Quitting Before You Read the Last Chapter

Advent 3

He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. – Revelation 22:20

The season of Advent celebrates the coming of Christ. First, his first coming at his incarnation. Second, his second and promised coming upon the clouds.

Many of us don’t pay enough attention to his second coming – perhaps in part because we don’t understand it. We ignore Revelation (again because we don’t understand it). So today, with the help of A.W. Tozer (whose been helping guide this season of devotions), here’s a reflection on our “blessed hope”:

“Have you ever heard of a person eagerly reading an interesting book, then suddenly deciding to abandon it without reading the last chapter? The last chapter ties together the threads of the narrative; it summarizes the arguments; it climaxes the action. You and I would agree that to close a book without reading the final chapter would be to read without purpose and without satisfaction.

“I have had people tell me that although they read the Bible, they stop short of Revelation — the final “chapter.” Imagine! That particular Bible book announces itself as the revelation of Jesus Christ. It forecasts the consummation of all things and introduces the new order. How can readers form a balanced understanding of God, sin, unbelief, and divine judgment if they ignore so important a book? …

“Those who take Revelation seriously are convinced of an actual heavenly realm as real as the world we now inhabit. They are persuaded that the day of consummation nears when “the kingdom of the world” becomes “the kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ,” who “shall reign for ever and ever (Rev 11:15).

“Living in this generation, we are fully aware that … our selfish society ha[s] brought many new fears to the human race. I can empathize with those troubled beings who lie awake at night worrying about the possible destruction … through some evil, misguided use … of nuclear weapons. [Tozer was writing in the 1950s and 60s, in those suddenly most fearful first years of nuclear holocaust. But …] the tragedy is that they have lost all sense of the sovereignty of God. …

“The prevailing attitudes of fear, distrust, and unrest permeating our world are [real]. But in God’s plan some of us also know a beautiful opposite: the faith and assurance found in … Jesus Christ. … This amazing Revelation … tells us plainly that … at the appropriate time the … administration of this world will be taken away from men and women and placed in the hands of the only Man who has the wisdom and power to rightly govern. … Revelation describes the age-ending heavenly and earthly events when our Lord and Savior is universally acknowledged to be King of kings and Lord of lords. …

“In our present period of time, however, there is little recognition of God’s sovereignty or of His plan for His redeemed people. … Human society is now taking it for granted that if God exists, He has become our servant … In the face of this kind of human thinking, I want to make the case for the committed Christians in this world. … We confess that we do not hold the powers of life and death in our hands. We have sensed the importance of John’s vision in the Revelation. We are assured that God is alive and well and that He has never abdicated His throne. …

“It is for that reason that the Christian believer, related to God by faith, is assured of final victory. Even in the midst of earthly trials, he or she is joyful.”

In Christ’s Love,

a guy who is

confident and

joyful because of

all God promises

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