Today you should read: Revelation 17:7-18
There’s a lot going on in this passage, but I would like to highlight one particular verse that stood out.
They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful. Revelation 17:14 (ESV)
Throughout the book of Revelation, we have seen this conflict between good and evil, light and dark, Satan and God. From the beginning of the Bible, we see a thread of this, as sin enters the world, and from the first sin, there is a war between the kingdom of darkness and the Kingdom of Light. In the Gospels, we see that one of Jesus’s main aims in his earthly ministry is to advance the Kingdom of God while pushing back against the kingdom of Satan. This verse we are looking at today gives ultimate consummation to what should be clear: that God will establish His Kingdom, and that any other lesser kingdom has never really stood a chance.
This verse should encourage us to see the power of God. This battle we are talking about is not one that both sides perform admirably, but God just barely squeaks by on top. No, the outcome would be more like the University of Alabama playing against a youth league football team. The darkness will be conquered because Jesus has come, sacrificed His life for us, resurrected, and ascended to heaven to take his rightful throne.
My encouragement to you is to reflect on the character of Jesus through this passage today, in hopes that your confidence in God would greatly increase!
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice
2 thoughts on “September 14, 2018”
Roll Tide! Roll Jesus! Thanks for the commentary today Graham!
I’m struck by verse 8. “The beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” It is a form of juxtaposition contrasting the beast with God who was and is and is to come. God’s power and being is eternal, but the beast “is not.” Victory has already occurred. We simply must realize his defeat is working out in the world around us in battles everyday and his ultimate defeat is promised soon. God has equipped us to walk in brave love and not fear. The Lamb will overcome. Christ-followers are called, chosen, and faithful (even when we don’t always feel like it).
Be empowered to walk in the identity and heritage we have by our adoption through Christ.