So, those of you that know me are thinking… awe, isn’t that sweet… BUT… this time I’m not talking about my dear sweet husband. (Although I love him to infinity and beyond too!) I’m talking about Revelation. You know… the last book of the bible. The one for years many of us have been afraid to read. The one that up until recently when Tom and I did a Beth Moore study (yes… you read that right! My husband did a Beth Moore study with me:-) I thought was so full of things I could never understand that it was hard for me to push my way through it. (BTW – If you haven’t done Beth Moore’s Revelation study – I consider it a MUST for every christian. Very solid on presenting all the views from the commentaries and explaining how they arrived at that view!)
Anyway… I’m now loving the book of Revelation. Over the last few days, I’ve decided to read it in a variety of bibles and translations. As I’ve read through the new testament right after completing this study, I’m amazed at how God has opened my eyes to the number of references it contains to the end times. So many things are linked from the old testament to the new testament, right into Revelation. Very cool!
During our study, this was our memory verse…
They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”
(which by the way, I’m still working on!)
I guess with all the cool things in Revelation, I love this verse because it is truly the heart of who we are as Christians; and with him (Jesus) will be his called, chosen and faithful followers (THAT’S US LADIES!!!) So, Satan can have a hay day for the time being on Earth. BUT, Jesus IS coming again, victorious AGAIN, overcoming and we will be with him.
Now, no promises that it will be all roses and blossoms. It’s going to be a rough road to get there. We are going to have troubles. No doubt about that. But, whether it’s today, tomorrow, next month, next year, in the next generation, or the generation after that… whenever it’s time for Jesus to come again… as a faithful follower, we get to be with him and join him. AND then…. we get to live eternity in the Glory of God the Father. WOW…. really – WOW. Not just sweet songs and quietness, but joy and adoration. Rejoicing. No more sorrow, no more pain. (WHoot – Hoot!)
Someone once told me to read Revelation out loud like a story. I did this a few years ago sitting in a wooded area on a mini-retreat with my bible study. My friend Deanne and I took turns reading and listening. It was awesome. My hope is that this weekend, as a way of concluding this 30 day journey, that I can find some quiet time to do that again. To take it in.
So… this is the end of my 30 day journey. Guess you’re all stuck with me going back to my random blogs! We’ll see what God puts on my heart for that piece! I’m thinking that I’ll post some things from Lysa’s book – Becoming more than a good bible study girl.