Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things in it , and the earth and the things in it , and the sea and the things in it , that there will be delay no longer, but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets. – Revelation 10:5-7
Much of Jesus’ revelation to the Apostle John on the island of Patmos is difficult to understand. In fact, in my opinion, it is impossible. More than once, I have been amazed at the theological gymnastics I have seen where timelines are displayed, and end-times events are ordered. When will we ever get it into our heads that there are parts to God’s sovereign plan that are hidden from our understanding? For that matter, why must we know all the answers? Will it make us more prepared, more righteous, or more useful in His service?
Faith is the fuel that ignites the fire of obedience in the heart of a Christ-follower. An unhealthy preoccupation with “unraveling” apocalyptic sections of Scripture might reveal an anxious, unbelieving spirit. While it is good to diligently seek the meaning of the text that is given to us, to go looking for a “truth” that is beyond what is clearly intended can lead to an unintended outcome.
Yes, read Revelation. Read it repeatedly. Read it with Spirit-inspired discernment. Ask God for understanding, then trust Him to reveal what you need to serve Him today.
The true God is the unknown God to the natural man and the unknowable God without His revelation in Christ. God is not only invisible to man’s sight, but also to man’s senses. In Christ is found a God who is near, who hears, who cares, who loves, and who saves. – Eugene Reuweler
Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.
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