Revelation – Thought for Today

Revelation – Thought for Today

Revelation 6
revelation-art6 The mystery of all mysteries, which God had spoken to his servants the prophets to share with man, is indicated by one of the early followers of Jesus. Peter, wrote, speaking of the prophets of old, that they "have inquired and searched diligently . . . searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow." Peter added, that to these same prophets, "who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you," it was also revealed "that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven." Peter had previously stated to the same believers, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time [the last moments of the trial of life that they were currently facing]. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls (1 Pet. 1:3-9). Salvation from the trials of life, according to Peter, occurs in the appearing of Jesus Christ in the midst of the trying tribulations. With appearing in Peter's statement being the same original word translated revelation in "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass," he is giving a powerful clue to the understanding of the mystery of God as revealed in Revelation. Whereas Peter is speaking of a particular instance of the appearing of Christ to bring salvation, the book of Revelation actually reveals the holistic appearing (the apocalypse) of Christ in establishing his kingdom on earth with its rule of righteousness through grace. From the internal evidence of the time of its writing which would indicate the last half of the sixties in the first century, John and the seven churches in Asia to whom the recorded revelation was sent would actually see in their generation the completion of this mystery of God. Since the final fruition of the mystery of God, the apocalypse of Jesus Christ, occurred in that first generation of believers, we today also can experience the continuance of the kingdom of God in all of its power and its glory for it is the plan of God for all the ages. Heavenly Father, in the mystery of the outworking of your grace, I pray that you will establish the power and the glory of your kingdom in life today. Let your kingdom come, let your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Heavenly Farther, I know that sometimes I frustrate your grace, but, I pray, today, let your will, which is never frustrated in the heavenly realm, be done in my life, as I live in this earthly world. If there was ever a time in my life that I need to see the appearing of your Son in my life it is now, today. In the midst of the trying times of today, by your grace, help me to be able to rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory as I receive the end of my hope, even the salvation of my anxious mind. This, I pray. Amen!