TWO (2) VITAL CONDITIONS THAT MUST EXIST BEFORE GOD'S KINGDOM IS ESTABLISHED UPON EARTH
Of course, for such a wonderful condition to exist upon earth, BEFORE the actual 1,000 Year Reign of peace, there must be two (2) vital conditions that must be present.
The two (2) vital conditions that must exist, and must be present, before Jehovah would authorize such a holy "city" [New Jerusalem] to exist upon earth and "represent" Him, where all nations of the earth would "stream" (Isaiah 2:2-4; John 1:6) to for spiritual guidance, are:
1) According to bible prophecy, the Nation of Israel must finally come to exist in outright, rank APOSTASY before Jehovah in the "last days," and thus cannot be used for His Righteous Purposes upon the earth, anymore. In this state, Jesus said the nation of "Israel," would come to need a special "re-creation" [Greek: palingenesis or spiritual "renovation," or "rebirth,"] and be restored back to God's favor. (See Matthew 19:28 and Titus 3:5 New World Translation large prt ftn.) Therefore, the people must come to understand and accept this self-evident fact and realization, about their "alienated" state that they now possess, in God's sight and be willing to do something about it. They must now realize, that they are properly viewed at this point, as a "Rebellious" House before Jehovah because of the many sins that been committed against His Holy Name, by the nation. (Ezekiel 43:7-12) They must recognize that by their lawless deeds, they have "defiled" God's Name, which previously had been granted them as a privilege, to carry upon themselves. (Numbers 6:27; Deut. 28:10; Daniel 9:19) Now, as a "Rebellious House" before God, they must be "atoned for," in God's eyes by a special means. (Ezekiel 16:63) The special means that God would use is shown in point #2 below.
2a) A new "indefinitely lasting" covenant must be presented to this "Apostate nation," just as Jesus presented one to the ancient apostate nation of Israel in the first century, to a people who had violated God's Original Covenant and was in need of another one. (Isaiah 10:6; Isaiah 55:3; Isaiah 61:8, 9; Jeremiah 50:4, 5; Hebrews 8:7, 8) This "apostate" nation must then, be willing to accept the terms or conditions of discipline or "pass under the rod" of discipline, that Jehovah outlines to demonstrate full repentance on their parts, as shown within His Holy Word and prophecy. Afterwards they must show willingness to accept the "bond of the covenant," that He presents to them for their benefit. They must be willing to accept the "means by which he saves," whatever that "means" proved to be ... like He used Moses, Jesus or whatever modern-day "means" He chooses in His Lofty Wisdom. (Ezekiel 16:59-63; Ezekiel 20:35-38; Jeremiah 50:4, 5; Acts 28:28; Romans 16:27)
2b) In addition, this people must be willing to be made or established into an EARTHLY Kingdom arrangement (like Moses' people), which would include all of the aforementioned blessings, such as complete freedom from "sickness" and "death" while they serve as God's newly founded "kingdom of priests" in behalf of the rest of the world, for all eternity. In so doing, Jehovah would be willing to open up the prospect of "everlasting life," on earth, for this special "priestly" nation, a life free from the age-old enemy and "king" known of as "Death." (Exodus 19:5, 6; Romans 5:13, 14)
At this point, someone might say:
"Why not allow the repentant people to remain in
the original covenant, in which they had violated,
namely the Christian Covenant, and receive all of
the blessings originally promised to those under
the Mosaic Law Covenant ... blessings like no
sickness and no death?"
Well, one must remember, the Christian Covenant,
called for its members to DIE ... to DIE and go to
heaven, to receive the full benefits offered in that
particular arrangement. Jesus promised all of his
disciples, they would be with him, in heaven, where
they would finally experience "everlasting life,"
in heaven. -- John 14:2, 3; 2 Timothy 4:18;
However, the new "indefinitely lasting covenant" that Jehovah would offer His people during our time, would be styled more like the original Mosaic Law Covenant, which offered the prospect of "everlasting life" UPON EARTH ... it offered earthly life for its members, with all of its benefits and blessings designed for continued, unending life on earth. That would be the difference.
Its important for all of us to remember something, namely the nations (gentiles) originally were NOT intended to become an actual part of the "seed of Abraham," per say. Instead we recall, Jehovah promised the "nations," that one day, they would be able to ... "BLESS THEMSELVES" ... by means of the "seed" of Abraham, and receive untold blessings. But he didn't say in the promise, the "gentiles" were to become a part of God's Holy "Seed." At least, not in the beginning, before the nation of Israel was officially rejected, at Pentecost. Originally, they were to just receive blessings or "bless themselves," by obedience to God's "seed" and the things this holy "seed" taught them. (Genesis 22:18)
Indeed, Romans 2:19, 20 says of the Jewish Nation in the first century,
"and you are persuaded that you are a guide of the blind, a light for those in darkness, a corrector of the unreasonable ones, a teacher of babes, and having the framework of the knowledge and of the truth in the Law."
As Paul pointed out, the misguided, ill-equipped Jewish Nation of his day, regrettably saw themselves as GREAT, TREMENDOUS TEACHERS of God's Word. And of course, who would they teach, who would become their "victims" in this case? Well, they were "persuaded" Paul said, that it was their sworn duty, to teach those pitiful, filthy, ignorant "gentiles" of the world. How sad...
Oh my...sound familiar? ... remember those 6.5 million fantastic teachers of God's Word, every weekend they come to your door, with their wonderful "LIFE SAVING" literature...sound familiar.
Nevertheless, the fact that the Jewish Nation saw themselves as holy teachers of the "gentile" nations, shows they saw themselves as a "priestly" nation that God had established upon earth, as the original "seed" whereby the gentiles could be taught, and receive blessings. The "gentile" nations, could rightly expect their blessings, to come thru the Jewish Nation, God's "Seed" upon earth. That's if all goes well.
After all, God would have already removed all forms of "sickness" and even "death" from this obedient nation, right? Thus, they could been said, to already have received "everlasting life" upon earth ... even before Jesus. And if this were true, the "nations" would have reasoned:
"...Jehovah God has ALREADY ... ALREADY returned
them (Israel) to the paradasaic conditions of Adam
and Eve ... Wow!
And this was the main point that Paul was making,
at Romans 5:13, 14. That is why this particular scripture
is so very important for us to understand.
And all of this was possible, paradisaic conditions to exist
on earth (for the "priestly nation"), before ... that's before
Jesus ever came on earth.
That's right. Those "gentile" nations could begin to "lick their chaps [lips]" and start salivating over this, when they could begin to observe before their very eyes, this wonderful phenomenon. They could begin to believe, God was soon ready to EXTEND THOSE BLESSINGS to them too, if they were obedient to God's Holy Law, of course. They could begin to believe it, because Jehovah had ALREADY removed "death" and all forms of "sickness" from the nation of Israel ... ALREADY. He had done this for a truly obedient nation, and He did it right in front of the "nations" eyes, so it wouldn't be a secret to anyone on earth! (Deuteronomy 7:15)
This means, the nation of Israel, the nation of "priests" could have received a national "healing" from God, and become a nation who was free of sickness and death by the miraculous hand of God Almighty ... the nation who had been "healed," and who had become a phenomenon among the nations, because of their strict obedience to the Mosaic Law. -- See Exodus 15:26.
And so, in this sense they could have been viewed as the Abrahamic "Seed" of God, on earth, who would one day be allowed to EXTEND those blessings to all observant, obedient "gentile" nations, who longed for relief from sin, sickness and death. Indeed, who in their right minds wouldn't want those incredible blessings from Jehovah, the Almighty!
There can be no doubt, if such an amazing thing would occur on earth by the Hand of Almighty God, no doubt the Jewish people would have become simply a sensation to all of the nations (gentiles) round about, who had the privilege to witness this remarkable situation. Those who got the chance to observe the Almighty Hand of Jehovah ... in action!
Think about it!
Yes, the Jewish nation (as the "seed" of Abraham) would have become exactly like Jeremiah 33:9 described when he said the following,
"And she will certainly become to me A NAME OF EXULTATION, A PRAISE AND A BEAUTY toward all the nations of the earth who will hear of ALL THE GOODNESS that I am rendering to them. And they will certainly be in dread and be agitated on account of ALL THE GOODNESS and on account of ALL THE PEACE that I am rendering to her."
Indeed, Paul was showing the possible ... possible blessings that Israel could have attained to, a return to what Adam & Eve originally had in the Garden of Eden, even back in Moses' Day, when he penned these wonderful words of Romans 5:13, 14 under inspiration. He taught people, the Jewish nation of Moses' day, could have had complete freedom from sickness and death, while on earth. Praise Jah!
Therefore we can confidently say, the nation of Israel, after God gave them His Precious Law, indeed had a grand future before them, as long as they obeyed. Jehovah promised the nation at Deuteronomy 7:6,
"For you are a holy people to Jehovah your God. It is you Jehovah your God has chosen to become his people, a special property, OUT OF ALL THE PEOPLES THAT ARE ON THE SURFACE OF THE GROUND."
Above, we can see the contrast between the nation of (kings & priests) Israel and how they were to be viewed, in comparison to all the other nations of the earth. It is indeed, a big difference.
Deuteronomy 28:1, 2 says,
"And it must occur that if you will without fail listen
to the voice of Jehovah your God by being CAREFUL
TO DO ALL HIS COMMANDMENTS that I am
commanding you today, Jehovah your God also will
certainly PUT YOU HIGH ABOVE ALL OTHERS OF
There can be little doubt the nation of Israel, if
obedient, would have been viewed as "Abraham's
Seed" on earth. Just as Moses said to his people in
the above verse, obedience to God's Law would
make them, "high above all other" nations on earth.
At least, that's the way the people of the nations
would have viewed it. They would have seen this
"priestly nation", as the "seed" by which, they would
receive all of their blessings. They would have seen,
God's supernatural power upon this blessed people
and nation, and would have had no doubt that this
self-evident actuality was true.
And in this capacity, with Jehovah's complete blessings upon themselves, the priestly-nation could have attempted to "teach" all other nations God's Phenomenal Law System. (Exodus 19:5, 6) They could now begin to serve ... serve the other "nations" as "priests" or teachers of God, when they began to make true converts and proselytes to their faith. This is how the "gentiles" would have received their blessings, by way of the nation of Israel, sharing their special "knowledge" with them, and their superior way of life ... which elevated them "high above" all other nations. (Deuteronomy 28:9, 10)
We recall how Jesus made reference to the Scribes and Pharisees of his day, and their constant striving to make a "gentile" [or person of the nations] a "proselyte" for the nation of Israel. Jesus said they would even "traverse sea and dry land" to make a [Gentile] "proselyte" and later make him, shockingly a "subject for Gehenna" more so than himself, by their horrible teachings, God-dishonoring practices, and worthless traditions of men. -- Matthew 15:5-9; Matthew 23:15
From this we can realize more fully the words of Jesus, when he taught that there was to be two beneficiaries of God's Law, that God's originally promised would worship him. He called them, the "nations," the "Other Sheep," ... "who are NOT of this fold." (John 10:16) Two groups of servants of Jehovah ... but in different "folds" before God, but yet they would become ... "one flock" before Jehovah. "One Flock."
The Jewish Nation would become "Mt Zion" and the gentiles would become the "nations" that "streamed" ... "streamed" to Jehovah, knowing that "Law was to go forth" from earthly "Mt. Zion," God's Priestly Nation. -- Isaiah 2:2-4; Micah 4:1-4
GOD'S MAGNANIMOUS OFFER TO "HEAL" THE NATION OF ISRAEL
Really, when we fully investigate the matter scripturally-speaking, actually, what do the facts truthfully reveal.
For instance, let's take again the nation of Israel, under Moses, when God made the Grand Offer for them to become a Special People for Him and His Name, and to become a "Royal Priesthood" for Jehovah God, upon earth. -- Exodus 19:5, 6; 1 Peter 2:9
Actually, when Jehovah offered to give His Divine Law to His newly covenanted people, did you know, the Almighty Himself was yes, offering to actually miraculously "heal" these wretched people? Yes, to completely "heal" them as a nation of people. Did you know this?
Let's examine the pivotal scripture of Exodus 15:26 which says:
"And he went on to say: If you will strictly listen to the voice of Jehovah your God and will do what is right in his eyes and will indeed give ear to his commandments and keep all his regulations, I shall put none of the maladies upon you that I put upon the Egyptians; because I am Jehovah WHO IS HEALING YOU."
Did you notice above that Jehovah God said that He Himself, was going to take magnificent step toward these people, namely that of "healing them" -- Did you see this?
Yes, Jehovah upon presenting the nation of Israel with the Divine Law itself, God added the thought that He had every intention of "healing" the entire nation ... only, only if they "strictly listened" to His "Voice," -- did you see that?
Oh, Jehovah was most willing to actually "heal" the entire nation, if they proved to be an "obedient" nation, an "obedient" people, so different from their ancient parents, Adam and Eve. And again, this was because, Jehovah God, had taken them into His Glorious Kingdom Arrangement, similar to the one that existed when Adam and Eve were on earth, and they had not, as of yet, deliberately disobeyed Jehovah, the Ruler of the Garden of Eden. Think about it.
Therefore, Almighty God can easily remove the relentless "kings" of "Sin" and "Death," if He chooses...if one is willing to submit fully to His Kingdom Rule. That is simply a fact.
Again, to reinforce this thought, let's consider a few more verses that show this could have been a reality for the disobedient nation of Israel, if they had not constantly transgressed God's Divine Law given them. Let's consider Deuteronomy 7:15 which says:
"and Jehovah will CERTAINLY REMOVE FROM YOU EVERY SICKNESS; and as for all the evil diseases of Egypt that you have known, he will not place them upon you, and he will indeed put them upon all those who hate you."
Again, did you notice:
Jehovah was willing to 'remove from you [Israel] every sickness' ... yes miraculously REMOVE EVERY SICKNESS, from these people that he granted a New Divine Law, the nation of Israel in its entirety. But again, He would only do this, yes, if they were completely obedient and diligent to indeed, keep this Divine Law given them by God Almighty. Yes, if they were willing to do this, then, yes Jehovah would keep his end of the "deal" and completely "heal" this entire nation, and keep them from "every sickness" upon earth! What a wonderful prospect to be a most blessed people, most blessed Israel, God's Name People...yes, only, if only they would obey Jehovah and keep his Holy Law...what a glorious prospect indeed for this people. Hallelujah!!!
It becomes exactly as God once told the nation of Israel through the prophet Isaiah by saying:
"This is what Jehovah has said, your Repurchaser, the Holy One of Israel: I, Jehovah, am your God, the One teaching you to benefit yourself, the One causing you to tread in the way in which you should walk. O if only you would actually pay attention to my commandments! Then your peace would become just like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea." -- Isaiah 47:17, 18
So then, it was simply a matter of obeying Jehovah, yes obeying Him implicitly, that would bring about such wonderful blessings and the wonderful action on God's part to fully REMOVE the relentless kings of Sin and Death, and thereby granting unheard of blessings upon His Name People with again...yes, the full removal of EVERY SICKNESS upon earth, at that time!
It becomes as 1 Corinthians 2:9 says,
"But just as it is written: eye has not seen and ear has not heard, neither have there been conceived in the heart of man the [good] things that God has prepared for those who love him."
Think about it!
What a wonderful privilege, again, that comes with the Grand Giving of a New Divine Law from Jehovah God Himself to this special people, this special property of His -- namely His Royal Priesthood which would voluntarily agree to represent Him as: GOD'S KINGDOM ON EARTH! -- Exodus 19:5, 6; Deuteronomy 7:6; Matthew 21:43
Again, let's consider Psalms 103:2, 3 which says,
"Bless Jehovah, O my soul, And do not forget all his doings, Him who is forgiving all your error, WHO IS HEALING ALL YOUR MALADIES."
Again, we see that there is the all important connection, of "forgiveness" of sins, on God's part, and the subsequent action He takes toward this special people, to "heal" them of yes, 'all their maladies.'
Again, to reinforce this thought, God Almighty said to His Name People,
"and you must serve Jehovah your God, and he will certainly bless your bread and your water; and I shall indeed TURN MALADY AWAY FROM YOUR MIDST." -- Exodus 23:25
Indeed, Jehovah promised His Covenanted People, that if they served Him in faithfulness, yes, He would do the impossible, yes God Almighty Himself would 'turn malady [or sickness and disease] away from their midst.' What a marvelous promise from God!
And again, this would be because these people, at this time, now represented God's Kingdom Arrangement upon earth, and they now possess a Divine Law System, uniquely from Jehovah God Himself. Praise Jah!
LET'S REVIEW THE ABOVE INFORMATION
Again, the YORWW Congregation asserts, the words of Paul at Romans 5:13, 14 reveals Jehovah God's original Purpose to HEAL and REMOVE "DEATH" from Moses & his followers, the nation of Israel (seed of Abraham) BEFORE ... yes, BEFORE the 1,000 Reign would start. That was God's original purpose, and Paul showed us this, at Romans 5:13, 14. -- Genesis 22:18
Next, we can scripturally say with certainty, Jehovah originally purposed (thousands of years before Jesus) to use Moses and the nation of Israel, as a "Priestly Nation." -- Exodus 19:5, 6
Yes, these Grand Blessings to remove SICKNESS and DEATH would be first given to this particular "Priestly Nation." And this would be done for the benefit all of the rest of the world, so that they could see this "great phenomenon" and "Jehovah in action." With the nation of Israel becoming the "seed of Abraham," and would serve the rest of the world, as "priests" for a specific of period that God would determine, before the 1,000 reign would begin.
Finally we learn, after everyone in the world would get an opportunity to see these wonderful things God had done for the nation of Israel who served them as "priests" for a specific of time as a sample or paradigm of what God could do for them, and get to see this for a specific period of time (with the removal of sickness & death), then many, many person in the world, would no doubt want get "their" blessings too from Jehovah, based upon God's Original Promise to Abraham. (Genesis 22:18) And of course, Jehovah God would have delivered too, on this promise, but only during the 1,000 years reign of earth wide peace, AFTER wicked Satan the Devil and his demons was abyssed and the unrepentant governments of the earth was forever removed at the decisive battle of "Armageddon." -- Revelation 16:14, 16
Therefore all of the above means, this was Jehovah God's original purpose, to first completely heal the nation of Israel, and then use them as a example to the rest of the world, of what he could do for them. Jehovah wanted to return Moses, back to the paradise condition, that was once enjoyed by Adam & Eve, before they sinned and was removed from the Garden of Eden.
Therefore, if Jehovah purposed to do this with Moses and the nation of Israel, per Paul's comments at Romans 5:13, 14, THEN WHY WOULD HE WANT TO CHANGE His overall purpose of things. The bible tells of Jehovah, "I am the LORD [Jehovah], I change NOT." No, Jehovah doesn't change His original purpose, for no one or nothing. -- Malachi 3:6 King James Version
Therefore, based upon what we know about Paul's comment at Romans 5:13, 14, then, we must conclude:
Jehovah still wants, still purposes to take a group of people today, who are willing to be totally obedient to him, whom the scriptures indicate as the "Male Child" of Revelation 12:5, along with members of the small YORWW Temple group, and use them as a sample or paradigm for everyone else on earth, and remove all sickness & death from them BEFORE the 1,000 Reign of Peace begins (our day and time). This is done to let the whole world know, observe them, and see the rich blessings and true happiness enjoyed by this group, as His newfound "priestly nation" upon earth. -- Exodus 19:5, 6
These ones mentioned above, namely the YORWW Congregation (inclusive of the "Male Child" of Revelation 12:5) would be privileged to indeed experience the wonderful blessings of getting "healed" by the Almighty Himself ... right now during our day and time, and receive "everlasting life" ... now! No, they would not have to wait for the 1,000 Year Reign of peace to begin. Yes, that is right, as we know through bible study, its all a part of Jehovah's original purpose, as shown at Romans 5:13, 14.
Donald C. Burney