Consider the number 400. The Hebrew Republic, a government built on the family, self-rule, local control and universal education with separation of powers appeared in ancient Israel from 1450 to 1050 BC. Unique among all the ancient nations and Empires, it had the highest literacy and the greatest freedom for the individual. However, the individual did not want to take responsibility for their freedom, and everyone “did was right in their own eyes” (Judges 17:6). As a result, the people gave up their freedom for a King.
There were 400 years between Malachi and the coming of Christ – a period of great expectation “in the fullness of time” (Galatians 4:4). 400 are 5 Jubilees and about 10 generations, a sort of “kingdom” number. So why come to the American Pilgrimage 400 June 28-30 in historic Plymouth? By remembering the past, we hope to look forward to the future. Romans 15:4 tells us “whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we though the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” By remembering how far we have fallen, we can truly repent, and rely on the Lord to send true revival and awakening. Let us remember, repent, and return with hope for a new advance of the Kingdom of Christ through loving service and the sharing of the gospel with others!