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Restoration: Returning to a sinless state

Whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. Acts 3:21

According to Scripture, all the holy prophets in the Old Testament have proclaimed the restoration of all things. But what is the restoration of all things? What is it referring to, what does it mean? The restoration of all things is describing a time in the future when all of God’s creation will return to a perfect, sinless state. The meek will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5), others will enjoy paradise in the presence of God, without sin and without the curse of Genesis 3:14-20.

It is also pointing to a time when there will be a new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells, II Peter 3:13. It will be a time when death, evil, sin and the evil one will be judged and have no power over creation. Fellowship and communion with God will be restored as it was in the Garden of Eden.

Even the prophets before Moses proclaimed this truth. We are going to look at a few of these examples in our brief study today. In Jeremiah 3:17 it says, “At that time Jerusalem shall be called the throne of the Lord, and all nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem; they shall walk no more after the stubbornness of their evil heart.”

Another example we could look at is Isaiah chapter 11. In verse 1 it says, “There shall come forth a rod from the stem of Jesse and a branch shall grow out of its roots.” Then in verse 6 it says, “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child lead them.”

If you read all of Isaiah 11, it is easy to see how it would be referring to the new heavens and the new earth when the King of Righteousness will reign supreme. In verse 8 it says, “The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den.” Much of chapter 11 is referring to a future day and time.

In Isaiah 53:2-3, it refers to the Christ who is to come. “For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” Then in Isaiah chapter 55:12-13 it says, “For you shall go out with joy and be led out with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” Isaiah 65:17-19 is about the glorious new creation, the new heavens and the new earth.

All of these passages seem to be referring to a future day when things will be renewed, restored, made perfect, and creation will exist together in peace and harmony. They also point to a time when evil, sin, and wickedness, along with the evil one, will be under the judgment of God. The enemies of God and His people will be powerless and under the judicial sentence of the Sovereign Lord and King.

Many Old Testament passages seem to be prophetic and pointing to a time in the future. But Acts 3:21 says, “God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began,” foretelling the renewal of all things. I believe many of us are missing a lot that God would have us see, grasp, and understand about His word.

Is it possible that in a simple prophetic statement such as Genesis 3:15, where it talks about the woman and her Seed, it is also pointing to the renewal of all things and all that includes? I think it is quite possible to put many different things into one brief statement, one small box. I hope you will join me next week as we consider a small box. Comments or questions, contact me at: thoughtsonword@gmail.com.

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Lyndon Stimeling, of Richfield, has been writing about faith and family for many years. He has self-published two books, “Common Thoughts on The Word” in 2016 and “Eye of a Needle” in 2017. He has also had articles published in The Coming Home Journal and local newspapers and has written a children’s book.

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