20,000 Years, As It Were, From This MomentMarch 7, 2009
This post must begin with two passages and a link. The link is to a post entitled BEAUTIFUL ADVICE which lives up to its title; offering a spiritual checklist that every saint should consider. As for the passages of scripture, the first has been referred to much over the history of this blog. The second gives us a picture of just how long eternity is.
II Corinthians 4:18 “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
“Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
It goes without saying that for many, this present realm has become a bastion of uncetainty on a number of fronts. This should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with scripture as Jesus told us plainly of the conditions that would preceed his return. Yet while many saints understand this from a theological standpoint, they tremble at the prospects of awakening one morning to find that the structures of this world, which they’ve unwittingly been trusting in have been dissolved. Anxiety is running high (even amongst christians who, in light of Matthew 6:24-34 should not be fearful) as we see an economy in freefall, sinister manuverings in the political arena, and a society that increasingly seems void of any moral compass. Anyone who is looking to the framework of this world for stability and comfort will be profoundly disappointed and increasingly fearful as events unfold.
I like to follow the flow of events; especially in light of scripture. But to do so without maintaining an eternal perspective will cause one to go nutty; possibly to the point of their heart failing them for fear. So I’m going to take a trip into the future for a few minutes. Climbing aboard this imaginary time machine (oh no…timbob has gone off the deep end) we’re going to blast off far into the future, and take a peek at things that aren’t yet manifest, but will eventually be the ever-present reality. We land in a place that, if it could be measured by time, would be the year 22009. (ow…my head hurts) We disembark and survey an environment that bears almost no resemblance to the one that we are so familiar with. One of the most profound observations is that the incredible events; so anticipated and thought on in our lives, have long since played out and are now in the past.
We can see, step by step, how the events prior to the return of Jesus to earth played out. We see where we were right on in our theology and we see the areas where we were misreading scripture. The timing of the rapture is no longer a mystery.
We see the replay of Jesus return to earth in power and glory. The moment when those in Christ were caught up while those who rejected him searched frantically for cover. We note how the trumpet sounded and can actually see the moment where corruption put on incorruption. (WOW! Lets just keep watching this over and over.)
We see how the beast and false prophet, which deceived the world, were cast into the lake of fire. For the first thousand years, they were the only two inhabitants of the place that, later on, would become the final abode of all who died in their sins.
We see the millenial reign of Jesus and a world in perfect order. The knowledge of the Lord covers the earth as the waters cover the sea. We see those who had been born of the Spirit during the course of their natural lives reigning with him over the earth. A world which, during that time of unparalleled paradise, was void of any sin. This was because Satan was bound in the bottomless pit and could not influence the inhabitors of the earth.
We see the moment, following the thousand years of Jesus reign, where Satan was released and permitted to seduce the inhabitors of the earth one final time. We note how those who fell for the final deception encompassed the camp of the saints. We are utterly astonished at how many fell for this final deception.
We see the fire that came down from God and devoured all who departed from the truth and believed a lie in the final act of rebellion against the Creator of all that is. This was Satans last fling as he was taken and thrown into the lake of fire, where the smoke of his torment continues to rise; even to this point in eternity.
We witness the final moments of the physical world that we had known as the heavens and earth fled away from the face of him that sat upon a great white throne. All of the dead, small and great were there; pleading for a final chance, but finding that the second resurrection had no power. The sin that they clung to in life would forever separate them from the one who shed his own blood for them, to keep this from happening.
We see time dissolve into the fabric of the everlasting. We see the holy city, New Jerusalem. We observe the new heavens and the new earth. The final two chapters of the book of Revelation are before us in panoramic splendor. A realm where nothing has ever defiled and will remain forever and ever. We see Jesus by whom all things were created, who is the light that permeates all that is in this place. We see the saints, from every generation, in complete peace and joy on a level that defies the limits of earthly language. We hear melodies so sweet and out of this world that we cannot even find remote similarities in the world that we shortly must return to. “The world we shortly must return to? Oh….look at the time!” We had become so lost in the moment that we forgot about that thing which has so much influence over our lives. And so we return to our imaginary time machine and head back to the place where we must run with patience, the race that is set before us.
One may be wondering why this excursion was taken. To be perfectly honest, when I came out here, I had no intention of going this route. Nonethtless, my desire is that we would begin to look at events from an eternal; perspective. Not just in knowing that our time here is very short, but actually living our lives from an eternal standing. When we do this, we’ll no longer be rattled by the unfolding events in this life. Our focus will be completely upon Jesus who has gone to prepare a place for us, and we’ll earnestly compel all who are around us to “PLEASE COME INTO THE ARK BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! It’s imperative that we understand the situation before us and what’s at stake. I pray that all of us would draw closer to Jesus, let go of our itineraries, and seek his perfect will. That we would trust him; even to the point of what the world would call “reckless abandon” because when we know his perfect will we don’t take into consideration the logistics of it.
Well it’s time to bring this to a close. Tonight was our last night of work as the entire plant is laid off from March 9 until march 16. This means that I can get some things done around here and be about the business that’s on my heart. The trip to Wisconsin has been altered somewhat. On Wednesday, Lord willing, I’m still heading into Chicago, but not going up to Milwaukee or Beaver Dam. This is actually quite a relief as I can now prayerfully focus on a single area. (Actually there are three areas in Chicago that I’m wanting to visit) As much as I would like to meet David Meyer and the saints of Truth Tabernacle, a bigger need is in play. The saints in Beaver Dam are already saved and filled with the Holy Ghost. Chicago, on the other hand, has three million people; most of whom are currently heading into an eternity without Christ. Such is the case in virtually every venue. May we all be about our Fathers business in these critical moments. I wish to all. a blessed weekend in Jesus.
Matthew 9:37-38 “Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”