Revelation–the last book of the Bible. It’s not plural as in Revelations, but there is one Revelation–the revealing of Jesus Christ.
This is how the story ends or should I say, this is the ending to the beginning of a never ending story.
Jesus returns just as He promised (Matthew 24:36, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17), and His return is just as good as we could have imagined. In fact, it’s more than we could have imagined. And John, the author of Revelation, works hard to use the limitations of words to describe the indescribable so that we can read this prophecy.
As believers, we live in the here and now but looking forward to ‘one day.’ That ‘one day’ when Jesus comes back. When all is made right. When every tear is dried. When justice wins. When death dies. When we live forever with Him in heaven and reign.
John is describing that ‘one day,’ and he’s overcome by what he sees.
He says, “When I saw him [Jesus], I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. (vs 17-18).”
In the verses before John describes Jesus as having a long robe, golden sash, snow white hair and flaming eyes (vs 13-15). He’s no longer the slain lamb but the conquering King Jesus.
Jesus is also holding seven stars and seven lampstands in His right hand in which He says the lampstands represent the seven churches in Asia Minor. Seven is a number of completion. It’s as if He’s saying, “I’m holding the church–all of the churches, in my hand. I’ve got you. You’re mine. It’s all okay.”
When life gets tough, and we might not be sure what God is doing–know He’s still working. He’s still coming back. He wins, and that means we win!