Monday, December 10, 2012

Today in Revelation ~ When Jesus Comes

December 10, 2012

           This morning I was considering the difference between believers in Jesus Christ who are described as “a kingdom” and “priests” unto God Revelation 1:6, and non-believers who are summarized as the “tribes of the earth”. All through Revelation this distinction will be expanded and clarified. However, the introduction to the book tells us what to expect will happen unexpectedly.

          “Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.” Revelation 1:7

          Since the “tribes of the earth” will “wail” when they see Jesus coming, I wanted to show God’s children the things said about us in order to assure us that this is not the way we will feel when we see Jesus. Here is a list of contrasts between God’s children, who are known as “the seven churches”, and God’s enemies, who are known as the “tribes of the earth”.

Revelation 1:4-7

The Seven Churches
(God’s Beloved Children)
The Tribes of the Earth
(The Enemies of Jesus Christ)
Grace from God
Justice from God
Peace with God
Enemies of God
Freed from sins
Condemned for sins
God’s Kingdom
Satan’s Prison Camp
Priests to God
Unredeemable Sinners
Safe in Jesus’ Glory
Terrified of Jesus’ Glory
Secure in Jesus’ Dominion
Certain Destruction in Jesus’ Dominion
Rejoicing when Jesus comes
Wailing when Jesus comes

          Although the book of Revelation is primarily an encouragement to God’s children, it is also an invitation to all who have never surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ. God wants everyone to see that things do not turn out well for his enemies, and they turn out very well for God’s beloved children. The only way anyone can change from an enemy of God to a child of God is through adoption. If you cannot remember God leading you through the experience of adoption, come and experience this gracious gift today.

          Although it has been made into quite the cliché, when Jesus comes, it is over. Anyone who is still among the “tribes of the earth” will be so terrified of Jesus’ coming that they will instantly begin to wail because of him. Much better to be one of his Beloved children who instantly feel the fulfillment of their hope as Jesus comes to take them to the home he has prepared for them.

 © 2012 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, Canada, V1K 1B8 ~

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