Times in This Age

imagesWhat is God about during our time? He is bringing salvation to many, perhaps multitudes. Today is the day of salvation, and it began, perhaps with the coming of spiritual Elijah, John the Baptist, the forerunner of Messiah Yeshua. His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied,

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant, the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (Luke 1: 68-79).

This was the fulfillment of much prior prophecy regarding Messiah, Yeshua, and tells of the redemption and salvation coming to those living in darkness, i.e. believing Israelites and believing Gentiles, who are grafted into one Spiritual Israel, who together become a holy temple in which God lives by His Spirit. (Rom. 10: 11-13; 11: 25-29; Eph. 2: 18-22).

This process continues to this day, although a great thing began in 1948, with the reestablishment of the nation of Israel in the land of Israel, and the return of God’s chosen people to their ancestral home from all corners of the globe. In the coming years the full number of the Gentiles will have come in and the hardening of Israel will be lifted, resulting in a mass turning of Israel to her Messiah, Yeshua. “As it is written: ‘The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.’ As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.” (Rom. 11: 26-29). Once the believers from the nation of Israel join with believers from all other nations, and complete God’s purposes, the end of this age will commence.

In redemption and salvation is the incomparably great power of God, the same mighty strength exerted in the resurrection and exaltation of Yeshua Messiah, to God’s right hand. (Eph. 1: 19-21). So, let us press in to know God better and to walk in step with the Holy Spirit. For God’s redemption and salvation are not like our acts and deeds, starting with a whim and ending just as insignificantly. On the contrary, God’s work began in creation and continues today and on into eternity to bring about the wonderful glorious purposes of His will, to make all things new.  “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.’ ” (Rev. 21:3). Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

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