God's Last Day Chosen Generation
By George Kirkpatrick


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Peter, who was given the keys to the Kingdom, writes:

"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light:" I Peter 2:9

How long is a generation? Some say a generation is 40 years, some say it is 70 years, and some say it is 100 years. It is the author's belief a generation is 40 years. An example of a forty year generation is found in Psalms:

"Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and have not known My ways:" Psalm 95:10

Another example is found in the book of Acts:

"For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption." Acts 13:36

David ruled Israel for 40 years. David served his generation forty years. Forty years is approximately the time before another generation begins. We live in the last day generation before God's Kingdom age begins. The prophet Isaiah declared a fact, then asked the all important question:

"He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare His generation? For He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was He stricken." Isaiah 53:8

Isaiah was speaking of Jesus' death. As he stated, Jesus was cut off out of the land of the living, and for the sin of the people He was stricken (beaten). The question asked in this verse is, "Who shall declare His generation?" What generation is Isaiah speaking of here? It is the generation of the living. These are those who are alive in Christ, those who by His anointing can understand His Word. Paul declared those who are alive in Christ:

"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." I Corinthians 15:22

Those who remain in their old Adam nature that they were born with will die. Only those who are in Christ (the anointing) shall be made alive. Paul declared to the Romans:

"Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:11

This is the same message Paul wrote to the Corinthians. Those who remain in their Adam nature are dead in their sin. But those who are alive in Christ are dead unto sin. It is only by the anointing that we can be dead unto sin.

When Phillip was explaining the Scriptures to the eunuch, he quoted Isaiah 53:8 to explain Jesus' death and our generation:

"The place of the Scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:

In His humiliation His judgment was taken away: and who shall declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth." Acts 8:32-33

Both the Old and New Testaments declare God has a generation who is going to declare His life. How are we going to do this? We are going to declare His generation by becoming what the Word says we should be. We are, or should be, that generation. This generation is the last generation before His Kingdom age begins. Yes, there is a chosen generation that is going to declare the marvellous works of the Lord.

Looking again at Peter's kingdom message, we come to the realization this was God's promise from the beginning of time:

"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light:" I Peter 2:9

One generation, chosen from the beginning of the ages, to become what the Bible says we are to be - - - a righteous, holy generation of people who will become like Him in every aspect of their lives. These have been called out of the darkness and corruption of this world into the marvellous light of God's Word to become His holy nation, a royal priesthood and a peculiar people.

The word peculiar in our day has the connotation of a bunch of odd balls, misfits, and ill advised. But the word peculiar here is the Greek word PERIPOIESIS and means "purchased possession, preserved, one's own property." When we truly and absolutely come to Christ and die to the old Adam nature, then and only then, do we become His purchased possession and preserved as His own property. As Paul wrote to the Romans:

"Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His." Romans 8:9b

But there is another aspect to this last generation we must consider.

"There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother." Proverbs 30:11

We need to look closely at this generation so that we do not make the same mistakes. The word curseth means "to treat with contempt, to dishonor, to treat lightly, and to be insignificant." We live in the day when the Father figure is being dishonored and treated with contempt. The Father's role is being taken lightly, with seemingly little significance in the lives of many.

Television is a good example. The Fathers are put down, outwitted and treated with contempt by the children. In many households, the mother is the boss, telling everyone what to do. The Father is generally pictured as a failure, a fool, a drunk or a wimp.

Men have taken the back seat in every aspect of life. Newscasters, sports announcers, financial analysts, judges, lawyers, politicians, truck drivers, executives - - - the list goes on and on. The motto today is "Women rule." The world has forsaken God's plan for the Father figure.

This has happened in the last 40 years. It began in the `60's when the children rebelled against their parents and all authority. Just as Solomon prophesied:

"There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up.

There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men." Proverbs 30:13-14

Many in this end time generation are lofty and lifted up, having no need of anything or anyone. The word lofty means "rotten and wormy."

Their teeth are like swords. When they speak, their words cut to the bone. They spare the feelings of no one, only thinking of self and self-gratification.

Their jaw teeth are as knives. Knives get under the skin to irritate. These desire to make others feel useless and less important. These do not care who they hurt.

They do these things to the poor and needy. The word poor does not mean without money here. It means "the weak, the humble, the afflicted." Many in this generation, only thinking of themselves, do not know how to uplift others with kind words. The needy are those who need a helping hand, someone who cares. But this generation only cares for self, self- gratification and their selfish attitudes. This began with are the `60's generation and has gone downhill ever since. Solomon continues:

"There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness." Proverbs 30:12

Many in this last generation are pure in their own eyes. These believe they are alright in the sight of God. As Solomon wrote, they have not been washed from their filthiness. They are impure in the eyes of God. Yet they go their own way, do their own thing, and believe this is acceptable because all who are around them are doing the same things.

This includes many in today's church system and form religions. These have a religious spirit which makes them feel they are OK in God's sight, and everyone else is wrong. Yet they have not been washed from the filthiness of the flesh. How this grieves the heart of God. Jesus addresses these when He stated:

"O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things." Matthew 12:34-35

Many will say, "I am not evil." We need to ask, "Is that which comes out of our mouth edifying or degrading? Do our words glorify God or self?"   God judges the words of our mouth. James speaks of our tongue, or our words:

"Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be." James 3:9-10

Jesus also exhorts us:

"But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." Matthew 12:36-37

The all wise Solomon tells us:

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." Proverbs 18:21

Is your tongue speaking life or death. Glorifying words speak life. Degrading words speak death.

This is the generation of vipers who speak good things, and yet their thoughts are continually evil. The election process is a good example. Those running for office always claim to be godly, and yet their mouths are full of lies and evil intentions. They make many promises they do not intend to keep. Their words degrade their opponents. And yet their words condemn everything they say and stand for.

But God has a people, and great promises have been made to this people whose lives reveal their uprightness:

"This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord." Psalm 102:18

This was written for a generation, one generation that would be in the future. The future is here, and we are to become that people who praise and worship the Lord with their whole heart.

"His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed." Psalm 112:2

Who is this seed? Isaiah reveals:

"And he made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand." Isaiah 53:9-10

This prophecy was made 700 years before the birth of Jesus and shows God's original plan for His creation man. He died for our sin, and it pleased the Lord to do this so He could have a seed. Who is His seed? Peter reveals God's true seed in his letter to the Galatians:

"Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ." Galatians 3:16

Those who are Christ's in this last 40 year generation are part of His seed, or His offspring. What does this mean? It is God's anointed who will become the inheritors of His Kingdom.

"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son." Revelation 21:7

The overcomers are God's anointed seed in the last 40 year generation. It is the overcomers who will inherit all things. Praise the Lord!

We need to ask, "How much inheritance will those who do not overcome receive if the overcomers inherit all things?" There is nothing left for those who do not overcome all things.

Looking back at Isaiah 53:10, we discover God will see His seed - - - and His seed's (those who are in Christ) days will be prolonged. These are the ones who will inhabit eternity.

Another great promise God gives His chosen people is found in Paul's letter to the Ephesians:

"Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:" Ephesians 1:3

God blesses His elect with all Spiritual blessings in heavenly places, or in the Spiritual realm. Many of today's modern churches teach God blesses us in our wallet. But there are so many wonderful ways God blesses us - - - good health, peace that passeth all understanding, and a mind free from fear and intimidations. These are true Spiritual blessings.

James proclaims to God's chosen:

"But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." James 1:25

Those who are doers of God's work in this last generation will be blessed in their deeds. Protected and blessed! Who could ask for more?

David declares:

"The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, Thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." Psalms 12:6-7

What a promise! When God's pure Word is tried in the furnace of our earth and purified seven times or sevenfold, then we can claim His second promise. God will preserve this generation forever. Praise God! But the Word has to be purified in our earth sevenfold, or it has to be perfected. Seven is God's perfect number. His Word must be perfected in us, or become part of us if we are going to be part of his chosen generation.

Jesus gave many promises to this chosen generation:

"But He answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign: and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:" Matthew 12:39

This last generation is seeking a sign. Jesus promised He would give no sign, but the sign of Jonah. As we study Jonah, we first discover he was disobedient to the direction of God. Today we see many who are disobedient to the word of God. Jonah had to be judged for His disobedience, and suffered God's wrath when the sailors threw him overboard. He had to suffer death for His disobedience. Let's look at that:

The sailors threw Jonah overboard to save their ship. God will deal with all disobedience and rebellion. Many churches are in danger of losing their ship because they will not deal with disobedience and rebellion in their midst. Jonah declared:

"The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head." Jonah 2:5

Man cannot live under water. Jonah's goose was cooked. He was to suffer death for his disobedience. Jonah's judgment was forthcoming. But God was faithful:

"I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God." Jonah 2:6

The word corruption means "destruction and the grave." God resurrected Jonah because he had a job for him to do.

"When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy." Jonah 2:7-8

When the wrath comes, many who are called by His name are going to remember the Lord. But will God hear their prayers? Jonah knew those who observe (keep or follow) lying or false vanities have forsaken God's mercies. Paul understood this concept:

"And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." II Thessalonians 2:10-12

God has sent strong delusion into this end time, lukewarm church. God is going to vomit them out of His mouth because they have believed lies such as one saved - always save, the rapture, and ultimate reconciliation. This nation believes the lie the Moslems speak. They embrace such false gospels as the gospel of Judas and the gospel of Mary, and the DaVinci Code. They have truly forsaken God's mercies and have believed a lie.

Those who believe not the truth are damned, or judged because they take pleasure in unrighteousness. Jonah repented:

"But I will sacrifice unto Thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord." Jonah 2:9

Before Jonah ever came to this life he agreed with God that he was to go to Nineveh and pronounce God's judgment upon that place. He stated, "I will pay the vow that I had vowed." We have all made vows to the Lord before we came to this life. All will be held accountable for these vows.

"And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land." Jonah 2:10

Jonah hit the ground running.  He made a three day trip in one day. God gave us the sign of Jonah so that when His wrath comes, we had better be ready to hit the ground running to do His will. Jeremiah warned us of this time:

"Cut off thine hair, O Jerusalem, and cast it away, and take up a lamentation on high places; for the Lord hath rejected and forsaken the generation of His wrath." Jeremiah 7:29

The generation of His wrath is at the same time as His chosen generation who will become overcomers during this time. Jesus also warned:

"Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the son of man be ashamed, when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels." Mark 8:38

Those who are ashamed of Him now, He will be ashamed of them when He comes in all His glory.

"A seed shall serve Him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation." Psalm 22:30

God has His chosen generation. This generation will serve Him with their whole heart, their whole soul, and with their whole strength.

"Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning: I the Lord, the first, and with the last; I am He." Isaiah 41:4

God has called His chosen generation from the beginning. These were all His morning stars and sons of God. As Peter declared:

"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light:" I Peter 2:9

We are that chosen generation. We are also His royal priesthood and are becoming His holy nation. Jesus revealed this to John on the Isle of Patmos:

"And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." Revelation 1:6

God has made us, not only a royal priesthood, He has made us kings and priests. Kings will rule and reign. The royal priesthood will minister, and we will have dominion just as God promised from the beginning of time.

"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." Genesis 1:26

This generation will take dominion over everything God created. For how long? As Jesus revealed - - - forever and ever.

Jonah is our sign that if we are not obedient to God's Word, God will judge our disobedience and we will suffer His wrath.

"Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ," I Thessalonians 5:6-9

All God's promises are sure. All we need to do is walk into them! We need to deal with all disobedience, rebellion and hardness of heart if we are to walk into His wonderful promises. Amen!