What’s The Meaning Of This?

At first glance, having a 1000 year interlude between the Age of Man and Eternity doesn’t make sense. But on reflection, I think that it may be natural man’s last, best, chance to prove himself to God.

Through out history we’ve had the evil workings of the devil to contend against, but all during the Millennium the devil will be imprisoned [Rev.20:2]. Without him to tempt them can man behave in a manner pleasing to God?

We’ve also had the bad influence of unbelievers, but at the beginning of the Millennium all unbelievers will be taken away [Matt. 25:41-46]. Will that make it possible for man to please God?

For the last 2000 years the Lord has been absent from the planet. When He returns to become their King [Eze. 43:6-7] will His presence among them enable man to please Him?

Sadly, the answer to all these questions is a resounding no. Even with Satan bound, no more unbelievers, and the in person rule of the Lord Himself, there’s still enough sin in the hearts of natural man that as soon as Satan is freed, man will join him in a final rebellion against God. The Millennium is the seventh and final test, proving that there is no circumstance or condition in which natural man can behave in a manner acceptable to a Holy God.

If you haven’t done so lately, give thanks to God that you came into the world during the Age of Grace, where the righteousness of God has been imputed to you by faith (Romans 3:21-24) making you forever perfect in His sight (Hebrews 10:12-14). Your inheritance of eternal life has been guaranteed (Ephes. 1:13-14) as the example in ages yet to come of the incomparable riches of God’s Grace expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:7), with no other requirement than to believe in the one He has sent (John 6:28-29). Such a thing has never happened before and will never happen again. 


(by Jack Kelly - http://www.raptureready.com/featured/kelley/jack324.html)