While reading the final chapters of Revelation today, I was struck with a realization:
-there is a lot in that book that doesn't make sense, and truly, if I try to think too hard about what everything means, I become terrified and generally confused. I decided today, though, that the focus of the book is not necessarily on how all of those end time things will actually happen. It is on who this story is about. All throughout Revelation are little snap shots of various persons giving glory and worshiping God. He is our main focus, and even when we get to heaven, his glory will illuminate the place, and we will all stand in awe of Him. I enjoyed reading about His power and might:
"11Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is calledFaithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13He is clothed in a robe dipped in[d] blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure,were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords."
Our God is powerful! He isn't some weakling, but the living God who will come and reign down judgment and justice upon the earth. That is a wonderful thought!
So here is my summary:
Our purpose on earth is to glorify Christ by living for Him in obedience to His Word, by proclaiming His Name to the nations, and by dying for His Name if he asks that of us.
I am tired of being fearful of the unknown, and I am glad that I could be comforted by these words this morning. My finite mind is not made to understand all the mysteries of God, but I know that He will reveal all in time.