||Since death itself
has been defeated
we will rise again on the renewed Earth
in a body that will not wear out or die.
Transform us now, Lord Jesus, to the ways of
so that one day
we may govern the Earth
on Your behalf.
That which is not
born of Your Spirit
will have no place there,
any more than vultures
swim beneath the waves
or sharks nest in lionís dens.
Keep blessing in
and the enemy out.
In the twinkling
of an eye You will swallow up death in
and clothe our
decaying bodies with imperishable immortality.
By the power that enables You to bring everything
under Your control,
You will transform our lowly bodies so that they are
like Your glorious body.
Just as You restored Your people to their
so Your great desire is to restore them to
and Earth itself to its highest calling.
You are steering the whole of human history
to the moment
when you reunite it under the rulership of
drawing all the holy ones to dwell together
in this perfectly reshaped world.
Through our union in Jesus
we will freely work and converse
with those from traditions we might once
or deemed to be wrong,
our hearts and relationships reflecting
all that You intended them to be.
Here will be found
no trace of the unredeemed
to haunt our days,
and no memory of failed objectives
to taint or taunt,
for all that is sordid, suspicious or
will have been left behind,
along with all our rage and spite.
In this glorious continuity, in the age to
the specific concerns
that Living Trust placed uppermost
in our hearts on Earth
will but sharpen their thrust,
just as a message once conveyed by semaphore
does not cease to convey the truth it held
when sent by other means.
Your eyes will see the king in his beauty.
and view a land that stretches far.
Then the eyes of those who see will no
longer be closed,
and the ears of those who hear will listen.
The fearful heart will know and understand,
and the stammering tongue be clear and
longer will the fool be called noble
nor the scoundrel be highly respected.
But the noble will make noble plans,
and by noble deeds they will stand.
(Isaiah 33:17, 32:3-5,8)