Thursday, October 11, 2012

Does Anybody Know the Future? Revelation 1:7

God Loves You
What does the Bible say about the future of humanity? It would be exciting to know the details of tomorrow or next year, but for most of us, it is not possible. However, it is possible to know the most important future event of the human race.

Look he is coming in the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen." Revelation 1:7, NIV.

These words are from the book of the Revelation of Jesus often referred to as the Apocalypse. The opening statement is that Jesus is coming back in a tremendous way, and for most of us it will not be a good thing.

ALL WILL SEE
Every eye will see Jesus. His coming is not just to a nation or a people or a church, it will not be spiritual or cultural, but in a way that every person will be aware of it. The words "All peoples" are universally inclusive, not a single human being will escape the event.

HE BRINGS
What Is In The Future?
Mankind will grieve and mourn at his coming. It will be because of our sins, guilt, and the missed opportunities to enter into a loving relationship with our creator and redeemer.  The opportunity to come to Jesus is not extended past the grave; the Bible says, "Today is the day of salvation now is the acceptable time."*. Those who mourn are those who missed the opportunity to come to his love.

THE GOSPEL
In the same book of Revelation Jesus later declares an invitation. He says "Behold I stand at the door and knock if anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come in to him and eat with him and he with me."**  Jesus invites us to a relationship based on his redeeming act on the cross where he took our sins upon himself and bore our punishment. He asks us to respond to his invitation to fellowship with him.

THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH VS THE PEOPLE OF?
Once we come to Jesus we are no longer part of the world's system of allegiances, we are no longer people of the world; we become members of the Kingdom of God, we become the people of God, and the people of God will not be part of those who mourn.

JOY
Those who trust in Jesus as their Lord and Savior will have peace with God, for those who come to God the fear of judgment is cast out by the love shown on the cross.

To learn more about coming to Jesus follow this link: Click Here.

* 2 Corinthians 6:2, **Revelation 3:20
To read Revelation 1:7 in other translations follow this link: Online Parallel Bible.

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(c)Adron Doza 10/11/12

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