by Martin Cisneros
The most important considerations when getting one's life on track with God are to look for Lord Jesus in Bible prophecy and not to get caught up with sensationalists who are looking for Israel in Bible prophecy, sin, or sinners. Bible prophecy isn't about redeveloping the sin consciousness that the Blood of Jesus was shed to remove from us according to Hebrews 1:3 and Hebrews 10:1-10.
Romans 8:18-30 says that the whole Creation is being conformed to the image of Lord Jesus and 1Corinthians 10 and 2Corinthians 3 are additional passages to the passages in Luke 24:27 and John 5:39 that say that Bible prophecy is about Christ Jesus. In my more naïve spiritual youth, I assumed Bible prophecy pointed to Jesus but also to all of these signs of His coming and other events, but consistently when the New Testament speaks of Bible prophecy in the Gospels and the epistles written to the Churches they tell us that Christ Jesus and His Body of believers are the focus of Bible prophecy, not Israel nor the supposed progress some assume that sin is to make in world history.
Sin was defeated at the Cross and Bible prophecy gives us analogies and lessons about Christ's victory at the Cross, in His resurrection, and in His High Priestly ministry at God's right Hand that the New Testament book of Hebrews teaches us the most about, though helpful comments about it are given to us all over the Bible as well.
Bible prophecy doesn't teach us to sell the farm, move to the top of a mountain, and await the return of Jesus. It emphasizes to us not being weary in well-doing because there is a reward for all of our labors and Christ Jesus is the dispenser of every reward (Galatians 6:9, Revelation 22:12, John 14:21) through His Present Day High Priestly ministry.
Have you had a chance to look through enough of the Bible to see that it says lesser about the duration of the life that God has promised us in Christ and more about the quality of life we can enter into by faith? That's the purpose of the Covenants of the Scriptures that Jesus shed His Blood in the behalf of. He has every intention to give us as good of a life as He's creating within us of His character, personality, wisdom, endurance, strength, love, and faithfulness.
Don't look for Israel, sin, sinners, wealth, or anything else in Scripture that's not specifically Christ Jesus and validations and repetitions of His Revelation 21:5 vow to make all things new, and process by which He's making all things new. As He ever-lives to make intercession for us, according to Hebrews 7:18-25, He ever-lives to make all things new and anything that's interpreted as a thwarting of that is not an accurate representation of that and of the mind and purpose of God to make all things new. Hebrews 7:18-19 isn't just talking about things related to the Mosaic law. Hebrews 7:18-19 is talking about anything written in the Bible that would seem to be an obstacle to His Revelation 21:5 vow to make all things new if it revealed weakness and unprofitableness in what was being carried out in the Kingdom of God:
18 For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness, 19 for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God. Hebrews 7:18-19
As New Testament believers we draw near to God through Jesus Christ and all of the prophets of the Bible must be filtered through His ultimate triumph in world history and His vow to make all things new that He made when God swore His Oath to Jesus that Hebrews chapters 5 through 8 are talking about. Hebrews 7 says:
12 For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law. Hebrews 7:12
Everything that related to a very unhappy end to vast portions of mankind were written while there was a different priesthood. Though it's alien to the thinking of most Christians, the vast majority of the Old Testament promises were world-view promises after God had settled the matters of His generosity to His own people. The Psalms and Prophets of the Bible continue with God's Promisory-ministry to the people, and we are assured in Hebrews 8:
6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. Hebrews 8:6
Therefore, I say again, all Bible prophecy is a hunt for the hero of our story, the greatest hero the world has ever had: Lord Jesus! All of Bible prophecy, absolutely all of it, is about our Lord Jesus. If it's all about Him, then how can any part of Him be subjected to unending doom or utter annihilation? Again, everything that related to a very unhappy end to vast portions of mankind were written while Israel was the center of Bible prophecy and we were being shown the end of what fallen man, by himself, could accomplish. But forevermore, because of the Oath of God in the book of Hebrews, all of Bible prophecy is about Christ Jesus making all things new! God's Oath changed everything! He knew it would and that was sorta the point!!