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Sun, Dec 31, 2017

The Ultimate Restoration

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In Acts 3:21, Peter, in his sermon at Solomon’s Colonnade spoke about the time when God would restore everything. The Person through whom this restoration will be accomplished is none other than the Messiah Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ, and it will take place at His Second Coming. In the final chapter of his book, Zechariah describes in detail six key events that will take place in the periods known as the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord when Christ returns to earth in visible power and glory to establish God’s kingdom throughout the world. The first event Zechariah described concerns Israel during the Great Tribulation, namely, the attack of Jerusalem (14:1-2).

In Acts 3:21, Peter, in his sermon at Solomon’s Colonnade spoke about the time when God would restore everything. The Person through whom this restoration will be accomplished is none other than the Messiah Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ, and it will take place at His Second Coming. In the final chapter of his book, Zechariah describes in detail six key events that will take place in the periods known as the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord when Christ returns to earth in visible power and glory to establish God’s kingdom throughout the world. The first event Zechariah described concerns Israel during the Great Tribulation, namely, the attack of Jerusalem (14:1-2).

 

Jerusalem will be attacked as she has been many times before, but this will be the last time. The second event described by Zechariah is the Lord’s intervention, His visible appearance to rescue God’s people (14:3-7). In the midst of the nations’ attack on Jerusalem, the Messiah will return in all His power and glory. The Lord will appear and fight against the nations (v. 3). The third event described by Zechariah is the establishment of Christ’s kingdom on earth (14:8-11). Jerusalem will be the seat of Christ’s throne and government. From the Holy City of Jerusalem will flow living water—salvation, righteousness, and justice to all the nations of the world. Worship of the Lord will be instituted throughout the whole earth, and the Lord’s Name will be the only Name worshipped.

 

This Holy City—set apart for the purposes of God—will be the centre of the world in Christ’s coming kingdom. The fourth event is the destruction of Israel’s enemies (14:12-15). Christ will destroy the enemies of Israel. The power of the nations that attack God’s beloved people will be forever destroyed—all of their soldiers and their weapons. The fifth event Zechariah describes is the universal worship of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, the King of kings (14:16-19). When Christ establishes His kingdom on earth, all nations will receive the wonderful opportunity to worship their true King.

 

No more will they need to be led by corrupt and sinful rulers. Rather, they will have the blessed privilege of enjoying the righteous and just rule of Christ. The Gentiles will make an annual pilgrimage to worship the Lord in Jerusalem. There they will celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (v. 16). A nation or people who do not travel to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles—a symbol of God’s salvation—will be judged severely. They will get no rain, which, of course, will lead to famine. The sixth and final event is the setting apart of all life as holy to the Lord (14:20-21). In Christ’s kingdom all life will be made holy—set apart to the Lord. The world was created for the glory of God, to show and declare the Lord’s beauty, purity, power, majesty, goodness, and righteousness.

 

It is sin that has marred this beautiful creation—and all of life with it. But a glorious day is coming when all of life will be refocused on its original objective: that of bringing glory and honour to its Maker, the Lord, Creator of Heaven and Earth. Everything will once again be holy and pure. Thankfully, this process has already begun. It began when Christ died and rose again. Christ reconciled God and man through the sacrifice of His own precious blood. The Holy Spirit, who came after Christ, is actively working in the lives of believers to restore all things to God. The Holy Spirit’s work—Christ who lives in us—can turn the secular into the sacred, the ordinary into the holy, and the impure into the pure. The renewing Spirit of Christ takes back for God everything that is God’s—for all things belong rightfully to Him.

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