Beyond the Gospels: Revelation

Today’s Reading: Revelation 20
[Read the passage in your Bible or online at BibleGateway.com.]

A first resurrection.
A second death.
A temporary reprieve from evil.
A final judgment.

What does it mean?

When I consider prophetic words, I always remind myself of the prophecies of Jesus and how those interpreted it during His first coming. Most missed Him. Those who thought they knew exactly what to look for, were the ones who killed Him. His closest disciples didn’t even get what was happening until after it was all said and done. Then He had to explain it to them.

I think it’s a mistake to take prophecy and try to figure out what it all means. What it will look like when it happens. But what we can learn from prophecy, what we can glean from prophetic writings with accuracy, is God’s character. What does He reveal about Himself in the words and things to come?

  • He has complete power over the devil.
  • He has a special place for those who overcome the world, give their lives for His Word, and resist the beast.
  • He has power to resurrect the dead.
  • He has the authority and power to judge every person whoever lived. He judges each justly.
  • He is the Author of Life.

What have you learned about His character through the reading of Revelation?
How has it affected your faith?

Lord, let me see who You are in Your Word.
Grow my faith by what You reveal.

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