I began this blog series with the confession that I had become leery of the Book of Revelation and of the whole field in theology called eschatology. I had allowed my uninformed reading of the Book of Revelation and the crazy interpretations that I heard from wacko preachers and quirky commentators shape my understanding and attitude towards the book. Fortunately, scholars like N. T. Wright, George Ladd, Bruce Metzger, and others have given me insight and guidance into the book. I am now glad that the Church included this writing into the Canon of Scripture. It has a marvelous message and is beautifully structured, even if it still seems strange in some details and imagery. Revelation is redeemed. I hope that you feel the same. Pastor Dave and the other bloggers have done a great job of showing how relevant the Book of Revelation is to modern readers. It is truly an inspiring and hope-filled book. I hope the warning to not add to the words of this book or take away from it don’t apply to us!
In the end, let Jesus be exalted. He is the Lord. Jesus is the revelation of God. He is the God who inspires prophets and sends his angels to reveal His word to us. He is the Alpha and Omega, the First and Last, the Beginning and End, the Root and Offspring of David, the bright Morning Star, the Bridegroom of the bride, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Lamb who was slain, the Hope of Martyrs, the Rider on the White Horse, the Defeater of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet, and the Healer of all suffering, pain, and tears. Jesus is the Victorious One.
I can only end this wonderful experience by reiterating the themes here at the end of chapter 22: Keep the words of this prophecy! Worship God! Don’t seal up the words of this prophecy! The time is near! Let the evil-doers do evil! Let the righteous do what is right! Let the holy continue to be holy! Jesus’ reward is with him! He will give to everyone according to what they have done! Blessed are those who wash their robes! The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Let those who are thirsty come! Let all who wish to take the free gift of the water of life come! Jesus is coming soon! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen!