So, reading a pretty good book this morning, and I start thinking about what a a pastor that I know said once about books and endings.
He said that when he was a little boy, he would start reading a book but then skip ahead and read the last chapter, just so he could know what was going to happen. I thought about the Bible, and it’s ‘last’ chapter, of sorts, Revelation. The last book of the Bible is about what’s to come, what the future holds. And to some, it won’t be fun. To anybody that’s not raptured, there will be a time of uniformity, as everybody who wants to live will have to receive a mark on their heads, with which they will be able to buy and sell, to live their lives in worship of the beast, whom many believe to be Satan. And then, in Revelations 19:19, it speaks of a war between the beast and “Him who sat on the horse.” The beast receives an end fitting to his life; he gets thrown into a fiery pit, along with his false prophet. After this, the dead will be judged from the book of life, by their deeds. (Revelations 20:12)
So, feel like skipping ahead yet?? But maybe you should, because there is hope for us. Those whose names are written in the Book of Life will be given entry to a new heaven, one that God Almighty reigns over, along with the Lamb. Where our tears will be wiped away, where there will be no death, no pain, no crying (Revelations 21:4).
…..And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” 5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” 6 Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. 7 “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. “…….
Just a little bit of Revelations showing how wonderful it will all be in the new heaven. There’s more, but I thought I would give you a glimpse of hope. Please, if you have questions, contact me, or better yet, your Bible. If you don’t have one, here’s a link to a virtual one with gizmos and doodads. http://www.blueletterbible.org/index.cfm