“I am the Alpha and Omega,” say the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” 1:8
“in the midst of the lamps stands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two edged sword, and his face was shining in full strength.” 1:13-16
This is the God that we so personally know being described by John. He is telling John to write to the seven churches during the tribulation, and there is one phrase from the letter to Ephesus that has just grabbed my heart and twisted it, and it was this.. “But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.”
As much as the future excites me, it absolutely scares the crap out of me. I hope you can relate too! Our hearts and minds are so fragile, and the devil knows exactly what will make us slip. The future is now, and sometimes that is so hard for me to understand. But to consider that I could one day abandon the pure love I had for Christ in the beginning is a true nightmare. Being faithful is a trait that I think we are born with, but the world slowly messes with our strength and patience. I personally am still trying to get back to the root of the faithfulness I know I am supposed to be expressing and living out.
“Here is the call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” 14:12-13
I want to be completely transparent and raw with you all and tell you that I personally have never fully read through the book of Revelation until tonight. It wasn’t because of fear or intimidation, but I honestly just never even thought about approaching it. Tonight was my first time reading it through fully and dwelling on all of the details, and oh my how deeply detailed it is!! If you have never read it I suggest you make it your next book to read from the bible. I am incapable of describing the events that take place but i will say that it begins at the start of the tribulation and finishes with the beginning of the New World and New Jerusalem. I absolutely cannot get over the details of our savior that John speaks forth to us, or the details of the throne in heaven. It’s beautiful, and to think that the real deal will completely surpass what my imagination has painted for me seriously makes me want to throw up, out of excitement that is. Christ is coming, be ready!!! This is the conclusion to the 60 Day New Testament Journey, and it has been a wonderful Journey indeed. I am thinking about starting an Old Testament one, but nothing is for sure yet. I do know that I will be starting some daily devotions following some books that I am planning to start so that should be fun! I absolutely love you all, and until next time stay great! 🙂
“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” 22:12-13