Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Thursday, November 5, 2015
“And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.” (Revelation 22:10).
This blessed book is a principle look at all, yes all, that the rest of Scripture has taught regarding God’s plan of salvation. And all if this culminates in a crystal clear revelation of Jesus Christ. To whom is the revelation given? According to Revelation 1:3, all who submit to Him as His servants, read/hear the prophecies of this book, and keep the things written therein receive it. Why do we need this final, comprehensive look at Jesus Christ? The Bible writer learned from the angel that the time was at hand. What time?
Let me see if I can quickly encapsulate the answer. The same God who sent and signified through His angel some aspects of last day truth to Daniel the prophet millennia ago, is unsealing that which He told Daniel to shut up and seal. Notice what the Bible says: “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” (Daniel 12:1–4). We are living in the time of the end! There is no doubt that knowledge in every area of scholarship, technology, and the sciences have increased to epic proportions. Our understanding of Bible prophecy is steadily increasing as the news headlines become congruent with that which God revealed in Scripture. So, John was commissioned to report the unsealed revelations, which brother Daniel was commissioned to shut up, until the time of the end. Our heavenly Mediator will soon finish His work; there will soon be a time of trouble that greatly overshadows all of the recent headlines; God’s people will soon be delivered; those who loved God and have died will soon be resurrected unto everlasting life; and those who hate God and righteousness will be rewarded for their hatred.
It has been our privilege to go directly to the Source of life and revelation, God Himself through His Word, and behold the last great revelation of His character and plans for us through these last days. As we have seen multiple times in the prophesies of this book, there is no doubt things are going to get crazier on this planet right before Jesus’ return, but our God has promised a blessing to all who are willing to keep the focus of our lives in the right direction.
A Prayer for Your Hearts:
Lord, please give us your perspective as we traverse the final moments of earth’s history. In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.