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Holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling,

I pray for each of you, in the Name of Jesus, that you'll have ears to hear, eyes to see, and that each of us will be doers of the Word, not hearers only, and will reconsider what the Scriptures have to say about our latter days, very carefully.

19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; 20 that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” Deuteronomy 30:19-20

There's been much said of this passage in recent years, as though it were a heavy handed judgment seat regarding every decision you ever made in your life, but it's a restatement of the Abrahamic Covenant that was given in Genesis 12:1-3 and in other related passages in Genesis and elsewhere in the Bible. It's similarity to Romans 10 is for multiple reasons. The fact that it introduces the issue of choice to the descendants of Abraham regarding their own Covenant means that it's the Old Testament version of Romans 10:9-10, but also as you read through the whole 30th chapter of Deuteronomy it's obvious that it's prophesying the timing of when the Romans 10:9-10 issue would come up. Deuteronomy 30:19 is unquestionably what St. Paul had in mind when he was addressing the jailer at Philippi in Acts 16:31-32 and what he based his Romans 10:9-10 formulation upon. Deuteronomy 30, when read as a whole chapter, gives you the timing of Deuteronomy 30:19-20 as being the Pre-70AD Jewish world, that if they'd embrace the Lordship of their Messiah, Jesus, then the judgments of 70AD could have been averted. It didn't take a destruction of their world to have destroyed the Jewish Temple. They could have done it with their own hands, in response to the Holy Spirit working in their lives, or it could have been converted into a Christian seminary that would have stood to this very day! Deuteronomy 30 is talking about God bringing Israel back into the land after their having been sent out of the land with the Old Testament judgments, just in time for them to encounter Christ Jesus when He came 2000yrs ago. It called people to make a decision who had already been circumcised as infants, which is analogous to our day with those who were baptized as infants, that they still had to choose the Covenant for themselves.

So, where does Deuteronomy 30:19-20 fit today, in terms of the Prosperity Gospel that Ephesians 3, Galatians chapters 3 and 4, various parts of Romans, and other areas of the New Testament make Christians from Gentile backgrounds heirs of? It's a choice to be a tither for the rest of one's life. It's a choice to walk with Melchizedek, in our day, the way that Abraham did. It's a choice to live in the Prosperity, Healing, and Protection Covenants of the Scriptures by living in Covenantal obedience, not to the Law of Moses but to the Law of Christ via the New Testament and the explanatory notes on those old Promises that are given to us in the prophets of the Bible. It's a quality decision that's made once in a way where positive forward motion and forward momentum with the Scriptures is begun from that day forward. It's not a threat that hangs over everyone's head like a cloud that's ready to zap them with lightning if they don't behave according to the teachings of any particular Church. It's a restatement of the Abrahamic Covenant that was given in Genesis 12:1-3 and with it's prophecy of Romans 10:9-10 it's one more affirmation of what St. Paul taught in various areas of his epistles about how the Church is the Jerusalem that's from above, the Judah of God to whom the lion's share of the promises of the Scriptures are made!

1st three verses of Deuteronomy 30 talk of God bringing Israel back into the land after all of His judgments upon them with their being subservient to other nations, and verses 17-18 reaffirm that if they don't embrace the Lordship of Christ Jesus that they will lose the land again. It says in Deuteronomy 30:20:

20 that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”

This part about Him being the length of your days carries over into the New Testament with what many have preached over the years about God's minimum life expectancy for us being 120yrs from Genesis 6:3. In Scripture, 120yrs isn't necessarily the sum total of how long you're to live. It's not even a promise that you'll live that long in the way that it's traditionally been read. God's intention for you is to live quite a bit beyond that. I'm going to say something that's not very Churchy about this 120yr passage, and I'm wondering if you're ready for it. Let's look at Genesis 6:3:

3 And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

We're told in Deuteronomy 34:7 that:

7 Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished.

The man didn't weaken with having completed 120yrs. He simply graduated God's schooling for Him with perhaps a B- or a C+ and he wasn't allowed to go into the Promised Land 'cause of his disobedience. 120yrs is Scripturally the length of time that God's schooling you. I'll demonstrate that with 2 passages of Scripture, but I want you to review these last two passages of Scripture one more time:

3 And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” Genesis 6:3

7 Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished. Deuteronomy 34:7.

God's period of your schooling is 120yrs, not 5yrs in Seminary. Again, read this just once more:

7 Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished. Deuteronomy 34:7

3 And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” Genesis 6:3

Turn to the Book of Revelation chapter 3:

11 Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name. 13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’ Revelation 3:11-13

Losing one's crown is what happened to Moses with his not being allowed into the Promised Land. He did graduate God's educational program for himself. He said as much with saying he could no more come out or go in. He just didn't graduate Summa Cum Laude. Again, it says in Deuteronomy 34:7:

7 Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished. Deuteronomy 34:7.

And we're told in Revelation 3:12:

12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more....

Look at Deuteronomy 31:1-2:

Then Moses went and spoke these words to all Israel. 2 And he said to them: “I am one hundred and twenty years old today. I can no longer go out and come in.....”

Wasn't because of advanced aging that he could no longer go out and come in 'cause Deuteronomy 34:7 says his eyes were not dim, nor his natural vigor diminished. It was because God had completed his training as it says in Genesis 6:3:

3 And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” Genesis 6:3

Again, we're told in Revelation 3:12:

....I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more...

This happens at 120yrs old. Kenneth Copeland has spoken in recent months about the fact that we don't get all of the anointing we're ever going to get, experientially in our walk with God, Covenantally, all up front, but there's different levels for each decade of your life. He's brought up various historical greats from American history and what evils they could have confronted in latter times had they simply lived to 120yrs old, including foolishness that was partially attributed to them. I pray that becomes a CD message or CD set that they make available. It's no doubt a subject he'll speak on from now on 'cause he's trusting God for a minimum of 120yrs in this world for himself. I'm trusting God for a minimum, a barest, barest minimum of 50% beyond that 'cause this world hasn't seen on a global scale what someone looks like that God's finished grooming (i.e. striving with). This is a significant part of the life, blessing, and good that we're called upon to choose in Deuteronomy 30:19-20 and people have made such a beautiful promise, not only of the new birth through Romans 10:9-10 but also of having the fullness of the Abrahamic blessing into something heavy handed about general behavior. Isaiah 11:2-9 “full knowledge” has to come about through having a Body of Christ that's got a significant number of members in the earth that are beyond 120yrs old, but who aren't just really old, but who've grown up walking in the Judeo-Christian Covenants of the Bible and have the staff of the Lord that's mentioned in Zechariah 8:

2 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘I am zealous for Zion with great zeal; with great fervor I am zealous for her.’ 3 “Thus says the Lord: ‘I will return to Zion, and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, the Mountain of the Lord of hosts, the Holy Mountain.’ 4 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each one with his staff in his hand because of great age. 5 The streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.’ 6 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘If it is marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, will it also be marvelous in My eyes?’ says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 8:2-6

The Lord's return, factoring in all of the previous verses I've mentioned, and numerous others, such as Isaiah 65:17-25 make it abundantly clear that it'll be NOT ONLY through the manifestation of the Sons of God, according to Romans 8, Colossians 3, and 1Thessalonians 3, but those that are of full age, discerning the difference [even] in their bodies between good and evil, according to the closing verses of Hebrews 5. Full age, Scripturally, is 120yrs old, and clearly Zechariah 8:2-6, Isaiah 11:2-9, and Isaiah 65:17-25 won't come about just by people living to their 120th year, like Moses, and then dying on everybody:

17 “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. 18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, and her people a joy. 19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in My people; the voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her, nor the voice of crying. 20 “No more shall an infant from there live but a few days, nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days; for the child shall die one hundred years old, but the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed. 21 They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 22 They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people, and My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. 23 They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth children for trouble; for they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them. 24 “It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear. 25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,”Says the Lord. Isaiah 65:17-25

We have to live the Vegan lives that Scripture prescribes with the Hosea 2:18; Isaiah 11:2-9 Covenant of “full knowledge,” and not just be 100% Vegan but go beyond Veganism into the fullness of Covenantal life by obeying the Scriptures and those things we've been told to do so that when we hit 120yrs old, we can have the glad confession of faith with Moses:

1 Then Moses went and spoke these words to all Israel. 2 And he said to them: “I am one hundred and twenty years old today. I can no longer go out and come in.....” Deuteronomy 31:1-2

7 Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished. Deuteronomy 34:7.

because Revelation 3:12 has become the reality of our lives:

…I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more...

This is what is on the other side of our Romans 10:9-10; Deuteronomy 30:19-20 choices to walk in the fullness of the New Covenant with Christ Jesus as our High Priest Who is faithful over His Jeremiah 31:27-28 House (Hebrews 3:1-6) of Israel, Judah, Gentiles, and Animals. We've been trying to have this:

23 They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth children for trouble; for they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them. Isaiah 65:23

without this:

1 Then Moses went and spoke these words to all Israel. 2 And he said to them: “I am one hundred and twenty years old today. I can no longer go out and come in.....” Deuteronomy 31:1-2

4 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each one with his staff in his hand because of great age. 5 The streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.’ 6 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘If it is marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, will it also be marvelous in My eyes?’ says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 8:4-6

and that's not going to happen! We have to complete our Genesis 6:3, 120yr schooling, have our Vegan issues resolved, even if that means having extra money to be consistent with our convictions, and do everything else that our Lord is telling us to do as His Isaiah 40:11-15 manifestations. It'll be marvelous in His eyes when we do! This is the rest we're to labor to enter into, His Isaiah 11:2-9 world where there's His full knowledge in the earth (Ephesians 4:11-16) with many of us slipping beyond that 120yr veil as those who've walked faithfully with Him in our Covenants of increase that were ratified by the Blood of Jesus until we're conformed to His image (Philippians 3:21; Hebrews 3:1-6). Being old, exceptionally old in the view of most, isn't what'll bring it about. It's that combined with the Covenantal living with the Scriptures, with our spouses, and with everything else that God's added to our individual plates to live His fullness in companionship with. Zechariah 8:4 says “old men and old women,” no doubt talking about married couples as much as the Joel 2 and Acts 2 “sons and daughters” being filled with His Spirit, signs, and wonders.

Father, in the Name of Jesus, deepen the resolve in each of us to walk more closely with You in the Scriptures with one another, so that Your Will will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

 

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