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CHAPTER XIV

Regeneration

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JEHOVAH is prepared to regenerate the human race. This he will do in his own good time. That time is now at hand. A knowledge of these great truths is now essential to the welfare of the people. To aid the people in obtaining this knowledge is the only reason for the publication of this book. It contains not man's knowledge, but a statement of God's purposes as revealed in his Word. The Lord has made provision for man to establish faith in God's works. Knowledge, however, must accompany faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God and receive fully his benefits; hence the importance of knowledge.

Every commendable desire of man is embraced in one, and that is the desire for life and happiness. Without life man could enjoy nothing, of course. Even the small span of life that man now has he clings to with desperation. Doctors, hospitals, dieticians, health resorts, travel and all other conceivable things are employed to lengthen the span of life. It is only a short time until all such agencies fail, and man goes down to death. For many centuries man has had presented to him innumerable devices and schemes for obtaining life. The Devil has seen to it that these delusive things have been held before mankind to keep them away from God. By experience man has learned that all such schemes are false.

Now the whole world is in distress and perplexity. Fear has laid hold upon the people; they have fear of losing what little they possess and have no hope for

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the future. It is the time of man's extremity. It is the time of God's opportunity. Knowing that the practices of sin would bring to man the present results, God timed the outworking of his plan so that he might reveal to man at the proper time the way that leads to life. Few of the people now know about God's gracious provision; and their lack of knowledge is due generally to the clergymen who, as teachers of Satan's false doctrines, have kept the people from hearing the truth. Therefore there is a famine in the land for the hearing of the Word of Amos 8:11.

Shortly after the fall of man God began to foreshadow his new creation. Now that new creation is about complete. Why should God develop a new creation at all if the destiny of every man is fixed at death, as is claimed by the clergy? If God has provided heaven for some and torment for the masses, then why has he spent all this time and energy in preparing the new creation? The people are beginning to see that the clergy have been and are wrong, and that their teachings are false; and now they are turning their minds toward God's Word of Truth. The systems which the clergy have organized and call churches are but prisons, wherein are herded the fearful and credulous; and they are dominated by the ambitious and selfish who compose "the principal" of the organization. (Jeremiah 25:34-36) The time has come when the people must be set free. They must have a knowledge of God's way and manner of giving to them life and happiness, and the Lord has made provision for them to know.

For centuries the whole creation has groaned and travailed in pain until now. There has been a longing desire for that which would bring life, peace and happiness. For what has the fallen creation of earth been waiting during these many years? God's answer is given in his Word, where it is written: "For the earnest ex-

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pectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God." (Romans 8:19) Now the Son of God, Christ Jesus, has come and begun the exercise of his power toward the things pertaining to man. This beloved Son of God is designated in the Scriptures under many titles, one of which is The BRANCH. Prophetically it was written of him: "And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH: and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord: even he shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both." — Zechariah 6:12, 13.

This prophecy is now being fulfilled. That beloved Son is The BRANCH, because he is the direct creation of God. He bears the glory of his Father, because he is next to Jehovah. He is the King whom God has set upon his throne; and he is the reigning Priest of the Most High God, because he is the Executive Officer of Jehovah. This mighty Son of Jehovah, The BRANCH, now comes to judge the living and the dead. (2 Timothy 4:1) This judgment shall result in the regeneration of all the obedient ones of the human race. In that blessed work of the Son of God the members of his body, the new creation, shall be associated with him; as it is written: "And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration, when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel." — Matthew 19: 28.

In the above text the promise is that his reign will be a time of "regeneration", and that the faithful members of his body shall sit with him on his throne and participate with him in that work. To regenerate means

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to generate the race anew. Regeneration is the act of making over or renewing. God hath appointed the day of the reign of Christ for that purpose. (Acts 17: 31) Over a period of six thousand years man has been degenerating. Now the great Priest and King, during his reign of a thousand years, will bring all the members of the human race who are obedient back to that perfect condition enjoyed by Adam while in Eden. What will be the method or means employed to accomplish the great work of regenerating the human race?

The New Covenant

Jehovah has declared that the method to be employed by him in regenerating the people is by the operation of the New Covenant. This he foreshadowed in the covenant he made with Moses on behalf of the nation of Israel. That first covenant was known as the Law Covenant, or Covenant of Sinai. One of the purposes of that covenant was to teach the people concerning the coming of Christ, the Messiah, and to foreshadow the New Covenant, which God makes with Christ on behalf of the people. It is by and through the terms of this New Covenant that God will regenerate the obedient ones of mankind.

A covenant is a solemn compact or agreement between two or more parties, whereby the parties thereto bind themselves to do or not to do the things specified in the letter of the agreement. Where one of the parties to the covenant is for any reason incompetent to enter directly into the agreement, that incompetent one may be represented by some one who is competent and who acts as his mediator. The mediator is one who intervenes and acts for the incompetent one, and as a messenger of the competent one, in the agreement.

Law means rule of action, commanding that which is right and prohibiting that which is wrong. When

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expressed, it is the statement of the fundamental rules to which all other rules of government must conform.

Statutes mean the legislative enactments, judgments, or decrees made and promulgated in full harmony with the fundamental law. Statutes are laws or rules of action made in harmony with and in conformity to the fundamental or constitutional authority. The Constitution of the United States is the fundamental law of the land. The acts of Congress, duly passed and approved in accordance with the Constitution, form the statutes or statutory law of the land.

The fundamental law upon which the Covenant of Sinai was based was and is the ten commandments. (Exodus 20:1-17) The judgments or decrees of Jehovah made for the specific government of his people constituted the statutes of God concerning them. The will of God is his law, and that law is expressed in the ten commandments. The statutes are the commandments, judgments and decrees of Jehovah announced for the control, government and benefit of the people. All questions arising for the people of Israel to determine, concerning their drink, food, conduct, deportment and relation to their fellow man, would be determined by the statutes which God gave to that people.

Briefly stated, the covenant was the agreement; the law, the ten commandments or fundamental rules; and the statutes, God's prescribed rules for the specific or detailed direction of the people. The Covenant of Sinai foreshadowed a New Law Covenant, which will be based upon the fundamental law of God and will specifically set forth that which will be required of the people in order to obtain the blessings promised.

Life

The Law Covenant was between God and the nation of Israel, with Moses as the mediator. Because of the

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faith of Moses he was counted righteous, and therefore competent to represent the nation of Israel in the covenant. (Exodus 19:5-8; Hebrews 11:23-28) The law of that covenant provided that if Israel would keep the terms thereof God would bless them in body, in their families, in their fields, in their flocks and their herds, and that they would be called by the name of the Lord. But if they failed and refused to keep that covenant according to the law thereof then curses or calamities should befall them. (See Deuteronomy, chapters 27 and 28.) The gracious provision of God made in that covenant was that if the people would keep it they should have life. (Romans 10: 5) "Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments; which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the Lord." — Leviticus 18: 5.

That Law Covenant failed because the Israelites, being imperfect men, were unable to keep it; and because Moses, the mediator, was an imperfect man and could not supply that wherein the Israelites came short. The great lesson it teaches is that man, by his own efforts, cannot get life, nor can imperfect man aid him in getting life; and that life is a gracious gift from God, through Jesus Christ his beloved Son, the Mediator of the New Covenant. (Romans 6: 23; 8: 2, 3; Hebrews 8:6, 7) Furthermore, it foreshadowed that in the future God would make a New Covenant, with Christ as the Mediator, and that this covenant should be made for the benefit of Israel and for the benefit of all the people; as it is written:

"For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because

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they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: and they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more." — Hebrews 8: 8-12.

Note that part of the New Covenant which is especially magnified in the above statement, to wit, that the people then will not merely attempt to obey, but that God will put his rule of action into their minds by teaching them in the right way, and write it in their hearts, which will mean that they will be moved by an unselfish desire to please him; that they shall be his people and he will be their God; and that all shall know the Lord, from the least to the greatest. This emphasizes the fact stated by Jesus, that 'this is life eternal, to know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent'. — John 17: 3.

The ransom sacrifice of Christ Jesus applied as a sin offering on behalf of the people will release them from their disabilities, when by faith they accept the same. (Romans 5:18, 19) Since this gift comes to all men, all men must be brought to a knowledge of the truth before they can accept the gift. (1 Timothy 3: 8-6) Christ, the perfect One, is the Mediator of the New Covenant, which God will make for man and through which man will be regenerated. — Hebrews 8: 6; 9:15; 12:24.

That New Covenant will prescribe the rules or statutes by which the people must be governed and according to which they must deport themselves. Such

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rules will be the word of Christ, as the great Executive Officer of Jehovah; and all who keep his words with gladness of heart shall live and shall never die, because it is written: "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." (John 8: 51) "Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." (John 11:26) Then when the people who are and have been wicked turn away from their wickedness and do that which is right, they shall live and shall not die. — Ezekiel 18: 27, 28.

Christ is the great Shiloh unto whom the people shall be gathered. (Genesis 49:10) He is the great One whom Moses foreshadowed. (Deuteronomy 18:15, 18) To disobey him means to die. To obey him means to be regenerated and restored to life. "And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people." — Acts 3: 20-23.

Christ, the Mediator of the New Covenant, is "the seed" of Abraham through which the blessings must come to all nations and peoples of the earth. (Genesis 22:18; Galatians 3:8, 16, 27-29) During the period of time in which Christ is regenerating the human race Satan will not be permitted to deceive the people or nations, in any manner whatsoever. (Revelation 20:1-3) Then the people, being brought to an exact knowledge of the truth, will understand it; and all who are obedient to the terms of the Few Covenant shall live.

The reign of Christ will result in the destruction . of the enemy death. "For he must reign, till he hath

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put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." (1 Corinthians 15: 25, 26) When all the obedient ones of the human race are regenerated and restored there will be no more sorrow, nor sickness, nor pain, nor death. (Revelation 31:1-5) The earth will be filled with a creation of perfect men and women, enjoying life, liberty and happiness, who will delight to praise the great Creator.

Now much of the surface of the earth is unfit for habitation of man! There are many places where the earth is barren, a wilderness. God's creative work concerning the earth is not yet complete. During the period of regeneration of man the Lord will gradually bring the earth to a high state of cultivation. This he will do by instructing man what to do and how to do it. As it is written, then "the wilderness, and the solitary place, shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing; the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon; they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God." — Isaiah 35:1, 2.

It will be in this period of time of regeneration that the eyes of the blind shall be opened and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. "Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes." — Isaiah 35: 5-7.

The desert land shall become a fit and happy place for man to dwell, as it is written: "And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by. And they shall say,

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This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are becomed fenced, and are inhabited." (Ezekiel 36:34, 35) What Eden meant to man in his perfect state the whole earth will be to the regenerated human race. God made the earth to be inhabited; and with the race regenerated the earth will be man's home and a fit place for perfect man to live in for ever. (Isaiah 45: 12,18) All this God is doing for man unselfishly, because God is love.

Jehovah has made his inanimate creation to speak with eloquence concerning his wisdom and his love. Among the favored places of such creation of earth is southern California. From the summit of Mount Helix is had an entrancing view. Forming a semicircle to the east and to the north is a range of majestic mountains that have stood there for ages. At certain seasons the higher mountains are white with snow, symbolic of the purity and glory of the Creator and his kingdom. The lower range is covered with evergreens, symbolic of life everlasting proceeding from the kingdom of God. The rivulets of pure water, coursing down the mountain sides through the valleys of verdure and flowers, quietly pass on to the great ocean on the west, the waves of which are now gently kissing the peaceful shores. Symbolically this speaks of the blessed fountain of Jehovah, from which proceed the life-giving streams of truth, guiding men to God's boundless ocean of wisdom and glory.

One can fancy that Eden looked something like that favored place. There perfect man with his perfect wife walked midst the trees beside the laughing streams, and mingled their perfect and happy voices with the songs of the feathered tribes.

To this day the inanimate creation stands as a witness to the great Creator. With the prophet it says: The

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earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof. He made it for man. His inanimate creation is beautiful and glorious, and now only man is vile. But God has given his word and his oath that he will regenerate man, and that then the knowledge of the glory of God shall fill the whole earth even as the waters fill the great and deep blue ocean. Then all men shall know that Jehovah is God; that his works stand fast for ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. All his creation shall praise him. Restored man, following the lead of the Chief Musician, will join in the glad song:

"Thy lovingkindness, 0 Jehovah, is in the heavens;
Thy faithfulness reacheth unto the skies.
Thy righteousness is like the mountains of God;
Thy judgments are a great deep:
0 Jehovah, thou preservest man and beast.
How precious is thy lovingkindness, 0 God! . . .
The works of Jehovah are great,
Sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
His work is honor and majesty;
And his righteousness endureth for ever.
He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered."

 — Psalms 36: 5-7; 111: 2-4, R. V.
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