It is the ancient hope of God’s people that finally Israel – Abraham’s children and believers of the true faith in Jesus Christ – the heir’s of the godly promise and covenant in this Lord and saviour – will reach the promised land to be restored to the Lord of all and his enduring grace. Hosea verbalizes this divine promise inspired by the Holy Spirit in the early days: “Afterwards the Israelites will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the LORD and to his blessings in the last days.” (Hos 3:5 NIV) This word has partially been fulfilled, while some of this divine prophecy and heavenly truth is still outstanding and yet in the making: Schon und noch nicht! (Already and not yet!)
Israel has returned many times – not necessarily yet to the Lord and God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. However in the last days that final return, the true home-coming and arrival at the intended destination will occur by the grace of God, because he is faithful and does, what he promises.
We don’t believe that there will be millennium of Christian reign as a fourth or fifth Reich in the political dimension of our space and time. No options like some Sharia version of Christian domination ready for us really – and you can thank God for that! However since the victorious resurrection of Christ from the Dead – he rules and reigns without fail “for us and our salvation” and that’s why we’re already in his realm of peaceful dominion “that passes all understanding” amidst all stress and chaos of this time. This godly and christological sovereignty means that he is continuously drawing his people closer and closer towards him until they are with him and his enduring grace – in peace and eternal bliss. That’s his ongoing mission. That’s his daily business. That’s why he’s not judging the world as yet. It’s still time and space for grace and forgiveness and repentance and conversion and not too late yet! Nothing and nobody is going to stop him from doing this wonderful gracious work of his – no Russian pogroms, no Nazi holocaust, no Iranian nuclear attacks. In the end – in the last days – he will complete his work perfectly and everybody will see him coming gloriously to judge the living and the dead. That will be his day. The day of Judgement, but also fulfilment. It will be that day of trembling and trepidation and he will then carry us through and bring us to perfect completion and we will see, that his promises have all been fulfilled – much better and more magnificent and splendid than we could ever have imagined before. The joy will have no end. The rejoicing and praise will continue to his honour and glory as Lord and God – as creator, saviour and giver of eternal life. That is why St. Paul can already assure and encourage us with this divine hope, writing in the efficacious power of the Holy Spirit, who knows all and reveals to us, all that is helpful and beneficial to us to keep the faith and trust in him and his salvation: “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phi 1:6 NIV)
Therefore let us thank God and praise him for this hope and faith and may he bless and keep and strengthen us in this faith and hope by his enduring love and mercy +