The Daily Word of Righteousness

Our Christian Pilgrimage, #31

And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:3)

The nations of the saved will receive us gladly.

Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. (Isaiah 60:4)

And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. (Zechariah 14:16)

We can notice in the above verses the difference, as compared with today, in the attitude of earth's peoples toward the elect of God. The coming worldwide belief in Christ, and in Christ's chosen, was spoken of by the Lord Jesus:

I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. (John 17:23)

Certain events will take place that will cause the nations of the earth to change from unbelief in Christ and His saints to belief in them. Just before the visible appearing of the Lord Jesus to the inhabitants of the earth, the Lord will enter His elect in the spiritual fulfillment of the feast of Tabernacles. They will be filled with eternal life.

When the trumpet of God sounds, the Lord Jesus will descend from Heaven to the level of the clouds. Then He will send forth His saints in the fullness of glory to recover their flesh and bones from the surface of the earth. At the same time the bodies of the living saints will be changed from mortal life to immortal Divine Life.

The Glory of God will be shining from the Lord Jesus who will be in the air above the surface of the earth. That same glory will be seen in the resurrected saints. Then these shining ones will ascend slowly and majestically in full view of the inhabitants of the earth to be joined together as one Divine Whole with the great Light of God in the air.

The Glory of the Lord will be as the lightning that "cometh out of the east, and shineth even to the west" (Matthew 24:27).

. . . and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (Matthew 24:30)

As for the wicked, they:

. . . shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. (II Thessalonians 1:9,10)

To be continued.