4,000 years ago, Jehovah laid the groundwork for that Judgment Day when he made a covenant with his faithful servant Abraham. (Genesis 22:17, 18) That covenant evidently went into effect in 1943 B.C.E. Of course, Abraham was unable to grasp fully what the covenant would mean for mankind. We today, though, can see that under its terms, Abraham’s seed play a special role in the fulfillment of God’s purpose to judge mankind.
(Watchtower issue: 1/15/08, 4:1-3)

Another aspect of Bible prophecy which is being fulfilled before our very eyes (and can't be denied by anyone...including opposers) is what was foretold about Jehovah gathering 'a great crowd' of people "out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues" (Revelation 7:9)

The New World's Foundation Now Being Formed

Despite all manner of opposition and ridicule from family members, friends, the community, and even the authorities, that 'great crowd' is taking their stand for pure worship right now and demonstrating their support of God's Kingdom by conforming their lives to his standards & requirements...which is something truly unique in the history of mankind. And the timing of it is right on schedule according to Bible prophecy.