God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall
be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall
there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."
you imagine a time when policemen, firemen, doctors, hospitals,
nursing homes, even undertakers will be out of business? A
dream? Yes! But one that will come true, because the Lord
has promised it. The miracles which our Lord performed
in the little country of Judea, were meant to be prophetic.
He healed on the Sabbath to give a foretaste of the "greater
works" that He and his faithful followers will do on
that great Sabbath of earth, the world-wide reign of Messiah.
At Jesus' first advent, He healed a small proportion of the
sick -- and that only temporarily. But these miracles were
prophetic of the great healing, blessing, freeing from the
power of Satan and sin, which he will accomplish for "all
the nations," when the Great Physician will heal the
entire world during his Millennial kingdom. (John, Chapter
5, Revelation, Chapter 22)
was made perfect and placed in a favorble and perfect surroundings,
in a perfect garden, eastward in Eden, with everything necessary
for his welfare -- no storms, no sickness, no tempests, no
difficulties -- and he might have lived forever. (Genesis
2) Such was the wonderful dominion of this human son of God. Because
divine wisdom foresaw that man would sin, instead of making
the earth perfect, God left it in an imperfect condition,
except the Garden of Eden. So we read that when God thrust
our first parents out of the Garden of Eden, he said, "Cursed
is the earth (not I will make it unfit, but it is already)
for thy sake. Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth, and
in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread until thou return
to the ground; for out of it wast thou taken, for dust thou
art, and unto dust shalt thou return." So all the pages
of history from Adam's day to this are marked with sin and
sorrow, pain and sighing, because we are all sinners; (Romans
5:8-19) and because we are sinners, God is treating us according
to his own purpose, "Dying, thou shalt die." (A
gradual process of dying, which is the literal meaning of
Genesis 2:17) We see, then, that sickness and suffering are
inherited because of the disobedience of Adam, the human father
of the entire human race. (Romans 5:18)
is the sad side of the matter. Is there no other side, is
there no hope for us? The same blessed book -- the Bible --
tells us. The Gospel message, which signifies "Good tidings,"
declares that God has good gifts in store for all those whom
he condemned to death.
Scriptures answer that the good message is that He who condemned
us as unfit for eternal life has provided for our redemption;
that Christ died, the "just for the unjust," that
he might bring all back into harmony with God. (1 Peter 3:18)
Oh, some may say, but did not Jesus die almost 2000 years
ago? Yes, truly. And have we not the same reign of sin and
death as then? Yes. Where, then, is the blessing which was
to come through Jesus? Well, we answer, a twofold blessing
has been provided. First of all, there is a blessing of hope
which some of God's people enjoy, a blessing of knowledge,
that in God's "due time" he will bring in the wonderful
things of which this Gospel message tells.
having provided a Redeemer, there will be a resurrection of
the dead; (Acts 24:15) they shall not remain dead, but come
forth. There shall be a new dispensation, a glorious morning
in which all sin and sorrow will be done away. So the Scriptures
assure us of that time when there shall be no more sighing,
no more crying, no more dying, because all the former things,
all things of sin, the things of death, will have passed away.
Redeemer -- Jesus -- is to be the great King of kings and
Lord of lords, and "He shall have dominion also from
sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth."
"Yea, all kings shall serve him." And under the
blessed influence of that kingdom the full blessing of God
will come to the earth again! "All the blind eyes shall
be opened, and the deaf ears unstopped." "The glory
of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."
These are the words of the prophets given to us for our hope
and the strengthening of our hearts, that we might turn from
sin and become more and more the children of God, knowing
we can trust God to be fair, and to reveal His wisdom and
justice when man has learned the results of sin, and Satan
is restrained from his evil influences.
Bride or Church
first work of God in redemption of mankind is the gathering
of the bride of Christ, the church, to share in his glory,
honor and immortality. Not only has Jesus tasted death, but
his followers, too, have "suffered with him," sacrificing
with him as Christians, in answer to His call. But the pain
that so many Christians have endured will not be in vain.
Having first suffered with Him, they will also reign with
Him, as the bride of Christ, the church of the first-born.
Yes, faithful Christians will be associated with our Lord
as spirit beings in heaven!
Jesus died, not for the sins of Christian believers only,
but also for the whole world. (1 John 2:2) He tasted death
"for every man." (Hebrews 2:9) And so the bride
of Christ will participate with Jesus in the great work of
bringing life, health, and redemption to the entire world
of mankind. Every man, woman, and child who has ever lived
is to be restored to all that Adam had and lost: life, health,
a garden paradise, and most important, communication with
God. (Matthew 18:11)
the whole world groans together, waiting for the Sons of God
-- the saints who have been walking in the footsteps of Jesus
-- to be revealed. (Romans 8:18-23) As we read again, "Blessed
and holy are they who have part in the first resurrection,
on such the second death hath no power; they shall be priests
of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand
years." (Revelation 20:6)
thousand years of Messiah's reign will not only benefit the
"blessed and holy" who share with Christ in His
glorious heavenly throne. It will mean a thousand years of
the world's uplift, a thousand years in which Satan will be
bound, a thousand years in which true knowledge shall fill
the whole earth, a thousand years in which the earth shall
be brought to the condition of Paradise, which the Garden
of Eden foreshadowed.
that time, every creature in heaven and earth and under the
earth shall "come to Zion." The ransomed of the
Lord -- everyone who has ever lived -- every still-born baby
and every innocent child and every ignorant person, and even
every unclean or rebellious person . . . will be transformed
and re-educated and challenged and taught righteousness under
the guiding hand of Christ and His bride. And the result will
be victory over death. Every person will enjoy the work of
their own hands; they will enjoy peace with each other and
peace with God. "The whole earth (will be) at rest, and
quiet . . . they break forth into singing." They will
sing praises to God that sitteth upon the throne, and to the
Lamb, for ever and ever.
not be afraid of the widespread trouble and suffering around
you. The answer to your prayer, "Thy kingdom come, thy
will be done in earth as it is in heaven," is near at
the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with
songs and everlasting joy upon their heads; they shall obtain
joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
you accept all that God has permitted? Then believe all that
God has promised!