As many of you know, understanding history is one of my passions. I am cursed (or blessed depending on one’s perspective I suppose) with an interest in the past, complete with its banalities and its peculiarities.
While wandering my way through Isaiah this week in preparation for the kickoff of our new sermon series on Sunday (come and join us), I started to think about prophecy as history. More than two thousand years later, this particular prophecy can be construed as history. History, however, that strangely enough leaves me anticipating its fulfillment in the future.
That is history, a continuity from the past through the present to the future. All of the biblical prophets shared this sense of future hope. Summed up simply, the form of future history will be a replay of past history but with a significant difference. In God’s future, the great difference is that in the future, none of the weaknesses of the past will be present. In short, sin and its effects will be eradicated.
As such, this sense of continuity between the past and the future also contains an important distinction. The history that has been written but has not yet happened will be in the context of a restored kingdom, in a new heavens and a new earth. This new creation of God will be permanent, perfect and glorious.
That is how we can write history in reverse. We live in the strange place between the “already” and the “not yet”, a place of trepidation and yet comfort.
What aspect of future history are you anticipating the most?