Continuing our study of Revelation 19.
Revelation 19:12 ‘He has a name written on him that no-one knows but himself.’
Apologies for not having posted for a few days now, I have been busy putting my writings into PDF form which I believe will be very productive for the days ahead.
This is a curious verse. We can certainly say with confidence that we will never ever come to the point of finally understanding everything there is to know of the depths of Jesus. We will spend the rest of eternity learning from and about him, going ever deeper into communion with him.
Romans 11:33 ‘Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
At the same time, some will approach Revelation with the understanding that Jesus is a soft-natured happy-go-lucky guy in shades and sandals and are rather taken back to find there is another, deeper aspect to his character. He is the perfect comforter, understanding our needs and weaknesses but he is also the perfect judge, who never overlooks injustice or unrighteousness for a moment.
Revelation 19:13 ‘He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.’
This verse takes us immediately to Isaiah 63.
Isaiah 63:1 ‘Who is this coming from Edom, from Bozrah, with his garments stained crimson? Who is this, robed in splendour striding forward in the greatness of his strength?
This is Jesus and he answers the questions:
Isaiah 63:1a ‘It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save.’
The mighty salvation of God will bring righteousness but it is a double-edged sword and it will bring destruction to those who reject the gospel.
Isaiah 63:2 ‘Why are your garments red, like those of one treading the winepress?
To make matters worse, some have joined forces with the end-time beast and have conquered Jerusalem. Many Jews will have been killed and the rest sent into exile and King Jesus has come to exact revenge upon their deaths.
Revelation 19:13a ‘…and his name is the Word of God.’
These are not the carnal actions of a single man acting out of selfish hatred but rather the actions of God, perfect in righteousness and holiness, exercising his right to administer retribution when evil has been caused.
Thank you for reading this…
- Revelation 21:22 The light of JerusalemJerusalem will be the centre of the world and the nations will tithe their wealth to Jesus. Previously, the kings of the earth have rebelled against Christ Jesus and Jerusalem but now they pay homage.
- Revelation 21:9 ‘From a mountain…’This describes the city as having twelve visible foundations, and this suggests it is a stepped pyramid construction. The city would have twelve levels, decreasing in size, each one built on its own foundation, ascending to form a pyramid with the top level being the apex of the city.
- Revelation 21:6 He who is thirstyThe goods of this world will crumble in our hands, swept away by the latest flood or fire, but the riches of God’s kingdom will stand forever.
- Revelation 21:4 Changes coming…Life holds its fair share of tragedies and these words are a soothing balm to those who have held on and endured. The world will not remain the same and the cruelties of life are not our destiny. The curse that has cast such a deep shadow upon this world, caused by the sin of man, will pass away and the blessing of redemption will shine its goodness upon the righteous in Christ Jesus for all eternity.
- Revelation 21:3 The New JerusalemWe discussed yesterday that God is bringing us all together, like the proud father that He is. Many of us will be centred at the New Jerusalem and many will live away but yet return on frequent pilgrimages to our new home city. For many of us, our present time is one of suffering and tribulation but this time will pass away and we will enter into an eternity of blessing. And it will have been so worth remaining faithful!