When I choose a movie to relax and have some down time I like action. I am most drawn to ones where the good side and the bad side are fairly distinct and the good side wins. I’m not generally interested in movies where the lines between good and evil are blurred and at the end, I am left with uncertainty. The book of Revelation is much like the movies I like. In it, we encounter the cosmic struggle of Satan and his forces working to destroy the people and work of God. This is played out in the political arena and in the personal choices of individuals. The ending comes and God is shown to be victorious and His enemies vanquished.
Revelation is not a simple read because it is filled with imagery and symbolic language that would rival any science fiction film. As we read it the next few weeks here are some things to keep in mind:
God is in control. No matter how tough or difficult life gets He is sovereign, aware and working for good.
Evil is real. We have an enemy that wants us individually and collectively as the church to fail. Satan is powerful and deceitful but no match for our God and Savior.
Jesus is the victor over sin and death. His resurrection made certain His victory over the power of sin and death. For a while, we will battle but…
In the end, God will wrap up history and the struggle will end with all of those who follow to be celebrating forever with Him in peace, joy and true happiness.
Revelation is a book of …
…hope for those who have trusted Christ so they will not give up.
…warning to those who think they can coast and not make a clear decision to accept Jesus.
…clarity for all that God is in charge and He will ultimately bring justice to the world.