We ended yesterday looking at the three-tier understanding of prophecy. Though this might add a level of difficulty to us, it does give us a glimpse into the Divine perspective, and the fact that God lives outside of the constraints of time. The Lamb, says Peter “was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.” (1 Peter 1:20). Paul tells us that God also chose his followers “before the creation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4). Our hope of eternal life was promised “before the beginning of time” (Titus 1:2). What Einstein formulated only in our time with his theory of relativity, the New Testament writers wrote about, establishing truths that are timeless, and our God as a timeless reality.
This actually helps our understanding of the ancient prophecies, that should perhaps be called “timeless” prophecies, so that we are not surprised that a prophecy about the birth of a child in Isaiah’s day should also be fulfilled 700 years later in the life of a young woman named Mary, who gave birth to Jesus. In His case giving credence to the exalted prophecy of this child as “Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”.
If God seemed silent in the days of the prophets, and spoke not at all for 400 years before the birth of Jesus, they did speak of the tiime when God would break his silence. In “that day” they proclaimed, God will move in power to recreate heaven and earth. He will swallow up death, and dry all tears. There will be no more poverty, no hunger, and no violence. A banquet feast will be spread before us, and we shall see God face to face, and all earth will serve Him.
What a time that will be! Our faith become reality, our eternal life completely revealed.
Our prayers today are for:
George & Pat