Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dial Daily Bread: Listen, World! Listen, Church!

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"

As the Angel of Revelation 10 (Christ Himself) gives the fanfare to "the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound" his trumpet (Rev. 10:1-7), Jesus says, Listen! The message of that seventh angel is electrifying to the whole world: "There should be [time] no longer. ... The mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants, the prophets."

Listen, world! Listen, church! Everything that God has been saying for 6000 years is now being shouted before "many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings" (vs. 11). Finally, something is being "finished"! No more delay! Finally the picture is being focused razor sharp.

But what is this "mystery of God"? Something He wants to hide from us? No, a thousand times no. A "mystery" in the Bible is something God wants to reveal to us. Colossians explains it neatly: "The mystery which has been hidden from ages ... now has been revealed ... which is Christ in you, the hope of glory ... that we may present every [person] perfect in Christ Jesus" (1:26-28).

The seventh angel says that now is the time to be done with all this sin-foolishness; now is the time to "see" Christ as He truly is, free from the foggy misconceptions invented by the "Antichrist" that envelop Him in mist that makes Him seem "far away from us." Now is the time to see how He became one of us, took our fallen, sinful nature, and "condemned sin in the flesh" (Rom. 8:3), our "flesh," so that those who consider Him as He truly is can "overcome ... even as [He] also overcame." (Rev. 3:21, KJV).

Yes, God will have what He has always wanted--"every [person] perfect in Christ Jesus" (that is, every person who believes the Good News). And if you will "listen," you will find it easier to "believe." Impossible?

--Robert J. Wieland

From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: June 16, 2001.
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