A Look Back, A Look Forward – Part 2

Welcome back, friends! Yesterday we launched a two-part series looking back and looking forward. Using keys hidden in Hebrew words, we discovered we are to come face-to-face in remembrance of the past. But today, our gaze turns toward the future.

Via Hebrew words for “yesterday” and “tomorrow,” we discovered just how important it is to God that we remember specific things of the past while seeming to walk backward into the future. Looking back is a good thing…but what about looking forward?

The idea of walking backward into the future simply reminds us that, though prophecy teaches us what to expect in the future, it rarely tells us when. We don’t have the clear picture, most often, so it seems as though we are walking backward into the future, totally disoriented to what lies ahead.

Yet, Scripture is clear: Jesus is coming…and we would be wise to look forward in preparation of that day! We’re told often in the New Testament to “watch” and “be ready,” for the Bridegroom comes at a day and hour we do not know. But, our friends at One for Israel ask (then answer!) a legitimate question:

But while the people of Israel by and large missed the time of the first visitation, expecting a conquering king (definitely not a suffering servant) is today’s church in danger of making the opposite mistake?

~Yeshua’s Return – He’s Coming Ready or Not, One for Israel, accessed 1/1/2023)

What about the church…do we have it all wrong? Are we expecting a peaceful king riding a meager donkey, or are we expecting the King of Kings to come riding in on a white stallion? Don’t get His second coming confused with His first! Look forward with correct vision! He is coming as a Mighty Warrior, prepared for battle, ready to conquer.

He will restore justice and bring in His reign of righteousness. Are we ready for that? Have we absorbed the fact that He will not come with an olive branch, but a sword?

~Yeshua’s Return – He’s Coming Ready or Not, One for Israel, accessed 1/1/2023)

Consider Revelation 19:11-16:

11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

Indeed, this is a Warrior King, coming to rain down the wrath of Almighty God on a world gone totally astray. If that’s not exactly what you expect, look to the future by examining God’s Word! He tells us plainly what the end will look like:

  • True Christ followers will be taken up in the rapture. (Jesus will not come all the way to earth in this appearing, but will snatch us away to meet Him in the air.)
  • The Antichrist will then come on the scene and the tribulation will ensue.
  • Once the 7-year tribulation has run its course, Jesus will physically return to the earth, riding a white horse and prepared for battle. On His thigh will be written, “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”

Friends, that is a snapshot of the future! For us as believers in Jesus, it is a blessed event as we are spared from the wrath that will be poured out during the tribulation. (Revelation 6-18 describes that wrath.)

For those who are not believers in Jesus Christ, it is a terrible ending to time on earth, and an even more horrific eternity spent in hell with Satan and his demons. It is a real place, not meant for humans, yet those who fail to put their trust in Jesus choose to go there. Key word: CHOOSE!

Today, you can choose to confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead as an atoning sacrifice for your sins, and you will be saved! (Romans 10:9-11) Eternal life in heaven awaits those who confess and believe! Otherwise, by default, you will make the other choice. No one can be neutral because there are only two opposing choices.

With Jesus, your future is bright, and you can look forward with assurance that He will be your anchor in every storm!

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