Our nearly 100 hours of Bible reading was capped on Sunday morning when we read through the book of Revelation. It took about one-and-a-half hours, not too much longer than a typical Sunday morning sermon (smile!)
Revelation is a book of allegory and symbol. It was written when Christians were suffering intense persecution; John himself was exiled on an island designated for prisoners. I cannot begin to give specific apocalyptic interpretation (because I don’t understand most of it and because it would take volumes of writing), but in honor of the prominence of number seven in the book of Revelation, I have highlighted seven key aspects.
- God has a plan for the redemption of all those who will accept it, and the establishment of His Kingdom. History is going somewhere, and we are privileged to preview the end.
- God loves the church. He sees the strengths, struggles and sins of each particular congregation.
- Be encouraged; stand firm.
- God cannot tolerate sin; judgment is sure.
- The suffering of the martyrs has been recorded in heaven, and God has a reward in hand—not only for them but for all who serve Him faithfully.
- Light and darkness are in conflict, and we are in the thick of the battle.
- Jesus IS coming back for His bride!
Oh — “a Bible cake?” you might wonder. Apart from celebrating our reading this year, I wanted an object lesson to remind us that God’s Word is sweet, and something we should eat and digest. (Yes, it was very sweet!)
Thank you for your support and for following our Bible Read-a-Thon. Thankfully we don’t have to wait one more year to start, or keep on, communing with God through His written Word. It is always available—if we are!