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    Winter sunset over a field with birch trees

    The Eve of Advent

    By Eberhard Arnold

    November 30, 2018

    Available languages: Español, 한국어

    • Cory

      The article above is far fr biblical and while reading to the children I find it necessary to edit the shallow clichés out completely mid-sentence. The breaking of Christ's justice among the nations will be with the sword from his mouth, it will not be social justice for all mankind. The poor will always be among us, so Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower.

      Dear Cory,
      Thanks for responding. You are right that warfare is prophesied, and great tribulation but the Bible also speaks of a time of peace and justice coming to all people.
      These are passages that have always meant a lot to me and I have shared them with my children.

      Revelation 21
      Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

      Isaiah 2:4
      He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.

      Isaiah 9:7
      Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

      Warm greetings,
      Tony for Plough

    • Pam Carle

      Awesome and very powerful Truth !!

    Advent is a time in which we share in the yearning of all those who, in their suffering and struggle, long for redemption and liberation, for unity, for peace, for a golden age – for a manifestation of God’s love and unity, for a breaking in of his justice among the nations.

    Today we are convinced that there still is One who will create peace and social justice for everyone. We expect him and thus long with a humble spirit that his rulership is recognized in every country. When this happens, he will turn bloody weapons into tools for work, and we shall become true brothers and sisters. This is what we want to think of when we approach the season of Jesus’ birth.

    However, like the prophets of old, we also need to feel the outrageous injustice that exists within society today and how heavy a burden this is. Injustice ought to stir our hearts; the lack of peace in a world bristling with weapons should haunt us. Disunity exists not only among nations, but also in the midst of every nation. There are far too many unjust governments today. A grave evil results when all our honest labor is supplanted by factories and modern technology. The workers are like living corpses who have no influence on the shaping of the economy, even though it is from their hands that all the things come which are enjoyed and distributed and sold.

    Winter sunset over a field with birch trees

    Photograph by Anastasiia Ruan

    Dissensions between classes, races, and ethnic groups continue to erupt, and in large cities and industrial centers violence is flooding the streets – a veritable civil war, a war between brothers. Lovelessness is so great today that on the one side people have their nice homes and secure livelihoods, while on the other side parents abandon their children at the welfare office. Some live so well while millions are on the way to perpetual poverty. Let us remember what Jesus said about the end of the age: Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most people will grow cold, and then the end will come.

    Advent is a time when we await God’s intervention in the need of the present day, as he intervened then in Jesus’ birth. We long for the highest power to rescue this unhappy, torn humanity that knows so little community. Now is the time to ask God for a radical change in all things, even if this means we must go through judgment.

    Adapted from “The Eve of Advent” by Eberhard Arnold in When the Time Was Fulfilled.

    Contributed By EberhardArnold2 Eberhard Arnold

    Eberhard Arnold (1883–1935), a German theologian, was co-founder of the Bruderhof and the founding editor of Plough.

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