1 The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”
Psalm 110:1 ESV
The subject of this series is The Coming of the Lord. The traditional interpretation is the 2nd Coming yet we sometimes refer to it vaguely or even in a Book of Revelation context rather than really examine it. This series is to really investigate what is the Coming of the Lord in detail and set it in its proper context. So many Scriptures can be confusing if we do not set it in its proper context.
The overall reason for Jesus being at the Father’s Right Hand, for the last 2000 years is to subdue the enemy. And we see that the enemy has yet to be subdued. Therefore we can surely surmise that unless we see a subduing we will not see the Father send Jesus for His Church.
We are in the season of Jesus being sent TO the Church
Acts 3:19-21 sets out where we are now
19 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, 20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 21 whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.
Acts 3:19-21 ESV
Look at this passage. What we see is 1. Refreshing 2. Send Christ to us 3. Restoring all things. We therefore see here refreshing, resending, restoring. The refreshing that comes from the Presence of the Lord prepares us to receive Jesus, afresh, so that in the generations a full restoration can take place so that there can be a Coming of the Lord. Heaven retains Jesus at the Right Hand so that one work comes from His Heavenly Intercession, full restoration! We have seen 2000 years from His Ascension and Glorification. From that time what Jesus is doing in each generation is weave an “eternal tapestry” of restoration. What we have seen is awakening of faith, revivals, but they have not passed a generation where a true restoration can take place, and Jesus has been revealed so that an expression of eternity can be installed in more than one generation.
Right now there are 2 transitions taking place
The Lord we are seeing is that He is being retained. He is supervising a Church to transition into a fuller revelation of Him.
Without a fuller revelation there cannot be a truer reflection of Him in our day!
The Church has benefitted from State cover on many levels but that State recognition is now bringing pressure to bear where the mindset of the Church is being moulded to the World so that the Jesus it preaches does not offend society that has rejected God and lives according to its own whim. This same society passes laws so that the Church in embracing a message of holiness will be confronted legally and financially to force the Church to change its message. This crossroads exist today and part of the pandemic has highlighted this tendency. The Jesus we see in Revelation is a stark contrast to the Jesus of the Gospels. To embrace a vision of Jesus that lacks key aspects of His Character and Mission is indicative of our transition toward apostasy! We can find that our apostasy can seem comfortable at first until we who are in its influence begin to feel the burning of the judgments that come upon the apostate Church. We are at the place of decision: 1. Comfort in apostasy and burning judgments later 2. Fiery persecution now but eternal rest later. We must choose and that season of decision is upon us now.
Signs of the subduing of the enemy
When the Church embraces persecution for holiness so the nations and governments that participate in this way will begin to know decline and ruin. The Roman empire embarked upon the persecution from AD64 to 313AD, and by 450AD the empire had all but disappeared. The purpose of the Church is to collaborate with Jesus in transitioning the kingdoms of this world to the Kingdom of God. So political power is broken when Jesus subdued the enemy through the Covenant people.
The other sign is that God’s people begin to have authority over nature. Revelation 11 tells us about this authority just before they are taken to heaven. They are the “sons of oil” of Zechariah 4, denoting their relationship to the Holy Spirit in this end time preparation for the Coming of the Lord. In a sense He prepares us inwardly so by our works we prepare for Him externally. When this authority is manifest there is terror over the earth. The Church moves from preaching to demonstrating .
In conclusion Jesus’ return depends on generational and prophetic restoration being complete in a given generation. Jesus is calling us to be collaborators in His return through our faith and our obedience!