Times of Restitution: Acts 3

18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.

19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:

21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

There is something big coming to our planet! The Millenial reign of Jesus (Revelation 20: 3-7).

I have often wondered whether there is a big gap in connecting the promise of Millenium with all of the Old Testament prophecies of a Golden Age of Restoration and Recompense. Could it just be speaking figuratively of the liberation in spirit accomplished by the first arrival of Messiah in the Gospels, commencing the Church Age? Certainly many God-fearing, devoted saints think so. I am not about to cease fellowship on this. In fact all of the End-Times teaching has become less pivotal to me. In many churches it has become a side eddy drawing saints away from the focus of the Gospels and the man Christ Jesus and His commission to us.

But here is Peter speaking to a crowd in Acts 3 explaining the power behind the healing of the crippled man at the Beautiful Gate. He assures that there is an arrival of Jesus yet to be experienced. This arrival will accomplish both refreshment and restitution.

There were years when I gave no consideration to any of this. I had no understanding of bodily resurrection (1 Corinthians 15). I thought that a faithful individual would die, be buried and his spirit taken to the fellowship of saints in Heaven. Period.

I realize that when one goes beyond this the arguments begin. I will avoid those if at all possible.

I did think however that I would share this “lights-on moment” of  a couple of days ago.

A thousand years and then the Heavenly City! (Revelation chapters 21 and 22)

Remember however, that to be in the arms of Jesus is to be in safety and delight, whatever the unfolding scenario. He was the fourth man in the fiery furnace with Daniel’s three friends in Babylon. Be confident, be expectant and occupy in love’s business ’til He comes. Or until your “graduation” in death.

http://youtu.be/UqQYpSqtM40     Oral Roberts Famous Sermon “The Fourth Man”.

Doug Blair, Waterloo, Ontario

wonderful image by Ron DiCianni

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