Meditation

Meditation for 09/04/2019

“This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as chief among he mountains; if till be raised above the hills and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of he Lord, to the house of he God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.’ The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Notion will not take p sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:1-4)

The prophetic vision is of a future time when Jerusalem and its Temple would be central, the place to which the peoples of he earth come to learn the ways of God. When the word of the Lord gets into the fabric of the nations, the implements of war are turned into the instruments of peace. Some look for a literal fulfillment in a future millennial period with Jerusalem made the political and religious center of the world; some believe Zion refers to a literal kingdom but leave its location open; others see a poetic expectation of the messianic age when the Prince of peace makes harmony possible between persons and nations.

Obeying God means walking in His paths. It includes religious belief and the moral behavior accompanying that belief. All Christians belong to “the Way.” Divine teaching will be a major characteristic of the Messiah Age. As the Lord Himself instructs the people in His perfect Law, justice, righteousness, harmony, and universal peace will prevail. God’s teaching in God’s worship place would attract people of all nations to Him. God has entrusted His people with His Word, to teach the peoples, and should lead people to faith. Finally, peace, not conflict, will be the rule of that time. Peace will attract the nations of the world to worship the one true God. God’s teaching will be the basis of peace and of settling international disputes. Weapons of war bill become unnecessary, for war will vanish from the earth. Security at home and faithfulness to God will be the order of he day. God calls His people to share and work toward His vision of peace.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, Micah and Isaiah were in agreement that there will come a day when war will be no more, and weapons of war will become obsolete and unnecessary. Oh, that this day might come sooner than later, Abba. The hatred and ill will which are prevailing in our times today, are leading many people away from You. Help us to reach out in peace and love to all people, that in our efforts, they will see You, working through us, and that they will seek You for their lives. This we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

If God never gives up on His people, neither should we.”

KNOWING GOD:

“As he came near the place where I was standing, I was terrified and fell prostrate. ‘Son of man,’ he said to me, ‘understand that the vision concerns the time of the end.’ While he was speaking to me, I was in a deep sleep, with my face to the ground. Then he touched me and raise me to my feet. He said: ‘I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end. The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future.’” (Daniel 8:17-19, 26)

Prophecy often had both an immediate (near history) and a distant fulfillment, thus applying to the situation the prophet faced and also to a future time. This multiple fulfillment theory is one way of explaining how historical events can anticipate eschatological (end times) ones. The time of “the end” will be a “time of wrath.” It was so in the immediate history of the time; it will be so in the ultimate level of fulfillment, called “the distant future.” Beloved, God knows the future. At times He chooses to reveal future history to His chosen spokesperson. Such revelation seeks to encourage God’s people, particularly as they face dark times. Such knowledge of the future is usually in general outlines rather than specific details. God’s knowledge does not predetermine history. Humans remain free to make decision which affect history.

I AM:

Last Things, Last Days: (1st Timothy 4:1-3)

The last day preceding the return of Christ and the judgment of the wicked are to be marked by signs. Among these are an abandonment of the faith or a departure from revealed truth; the influence of deceiving and demonic spirits; the presence of false teachers who in hypocrisy and untruth forbid marriage and seek to impose food restrictions.

Second Thought of the Day:

“There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day.” (John 12:48)

“The last day” is to be distinguished from “the last days.” Expressed in the plural, the reference is to the entire period which began when Christ came into the world. The time of the Spirit’s activity in the earth, for example, is called “the last days.”

Compare Hebrews 1:2; 1st Peter 1:20; Jude 18. In the singular, however, the last day speaks of a future time when such things as resurrection (John 6:39-40) and judgment (Hebrews 12:48) occur. Compare 1st John 2:18.

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