27 And just as surely as it is appointed for all man to die once, and after that pass to their judgment,
28 so it is certain that Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many and after that, to those who look for him, he will appear a second time, not this time to deal with sin, but to bring to full salvation those who eagerly await him (Philips translation).
Jesus Christ came forth the first time to die for our sins. He was crucified and suffered under the powers that were set to kill him (1st Cor. 2:5-9). God allowed the powers of darkness to have their way. Jesus Himself said, “While I was with you daily in the temple, you did not lay hands on Me; but this hour and the power of darkness are yours (Luke 22:53).” Christ’s crucifixion opened the door to an age of God’s people suffering victoriously for the name of Jesus. Many, many martyrs have died for their faith. This has all been to God’s glory. But now we are at the end of one age and the beginning of another. There is a second appearing of the Lord that is taking place now. It is happening for those who have eagerly awaited Him as verse 28 from our text states. He is coming (appearing) in His saints (2nd Thess. 1:10).
This second appearing of the Lord is not related to Christ bearing our sins but to bring to completion God’s purposes in a people. When Jesus stood up at the beginning of His ministry He read from the scroll of Isaiah.
16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.
17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
18 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”
20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.
21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
After reading from the scroll, He handed it back to the attendant and told those in attendance that those passages from Isaiah were fulfilled in their hearing. It’s significant that Jesus stopped reading after the phrase “to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.” He literally stopped reading in the middle of a sentence. The rest of the verse reads “and the day of vengeance of our God.” Jesus did not come the first time to proclaim the vengeance of our God. Judgment of the forces of darkness and those aligned with them were not part of Christ’s agenda in His first appearing except in provision. However, as our text from Hebrews states, there is a second appearing. It is in His second appearing that the rest of the passages from Isaiah are fulfilled. We are in days of judgment. Christ’s first appearing opened the days of suffering, albeit victoriously.
The first century Christians lived under the shadow of the Roman Empire. They suffered tremendously because of the antichrist spirit manifested through Rome. For 2000 years God’s people have suffered because of the forces of darkness set against them. In this hour, at the dawning of a new age of the kingdom of God, Christ is appearing and it is not to be in the pattern of His first appearing. Let’s read the rest of the passages from Isaiah that Jesus did not read. The following verses are a continuation from where Jesus stopped.
3 To grant those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, The oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.
4 ¶ Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins, They will raise up the former devastations; And they will repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations.
5 Strangers will stand and pasture your flocks, And foreigners will be your farmers and your vinedressers.
6 But you will be called the priests of the LORD; You will be spoken of as ministers of our God. You will eat the wealth of nations, And in their riches you will boast.
7 Instead of your shame you will have a double portion, And instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion. Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land, Everlasting joy will be theirs.
Notice how the word “instead” is prominent in verse three. As a new age dawns in God, there is a reversal of the suffering that existed in the previous age. In Deut. 28-30 God set before Israel the blessing and the curse. One of the promises of blessing was “The LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you only will be above, and you will not be underneath, if you listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, which I charge you today, to observe them carefully.” Israel walked briefly in the blessing but ultimately disobeyed and all the curses came upon them. What was not fulfilled in natural Israel is being fulfilled in Christ. There is a reversal from everything that God’s people have suffered. Zion comes forth with a double portion and everlasting joy upon her head. All the above verses pertaining to Zion are being fulfilled now. It is a time of God’s people becoming the head, not the tail. Isaiah and Jeremiah are filled with prophecies pertaining to the exaltation of the Lord in Zion. We are not destined for destruction in this hour. We are not to labor under the power of the antichrist spirit as other generations have. We must prophesy the reversal! We must speak forth the word of revelation for this hour. We must speak the judgments upon a corrupt, dying age.
34 ¶ “Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city,
35 so that upon you may fall the guilt of all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.
36 “Truly I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.
There is a mystical fulfillment of these passages in this new day dawning. Verses 34-35 span the entire scope of human history. When verse 36 says “this generation” it is speaking of more than just the generation that was alive when Jesus spoke these words. “This generation” refers to the completion of the age. There is an accounting required from mystical Babylon, for in her is found all the blood of saints and prophets (Rev. 18:24). Rev. 16 states:
4 Then the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of waters; and they became blood.
5 And I heard the angel of the waters saying, “Righteous are You, who are and who were, O Holy One, because You judged these things;
6 for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it.”
7 And I heard the altar saying, “Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.”
Things look grim in the world when looking through natural eyes. We must look past this dying age and see the kingdom that is coming. We must speak forth the word for this hour. There must be a people who have the vision and are not moved by what is happening on an earthly plane. We are not destined to destruction. We are not destined, as the church age was, to labor under the task masters of mystical Babylon. What is happening in the world is real. We are not playing make-believe. God has ordained a new age to come forth but it must be established through those who have the vision of it. Things will not just happen. Heb. 11:3 states “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” The Greek word for “worlds” in this verse is “aion.” It is better translated ages. The ages are framed by the word of God. It is the word of God in our mouths that frames the age dawning before us. We speak it into existence. This next age is brought forth out of the realm of spirit. It is according to “the things which are seen are not made of things which are visible.” The kingdom of God will not be manifested out of the earthly realm of nations. It will come forth out of another realm altogether. Mystery Babylon is attempting mightily to create a false manifestation of the kingdom of God as it is currently coming forth. This is why there is such an emphasis on globalism and a new world order. This explains the cry for no borders. Everything along these lines is a counterfeit manifestation of the kingdom of God. We are not to be ruled over by a counterfeit kingdom. The true kingdom of God must prevail. The powers that drive the current antichrist manifestation are to be broken. It is our destiny and calling to be channels of the judgment. It is time for Zion to walk as the head, not the tail.