“See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work.”
In our modern times – that is, in the 20th and 21st century – the message of Revelation is that the end is coming soon, and this is how it will be. However our “modern times” have covered several episodes of end time prophecy – all with the end time not coming. So . . . how soon is “soon”? And how can we know what the reward is? And should we be nervous about how our work will be judged, and how we will be repaid? Just because the end times have not come yet, does not mean they are not coming. And while we may thing that the interpreters of Revelation have given us the answers, those answers are not absolute, and the questions remain.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
God is, an remains, God. We do not know God’s beginning; and I am pretty sure we will not know God’s ending. Boggles the mind just a little bit.
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates.”
So, what does that mean? . . . if we are asking questions. From what I can gather it means that one has followed the commandments of God; the washing of the “robes” is not a washing action that we by physical might have done, but something that is conferred on us – clean robes. Or, a clean spirit. And it is because of that we have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city of God properly through the gates.
“It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
If there was any question of where the inspiration for Revelation comes, it is in the declaration that it came from God. The God who has been God all through the Old Testament and New Testament . . . so it would seem. In my more cynical moments I have to wonder about the change in the representation of the Lord from the Old Testament to the New Testament. But that, beloved reader, is my own wondering and not one that need occupy your mind.
“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”
And let everyone who hears say, “Come.”
And let everyone who is thirsty come.
Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.
The one who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.” (Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21)
We come then to the end of the book of Revelation . . . questions answered or not. It is like a triathlon, I think. First, believing that the writer of Revelation actually was taken in body or spirit to see, witness, and write about these things. Second, to understand and discern what is meant by the symbolizes, metaphor, or straight prediction of what will happen. Third, to apply it to our lives. I see this because each time I work my way through Revelation, either the whole book or passage by passage, I feel like I have gone through a “work out.” It is my hope and prayer, beloved reader, that each time you engage in such a worker it leaves you stronger in your faith. Selah!