Thursday, April 25, 2019

Revelation 10-11~ Day 115~ I know the secret!! ☺️

I hate secrets!  Why would John take the time to write out how the mighty angel came down, held a little scroll, let out a loud roar and then....say he can't write anything?!  To torment us (people like me who hate secrets)?

Yet, he goes on to write, "But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets." (10:7)
Wait a minute!!   Doesn't that language sound super familiar??  Sure it does!  You and I have read about a revealed mystery, several times, reading through the New Testament.

Paul spoke about the mystery to the Ephesians, "...the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to people in other generations as it had now been revealed by the Spirit of God's holy apostles and prophets.  This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus." (Eph. 3:4-6)

Peter says, "This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time." (1 Peter 1) This whole section in 1 Peter is awesome-go back and read more- but it ends like this, "Concerning the salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find our the time...of the predicted sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow...Even angels long to look into these things." (1 Peter 1:4-12)

Have you ever heard the saying, "It's all about Jesus!"?  Jesus was the reason for everything written in the Old Testament.  All the holidays, traditions and laws pointed to Jesus.
"So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith." (Gal. 3:24)

So, if it's all about Jesus, from the beginning to the end of the Bible, than the mystery has been revealed; Gentiles are heirs together with believing Jews, forming the true Israel, a holy people justified by faith.

I am so glad I don't have to sit and wonder what that secret is that John couldn't share!  I already know!  I am seeing more and more that John's account in this chapter could be the backstory leading up to the glorious scene "framed" in chapter 4!  I'm just say'en...