Friday, December 15, 2017

God’s Hidden Glory Revealed!

And the glory of Jehovah shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of Jehovah has spoken. – Isaiah 40:5, Green’s Literal Translation.

The scripture quoted above tells us all humanity, all flesh will someday see the glory of Jehovah. We should not understand this to mean that all flesh will be able to see the actual being of Jehovah, but rather as Habakkuk 2:4 tells us, it is referring to "the knowledge of the glory of Jehovah." By saying “all flesh” the prophecy refers to more than just a few of humanity as so many might think. Today only a few who are walking in the path of light even get a glimpse of God’s glory.  — Matthew 7:14; 20:16; Hebrews 11:13.

The Bible tells us of a future time that a new heavens and new earth will take the place of the present order of things, of which Satan is declared to be the prince, ruling secretly and unrecognized by his subjects.  — 2 Peter 3:7,13; John 12:31; Revelation 12:9.

The general tendency of the carnal mind, however, would limit any favor from Jehovah to only a few, often of a certain sect or religious group. It is Satan who desires us to present a distortion of Jehovah’s love, justice, wisdom and power. (2 Thessalonians 2:9) If it were not for the blinding influence of Satan, we believe that most could grasp the full meaning of the divine assurance that Jesus Christ tasted death for every man.  (2 Corinthians 4:4; Hebrews 2:9) They would be able to understand that God’s provision is for a day of judgment for the whole world, every member of the race, aside from the Church, which has its judgment during the present age. (Acts 17:31; 1 Peter 4:17) Without Satan’s blinding forces, they would be able to understand that a resurrection has been provided not only for the just, but also for the unjust. (Acts 25:15) They could further understand that all that are in their graves will hear the voice of God and will come forth, the few to the life resurrection, but the great mass to the resurrection of judgment, of testing, of trial for life or death eternal, in that day when the glory of Jehovah is to be revealed and all flesh will see it together. — John 5:28,29.

In that day Jesus will indeed be the true light that will enlighten every man. (John 1:19) In that day, Jesus as Immanuel will cause God's Kingdom to be under the whole heavens. This, we believe, will take place in that thousand-year day in which the Son of man will come in the glory of the Father and sit upon the throne of his glory. At that time he will gather all nations before him, and judge the living and the dead according to the things that are written in the books then opened to the world, according to his own words in which he instructed that love is the fulfilling of the law love to God and love to our neighbor. — Revelation 20:4; Isaiah 29:18; Matthew 25:31-32; 22:37-40.

This same rule of love will judge mankind during the Millennial Kingdom and will test each member of Adam’s race, in order to identify each person, including all those who are now dead or dying in Adam, either as a sheep or as a goat, in the favor or disfavor of the Judge. — John 5:28,29; 12:47,48; Romans 5:12-19; 1 Corinthians 15:21,22.

At the conclusion that judgment day, the sheep, having been thoroughly tested, will be rewarded with the gift of life everlasting; while the goats, having been given a full opportunity to repent and accept Jesus, will be rewarded with the penalty of divine disfavor — everlasting destruction from which there will be no recovery, since there is not to be another sacrifice for sin. — Acts 3:32; Matthew 25:46; Hebrews 10:26.

In conclusion, those who now hear and understand these things will more and more allow their hearts to feast upon the good things of their Heavenly Father’s Word, which reveals to them the glorious attributes of his divine character. For in proportion as they come to know him and to appreciate him, they will have the riches of his favor in their hearts, and the power of God working in them more and more to will and to do his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12,13) They have a God greater and nobler than mere humans, more just, more loving, more tender as well as more wise and more powerful. — Job 36:26;37:32.

And how few indeed today know their Creator in such a wondrous light! The great majority of those in the popular churches, like many religious people in Jesus’ day, are blinded and confused by the errors of traditional religious teachings. (Mark 7:6,7) They are striving unsuccessfully to worship a God inferior to themselves in justice, love, and wisdom. Let those true children of God, who have ears to hear, more and more cherish the various assurances of his Word regarding the coming revelation of his glory, that they may become more patient themselves in respect to the matter, and feel more content to be sharers for the time in the blasphemous reproaches and misrepresentations which come to them in connection with their endeavors to show forth the praises of him who has called them out of darkness into his marvelous light, for now the world does not know them, even as it does not know the Son of God. — 1 Peter 2:9; 1 John 3:1.

Nevertheless, the day is coming that the glory of Jehovah will be revealed and all flesh will see it together. Then the faithful sons of God will be participators with Christ in his glory for their glory will also be revealed. (Romans 8:19; 2 Thessalonians 1:10) Additionally, they will be glad also with exceeding joy of showing forth to others the glorious qualities of our Heavenly Father. — 1 Peter 4:13.

Jesus is able “to save them to the uttermost that come to God through him” (Hebrews 7:25), and He lovingly invites us, “Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,” “he who comes to me I will in no way cast out.” (Matthew 11:28; John 6:37) Since our days in this world are few and uncertain, those with a hearing ear should not delay in accepting God’s great love-gift. — Matthew 13:9; Psalm 90:3-12; James 4:14; 2 Corinthians 9:15.

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