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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Seeing Eternally (Revelation 22:20)

"He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon."

Near-sightedness (Myopia) occurs when the cornea is too curved or the eye is too long. Light passes through the eye but focuses before it reaches the retina causing blurred distance vision.

Far-sightedness (Hyperopia) occurs when the cornea is too flat for the eye. The light rays are focused behind the eye or far into the retina and causes blurred close-up vision.

Both may be corrected with glasses, contacts or refractive surgery.

Many followers of Jesus Christ are spiritually near-sighted (myself included) as we spend entirely too much time focusing on the immediate that the far away is blurred. Reading the Revelation of Jesus Christ sharpens my vision and reminds me afresh that the days of this earth, as we know it, are numbered. According to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, that "far off day" of the Rapture can occur at any moment which gives the warning in 16:15 such urgency, "Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”

Earlier in the Revelation Jesus challenges the church at Laodicia church to "anoint their eyes with eye salve that you may see" (3:18). We, too, need corrected spiritual vision so that we can see God's prophetic work in our world today, so that we understand that the end is closer than we previously thought, and, finally, so that we are ready for His appearance.

Just as near-sighted and far-sighted vision can be corrected by wearing glasses or having surgery so our spiritual vision must be corrected if we are to heed the Lord's warning and instruction. The corrective lens of prayer and the Word of God allow us to see the glory of the celestial city and the majesty of the God we serve so that the far off is more real than the immediate.

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Revelation 19:1-22:21
  • What event causes such an uproar in heaven?
  • What three names are written on the rider who is called Faithful and True?
  • What prohibits Satan from his continual deceptions?
  • What is the purpose of the thousand year period and what takes place at its end?
  • How will sinners be judged?
  • What is predominant in New Jerusalem?
  • What will be noticeably absent in New Jerusalem?
  • Compare Genesis 1-3 with Revelation 21-22:
    Heavens and earth created (1:1) -- New heavens and earth appear (21:1)
    Sun created (1:16) -- no need of the sun (21:23)
    The night established (1:5) -- No night there (22:5)
    The seas created (1:10) -- No more seas (21:1)
    The curse announced (3:14–17) -- No more curse (22:3)
    Death enters history (3:19) -- No more death (21:4)
    Man driven from the tree and the garden (3:24) -- Man restored to paradise (22:14)
    Sorrow and pain begin (3:17) -- No more tears or pain (21:4)
Turning truth into prayer
Ask the Lord to correct your vision, to allow you to realize the eternal in the temporal.