Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
Does Heaven have an agenda for planet earth today? Is there something special that God is determined shall take place? Or is He content for the world to go on endlessly making further progress as it has supposedly been making for thousands of years?
More especially, does God intend us to see mankind saving itself by creating a happy heaven here on earth? Are the prophecies in Revelation about "a new heaven and a new earth" to be realized by acts of Congress and the United Nations? Henry Ford wanted to better mankind by putting everyone behind the wheel of a Model T; he almost succeeded. Now will God fulfill His prophecies by putting everyone on earth behind the wheel of a new luxury car, abolishing poverty and cancer, all to be accomplished without the benefit of a literal Second Coming?
To answer the questions we have raised, we must consider two often neglected messages from God: (1) What Jesus said about the last days (this is found in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21), and (2) What He said in the last book of the Bible that He especially directs us to "read" and "hear" and "keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand" (Rev. 1:1-3).
The pivotal chapter is Revelation 14, where we read of the special message of three angels that is decidedly NOT "business as usual" but SPECIAL business that prepares a people for the Second Coming. The message of chapter 14 is set in the context of a "great controversy" theme portrayed in the previous chapters 10-13.
Yes, let's lift up the trumpet and loud let it ring--Heaven does have an agenda for planet earth--preparing a people to be gathered out of "every nation, kindred, tongue" who will "follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth," and who will stand "without fault before the throne of God" (vss. 4, 5). They will demonstrate that "the everlasting gospel" of "the Lamb" has power to transform human character into the bona fide likeness of the character of Christ. They will be the ones who overcome "even as [He] overcame" (3:20).
Do you choose to cooperate with Heaven's agenda?
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: May 29, 1999.
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