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Opening THE Book with Rev John K-S February 2021


Rev John Kinchin-Smith
Assistant Minister, St Andrew’s Church, Gorleston


‘The End of the World’ might not seem to be altogether encouraging as an idea! How will the world end? The world is beautiful. Why should it end? Will the end bring fear, pain and suffering? The Bible does address all these and other questions. At its heart, however, the Bible teaches that what will follow the end of this world will be indescribably more beautiful and wonderful even than this world. However, because the Bible is describing something Revelation speak of “a new heaven and a new earth” beyond our imagining and beyond what the human mind can conceive or understand, many of the descriptions use pictures and metaphors. And so the final chapters of the Book of over which Jesus will reign as king. Isaiah (chapter 11) uses a beautiful picture of perfect harmony between human beings and all of creation ruled over by the perfect King:
“The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him (Jesus) – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD – and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash round his waist. The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea”
Next month we will consider what the Bible teaches will be the signs of the return of Jesus and the end of the world


also published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine


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