THE STORY chapter # 31
My home church has participated in the study of THE STORY – The Bible As One Continuing Story Of God And His People. Foreword by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee. Since October, my Thursday post focused on the group’s current study chapter. Today I post on the last chapter, describing God’s perpetual magnificent love He has for His people. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to read and post on this glorious book of God’s past, present and future plan. The book of Revelation is written by the apostle John. John was the last of Jesus’ chosen twelve to die. The first apostle to die in Christ happened to be James, the brother of John.
It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. Acts 12:2
James died approximately 44 AD. John was exiled to the island of Patmos approximately 95 AD. During that time span, the Christian faith spread quickly throughout the known world. But it was on this island off the coast of Asia, that God revealed to John a vision of what would take place in the future. God revealed His finial triumph over death and evil.
Through the vision, John saw many magnificent sites. He saw a scroll in the right hand of he who sat on the throne, with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. He saw four living creatures and twenty-four elders fall down before the slain Lamb, who took the scroll. He saw and heard many angels worshiping the slain Lamb. He heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, praise and honor the Lamb.
Then he heard a voice from the throne, “Praise our God,” and thunderous shouts of Hallelujah! He saw heaven open, and the armies of heaven following a rider on a white horse, ready to strike down nations. He saw the heavens and earth flee from he who sat on the throne. He saw the dead come before the throne, where the book of life was opened. The dead were judged.
He saw a new heaven and a new earth appear. He who sat on the throne was making everything new. One of seven angels showed John the new bride, the wife of the Lamb, Jerusalem. It shone with the glory of God. There will be no dark in the new city and no evil will enter it. The river of life flows from the throne of God and the Lamb, down the middle of the street. John heard and saw all these things, and many more. You should read the book of Revelations to experience the coming for yourself.
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. Revelation 1:3
God’s love never ends for those who choose eternal life in God’s kingdom.
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. Revelation 22:17