"The Blessed Hope - Titus 2:13"
An interesting quote by none other than that old serpent, the devil himself, is found in the fourth chapter of Luke's gospel: "And the devil, taking him [Jesus] up into a high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine." (Luke 4:5-7). Satan is the 'god' of this world at this present time as we learn from this passage of scripture, and he gives the power of it to 'whomsoever he will'. His offer of the kingdoms of the world on the condition of worship was refused by the Lord Jesus Christ. Another will come who will accept that offer. He is the one called Antichrist. The backdrop for this great drama to play out is unfolding before our eyes.
A truly regenerated Christian is not 'of this world'. He walks in separation from it for it is the devil's kingdom. His conversation (citizenship) is in heaven. He is not surprised when he sees the 'kings of the earth' joining together to make their final assault "against the LORD, and against his annointed [Christ]"; Ps. 2:2, as is now happening in an unparalleled fashion on the world's stage. It is exactly what he expects to see because he believes the whole counsel of the Word of God, including all the prophetic portions. He does not worry and fret when he sees their wicked schemes coming to pass because God's word foretells that they will, and that these things will be ultimately made to serve God's greater purpose. He rests in that even in the midst of these tremendous upheavals that must come and which even now have begun, looking beyond this temporal scene for the only possible hope, the Lord from heaven. With this thought highly regarded bible teacher of days past W.W. Fereday takes up the theme of...
The Blessed Hope
W. W. Fereday (1863-1959)
It is no part of the duty of the Christian to occupy himself with the immediate future. The Spirit of God would concentrate our attention upon a certain fixed point in the purposes of God, when everything will reach its climax. We refer to the great Day of the Lord, which will be ushered in by the public manifestation of the Lord Jesus from Heaven. Of that Day prophets and psalmists have spoken and sung in ages past. That Day will bring about a total reversal of the order of things which it will fill here. It will bring to an abrupt termination "Man's Day" — this period of human pride and self-will — in order that the will of God may prevail. When "the world kingdom of our Lord and His Christ" (Rev. 11:15) is established, righteousness, peace, and blessing will fill the earth. Until then the anguish must needs deepen day by day.
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