329: Habakkuk 2:14

365 Prophecies: Prophecy 329

When the Messiah returns to earth the second time as King, the knowledge and glory of the Lord will cover the earth.

Old Testament Prediction:

Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Hebrews 8:10-11 “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.”

Application:

Today, there are still millions of people who have never heard the Good News about Jesus Christ. Despite satellite, cable television, and the internet, many do not know anything about Jesus’ death and resurrection.

When Jesus returns to earth for the second time, He will establish His Kingdom, and every person on the planet will see Him. Matthew writes that upon the return of Jesus, His arrival will be seen by every person on the planet.

Matthew 24:27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

When Jesus touches down on the earth at the Mount of Olives,[1] everyone on the earth will somehow see His arrival at the same time. Prior to the advent of satellite television and the internet, many of us who study Bible prophecy wondered how this prophecy could be fulfilled.

Today, we understand that as the arrival of Jesus is made known to the news agencies, they will immediately set up cameras to record His return. They will know the specific time of Jesus’ return from the prophecies of the Bible. It will be very easy to mark the moment of Jesus’ arrival, based on the occurrence of the abomination of desolation, described by the prophet Daniel.[2] According to Daniel’s prophecy, the return of Jesus will take place exactly 1,290 days from the moment the daily sacrifices cease and the abomination is set up.

Daniel 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.

The worldwide news organizations will have their video cameras ready, waiting for the arrival of Jesus, and broadcast His second coming to every person who has access to a television set.

The prophet Zechariah records the fact that the return of the Messiah, in confirmation with what the angel told the Disciples in Acts 1:9-12, that Jesus will touchdown at the Mount of Olives just outside Jerusalem.

Zechariah 14:4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east.

Matthew 24:27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

When Jesus ascended back to heaven, it was from the Mount of Olives. The angels who stood near by the disciples told them that Jesus would return in like manner.

Acts 1:10-12 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem…

The return of Jesus to earth will be an event that is known all over the planet. As the Lord begins to set up and organize His new kingdom, word will travel fast about this amazing King and His Glorious presence. All people everywhere will know Him and see His Glory. As Habakkuk predicts in this 329th prophecy, the whole world will be filled with a knowledge of the Lord. His rule will be absolute as He returns to claim that which is rightfully His. He created the earth and all of its people—He died to redeem it and upon His return, He will rule as earth’s absolute and resolute King.

Psalm Chapter 2 gives us a vivid description of the conditions that will be present upon the return of Jesus to the earth when He comes to set up His kingdom. The whole earth and all of its kingdoms and governments will not willingly submit to Jesus’ authority. Although opposition is certain, their efforts and protests are futile and have no effect upon Jesus actions. It is apparent from the language of Psalm 2 that the Lord is not taken aback or dissuaded by the world’s opposition when Jesus is crowned as King. In fact, the Lord simply “laughs.” He will proceed with His plans, unaffected by any objection or opposition. Much as parents overrule their children in a tantrum and do what they need to do, so also will the Lord at His return.

Psalms 2:1-12 Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, 3 “Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us.” 4 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The LORD shall hold them in derision. 5 Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure: 6 “Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion.” 7 “I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. 8 Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession 9 You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ ” 10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. 11 Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.

For a complete study on all the events described by Psalm 2, see Prophecies 59-65.


[1] Acts 1:9-12
[2] Daniel 11:31. 12:11, and Matthew 24:15

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