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Thursday, June 30, 2016

THE KING’S RETURN

Zechariah 14:9 New Living Translation
“And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day there will be one Lord—his name alone will be worshiped.”
       The future is like standing on the shore looking out upon the ocean.  As far as the eye can see there is nothingness, just water below and sky above.  The future is a sea of nothingness to mortal man as well.  We have no idea what will happen in the next moment, let alone a day, week, month or year from now.  And it is fruitless to guess, for there is no point to it.  However, we know someone who knows the beginning from the end and everything in between.  It is Almighty God, Creator of the Universe and man’s first breath. 
       The Jews had recently been allowed to return from their exile in Babylon once Cyrus, King of Persia had overthrown that city.  Once they had returned to Jerusalem they began rebuilding the Temple.  Due to a 10 year hiatus in construction the Temple was not completed for a total of 20 yrs.  Zechariah was considered in scripture to be one of the Minor Prophets or post-exilic prophets along with Malachi and Haggai.  Zechariah set about encouraging the people that the Messiah, the deliverer of the people of God, would come at a future time to rescue the people from sin and reign for all time as their King. 
       Since gentiles had been grafted into the branch that Israel had rejected (Romans 11:11-31), namely Christ, this message is also important to us.  One day the Lord will return in the clouds to rescue all believers from this world of degradation and then return with an angelic army to conquer all his enemies and rule over the earth.  All the vicious, violent acts in the name of religion that are taking place in the world today will be stopped upon the return of Christ.  He will return in power and glory and no man will be able to withstand his fury of vengeance.  We will live for all eternity in peace under the loving and powerful rule of our Savior.  That will be a glorious day!  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: The Life Application Study Bible; Tyndale House Publishing.

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