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Beginning With the End in Mind


Ok…here we go.  Diving into the book of Revelation.  This is not an easy thing to do, but as we read this letter of apocalypse, or revealing, that was sent to churches in John’s time, we get the sense that something big was soon to happen.

In Revelation 19:11-20, a picture is given that shows a battle to end all battles.   The King is out front on His white horse.  His armies are behind him.  John writes, just before this battle scene that doesn’t last long, that a wedding celebration has been prepared.  You see, before this wedding celebration can be completed, an enemy has to be taken care of.  Then and only then is the way for a true ‘coming together’ of bride (church) and groom (Jesus) possible.

If you know a little bit about the Bible you’ll probably recognize the concept of the church being called the ‘bride’ of Jesus.  Ephesians 5:22-32 shows this pretty simply.  Here in this section of Revelation, we see this wedding coming together.  As the wedding is coming together, we see this final battle being staged.  Lines are drawn.  The Beast…you can guess who this is…brings together his armies and readies himself for battle.  Then, as though the battle didn’t even start, the Beast is captured and thrown out and all his armies killed.  Tada!  The armies of the King didn’t even lift a sword!

So how many of you enjoy a good battle scene in an epic movie?  I can recall the battles of Braveheart, The Patriot, Lord of the Rings, Narnia, Red Cliff and they are all really “guy” type movie scenes.  This is no different in 11-21.  We have our ‘good’ army!  Oh yeah!  They’re riding white horses like the King.  The army is wearing white clothes….and get this, the king’s robe has been dipped in blood!  The enemy’s leader is thrown into a lake of fire.  And then, to beat it all, birds devour the flesh of our King’s enemies after they’ve been killed.  Could you possibly fit any more testosterone into a battle scene?

I’m not sure why this picture was given like this…but remember, the readers were very familiar with all of these images.  This was the time of Roman conquest.  Leaders riding in on white horses with swords were common.  If you lived in an occupied city, you saw these images daily.  Many of the men reading this letter from John, ultimately a letter from God Himself, had possibly seen hand to hand battle themselves as well as the “clean up” afterwards.  If they hadn’t seen it personally, they’d heard stories from family and ancestors.  But here, there is a battle about to take place the likes they had never seen before, and Jesus simply wants Christians everywhere to know that He wins…in essence…we win.

Here’s the concept.  We are joined to Christ.  We are part of Him.  We are His bride, the church.  Sure, there was an epic battle the original readers of Revelation witnessed and that Rome thought it won when it destroyed Jerusalem (70 AD).  But even today, as Christians, we battle the enemy every day.  We battle for ourselves and we battle for our family and friends.  We even battle for those that we do not know.  We don’t do it on a battlefield of rolling hills and grass.  We do it in our homes, our schools, our workplaces.  We don’t use swords made of steal.  Our words and actions are used by the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

The battle has already been won.  We simply are continuing to take as many as we can from the enemy while possible.  This world is not our home.  So this world’s death is not our end.  When we can come to that realization, we will live in full peace and love and power.


For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  

2 Timothy 1:7  King James 2000 Bible (©2003)


For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.   

Ephesians 6:12  New International Version (©1984)

 

I looked down, and I saw the beast I had seen earlier and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered together to wage war against the One riding the white horse and His heavenly army.

Revelation19:19  The Voice New Testament

Some questions for growth:

  • Do you consider yourself already recruited, dressed and outfitted for a battle that’s already been won?  If yes, how so?
  • Who around you can you see is falling prey to the enemy?  We know that the enemy is against us every minute of every day, but we’re also in the army to lead people to Christ.
  • What will you do this week to battle for yourself and someone else?

Love-Serve-Spread the Word,

ed

PS – I love the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.  Here is an epic battle when one who was thought lost returns in a white robe to save his friends in battle.  Click here to see it.

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