THE FINAL REVELATION
THE FINAL TRIUMPH
Rev.6: 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Rev.19: 11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
The Book of the revelation is a literal book filled with symbols and metaphors which represent literal beings and literal events. You have trumpets and vials and bowels. There are thunders and earthquakes and hailstones. There are plagues and pestilence and war. There is a woman clothed with the sun and a whore dressed in scarlet. There are beasts which blaspheme and beasts which worship. There are angels of God and demons and an angel guarding the bottomless pit. There is death and there is the second death and there is hell. And there are all kinds of future events dressed in prophetic imagery which makes those who read it tremble. Yes, there is all that and more.
However the book is about the revelation of the Lord Jesus, and He is the very heart of the entire book. It begins with:
Rev.1: The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
And it ends with:
Rev.22: 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Now among all the imagery concerning angels and devils and beasts the revelation of the Lord Jesus drowns them all out with a glory revealed in writings so vivid that one can only imagine what glory must be projected in the reality of His presence. Jesus stands among the candlesticks with His hair as white as wool, his face shining as the Sun, and His entire being emanating a glory only known to the Risen Christ.
He is the Lamb of God and the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. He is surrounded by seraphim whose creative purpose it to hover around our King and say, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come”. He is the Word of God, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords. Out of His mouth goes a sharp, two-edged sword. In the midst of a foreboding, prophetic atmosphere is the Risen Christ. We are given incredible glimpses of Christ throughout the book, but the prophetic narrative still proceeds with all kinds of arresting and even fearful imagery.
And then there is a climactic event described in chapter 19 that brings to a close all the horrific events upon the earth which reveal the wrath of Almighty God. So often we are swept up in the intoxicating atmosphere of a religion called Christianity but we forget that there is approaching a day which will reveal a terrifying vision as the Risen Creator comes from heaven with vengeance on His mind. Who can know such a scene? Man’s vengeance is hollow and pitiful when compared with the wrath of Almighty God. Go ahead and claim that is not your vision of Jesus, but you are bowing to your own imagination and not inspired revelation. “But what about grace,”? you ask. By then that door is now closed.
Many do not want to even discuss such a thing regardless of how it is spoken of in Holy Writ. Even in the churches there is scant mention of it and if there is it is usually presented in a tepid prophetic chronology which has so little power or believability people file out of the Sunday morning just like they did the week before and just like they were leaving a church fellowship. If we can preach about the return of Christ to this earth with so little fear to say nothing of repentance then what exactly are we saying? Listen to the preacher as he reads these words: “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power”. Can he read them with dry eyes and a steady hand? If he has spent much time in deep prayer and meditation, and if the Spirit has given him an increase in faith, then he must beseech; he must beg; he must warn; he must cry aloud and spare not. If his listeners can leave the gathering without having their being disturbed then they have listened to a word from man and not a Word from God.
But this final revelation is the final triumph by the Lord Jesus Christ. It has never been in doubt, and it will be in such breathtaking power that men’s hearts will fail them for fear even as it unfolds. This is no fairy tale or some scary children’s bedtime story. This the final chapter of a triumph won at Calvary and glorified through the resurrection. And here comes the Lion of the Tribe of Judah back to earth to claim that which is His. Go ahead and add up all the metaphors and symbols and imagery and times them to the millionth power and you will fall way short of the glory that will be released upon the earth at His appearing.
The triumphal entry that ushers in the holiness of eternity into the fallenness of the temporal will vanquish all His foes. That will be the ultimate revelation, and all men shall see the foolishness of their ways. But it will be too late for most. I realize it seems like some part of Lord of the Rings or Return of the Jedi, but nothing is even worthy of comparison. Human words can provide a peek, but on that day all human words will be revealed as pitiful attempts to describe the indescribable.
This week they released the 9-11 calls that came from the Newtown elementary school as a disturbed young man was slaughtering innocent children. I have absolutely no desire to listen to those tapes as people and teachers call with unbridled horror in their voices as well as children creaming among shots being fired in the background. I refuse to listen. But I suggest that is the kind of horror which will fill the heart’s of men on that great and terrible day.
For thousands of years the earth has been given a chance to know and worship its Creator. And during that time only a few have found the truth because man loves his sin more than he loves God. Even in the church which calls itself “Christian” Christ has been marginalized and changed beyond recognition. But Jesus will come to claim the final victory, and all these worldly prophets who have put on the cloak of Santa Claus rather than putting on the Lord Jesus will be dealt with swiftly. Although the victory has always been secure, the Messiah has given space for His enemies to surrender and join His kingdom. But that invitation is now over and here He comes with great power to execute the wrath of the Lamb. But notice the last part of the sentence I provided from II Thess. Chapter 1.
“…10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.”
Brothers and sisters, in the final analysis we have no victor but His. We have been blessed just by touching the hem of His garment, but now we rule and reign with Him simply because of what He did and the grace that has been lavished upon us. We can only imagine what our eyes and our very beings will behold when Christ the Victor comes to reign upon this earth. The Creator robed in all His glory takes up His rightful place. Just to look upon Him will be a monumental gift of grace, but we will also be given the privilege of worshiping our Redeemer. No more overheads; no more praise teams; no more rehearsals; no more song preferences; no more manipulating emotions; no more worship leaders; this worship we be pure and powerful and eternal and will need no coaxing since just His all consuming presence empowers and even demands that all who have been changed into eternal saints cannot help but worship Him.
He has triumphed and He now allows us to share in that victory forever.