By Jan Tomasik
Everyone would like to know what the future holds. We can read about history, we live in the present but we do not know what will happen in the future. Or do we? Many times I have heard the phrase, “Who knows what is going to happen in the future.” I grew accustomed to hearing it and I used it often. So one day I was talking with my father on the phone. We were having a normal father-son conversation and we talked about everyday life. My father asked me a question, “How’s work?” I replied, “It is good. I have enough work for now but who knows what is going to happen in the future.” Then he replied, “What do you mean who knows? I know.” Then he told me what is going to happen in the future. When I heard it I believed it one hundred percent. There was no doubt in my mind that what he said was the truth. You see, my father is a great man of God. He is the greatest preacher I have ever heard preach. So when a man of God tells you something; as my father-in-law says, “You can take it to the bank.” In other words, it is the truth. You may ask, “What did he say will happen in the future?” I am glad you asked and I will tell you because it greatly concerns (includes, involves) you. Before I tell you allow me to paint a picture of the whole story.
The story begins in Genesis 1:1, where the Bible says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” What did God create first? That is simple. God created The Beginning. God has no beginning and no end so he first created The Beginning. Now imagine that God opened a book and started writing down history. I am not referring to the Bible. I am talking about the book of records of mankind throughout history. (Rev. 20:12b) He started with the creation of the heaven and the earth and now continues with everything that you do. He started writing the history of humanity. This book of records includes all people that have lived, not just people of the Bible. Throughout history some people stand out more than the others. These people are remembered for generations while others are forgotten as soon as they die. But God does not forget anyone rather everyone has a place in the pages of His book. The future is coming and it greatly concerns (includes) you. My father told me about it and I believe it is going to happen.
You see in history there were many great men. We call them heroes. God has recorded their works in this book of records I am talking about. There are too many to list but I will mention a few. One of my favorites is King Arthur. I like his story because he was the man that united many small tribes to fight a great enemy. The enemy was stronger than all the tribes but he understood the power of unity. To his people he was a great hero. For the first time they felt like they had freedom and prosperity. Many people wrote of the legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. He was adored in songs and poems. Another example is King Alexander the great. He was a young man when he became king. He did not allow his youth to hinder his conquests and he conquered many nations. The land from Greece to India, most of Middle East and much more were under his control. He was known in the far reaches of the world. To his people he was a hero. There are many more heroes in this book I am talking about. These are people who stood strong in the face of danger and were ready to fight for those who could not. You may ask, “How do these heroes of history concern me?” And I would say to you, the future is coming and it greatly concerns you. My father told me about it and I believe it is going to happen.
Furthermore, in this book of records there are people such as Elijah. Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal when the people of Israel forsook the Lord. He defeated the false prophets and the people gathered around him. Then he rebuilt the altar of the Lord and placed an offering on it. The presence of the Lord consumed the offering. And the whole nation turned back to the living God. In God’s book of records he is God’s hero. Another one of God’s hero’s was Abraham. God called Abraham his friend because he believed the word of the Lord. Abraham also built an altar and the Lord walked in the midst of the offering. Another Hero of God was Nehemiah. He built the walls of the temple. But because the enemy was at the gate he had to build the temple with a sword in one hand and trowel in the other. He knew that when he built the temple the presence of the Lord would dwell there. And he believed that if presence of the Lord was not there than any battle was not worth fighting for. You may ask, “How do God’s heroes concern me?” And I would say to you, the future is coming and it greatly concerns you. My father told me about it and I believe it is going to happen.
As for the heroes, you may have noticed that I mentioned two types. There are earthly heroes and there are God’s heroes. Earthly heroes fight battles. God’s heroes build altars and temples. Earthly heroes look to the things of this world, while God’s heroes bring the presence of the living God to the earth. Earthly heroes fight with their own strength but God’s heroes rely on the power of God. They know that without God’s presence no battle is worth fighting. Without God’s presence no step is worth taking. Moses said to God, if your presence does not go before us we will not move. You see Elijah had to rebuild the altar because only the presence of the living God can change the hearts of men. Now the question is, “which one are you?” If you want to be God’s hero, you must first build an altar in your heart, and make your body His temple. Then His presence will dwell within you. To be God’s hero you must bring down the power of God in order to change your circumstance and the circumstances of those around you. In order to win people to Jesus, you must build an altar.
Finally God is going to write the last word on the last page in the book of records. What he writes will stay written throughout eternity. Now, let me tell you about the future. My father told me about it and I believed it one hundred percent. My father said, in the future every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. And as we finished talking I began to think about what he said. Then I saw this in my mind. I saw Jesus sitting on the throne and the multitudes kneeling. Sinners and saints were kneeling. Kings, presidents, and generals, were kneeling. The rich and the poor were kneeling. There were people who knelt because they had no choice. God’s heroes were kneeling in reverence to their King. And there between all of them you will be kneeling too. Are you going to be kneeling because you have no choice or are you going to be kneeling in reverence and aw of your God? To Jesus this is going to be just a formality. Jesus will be sitting on the throne looking for his heroes. Jesus can’t wait to hug your neck and say, “well done good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord”. I hope to see you there as God’s hero because you see all paths and all religions lead to God. The question is, What happens once you get there?