Millenial

http://www.godsplan.org.uk/prophecy.htm

http://godsplan.org.uk/messianicage.htm

J E Bradburn

When Christ returns to earth He will initiate “the time of universal restoration that God announced long ago through His holy prophets.”

 

Acts 3:21 (KJV) “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.”

 

       Those prophets consistently assured ancient Israel and Judah that a righteous King would restore God’s Kingdom to earth

        The prophets reveal the exact spot to which the Messiah, God’s anointed King, will return. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/olivetdiscourse.htm

 

        The Bible explains why Christ had to be the Passover Lamb; and this verse of (Genesis 3:15) endorses that true fact emphatically (Forceful and definite in expression or action)

 

Genesis 3:15 (KJV) “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman [Israel], and between thy seed and her seed [Wheat & Tares]; it [He] shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” [Crucifixion.]

 

We have to remember that our written scriptures began with Moses, say in 1490 B.C.: and thus for more than 2500 years, the revelation of the hope, which God gave in Genesis 3:15 (KJV), was preserved in the naming of the stars and their grouping in Signs and Constellations. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/precessionoftheequinoxes.htm These groupings are quite arbitrary, (subject to individual will or judgment without restriction); There is nothing in the positions of the stars to suggest the pictures originally drawn around them (Dendera Temple ceiling; circa 4000 years ago). The Signs and Constellations were first designed and named; then the pictures were drawn around them by men respectively. Thus, the TRUTH was enshrined and written in the heavens, where no human hand could touch it. In later, years when Israel came into the possession of the written “Scriptures of TRUTH” there was no longer any need for the more ancient writing in the heavens. Hence, the original teaching gradually faded away, and the heathen, out of the smattering they had heard by tradition, evolve their cosmogonies (a theory that seeks to explain the origin of the universe) and mythologies (a body of stories, ideas, or beliefs that are not necessarily true about a particular place or person)

 

1.      http://www.godsplan.org.uk/riddleofthesphinx.htm

2.      http://www.godsplan.org.uk/witnessofthestars.htm

3.      http://www.godsplan.org.uk/witness2.htm

4.      http://www.godsplan.org.uk/witness3.htm

 

http://www.godsplan.org.uk/olivetdiscourse_files/image003.jpgThe prophets reveal the exact to which the Messiah, God’s anointed King, will return: Zechariah 14:4 (KJV) “And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/olivetdiscourse.htm

 

Starting with Jerusalem as His capital city, He will expand His reign to the world. Zechariah 14:9 (KJV) “And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one http://www.godsplan.org.uk/thesufferingsandglory.htm

 

Once God’s Kingdom is established in Jerusalem among the people of Israel, Christ will invite representatives of all nations to come to Jerusalem to learn about His laws. He will summon them to Jerusalem to attend God’s annual feast of Tabernacles.

 

Zechariah 14:16 (KJV) “And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles

 

Leviticus 23:33—34 (KJV)

33 “And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying

34 “Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the Lord.’”

 

Not all nations will immediately cooperate. Remember, the enemy Satan will have organised these same nations to fight Christ at His return. They will not quickly accept Him even after Satan is bound. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/satanbound.htm Therefore Christ will judge between nations, and rebuke many nations.  Isaiah 2:4 (KJV) “And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore

 

Early in Christ’s reign, strong measures will be necessary to convince most nations that He intends to enforce the laws of His Father.

Jehovah. While Elohim is God as the Creator of all things, Jehovah is the same God in covenant relation to those whom He has created (Cp. 2 Chron. 18:31 KJV “And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore they compassed about him to fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the Lord helped him; and God moved them to depart from him.” Jehovah means the Eternal, the Immutable One, He Who WAS, and IS, and IS TO COME. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm 

The Divine definition is given in Genesis 21:33 (KJV) “And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the Lord, the everlasting God.” He is especially, therefore, the God of Israel; and the God of those who are redeemed, and are thus now "in Christ". We can say "My God," but not "My Jehovah", for Jehovah is "MY God."

Jehovah is indicated (as in A.V. and KJV) by small capital letters, "LORD"' and by "GOD" when it occurs in combination with Adonai, in which case LORD GOD = Adonai Jehovah. The name Jehovah is combined with ten other words, which form what are known as "the Jehovah Titles." in the Hebrew Canon (Ap. 1). All are noted in the margin, in all their occurrences:--

 

JEHOVAH-JIREH = Jehovah will see, or provide. Gen. 22:14 (KJV) “And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah Jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen

JEHOVAH-ROPHEKA = Jehovah that healeth thee. Ex. 15:26 (KJV) “And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee

JEHOVAH-NISSI = Jehovah my banner. Ex. 17:15 (KJV) “And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi

JEHOVAH-MeKADDISHKEM = Jehovah that doth sanctify you. Ex. 31:13. Lev. 20:8; 21:8; 22:32. Ezek. 20:12.

 

Exodus 31:15 (KJV) “Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord: whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death

Leviticus 20:8 (KJV) “And ye shall keep My statutes, and do them: I am the Lord which sanctify you

Leviticus 21:8 (KJV) “Thou shalt sanctify him therefore; for he offereth the bread of thy God: he shall be Holy unto thee: for I the Lord, which sanctify you, am Holy

Leviticus 22:32 (KJV) “Neither shall ye profane My Holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the Lord which hallow you

Ezekiel 20:12 (KJV) “Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between Me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them

 

JEHOVAH-SHALOM = Jehovah [send] peace. Judges 6:24 (KJV) “Then Gideon built an altar there unto the Lord, and called it Jehovahshalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.”

JEHOVAH-ZeBA'OTH = Jehovah of hosts. 1 Sam. 1:3 (KJV): and frequently. “And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the Lord of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the Lord, were there.”

JEHOVAH-ZIDKENU = Jehovah our righteousness.

Jeremiah. 23:6 (KJV) “In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His name whereby He shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness

Jeremiah 33:16 (KJV) (Same)

 

JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH = Jehovah is there. Ezekiel 48:35 (KJV) “It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is there

JEHOVAH-ELYON = Jehovah most high.

Psalm 7:17 (KJV) “I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high

Psalm 47:2 (KJV) “For the Lord most high is terrible [mighty); he is a great King over all the earth

Psalm 97:9 (KJV) “For thou, Lord, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods

 

JEHOVAH-RO'I = Jehovah my Shepherd. Ps. 23:1 (KJV) “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want

 

We have seven of these, experimentally referred to, in Ps. 23, inasmuch as Jehovah, the "Good," "Great," and "Chief Shepherd," is engaged, in all the perfection of His attributes, on behalf of His sheep:--

 

In verse 1, we have No. 1 above.

In verse 2, we have No. 5.

In verse 3, we have Nos. 2 and 7.

In verse 4, we have No. 8.

In verse 5, we have Nos. 3 and 4.

 

How will He make this clear, especially to nations who obstinately refuse to attend the Feast of Tabernacles? His means of communicating His message to them will be straight forward. He will simply demonstrate His control over the natural forces of earth.

 

Zechariah 14:17 (KJV) “And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain

 

The nations will quickly learn that their existence depends on God’s blessing. Good weather and bountiful crops are blessings from God. From this time forward only nations that obey God will reap those blessings. All others will not. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/system.htm Such a system will serve as a convincing argument. In time all nations will respond, except those who God deals with. Let us now examine some of the specifics of Christ’s reign

Rewarding the saints

Jesus Christ has promised to reward people who through the ages have faithfully served Him.

 

Revelation 11:18 (KJV) “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

 

Revelation 22:12 (KJV) “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall behttp://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm

 

Notice the part in His Kingdom. Revelation 20:6 (KJV) “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years http://godsplan.org.uk/messianicage.htm (1,000 year span)

 

From the beginning of Christ’s millennial reign the faithful servants of God—including many who have suffered severe persecution and martyrdom—will serve as the teachers and administrators of the wonderful world to come. They will assist Jesus in teaching the ways of peace and righteousness to the nations. This will fulfil Christ’s promise to his disciples.

 

Revelation 3:21 (KJV) “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/christianrace.htm

 

The prophet Daniel foretold the same thing. Daniel 7:27 (KJV) “And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him

 

image002Christ does not plan to change the world single handily. At His coming His faithful servants will be immediately transformed from flesh and blood into immortal spirit beings that can assist Him to win the war of the enemy and rebellious tares.  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/parables.htm 

 

1 Corinthians 15:50—53 (KJV)

50 “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit in-corruption

51 “Behold, I shew you a mystery; ‘We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,’”

52 “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

53 “For this corruptible must put on in-corruption, and this mortal must put on immortality http://www.godsplan.org.uk/internalspirit.htm

 

Ecclesiastes 12:7 (KJV) “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it

 

These transformed beings will sit with Christ on His throne. They will serve with Him as teachers and administrators during His Millennial reign.

http://godsplan.org.uk/messianicage.htm   http://www.godsplan.org.uk/revelation_%20revealed.ht

 

The Restoration of Israel

Jeremiah 23:5—6 (KJV)

5 “Behold, the days come,’ saith the Lord, ‘that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.’”

6 “In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His name whereby He shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness

 

The restoration of all the tribes of Israel as one nation Judah, Ben and the dispersed tribes of Israel http://godsplan.org.uk/fulltentribes.htm as one nation under the reign of the Messiah is foretold again and again in the writings of the prophets. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/elect.htm  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Order%20of%20Encampment.htm

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Ezekiel 37:21—22 (KJV)

21 “And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land

22 “And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all

 

Jeremiah 32:36—39 (KJV)

36 “And now therefore thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning this city, whereof ye say, It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence

37 “Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely

38 “And they shall be My people, and I will be their God

39 “And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may [fear [and revere] Me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them

 

Since Christ will establish Jerusalem as His capital, the first people to experience the effects of His rule will be the restored Kingdom of Israel. As their King, He will immediately establish a close working relationship with them.

 

Ezekiel 37:26—28 (KJV)

26 “Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore

27 “My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be My people

28 “And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore”.

 

The people of Israel will play a necessary role in in helping other nations implement God’s ways. Once God has forgiven their sins, Christ will begin will begin using a humbled and repentant Israel to spread the knowledge of God’s law to other nations. The whole world will gradually come under the administration of a unified code of law, the Law of God. Christ will continue this as he reigns over the nations from Jerusalem.

The world will finally learn to obey God’s law.

 

Israel will help the nations learn God’s ways.

Concerning the nation of Israel during Christ’s millennial reign, God says:

 

Jeremiah 33:6—9 (KJV)

6 “Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth

7 “And I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, and will build them, as at the first.”

8 “And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against Me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against Me”.

9 “And it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise and an honour before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them: and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it

 

As the people of Israel learn to follow God’s ways, their example will inspire other nations to seek the same way of life and to want to reap the same blessings. Nation’s will see that keeping God’s law works.

 

Zechariah 8:22—23 (KJV)

22 “Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord

23 “Thus saith the Lord of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you

 

They will come to Jerusalem to learn how they can apply it in their own lands.

 

Micah 4:4 (KJV) “But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.”

 

Micah 4:2 (KJV) “And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem

 

Isaiah 11:9 (KJV) “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea

 

With Christ as King, Jerusalem will be the centre of learning for the world. God’s word, the Bible (KJV), will provide a solid foundation for the development of education and knowledge. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/

 

Isaiah 55:11—13 (KJV)

11 “So shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it

12 “For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands

13 “Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off

 

Prosperity will increase while crime and corruption will cease.

 

Isaiah 60:17—18 (KJV)

17 “For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors [correct] righteousness

18 “Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise

 

It takes much more than mere knowledge, however, to produce lasting peace and cooperation. A spiritual change is also necessary. It will be that spiritual change in the people of Israel that will inspire other nations to admire their way of life and want to emulate it. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/spiritualmaterial.htm

 

Ezekiel 36:22—27 (KJV)

22 “Therefore say unto the house of Israel, thus saith the Lord God; ‘I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for Mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.’”

23 “And I will sanctify My great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, saith the Lord God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes

24 “For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land

25 “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you

26 “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh

27 “And I will put My spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgments, and do themhttp://www.godsplan.org.uk/internalspirit.htm

 

The spiritual restoration of humanity is the most important transition that will occur during the millennial period when the world is transformed. The spirit of God will enable people to willingly and enthusiastically obey Him from the heart. 

 

Jeremiah 31:33 (KJV) “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; ‘After those days,’ saith the Lord, ‘I will put My law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be My people

 

Hebrews 8:10 (KJV) “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

 

God’s Spirit will phenomenally transform people. Obedience will be widespread; people will exhibit honourable and enjoy a stable society:

 

Isaiah 1:26 (KJB) “And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city

 

The changes will be permanent, lasting forever.

 

Isaiah 60:21—22 (KJV)

21 “Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified

22 “A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time

 

Isaiah 54:13 (KJV) “And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children

 

People the world over notice and respect their example.

 

Isaiah 61:9 (KJV) “And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed

 

Spirituality spreads

 

As people from other nations see what happens I Jerusalem and its environs , they too will want to serve the Living God.

 

Isaiah 56:6-7 (KJV)

6 “Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant

7 “Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people

 

Finally the barriers between Israel and other nations will fall. This will occur all will eventually realise:

 

Galatians 3:28 (KJV) “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus

 

As people the world over begin to obey God, first by getting their spiritual priorities right, they will begin to experience unprecedented physical prosperity.

 

Amos 9:13—14 (KJV)

13 “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt

14 “And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them

 

Notice this inspiring description of blessings yet to come.

 

Isaiah 65:21—25 (KJV) 

21 “And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them

22 “They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of My people, and Mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands

23 “They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them.”

24 “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”

25 “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, saith the Lord

 

This vision of the millennial reign of Christ is not an illusion but a promise of reality. Jesus Christ will return to earth to spiritually transform its people and establish them , a paradise on earth. The combination of removing Satan’s influence, giving humanity God’s spirit and teaching the world the laws and ways of God will produce 1,000 years of peace and a society blessed beyond its wildest dreams.

However; incredible as this may sound, prophecy reveals that an even more amazing period awaits mankind.

 

Isaiah 62:11 (KJV) “Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, ‘Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.’”

 

The struggle for justice is as profound a revelation of the possibilities and limits of historical existence as the quest for TRUTH. In some respects it is even more revealing because it engages all human vitalities and powers more obviously than the intellectual quest. The obligation to build and to perfect communal life is not merely forced upon us by the necessity of coming to terms with the rather numerous hosts, whom it has pleased an Almighty Creator to place on this little earth beside us. Community is an individual as well as social necessity; for the individual can realise himself only in intimate and organic relation with fellowmen.  Love is therefore the primary law of his nature; and brotherhood the fundamental requirement of his social existence.

 

Since man is a unity of vitality and reason, the social coherence of life can never be purely rational. It includes an interpenetration of all powers and potencies, emotional and volitional (the act of willing, choosing, or resolving) as well as rational (having reason or understanding: relating to, based on, or agreeable to reason). But the power of rational freedom [to choose] gives human communities a higher dimension than those of nature. Man’s freedom [to choose] over the limits of nature in indeterminate regression means that no fixed limits can be placed upon either the purity or the breadth of the brotherhood which men strive in history. No traditional attainment of brotherhood is secure against criticism from a higher historical perspective, or safe from corruption on each new level of achievement.  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/kingdom.htm  

 

Amen