Revelation is a difficult book to preach, and a difficult book to understand. Nevertheless, it is the ultimate revealing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as He brings to fruition the promises that He has made to His people since the creation of mankind and the creation of the world. The word revelation means “to reveal.” Therefore, what we have in the book of Revelation is Christ revealing what He has determined significant and necessary to His people. Yet, as I continue to preach this series, I do so with great humility…primarily because I cannot help to see the holiness of the Triune Godhead at work, attempting and confirming the final holiness of mankind. Yes, that’s right, when we enter His presence, we too shall be holy, glorified and joined together as joint heirs of the throne (Romans 8:16-17)!
There is little doubt in scripture that the single most important reason that we are redeemable is because we are made in the image of God. Praise God! Many of us are redeemed! As His redeemed, we are His image-bearers so that when we surrender and are empowered with the Holy Spirit, we reflect His image to those who have not yet seen the light…they are still lost. The brevity of this truth is that we must always reflect the light, so that those who are blind have an opportunity to see the light. On the other hand, it is vitally important that we understand that all people are image bearers at this time (the church age) and that we must assist them in understanding the consequences of decisions made in this life will have an effect on their afterlife.
This is related to Revelation because there is coming a time when God will remove what is left of His image from those who accept the message of the antichrist or false prophet. This means there is a lot of work to do! The mission of the church is to share the message of Jesus Christ with those who are under the influence of the evil one. We do this until the Good Lord calls us home, and/or the mission is accomplished. When this time comes, and the 1000-year reign (millennium) is over, all things will be made new. With that I am reminded of a song that I love to sing…
What a Day that Will Be,
when my Jesus I shall see,
when He takes me by the hand,
and leads me through the promised land!!
Keep your eyes on the prize church and let’s do our best for our Lord and Savior, whether we eat, drink, or whatever we do, we do for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
At the Feet of Jesus,