The Vibrancy of Eschatological Life

“Then the eyes of the blind will be opened
And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.
Then the lame will leap like a deer,
And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy.
For the waters will break forth in the wilderness
And streams in the Arabah.
The scorched land will become a pool
And the thirsty ground springs of water….” -Is. 35.5-7a

NT scholars speak of the Holy Spirit as the eschatological Spirit, emphasizing Paul’s description of present Spirit-experience as a “down-payment” or “deposit” of the unparalleled glory that will cover the earth in the world to come. When Jesus rules and reigns from Zion at the end of this age, the “glory of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea,” but until that time the showers of eschatological Life will touch down in the earth wherever God’s people hunger for Him and receive the promise of the Spirit.

The exuberant joy that will mark the entire earth in the latter days is permitted to burst into our lives in the present day. The total obliteration of sin, demonic activity, sickness and death itself will occur in the age to come, but the preliminary demonstration of that reality has broken into the earth in a new and profound way through the ministry of Jesus, and it continues through His people in an increasing measure, as our faith enlarges, and as we are immersed more and more in the “eschatological” power of the Holy Spirit. Isaiah 35 is a remarkable passage in light of this. Hear Dr. Michael Brown:

It is noteworthy that Isaiah 35 serves as a paradigm of the entire ‘already/not yet’ eschatology of the NT. The first manifestations of the kingdom are already here, viz., miraculous healings and deliverances. The captives are already being liberated. Moreover, metaphorically speaking, the prophesied terrestrial transformatons are also unfolding: Streams of life-giving water are bursting forth in the desolate places, made barren by generations of spiritual darkness. However, the literal restoration and renewal of the earth is still to come, awaiting the Messiah’s return. Thus, while there is a firstfruits for the present age, viz., spiritual rejuvenation, deliverance from sin, and miraculous healings, the ‘grand finale’- when sin and sickness will be no more- is still to come.

(Israel’s Divine Healer, Dr. Michael L. Brown; Zondervan Publishers, 1995; p. 204)

The writer to the Hebrews described our experience of the Spirit in this way: Tasting the powers of the age to come.

A tangible experience, in measure, of all that pertains to the coming Kingdom, is available to the Blood-washed saint. The holiness, joy, reverence, healing, and life that will flood the earth with immeasurable and irreversible force at the end of the age increases in our lives when we receive the Holy Spirit, from glory to glory. Has your spiritual experience become dull and wooden? Is there no flame of love? Is there no hatred for sin? Has the song of the Lord departed from you? Is there no love in your heart for people? Is there no faith to overcome obstacles, drive back demons, or cast off sickness? The vibrancy of eschatological Life is available to the believer through the Blood of the Lamb.

Lord, we ask you for an increase of Divine Life. Break the bonds of unbelief from our lives. Rip the cords of joylessness from our hearts. Shatter the chains of sin and darkness. You have come that our joy may be full, and if we can taste of the powers of the age to come, we open the gate of our lives and ask You to come in power. Make all things new, by the power of Your own indestructible Life. Amen.

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