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Irreverent Babble


Holy are the visions of the Prophets. God spoke and revealed Himself to the Prophets, and His self-revelation is bound to His vision for the future. This is why He refers to Himself over 300 times as “the God of Israel”. It is the restoration of the kingdom to Israel (Acts 1:6) that essentially defines the message of the Prophets. God will come on His Day (Is. 13:6; Joel 2:1), and He will make a new heavens and new earth (Is. 65:17). He will raise the dead (Dan. 12:2) and judge them by means of His appointed Messiah (Ps. 2, 110), who is the King of Israel (Jer. 23:5f). His glory will be unprecedented (Dan. 7:27), and the nations will receive blessing and eternal life from Him (Is. 11:10; Zech. 14:9). When Jesus referred to “the city of the Great King” (Mt. 5:35), and sitting on thrones “judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Mt. 19:28; Lk. 22:30), this is what He had in mind. So He taught His disciples to pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Mt. 6:9-10) The Jewish messianic kingdom is God’s will. It is His kingdom. It is Holy.

The Jewish Vision of the Age To Come

The Jewish Vision of the Age To Come

Unfortunately, wicked men spread unholy ideas in the early church—that the day of the Lord had already come spiritually (2 Thess. 2), that the resurrection had already happened spiritually (2 Tim. 2), that the kingdom was already here spiritually (1 Cor. 4:8). Paul called all of this “irreverent babble” (1 Tim. 6:20; 2 Tim. 2:16). It is “babble” because it makes no sense (where is it in the OT, and how does it line up with the reality of the world?). And it is “irreverent” because it treats as a trivial thing that which is most holy to God. The Gentile theologians and philosophers of this age may be considered “great” because of the abundance of their lectures and writings, but what will the God of Israel say in the end?

John (117 Posts)

John lives in Columbia, SC with his wife, Lydia, and four children. He travels and teaches on the Cross, the return of Jesus, and the Great Commission.

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