December 17

Revelation 4-6, Psalm 41

In Revelation 1:19, an outline for the book is given, "Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this." Having finished the first two of these, we now come to those future event which tend to scare people. Many avoid the book of Revelation thinking it is impossible to understand, cloaked in too many symbols, too cataclysmic, etc. But, John's purpose was the opposite reason. The name Revelation comes from the Greek word, Apokalypsis, from which we get the word apocalypse from. As opposed to what most think with visions of carnage, this word means to unveil or disclose. The events in this book will take place as has every other prophetical word in Scripture. What we see from this, is God is not biting His nails as chaos on earth seems to intensify. Just the opposite is true, God is 100% just, and 100% in charge. His plan will indeed unfold as outlined and He will triumph. If we align ourselves with God we will also prevail. God will never override our free will. For those who die before and are in His presence, or those who are covered by His blood at the beginning of these events and are raptured prior to this, we will have no part in these earthly events. The choice is ours and always has been, we can be part of the worship team in heaven as seen in chapter 5 or we can be running for our lives like those in chapter 6. God reassures in Revelation 3:10 those who are being persecuted prior to these events, "Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world to test those who dwell on the earth."

Notice the scene in heaven occurring at this time in Revelation 5:11-12, "Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!" Worship is ascribing worth to the object of whom we are singing to and praising. Consider how blandly so many worship. Consider the lack of emotion in certain churches when these words are stated in responsorials. Think how many mouth the words or blankly stare during the worship part of the service. Those of us covered by Christ's blood are present in this scene, and stay here until chapter 19 during the battle of Armageddon. Unfortunately, for the others the action is just getting started. Consider the level of carnage in just this first portion, in Revelation 6:8, "...And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth." With a world population of close to 8 billion, this would mean 2 billion deaths at this time. Interestingly, those going through this know that it is from God, Rev.6:15-16, "And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!" We will see a little later that despite these events most will not turn their hearts to God, in Rev 9:20, "But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent...".

People waste so much time trying to figure who the antichrist might be. People waste so much time trying to figure out the exact date of these events, despite Jesus, Himself stating that no one knows the time or the hour (Matthew 24:36). Interestingly, the scenes and events change over time, but the question has never changed: "Are we for Him or against Him?" This will determine our eternity now, this will determine which scene we are in later, the worship service before the throne or running for one's life on the earth. With this in mind, and the knowledge that these events will definitely occur, those of us who know this truth need to step it up and reach out to a world who desperately needs to know this. We can't make people believe, but we can certainly continue to plant those seeds of God's saving message.

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