There is a scripture taken from Luke 21:28 that reads “when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift your heads; for your redemption draws nigh.”
For many, this is a call to keep in mind we are sooner to be raptured. But if we are to look at the word redemption, we will take careful thought knowing it has to do with the sudden appearance of Jesus to establish his kingdom over the nations.
Isaiah has shared the two purposes behind the coming of Jesus Christ into this world. First, his coming was to provide us with a way out from under the penalty of God’s wrath. And secondly, he came to establish his kingdom and kingship over the nations.
This event will not take place in the heavens, and if the first event had not taken place in heaven but on the earth, why should we believe Jesus’ second appearance will be to take us away from the place on which he will establish his kingdom?
The judgment of God to be revealed
When the Bible speaks of the coming redemption, it is dealing with the judgment of God to be revealed against the ungodly and the kings of the earth. Isaiah shared, Jesus will establish his throne and kingdom with justice, and judgment. Justice because he will judge righteously, and judgment because he will punish the world for their sins.
Speaking concerning Jesus, Isaiah wrote, Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. Bible Gateway
God is determined to establish a kingdom for his son, and that kingdom will be on earth. It will not be in heaven because the heaven we speak of from a religious point of view has to do with the sky above. But looking at the heaven that the bible speaks of, we are dealing with the renewed condition of the earth after God through Jesus establishes his kingdom on earth. Everything will be made new. There will be a new king ruling the nations, and there will be a new and everlasting kingdom on earth.
The redemption of the saints
The redemption of the saints will not lead to the saints being taken away from the earth, the redemption of the saints has to do with the return of Jesus coming to judge the world for rejecting the saints whom he sent to proclaim the coming of his kingdom. And in addition, the redemption of the saints has to do with God promoting his saints in his then-established kingdom.
Before leaving, Jesus gave us this instruction, but first informed us he was the ultimate and final authority we are to obey and serve. Matthew 28:18 “All power is given unto me in heaven and in the earth.” Jesus is our only and final authority.
But then after speaking of his authority and whom we should obey in all things, Jesus then adds. Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”
Teach all nations
This means we are to lead the world; God through Jesus has made us his authority on earth, and the saints of God are the rulers of the earth. We are sent to teach the nations. And as Jesus said, we are to teach them to observe or do all the things he has taught us.
Matthew 28:19-20 Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Podcast
So, what will the day of redemption be like, and what does it mean we are to lift our heads because our redemption draws near? For us to understand what that day will be like for the world and the saints. We need to look at what Jesus said as we move closer to that day.