Day Three Hundred Sixty-Five, Revelation 19-22
In today, the final reading of John's Revelation--and the final reading of the Daily Bible--John is invited to a great wedding feast, that of the Lamb to His bride. John heard a shout of "Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear."
Then he says, "I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God...Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations...On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: 'KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.'"
In the rest of John's vision, Satan is destroyed, and a description is given of the New Jerusalem which comes down from heaven. I'll just let these words of prophecy speak for themselves:
"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first erath had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.' He who was seated on the throne said, 'I am making everything new!'"
The actual description of the city goes on a few paragraphs later with, "I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life. Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever."
Jesus Himself confirms this revelation with these words, "Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city." Christ ends this revelation with so glorious an invitation. "The Spirit and the bride say, 'Come!' And let him who hears say, 'Come!' Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life."
As I complete my thoughts on this Revelation, and really on this entire inspired Word of His, which I have just read through in its entirety for the first time ever, there are so many different things that He has said that go through my mind. So many different things to learn. But of all of them, there are three thoughts that stay in my mind, really the only three things that matter. Three facts that I have heard (more than once) so simply, and yet so beautifully expressed by my beloved blogfather, and they seem appropriate to close out this blog this year.
And Jesus comes to take us home.
Come, Lord Jesus.