Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Book of Revelation: the Inner and the Outer

I've been reading Revelation this month, and I've come to realize that it's the story of the hidden inner, and the seen outer:

On the inside,

The church is kept safe
The Lion Judah roars
We are at peace
We are the Temple of God
We are the 144,000 sealed
Demonic torment reigns over the world

God rules
The Church triumphant
The Satanic trinity a pathetic parody
Babylon is fallen
There is an unseen Temple in heaven
Demonic action is behind much of what goes on in the world
And Divine determination moves history.

On the outside,

We are persecuted
The Lamb of God is slain
The world at war
The world is the trampled courtyard
Martyrs are slain
This is a chaotic world
Satan rules
The Church is persecuted
The Satanic trinity rules
Babylon rules
The earth is self is chaotic
Earthly reactions hide the demonic powers
Earthquakes roll.

But here's the good news: the hidden, the "inside", bursts its bonds in chapters 19-22. The horror collapses and the whole endures. Good news: Jesus is Lord, and He shall reign forever!

No comments: