There are many times there is debate over the meaning of God’s Word. Even Christians, at times, debate over whether something is “Literal” or “Figurative” or allegorical. For me if God was speaking literal about the first coming of Jesus, and He came just as He has proclaimed; then when He speaks of the second coming of Jesus; it too will be just as He proclaimed. There is no argument, or debate about it; it is already sealed.
My reading this morning was Isaiah 49 – 62; and my what an exciting read it was; and it is. By the time I was finished with my reading I was anxious for the return of Christ, and I am waiting and living just as if it might be today. How about you?
My verse of thought today is,
“So shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11 (KJV)
I have heard people; even some preachers tell that the second coming of Jesus is when a person is has their new birth experience with Jesus Christ; or maybe when that person’s body ceases to live, “Jesus has come again to take them home”. Now that could partially be true; however, if that is all there is to the second coming of Jesus we have truly missed something.
I know people and religions which believe that Jesus Christ is already ruling and reigning on earth, He has returned. My question to those who believe that is, Where is Jesus? Where is the Righteous rule of the King? Where is Justice that is promised by the verses I read today? Why is Israel still being threatened and attacked, almost daily? Why has Israel not repented, believed in Jesus Christ and followed Him if Jesus is here?
The LORD’s purpose in casting Israel away, was not to forsake them but to redeem them.
“And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob,’ saith the LORD. ‘As for Me, this is My covenant with them,’ saith the LORD; ‘My spirit that is upon thee, and My words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed,’ saith the LORD, ‘from henceforth and for ever.'” 59:20-21
“Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations. Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.” 60:15-16
When Jesus Christ comes again what a wonderful blessing God has in store for Israel and the whole world of those who will humble themselves before Him, trust Him and believe;
“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; ‘I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before Me, and the souls which I have made.” 57:15-16
We can look at our world today and see that there is no peace; and if we are honest in believing the Word of God we can also see that there will be no peace on earth until Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace comes, and fully redeems His people, for all time and eternity. The word of God shall not return to Him void, and it shall prosper in the thing where He sends it.
-Tim A. Blankenship