Grace, Hope & Peace, Friend;
The book of Revelation is John’s account of messages and visions he was given for our growth. (Revelation 1:3)
It begins with Jesus saying; “I am the Alpha and the Omega, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8) And concludes with Him emphasizing, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” (Revelation 22:13)
Jesus is the central point of all eternity – past, present and future.
Although it boggles our finite minds, if we accept that God is not ‘predicting’ the future – He is already there – it might help us grow in our understanding of Him as we read John’s visions. Jesus is there, in the Garden of Eden, when Satan deceives humanity into rebellion against God. And Jesus is there when Satan is dealt with.
John was shown Satan’s future from Jesus’ perspective. His descriptions of creation worshiping God are majestic and glorious, but the visions of God dealing with rebellion are terrifying; so much so, at one point, he was told not to write down what he saw. (Revelation 10:4) However, the common thread through the whole record is, “God is, was and always will be, sovereign.”
After seeing Satan’s influence eradicated for all eternity, John sees, God and humanity reunited as God sees it;
He showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illuminate them; and they will reign forever and ever.
The angel showing John this vision said, “These words are faithful and true.” (Revelation 22:6)
And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. Let the one who does wrong still do wrong, and the one who is filthy still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous still practice righteousness, and the one who is holy still keep himself holy.”
“Don’t hide or obscure these visions and don’t be distracted by the actions of people around you. You live the way I want you to live.”
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires, take the water of life without cost.
The invitation is clear and to be repeated throughout the world – “Come, it’s free.” (Mark 16:15) God, who has, is and always will be, loves His creation with an unfailing, everlasting love. And that includes YOU.
El-Olam – everlasting God – Thank You for loving me and securing my future. Help me live in that security.
“Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
Eternal God loves You,
-=john & nancy=-