We continue to meditate on eternity, so today, we begin to look at the Millennium. Somehow, it does not ring true that this short time of life on Earth is all there is. When one looks at the structure of atoms, the complexities of life, and the universe we see with our telescopes, one who examines the evidence finds it entirely illogical to buy into any theory that denies our Creator. There are questions that science cannot answer. King Solomon, known as one of the wisest men who has ever lived, said:
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Solomon spoke of God's creative design by saying that our inner nature, our soul, is divinely imprinted with impressions of eternity. The French Bible translates the original Hebrew by saying that God has "set the thoughts of eternity in our hearts." The newly crowned King Charles once talked about the inner emptiness of the human soul. He said, "For all the advantages of science, there remains deep in the soul a persistent and unconscious anxiety that something is missing." Speaking at a charity event, Princess Diana spoke of "an overwhelming sense of loss and isolation that undermines many people's efforts to survive and cope with the complexities of modern life. They know," she said, "that something is missing." Deep in our hearts, until we come to Christ, there is an awareness of a void, an emptiness of the soul. We try to satisfy it with drugs, alcohol, sex, possessions, power, money, and prestige, but nothing satisfies us because we have been created with that emptiness. As Blaise Pascal, the French philosopher and mathematician, wrote, “Within each human being, there is a God-shaped void."
C.S. Lewis, in his book Mere Christianity, wrote:
“Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire that no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably worldly pleasures were never meant to fulfill it, but only to arouse it and suggest the real thing.”
The fifth-century philosopher Augustine wrote, “Our hearts are unquieted until they find their rest in Thee.” This missing piece is God Himself. He is the Living Water, the Bread of Life. He alone is the only One who can satisfy us. Haggai the prophet writes: “I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,' says the LORD Almighty" (Haggai 2:7, Emphasis added). The One who is desired of all nations, the Holy One of Israel, Jesus the Messiah, will come and stand upon the Earth, and in our resurrection bodies, we shall see God. The Book of Job tells us:
25"As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the Earth. 26"Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God; 27Whom I myself shall behold, And whom my eyes will see and not another” (Job 19:25-27).
The Second Coming of Christ and His presence on Earth will precede a glorious time of peace. Over the next few days, we will examine what the Bible says about the thousand years of righteousness, joy, and peace under the reign of the King of Kings, Messiah Jesus. Keith Thomas
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