For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 1:13, 14
The life and death struggle for the souls of men has continued on through the centuries. Many have been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, but many more have been condemned by their unbelief. Believers have enjoyed some times of religious tolerance; but for the most part they have been hated as their Lord was hated. They have been persecuted and martyred. Throughout all these seasons the Church, the Bride of Christ, has anxiously awaited the return of her Lord, the blessed hope!
The scene is a war-torn battered earth in the throes of death. Man has reached new depths of depravity. Satan is openly worshiped as prince of this age. Unborn children are murdered by the thousands. Man has devised new and sophisticated means to destroy human life. Governments are corrupt. Drugs, alcohol and immorality are destroying our youth. Perversion is acceptable. Greed and lust are rampant. Millions starve. New diseases plague the planet. God's Name is blasphemed. God is literally ruled out of the justice system of our land.
Through His Church, God in His mercy still holds out the message of salvation and forgiveness of sin. Men need only to turn from their sin and place faith in the Lord Jesus to be saved. As we commit our lives to Him in obedience, we are born again unto eternal life. Our old sinful nature inherited from Adam is crucified and all things become new. But man in his arrogance still believes he can save himself.
The Day of the Lord will come suddenly. It will be a day of both great joy and great calamity. The day of grace will have passed. The sky will split and the Lord, Faithful and True, will appear on a white horse and all the host of heaven with Him. The whole earth will be judged. Satan, the father of all lies, the author of sin and rebellion, the prince of darkness, the architect of every cemetery will be thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone. With him will go death, hell, the grave, every demon and all those who loved darkness and rejected the Lamb of God. The smoke from that place will ascend forever.
Not so the Church! For the Bride of Christ and the Redeemed of all the ages will forever be with the Lord! They will inherit a new heaven and a new earth. And of this Kingdom there will be no end. They will dwell in perfect peace. There will be no need of the sun or the moon, for the Glory of the Lord will light the Holy City of God. He will wipe away every tear and there will be no more death, no more pain, no more crying. Neither will there be any more hunger nor thirst, for they shall eat from the tree of life and shall drink from streams of living waters.
Jesus, my Redeemer, the Great I AM, shall be crowned KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS! To the shouts of heavenly hallelujahs He will take up His throne and reign in perfect justice and righteousness. The saints, robed in radiant white, will fall down before Him and cast their victory crowns at His feet. Praise and adoration will continually be on their lips. And with angels they will cry "Holy."
This glorious scene in Heaven is yet to be, for the Great King of Glory has not yet shut the door on the day of grace. He still stands patiently and calls out, "Come. Let all ye who are thirsty come to the streams of living waters and drink. Let all ye who hunger come to the true Bread of Heaven and eat. Let ye who are weary come unto Me and I will give you rest for your souls. And ye who are wicked, come. Come unto Me for I am merciful and I will freely pardon." Yes, to all who have ears to hear and a heart to understand, the Spirit and the Bride still say "Come!" Just come.
"Come. Let all ye who are thirsty come to the streams of living waters and drink. Let all ye who hunger come to the true Bread of Heaven and eat. Let ye who are weary come unto Me and I will give you rest for your souls. And ye who are wicked, come. Come unto Me for I am merciful and I will freely pardon."...A very good conclusion to an excellent series, Linda. Well done. God bless you.