Now God has not taken his great power and begun to rule by himself as this Book of Revelation verse states, it is still some time ahead, but now the reign of Christ is through the church.
The bible says that we will reign in this life through righteousness (Romans 5:17), but a time is coming when Jesus will execute his full authority on the earth.
Now we are being trained in faith and share in his authority. He is beaming through the church, and as she matures and grows and she becomes better and expresses higher level of authority as she represents the height of Jesus’ devotion to the father, in her devotion to the son.
When on earth Jesus exercised all the authority he did in connection with the father, similarly the authority that the church will wield now will be based on her attachment to Jesus, the Word of God.
When Jesus showed up on the scene on the earth, the demons who already knew him from their time in heaven where he was strictly God the word were terrified, they knew the kind of power he wielded, and were scared stiff that he will pounce on them.
But he was not there to wield all his power as God, having chosen to appear in the form of a servant for the obedience of the death on the cross (Philippians 2:5-11).
He was here to show himself as an example for us and to kick-start the church. But when John and Paul saw him after his resurrection they were awed by the power of his appearance.
John had to use many words to describe who he was, his hair, and eyes (Revelation 1). He was awestruck, Paul was blinded by the brightness that Jesus shone, which was stronger than that of the noonday sun (Acts 9).
His voicem John said, was like the sound of many waters. Paul said that God dwells in unapproachable light (1Timothy 6:16) in a casual reference to his own encounter with the full glares of the divine light.
When Isaiah was given a sneak preview of heaven, he said that “in the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord high and lifted up and his train filled the temple” and powerful angels were saying holy, holy to the Lord God almighty, all the earth is full of his glory. In the presence of God’s holiness. he was strongly impressed by his own lack of holiness. He was awestruck (Isaiah 6:1-11).
The angels of God are said to excel in strength (Psalm 103:20) and one of them slaughtered the whole army of the opposing of Israel, more than 100,000 thousand of them (2Kings19:35). God is awesome in power. Man is but a mere dust in the ocean when we are talking about the power of God, his greatness.
When God made Man it was to reign on the earth. He said: let us make man in our own image and let them reign over other works of our hands on the earth (Genesis 1).
Everything we see in creation speaks of God’s greatness. Paul said that we do not need to look too far since everything made bears the imprint of God (Romans 1). Angels before the throne room of God say: all the earth is full of his glory.
In six days, he made quick work of creating the earth. Those who say it is not six literal days are wrong and so are those who say the earth is young.
There is a case to seeing a gap in time between the first two verses of the bible.
The bible says: in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was without form and void, and God started making the earth, and the process of remaking the earth took just six days, six twenty-four hour time.
Why would the Holy Spirit take the pain to say: the morning and evening, make the first-day etc. if we should not take the days as literal days? It does not make sense.
Ask yourself the question, which one brings more glory to God: that the earth was remade in six literal days with man created on the sixth day as the crowning work of God’s creation, or that it took a period of billions of years? Of course, the first option is more glorious. Understand that if you say it took a gradual process of millions of years for man to evolve, you are in danger of reducing from the glory of God.
The creation was based on God’s direct action. We see God’s direct action in the bible and how natural processes are suspended. Because he himself set the process in place, he does not have to submit himself to them.
When he intervened of push back the red sea for the children of Israel to pass, he did not take him millions of years to achieve, otherwise Pharaoh’s army will have “eaten up” the children of Israel. You get the point (Exodus 14).
There was no need for God to put himself through years of constructing things which can appear immediately by his speaking a word, just like that with absolutely no time lapse between when it is said and when things appear.
He speaks of things that are not as though they are (Romans 4:17). Time means process, but when you meet someone who created eternity itself, then we know that the way we think of things is way different from the way he does. God said my ways are not your away not my thoughts your thoughts (Isaiah 55:6-10). So if we think “processes” he thinks “instantaneous,” because he can control everything, what is needed to generate change over millions of years by natural processes he can generate within a moment.
One major reason why we need to know that earth and heaven were done before the earth was remake (possibly after a catastrophe à la Satan’s rebellion) was because the making of angels was not mentioned in the six days of the making of the earth. Since those beings predate man, we can conclude that there was definitely a little gap between the first two verses of the bible, between the beginning and the earth becoming void.
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