1 Thessalonians 5:2, 6—…the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night…So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded.
Revelation talks about a time when God will pour out His wrath on the Earth, a time known as the tribulation. John gets graphic as he describes the world we live in being destroyed. But God doesn’t want us to be afraid of the future. He put Revelation in the Bible so that we can see that if we’re on His team, we win the war!
If you’re in Christ, that should light a fire in you. There’s the possibility that you’ll be taken out of the Earth—and if that happens, it will be amazing! We can long for the day when we will be with God, either by physical death or by Him snatching us out. But at the same time, that should inspire us to work to reach more people with the Good News.
It’s easy to live for what we can see in the short-term of this life. But it takes trust and faith to live for eternity. We can have hope even when it seems like everything is falling apart around us. In John 16:33, Jesus says, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” Jesus is always in control. He knows what each of us is going through, and Revelation shows us that in the end, God’s team wins.
Earth has a time limit, but eternity is real. We will spend our eternity somewhere—either in heaven with God, or separated from God in hell. We may die physically, but all of us are eternal beings. God can restore us spiritually—He can forgive us for going against what He says. Jesus covered the penalty of our mistakes when He died on the cross, and He rose to show us that He really does have power even over death.
Don’t miss out on the blessing you can receive today. There is no one too far from God to be saved. Revelation can seem terrifying, but look at it from the bright side—there is hope to be found in God. In Christ, we don’t need to fear, because the one who lives in us is greater than anything that can come our way.