This passage plainly tells us that we have abundant peace and serenity when we are in Christ, because He is our All in All! Keep in mind the context, especially chapter 19. This also seems to make reference to faithfulness as the most supreme honor we can give our Lord. Christ insists on our active faith, commitment, and loyalty fueled in our passionate devotion to Him for which there is abundant reward! Revelation is not about doom and gloom, or about how things will take place in sequence and order; rather, it is about our jubilation in Christ and our call to remain faithful no matter what! This passage’s intent was also to be a great comfort to the persecuted Christians, who learned that Satan is limited and will not triumph over them when Christ is ruling their hearts and minds.
The spread of the Gospel and the growth of faith are principal over any view or theory we may have in our church, denomination, or hold personally. God is much more concerned with our spiritual formation than with our vain speculations of end-times theories. Just read what He says to us in 1 Timothy chapter 1! What does God want us to do? Spend our energies in conjecture and argumentation or grow our faith and spread His Word!? To make statements that someone is less spiritual for not believing in another’s view is the heresy that Scripture warns us of, and misses the point that Christ has for us to honor Him, trust Him, and work to build and further His kingdom!
Questions to Ponder:
1. Satan was unable to prevent Christ’s incarnation and redemption, thus he seeks to manipulate and destroy His followers, meaning you! So, what are you going to do about it? How can you take control of Satan in your life?
2. What does this passage say to you? Is it literal or figurative? Does it matter? Why do so many interpreters of this passage seem to miss the main point? What is the main point for you?
3. What price are you willing to pay for your faith and preaching the Word of God? What causes your fears, and your not being willing to pay a price or an ultimate price?
4. What price are you willing to pay for your faith and preaching the Word of God? What causes your fears, and your not being willing to pay a price or an ultimate price?
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