Isaiah 26:20 – Isaiah’s Pre-Trib Rapture Passage

Gary W. Ritter

(Isaiah 24-26; Ephesians 4)

There are many who dispute the notion of the pre-Tribulation Rapture of the church.  So be it.  They claim to find verses here and there in the Bible that support their various positions, be they mid-Tib, pre-Wrath, post-Trib, or no-Rapture.  I respectfully disagree and declare that God is so clear in His communication to the church, that He has provided evidence throughout the New Testament of His intent to remove the Bride of Christ from the earth prior to the 7-year Tribulation.  Not only that, but this mystery that Paul discussed in 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 is even validated in the Old Testament.

Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.

Most people who read Scripture from a literal perspective should be able to see that Isaiah 24 is all about the Tribulation.  Several examples should suffice:

Isaiah 24:1

Behold, the Lord will empty the earth and make it desolate,

    and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.

Isaiah 24:6

Therefore a curse devours the earth,

    and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt;

therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched,

    and few men are left.

Isaiah 24:17

Terror and the pit and the snare

    are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth!

Moreover, the prophet tells us that at the end of the Tribulation (Armageddon), the rebellious demonic host of heaven, which includes Satan, will be thrown into Tartarus until their day of final judgment.  The human element in league with them are likewise cast into this temporary prison.  We see this in Isaiah 24:21-22:

On that day the Lord will punish

    the host of heaven, in heaven,

    and the kings of the earth, on the earth.

They will be gathered together

    as prisoners in a pit;

they will be shut up in a prison,

    and after many days they will be punished.

Why does God bring the Tribulation’s punishment upon this planet in the first place?  Isaiah 24:20 provides the succinct answer:

… its transgression lies heavy upon it,

    and it falls, and will not rise again.

Throughout the Bible God shows His unfathomable love, mercy, and grace upon mankind.  However, in His dealing with the children of Israel, we see His wrath as a result of their disobedience.  He reaches a point time and again that He must punish them in judgment because they have spurned His love and chosen another way to live other than in Him.  The example of Israel is reflective of the rest of humanity.  When anyone, whether it’s Israel, with whom God has a special relationship, or mankind in the all-Gentile nations, He gives people more than adequate opportunity to choose life with Him.  When they decide not to follow His righteous ways, the time comes that He must bring correction.  The ultimate righting of this wrong will occur during the Tribulation.

The Lord has two primary purposes in raining down His wrath upon the earth during this most horrible of seven years:

One: Through this time, He will bring final redemption to Israel in the remnant that finally acknowledges Jesus Christ as Messiah.

Two: He will punish this unbelieving world, while at the same time, redeeming a remnant of mankind that turns to Him in faith.

For all those who believe that the church of true believers in Christ must go through the Tribulation, as always, I have to ask: Where do Christ-followers, saved by the blood of Jesus, fit into this picture?  Are we redeemed?  Have we accepted the gracious gift of salvation offered by our Lord?  Has He removed our iniquities as far as the east is from the west?  If so, why do you think God requires the blood-bought Bride of Christ to endure these horrible days of Tribulation?  Why is our generation so much worse than that of believers in 1700, 1800, 1900, or whatever earlier time, which necessitates our having to suffer through the Day of the Lord?  If the Tribulation is for Israel, which it is; if the Tribulation is for unbelievers, which it is – then what purpose in God’s overall plan to draw all men to Himself is served by believers entering into this time of wrath?

Most pre-Trib Rapture believers see the Lord assuring us of His taking us to heaven as protection and blessing in John 14:1-3:

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”

If we don’t go to heaven and find refuge during the Tribulation in our Father’s house, when exactly would we do that?  After all, at the end of the Tribulation, when Jesus returns to earth – with His saints following, by the way – He remains here to rule and reign on His throne in Jerusalem.  We’re here also in glorified bodies ruling and reigning under His direction.  During the Tribulation is the only period which believers spend any time in heaven.  Forevermore, at least until the end of the Millennium, we remain on the earth once we come back with Jesus.

Moreover, we also believe that Revelation 4:1 speaks of the Rapture:

After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”

The church is spoken of, and to, only to this point in John’s Revelation.  Note the verse says: after this.  It is after John is transported, i.e. Raptured, to heaven that he is shown what will occur on the earth following that translation.  This is when the Tribulation begins.  The church is not mentioned again until Revelation 19 as the time of Tribulation concludes.

I stated earlier that Isaiah has a pre-Trib Rapture passage.  Consider what the prophet says in Isaiah 26:20-21:

Come, my people, enter your chambers,

    and shut your doors behind you;

hide yourselves for a little while

    until the fury has passed by.

For behold, the Lord is coming out from his place

    to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity,

and the earth will disclose the blood shed on it,

    and will no more cover its slain.

Can you read this and not see John echoing this in the verses noted above?  God’s people are called to their chambers, i.e. the rooms or mansions in heaven, that He has prepared for them.  They provide refuge, that is a hiding place for believers (my people) while God reigns down wrath upon the earth for the sins of mankind.  It will be a bloody, awful time of punishment.

The takeaway is that God will protect His own.  He intends great harm to come upon this unbelieving world, yet because of His love and mercy, He will shelter those who have chosen to align with Him prior to His judgment.

Any other position besides belief in a pre-Tribulation Rapture fails to understand the character of God.  He is our blessed hope.  Because He loves the Bride of Christ, He will provide safe quarters for her.  Jesus is returning soon.  We stand upon this Rock in our faith.  Because of that, He will keep us from the great and terrible Day of the Lord.


[Author Note: Briefly, I want to set the stage for you as to the nature of most of my articles in this season.  Each year I read the Bible through completely at least once – that has been my practice since I came to the Lord in 2005.  I remain astounded at what God has done in my life because of that discipline!  Each day I read from both the Old and New Testaments.  I choose a verse from one of those passages and write my commentary and reflection based on that.  In the title of my article, you’ll see the verse I chose.  In addition, you’ll see the reading for that day if you’d like to follow along with greater context.]

Gary W. Ritter is a lay pastor, Bible teacher, and prolific author.  His Whirlwind Series comprises three books: Sow the Wind, Reap the Whirlwind, and There Is A Time.  These books are contained in the collected volume of the Whirlwind Omnibus.  Gary has been given the Christian Redemptive Fiction award for three novels: The Tattooed Cat, Alien Revelation, and for his collaboration with Terry James in writing The Minion Protocols, the third book in James’ Second Coming Chronicles.  Earlier this year Gary released a four-volume set of Awaken Bible Study Notes that comment verse-by-verse through Scripture from a Biblical prophetic lens.  He is currently editing a sequel to Alien Revelation called Alien Zombie Plague, which he plans to release later in the fall of 2021.  Recently, Gary wrote a novella for the new Kindle Vella platform.  That story is called Tribulation Rising: Seal Judgments – The Coming Apocalypse.  This seven-part short work can be found at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099Z462WD.  Each day this year Gary has been writing commentary and reflections based on his reading through the Bible in a year.  The intent in all his writings is to bring a strong Christian witness to what people read.  You can see all his books and blog articles and reach him at his website: www.GaryRitter.com or his Facebook Author page:  https://www.facebook.com/gritter3390.  You can also see his older video Bible teachings on his Gary Ritter YouTube channel – look for the fish symbol, and more recently on Rumble on his Awaken Bible Prophecy channel: https://rumble.com/c/c-783217.

Isaiah 22:13 – You Did Not Look To Him

Gary W. Ritter

(Isaiah 22-23; Ephesians 3)

In Isaiah 22, the prophet gives an oracle – a vision – for Jerusalem.  I could be wrong, but it appears to me that this is both a lament for what had already occurred and a warning of what was to come with the destruction of the daughter of my people (Isaiah 22:4).  A great threat of invasion was hovering over Jerusalem.  Prudently, they did what anyone would do in seeing such a menace approaching.  Weapons were available elsewhere, so they collected them.  They prepared for the attack by assuring they’d have water.  In order to keep the enemy hordes from breaching the city walls, they reinforced them. (Isaiah 22:8-10)  All that they did in preparation was good and sound planning.

However, they neglected one thing to their ruin.  Isaiah 22:11 tells us:

… But you did not look to him who did it, or see him who planned it long ago.

They did all the earthly things they were supposed to do, but had no regard for the One who could truly save them.

The Lord God of hosts called for them to come humbly before Him, seeking His mercy in this situation (Isaiah 22:12); instead they reveled, thinking they were safe, or if not, believing they’d die in merrymaking, as Isaiah 22:13 says:

… and behold, joy and gladness,

    killing oxen and slaughtering sheep,

    eating flesh and drinking wine.

“Let us eat and drink,

    for tomorrow we die.”

Their fatalism angered God.  He declared in Isaiah 22:14:

The Lord of hosts has revealed himself in my ears:

“Surely this iniquity will not be atoned for you until you die,”

    says the Lord God of hosts.

How they approached this coming catastrophe was the worst thing they could do in the eyes of the Lord.

He goes on to foretell that one who served Him, because of his attitude of preparation without spiritual guidance, would be uprooted.  This man had carved out for himself a place of refuge, but Yahweh had no use for his earthly arrangements; they wouldn’t stand (Isaiah 22:15-19).  God would honor another and give him much authority (Isaiah 22:20-25).

This narrative makes me think of what’s happening in the world today.  Many secular people see that something is coming that will be bad, but they don’t have wisdom and insight into what that is.  They’re preparing for calamity, but have no sense of the ultimate disaster that will claim their soul.

Conversely, there are three groups in the church.

One: those who seemingly have little discernment or regard for Bible prophecy and what’s happening all around them.  They’ve buried their heads in the sand and are proceeding to do church as if nothing is going on that will touch them.

Two: those who certainly know the times just as the men of Issachar (1 Chronicles 12:32).  The problem is that they have misread the Word of God.  However they got to this point in their walk of faith, they’ve been completely deluded as to what happens next in these end times.

These are the preppers.  They’re storing away food and guns, perhaps arranging for an underground bunker or a bolthole to which they can flee.  The coming Tribulation is the reality they apprehend and want to make sure they can endure those awful seven years.  Some mock the idea of the Rapture; others appear to ignore it.  In all cases, they seem to be looking for the soon appearance of great evil in the world, perhaps seeing and preparing for the approach of the Antichrist as the culmination of the coming lawlessness.  In the Christian community, there are many who think this way.

Three: the minority of us who place our confidence in the soon return of Jesus through the Rapture of His church.  Through wisdom and discernment, we see all that the preppers do, except our approach is entirely different.  We may have small quantities of supplies on hand, since we know that times could be rough prior to when Jesus comes.  However, we are looking up.  Our desire is for the Lord to return so that we can join Him in the heavenly realm as His Bride.  This doesn’t mean – as so many scoffers declare – that we are avoiding engagement in the world until that time.  On the contrary, those I know with this belief in the accuracy of God’s Word as to the Rapture, are engaged furiously in doing what we can to bring others into the Kingdom.  To that end, we are doubling down in how we seek the Lord so as to grow closer to Him.  At the same time, we’re grieving and praying and reaching out as God allows in these darkening days.

Rather than be like the steward Shebna that God rebuked in Isaiah 22:15-19 because he was looking to his own self-sufficiency, our desire is to be like Eliakim, to whom the Lord said about in Isaiah 22:22:

“And I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David. He shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.”

Shouldn’t our prayer and desire be to wholly serve God in these treacherous times?  Should we not respond in the same manner we see that the prophet did in Isaiah 6:8?

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”


[Author Note: Briefly, I want to set the stage for you as to the nature of most of my articles in this season.  Each year I read the Bible through completely at least once – that has been my practice since I came to the Lord in 2005.  I remain astounded at what God has done in my life because of that discipline!  Each day I read from both the Old and New Testaments.  I choose a verse from one of those passages and write my commentary and reflection based on that.  In the title of my article, you’ll see the verse I chose.  In addition, you’ll see the reading for that day if you’d like to follow along with greater context.]

Gary W. Ritter is a lay pastor, Bible teacher, and prolific author.  His Whirlwind Series comprises three books: Sow the Wind, Reap the Whirlwind, and There Is A Time.  These books are contained in the collected volume of the Whirlwind Omnibus.  Gary has been given the Christian Redemptive Fiction award for three novels: The Tattooed Cat, Alien Revelation, and for his collaboration with Terry James in writing The Minion Protocols, the third book in James’ Second Coming Chronicles.  Earlier this year Gary released a four-volume set of Awaken Bible Study Notes that comment verse-by-verse through Scripture from a Biblical prophetic lens.  He is currently editing a sequel to Alien Revelation called Alien Zombie Plague, which he plans to release later in the fall of 2021.  Recently, Gary wrote a novella for the new Kindle Vella platform.  That story is called Tribulation Rising: Seal Judgments – The Coming Apocalypse.  This seven-part short work can be found at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099Z462WD.  Each day this year Gary has been writing commentary and reflections based on his reading through the Bible in a year.  The intent in all his writings is to bring a strong Christian witness to what people read.  You can see all his books and blog articles and reach him at his website: www.GaryRitter.com or his Facebook Author page:  https://www.facebook.com/gritter3390.  You can also see his older video Bible teachings on his Gary Ritter YouTube channel – look for the fish symbol, and more recently on Rumble on his Awaken Bible Prophecy channel: https://rumble.com/c/c-783217.

Ephesians 2:2 – The Sons of Disobedience

Gary W. Ritter

(Isaiah 19-21; Ephesians 2)

The extent to which dark spiritual forces influence the world isn’t well understood. Most Christians acknowledge that the enemy, Satan, our adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).  Because the Bible places so much emphasis on Satan – which is certainly not unjustified – few people recognize the scope of our opposition.  Here’s the thing: Satan doesn’t work alone.  He happens to be at the top of the heap of rebellious divine beings arrayed against God and His creation, but the empire of darkness encompasses a massive army.

We’re most familiar with this concept because of the well-known passage in Ephesians 6:12:

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

This gives us the recognition that a wicked hierarchy exists in the invisible realm.  What we typically fail to see is that the Bible addresses this kingdom of darkness throughout its pages.  Consider what Paul said in Ephesians 1:20-21 in describing the majesty and dominion of God the Father:

… that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

Here again this hierarchy is in view.  But who, or what, comprises it?  What is every name that is named now and in future times?

Most of us are aware of the rebellion of the sons of God (bene Elohim) that occurred pre-flood as told in Genesis 6:1-4.  Lesser known is the subsequent fall of God’s divine sons following man’s arrogant building of the Tower of Babel.  God looked upon this structure and knew that its concept was of evil origin.  He scattered mankind into nations and confused their language so as to make a repetition of this effort exceedingly difficult.  But God didn’t stop there.  In Deuteronomy 32:8 – ESV we learn of His next move:

When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance,

    when he divided mankind,

he fixed the borders of the peoples

    according to the number of the sons of God.

Please note that you must read this in the ESV Bible translation, or you won’t see the implication.  Most translations – instead of saying “sons of God” – say something like “sons of Israel” or “children of Israel.”  We learned from the Dead Sea Scrolls – a much earlier source used for the ESV – that the correct phrase is sons of God.

The correct understanding of this is crucial.  From it we gain the true perspective of the scope of the demonic empire in place throughout the world.  In order to superintend all nations of the world – except Israel, which belonged to Yahweh – He placed His loyal, divine sons over them.  They were to oversee mankind while God dealt exclusively with Israel.  Part of their job description was to point men back to Yahweh.  Instead of doing this, they rebelled, just as their brothers had done prior to the flood.  Each of these mighty bene Elohim set himself up as divine ruler over his assigned nation.  None remained loyal to their Father.  It is from this sequence of events that we subsequently see many different gods ruling over the nations of the earth.  They are dark princes, extremely powerful.  We get a sense of this from Daniel 10, in which the Prince of Persia hinders the angel Gabriel in coming to Daniel with his message.

A day is coming in which these rebellious beings will be judged.  This is what Psalm 82 is all about, i.e. God’s displeasure with His disobedient sons, and His judgment upon them as shown in Psalm 82:6-7:

I said, “You are gods,

    sons of the Most High, all of you;

nevertheless, like men you shall die,

    and fall like any prince.”

That time of death, i.e. God’s removal of their immortality is coming.  It’s a main reason these beings are rising up so violently in these latter days.  They – like Satan – know their time is short, and they will do whatever necessary to preserve themselves.

Going back to Ephesians 1:21, it is these gods over the nations that are the names currently named by men.  They continue in place from ancient times and will have their evil day in full during the Tribulation.  Satan’s empire includes all these gods of old, by whatever name they’ve used, be it Baal, Molech, Chemosh, and many others.  Their combined might will cause chaos and confusion in the earth, even as God rains down His wrath upon mankind.  This is why the Tribulation will see such supernatural evil.  It will be pervasive due to the works of these many princes who hate the Lord Jesus and His creation.

Paul speaks of these wicked rulers in conjunction with Satan.  Consider how Paul describes the state of unredeemed man in Ephesians 2:1-3:

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

Every person alive has been subject to these gods as they cooperated with Satan in his earthly kingdom as the prince of the power of the air.  This demonic spirit is what animates these spiritual sons of disobedience.  It is under their dominion that unbelievers live and carry out every evil deed coming from their sinful nature.  Due to this combination of man’s sin, and the depravity these rebellious divine beings have taught their human students, all are by nature children of wrath.

It’s the incredible mercy of God that provides us an escape from the clutches of this kingdom of darkness.  Through the blood-bought gift of Jesus Christ on the cross and His resurrection, we have life.  This is the message of Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV):

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

The arrogance and pride that is so integral to Satan and his princely minions – and which has been imparted so well to their human cohort – is something we must place at the foot of the cross when we come to know the Lord Jesus.  He has done the work of salvation.  None of our efforts mean a thing.  He has saved us.  All we need to do is say yes to His kindness and love.

Through Him, we can echo David in Psalm 108:1 (NASB):

My heart is steadfast, O God;

I will sing, I will sing praises even with my soul.


[Author Note: Briefly, I want to set the stage for you as to the nature of most of my articles in this season.  Each year I read the Bible through completely at least once – that has been my practice since I came to the Lord in 2005.  I remain astounded at what God has done in my life because of that discipline!  Each day I read from both the Old and New Testaments.  I choose a verse from one of those passages and write my commentary and reflection based on that.  In the title of my article, you’ll see the verse I chose.  In addition, you’ll see the reading for that day if you’d like to follow along with greater context.]

Gary W. Ritter is a lay pastor, Bible teacher, and prolific author.  His Whirlwind Series comprises three books: Sow the Wind, Reap the Whirlwind, and There Is A Time.  These books are contained in the collected volume of the Whirlwind Omnibus.  Gary has been given the Christian Redemptive Fiction award for three novels: The Tattooed Cat, Alien Revelation, and for his collaboration with Terry James in writing The Minion Protocols, the third book in James’ Second Coming Chronicles.  Earlier this year Gary released a four-volume set of Awaken Bible Study Notes that comment verse-by-verse through Scripture from a Biblical prophetic lens.  He is currently editing a sequel to Alien Revelation called Alien Zombie Plague, which he plans to release later in the fall of 2021.  Recently, Gary wrote a novella for the new Kindle Vella platform.  That story is called Tribulation Rising: Seal Judgments – The Coming Apocalypse.  This seven-part short work can be found at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099Z462WD.  Each day this year Gary has been writing commentary and reflections based on his reading through the Bible in a year.  The intent in all his writings is to bring a strong Christian witness to what people read.  You can see all his books and blog articles and reach him at his website: www.GaryRitter.com or his Facebook Author page:  https://www.facebook.com/gritter3390.  You can also see his older video Bible teachings on his Gary Ritter YouTube channel – look for the fish symbol, and more recently on Rumble on his Awaken Bible Prophecy channel: https://rumble.com/c/c-783217.

Ephesians 1:9 – The Mystery of His Will

Gary W. Ritter

(Isaiah 16-18; Ephesians 1)

In Scripture, we’re told that there are multiple mysteries of God.  The classic definition of a Biblical mystery is that it’s something which is concealed in the Old Testament and revealed in the New.  One of the most amazing mysteries to which we’re introduced in the Bible is the joining of Jews and Gentiles into one people together in Christ Jesus.  The OT said in many places that the Jews in Israel would be a blessing to all nations on the earth.  How that would happen was never exactly described, so the ancient readers of the entire collection of writings in the Tanakh never understood that promise.  They certainly had no idea that when Jesus came, He would bring the fulfillment of it to unite Jews and Gentiles through His Body, His church.

There is another mystery that flows from the goodness of God in Christ Jesus that is also mind boggling.  The verses in Ephesians 1:7-10 outline both the promise and the process:

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

This passage is chock full of descriptive words that help us understand how everything works together to fulfill the promise and reveal the mystery.

Everything that happens to bring this about is a result of Jesus and His work on the cross.  It is in Him that all this begins.  The blood He shed for us brings about our redemption, in other words the ransom that must be paid.  Paid for what?  As Romans 3:23 tells us:

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Because we have committed many trespasses against God, we require His forgiveness, or His pardon that frees us from the penalty we’ve incurred through our sinful disobedience.  This is possible only because of the spiritual riches that Jesus has in abundance, and which are given to us through His grace, i.e. His kindness and favor.

And what has Jesus done with this spiritual wealth?  He has lavished it upon us.  He has gone over and above in giving us His substance and prosperity beyond what we could ever expect.

Now we come to the mystery, i.e. that which can only be seen and understood through the revelation of God.  It had been hidden up to the time of Paul’s writing, but through this and other NT epistles, it was made known.

God has an expansive plan of redemption.  He intends to return the world to an Edenic state.  We see this promise in John’s vision in Revelation 21:1:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.

From our current, limited, fleshly perspective, we can’t even imagine what this will be like.  However, we do know a couple things.  God has a spiritual family, just as He has an earthly one.  We see evidence of this family throughout Scripture in the form of the sons of God (bene Elohim) and in the various other entities we know as angels, cherubim, and seraphim.  Just as on earth where believers gather to worship God as the Body of Christ, these spiritual entities come together in His presence in heaven.  This is shown in various Scriptures, such as in the gathering of the sons of God in Job 1:6, 2:1; the prophet Micaiah’s vision in 1 Kings 22:19, where a lying spirit is put into the mouths of Ahab’s prophets; and through John’s vision in Revelation 4 with the elders on their thrones and the living creatures giving God all glory; among others.  These heavenly assemblies are what are known as Divine Council scenes.  They show a gathering of the spiritual entities that inhabit heaven, and which are all part of His divine family.

We know that God has a spiritual family and a human family that are today separate and distinct.  But God has a plan for the fullness of time.  Can we even begin to comprehend this?  The day is coming that He will unite all things in Him.  Who or what?  Things in heaven and on earth.

To put it another way, God will bring together these two families into one at the future point when He creates the New Heavens and the New Earth.  This is beyond the Millennial Reign of Christ.  During that 1,000-year period, believers who have been Raptured will have glorified bodies, i.e. we will be like Jesus (1 John 3:2).  Moreover, at that time, God will give us the responsibility of judging angels that have rebelled against Him (1 Corinthians 6:3).

However, God’s ultimate plan goes far beyond these things.  He will bring the divine and the glorified together, united as one single family.  In this new reality, much work will be required.  Presumably the new Eden will need taming just as the original paradise did.  After a couple million years of this combined family effort, God will surely continue to keep us busy, perhaps among the stars; who knows?

The one thing we can be assured of is that God will give us good and pleasant meaningful work, along with any rest we need.  Paul sums up this promise in Ephesians 1:11:

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,

In fact, as Paul concludes in Ephesians 1:13-14:

… In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

God’s seal of promise – His Holy Spirit – is our guarantee that He will accomplish all that He has planned and purposed – to His glory!


[Author Note: Briefly, I want to set the stage for you as to the nature of most of my articles in this season.  Each year I read the Bible through completely at least once – that has been my practice since I came to the Lord in 2005.  I remain astounded at what God has done in my life because of that discipline!  Each day I read from both the Old and New Testaments.  I choose a verse from one of those passages and write my commentary and reflection based on that.  In the title of my article, you’ll see the verse I chose.  In addition, you’ll see the reading for that day if you’d like to follow along with greater context.]

Gary W. Ritter is a lay pastor, Bible teacher, and prolific author.  His Whirlwind Series comprises three books: Sow the Wind, Reap the Whirlwind, and There Is A Time.  These books are contained in the collected volume of the Whirlwind Omnibus.  Gary has been given the Christian Redemptive Fiction award for three novels: The Tattooed Cat, Alien Revelation, and for his collaboration with Terry James in writing The Minion Protocols, the third book in James’ Second Coming Chronicles.  Earlier this year Gary released a four-volume set of Awaken Bible Study Notes that comment verse-by-verse through Scripture from a Biblical prophetic lens.  He is currently editing a sequel to Alien Revelation called Alien Zombie Plague, which he plans to release later in the fall of 2021.  Recently, Gary wrote a novella for the new Kindle Vella platform.  That story is called Tribulation Rising: Seal Judgments – The Coming Apocalypse.  This seven-part short work can be found at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099Z462WD.  Each day this year Gary has been writing commentary and reflections based on his reading through the Bible in a year.  The intent in all his writings is to bring a strong Christian witness to what people read.  You can see all his books and blog articles and reach him at his website: www.GaryRitter.com or his Facebook Author page:  https://www.facebook.com/gritter3390.  You can also see his older video Bible teachings on his Gary Ritter YouTube channel – look for the fish symbol, and more recently on Rumble on his Awaken Bible Prophecy channel: https://rumble.com/c/c-783217.