Happy basketball season to those of you who sports! Today I’ll wrap up this series of posts on Revelation with reflections from the last four chapters of the book.
Although my review of Revelation has typically been and currently is spread out over several days, there was a solo road trip back in 2017 where I was able to say the whole thing aloud (pausing every so often for Sheetz runs, of course!) We also had a read through of Revelation with friends awhile ago. At read throughs we take turns and read an entire book of the Bible out loud and then spend some time praying.
I do remember the exhale feeling of getting to chapter 19 and then into 20 during that road trip and at our read through.
The many forces that have been warring against the Lamb and His people are vanquished. The cry of the martyrs in chapter 6- “How long, O Lord?” has been answered. No longer, weary martyrs. Enter into the joy and rest of your Master because in Him you are called, chosen, and faithful !
“These will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them because He is Lord of lords and King of kings. Those with Him are called, chosen, and faithful. ” -17:14
After a lot of throwing down (literally) the false prophet, beast, and the dragon and all who follow them are thrown into the lake of fire to receive eternal punishment for their rebellion.
Then in chapter 21 and 22 the apostle John describes the new Jerusalem that awaits all who believe in Christ. Earlier in his life, John recorded Jesus’ cry of “It is finished!” from the cross. Now He records this truth from Christ’s mouth once again…but this time from His rightful throne.
“And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.” ( 21:6)
This is our inheritance, brothers and sisters in Him. Jesus has already finished the work – our sin is paid for, our adoption as sons and daughters is finalized. We don’t yet see all things restored…but we will. All of His enemies will be dealt with and there will eternal peace and rest.
I received a text from my sister as as I prepared to publish this- she shared about the great suffering believers in Nigeria are experiencing. Many have been killed for their faith. Their families are bereaved and destitute. You can sign up to receive a prayer guide for these persecuted brothers and sisters and give financially to assist them here .
These sons and daughters in Nigeria continue to weep and ask God, “How long?” and we lament with them. Our God hears. The day draws near when we will never cease to praise Him as we enjoy and glorify Him forever.
“He who testifies about these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.” – 22:20-21