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The End of the World . . . the final event in the divine plan; the end of the world.
February 25, 2017
DO YOU LOVE ME ?
2 Samuel 14:13-14 NLT -13 You have refused to bring home Your Own banished one . . .
14 All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, He devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from Him.
John 3:16 " For God so loved the world that He - gave His only begotten Son, ( to accomplish the task of perfect victory ) , so that everyone who believes ( who becomes of Him ) in Him may not
perish but may have eternal life . "
Jesus is our Eternity !
Jesus Christ IS God's only begotten Son . Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, He has spoken to us through His Son , Jesus .
God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance , [ that means you and me and all things ] by and through the Son He created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God [ and thoughts of God ] , and He sustains everything by the mighty power of His command. When He had cleansed us [ and everyone and everything ] from our sins (not able to see or know God ),
He sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven . . .
[ His task set upon Him. . . Jesus Gloriously completed " It is finished ".] Hebrews 1(NLT)
" the eschaton " eschatological ( end times )
In these last days – It’s the eschaton ! In case you’re not familiar with this word eschaton , it means “the final event in the divine plan, the end of the world .” Our English word comes directly from the Greek eschaton meaning “last .” The better translation of eschaton is a lot more complicated .
When the author of Hebrews uses the phraseep’ eschatou ton ‘eimeron ( in last the days ) ,
It is questioned whether Paul meant that the end of the world had arrived , or that we are now in the end times period , and the completion of God’s plan is realized .
For us the answer is obviously the second choice . We are still here .
The world is obviously undergoing change but hasn’t ended yet . Our world and all that is in it , is going through a process of the end . . .
or is it in the steps of the beginning ?
What was first readers response to Paul's letter ? They didn’t have, like us , 2,000 years of hindsight . They really felt the end of the world was right around the corner . Some scholars have suggested that this is the case , and therefore ( in hindsight ) Paul was anticipating the immediate ' end of the world . ' [ as we know it ] .
In fact , it is sometimes assumed by scholars that Paul believed the end was at hand ( like right now ) !
The emphasis was that , at that time , the answers could not be explained by any mental gymnastics or opinion ( NOT by what they could really see HAPPENING AROUND THEM RIGHT AT THE MOMENT - ' RIGHT NOW ' ). What was going on around them was an unseen but real internal sense , a perception of a real event happening in and around them .
As far as Paul was concerned , “ these last days ” had no exact end point or final date
but he knew what was happening was so significant that everything was being affected .
Paul emphasized that what mattered was and still is the same in these last days today , was that God has delivered His message through His Son just as He delivered His message from old . . . SO WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON JESUS . . . FOR OUR ANSWER.
God's message plainly is . . . we are living in the full power and fullness of God , with God in us , as God accomplished His purposes in JESUS.
First , we can understand now that the New Testament authors were EXPERIENCING THE REVELATION ( IN PART ) about the end of the world and Eternity itself that was talked about in the Old Testament .
BUT IT IS TODAY THAT WE SEE THE FULLNESS OF THE REVELATION !
Today , we should already be experiencing
the blessings of that revelation !
It is knowing in our very selves that God's ' miracle ' has already occurred in us !
Nice, but are we experiencing it ? To it's fullness , only in part , or not at all ? Are we awake and aware of what God is doing ? Are we making it of great concern, great importance and relevant to us today ?
Secondly, knowing the truth , sets us free and secures us with the confidence that we are ready for God's last stage of the His Perfect Plan . Most importantly , it focuses our hope and life all on God's Salvation . . . the fullness and power of God in us ! ETERNITY IN US .
The REVELATION of Jesus is what we need to see and to know , that it is more than just what He said . It’s also what He did , what He placed inside of us as His FINISHED WORK !
God has communicated to us exactly in His Son, what we can be positively assured of , ' that the last stage of the plan ' is in place and the end is guaranteed, and has already arrived in us ! This fact sets the tone for the letter to the Hebrews. That tone is hope and great JOY. . . GOD HIMSELF , everlasting life in us , our inheritance !
To Watch andPray means to be close to God .
Yes , there are bad things happening . Yes , the world is a mess ( and growing worse ) . But the arrival of the Son and the message He brings in Word and Deed establishes us . We can trust in justice , righteousness and mercy and life and in Him because God has revealed His final step in the cosmic plan in us . . . ETERNITY ITSELF !