Revelation 7:14: All my trials, soon be over.
14 I answered, ‘Sir, you know.’ And he said, ‘These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.NIV
This morning, as I read a part of this chapter out loud, at a prayer meeting, I realised that the last book in the Bible is given to us to wash in, to bathe in, to soak in. We are to breathe in its atmosphere; move to its music and enter into its exuberant worship – join in with that numberless multitude, even now.
We may not be able to understand all its details; and some things we fail to grasp now may become clearer as history moves forward towards the return of Christ. But even without full understanding, ‘Revelation’ can sink into our pores and change us.
Since the turn of the year, I have been spending regular time in this book, and I realise that the other world (just through ‘Narnia’s door, as I keep saying) has become more real to me than ever. This is the effect it is having on me. It has not come about, however, because I understand everything, but just by allowing ‘Revelation’ to wash over me. I’m not saying we shouldn’t seek to understand, but the Apocalypse is likely to affect you in ways beyond understanding. Seek to live in its realities. There is a blessing for those who read it, hear it and take it to heart (1:3)
The other side of the wardrobe door will see an end to all our troubles:
‘’These are they who have come out of the great tribulation…’’ (14a).
Jesus could not have been clearer in stating that in this world His disciples will have trouble. Whether we face the last great tribulation in human history, or smaller days of tribulation on route, we can be sure we will come out the other side. Jesus has overcome the world.
Someone said that John was writing to prepare the churches to go through a nightmare time. But the assurance is that one day they will wake up in the very presence of God. God’s people on earth, though sealed by Him, are not necessarily safe from suffering; but they will come safely through, and find themselves in a wonderful place – a prepared place (John 14) we’ll consider in more detail over the next few days.