Thoughts On Revelation (15)
The most recent article I wrote on Revelation concluded with the thought that this final book of the Bible gives sure hope for how it will be when all things are made new. For those who have their hope in Christ, Revelation is a letter of comfort, encouragement and promise. It also contains a call to the church for endurance and faithfulness. Repeatedly echoed is, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Admittedly Revelation is not a fuzzy, feel-good message, but rather one filled with the reality of evil, yet giving reassurance that good will ultimately be triumphant. It dispels the delusion of an ever improving and benevolent mankind. The reader is reminded that without God we are without hope. There can be no world peace without a Prince of Peace. Humanism elevated to its pinnacle finds no place or purpose for an Almighty God. Revelation pictures this for us in the person of the Antichrist. Rebellious humanity worships him as he blasphemes everything associated with God. As the current culture undeniably moves more and more toward a hostile and anti-God attitude, believers must take note and stand firmly and walk gracefully.
Revelation’s reality keeps the believer from cock-eyed optimism or fearful fatalism. It reminds us that we will face trials and temptations, some even severe, but with faith and patience we will inherit the promises. We learn that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the coming glory. The study of Revelation should draw us closer to Christ in life and work and faithful service. The blessing that we receive from the book enables us to be a blessing to others. We live with the promise that new heavens and a new earth are coming. What a blessing! What a hope!