What John Saw

This morning I am writing this blog rather late.  I have found myself consumed with reading about what people are seeing in our world.  For instance, I read about an Egyptian who set himself on fire to protest the increasing outrageous cost of food.  I read about how his protest spread rapidly in the village where he lived and suddenly the entire nation is protesting.  I read about 4000 people who are dying each and every day in Africa from AIDS.

However I also read Revelation 4-8.  Revelation 5 begins with, “Then I saw…” The things John saw were totally devastating.  I found myself weeping as I contemplated what is to come and at the same time I found myself asking God, “When will this time be?  Are we in the beginning point now?”

These questions come as I seek to know what John saw.  Biblically speaking, John is seeing events in the tribulation period (7 years that precede Christ’s Second-coming). Now there is much debate about the believers location in this period.  There are those who believe in the rapture of the church (I am in this group) and there are others who believe we will go through the tribulation period.

Here is what is amazing about this.  Both groups hold the same view that Christ will return and rule and reign forever.  So here is the encouragement I found this morning.  As a Child Of God I am going to be either Kept from the hour of trial or I am going to be kept during the hour of trial.  Either way I am a winner because of Jesus.

Here is what John wrote, “He who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.  They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor the scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes,” 7:15-17.

Praise God for our Savior who keep’s us from trials and He keeps us in the midst of trials.  However, consider those who know not Christ.  They are seeing things that frighten them and they only know how to lash out in fear trying to enforce their will to survive and thrive in what they think will bring peace and happiness.

I honest sit and watch the scenes in Egypt, Africa, Pakistan, and around the world with a broken heart.  My prayer is simple, “May they see what I have seen by grace.  I have seen my need for Jesus.”  May you be a light today that God can use us to shine His glory through.

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