For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea. -Habakkuk 2:14
This is God’s intention for his creation. The earth was created to be, a place that displays all of God’s glory.
This verse expresses the culmination of all of history. “Heaven” isn’t the end. Heaven isn’t the goal. The goal is the recreation/reformation of the earth so that it can contain the full glory of God. But catch this, God’s glory isn’t some hard to understand ethereal concept. Scripture is very very clear about what God’s glory is. Hebrews tells us that:
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.
Jesus is God’s glory! So the day that Habakkuk (and Isaiah) is (are) predicting is actually the day when all of creation will know Jesus. That day is the day when Jesus is fully revealed as Lord. Until that day Christians catch small glances and glimpses of that coming reality. So whenever Jesus is glorified, whenever Jesus is sung about in our churches, whenever Jesus is preached about in our sermons, whenever Jesus is revealed in our love for our neighbor we catch a small glimpse of the day when the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord. Whenever anything points to Jesus we participate in that coming day.
So here is the challenge: live today in a way that shows proleptically that this day has is a reality. Live in such a way that points to and reveals Jesus, because the revelation of Jesus is the end of all things.