“And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them….” -Rev. 21.3
We need regularly to be reminded that the Kingdom of God is not some ethereal piece of imagination, but rather a concrete reality- indeed, it is the end and substance of all reality. The Day of the Lord is not an idea created by thoughtful authors who have fancied themselves by writing within the apocalyptic genre of literature, but an actual season at the end of this age, wherein God will bring about His desired consummation. “Believest thou this?”
The Kingdoms of this world will be toppled, the nations that have raged against Him will collapse, and the Son of God will literally return, treading the winepress in judgment, bringing deliverance to His people, and planting His feet on the Mount of Olives. He will set into motion a final millennial period, when the earth will be prepared for the enjoinment of the New Heavens and the New Earth.
If we hold a cartoonish and symbolic view of what is to come, we rob ourselves of the foundational hunger and expectation that has driven the saints of all ages; namely, the hope that God Himself would again dwell amongst men, and that His glory would be known and His name heralded to the ends of the earth.
The Day of Yahweh has often been regarded as the very heart of the prophetic eschatology. Wherever it occurs in prophecy, the statements culminate in an allusion to Yahweh’s coming in person. -Gerhard Von Rad
When we feel the breeze, catch the fragrance of a flower, hear the rustle of leaves in the trees, or see the force of waves crashing upon the shore, let us be reminded that the Day is coming when “the glory of God will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea,” when every portion of the cosmos will be warmed by the light of His countenance. We do not walk upon aimless ground. Our lives are not random and meaningless ventures. God Himself is coming to claim the entire created order and to set it aright, and we have the great privilege of leaning hard into the reality of His love and holiness, even before the Day of the Lord comes in full and uninhibited Divine revelation.
We have been touched by His mercy, and have therefore been touched by His reality. In that Day, we shall not only be touched, but submerged and consumed in the reality of the glorious God, “who was, and is, and is to come.”
The Bible stirs up an intense and unquenchable hope that an age of time is coming on this earth, inconceivably wonderful, when all that we have ever dreamed will fade into silly fancies beside the reality. -Oswald Chambers
Let us taste the powers of the age to come, and walk in this age with the light of His countenance resting upon our souls, until the Day when Jesus Christ shall be all in all!