By Pastor Dr. Ronnie W. WolfeOur eyes fail to see the material evidence of the grace of God, because those things are spiritually discerned (1 Cor. 2:14). God has not yet shown us the things that will soon come to pass (Rev. 1:1) except in symbols and predictions. Soon he will show them to us in a sense that no word in any language can explain. How do we say it? Should we say that those things will be real, or material, or physical? No, these words will not suffice, for 1 Corinthians 2:9 says, But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
There is no wonder, then, that, when Paul was taken to Heaven in a vision, that he could not express what he saw. There is another word somewhere to describe these things, but we do not know that word yet. Even if we say heavenly, or ethereal, or spiritual, these will never do for what God has in store for us.
The psalmist had not seen the wonders of the great fulfillment of Scripture in the coming Messiah, his perfect life, his perfect death, his resurrection, his ascension, etc. He wondered when that time would come.
Now that we have seen that through the eye of faith with more clarity than the psalmist could ever had seen it, we must expect even more wonders to follow, since God has promised us in 1 Peter 1:4 . . . an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
We shall be comforted when we shall all be changed at the last trump and the trumpet shall sound, the dead shall be raised, and we shall be changed (1 Cor. 15:52).
Notice the comfort in these words:
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.