Revelation – Jesus IS Coming Back!
Just when you think you have it all together, you forget where you put it. Right? Just when you think you have it under control, all your ducks in a row, something happens to disrupt it. “It” is called life. As children of God, life must be lived knowing God is always in control. To think that He is not is to live life walking on the edge of disaster with insecurities, anxious thoughts and troubled minds that lead to questionable and sometimes destructive actions.
No matter what happens in our small part of our world or to the world at large, GOD is in control. We may not and probably won’t understand it at the time, but He is in control. What others do to hurt us is not unseen by God. What we say and do to others is not unseen by God. God is in control. God knows. God knows before we know.
In our next passage of the revelation of Jesus Christ, we wonder why God would unleash Satan, the Beast, and his cronies when all seemed “under control”. But “Satan will be let loose from his cell, and will launch again his old work of deceiving the nations, searching out victims in every nook and cranny of earth…” Satan will begin one more war against God and his people. But, God is in control, leading Satan to his final, forever torture, “for ages without end.” We don’t have to know why. God knows.
Revelation 20, The Message
A Thousand Years
20 1-3 I saw an Angel descending out of Heaven. He carried the key to the Abyss and a chain—a huge chain. He grabbed the Dragon, that old Snake—the very Devil, Satan himself!—chained him up for a thousand years, dumped him into the Abyss, slammed it shut and sealed it tight. No more trouble out of him, deceiving the nations—until the thousand years are up. After that he has to be let loose briefly.
4-6 I saw thrones. Those put in charge of judgment sat on the thrones. I also saw the souls of those beheaded because of their witness to Jesus and the Word of God, who refused to worship either the Beast or his image, refused to take his mark on forehead or hand—they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years! The rest of the dead did not live until the thousand years were up. This is the first resurrection—and those involved most blessed, most holy. No second death for them! They’re priests of God and Christ; they’ll reign with him a thousand years.
7-10 When the thousand years are up, Satan will be let loose from his cell, and will launch again his old work of deceiving the nations, searching out victims in every nook and cranny of earth, even Gog and Magog! He’ll talk them into going to war and will gather a huge army, millions strong. They’ll stream across the earth, surround and lay siege to the camp of God’s holy people, the Beloved City. They’ll no sooner get there than fire will pour out of Heaven and burn them up. The Devil who deceived them will be hurled into Lake Fire and Brimstone, joining the Beast and False Prophet, the three in torment around the clock for ages without end.
11-15 I saw a Great White Throne and the One Enthroned. Nothing could stand before or against the Presence, nothing in Heaven, nothing on earth. And then I saw all the dead, great and small, standing there—before the Throne! And books were opened. Then another book was opened: the Book of Life. The dead were judged by what was written in the books, by the way they had lived. Sea released its dead, Death and Hell turned in their dead. Each man and woman was judged by the way he or she had lived. Then Death and Hell were hurled into Lake Fire. This is the second death—Lake Fire. Anyone whose name was not found inscribed in the Book of Life was hurled into Lake Fire.
What we read and do understand…
God was in control, is in control and will always be in control. God is our Creator. Jesus Christ is our Savior and Lord. So, repent of self control and let us humble ourselves before the Throne of His Presence. May we learn to live with flexible Spirits, moving with the flow and rhythm of His will no matter what is happening around us. Above all, may our names be written in the Book of Life as one who said yes to God and His Son, Jesus Christ!
Love God. Love Others like He loves us.
Don’t fall for Satan’s hate.
If you do not know Christ as Savior, bow to Him now and ask for forgiveness for your sin with a humble heart ready to follow Him. Then your name will suddenly appear in the Book of Life. It’s promised. God does not lie.
I am an “out of control disciple” who believes God is in complete control of what is best for me.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We pray for humans who are troubled and anxious simply because we cannot seem to let go of what we think we can control. Help all of us to lay it all down at your feet. Help us to live life with wisdom, insight and understanding with flexible Spirits because of You living in us. Our eyes are keenly focused on You. Thank you for all You have done, are doing and will do.
In Jesus Name, Amen