This is a question that I often ask myself… It’s not meant to be a morbid question. Instead, it is a realization that my days are numbered. According to the Bible, God knows our beginning from our end. Psalm 139:16 says, “In your book were written, every one of the them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.” One of the great mysteries of life is that although God knows our future, we do not.
The exciting thing about the book of Revelation is that God allows us to peek through the curtain of time. Not every question regarding our future is answered, but a number of future realties are expounded upon. One of those future realities is the immanent return of Christ. One day Jesus will return in glory and power, and all of us will give an account to him
This is what our passage of interest is all about. Here are three things from Revelation 11 that you can be absolutely certain of regarding the future.
- Jesus Will Rule Unchallenged
“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15 ESV)
“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign.” (Revelation 11:17 ESV)
- The World Will Stand In Judgment
“The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged… and for destroying the destroyers of the earth” (Revelation 11:18 ESV)
- All Believers Will Be Rewarded
“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign. The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear your name, both small and great…” (Revelation 11:17-18 ESV)
So let me ask you… How should knowing these realities about the future change the way that you live today? Are you prepared to meet Jesus?
The good news about the Kingdom of God is that all are invited by Jesus to call it their home. “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” ~ Jesus