Thursday, October 9, 2008

Looking Ahead

Today's passage in Jeremiah, chapter 3 gives us a glimpse of the way things will be at the return of Jesus. He is telling them how he so wants them to return to the Lord, and shares with them how things will be in the future, I think as a way to try to get them to leave the evil practices they were still involved in. He shows us the same thing in the Gospels, when presenting Christ to us. He tells us about eternal life through him, and gives us a glimpse of what heaven will be like, and how salvation can even give us a new life here, to prepare for our new life in heaven.
Verses 16 - 17 say,
"In those days, whenyour numbers have greatly increased in the land, men will no longer say, ' The ark of the covenant of the Lord'. It will never enter their minds or be remembered; it will not be missed, nor another one made. At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the Lord, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the Lord. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts".

When Christ returns, the ark of the covenant will not be missed or replaced, for Jesus enthroned will be worshipped in Jerusalem.
The Jews have been looking for their Messiah for centuries. Even though they have had the books of specific details of how to recognize the Messiah, given by the Prophets, they failed to recognize or acknowledge him as the Chosen One when he came the first time.

I watch the news constantly, and there are so many things happening in our world that are exactly what has been foretold by the Prophets and Jesus himself, as how things will be at "the end of the age". They are coming more and more, and closer together, with more intensity - just like Jesus said they would, as he compared events to a woman being in labor. He said that we need to be on the watch, and to read the signs. Many people have different theories on when the rapture of the church will happen - pre tribulation - mid tribulation - post tribulation. I am a believer who thinks this will happen pre-trib. To read more about this subject - go to the new testament, the book of I Corinthians, 15: 31 - 32. Make sure you are ready - for those who are left behind when the church is taken away, will face times so difficult, it's hard for us to imagine.


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