Think with me now of the five paramount, pivotal events of history. From Eden until this present moment, God has given us in the Bible an accurate history of the world, much of which was written in advance. It is the only truly accurate history ever written.
The first pivotal event was the creation of the world by the direct act of God.
Next comes the worldwide flood. This flood had a catastrophic effect on the world and still boggles the mind of scientists who find fish bones at altitudes as high as fifteen thousand feet.
The third pivotal event in history was the first coming of Jesus the Messiah. That event made possible our salvation from sin. Jesus lived a perfect life and died as a sacrifice for our sin. He died for the sins of the world, for all those who would call upon Him.
But that is not the end of the story, as we all know, because none of us here called upon Him to forgive our sins until after the fourth pivotal event in history – when He came back.
Most of us have since rectified that situation, and it is a good thing. Both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible point to his coming on last time – the fifth pivotal event in world history. This glorious appearing will signal the beginning of the millennial kingdom, true utopia.
Imagine paradise on earth with Messiah in control. Many believe that during his thousand-year reign… the population will grow to greater than the number of all the people who have already lived and died up to now. How can that be? Because ours will be a world without war. Imagine a globe in which government will not be responsible for killing the nearly 200 million it has slain to this day.
Serving God has never been the choice of mankind. But when Messiah returns, He will establish His kingdom and the people will live at peace. We will live in righteousness. We will have plenty. It is difficult to describe what an incredible time it will be. Everyone will have enough.
God wants this kind of world, and He wants it for us for one reason: He is gracious. In the Bible, Joel 2:13 says He is merciful, slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness. He relents from doing harm. Jonah, 125 years after Joel was born, described God in the same words. And Moses, fifteen hundred years before these men lived, said the Lord is merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth. Those are the prophets’ views of God. Where do you get your view of God?… Yes, we have an august God – the only supreme, omnipotent potentate. But if the Bible teaches one thing about God, it is that He is for us. He is not against us. He wants to bless our lives, and the key to the door of blessing is to five your life to Him and ask Him to do with it as He will. How could you not love the God the prophets describe? How could you not love the God Jesus the Messiah refers to as our Father who is in heaven?
How wonderful it is that we can come as children into the presence of God himself, the creator of everything, and call Him our Father.
… The millennium is coming. When Jesus makes His final glorious appearing, He will come in power and great glory. He will set up His kingdom exclusively for those who have made the right decision. That decision? To call on the name of the Lord.
The time is short, and salvation is a personal decision. Admit to God that you are a sinner. Acknowledge that you cannot save yourself. Throw yourself on the mercy of God and receive the gift of His Son, who died on the cross for your sin. Receive Him and thank Him for the gift of your salvation. (LaHaye & Jenkins, 2002, p. 228-233)
LaHaye, T., & Jenkins, J. B. (2002). The Remnant. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.