Today’s reading: Revelation 19:6 – Chapter 22.
Highlights: Yesterday we read about the fall of Babylon, the harlot. Today we pick up in 19:6 where praise breaks out at the announcement that “the marriage of the Lamb has come” (7).
Jesus comes riding on a white horse and captures the beast and false prophet and they are cast into the lake of fire. In chapter 20 Satan is bound for 1000 years and the martyrs who had been beheaded live and reign with Jesus. Satan is released, makes another attempt to deceive mankind, he fails, and “the devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (20:10).
The end of chapter 20 describes the judgment of mankind. Any not found written in the Lamb’s book of life are also assigned to the Lake of fire.
For the saved, chapters 21 and 22 describe the new heavens and new earth and the holy city. In addition to the gold and pearls and precious stones, we read about the water of life and tree of life which are ours if we are in God’s book of life.
So fitting that what was lost in Eden (we read this Jan 1, 2013) is now regained in heaven. The Bible story then is the story of all God has done to redeem man from the consequences of his sin.
So, our journey ends. “Come, come, come” (22:17) is one of the final admonitions. God wants us all to come to him. “Let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely”.