Saturday, September 15, 2012
Welcome to Day 258 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Before his description of the future city of God, the prophet first describes the defeat and removal of its foes. Gog, the prince of Magog, sums up the final opposition to the kingdom and people of God. God comes as a divine warrior, fighting for His people and visiting an apocalyptic defeat on His foes, preparing the way for the vision of the renewed city (chapters 40–48). RSB
Ezekiel 38:23, “And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am theLord.”
Ezekiel 39:27, “When I have brought them back from the nations and have gathered them from the countries of their enemies, I will show myself holy through them in the sight of many nations. 28 Then they will know that I am the Lord their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind. 29 I will no longer hide my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit on the house of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord.”
Psalms 145:10, “All you have made will praise you, O Lord; your saints will extol you. 11 They will tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might…”
Revelation 20 describes the climax of human history and the coming millennial reign of our Lord, Jesus Christ on earth following the devastating judgment of chapter 19.
This is the chapter that leads me to believe that Revelation is futuristic, not describing the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD or the fall of the Roman Empire, centuries ago.
4 “I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”
Armageddon then millennium. Clearly futuristic in that this battle has not happened yet.
Here we go! We are now approaching the thousand-year reign of Christ in his kingdom on the earth. Nearing the culmination of all things in the next two chapters.
Imagine, a new heaven and a new earth, with Satan bound for a thousand years. Christ reigning and “we” reign with him!
But let’s not get too caught up in that, because we have not entered that time… yet.
We are here, now… called to extend his kingdom, not this coming kingdom that is the fulfillment of all things, but the preaching of the good news… of his coming kingdom!
The kingdom is now… and not yet. It is, yet it is not yet fulfilled, that is, by the coming of Christ.
The final three or four chapters of Revelation reveals the end of all things as we know it. A new heaven and a new earth! Christ reigning on earth after the final judgment of sin.
As cool as that is, as exciting as that is to think about, again, we have a job to do, here, now.
Lord, may we be faithful to extending your kingdom until such as time as the events of Revelation be fulfilled!