If you haven’t read part one of this story, you can click the link here to read it before proceeding to part two below.
Fast forward to a few months later. I was trying to study and I felt an impression in my heart that I should start reading the Book of Revelation in the Bible from Chapter One to Twenty Two.
So, I plunged into it and asked the Holy Spirit to help me to interpret and impart more grace into me. Every evening after work, I would slide into my quiet study space at home. And prayed, “Holy Spirit, come and teach me from this book.”
With an excitement in my spirit, I took off. That was my second journey into reading the entire book. I read it slowly for three days. Yes! I wanted to understand every bit of the events and adore the Father and Lamb for the great salvation.
You know what I found after completing the book? It is the sweetest book of edification, exhortation and comfort to me and all believers in Christ Jesus. I tell you! Well, you might still be doubting like me few years ago. Don’t worry. So back to my findings.
The events in it were awesome. All through the book, I kept on seeing:
The worship of the Father.
The worship of the Lamb of God (the Lord Jesus).
Worship going on non-stop.
There is a non-stop declaration of the Father’s glory; His honor, power, dominion.
The twenty four elders, the four living creatures and the angels keep bowing down and worshiping the One who sits on the throne. The Ancient of Days! The One who clothes Himself with fire!
I basked in the glory of the Father in the Spirit. I adore His greatness. Oh what a wonderful Father. A merciful God. And an adoring Saviour.
It was as if I was watching a movie. Every event! Every utterance. I quivered at the majesty of the Lord. The heavenly order, the reverence, the adoration for the One who created all but none created Him and for the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world for you and I. What a Saviour!
My spirit soared as if I was present there. I could “perceive” the atmosphere in utter awe of the Most High. Truly, we have come to Mount Zion; the city of the Living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels; to the general assembly and church of the firstborn; to God the righteous Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect clothed in linen; to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant; with the twenty four elders around the throne and the living creatures bowing down and worshiping the Father of all spirits and Jesus our Saviour. Hebrews 21 – 24; Revelation 4:10; Revelation 19:4-16
If you are in the Spirit, you will perceive it in your spirit. Our spirit’s natural habitat is the presence of God. It is not alien to him. Ask the Holy Spirit and He will help you. If you can’t, don’t beat yourself. It doesn’t make you less of God’s children.
Going forward. By the time I got to Chapter 19, I began to rejoice. Do you know why? I found myself smiling so much! It was like Yesssss!!!! That was the defeat of the prophetic Babylon. I began to rejoice more because of the gradual close of all ages.
Then Chapter 20, the millennial reign; I was already ecstatic because I knew that is for all believers and Christ Jesus. Awesome! Satan, the old serpent that deceived Adam and Eve, now ravaging the whole earth will be bound and thrown into the lake of fire with all his cohorts for eternity. Whao!!! What an eternal relief. The assurance that Satan and his cohorts, causing men/women to steal, kill and destroy fellow men/women, will live forever in the lake of fire. Glory to God!!!
If you are doing his bidding right now on earth, well, I have good news for you. You don’t have to wind up like him. Just believe that the only reason you will not be judged in eternity is because Jesus was already made a sacrificial lamb for your sins and consequences. Just confess that “Jesus, you are my Lord. Thank you for saving me. I’m now Yours.” Simple. He will accept you.
Back to my story. The current earth, heaven, sun and moon will be destroyed; rolled up. And God the Father will create a new earth. And the new Jerusalem, the holy city coming down out of heaven prepared for all that confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour and continue to walk in faith till the end.
Apostle John said in Revelation 21 from verse one:
Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.
2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.
4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.
7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.
8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
The verse 4 above got me crying like a baby. Thinking about all the groaning, the contention for the faith, constant war between our spirit and the flesh etc… Oh my oh my! Constant groaning to be liberated from this body of flesh. Reading verse 4 is a relief!
It’s verse 5 that triggered me most. It came as though the Father is saying, “It’s alright. My children, everything is new and fine now. Just settle down and let’s fellowship for eternity. I have ensured that nothing will ever disrupt our fellowship again. It is over!” That is my paraphrase.
Verse 5 was so soothing. So comforting. Did you see why the word of the Father in verse 5 matches all the characteristics of prophecy in 1 Corinthians 14:3? It reads, “But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.”
The Father’s word in verse 5 was so comforting, edifying and exhorting to us.
What an awesome relief! What a glorious future awaiting us after all the earthly trials and tribulations; pains and longing for mortality to be swallowed up in immortality and death swallowed up in victory. What a future awaiting us! Our God and our Father through His Son Jesus Christ has done it for us. Awaiting the appointed time.
My conclusion is:
The Book of Revelation is the sweetest book to edify, exhort and comfort believers on what our eternal future is.
1. The Father God sincerely seeks those that will worship Him in spirit and in truth.
2. He has perfected everything from the foundation of the world to redeem mankind from sin and curse of the law.
3. Jesus Christ was made a sacrificial lamb to pay for our sins and restore us to God
4. Eternal judgement and damnation await Satan and his cohorts and any human being that refuses to accept and confess Jesus as Lord.
5. The Father is a merciful God that yearns for none to perish. 2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.“
6. At the end of everything, He will make all things new and we will live with Him forever
I sincerely hope when you read again the Book of Revelation, you will see what many believers have seen and caught. If you don’t feel the excitement as I do, don’t condemn yourself. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you see what is reserved in the Book of Revelation. Perhaps, find a sound Bible teacher to take you through. My journey to understanding it started when He led me to a faith-based Bible School.
You can read the part one of the story by clicking here.