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Influence in our society vs passion for His return

I believe that we are to influence all areas of society with biblically based solutions, yet I am disturbed by those who embrace the “post-millennial” understanding in their teaching on The Last Days.* This understanding says that we can now go forward to conquer the whole world for Jesus without His actual return.

Wherever one “places” the great tribulation – whether in the past or in the future, like both classic Protestant and Catholic views – the real concern with this thinking is the loss of passion for the return of Yeshua. The New Covenant Scriptures exhort us to long for the return of Yeshua.

  • Peter notes in Acts 3 that the Jewish people need to repent, “that He might send Yeshua the Messiah appointed for you.”
  • In Philippians 3:20-21 we are told that, “Our citizenship is in heaven, and from there we eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Yeshua the Messiah.”
  • In Colossians 3:4 we are to hope that “When Messiah, who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”
  • In I Corinthians 16:22 we read the word Maranatha, “Come Lord.” This was a greeting among believers in the first century.
  • In II Peter 3:12, we are encouraged to live in such a way that we are “looking for and hastening the coming Day of God.”

Now of course, we know there has been delay. Yet the Bible does not explicitly command us to, “Go forth and influence every sector of society and bring it into obedience to Biblical principles.” I do believe in such influence as an implication of the Good News of the Kingdom. I see that slavery would not have been eliminated in England and America if it were not for believers who acted.

However, the passion of the New Covenant Scriptures is our relationship with our returning Lord, not taking control of the so-called “seven mountains.” The passion for His return, like the passion of the bride for her bridegroom, should supersede other desires. We live in the light of His return. When I was a child, I thought as a child. I did not want the Lord to return until after I had experienced marriage and raising my own children. But now I know that whenever He comes, it will be the best for all of us. Let us by all means influence society in our journey, but let us embrace the passionate, New Testament sense of the soon return of Yeshua. We can do both.

*The so-called “Seven Mountains” teaching is one such understanding. The post-millennial view teaches that the great tribulation has already passed. This view was embraced by Charles Finney and Jonathan Blanchard (founder of Wheaton College).  Wheaton’s motto, “For Christ and His Kingdom,” was originally, but not currently, understood in post-millennial terms. Many today have the view that the church will come to rule the nations without the return of Yeshua literally. They speak of a victorious Church, but they imply post-millennialism. This teaching is closely entwined with the widely discredited ideas of dominionism.

This article originally appeared on Tikkun International, August 28, 2018, and reposted with permission.

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Daniel Juster
Dr. Daniel Juster, founder and director of Tikkun International, has been involved in the Messianic Jewish movement since 1972 and currently resides in Jerusalem, Israel, from where he serves and supports the Messianic movement worldwide. Dan was the founding president and general secretary of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations for 9 years, the senior pastor of Beth Messiah congregation for 22 years, and a co-founder of the Messiah Bible Institute in several nations. Dr. Juster serves on the board of Towards Jerusalem Council II, provides oversight to 15 congregations in the USA as well as overseeing emissaries in Israel and the Former Soviet Union. Daniel has authored about 20 books on topics ranging from theology, Israel and the Jewish people, eschatology, discipleship, and leadership.

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