What is Celebrate Messiah 2000?



An All-Encompassing Messiah-Minded Convergence
Moving Toward a New Millennium

1. Celebrate Messiah 2000 is an Historic Event in the Holy Land, 27 Dec. 2000 to 2 Jan. 2001.

God is calling His Church to be not only mission-minded, but also Messiah-minded. HE is the goal and the glory of all mission endeavors. Many peoples from many nations will come to Jerusalem to worship Messiah and to celebrate all that He is, and all He has done through His people towards "a church for every people and the gospel for every person by the year 2000." Celebrate Messiah 2000 is more than an event, yet, it is without apology an historic event of a lifetime -- in the Holy Land.

2. Celebrate Messiah 2000 is a season-long culmination of Spiritual Celebrations around the World leading up to the year 2001.

Messiah said, "not only in Jerusalem..." (John 4). Celebrate Messiah 2000 is a call to all Christians everywhere to crown the remaining three years of this millennium with Messiah-minded celebrations, filling the whole earth with praise, worship, and intercession. Therefore, Celebrate Messiah 2000 is a spirit and a process of celebrating -- a great and holy convocation in Jerusalem and Bethlehem at the turn of the millennium.

3. Celebrate Messiah 2000 is a Unique Convergence of both a "Chronos" Moment and a "Kairos" Moment.

Celebrate Messiah 2000 is a "chronos" moment -- a milestone in calendar time, the turn of the millennium. The approach of the year 2000 has filled the decade of the 1990s with anticipation and excitement. It has forced millions of us to positively reexamine and realign our values, institutions, and priorities.

At the same time, Celebrate Messiah 2000 is a "kairos" moment -- a season filled with God's activity and visitation. It's a season for breaking new ground in ministry and mission, with God accelerating and intensifying His redemptive activity among the peoples of the earth. Celebrate Messiah 2000 is a kairos moment, as in Mark 1:15, where it says, "The time (kairos) has come. The kingdom of God is near.".

4. Celebrate Messiah 2000 is a Strategic Assessment of the Unfinished Task of "a Church for Every People and the Gospel for Every Person."

"A church for every people and the gospel for every person" is the goal of the Great Commission (Mt. 28:19; Mk. 16:15). Now, for the first time in history, the Church has the means to measure both aspects of this mandate. Through networks, consultations, and ongoing surveys, we are tracking progress towards "a church for every people" and in a separate tracking assessment, "the gospel for every person."

As both process and event, Celebrate Messiah 2000 will provide the global Body of Messiah with the most accurate picture ever of the unfinished task. What better venue than the place where the commission was first given, in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, to present a status report on 2000 years of mission! We will also assess the accomplishments of the tracks, task forces, and initiatives of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement, and determine what remains to finish the task.

5. Celebrate Messiah 2000 is a Call to Persevere in the Faith, Hastening the Day of Messiah's Return (2 Peter 3:9-12).

The second half of this century has seen more Christians persecuted and martyred than all prior church history put together. And it will get worse as the church penetrates the hostile mission contexts of the 10/40 Window. Celebrate Messiah 2000 is a call to the global Body of Messiah to identify with the suffering and persecuted church, and to persevere in faith, despite harsh and cruel opposition. "Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the faith of Jesus" (Rev. 14:12).

6. Celebrate Messiah 2000 is a Call to Proclaim Messiah Everywhere.

Celebrate Messiah 2000 resounds the call of Acts 1:8 that we are to be witnesses to Messiah in our own Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. To be Messiah-minded is to be mission-minded -- to turn from our excuses, evasions, and apathy, and to become Spirit-filled witnesses to all people wherever we are, and to send forth witnesses to all the remaining unreached peoples of the earth.

7. Celebrate Messiah 2000 is a Call to Reconciliation, Unity, and Partnership of the Body of Christ for Completing the Unfinished Task.

When Christians humble themselves, reconcile themselves, and serve in unity and partnership, God confers His life-giving blessing (Ps. 133). Celebrate Messiah 2000 is both a call to and a process of reconciliation. As a living parable of reconciliation, Jews, Arabs, Palestinians, and international Christians make up the joint coordinating and host committees for Celebrate Messiah 2000 in the Holy Land.

On a larger scale, Celebrate Messiah calls for thousands of leaders from diverse backgrounds to form strategic evangelism partnerships for reaching unreached peoples, cities, and regions. The event in the Holy Land will consummate a journey of reconciliation, with 5000 believers from Jews, Gentiles, Arabs, Palestinians, and internationals, reconciled to God and to one another. It's a dramatic and universal display of the Mystery of Messiah, by whom Jews and Gentiles are reconciled in one Body in the Person of Messiah (Eph. 3:4-6).

8. Celebrate Messiah 2000 is a Call to Prayer for Revival resulting in Mission to the Unreached in Every Country and especially the 10/40 Window.

Man shall not live by reason alone. Secularism has played its cards and lost. The end of the millennium has proved to be one of the most religious periods in the history of humanity. Revival has occurred in virtually every continent, civilization, and country, according to secular and Christian survey reports. In such spiritually charged times, the Church has the privilege, through prayer, to light up the dawn of the 3rd millennium with worldwide spiritual awakening and mission.

Celebrate Messiah 2000 includes "Praying through the Window IV -- Light the Window" in October 1999. This prayer initiative may well be the most powerful and effective effort to date. In addition, Celebrate Messiah 2000 calls for ongoing prayer initiatives everywhere and at all times for the sake of revival in the Church and mission to the unchurched in every people, language, and nation.

9. Celebrate Messiah 2000 is a Call to Consecration and Commissioning through Joshua Harvest All Peoples All Persons.

"Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you" (Joshua 3:5). Celebrate Messiah 2000 is the "Mt. Nebo gateway" to the new millennium. As Moses saw the land from Mt. Nebo (Deut. 32), the AD2000 International Office will see the land, but not enter it. Celebrate Messiah 2000 will hand over the vision of Joshua Harvest All Peoples All Persons to the "Joshuas and Calebs" who will now inherit the land "people-by-people" and "person-by-person" in the new millennium. Given the vision, values, and virtues of the movement, along with the new "every-people / every-person" assessment of Celebrate Messiah 2000, the Church of the 21st century will be well equipped to take up the challenge.

10. Celebrate Messiah 2000 is a Call to Hope as we look toward the New Millennium and the New Heaven and the New Earth.

The "blessed hope" of the Church is the return of Messiah to marry his Bride. This is the hope and call of Celebrate Messiah 2000 -- to hasten the day of his return by presenting the gospel of the kingdom to every people, tribe, nation, and language. Once this is done, the "end" will come (Mt. 24:14). No generation has had greater reason to hope that we can be the ones to see the completion of God's redemption of humanity, and the unfolding of the new heavens and the new earth. "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" (Ro. 15:13).


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