Behold, ‘idou’, see, understand, know, be aware, listen, pay attention.
This is a loud announcement intended for all peoples, believer and unbeliever alike. Stop what you are doing. Stand up, look and know what is happening. Because this is a certain event that will occur in the future.
The second advent of Jesus Christ is the event and it will be the tactical victory of the angelic conflict. The first victory at the Cross was the strategic victory. God did what He said He would do. Provide a savior for all mankind, and despite the barriers and many attempts of man and Satan to prevent it. In the most ancient of times, without technology, without modern medicines and science, or even indoor plumbing. Despite the lawlessness and tyranny that certainly abounded in parts of the world in those distant past centuries. Gods plan advanced forward toward the Cross and succeeded.
Here now is the second event in history worth noting. The second victory of God, who knows all and sees all. Man cannot know all or even see his own nose objectively. Man concludes that his past was from apes and fish, based on similarities in behavior. Of course mankind in his sin nature merely acts like everyone else in the jungle. Animals do not act like man, but man acts like animals, which is a regression not an evolution.
But soon there will come a time, still future when all eyes will see the public arrival of Christ in all his glory. Riding His white war horse, for that is how Christ is going to attend a war. The earth is engulfed in its Armageddon battle in Satans last attempt to destroy the last promise of God to deliver the Jews in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is surrounded. The world is engulfed in its most violent war worldwide. No one is neutral. Everyone has chosen a side.
This is the culmination of the tribulation which began with the rapture of the Church seven years prior. We as believers in this Church Age will not be on this earth during those terrible seven years. We will be in heaven celebrating in the biggest party ever. At the rapture we departed from this earth and were transformed in mid flight into our resurrection bodies. We were received by Christ in mid air, and there all knees bent, all heads bowed to Him, Jesus Christ, the first and the last, the alpha and omega.
From there we spent the next three-and-a-half; years standing before Him in the Judgment Seat of Christ, receiving our evaluation, being cleansed with Christ’s purifying fire, which removes all that wood, hay, and stubble, or human good we packed away while on earth.
What did we do with our spiritual lives on earth?
We receive or miss out on blessings awarded at that time, depending on the spiritual content of our soul. Some will receive much because they advanced to spiritual maturity. Others will receive little because they ignored Bible doctrine in this life. They sought lifes pleasures instead.
Satan is ejected from heaven, mid way through the Tribulation, and not allowed to attend the wedding feast, the next event in heaven, which will occur during the last half of the tribulation seven years period.
Then comes the party during the next three-and-a-half-years, the wedding feast. Christ will have burned all the human good off of us at our evaluation and cleansed us thoroughly, and given us our awards, and crowns. We the bride will have been purified for the groom.
Now in our pure white clothing, unblemished and standing before Him, we will celebrate with Him in the greatest wedding feast of all time. At its conclusion, the call goes up in a loud cry. We mount on our white war horses, probably screaming at the top of our resurrected lungs, and then we gallop across the universe. Warp and hyper-warp are like standing still. We will be cruising big time.
Christ in the lead, and then the peoples back on this earth will stop and look up seeing Christ coming in all His glory, with clouds (that’s us). All darkness will be obliterated. All peoples on all sides of the globe will be awake and will see His second coming. Terror will seize them that rejected Christ.
What they had ignored, is coming to pass and their destinies of doom are about to be sealed. Believers on earth, those who believed in Christ since the rapture, will shout with joy at their rescue. Adrenaline will flow as never before.
John gives us a snap shot of the picture that even Hollywood could not reproduce on film. A picture that in our wildest imaginations serves to reinforce our faith and future hope and confidence in God, and all our commitment to our daily study of Bible doctrine. Believe it!
And though I have listed verse seven and eight in today’s study, it will take us several days of study to get through just these two verses.
This book of Revelation is filled with the wildest adventure of them all. Nothing in imagination or in history will ever surpass what we are going to study over the next several months. And the big thing of it all is, that this is real, not some Hollywood pretend movie, but the real deal.
John began what is probably the greatest culminating book ever written, with the name of the most important person ever, Jesus Christ. John continued with the most important thing that should be in our individual lives, and that is Bible doctrine learned, understood, and mastered by each one of us, maximizing our individual spiritual lives, and bringing the greatest of purpose and meaning into each of our personal lives.
God the Father gave this message to Christ, and then through the Holy Spirit, to each one of us.
This book is addressed not to unbelievers, but to believers. Because for unbelievers, there is no hope or promise, unless and until they believe in Christ.
For believers, this is the greatest promise of them all. Jesus Christ controls history. Jesus Christ was revealed in the past, so that He will bring the turmoil of the world under control, and wipe out evil. God did not create evil, but God will terminate it.
And that is our promise and assurance, here.
John began the book with Christ, and in his own way, shows us how this story is going to end, with the victory of Christ.
These opening verses are only an introduction, there is far more excitement to come, and far more details to document them all.