Christian author John Eldredge has recently published his latest book, All Things New: Heaven, Earth and the Restoration of Everything You Love. I just finished reading it in one sitting. It’s well worth the read. Primarily because it puts life into its proper perspective for God’s elect, who know Him, love Him and serve Him faithfully in our world gone mad and quite demonic.
It’s no secret any longer. The world is in the process of perishing in a death spiral and everyone knows it. Yet the vast majority of mankind alive on earth today is engaged in a massive con job of endless self-deception and denial of the obvious. Because the implications of what we see all around us is just too disturbing and upsetting for the vast majority of humanity. Yet for a select few of us, those of us who number among God’s born again elect, denial of the obvious is not the least bit satisfying or credible. We want answers and no one seems to have any that are the least bit believable or consistent with what the entirety of the KJV Bible is revealing to us. This is where Eldredge offers us much-needed answers in his book that are amply supported by many passages in the Bible.
For the past seven years I have researched and written extensively about the realities of the global conspiracy and its many obvious links to the fulfillment of end times Bible prophecy. My books in particular, have connected the many dots between what we have been witnessing in our world gone mad in recent years and what it all means and is telling us. I personally have been reluctant to think or write about what comes next after the second coming of Christ to gather we, the elect, to Himself in the clouds with power and great glory. I haven’t wanted to allow myself to jump the gun and get ahead of myself concerning important events that have been prophesied for thousands of years that clearly are going to happen soon, but have not yet happened. And yet, after reading Eldredge’s book, I realize that it is now time to discuss and focus our attention and hope upon the things to come after Christ’s second coming for the elect.
Everyone I know who numbers among the elect has been experiencing very tough times recently. Yahushua (Christ) taught us quite clearly in John 16:33:
“. . . In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
We are told that the great tribulation, which has now come and gone, would be more trying than at any other time in all of world history and it stands to reason that these troubles would continue all the way until Christ returns to gather the elect to Himself:
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” Matthew 24:21-22
These are not fun times for God’s elect. But it is a grave mistake if we dwell on how hard and unpleasant it is right now. This is especially true now that it quite clear that these times are almost over for us. In order to maintain a proper perspective in these troubling times, it is vitally important that we focus on the hope that God’s promises in His KJV Bible to His people assure us will be our reward for serving Him faithfully.
Without something positive to look forward to, which is what hope is, it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to avoid wallowing in despair and becoming depressed or angry over one’s circumstances. And Yet God’s born again elect have much to hope in and for. In fact, God’s promises to us are utterly amazing and beyond most of our wildest dreams and hopes. Here are but a few key examples:
“Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus (Yahushua) said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.” Matthew 19:27-29
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God (Eloah) out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God (Eloah) is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God (Eloah) himself shall be with them, and be their God (Eloah). And God (Eloah) shall wipe away all tears from their eye; and there shall be no. more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” Revelation 21:1-5
“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God (Eloah), beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.” Isaiah 64:4
For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered or called into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed. And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of the tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD (YHWH), and their offspring with them. And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD (YHWH).” Isaiah 65:17-25
In many passages of scripture, YHWH promises us that we will enjoy rewards in the new heaven and new earth that He is creating for us to live in:
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will be your heart also.” Matthew 6:19-21
“Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” Matthew 5:12
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, so not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have the glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not they left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall openly reward thee.” Matthew 6:1-4
“He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.” Matthew 10:41
“For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.”Matthew 16:27
“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according to his work shall be.” Revelation 22:12
Elsewhere in the Bible, we are told that we who are of the born again elect (believers) will receive untold honor and glory after we have been gathered to Yahushua (Christ) in the clouds. For many of those of us living in these final days of the end times of Bible prophecy, we have endured much affliction, trials, disrespect, ridicule and slander. I know in my own case, I have been viciously libeled, slandered and defamed on the internet innumerable times by wicked fools who hate all that is good, right, just and true. But as the Apostle Paul wrote, I count it all as merely momentary affliction that will not begin to seem like much of anything next to the glory and honor we are promised in a new heaven and a new earth with God, Christ and our fellow elect:
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18
What exactly will these rewards that the scriptures promise us consist of? Scripture is silent on this point. But does it really matter? If we know YHWH (God) as He has revealed Himself to us throughout the scriptures, we know that He is gracious, benevolent and kind beyond our wildest imaginings and that He is the author and first cause of all of our thoughts and deepest longings. So He knows more about what might bless and bring us joy and delight than we do ourselves.
What is very clear is that we will not end up wearing white robes, sitting on a cloud, strumming a harp and singing Kumbaya for all eternity, and thank God for that! I cannot think of anything less inspiring than that, can you?
It seems pretty clear that God delights in creating and that He has created His people to create and to enjoy the fruit of our labors, not just here in this life, but in a new heaven and new earth with Him forever as well. It is quite likely that the unique gifts and talents He has given to each one of us will remain part of us where we are going. He clearly has created each of us unique and different and in the world to come we will not be endlessly thwarted and opposed by those who are envious and hateful toward God’s people. As Eldredge suggests in his book, we are likely to do that which we were created to do all along. Our greatest accomplishments, delights and creations in this life give us some clues about what that might be for each one of us.
For most of us, our own stories have been struggles and many times noble battles of silent courage which have gone largely unrecognized, unappreciated and unrecognized. But God has seen it all. What is quite likely, as part of God making everything new, is that He or Christ will tell our stories rightly to our fellow saints and we will forever enjoy the honor that our courageous and persevering battles in this life so richly deserve. In fact, justice can never truly be done until the stories of many quiet, courageous, humble heroes become common knowledge that will never be forgotten or diminished ever again.
In summary we, God’s born again elect, the remnant of God’s people in these final days of the end times, have much to hope for with great confidence that should put our momentary afflictions now into their proper perspective. Here’s how the Apostle Paul summarizes what we are enduring and persevering through today:
“And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.” Romans 8:23-25
“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling that is in Christ Jesus (Yahushua the Messiah).” Philippians 3:14
Without such hope, all men are greatly to be pitied. They have nothing to live for. But we have an amazing set of trustworthy promises awaiting us, provided that we ensure with patience and perseverance to the end. The end is very near. That much is certain, and we all know it.
In light of this reality, let us grab hold with both hands of the abundant hope that God has promised us and press on toward the prize that is just round the corner. The simple truth is that we are truly blessed. Let us never lose sight of this fact and may we honor, praise and glorify God for all of it.