5 Things to Know if Revelation Scares You
Jennifer Slattery JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com
2021 14 Apr Crosswalk.com
Many believers experience mixed feelings regarding what scholars refer to as the “end times” and Revelation, the apocryphal book that speaks of them for numerous reasons. First, most of us don’t like to think about persecution, global wars, evil rulers with seemingly absolute power, and catastrophic natural disasters able to wipe out one third of the population. Second, the unknown triggers anxiety in many of us, and this highly symbolic and hard to understand letter can easily exacerbate this emotion.
But God doesn’t want us to live in fear. To the contrary. He directed His servant John to write the letter in order to encourage ancient believers during a time of intense persecution. Through it, God reminded them, and by extension, us, of powerful truths able to build our hope-filled anticipation of all that is to come.
Here are 5 Things to know if Revelation scares you:
1. God Wins
When sin entered into God’s once flawless creation, Satan and his demons declared war on God and His children. This invading darkness reveals itself in every instance of abuse, oppression, disease, and wounded heart. We’ve all felt the effects: Loved ones lost much too soon. Relationships shattered. Communities divided. Lives destroyed.
Surrounded by such destruction, we might fear that all is lost. But Scripture promises this is far from true. One day, the God of heaven’s armies will rally His troops to defeat evil for good. As Romans 16:20a states, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.”
Revelation displays God’s ultimate victory as the supreme and most powerful Ruler of all. As the elders seated before God proclaim, “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign” (Revelation 11:17, NIV). Five chapters later, the nations gather against God’s people, but God prevails. An angel seizes Satan, binds him for 1,000 years and throws him into the pit. Once those 1,000 years end, Scripture says he’ll be “thrown into the lake of burning sulfur” where he will remain for all eternity (Revelation 20:1-3).
2. Utopia Is Coming
Though Revelation details the catastrophic outpouring of God’s wrath, this book isn’t about destruction and tragedy. At its core, it’s a promise of hope, reminding us all that good indeed will come and one day God will permanently banish our sorrow.
Revelation 21:1-4 tells us about a new, perfect heaven and earth that will replace our broken world. And God will live among us, dwelling with us, as He always intended. What’s more, “He will wipe every tear from [our] eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (NIV).
3. Our Eternity Is Sure
If reading the judgments described throughout Revelation triggers doubt and anxiety, know this — God will grant all who trust in Him eternal rest. Our salvation doesn’t depend on us. It’s a gift of grace bestowed upon all who believe in Christ. He Himself promised, in John 10:28, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of My hand.” Adding emphasis, He said, “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
Let’s break this down. God the Father is greater than all. All darkness, all evil, every ruler that ever rose to power or disease that practically shut down the entire globe. Nothing can stand against Him nor can anything divert His plans or nullify His promises. He is greater than all, and He and the Son are one. One in mindset. One in will. One in power. One in love. And they hold us firmly in their hand.
What’s more, Ephesians 1:10 tells us, speaking of all who have accepted God’s forgiveness through Christ, “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit” (NIV).
We’re held firm and sealed in Christ and with Christ for all of eternity.
4. Blessed for Reading
I have read through Revelation numerous times. I’ve poured over commentaries, investigated the original Greek wording, and attended numerous sermons explaining this letter verse by verse. And yet, I am still confused. Perhaps you feel the same and worry you’re missing some crucial nugget of truth.
If so, perhaps these facts will give you peace. First, notice what John wrote in the beginning of this letter: “Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophesy, and blessed are those who hear it and take heart what is written in it …” (Revelation 1:3). Blessed are those who read and who listen, regardless of our understanding. While I want to study all Scripture, Revelation included, with the diligence and respect it deserves, I’m comforted to know God doesn’t condemn me in my confusion. Instead, He invites me to learn, trusting He’ll teach me all I need to know when I need to know it.
Second, God always clarifies and repeats the most crucial details of Scripture. For example, the Bible tells us plainly that Jesus is the Son of God who rescued us from the penalty of sin and purchased our salvation (Mark 14:61-62; Luke 1:32; Luke 4:41; John 1:34; John 14:6; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 10:9). Therefore, even in moments of confusion or misunderstanding, I have no reason to fear. Nor do you. Therefore, do your part to read, and trust God to fulfill His promise to bless you for this.
5. We Will Never Be Alone
Every hardship and struggle becomes all the more burdensome when we feel as if we’re fighting alone. That crushing weight begins to lift, however, when we realize God is with us. He remains with us through every challenge and season of sorrow, and He surrounds us with His love.
Consider all the promises preserved in Psalm 139:
“You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
You perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
You are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.”
He knows us intimately and completely. He’s seen us at our worst, and still He envisions us at our best.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay Your hand upon me.”
He surrounds us with His love, a supernatural, eternal, impenetrable shield.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
Like Jesus promised in John 10, nothing and no one can pry us from His hands. God holds us tight throughout our battles today and carries us into our more joy-filled tomorrow.
Revelation is a confusing, and at times unsettling, book that provides vivid displays of God’s justice and power. But these images needn’t overwhelm or terrify us. To the contrary. They should fill our hearts with hope-filled anticipation of the joy and eternal peace God promised.
Jennifer Slattery is a writer and speaker who hosts the Faith Over Fear podcast. She’s addressed women’s groups, Bible studies, and writers across the nation. She’s the author of Building a Family and numerous other titles and maintains a devotional blog at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com.
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Seven (7) References to ‘BE WATCHING or WATCHFUL.’
Matthew 24:42; Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Matthew 25:13; Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Mark 13:35; Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning.
Luke 21:36; Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man
Luke 12:37-39; Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
1 Thessalonians 5:2-4; For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. (Be Watching).
John 13:19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.
John 14:29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
Luke 21:31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
Mark 13:29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
‘Increasing Like Labor Pains.’ ‘Fearful Sights.’ ‘Perilous Times.’ ‘Men’s hearts failing with fear.’ Great Convergence of Signs.’ REDEMPTION IMMINENT.
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Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:
The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)
A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.
. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.
. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).
. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).
. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).
. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).
. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).
. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).
True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:
Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
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