Today was a rich man day, a day spent in the company of long-ago friends John and Beth Reese (the first people we worked with in Africa) and at the feet of a Bible teacher of my formative years, Mike Cope. Mike took us through the book of Revelation in 90 minutes, an experience not unlike standing in front of a fire hydrant to quench your thirst. I should have taken a bucket to catch all the insight and information that sped past my ears.
Here's what I did hear:
- The battle of Revelation was not close. In fact, it was over before it started. The blood on the battlefield was the blood of the lamb.
- God's wrath in Revelation is not against us, but for us, a jealous anger against anyone or anything that would harm his precious children.
- Revelation is a story of victory, of praise and honor, of the unspeakable joy of living in the presence of God.