There are things seen; and things unseen. Which are more influential in our lives? Colossians 1 speaks of this, saying, "For by Him (Christ) all things were created. What is in heaven and what is in earth. He created visible and invisible; whether they are thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; ALL things were created by Him and for Him."
This concept, no, this fact can boggle's the mind. Remember the Apostle Paul said we do not fight against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers. And, all power has been given to the Son. Jesus, Son of David (an earthly king) and yet, the Son of God! How human, how Divine! Jesus has the keys of hell and the grave; not Satan!
Which is more real? The invisible or the visible? Which is most real to us? Heaven or earth? Who do we battle - an enemy and forces that are unseen. Humans and events in our lives here on earth tend to focus our mind on our own belly button. We are so involved in just surviving for the day or the week that we forget about the unseen forces that both assist us and engage us in battle. Both forces are real.
But remember, Christ created them all. It was all created out of nothing; by the Word of His mouth the earth was formed. Christ is before all things, and by Him all things consist. Hebrews 1 says that Jesus is the brightness of the Father's glory and the express (identical) image of His person. He upholds all things by the Word of His power.
This mighty, Godly being, both human and divine, now sits at the right hand of the Father. He is sitting there, a position of rest, while the Father makes His Son's enemies His footstool. If we get this picture of Christ, our Saviour, it makes the journey more bearable. The trials and tribulations only strengthen our resolve and determination to finish this earthly race and obtain our eternal glorified bodies; a body likened unto His glorious body!
The picture of the suffering Christ is a thing of the past. It has served His purpose. Now at the close of the age we need a new revelation of who He is in these last of days. He is not returning as a lily white being surrounded by feminine angels. He is coming back as a mighty Heavenly Warrior ready to fight for what was given to Him by the Father. The promised inheritance is at stake.
Sin is running its course. The cup of iniquity will reach its necessary level of fullness by the Father's determination, enough people will have been deceived. And, Believers will have gotten to the place where we all realize who our Saviour really is.
He's coming back for those who are looking for Him; waiting in anticipation as a Bride awaits anxiously for her Groom.
Here on earth it sometime seems that God hides Himself; Scripture infers that He does at times. But, there are treasures in those dark times. There are hidden riches in the secret places. (Isaiah 45) Our job is to have faith in what Christ says - He is always with us; He never leaves us or forsakes us. The deep darkness of life has hidden treasure only available if we follow Him into those places. He is in there! King David said, "Where can I go from Your presence? If I go to the depths of hell, You are there, if I travel to the ends of the earth, You are there."
Never, ever forget - He is in us through the working of the Holy Spirit in us - He is coming to defeat His enemies. He will make crooked places straight and break in pieces the gates of brass and cut in sunder the bars of iron. Sin and our enemy will be shortly defeated.
Do not lose heart! Let us look up, for our redemption is drawing near.