Daily Devotional – Tuesday Nov.7, 2006
Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.
Today we share John’s apocryphal vision. I must admit a great struggle to get meaning out of these passages. Therefore some research was needed. I was pleased to find information so easily available on the web by simply doing a google on the book of revelation. There it was – everything you would want to know and then some. However I must remind myself that the purpose of this in not to educate you or me on what this is all means but to let God reveal himself through this passage. I remind myself to be open to his message and love.
In Chapter 14 we see the end of the 4th vision including the symbol of the harvest and the Last Judgment. In fact there are the 2 harvests of the righteous and the harvest of the wicked. The image of God sowing his field and bringing in the ripened grain is very vivid this time of year. Equally vivid is the image of God bringing in the ripe grapes and putting them into the wine press where they are subjected to the wrath of God. In these 2 images we see both hope for the righteous and a stern warning for the non-believers. Wow and Ouch!
In Chapter 15 we see the very beginning of the 5th vision – that of the Victorious. We are shown Heaven with a vision of those who had conquered Satan. They are singing songs of Moses and the song of the lamb. This to me is a vision of the coming together of the old and the new; or the combining of the Law and Love; or the connecting of the Old and the New Testaments. In the middle is the risen Jesus Christ promising that God’s power of love will prevail at the last day and forever; and Jesus keeps his promises.
John Dickie, Nov.7, 2006