Monday, April 7, 2014

Bible Musings (Revelation)

And ... so here we are at the last book in the "66 in 66" journey, the book of Revelation.
This is only the second time I've read Revelation. I grew up going to church and acting the Christian part but wasn't truly converted until I was in my early 30's. Even as a false convert I read the Bible, but one book I stayed far away from was Revelation. It scared me half to death. I didn't want to think about judgment, death, martyrs, or the end of the world. It's obvious to me now, I wasn't reading much of the Old Testament either. The Bible is very consistent. Much of this prophetic language that appears in Revelation also appears in Isaiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, Zechariah, and other Old Testament books. I won't pretend that now I understand all the words that are contained in the book of Revelation. There are still mysteries there for me. But, I don't fear it anymore. Fear of judgment went away for me when I repented of my sins and placed my trust in Jesus Christ for my salvation.

My favorite passages in Revelation are those that contain descriptions of angels, creatures, and people worshiping Jesus. I'll leave you with one of those passages today:

"And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, 

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!

And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying:

Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power, 
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created."

Revelation 4:8-11

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