I am coming soon!
Scripture reading for December 31st: Revelation 20-22
The end of the Bible tells of a new beginning! The faithful in Christ will live in a new heaven and new earth where righteousness dwells! John saw a Holy City, the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. This city was prepared like a bride for her husband. (Revelation 21:2) A voice from heaven announced that God would dwell among men. There would be no more tears, crying or pain. God would make everything new!
But some will be left out: The cowardly and unbelieving who have put off following the Lord! The murderers and sexually immoral will not be invited in either. Those practicing the occult and living lies will be sent to the lake of burning sulfur with all those shut out. This lake is the second death spoken of at the Great White Throne judgment. (Revelation 20:14-15)
The New Jerusalem contains the most precious treasures for the redeemed. There is the River of Life that flows from God’s throne. Its banks will be lined with the Tree of Life, bearing fruit each month with leaves for healing. But the best treasure of all will be God and the Lamb dwelling in their midst and all will see His face! Living in God’s presence will bring eternal pleasures and joy to all the redeemed! (Psalm 16:11)
“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those who wash their robes that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.” (Revelation 22:12-14)
Three times in this final chapter the Lord speaks of His soon return, and the final “blessed” concerns those who have their wedding clothes ready for His coming! The Spirit and Bride conclude with an invitation to all to come and join the Bridal party of those waiting for the soon return! Just reading the invitation to this party makes me want to be ready! May you be ready too! Amen! Come Lord Jesus!
Thank you for sharing this journey with me and please join me again next year as we focus on the New Testament in daily readings.
In His Love, Pastor John Morse