Bishop Victor Gill: Our Redemption Draws Near
Some time ago I came upon an aviation story where the captain came on, gave his regular greetings, then went on to say, “…at present we are traveling at an altitude of thirty-five thousand feet, at the speed of five hundred miles per hour. I have some good news, and some bad news. The bad news is that we are lost. However, the good news is that we are making excellent time.”
As ridiculous as it may sound, this story gives a picture of the real situation in our world today. According to revelation of scripture, the world is morally and spiritually lost. Yet, at the same instance, upon the Information SuperHighway, by the means of technology with all its ramifications, the world is making excellent time. But in its moral and spiritual condition, where will this excellent time land our world? It is rightly said: “The noonday of mankind will be the midnight of the world.” Scripture testifies, “For when they say, peace and safety, then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.” (1 Thessalonians 5:3).
According to 2 Timothy 3:1, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come” and Matthew 24:12, “ And because iniquity will abound, the love of many will grow cold”, the Bible predicts moral decline as this world advances closer toward the end. In such a time as this, more than ever before the children of God need to be on the alert. We need to be alert to the nature of the time in which we live.
Jesus said in Luke 21: 24, “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” He said three important things:
Israel will fall by the edge of the sword, Israel will be led away captive into all nations, Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
Two thousand years ago, in 70 AD Israel fell by the edge of the sword and was led away captive to all nations. For virtually 2000 years, Israel remained captive in all nations. For 2000 years, Jerusalem remained trodden down of the Gentiles. This was fulfillment of prophecy. On May 14th 1948, Israel officially returned to her land as prophesied in scripture:
“I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out.” (Ezekiel 20: 34).
“It shall come to pass in that day That the Lord shall set His hand again the second time To recover the remnant of His people who are left, From Assyria and Egypt, From Pathros and Cush, From Elam and Shinar, From Hamath and the islands of the sea.
He will set up a banner for the nations, And will assemble the outcasts of Israel, And gather together the dispersed of Judah From the four corners of the earth” (Isaiah 11:11–12).
On Monday May 14th 2018, it was the 70th anniversary since Israel’s return to her land. On that anniversary, for the first time in 2000 years Jerusalem was officially and tangibly recognized as the capital of Israel when the USA opened its embassy in Jerusalem. Notice what Jesus said, “…….Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. If we take the word of God as it is, we must consider that when the greatest nation on Earth opened its embassy in Jerusalem, it prophetically signaled that the fulfillment or the beginning of the fulfillment of closing of the times of the Gentiles is upon us.
In other words, we are in a crucial time of transition. An age is opening up while another is closing. We are living in a transition period and it is important to know that because the bible predicts that Israel and the Gentile world would switch roles. The tables will turn so that the light that the Gentiles had the Jews will now have and the blindness that the was upon the Jews will descend on the Gentile world. The apostle Paul made this clear in Romans 11: 25, “For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.”
Referencing Israel in the last days Isaiah said in Isaiah 60:1-21 “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.”
The good news for the church in all of this is, we are not lost we know where we are going. Heaven is our destination. We are making excellent time for Jesus is coming soon and our redemption is at hand. It is time to live as though Jesus can come at any moment. Thank God, despite the sufferings of this world, we have a blessed hope in heaven and it is nearer than ever before.
About the writer:
Bishop Victor Gill has been in ministry since 1998. During this period he has attained a certificate in building construction and masonry, Diploma in Theology from the West Indies School of Theology. B.A. degree in Pastoral Theology, Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Caribbean Collage of The Bible International (CCBI). He has served in the capacity of Vice President and financial administrator for Caribbean Collage of The Bible International (CCBI).
Throughout his ministry his message has remained consistent “Holiness, Repentance, Jesus is coming soon and Hell is real”. His Motto “There is a Heaven to gain and a Hell to shun”. Bishop Gill is the senior pastor of Redemption Christian Centre. He is the overseer of three other branch churches nationally as well as Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and India internationally.