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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day

As I write this blog, unprecedented numbers of people have assembled in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States. The media seem to be fixated on two words as they describe this unprecedented event: “historic” and “celebration.” The inauguration is both. It is historic because America’s first black president is being inaugurated, and it is a celebration because the nation has spurned racism and believes Barack Obama will restore our nation’s prosperity, peace, and global respect. Am I misjudging some of the celebration as worship of a political messiah? I don’t think so.

Before long, reality is bound to lower celebrants’ expectations. Conflict, economic woes, and poverty will not end overnight. As President, Mr. Obama will face enormous crises that will tax his wisdom and stamina. Those crises will chip away at his perceived messianic status and reveal his humanness. We should pray for divine guidance as he makes decisions in those pivotal times.

I anticipate the arrival of Jesus, the true Messiah, to Planet Earth seven years after the Rapture and at the end of the Tribulation, Earth’s darkest period of history. He will inaugurate His Kingdom and reign from Jerusalem. The event will be historic and celebratory. His reign will be characterized by peace, prosperity, righteousness, worship, productivity, Edenic environment, and joy.

Let me share an excerpt from my little book, Rethinking Popular Beliefs About the End Times:

“The kingdom reign of Jesus will fulfill all the covenant promises made to the patriarchs and to King David. He will dwell among the restored, regenerated, and rejoicing people of Israel. Isaiah 12 records saved Israel’s song of praise to the Messiah. It reflects the joy of His comfort (v. 1), the joy of His salvation (v. 4), and the joy of His presence (v. 6). If we think we have joy now because we know Jesus as Savior, just wait and see how much joy we will have when we, like restored Israel, enjoy His physical presence!” (p. 46)

© Jim Dyet

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