Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
The "Last Generation" idea has caught the interest of thoughtful Bible-lovers worldwide. All the grand salvation themes come together to constitute a crescendo of Bible truth like a choir singing a "new song" that has never struck such a high note: "They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the [twenty-four] elders; and no one could learn that song except the 144,000, who were redeemed from the earth" (Rev. 14:3).
Imagine the excitement that would thrill the musical world if someone were to discover the manuscript of Beethoven's Tenth Symphony (the world has never heard more than those famous "nine"). But nothing like that has ever happened. The "Last Generation" Bible idea is of far greater impact for it will thrill seekers of truth from "every nation, tribe, tongue, and people" (vs. 6). Deep convictions in hearts come together in unison.
Another biblical image of the last generation movement is a forest fire in people's hearts. No church hierarchy can put it out. Although the "elders" over 120 years ago did quench the flame, now the Holy Spirit is unmistakably in charge, and honest-hearted people will make their way through every obstacle to grab it. The quiet, even painful ministry of gospel-lovers worldwide has at last borne fruit.
Nobody has to study psychological tricks to induce people against their will. "The Lord has kindled a fire in Zion" (Lam. 4:11). The Holy Spirit will motivate them to forsake all that has held them back; the last generation idea punctuates soul-winning ministry; there is no time-setting, but there is seen the final significance of the Daniel and Revelation teaching since the commencement of "the time of the end" in 1798 (Dan. 11:35; 12:4). There is awareness that God does have a time schedule.
The light that shines so brightly is the accumulated rays from millennia of growth in grace, "the path of the just" that "like the shining sun ... shines ever brighter unto the perfect day" (Prov. 4:18). It's the brightest light in over 6000 years; it cannot pass unrecognized. Christ will be honored.
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: December 7, 2007.
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