Bible Reading Day 358
Day 358: December 24 (Revelation 14)
I wonder if you have noticed the difference it makes to consider the second coming of Jesus during the month before we celebrate the first coming of Jesus? This is how the Church has traditionally celebrated Advent – it is the season to look forward as well as back. Tomorrow we celebrate the coming of God as a baby, about two thousand years ago, to save us from our sins. In Revelation we have been learning about the coming again of Jesus, in victory, to abolish sin completely.
After seeing things from satan’s perspective for the last two days, we turn again to God’s perspective today. We see the Lamb preparing to judge the earth. We see him enthroned, surrounded by faithful followers (144,000 is 12×12,000 which symbolizes completion (12) and multitude (1000). 12×12 implies completion from every tribe and for every apostle. In other words 144,000 symbolizes a multitude from everywhere – a completion of God’s redemptive plan.
Then three angels announce judgment, concluding with the observation (repeated in Revelation): “Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.” or in the New Living Translation: “This means that God’s holy people must endure persecution patiently, obeying his commands and maintaining their faith in Jesus.” This observation comes with a promise: “Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, they are blessed indeed, for they will rest from their hard work; for their good deeds follow them!”
The Lamb is then seen as the reaper – gathering in the whole earth for judgment.
Today we celebrate the coming judgment – as the Lamb on the Throne brings an end to all evil. Tomorrow we celebrate the coming of Jesus as one of us.
Have a great day!