Day 39 P. 444-453
Reading the last of the Book of Revelation is like listening to the evening news. It seems there is one bad story after another, each one a description of greed, decadence, cruelty, and a world that has left God out…pure evil. Certainly John accurately describes life in Rome and throughout the Roman Empire before its fall. Often those people or nations in the evening news have come to ruin because of their arrogance and evil, just like God revealed to John that Rome, godless sinners, and Satan will come to ruin. Evil WILL be destroyed by a victorious returning Christ in the last days. I believe that we are indeed in the last days of the current earth that will come to an end.
It is not a far stretch to see Revelation’s description of Rome as a one of America – increasingly Godless, arrogant, and sinful. We have “prostituted” ourselves to the pursuit of wealth, comfort, and pleasures. John goes on to detail the judgement of Satan. His words apply to us if we are without the forgiveness and presence of Christ. Occasionally the evening news will report a redeeming story of self-less sacrifice. Likewise, God’s revelation to John switched from describing evil and judgment to redemption of believers through faith in God’s Son. We are cleansed by the blood of Christ that allows us to avoid punishment and live in the glorious presence of God forever.
Are we ever “carried away in the Spirit” and quiet like John so we can hear God? If so, we will be given wisdom to live in days of uncertainty. Do we believe that punishment for sin is real? If so, we will have compassion for people in Longview. Do we believe that the revelation to John is “trustworthy and true”? If so, we will read God’s Word. Do we believe that Christ will return in final victory over evil? If so, we will live victoriously now. May we humble ourselves before God like John to hear, understand, and obey. God has chosen for us to live now, in Longview, at Oakland Heights Baptist Church. Let’s go to work to influence people. Christ does win in the lives of individuals and in the end will win over Satan. Christ is ready to come into the lives of people and will finally be coming soon for good.
About The Author
Mike Baker grew up on the prairie around Bogata, Texas, attended Rivercrest High, Paris Jr College and Lamar University. He began work at Texas Eastman in 1980 as a chemical engineer and now works for Westlake Chemical. Attending Oakland Heights Baptist Church since 1980, he met and married Kathy here, and raised their three daughters at OHBC. He is active in photography, bowfishing, and fixing things. Their three daughters are in Houston (Erin & Ben Jacob), Ft Worth (Allison & Braden Allman), and Ft Worth (Ramie). He is a deacon and teaches in the Homebuilders Department at OHBC.