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Retribution (for His enemies)        when, as a result of the second advent of

          The implications for His foes are alto-  Christ, Jehovah ‘sets His King upon His
        gether different. Psalm 110:1 says, “Sit   holy hill of Zion’ (Psa 2:6, KJV), and Israel,
        Thou at My right hand, until I make Thine   now in apostasy, is restored to its destined
        enemies Thy footstool.” These words are   status, in the recognition and under the
        quoted often in the NT, for example, “But   benign sovereignty of its Messiah. Thereby
        this man, after He had offered one sacrifice   will be accomplished the deliverance of
        for sins for ever, sat down on the right   the world from the power and deception
        hand of God; From henceforth expecting   of Satan and from the despotic and anti-
        till His enemies be made His footstool”   Christian rulers of the nations.”
        (Heb 10:12-13, KJV). His having sat down at   Conditions in this world are far from
        God’s right hand looks back, as conclusive   what they will be. He has been rejected by
        proof of a work that has been fully done,   it, but received by heaven. However, that is
        when He “offered one sacrifice for sins,”   all going to change. In that blessed millen-
        but it also looks forward to a work that is   nial day there will be restoration, and He
        yet to be done, when He will subdue all   will reign as Messiah over Israel, and the
        His enemies under His feet.          world. His present session at God’s right
          We would all do well to ponder the word   hand is “until” then.
        “until/till.” For us, who are saved, it ought
        to make us so thankful for our salvation,  Recognition (for Him)
        and desirous to see others delivered from   As we eagerly anticipate that day, let us
        sin and its consequences. And, if there be   rejoice in the implications of His exaltation
        anyone reading these words who is still   for Him, as far as His future is concerned.
        out of Christ, please consider the solemn   “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted
        reality of that word: the Lord Jesus is in   Him, and given Him a name which is
        heaven, and for all who are saved He is   above every name: That at the name of
        coming as Savior, to take us to be forever   Jesus every knee should bow, of things in
        with Himself; but for you, still in your   heaven, and things in earth, and things
        sins, it is only matter of time “until” He   under the earth; And that every tongue
        will begin to take “vengeance on them   should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
        that know not God, and that obey not the
        gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2Thes   to the glory of God the Father” (Phil 2:9-
        1:8, KJV). In light of this, “We pray you …   11, KJV).
        Be ye reconciled to God” (2Cor 5:20, KJV).  His exaltation shows how exceedingly
                                             highly the Father honors Him. It is His
        Restoration (for the world)          desire “that all men should honor the
          There is another “until” associated with   Son, even as they honor the Father” (John
        His exaltation, spoken by Peter: “Jesus   5:23, KJV). At present, only a minority do.
        Christ … Whom the heaven must receive   However, a day is coming when His Lord-
        until the times of restitution of all things,   ship will be universally acknowledged. It is
        which God hath spoken by the mouth of all   not that all will be saved – far from it – but
        His holy prophets since the world began”   every being in this vast universe will come
        (Acts 3:20-21, KJV). W. E. Vine writes: “…   to recognise Him as Lord, and will bow the
        the ‘restoration of all things’ (Acts 3:21, RV),   knee to Him.

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