(7) The Day is coming—the timing is God’s—when it will be continuous day. Every evening will be a fresh morning. (8) What a Day that will be! Fresh flowing rivers out of Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea, half to the western sea, flowing year-round, summer and winter!(9) GOD will be king over all the earth, one GOD and only one.
(The Message Bible)
What a Day that will be! YES! The day is coming and now is because God is now. The light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus is beginning to shine forth in all the earth. As we look to Him our face is illumined with the same glory reflecting the love of God for the entire world through Christ in us “the hope of Glory” not a maybe-so hope but as the literal meaning of the word hope in the Bible - it means a confident expectation. What we once called light is now darkness in comparison to the true light that now is beginning to shine from the message of universal reconciliation. The time has come that the fresh living waters of the Spirit of truth are flowing out from his servants all over the land. This is a message that is not stale and stagnant but living and fresh. It is new manna from heaven appearing new every day. Just as the Israelites could not keep the manna from the past day (it would rot) but gathered new manna each day. This is a fresh message of hope to the world – EVERYONE – no one will be excluded; truly “good news” to all mankind. God is revealing to us that His victory over sin and death was complete. Jesus Christ was the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of THE WORLD! He did not fail. God will be all in all and king over all the earth. Yes it is coming and the day is even dawning now in you and in me.
…… The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! (9) The good, the right, the true—these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. (10) Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it. (11) Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. (12) It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. (13) Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ. (14) Wake up from your sleep, Climb out of your coffins; Christ will show you the light!
(The Message Bible)
This morning I had a fascinating experience. As I sat at my desk in my study on the second floor, I can see out two windows one to my left looking to the north and one in front of me looking to the east which looks out over the hills here on Crowley’s ridge. It was about 7 AM. the day was just dawning but you could not see the sun yet. All-of-a-sudden looking through the window to the east, the sun peaked over the hill side just seeing the top perimeter of its orange glow. And to my amazement and joy I could actually see the sun in motion moving upward growing brighter and brighter. This was a breathtaking display of one of my all time favorite verses; in
“But the way of the upright is like the light of early morning, getting brighter and brighter till the full day”
(Bible in Basic English)
This was a dazzling confirmation from the Lord that we are on the right track and this message is dawning now in this new day and will become more and more clear to everyone until we all come to the unity of the faith! Now I will be 50 my next birthday this month and I don’t think I have ever seen anything like that. It was a spiritual experience. I was seeing the beauty of Gods creation working in perfect harmony. I could almost feel the rotation of the earth as the sun moved upward in the horizon, it was wonderful. Then noticing my calendar on the wall it had the cycles of the moon phases on the exact days it would be in each stage. I thought how magnificent the beauty of perfection in the design of the universe. To think that day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, decade after decade, millennium after millennium; the universe stays in perfect time so that you can accurately predict its position with precision on the individual days of a calendar many years or even millenniums ahead of time! Considering this: is it not foolish to think that our awesome almighty creator God has left his most treasured creation to chance or uncertainty? That would be the height of foolish reckoning. What is His most treasured creation? Why it’s the human race, YOU and ME! The times of our future are secure in His hands and we will all be brought home to our Father at our proper and perfect time. - 1 Corinthians 15:22–23 (NASB95) “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order:” We are assured by the promises of GOD through His omnipotence and infinite wisdom guided by His love that -
We will arrive at our appointed destination right on time.
He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need,(9) letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, (10) a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.
(The Message Bible)
But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD, I say, “You are my God.” My times are in Your hand.