There will come a day…

I read the following as a part of my devotional reading this morning. The prospect of such was so encouraging to me as I survey the state of things (spiritually, morally, socially, geo-politically, economically, militarily) in world around me. Read on…and may these words of promise encourage you as they have me ~

“In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s house (the Temple Mount in Jerusalem) will be established…and peoples will stream to it, and many nations will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us about His ways so we may walk in His paths’. For instruction will go out of Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He [Mashiach Nagid] will settle disputes among many peoples and provide arbitration for strong nations that are far away. They will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up the sword against nation, and they will never again train for war. But each man will sit under his grapevine and under his fig tree with no one to frighten him. For the mouth of the Lord  of Hosts has promised this. Though all the peoples each walk in the name of their gods, we will walk in the name of Yahweh our God forever and ever. In that day (this is the Lord’s declaration) I will assemble the lame and gather the scattered and I will make the lame into a remnant, those far removed into a strong nation. Then the Lord will rule over them in Mount Zion from this time on and forever.” (Micah 4:1-7, HCSB)

** As a Christian, I live as part of a Kingdom that is both present and future; a Kingdom that is “…already, but not yet”; a Kingdom that has been inaugurated, but is not fully consummated. I long for the day that Jesus will rule & reign over a restored earth and His “shalom” will be experienced by all; for the day that no man will need to teach His neighbor about the Lord, for all men will know of Him – for the knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth even as the waters cover the sea. Maranatha! Even so, Come Lord Jesus!

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; Their young ones shall lie down together; And the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain (see Daniel 2:31-45), for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the nations shall seek Him, and His rest shall be glorious.” (Isaiah 11:6-10)

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