“This Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached unto the whole earth, and then the end shall come” (Matt. 24:14/Mark 13:10).
There are actually three different End of the Age events that are shown to us in scripture. When Christ calls the Church out the Church Age will end. When Christ returns to earth the age of man’s reign here on earth will end. When the Lord’s 1000 years reign is completed here on earth The White Throne Judgment will occur and the earth age as we know it will end. The apostle Peter prophesied, “The heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up” (11 Peter 3:10). He continues in verse 13, “but according to His promise we are looking for a new heaven and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”
That is God’s promise for our futures, but the greater question is, “How are we living our lives in the here and now?” Are we living exciting, meaningful lives? If not, why not? God’s Word declares, “The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead now lives in you” (Romans 8:11), which means that we are now temples of the Holy Spirit. We were dead in our trespasses and sins, but God, being rich in mercy raised us from the dead (spiritually). He not only saved us, He also redeemed us and sealed us with His Holy Spirit. That is more than we could ever think or ask, but God was not finished. He chose to make us join heirs of the Father and of His Son Jesus Christ” (Romans 8:17). God gave us the parable of the Prodigal son for a reason. He does not want us to limp through life and barely get across the finish line. He declared, “I came that you may have life, and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Imagine now that you were that Prodigal son. When you came home from the pig pen your Father ran to meet you and met you with a kiss. He then ordered the slaves to bring the best robe and put a ring on your finger. He ordered them to put sandals on your feet and to top it off, He ordered them to kill the fatted calf. Not a skinny goat, but a fatted calf (Luke 15).
Dear Reader, His kiss shows of His great love for all of His sons and daughters. The robe represents His righteousness. He who knew no sin became sin for us that we might become His righteousness (11 Cor. 5:21). That was a great trade, was it not, our sins for His righteousness? The ring makes us joint heirs, married to the Lord. We are the bride, He is the Bridegroom. With the ring comes all the authority of Kingdom rights. The sandals mean that as sons and daughters, we are no longer unclean in the eyes of God. Before the Cross, God commanded Abraham, Moses, and Joshua to take off their sandals before they could come into His presence. The night of the Last Supper, Jesus washed the feet of His disciples. Why? He was preparing them for the New Covenant that would indwell them with the Holy Spirit. Slaves did not wear sandals in the house of their master, only sons and daughters had that right. Now our Father says, “Put sandals on his feet.” The power of the Cross transformed us and we became new creations in Christ Jesus. Finally, the fatted calf represents God’s desire to not only take care of our needs, but to do exceedingly, abundantly more for us than we could ever ask or think.
The End of the Age is coming, but let’s get excited about this age, the here and now. If we are waiting for Christ do more before He returns, we do not understand what He has already done. He declared on the Cross, “It is Finished.”