(By Dan Juster) I believe that we are to influence all areas of society with biblically based solutions, yet I am disturbed by those who embrace the “post-millennial” understanding in their teaching on the last days. This understanding says that we can now go forward to conquer the whole world for Jesus without His actual return. Wherever one “places” the Great Tribulation—whether in the past or in the future, like both classic Protestant and Catholic views—the real concern with this thinking is the loss of passion for the return of Yeshua. The New Covenant Scriptures exhort us to long for the return of Yeshua.
- Peter notes in Acts 3 that the Jewish people need to repent, “that He may send the Messiah appointed in advance for you, that is, Yeshua” (v. 20b, CJB).
- In Philippians 3:20, we are told that, “We are citizens of heaven, and it is from there that we expect a Deliverer, the Lord Yeshua the Messiah.”
- In Colossians 3:4 we are to hope that “When the Messiah, who is our life, appears, then you too will appear with him in glory!”
- In 1 Corinthians 16:22, we read the words Marana, ta, “Come, Lord.” This was a greeting among believers in the first century.
- In 2 Peter 3:12a, we are encouraged to live in such a way that we are “wait[ing} for the day of God and work[ing] to hasten its coming.”
Now of course, we know there has been delay. Yet the Bible does not explicitly command us to, “Go forth and influence every sector of society and bring it into obedience to biblical principles.” CONTINUE