Jesus said ‘surely I come quickly’. (Rev.22) He said that 2,000 years ago. Peter tells us that “In the last days there will be scoffers saying; “Where is the promise of His coming? Since our fathers have died things have gone on as it was from the beginning” (2 Pet 3:3). “Jesus is coming again? Foolishness ! Things will continue as they always have!”Peter said: “God isn’t slow concerning His promises, but one day is as a thousand years to the Lord & a thousand years as one day”. In other words: “It has only been a couple days.” Hosea says for two days Israel will be as dead, but in the third day God will revive them & they will live before Him. The prophecy of Hosea was fulfilled May 14, 1948, when, after 2000 years ‘as dead’, in one day Israel became a nation again. And so I believe the day of the Lord is near at hand. And I, with John, would respond, “Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus.”
The new Jerusalem will be about 1500 miles square, which is a 1500 mile cube, with its length, breadth, and height equal. That also means it is 2.25 Million square miles. Think of it as a skyscraper built of gold, silver and precious stones that is 1500 miles high and 1500 miles square. Even if each golden floor was a half-mile high, the total surface area would be bigger than the landmass of the entire world. And who needs half-mile-high ceilings? The point is, it will be beautiful, and big enough with plenty of room for you”. Pastor Chuck Smith 1927-2013 Look around at this old world; it’s time for a change!
Jesus has a purpose for Satan, and the world system. He uses it to test our Love for Him; and to do that, Christ sometimes allows Satan to test us. The story of Job is the classic example for us. Christ doesn’t want us to be robots. He wants our choice to be a real choice; and in order for it to be real, there has to be an attractive alternative. That is where Satan, Self, and the world system comes in. As the father of lies, Satan specializes in making rebellion against God look good our flesh. This gives people an opportunity to actually choose God’s ways, and to Love Him, and not by force, but from the heart. We wouldn’t have a real relationship with the Living God unless we had a choice. And Satan, Self and the System provides mankind that option.
Jesus has several names. He has the name “The Word of God.” Jesus also has a name that no one knows except Him. And He wears the name “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” Jesus is sovereign and Jesus is Lord over all. Now the most efficient form of government is a monarchy, but it is only as good as the monarch. It is hell if the monarch is a tyrant. Jesus is the perfect Monarch. He will rule absolutely, but in righteousness and love. And as the Bride of Christ, we will have the privilege of helping Him in His administration.
In Revelation 17 we saw God destroy Religious Babylon. In Revelation 18 we read of His destroying of Commercial Babylon. Today commercial interest controls the world. They are the power brokers. They put politicians in office. They sit on top of the world, in the lap of luxury, thinking they will never pay for all the years of using people for their own purposes, using the poor of the world as slaves in their business games. But The Lamb of God will destroy them in a day. Christians often say about material things, “It’s all gonna burn.” Well, this will be the day when it all burns. Pastor Chuck Smith 1927-2013