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Visions of Future Glory
IN the darkest days of her long conflict with evil, the church of God has been given
revelations of the eternal purpose of Jehovah. His people have been permitted to look
beyond the trials of the present to the triumphs of the future, when, the warfare having
been accomplished, the redeemed will enter into possession of the promised land. These
visions of future glory, scenes pictured by the hand of God, should be dear to His church
today, when the controversy of the ages is rapidly closing and the promised blessings are
soon to be realized in all their fullness.
Many were the messages of comfort given the church by the prophets of old. "Comfort
ye, comfort ye My people" (Isaiah 40:1.), was Isaiah's commission from God; and with
the commission were given wonderful visions that have been the believers' hope and joy
through all the centuries that have followed. Despised of men, persecuted, forsaken, God's
children in every age have nevertheless been sustained by His sure promises. By faith they have looked forward to the time when He
will fulfill to His church the assurance, "I will make thee an eternal excellency, a
joy of many generations." Isaiah 60:15.
Often the church militant is called upon to suffer trial and affliction; for not without
severe conflict is the church to triumph. "The bread of adversity," "the
water of affliction" (Isaiah 30:20), these are the common lot of all; but none who
put their trust in the One mighty to deliver will be utterly overwhelmed. "Thus saith
the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and He that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I
have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name, thou art Mine. When thou passest
through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow
thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the
flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I
gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. Since thou wast precious in My
sight, thou hast been honorable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for
thee, and people for thy life." Isaiah 43:1-4.
There is forgiveness with God; there is acceptance full and free through the merits of
Jesus, our crucified and risen Lord. Isaiah heard the Lord declaring to His chosen ones:
"I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake, and will
not remember thy sins. Put Me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that
thou mayest be justified." "Thou shalt know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob." Verses 25, 26; 60:16.
"The rebuke of His people shall He take away," the prophet declared. "They
shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord." He hath appointed
"to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of
praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the
planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified."
"Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion;
Put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the Holy City:
For henceforth there shall no more come unto thee the
uncircumcised and the unclean.
"Shake thyself from the dust;
Arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem:
Loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter
"O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted,
Behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colors,
And lay thy foundations with sapphires.
"And I will make thy windows of agates.
And thy gates of carbuncles,
And all thy borders of pleasant stones.
"And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord;
And great shall be the peace of thy children.
In righteousness shalt thou be established:
"Thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear:
And from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by Me:
Whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall
for thy sake. . . .
"No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper;
And every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment
thou shalt condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is of Me, saith the Lord."
Isaiah 25:8; 62:12; 61:3; 52:1, 2; 54:11-17.
Clad in the armor of Christ's righteousness, the church is to enter upon her final
conflict. "Fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with
banners" (Song of Solomon 6:10), she is to go forth into all the world, conquering
and to conquer.
The darkest hour of the church's struggle with the powers of evil is that which
immediately precedes the day of her final deliverance. But none who trust in God need
fear; for "when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall,"
God will be to His church "a refuge from the storm." Isaiah 25:4.
In that day only the righteous are promised deliverance. "The sinners in Zion are
afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the
devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? He that walketh
righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that
shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood,
and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; he shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall
be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure."
The word of the Lord to His faithful ones is: "Come, My people, enter thou into thy
chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the Lord cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the
earth for their iniquity." Isaiah 26:20, 21.
In visions of the great judgment day the inspired messengers of Jehovah were given
glimpses of the consternation of those unprepared to meet their Lord in peace.
"Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside
down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof; . . . because they have transgressed
the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse
devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate. . . . The mirth of tabrets
ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth." Isaiah
"Alas for the day! for the day of the Lord is at hand, and as a destruction from the
Almighty shall it come. . . . The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid
desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered. How do the beasts groan!
the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep
are made desolate." "The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the
pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field,
are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men." Joel 1:15-18, 12.
"I am pained at my very heart," Jeremiah exclaims as he beholds the desolations
wrought during the closing scenes of earth's history. "I cannot hold my peace,
because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war. Destruction upon
destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled." Jeremiah 4:19, 20.
"The loftiness of man shall be bowed down," declares Isaiah of the day of God's
vengeance, "and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the Lord alone shall be
exalted in that day. And the idols He shall utterly abolish. . . . In that day a man shall
cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to
worship, to the moles and to the bats; to go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the
tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty, when He
ariseth to shake terribly the earth." Isaiah 2:17-21.
Of those times of transition, when the pride of man shall be laid low, Jeremiah testifies:
"I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and
they had no light. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved
lightly. I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.
I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were
broken down." "Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even
the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it." Jeremiah 4:23-26;
The day of wrath to the enemies of God is the day of final deliverance to His church. The
"Strengthen ye the weak hands,
And confirm the feeble knees.
Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be
strong, fear not:
Behold, your God will come with vengeance,
Even God with a recompense;
He will come and save you."
"He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off
all faces; and the rebuke of His people shall He take away from off all the earth: for the
Lord hath spoken it." Isaiah 35:3, 4; 25:8. And as the prophet beholds the Lord of
glory descending from heaven with all the holy angels, to gather the remnant church from
among the nations of earth, he hears the waiting ones unite in the exultant cry:
"Lo, this is our God;
We have waited for Him,
And He will save us:
This is the Lord;
We have waited for Him,
We will be glad and rejoice
in His salvation."
The voice of the Son of God is heard calling forth the sleeping saints, and as the prophet
beholds them coming from the prison house of death, he exclaims, "Thy dead men shall
live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust:
for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead."
"Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Then shall the lame man leap as an hart,
And the tongue of the dumb sing."
Isaiah 26:19; 35:5, 6.
In the visions of the prophet, those who have triumphed over sin and the grave are now
seen happy in the presence of their Maker, talking freely with Him as man talked with God
in the beginning. "Be ye glad," the Lord bids them, "and rejoice forever 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." "The inhabitant shall not say, I
am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity."
"In the wilderness shall waters break out,
And streams in the desert.
And the parched ground shall become a pool,
And the thirsty land springs of water."
"Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree,
And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree."
"And an highway shall be there, and a way,
And it shall be called The way of holiness;
The unclean shall not pass over it;
But it shall be for those:
The wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein."
"Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is
accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord's hand
double for all her sins." Isaiah 65:18, 19; 33:24; 35:6, 7; 55:13; 35:8; 40:2.
As the prophet beholds the redeemed dwelling in the City of God, free from sin and from
all marks of the curse, in rapture he exclaims, "Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be
glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her."
"Violence shall no more be heard in thy land,
Wasting nor destruction within thy borders;
But thou shalt call thy walls Salvation,
And thy gates Praise.
"The sun shall be no more thy light by day;
Neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee:
But the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light,
And thy God thy glory.
"Thy sun shall no more go down;
Neither shall thy moon withdraw itself:
For the Lord shall be thine everlasting light,
And the days of thy mourning shall be ended.
"Thy people also shall be all righteous:
They shall inherit the land forever,
The branch of My planting,
The work of My hands,
That I may be glorified."
Isaiah 66:10; 60:18-21.
The prophet caught the sound of music there, and song, such music and song as, save in the
visions of God, no mortal ear has heard or mind conceived. "The ransomed of the Lord
shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall
obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away." "Joy and
gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody." "As
well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there." "They shall lift
up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the Lord." Isaiah 35:10; 51:3;
Psalm 87:7; Isaiah 24:14.
In the earth made new, the redeemed will engage in the occupations and pleasures that
brought happiness to Adam and Eve in the beginning. The Eden life will be
lived, the life in garden and field. "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 a tree are the days of
My people, and Mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands." Isaiah 65:21,
There every power will be developed, every capability increased. The grandest enterprises
will be carried forward, the loftiest aspirations will be reached, the highest ambitions
realized. And still there will appear new heights to surmount, new wonders to admire, new
truths to comprehend, fresh objects of study to call forth the powers of body and mind and
The prophets to whom these great scenes were revealed longed to understand their full
import. They "inquired and searched diligently:. . . searching what, or what manner
of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify. . . . Unto whom it was
revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are
now reported unto you." 1 Peter 1:10-12.
To us who are standing on the very verge of their fulfillment, of what deep moment, what
living interest, are these delineations of the things to come--events for which, since our
first parents turned their steps from Eden, God's children have watched and waited, longed
Fellow pilgrim, we are still amid the shadows and turmoil of earthly activities; but soon
our Saviour is to appear to bring deliverance and rest. Let us by faith behold the blessed
hereafter as pictured by the hand of God. He who died for the sins of the world is opening wide the gates of Paradise to all who believe on
Him. Soon the battle will have been fought, the victory won. Soon we shall see Him in whom
our hopes of eternal life are centered. And in His presence the trials and sufferings of
this life will seem as nothingness. The former things "shall not be remembered, nor
come into mind." "Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great
recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of
God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and He that shall come will
come, and will not tarry." "Israel shall be saved. . . with an everlasting
salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end." Isaiah 65:17;
Hebrews 10:35-37; Isaiah 45:17.
Look up, look up, and let your faith continually increase. Let this faith guide you along
the narrow path that leads through the gates of the city into the great beyond, the wide,
unbounded future of glory that is for the redeemed. "Be patient therefore, brethren,
unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the
earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye
also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh." James
The nations of the saved will know no other law than the law of heaven. All will be a
happy, united family, clothed with the garments of praise and thanksgiving. Over the scene
the morning stars will sing together, and the sons of God will shout for joy, while God and Christ will unite in proclaiming. "There
shall be no more sin, neither shall there be any more death."
"And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath
to another, shall all flesh come to worship before Me, saith the Lord." "The
glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together." "The
Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations."
"In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of
beauty, unto the residue of His people."
"The Lord shall comfort Zion: He will comfort all her waste places; and He will make
her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord." "The
glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon."
"Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed
Desolate: but thou shalt be called My Delight, and thy land Beulah. . . . As the
bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee." Isaiah
66:23; 40:5; 61:11; 28:5; 51:3; 35:2; 62:4, 5, margin.
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