Monday, February 17, 2014
Good evening friends,
Today's reading continues the wrap up of Revelation. We've seen the great vision of the new heaven and new earth as God redeems creation. Now the angel of God promises that the end is soon. That's hard to believe, since it's been 2000 years. And yet, any day could be the last.
6And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true, for the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.” 7“See, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
8I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me; 9but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your comrades the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God!” 10And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. 11Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.” 12“See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work.