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Breezin’ Through the Bible, # 31 Revelation

May 27, 2014


John, exiled to the island of Patmos in the Aegean Sea, received visions of what will happen at the end of time. John tells of the cataclysmic judgment of the earth, the eventual destruction of Satan, and the beginning of a new heaven and a new earth. Written either in 65 or 95 AD, Revelation is thought to be an allegory of the spiritual path and the ongoing struggle between good and evil. Two thousand years later the final judgment is still thought to be imminent. God’s time is not our time.

John wrote letters to the seven churches in Asia Minor. “Look, he is coming with the clouds. Every eye will see him, and those who pierced him and all people will mourn.” John described his vision: – a voice, a man with his face shining like the sun in all its brilliance with seven stars and seven lamps, representing the seven churches which will be held accountable on judgment day when God’s patience will give way to final judgment.

John saw God and was awed. “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come,” he cried. He saw Jesus, the Lamb of God, and an angel said, “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb.”

“For the Lord, omnipotent, reigns,”  Handel wrote, “and all flesh will see it together.”  God will overcome evil in the last battle. All the world’s destruction and brokenness will give way to a new creation, a city of peace and freedom. God’s people will enjoy the glory and holiness of God himself, “King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and he shall reign forever and ever.”

The nations will be healed. No longer will there be any curse. God will wipe away all tears. They will be tears of regret, realization, relief and rejoicing. Humanity will live in heaven and God will say, “All is right now. There will be no mourning, for morning is a new day. 

God’s promise ends our story, but it is the beginning. As God “did life” with us, with faith in Jesus, we will “do life” with God, now and joyfully ever after.

William Cullen Bryant in his poem Thanatopsis wrote, “So live that when thy summons comes,” — go joyfully to the arms of God.

Revelation is not the end of the story, but the beginning. Thank you for following The Story.



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