“And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little boy will lead them. Also the cow and the bear will graze, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den. They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:6-9).
When Christ returns, and the redemptive purposes of God fulfilled, a radical reversal and transformation of all creation will have been accomplished, resulting from the full knowledge of the Lord. Sound far-fetched? Is it any less far-fetched than the faith and convictions we hold regarding the messianic age ushered in by Christ Jesus? As strongly as I hold to this belief in Christ, his birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension, I am no less certain he will finish what he started.