In all the turmoil we see in our nation and the world, the question of where we are headed is an appropriate one. The prognostications of individuals can be misleading if not totally confusing. Listening to a “60’s channel” on the radio, “The Eve of Destruction”, a song of how close we were to blowing ourselves up, was played. After that, a rebuttal song, “The Dawn of Correction”, was played. Speaking of the same world agenda, what a different view and expectation these two songs had. Fifty years later we are still here. We haven’t self-destructed. But correction has not dawned in any fullness yet, either. We’re still in a mess.
From the Bible we see that the world has a definite destiny. Some generalize that in the end, good triumphs over evil. But this leaves us with continual, ongoing challenges where good and evil constantly battle. What’s ahead, just more of the same? Thankfully, no. Way back in time, God tells Moses what this world is coming to. The rebellious Israelites had so rejected the leading of God that he told Moses that He would destroy them and start over with him. God could have, since Moses was a descendant of Abraham. However, Moses prayed that the Lord would not destroy the people, but have mercy for His name’s sake. God pardoned the people, but told Moses, “but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.” (Numbers 14:21) Yes, that’s where we are headed. What we have to go through to get there is another story. At the turn of the 20th Century there was great expectation that the church was on the verge of ushering in the Kingdom of God. It was referred to as the “Christian Century” by some. We would become better and better and the Kingdom would arrive. Two world wars, Korea, Vietnam, Cuban missile crisis, the cold war, and many other wars and conflicts put an end to those thoughts. But these have not put an end to God’s purpose or His ability to bring this world to it ultimate destination. We have seen that we lack the ability to do this great task. It is not our task. It is God’s work.
So as we see things that are nothing like the glory of God on earth, things that look like the eve of destruction, let us know that correction is not the means to bring the Glory here. It is the appearance of God, the return of Christ, that will fill the earth with God’s glory. Though He tarries, Christ will come. This is the earth’s destiny. — Ben