Where does your mind run to in the midst of adversity? How do you cope with these perilous times that touch all of our lives in some significant way?
Although most believers say they possess a hope of living forever in heaven, more often than not they pin their expectations on temporal outcomes when battered by the storms of life.
The Triumph of the Redeemed reveals how the specifics of our eternal inheritance enable us to put the chaos that surrounds us into a biblical prophetic framework that both calms and encourages our hearts. It’s the details of our future life in paradise that redirect our attention to the joys ahead for us when all seems lost.
The author, Jonathan Brentner, learned the necessity of an eternal perspective when painful circumstances turned his life upside down. Despite loving to preach on prophecy as a young pastor, he tried in vain to maintain his earthly dreams when adversity struck. A forever outlook on life would not have calmed the seas in the midst of his storm, but it would have made the path to healing much less distressing.
The neglect of Bible prophecy not only adds to the pain we endure, but it also leaves us ill-prepared to live in a fear-ridden society. It’s the particulars of our future that provide us with a hopeful context into which we can place the violence, chaos, and lawlessness of our day.
In this book, Jonathan lays a firm foundation for why we can confidently believe what we do regarding Jesus’ appearing and our life in eternity. He concludes by describing our future anticipation in each of these areas:
- Our reception of immortal and imperishable bodies
- Our participation in a jubilant celebration followed by a wedding feast
- Our return to earth with Jesus
- Our reign with Jesus for a thousand years
- Our life in paradise dwelling in the New Jerusalem and exploring the new earth
A secure grip on these details calms our hearts amid the chaos that so often surrounds us and brings hope amid the sorrows and anxious moments that come our way.
Jonathan C. Brentner (MDiv, Talbot Theological Seminary, 1978) is a writer, blogger, Bible teacher, and retired financial business analyst. Through the articles on his blog, he reaches thousands each month with his perspectives on biblical prophecy and Scripture. Jonathan writes adult Sunday school lessons for David C. Cook as he has done since 1986.