Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
Will the church on earth ever become pure and clean? Harried and bewildered church leaders (even at the very top) long for when the Holy Spirit will be honored, listened to, instead of "insulted" as inspired history says has been, too true.

The Bible over and over says that the answer is "yes."

The Lord Jesus did not die in vain. For example, Psalm 22 assures us that as Jesus hung on His cross in the darkness crying "Why have You forsaken Me?" He was granted the assurance that His suffering was not to be in vain: "All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before Thee. For the kingdom is the Lord's. ... A seed shall serve Him. ... They shall come, and shall declare His righteousness unto a people that shall be born" (vss. 27-31, KJV).

On His cross, Christ gained the victory over the Enemy of the universe!

But for how long will new generations continue to "be born," further postponing the time when "[Christ] shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied"? (Isa. 53:11). Is it always to be in a future generation that these wonderful prophesies will be fulfilled?

The prophet Daniel has assured us that in "the time of the end" "they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament [obviously "shine" without it going to their heads in pride!]; and they that turn many to righteousness [when the earth is lightened with the glory of the final message of righteousness by faith, Rev. 18:1-4] as the stars for ever and ever" (12:4, 3).
Therefore, the remaining question: Have we come to "the time of the end," or is it still future?
Revelation unseals Daniel: the 1260 years of papal oppression (Rev. 12:6-17) ended in 1798; we are in "the time of the end," when "the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea" (Hab. 2:14).

That "knowledge" is "the truth of the gospel " which "truth shall make you free" (Gal. 2:5; John 8:32). The truth is what happened at the cross. With no extremism but presented in perfect "balance," the church will proclaim the "third angel's message in verity" as "not to know anything … save Jesus Christ and Him crucified" (cf. 1 Cor. 2:2).

The result: hierarchical self will at last be gladly "crucified with Christ" (cf. Gal. 2:20). Then things will move. Let it be ... now.

--Robert J. Wieland

From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: October 12, 2007.
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