Trustworthy and True

The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”

Revelation 22:6

With these words, the Revelation of Jesus Christ concerning that “which must soon take place” comes to a close. You will recall that in chapter 1 Jesus told John that He would reveal “what is now” and then “what must soon take place”. The revelation concerning the present (John’s present, c. 90 AD) was found in chapters 1-3, and what would take place later has been running from 4:1 through 22:5, and I’m sure that you will also recall that for the most part, John’s “later” is our “now”. Yes, dear reader, we have seen the entire scope of this present age, from the first century to the 21st, and on into the future.

We have seen through these visions that we, the Church, will have to endure a great deal, as we live on the front lines of a battle of cosmic proportions, yet we have also seen that God protects His church, and that even those who give their physical lives for His cause, are more than rewarded for their sacrifices. If you have been following along with us on this journey, and if you take the time to think it through, you will also have your eyes opened in a sense, when you look at the world we live in. You will come to see what is going on in this world for what it really is. Quite honestly, if you allow yourself to do that, you will also come to realize that the whole discussion in Christian circles about when the Second Coming is to take place, “who is the Antichrist” and all the rest of that kind of thinking, is totally, completely and utterly a waste of time and energy because… it doesn’t matter. In fact, it is a potentially dangerous distraction!

Considering that we are in a spiritual battlefield, why not have the courage to ask yourself who will benefit if we Christians waste our time and energy trying to figure out when Jesus will return, who the Antichrist might be… or what the “signs” will be that His Coming is near. Yep, I dare you to ponder that question!

While you’re pondering that, ask yourself what the purpose and mission of the Church is: Isn’t it to make disciples for Jesus Christ by sharing the Good News of His awesome love to a world that desperately needs to hear it? Isn’t that world comprised of all of those “neighbors” that we are told to love, you know, the ones that Jesus died for?

I would suggest that there is only one being who would benefit by our allowing ourselves to indulge in such speculation, and it isn’t the Lord.

Back to the text…

One last point; notice that the angel tells John, that the words he has been given are “trustworthy and true” and “The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.” The Lord is the God who “inspires” the prophets tells us that God stands behind His prophets and vouches for the truth of what they say, John is now one of those prophets, and God Himself is standing behind the words John is sharing with us in these chapters.

I’ll wrap up with one more little point to ponder:

Think of the incredibly awesome promises we have just been studying in chapters 21 and 22; now think about the fact that these are God’s promises, and He completely stands behind them.

Do you believe God? If you answer in the affirmative, then ask yourself how this is going to change the way you view your life in the here and now.

See you next time!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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8 Responses to Trustworthy and True

  1. Excellent post. Jesus is the Living Way and the important thing is to live knowing that all the things are immanent. I believe in seeking unity with other believers in Jesus and not doctrines or theology. None of us can see things exactly the same way and none of us can fully comprehend God. It’s Who we know and what He is doing in our lives that brings an end to all spiritual confusion.

  2. Looking Up! says:

    Thank you for the post!

  3. I like seeing how your mind works. Teresa and I discuss these things as well. What benefit is there to worrying about tomorrow?

    Matthew 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

    I find too many churches dwell in their version of end times prophecy as though they fear the end of their life. I mean after all, what makes that day so different from any other really? If you knew you were going to be hit by a bus and couldn’t stop it what good would it do you to dwell on it? So long as you do your best daily with hope and love and determination to overcome, then what do you have to fear? What we fear is what we can’t control and we give it power over our lives. Fear is the opposite of trust and left unchecked quickly leads to the pain of hate which we know is the exact opposite of God’s plan. We are not supposed to fear the end of days. These are the completion of a plan, not the enemy of it. God has a plan for us as well as our world, both inside and out. And fear is not that plan.

    As for food for thought: consider that the end of days is the end of the 7 day process of creating man in God’s image. Most think man was created in His image from birth as it says in Genesis about the completion of the 6th day

    Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

    But read into the next chapter and see that man is not born into God’s image as he is created (Formed) as he is made BEFORE all the plants that are formed on the 3rd day.

    Genesis 2:
    5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
    6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
    7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
    8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

    It is 6 steps of enlightenment that we labor to create peace (Jerusalem).

    Deuteronomy 33:25 Thy shoes shall be… as thy days

    This is about a process that you must follow to reach the end reward where you create the image of God within.

    2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

    And the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ is the realization of that 7th day completion of that process where you create the NEW PEACE (Jerusalem) within and cast aside the false WISDOM/Woman/harlot called the state of confusion called the kingdom of Babylon.

    Proverbs 7:4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:

    This is why the final book is filled with so many 7’s (Plagues, bowls, churches, lampstands [Enlightenments], etc.). They are all the cleansing process of your inner-world where you remove the animal/beast self to create the man that mirrors God.

    Ecclesiastes 3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.
    Revelation 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

    Think about the BRIDE (Wisdom) the bridging and the joining of the higher ideals of heaven to the primitive ideals of earth. This is higher and lower self in balance and it creates a mirror in the waters of the spirit that were divided on the second day yet now in calmness and united to create a mirror of waters like a bridge to transcend like a sea of self-reflecting glass.

    Revelation 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

    Matthew 14:29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

    This is all about creating an ideal Nirvana of sorts were we are full of the inner-light and no longer living in the outer-darkness.

    Matthew 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

    Revelation 22:
    1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
    4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
    5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

    This is all secretly the story of you and your journey to establishing peace within your soul (Psyche/Mind).. Salvation/freedom of the soul/mind

  4. With regards to your comment on Christians paying too much attention to the Second Coming. When I was young I read a science fiction anthology of short stories geared around their vision of the future. One writer wrote a story with a God-centered outlook. In the story man has expanded its presence into the galaxy, and his mission from God goes with him. God’s plan started in Israel, with the Israelites receiving the teaching and instruction from God, continued with the Apostles taking that teaching to the rest of the world, then culminating with God’s final plan of man taking his Word to all of his creation. Gives you pause to think, and why God may be in no hurry for the Second Coming.

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