When the Lord God Almighty comes to judge the living and the dead at the commencement of the next millennium, we will have come full circle. We started out knowing that we are children of God, then we progressed through a phase of rampant opposition and violent independence, then through phases of reproach and relenting submission, then finally back to the knowledge of the one true God, and of our relationship to him.
We will never once have considered that we might independently skip forward; in our own power, we will have known only the natural progression. Therein lies the danger of traversing a path that is contrary to God's path--we must follow it to its natural conclusion, never at liberty to shun its consequences. It is God who must shun the consequences on our behalf. It is only through him that we can escape consequences of our defiance--only through him. Only through him do we have hope for tomorrow.
The Lord God Almighty El Shaddai