Monday, April 29, 2019

Revelation 19-20~ Day 119

"After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting:"Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God..." (19:1)
John brings us back to that glorious scene again!

"For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready." (19:7b)
That's us!!  We are the bride (Eph. 5:32 & 2 Cor. 11:2), the true Israel (Romans 9:8), the New Jerusalem (Rev. 20:14). And, boy, is our groom handsome!! (19:11)

Have you noticed that we get a view of that glorious celebration scene before each descriptive judgement?

Ch. 4-5                      -Celebration            Ch. 6                              - Judgement
Ch. 7                         - Celebration           Ch. 8-13                         - Judgement
Ch. 14    -(first part)  - Celebration           Ch. 14 (second part) thru 18 (second part)- Judgement
Ch. 19-20 (first part) - Celebration           Ch. 20 (middle part)       -Judgement


I am reminded of a communication technique (hope you can follow my train of thought here) that is used when giving constructive feedback, say in a boss/ employee relationship.  It's best to start with the positive!  Tell the employee what they are doing right, then proceed to areas of improvement.  (We actually saw this technique used by Jesus in regards to some of the churches he was warning in chapters 2-4.)

With the celebration scenes and then the judgement scenes, I feel like John is using a similar technique.  Start with the celebration scene to remind believers of their wonderful reward, then proceed with the realities of what will occur before experiencing that glory.

The last paragraph of ch. 20, John comes back to the throne room (what I dub, the celebration room) of which we have had several glimpse.  I get chills reading, "The earth and the heavens fled from his presence and there was no place for them." (20:11)
I can't help but think of the words of Jesus we heard coming out of heaven, "It is done!", followed by "every island fled away and the mountains could not be found." (16:20)  How similar to 20:11!!
In tomorrow's reading we are going to see Jesus say the words, "It is done." (21:6)  Maybe Jesus isn't  repeating himself, but rather, we are getting different views of the same scene!  How spectacular that scene is; worthy of descriptive, parallel accounts!!  It's so glorious, it can't be described from one vantage point!
Doesn't that get you excited!!!

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