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Living Church of God: New Mexico – West Texas Congregations
DISCUSSION SESSION—THE MILLENNIUM: FROM THE GROUND UP
The Post-Return World
It is Day Two of the Millennium. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the prophets, apostles, and members of God’s Church from the first century on are being dispersed to assist those who have survived the Great Tribulation, to build a new civilization from the ground up—this time, according to God’s laws. The earth isdevastated, there is destruction everywhere, innumerable dead bodies, and traumatized survivors of allages and former nationalities. Where do we begin? How do we prioritize what needs to be done?
Everything will need to change, from what it has been like to what it needs to become. Change involves three steps:
1. Assess: We will need to assess the situation as it is at the time.
2. Goal: We will need to consider how things will need to be, as God’s law describes it.
3. Plan: We will need a practical plan to move things from what they are to what they need to be.
Four Areas We will need to consider four areas in progressive order. In considering what we will face and need to do, think in terms of continually assessing and meeting needs. Make notes on the following for our discussion.
Consider basic needs: clean water, food, shelter, clothing, sanitation, first aid, warmth, etc. Consider the
extent of the devastation: Rev 9:18; 16:3–7, 18–21 (vegetation, seas, fresh water, earthquakes, 60–130
pound hailstones, rubble, dead bodies, etc.).
What laws of God will need to be practiced in meeting basic needs? Consider Lev 11; Deut 23:12–13;
Lev 13:45–46, among others.
How will we prioritize needs, from immediate to short term to long term?
What human resources will we have? What kinds of skills, abilities, education, and experience will we
need to identify and utilize? How will we organize work parties? How will we manage people and
progress? Consider Ex 18:13–26; Neh 2:11–15; 3:1–32; 13:4–31, among others.
What degree of trauma will people have experienced? Consider Rev 6:12–17; 9:5–6; 16:2, 8–11; Jer
30:11–15. Consider the nature of trauma: What is it? How does it affect a person’s ability to function, to
relate, to learn, to produce? How do you help a traumatized person?
What kind of strategies will we need to have to help people deal with their grief, anger, confusion,
depression, frustration, hurt feelings, etc. Consider the nature of these emotional issues.
What kind of mindsets will we have to deal with? Rev 9:20–21; 11:10, 18; 16:11, 21; 18:9, 11.
Where will we begin in our spiritual instruction? Consider Gen 3:1–19; Ezek 28:12–17; Gen 1:1–28; Acts
17:23–31; Mt 6:31–33; Ex 20:1–17; Rom 13:10, among others. History lessons? God’s nature and traits?
Why suffering? Why the Great Tribulation? What happened and why? Our purpose and destiny?
What spiritual laws and principles will we most likely need to teach early on? What about as things
progress? Consider Gen 2:2–3; Eph 5:22–32; Deut 6:6–7; Eph 6:1–4; Mt 6:5–13; Ex 21:12–23:17; Lev
23; Mt 18:15–17, among others. How will we teach without Bibles handy?