WEDNESDAY, November 3
Scripture: Daniel 7:13,14
Sometimes we need to renew our mind to Biblical concepts concerning Kingdom. If we have a specific eschatology promising our rapture, what do we say to the other 80% of believers in various nations currently enduring the persecution Revelation describes? If justice is not available to the church for a period of time, then what do we do with the specific promise of His Kingdom? Scripture says, “…As a man thinks in his heart, so is he…” If we have been taught an end-time scenario where the church is battered and bruised with no recourse except removal, we should honestly reconsider what restoring David’s tabernacle means. We may be called to swing the Sword of the Spirit! The typical fruit of a rapture mindset, yields control to a demonic dominion that overcomes and overwhelms the church in its withdrawn and passive state. For 40 years, the church has suffered loss of freedom from exhibiting passivity! We have not represented Jesus accurately. What we believe about the end-times has a dramatic impact on how we apply God’s Word and the stance we take against evil! If we are expecting a quick exodus, there is little motivation to demand God’s justice and project His dominion in the environment in which we live. That probably describes the majority of the American church. Daniel 7 seems to indicate that once Jesus establishes His Kingdom, it doesn’t diminish or retreat. Verse 14 says, “Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.” When Daniel saw Jesus, He established a Kingdom that never diminished. Is that view of Jesus consistent with our view of the end-times? If not, perhaps we need an adjustment.