Revelation – Jesus is Coming Back!
I am reminded of the childhood chant, “Come out, come out, wherever you are!” This was shouted after standing, counting and waiting for all to hide in their various places around the yard. We had rules but rarely did we follow them. We took turns hiding and the one who was “it” had to count to one hundred…by tens or fives. Impatient ones counted quickly by tens to one hundred so they could open their eyes to see and capture the “hide and seekers”.
We think we can hide from God. He is patiently waiting for those whose hearts have turned away to come back to him and seek Him. He will be found. AND he will find us when Jesus comes back again.
In our next adventure of John’s vision of Jesus’ return we get a glimpse of the battles taking place on earth in all forms. The seals that reveal these battles are opened by our Lord, the Lamb of God, our Savior. Evil has a heyday. Those who stood firm in their witness and were killed on earth are gathered under the Altar praying “how long?” The martyrs were given white robes but told to sit back and wait.
Each ensuing battle begins with the shout from the protectors of the throne. “Come out!” It seems all of evil is invited to come out of their hiding places to be dealt with and conquered once and for all. Come out, come out, wherever you are…Jesus is coming back!
“They hid in mountain caves and rocky dens, calling out to mountains and rocks, ‘Refuge! Hide us form the ONE Seated on the Throne and the wrath of the Lamb! The great Day of their wrath has come–who can stand it?”
Revelation 6, The Message
Unsealing the Scroll
1-2 I watched while the Lamb ripped off the first of the seven seals. I heard one of the Animals roar, “Come out!” I looked—I saw a white horse. Its rider carried a bow and was given a victory garland. He rode off victorious, conquering right and left.
3-4 When the Lamb ripped off the second seal, I heard the second Animal cry, “Come out!” Another horse appeared, this one red. Its rider was off to take peace from the earth, setting people at each other’s throats, killing one another. He was given a huge sword.
5-6 When he ripped off the third seal, I heard the third Animal cry, “Come out!” I looked. A black horse this time. Its rider carried a set of scales in his hand. I heard a message (it seemed to issue from the Four Animals): “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages, or three quarts of barley, but all the oil and wine you want.”
7-8 When he ripped off the fourth seal, I heard the fourth Animal cry, “Come out!” I looked. A colorless horse, sickly pale. Its rider was Death, and Hell was close on its heels. They were given power to destroy a fourth of the earth by war, famine, disease, and wild beasts.
9-11 When he ripped off the fifth seal, I saw the souls of those killed because they had held firm in their witness to the Word of God. They were gathered under the Altar, and cried out in loud prayers, “How long, Strong God, Holy and True? How long before you step in and avenge our murders?” Then each martyr was given a white robe and told to sit back and wait until the full number of martyrs was filled from among their servant companions and friends in the faith.
12-17 I watched while he ripped off the sixth seal: a bone-jarring earthquake, sun turned black as ink, moon all bloody, stars falling out of the sky like figs shaken from a tree in a high wind, sky snapped shut like a book, islands and mountains sliding this way and that. And then pandemonium, everyone and his dog running for cover—kings, princes, generals, rich and strong, along with every commoner, slave or free. They hid in mountain caves and rocky dens, calling out to mountains and rocks, “Refuge! Hide us from the One Seated on the Throne and the wrath of the Lamb! The great Day of their wrath has come—who can stand it?”
Dear Heavenly Father,
We don’t know the time of your coming but we know you ARE coming back to claim those who have stood firm, whose hearts are completing yours and love you back heart, mind and soul. I am one of them. I love you with all that is in me. All my trust is in You. You are God and i am not. You created me. You reside in me and I in you. I am humbled and grateful for your abiding, unchanging love. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I pray for those still lost and hiding to come out and turn to You.
In Jesus Name, Amen