Imagine walking down the street of a big city and seeing a fenced-off section with noisy blasting, dust flying and piles of debris. If we peeked through a hole in the fence, we might cry out, “What a mess! Whoever planned this project did not know what they were doing!” But wait! Is it fair to judge an architect by his unfinished work? Surely not!
Many misjudge the work of the greatest Architect of all. When we look at the chaos in the world today, what we see is the dust and debris of a well designed Plan as yet unfinished. The present permission of evil is designed as a learning experience that will never be forgotten. God’s finished Plan will bless every man, woman and child who has ever lived. “My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure” (Isaiah 46:10 NAS). No matter how mysterious or haphazard God’s dealings with mankind might seem—His unchangeable Plan is progressing steadily forward!
While most of the world is groping in darkness and despair for the future, God’s people have the “lamp” of the Bible brightening their path ahead (Psalm 119:105). By the light of the Scriptures, we can see the Great Architect’s purpose moving from the past, through the present, and into man’s wonderful future. The Apostles Peter and Paul identify three great epochs of time—each called a “world.”