Today’s Reading – Revelation 6-11
Then one of the elders said to me, “Who are these people wearing white robes, and where did they come from?” I said to him, “Sir, you know.” Then he said to me, “These people have come out of great hardship. They have washed their robes and made them white in the Lamb’s blood . . . They won’t hunger or thirst anymore. No sun or scorching heat will beat down on them, because the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them. He will lead them to the springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Revelation 7:13-14, 16-17 CEB
This series of chapters is very troubling to read – seven seals and seven trumpets calling for death, doom, and destruction. The pages are filled with horror, death, and judgement. The imagery makes for great cinema, but we skip over the judgment part because we prefer to believe the promises at the end of passages.
Revelation reveals a story yet to happen that tells of the events related to the second coming of Christ – the time when God will establish His Kingdom on earth.
We like the idea of a Righteous King on the throne. A Kingdom of fairness and love for all. But any kingdom is based on loyalty to the throne. Do you think God’s kingdom will be different?
When the Son of Man cometh to set up His Kingdom, shall He find Christian faith upon the earth? Yes, but I fear as little as He found of Jewish faith when He came in the flesh.
~ John Fletcher (in a letter to Charles Wesley