"Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase."
Daniel 12:3-4 (NASB)
For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.
1 Corinthians 13:9-10 (NASB)
Hymn: "How Great Thou Art" Carl Boberg, translated by Stuart K. Hine
The end times hold a special place of interest in the hearts of many Christians. I've even addressed it to some degree here. But in all the discussion about details and timelines and symbols, the one thing that stood out to me in today's reading was the promise of full completion. I don't mean simply that salvation will be fully manifested, that we will be glorified as Christ promises. The final restoration God has planned includes a completion of everything we find ourselves longing after.
How great is this promise of God! Not only will our spiritual need for restoration be met, but our desire for true knowledge and understanding will find completion as well! God's promise is not just to fulfill our needs, but to bring fulfillment even to our wants, in the most glorious and holy way. We have in this age prophesies and parables, but in the age to come we will have truth, tangible truth, readily available and so perfect that we will have no need of partial visions into God's great nature. We may know in part now, but then we will know fully. The love that endures is one that includes revelation, honesty, a clear delivery of truth. God has designed us to know Him, really know Him, and in the end those who seek Him will be satisfied in knowing Him fully and intimately. God leaves no desire unfulfilled in the end.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB. Copyright by The Lockman Foundation