We have reached the end of our Revelation Series! I hope that you have enjoyed studying this beautiful book with me.
The story has now concluded. We know who wins. We know who loses. Now we have the afterword.
Just in case the original readers are not yet comforted in full hope for the future, Jesus assures John that the words are trustworthy and true and He is coming soon (Rev 22:6, 7, 12 and 20). What is our momentary affliction in the face of all eternity?
In Rev 22:8 we again have John falling down to worship the angel. Remember this is John! This is the man with the greatest idea of who Jesus was in heaven, and yet this is so beyond comprehension, so beyond ‘good’ that his response is worship. He has already been rebuked for falling before the angel. This just shows the level of brilliance of the revelation and how overwhelmed he was that he couldn’t even think. It is also a timely reminder for us to not get caught up overly in angels. Would you rather have God reveal Himself to you, or an angel? The world denies God, but is obsessed with angels! They cannot save! They are only fellow workers.We all worship God!
And of course, we can echo the words of Rev 22:17,20
COME, LORD JESUS!
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 price. (Rev 22:17).
He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! (Rev 22:20).
Big Picture recap
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God, and His saints
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Satan. He could not defeat the works and purposes of God Almighty.
Enemies of God
What is your response to be? As you read Revelation, as you meditate on its message, how should you respond?
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For me, what we’ve seen all through the book is a call to worship and evangelise. It is a life laid down; living as bond slaves of Christ.
Revelation is all about Jesus winning, and the saints with Him. It is a call for endurance. It is a call to remain faithful to God in the midst of trials and tribulation. It is a call to faithfully walk out the commands in the rest of Scripture, knowing that it’s better to be in God’s camp facing persecution, than in the world’s camp facing His judgement.
What are the two greatest commandments? . . .
Love God, love others.
And then, of course, all the other principals we see:
- Good parenting
- Remain in the Word
- Remember the poor
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I hope you can now see how God’s salvation plan adds up to Rev 21:3.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. (Rev 21:3)
This is the end result of God’s plan. God’s plan of redemption was set into place right back in Genesis 3 when He promised that Christ would come and crush Satan under foot. And why did He go to such lengths? Because God Almighty desires to dwell with us!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16).
The suffering around us is not God’s intention. He’s intention is to dwell with us and He has made a way to do so. The knowledge of His purpose and love should, in turn, lead us into: worship and thanksgiving; sharing the Good News; Bible study to know Him more; and to live as His bond-servants.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20).
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:7-11).
As a final application for this book, I suggest you set aside some time to worship Jesus. Here are a few suggestions:
- Sketch a scene from the book
- Write a letter to the persecuted church (Open Doors’ website gives options for this)
- Meditate on chapters 21 and 22
- Seek God
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