When Jesus turns over the Kingdom to the Father, the Man described in Acts 17:31 has judged the world. He and His Bride have reigned as the Judge, executing God’s righteous judgment against evil. As foreshadowed by the Old Testament judges, the Man has tread down the enemy, brought deliverance, and ruled with a rod of strength. Mission accomplished.
The end of the Days brings the final judgment, the final death, and the final resurrection as we saw in the last blog. But even that is not the final chapter of the cosmic saga.
In Revelation 21, John is shown the Bride. It is the City, the Heavenly Jerusalem. He sees it descending at the end of the Days. It is God’s dwelling place and tabernacle among the new heavens and new earth. The event is celebrated as the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
As Isaiah 9:6-7 prophesied, for unto us a Child was born and a Son was given—His first coming. As for His second coming, the prophecy declared that the government will be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase or greatness of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His Kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice. From that time forward, even forever!
The end of the 7th Day brings the end of the Days—the end of God’s prophetic great Week of 1,000-year Days. The plan of redemption is complete. The restoration of all things is complete (Acts 2:31). Now what?
Is there an 8th Day? No, for the Genesis pattern is six Days allotted to mankind’s work, and the 7th Day is a Sabbath rest. So, again, what comes next? If we turn the numeral 8 on its side, we have a hint: ∞. That is the mathematical symbol for “eternity and beyond.”
What comes next is eternity future. In Scripture it is called the Perfect Day and the Day of God (Prov. 4:18 1 Cor. 13:8-10; 2 Peter 3:12). Jesus referred to it as the Unknown Day and Hour because it comes after God makes the new heavens and new earth. It is an eternal Day like no other, for it shall never end. The glory of it is beyond our comprehension.
“It shall come to pass in that Day that there will be no light; the lights will diminish. It shall be one Day which is known to the Lord—neither day nor night. But at evening time it shall happen
that it will be light” (Zech. 14:6-7).
“The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; but the Lord will be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory. Your sun shall no longer go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended. Also your people shall all be righteous; they shall inherit the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified” (Isaiah 60:19-21).
In other words, it is Eternity Future. The timing of it is not unknown. What is unknown is what that Eternal Day will be like because it is beyond our mere mortal imagination. Perfect peace. Knowing fully. Eternal righteousness. No evil. Mind-boggling, to say the least!
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, to Him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen!