And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
These words represent what has been known in Christian circles down through the centuries as 'the Christian hope.' That hope is based upon fact, that Jesus will one day set the world right at the culmination of history, when this particular age as we know it draws to a close.
The term 'the end of the world' is somewhat of a misnomer due to the fact that there is no real end, but a continuation in a 'new heaven and a new earth.' We simply pass into a new realm when the old passes away.
For those who have lost loved ones to death, this is a comfort. For those who suffer in this world, this is like water in the desert--the knowledge that one day all suffering, pain, and even death itself will end. At that point we will be united with God, our Savior, and our loved ones, to live in a new realm forevermore.
Look up, my friend, for your redemption draweth nigh!
Song: This one is a real gem from 1972, a clip that has just been found from the old TV show 'the Gospel Singing Jubilee.' Here the Florida Boys sing 'Redemption Draweth Nigh'--the best rendition I ever heard. This was when the Florida Boys were in their heyday. Personnel: Tommy Atwood on tenor, Les Beasley on lead, Glenn Allred on baritone, Billy Todd on bass, and Darrell Stewart on piano. Enjoy...