Meditation

05/18/2021

This is what Isaiah’s 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 the mountains; it will be raised about the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the 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 he 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. Nation will not take up 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 the 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 ion 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.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, it is hard to watch our news and see the war going on between Israel and the Palestinians; yet, it is not just a battle for land, it is instead a battle for the right to live in ancestral homes. Today, we ask for Your wisdom and guidance for those in the midst of fighting and those who order the fighting, to understand the significance of Isaiah 2:1-4 scripture. Let those fighting stop and seek peace alone. A peace that represents our Christian faith, the faith that Jesus talked and preached about in those countries and that His apostles reached out to them in love and peace. Let this moment in time, become a benchmark of what true peace and love look like and can let it have an effect on all sides of this conflict. It is in Jesus’ precious name that we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Life is like a mirror—-it never gives back more than it gets.

KNOWING GOD:

As he came to the place where I was standing, I was terrified and fell prostate. ‘Son of man,’ he said t 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 raised me to my feet. He said: ‘I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath,’ because he vision concerns the appointed time of the end. ‘The vision of he evenings and mornings that has been given to you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future.’” (Daniel8:17-19, 26)

Prophesy often had both an immediate (hear 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 times 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 in verse 26 “the distant future.”

I AM:

But dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, ‘In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.’” (Jude 1:1718)

Some s off at the teaching of a future return of Christ. Peter observed such scoffing in his day and more was promised as a characteristic of the last days. Such scoffing may be due to ignorance of God’s former teaching (Jude 1 10, 18), or it may be deliberate disdain (2nd Peter 3:5). Some scoffing may be due to the delayed fulfillment of the promises about Christ’s return, especially when the delay is seen as slowness or a sign that Christ is not going to return. Jesus followers know the delay is due to patient grace to allow everyone opportunity to repent. Against all scoffing resounds the strong affirmation, ‘The Day of the Lord will come’ (2nd Peter 3:10).

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” (Acts 2:17). If however, you 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 (John 12:28) occur. Now compare 1st John 2:1-18). A little homework, never hurts to clarify, don’t you think?

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