Jesus Cures All – Daily Message
June 16, 2021
Revelation – my humble translation and things to ponder
We will be spending the next 22 weeks studying Revelation – the book of hope. It was written by John near the end of his life after he received a vision from Christ. He recorded this for the benefit of the seven churches of Asia and for Christians throughout history.
Though most associate this book with only the end times, this is the only book in the Bible that promises a blessing to those who listen to its words and do what it says.
As always, I will be providing my humble translation and some things to ponder.
19 Heaven Exults over Babylon
1 After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!
2 For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.”
3 Again they said, “Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!”
4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, “Amen! Alleluia!”
5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!”
6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!
7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”
8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”
10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
Christ on a White Horse
11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.
13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.
15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
The Beast and His Armies Defeated
17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, 18 that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.”
19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.
20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.
My Humble Translation:
In this chapter, John tells of a great multitude in heaven singing a chorus of praise to God for His victory and then the 24 elders joining in. He goes on to tell of the wedding of the Lamb – between Christ and His church – His church consisting of all faithful believers from the culmination of human history; as it is written: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’
John goes on to describe Jesus arriving as a warrior on a white horse – symbolizing His victory over evil. (Jesus first came as a sacrificial lamb but He returns as a Conqueror).
Thus, His description as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
John finishes with a graphic description of the wrath of God and details of what will happen to the beast, the evil prophet and all those who have been marked against God.
Imagine the heavens opening up to a choir singing the praises of God – how glorious for those of us who believed and stayed faithful – how scary for those marked by the beast.
Yet, I believe that the majority of those marked will not be scared, but rather arrogant, believing that evil will defeat God…up until the very end…when it is far too late to repent and save themselves.
Is this not reason alone to accept Jesus as our savior?
One More Thought
Don’t Be Afraid
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Our nation seems to be crumbling around us. Everything that is good is now bad and everything that is bad is good. We must remember God’s promises and His words, it is more important now than ever before.
It is our choice on how to deal with life. We can worry and fret over problems in life and stress over stuff that we cannot control, or we can let God handle these issues. It’s our choice.
God will and can handle these problems better than we can. He just might handle these issues in a totally different way than we would. He just might amaze us with His solution to our needs. All that we must do is get out of His way and let Him work in our lives.
Believe – Accept Jesus – Repent – Pray – Read His Word – Live Like Jesus – Fear No More!
Thank you, Lord, for being a God of relationship. You created us Lord and will never leave us. Thanks be to you, Father God. Amen.
© Credits: Alan Dupuis & Max Lucado – with All the Glory to God