REVELATION: Part 1

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Headline News

It’s headline news. A just ruler, deposed by an extremist tyrant, has been working underground on behalf of his oppressed people, and is about to make his next move. C.S. Lewis alluded to it in his Chronicles of Narnia with characters named Aslan, the White Witch, and the Sons of Adam and Daughters of Eve. Allegory and allusion seem communication styles best in keeping with the elusive nature of the movement. I’m talking about the great spirit-realm quest for the hearts of every man, woman and child on planet earth. And it’s the God’s Word Daily that’s giving it press.

Although we prefer to think otherwise, we actually know very little about the vast realm of reality encompassing the immaterial world. Empiricism, our creaturely attempt to understand matter through scientific method, is child’s play in this realm; it has no ability to grasp realities unbounded by time, space or matter. So how do we know anything about God and His realm?

Revelation. When God reveals His truths to people, it’s called revelation. It’s a method designed by Him to allow us earth-dwellers to understand the much vaster reality than the physical universe we have senses to explore. The physical world itself is a revelation; it reveals to us so much about God: His power, His goodness and love, His desire for both order and creativity, His willingness to delegate and give choice to His creatures. Another form of revelation is His Word. We call it the Bible. In some ways it’s easier to understand spoken revelation than His earth revelation, but in some ways it is harder.

The last segment of the Bible is a book, a letter, a vision we call The Revelation. It’s the last known contribution God inspired someone to write to complete the collection known as the Bible. Written with broad strokes of imagery, The Revelation has been notorious for its challenge to be understood. The intersection of the mortal with the immortal is not without its surprises. Important warnings, awesome truths, and valuable treasures are waiting to be served at a banquet to beat any Sunday brunch.

There is blessing waiting for us in the words of that revelation. In the coming days we’ll feast around the edges. The Great Host is seated and His servants are standing with platters full of amazing delicacies. He invites us to open our eyes to His Revelation, to taste, chew and swallow food that is nutrition for our souls. We, by virtue of our selfish, godless natures, are the oppressed of which the headline news of the Bible speaks. He, the Just Ruler, has made His great move, redeeming all people by His own death-and-resurrection repossession compact. In The Revelation He has dictated a dispatch through an aged servant of His named John that we do well to heed. This is how it begins:

“The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near…

“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever!” (Revelation 1: 1-3,5,6)

We’re part of the commotion, so we might as well read the headline news.

(Photo Credit: Mg far, Wikimedia Commons)

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