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in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be   kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, de-
        deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in   scribed in many Scriptures, none of
        the remnant whom the Lord shall call”   which is more clear or beautiful than
        (2:28-32). While this prophecy speaks in   Isaiah chapter 11. Verse 2 demonstrates
        part of what took place on the Day of   beyond doubt the role of the Holy Spirit
        Pentecost (as the quotation by Peter in   in that one-thousand-year reign: “And the
        Acts chapter 2 shows), clearly that did not   Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the
        exhaust its fulfilment, for it contains refer-  Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the
        ences to events that will accompany the   Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of
        Lord’s return in glory (as can be demon-  knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.”
        strated by comparing this prophecy with   The blessed result of this will be that “the
        Scriptures such as Matthew 24:29,30). So,   earth shall be full of the knowledge of the
        just as there was a mighty outpouring of   Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (v9).
        the Spirit shortly after the Lord Jesus left
        the world, there will be another one right   The Eternal State
        before He returns to it.                Finally, when “the first heaven and the

        The Manifestation                     first earth” have “passed away” (Rev 21:1),
                                              there will be “new heavens and a new
          On Christ’s return, the nation of Israel   earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness”
        will see Him, turn to Him, be saved, and   (2Pe 3:13). The Scriptures do not give us
        come under the blessings of the New   many details about that state (which is
        Covenant. In 2 Corinthians 3:6-11, Paul   unsurprising, since it will far transcend
        contrasts this covenant with the covenant   what language can describe). However,
        inaugurated at Sinai, of which he uses   we can be sure that the Holy Spirit will
        the terms “the letter,” “ministration of   still be active in a precious ministry in
        death,” and “ministration of condemna-  which  He  is  already  engaged, a work
        tion.” Concerning the New Covenant, his   that can never be exhausted, instructing
        corresponding phrases are “the Spirit,”   us more and more in the counsels and
        “ministration of the Spirit,” and “ministra-  ways of God, and delighting our hearts
        tion of righteousness.” The vast difference   with the glories of His blessed Son. But,
        between the two covenants is summarised   unlike now, it will be impossible then for
        in his statement: “The letter killeth, but   anyone to “tempt” (Act 5:9), or “resist”
        the Spirit giveth life.” Thus, in that day,   (7:51), or “grieve” (Eph 4:30) or “quench”
        the Holy Spirit will bring Israel into the   (1Th 5:19) the Spirit. How glorious that
        good of the New Covenant, which was   will be for us to enjoy unbroken, eternal
        established in the blood of the Lord Jesus   communion with Divine Persons, when
        (Luk 22:20), and the nation will come to   God (the triune God – Father, Son and
        know the indescribable blessing that we   Holy Spirit) will be “all in all” (1Co 15:28)!
        already enjoy: “Their sins and iniquities   To Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
        will I remember no more” (Jer 31:31-34;
        Heb 8:8-13; 10:15-18).                   The God whom Heaven and earth adore,
                                                   From men and from the angel host
        The Millennium                               Be praise and glory evermore!

          Then will commence the millennial                  Amen.

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