- Revelation 20:1-15
- Revelation 21:1-22:21
“The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” –Revelation 22:17, ESV
As we complete this daily devotional year, if you are not a believer, the choice is yours. The Spirit Who lives in every believer says, “Come.” The Bride, which is the church of believers, says, “Come.” Your thirst can be quenched by the Water without price. Jesus is waiting. We are all waiting for you. And the angels will rejoice. But you have to come.
If you are a believer, are you living a life proclaiming the message of “come?” Embrace the water given without cost; let it pour in and over you. Let the Spirit transform you.
“…And he said to me, ‘These are the true words of God.'” –Revelation 19:9, ESV
Do you believe God tells you the truth? Fundamentally, if you question His truthfulness, your faith will crumble. No amount of willpower or determination will fix you if you cannot truth God to be truthful. You cannot duct tape together a faithful life when your core belief stands that God can’t be trusted. For your own sake, the duct tape unravels, the life falls in pieces. Whatever the source of your unbelief, go figure it out. Whatever promise you think God really wasn’t all that truthful about, study that promise and study the character of the One Who made it. Root out unbelief for without belief, your life will crumble.
“And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months.” –Revelation 13:5, ESV
Be careful with God’s sovereignty. Everything that God allows is not also approved by Him as holy. He allowed the beast freedom to exercise authority. He allowed the beast to utter haughty and blasphemous words. He allowed the people to make their own choices. If God allows you to make a decision, don’t assume that He approves it as holy. If you experience someone else’s unholy behavior, you cannot determine that God said that behavior was holy. The sovereignty of God can be confusing. But know this: what He allows is not always blessed. Seek His blessing, not His allowance.
“The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.” –Revelation 9:20-21, ESV
The final sin that condemns men in Revelation is the same sin that condemns us today: lack of repentance. Re-read the above verses. Men weren’t condemned for their evil actions. They were condemned because they did not repent of their evil actions. It is not the work that condemns a man, but the state of his heart.
The same is true today. While we are busy splitting hairs over which sins are worse than others, which sins will ruin our society, we miss the point. The sin that will ruin a man is lacking repentance. Don’t focus your energy on changing your behaviors. Change your heart and your behavior will follow.
“Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals…When he opened the second seal…When he opened the third seal…When he opened the fourth seal…When he opened the fifth seal…When he opened the sixth seal…When the Lamb opened the seventh seal…” –Revelation 6:1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12; 8:1
Amid the seeming chaotic sounds of Revelation, the book points out an enduring truth: the ways of God have order. There is planning. There is process. There is procedure. A quote attributed to Albert Einstein seems apt here: “God does not play dice with the universe.” This earth has an expiration date. Just because God is the only One Who knows it right now doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Just because we may not understand the signs and the times, doesn’t mean they aren’t under God’s complete oversight.
If you can believe that the God of Revelation has this under control, can you believe the same for your life? Removing the truth from the larger picture, bring it down to your day-to-day. Do you believe God has an orderly, planned approach for your life? You may not yet understand, but there is order in His plan. Trust Him.