God is the great restorer! He promises to restore our soul [Psalm 23:3a] and He has promised not to return before the restoration of all things [Acts 3:18-21].
I do not presume to know all that this statement means ~ “restoration of all things” ~ but I have an idea of some of what it means.
I believe Jesus is returning to a victorious and glorious Bride not for a fearful and worn out hag. I believe when He said through the apostle Paul, “He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” that He was serious. I have more confidence in God’s ability to perform His word than our ability to stop Him from completing His word.
I also believe before He comes back all things will be restored!
In the beginning God created everything and He said it was all very good. I would suppose when the end finally comes He will return to His creation and will be able to say, “very good!”
We who are born again through His blood believe the day is coming when we will hear Him say, “well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord.” How can we claim that He is returning to rescue us, scared and running for our lives from the antichrist, off of this hell hole of a planet and at the same time expect to hear well done my good and faithful servant?” What is wrong with that picture?
Jesus said, “The Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost” [Matthew 18:11; Luke 19:10]. We have reduced that to “He came to seek and to save those who were lost.” That is a very short-sighted if not arrogant belief. He came to seek all THAT was lost not all THOSE who were lost.
Those are a part of that but that is much greater than those! Did you get that? God is after so much more than just people.
“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it. The world and all who dwell in it” [Psalm 24:1].
Jesus is the last Adam and He is waiting for His Bride to reclaim all that the first Adam and his wife forfeited.
God told the first Adam and his wife to export Paradise [the Garden] to the rest of the world that was in need of everything the Garden represented.
“On earth as it is in heaven” = “Take Paradise outside the Garden”.
God told the last Adam, Jesus Christ and His Bride [the church], to seek and to save everything the first Adam and his wife gave away.
For instance, Jesus said the church was to “disciple nations” and the church has reduced that to get some people in the nations saved. God calls us to do the impossible but He does not leave us powerless. God’s answer to our dilemma of doing the impossible ~ “I will be with you.”
Jesus is called the “Desire of all nations” [Haggai 2:7].
God wants all nations to be discipled to the “Desire of all the nations.” It is interesting to me that all the people in all the nations desire Jesus, they just don’t know it. God has already put the desire for the Desire of the nations inside of them. Now God is waiting on those who know Him to go and re-present Him in purity and in power.
I used to be one of those that believed in the snatching away of the believers so we would not be overcome with evil [the evil one]. I believe in the return of the Lord. I no longer believe in the departing of the church.
Let’s look at Psalm 37 and see in this one Psalm the many references to God’s view of the end.
Verse 1 ~ “Do not fret because of evildoers. Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.”
Verse 2 ~ “For they shall soon be cut down like grass. And wither as the green herb.”
Verse 3 ~ “Trust in the Lord and do good. Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness.”
Verse 4 ~ “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Verse 5 ~ “Commit your way to the LORD. Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”
Verse 6 ~ “He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.’
Verse 7 ~ “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.”
Verse 8 ~ “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret–it only causes harm.”
Verse 9 ~ “For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.”
Verse 10 ~ “For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; Indeed, you will look carefully for his place, but it shall be no more.”
Verse 11 ~ “But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”
Verse 12 ~ “The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth.”
Verse 13 ~ “The Lord laughs at him, for He sees that his day is coming.”
Verse 14 ~ “The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who are of upright conduct.”
Verse 15 ~ “Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.”
Verse 16 ~ “A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked.”
Verse 17 ~ “For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.”
Verse 18 ~ “The LORD knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever.”
Verse 19 ~ “They shall not be ashamed in the evil time, and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.”
Verse 20 ~ “But the wicked shall perish; and the enemies of the LORD, like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish. Into smoke they shall vanish away.”
Verse 21 ~ “The wicked borrows and does not repay, but the righteous shows mercy and gives.”
Verse 22 ~ “For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth, but those cursed by Him shall be cut off.”
Verse 23 ~ “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way.”
Verse 24 ~ “Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the LORD upholds him with His hand.”
Verse 25 ~ “I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.”
Verse 26 ~ “He is ever merciful, and lends; and his descendants are blessed.”
Verse 27 ~ “Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell forevermore.”
Verse 28 ~ “For the LORD loves justice, and does not forsake His saints; they are preserved forever, but the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.”
Verse 29 ~ “The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it forever.”
Verse 30 ~ “The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of justice.”
Verse 31 ~ “The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.”
Verse 32 ~ “The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him.”
Verse 33 ~ “The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.”
Verse 34 ~ “Wait on the LORD, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.”
Verse 35 ~ “I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a native green tree.”
Verse 36 ~ “Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more; indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.”
Verse 37 ~ “Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; for the future of that man is peace.”
Verse 38 ~ “But the transgressors shall be destroyed together; the future of the wicked shall be cut off.”
Verse 39 ~ “But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time of trouble.”
Verse 40 ~ “And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him”
Just from this Psalm it looks like not only do we win but we are not run off the planet. It looks like what you expect it to look like in the winners locker room. It looks jubilant! It looks like there was a war but it looks like the joy and benefits of winning replaces all of the wounds of the war.
For HIS Glory!
Dr. Kevin M. Drury