"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer" (Psalms 19:14 Psalms 19:14Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
American King James Version×, King James Version).
At work we were asked to think about what motivates us from day to day. I asked myself, "What keeps me going?" The answer is knowing what an awesome and caring God we have and looking to the time when His Kingdom will come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. I would be very frightened by the state of the world today if I did not know our Savior will step in and put a stop to the time of Satan (Revelation 20:2 Revelation 20:2And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
American King James Version×). God’s Word is true, and what He has said He will do will come to pass.
I like to spend time meditating on how God will restore the earth to its former pristine state prior to the wrong choices made in the Garden of Eden.
Human history has been written in the misery and the unjust treatment of those who were without power. Ignorance and poverty have been the norm for most of mankind’s history, with despot after despot believing he has the right to impose his will on his subjects and profit from their labor. Even today, most of the billions on our planet have not had the peace, prosperity or freedom of choice we consider normal.
I imagine the change when all the masses of persons who have ever lived are each given a new heart and a new mind, with everyone having his own vine and his own fig tree (Micah 4:4 Micah 4:4But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken it.
American King James Version×; Ezekiel 36:26 Ezekiel 36:26A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
American King James Version×). I see them each having the opportunity to have their own little cottage and plot of land to provide for themselves in peace. It will be a world where the plowman will overtake the harvester, and mind-numbing, debilitating hunger will be a thing of the past (Amos 9:13 Amos 9:13Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that sows seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
American King James Version×). A world where all will be educated in the ways of God.
Untold numbers of people who have been inhibited by their superstitious beliefs will finally have the opportunity for growth. The ones with mental disabilities will find their minds and thinking healed. Those so downtrodden that their entire lives were just spent in survival mode will learn what it is like to sit under their tree and enjoy the fruits of their labor, and be able to meditate on what an awesome God they have.
I am sure there will be a period of adjustment as people realize they must get along and show respect to others. Those who were the overlords from the past will be there too, and at first, they may feel the pull to continue as they were before. In God’s government, they will be stopped and told: “This is the way, walk in it!” (Isaiah 30:21 Isaiah 30:21And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left.
American King James Version×).
Some say we believe people get a second chance, but what we believe is that all will be given their one and only chance. For some, their time is now, but most of the people who have ever lived have not known about the true God. This will be their opportunity, their time, to choose. God is not willing that any should perish. I realize this can be a hard concept to wrap our mind around, but there is ample evidence in the Bible to prove that our God cares. He will give all who ever lived their opportunity to know Him.
A time without suffering
One of my favorite things to do is to drive down untraveled back roads and see nature without so many modern entrapments. I don’t think in the world to come our landscape will be marred by the power lines that stretch everywhere. I see us rather using "off the grid" forms of energy that will not cause harm or detract from the natural beauty of our planet. We have already tapped many sources of energy that do not harm, and it is my thought that we will use them widely.
Generations of families will get to know each other and see once again those they thought were lost to them. Little babies and young maidens who were offered up as a sacrifice to the god of the former world will be given the chance to live out their lives. Young men who lost their lives on battlefields will learn the ways of war no more and live their lives to the fullest. Their families will rejoice to see them once again. Not only that, but the deaf will receive hearing, the blind will receive sight and the lame will go leaping like a deer! (Isaiah 65:20 Isaiah 65:20There shall be no more there an infant of days, nor an old man that has not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.
American King James Version×; Isaiah 2:4 Isaiah 2:4And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
American King James Version×).
Talk about a family reunion! I would love to hear the stories of my forefathers and how they came to this country to start a new life. And how their children made the westward journey and ended up settling where they did. Many today do not even know the names of their great-great grandparents. They will get to meet them and know them personally! (Revelation 20:5 Revelation 20:5But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
American King James Version×; Ezekiel 37).
As I drive down those roads and see the tangled overgrowth with flowers managing to push their way through, I think of those same flowers in a world where the briars and brambles are kept in check. I try to envision how it must have looked in Eden. I look at the beauty of the butterflies buzzing around the flowers and wonder—will they be thick like flying flowers? I think of no lives being lost anywhere because of wild animals, because there won’t be any! The lion will dwell with the lamb, and the wolf and the bear will graze with the cow. Snakes will no longer be venomous, and little children will be able to pick them up and admire their colors without being harmed (Isaiah 11:6-8 Isaiah 11:6-8  The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatted calf together; and a little child shall lead them.
 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
American King James Version×). Will people laugh and watch their little ones ride on the back of a tiger? It all sounds incredible, but Isaiah was inspired to describe our world at a time when God will even make wild animals peaceful.
No more war. No more hatred. No more murder. No more minds twisted by what was done to them as children. No more sickness.
And then the last enemy to be conquered: No more death (Revelation 21:4 Revelation 21:4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
American King James Version×).
Even Adolf Hitler, Charles Manson and Genghis Khan will have a new heart and a new mind! They may still choose evil (free moral agency will not be removed), but God will remove them forever if they do. With all that God will do to show His everlasting love, a few will probably still choose the wrong way. Some will see their former ways as more appealing than the peace God shows them. I believe most will compare with their past and realize how much better life under the rule of God is.
"They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the water covers the sea" (Isaiah 11:9 Isaiah 11:9They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
American King James Version×).
"He who testifies to these things says, 'Surely I am coming quickly.' Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus" (Revelation 22:20 Revelation 22:20He which testifies these things said, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
American King James Version×, emphasis added).