Today’s Tasting: Revelation 6-11
These chapters in Revelation begin with the Lamb – Jesus – opening the first 6 of 7 scrolls. Each of them calls a horse of a different color whose rider carries out a different mission on earth. Before the 7th seal was broken the seal of God was placed on the foreheads of his servants. The 7th seal brought forward the 7 angels, each with a trumpet. The blowing of each trumpet brought about death and destruction for those who refused to repent and follow God.
Revelation is, in my opinion, one of the hardest books of the Bible to read. The symbolism it uses make it a challenge to understand and it is in stark contrast to the rest of the New Testament. I’m not going to try and decipher the symbolisms of these chapters, scholars have been arguing about that for hundreds of years.
It’s easy to get caught up in the horrors of this book, and as we approach the end of this year you will see people from all walks of life trying to tie this book into all that is going on in our world today. Preaches and scholars will claim that they have solved the mystery of Revelation or the time of the Apocalypse; however, Jesus tells us in the book of Matthew “but of that day and hour no one know, not even the angels of heaven, by My Father only” (24:36). He goes on to remind us that it was that way when the flood came and it will be that way when Jesus returns.
So rather than focusing on the what and when, let us focus on being prepared. There was a time when the book of Revelation scared me so much that I refused to read it all the way through. Now that I do my best to walk the path that God has laid out before me and strive to live a Christ-like life, I have found that I am not nearly as afraid as I once was. You see, for all the horrors of this book, there is also good news for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
In the book of John, Jesus tells us “truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12). While we will most likely experience some of the hardships described, in the end our faithfulness will not be forgotten and we will join Jesus in the New Jerusalem where we will have eternal life and there will be peace and joy. During this season where we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let us also remember His life, His teachings, and His death. He made the ultimate sacrifice and paid for our sins – mine and yours – with His life.
To my brothers and sisters in Christ, stay the path. Don’t let the distractions of the world put distance between you and God.
To those who have yet to find their way to God, now is the time. There is so much joy to be experienced and God wants you to have a blessed life. Repent of your sins, accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and allow the Holy Spirit to fill your heart.
I leave you with the words Jesus spoke to the apostles just before his crucifixion…
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27)
Tomorrow’s Delight: Revelation 12-18
Hugs & Blessings,