The Book of Revelation – Part II
Written by Felicia McKnight
John 3:18 NLT
“There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.”
A majority of the Book of Revelation is spent describing a period of judgement and the great Tribulation. This is the time all hell will break loose (no pun intended). Several events will take place to once again get God’s people to repent and turn to Him. There will be devastation and destruction. Things will become harsher on earth, but there will still be a small window of opportunity to repent and turn to Christ. Revelation points out some of the sins that people are engaged in: idolatry, murder, sexual immorality, drug abuse, witchcraft, and theft. The enemy, known as the beast, will be deceptive. There will be a time in Revelation that even after all of the destruction and individuals seeing various parts of the earth destroyed that they will still chose to cling to things of the world and follow the beast. I concluded that since there is such a large portion of Revelation dedicated to the tribulation that God wanted to ensure that we knew and understood the magnitude of what would take place if we did not repent and turn to Him. It’s almost as if God is saying “Are you sure you want to remain worldly and follow the beast?”
We all have friends and loved ones who are unsaved and clinging to a sinful lifestyle. As I read through Revelation it hurt my heart to know the magnitude of their suffering if they don’t receive the free gift of God’s salvation. It doesn’t matter if they think they were born one way or suffering because of what someone did to them. As Christians we have to be bold enough to remind the lost that Christ loves them so much that He does not want to leave them where they are all messed up. We have to be bold enough to proclaim the Gospel and remind them that God sent His one and only son Jesus Christ on the cross to save and change them.
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” (1 John 2:15-17 NKJV)
The final defeat will be the Fall of Babylon which in summary is a kingdom of evil and all things opposite of God. Babylon is referred to as a prostitute in Chapter 18 which represents lust and cravings that lured people in rather than people loving and enjoying God. It’s a place where mankind preferred wealth, excessive consumption, and self-pleasure over the things of God. There will even be a time where believers will stray from God and cling to the ways of the world by accepting what current culture considers valuable and right even though it goes against the word of God. Babylon will ultimately fall and be destroyed. Those pleasures and enjoyments will be gone forever.
“And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!” (Revelation 18:2 NKJV)
God desires for us to love Him and Him only. It can be so easy to get caught up in the lusts of the eyes. It’s so easy to get caught up in things that seem to be more comforting than God such as job security, possessions, cars, or any material thing. We have to remember as Christians that we are to be sanctified which means set apart and holy. It means denying our self. God calls us to remove ourselves from anyone or anything that will compromise our faith and obedience to Him. When we trust God we live a different life than the world. We must love God more by choosing to leave what pulls us away from Him. God is the only hope and He is the only one who can truly satisfy us and fill our needs.
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2)
As believers we are called to be the light and God’s example to draw others into His kingdom with us. We are to keep our hearts and minds set on God. This is the message of the book of Revelation. God just wants us all to love Him more than we love sin and the ways of the world. He is giving each of us the opportunity to repent. Reading the book of Revelation placed a fire in me to want to pray more frequently for the lost. Revelation ends by describing that beautiful place God has for us called Heaven where we will reside with Him for eternity. How tragic would that be not to share this glory with those we love. God loves His church and who He loves He disciplines. What will it take for our friends and loved ones to let go and cling to God? We don’t want to see them suffer any more than we want that in our own lives, so saints it’s time to pray and intercede like never before!
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.” (1 Timothy 2:1 NLT)
Regardless of all of the evil we see now and all of the evil that is to come the good news is that Satan will be defeated and destroyed! He will be thrown into the lake of fire forever. Sin will be destroyed. Those that chose not to repent and reject Jesus will also be destroyed and thrown into the lake of fire. God will make everything right again in his eyes.
I will continue next week on my study of Revelation. Until then, some things to ponder on:
• What pulls at your heart, dominates your thoughts, and drains your energy?
• Do you place your hope in what will not last or what is eternal?
• Who do you need to pray salvation for?
If you are reading this today, then there is still time to repent of sins and anything that has pulled you away from God. There is still time to pray for our unsaved friends and loved ones. If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior then it is not too late to repent. There is still time for salvation today to turn to God and live according to His ways.
Until we meet again, be blessed and be encouraged!
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Heavenly Father, Thank you for being a God who is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love. Father forgive us for our sins and for doing anything that goes against your will and your ways. Lord, give us the wisdom to identify our sins and the strength to turn away from them and come to a place of complete and total repentance. Lord, guide us to cling to you and love you more than we love the ways of the world. I pray that each of us will spend more time with you daily in prayer and in your word. As we spend more time with you may we find joy, peace, and fulfillment in ways that only you can give. We also, lift up the lost and we lift up to you all of our family and members and friends who do not know you as their Lord and Savior. We pray that they will receive your free gift of salvation, so that they too can enjoy the benefits of your forgives, grace, and unconditional love. In Jesus Name. Amen
“The Book of Revelation – Part I”