There is a saying: sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never. It might be so, but the day has arrived that the world is trying to break the bones (hopes) of believers with words. God’s kingdom is established by His powerful words. The devil as the enemy knows it, so he tries his best to break down people’s faith by teaching that the Bible is just another ‘religious’ book. We are in the midst of a fight for the souls of people: will he/she inherit eternal damnation or eternal life? In this battle the message of the Bible is central: there is hope for eternal life for anyone who believes in God (‘A faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time’ [Titus 1:2]).
There will come a time:When human history, with sin’s effects like tragedies, horrors, murders and killings, has ended (Revelation 21:7-8, 27; 22:15).
- When the devil will have disappeared from the scene, because he will be incarcerated in the lake of burning sulphur for ever (Revelation 20:10).
- When salvation history has run its course. Jesus has reigned for a thousand years in peace before He finally destroys the devil and hands over the kingdom to the Father (1 Corinthians 15:24).
- When all judgement is finished. Each person has received his or her just reward. God has demonstrated His righteousness and fairness. No one has been treated unfairly. The books of life have brought everything to light (Revelation 20:11-15).
- When the world has been cleansed and healed from the scars the devil inflicted. It has been totally burned up, with no trace of sin and evil remaining, completely sterilized (2 Peter 3:7,10). (That is a parallel of the renewal of human beings by the message of Jesus [2 Corinthians 5:17]).
- When God’s plan, which was designed in the eternal past, has finally been completed and He is among His beloved people, who in turn love Him passionately (Revelation 22:3-4).
- When the visible, temporary history of man has become a visible, eternal reign with God (Revelation 21:1-4).
- When God has made everything new (Revelation 21:5).
Will this eternal kingdom come easily to a person who accepts God’s words? No. Paul warned us: ‘We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God’ (Acts 14:22b). Most of us will not be persecuted physically, or tortured, or banned. We will however face a barrage of invective against the Bible, on which our faith rests. Many, many evolutionists, atheists, skeptics, and other religions are working together to destroy our faith. The seven letters in Revelation all have one main message of which we can take note: ‘To him who overcomes, I will give...’ (Revelation 2:7b, 11b, 17b,26, 3:5,12,21). Those who do not overcome get nothing. May we, by the grace of God, never let go of our hope. It will be richly rewarded. Let not the words of unbelievers break our hopes (bones).