No matter the trips we take whether vacations to visit foreign places, times of refreshing, or reuniting with family, saying good-bye to the one can be hard but arriving home brings a sigh of contentment. We’ve made it to where we belong.
The saints in the book of Hebrews knew this truth.
“But now they desire a better country, that is , an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.” (11:16)
Our travel over the last year or so brings us to the end of our journey with Jesus from eternity past, through time, and to the end of time. He leaves us with a final revelation of himself and, “the things which shall be hereafter.”
On this journey through Revelation we saw the Lord in his glory, wisdom, and power.
He stood before John –
- “the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot,
- and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
- His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow;
- and his eyes were as a flame of fire …
- his feet like unto fine brass …
- his voice as the sound of many waters …
- in his right hand seven stars …
- out of his mouth … a sharp twoedged sword:
- and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.” Revelation 1:13-16
He stands before us today the One holding –
- “the seven golden candlesticks.
- The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches:
- and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.” Revelation 1:20
The Lord Jesus Christ is the head of his church and walks among us.
After these things, we were taken to heaven with John for a glimpse of what is to happen in heaven when these things are no more.
We saw the Lamb of God worthy to open the book of judgments which will result in the setting up of his everlasting kingdom, our final home.
“And one of the elders saith unto me,
behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David,
hath prevailed to open the book,
and to loose the seven seals thereof …
and in the midst of the elders,
stood a Lamb as it had been slain …
And he came and took the book
out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.”
The road from Revelation 6 through 18 reveals the wrath of God poured out on those of the earth – those who have rejected the sin offering of the Lamb of God. Judgment does come. In the judgments those of the earth are given opportunity to repent as mercy is extended. When the Lord’s wrath is finished we come to the final revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ and the home He is preparing for us.
Jesus is the one on the white horse – the Faithful and True.
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse;
and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True,
and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.”
He is –
- “clothed with a vesture dipped in blood
- : and his name is called The Word of God …
- he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written,
KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” (19:13)
With a swipe of the sword going out of his mouth He wipes out the tyranny of evil that has ruled through time. For a thousand years the King rules in peace until his enemy is released for one last attack. A fire from heaven destroys his enemies – those deceived by the devil. The devil is, “cast into the lake of fire and brimstone.”
Death and hell are soon to follow along with all those who were, “not found written in the book of life.”
Finally, we arrive in our eternal home with Jesus who is –
“I am Alpha and Omega,
the beginning and the end,
the first and the last.”
have sent mine angel to testify unto these things in the churches.
I am the root and the offspring of David,
and the bright and morning star.” (22:16)
He is –
“Our Lord Jesus Christ…”(22:21)
He has gone ahead of us to prepare us a place and has left us with these promises.
- “In my Father’s house are many mansions:
- if it were not so, I would have told you.
- I go to prepare a place for you.
- And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again,
- and receive you unto myself;
- that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:2,3
“Behold, I come quickly;
blessed is he
that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book …
And, behold, I come quickly;
and my reward is with me,
to give every man according as his work shall be …
Surely I come quickly…”
Some would say what is quickly? Remember the continuum of time is only seconds or minutes to eternity. We live on the edge of eternity. So with the Spirit and as a part of the bride of Christ we say,
And let him that heareth say,
And let him that is athirst
And whosoever will,
let him take the water of life freely.”
To the church, Jesus leaves us with a task and a promise until He returns.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things
whatsoever I have commanded you:
I am with you always,
even unto the end of the world. Amen”