If anyone has an ear, let him hear. He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Most people I have heard speak about Revelation mention that it is a scary book to read. I used to try to understand why. But as I read it and re-read it, I started to understand why adults would consider the book or Revelation a frightening read. As the message of the book becomes clear and the beauty of the words of Revelation takes shape and becomes reality within the spectrum of our daily lives. It enforces the necessity of paying attention and keeping our feet, rather than puffing up our chest and rushing in to become the alpha, man in its totality often think we are to be. But as I study Revelation I can see why, rather than taking part in the aggression of life it is better to be still and know that God is at His work. In this way we give the cause of our aggression over to God and wish the reason on the other end good luck in getting one over on Him. In summary Revelation says it better to be still and observe the details of life and the things we overlook in our rush to live “noteworthy lives”, because the details belong to God.
What we learn;
When a set time is over, within the spectrum of life, things become chaotic. Things tend to seem out of sorts. Violence comes from those most frightened by the changes they see happening because they believe they are losing control. Like every other kingdom, they believe it is their own power that established what they have and they must fight in order to keep anyone from taking it from them. Even those who call on God fail to realize that it is God who established them and hand them those that they oppress instead of listening to the instructions in their hearts and in the books they write and read. The same testifies against them, so they fight to keep a grip on power past the time appointed to them. The lingering loss of control fuels the violent to seek vengeance, and others to take action to defend the indefensible. But it is better to remember the words
“Be still and know that I am God.”
The winds of change do not always require action on the part of man. Not most anyway. Just the combatants who want to enter the arena. Death follows. The stragglers would be able to live to tell the stories. But, in a time when there is a call for peace – it is better to understand that when a set time is over; a new thing, a new age has been called forward. Those who resist will resist; those who fight will fight. At the tide what will be will be.
The reality of life is that everything will come to light. Everything begins and ends. Lies will be shown for what they are. Ideologies will lead to disillusionment. Violence will lead to death. Everything we believe we know will be made different in a little while. Every iteration of our histories has been like that and will be until the last day, they see the change and decide to fight to keep the old, but the new must be.
While we are facing trouble it can seem impossible and it is painful. But we should try to remember that it is painfully obvious to everyone who sees that “we are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God”. We are never abandoned by God. The book of Revelation calls for patience and for people to be peaceful. Oppress and you will be oppressed. Kill and you will be killed. The winds of change will deal with you as you have dealt with the oppressed. Through it all, be still and know that God is at his work. Call on God and watch what is happening. For those drawn to action, do not join forces with the violent or the vile because they will have their reckoning. My peace I leave with you, Jesus said. His peace is important to know.
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