Insights on Today's Reading
You will now read the closing chapters of the Word of God. If you have followed the schedule which started back on January 1st, you will have read the Bible in chronological order. I've attempted to give a brief commentary on each and every chapter in the Scriptures. Though what I said is hardly noteworthy, I have had the joy of seeking to put my hand to this privilege of sharing thoughts about the "whole counsel of God."
Revelation 19 - As Jesus has brought judgment on this earth, all of heaven rejoices at His victory! Two "feasts" are mentioned in this chapter. First, the "marriage supper of the Lamb," verse 9, and the "supper of the great God" in verse 17. One feast is for believers to enjoy at the "marriage of the Lamb" verse 7-9. The other, a supper, is for the fowls and beasts of this earth to feed on the carcasses of kings, captains, mighty men, horses, and all people, verse 18, who fought against Christ. It is important to note that in verse 10, the clear picture of Biblical testimony is to give glory to Jesus.
Revelation 20 - Satan is bound and thrown into the "bottomless pit," verse 1-3. On earth the Millennium, the 1,000 year reign of Christ, will begin. This is a literal event fulfilling prophecy given throughout the Old Testament, that God would rule from the city of Jerusalem. At the end of this 1,000 year reign, Satan will be released from the pit and he will gather a multitude of people to engage in one last rebellious act against the Lord. Please note, even though Christ was literally on this earth and reigning for all to see, people will still reject Him and will face judgment. Satan will be cast into "the lake of fire" where he will suffer for eternity. A "great white throne" will be the place where all the people who rejected Jesus Christ will stand, be judged, and cast into the lake of fire as well, verses 11-15.
Revelation 21 - A new city, a "new Jerusalem" will come to this earth. It will be most noteworthy, not as a city without sin, but a city with the Presence of the Lord! God will wipe away tears and John notes that in eternity there will be "no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying...and not more pain" verse 4. The city is described in verses 9-26. That there is no more death implies that there is no more sin. Romans 5:12 told us that death is here because sin is here. In heaven there will be no more death because there is no more sin!!
Revelation 22 - The last chapter of the Bible gives the great invitation to the lost of this world: "And the Spirit and the bride say, 'Come!' And let him who hears say, 'Come!' And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely." That is God's invitation to the world. Our invitation to the Lord is, "Even so come, Lord Jesus!" verse 20.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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