September 4: The Millennium

Read Revelation 20:1-6

When I was young, my mom and dad would often take my siblings and me to an East Coast beach for a few days. I hate the beach. Some of my not-so-fond memories include sweating through my sunscreen, and therefore getting burnt. Sand would constantly be between my toes and saltwater somehow always made its way into my mouth and eyes. Needless to say, the whole idea of being at a beach makes me cringe. Thankfully, my Floridian wife doesn’t like the beach either. We were made for each other.

My mom, on the other hand, does not share the same sentiment. When all of us were ready to leave, mom would be standing shin deep in the waves with her eyes closed and a smile on her face. She holds a different perspective than I do when it comes to the beach. She sees it as a beautiful thing. I see it as uncomfortable. The truth is, getting away from everyday life and being together as a family is how life should be. That is the beauty my mother sees within the beauty of His creation.

During the Tribulation, there will be horrible things happening day after day: judgments, false teachers, the antichrist running rampant and people crying for salvation. Then, after all the panic and chaos, there will be a lull in the events. Satan is going to be bound and thrown in the abyss for 1,000 years. The abyss will be a temporary dwelling place for Satan and his demons, a place of confinement unto judgment that is under God’s control.

God ruling the world, with no sign of Satan, is how it should be. The peacefulness of that time will be amazing. This may be the closest to the Garden of Eden we will ever experience before the eternal state – just God and man.

Understanding that God waits because He is showing His power over the evil is essential. At any instant, God can conquer evil with no effort. However, God offers you a choice. Are you going to trust Him with your life or are you going to hold onto control for as long as possible? Will you turn to the respite God offers you in Himself during the trials you are facing in life? God will prove Himself to you countless times in your life. Are you going to make the most of it?

jdl

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