Thus says the LORD of hosts: “In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’” Zechariah 8:23
Sometimes people write down their long-range goals in terms of education, vocation, travel, family, hobbies, and more. Later in life they look back and realize they achieved all their goals but in a time frame and manner they never imagined. They saw the highpoints of life; what they didn’t see was the schedule and situation.
The Old Testament prophets were like that. They saw what God was going to do in the future—Messiah, kingdom, Israel, Gentiles—but not the exact time frame. In terms of the kingdom of God, Zechariah foresaw the nations streaming to Jerusalem to learn about God from the Jews (Zechariah 8:22-23). Isaiah saw a time when animals and humans would live in peace together (Isaiah 11:6-9). But it was up to the New Testament writers to identify when this kingdom would come: when Jesus Christ returns to earth to reign for a thousand years (Revelation 20:1-6).
Don’t despair at the trouble in today’s world. When the Prince of Peace returns, there will be peace on earth.
I will place no value on anything I have or may possess except in relation to the kingdom of Christ. David Livingstone