Tag: see God’s face
Scripture reading for December 31st: Revelation 22
God had promised that all who would read and heed what was written in this Revelation of Jesus Christ would receive a blessing! (Revelation 1:3) Why? “The time is near!“ Right after this promise, John blessed Jesus, “To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has mad us to be a kingdom and priest to serve His God and Father–to Him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.” “Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the peoples of the earth will morn because of Him. So shall it be! Amen.” (Revelation 1:5-7) He made a prophetic announcement of the soon return of Jesus Christ! And Jesus responded to John’s blessing and announcement: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, Says the Lord God, “Who is, and Who was, and Who is to come, the Almighty.”
In the last chapter of Revelation, Jesus Christ again announces His soon and near return! “Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.” (Revelation 22:7) The promise of blessing is repeated again to those who will keep the words of the prophecy. Jesus stresses His soon return to John and those who will read and heed through the ages to come. Peter taught that God is not slow, but patient with us because He wants none to perish but all to come to repentance! (2nd Peter 3:8-9) His time is not the same as ours!
“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) Jesus will reward those who have their wedding garments made clean by faith in His blood! Those who have remained in sin will be shut out! (vs.15) “Yes, I am coming soon!” (Revelation 22:20) “Amen, Come, Lord Jesus!”